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The only limitations are the ones we put on ourselves

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πŸ‘‰ These are the crazy things I learned last week.

1/ Starbucks is ready to unveil its web3 strategy. It has to do with their rewards cards - which bring an extra 1.4 billion πŸ’° to Starbucks.

I heard that you'd be able to use them natively in their app - which is going to be awesome.

2/ My NFT Platform that I built in 14 days for a hackathon has almost crossed 800 πŸš€ users.

πŸ’‘ This is how I did it.

Step 1️⃣

I believe that it is the easiest and fastest platform for creating NFTs. Everything is built around the philosophy that YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A CRYPTO BRO TO GET A TICKET. This helped a lot in my next step.

Step 2️⃣

I did a bit of growth hacking on Twitter by piggybacking on LA Tech Week - a huge event with thousands of people who cannot get an invitation. So, I created an event for "Rejects of LA Tech Week" and got another 300 users.

The ticket is here to take a look: LA Tech Rejects.

And below are some of the interactions:

Go to the bottom for more epic interactions with users! πŸ‘‡

Step 3️⃣

I responded to EVERY SINGLE bug/future request in less than an hour. If you don't do this, you don't have 800 users; you have 800 entries in the database.

Step 4️⃣

I am adding more features, but I generally love having non-stop feedback and at least 10 hardcore users within 3 days of launching.

There is definitely a market there, but for the time being, I love building things people find useful.

3/ Is having competition a good or a bad thing for your startup ❓

Building a new product in a completely new space is risky, and having a competitor helps you de-risk your work. If you have a competitor, you have additional proof that there is an actual market, and you are on to something.

Want to learn more?

πŸ‘‰ Explore the YCombinator library, and you will find plenty of resources.

4/ The only limitations are the ones we put on ourselves.

It's been a long since I last made excuses about building stuff.

I used to think:

Not the right time.


I might need this gadget/tool/service to build this

or (the worst)


There is never "a right time". You are ready now. You don't need anything else.

A great example is that the Oscar-winning feature film PARASITE was edited with a 10-year-old copy of Final Cut Pro 7.

The only limitations are the ones we put on ourselves.

5/ In this newsletter, we often discuss the importance of a solid decision-making process.

You are lost in life if you don't have a framework for evaluating scenarios and making decisions.

Here is an awesome collection of thinking tools and frameworks to help you solve problems, make decisions and understand systems.

πŸ‘‰ https://untools.co/

  1. Systems Thinking
  2. Decision Making
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Communication

πŸ‘‰ More Interactions I had with my users.

See you next week. πŸš€

-- Jon V (as in Victory)

- Fri 12 August 2022


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