So I am 3 weeks into my San Francisco adventure, I have learnt that the US attitude to helping fellow entrepreneurs is incredible. I have learnt that design is super important and cannot exist as a separate function to development they two need to sync way better than we do it right now. Our app is incrementally getting better the more we take out of it, and I have been given some sage advice, your first ideas are still your best, you are just bored of them, other people haven’t heard them yet! Thanks to Shane our iOS lead for that. Anyway I am off to have turkey and things, have a good Thanksgiving people.
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So we got invited to Jason Calacanis’ Launch incubator and I am going to spend 4 months away from my wife and young daughters, this is very hard, but i recognise the importance of a start up such as Clectaverse being exposed to the tough love of the successful entrepreneur. I have spent the last 2 months immersing myself in product and UX training. If ,like me, you are a founder who is also the hustler and the person binding it all together through sheer force of will then I can not recommend pursuing these skills enough. The ability to even put together a very basic prototype using Sketch and InVision is invaluable for the user feedback you are going to need as you iterate. There are a tonne of invaluable resources via blogs, books and I used Udemy to educate. Eric Reiss’ book on UX “Usable Usability” and Steve Krug’s “Don’t make me think” are great starting places.
I started Clectaverse to solve a problem, there was no dedicated modern online service that let me organise and display my collection and buy and sell from others under one roof that felt like it was built for me. Within 6 months I had managed to build the most densely complicated site where no real word was used if I could substitute for something geeky. My first lesson had been learned, don’t build something for yourself and your uber geeky co founder, at least 80% of the people who signed up for our beta found the language impenetrable and our icons confusing, to quote Mr Krug, “Don’t make users think.” Yes you can put a personality on top of recognised web and app UX conventions but dont make a magnifying glass a lightsaber!
I have been studiously learning UX and design via Udemy and some amazing books and will share my thoughts on how amazingly useful this has been very soon as I am off to San Francisco to join Jason Calacanis’ Launch program where I expect my nascent skills will be developed to the level needed to pitch a start up with an MVP these day.
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