Hey there, I've worked in several companies and created many products. However,
we never grow as fast as expected. We were always thinking too big too fast.

Now, I'm just creating products that have 3 features max. It helps to focus on
what really matters. Keep this small checklist in mind to remember how to
develop better products with fewer features.

1. More features does not mean more customers. Each feature added is a
trade-off clarity/usefulness.

2. At the MVP/Beta stage, don't try to copy all the features of your
competitors. Many of them are just "Nice-to-have" but not "must-have"
features. Focus on what your users will really use.

3. The big pictureDon't add any features to your product without clearly
understanding what benefit it will bring to the product as a whole. ie:
working on a dark mode while you're in beta. It's a waste of time.

4. Avoid being 'the all-in-one solution for {insert here your industry}" from
day 1Keep your vision in mind, and build step by step. Start with a core
offering. Iterate down the road.

5. Don't build any feature before talking to your customers.I trust your
judgment. You probably know the market. But until you talked with your
customers, all your ideas are just hypotheses that need to be validated.
Rahul Vohra at Superhuman is embracing this concept. A year ago, every new
customer had an onboarding call. This helps them to build a gold mine of
user feedback to improve their product. Needless to say that they're the
best email client ever made.

6. Falling in the Build Trap is mainly caused by not communicating with your
potential users and customersAvoid that mistake at all costs. Ps: reading
her book is a MUST if you want to be a good product Maker.

7. 80% of a product's success is linked with communicationFor my side-gig, I'm
focused on understanding what people need, and how to convey the right
message. Thinking about growing before achieving the PMF is the quickest
way to lose money

8. At the beginning of your project, you shouldn't be too focused on the # of
customersRather focus on the NPS {read: if they care about your product or
not} and the retention of your customers. Growing is easier than retaining
customers with a bad product.

9. If your customers are not THRILLED about your next feature, don't build
it.Remember: 80% of the features of a product are not used by users. Focus
on the features that people are really using, and turn them into KILLER

10. Start with Data. Think with your guts. Act with your customer's voice.There
are plenty of tools available on the market to track the behavior of users.
Implement one of them from inception is without any doubt the best
investment you will make. Lack of budget is a pretext. Many Analytics SaaS
offer free credits to freshly born startups. There is no reason but
laziness to not implement one of them.

11. Invest in Good customer relationships.The closer you are to them, the more
they will trust you. Ask them to tell you what they HATE about your
product. Customer success = Key for growth

12. Earn trust. Don't break your promises.If you say you will develop a
feature, do it. And if the promise has to be put on hold, don't come up
with a bs excuse. Be honest.

13. Don't try to build everything by yourself.When you can afford it, implement
a SaaS that serves the same purpose. ie: Don't build an affiliate feature.
It's {normally} not part of your core product. Use any Affiliate software.

14. From experience, a high churn is mainly due to a bad user experience.One of
the best resource to improve quickly your UX is the book "Refactoring
UI".79$ that will save you kk$ down the road

15. KEEP PUSHING.You've got all the resources to make it. JUST DO IT!

Do you have any advice to make sure to build the right product with the right
features? I'm very curious to know

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