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How Matteo Mosca built a community platform for lean entrepreneurs
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How Matteo Mosca built a community platform for lean entrepreneurs

Painland

Hey! What are you working on and what led you to building with no code? Have you got any previous experience of building sites/apps?

Painland is a community where lean entrepreneurs can find contemporary world issues, inefficiencies and inspiration to start or improve their business. It's where they can schedule calls and meetings to gather firsthand insights and precious feedback directly from those who are affected by a specific problem. Here the main features:

👹List Problems - A curated list of problems that affect people, that founders can use to start a new online business.

🍫 Bounties - Problem's publishers can place a bounty, so who solves it can win a reward

👨🏻‍💼 Jobs Board - A list of tech job opportunities from all over the world. Why I've chosen No-Code? I love how fast you can deliver features. I used to be an Obj-C developer, building a list for a mobile application could take an entire day. With Bubble you do it in half an hour

♥️ Another platform I built with Bubble is this one On Air Bar.

What platforms and tools have you used to build Painland? How long did it take to build?

Bubble.io ♥️ Here are the most important plugins I've used: - HTML5 Audio Player (for the audio player in the Home Page); - SeekBar (for the custom Audio Player in the Home Page); - MathJS (helps with math formulas); - VagueTime timestamps (so helpful to turn dates into "X days ago"); - Animated Loaders (Fancy animation when loading stuff); - API Connector (for LinkedIn API); - Facebook (Authentication); - Google Analytics (to track users); It took three weeks to build it, more or less.

How have you gone about growing your user base? What has been most effective?

I got 300 upvotes on Product Hunt the first week, and most of users come from that launch. I've been mentioned in startups websites, blog posts, startup newsletters and Podcasts. This one is noteworthy, as I'm the guest, and I talk about Painland and lean entrepreneurship. Right now I've got from three to five new signups per day, that comes organically from the sources listed above.

Have you monetised it yet and if so, what is your revenue model?

I tried to charge users to get in contact with people affected by problems and start their customer development. It didn't work, and now I see Painland as a community and source of inspiration for everyone like me, that want to launch a new profitable business starting from pain point instead of ideas.

What has been the hardest part of building, growing or monetising Painland?

Making money out of the community was tough. I didn't make it, and I gave up realising that the reason why Painland exists is related to the sense of belonging lean entrepreneurs feel when they participate in the community and get inspired with other members.

Do you have any tips on building, growing or monetising a no code product/business?

Delivering features with a No-Code tool tend to be so fun and easy, that can distract from the thing that every founder should do: Deliver value to customers, no matter the tools and the technology you use. Customers don't care if you use a No-Code tool or a native programming language. They care about the problem you solve for them and benefits you provide while you do it. That's the only way to make them swipe the card.

Where can we find out more about Painland and connect with you?

Some Painlanders friends and I brainstormed different potential solutions starting from Painland's problems. Now I want to post these business ideas, and demolish them right away (if not promising) giving the specific business, market and personal reasons that made me discard them. That's why on my Twitter (and LinkedIn), I've launched a series of tweets called "💣 Ideas Demolition" like this one. Follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn, I'll be posting there other of these entrepreneurial shots 🥃

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