I didn’t realize that creating a new product is this hard until I tried it myself

I am an engineer working for a big tech company in silicon valley. I make a good amount of money and have a comfortable life. Living in the valley, it's hard to not pay attention to all these new products. Whenever I hear about them, my natural reaction is to think about how to build them technically. And my answer often is – yeah, I can build that as well.

I didn't realize that creating a new product is this hard until I tried it myself. Early this year, I worked my ass off for a few months and launched my first app. It failed miserably. The app was downloaded by less than 10 people before I removed it from the app store. I removed it from the app store because I know that it won't work. After all, even I, the targeted audience, don't like to use the app I built.

I did a reflection on this experience. I made a lot of "typical" mistakes: I picked an area (Podcast) mainly because it's trending; I started from the technology instead of the problem; I tried to do well in all aspects and had no focus.

During my reflection, I found many useful posts from many great thinkers. I wish I had read them earlier or internalized them better. For example, though nobody can give you a startup idea, there are things you can do to increase your chance of finding a good one (post). Another example, it's extremely important to be laser-focused and avoid getting distracted by non-essential features/bugs (post).

I don't think that we could avoid making mistakes just by reading a lot of stuff. But I do believe that getting inspired and informed could help us set the right expectation and be more thoughtful about decisions. Hence, I launched an app (TechTea) to help current/future startup founders easily get interesting and useful blog posts from generating ideas, to raising capital and building company. I personally found it useful. I hope you do as well. Let me know if you have any feedbacks.

Stay inspired and informed. Keep building, my friends.

The youtube demo of the app is here: https://youtu.be/OR7ccvrZmXI

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What is the hardest part of creating an MVP?

Hi all.

We all have (or we think have) lots of great ideas. What was the biggest pain point for you in the process of getting from your idea to the first MVP?

What was the point when you were most confused and needed help? What made you decide that you are going with this idea?

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How do you guys feel about creating a repository of startup ideas for free?

I’ve a lot of ideas that I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to pursue in a million life times. There are a lot of us that cannot pursue a good idea for the lack of funds and a lot of us who have funds and are pursuing shitty ideas for the lack of a better one. I’m sure we can all benefit from sharing because ideas are only as good as execution. We can later create an honor system of payments if it seems useful

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Creating a Product – A to Z

How do I start creating a product?

I know obviously you need a design, 3d mockup, engineer for the tech, design for the packaging, instruction manual, etc.

What else is needed?

How do I go about finding a good reliable manufacturer? What about building the first prototype?

Is there a guide or any resource to see A to Z what is needed? Don’t want to forget anything and want to be able to do it alone or cheap.

Thanks for your help in advance.

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