My First Startup: Flippr
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sydneyverifiedco-creator of Commaful
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My First Startup: Flippr

An idea from high school. To change how people network

I remember the day I got a LinkedIn.....

I added a lot of people.

Pretty soon. I had 180 connections. For a senior in high school, it wasn't bad. The problem? I lost touch with a lot of people

Then I met Justin. Through Coursera of all places

Another high school student taking online courses? We immediately hit it off

Two clueless students. Set out to start a company

The concept was Flippr

A way for people to keep in touch their network and exchange contact info with people they met. It solved my problem

We recruited our friends. Had a lot of fun

KEY LEARNINGS

1: Ship as fast as possible

We should have launched after the first week. Instead we worried about name, branding, legal documents, marketing, and never got a prototype together until 6 months in

2: Keep a Small Team

I love every person who started the journey with us. But in the end, the team was just too big. Big teams move slower. 2-3 people

3: Listen deeply to your smart friends

My smartest friends presented the problems of why it wouldn't work fairly early on. I didn't tackle those problems head on even though they were the most important.

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sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
2 years agoReply
Unfortunately not flippr. We really should have launched quickly but definitely learned from that. There are some products on the market today tackling similar problems though

2 years agoReply
Fantastic story!! Did you ever launch the idea?