StreamIntra: A peer to peer coding platform
Published on May 25, 2020
So here's another update on my project and a little more backstory as I get into the meat of it:
As coders, we spend lots of time on the internet and in turn tend to keep up with all the latest news and startups. I am no different and soon started developing a passion for the software engineering industry and knew I would want to start my own startup one day. That day was some time last year with my project StreamIntra. StreamIntra started as a business proposal for my entrepreneurship class which I then got to pitch to real investors. I spent a lot of time making it and became quite fond on my idea. It started out as a video streaming platform for anyone to upload a video on. At the time I was very frustrated with YouTube and their incessant ads every 5 seconds and I figured I could challenge their platform. Now being quite young and not knowing much about business, I saw nothing wrong with trying to challenge a multi-billion dollar business. Maybe I didn't but the investors I pitched to certainly did. As they looked upon me with bleak faces, one of them suggested I focused on a niche instead and try to capture that market. A little offended, I walked away not believing they weren't jumping all over my idea.
I burned out about a month later never even finishing my prototype and leaving business ideas altogether. Fast forward a year later and I learn a lot more about developing and startups in general and became wise enough to take their advice and focus on my platform just for developers. Again thinking this was such a great idea and everyone should be praising me, I confidently post my idea on any avenue I could get my hands on. Likewise again, I'm quickly disappointed with 0 user engagement on all my posts. I did get some user feedback from the people on Indie Hackers, with about 10 comments bashing my idea (albeit not purposefully). I became aware of the holes they pointed out, the logistics of the idea didn't make sense. It was a video platform for people to share whatever tech information thet wanted but it's much more efficient to skim a blog or Stack Overflow to find information or learn a tech stack than watch a 10 minute video. Not everything has to be informative on the site but what incentive do people have to come to my sight for content when YouTube has a built-in audience and a lot more videos. It also didn't help that my forte isn't in front end development and my landing page apparently looked like a 6 year old's drawing.
I still think it's perfectly fine! As I read the comments and about ready to give up, I come by one that motivates me instead and tells me not to give up. This prompts me to think about my value proposition a little longer and then it comes to me. I so wanted desperately wanted to build a community for developers to learn from each other so why not build a platform for that exact function. A site for developers to peer code together, maybe do some leetcode problems for interviews or just mentor a new student who could use a little help understanding asynchronous functions. I see it being most applicable to junior developers who could learn the most information but there is room for senior developers to learn something from other seniors or even juniors. It also allows the same seniors to become mentors and strengthen their leadership experience. Unlike my other ideas, people seem a lot more receptive of this idea and my value proposition was very clear. I also narrowed my audience down further than just developers which makes it easier to market. I finally got the green light to go build my MVP and see where to go from there. If your interested in subscribing for the beta launch the landing page is at https://thestreamintra.com/subscribe.
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