You probably haven’t realised, but ProdPad has been kicking around in various stages of development for quite some time. Until now, we’ve been pretty quiet. We started this off as a side project: a bit out of frustration due to the lack of good product management tools, and a bit out of the desire to get our hands dirty with building our own product from scratch.
Between weekends and late nights, we put together a prototype, something that was just barely workable, and began using it to track the plethora of ideas and our growing roadmap for our own use with building ProdPad itself. Classic ‘eating your own dog food’ kind of thing. We found areas that didn’t work for us, and set to fixing them, one by one.
In time, we each saw enough value in launching within our day-time gigs: We both hold the title ‘Head of Product’ at different London-based startups, and saw a need for ProdPad in our day-to-day lives. Slowly and in chunks, with whatever time we could find spare, we found ways to improve the product to the point where we started seeing daily usage within our teams. We were getting somewhere!
It was when we hooked up a payment system and a basic pricing page, and started seeing orders and inquiries coming in that we realised we were on to something with huge promise.
That brings us to today. The timing seems to be just right to really kick this into action, to find out what we can make of it if we really dedicated the time to it. Later this month, I’ll be finishing up at BraveNewTalent, where I’ve headed up product for the last year and a half, in order to free up my time so I can properly tend to ProdPad. I see massive potential here and plan to make the most of it!
With this blog, Simon Cast (my co-founder) and I want to keep you posted on the latest Product Updates we’re rolling out the door, and any relevant News about the company. We also plan to post Tips and Tricks on how to make the most out of ProdPad. In addition to all this, we see building ProdPad as a huge learning opportunity and a bit of an experiment, and will be posting details about our ‘Alpha’ features and the product management process behind ProdPad itself in the Product Lab.