thks very much @ediggs!
Concerning the concept and the philosophy of the product you'll find pretty much everything on the site itself.
I would like to add a couple of things here:
1- onepagers.io is planned to be open to the community. People will be able to add resources on the onepagers themselves and even to open their own onepager.
2- A Chrome extension is planned so that members can add these resources directly while browsing. No need to come back to the website everytime.
3- still thinking about how to open the mindmaps though (If you have any idea :-))
Great work @clemnt! I'd really want to see this side project grow. Dissecting and taxonomizing an industry/vertical ain't easy - I like LumaScapes http://goo.gl/vmnp4T but they lack the depth and haven't seen a good resource that shows how all the pieces connect in SaaS, marketplaces, gaming, etc.
What's been the most challenging part of putting one of these together? What resources did you find useful?
I explain a bit more the process here http://clementvouillon.com/article/launching-a-new-side-project-onepagersio/
So basically there is two different stages: first detect and collect the best resources, blogs, people from an industry and second, based on the collected resources, 'paint' the landscape (categorise the resources, analyse the main trends, create the competitive landscape etc...).
The first stage is basically "search" only and requires time and effort. The sources are mainly Google, Twitter, Quora, industry and tech blogs for the resources and for the startups Angel List, Crunchbase and producthunt .
The second stage requires more "analysis" and the hardest thing is to get a clear picture based on hundreds of resources you've just read. The more you do it the more you get used to it actually. So for each trend I need to read a lot, to think about it a lot and then to stop completely for some time. Then it's easier to have a clearer picture and to create the competitive landscape.
Once this initial effort has been made the whole content evolves by itself. Of course I'm aware that it's impossible to "nail" it from the first draft, but with a strong foundation it's easier to make the picture evolves later on. The mindmaps already changed, new interesting resources and analysis emerge etc... This is why these onepagers are thought as "dynamic" pages rather than "definitive" guides about an industry.
I also think that it cannot be achieved alone, so the value of the community is key to add new resources, startups, data points, analysis etc...
Processes will also be key to feed each onepager. Like a Chrome extension to add resources while browsing (you lower the friction of adding stuff) or connecting Angel List API to automatically feed the list of new startups.
But to conclude I'm doing that for fun mostly and I enjoy it so far. No pressure on my side I'll just see where it goes and how :-)
Bram Kanstein (@bramk)
this is awesome, great idea, just subscribed!
@bramk thks! Really appreciate!
Cool little thing. Good for both newbies to specific industries and investors who need market overviews. Just keep them all as consistent as possible. Some of them had market size -- others didn't, etc.
@benparr thk you very much for the feedback, really appreciate! Will definitely try to keep it more consistent.
Great idea, @clemnt! I think keeping the pages a bit more concise, with a very familiar template that draws attention to the same kind of key metrics and points on each page will really make it easy for people to just whip through, and dive in if they need more detail.
@iorahul thk you very much for the feedback, really appreciate it!
Well done, @clemnt. Other than Bitcoin, Drug Startups, and Drones, what topics are you planning to cover next? How do you choose these categories and are you planning to add more wiki-like functionality crowdsource the content? cc @rklusas @mishachellam
@rrhoover yo! How are you ?
1- I chose these topics because they interest me (in term of tech trends)
2- I would like to cover so many other topics (in the B2B software world, in the mobile world, IOT etc...) but it takes time :-)
I have to admit that this hunt comes a bit early :-) I have many ideas in mind and directions to explore but before thinking about scaling, new features and other stuff I would like to validate the value it brings and to which people.
I think it's a mistake many startupers do, they think about scaling before they even understand the value they bring to whom. You didn't do it and I think that's the point where you are with PH: you've managed to detect the value it brings (and to whom), now you need to scale it :-) (no easy task I think)
So basically I first need to validate this aspect and after to offer the proper tools to the community so it becomes "self-serve".
The key is in understanding the value chain because it requires time and effort to maintain such a onepager so the value you'll get out of maintaining it should overcome the effort you put in it.
@clemnt Cool idea! Categories are bit too broad to be interesting. I think you could have a million specific topics. e.g. "Internet of Things". @rrhoover got any good design references for wiki-like crowd sourcing?
@clemnt 100% agree and generally it's better to release early to get feedback (I'm telling myself that as the iOS app is close to release but it's so tempting to wait another week to add just a few more things).
@tarikh other than the obvious Wikipedia, take a look at Rap Genius and Hackpad.
This resonates well with me. I research sectors, markets and industries on a daily basis and have been dreaming about something that would make the whole process more efficient and less time consuming. The solution I had in mind looked more like Google Public Data Exporter (https://www.google.co.uk/publicdata/directory) or a Duedil for publicly available data, but Onepagers could well get there from a different angle. Curation vs aggregation. Would be interesting to see how this develops.
@yanroux thks Yannick!
feel free to ask me anything if needed! Appreciate the comment and upvote.
@daveambrose :-) thks Dave! If you ever come to France you definitely need to tell me before :-)
Interesting... I assume you'll shift to an ad-supported model eventually? Re: Opening mind-maps, you might consider taking a look at what Pearltrees have done re: collaborative visual categorization.
@ReubenMetcalfe don't assume it :-)
1- I have a job so my business model is here
2- I hate ads
3- I know pearltrees (they are french like me). I love the team, the product I have to admit a bit less.
I haven't thought about BM at all to be honest (it's just a side project, not the next Gartner) but if I had to think about it I think a "marketplaced" Gartner would be something interesting.
@clemnt I feel the same way about the Pearltrees team/product - but the permissions methodology makes sense to me re: collaboration... as for business model, perhaps companies could pay for you to create new one-pagers? Or you could make one a week, and people could crowd-fund the ones they want to see happen? (The most funded one-pager goes to the top of the production list, etc)
@ReubenMetcalfe great ideas!
What I was thinking of:
1- having "branches" for each onepagers. Each "branch" being a version managed by a particular analysts. Companies could follow and pay the analysts they prefer (a GitHub X Gartner)
2- companies pay for "early access": you need to pay to get the new resources / new analysis before the public version
3- analysis / articles could be produced specifically for each one pagers by analysts and sold to companies (monthly subscription)
(Also, are you syndicating your content across Tumblr, Pinterest, FB etc, and reaching out to relevant influencers on those platforms to encourage distribution/backlinks?)
@clemnt It's super easy, and will *drastically* increase your distribution. Find an intern who wants to learn about content marketing, or get a VA from oDesk and build a system around it so that everytime you post content, it gets distributed across the web by those with established communities, rather than attempting to build an audience from scratch. (If you get a spacey-one pager, I'd be happy to push it on my spacey-blog 'Cozy Dark' which has 150k followers... always looking for good content.)
@ReubenMetcalfe awesome advice! will also share it with my teams @efounders!
Thanks @clemnt - you've inspired me to write this post on 10 tools for understanding and dissecting an industry (with praise for Onepagers.io) - http://www.vccafe.com/2014/08/11/10-tools-for-understanding-and-dissecting-an-industry/
1) is this similar to whale path? cc @artemgassan
2) are you planning to monetize by selling to big companies?
3) how do you cater to both the newbie and professional?
@ediggs Thks! really cool post!
1- thks, didn't know it
2- to be honest I have a great job (working with fantastic people) so i'm not thinking about making it a full time activity. I basically just wanted to make something cool out of what I do for fun and out of interest (analyse tech trends). So my main driver is not to make money from it. In terms of BM, as I said in a comment above, a "marketplaced" and crowsourced version of Gartner could be interesting (people could get money out of doing the job of collecting data and analysing it).
3- these onepages are meant to be a point of entry to understanding tech trends and after to 'catalyse' each community. The onepager itself is useful for the newbie and the RSS feed is a step after for the professionals who can stay informed of resources added by the community.
@ediggs nice article. Now let me introduce you to @datafoxco - your portfolio company ;)
@Nivo0o0 thanks, I'll add it to the post :)
@clemnt looks awesome! One quick note: why don't you have a call to action to subscribe at the top of the page? You are going to miss out on a lot of subscribers :) Have something like "Get industry research delivered right to your inbox, for free" [Enter your email] up top! Just an idea...
@clemnt This is brilliant! Subscribed! Long back, I started a project to give visual overviews- www.doodl.it. I eventually wanted to cover tech trends/ insights but sadly, never got there. So i am really excited. With so much information, I think this approach is much needed :)
@clemnt - nice work! If you're looking to plug in specific feeds from Gigaom, we've segmented out our news & research into thousands of subtopics.
You can use the filters on the left sidebar to narrow your search even further. RSS feeds can be created by each of these by adding /feed to the end of the URL as in:
@iankennedy this is brilliant, thanks for sharing
@iankennedy sorry for the late reply, just saw the PH notification email in my promotion tab on gmail.
Gigaom is definitely a great source of info, already added your stream on the Security Software onepager. Will add the other feeds as well.
Thks a lot!