I made site helping startups to collect feedback from their users

Hi,

I made a product that helps companies to collect user's feedback, share roadmap and changelog.

Productroad is a platform for users where users can:

– leave feedback and discuss feedback from other users;

– suggest features and upvote them;

– subscribe to post and receive updates from the company team.

Productroad is also a platform for company team where team members can:

– prioritize feedback and show it's status on development roadmap;

– write a changelog;

– track who is working on particular feedback.

Yeah, we are not first who are providing such services. So how we differ from others?

UserVoice.

That service is one of the first in this niche. For now, it's focused on enterprise customers. We are focusing on small to medium businesses providing better user experience, simple and clean interface, transparent pricing. Also, we provide premium support for every customer.

Canny. This product is great and in many ways, we inspired by Canny. At the same time, we make a more customizable product. We also focused on privacy so we have different access levels, closed accounts, enforced SSO and many other things.

We are eating our dog food and make our roadmap public on feedback.productroad.com you are welcome to vote for our features 🙂

Also, Productroad is an open startup and we publish our business metrics monthly in our twitter (spoiler alert: not a unicorn yet): https://twitter.com/productroad

And the best part: we understand now is a hard time for many companies so we offer a 50% discount for one year. And we offer a 100% discount for organizations fighting the COVID-19. Just drop us a mail on hello@productroad.com.

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Expensify CEO shares high-level keys for keeping costs low and managing expenses

As we find ourselves tumbling toward a global financial crisis, every business is taking a second and third look at expenses going out the door to make sure they really, truly need them. Based on more than a decade of experience processing billions of dollars in expense reports for the top startups in Silicon Valley, here are the high-level keys to keeping costs low and managing expenses: hire people you trust, keep policies light and flexible, and invest in experiences that bring your team together. On the tactical side, get your travel policies in order (you know, when travel is a thing again), give everyone a smart corporate card and be honest about what really matters. These should all start way before the point of scouring spreadsheets for savings — and as a startup, you have a chance to get it right out of the gates. Invest now so you don’t have to cut later. 

Quick background on me: I started programming when I was six and spent the early days of my tech career building 3D graphics engines for video games. Eventually, I ended up working at Red Swoosh, a startup that Akamai bought just in time for the world to descend into the 2008 recession. Since then, I’ve been focused on relieving the world’s frustrations one expense report at a time. I’ve come to see how more than a million companies handle billions of dollars in expenses, and I’m here to give you some of the best expense-management tips I’ve picked up along the way. 

Hire people you trust

Rule zero of expense management is to hire people you trust. If you trust your team, you don’t need to micromanage expenses. If you don’t trust your team, no amount of micromanaging expenses will matter. Expense tools aren’t lie detectors or mind readers; they exist primarily to catch mistakes, not criminals.

Keep policies light and flexible

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 DomainInvesting.com: For the past few years, .IO domain names have become very popular. A quick glance at NameBio shows the substantial value that exists for some .IO domain names. In addition, a look at TechCrunch, CrunchBase, The Verge, or pretty much any other tech publication shows the extensive usage of .IO domain names at various startups […]…
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Best practices for shipping food

This article was originally published on Sept. 21, 2018. It was updated on April 14, 2020.

Selling food out of your brick-and-mortar store is one thing. Selling it online — and shipping food all over the world — is another. Whether you own a bakery, an Italian restaurant that bottles its own sauces or a grocery store looking to expand its customer base, selling your goods online comes with one major concern: shipping.

Shipping food is one of the hardest parts of reaching consumers who aren’t anywhere near your physical location. It can be challenging, but it’s certainly achievable.

Related: 5 tips for adding an ecommerce shop to your brick-and-mortar business

4 best practices for shipping food

Before you start shipping food, you need a plan in place. Here’s what to do before accepting your first order:

  1. Do your research first.
  2. Test everything multiple times.
  3. Accept the realities of shipping food.
  4. Lay the groundwork before taking orders.

Let’s jump in.

1. Do your research first

Research is the first and most important thing you should do when considering selling your goods online.

Shipping food is a complicated process, and there’s a lot to think about before you decide if this expansion is right for your business.

Here are a few key considerations:

  • What will you need to buy in terms of materials?
  • Will boxes and packaging material do the trick, or do you need special packaging items that will keep your food tasting fresh as it travels?
  • What will all those pieces cost you, and where can you buy them?
  • Are there bulk rates available, and if so, is it worth it to purchase enough to save a few bucks?
  • Who will do your shipping, and how much will it cost? Are you going to stick with the bigger players, such as the U.S. Postal Service, UPS or FedEx?
  • How quickly will packages arrive at their destinations?
  • Are you going to keep things local by hiring a delivery person or working with a courier?

The research that goes into choosing whether or not to ship food at all can take a lot of time, but it absolutely needs to be done first.

Related: How to build a local food delivery website

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2. Test everything multiple times

Once you have a list of prices and shipping times from each provider, test your menu items. Find people in the locations you’re planning to ship food to and start sending.

Mail items many times over in order to ensure that when you do finally launch your online store, customers on the other end are happy with their purchases.

If you’re only working with goods that are in bottles, boxes or cans, you have a bit of an easier road ahead of you.

However, delicate items are notorious for failing the shipping test.

Baked goods with elaborate decorations might not survive the journey, certain products may not stay fresh long enough, and some foods may require such expensive shipping materials that it’s not worth it to mail them.

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3. Accept the realities of shipping food

Shipping Food Macarons

As you go through your testing phase, you’ll see that some products just can’t be mailed. That’s tough to accept, but doing so will allow you to move forward and grow your business, even if it doesn’t end up being as big of a step as you had hoped.

Perhaps there are just one or two menu items that don’t work, or maybe only a handful can be mailed. You don’t know until you try (and try and try again). Once you have confirmed what flies (or drives) and what doesn’t, accept it.

Don’t try to do more than you can if you can’t do it really well.

 

It’s better to simply refuse to ship half the foods people can buy in your store than to have them arrive in less than optimal condition.

Make it clear that there is a lot to discover if customers visit your physical location, and if you win them over with tasty deliveries, maybe they’ll reward you by doing exactly that.

Related: Returns and refunds policy templates for online shopping sites

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4. Lay the groundwork before accepting orders

Once you decide that you’re ready to begin shipping food, prepare for every aspect of the process.

For instance, do you know about how many online orders you’ll be filling? Develop some predictions before you invest in shipping food.

If you start accepting orders without enough people to make them, prepare them and get them out the door, you either need to rethink your plans or hire a few new employees.

You’ll also need the right supplies and a proper website that can securely accept money and keep track of orders.

GoDaddy Website Builder Food Template Page

GoDaddy’s all-in-one Online Store solution makes it easy for you to accept all major credit cards, PayPal and Apple Pay for back-end payment processing.

Plus, Online Store comes already protected with a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), so it won’t be an additional cost on you or your business to keep your website safe.

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In conclusion

Shipping food can add a valuable revenue stream for your brick-and-mortar business. It’s also a great way to take a love of food to the next level as an online business. You just need to be prepared and make sure you have the resources available to handle the demand from the moment your food delivery service goes live.

To recap:

  • Research your available shipping and packaging options, plus associated costs.
  • Make test shipments for various locations.
  • Refine your product offerings based on test results.
  • Make some sales projections. Get set up with an online presence, preferably a dedicated website that can accept orders.

By taking the time for some advance planning, you’ll be well on your way to successfully shipping food to happy recipients.

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[Signals Analytics in TechTargetI] Supercomputer consortium powering COVID-19 treatment research

Signals Analytics released a COVID-19 Playbook that offers access to critical market intelligence and trends surrounding potential treatments for COVID-19.

Read more here.

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Will, Italy’s Instagram-born news startup, raises €1.2 million and launches podcast

Will, the first Italian Instagram-born community for generations interested in becoming more aware of the world around them, has closed a €1.2 million seed round. The lead investors are Davide Dattoli (Founder and CEO of Talent Garden), Francesco Fumagalli, Cube3, Invictus Capital.

Will, the instagram-first community now counting close to 220K followers on Instagram 3 months before launching, was created by Imen Boulahrajane and Alessandro Tommasi. Founded in January 2020, this online first community aims to raise awareness of everyday facts and inspire change for a more sustainable world. The small team produces content to inform and popularize complicated matters and help people of all generations become familiar with the speed and complexity of the changes we are living through collectively.

The team is based in Milan, with 12 team members ranging from data scientists to graphic designers, authors, policy experts and social media managers. They are also starting to collaborate with premium brands and third parties, having recently collaborated with UNICEF to raise awareness on health issues, for example regarding FGM (female genital mutilation).

“We’re glad for the support shown by our investors and we mean to prove that on social media platforms, the need for clear, easy-to-digest info on the climate emergency, social and economic issues is stronger than ever. People aren’t just glued to their devices for leisure or get distracted”, explain cofounders Imen and Alessandro. 

The startup’s new podcast, narrated by Imen, is a daily 5-minute dive into the hottest topics one should be aware of, and in just a few days has reached the top 3 on Spotify and Apple charts.

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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Big Five Tech Companies (Episode 32)

In a time when small businesses need help more than ever, the big five tech companies are stepping up. These five companies, including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple, are not only providing additional resources to small business, but also much needed funding.

As reported in visualcapitalist.com yesterday, these five companies have a combined market capitalization of over $ 4.7 trillion, and they’re donating a combined total (so far) of $ 1.25 billion in capital and resources.

Hear more from Jeff on this morning’s WJR Business Beat, below:

“By big tech stepping up the way they have and making these donations to small business and supporting small businesses with resources, it really underscores the importance of small business, not only to them, but small business in America.”

– Jeff Sloan


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Tune in to News/Talk 760 AM WJR weekday mornings at 7:11 a.m. for the WJR Business Beat. Listeners outside of the Detroit area can listen live HERE.

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Stats from our Product Hunt launch

Hey everyone,

We launched the free tier of our product on Product Hunt on Friday and ended up as #5 product of the day. I thought folks might be interested in what kind of traffic and conversion numbers we saw. I'm guessing these are atypical considering that we're in the middle of a pandemic and that we launched on Easter weekend, but maybe they're helpful:

4/10/20 (Launch Day): 732 uniques, 1,525 pageviews

4/11/20: 343 uniques, 700 pageviews

4/12/20: 177 uniques, 365 pageviews

We had 88 users sign up for the free version of our product which ended up being a 7% conversion rate. Should we be happy with this percentage or should this be higher?

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Electrical worker safety startup launches a COVID-19 workplace distance and contact tracker

A startup that created a dedicated gadget to help ensure the safety of electrical industry workers has turned their talents to addressing the need for similar workplace protections in the face of another threat: COVID-19. Vancouver-based Proxxi is launching Halo, a wrist-worn wearable device that can provide a vibration notification to alert someone of the presence of another band within 6 feet – the recommended span of separation to ensure proper social distancing.

Proxxi explains that the device is designed to help ensure compliance with social stance guidelines while on a job site or at a workplace, where essential work might need to continue despite the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, but where it can also be tricky to maintain proper distance between workers without a reminder system.

The wearable uses low-power Bluetooth to communicate with other bands, and the bands also retain a log of which other bands they’ve been in contact with to provide internal contact tracing capabilities in case of positive coronavirus case diagnoses. The startup says that the bands don’t include location tracking, however, and they’re not tied to any specific personal identity information for any respective employee who wears them in terms of sharing info between bands or back to Proxxi itself, for the purposes of privacy protection.

We’ve seen other similar efforts, including Estimote’s contact tracing wearable for workplace use. Proxxi’s approach differs in a couple of respects, including in that its primary focus is on active monitoring and awareness round appropriate social distancing. Estimote’s wearable is also more focused on providing a visual alert system regarding potential contacts.

Proxxi says its Halo system can be set up and implemented quickly and easily, and notes that they don’t require connection with, or setup through any kind of smartphone to operate.

Per-band pricing is set at $ 100, and the company will begin shipping them out on May 4. Deployment includes both mobile app and web-based dashboards for monitoring contact tracing and tracking compliance and efficacy of social distancing measures on-site.

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Weather the storm with diversification

People who diversify their income are in better shape to withstand downturns.

Weather the storm written in yellow letters on top of a lightning strike

The world economic situation is nasty. There’s a lot of uncertainty, and it’s not the typical “we’re in a funk economically” certainty.

Companies that sell domain names and web sites seem to be holding up reasonably well. You can thank subscription-based services and people shifting their businesses online for some of this.

At the same time, GoDaddy has warned that aftermarket domain sales, which carry a higher price tag, might be at risk.

During the last downturn, a lot of domain investors said that domains would do well in the recession. But the reality is that when people are concerned, and cash is in short supply, pullbacks tend to hit almost all businesses.

This reminded me of two things that I’ve long felt about how individuals should protect themselves against economic downturns.

First, you shouldn’t count on one source for all of your revenue. I know that executives at companies might not be able to do something on the side, but rank and file employees should have some sort of business or revenue stream on the side. Maybe it’s just an online blog about a hobby that makes advertising money. Perhaps it’s a YouTube channel.  Something they can pivot to if they lose their job.

As a solopreneur, I’ve diversified. Domain Name Wire is holding up strong so far, but a prolonged downturn could impact its revenue. Thankfully, I started my podcasting service a few years ago and it now makes about the same amount of money as this site.

Second, rank and file employees shouldn’t own shares in the companies they work for. I’m not talking about stock options at a startup. I’m talking about people at established companies getting matching funds in their 401(k) that are in company stock, or buying company stock in retirement or other brokerage accounts. If your company hits the skids, that means you probably lose not only your job but also a big chunk of your savings. Whenever you can, diversify your holdings.

No matter what your business is, think about how you can diversify to weather the storm.

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