Today, I spent more than 2 hours collecting my thoughts on the last month of my maker journey. It turned out to be more than 200 words so I will publish only a few here and link out to the rest of my article on Medium.
For a long long time, as a non-technical founder, I stayed on the sidelines without taking action & turning my ideas into real products. My excuse was that I was not a full stack developer and hence couldn’t build and launch my ideas (which were mostly web products) to market.
However, by November 2018 I grew tired of making darn excuses. When I came across the hustle, hard work and consistency of amazing solo makers out there in the Product Hunt community (h/t Ben Tossell, Mubs, Pieter Levels to name a few) I vowed to myself that I won’t just stop at “brainstorming product ideas” but will take the plunge and go build them. With or without a coding background.
So I decided I’ll take my next idea and hustle my butt to bring it to reality without any judgement or huge expectations of success.
And one morning as I was finishing my daily journal, I caught myself reflecting on an article from Paul Graham that I read the previous night. It was about “Things That Don’t Scale”, a counter-intuitive approach to getting customers. Paul argues all the greats do this (shares 3–4 examples) but I believed there would be many more stories we simply aren’t aware of. The traditional tech media doesn’t give enough attention since these are not much widely talked about.
So I wondered:”What if there was a way to curate and showcase early startup experiments and unscalable hacks?” I figured I could simply ask the community themselves to share their personal stories while I curate the best/most resonating ones and surface them on a simple platform?”
That’s it. That was going to be my next product.
A curated database of unscaleable hacks and stories from real founders.
I didn’t think twice and snagged the domain name straight away. “DoThingsThatDontScale.com”