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Note: as I’m currently evaluating and interviewing for product manager opportunities, I’m publishing many answers to the product, behavioral, business, and life questions I’m researching/practicing publicly rather than keep them private in a Google doc. Tell me about starting & building Horizon Horizon is an application that helps people find places to stay with their trusted network. The inspiration came from several years of travel and the realization that the barrier to travel is fear, not time & money. The problem our product solves is trust, enabling travelers to know they are staying with a trusted connection either a friend or community they belong to can vouch for. It also hits on affordability — offering a cheaper way to travel than AirBnB, … Continue reading
Over the past few years, I’ve worked on two travel apps – Oh Hey World (OHW) and, more recently, Horizon. Anyone that has slaved away on a startup knows how hard they are. The hundreds of hours. The stressful nights. The weekends spent in front of your computer while friends are out having fun. It really is like nurturing a baby (from what I’ve heard). We’re still very much working on Horizon (we’ve been working on Android), but related to Oh Hey World… When is enough, enough? For the answer, head to Oh Hey World and read my deeper dive…
There’s no shortage of startups who have tried to unseat TripAdvisor as the de-facto place to figure out what to do while planning a trip. They are all stories of misaligned incentives. Read more of my thoughts on the subject over on Medium.
We released our Android beta of Horizon on Product Hunt. The big change in the product is that we now support posting and finding sublet opportunities. Most people find a shared room to live in for several months the exact same way they find a place crash for 2 or 3 nights — but sublets come with a much stronger host incentive to fill their room (since they are paying for that room regardless of if someone is living in it). If you are on Android, please give it a go and let me know what you think. PS: Do you or someone you know have a room you’re looking to sublet? I’d especially love feedback from … Continue reading
If you want to get a glimpse into Start-Up Chile, here’s a short video for you… Indeed, Start-Up Chile has been an amazing experience with a truly, truly international community of entrepreneurs.
I’ve been light on blogging recently. That said, I have been working on a piece on travel planning (one of the many consumer travel angles I’ve worked on), and finally published it on TravelStartups.co. You can read the whole thing here.
Many startups wireframe, design and sometimes even build working prototypes of many concepts that don’t ever end up seeing the light of day. We were no different. After we built Oh Hey World and couldn’t get it to scale, one concept we wireframed and did customer validation against was a mobile, social email newsletter reader. MyBlogLog + Google Reader + email + location. I detailed the entire concept, thought process, and learnings over on the Horizon blog for the curious folk. I’m still crazy, crazy bullish on the idea. If someone ends up building it, please let me be an early beta tester.