October 15, 2019

Idea to MVP in a weekend

Sumit Tokkar @sumittokkar

Hello IH community,

While working on my other side project, I started using a couple to services like AWS, Heroku, Slite etc. I used a spreadsheet to manage these expenses and thought if there could be a better way to do it. So I built Tiny Trails.

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    Just a suggestion, I would spend more time on the landing page to gain some attention and see if it's a viable product. Or possibly a demo sandbox I can play in before signing up.

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      Great suggestion! I can provide guest credentials for users to give it a try before signing up.

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        I would totally give it a try! Personally I haven't signed up for it yet because I have no idea what it looks like and I don't want to sign up for another thing without knowing more (nothing against your product, strictly speaking from a neutral objective). For a MVP I would throw up a gif of it in action or at least a few screenshots. The mvp landing page doesn't need to be some extravagant thing either. Just a single html page with a few images and the objective to hopefully grab some emails.

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          Hi Garrett, as per your suggestion I've added a landing with some info and screenshots of what is and what's going to come in the app. Let me know what you think.

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            🎉🙌🏼 go you! This is great. Signed up and ready to plug in some expenses at work tomorrow.

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              Good to know. Let me know if you find it helpful or have any suggestions/concerns. I'm working on adding new features to the app.

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    Why makers do signup form before the product landing page.
    Does it really work?? :/

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      Hi, as per your suggestion I've added a landing with some info and screenshots of what is and what's going to come in the app. Let me know what you think.

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        Now we can see what the product is about.

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      Hi, thanks for bringing this up. As the title of this post suggests, the product is in MVP stage. I did not spend time on landing page as I wanted to get feedback on the core functionality as soon as possible. And yes, registration works.

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