We invited 10 people to participate in the first trial tournament of HackerStash and it finished yesterday! We reduced the barrier to entry by making the first tournament free to enter, and we'll keep them free (but with prizes) until the end of the beta testing.
It was super fun and we learned loads, found and fixed a lot of bugs, and massively sped up our design and developing time. Being under the noses of live users is a great motivator to get things done faster it seems!
Hoping to add at least 5 more users this coming week, and slowly keep adding 5-10 a week until the main launch!
Thought I'd better record this milestone on our IHer profile, it's a pretty cool one(!) that is already helping us prepare our product for launch.
We've been slowly growing our waitlist for a few weeks now, but finally hit 200! We're hoping for around 250 by launch, but maybe we can even push for 300 😊
The biggest drivers of subscriber growth have been conversations with fellow Indiehackers and the Pioneer community, followed by Twitter.
First time any of us have had a product on there, so we're not too sure about the outcome, but we'll do a post on IH in a week or so to share what has come of it 🤓
Growing our pre-launch waitlist is going much better than expected, now we've made it to 100 pre-launch signups!
Most important drivers of that growth have been 1. The indiehackers community and 2. Pioneer, where we're in the top 20 so get a reasonable amount of exposure 😊...still a way short of our goal of 250 people on the waitlist though!
I'm normally terrible at promoting my projects pre-launch, I forget, or think it won't be worth it. This time around though the idea was very unusual, but also seemingly super promising, so it was super important to get early feedback to see if the idea clicked with people, generated enthusiasm etc!
Well, it turns out it has 🎉We've now got 65 pre-launch sign-ups and lots of people providing great feedback on the idea that's immediately helped us tweak our pitch, adjusted how we're developing the product etc.
We've focused our efforts of social media as well as engaging with fellow indiehackers cause it's a project we're hoping really resonates with the community. There's still plenty to do but we're now optimistically targeting 250 sign-ups by the time we launch 🤞
I've teamed up with a few friends to launch HackerStash, a community-lead micro finance app for hackers and entrepreneurs 😍
We've built a quick landing page you can find here:
But there will be much more info/updates to come!
HackerStash plugs the funding gap for hackers and entrepreneurs trying to finance the ongoing costs of their projects.