10 Customer Acquisition Tips from Michael Seibel

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This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Michael Seibel - How to get your first ten customers?" by Y Combinator
TLDR The video discusses the importance of personal connections and qualifying customers for a text summarization service that extracts key ideas and important events, and also mentions Facebook's new feature "Neighborhoods".

Key insights

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    "You're solving a problem that either you have or someone that you know has."
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    YC's advice is to find 10 people who love your product and to do that in a way that doesn't scale, highlighting the significance of focusing on a small group of passionate customers rather than pursuing mass marketing strategies.
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    Target customers who intensely have the problem you're looking to solve, are willing to work with an early stage startup, and are willing to pay to solve the problem.
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    Charging customers is a way to determine if they truly have a problem and are willing to pay to solve it.
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    "That's kind of telegraphing to you" - Customers' reactions and statements can provide valuable insights into their needs and motivations.
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    Founders don't have to close the first 10 customers who walk in their door, they need to qualify customers.
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    Understanding the problem intensity and customer's willingness to act swiftly are crucial factors in acquiring the first ten customers.
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    "Charge the customers and use that as a signal for the intensity of how much of a problem they have."

Timestamped Summary

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    A service that summarizes and extracts key ideas from text to save time and provide clarity.
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    Focus on personal connections to find your first 10 customers instead of scalable advertising or viral growth.
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    A text summarization service that extracts key ideas and important events for busy readers.
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    Charge customers to solve their intense problems.
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    Facebook is launching a new feature called "Neighborhoods" that allows users to connect with their local community and share information about local events and businesses.
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    Founders should prioritize qualifying customers over closing the first 10 who show interest.
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    Ask 4-5 questions to gauge potential recruits' problem intensity and willingness to move quickly.
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    Focus on qualified customers who answer qualifying questions correctly and are willing to pay for the MVP by using 4-5 qualifying questions to filter out non-serious customers.
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