Everyone used to check in on Wednesdays and many were, week after week. They changed it so you could choose whenever you want, and all the teams in my group disappeared. It went from a vibrant Wednesday to dead every day. It was incredibly sad as everyone lost touch with each other.
While it was slightly annoying that I couldn't choose the day, it was working. Its one of those things where when you have a deadline many people will make it, when its flexible, it suddenly becomes really hard.
Joe and I tried to play with a lot of the timing, from first using the notion of 3 month batches, to opening it up for people to join every week (and doing a weekly join session to onboard people), to just opening it up completely.
We didn't see any immediate overall engagement drop after opening it up for people to join anytime and set their own checkin day, but we did notice once people received less than three comments per week on their checkin they dropped off within a few weeks.
If you bring it back, make sure you let me know.
Would it be worth setting up a quick Google Group or something, for interested parties to communicate with each other?
This is Joe, one of the people who worked to build nReduce last year.
I am writing today to thank you.
In traveling the world, I got to experience startup people's genuine desire to help each other. It is an amazing and beautiful thing and I want to thank you for being a part of creating it.
If I can be of help in the future, please let me know.
And please join me in thanking some of the awesome people who built nReduce
Josh Schwartzman, Jacques Crocker, Ash Bhoopathy , Richard Lengsavath, Raemond Bergstrom-Wood, Clifton Fletemeyer, Elliot Glasenk, Shaf Choudry, Paul Eikelenboom, Louis Sayers, David A. Johnston, Erin Parker, Marcus Smith, John Sechrest, Eze Vidra, Daniel Kehoe, Scott Robertson, David Nagy, Jack Lin, Sam Schillace, Mahesh Bhatia and so many more.
We open sourced the nReduce code here. (You can build on Josh's brilliance)
Want to work on the opensource nReduce? Email me
Awesome other people that are working to help startups :
Angel List - Keeps rockin it
F6S.com - Helping Founders
Startitup.co - Startup methodology
Zana Project - Advice from experts
StartupWeekend - Weekend as a Founder
Hippflow - Helping Fundraise
CofoundersLab - Introing Co-Founders
It might have been good to incorporate some sort of acceptance gateway or idea validation phase.
Maybe something like you create iterations of your landing page and the software auto A/B tests them for you. Once you have X signups for one you can join the others at the next stage. Video posts can also go on your home page to keep your fans informed.
They probably should have taken some small amount of money from users at some point also, even if just to keep the service going
I hope a successful implementation of the "online incubator" idea works sometime soon.
It's too bad to see it gone, but it had an impact, and that's great. There will be others that come and go.