The Startup Speedrun

Update

Yesterday, as part of this challenge, I launched PodKoi. In total, it took around six hours to build.

Today’s a busy one for me, so I don’t have time to write a recap. Nonetheless, the reception to it (check it out on ProductHunt) has been overwhelmingly positive, exceeding any of my initial expectations.

Expect a detailed recap post in the near future.

Re: Update

The recap post has been written 👏

Check it out now 🕵️‍♂️

Back to the post…

Ever in the middle of a project when a shiny new one comes out of nowhere? One that excites you so much that you’re ready to drop everything else and go all-in on it?

It happens to me all the time. In fact, it happened to me this weekend.

Simply put: I try not to follow-through on these ideas when there’s something else going on. But… why not quickly scratch the itch in a unique way?

Stupid? Yes. Fun? Maybe 🤷‍♂️

Here’s the idea: This Sunday (May 3), starting at 9am EST, I’ll be doing a Startup Speedrun.

What’s a Startup Speedrun?

Inspired by the 24 Hour Startup Challenge (and by video game speedruns), the idea of the Startup Speedrun is to build a ‘startup’ in as little time as possible.

In essence, this as an exercise to get a moonshot idea of mine out of the way, and keep moving forward on what’s important (like building my own productized service business).

Here’re the rules

Yay, rules! Here’s the framework I’ll be following:

  1. No building (branding, web design, etc) can be done prior to the starting time of the Speedrun.
  2. Pre-made themes & tools can be used, and going no-code is allowed.
  3. All themes & tools can be pre-installed onto an already setup domain.
  4. Strategizing, market research, etc. prior to the Speedrun start time is allowed.
  5. The Speedrun clock will stop only once the startup has been submitted to ProductHunt.
  6. Once the startup has been submitted to ProductHunt, no further edits or adjustments can be made.

The goal

As mentioned before, the main goal of this challenge is to act as a ‘getting the shiny idea out of my head’ exercise.

For the sake of competition, however, I’ll be keeping an eye on how the startup performs after 24-hours on ProductHunt and posting the final score in my post-Speedrun recap.

The details

The Startup Speedrun will begin at 9:00am EST on Sunday May 3. It’ll end once my startup has been completed and submitted to ProductHunt.

If you want to follow along, I’ll be live-streaming it on Facebook. To find the livestream, just go to startupspeedrun.com and you’ll be redirected.

My startup

By now, you’re probably wondering what I’m planning to build for my Startup Speedrun.

In short, it’ll be a directory service called ‘PodKoi’ that connects podcast hosts with people who want to be interviewed by them.

After looking for it myself, I couldn’t find anything worth signing up for, so why not give it a shot? (I’ve also been using the awesome ‘MyListing’ theme from Themeforest for a client and have been aching for an idea of my own to use it on).

Wanna join?

If you’ve had a shiny idea in the back of your head, and need to scratch that itch, come join the challenge. Once you’ve finished, send me a link and I’ll add it to the leaderboard in my recap.

Not interested? In that case, grab some popcorn and get ready for Sunday. It’ll be a blast 🚀

See you there,

👋 Jasper

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