“A Minimum Viable Product is that version of a new product which allows a team to collect the maximum amount of validated learning about customers with the least effort.”
So an MVP is not about building 3 features out of a total of 10 features.
It’s about building a version of your product that can help you learn the most about the market and customers and validate your idea.
It can even be a simple landing page, or a webinar or a newsletter.
This is the practical part of the course where Bram actually teaches 9 easy to learn NoCode tools.
He also builds 6 real life NoCode MVPs during the course.
These are tools that are easiest to learn and also the cheapest to start with.
This is how Bram describes the value proposition of the course –
“…the eventual goal of No-Code MVP is to really help people get started and also help them figure out if they’re working on the wrong idea.”
Dogfooding his course🐶
So did Bram dog food his own product? Did he build a NoCodeMVP version of his own course before building the course?
You bet he did.
That’s where the mailing list comes in.
He put up a landing page on Betalist and talked about the course on Reddit, Twitter and Linkedin.
He had hoped to have a list of 500 before he started working on the project.
By the time he launched he had a list of 2800 people interested in the course.
A benefit of putting up the landing page –
One of the users asked him for some real examples of how the classes would be, it wasn’t clear on the landing page. Bram replied that the course wasn’t ready yet, and he would share parts of it as soon as he is done with the content.
Even today, you can get the first 8 videos of the course for free!
Lessons for Indie Hackers🤗
Bram’s advice for Indie Hackers –
“If you have an idea, think what is the smallest thing you can do learn the fastest about the idea.
Timebox it – ask yourself – “How can I determine if I should pursue this idea four weeks from now?” – the answer to that question is what you will do from tomorrow for the next 4 weeks.