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AndyDent-Touchgram · 4h ago

What a small world - I was looking at your post on PH just minutes ago and saved a link to it as something to come back to once I ship the next release of Touchgram. (I too would want an API, like Max Katz).

Great to have Chris Messina as your hunter.

From what I've read about prepping for PH agree with 1 & 2 of your could be done better especially letting people know in advance or having a list of where you'd post as soon as released.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 5h ago

Fernando, try using the dictation features on your phone or computer to rest your typing. I'm a big believer in Tai Chi having saved my wrists. I had problems years ago and thankfully had read good advice on how inflammation works and how rest works - you need to totally stop using an arm for days to rest it. Inflammation kicks back in with very little movement. I strapped my right arm to my side for 3 weeks and had to learn to mouse left-handed.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 4d ago

I'm pretty sure you're wrong and trying to overcomplicate a perceived problem. I'm an engineering type too. I'm disagreeing with you on the back of over a year of membership, tracking my results every single week.

Pioneer does not set any rules as to how progress is measured - that's your perception.

It is purely up to the individual startup as to what they report as goals to be achieved and how well they met them. I have had weeks where my upvotes were due purely to meeting marketing activities and community outreach, as I attempted to refine my understanding of what people wanted.

I haven't managed to get a new version on the App Store for 10 months, although I've come close, because of an insanely ambitious core engine rewrite. (Thankfully over, I'm just dealing with some cleanup & finally getting into the cycle of UX improvement on top.)

AndyDent-Touchgram · 4d ago

in reality, you know better than all of them

That's a response that always worries me.

My perspective on Pioneer is that some of the advice will be wrong but to always look at what perception of the product led to that advice?

AndyDent-Touchgram · 11d ago

I'm in a similar position, currently at a personal best of 36 overall. I'm pretty sure the long delays in getting the new version on the store and lack of traction stops me being selected. I've not updated our website either waiting to finish the new version.

Our website in particular is something that weekly reviewers have commented on - look at your feedback and pull together a list of action points.

I haven't reviewed you since early December so have no idea of progress but (I think) Pioneer is a lot like other VC firms - they are looking for potential to scale dramatically given more resources. For marketplaces, that may be hard to prove and part of it is probably about proving you have a tech stack and approach that can be automated, rather than requiring lots of hands-on work.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 13d ago

I'm thinking we could eventually build aspects of this thing into software

I have no idea who you are or of your technical expertise - I see comments like the above regularly. Unless you have a deep understanding of software analysis and public credibility in this space, you're unlikely to make that work.

I have 40 years experience including working on complex software like 3D CAD & during that time have used a lot of code analysis & dev tools. It's technically very difficult to do well & there are many startups tackling the low-hanging fruit of simple web app tooling.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 16d ago

Right now there's more work (all planned and vetted) than the brains to take it up

Hah - I know that feeling!

Touchgram core engine 96 issues
iMessage app 344 issues
(tiny number bugs, mostly upcoming)

That's just the tech side, without considering marketing, biz dev, admin...

Just me and the (sadly ailing) dog.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 16d ago

Nope, never ever going to work.

Apart from other flaws,
built in public by the public = designed by committee

AndyDent-Touchgram · 16d ago

I also think of this more like a venn diagram overlap.

For Market A, we have these competitors.
For Market B, we have this different set.

In any one of those, "competitor" is in the startup sense of "competing way people get the job done" which is not necessarily a company or app.

Some products are so narrow they only have one market or one set of competitors.

Also, defining multiple potential markets and doing competitor analysis, or even a bit of customer development, is not (necessarily) lack of focus.

You define your alternatives so you can pick your focus.
You do the minimum amount of research/outreach to make a considered decision.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 17d ago

When in doubt, pretend you just stumbled across their web page. First impressions are always valuable and there are very few pioneers who are offering to only a specialist market.