Here are 7 painfully obvious lessons I learned in 2017 while building Archie.AI.

  • Do not underestimate the power of your vulnerability. Sharing it is hard, but it is instantly relatable to EVERYONE. People like real shit, it’s beautifully simple.
  • Empathy is the most useful skill for building any product. Second most useful skill is the ability to rely on Data to make decisions.
  • People will never buy something they don’t understand. No matter how intricate your product or service is, a 10-year-old should be able to verbalize it in his/her own words.
  • Humans have no issue paying for things that give them value. Your customers will look for a good deal, but if you can provide real value, people/market will reward you for your efforts.
  • If you have real insights — only acquired by experiments and experience — people will listen. Your audience may be small today but it will grow if you have a real story to tell and you’re willing to put yourself out there in front of the world.
  • “Done” is always, unequivocally better than “perfect”. Perfection should reside inside your head where all externalities can be ignored.
  • Faking courage is the same as having real courage.

Ishtiaq Rahman’s summary:

  • This year I made Archie.AI.
  • My goal for 2018 is to create more.
  • You can also follow me on Twitter at @buildanything.

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