louis@cloak.ist

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louis@cloak.ist · 545d ago

Done!

louis@cloak.ist · 554d ago

https://twitter.com/louisbarclay and https://twitter.com/cloakist. Look forward to chatting on Twitter!

louis@cloak.ist · 554d ago

Whoa, love it! Nice work

louis@cloak.ist · 559d ago

Gotcha - I like the approach of 'deliver X features then see if traction happens'. I guess the only risk is that 'feature creep' sets in - that you go past the originally defined scope of the features. I did this a lot when working on Nudge (nudgeware.io) - I kept going for years adding features that I thought would move the needle.

louis@cloak.ist · 560d ago

This is really cool Andrew, thanks for sharing.

I'm guessing you've considered focusing on one particular interest area, to try and focus your app and marketing more (let's say for the sake of argument, by targeting sportspeople only). I'm really interested in why you decided not to go down this road? My interest comes from having flirted before with the idea of making an app that helped sportspeople find e.g. a tennis partner.

Also: I am not sure I agree that the unlimited runway is the reason you will win (that might just be a quirk of how the end of your post is written). I think it's much more likely to be the approach you lay out in paragraph 3. I can see how many businesses with unlimited runway might still fail, because product market fit is not guaranteed by spending time on something. Sometimes I could hypothesize that unlimited runway would in fact make businesses avoid hard decisions - and that it would be best to 'fake' runway even when there is none, by saying 'we'll only try this for X more months'.

louis@cloak.ist · 560d ago

These are great tips, thank you. To add my own: you can't launch the same product twice in (I think) 6 months. We did this once and got banned, even though our launch was going really well. It sucked.

louis@cloak.ist · 560d ago

I'm interested to know: why do you not want to give Pioneer 1% equity?

louis@cloak.ist · 588d ago

I'm pretty certain that everyone who does YC gets the same deal. I haven't heard of anyone negotiating their way to a better valuation. But might be worth asking around more.

louis@cloak.ist · 603d ago

Whoa, OK. Pretty cool.

louis@cloak.ist · 603d ago

Out of interest, why do you think it was helpful in getting into YC? Did you mention it in the application or interview?