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:
- 6,899 visits
- 9,300 pageviews
- 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:
API pour optimiser la livraison, un service qu'il est bien! Routific http://t.co/GPTR5AxUOd— Stumpy (@Stumpy) March 29, 2014
実際の地図で Vehicle Routing Problem を解く API。機会があれば使ってみたい。https://t.co/KZ1xkq5QYy— Hiroshi Kurokawa (@hydrakecat) March 29, 2014
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?