December 22, 2019

MVP and Betalist

Satya Mohapatra @mohapsat

I hacked together a barebones MVP and added it to a bunch of websites that promote startups and side-projects in hopes of finding some initial users to beta test and gather feedback. I ended up creating a few model (fake) accounts, but actually got a few signups. Then a few days later, my betalist entry went live (https://betalist.com/startups/presbot) (I had no recollection of submitting it there..lol) and I ended up getting ~30 new users (great!). I immediately started noticing bugs and fixed them in a hurry. Then I realized, what's a community without social features (likes, connections etc).. and if my self-identified GitHub issues list wasn't long enough, I decided to to work on making Presbot social (at least the basics).

Today's Top Milestones
  • Official pre-launch
    Today we are launching to the beta testers and very limited early adopters. We ran a pre-launch sale on a lifetime deal with the platform and received
  • Launched Sailscasts community
    A newbie to Sail.js asked if I could great a community to help in learning Sails.js. A place where he can ask questions. So I created a Discord server
  • Launched on ProductHunt
    I just submitted the site to Product Hunt: https://www.producthunt.com/posts/maker-reads I have zero experience with project launched and hence tried
  • Created accounts on all social media channels
    After finishing my MVP, I created accounts on: - Instagram - Twitter - TikTok - Facebook. I started creating posts on Instagram and got 40 followers a
  • Product Hunt Launch! Today's the day.
    After a year in Beta, fixing bugs, adding features and polishing the UX/UI, I finally launched a stable release of Colofon.io. I added the non-fiction