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May 5, 2020

First look at the dashboard

I have been using the V0 of Pulsar for 3 days now, completely dogfooding the product. Because of this, I'm writing this update from the perspective of a Pulsar user 😊
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The current version of the dashboard only shows the list of people who filled the form on Pulsar's landing page. We're referring to them as "Potential users" because not all of them will become users. Some are curious, and others are supporting me (and it's very appreciated!)
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Seeing the growing list of people is motivating but also helps to validate the idea. That's one of the focuses of the dashboard.
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But the number of potential users is nothing without the number of unique visitors. If we only had 50 potential users out of 6,000 unique visitors, it'd be a signal to rework the copy, the idea, or forget about it entirely.

For this, the dashboard needs to show the relevant information.
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The next version of the dashboard will still be showing the list of potential users but also unique visitors and the conversion rate.Β It'll visually display the evolution of traffic over time.

Now, some numbers might be foreign to first time makers, and building a product means learning a lot. Having quick access to helpful guides and tutorials at the right time can be useful, especially when we get started.
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I have also been receiving messages from potential users. I truly appreciate this. I have been manually listing themes and keywords for these messages, and I know it'll help me clarify my message and prioritize features.
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For example, one person asked me how Pulsar will "provide" real people.
This question is valid because many user testing platforms provide experienced (and paid) testers.

Validating a startup idea is very different from validating a new design or testing a new feature.
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You won't find paid testers or leads with Pulsar. At least, it's not planned at the moment.

The goal is to put your idea out there following a framework we built after helping thousand of products launch and using the right tool to reduce your efforts. If you let Pulsar guide you, you'll either find your potential users or understand that your idea doesn't have a market.
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Because this wasn't clear, I'll be reworking the copy on the landing page, and I'll start building a FAQ... but this will wait tomorrow 😊

First look at the dashboard

May 3, 2020

Building things for myself

Hi there!
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My name is Julie Chabin, and I'm the Head of Design at Product Hunt.
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I've seen countless of products launch, and I have also launched countless (actually, you could count them, but that's not the point) products.
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With the current global crisis, more and more people will try to start their own business, service, product... because they have to.
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Some have lost their job.
Others, like me, have realized putting all their eggs in the same basket is too risky.


I want to help these people find out if their ideas can turn into real opportunities.

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For this, I'm building Pulsar.

Building things for myself