Got pinged by Jesse Middleton, one of the brilliant minds working on making WeWork a household name for growing companies in need of a home. He was like “dude, Simplist is on ProductHunt!”
In a nutshell it means someone likes that we’re building the simplest way in the world to build your business faster and better leveraging (and collaborating with) your network. In fact, they like it so much they submitted to ProductHunt that Simplist is something to watch. (Thanks Kris!)
Then I went over to vote myself (even the President votes for himself, right?) and realized there were some GREAT questions about what we’re up to. So, I’ll answer them here and keep this updated then when my account is approved for commenting, I’ll put in-line on ProductHunt:
1. Jeremie Berrebi, (Co-Founder of Kima Ventures) commented:
Looks very interesting…but not sure LinkedIn will allow this…
Response: Jeremy, legit issue to consider. Our sincere hope is that Linkedin recognizes that as a team, for the past several years, we have only focused on trying to make these networks more useable and valuable to the end user. In this light we are never trying to siphon off users or build a new “uber” network so much as we take a user-focused view; in order to make it easy for them to get to the right people in any of the places they have connections or are looking to make connections. In fact anecdotally (supported by exit data) we send our users BACK to linkedin to do the “last mile” of connecting with new prospects that our users’ friends or teammates have referred. We actually want to create value for the network by first recognizing that insights about the connections and paths are in fact highly valuable to business users (and businesses). That said, if you’d like to help us make our case to the product team at Linkedin, shoot me a note. :) Love to know what you think about this.
2. Erik Torenberg (rapping @raptfm, hustling @ProductHunt) replied to Jeremie:
@jberrebi if they would allow it, wouldn’t linkedin let us do this directly already? i like it a lot, but it seems to good to be true.
Response: Erik, 1st off as a (semi)-retired rapper I love what you’re up to at raptfm and may have to jump in a cypher with you. Ok, back to work. :) Linkedin blazed an incredible path as the first indispensable professional network. And it built a huge business by achieving massive scale and then charging recruiters and salespeople for the ability to reach out to users. That made (and still makes) a ton of sense for the salesperson, but leads ultimately to a decline in awesomeness of user experience. We are really excited to demonstrate the ways in which all of this connection and expertise data can be made commercially actionable for end users without cannibalizing the core focus on Linkedin’s business. If you (and me) and other users signal with our dollars that this kind of user-centric data mining is commercially interesting (for you as well as for them) then we think everybody wins even though our approach is not native to Linkedin’s DNA today. Make sense?
3. Mack Flavelle (biz dev, tapstream) commented:
Just poking at this now. If this works as well as I’m fantasizing this could be really interesting. My linkedin account has become unusable in the last year due to so many VERY loose ties. Maybe this helps fix that.
Response: Mack, we’re definitely hoping to help make all of your networks more useable for you in three ways
- quickly getting to good shortlists of “prospects” (whether for recruiting, fundraising or biz dev) based on smarter and smarter filters about who the right people are for you (we’ve started with social data but are integrating some pretty interesting 3rd party data sets very shortly)
- making it dropbox simple for people who want to help (teammates, friends, advisors) to be able to quickly identify who they should be introducing/recommending and
- making sure that we’re constantly updating you about the things happening in your network relevant to your team’s priorities.
Obviously to say we have a long way to go is unequivocally true but we hope we can help your network work better for you starting now.
Please ask any questions over at ProductHunt or here and I’ll do my absolute best to answer. Full disclosure: Our product is rapidly evolving so we REALLY love all feedback, even the harsh kind. When we do our jobs right, you’re able to build your companies and causes better and faster and we take it seriously if we’re not living up to it.