We are a team of three people including two co-founders.
We are doing a series of 16 sprints over the course of 16 weeks (May - August inclusive) with the ultimate objective:
making every interaction on ConnectDome worthwhile. i.e. every interaction should align with our goal of fostering:
- a work environment where the socializing aspect is automated and easy,
- ability to work on ideas that are not necessarily open-source (not found on Github),
- more eureka moments among developers than ever!
There are a lot of other milestones to hit in terms of our KPIs but that first objective is what we truly care about and are going for here.
Everything else is just a sub-task to get to that point.
Grow to over 1000 users in our invite-only platform, have a 40%+ 30-day retention rate, add premium plans, and ofc, register as a business before accepting payments.
Will post separate updates for every week’s sprint with a gist of how much progress we made and how far along we are from these product shipping milestones:
- SPA open to developers on waitlist (requested the invite code). (~week 3 sprint)
- iOS and Android apps. (~week 6 sprint)
There’s much more to dissect here but that’d probably make the updates less interesting so I’m thinking of keeping the following format here (won’t include any biz-dev updates possibly LOL):
[TITLE OF UPDATE 🚀] [Gist of progress made, certain stuff we worked on] [Current Estimate of next product milestone]
The following is super helpful:
for work (and the community):
- Techstars (their invite-only startup pipeline program) most certainly helps with the generous free mentorship sessions with mentors within and without. It’s not documented very well but it’s still mentioned in certain places including:
Largest Cohort of Student Entrepreneurs Chosen for Summer 2021 LaunchPad Fellowship - Blackstone Launchpad
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation has again partnered with Future Founders to fund a signature student entrepreneurial experience this summer. Over the past two months more than 160 students from nearly 30 schools across the U.S. and Ireland have applied for the opportunity. Recognizing the remarkable ingenuity of these students, this next cohort will be the [...]
Meet the Winners of the 2020 AWS U.S. University Startup Competition | Amazon Web Services
In a new initiative to support founders attending universities, AWS launched the U.S. University Startup Competition in October 2020, giving startups a chance to showcase their ventures to investors, mentors, and the startup community and win prizes. Meet the winners here.
Entrepreneurship team takes third place in AWS U.S. University Startup Competition
"All of us involved in Auburn's entrepreneurship programs are proud of what our students have accomplished, and the external recognition of the progress we're making in educating and supporting our student-entrepreneurs." -- Lou Bifano, Director of Entrepreneurship Strategy at Auburn University The Harbert College of Business is dedicated to providing students with engaging curricula, instruction, and high-impact experiential learning opportunities.
We got in through a different route, but well, it’s essentially the same thing.
for the sense of community:
- YC SUS events
- r/startup’s Discord server
- Buildergroop on Discord
- Gen Z Mafia on Discord
Being purposefully surrounded by the community that makes up the thriving startup ecosystem serves as a reminder that we are neither alone nor insane and that this simply is what’s required to get to point B.
Hopefully, this blog serves the single purpose of archiving a journey, nothing more or less.