When and where did you first discover the superpower of building in public?
I had just built my first ever “Start Here” page and proudly shared it with my 80 or so Twitter followers at the time. When I woke up the next day, one of my DM’s actually contained a Loom where a web design specialist gave me a friendly and informed critique. I was not only astounded by how easily he picked apart my page, but that he took the time out of his day to help.
What makes it effective/special in your view?
The Idea Refinery. Like I mentioned above, publishing in public exposes you to so many different perspectives that you would never have had access to. There are times where you will need to learn how to sort through the feedback, but your product is only built through iteration, and building in public allows iteration at exponential pace.
What was the 1st project/initiative you have built in public?
The Student Mindset Podcast.
What were some surprising lessons for you from that experience?
That people began to reach out offering their different products and services. I felt this was interesting as it exposed me to a lot of early stage apps and products in the space (Airr Audio, Shuffle App, Otter)
Who are some of your favorite builders in public?
My favorite builder is Jack Butcher, and I may be a bit biased here as I just recently decided to work for him, but my answer would have been the same before then. His ability to take complex and thought-provoking quotes and turn them into minimal images astound me every day.