Welcome to last week of Finding the One! But unfortunately, I didn’t find my first paying customer in time.
Which is like ending the year single after telling all of your friends that that is your year to find someone.
Everyone has their own “why am I still single?” moment. For me with Roadmap, I just ran out of time.
But I think it’s always important to look at the good and the bad so we can keep going. Here goes!
Welcome to Week 9 of Finding the One! It’s been awhile since I wrote to you. And I don’t really have any good explanations for that other than the obvious.
Nine weeks ago, I started out with a goal to get my first paying customer. But with three weeks left and far too much to do, it looks bleak.
But there’s good news.
Nothing inspires creativity quite like time running out.
My goal is still to get my first paying customer so that I can validate Roadmap as a business. …
Welcome to Week 6 of Finding the One! This marks the halfway point in my twelve-week goal to find my first paying customer for Roadmap.
But I’d be lying if I said I was “50% done”.
And to make sure I don’t repeat the same mistakes, I think it’s a good time to reflect on my last six weeks.
Because sometimes it’s not you, it’s actually me.
My goal is to have my first paying customer by April 17th. It’s my first step of validating Roadmap as a business. Right now, here’s where things stand:
Welcome to Week 5 of Finding the One! This week I planned out the first-run experience for Roadmap.
Which is a lot like a first date.
Nobody expects it to be perfect, but if we don’t “click” at all, someone’s going to wind up waiting by the phone.
I don’t want to wait by the phone.
Going out for sushi sounds like a great time. But if our date has a seafood allergy, we might actually kill them.
Welcome to Week 3 of Finding the One! This week, I learned how important it is to have a solid marketing channel.
And since I didn’t, it was real slow to meet potential customers.
Like the kid who forgets his Valentine’s Day box.
Instead of having classmates slide in and leave candy cards, you’re out there hustling for every single smarty.
But that all changed for me this week.
Somehow I always seem to forget that:
“Without a good distribution channel, a great product won’t reach anybody”
A good channel makes it easy to meet the right people consistently. …
Welcome to Week 2 of Finding the One! This week, I experimented with a new way to meet early adopters.
And when we meet someone new, it can be confusing to know if they’re into us or just upping their follower count.
But there is one sign that tells me a potential customer is interested.
Fortunately for me, I got to experience that this week.
I’m on the first step to finding my first paying customer. I’d like to have 30 people signed up to beta Roadmap before moving on. Right now, I’m at about 11.
Welcome to Week 1 of Finding the One! This week, I put myself out there to meet early adopters.
And whether you’re swiping right or perusing Whole Foods, meeting the one can feel like a numbers game.
My goal was to get fifteen potential customers signed up for Roadmap. Which didn’t quite go as planned.
But I did meet four real people.
Opposites attract, but similarities bind. So if we’re going to find the one, a good place to start is in a community that shares our interests. Like Church. Or the gym. Or your underwater basket weaving class.
Welcome to 2021. And this year, I’m going to find “the one”. Kind of.
I’ve always wanted to build Roadmap into a business. But just like it’s not official until you say “I do”, it’s not a business until you provide value that one person pays for.
My goal for the next twelve weeks is to get my first paying customer. And if there’s one thing that will keep me on track, it’s writing to you — my coerced, yet supportive friend.
I also hope this inspires you to keep building yourself!
For most of my life, I’ve struggled with…
Dear Red Hat,
Yesterday, you joined IBM. And I’ll be the first to say, I absolutely didn’t see it coming.
We met around five years ago when I was an intern for you in Boston. And since then, we’ve been on quite the ride. But I think I can sum up everything you taught me in three words:
I don’t know
Please, allow me to explain.
I was working for you as a Software Consultant. Our customer was one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. And we were two weeks from production with one of their critical applications.
You’ll notice this is a political post. I know, I know. Another one of those.
Don’t worry, no facts or figures. I think we could all use a break for a bit.
And plus, I’m not super politically savvy. But this isn’t really about politics, it’s about people.
I think we’ve made a big mistake.
Am I talking about Trump or Hilary? No.
The mistake we made was to make our political party the most important thing in our lives. It’s true that our vote reveals some of what we believe. …