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Gitter to GitLab

Gitter to GitLab

Some lessons I learn along the path of founding my own startup through to it being acquired by GitLab.

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Andrew Newdigate

April 11, 2018
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  1. Gitter to GitLab Some Product Lessons… Andrew Newdigate

  2. Introduction • Ex: Software Engineer: UUNET Internet Africa, Internet Solutions,

    GlaxoSmithKline, Barclays Capital, Barclays Global Investors, Daiwa Capital Markets, Barclays Wealth • Co-founder: Troupe Technologies aka Gitter • Currently: Interim Director of Infrastructure / Gitaly Team Lead / GCP Migration Project Manager, GitLab Inc @suprememoocow on Twitter & GitHub, @andrewn on GitLab.
  3. What is Gitter?

  4. What is Gitter? Gitter is a chat and networking platform

    for software developers • 1.2M+ registered users • 400K+ monthly unique users • 110K+ communities • 500K+ rooms • One of the largest GitHub integrations by number of users https:/ /gitter.im
  5. Who are GitLab? GitLab is the leading integrated product for

    modern software development • Open-core software 1 (Core: open-source, Enterprise: closed-source) • Over 100K on-premise installs • GitLab.com: >2M registered users https:/ /about.gitlab.com 1 https:/ /about.gitlab.com/2016/07/20/gitlab-is-open-core-github-is-closed-source/
  6. Who are GitLab?

  7. Backstory Vision: “Really good, modern, messaging for the enterprise”

  8. Troupe v0.0.1

  9. Troupe v0.1.0

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  11. Lesson #1 “If you are not embarrassed by the first

    version of your product, you've launched too late” — Reid Hoffman 2 • aka “Perfect is the enemy of good” 2 Reid Hoffman: https:/ /www.linkedin.com/pulse/arent-any-typos-essay-we-launched-too-late-reid-hoffman/
  12. Continuing the Build… January 2013: Cape Town

  13. “So Yeah We Tried Slack…”

  14. The Pivot

  15. Lesson #2 (part 1) - Pivoting Know when it's time

    to pivot
  16. Lesson #2 (part 2) When you pivot, pivot hard “Burn

    the boats” — Steve Blank 3 3 Steve Blank, 2010
  17. Growing the User Base

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  20. Registered User Month-on-Month Growth for Gitter

  21. Gitter Badger Results • Gitter Badge impressions: 6M+ unique users

    per month • MoM user growth doubled from 12% to 25% • 50k+ pull requests generated on GitHub to-date
  22. Badger v. Sharing Share on Twitter/Facebook • Value to the

    company • Ephemeral / once-off The Badger • Value to the user • Sticky / lasts forever • Effect amplifies over time
  23. Lesson #3 Tailor your growth hacking to approaches that are

    natural to your audience • Look for growth-hack techniques that add value for your users • Don't be afraid of aggressive growth hacks
  24. Acquisition

  25. Current Role: GCP Migration

  26. GitLab is Hiring! In Cape Town, Joburg (and almost everywhere

    else) Product Managers, Engineers, Security Analysts, Support, Designers, Account Managers https:/ /about.gitlab.com/jobs
  27. Recap: Lessons 1. If you are not embarrassed by the

    first version of your product, you've launched too late 2. Know when it's time to pivot 3. When you pivot, pivot hard ("Burn the Boats") 4. Tailor your growth hacking to approaches that are natural to your audience
  28. Questions?