Vork

Productivity Based Communications tool

Under 10 Employees
Founders Code
Solo Founder
Communication
Productivity
SaaS

During the pandemic I realized that Slack and other tools like it are productivity killers. I built Vork as a way to stay connected while also maximizing productivity in the workplace.

November 9, 2021 Applied to YCombinator Winter 2022

It's a super late application, I know, but it's better to give yourself a shot rather than no shot at all right?

I've decided to apply simply because I would love to be able to work on Vork full time and I believe the resources allocated to me from YCombinator will enable me to do just that.

It's definitely a long shot, but wish me luck!

November 1, 2021 Launched Open Beta

During the closed beta I uncovered a few obscure bugs and gave the app an overall facelift. After testing with a few teams I've decided to make the beta an open beta so that I can test at scale :).

Apart from bug fixes I've also added billing to the open beta. This is the first time I'm accepting payment so hopefully I can get a few paying users by the end of the open beta.

September 23, 2021 Solopreneur Product Hunt Launch: 9 months of dev

It's been a long 9 months of dev, testing, pivoting and repeating, but I've finally reached my first major milestone. I've launched my beta on Product Hunt!

https://www.producthunt.com/posts/vork-beta

Although it's a small step on a long journey, I've got to say that I feel good that I've made it this far

September 23, 2021 Learnings: Hacker News Launch

I launched my Beta on Hacker News this morning and while I got quite a few more clicks than expected, I also didn't get the results I expected. However, I learned a few things in the process.

Lesson 1: Capturing your audience

The link I provided brought users straight to my landing page (https://govork.com), but I quickly noticed that users were spending an average of about 7 secs on my website meaning that the HN title captured their attention, but my landing page didn't retain it so I need to make changes to my landing page to keep users engaged

Lesson 2: Mobile Support

While Vork is mobile friendly, the landing page sure isn't. My features section has videos outlining the features in motion, but they're just way too small on a mobile device. I need a better way to outline the features on mobile

Lesson 3: Call to Action

No user from HN clicked on the "Join the Beta" button on the website which was the main goal of the post. I need to make some adjustments to my marketing campaign as well as my landing page to get users to be intrigued enough to sign up for the beta.

While it's a bit disappointing that I didn't get new beta users, I learned a few things that can be used to improve my product so overall I view it as a success and not a failure :D

September 22, 2021 Launched Closed Beta

Just launched the closed Beta. The focus of the Beta is to test the overall reliability of the platform in real work environments.

We've got a couple companies signed up and looking to add some more. It's been a long 8 months developing this over 8 months so I'm really excited and also somewhat nervous to see how it works in the real world

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During the pandemic I realized that Slack and other tools like it are productivity killers. I built Vork as a way to stay connected while also maximizing productivity in the workplace.