How Product Hunt helped me build a list of 12,989,483,288+ subscribers in 20 minutes

Original author: Matt Sydeworks
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I looked at my Apple Watch. It was 3:32 p.m. Pacific time ... since I live in Silicon Valley.

I thought:

What can I do so that over the next 20 minutes it will bring me a fast-growing ROI without wasting time on KPI or API or PHP or finding a real job.

And then it dawned on me:

I will take part in an extremely successful hackathon in my attractive apartment in Silicon Valley, in which I live with 7 other serial entrepreneurs like me.

I climbed into my Moleskine (notebook brand) and looked at the last idea I wrote down:

Startup Ideas

  • A list of 300+ email newsletters containing 1000+ free tools and resources for startups and entrepreneurs who create services that automate the creation of collections and guides for content marketing in 2016 in the Meerkat application.


Before starting work, I had to choose a name.

I read 83 articles stored in Pocket for inspiration. But for some reason, articles like  17 and a half ways to become a lark  did not help me come up with a name.

So I drank a lot of coffee and thought. The name should be simple. Something people can wrap their heads around. That which should have nothing to do with the service itself, but should reflect all its steepness.

And it dawned on me:


Almost everyone knows what water is. And that is one word. Perfect.

But then I realized that this word has too many vowels and not enough R.

And it dawned on me:


MVP - Minimum Viable Product

Now that I have the name, I'm almost done. It remains to buy a domain and write to my friends about my startup:

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Everyone shared a Watrrr  service  in Rapchat, which was cool


The next 72 hours were crazy.

In  Watrrr  it had a lot of tweets and retweets, mentions and pereupominany. This led to a huge number of unique site views, which in turn led to 12,989,483,288+ subscribers. Here is a screenshot of Google Analytics Watrrr visits  :

And they are still growing.

Lessons learned

It was an incredible experience that not only brought me a lot of money, success and new friends, but also taught me how to be a startup ...

Lesson # 1: Culture = People

Only table tennis tables and soft ottomans will not get far. You need real people to build a culture. You can’t just buy a ping-pong table, several rackets and cool chairs. We need real people. It is not enough just to have table tennis and a bunch of comfortable seats.

Lesson # 2: Acting

Ideas are great. But we all have them. are great. Without working on them, your ideas will not turn into a startup. Do you think Uber became Uber because one co-founder of Uber and another co-founder of Uber said: “We have a great idea, and it's called Uber!” ? No, actually they went and made Uber. And so Uber now exists.

Lesson # 3: Fail ... and more often

Failing is very good. Because the more failures you have, the more people know that you are a serial entrepreneur who is engaged in startups. And then you can write an article in Medium about your mistakes, and how you succeeded.

Lesson # 4: Drop School

If you drop out of school, people will find out that you are a startup entrepreneur. And then you can write articles in Medium about how you dropped out of school and how you succeeded.

Lesson # 5: Do What You Like

Watch a large number of motivational videos and read as many motivational articles that will tell you to do what you like. Then write your own articles about what you need to do, what you like. In Medium. That is how you will succeed.

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