Leandro is a British-Caribbean who has lived in 10 countries, and as a result, considers himself a citizen of the world. He currently resides in Spain. He has worked in IT for 20 years, and after having had enough of corporate life, he spent the last 4 years trying to do my own thing and building Unubo. I asked him his thoughts on building a SaaS product in the tech industry. Check it out now.
Unubo makes it easier for you to track progress in your startup, by bringing metrics from different SaaS tools into one place.
During my time working on several projects as a founder and throughout my career, I’ve always found it cumbersome to log into different tools to check metrics:
Getting a complete picture on how I was progressing involved me logging into all the relevant apps manually, get the latest numbers, and put them onto a slide, Google Sheet, shared doc, or similar. It wasn't particularly elegant, so I always thought: “Isn’t there something that does this automatically?” Through speaking with founders, I discovered that I'm not alone in doing tasks like this manually. From then on I had a spark that just wouldn't go away. That was the birth of Unubo.
SaaS is so mature now, and access to create solutions is way more accessible. This means that there are apps launched every day, so it can be incredibly difficult to stand out. A big trend I'm seeing is how there are very niche, specific solutions for all kinds of things. Whether you look into the unbundling of the spreadsheet or Craigslist we end up in a situation where there is almost too much choice, where work and life, from a digital perspective, happens over several different tools.
My bet is on going against the trend, because that way it's easier to stand out. This is why with Unubo we're not offering a solution that is in the forefront, solving a specific problem. Instead it sits in the background, connecting to all of these SaaS applications, unifying the metrics data from them, so it can be useful to customers tracking progress. The sheer choice of solutions directly benefits us.
The most difficult thing is to build an audience that will follow and support you. It's very slow because it requires connecting with people in a way that is genuine. It's taken almost 4 years to get to the point now, where I am not speaking into a void.
We built solutions before that were technically interesting, but there wasn't a need for them, they didn't solve a big enough problem. This time around, before us writing a line of code I went and spoke to founders, to try and prove my hypothesis. I interviewed them asking them how they worked, why they did certain things, where the problems were. It was only at the end of the discovery where I presented the solution, and asked if they would pay for it. Once I heard "yes" enough times, we got to work.
First thing I did is to look at the competition, to see what they charge. I put the figures into a spreadsheet and looked at highest prices, lowest, and averages. I also compared features. This was an exercise for me to get a feel for the market.
Next was a price sensitivity questionnaire. I used the Van Westendorp's Price Sensitivity Meter to discover what people would be willing to pay for Unubo. Once I had a feel for the market, and armed with the answers from my price sensitivity questionnaire, I came up with a number.
The way we'll increase adoption starts with having a great product that elegantly solves a commonly occurring problem for people. We'll listen to customers and iterate based on their feedback. With that in place word of mouth should be a natural progression. Other than that, I am already sharing my journey on Twitter, which I'll continue to do post launch. I'll also experiment with some content marketing, and want to create a referral program.
It all takes time. A lot longer than you probably think, so make sure you're really interested in the problem you're solving. If you're excited about working on the same thing for 5 - 10 years, get going.
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