Alexander Kluge

@alexanderkluge

Ay invent, act, build, travel, write. — Home = naii.io
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Looking for makers who want to join the ultimate Indie Leaderboard.
Ay invent, act, build, travel, write. — Home = naii.io

Cool!

Dev/hacker from Holland living in Barcelona, ⛏️ on different side projects.

Thanks :)

Your product is mute, can you make it talk?
Ay invent, act, build, travel, write. — Home = naii.io

Cool!! You’re number 1, Arnaud :) I will send you all the details and the timeline this Friday so you know when you can expect the ad for No Meat Today to be done. :)

What are your personal goals for 2021?
Ay invent, act, build, travel, write. — Home = naii.io

The calm wake-up routine with journaling is nice.

(Also, playing chess in the morning is something I never considered as a morning routine. Def a great alternative to being mindless on YouTube.)

What are your personal goals for 2021?
Ay invent, act, build, travel, write. — Home = naii.io

I’m hoping to go on a 1-month research trip abroad in September. I started one-month research trips in 2017. I liked it so much that I did it again in 2018. In 2019 I didn’t do it because my business trips (4 months - 12k expenses) were too expensive that I had no more money left in September, plus I stopped working with that client who generated the majority of my income. 2020... well everyone knows about that :(

I plan to get there by writing texts on commission (SEO content, sales copy) from Monday to Friday to generate enough surplus money. I reckon that 2.5k suffice for 1 month abroad including return flight. I have not decided yet what my destination will be; also because C19 will probably stay a more permanent companion than we would like.

The WIP community can help me by either commission a text from me for their business or recommend someone who needs text help. I write in English and German and you can see my copywriting portfolio here => naii.link/copywriting-portfol… (@marc I hope it’s ok to set a link to my portfolio; if not I’ll remove it again).

What are your business goals for 2021?
Ay invent, act, build, travel, write. — Home = naii.io

#suse : I’m hoping to produce 12 small stories this year (mostly audio ads). Since this is a side hustle happening on the weekend, 1 ad per month seems to be realistic for me.

I plan to get there by offering the majority of them pro-bono to projects / companies / organizations I sincerely like. The resulting word of mouth should give me some social proof, attention and leads for paid work.

The WIP community can help me get there by telling me whether they’re interested in a pro-bono story-centered audio ad. But I will ask that question explicitly at a different place here at WIP.

What would you do? I woke up with an idea that requires coding; I don’t enjoy coding and I’m slow at it but I don’t want to lose momentum.
Ay invent, act, build, travel, write. — Home = naii.io

Cool! I haven’t heard about syntax.fm before. I’ll check it out. Thank you :)

Do you continue a startup when circumstances are bad, but interest is there?
Ay invent, act, build, travel, write. — Home = naii.io

haha that’s cool!

I actually have done something similar on LinkedIn. There’s this group I created and it’s called “Digital Nomads Around The World” www.linkedin.com/groups/84784….

I created it a while ago and without any promotion there are currently 925 people inside. I still don’t know what to do with the group though.

And, just to clarify... on the Substack publication for Studiolist I had published stuff (on a weekly basis) so it’s not only a placeholder.

Maybe you can try to start a conversation with them? Or organize some sort of event to start to create community and discover what they are looking for?

Yep. That’s a good idea, and it’s probably the direction I’ll be taking.

Approaching the people who signed up seems to be the bottom line of what you and the other WIP folks that generously shared their feedback here recommend.

Thanks Adriaan 🙏 😊

Dev/hacker from Holland living in Barcelona, ⛏️ on different side projects.

That is a big group! I never started a meetup to start a company or business around it. It was more like, I want to learn more about this, let's see if other people are out there. I wonder how digital nomads are dealing with all the travel restrictions these days. Do they stay at places more long term and wait for things to clear up? A friend of mine is on the move and he tends to go to places he thinks are safer and less restricted.

Do you continue a startup when circumstances are bad, but interest is there?
Ay invent, act, build, travel, write. — Home = naii.io

Excellent!

You’re spot on with the problems that VOs face.

ACTUALLY, through my prior work (I connected to 100+ Recording studios in Morocco, Spain, Portugal, UK, and the US by going there in person and connecting f2f) I have a list of prospects that also have connections to hiring companies and that want to fill their studio because I initially connected studios and traveling voiceover artists (“voiceover nomads”) but now that I pivoted - COVID-caused - the voiceover artists and the studio have become one and the other side are hiring companies.

So, I’m pretty strong on the studio side (offering the supply), and the hirer side (the demand) is something I need to work for on the most.

building out a 2-sided marketplace from it would be tricky as a single, bootstrapped founder

That’s right, it is tricky but imagine it ACTUALLY worked. The vision of it alone makes my eyes grow :D

You got me thinking and I’ll start having some conversations with the people (actors and hiring companies that I’m connected with).

Thank you! That was really helpful already :)

Do you continue a startup when circumstances are bad, but interest is there?
Ay invent, act, build, travel, write. — Home = naii.io

That’s very cool feedback, Tim!

I just remembered, there were a couple of voiceover artists who filled out the complete questionnaire and they sent me all the details.

And then I got scared and didn’t know what to do with it.

I believe you got me on a great thinking path - now thinking out loud =>

There is nothing out there that actively and transparently gives voice actors work. It’s all relatively secretly and with a “I’m scared to risk my reputation” kind of thinking.

What if there was a way for VO artists to publicly talk about their work by simply showing what they did, e.g.

VO Artist voiced Project Name for Company Name.

Ex:

“Gordon Shumway voiced ALF for Melmac LLC”

Tagline: Show off your work by showing your work. What did you get done today? For REAL.

This would be a very WIP.co inspired idea 💡 ;)

And this would show hiring companies who worked on what by the simple presentation of their timeline, not by bla bla marketing text on their website.

Engineer, YC founder, and Product Manager. Currently building a startup in public at themvpsprint.com

Yea that's cool! Very "WIP-py".

It'd be awesome if it worked, but building out a 2-sided marketplace from it would be tricky as a single, bootstrapped founder (ie a community for voice actors - supply, and hiring companies - demand). Maybe focus on only 1 side of it?

I'd try and zero in on the top problems voice actors face (just some ideas; you know better than me)

As a voice actor,

  1. I struggle to find work.
  2. I need community and accountability.

Or, the other side:

As a business,

  1. I struggle to find high quality voice actors.
  2. I struggle to manage voice actors.

Once you zero in on one top problem, you can narrow your your product to solve that problem as simply as possible.

Ay invent, act, build, travel, write. — Home = naii.io

Excellent!

You’re spot on with the problems that VOs face.

ACTUALLY, through my prior work (I connected to 100+ Recording studios in Morocco, Spain, Portugal, UK, and the US by going there in person and connecting f2f) I have a list of prospects that also have connections to hiring companies and that want to fill their studio because I initially connected studios and traveling voiceover artists (“voiceover nomads”) but now that I pivoted - COVID-caused - the voiceover artists and the studio have become one and the other side are hiring companies.

So, I’m pretty strong on the studio side (offering the supply), and the hirer side (the demand) is something I need to work for on the most.

building out a 2-sided marketplace from it would be tricky as a single, bootstrapped founder

That’s right, it is tricky but imagine it ACTUALLY worked. The vision of it alone makes my eyes grow :D

You got me thinking and I’ll start having some conversations with the people (actors and hiring companies that I’m connected with).

Thank you! That was really helpful already :)