We got back to the drawing board to create a more tangible marketing plan for our chat app as per the feedback from the first investor. There were a few meetings lined up for the following week so decided to take the whole week out to prepare for the same.
Ironically enough, for the first time since we launched the Teleport feature, there were random crashes and user feedback started becoming a mixed bag. This got us pretty riled up and upset altogether and we began losing our focus. Emotions and opinions started flying all over the place. We even started playing the blame game.
We tested the app more than what we usually did and it was very frustrating when what we were looking at was not matching what the users were saying. It was basically turning out to be our first welcome to the reality of having a functional startup kind of week. I spoke to Flonicorn and vented to her as well. She definitely made me feel better. She always has a way of doing that. I did feel better when she reminded me we would be seeing each other soon now. But when I went back to the brainstorming sessions, I became a part of the madness going down again.
Things started getting pretty heated up during one of the sessions and tempers started kicking in. The good part was that everyone was passionate enough about Flochat to argue so much, but the downside was that we were becoming very counter productive.
After a bit of this, Tasha stepped in harder than what we thought she could be. She actually recorded a bit of how much we were arguing, then sat us down and showed it to us. It was a very impactful technique she used because when we saw ourselves; we were pretty shocked at how we were overriding each other and how that was not being helpful to preparing for what we had to. Contrary to stereotype notions, I have realized that girls are actually very good with diffusing emotional situations.
After we all calmed down, we put our heads together in a constructive way and actually came up with solutions. We promised we would not have a go at each other the way we just did. In that moment we really believed ourselves but there were a fair share of those moments coming up, some much worse – we just didn’t know it yet. But there plenty of great times coming up too. We knew we just had to keep hustling and moving along.