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Jan 15, 2019 00:06:15

Help me validate my new product!

by @m1guelpf PATRON | 283 words | 80💌

Miguel Piedrafita

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Reading is boring, listen to the article instead:

So yesterday I announced I had started a new project that turned your articles into audio (I even included a demo!).

Until then, it was a manual process, where I had to grab the text of each article and its metadata, send it to Google/Amazon's text to speech API (I still haven't decided which one to use) and then download the result and upload it to my CDN.

Well, after a few hours of coding and fighting with external services, I can happily say all that is not automated. The next step is to turn my little project into a product!

Sounds interesting? Well, great news cause you can help me!

Validating your product means you try to get customers to pay for it, before it's polished and perfect.

Right now, Blogcast only has a super minimal landing with a link to my website. I still don't know how I'm gonna market it, or how pricing will work.

But here's an offer: Send me an email with links to your five best articles, whatever the length (could be from Medium, your blog, 200wad, etc) and I'll turn them into audio, for $3.

That's literally the lowest price I could think of without losing money due to fees, and it'll probably not be as cheap as that when the product continues to develop, so make sure you grab this offer while you can.

In case you were wondering, the audio rendering works perfectly right now, it's the rest of the platform that I have to polish. And, if Blogcast improves a lot in a near future, I'll be happy to run your articles again, for free :)

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    @m1guelpiedrafita - I like it for sure. I can see it as a paid WP plugin. ( monetization )

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jan 16, 2019 14:36:49
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      @brianball The model I'm fucusing on is a subscription to the service (SaaS-like) or pay-per-article. I can definitely consider making a plugin for wordpress for users tho

      Miguel Piedrafita avatar Miguel Piedrafita | Jan 16, 2019 15:17:25
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    @m1guelpiedrafita my first startup was about NLP over AI and we used an IBM service called Watson for it :) Among the products offered by IBM is a text-to-speech service, super accurate, and you can have it for free for a year if you join their Global Entrepreneur Program. If you are interested ping me and I will send you the details. Overall it was a great experience.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 15, 2019 10:30:39
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      @basilesamel Would be awesome to know more, should I ping you on Slack?

      Miguel Piedrafita avatar Miguel Piedrafita | Jan 15, 2019 08:58:08
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      @m1guelpiedrafita yes!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 15, 2019 20:24:08
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    A DEV that owed me developed a whole suite of audio tools, including text to voice with several voices/styles.

    It's called https://audioflow.app
    If you want to get inside send me a PM and I'll give you my login.

    Here is the JV sales page. There is a video of the text to speech 1/2 way down the page.

    Mark Armstrong avatar Mark Armstrong | Jan 15, 2019 03:07:14
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      @RealNegotiator Thanks! Does this product include an API? What's the pricing?

      Miguel Piedrafita avatar Miguel Piedrafita | Jan 15, 2019 08:47:35
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      @m1guelpiedrafita No API that I know of. I think the pricing is on the link I sent you. As I said, the Dev owed me so he gave me a free account.

      If you want access PM me and I'll send you my login.

      Mark Armstrong avatar Mark Armstrong | Jan 15, 2019 20:19:19
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    @m1guelpiedrafita that's a very nice way to validate your idea! Don't forget to update us in the future on how the validation process went. Good luck!

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    @m1guelpiedrafita Very cool. It would be nice if I could bookmark this post in the app to come back to it later, but I'll save it in the browser ;)

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 15, 2019 00:57:14
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      @gabrielgreco I think Basile is working on that, it'll be out soon!

      Miguel Piedrafita avatar Miguel Piedrafita | Jan 15, 2019 08:58:35
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    @m1guelpiedrafita interesting how it can pronounce your name even with a 1

    JDaniel Richer avatar JDaniel Richer | Jan 14, 2019 18:15:39
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