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@levelsio is launching 12 startups in 12 months and shares how his fourth startup was voted to #1 on both Product Hunt and Hacker news by accident and what this means for him. Incredible intro to the article about the startups he's launched so far: "They’ve all been doing relatively well. 1) PlayMyInbox got covered by MTV and Lifehacker, 2) Tubelytics was quickly adopted by some big media brands while 3) GoFuckingDoIt went completely viral and was featured all over the media including TheNextWebAppSumo and WIRED. This month’s startup definitely went the best of them all though." + Main topics:
  • The problem
  • The solution
  • A crowdsourced spreadsheet as an MVP
  • Building the site
  • Calculating NomadCost
  • Creating a scored leaderboard of cities
  • Accidentally launching it
  • What happened
  • Press
  • Metrics
  • Profitable from day-one
  • API
  • Business models
  • Asking for feedback
  • Think bigger
  • Conclusion
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    Felix Thea

    over 4 years ago #

    Kinda offtopic, but what do you guys think about this 1 month to product maket fit thing?

    I think most of the time you need more than 1 month to figure things out and even if you are only doing this to learn how to launch and validate, there are a lot of things that you can learn in month 2 through 12 that you won't come across in the first month.

    I used to build "MVPs" and scrap them in a month or less because I wasn't seeing traction, but sometimes growth hacking requires more time than just 1 month. What do you guys think?

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      levelsio levelsio

      over 4 years ago #

      Hi Felix, that's a good question. Many of these projects actually have a nice launch, then drop down and then slowly take off later by tweaking them. So it's obviously not black and white.

      I do think you can get a pretty quick idea if you're on to something in the first month or not though. Keep working on something that doesn't show any effect whatsoever in the first month seems to have never worked for me. I think you want the audience/users/market to give at least some response that what you're doing is the right direction. How you shape your product after that is of course the long-term "growth hacking".

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        Tim Osterbuhr

        over 4 years ago #

        I might have missed it... As I did not have the time to read the other articles on your blog yet, but what happens to the Startup in months 2, 3, 4...? In your 11th month and while building startup 11, do you still manage startup 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 on the side? Are you working with freelancers?

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          levelsio levelsio

          over 4 years ago #

          If something takes off, I'll take on contractors if it's too much work. But mostly the projects need to be automated as much as possible to minimize any maintenance work.

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      Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré

      over 4 years ago #

      Hi @felixthea, I don't think it's off topic, and I agree with you. That's not going to happen in most cases. I assume he has some "unfair advantages" that help him quickly validate ideas.

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      Arb Dude

      over 4 years ago #

      To be honest, I think this MVP things and one month hacks are annoying. I am simply not going to give up until I put on 10000 hours on my startup..basically max levchin approach..will my startup to success via constant iteration

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