It’s been a busy week with a new job and settling into my new house.
Beta Directory has been continuing to grow the last few weeks with over 75 beta products added to the directory and counting. The newsletter is also continuing to grow organically. Over the next few weeks, I plan to make a few tweaks to the site in an attempt to feature it on Product Hunt.
Lastly, I’ve spent a lot of time this week researching NFT’s (hence this week’s subject title). I recently joined the Shiny Object Social Club to level up my knowledge. Hopefully next month I will have one to share.
Right, let’s get to it - time for this months roundup 👇
Derrick Reimer a self-proclaimed indie hacker and bootstrapper set out to build an alternative to Slack himself, called Level. A year later, despite launching the product, he made the tough decision to walk away from the product. This in-depth retrospective provides a ton of lessons throughout his journey, particularly his revelation when discovering his previous validation strategy provided him with the wrong signals of intent. i.e. What people say they want isn’t what they actually do in reality. 12-min read
🎁 Bonus Read: Level manifesto - great strategy to validate the problem and test if it resonates with people by collecting their email addresses.
In this article, Matthew Ball discusses what the metaverse is, why it’s important, some of the current trends, and what we might expect for metaverse development in the future. If you have seen ‘Ready Player One’ you might already have an idea of what the Metaverse means, but that seems like the distant future until we can reach a world where reality and augmented reality are blended together, however, we are closer than you might think. It’s certainly a mind-bending prediction of the future with no popular consensus but I’m fascinated to see where this takes us. 38-min read
We’re seeing a new breed of individual emerge. Individuals who are able to build infinitely scalable businesses attached to their own name, with global reach and without the infrastructure normally associated with doing so. In this post Tom Osman explores some great examples of successful online solo makers and creators taking advantage of the creator economy in what is referred to by some as web 3.0. This quote gets me excited - “What we’re seeing now, is just a taste. There are billions more people about to arrive online.” 4-min read
More and more makers and creators are applying the model of “build in public” and sharing their journey building products and businesses for others to follow and interact with. It is becoming increasingly important to build an engaged audience for your ideas on the internet and I’m grateful to have seen the power of building in public first hand. Marc Köhlbrugge created this handy tool to find others who are building in public.
The amount of new products being created with Notion is staggering. The swiss army knife of productivity software continues to surprise me with its versatility, not to mention the creativity from the makers behind these Notion products. A great example of this is Ev Chapman’s Block Base - which allows you to forward and organise important emails via Notion - capture invoices, client emails, newsletters receipts, and more. I’m personally considering this as a personal repo to store and organise my newsletters.
Andres&Adler recently launched - KnowledgeOS, the Marie Kondo for your favourite browser. If you’re like me and struggle to declutter your browser tabs let KnowledgeOS save your tabs so you can close them and access them later. I can also access all my most used applications like Notion, Jira, Gdrive, Figma, Airtable etc from their native dock saving me going back and forth between tabs. And wait, it gets better… you can use their Superhuman-like command/search bar that can be opened over any tab.
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