Jake Peters

Why We're Forcing Ourselves to Stop Rebuilding Our Product

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As a technical founder it's my job to prioritize what to build, what to improve, and what to chuck away. A.k.a managing "the roadmap". When you're working inside the product day-to-day, just how do you decide what needs the most attention? We're a bootstrapped team of three so our resources are pretty slim. And while we're laser-focused on building and shipping great product, we're also perfectionists. I've learned in the last few years that this combination can be deadly. I'm sure I can't be the only maker that sees their product and just wants to improve what's already...

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Infinite, Instant & Brand New: October Product Updates

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This past few months we've been working on some super exciting new HelpDocs features. We're keeping some of them under wraps for now, but I have a few awesome developments to share with you today. 🎉 Subcategory support Yep, we've added support for categories inside other categories. This is our most common feature request by a really large margin. You asked, we listened. Like everything we do at HelpDocs, we've taken our time to launch and done it right. Most knowledge bases support some kinda subcategory, but usually it's a single level. We support infinite nesting. ∞ Why's this so useful? I'm...

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Why We’re Rejecting Freemium and Building a Sustainable Business Instead

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Startup pricing’s a touchy subject. Nobody’s quite sure how to do it best. And at the end of the day it’s very dependent on your exact situation. But the general consensus is to just double your prices. Marc Andreessen answered questions from Atlas startups: https://t.co/K4PbNSo9vv My favorite bit of advice was regarding SaaS pricing. pic.twitter.com/Ae6e4GCYH7— Patrick McKenzie (@patio11) July 13, 2017 Recently we did (almost) just that, and released a couple new plans with slightly different features, and a little higher pricing. Our metrics all improved: higher ARPU, less support/...

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New Features for July 🐣

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So, you might remember we recently switched to seasonal product updates (check out our Spring update). We made a big deal about not doing monthly updates, yada yada yada. Well, now we're back to monthly product update posts. Or rather irregular posts, anyway. 😩 Why? We've been working on too much awesome stuff not to share, that's why! So hold on tight, here's what we launched this past couple months. Smart 404 pages My favorite feature out of everything we've launched this month's gotta be smart 404 pages (or smart fours as we call them internally). If you've moved to HelpDocs...