Turn your bookmarks into digest, categorised by reading topics
How did you come up with the microstartup idea?
I struggle with organizing and reading tweets I bookmarked a lot. There were lots of gems regarding development tips, business tweets, and lessons from indie hackers. But they were almost buried and I can't connect to my daily learnings.
When I tried a few tools available in the market, none suits my need. My requirement was not just a bookmark manager but to be a system to curate and read regularly. Having this will help me curate high-signal tweets from Twitter and connect it to my learnings.
That's how the idea of Tweetsmash came.
How did you find your first customers?
We found our first customer through a tweet about a discussion for an idea that syncs bookmarks to Notion. Though we didn't have that feature built at the time, we were really excited to try it out.
So we just shared our product under replies and said Notion sync is under development. Our first customer is KP, he tried our product immediately and really like it. After we shipped the Notion sync in the next 2 days, we manage to show him a demo of it. Eventually, he became our very first customer.
He is our primary supporter ever since. The next 2-3 customers also came from his shoutout tweet
How are you finding your customers today?
Mostly Twitter and initial word of mouth from our users!
Build in Public is helping us a lot to have an audience who follow our product updates and the journey we share via tweet. Also, we share our product in replies under discussion about bookmarks. This also brings us a few customers.
We are working on more channels - Indiehackers, Reddit and others.
What's your advice for other microfounders who want to get started?
Validate if the problem you are facing right now is experienced by more users. If yes, jump-start building it as a side project preferably in front of a community ( Twitter in our case ).
This would for sure correct the course of your product very early in the development phase. While doing this try to find your first paid customer and validate this idea.
Once you find more ways to scale this to cover your basic expenses, become full-time to work on this idea.
Ramya Chinnadurai 🚀
Founded: Feb 2022
Startups to $5k MRR