I finished reading “Lean startup” by Eric Ries and I am sitting here thinking how I wasted last 4 months of my startups time, given now that I talked with users and realize what will be more useful for them (aka what I should have built first).
I spent way too much time rewriting the backend to support multiple calendar accounts, automating build pipelines and building a support server on discord when I could have focused on a single account and build functional booking link support. Something that can bring value to the users from day one.
This is because the truth is that almost 90% of the calendar users don't like using the calendar if its not for collaborating with their potential clients and teammates.
That being said, the time I spent building these things might come in handy in the long run, but according to the book it would have been better in the startup's journey to find first few paying customers and going full time instead as early as possible.
Personally I feel like these turn of events had to happen.
As I was (and am) working full time for another startup which I couldn’t leave as I have to support myself living in central London as I want to experience the city life and meet new people (which I did) and to work and learn from a team of individuals who want to change to world (which I am doing).
Of course taking things slow, and building things that aren't necessarily useful for the users did not help the startup to grow at all, but personal experiences and growth is also an essential part of the journey for a founder, and maybe I am not sure which way is the better to take but I guess you always end up doing things at your own pace and likings.