Obviously this blog series has begun to transition away from poking around for ideas and “startup explorations” per se to the early stages of actually building a product! This means I’m no longer working alone: now I have developers on hand working with me on 1) automating my tweet recommendation process, and 2) creating a landing page. I’m hoping that by the end of the month we’ll have something more tangible to share.
Not that the exploration is over—this will be a long process, involving building the software gradually and continually finding new users and going back to them for feedback. When this initial, early building phase is done I’ll be in a position to run a third experiment with more participants and over a longer time span.
I’m intrigued by the ethos of building in public and plan to continue documenting this project in its own dedicated site. Hence, I will conclude “startup explorations” here at the end of the month.
It also occurs to me that if I’m going to be in this problem space, I need to participate in it much more than I already do. So the time has come to graduate this blog series into something more public-facing: a newsletter. This will be my attempt at understanding the creator economy space, drawing on things I already know well (creation, the arts) and things I want to learn more about (technology, the startup ecosystem). Read it here.