Notion – Bundles Google docs + Trello + Airtable + Dropbox Paper + Asana.
Indie Hackers Bundles
Courtland suggested that maybe it makes sense of Indie Hackers to bunch together and offer their solutions as a bundle:
“Let’s say you’re someone and you’ve got a note-taking app and you’re somebody else who’s got a task management app or something. You think the two of you and maybe a few other Indie Hackers could come together and say, “We’re going to have a bundle for all of our software. Get all of us together for some cheaper price.”In that way maybe it’s easier for you to sell what you’re doing together with other people than it is by yourself.”
It’s definitely good if you are a below-average player.
But it’s bad if you are above average and would have made sales anyways. Your bundle partners are just pulling you down.
But it helps to note that success at the early stage is so unpredictable for a startup that perhaps it’s always safer to bundle together than not.
Tuple — Remote pair programming tool for developers.Tuple was started after Screenhero was acquired by Slack and got bundled into its offerings as a video chat solution.Remote pair programming was a validated problem. Screenhero had already cracked product-market fit.And suddenly there was a void in the market after the acquisition – Tuple filled that gap.
Carrd — One Page Website Builder.There are plenty of general-purpose website builders out there. Like Wix, Squarespace, Webflow. And the old-school WordPress.Carrd solves a very specific niche problem of a single-page website builder. And at a generous plan of $19/year for 10 sites, it’s a game-changer.
IndieHackers.com – A community of Indie BuildersIndie Hackers is an unbundling of Hacker News.There was a small section of bootstrapped entrepreneurs on HN who were interested in sharing their revenue numbers and learning from each other.IH tapped into that market and successfully unbundled Hacker News.Courtland built a thriving community by way of unbundling.
Unbundling opportunities of Indie Hackers:
Notion is becoming a general-purpose tool. But soon there can be very niche products that come out of one of Notion’s use cases.
Excel is a classic B2B opportunity. Anything that happens on excel and is not a spreadsheet task can be unbundled into a separate product.Niche excel use cases gave birth to CRM solutions and even billing and invoicing solutions.Related : Unbundling excel
College is already being unbundled. In the form of niche as well as massive online open courses. (MOOCs)Apart from education, another way to unbundle college is to replicate the college experience.Build solutions to bring like-minded similar-aged people together on a single platform. Try to provide a similar social experience to a college at a much cheaper price.
Paid Communities are an unbundling of open communities such as Twitter, Facebook Groups, and Reddit.
The bundling/unbundling game is not new, it can be traced back to Microsoft bundling internet explorer into its Windows OS, making it hard for users to install other browsers.