Building a Community to Build a Product

(Travis) #1

I wrote an article about my experience and use of Discourse and how it lead me to a larger startup initiative. I thought some of you might find it interesting since I’ve noticed a lot of people here are in a similar trajectory.

This is the story of the founding of a simple gaming forum called and how focused communities can be utilized to deliver ideas for future endeavors.

(Jeff Atwood) #2

This is great, I shared it on my Twitter

(Travis) #3

Awesome, thanks @codinghorror!

(Alessio Fattorini) #4

This is very interesting! I saved it on my pocket :slight_smile:

(Travis) #5

Thanks @alefattorini, I appreciate it.

(Alessio Fattorini) #6

Great article :slight_smile: very interesting.
Check this forum (discuoruse), we’re waiting people like you:


nice forum, can you share how you build up your user base from 0 to now?

(Travis) #8

Sure, I could make a more detailed post if there’s interest.

To distill it down to a couple quick steps:

  • I became involved in a larger community with similar interests.
  • I seeded my forum with some early data to get discussing going.
  • Then I pinged that original community with requests to participate in the discussion on my forum.

I also did a lot of community giveaways in the form of game keys (which I was given for free to give out on the community).

(Alessio Fattorini) #10

@Vocino I’m very interested to a more detailed post :smiley:

(Max8000) #11

awesome - this is exactly the journey that I am on ! cheers