Collect valuable user feedback with feature voting 💬

Upvoty by Mike (@startupwithmike) from The Netherlands.

upvoty.com

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

Getting feedback from customers is an essential and valuable way to optimize your product. I’ve created Upvoty because I needed a way to collect feedback from users from my other startup, Vindy, so we can optimize the product and serve our customers the best way possible.

 

What are your product features?

Easy to install boards where users can submit new feature requests. With the feature voting functionality, other users can upvote or discuss on certain requests. This way you’ll always know which features will please a lot of users, instead of just that one user who’s requested it.

 

When did you launch?

1 December 2018 rocket

 

Where did you launch?

We’ve launched for the companies who’ve signed up for our beta. And also on Indiehackers, where we also share our revenue.

 

How did your launch go?

We now have over 50 trials running and already 5 paid customers with recurring revenue of $150 a month.

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

I think the best way to launch is to launch small. So, before our launch, we’ve collected a lot of sign ups via our own social media channels (especially via our maker’s Instagram) and this way we already had some great first trial users and even a few paid customers. The amount of feedback we are receiving at the moment from those first users has so much value we can use to optimize the product!

 

Social media links:

IG Mike: https://www.instagram.com/startupwithmike/

IG upvoty: https://www.instagram.com/upvoty/

 

Twitter Mike: https://twitter.com/startupwithmike

Twitter Upvoty: https://twitter.com/upvoty

Create a Free Job Board in Minutes 📌

Job Board Fire by Suren (@suren_starts_up)

https://jobboardfire.com

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

I wanted to help makers monetize their creations without relying on sponsors for revenue.

Makers can now create a job board and integrate it with their existing product in minutes when the existing solution took days of configuration.

 

What are your product features?

You can have a job board with your brand color, logo, and custom domain up and running and ready to generate revenue in minutes.

 

When did you launch?

Nov 16, 2018.

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt

 

How did your launch go?

My launch went better than expected. I got #7 product of the day.

That translated to about 700 unique views on launch day, which turned into 77 job boards created on that day.
The conversion rate on unique views to job boards created seems amazing, but you have to keep in mind most people just wanted to check out what it looks like.

From all of the signups, I got a handful of active users actually trying to grow a job board, which is still amazing 🙂

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

I made the mistake of not pre-marketing Job Board Fire. The Product Hunt launch is a very important step, and having an initial list of users to drive to the product hunt page is invaluable. I would strongly recommend you build an email list as you’re creating your product.

Remove clutter and get directly to the content you love ❤️

Markdown.love by Valentino Urbano (@valentinourbano) from Milan, Italy.

https://markdown.love

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

I was creating offline bookmarks manually for months by saving the HTML of the page. The problem is that when I need to get back to them to check something out they were all full of ads, headers, footers. So much clutter just to read an article. I needed something to get just the page in a text file. Markdown would be perfect for this!

Since I wanted to launch it for the 24 hours startup challenge I had to keep the scope limited to something I could build in such limited timeframe.

I started brainstorming openly on my website and marking features as mandatory and optional. Once Saturday rolled around I jumped on Twitch and build it completely in the open while documenting the process, live tweeting and live streaming both building and launching it.

 

What are your product features?

REST API to convert any article into markdown while stripping unwanted tags.

 

When did you launch?

Sunday, November 20th at almost 2 AM.

 

Where did you launch?

24 Hour Startup

I still haven’t launched on Product Hunt or blogs, because I feel like I need to add some more polishing. Going to probably launch it on PH sometime next week.

 

How did your launch go?

– I launched it at 2 AM and went to sleep. The next morning it already had 1000 visits.
– 10 registered users
– 600 Twitch views
– No paid customer yet

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

Building completely in the open is great: Motivation and Accountability.

You commit to something and can’t hide back: – Getting Help. A lot of people contacted me and helped with both branding and monetization tips and the product is better as a result: Getting Support.

After talking and streaming for 13+ hours I was tired, but I was almost there. Pat Walls joined the stream and gave me the last push I needed to ship.What I found hard instead is finding the right pricing point. The free plan that can’t be too greedy or your users won’t be able to appreciate your product fully, but it also can’t give too much away or no one will subscribe to your paid plan. If you have no idea on how to price try looking at competition and their pricing structure and take it as a guideline.

Clean and simple RSS reader 🔖

Enkel by James Newman (@jam3sn_) from Cardiff, UK.

https://enkel.fyi

 

Enkel is a clean and simple RSS reader.

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

Enkel is a clean and simple RSS reader. If you like me, you probably have multiple news apps or sick go being bombarded with images and popups. I aim to simplify the way you aggregate and check your news.

Inspired by the minimal movement and the challenge of building a black & white UI, I want the user to be able to focus on the content.

 

When did you launch?

21st November, 2018.

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt

 

How did your launch go?

The launch went fairly well. We have 150 users registered, nearly 300 feeds created using almost 400 sources (RSS feeds).

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

This is my first time really launching my own product, so I didn’t really know what to expect. It’s worth taking some time to think about a strategy for getting your product out there. People to tweet, sites to post too. I’m kind of learning this now post launch, posting to these places the following evenings since launch and still figuring things out!

Free landing page generator for Telegram channels, groups and bots 👨‍🎨👩‍🎨

tele.ws by Yury Smykalov (@ysmykalov) from Limassol, Cyprus.

https://tele.ws

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

As a chatbot developer and the founder of InviteMember (membership bot platform), I’ve had an opportunity to chat with many people who’re running a Telegram-based business. Most of them don’t have websites for their projects. Actually, they exist only in Telegram and promote their projects only in Telegram as well.

Sometimes these Telepreneurs (Telegram entrepreneurs) need to share a link with others about their project. Which one should they use?

t.me links are not optimal for several reasons (description is too short, you can’t put multiple links there, can’t change appearance, can’t use Google Analytics, etc). That’s why I built this dead simple landing page generator.

There are 3 things right now that make it “Telegrammy”:

✔️ You can log in with your Telegram account

✔️ Your page will be hosted in https://tele.ws/ domain (think of TELEgram WebSite)

✔️ Buttons will have a Telegram icon for t.me/ links

I already started using it live for one of my bots:

https://tele.ws/InstantRemindersBot

Compare this new link with the old one that I used in the past:

https://t.me/InstantRemindersBot

Which one gives a better sense of what is this bot about?

 

What are your product features?

📝 Title, tagline, and description
🆒 Buttons for all your channels, groups and bots
🎨 Themes
🧠 Short address (tele.ws/...)
🔍 SEO-friendly (coming soon)

Since this was a 24hrs project, the functionality is pretty basic at the moment. In the future, I’m planning to add (at least) image gallery (similar to the one on ProductHunt) and Google Analytics support.

I launched this product in a pretty early stage to collect feedback and find a market fit as soon as possible.

 

When did you launch?

I launched on 21st November 2018 (PH).

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt

24 Hour Startup Challenge

 

How did your launch go?

This was my second launch on ProductHunt. And it went much better than the first one!

Upvotes (PH): 61
Users: 48
Landing pages created: 35

News channel followers: 7

Reactions in Twitter: many, I didn’t count 🙂 For example, Ryan Hoover (ProductHunt founder, 108K+ followers) shared a link in his Twitter:

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

1. You don’t need a logo to launch. You could start with a free icon. I used paper plane from Font Awesome, for example.

2. ProductHunt page looks better with animated logo. I used https://giphy.com to create a cool looking rainbow animation of the paper plane.

3. I highly recommend participating in events like 24hrs Startup Challenge, great way to get more exposure for your project.

Manage Your Freelance Business Remotely 🎮 🗺

RemoteOne by Alex Price (@remotealex) from Bristol, UK

https://remote.one

 

RemoteOne is a new way to manage your remote freelance business. With automatic currency conversions and dead simple timezone calculators, RemoteOne makes working remotely a breeze.

 

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What’s your motivation for creating your product?

I’ve been freelancing for 10 years and last year I took my business on the road. I met a lot of great people with interesting projects, but I also ran into a bunch of problems. Trying to manage project communication with clients, converting currencies and organising meetings across timezones just to name a few. I wanted to make something that would solve these problems

 

What are your product features?

RemoteOne automatically converts currencies, calculates timezone differences and updates your clients with real-time project dashboards. It also has all of the features you’d expect from a time-tracking app: simple time logging, automatic invoicing and powerful reporting too.

 

When did you launch?

16 Nov 2018

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt 

 

How did your launch go?

– 260 Upvotes on PH

– Over 2000 page views

– 15 new paid signups

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

Next time I would try and generate more hype about the product before I launched it. I would tell as many people about it as possible and try and get peoples email address on a pre-launch list.

I might also use the ProductHunt Ship feature to try and get more emails.

Stay on top of your meetings with this agenda 📅 timer ⏳

Timeblocks by Joshua Tabansi (@joshtabansi) from Lagos, Nigeria

www.timeblocks.co

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

Timeblocks allows you to create a structured agenda with time allotted for each time block. This setup allows you to be mindful of talking points and stop tangents in their tracks. Saving your team money on crucial working hours.

 

What are your product features?

I hate meetings. You probably do too. Not only are they usually unnecessary, but they are also almost always taking twice as long as they need to. I’m pretty time conscious,  always aware of the amount of money lost with every hour wasted.

When I sit through meetings like this, it becomes apparent that we are simply not being held accountable for respecting time. People go on tangents, bring up issues that aren’t on the agenda, or just go on about unnecessary details. We’re human, it happens.

But we also have important work to do. So I wrote down the idea for Timeblocks. Then the 24hrstartup came along months later where we had to livestream and build something in 24 hours, and I figured I could use it as an excuse to build Timeblocks.

I hopped on twitch and and was finished after live-streaming for 12 straight hours.  And here we are!

Structured agenda time blocks with allotted minutes, playback controls, sound notifications, rolling timers

 

When did you launch?

I launched on Sunday Nov 18, after my completing the #24hrstartup challenge.

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt 

24 Hour Startup

 

How did your launch go?

312 upvotes & 1365 people actually used the product.

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

I wish I shared progress more as I was going, would have helped to build more hype and momentum by tweeting screenshots of progress. Twitch live-streaming is also a great way to build a following before launch.

Timeblocks is free for now, so there’s no better offer really 😁

 

A reflection ☀ tool 🛠️ and calculator for visualizing time ⌛️

Make Yourself Great Again by Steph Smith (@stephsmithio) from Canada (remote in Bali).

https://begreat.me

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

This project was actually inspired by my path to creating my first project, nomad(hubb)  As I began to learn to code back in February, I started to think about how I was spending my time. If I spent X less time on social media, that would mean I could learn Y, which would let me create Z. This idea of trade-offs has always existed but by directly comparing and visualizing my decisions, I was surprised with the results (way more distraction time than improvement time).

So I decided build Make Yourself Great Again – a tool that lets you input your weekly choices, that calculates missed opportunities and how this compounds over time. You can track how this evolves longer term and understand how your “multiplier” changes.

 

What are your product features?

MYGA currently allows you to input your hourly time spend and it calculates how your habits compound over time. It also allows you to track this data over time and provides tool suggestions to help you progress.

 

When did you launch?

November 1, 2018

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt

Indie Hackers

Hacker News

Reddit

Twitter

 

How did your launch go?

After 72hours:

– Days to make: 25

– 8k+ pageviews

– 130+ signups

– 500+ upvotes

– Read more on Steph’s Twitter.

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

People responded really well to the concept and the fact that I was/still am a new maker. I would really encourage new makers (especially females) to just go out there and launch.

Read 🔖 books more efficiently 📚 by email 📩

Bookman by Jean Philip (@jpfong) from Montreal, Canada

https://usebookman.com

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

I can stop reading but I prefer to read efficiently. Email can be accessed from any devices that’s why something like Bookman is really practical. Also, the inspiration for Bookman was a web app called gready that allows reading a book via SMS, but it was quickly discontinued.

 

What are your product features?

Users can upload pub files and receive text sections by email. They can then reply to an email to receive the next section. They can read up to 33% of ebooks they don’t possess.

– users can upload an ePub file to receive it by email

– users can reply to an email from bookman to receive the next section

– they can go to the discover section to read up to 33% of ebooks they don’t possess

– they can start reading classic books offered by Bookman.

 

When did you launch?

I”ve launched at the beginning of August 2018.

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt

Posted to many of the sites on this GitHub repo.

 

How did your launch go?

– 135 upvotes on PH

– 100+ registered users

– 204 visits from Product Hunt

– 267 visitors from Designer News

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

What I would do is also to test the app before launching or to do a soft launch with friends. The reason is that you can catch bugs and also to test third parties. For bookman, MailGun that I’m using to send email was not ready for production, it is only activated when you enter your credit card information. So at first, users couldn’t receive any emails, resulting in a really bad experience!

Not too much success with Hacker news, not a lot of message from them. I had success with articles, from example, Lifehacker which bring a lot of users too. What I would do differently is to try to build expectation before the launch.

Feel free to ask if you want other specific details. Thanks!

Make yourself more efficient 🧙‍♂️ and productive 🤯

Y-Productive by Kyrylo (@kytaran) from Ukraine

https://www.y-productive.com

 

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What’s your motivation for creating your product?

Nowadays both work and rest can be done at the computer. It is easy to be sidetracked, and it quickly becomes a habit. We don’t even notice that we waste hours of work-intended time on nothing: from watching videos to constantly checking the news.

Let’s do a quick math: on average people get sidetracked 40 times per day. Even if it is just 2 minutes – which is never true because we need more time to reclaim our focus – it converts in 80 minutes wasted every day. It’s 7 hours of your productive time in trash every week minimum!

Everyone in our team is a digital worker, so we know that problem firsthand. We develop Y-Productive to help people track the true picture of their efficiency in work at the computer and to help them focus on getting things done every day. Why? Because a healthy work ensures a quality life and rest.  

 

What are your product features?

It’s a desktop app that tracks time and efficiency of your work and helps to prevent sidetracking.

Real-time productivity feedback, website blocking, distractions counter, task/project management, time tracking.

 

 

When did you launch?

July 18th, 2018.

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt

 

How did your launch go?

– Product of the Day #1, Product of the Week #5

– 987 upvotes

– 8K website visits

– 1K trial users

– 45 customers

– 1K euros earned

Be sure to check out this PH launch case study that Kyrylo wrote!

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

Launch tip: if you got to the main page, aim for the feedback, not the upvotes. It’s what ProductHunt is built for, and the feedback is the only thing that will help you in a long run.

The traffic will cease eventually, and press or media don’t care if you’ve taken the first place or not.