I’m still shocked.

I was fairly confident that the launch of Product Explorer would get a bit more attention than the launch of Maker News. And yeah, it got around 300 upvotes on Product Hunt and my announcement got ~100 likes on Twitter.

But these metrics hardly tell the full story. Product Explorer is a paid product and thus what really counts is the number of sales.

Amazingly, all 100 discounted trial access passes sold out in less than a week.

This means that, at least for the next few weeks, I’ll double down on Product Explorer. In the past few days since it launched, I’ve already tripled the number of products that are covered and added dozens of new fields that allow for more in-depth analysis.

On the flipside, the unexpected success of Product Explorer disturbs my Bootstrap MBA plan quite a bit. I expected that far more experiments will be necessary before I’d be able to find a paid product that works.

But I’m quite optimistic that focusing on Product Explorer will allow me to learn many important lessons much quicker than I’d originally anticipated. In any case, I’ll keep you updated!

👍 My Favorite Thing This Week

By far, the best thing I read this week is I Thought Impro Was Bullsh*t: Recovering Rationalist 02 by James Stuber. He makes convincingly the case that we “logical, rational, STEM nerds” are actually missing quite a lot through our narrow perspective onto the world.

One thing he points out that I’d never thought about before is just how much the environment I’m living in pushes me further into that left-hemisphere corner.

🤔 Quote I’m Pondering

“It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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