Big time for me. This week, I'll pitch a first potential customer.
While I've been crafting Erudit carefully since last year and made sure of the coherence of the product, one thing was painfully missing : real experience with users. This is my fault, I just could not be satisfied with my product, always wanting to make it better before showing it off.
I realized, though, that if I don't take my chance with some users now, I won't ever do it. I will always find something to adjust, but let's face it: the only reason why I haven't let users in is because I'm afraid. Not sure why, I've spent more time on that project already than on any MVP in my previous companies, and I have a solid analysis of the problem solved, and how to solve it. So it's time to roll.
I never did a meeting with sole purpose of pitching my product, this is super exciting. I haven't felt this excited since exams at school. Preparing the meeting, I realized something, though: while I can explain the problem and the solution using my precise, technical terms, I have hard time explaining it simply. Damn developer I am :)
I took an afternoon today preparing the meeting and working on my general pitch, making sure it could be understood by friends and family. And I think I've finally nailed it. Here is what Erudit does.
Erudit is a chrome extension that allows you to ask your co-workers questions. Erudit saves the answers for next time someone asks the same question so they'll have the answer immediately. The goal is to make this as easy as asking the person next to you, and if several employees leave, you won't lose the knowledge they only exchanged by means of speaking.
What do you think about it?