Marc Köhlbrugge ᴮᴱᵀᴬ

marckohlbrugge

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@myfydo Cool so it's (small) local businesses helping each other out.
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Congrats on launching this. I love services like this which make existing data more useful. 👍

By the way it says "self-hosted" on the page, but it's actually hosted by you. You might want to correct that. Self-hosted means the user would need to host it on their own server.
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@marckohlbrugge Thank you Marc, I thought that the meaning was different.
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@Bd_Perez I double checked Wikipedia, because I wasn't 100% sure myself. Turns out there's quite some confusion about the terminology, but it does indeed seem that the more common meaning refers to hosting it on your own server. So 'self-hosted' is where you as the customer host it yourself (like with many open source packages). Whereas 'hosted' is where the service provider hosts it for you (i.e. typical SaaS).
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By the way, using Bridge for building MVPs seems like a concept that resonates with people. See engagement on this tweet: https://twitter.com/marckohlbrugge/status/899325830744158209

Perhaps it's worth organising a little contest to see who can come up with the most interesting MVP using Bridge. I'd be happy to throw in some BetaList stickers and provide the winner some free publicity.
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@Bd_Perez I double checked Wikipedia, because I wasn't 100% sure myself. Turns out there's quite some confusion about the terminology, but it does indeed seem that the more common meaning refers to hosting it on your own server. So 'self-hosted' is where you as the customer host it yourself (like with many open source packages). Whereas 'hosted' is where the service provider hosts it for you (i.e. typical SaaS).
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By the way, using Bridge for building MVPs seems like a concept that resonates with people. See engagement on this tweet: https://twitter.com/marckohlbrugge/status/899325830744158209

Perhaps it's worth organising a little contest to see who can come up with the most interesting MVP using Bridge. I'd be happy to throw in some BetaList stickers and provide the winner some free publicity.
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By the way, using Bridge for building MVPs seems like a concept that resonates with people. See engagement on this tweet: https://twitter.com/marckohlbrugge/status/899325830744158209

Perhaps it's worth organising a little contest to see who can come up with the most interesting MVP using Bridge. I'd be happy to throw in some BetaList stickers and provide the winner some free publicity.
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Interesting idea. The notification when the multiplier reaches a certain number (e.g. 1x) seems particularly useful when you don't have a specific time you need a ride. For example when you're at working and planning to leave "within 30 minutes."

Do you have plans to extend the service to cover other apps too?
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@marckohlbrugge Hi Mark
We have plans to develop separate application for Lyft service. Uber API Terms of Use doesn't allow usage of API to compete with Uber or try to drive traffic away from Uber.
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Cool idea! We've got a Slack channel with weekly KPIs, but setting it up was quite complicated. Looking forward seeing how Copibot solves that.

Unrelated: the landing page looks very similar to https://www.scaleapi.com – you might want reconsider the design :)
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Cool idea! How long does it take getting used for a first person shooter for example?
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The hardware and interface look great. Congrats!

How well would it work for strength exercises? Counting reps is a huge win over e.g. Apple Watch. Is there an easy way to track weights as well?
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks! It works great for strength exercises! 💪🏼

So we don't currently track weights but you bet we will in the future app versions.
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Site works for me. Maybe they were down. Try again?
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Looks intriguing. Looking forward hearing more!
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The premise of the device is intriguing, but it's not quite clear to me how it actually works and how accurate it is.

Could you tell us a little bit more about the underlying technology and have you done any studies that show its efficacy?

P.S.
The landing page has a misspelling. It has "beggining" :)
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Love this idea. Using a spreadsheet as your back-end is a great way to kickstart a new business. You get an interface you're familiar with, it allows for community contributions (If you open up access), and easily integrates with existing services like Zapier.

@levelsio's Nomad List ( https://nomadlist.com ) and @daniellemorrill's Mattermark ( https://mattermark.com ) are two great examples of spreadsheet-first startups.
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This looks great! I currently use Moom to manage my windows, but its preset functionality is quite limited. Switchem seems like a better approach.

Just bought my license. Trying it now :)
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@marckohlbrugge Quick feedback: The activation window where you enter the license code didn't let me paste in my license using the Cmd+V shortcut. When I looked at the macOS menu bar it showed the Finder was my active app. I guess Switchem is made such that it's never the foreground app, which is probably why it couldn't receive the paste event.

Not a huge problem, but something you might want to look into. Even better would be a switchem:// link with the license key in the email that I could click to activate the app.
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@marckohlbrugge Hey Marc, thank you very much for your interest and thank you for your feedback :) Yeah, exactly. I also wrote an article on Medium https://medium.com/@switchem/workday-automation-how-to-increase-productivity-at-work-405abed714c9 so take a look ;)

As for the "Activation" issue - we're using a solution by devmate.com so unfortunately, it's not in our hands to solve it. However, you can paste the code using the right-click menu ( ⌃ Control key + Mouse click )

By the way, your suggestion using "switchem://" is totally great, we'll add one very soon! This is an MVP, so we're working on a lot of new amazing features that will be added as quickly as possible.

Also if you should encounter any further trouble at all in the meantime, please don't hesitate to reach out using "support@switchem.co" or our social pages on twitter and facebook "@switchemapp".
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Would love to see a few real-life examples of past emails or prices you found using the ways you describe!
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@marckohlbrugge Hi Marc. Here is a screenshot of an example recent flight deal that was sent out To Paris for just over $500 with fees. http://imgur.com/ZwsvsPa
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@HesDave Cool. How much does it differ from the average rate?
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@marckohlbrugge Hi Marc. Normal fair is around $750-$850+fees normally depending what time you fly. We don't send any fares out unless you're substantially saving money with the flights.
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@marckohlbrugge Quick feedback: The activation window where you enter the license code didn't let me paste in my license using the Cmd+V shortcut. When I looked at the macOS menu bar it showed the Finder was my active app. I guess Switchem is made such that it's never the foreground app, which is probably why it couldn't receive the paste event.

Not a huge problem, but something you might want to look into. Even better would be a switchem:// link with the license key in the email that I could click to activate the app.
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@marckohlbrugge Hey Marc, thank you very much for your interest and thank you for your feedback :) Yeah, exactly. I also wrote an article on Medium https://medium.com/@switchem/workday-automation-how-to-increase-productivity-at-work-405abed714c9 so take a look ;)

As for the "Activation" issue - we're using a solution by devmate.com so unfortunately, it's not in our hands to solve it. However, you can paste the code using the right-click menu ( ⌃ Control key + Mouse click )

By the way, your suggestion using "switchem://" is totally great, we'll add one very soon! This is an MVP, so we're working on a lot of new amazing features that will be added as quickly as possible.

Also if you should encounter any further trouble at all in the meantime, please don't hesitate to reach out using "support@switchem.co" or our social pages on twitter and facebook "@switchemapp".
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Hi all 👋

Excited to launch Faces today. More than 4 years in the making. Kind of.

All the way back in 2013 I created a site to showcase creatives and makers from my local community in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Ever since people asked me to create a similar site for their community. I was working on a lot of different products already and figured some other company would step in and create a service for this kind of stuff.

Few years later, late 2016, there still wasn't a simple service to create a visual overview of the people in a community. I did some quick Twitter research and it turned out more people were interested in such a page and even willing to pay.

So I created a few pages at $200 a pop (for the first year) for a handful of customers. Initially I literally just copied the codebase and did a find & replace for their community name, logo, etc. Later I replaced those with 'environment variables' so the codebase could be the same for each community, although there was still no way for customers to update those variables themselves and setting up a new page required me to spin up a new Heroku instance.

About 2-3 weeks ago I finally started working on a true multi-tenancy version of Faces. That means every community page is hosted on the same server using the same codebase. Basically it means that people can now create and manage their own page, without requiring my involvement. A true SaaS.

Anyway. That's where we are today. I'm excited to see what you'll do with it and let me know if you have any questions or feedback. 🙌
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Happy to answer any questions!
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Love the design! Do you have more examples for us to check out?
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Some people on Twitter are, in my opinion rightfully, expressing some concerns about sending thousands of journalists the same email.

The description "Pitch your startup to over 3,800 journalists in one go" suggests Mailroom sends out one email to everyone, but your website copy talks about personalisation and researching which journalists to reach out to.

Can you clarify how exactly Mailroom works and perhaps alleviate some of those concerns?
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@witt_software Sounds good! Looking forward seeing it develop.
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@farbodsaraf Thanks Farbod. It's $29/mo for up to 100 member profiles. We'll be adding a pricing table for 100+ members soon.
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I've seen a few of these wysiwyg email editors on BetaList. What's your plan to differentiate MailFit from existing solutions?
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@marckohlbrugge I will thank you if you send me links to these services.

MailFit key features will be friendly interface (right now we working on it) and a bunch of integrations. I think the key is ecosystem with other business platforms, like CMS, CRM, ERP, ESP. Don't it?
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@mtrntv Here's a few I found:

http://betalist.com/startups/mailrox
http://betalist.com/startups/mailmalade

I've tried a few myself, but I still end up writing HTML from scratch because I like to have full control over the design. Would love to use a wysiwyg-editor though.
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Will this be a marketplace for people to buy and sell 3D models, or more like an open source repository like GitHub?
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@marckohlbrugge Hi, it will be both but actually we are focused on the "open source mouvement" and then it will be the marketplace. We are looking for a strong community of makers first !
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I love this type of functionality. Use it all the time on both iOS and macOS.

How does Rocket Typist compare to the built-in text snippets on Apple's operating systems and existing third-party software such as TextExpander?

I personally use a combination of both. The native snippets for simple things like email addresses that I might need everywhere, and TextExpander for more advanced stuff on the Mac.

Is the one-time fee versus TextExpander's new subscription model the most important difference or are the other differences too we should be aware of?
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@marckohlbrugge Hi Marc,

Apple's build in text expansion is very basic and misses features like macros to make a snippet more dynamic.

Similar software for the Mac is often too expensive and thus not a good deal for people who only have a few snippets that they just need every now and then. Also I personally don’t like the subscription model, at least not for just one app. So why would I want to do it as a developer? You will only have to pay for Rocket Typist once.

But most important of all, all the apps I’ve tried did not really feel like a Mac app, especially when it comes to macros. With Rocket Typist you will never have to type or read cryptic macro syntax, which is great because now even my mum can work with it. 😃

Rocket Typist will be also be available on the Mac App Store and I already have ideas for macros that you don’t find anywhere else. These will be added over time with future updates.

Cheers
Daniel
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@witt_software Sounds good! Looking forward seeing it develop.
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Screenshots look great. Have you been testing this with beta testers yet? Curious to hear about the results.
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@JavaWales Thanks for your feedback. I will address it here so anyone interested can read along, and will reach out via DM as well.

> If you use more than a handful of tags on a desktop the branding overlays over the tags

Great point. If you have a lot of tags this becomes a problem. This is relatively easy to fix though, so I'll get that sorted soon.

> Redirecting to the site fails so your subdomain works great but then what about the main domain

I'm not sure what you mean with this. I'll follow up via Twitter DM to clarify.

> Impossible to signup on a mobile

While you can sign up to create the community page on mobile, it's indeed not yet possible for people to sign up to your community page from mobile. This is something we're working on.

> Obtrusive branding on mobile devices

Good point. On mobile it's quite obtrusive. I'll see if I can make it less obtrusive or simply hide it altogether on mobile. The goal of Faces is for it to be a white-label solution which is hosted on your own domain, etc.

> Support non good to date after following advice to DM developer got no reply for 24 hours

I'm sorry to hear this. I do my best responding promptly, but since it's a weekend I'm a little slower than usual.

> Not sure that $29 is cost effective for a community of 100 which should fill up very quickly on the basis this application will not make any money

For some people the price point is too high, for others it's more than fair. It really seems to depend on your use case. Right now we're focused on use cases where $29/mo is acceptable as supporting a lower price point isn't feasible at this point. (e.g. more support/sales inquiries than we could comfortable handle.)

> Would be good to be able to add some custom HTML or integrations like click.im or callpage.io or booklikeaboss or crankwheel

That's a really cool idea! Right now we have a handful of predetermined social media links people can add to their profile, but none of those yet. Down the road we'll make this more flexible so you as the community manager can add any profiel field you'd like so you could include those you mentioned as well.

Thanks for your feedback. As you know we're still in the early stages of the product, so this type of feedback is super useful. 🙌
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This reminds me of a service called Primeloop which @thomasknoll launched a few years ago. Looks like it has since been rebranded RetargetLinks.

I've always thought it was a very clever approach to setting pixels.

It seems like your solution is more flexible in that you can set a Facebook pixel, whereas RetargetLinks seems to require you to use their display ad platform to do the retargeting.

Is that a fair assessment?

Would be nice if this could be integrated into Buffer by the way. (noticed @Maxberthelot's Twitter bio ;)
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@marckohlbrugge so glad you remembered. You remember correctly that it could be any pixel... patent pending an everything :)
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks for your kind words :)
It's totally a fair assessment ;) We were looking for a solution like PixelMe since a few. All solutions out there seems to include a Display Ad or a Big CTA to perform the retargeting. We strongly believe the CTA is hurting Users navigation and doesn't provide a Good experience.
I agree it would be nice if PixelMe could be integrated with a tool like Buffer ;) It's still a side project for now. If we're seeing a lot of demand for such an integration, we'll think about it ;)
Let us know if you wanna test the tool ;)
Cheers
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@marritt Congrats on the launch 🙌

We're not hiring now, but will keep it in mind if we ever do.
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@alesnesetril Love the design of this. Congrats on shipping it!

What's the most common mistake (beginning) creatives make with regards to self-promotion on Instagram?
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@marckohlbrugge Hey-o, thanks!

I think it can go as simple as people not being patient enough in the beginning. I saw a lot of people starting out really well (great content, posting on regular basis etc.), but they gave up after a few weeks. Their expectations were really high, but they didn't want to do the "work" in long term.

Then the second (connected to the first one a bit) could be too much overthinking to make everything beautiful since day one instead of trying out tools, experimenting with styles or messing around with the platform itself.
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@alesnesetril Some great tips. Thanks Ales. I'm often guilty of the second one. Wanting to come up with the perfect plan before starting. I agree though it tends to be more productive to just get going and fine-tune things along the way.
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@marckohlbrugge Haha, to be honest, I'm sometimes guilty as well. The ebook is also a reminder for myself sometimes..
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So if I understand correctly, this is always-on screen sharing and audio calls? Wasn't 100% clear from the description.
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@marckohlbrugge It's a new push-to-talk always-on experience, we developed it for own use, working remotely. Try it out - My username inside is omri.klinger :).
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This looks amazing. Will it be possible to create (automatic) lip sync videos too? 😁
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@marckohlbrugge, thanks Marc. Not yet. We'll add that to our request list.
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Love this idea! Very clever.

Does the Readme file automatically get updated (I noticed you request Github access), or does the developer manually add the sponsor?

It might be interesting showcasing job listings as well. Companies could target specific repositories or programming languages. Send me a DM on Twitter ( @marckohlbrugge ) if you're interested exploring a partnership with BetaList Jobs :)
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@Keith_Delk Hi Keith, yes we support animated GIFs for the profile images :)
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@codesponsor Cool! Didn't realise this before, but @andreasklinger pointed out on Twitter that you're using a dynamically generated SVG image so you can change the advertiser on-the-fly without needing to update the code. That's smart!

Some interesting commentary here as well: https://twitter.com/marckohlbrugge/status/905463494706733056
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I was under the impression that thermostats like Nest are wifi-connected too. Am I wrong? If so, are you worried about them becoming connected at some point? What would that mean for Rumy?
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Thanks for the TestFlight invite. Here's my initial feedback:

I really like the general concept. Making your photos come to life (and those of friends!) is a lot of fun and the underlying technology works quite well. I also like that I can save the result to my camera roll so I can share it wherever I want.

My biggest complaint is the user experience. I feel like it's unnecessarily complex. All I want to do is choose a picture and animate it. Manually or with the emoji presets. The on-boarding process with all the tooltips and explainer videos is quite cumbersome. In my opinion a good interface doesn't need explaining. I think leveraging iOS' native design language rather than inventing your own style would make things more intuitive.

Down the road I can envision integrations with other social media where I could have an animated avatar similar to Bitmoji in Snapchat. Rather than a 😁 smiley you'd actually see my avatar animate to match that emotion.

Looking forward seeing it develop. Congrats on the progress so far 👌
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@marckohlbrugge thanks for the detailed feedback! Great points! We actually have 3 variants of the on-boarding we are testing. We continue to ask ourselves how we can make the UI more intuitive & familiar, where we should simplify, and how much to throw at a new user. It's very helpful to have testers from BetaList to help solve these riddles! BTW, you can currently export avatars, if you haven't come across that, yet.
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@alesnesetril Some great tips. Thanks Ales. I'm often guilty of the second one. Wanting to come up with the perfect plan before starting. I agree though it tends to be more productive to just get going and fine-tune things along the way.
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@marckohlbrugge Haha, to be honest, I'm sometimes guilty as well. The ebook is also a reminder for myself sometimes..
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Great concept! Will these be real chats, or all automated? I can imagine it being specifically useful in real contexts (e.g. real conversions with foreign friends).
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@soydonandres I agree with Don about getting lost in the process. I recommend having a look at @samuelhulick's UserOnboard: http://www.useronboard.com

I think it's worth considering starting out simple, and exposing the additional options gradually over time. The sooner you can get people to play around with their photo, the better.
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@marckohlbrugge, thanks for the link. I'll check that out. We'll experiment with some shorter tutorial variants.
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@patry_francois 63% is not too bad! If you can find a good way to manage expectations for those other 37% and provide a reasonably quick answer I can see it work out well 👌
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Interesting move. What made you decide to build an additional app and how does Superday fit into Toggl's larger strategy?
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@marckohlbrugge Hey Marc! :) Superday is for people who are not so much into time tracking but would like to see how and where they spend their time, and do some casual measurements. Also, it’s not integrated with Toggl currently.
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@heiditaperson Ah nice. Widening your customer base a bit. Might be interesting to consider integrating with Gyroscope ( https://gyrosco.pe ) in the future. Right now they integrate with RescueTime for similar data (e.g. how productive were you today, etc), but Superday seems like a more lightweight alternative.
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The 'strategies' look fun and original. How do they work?

For example, the "reward yourself" strategy. Does it automatically add rewards in between tasks, or does the user enter them themselves?
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@marckohlbrugge Each strategy is unique and we are always adding more. For each strategy there is a description and video of how it works. It always adds some kind of feature to the regular interface. :)

If the "reward yourself" strategy is turned on there is a little gift icon that appears next to the task input bar. You can then make a reward task and press the gift icon to mark it as a reward: eg. "Watch an episode of XYZ", "Eat a snack" etc. And you then place the reward task after all the tasks you need to complete before you get the reward. In the interface the reward task has a rainbow border on top so you can see easily when a reward is coming up.

Of course, people can reward themselves without having a specific feature for it but implementing it like this makes it more real and the whole action becomes more conscious. Knowing productivity strategies is relatively easy but actually implementing the in your daily workflow is usually the hard part.
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@vabustillos That's an interesting idea. Will consider it for the future. Thanks 🙌
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@gaiduchenko I love the idea of showing who's open/clicked an email right within Gmail. Very clever!

How does the user send emails? Does that happen from within Docsify as well?
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@marckohlbrugge thanks for your comment. Users send their emails directly from familiar Gmail (no additional buttons, no extra interfaces). And what is more, our tool tracks not only opens and clicks but also gives the detailed analytics of interaction with documents you send. It shows the depth of view, and how much time the recipient spends for each page, it may be proposals, presentations or whatever you want.
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Thanks, @makarenkom
@marckohlbrugge, more over you always have the most involved prospects on the top of your prioritized list
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Nice execution!

What will the pricing model be like? Monthly cost?
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As a startup founder myself I'd be quite weary selling equity in my company to _random_ people. Is it possible for startups to screen who receive shares in their company?
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@marckohlbrugge Hey Marc, thanks for your note. We have been gathering feedback from people like you who are excited about what we are doing, but also want to be careful about investment partners. As a result, we are exploring the idea of allowing startups to create private deal rooms, where their offering is only open to those who you invite.
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This seems really useful for large, non-technical teams managing big content-heavy sites. 👌
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Not needing a dock means you can park your bike anyway, which is great. However, it also means it's more tricky to rely on EcoBike on a day-to-day basis considering there might be days where there's no available bike nearby.

I assume you're testing out in a small geographical area first?

Either way, looking forward to see this develop.

Kind regards, from the bike capital of the world 😁 (the Netherlands)
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@vabustillos Hi Victor. Thanks for your feedback. I just replied to your email, but also replying here in case anyone else has the same question.

At the moment it's not possible to change the language of the interace. You can however still write your own texts for the tags, welcome message, etc. That's the bulk of the text.

As for removing "Powered by Faces", this is not possible at the $29/mo plan. I've tried to make it as subtle as possible. I'm also considering adding a referral program where you'd get credit anytime signs up via this link so you could potentially use the service for free. I'm curious to hear if that would change your mind about it?
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@sergchernata Oh okay. That _is_ a big difference indeed. Thanks for the explanation. 🙌
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Interesting concept. What's your long-term vision for this? I imagine you'll be adding support for Ken Burns effect, soundtracks, text overlays, etc?
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@marckohlbrugge
Hi Marc, Thanks for your interest. There are certainly plans to add customising features such as the ones you've mentioned above.

initially, we want to make it as simple and easy as possible to create a video, pulling content from anywhere you want.
So that could be from mobile, web, desktop and instantly push that out to social media platforms for sharing.

There are a lot of heavy hitting tools out at the moment which do an amazing job at allowing you to create HQ videos but we find that it take a bit of time to learn and master these.

Justin
Marketing @ Video Trailer
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Love the design. Makes me wish I had a postcast to use it for :)
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@marckohlbrugge Thank you! Glad you like the design 😇
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@HumbleHouse1 Thanks for the heads up! I've reached out with the founder for clarification. If you paid with credit card and did not get what you paid for I recommend reaching out to your bank to request a chargeback.
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Hi Serg, I'm a big fan of backorders. They are one of the few ways left to get a decent domain for a low price.

What's the advantage of using DomainHero over back-ordering at the NIC directly? Assuming they support it like .IO does for example.
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@marckohlbrugge It is my understanding that NIC charges you for a backorder regardless of whether or not you end up getting the domain. My service doesn't charge unless you get what you were looking for.
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@sergchernata Oh okay. That _is_ a big difference indeed. Thanks for the explanation. 🙌
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Smart use of Slack threads. I've seen some integrations before, but it always seemed a bit clumsy to handle multiple conversations. Looks like you solved that. 👌
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@marckohlbrugge We've been using another service that creates a new channel for every new chat. So we can use it and delete it. But going to try this as well.
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@_jimmyrose Hi James. Looks like we had a different James Rose listed as the founder before. Sorry about that. I've gone ahead and fixed it.

The screenshots look great! For what it's worth it took me a while to understand the tag line "Extract content from your clients". I initially thought you offered some type of website scraping service. Something to look into perhaps.
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@marckohlbrugge Interesting Marc. This headline came from talking to a lot of different people, as theyfound it cut through and was easy to understand. The word "extract" might sound scrapey, hmmm. Thanks for your feedback
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Could you give some examples of integrations Petra will support? I noticed a couple in the screenshots, but I'm curious to hear how you envision these integrations optimising our workflows. Thanks!
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Excited to launch this today. Happy to answer any questions :)
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@marckohlbrugge I am interested in learning your research you have done before launching this site. If you have done any study on keyboard styles for supporting different countries? please do share it.
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@akulashashi I haven't done any research on that. I only know how emoji work on iOS and macOS.
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cool! Do you have a video explaining your concept and how it is going to benefit to existing sites?
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@akulashashi No I don't have any videos. The concept seems pretty self-explanatory though. Haven't gotten many questions about it.
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@marckohlbrugge hope you are minding me asking so many silly question but I think you concept is very unique and I wish to to understand your concept from business/consumer usage of such emoji way of browsing? give me one scenario or steps in using emoji to browse a website?
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Just testing out the mentions in comments. @rpish did you get an email notification for this comment?
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How does it compare to something like Touch ID and Keychain on iOS? Is the main differentiator to existing solutions that everything is stored locally on the device? Curious to hear more.
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@BobWeisberg @TylerEWillis Tyler is correct. They mostly used to redirect to other, primary domains. For example Coca Cola used an emoji domain in the past on big billboards on the street. They are visually interesting and convey meaning without language barrier.
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@akulashashi I haven't done any research on that. I only know how emoji work on iOS and macOS.
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cool! Do you have a video explaining your concept and how it is going to benefit to existing sites?
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@akulashashi No I don't have any videos. The concept seems pretty self-explanatory though. Haven't gotten many questions about it.
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@marckohlbrugge hope you are minding me asking so many silly question but I think you concept is very unique and I wish to to understand your concept from business/consumer usage of such emoji way of browsing? give me one scenario or steps in using emoji to browse a website?
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Does the resume show who contributed which part? I can imagine it helping the credibility. Basically you got your network vouching for your skills (like LinkedIn endorsements, but better)
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@marckohlbrugge Hey Marc! Currently, all edits are anonymous. However, edits to your profile can only be made by people you've given Contributor privileges to. These "Contributors" are listed in the Contributors section of your profile, so everyone can see who has Contributor access to your profile.

There is the possibility for more customization on this in the future.
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@gettowirki Ah cool. Yeah I think for an employer it would be helpful to see who has contributed. My mom telling me I'm a good worker is different than a previous colleague for example ;)
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@marckohlbrugge That's the idea! We also include a "score" on each profile, which is currently tied to the amount of contributors the person has. We have future plans to add more criteria to what makes up this score, but for now it still gives an at-a-glance indicator of how trustworthy the profile is! If a person has 25-30 contributors, it's very unlikely they are all family members and close friends.
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@Tian_Jiang Initially I thought this was something like $clearalias. Allowing SaaS services to provide their customers with custom domains protected with SSL.

After further read it seems like it's the other way around. If I'm a company and I use InVision (hosted at invisionapp.com) I'm somehow able to serve it under my own domain? (e.g. invision.betalist.com )

I'm curious to hear what the benefits are of that.
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This is an interesting idea. I'm kinda losing track how much money we're spending on services.

What are some of the benefits of using Runcost over a spreadsheet? Is there any way for Runcost to import invoice statements from services? For example those with variable, usage-based pricing?
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Is Estimake an online store as well, or are you indexing other stores to provide your customers with search and price comparison? I can imagine one of the problems with DIY is not just having to find the right materials, but also getting them to your house.
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You mention the smart phone on your landing page. What's your perspective on mobile payment solutions like Apple Pay? Won't those make cards like Curve redundant?

What are your plans to penetrate this highly competitive market?
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Really interesting concept. What are your plans on building up your audience?

P.S. if you haven't already definitely check out the QVC app on the new Apple TV.
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Looks super cool! Please ping me when you're shipping to the Netherlands 🚴✌️
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This seems like a welcome solution for app developers waiting for Apple's review process. Do you know what Apple's stance on this is? I imagine they won't be thrilled having people circumvent app review this way.
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@marckohlbrugge Looks very interesting for personal branding, and for campaigns. Like the UI!
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@codyhalff Excited to try this out! Existing CRM systems are too bloated for my taste. Building a lightweight system on top of Gmail seems like the way to go. I'm assuming this will work with a browser extension?

Will there be an API or other ways to integrate with other services? Maybe Zapier? I can envision all kinds of integrations. Getting a list of nearby contacts when you're traveling, adding someone to a spreadsheet after tagging them, etc.
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@marckohlbrugge Absolutely! Zapier and Google Sheets are likely the two things we're going to tackle first after we launch. We're planning to expose our entire API, and looking into partnering with Piesync to integrate with some other apps for 2-way contact sync.
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@Estimake Yeah I think that's a good start. Once you have that going you could quite easily test whether people are interesting in having you guys buy it for them by adding an "Order all items for a $30 handling fee" button to 1 out of every 50 projects and just manually make it happen. Best of luck!

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If you create a BetaList account with your personal Twitter I can add you (and any team members) as a maker.
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Will this initially only be available in Hong Kong?

I'm assuming the grammatical error in the name is on purpose? 🙃
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In the screenshots I noticed that sellers get to choose the portion that goes towards charity after they've sold the piece of clothing. Have you considered letting them choose upfront so it can be shown to potential buyers? I can imagine people are willing to pay a higher price if they know part of it goes to charity.
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You state that this service is specifically for startups. How are the needs of a startup different from an established company and how does that come through in the service?
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@FliiTv Ah right. I suppose you'll give them a kickback on any sold goods. I can see that being a nice additional revenue stream for them.
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@marckohlbrugge Definitely, for some influencers sponsor dollars might be seriously undervaluing their impact on sales, it'll definitely help them diversify their revenue.
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@Tian_Jiang I'm still not sure I entirely understand what the service does. Maybe we can use a real-world example. I run a company called Faces ( https://getfaces.com ) that allows anyone to create a people directory of their community. For example: https://www.strijp.is

As you can see, these directories can be hosted under a custom domain name. We're using Clearalias for this. All the Faces customer has to do is enter their custom domain into our system (so we can link it to the right place), and configure a CNAME record to point to Clearalias which in turn forwards all requests back to us. I, as the owner of the Faces service, don't have to configure anything.

Is CerName similar to that or does it take a different approach?
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@marckohlbrugge
We take a different approach.

I take an example of getface.com.

Faces customer make a A record to CerName server. And validate it in CerName Widget in Faces admin panel.
Faces customer enter their custom domain into your system. (For email or absolutes URLs).
That's all he need to do.

But he don't need to config a CNAME record. And CerName do all the rest of things.

Easier than clearalias?

Before
https://test.getfaces.com

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@Tian_Jiang Ah I think I get it. Still not sure how it's different from Clearlias though. My Faces customer only needs to set up one DNS record as well.
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@marckohlbrugge Ah ok, well then I guess the end result is similar. I don't know Clearalias so I can't really say what the difference might be, you might want to give CerNAME a try to see if that works well for you. If you'd like, you can contact me at tian@cername.com
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@Tian_Jiang Ah I think I get it. Still not sure how it's different from Clearlias though. My Faces customer only needs to set up one DNS record as well.
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@marckohlbrugge Ah ok, well then I guess the end result is similar. I don't know Clearalias so I can't really say what the difference might be, you might want to give CerNAME a try to see if that works well for you. If you'd like, you can contact me at tian@cername.com
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@RumyTech But if the Nest has wifi I assume it's accessible through an app right? Doesn't that make it portable? Just trying to get a better understanding of how Rumy works :)
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I'm actually going through this problem right now with some of the products I'm working on. I'm trying to use Let's Encrypt, but there's a limit to how many domain can fit one SAN certificate and my PaaS (Heroku) only allows one certificate per app.

How do you circumvent this?

And is there a way to have my customers point their CNAME to one of my own domains? Having them point to Clearalias is not a commitment I'd make at this point. (Talk about vendor lock-in!)
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@marckohlbrugge This was an issue we encountered developing CloudWaitress as our customers can use their own custom domain and it needed to be only HTTPS for online payments.

I was looking for a service like this at the time but didnt find anything. Essentially one way to make this happen is by setting up your own VPS and installing Nginx. You can use Lets encrypt to generate the certs for your domains. Nginx will then serve the cert you choose based on the origin of the request. It was honestly quite complicated so a service like this would be really appreciated.

Also I think you can just CNAME your domain to Clearalias and then get your customers to CNAME to yours and it will just resolve with the origin from the initial request.
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@CloudWaitress Yeah I'd like to avoid having to set up my own VPS just for SSL. Let's hope Heroku will support multiple certificates per app in the future.

Good point about CNAME'ing the CNAME. I've done something similar before which worked fine.
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@marckohlbrugge Hey Marc, sorry we didn't see this comment until now. But in case you're still wondering -- yes the issue of  dynamically managing certificates is pretty hairy and there are some stacks where solving it is slightly easier than others, but regardless it often comes at a real cost for the platform that wants to provide customers with HTTPS. That's why we built Clearalias. It simply should be a problem that can be abstracted away. Because of the current patent process, it's best not to publicly discuss "how" we do something. Thanks!
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@whirrtom Hi Hassan, thanks for discovering that commenting bug. We'll try and get it fixed soon!
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It seems that unlike other tools you're not automating liking/following/commenting, but instead make the process more efficient for people to do so manually. Is that correct?

That's pretty smart. I'm not a fan of automating things that are supposed to be 'social', but I don't see the harm in making the commenting process more efficient as long as they are still genuine.
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@marckohlbrugge Marc, thank you for your feedback, yes you are right! Our tool is fully flexible, you can leave the individual comment under the relevant post or you can do it for the group of posts, it depends on your marketing approach and the message you would like to transfer.
We did't implement any robots or bots in our software, we wanted it stays safe and genuine.
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@kpljaskovova Great story. Thanks for sharing! Let me know when it launches and we'll share it with our BetaList audience. I can imagine many founders could benefit from it.
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks a lot! I'll keep you posted. ;) It was awesome to be featured on BetaList 👌
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Cool toy 😃. Any ideas about pricing yet?
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This reminds me of Automatic ( http://automatic.com ). Is it similar, but for motor cycles?
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@ianmayman Good point. My guess would be that every country has different laws regarding this kind of stuff which becomes complicated very quickly. In that case starting with one market (the U.S.) is probably a good idea. Once that works, they can roll it out to more countries.

I'm totally with you though, being based in the Netherlands. Many services like these take quite a while to become available abroad.
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@akulashashi No I don't have any videos. The concept seems pretty self-explanatory though. Haven't gotten many questions about it.
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@marckohlbrugge hope you are minding me asking so many silly question but I think you concept is very unique and I wish to to understand your concept from business/consumer usage of such emoji way of browsing? give me one scenario or steps in using emoji to browse a website?
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Project Management software is probably one of the most used categories on BetaList. I'm curious to hear more about how TodoZu differentiates itself from existing solutions. Are you targeting a specific market? What was it in existing products that made you decide to create TodoZu?
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Have you heard of Shuffler.fm or its ancestor Twones? They were a startup from a few years back that did something similar, but with a slightly different approach. It basically was a music player built on top of music blogs. So there might be hundreds or even thousands of bloggers around the world collecting music and posting it on their blog. What Twones/Shuffler.fm did was aggregate it all and present it in a unified player.

I've always thought it was a great idea. They eventually pivoted to become more of an online magazine about music called Pause: http://pause.fm – Worth a look if you!

Anyway. Love these kind of apps. Headset seems very well executed. Congrats!
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@marckohlbrugge Didn't hear about shuffler but it does sound like a good way to curate music! I wonder what caused them to pivot. I'm a big fan of https://www.indieshuffle.com they have a similar approach and really good music too.

Appreciate your feedback and re-tweets! Thanks a lot!
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Looks like they removed the video you see in the screenshot which is too bad because it actually was a pretty cool video. Hope they add it again.
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Sounds like an interesting concept, looking forward learning more about it. Will it be a mobile app?
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Thanks for the invite code LOCQL! (I've also fixed the comment issue)
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Yep, this one seems pretty cool. Looks like they are utilizing the new drag-file-to-window upload feature a lot of browsers now have.
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Ah, you're right. Shame. – I will send out a tweet when it's back again.
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Interesting concept 👍

Lots of startups nowadays use referral models where you get free usage credits or something similar when friends or colleagues sign up via your personal link. Dropbox famously used this method to grow their user base.

If I understand correctly affiliate programs are different in that they are more geared towards affiliates promoting a service in exchange for actual money. Is this a common model for SaaS companies? Curious to hear some examples which we might know.
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This reminds me of IFTTT and Zapier (both previously featured here on BetaList by the way). Big fan of both!

How do you plan to differentiate from these existing services? It looks especially similar to Zapier with their new zap editor. Curious to hear more!
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@marckohlbrugge Sorry, I forgot to hit "reply". Hi Marc! Many thanks for reaching out and your interest in Gluu IO.

We introduce a 3-step process, which allows our users to do much more than with other integration services. In the 1st step you select the data source and in the 3rd step you pick where you want to send that data - standard stuff. The second, middle step allows you to enrich or analyse that data. You can e.g. send email addresses from Mailchimp to Google spreadsheet or a CRM system and on the way there they will be complemented with the email owners' social profiles (thanks to a third-party APIs we integrated). Same with images in Dropbox folder: you can send the images to Google drive and auto-crop them on the way there to fit perfectly into Twitter posts - thanks to an auto-cropping API.

These third-party APIs in the middle were for programmers only. Gluu IO makes them accessible without coding.

Thousands of other automations are possible. If you have one in mind, please send it our way!
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@elamustrun Awesome. I know Zapier added support for multiple actions per workflow too, but to modifying data is still quite cumbersome and requires some scripting.

Do you see yourself as a competitor to services like Zapier? I imagine they are working on similar features as well.
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@marckohlbrugge We see ourselves primarily as Mashape marketplace for non-programmers.

Zapier and IFTTT showed us all that complex things can be done much easier than before (essentially by clicking instead of coding). With Gluu IO we push that trend forward and allow everyone who can set up a Zap or IFTTT Recipe to do almost anything programmers do nowadays. That is our mission and the main differentiator from both of these great companies!
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@elamustrun Awesome! That vision reminds me of something @ivanpashenko is working on. Too bad @mentions don't work in these comments yet. Will send him a tweet to see if he's interested in sharing his perspective.
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Love the photo with the dog haha. Will you be shipping worldwide when you launch?
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@thepingbox Just signed up! I assume my friends will need to start using it too before it becomes useful right?
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You're right. Can't sign up either. Looks like the 'Get early access' link is dead.
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Oh okay, thanks for clarifying! I will update the post for future visitors.
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People are still watching TV? (just kidding ;)
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Hi Mayomayhem, you need to tweet out the post using the tweet-button above :). These things here are just regular comments.
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I'm not sure what you're referring to. Like a lot of other B2B startups we feature InVision offers paid plans along side their free plan.
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Erik: I take it you're referring to the "tweet to get early access" functionality? It's custom-built, just like the rest of Beta List.

We used to use Tumblr, but we switched to a custom CMS a while back to be able to implement these kind of features. Expect some more cool stuff coming up in the future :)
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You totally got me with that quiz haha.

I noticed you guys at Outwork got quite a portfolio of companies. Are you a startup studio like Rocket Internet which you mention? Why chose for a studio model rather than focus on one startup at a time?
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Unlike Tinder it seems like you have two different types of users: those with an extra place to rent out, and people looking for a place. I imagine each group has their own set of objectives and needs. Do they still get to use the same interface, or do you offer a different one for each?
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Cool. Where does the music come from?
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I like the 'request' mechanic you use. That solves the privacy issue other location sharing apps suffer from. One question I have though is if the functionality you provide is enough for people to use another app. Most messenger apps let you share your current location right? And requesting someone's location is one text away. How will Ping provide such a superior experience that people will choose it over the apps they already use?
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I don't play a lot of games these days, but I can see the appeal for die-hard gamers. First question that jumped to mind though is how you get these videos into the app?
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@marckohlbrugge Great question! We connect directly with your YouTube for XboxOne account (using your gamertag). From there it's a quick 3 step process to view, trim, and share your clips! We wanted to make Leet as inclusive and platform agnostic as possible - so this setup allows the upload of videos from Xbox, PS4, and PC :)
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@cpollo01 Ah right, and I assume there are countless of services to record videos and send them to YouTube. Would be cool if you could integrate with these directly to besides "Upload to YouTube" there would also be an "Upload to Leet" option.

Something Twitter did earlier on to promote third-party Twitter clients was to show for each tweet through which client it was sent. I imagine that if you'd do the same for these screen recording services they would be more inclined to integrate with your API as it would basically be free advertising them to their target audience.
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@marckohlbrugge Ugh I really need to build an "Edit comment" feature 🤔
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@marckohlbrugge That is a very interesting idea. Noted! :D
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Good point. I think it's more about finding people with similar interests, but not necessarily the same point of view. E.g. we could both be interested in entrepreneurship but have different perspectives on it.

You don't want all your conversations limited to your current interests of course, but for the ones you do you can use Meeps. That's how I understand it at least.
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@mmieszek Awesome. Curious to see how you'll design coding on mobile!
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@marckohlbrugge Pls drop me your email to marcin@getcodehabit.com and I will ping you as soon as the early version is ready. Would love to hear your thoughts.
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@elamustrun Awesome. I know Zapier added support for multiple actions per workflow too, but to modifying data is still quite cumbersome and requires some scripting.

Do you see yourself as a competitor to services like Zapier? I imagine they are working on similar features as well.
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@marckohlbrugge We see ourselves primarily as Mashape marketplace for non-programmers.

Zapier and IFTTT showed us all that complex things can be done much easier than before (essentially by clicking instead of coding). With Gluu IO we push that trend forward and allow everyone who can set up a Zap or IFTTT Recipe to do almost anything programmers do nowadays. That is our mission and the main differentiator from both of these great companies!
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@elamustrun Awesome! That vision reminds me of something @ivanpashenko is working on. Too bad @mentions don't work in these comments yet. Will send him a tweet to see if he's interested in sharing his perspective.
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@vacord Cool. Thanks for the explanation! Looking forward to the overview of programs. You're building quite a portfolio of startup products :)
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When are you guys launching this? 😁
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Just noticed you've raised over $100,000 already on your Indiegogo already and still more then a month to go. Congratulations! 🎉
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@elamustrun Awesome! That vision reminds me of something @ivanpashenko is working on. Too bad @mentions don't work in these comments yet. Will send him a tweet to see if he's interested in sharing his perspective.
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I'm generally not a fan of people retweeting the same stuff over and over again, but I can see why it works. Glad to read you're aware of this problem though and are focused on repeating just the best performing content.

Will you also take into account timezones? So the second time you'd tweet the same thing it would for example 12 hours later in the day.
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks for the comment, Marc! Yes - I don't retweet content at the same time again if possible. There are other rules too, the most important making sure content does not get tweeted too often.

Just like you, I don't like seeing same stuff again... nobody likes that. In the best case your followers shouldn't notice that you're repeating updates.
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When and how did you come up with this idea? Wait, never mind… 😁
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That's really cool. Reminds me of a type of notebook my colleague Rabia uses. @RPISH what's the name again? Also curious to hear your opinion as a notebook aficionado.
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I'm personally quite sceptical when it comes to this kind of stuff, but I applaud the ingenuity. 🙌

What kind of back-end are you using? Is there an army of tarot card readers on the other end of the app, or is it all automated? :)
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> providing you with fresh food year-round, all grown from the waste created by your fish!

That's pretty cool. Does this means the water is automatically cleaned as well or do you still need to do that as well?

( Retrying my comment. Previous one got messed up. )
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@RPISH Any interesting predictions about BetaList? 😁
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@marckohlbrugge I'll give you a short one, because I am a card reader. ^_^ The future of Betalist, in a couple of words, sounds like this: The 9 of Cups is one of the most uplifting and pleasant cards to receive in a reading. The appearance of this card is usually a portent of happiness, and good things about to come. Good luck that it hadn't counted on. As this card is a very powerful positive harbinger, it speaks well of your finances, also.
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@kpljaskovova Hi Kate, thanks for jumping into the comments! I added a MAKER badge to your profile.

I'd be interested to hear a little bit more about the backstory. What's your background and how did the idea for Liwely came up?
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@marckohlbrugge thanks a lot for the badge –> feeling special ;)

You can get a pretty good backstory from my medium post: http://bit.ly/1O8utBD

Short story long: Dan and I (founders), experienced burnout in our previous startups and we started taking wellbeing seriously. We found only "rainbow & unicorn" style apps or mood trackers which didn't fit our needs of systematic self-improvers –> we decided to build Liwely.
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@kpljaskovova Great story. Thanks for sharing! Let me know when it launches and we'll share it with our BetaList audience. I can imagine many founders could benefit from it.
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks a lot! I'll keep you posted. ;) It was awesome to be featured on BetaList 👌
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@imaginecurve Thanks. Looking forward hearing more in 2016! :)
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@MolegonVlad This looks really futuristic. How far are along are you with manufacturing?
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@marckohlbrugge Hi Marc! Thanks for your smart question. We're going to manufacture the first test batch in April'16. This will be ID Samples with DFM (Design For Manufacturing).
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@SupArchie Will anyone be able to submit art, or just the artists? Curious to hear your thought process behind this. As I'm sure you're aware of on BetaList all the startups are submitted by the founders enabling us to do some interesting links like having this Community Feedback section where as a user you're sure your feedback will be heard.

On the other hand, it's hard to start a community like this, because you'll require both artists and art lovers to be on the site from day one.
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@marckohlbrugge Hi Marc! Yes, anyone can submit art. We don't want to limit posting rights to artists initially, although posting will be regulated quite strictly to ensure we maintain great content!

Having a platform for artists and art-lovers to answer questions and discuss pieces of work is a core feature of what we've built.

You're absolutely correct in the assumption that on-boarding both sides of this coin from the get-go is quite a challenge.

Thankfully we've been working super hard offline to connect with artists who'll be ready to discuss their work with our small community on launch!

Merry Christmas and thanks for having us here 🎅
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@SupArchie Cool. Do you know www.wetransfer.com by any chance? They are a file sharing site with 'wallpaper-advertising'. I believe for about 50% of their pageviews they swap out the ads for art to promote up-and-coming artists. Might be worth exploring a partnership down the road or see if you can draw some inspiration from them. (Once you've built an audience I can see awesome-looking display ads / commissioned art working well for you.)
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@marckohlbrugge Hi Marc sorry for such a late response. This is great advice - I'm going to look into partnerships and this is something I was totally unaware of - it's awesome! Major 🔑
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@TodoZu Are there any particular features you feel make the service stand out from the rest? Curious to hear more :thumbsup:
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@classesapp It has been a while since I have been to class. What software do schools use nowadays? Do they leverage social media like Facebook Groups? How does Classes tie into the systems schools are already using?
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks for the questions, Marc! We are still many miles away from finding all the truths and wisdoms, but here’s what know so far: A. Software usage depends hugely on country, continent, and sometimes obviously the culture; B. It also depends on the type of institution. Developed countries and junior-middle schools tend to lean toward heavy-weight enterprise solutions, which give school administration centralised control over class management and communication. Developing countries, together with higher education schools, private schools, camp activities and many others favour simple and modern tools, such as Facebook Groups and group chats in Facebook Messenger for communication with cloud drives for sharing and simple task-management. Our intention is to fit the part of educational market, where the communication is (or should be) the central point of the overall process, and judging from the feedback the demand is higher in the second group. Hope that answers your question decently ;-) Just let me know if it does’t!
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@Nat_Gordiyenko Makes sense. Do you know Kickboard? Offscreen did an interview with the founders a while ago. Worth a read since you're in the same space: http://www.offscreenmag.com/issue8/
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Do you offer the same research packages to everybody, or is it personalised per request/customer?
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Hey Marc! @marckohlbrugge there are same research packages + personalized on demand
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I'm always fascinated by these types of services. Where do you get the contact information from? Do you scrape the web or do you get it elsewhere?
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@Nat_Gordiyenko Makes sense. Do you know Kickboard? Offscreen did an interview with the founders a while ago. Worth a read since you're in the same space: http://www.offscreenmag.com/issue8/
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@orvolweb Not sure whether I should be asking this question, but according to your algorithm what are my interests? 😬
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@RumyTech Support for line breaks will be added soon! We'll add support for editing and deleting too, but they are a bit more complicated. (e.g. what happens to any replies if the parent comment is deleted)
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@marckohlbrugge Thats true. But I also want to be able to edit/delete if I made an embarrassing error/mistake. Its a design decision I guess.
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@RumyTech What we'll probably end up doing is replacing deleted comments that have replies with "This comment has been deleted by its author." – That way the comment thread stays intact, but you still get to delete any mistakes / sensitive info / etc.
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@marckohlbrugge That sounds like a good idea. Also can have a time stamp record for any edits so there will be no confusion about a comment being irrelevant. Just a thought.
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@RumyTech Ah right, I think I get it. Basically Rumy extends the temperature sensor of something like a Nest. – As for not wanting to take out your phone to change something like the temperature I can totally relate. I have wifi-controlled lights, but I often still end up using the light switch because it's quicker. Once Homekit/Siri-integation becomes more prevalent, that will be less of an issue though. Still, I can see the appeal of having additional sensors throughout the house :+1:
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@marckohlbrugge :) Thanks, exactly. Its probably not obvious when someone is not already using a phone to control lights. But you understood our point beautifully.


We do think that voice integration will add a dimension to smart homes..but it will not obscure a physical switch. They both have their role in the future homes.
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@RumyTech What we'll probably end up doing is replacing deleted comments that have replies with "This comment has been deleted by its author." – That way the comment thread stays intact, but you still get to delete any mistakes / sensitive info / etc.
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@marckohlbrugge That sounds like a good idea. Also can have a time stamp record for any edits so there will be no confusion about a comment being irrelevant. Just a thought.
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@SupArchie Cool. Do you know www.wetransfer.com by any chance? They are a file sharing site with 'wallpaper-advertising'. I believe for about 50% of their pageviews they swap out the ads for art to promote up-and-coming artists. Might be worth exploring a partnership down the road or see if you can draw some inspiration from them. (Once you've built an audience I can see awesome-looking display ads / commissioned art working well for you.)
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@marckohlbrugge Hi Marc sorry for such a late response. This is great advice - I'm going to look into partnerships and this is something I was totally unaware of - it's awesome! Major 🔑
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You mention Evernote and Onenote as your 'outdated' competition. My colleague Rabia is a big Evernote-junkie. @RPISH what's your thought on this?

@MindstrandRyan How do you plan on marketing this? I imagine something so versatile with many different use cases can be hard to explain as it's many different things to different people.
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@marckohlbrugge Great question. Evernote and Onenote look great but are built on old technology. To market our differences, we stress two important features of Mindstrand. One, the ability to add interactive web content into your workbook. Users can drop in images (including gifs), videos, links, files, web tools and services (Google drive, maps, wikipedia pages), all in one place.
Second, searching auto-tagged content. Everything dropped into Mindstrand is conceptualized rather than text tagged. Forgot the name of an article but know where it came from? No worries, Mindstrand tagged the source for you making knowledge easier to find.
Our first priority has been to build up our workbook to current expected functions, but our real passion is in the "ok we got all this cool stuff in our workbooks, now what?" stage. We have big ideas on where we can go with Auto-tagging!
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I really like this idea. Services like TripAdvisor and Foursquare tend to be mostly written by tourists (especially when visiting touristy places). @Daniel_Romero92 how do you find the right locals for this?

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I know @levelsio was working on something similar a while back. Curious about the status of that project Pieter :wink:
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@paul_matthijs Yep. I definitely think it's a market worth exploring.
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@cpollo01 Ah right, and I assume there are countless of services to record videos and send them to YouTube. Would be cool if you could integrate with these directly to besides "Upload to YouTube" there would also be an "Upload to Leet" option.

Something Twitter did earlier on to promote third-party Twitter clients was to show for each tweet through which client it was sent. I imagine that if you'd do the same for these screen recording services they would be more inclined to integrate with your API as it would basically be free advertising them to their target audience.
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@marckohlbrugge Ugh I really need to build an "Edit comment" feature 🤔
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@marckohlbrugge That is a very interesting idea. Noted! :D
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@marckohlbrugge Ugh I really need to build an "Edit comment" feature 🤔
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Is this aimed specifically at video footage, or are you also considering adding support for photos? My brother is a professional photographer and I know managing photos and backups is a real pain-point.
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Sure, you can use it for photos too. As long as you want to create complete, verified backups of source material Hedge can do it.

We want to improve the entire process of shooting, editing and producing video though, so in the future features will be tailored more towards a video oriented target audience.

We're open to suggestions though, happy to talk to photographers!
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@paul_matthijs Ah right, makes sense. Probably best to focus on one type of user.
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@paul_matthijs Ah right, makes sense. Probably best to focus on one type of user.
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@mtrntv Here's a few I found:

http://betalist.com/startups/mailrox
http://betalist.com/startups/mailmalade

I've tried a few myself, but I still end up writing HTML from scratch because I like to have full control over the design. Would love to use a wysiwyg-editor though.
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Neat idea! Will you create a brew formula so we can install it through homebrew?

I also have a feature request: Slack-integration. Would be useful if we could pipe logs to a Slack channel so I can do a grep and get notified of new matches or discuss logs with my team.

Another use case would be to permanently save a log for debugging. Sites like StackOverflow often ask to see the output of a log and while one could copy/paste it to a gist or something, being able to do it all from the console would be ideal.
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@MindstrandRyan Looking forward seeing where you take it!
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Could you give some concrete examples of the types of businesses that would use this and the deals they could offer and find? Thanks!
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@marckohlbrugge Absolutely! One of the example use cases we like to use is say you're a local freelance web developer working with a small team. You would offer a free consultation to Fydo members. One of your employees gets his/her haircut at a local salon where they offer a great discount to Fydo members. That same salon is able to use your free consultation deal!

Hopefully that helps illustrate the functionality and a possible use case of Fydo.
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@myfydo Cool so it's (small) local businesses helping each other out.
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How does this work from a technical perspective? Most browsers, if not all, require authorisation from the user before you can start sending push notifications, correct? When a user grants access, do they grant access to Aimtell or to the site implementing the Aimtell service?

It's an important difference, because the former would create a vendor lock-in for your customers preventing them from taking their 'subscribers' with them if they choose to move to a different service or a custom solution.

Curious to hear more! If there's no vendor lock-in I might be interested in using it for BetaList.
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Interesting idea. If this gets a sizeable audience though I'm sure you'll also start to attract bad actors. Do you have a plan in place to deal with this or will you handle it when the time comes?
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@marckohlbrugge Thank you for your interest and we appreciate your concern. One way we plan to rectify this problem is to allow users to report bad actors. Initially we plan to monitor manually, but once we have a large scale of audience, we will do it systematically base on past behaviours. Do you feel that this will be a good way to resolve the issue or do you have other suggestions? Please do share your opinion with us as we plan to make Wave a safe environment for all.
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@getwavenow The reason I asked is because when I think of the internet it's not necessarily a place where I'd feel comfortable being vulnerable, especially in communities open to anyone. For many online communities bad actors are just a nuisance, but when it comes to people feeling down for example I can see it being more problematic. That said, it's probably quite a pessimistic view of me and probably it's a problem you can tackle along the way.
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@marckohlbrugge You're absolutely right, and we do have this concern as well. Additionally, in Wave, users are only able to chat with each other if they are sync, so it kind of discourages such behaviours.
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This looks really promising. What's the business model behind it? The sites lists quite a few different models. Curious to hear your plans and you feel like is the main differentiator from other AI's such as Siri.
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I hate dealing with legal forms so anything that makes it easier is definitely welcome. Will your document templates work outside the U.S. as well? I imagine different countries have different laws and therefore require different types of contract?

Also curious to hear how CoContract is different from some of the larger players like LegalZoom.
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks for the reply.

We are currently focused on legal compliance in the US at the moment for the beta testing phase. With a roadmap to focus on international compliance for the general public release once complete.

Presently we pass around scanned in copies of paper documents in order to get signatures and approvals. CoContract aims to unlock the metadata in agreements in a digital form so that they can better interact with the new digital landscape (i.e IoT).
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@llofa Cool. Makes sense. Best of luck and looking forward to the European roll-out down the road!
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Where does the data of the posted form end up? Let's say our comment section would get spammed, would we be able to use Hook Forms and have non-spam comments still sent to our own server? Or would the content end up in _your_ database and I'd need to manually access it from your backend?
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@marckohlbrugge That is a great question. You CAN set a callback URL where all form data will be posted. From that endpoint, your backend can do whatever you want. I think this is exactly what you're looking for.

As of now, when the form submits, Hook Forms encrypts and packages data for validation without a post action. Anything visible to the front-end is open to spammers & hackers, so we limit that as much as possible.

This type of question has come up a couple times, and we're narrowing down the best way to handle these scenarios (sign-ups, comments, etc.) without opening any security holes.

I'd love for you to email me at support@hookforms.com with the flow that would work best for you, no matter how hypothetical. It will help us finalize these scenarios to make the best possible experience.

Thanks!
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@loganthompson Thanks for the explanation! I don't have a specific flow in mind right now as we're not experiencing any spam problems yet, but I was curious to hear how complicated it would be to integrate something like this into an existing Rails application.

Ideally I wouldn't have to change a thing. Just add a Rubygem and have my forms automatically be spam-proof. I think it's worth exploring Stripe Checkout, how they authorise credit card charges and then submit a form to the website it's embedded on. You might be able to do something similar. When someone tries to submit a form check for spam and if it's all good you include a secure token in the form submission that tells my application the posted content is safe. If the token is omitted the posted content could be discarded or marked for review.
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@SRhyne Awesome! I think if you could get a RSS feed output or something similar then that would take care of the Slack integration (and many others) too.
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I was talking about Hedge the other way with a friend of mine and I couldn't remember whether you allow copying drives to the cloud too. Is that possible? I couldn't find anything on the site about this, but I think off-site backups would be a great addition.
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@marckohlbrugge We didn't put that in because it's generally pretty moot when working with video. We didn't anticipate all the photographers signing up through BetaList though, and I do see the value there. Is your friend a photographer too?
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@paul_matthijs Yep. I definitely think it's a market worth exploring.
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@paul_matthijs By the way I think the reason photographers are signing up is because the copy doesn't explicitly mention video footage so photographers might assume it's for them. Not sure whether that's on purpose, but seems to be working out nicely :)
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@raymondgh Hi Ray, what made you decide to build this? :)
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@marckohlbrugge My roommates and I felt the pain of collecting and printing all the right documents to submit to our realtor. We thought this could help others who have a similar experience.
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@hutomata Feeding in conversation examples sounds really powerful. Looking forward seeing it in action!
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@paul_matthijs By the way I think the reason photographers are signing up is because the copy doesn't explicitly mention video footage so photographers might assume it's for them. Not sure whether that's on purpose, but seems to be working out nicely :)
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@llofa Cool. Makes sense. Best of luck and looking forward to the European roll-out down the road!
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@loganthompson Thanks for the explanation! I don't have a specific flow in mind right now as we're not experiencing any spam problems yet, but I was curious to hear how complicated it would be to integrate something like this into an existing Rails application.

Ideally I wouldn't have to change a thing. Just add a Rubygem and have my forms automatically be spam-proof. I think it's worth exploring Stripe Checkout, how they authorise credit card charges and then submit a form to the website it's embedded on. You might be able to do something similar. When someone tries to submit a form check for spam and if it's all good you include a secure token in the form submission that tells my application the posted content is safe. If the token is omitted the posted content could be discarded or marked for review.
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@HesDave Cool. How much does it differ from the average rate?
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@marckohlbrugge Hi Marc. Normal fair is around $750-$850+fees normally depending what time you fly. We don't send any fares out unless you're substantially saving money with the flights.
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@HesDave CC'ing @ianmayman here so he gets an email notification of your answer.
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@getwavenow The reason I asked is because when I think of the internet it's not necessarily a place where I'd feel comfortable being vulnerable, especially in communities open to anyone. For many online communities bad actors are just a nuisance, but when it comes to people feeling down for example I can see it being more problematic. That said, it's probably quite a pessimistic view of me and probably it's a problem you can tackle along the way.
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@marckohlbrugge You're absolutely right, and we do have this concern as well. Additionally, in Wave, users are only able to chat with each other if they are sync, so it kind of discourages such behaviours.
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@ripulagarwal Thanks for the additional info. I noticed our comment system removed your line breaks. I'll try and fix this tomorrow so your comment is more readable!
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@kamilrejent It looks like you can set the frequency so imagine getting a daily overview of everyone who started their trial, etc.

I agree though that customisation and filters are key though. There's so many Slack integrations lately that you'll need to be picky about what you want to get notified about.
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My first reaction was that it seems uncomfortable holding your arm in that position for a long duration, but then I realised that's how we use phones today hehe.

Considering smart watches allow for subtle notifications already, would you say your biggest added value then is that with OKTO you can more easily answer the phone without needing to hold a device?

Also, what are your plans for the future? I can see a lot of potential once you start adding in additional sensors (gestures, etc.)
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@marckohlbrugge Hi Marc! Thank you for the comment! Yes, our main idea is to make calls without touching the phone. So it lets you to both free your hands and ears (if we talk about Bluetooth Headsets). We have a few ideas for the future and will be announcing them later and additional sensors are definitely on our list!
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On the site you point out that this solves a problem many people don't realise they have until you point it out. How do you plan on marketing to them if they are unaware of the issue?

I can relate to the issue, especially when it comes to extensive iPad usage, but I'm skeptical towards the idea of bringing along a product like this everywhere I go and mounting it whenever I want to use my phone for a long duration. The power of the phone is its mobility after all.

Do you see this as a mass market product, or is it geared towards a specific demographic?
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Cool concept and nice timing with the near year :)

I try to implement a similar strategy in my life when possible to. Exercising with others, scheduling recurring business calls, etc.

Does Partners in Grind just facilitate the initial matching making, or is there also a system in place to keep each other accountable? I can imagine when people don't know each other it will take a while to get into the habit to hold each other accountable. In other words, are you doing anything to hold the accountability partners accountable? :)
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On the website there's the following FAQ: "This sounds too good to be true. How do you stay in business without charging any fees on sending or exchanging money?"

The question isn't really answered though. I can see why using blockchain technology would make things cheaper, but as a business you still have a lot other expenses. How do you cover these? I'm assuming Freemit isn't a charity and plans to make money at some point.

Curious to hear more. I think clearly communicating your business model will help establish Freemit's credibility.

As for the concept I think it's really clever. Congrats!
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The dashboard looks impressive! Could you give a few practical examples of how for example startups here on BetaList could use Reveal to lower their cost of customer acquisition and/or drive more traffic to their site?
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@gettowirki Ah cool. Yeah I think for an employer it would be helpful to see who has contributed. My mom telling me I'm a good worker is different than a previous colleague for example ;)
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@marckohlbrugge That's the idea! We also include a "score" on each profile, which is currently tied to the amount of contributors the person has. We have future plans to add more criteria to what makes up this score, but for now it still gives an at-a-glance indicator of how trustworthy the profile is! If a person has 25-30 contributors, it's very unlikely they are all family members and close friends.
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@marcbegins He recently launched a spin-off focused on new years resolutions as well for anyone that's interested: https://keepyourfuckingresolutions.com
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@ianmayman Hey Ian, just pinging you to make sure you see @aniberberyan28's reply below.

Ani: It's not super obvious right now, but it's best to use the 'REPLY' link that's at the bottom of each comment. That way your comment is considered a reply and position within the read and the person you're replying to gets an email notification. (We'll make this more obvious in an upcoming design change.)
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks for your notice. I saw "Reply" link only after I wrote the comment. Yes. it would be good if you could change the design of the link a bit so it catches the eye.
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@ianmayman @aniberberyan28 Whoops, never mind. I wasn't paying attention.
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@edibleEnergy Hi Samuel, thanks for jumping into the comments!

The technology looks great and I can definitely see the appeal to website owners, but I'm skeptical users would go through all these steps just to report a bug.

You say "expecting [the user] to take the time to document the problem in a helpful way is asking more from your users than they should have to do. ", but I wonder if they would go through the trouble of installing a browser extension. Maybe beta testers would, but I'm not even sure about that unless it becomes a really popular service and they can use it across different betas.

Have you explored achieving a similar effect without the need for browser extensions? I know @HotjarApps is able to record the screen with just Javascript and play it back later.
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@marckohlbrugge Hi Marc, great question and thank you for your interest!

We imagined BugReplay appealing to anyone who has a vested interest in a website functioning properly. For example, if you were dependent on a website for your own business and it stopped working properly, you would be motivated to report it (and often times you'd have to report it). Using our browser extension would take less time than other methods of reporting the problem and it would deliver all the information to the developer. Most businesses today (especially ones with a significant online presence) are dependent on some web based company for their daily operations. As a service to those business customers, websites could offer BugReplay as a tool to report problems to them.

We also imagine BugReplay would be a great tool to use internally. Facilitating communication between different teams within the same organization.

In another true scenario, my wife was shopping on a flash sale site and filled up a shopping cart with amazing deals and she encountered an error. She claims she would have used it there too (I believe her).

If people are interested in a site working well for whatever purpose and they want someone to fix a problem they encounter- they'll probably report the bug to someone.

As for exploring other options for the same effect, I haven't looked at @HotJarApps specifically but it looks like it's recording a log of events, then replaying them to simulate a live video vs @BugReplay which is recording an actual video, plus recording network traffic. Without a real video I'm not sure how you'd be able to capture all the moving parts of a website (for example, a buffering error that never goes away at 2:15 seconds into a background video ).

I understand users not wanting to install an extension just to report one bug, which is why we're also planning on building a version of the extension that is not active (ie not memory resident ) unless activated by the page you are on, and won't occupy any screen real estate.

Let me know if you have any other questions! Thanks again :)
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@edibleEnergy Thanks for the in depth explanation. Just so I understand correctly, both the user and the site need to use BugReplay, right? I could imagine early adopters like here on BetaList would be interested in installing it to provide feedback to the betas they test if they could easily share a link of their recording. (I personally use Tapes for Mac all the time for the same use case, but it doesn't log network traffic.)
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@edibleEnergy Thanks for the in depth explanation. Just so I understand correctly, both the user and the site need to use BugReplay, right? I could imagine early adopters like here on BetaList would be interested in installing it to provide feedback to the betas they test if they could easily share a link of their recording. (I personally use Tapes for Mac all the time for the same use case, but it doesn't log network traffic.)
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Hey Paul, cool to have you here on BetaList!

This looks like a great course. We actually recently built out an analytics dashboard for our MailChimp newsletter at BetaList. While the campaign reports are nice, MailChimp doesn't give you a great overview of your aggregate list data

Will this something you'll be covering too? Looking at growth/engagement/churn over a longer period of time.
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@marckohlbrugge Great Q and I'm excited to be here :) There won't be any coverage of using their API to parse data into something usable. It's just focused on existing features within MailChimp. It would be cool to have a dashboard or report on that over time though—I really like that idea.
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@pjrvs Perhaps an interesting opportunity for a future course? ('How to become a MailChamp')

I do think for _most_ people the analytics MailChimp provides is actually plenty. At BetaList we send out a campaign every single day, so that's a bit of a different story.

The demo video is really well done. Did you produce it yourself? I'm not fully up-to-date yet on Invisible Office Hours so if you covered it there I'll make sure to have a listen instead :)
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@marckohlbrugge The video is my AWESOME imovie skills and many, many, many hours.
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@pjrvs Perhaps an interesting opportunity for a future course? ('How to become a MailChamp')

I do think for _most_ people the analytics MailChimp provides is actually plenty. At BetaList we send out a campaign every single day, so that's a bit of a different story.

The demo video is really well done. Did you produce it yourself? I'm not fully up-to-date yet on Invisible Office Hours so if you covered it there I'll make sure to have a listen instead :)
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@marckohlbrugge The video is my AWESOME imovie skills and many, many, many hours.
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Hi Graham, I'd be curious to hear a little more about the support for iterations. We use Trello here at BetaList and it works pretty well, but it does require some discipline when using it for sprints (e.g. reset it every 2 weeks, etc.)

Practically speaking what does Agile Planner do better then Trello?
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Hi Marc.

I'll explain how iterations work first.

At the start of an iteration you choose the cards that you want to work on, scheduling them by dragging them out of your backlog into the current iteration.

The cards you choose will appear on the Kanban board.

Once the iteration is over, Planner will prompt you to make sure that all your cards are in the correct columns, before letting you archive the ones that you've finished (i.e. the ones in the right-most column on the Kanban board).

You get to choose whether cards that you didn't complete stay on the Kanban board for the next iteration, or get put back in the backlog (some teams prefer the latter approach).

In other words, Planner automates the bit that requires discipline in Trello.

Planner also keeps all your cards that were completed during an iteration together. For teams that like to use estimates this means Planner can track your velocity for you (there's a graph).

The other thing that's significantly different to Trello is the way conversations are handled.

Once a Trello card has accumulated a lot of comments it can take a while reading through them all to find the answers you need.

Planner let's you start a separate discussion for each topic, so you can jump straight the information you need. Planner's discussions are a little like email threads, but they're also accessible from the card.

Let me know if you've got any more questions!

Cheers.

P.S. We can import from Trello, so you'll be able to try it out easily. :-)
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@adrianedwards I have no affinity with property management at all, but I enjoyed the video. Great job on making a boring topic (is it okay for me to say that?) a little bit more accessible by adding some personality to it. :+1:
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks Marc. It is OK for you to say that! Many folks (including our team) don't find property management boring at all, but it does have a bit of an image problem. We are definitely trying to inject a bit more colour and personality with Petra 🎉
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@GioFaralley Interesting idea for a lottery and clever use of that "even if the odds are not in your favor" quote by Elon Musk. (although I'm not sure he was referring to lotteries hehe)

I guess the business model is raising 20,000 x €15 = €300,000 in ticket sales which would be about a 50% margin assuming a $150,000 price tag for the space flight. What if you don't sell 20,000 tickets, will there still be a winner or is the lottery contingent on selling enough tickets to cover your expenses? Will people be reimbursed if the lottery doesn't go through?

Wish you the best of luck. Hope you can get the PR flywheel moving as that's what will make or break a concept like this.
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@marckohlbrugge Hi Mark, thanks! Pretty sure Elon Musk didn't mean it like that ;-).

The concept is totally transparent and fair , so there will always be a draw, even when the target of 20.000 tickets is not reached within six months. In that case the money reserved for the ticket into space will turn into the jackpot. There will always be a winner.

PR can definitely make or break, so feel free to spread the word :-). Will you join the lottery?
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@JTVersteege That makes a lot of sense. Sounds well thought out! I won't be entering myself as I'm too busy for space flight right now :D, but maybe next round.
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@JTVersteege That makes a lot of sense. Sounds well thought out! I won't be entering myself as I'm too busy for space flight right now :D, but maybe next round.
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@BlankHQ_ Awesome! Ordered a t-shirt this week :)
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Looks like fun! Do you envision this is a scalable business or just a fun product?
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The screenshots look quite evolved already for a new product. What are your plans to kickstart a community like this, or is it designed in such a way that one can get value from it without needing to participate with other Chatmunk users? (I think some people refer to this as 'single player' mode)
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@levelsio I think this is what you asked for earlier, right?
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Would love to hear a little bit more about how it works technically. Would I simply create a web app with special Bootstrap markup and then use your software to convert it to a native app?
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@oelmekki Hi Olivier just posting this reply here so you'll George's below. Since he didn't use the reply-button you weren't notified. (This is a design issue we still need to fix.)
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@rtkilian Hi Rhys, just posting this reply here so you get an email notification. McArthur left a reply below. (We need to improve the comment section design so it's clear people need to use the reply button instead.)
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@guohelen Hi Helen, best of luck with Picnic. Hope it becomes available in Europe one day!
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@marckohlbrugge Thank you Marc! We hope so too :)
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Don't most people tend to go to the same barber over and over? Or is Fonzy focused more on travellers? Curious to hear who the target audience is.
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Since most photos are taken with mobile phones these days and they have decent, default solutions already, where do you see a market for a hardware product like this?

I know people say they care about privacy, but ultimately we're all still using Facebook, Instagram, iCloud, and countless of other services. I can't think of any privacy-focused alternative that worked out.
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@marckohlbrugge
Thank you for bringing this up.

Services like Facebook, Instagram are for sharing and keeping up with your friends, family and the community; not for keeping your personal photo archive.

Monument provides a complete solution to store, organize and protect your memories. Our technology organizes all the content by time, faces, location, camera type and what's in your photos; which is not available in any other solution.

With a dedicated device, we give users the flexibility to have unlimited storage and eliminate monthly fees. It also has additional benefits such as connecting to your TV, creating backups and off-loading all the processing to the device to not drain smartphone's battery for all these complex tasks.
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@ShineBrighterAd Hi Daniel, for sales inquiries please reach out to the startup directly. The comments are meant for product-related feedback and questions.
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Reminds me of http://betalist.com/startups/klets which we featured as a 'Startup of 2016'.

How does ChatPage.io differ from these and other solutions? Is the lead generation functionality unique to your service?
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Trying to subscribe, but it's not accepting my email address ( subscriptions@marckohlbrugge.com )
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This looks great! Two questions:

1. Can testers only record a video after they've used the app, or also WHILE they are using it? I imagine the latter to be especially useful.

2. Where do the scouts come from and how do you make sure their feedback is relevant?
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@marckohlbrugge
1. After they've used the product or prototype. Recording while someone uses a product is more about usability. We care more about whether someone would use the product, and why.

2. We have approx 40k scouts on dscout. They are invited to do research with other products, or search for our app in the App or Play store. Their feedback is filtered to make sure the content in their videos is relevant.
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@jackbwheeler
1. Cool! I guess that makes finding the right scouts even more important.

2. When a scout states they wouldn't use the app. How do you determine whether it's a fault with the app or it being a bad fit for scout? (I guess it's more of a general customer development question that doesn't just apply to dscout, but curious to hear your answer.)
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@marckohlbrugge With regards to relevant feedback - a customer just told us they learned more in 30 seconds with Sprint than in a 10-minute usertesting video.
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@jackbwheeler Awesome! You should put testing videos of YOUR service on the homepage :)
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@marckohlbrugge How do you figure? as in testimonials of Sprint?

We currently have representative videos of a product..
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@jackbwheeler Yep testimonials of Sprint. Although I guess that might get a little confusing.
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Congrats on launching the beta this quickly! What's the ultimate goal for Critic? What idea are you testing and when would you consider Critic to be successful?
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@marckohlbrugge thanks Marc! I must confess here that I'm a huge fun of Betalist. Everytime I post something here I'm getting exceptionally good service. I feel very special :)

Back to your questions: the ultimate goal is to provide each user with a personal restaurant critic, who knows your taste better than anyone else on earth. Every time you wondering where to go for food or drinks, Critic provide you with a best options.

The first step is to enable as much as possible people to give personal reviews about places and food they've been too. This step would be a success, if we will got enough reviews at least at one city in a world. Didn't know the exact number yet, but guess should be at least 10K reviews a month.
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@ivanpashenko Cool. Starting in the Netherlands I assume? :)
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@marckohlbrugge right! But we will follow our users, if the top city is Bali, we have to move there as well ;)
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@jackbwheeler
1. Cool! I guess that makes finding the right scouts even more important.

2. When a scout states they wouldn't use the app. How do you determine whether it's a fault with the app or it being a bad fit for scout? (I guess it's more of a general customer development question that doesn't just apply to dscout, but curious to hear your answer.)
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@jackbwheeler Awesome! You should put testing videos of YOUR service on the homepage :)
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@marckohlbrugge How do you figure? as in testimonials of Sprint?

We currently have representative videos of a product..
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@jackbwheeler Yep testimonials of Sprint. Although I guess that might get a little confusing.
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@ivanpashenko Cool. Starting in the Netherlands I assume? :)
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@marckohlbrugge right! But we will follow our users, if the top city is Bali, we have to move there as well ;)
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@jackbwheeler Yep testimonials of Sprint. Although I guess that might get a little confusing.
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@bramk Looking forward seeing this launch! Will this be integrated with Startup Stash somehow or is it a completely different product? Any lessons you learned launching Startup Stash you're applying here?
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks Marc! This will be a completely different product. See of it as Techmeme but for startup related content. I'm building this together with the amazing guys van getcrowded.co. The biggest lesson I learned from Startup Stash is to share my idea early, here it is :)
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Congrats on the awesome product! Very slick. The Prospector is a great feature.

What wasn't entirely clear to me (probably because I didn't pay attention), but does the extension send any of my emails/contacts back to Clearbit to augment your database?
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks - great question! We have two different plans, a paid one (which includes a few seats for your team, extra Prospector calls etc), and a free community plan. We're still working on the paid option, so during the beta only the community plan is available.

Part of the deal with using the community version is that you share your business contacts with us. It's essentially a give-to-get model. This helps us improve our algorithms and data, making Connect better for the entire community. We're taking a very careful approach to this, we realize it's a sensitive area. Definitely open for feedback!
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@maccaw Thanks for your answer. Let's say I'm frequently mailing with Elon Musk on his personal, secret email address. Could it possibly end up publicly available when I'm using Clearbit Connect?

Would love to see an in depth overview of what data is being shared/sent, etc. Might help alleviate some of these concerns.
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@marckohlbrugge we only work with email addresses that we consider 'corporate email addresses' - we do some analysis on our end to figure out if an email address is a corporate (read public) one.

Yes - we're working on a FAQ to explain this all in a bit more detail.
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@maccaw Thanks for your answer. Let's say I'm frequently mailing with Elon Musk on his personal, secret email address. Could it possibly end up publicly available when I'm using Clearbit Connect?

Would love to see an in depth overview of what data is being shared/sent, etc. Might help alleviate some of these concerns.
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@marckohlbrugge we only work with email addresses that we consider 'corporate email addresses' - we do some analysis on our end to figure out if an email address is a corporate (read public) one.

Yes - we're working on a FAQ to explain this all in a bit more detail.
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Alfred has a feature that lets you copy something to the same snippet. So let's say I want to create a list of all the names of people commenting here (so I can send them a redeem code), I can use a special shortcut that appends every copied selection to the same snippet and I'd end up with one list of names, rather than multiple snippets.

Is something similar possible with Paste 2?
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@marckohlbrugge currently not, but you can select and paste multiple snippets at once.

The main idea of Paste is simplicity, but different "pro" features are added little by little.
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@stel2k Selecting and copying multiple snippets does the trick. Nice!
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@marckohlbrugge selecting and drag&drop also works ;)
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@stel2k Selecting and copying multiple snippets does the trick. Nice!
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@marckohlbrugge selecting and drag&drop also works ;)
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So if I understand correctly I can set up a workflow for each project. Let's say I want to start working on BetaList, I could run the BetaList workflow and it opens my code editor, a Terminal window, browser window on localhost, and Trello board with features to implement.

Is there something similar for creating a new project? I usually take the same steps when creating a new site (setting up Git repository, folder structure in Dropbox, initiating Rails project, etc).
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@marckohlbrugge the way you describe it makes me want this product!
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@jankeesvw Haha, let's hope it works the way I describe it then!
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@jankeesvw Here's what I'd really love to have:

1. I pick a Trello card to work on and click a button (Trello Powerup?)
2. It automatically opens all the right programs.
3. Creates a new git branch based for this particular feature
4. Add a Github branch link to the Trello card
5. When I push the changes it moves the Trello card to the next List
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Thanks everyone for your comments/questions/feedback. Everyone should have received a code.
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@jankeesvw Haha, let's hope it works the way I describe it then!
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@jankeesvw Here's what I'd really love to have:

1. I pick a Trello card to work on and click a button (Trello Powerup?)
2. It automatically opens all the right programs.
3. Creates a new git branch based for this particular feature
4. Add a Github branch link to the Trello card
5. When I push the changes it moves the Trello card to the next List
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@jankeesvw Here's what I'd really love to have:

1. I pick a Trello card to work on and click a button (Trello Powerup?)
2. It automatically opens all the right programs.
3. Creates a new git branch based for this particular feature
4. Add a Github branch link to the Trello card
5. When I push the changes it moves the Trello card to the next List
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@frey Businesses are always looking for more effective ways to promote their products so services like these are always welcome.

You're basically paying users to watch/view ads, right? Have you done any research to what kind of people are interested in this and how well this overlaps with the type of people advertisers want to reach? (e.g. people with discretionary income)

P.S.
I'd leave out the part on Product Hunt. They are optimising for discovery, not promotion.
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@marckohlbrugge Hey Marc! We're paying viewers to check out things that are fun to discover (apps, brands, etc.). Everyone is the perfect demographic for something; our users tell us a little about themselves and their interests and we curate products for them to discover.

The developers we speak to are the ones who draw comparisons to the lack of discovery on PH. We love PH but developers need more help!
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@frey Cool. Looking forward seeing it in action. Any estimation when you'll launch?
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The 'Audience Insights' sound interesting. Am I correct in assuming that I get to see what other accounts and photos my followers are interested? I would then be able to create similar content and hopefully get similar engagement. Is that the way it works?

The landing page makes it look like an interesting service, but the mentioned features and benefits are still quite abstract. I imagine some concrete examples or a demo account would help people get a better understanding of what TinyMetrics can do for them.
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I really like the idea of 'feature flipping', but have yet to implement it at BetaList. How does FeatureSwitches compare to the open source alternatives?

For reference here are few of the Ruby gems we're considering at BetaList:

https://github.com/pda/flip
https://github.com/jnunemaker/flipper
https://github.com/FetLife/rollout
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@marckohlbrugge There are a few differences. You are able to maintain switches for any language/platform from one central location without doing any extra coding. So, for example, your UI team using any JavaScript frontend framework can use a the FeatureSwitches JavaScript library while your backend Ruby/Python/etc can use its own library.

Also, while some of the open source libraries have a UI component it's not nearly as user friendly or full featured. We aim to allow not only developers but also product, marketing and QA to be able to create and manage switches. This is especially helpful with the ability to enable features for certain users/groups, so a product team member could enable a feature for themselves without needing to pester a dev.

And finally, we have, or are working on, more advanced features like A/B testing and gradual rollout instead of simply turning a feature on or off.
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@JoelWeirauch Ah yes, that makes a lot of sense. I can see how having to deal with features that span across multiple parts of the application (Javascript, Ruby, etc) would be difficult to manage using a Ruby-only solution. Having a universal way to deal with it, would be quite handy indeed.
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I like this approach. There are many language learning apps out there, but IMO ultimately it comes down to just using the language in practice. Having a periodic phone call with someone that speaks the language would be great. I imagine these tutors speak English fluently as well? Where do you find them? :)
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@frey Cool. Looking forward seeing it in action. Any estimation when you'll launch?
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The jacket doesn't seem to go around the shoulders. Can it help combat hunched shoulders? I'm spending way too much time at my computer and could definitely use this.
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@marckohlbrugge The massage modules are placed on the upper shoulders (closer to the spine, in between your shoulder blades). So it can definitely help relieve your shoulder aches.

BUT, if you're experiencing hunched shoulders and extreme pain, I would recommend you see a chiropractor or massage therapist instead.
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@skueong Good to know. Thanks!

I'm not experiencing any pain FYI. Just need to work on my posture and do more upper back exercises I guess.
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@marckohlbrugge I'm glad to hear that.

The jacket also has a posture correction and support function -- it reminds you when your posture is bad so that you'll always be in a good posture while sitting in front of your desk :) So that should be helpful to what you're looking for.
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The app and landing page look great (sorry for initially rejecting the submission :) – Are both a designer and developer?

What's your long-term plan for this app?
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@erwblo Imagine this service being used by 1,000's of blogs. Then you'd be able to build a cross-site news app on top of it. "Hey Siri, what's the latest tech news?" – Showing a summary of technology news. Tap an article to read it. Guess Apple/Google/etc are already working on that (Apple News/Google News…)
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@JoelWeirauch Ah yes, that makes a lot of sense. I can see how having to deal with features that span across multiple parts of the application (Javascript, Ruby, etc) would be difficult to manage using a Ruby-only solution. Having a universal way to deal with it, would be quite handy indeed.
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@skueong Good to know. Thanks!

I'm not experiencing any pain FYI. Just need to work on my posture and do more upper back exercises I guess.
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@marckohlbrugge I'm glad to hear that.

The jacket also has a posture correction and support function -- it reminds you when your posture is bad so that you'll always be in a good posture while sitting in front of your desk :) So that should be helpful to what you're looking for.
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@TribeScale I developed a 'real-time, collaborative agenda' years ago which really helped streamline our meetings, so I'm a big fan of this idea.

I don't like doing meetings over chat though. I prefer meeting face-to-face or a call. Does TribeScale work well for non-chat meetings as well?
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@marckohlbrugge Hi Marc! Thanks for your comment.

We too believe that spending time face-to-face is very important, but there's also an excess of meetings in some companies that are what we want to reduce.

One use case that we've detected is this: a company that is tryin' our beta does a weekly management meeting on Fridays. They usually spend about 2:30 hours on this one. Since they started testing TribeScale, they created a parallel meeting in the platform with the same topics (KPIS, marketing, product and finance) and each week they talk there about decisions, tasks and so on. Now the Friday's meetings just lasts 30 minutes as are basically a review of what has been already decided over the week. They also use TribeScale during the physical meeting to post decisions and tasks there because they receive the minutes of meeting afterwards.

Another team replaced their daily huddle (10 minutes each morning answering "what I did yesterday, what I'm going to do today, there's any blocking") with a TribeScale meeting. They upload a mini-video of 30-40 seconds explaining this so the rest of the team can get the non-verbal communication. After 7 years doing the physical meeting each morning, now is the 4th week in a row doing it through TribeScale and they're completely pleased.

I hope I've answered your question and more than happy to respond anything else.
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Do people spend a lot of timing managing their water tanks? I thought it was already all automated. What are some examples where you want to manage your tank from your phone?

I'm also be curious to hear about what kind of cost savings customers can expect and after how many months the investment has been paid back. (Probably something you want to include in your marketing too.)
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Screenshots look great!

There obviously are a lot of finance tools and services available out there. It looks like Banq's differentiator is having everything in one place. How do you plan to compete with services that are focused on one specific task (e.g. fundraising) and can focus all their resources on that one thing?

What are some of the benefits of having one system to manage it all? Isn't the beauty of money that it's universal and can be easily used across different services?
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Interesting concept. Rather than pitching my vision, I just share my numbers.

Do you have a demo profile we can check out to get a better understanding of what investors will see when reviewing a startup?
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@marckohlbrugge Hey mark. Private Beta Test Starts Late March and Official Public Access is on 15th of April during the first annually StartUp Vibe Conference. We will also have a live broadcasting. If you want feel free to register and I will personally send you a private link to test it out.
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@HelloSteam It sounds a bit counter intuitive to me that a smart appliance will require homeowners to spend more time on something, rather than less. I guess it's a balance of laziness/comfort and financial savings.

Would it be possible for Steam to run fully automated? Would it have a significant impact on the cost savings versus having the user involved?
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@OxC0FFEE Thanks for the heads up Kim. We've fixed the link.
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Really like this idea. Are you planning to turn this into a conversational interface for blogs? Similar to the new Quartz app, but for everyone? Looking forward seeing this develop over time!
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@erwblo Imagine this service being used by 1,000's of blogs. Then you'd be able to build a cross-site news app on top of it. "Hey Siri, what's the latest tech news?" – Showing a summary of technology news. Tap an article to read it. Guess Apple/Google/etc are already working on that (Apple News/Google News…)
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The example stickers look great. Can I use these in existing messenger apps like FB Messenger?
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@arvalaan Hi Vincent, great to have you guys here on BetaList.

In my research for Changelog.co (an upcoming product of mine) I've learned that it is indeed a problem for product managers having customer feedback spread across many different sources. For this reason, they prefer tools that fit their existing workfow (Intercom, Trello, etc), rather than creating yet another inbox to check.

The value proposition of Conflux is to have one place for all your customer feedback. Do you plan to achieve this by pulling data from other tools, or by making them redundant and having everything happen within Conflux?
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@exploregrub Just putting this reply here, so you'll see @Hngre's comment below. (Email notifications only work for @mentions and direct replies).
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This looks like fun. Does the app automatically recognise and position the facial parts, or is that a manual process done by the user?
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Super cool idea. Like a young person's business card.

Do you have a long-term business plan for this (e.g. more media to put your snapcode on), or is it meant as a one-off product?
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P.S. did you consider adding 'scan snapcode to signup' onboarding flow? People would scan the code on your site and you could automatically generate and send back a picture with their t-shirt. Include a payment link and boom, you've got a Snapchat product powered by Snapchat 😁

You could even do something similar with branding on the t-shirt so it becomes a viral thing.
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@marckohlbrugge Hey Marc! I'm super excited that you liked our idea. We have some ideas for people to be able to personalize their t-shirts and I'm really intrigued by your 'scan snap to signup' concept although I'm not sure if it would work as smoothly as we're imagining it - I guess they would have to go to our website and have an option to scan their own code so that we can do all the magic automatically. Man, thanks! Now I can't stop thinking about it :D The second we launch I'd love to send you the final product so you can proudly hook-up with all the teens around you (what size are you wearing?) :D Cheers!
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@filipwroblewski Yeah I'm not sure how feasible it all is technically since Snapchat doesn't provide an API as far as I know, but would be amazing if people could order a t-shirt of their own on the spot and pay with Snapcash.

Hooking up with all the teens around sounds kinda sketchy haha, but I'm a size M for American t-shirts and L for European standards. Can I be so bold and request one for my colleague @RPISH too? I'm sure she'd love it. Happy to pay for shipping/etc.
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@marckohlbrugge Completely agree, well, we'll definitely experiment a bit with this idea, that's for sure.

Sketchy or not, it's all about the followers, you just need to get a white, window-less van and you're good to go :D

Sure thing, I will let you know about the exact sizing once we start finalizing all the details (probably American Apparel, but still not sure about that) so you can pick the perfect one for you and @RPISH :)

Have a good day sir!
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@filipwroblewski Thanks. Haha, I'll start looking for a windowless van.
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P.S. did you consider adding 'scan snapcode to signup' onboarding flow? People would scan the code on your site and you could automatically generate and send back a picture with their t-shirt. Include a payment link and boom, you've got a Snapchat product powered by Snapchat 😁

You could even do something similar with branding on the t-shirt so it becomes a viral thing.
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@marckohlbrugge Hey Marc! I'm super excited that you liked our idea. We have some ideas for people to be able to personalize their t-shirts and I'm really intrigued by your 'scan snap to signup' concept although I'm not sure if it would work as smoothly as we're imagining it - I guess they would have to go to our website and have an option to scan their own code so that we can do all the magic automatically. Man, thanks! Now I can't stop thinking about it :D The second we launch I'd love to send you the final product so you can proudly hook-up with all the teens around you (what size are you wearing?) :D Cheers!
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@filipwroblewski Yeah I'm not sure how feasible it all is technically since Snapchat doesn't provide an API as far as I know, but would be amazing if people could order a t-shirt of their own on the spot and pay with Snapcash.

Hooking up with all the teens around sounds kinda sketchy haha, but I'm a size M for American t-shirts and L for European standards. Can I be so bold and request one for my colleague @RPISH too? I'm sure she'd love it. Happy to pay for shipping/etc.
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@marckohlbrugge Completely agree, well, we'll definitely experiment a bit with this idea, that's for sure.

Sketchy or not, it's all about the followers, you just need to get a white, window-less van and you're good to go :D

Sure thing, I will let you know about the exact sizing once we start finalizing all the details (probably American Apparel, but still not sure about that) so you can pick the perfect one for you and @RPISH :)

Have a good day sir!
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@filipwroblewski Thanks. Haha, I'll start looking for a windowless van.
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This looks super cool. Congrats!

Can you tell a little more about the product and business model? For example, is it a downloadable desktop app, is it a collection of open source tools, etc.
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@filipwroblewski Yeah I'm not sure how feasible it all is technically since Snapchat doesn't provide an API as far as I know, but would be amazing if people could order a t-shirt of their own on the spot and pay with Snapcash.

Hooking up with all the teens around sounds kinda sketchy haha, but I'm a size M for American t-shirts and L for European standards. Can I be so bold and request one for my colleague @RPISH too? I'm sure she'd love it. Happy to pay for shipping/etc.
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@marckohlbrugge Completely agree, well, we'll definitely experiment a bit with this idea, that's for sure.

Sketchy or not, it's all about the followers, you just need to get a white, window-less van and you're good to go :D

Sure thing, I will let you know about the exact sizing once we start finalizing all the details (probably American Apparel, but still not sure about that) so you can pick the perfect one for you and @RPISH :)

Have a good day sir!
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@filipwroblewski Thanks. Haha, I'll start looking for a windowless van.
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@filipwroblewski Thanks. Haha, I'll start looking for a windowless van.
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Really like this concept, but the photo with the iPhone app might be a bit misleading. It suggests you need to look at the app while riding your bike, but the whole point of SmartHalo is that you don't. Something to consider.
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Oh, one other thing: is it possible to track where you left your bike? Wouldn't require built-in GPS. Just store my phone's GPS location the moment the bluetooth connection is lost.
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@ActuallyMentor Interesting model! What made you decide to start a VPN service and how does Generous VPN differ from services like Cloak and Tunnel Bear?
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@marckohlbrugge Good question Mark! The service itself is generic in the sense of being a plain old VPN, with the addition of no logging at all.

The difference is in the model. Believe strongly that:

1. Everyone should have access to a VPN (hence pay what you want(
2. Business is not evil (hence turning this commercial project into a fundraising machine)

Besides that online privacy is about trust. And I can't think of a better way to show trust than letting people decide what to pay.
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@CoryHolliman The site seems to be working here. I suggest trying again with a different browser and/or with browser extensions disabled.
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@marckohlbrugge it works but there is no information if this is a working plugin?
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@CoryHolliman I don't think it's launched yet. You can enter your email address to get notified when it becomes available.
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@CoryHolliman I don't think it's launched yet. You can enter your email address to get notified when it becomes available.
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@RMabey FYI: people only get notified of your comment if it's a direct reply (using the REPLY link) or if you @mention them.

So I'm mentioning @Robtall here (hello Rob!) so he'll see your answer :)
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks Marc - and for featuring us! Been awesome. R
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Proud to have such an ambitious company based in the Netherlands! Congrats on the U.S. launch guys!

@AlexanderNL would you say starting out in a smaller country like the Netherlands was an advantage? Would Blendle be where it is today if you started out in the United States rather than working your way up there?

Any insights you can share for other entrepreneurs aspiring to disrupt such a large market as journalism?
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks Marc.

I think it was an advantage. Holland is big enough to do a serious test run, and small enough to get things done -- like PR and licensing deals (which would be much more complicated in bigger countries). Sometimes as a startup I think it's nice to be a big fish in a small pond.

I'd say the most important thing is: if people tell you 'no', you just keep trying. Also, it's easier to start small and trade up, with whatever you're doing.
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@rreisman Interesting stuff. My guess is that ultimately it comes down to what the publishers are comfortable with. I imagine @AlexanderNL and co have a ton of ideas, but it takes a while for publishers to warm up to new (pricing) models so you really have to take a step-by-step approach.
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@marckohlbrugge you're right.

We are looking into subscriptions right now. Not just subscriptions from 1 publisher but also subscriptions to a couple of publishers together.

We're taking this step by step. The ultimate goal is to have 1 fee for unlimited access to all journalism. 😊
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Looks cool! What happens if Selly doesn't understand a message? Is the back-end purely AI or are there also people to handle unrecognised requests?
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@marckohlbrugge Hi Mark, thank you for a question.
Right now, we are giving some little help from time to time. But we taught Selly to guess what you mean. For example, when you ask her something she doesn't know yet, she will compare possibilities and ask you if she got you right.
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* you – (I need to add comment editing)
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I love things connect the physical world to the digital one and vice versa. What made you decide on USB instead of a wireless solution such as bluetooth or wifi?
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You should partner with @Danenania and @daviddeparolesa from SwearJar ( http://betalist.com/startups/swearjar ). Match made in heaven heh!
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I've been waiting for something like this! Any ETA on the launch date? 😁
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@marckohlbrugge hi Marc, thanks for your interest. We are targeting the end of May as our launch date. So stay tuned!
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@findtomi I can't speak for the makers, but the way I understand it it's a way for developers to easily develop a (chat)bot that works on multiple platforms. Normally, you'd need to build a separate one for each platform (Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Slack, etc), but Bot Camp provides a unified 'API' for developers to deal with.
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Great idea! I always do some quick 'back of the napkin' calculations whenever I consider starting a new project as it has been proven very useful in deciding whether to pursue a project or not.

Props for the video as well! I really like the fact you used a real-life example rather than listing the features or simply showcasing the interface. Something other startups can learn from!

Seeing the product made me wonder about two things however:

1) There seem to be quite a few pages. What I like about a spreadsheet is that I have everything in place which gives me a better overview and let's me try out different numbers real quick without having to click through different pages. This is something I feel like the product could prove upon. (I've only watched the video though, so take it with a grain of salt.)

2) You ended the video with $0 funding needed. I bet that wasn't a coincidence, and you planned that making the necessary number changes to arrive at exactly that number. However, you didn't show you came up with these needed changes. I feel like this should be part of the service: let me decide on an end number (e.g. $0 funding needed) and highlight the parts I need to change to make that happen.

Other than that I like the concept. Looking forward to the launch!
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Thanks for the feedback @marckohlbrugge, you make some excellent points (that we'll definitely be adding to our to-do list). We're always looking for ways to achieve our goal of becoming the go-to source for business planning / decision making, and BetaList has helped us find some great people to provide their thoughts on how we can do that!

I've really enjoyed our experience on BetaList. It really is a must for any new startup.
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@BotcampAI Very cool! Where in the Netherlands are you based? Amsterdam? Groeten uit Eindhoven!
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@marckohlbrugge Amsterdam. If you want to grab some beers or so, let us know!
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Hi all, Marc here. Maker of HIGHSCORE.MONEY – Happy to answer any questions!
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@marckohlbrugge love this idea man. Very reminiscent of Million Dollar Homepage. People have tried for years to copy it, but this idea is actually unique!
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@mijustin Thanks Justin. Yeah I've seen many Million Dollar Homepage clones of the years (e.g. with Bitcoin, etc), but none seemed to work out. Hopefully my version is unique enough to get the much needed press coverage. (it's been doing okay, but nowhere near a million yet haha)
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@mijustin Thanks Justin. Yeah I've seen many Million Dollar Homepage clones of the years (e.g. with Bitcoin, etc), but none seemed to work out. Hopefully my version is unique enough to get the much needed press coverage. (it's been doing okay, but nowhere near a million yet haha)
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Clever idea. How did you guys come up with? Any interesting insights you've come across so far for founders to learn from?
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks! There is a ton of stuff we learned in our journey within this topic.

We build a community (just launched) about employee experiences which the overall need/demand in the market and were founders/CEO should start paying attention!

Read: https://blog.duuoo.io/the-rise-of-employee-experience-management-333405cbcd6b
Community : www.exhub.co

Ben Horowitz wrote:
Perhaps the CEO’s most important operational responsibility is designing and implementing the communication architecture for her company. The architecture might include the organizational design, meetings, processes, email, yammer and even one-on-one meetings with managers and employees.

http://www.bhorowitz.com/one_on_one

Duuoo.io is a core step in improving the communication architecture.

/Dennis


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@Sightengine Could you talk a little bit more about the accuracy? The "Photo type check" might actually be something we might want to look at here at BetaList, because we prefer all makers to participate in the comments using their personal Twitter accounts rather than their company's. :)
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Hi Marc!

You are right.
If you were using our API, you would be able to prevent us from posting a comment here with our Sightengine account and a logo as a profile image :).

Create an account on https://sightengine.com/signup and we can get you started on the API ;)
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Hi Andrew, it's not entirely clear to me what exactly I can test with this? Is it meant as a more user friendly alternative to playing around with CSS attributes? That would be quite helpful in my workflow as I tend to do a lot of designing while I'm coding (opposed to doing all the design upfront and implementation later)

Will it be possible to see the typography within the context of my own website?
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I can imagine this is especially useful for podcasters who work with an audio technician or co-host and want to collaborate on the editing process.

@mijustin @EspreeDevora you guys do quite a bit of podcasting. Do you collaborate on your audio files with anyone? If so I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on Sound Off.
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@mijustin Ah right, thanks for the follow up. I guess podcast edits are straightforward enough that there's no reason to get someone else's input then. Makes sense :+1:
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@Aetherpoint If I'm designing something I think it's important to see it within context, because that's how my users end up interacting with it.

If I do the design on-the-fly I tend to make a quick sketch first, then add the HTML, and finally start styling it with CSS. For typographical fine-tuning I just keep changing the CSS attributes until it looks right using either MacVim + LiveReload or by using my browser's Web Inspector and see the changes live that way.

Where Typeshift could is by providing a GUI to do this fine-tuning so I don't have to mess around in the code. I'm not sure how that would work technically though.
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This looks interesting. One of the downsides I run into when co-working is a lack of external displays. I'm in love with my Retina 5K display. Will Popices provide such hardware too? :smile:

/cc @RPISH you'll love this!
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@marckohlbrugge I really like seeing more of these kind of initiatives in my hometown! Will definitely pop by, got exited seeing this when reviewing.
cc @popicesclub
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@popicesclub Okay thanks. Good to know. I might give it a try next time I'm in Amsterdam. (I'm based in Eindhoven)
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@BandyApp How like is it that people match up? Say I have an old iPhone for sale and I'm looking for an iPad. What are chances someone else is selling their iPad and looking for an iPhone?
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@marckohlbrugge Hey Marc. Good question. As with these sorts of things, the more people on the app, the more likely it will be for users to match. However, we do believe that the likelihood of users matching to be pretty high. From the Discovery Feed, users can flip through all the available items other users have uploaded, finding things they like. But more than just that, users can go through each other's entire inventories via their profiles. We expect, and encourage, users to upload multiple items -- because the truth is, you'd be surprised what people would be willing to trade you for the things you're willing to give up.

So while you may very well find an iPad in exchange for your iPhone, you may instead find an iPad in exchange for your leather jacket. Or for your old bicycle. Or you may not get an iPad for your iPhone, but get something else that it turns out you’d really like. In the end, you decide which bandies you want to complete, and which you don’t. And if you don’t, you can always counter trade offers with your own, negotiating item pairs until you’re both happy.

In the beta, the matching will be simple. However, we do plan on continually tweaking the algorithm. We plan on eventually allowing users to combine items — for example, my two items for your one item — as well as matching users in groups. Group trading greatly increases the probability of trade occurrence. You give me your iPhone. I give Sarah my guitar. She gives you her iPad. The goal is to make the likelihood of trading as probable as possible.

I hope this answers your question… please let me know if you have any others :)
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@BandyApp Thanks for the thorough explanation! To be completely honest this sounds like a step back to the days before we had money. When we sell something and get money in return, we can then spend that money with someone else.

I'm sure you've gotten that comment before though, so I'm curious to hear your response and any benefits to straight up trading I haven't considered yet.
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@marckohlbrugge Another great question. Our goal isn't to substitute money with bartering. Our goal is to mesh the two together. While using Bandy to find fun trades, you'll continue to sell your item(s) on eBay. So it's not barter or sell, but rather barter while selling. It's another option for the user. It was once buy or sell. Now it's buy, sell, or barter.

While we believe that people will enjoy having another option, there are other benefits to bartering. Not everyone has cash on hand when they need cash on hand. This goes from Joe down the street trying to figure out a way to buy his girlfriend a birthday present, to Small Business Inc. around the corner trying to figure out a way to get rid of their old inventory, and get new inventory.

Both could first try and sell some stuff/inventory until they can afford to go out and buy something else. So maybe they decide to sell that stuff on eBay. What Bandy does is increase the likelihood of them selling those items. If they make a trade on Bandy, they get rid of the stuff they don't want, and in return get what they need -- all in one step, saving time and money. If they they can't find a match on Bandy, no harm done. Because they just end up selling it on eBay.

Also, bartering -- at this scale -- is in part about discovery. We don't always know what we want, until we see what we want. It really is fun, and comes with a nice feeling of satisfaction. When you make a great trade, it feels like winning.

At least that's the way it feels for us... thoughts?
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@BandyApp Makes sense. I guess it all boils down to having enough inventory so there's a good chance you'll find a good swap.
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@marckohlbrugge Yeah, pretty much. That's definitely going to be the biggest hurdle. But we're working very hard on spreading the word. So if you or anyone you know may be interested in being a beta tester, please apply! www.bandy.co/beta-testers

Thanks again for the question; if there's anything else, please don't hesitate to ask.
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@BandyApp Thanks for the thorough explanation! To be completely honest this sounds like a step back to the days before we had money. When we sell something and get money in return, we can then spend that money with someone else.

I'm sure you've gotten that comment before though, so I'm curious to hear your response and any benefits to straight up trading I haven't considered yet.
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@marckohlbrugge Another great question. Our goal isn't to substitute money with bartering. Our goal is to mesh the two together. While using Bandy to find fun trades, you'll continue to sell your item(s) on eBay. So it's not barter or sell, but rather barter while selling. It's another option for the user. It was once buy or sell. Now it's buy, sell, or barter.

While we believe that people will enjoy having another option, there are other benefits to bartering. Not everyone has cash on hand when they need cash on hand. This goes from Joe down the street trying to figure out a way to buy his girlfriend a birthday present, to Small Business Inc. around the corner trying to figure out a way to get rid of their old inventory, and get new inventory.

Both could first try and sell some stuff/inventory until they can afford to go out and buy something else. So maybe they decide to sell that stuff on eBay. What Bandy does is increase the likelihood of them selling those items. If they make a trade on Bandy, they get rid of the stuff they don't want, and in return get what they need -- all in one step, saving time and money. If they they can't find a match on Bandy, no harm done. Because they just end up selling it on eBay.

Also, bartering -- at this scale -- is in part about discovery. We don't always know what we want, until we see what we want. It really is fun, and comes with a nice feeling of satisfaction. When you make a great trade, it feels like winning.

At least that's the way it feels for us... thoughts?
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@BandyApp Makes sense. I guess it all boils down to having enough inventory so there's a good chance you'll find a good swap.
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@marckohlbrugge Yeah, pretty much. That's definitely going to be the biggest hurdle. But we're working very hard on spreading the word. So if you or anyone you know may be interested in being a beta tester, please apply! www.bandy.co/beta-testers

Thanks again for the question; if there's anything else, please don't hesitate to ask.
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@BandyApp Makes sense. I guess it all boils down to having enough inventory so there's a good chance you'll find a good swap.
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@marckohlbrugge Yeah, pretty much. That's definitely going to be the biggest hurdle. But we're working very hard on spreading the word. So if you or anyone you know may be interested in being a beta tester, please apply! www.bandy.co/beta-testers

Thanks again for the question; if there's anything else, please don't hesitate to ask.
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Love the design and those stickers look great! We're putting together a package of cool startup swag to give away on BetaList. Can we include some of those cool stickers? /cc @RPISH
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When I saw the texting screenshot for a moment I thought it would be possible to register a domain through a bot. For what it's worth, that would be quite interesting for someone like me who's thinking up ideas all the time with chatting with people. Invite bot, mention domain, check availability, register. All from within the chat. Although a feature like that might bankrupt me real quick haha.
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@ianmayman Thanks for the suggestion. I've received that request a few times now. Will take a look at their API to see how feasible it is.
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@janpeeters Noted! Many requests for that one.
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Curious to here how it's different from existing products such as Tile?
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Hello @marckohlbrugge

We cant really speak on behalf of Tile and the rest of other devices out there, but here are some of the functionaries that makes iKON Tracker the ultimate and most complete tracking device:
1) LED LIGHT: for easy access of your lost item, even in darkest of places.
2) GEOFENCING: you receive a notification whenever you leave anything behind. This prevents loss from happening.
3) SELFIE ASSIST: the multi-functional button on iKON serves as a remote control to your mobile phone camera.
4) Distance: 70 meters (230ft) while others only track up to 60 meters
5) Multi-functional Button: iKON has a multi-functional button that can be used for multiple purpose. Also our API will be released to other developers and they can program the device to control whatever they desire to pair the device with, e.g. Using the device to control their tv, light, fan etc or anything for that matters...
6) Expandable COMMUNITY (CROWDFIND): We will be introducing the use of Whatsapp network for the search of missing, lost, out of range or stolen items (With permission from all users and people in our community).
7) Water proof and Shock resistant features make the iKON Tracker durable for all conditions.
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@iKonTracker How is whats app going to help?
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@mfreeze77 Users will be able to expand their search power getting help from their whats app contacts and this will only happen when they bind their whats app contact number with their iKON application.
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@baesedandy Hi Andy, please show a little more respect to the makers. If you have any suggestions on how they can improve things by all means share them, or even constructively questioning the validity of an idea is welcome, but simply calling something 'bull' isn't helping anyone and quite disrespectful.
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@marckohlbrugge Oh sorry, I think I misunderstood. Are you asking me why you aren't listed as founder? I can add you if you like. Let me know!
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@marckohlbrugge Marc - I built the app; I built the site; I EVEN SUBMITTED THE STARTUP here. If anything I'm being disrespectful to myself
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@baesedandy Oh yeah that would be awesome haha if you could add me as a founder since I am
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@baesedandy Disrespectful to yourself hehe. We don't automatically add the person submitting as a maker as sometimes they use a different account than they'd like to include. I'll see if we can clarify this somehow.

I have added you now though!
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@marckohlbrugge Oh sorry, I think I misunderstood. Are you asking me why you aren't listed as founder? I can add you if you like. Let me know!
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@baesedandy Disrespectful to yourself hehe. We don't automatically add the person submitting as a maker as sometimes they use a different account than they'd like to include. I'll see if we can clarify this somehow.

I have added you now though!
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@oelmekki I did a bit of research in this space about a year ago as I was contemplating building a product of my own and what I found was that most solutions focus on "ideas" and "feature suggestions". However, my own experience teaches me that what customers think they want, isn't necessarily what they need.

People tend to think in practical solutions, while often reframing the problem yields a much better solution. For example someone might suggest you add "tagging" to OpenVoyce, while what they mean to say is that they don't have a good overview of what's being discussed. Tagging just happens to be the solution that springs to mind for whatever reason, but it's not necessarily the best one.

I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this and if you're doing anything to steer the discussions towards better understanding customers' problems, rather than immediately fixating on solutions and features.
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@marckohlbrugge Oh yeah, having been a freelancer and then a CTO, I know exactly what you mean :) My most common sentence was : "Ok, I get what you think we should build, now let's try to extract your need from that before going further".

The problem we wanted to solve when we decided we wanted openvoyce was all the duplicates you usually have in a support system. In the previous few years, it became commonplace that support is a prime for startups. Problem is, support teams keep answering the same questions over and over and we think they could use their time better. And you bet it: most requests are feature requests and supposed bugs.

Maybe we should rename "upvote" into "+1", because voting may make people think there's a majority vote going on and the most requested suggestion will automatically be implemented. In the same way, "implemented suggestions" should probably be "previous suggestions", suggestions will probably most of the time not be implemented as is.

That being said, you know people will make feature requests anyway. It's kind of the job of the support to extract a need, and the job of the technical team to present a solution. I'm not sure saying to users "what is your need?" or "try to think of a need instead of suggesting a feature" would be a good thing. What we want is to gather raw material, in the biggest amount possible, with a tool that helps sorting it. De-duplicating feature requests is such a tool : users naturally think feature, they already make an effort to click that link to provide their idea, let make it easy for them to just drop it. Trying to do so, they may realize their question as already been answered, and we have an user generated doc. Or they may see a discussion and enrich it with their own use case. The effort to abstract the need, which requires actual skills, we can do it :)
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@oelmekki Great answer! I definitely agree you can't expect the user to identify their needs. I guess my question is how OpenVoyce will help the product owners better understand the customer's needs (e.g. how do you go from a feature request to a better understanding of your customer, as solving that problem is where the real value lies IMO).
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks! :)

Hum, you're right. We didn't implement "needs isolation" features yet, because that's something we're already used to do by ourselves. But that's definitely count in what we need to do to make "something solid for everyone". Thanks for contributing this first step ^^

We already added categories on suggestions, which are only visible for product managers. This helps grouping suggestions and filtering themes, but this is obviously only a first step.

Analytics sounds like an obvious way to go, I would just want to avoid making it too much full featured: big analytics apps are difficult to use because you're easily lost in data. I'm working on a knowledge database on an other sideproject, with a big emphasis on extracting themes and synonyms. This could be a cool feature: isolating themes in opened suggestions and surfacing the most common ones. My bet is that in each feature request, among all the details that describe behaviors, you can extract one or two words that make the need more obvious. I have to test this, actually.

Something I would love too is to make developers participate in discussions. This is a difficult topic, because developers hate those kind of discussions. They just don't speak the same language, and they feel like most discussions are a waste of time because they're not about specific enough problems. That being said, I've seen way too often support promising things they thought would be easy just to discover downstream it will be a hell to do, or on the contrary, trying to temporize reports about something that is casual to fix. Developers certainly are the ones that are the most fit to think about an actual solution. Shadow commenting on support platforms has already been tried, doesn't work (devs will only go there if they are asked for it). Maybe just a weekly or monthly mail summing up the trending categories / themes could help. Support team could also tag a "suggestion of the week" that would appear in it.

Well, you gave us a lot to think about, thanks ;)
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@oelmekki Great answer! I definitely agree you can't expect the user to identify their needs. I guess my question is how OpenVoyce will help the product owners better understand the customer's needs (e.g. how do you go from a feature request to a better understanding of your customer, as solving that problem is where the real value lies IMO).
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks! :)

Hum, you're right. We didn't implement "needs isolation" features yet, because that's something we're already used to do by ourselves. But that's definitely count in what we need to do to make "something solid for everyone". Thanks for contributing this first step ^^

We already added categories on suggestions, which are only visible for product managers. This helps grouping suggestions and filtering themes, but this is obviously only a first step.

Analytics sounds like an obvious way to go, I would just want to avoid making it too much full featured: big analytics apps are difficult to use because you're easily lost in data. I'm working on a knowledge database on an other sideproject, with a big emphasis on extracting themes and synonyms. This could be a cool feature: isolating themes in opened suggestions and surfacing the most common ones. My bet is that in each feature request, among all the details that describe behaviors, you can extract one or two words that make the need more obvious. I have to test this, actually.

Something I would love too is to make developers participate in discussions. This is a difficult topic, because developers hate those kind of discussions. They just don't speak the same language, and they feel like most discussions are a waste of time because they're not about specific enough problems. That being said, I've seen way too often support promising things they thought would be easy just to discover downstream it will be a hell to do, or on the contrary, trying to temporize reports about something that is casual to fix. Developers certainly are the ones that are the most fit to think about an actual solution. Shadow commenting on support platforms has already been tried, doesn't work (devs will only go there if they are asked for it). Maybe just a weekly or monthly mail summing up the trending categories / themes could help. Support team could also tag a "suggestion of the week" that would appear in it.

Well, you gave us a lot to think about, thanks ;)
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Interesting idea. What do you think are the relevant attributes when matching up two people and what kind of information do you provide for makers to identify whether the other person is indeed the right fit?
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@marckohlbrugge Based on what the users have answered in the form (their professional profile & what they are looking for) the algorithm suggests the match between the 2 persons and finally we do a human check before sending it. In the newsletter we send a quick intro to both users containing the name, professional profile & location.
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Screenshots look good! How do you connect with all the data sources?
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@tyvdh Oh cool. Didn't realise such a service existed! Hope they add support for international banks at some point too.
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@tyvdh Oh cool. Didn't realise such a service existed! Hope they add support for international banks at some point too.
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@fo0x I guess you can just take a bunch of screenshots within an like Medium, and compare all pixels to identify constant UI elements. That way you create a 'finger print' to compare against anytime a user takes a screenshot. Very clever!
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@marckohlbrugge Pretty much like that :) Thanks!
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Looks interesting, but since people are already carrying smart phones I'm not sure people would buy and carry another one? How do you plan to compete with Apple and Google?
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@marckohlbrugge It's apples to oranges when it comes to experience. You can't really do what we're intending with a device similar to how you use your phone. By building our own device and interface we have complete control over the hardware and we're able to offer a new experience end-to-end.

We're all about building an open system, and giving the community the tools and incentive to help build that ecosystem.
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This seems too good to be true. What's your secret? :smiley:
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@marckohlbrugge The secret is that you pay $3.646,35 a year for this service. Oh well :)
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@heiditaperson Ah nice. Widening your customer base a bit. Might be interesting to consider integrating with Gyroscope ( https://gyrosco.pe ) in the future. Right now they integrate with RescueTime for similar data (e.g. how productive were you today, etc), but Superday seems like a more lightweight alternative.
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I've been using Huffduffer ( https://huffduffer.com ) for this purpose and while it works great, I've always felt they could do more to take advantage of the rise of podcasts.

Curious to hear how Audioknot compares to Huffduffer and whether there's any functionality planned they don't provide already?
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@marckohlbrugge thanks for the mention. I know about HD, it's our competitor and i also think it could do more. I dont' want to build yet another search engine for podcasts.
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Thanks for making this @rahulr047. Curious to hear what tech you used to make this.
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@marckohlbrugge Hey Marc! Used Chatfuel :) super easy to make with it, took me around half an hour.
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Clever idea! It seems like much of this is already possible with iOS reminders (please correct me if I'm wrong), but your UI is more accessible and a better fit for the use case of "stuff to bring"-reminders.

Will the app be integrated with iOS Reminders and Siri, or are the reminders stored in their own database?
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks for your feedback and the kind words.

iOS location-based reminders can remind you when you get TO somewhere. Our app is designed to remind you when you leave FROM somewhere. It's an important nuance for the different use case we're trying to serve (i.e. don't forget your stuff when you leave).

We plan to incorporate Siri, but not at launch. It's in the plan, and I hope we can get to it soon!

Our reminders are created, triggered and fired in-app - it allows us to better handle the complex calculations better.

Thanks again, Marc. Hope you find the app useful!
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@omicAustin Thanks for the clarification.

For what it's worth though, it is possible in iOS to set reminders when leaving a location too. When adding the location you can set the address (top of the screen), the radius (using the map on the bottom of the screen), and choose between "When I Arrive" and "When I leave" (middle of the screen).
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@marckohlbrugge Yes, you're right. What we're trying to achieve is a smaller scale level of accuracy, where our reminders are based on leaving a place vs. leaving an area.

We also utilize different data sources depending on signal strength (for example, integrating step count if GPS is weak) with the goal of getting more specific with our reminders.

And as you mentioned, hopefully the streamlined UI/process will help differentiate as well. :)
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@omicAustin Ah I see what you mean. iOS Reminders does indeed often remind me a little late. Taking into account step count, wifi signals, Bluetooth connections, etc would make a lot of sense.
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This seems really powerful IF the leads are high quality. How do you qualify those leads?
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@marckohlbrugge Great question! Firstly we have a freelancing background, which helps in "sniffing out" the high quality leads. Secondly, we validate them by reaching out to the lead. This gives us a few pieces of information like (are they responsive, do they really know what they are after, are they open to remote freelancers, do they have a set budget etc). Using this information we can then filter only the highest quality leads on to the users of the system.
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I had a look the screencast and I wonder if having access through Slack outweighs the disadvantage of having to learn a new syntax? Wouldn't it be easier to create data visualizations through a more visual UI and then share them on Slack? In my experience designing a useful data visualization is a matter of trial and error which isn't something you would want to bother your colleagues with.

Curious to hear what your thoughts are on this?
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I'm a bit confused on how data is imported. It shows a user uploading a CSV while also allowing the user to connect to the data source directly (in which case there would be no need to upload a CSV).
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@omicAustin Thanks for the clarification.

For what it's worth though, it is possible in iOS to set reminders when leaving a location too. When adding the location you can set the address (top of the screen), the radius (using the map on the bottom of the screen), and choose between "When I Arrive" and "When I leave" (middle of the screen).
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@marckohlbrugge Yes, you're right. What we're trying to achieve is a smaller scale level of accuracy, where our reminders are based on leaving a place vs. leaving an area.

We also utilize different data sources depending on signal strength (for example, integrating step count if GPS is weak) with the goal of getting more specific with our reminders.

And as you mentioned, hopefully the streamlined UI/process will help differentiate as well. :)
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@omicAustin Ah I see what you mean. iOS Reminders does indeed often remind me a little late. Taking into account step count, wifi signals, Bluetooth connections, etc would make a lot of sense.
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@omicAustin Ah I see what you mean. iOS Reminders does indeed often remind me a little late. Taking into account step count, wifi signals, Bluetooth connections, etc would make a lot of sense.
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Real time support chat has become prevalent in recent years so with a similar widget design I imagine consumers will expect to talk to a human. Have you considered using a more distinct design to manage expectations?

On average, what percentage of questions is the bot able to answer?
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@marckohlbrugge
Hi Marc, you are actually right, most people will expect to talk to someone. But the fact is that most of the time the live support team is very limited so it takes to much time to get your answer. Some of those repetitive questions might be answered right away.

Some ideas are in the pipeline to manage expectations for unanswered questions: like leaving a message or using push notification when live support answer those unexpected questions.

During the week, 844 questions where asked by users coming from Betalist and Producthunt on the Nser.io demo chat. 63% of those questions where answered but we still need to look at the percentage of questions answered correctly. This valuable information will serve as a guide for future improvement.

Thank you for your comment.
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@patry_francois 63% is not too bad! If you can find a good way to manage expectations for those other 37% and provide a reasonably quick answer I can see it work out well 👌
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Congrats on launching this. Looks great 🙌

I'd be curious to hear how your workflows have changed since adopting Beam. It seems like a nice addition to asynchronous text-based communication (e.g. Slack).
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That looks slick. I always have difficulties prioritising product roadmaps so I've been considering building something like myself. Looks like I might not have too anymore 😬
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@marckohlbrugge Thanks for that. We build airfocus for that exact reason: we needed that tool ourselves. Looking forward to hear your feedback.
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Clever idea. How do users add the job listings to Huntr?
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@marckohlbrugge great question, we will have a simple chrome extension that will allow you to add jobs from the actual job posting site
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@RennieHaylock 👍 Let me know if there any optimisations I can make to BetaList Jobs ( https://betalist.com/jobs ) so the jobs show up well in Huntr.
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@RennieHaylock 👍 Let me know if there any optimisations I can make to BetaList Jobs ( https://betalist.com/jobs ) so the jobs show up well in Huntr.
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This sounds interesting. Are you using Wald yourself yet to build Wald? Any interesting feedback you've received so far that influenced your roadmap?
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@marckohlbrugge Hi, Marc! Yes, we're dogfooding our product. We have an internal feedback board which we share with a closed group of people at the moment. It will be public soon. We've received very positive and constructive feedback so far which helped us to prioritize the right things and find the tasks with the best impact/effort ratio. The user response already gave us insights to rethink some ideas – and that is exactly what we want with wald.io. Don't build things nobody wants :)
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@DaniStefanovic Cool! Looking forward seeing it in practice!
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@DaniStefanovic Cool! Looking forward seeing it in practice!
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The design looks great. How does the product functionality compare to existing players like Weebly and Squarespace?
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This looks really useful. Can't wait to try it!

Reminds me of @maccaw's Mac app from a few years ago [1], although CashNotify seems more feature-rich. Did you base it on Alex' opensource code, or built it from scratch?

[1] https://blog.alexmaccaw.com/stripe-push
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@CloudWaitress Yeah I'd like to avoid having to set up my own VPS just for SSL. Let's hope Heroku will support multiple certificates per app in the future.

Good point about CNAME'ing the CNAME. I've done something similar before which worked fine.
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This reminds me of Heroku Dataclips, but it seems more powerful and easy to use.

What exactly is stored in the cloud? Just the queries or also some of the data and database credentials?
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@marckohlbrugge Hi Marc! Thank you for your comments.

We store workspace state (your tabs, settings, etc...), saved queries and connection information (without credentials) so that you can keep on working wherever you download & sign-in to your TeamSQL account.

We never push db data to cloud.

Everyone is welcome to see our code base and see what's running under the hood since this is an Electron based app. Obviously, it's always possible to see all the network traffic made by TeamSQL as well.

We're also testing private-key encryption based on AES256 for the use of enterprises.

Happy to answer if you have further questions. Cheers!
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The key differentiating feature from other visual annotations tools seems to be that I can invite advisors I don't necessarily know and ask for feedback. Is that correct?

Without the supporting presentation do advisors have enough context? Or is this aimed more towards pitch decks that are sent over email rather than in person pitches?
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@marckohlbrugge at the moment the software makes it super easy to ask for feedback on pitch decks from people whom you already know. It's got annotations and a unique new way to give feedback too that we will be sharing soon. Then you can share the deck with investors and see what they are doing with your deck.
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How does the end-to-end encryption work. Does the local key I use as a developer serve as my decryption key? If so, is it ever sent to the server? If not, how do you determine which keys are for which account?
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@marckohlbrugge Good question - I'm planning to do a writeup on the details soon. The end-to-end encryption design is quite similar to ProtonMail's. They have a good overview here: https://protonmail.com/security-details

All encryption is based on the OpenPGP standard, using both OpenPGP.js and Golang's OpenPGP implementation compiled to native extensions for client SDKs.

For each user and server, the server stores both a public key and password-protected private key. The server never sees the password, so the strength of the encryption from the server's perspective is effectively the strength of the password. For the web client, this is a user-supplied password (with lots of prodding to make it a strong one). For servers and local development keys (used by the SDKs), it's a 14 character random alphanumeric string securely generated on the client.

The usual caveats about web encryption do apply (which is why native apps/extensions are also in the works), but the in meantime, Envkey mitigates these issues with every technique currently available. Envkey's web client loads no 3rd party content and maintains a strict content security policy, drastically reducing the risk of XSS attacks. All assets, including the root document, are served statically by a CDN server, not dynamically, further reducing the surface area for a JS-based attack. On top of this, we are rigorous about back end security, so the end-to-end encryption, while solid, is only the outermost layer of protection. Data at rest is also encrypted with our own keys and only our load balancers are accessible to the public internet.

I hope that helps. Let me know if I can provide more info or clarification on anything!


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@Danenania Wow, great job on the reply. Sounds like you know what you're doing :)
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@Danenania Wow, great job on the reply. Sounds like you know what you're doing :)
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I've visited a few different co-working spaces over the last few months and most of them seem to use Nexudus. Curious to hear how you plan on differentiating from them as they seem (from my admittedly limited experience) to be dominating the market today.
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@marckohlbrugge yeah—so it's not just about tracking "customers"; did or did they not pay their invoice yet.
This is a part of it, since coworking spaces need the money too :)
Big part is about facilitating the community aspect of coworking spaces: who are the people that work here (in a visual way). One of the biggest reasons, people go to coworking spaces. Great marketing tool for coworking as well.
But also think about a simple "contact form WP plugin" that hooks into our app or automated hooks into slack for instance.

Basically it boils down to level up the human aspect that makes the coworking spaces "who" it is.
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This seems a more low-level than existing wifi-enabled switches that you just plug into an outlet. In which situations would Kancy be a better fit than those existing solutions?
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@marckohlbrugge Please visit our live campaign on Kickstarter and you discover why Kancy is the best smart home DIY solution in market
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/224726987/the-worlds-first-wifi-smart-tiny-switch
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Are there coding exercises in the app, or are they only flash cards? I wonder how effective it is to learn programming by reading versus actually programming (which seems tricky on a phone).
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@marckohlbrugge Good question! There will be a lot real coding and all the lessons will be interactive. We have a couple ideas how to make it work on mobile.
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@mmieszek Awesome. Curious to see how you'll design coding on mobile!
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@marckohlbrugge Pls drop me your email to marcin@getcodehabit.com and I will ping you as soon as the early version is ready. Would love to hear your thoughts.
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Existing social media like Facebook and Twitter also have voting and polls. How will you attract people to install and sign up for a separate app?
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I've seen some other HR tools use qualifying questions to filter out applicants, but this is the first time I see a point-based system. It seems almost like a CAPTCHA do weed out non-serious applicants.

Do you have any insights into what percentage of applicants you're able to filter out with this approach?
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@marckohlbrugge By the way, let me know when you're live and looking to promote the service to more companies. Maybe it's something we can offer to BetaList Jobs customers.
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@marckohlbrugge Looking at the last three years, during which we’ve used this method, i’d say roughly 5%. Most of them are adventure seekers who just try their luck, and i can’t imagine going through all those CVs. Usually it’s around 3000 for a position.
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@marckohlbrugge By the way, let me know when you're live and looking to promote the service to more companies. Maybe it's something we can offer to BetaList Jobs customers.
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For people new to SEO, especially startups, could you share what's benefit of tracking your position within Google and how you'd use that information?
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@marckohlbrugge sure!

There are three reasons to take the time to track your position:

1) See the impact of the changes you make to your site for the keywords you're ranking for in Google. You don't want to be making those changes blind, especially if a change pushing you down the rankings.

2) Track the competitors in your industry and see _why_ people are ranking where they are. To help with this we show the domain authority, page authority and inbound links for pages which helps to paint a pretty picture of why sites are where they are.

3) Gain a deeper understanding of your market and niche. Regularly tracking keywords gives you some pretty rad insights on what's going on in your market.

For startups, organic search can be one hell of a way to grow your business if you understand how to do it right. It pays to have good tracking software and research tools to help along the way :)
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Such a clever idea! Does it support private calendars as well to indicate whether someone is available without sharing their private/personal events?
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@marckohlbrugge Thx! Yes, private calendars are supported too. As long as the other person shared her Google Calendar with you, TeamCal can use it.