September 8, 2019

MVP - finally finished & submitted to app store

Nick Marblestone @superunicorn

The Rainbow MVP has been finished and submitted to the apple and google app stores.

I'd like to share this because a few weeks ago I was sitting in my room - as a non technical founder - wondering how I was going to get the $50k needed to develop my application.

I had a mental block that would not let me see a way to prove out the concept of my app without spending that $50k on a large scale "pretty" app that did everything I wanted it to.

Reid Hoffman (founder of linkedin) always says, "if you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late".

So, a couple weeks ago, I took this to heart. I thought to myself, "if I were to really try and CREATE an embarrassing version of my product... what would it be? What would it look like?

Just having that push forward from Reid that told me it was ok (and even sometimes necessary) to be embarrassed by your first product, gave me a confidence that unblocked my mind.

I realized there were all of these useful but "add-on" things that I didn't NEED for the first version. To prove that people would actually use it, the list shrank from maybe 70 functions to around 5. Needless to say, I was able to hire a developer for a price that I could afford, and weeks later we are now submitting to the app store!

I write this to hopefully provide some inspiration to you out there that might also have a mental "block".

"if you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late".

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