Hacker News is not just a sinkhole for your morning’s productivity. I’ve been frequenting HN for years and it is my primary source of information. Recently, I also discovered it is a great platform to launch your startup.
I submitted a link to Routific’s developers page on Friday March 28, around 6 p.m. PST. Thirty minutes later, we were on the front page. One hour later, we were cruising at #6. It never reached the Top 5, but a roller coaster of excitement ensued nonetheless:
125 early-access signups
99 API accounts created
8 pricing requests, including one titled: “shut up and take my money”
2 investor inquiries
1 enterprise deal
wow. very trafic. such excite! yum pie.
These numbers may not be all that much, but for a startup’s first launch — before which everything was zero — it is quite exciting!
Some tweets followed — amazing how the whole world is on HN:
Comments posted by HN readers have gained a reputation for being harsh and pedantic, so I was surprised by the quality of the discussion and encouraging comments on the HN thread. Perhaps they tone it down when you submit a Show HN?
I also submitted it to proggit, but got down-voted immediately. Thank you Hacker News for being so supportive. What would we do without you?
Marc Kuo is the Founder & CEO of Routific, a route optimization platform for growing delivery businesses. Our mission is to green the planet by reducing the mileage and fuel consumption of delivery fleets. With over a decade of experience in the last-mile industry, he has advised hundreds of delivery businesses on their route planning and delivery operations.
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