September 17, 2019

Finished MVP

Jayber Tan @simplisticallysimple

After my last MVP failed to gain traction, I decided to work on what I know, to scratch my own itch. I already use Twitter obsessively, so I thought I'd create a Twitter marketing automation tool.

For the MVP, I'm just creating a simple scheduling feature, along with some other ideas that I hope to validate with my initial group of early adopters. Ultimately Zlappo will be a robust social media management tool that helps brands get the maximum out of their social media presence.

I built this while holding on a regular day job waiting tables at a French restaurant, mostly investing about 30-40 hours a week of coding on top of my day job. It was grueling, but I guess I made it work. I'd say it took a little less than a month from the idea to deployment/launch. I learned my lesson after spending close to 6 months on my last MVP. Launch fast, learn fast, fail fast (if it comes to that). Time is of the essence.

My stack is Python/Django, Django Celery, PostgresQL, mostly just HTML5/JQuery/Bootstrap on the front-end, and running on Ubuntu, served by nginx and Gunicorn.

I'd like to know what you think.

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