“Release Your Fucking Product Already” and Other Strongly Worded Startup Advice

Six weeks ago, I launched a site called Great Fucking Startup Advice.

It’s a single page site that loads a random piece of startup advice every time you click or swipe – 62 unique suggestions so far. And yes, every piece of advice has the word “fuck” in it because I still have a juvenile sense of humor and find that kind of thing funny. Most of the advice will sound familiar as it is a recycling of the many aphorisms and admonishments doled out in within the ecosystem.

Under the Hood

It’s built with JQuery managing the clicks, TouchSwipe handling swipes (left, right, up for both desktop and mobile), a tweaked version of Animate.css‘s FlipInX for the advice animation, and Odometer for the gratuitous click/swipe count animation at the bottom.

I used Tabletop.js to hold all the pieces of startup advice. I could have also just made a data.js file to hold them, but it was kind of fun to be able to instantly add new advice to the spreadsheet without having to redeploy the site (and by redeploy I mean update the javascript file on my virtual server, heh). Still, I think there were moments where I hit a ton of traffic and Tabletop.js / Google Sheets may have slowed performance significantly.

I’ve always loved random generators and I think the surprise of the new advice plus animation make the app fun to work with. I was hugely inspired by Good Fucking Design Advice, which has built an entire community around strongly worded design advice. Back when I was trying to learn Rails, I even built a habit-formation app that focused around randomly generated rewards called RewardBox.

The Response

This project was just something fun to hone my programming skills and I figured it’d get a few laughs, but I’ve been a little surprised and touched by the response. Since its release on June 7th 2015, 49,000 visitors have swiped or clicked for advice 737,897 times on Great Fucking Startup Advice. That’s a 15 average click per visitor. Not bad.

I posted it to Product Hunt and of course with the early adopter community there, it did well, ultimately earning 709 upvotes and hitting #2 on the day’s leaderboard. That caused people to share it on Twitter and Facebook and it was even covered on DesignTaxi which is a real treat.

One thing I found interesting were the number of people who wanted to tweet screenshots of the advice they got. People would often express a sentiment of “this is exactly the advice I’ve been needing” which I call the iPod Shuffle effect (“How did my iPod know I wanted to listen to Beyonce!!!!”).

What’s Next

Since launching this, I’ve been in contact with someone who wants to build an iPhone version of the app called SwipeQuote, and someone else who’s straight up built a “roll your own” advice generator called Great Fucking Advice Tool, both of which are just great examples of why the internet is awesome.

As for me, I’ll probably leave it as is for now. I will probably come back to exploring random generators again in the near future. Take a look and let me know what you think of the site!

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