Hi, I'm @freekrai. I'm the founder of Flybase, WorkerPod and other sites. I write, travel to conferences and work from anywhere, bootstrap companies and tell it exactly like it is. Follow this blog to learn how to use modern design theories to build rapid MVPs in 30 days or less.

Screw Stealth Mode: Why You Should Tell Everyone Your Startup Idea

Want to see me get upset?

Like… red in the face, I could deadlift a baby elephant with my rage alone, level upset?

Here’s how to do it:

Tell me your startup’s in “stealth mode” and you can’t talk about it.

Or worse, ask me to sign a freakin’ NDA before you “get into the particulars.”

WTF do you mean you can’t talk about it?

Why not?

What are you afraid is going to happen?

That someone’s going to drop everything going on in their life and business to pursue it?

How bloody arrogant do you need to be?

Even if they did, that simply means there’s NOTHING unique or hard about your idea.

If someone can beat you to the punch just by understanding the general, high-level concept, then you probably need to go back to the drawing board.

You think Uber is an easy idea to execute? Hell no.

Easy to understand, yes. To build? NO F-Ing way.

Alright… so now that I got that out of my system, let me tell you a few reasons you’ll want to tell others about your idea.

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How To Create A Customer Feedback Loop That Works On All Stages Of The Funnel

Over time, I’ve spoke with a lot of founders and marketers about customer feedback. Most of them would tell me that they’re all about their customers and they focus a lot on getting feedback from them in order to improve their product, but the truth is that most companies tend to ignore it. Not a lot of companies actually apply customer feedback loops in their process. Some companies just don’t feel the need for it or some founders just don’t know where to start. The same questions come up all the time,

  • Where do I start asking for customer feedback?
  • How do I ask for customer feedback if I don’t already have a list of email subscribers or users?
  • What type of questions should I be asking my customers?
  • We don’t have a need for user and customer feedback now..
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MVP in 30 take 2

We took a short break from the MVP in 30 project but now we’re back and we’ve got a few exciting projects for you all.

Stay tuned as we bring you our new MVPs, and business tips.

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Price for value, not cost

Knowing what to charge for your startup’s product is hard, but you should always price for the value it creates for your customers, not how much it costs you to provide it. The current standard in SaaS is some version of three-tiered pricing – small, medium, and large (or enterprise) plans, with each progressive tier giving the customer increased access to the number of accounts they can have, emails sent, API calls made, etc. Typically, an increase in price is correlated with an incremental cost increase for the provider rather than tied to the value that the user is getting from the product.

Imposing this “step function” pricing implicitly says, “Every one of my customers is going to fall neatly into one of these three buckets.” In reality, within one product, the value each customer gets from using the product falls along a spectrum.

This is an important step when it comes to pricing your software.

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Building a List MVP app

A new method for building rapid MVPs using Flybase and some JavaScript.

Handy for getting a basic MVP out there that just needs to display information of some sort and let people submit