This is Week 06 of 09 of Astra’s Y Combinator Startup School Journal.
We clicked submit for our YC Application on Tuesday morning (phew!), took a quick breath, and headed to this week’s lecture with Patrick Collison (Stripe co-founder and CEO).
This talk was called “Running your Company” but actually covered a wide range of topics: Product Market Fit, the “Collison Installation,” and leadership in a young organization. I highly recommend this talk as much or more than all the rest so far. Patrick shares some great mental models that you can deploy immediately to make progress with your startup.
Also, there are some choice tactical nuggets of knowledge throughout. Pre-Product Market Fit, he recommends being hyper-attentive to micro details (see story on early email notifications). This is something we’ve implemented since and have found to a highly illustrative means of extracting qualitative trends in our users’ behavior in real-time.
This week’s Tuesday lecture (above) was great! And our smaller Office Hours setup is continuing to be a high-value burst of feedback and learning. Additionally, we:
From our user interviews, we found some navigation dead ends in the app and some areas for improvement:
With last week’s two articles published, we were hoping on a quick boost for signups. Even though that didn’t happen immediately, we’ve decided to put some effort into other long term growth initiatives, mostly around our App Store listing. We found Meatti and are digging into optimizing our keywords and search results:
Per our refined dashboard, this week’s user stats:
Follow along with our progress by subscribing to our mailing list.