The way your solution affects people
The thing with life is that fame, however much is sought after would never satisfy as much, compared to being of help to a fellow being. And this occurred to me yesterday!
They say life is the best teacher. No doubts about it whatsoever, specially as an entrepreneur who has been struggling for long. Surprising as it may seem, the last one year has taught me the most I have ever learnt, in every sphere of life – personal or professional. Ever since the inception of Sparklin (or even before that), we have tried to work on a number of product solutions which never saw the light of the day. Folks associated with us might as well be smiling right now.
Every time we tried to implement a product solution, our senses would fill up with many questions. Are we on track? What will people think? Will they understand? I think the sum of most of these questions was: is our solution good enough? And because we never had a specific answer, we would lose steam midway. It took me sometime to realize that the answer doesn’t matter, because the question is being asked at the wrong time. So in a couple of months, after I was thinking these thoughts we launched our first product solution.
“While solving a pain point, it will never matter how people react to your solution but the way your solution affects people.”
With previous product attempts, things wouldn’t go our way because we would question ourselves even when not required. Each time a voice in our head questioned if our solution was good enough, we will extend our plans back to make it near perfect. We always hungered for perfection; we did no good. Product and production was inactive, result: none of the real users could use it, there was no feedback. How could we expect to perfect something without any real feedback?
Realizations and learnings help immensely. It doesn’t pay to be in stealth mode if you want the rest of the world to experience product and the solution it is offering. So, we let go of our plan to perfect the solution. In fact, we made it a point to launch the solution as soon as it worked moderately fine. There were apprehensions within the team. We changed the key question to ‘How soon can we help the first person?’ It worked. We launched version zero of Pixel Jobs on 1st March 2013. It had bugs, broken experience and very moderate simplification. Is it good enough? Who cares! We launched and hoped it helps the targeted users.
500+ creative jobs, 30+ placed individuals (employed) later, Pixel Jobs got reviewed on YourStory & ProductNation. It feels good to have such kind and positive words coming in from industry experts. However, I am going to be honest here. I am having a better experience in the real world.
It has become such a frequent occurrence for me to bump into people who might not remember my name but remember Pixel Jobs. The other day I was referred to as Pixel Jobs, rather than my name by this individual. Even while introducing me to his colleagues, I was the founder! He got placed at this social media firm via the job they had posted on our platform.
Just a couple of days ago, as I was about to finish my meeting at a frequent cafe, I was greeted by this friend I had not met for long. She offered to treat me with a coffee and my favorite slice of pastry. For a moment I was pleasantly surprised. I thought that it was a special day, maybe her birthday. What I found out was that, she had just secured a job in one of the leading retail companies through our creative job board.
Having been a designer first and now an entrepreneur running a creative venture, I feel the pain really well. The pain of not finding the right creative job as a designer and the right talent for my venture. Appreciation and fame is good. But this feeling is different and more consuming. I feel the solution doesn’t need to be good enough initially. It’s far more important to begin, with the right intention. And improve, to make the solution better.
World is getting better, one solution a time!