Javelin by Lean Startup Machine - Product Stars
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Javelin by Lean Startup Machine

All-in-one platform for building products people want

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Jan Smejkal
This product can be a game-changer for thousands and millions of entrepreneurs worldwide... well done, team Javelin.com!
Trevor Owens
Maker
@jsmejky thanks Jan, this is EXACTLY what we hope to see Javelin accomplish!
Trevor Owens
Maker
Thanks everyone for checking out Javelin! Would love to answer any questions you have. Making innovative products is difficult. You have to find the right early adopters and solve the right problems in the correct way. Having a business plan is not enough. You need to go out into the real world and talk with your customers to understand who they are and what is causing their current problems. Javelin connects you with customers to interview, while also providing you with tools that make recording, organizing, and analyzing their feedback simple and easy. Setting up a landing page to test your idea isn’t very difficult, but with Javelin, we take this concept a step further. Javelin gives you the ability to test multiple landing pages, track multiple customer acquisition channels, and compare your website copy and conversion rates, in order to provide you with a clear vision to which path will make you and your idea the most successful. On top of all of these features, once you begin your beta testing, Javelin can measure if your product is a MUST HAVE, (hand gesture or tone change) something that people can’t live without, or a NICE TO HAVE, meaning it will be difficult to scale.
Abadesi
@to Do the testing strategies work for every type of startup? e.g. tech for good?
Grace Ng
Maker
@to @abadesi Yes, this is a methodology and process that works for any idea. We help connect you to potential customers to interview, help you analyze the interview data and calculate the business metrics for different ideas so you can easily decide which customer to focus on, which is the biggest problem to address, and which is the best solution to solve it.
Tricia Fitzgerald
@to Does your testing work in any other country outside of the US? We're in New Zealand and it's a different market.
Trevor Owens
Maker
@tricia_fitzgerald Hi Tricia, you can use Javelin anywhere in the world. For the On-Demand Interviews, there are many customers in the database in the Australia/New Zealand area. I'm not sure the exact number offhand but I will look into it for you! Also--we don't have the ability to target by location yet, but that will be coming very soon.
Zeeshan Ejaz Bhatti
@tricia_fitzgerald @to I am from NZ and using it just fine.
Tricia Fitzgerald
@to Thanks - would love to know numbers and have the ability to target by location and share that with local social enterrpises.
Anish Shrestha
@to Love it. Have literally waited for years for this. :) For on-the-go experience, a mobile app would be great. I would love to help, if you have under planning. Thanks.
Kumy Veluppillai
This makes testing ideas as easy. Perhaps even too easy! Great work @Grace @Trevor
Trevor Owens
Maker
@grace @trevor @koomerang1 Thanks Kumy!
Grace Ng
Maker
@grace @trevor @koomerang1 Haha thanks, that's the intention!
Alex Miller
Super slick ui. What were your hypotheses and how did you guys go about validating them for this product?
Trevor Owens
Maker
@fotoflo we started out with the hypothesis that people wanted help DESIGNING experiments, that was our first product (the old Javelin) which we raised $1.5M and signed several big enterprise customers. It turned out that was not true, because almost no one used that product on an ongoing basis. Then we tried to validate if people wanted help RUNNING experiments, this was through a new product called QuickMVP which was a landing page builder. That product took off right away, but in the end it didn't provide enough value. Thousands of people invalidated their ideas but they didn't get enough feedback from customers, they didn't know how to pivot or what to do next. So we did a Zoom-Out Pivot to focus on the current Javelin. Actually, at this time we ran out of money so it was a really difficult period. With the new Javelin we focused heavily on helping people do customer interviews before launching a landing page test. It's taken us a couple years to get to this point since we ran out of funding, but here we are and we are proud of what we have built! The feedback has been super positive and we are also using the new Javelin to pilot our own pre-accelerator with SOSV (the #1 most active early stage investor globally).
Alex Miller
@to so to be clear, the current hypothesis is that people want help doing customer interviews AND launching landing page tests?
Trevor Owens
Maker
@fotoflo "People want help with the heavy lifting of conducting customer interviews, validating their solution, and measuring/tracking Product/Market Fit" Essentially, they want in all-in-one tool that helps simplify the process of going from idea to product/market fit. We also validating this from a solution standpoint with the video you see above and a landing page test... but this was a few years ago. It took us a long time to get the UX and frontend of the product to be where it is now. I also have an unfair advantage which is that I started Lean Startup Machine for myself and have always been the #1 customer. This is part of the reason why I think it was successful. For QuickMVP, it wasn't something I would use from beginning to end for my own ideas. I would have done interviews first. My first test for Javelin is to have it pass my own test. It's not quite there yet but should be there soon after we iron out the kinks in this pilot.
Trevor Owens
Maker
@fotoflo just did a full blog post on all of our learnings/efforts for the past 5 years: https://medium.com/startup-grind/back-from-the-grave-the-story-of-javelin-273f0f7722ad
Christian Vanderbeck
@fotoflo @to Not sure if you still support quickmvp but the cert expired quickmvp.com uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate expired on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 6:59 PM. The current time is Thursday, June 28, 2018, 9:51 AM. Error code: SEC_ERROR_EXPIRED_CERTIFICATE
jing mei
In addition to Google ad platform, LandingPage can be made into other formats such as WeChat or weibo?
Trevor Owens
Maker
@jingmei Thanks for your question! We do not have WeChat or WeiBo format yet, but in the future we will develop more features to focus on the Chinese market.
Dr-Microbio.Wang
Mr. Owens' JaveLin would be very helpful for me.
Trevor Owens
Maker
@clarckwang thank you!
Jessica Kohler
Tried Javelin beta version with my engineering students so they can learn and practice innovation and entrepreneurship following the lean startup principles. It's a great tool !! And many thanks Grace for the workshops !
Grace Ng
Maker
@jessica_kohler thanks Jessica!
Tracy Mehoke
I've respected the Javelin process for years now! Great to see it in a more accessible form, and hard to imagine there was a time before Javelin ...
Grace Ng
Maker
@tracymehoke thanks Tracy!
Tracy Mehoke
@uxceo Thank /YOU/ for creating a clear process for good thinking!
Grace Ng
Maker
@tracymehoke it was really tough to distill the process into these tools, but your feedback and usage makes it all worth it! I hope it helps you with your projects
Grace Ng
Maker
Hi everyone, thanks for checking out Javelin! Javelin is a platform that guides you through turning your ideas into successful new startups. This is based on our experience teaching entrepreneurs for the past 8 years. It's been a tough journey to figure out how to simplify the startup process into tools that anyone can use, but we finally did it! We're making Javelin super useful to entrepreneurs building their products and would love your feedback on how to improve it. Go ahead, start using it today for free!
Lindsey Fine
I experienced Javelin at an amazing Lean Startup Machine weekend and it changed the way I thought about launching a product into the market! I only wish I would have experienced it sooner! Would have saved me a lot of time and energy. Highly recommend!
Grace Ng
Maker
@lindseyfine1 Thanks Lindsey!
Sophie Wu
We tested the LSM methodologies on the Female Entrepreneur Community, and we had such great feedbacks and impacts on not only just the entrepreneurs, but also mentors. Javelin has an easy to use system to validate a new business idea or a new product launch. Highly recommended!
Grace Ng
Maker
@sophie_wu1 thanks Sophie!
Leo Lee
COOL!!
Trevor Owens
Maker
@leo_lee3 thanks Leo!
Jan Carbonell
Haven't tested the product yet but knowing the team and their previous track record my expectations are really high. Looking forward to something great :)
Trevor Owens
Maker
@jcllobet Thanks Jan! Means a lot. Keep in mind we are still grinding away to make it even better than it is now :)
Grace Ng
Maker
@jcllobet thanks for your support Jan!
Shaun Johnson
Well Done 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
Trevor Owens
Maker
@idealexit Thanks Shaun, means a lot!
Grace Ng
Maker
@idealexit @to Thanks for your support Shaun!
Mijael Feldman Sabah
Incredible product! This is leveling the ground for entrepreneurs everywhere!
Grace Ng
Maker
@mijael_feldman_sabah YES! Making it easier for entrepreneurs. Keep the feedback coming!
Trevor Owens
Maker
@mijael_feldman_sabah Thank you Mijael!
Tom Lev
Congrats Trevor and Grace!
Grace Ng
Maker
@tkornblit Thanks Tom!
Trevor Owens
Maker
@tkornblit Thanks Tom!
Muneeb Ali
Big fan of the team! I'm recommending this to startups who're building decentralized apps on the Blockstack platform.
Grace Ng
Maker
@muneeb Thanks Muneeb!
Trevor Owens
Maker
@muneeb Thank you Muneeb. An honor to have praise from an entrepreneur like you! Amazing to see the growth of Blockstack. If only I had liquidity back in 2013!
Jason Saltzman
I have been working with early stage startups for the past seven years. Having a tool that can assist with validating your assumptions before you spend your time and money is SUPER helpful. Trevor and Grace have become experts in the field and watching them work over the years has been an influence on the way I mentor and work with startups. This product is a must try! Great work!
Trevor Owens
Maker
@saltzmanjason Thank you Jason! Couldn't have survived without your support over the years. AND hosting our launch parties at ALLEY was incredible. Sending you love from Shanghai.
Grace Ng
Maker
@saltzmanjason Thanks for your support and all that YOU do for the startup community. Much love
Ricky Yean
We used Javelin to quickly test some assumptions when we were pivoting our startup. This is an extremely useful tool and forces you to have the discipline you need to succeed. Congrats on the launch!
Trevor Owens
Maker
@rickyyean Thank you Ricky! It's an honor to have an entrepreneur like you find value in using Javelin. I know you hate to be complimented, but it's the truth!
Christian Gambardella
Is there a pricing page?
Trevor Owens
Maker
@the_gambardella Javelin is free to use for your first project. You can also join an unlimited number of projects where you are a team member (instead of the owner). For $11/month you get up to 5 projects and a bunch of advanced features. The pricing page is www.javelin.com/pricing
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