Voice-controlled UI plus a TTS engine.

A few days ago I’ve attended the launch of SohoXI – Hook and Loop’s latest product that aims to change the look and feel of the Enterprise applications forever. I am close to believing that and not only because I work for the same company as they do.

They have delivered extremely revolutionary UI in order to take the ugly enterprise UI and UX to a whole new level – and it is more awesome than ever. Unfortunately I am now allowed to share more on that topic, but you can follow their blog.

I’ve mentioned them, because I’ve created a small app based on their work and on some open source projects to control the UI with my voice.

Is this the future of the Enterprise applications? Maybe, but hey it’s real fun if one application is talking to you and you talking to it back changing the UI with your voice and no other input devices.

How cool is that? See a small part of the experiment here (pardon my English)

Oh yes, everything is HTML/CSS and JS :)

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Get shares from startups just for helping them grow.

A note: This is not an advertisement.

The head image is under Creative Commons license by denise calrbonell

As a startup mentor and enthusiast I have spent a lot of time helping startups grow or learn from my mistakes. I’ve consulted more than 20 startups and helped more than 60 to acquire more users or improve their products in order to retain users and keep growing.

Usually, If i like the product I am doing it for free or for a tweet :)

A few days ago I got an e-mail from rocketclub saying that they have finally launched their program and I am really excited about it. Let me tell you why in short, because you can always visit their website to read more :)

What’s the deal?

Okay. They offer you startup shares if you help those startups grow. For example – you can get 1/2000 of 1% if you tweet about the startup from time to time. Is that cool? You bet!

Of course it’s up to the startup to offer the deal – they can even say – if you write an article that will get us at least 4000 visits, you can get 1/500 of the percent or even something exciting :)

Let’s do some numbers

If you think this is nothing, let’s do some numbers:
1% of 1 500 000 is 15000

1/2000 of 15000 is 7.50 – not to bad for a couple of tweets, right?

But… by tweeting you help the company grow and with that the valuation will grow with it too. What happens when the company gets an A round? You can do the calculation by yourself.

The good news

The good news is, and I want to remind you that this is not an advertisement, but an excitement, that you can start right now by helping the rocketclub grow with their first campaign – be part of the history by clicking here.

The Localancers growth story: A great product for freelancers on Product Hunt

I met Margarit  a year ago at one of the events I am organizing – Bulgaria Web summit.  He was invited as the official photographer. It turned out that he was good at that, but he is also a startup guy and an entrepreneur as well.

A few days ago he asked me if I could push his latest product – Localancers to Product Hunt and of course I said yes, but this time I chose a different strategy – not the same as JSBlocks, because Localancers is a paid product.

The idea

So we came up with the idea to have a special  non-official “promotion” just for product hunters with a popup like this one:


There are a few elements that actually helped for the great success of the campaign:

  • Personalized greeting – we know you are coming from product hunt, you rock
  • Get one year for free offer and
  • The option whether to subscribe immediately or to visit the website to learn more – we gave them the choice to decide what to do, without pushing them to register directly


Follow up

I came up with the idea to nurture those guys a bit. It’s not a big secret that the most of the PH users are signing up for the sport, so we needed to provoke interest and to make them stay and then later to convert them :)

We have send them an e-mail with useful resources for freelancers and an idea how they can help their friends.

Some numbers

Votes: 245

Comments: 21 – some of them with nice feedback

Visits: ~1500

Profiles created: 150 (That’s 10% conversion rate) This could have been more, but it seems we had a small technical issue and sometimes the promo-code wasn’t recognized by the system.

OpenRate: 63% open rate of the follow up e-mail and 16% CTR

Stay tuned for more :)

A surprise

Click here to register for free, using the secret product hunt promotion. It’s still on, but just for a few more days.