One of the dangers of working on a new product is falling in love with it. We try to ask ourselves weekly if we've grown too close to LearningSpaces.
The answer? We really, really like LearningSpaces. We also believe in the ideas behind it. I guess you could say things are getting serious. But if things don't work out, we're ready to move on and start something new.
It's important to find a balance between being critical and inspired. If you're too critical, you'll end up killing creativity.
That balance is best achieved through external validation. Other people. And not just your paying users and champions - they already believe in your product.
So we talked a lot to other people about our product and the problem that it solves.
It's just that LearningSpaces can solve a couple of related problems.
You want use LearningSpaces to set up online learning quickly? No problem. An extensive learning community for your whole organization? Sure. Sharing product manuals with your clients? Of course.
It's cool when people use your product in different ways. But a lack of focus can be dangerous.
We always envisioned LearningSpaces as a solution for teams. Teams that operate in a field where knowledge, experience and growth are paramount. Teams with motivated people that want to learn from each other.
That's how we came up with our slogan:
Focus your team’s learning efforts
A blogpost from Airbnb's engineering team makes a great case for leveraging knowledge sharing within your organization (too bad we don't have iPython embeds - yet). This quote struck a chord in particular:
As an organization grows, how do we make sure that an insight uncovered by one person effectively transfers beyond the targeted recipient? Internally, we call this scaling knowledge.
Now that is the problem we are trying to solve with LearningSpaces.