Shut down startup, learned from successful ones: talk to users, find niche audience, grow 10% weekly.
The speaker shut down their startup, felt like a failure, and turned to the internet to learn from successful startups.
The speaker emphasizes the importance of talking to users, finding a niche audience, and growing 10% every week when building a product.
The speaker identified child care as a big problem in people's lives, based on personal experience and feedback from others.
The speaker realized that the reason for the pain of many people in the crowded category of parenting was the lack of a village, and she used her chemistry degree to create a formula for recreating trust and availability through data and code.
Started a child care service using free tools and SMS communication, exceeded growth goals.
The speaker struggled to build an app without a programmer, but eventually came up with the idea to use SMS to approximate the experience and used free tools to create a landing page for signups and feedback.
Started a child care service by finding and vetting three University of Washington students and reaching out to 15 families in the local neighborhood, using Google Calendar for scheduling, Stripe for payments, SMS for communication, and Excel for database, and exceeded weekly growth goals.
Finding the perfect co-founder is challenging, but with passion and complementary skills, Poppy was able to build a platform connecting parents and caregivers.
Finding the perfect co-founder is not easy, as it requires finding someone who complements your personality, has the right experience, passion for the mission, and can be a partner through the ups and downs.
The speaker met Richard, who had a different background but shared a passion for pursuing curiosity, and despite his work on social media, dating apps, and Bitcoin gambling, there was a connection.
Poppy started as a leap of faith, but with the help of a skilled partner and a dedicated team, they were able to build a platform connecting parents and caregivers.