Naked startup: what it feels like to get (Alpha) product out the door

by oneafrikan on July 20, 2007

If you’ve been reading this blog lately, then you’ll know that I’ve had my head in the sand building a product (that is backed by some pretty awesome people) with our team of ninjas, so that means that I’ve pretty much focussed on this to the exclusion of everything else in my life, other than trying to get regular sleep, eat better food, get more exercise and lately a little more social interaction with a certain lass who understands what I’m going through.

Long and the short of it is that it feels like an immense task we’re engaged in, and is certainly one that will require a huge amount of effort, concentration and all of my experience in the industry. So here I am after a long week, and a huge mountain in front of me, but the cool thing is that we’ve launched our Alpha and we’re getting really good feedback (which means that we’re discovering bugs and learning user lessons which as developers we don’t always take into account) from our Alpha people.

I’ve spent most of the day today working on our “user funnel” and it feels super good to be getting to a point where we can live and breathe and play with our product. I’m so pysched that I could carry on working, which is a really cool place to be – it feels like the day has been and gone, but I don’t feel tired for it.

So I’m not trying to say much really, other than it’s an awesome place to be in, and it feels like we’re making good progress. We’re doing some technically briliant stuff that is actually difficult to believe can be done and seeing it in action makes taking ownership easy.

All good ;-)

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