This year, I have decided to finally launch a few products. I've made several products in the past, but I never went ahead with launching them, always waiting for them to be "perfect", or, at least, having a pretty wild definition of "MVP".
Some of the (unlaunched) products I made over the past few years are:
- Crestify - A bookmarking tool to help you remember what you read and find online, and to have an extended memory for all that information
- KindleClipper - If you're read a book on your phone vs. a Kindle, you know the huge difference. I can fall asleep while reading on my Kindle because it's so soothing on my eyes, but the phone keeps me awake - and distracted. This is a tool to send any article you find online to your Kindle, so you can read it in a distraction-free environment thats easy on the eyes
- AudioBookToPage - I like to listen to audiobooks while working out, running, etc. I do not like audiobooks while not multi-tasking like that. I would want to switch between audiobooks and normal (e-)books, but converting from time listening to page number can be tricky. I created this simple tool to switch back and forth between listening and reading
However, as I worked on these tools, I would keep growing the scope, feeling like the UI needs to be prettier, there need to be more features, etc., and basically procrastinating on the launch due to a fear of failure. I learned a lot by building these products still - building Crestify is how I became a full stack engineer and that's what puts food on the table for me today. Of course, I could have learned a lot more, and gotten closer to my goals, if I had launched these products. I'll share more about those stories soon.
I have now learned that the perfect is the enemy of the good, and the only way to get over my fear of failure is by facing it.
In the next two weeks, I will be launching a product called GPTGram, a Telegram bot that lets you access ChatGPT, Whisper, and Dall-E from the web, iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, any device that supports Telegram, basically. I started building this idea as a commercial product about a month or so back (although I built it as a non-commercial tool for myself at the start of the year). This will be my first ever actual launched product, and I look forward to the experience, I am sure I will learn a lot from it.