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!
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.
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!
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
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
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
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.