We officially launched! We decided to launch after we had a chance to review several products and I'm glad we did. Waiting until we had reviewed some products gave us some time to work out several bugs we hadn't noticed before.
As I've mentioned in the past, I made a conscious decision to use some NoCode/Low Code solutions with RoastorToast. We ended up building the front-end in React and use Retool to power the back-end Admin panel. It was a learning process for sure, but walking through several IRL products helped a ton.
We are committing to reviewing at least 5 products a week. Every Friday we will tweet who is being reviewed and will release them on Mondays.
Sorry for the incoherent mess that is this update; crashing right now ☕
We haven't even launched the app yet and we've already received 5 submissions from founders to review their products.
This was really exciting for me. I wanted to focus on building a product that was validated quickly and wasn't over-engineered. In the short time that I launched the landing page, wrote a post about RoastorToast, and started to talk to individuals in different communities, we received 6 submissions and over 60 sign-ups.
We launched Voyageapp.io in March of 2021 so I was running the startup circuit. You know what I mean; posting in every channel, listing on as many directories as possible, doing everything possible without being spammy. There is definitely value with listing on these directories (you know which ones) but they just feel like digital YellowPages to me.
I also began engaging in a lot of other founder-led communities and noticed that a lot of posts were focused on "roast my ____". As someone with Imposter Syndrome, I generally lurked in the threads as others began posting feedback to OP. However, I started to notice conflicting advice and occasionally just flat-out bad advice.
So I'd reach out to OP and ask them how they felt. I heard "what advice do I take?" and "who should I listen to?" or "How do I know what is good and bad advice?".
In a stroke of madness, I decided to create RoastorToast.io. I reached out to my network of VCs, Angel Investors, and far more successful founders than me, and we decided we could create a community to give back.
RoastorToast is as much a challenge for me to step out of my comfort zone as it is a community for founders to get personalized advice to help them succeed.
“Not everyone is an artist but everyone is a fucking critic.” - I built RoastorToast to provide honest (not harsh), actionable, and personalized feedback to founders via my network of successful founders/VCs/Angels.