App 1: Laoshi
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App 1: Laoshi

TLDR
Match students with SWEs to find internships
Date
Oct 16, 2021
Idea
ProductHunt
GitHub
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Approach

  1. I went on ProductHunt to look at Top Trending product to copy
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Hmm the first app Senpai looks interesting. Get answers from a verified startup expert!
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Oh wow!
Clicking find help will turn me to this page
Clicking find help will turn me to this page
Instant consultation service sounds like a good idea!
Time to brainstorm!

Ideas

I went to Google JamBoard to brainstorm
Time limit: 5 min.
Goal: Come up with 20 ideas.
Who are the different people we can adapt Senpai for?
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Categorising these ideas

Funniest idea:
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Best idea:
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Most feasible idea:
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Choosing idea

Looking at the ton of crap generated above. I decided to go with the Most Feasible Idea.
I have limited time and limited resources to explore stuff outside of my industry.
Let's just go with helping cs students find internships!

Name

Senpai is a good name. Let's just copy is and call it laoshi ่€ๅธˆ ๏ผˆTeacher in chinese๏ผ‰

Landing page

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I am going to copy this website.
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Slogan: Trying to find a tech internship & don't know what to do?

Building landing page

I used convertkit to build a simple waitlist collection page.
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Marketing

  1. Launch on ProductHunt
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It's a very plain producthunt page but well... We all gotta start somewhere.
  1. Launch on NUS Computing Grads Telegram group
This is a ~1000 member Telegram Group in NUS containing computing students
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Reflections

Time taken: 5 hrs
My thoughts
  • Pretty lame ass idea
  • Subsequent launch time should be faster once I get familiar with the flow
  • But well whateva ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ. There's still 29 more apps to go ๐Ÿ™‚

Results

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  • I can't believe it! There are actually people who upvoted the product hunt and joined the waitlist!
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ConvertKit Subscribers
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So far 6 mentees has signed up