Lean Towards Sexy

"Build an MVP!" they say.

Narrow the scope, cut everything that isn't essential.

This is startup mantra. You aren't being lean unless you deploy to production daily and "figure out attribution later."

But what about the customer? What's best for them?

It took us 12 weeks to build Fomo v1. During this time we ideated dozens of features that we could either build now and launch later, or build later, and launch now.

Against all valley advice, we chose the former.

By spending twice as much time on v1, we achieved the following:

  • Better front-end design and UX
  • Concierge on-boarding (we'll integrate your site for free)
  • Full-time technical support hire
  • More love, because the product was more whole

And that's not all. We now have native integrations with Stripe, Mailchimp, and Eventbrite, which cover major use cases for customers that don't use Zapier.

Of course, each of these integrations forced their own "build or launch" debates.

Here's a crude sketch from last month's standup meeting that illustrates this decision for Stripe:

Sketch from fomo - decision for stripe

Option A (left) requires users to complete several manual steps. If we could count on our users "figuring it out," this is the easier path for us to implement technically.

Option B (right), while cleaner for the user, involves new dependencies, new edge cases, more tests, etc.

If we listened to startup mantra, Fomo users would be fumbling with Stripe keys as I type this. But they're not, because we decided as a team to lean toward sexy -- we chose OAuth.

Now, connecting Fomo with Stripe looks like this:

Fomo and stripe integration

Tl;dr:

  1. Customers have options (competitors)
  2. Make yours count

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Then prepare to love how it works.



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