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Dec 21, 2018 09:47:12

From Idea to Revenue in 48 Days

by @basilesamel PATRON | 479 words | 155πŸ”₯ | 172πŸ’Œ

Basile Samel

Current day streak: 155πŸ”₯
Total posts: 172πŸ’Œ
Total words: 73205 (292 pages πŸ“„)

-48 days: I want to be a better writer, so I will scribble at least 200 words every day and share the result on Twitter and Medium.

-42 days: I can't find the right product to help me improve my writings. There are nice writing communities in subreddits and in forums. There are nice writing tools to develop a writing habit. But not both at the same time.

-42 days: My co-founders and I decided to dissolve our startup after working on it for 1 year. We attained profitability, but we cannot reach an agreement on how to scale from there.

-39 days: The invites for the Product Hunt Makers Festival 2018 are sent. Registrations open.

-35 days: I need to cheer up after my cofounder breakup. Building cool tech products make me happy. If it can help others, it's even better. I sign up for the Makers Festival as a solo maker and decide to build a product where people can get into a writing habit and improve together. I choose 200 words as a minimum daily practice since I know from personal experience that it is doable. Everything is built in public: a public Trello, a dedicated Product Hunt Makers project page, a Makerlog product page and I tweet the tasks I completed in real-time.

-33 days: The MVP is out. It is a text editor inspired by Medium with an administration panel where your drafts and publications are displayed. 22 users subscribe, we publish 6 posts. Anyone can access the posts if you publish the URL but there is no centralized feed yet. All the early-users contribute to the project by suggesting design improvements, features and bug fixes.

-32 days: I add the Feed page.

-31 days: I add the Profile pages.

 -27 days: The MLP is ready. I send all the required assignments to Product Hunt for judging. 36 users registered and we can read 8 posts on average every day.

-19 days: We reach 100 users. So many bugs to fix.

-17 days: We win the Product Hunt Makers Festival 2018 in the category "Other" competing with 19 other startups.

-13 days: We reach 200 users. More bugs, new features.

-9 days: I decide to write a book in public in 3 months by scribbling at least 200 words every day on this website. I share my idea on Hacker News and it hits the front page. We go from 228 to 341 users overnight.

-3 days: We are 400 writers. We have a dedicated Slack now.

Today: I release the Pro plan for 2$ a month that allows any users to post his/her writings in private. Anyone can choose its audience by sharing a URL. 2 hours later I have my first customer. It took 29 days to gather 424 writers. We write +30 posts per day and the community is developing its own culture. I wrote 67 ebook pages so far.

What's next: Ship faster. Grow faster. Help the members. Anyone can be a writer, and I feel ready to dedicate my next 10 years to this vision.

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    @basilesamel wasn't there a feature to publish to an ebook directly? Maybe an integration to CreateSpace?

    The Pageman avatar The Pageman | Dec 29, 2018 11:45:19
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      @thepageman I want to do that but it's not there yet! :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 29, 2018 12:09:00
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    @basilesamel Great summary. As someone who is not part of the β€œmaker” culture it is interesting to see the behind-the-scenes details involving what it takes to create a site like this. Keep up the great work!

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Dec 21, 2018 14:58:59
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      @brandonwilson Thanks Brandon! :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 21, 2018 15:06:09
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    @basilesamel woohoo congrats on your first customer! So awesome dude, you did so much in 48 days!

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Dec 21, 2018 10:11:50
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      @jasonleow Thank you friend!!! :D

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 21, 2018 10:17:37
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