Since Marmalade AI needs a mass of people with similar backgrounds for the MVP trial segments (if there’s no there there, why would you use it?), we think we need to bring as many people on board in as short a period of time as possible with basically no barriers to trying out the app.
At the same time, the Paul Graham (Y Combinator founder) mantra of “do things that don’t scale” means we need to be open to learning in ways we can’t even anticipate. Probably that means we need people who know and can own a segment.
Who needs smart connections? There’s been a lot of focus on the “buy side” (companies hiring and information sources selling to them) of this but not much on the “sell side” (people who are looking to do their best work). On the sell side, there’s smart connections to improve expertise, to get full-time jobs, and to freelance. We think freelance is the best area of focus initially.
So we’re looking for suggestions of specific freelance segments, and also people who know the segment and are enthusiastic about seeing how Marmalade AI could help make smart connections in that segment. The following came out of our user research in Q4 2019:
- content writing, especially for grant proposals.
- Python programming, especially for machine learning / data science.
- UX design, especially for problem solving.
- Japanese / English interpreting, especially for financial business.
We’re open to other ideas!