A common feeling for entrepreneurs when building a web application is the fear of failure in launching one that nobody will use. This fear usually causes the entrepreneur to delay launching to add more product features in order to make their product “better” or more impressive.
This feeling usually just persists though. How does one get over this fear? I think there are a few key points to consider:
People Don’t Care About Your Startup
This is actually good at the early stages and it allows you to make mistakes, fix bugs, and get things right before a larger set of users show up. I know it feels like your friends, family, the press, or investors might think your startup sucks unless you add all those cool features in your brain before launching, but really they aren’t watching as intently as you think and they will also forgive mistakes.
Real Users Are Great For Feedback
When you build a web application privately, it’s easy to miss A LOT of things. Not until you have real people who aren’t close to it using it do you get feedback on what users will feel, think, and use your application. The sooner you get this feedback, the sooner you can correct those things and improve.
More Features = More Complicated
The longer you develop the more complicated your application will get. You rarely hear people say “I stopped using that site because it was too simple and easy.” What you hear instead is “I don’t get it”, “it’s too confusing”, and “there are too many options”. By launching earlier, it’s more likely you’ll have a application with less complexity.
Minimize Time Wasted
The more you build that’s wrong, the more time you wasted creating it, and there’s more time required to unwind what you built. You won’t find out what’s wrong until you launch.
Rapid Improvement Helps
By launching early and making rapid improvements, you show everyone that you are listening and improving quickly and are an application to watch.
Birds Gotta Fly
In regards to fear of failure in general, you can’t succeed if you don’t launch.