EP
15

The Scoutzie Story (feat. Kirill Zubovsky)

with Kirill Zubovsky

As of 2015, the Scoutzie team decided to shut the product down. We discuss with Kirill about his experiences, and what’s next.

39 Minutes

The Scoutzie Story (feat. Kirill Zubovsky)


Kirill Zubovsky started scoutzie.com a few years ago as a destination for mobile designers to showcase their work and as a curated marketplace for design. Over the years Scoutzie changed their model, pivoted, and experimented with several unique business models. Anthony Armendariz’s relationship with Scoutzie helped grow his business to the point of being able to create a business which would become Funsize.

As of 2015, the Scoutzie team decided to shut the product down. We discuss with Kirill about his experiences, and what’s next.

Show Notes

  • 00:00 Introductions
  • 02:47 Scoutzie in the beginning
  • 13:00 Going through Y Combinator & proving the model
  • 16:29 Difficulties arise
  • 18:09 Take enough money early-on, once you run out of money, no one wants to give you more
  • 22:07 Pivot roll-out: automated project management
  • 25:05 Investors & users reaction to announcing shut-down
  • 26:50 Attempts at resuscitation
  • 30:47 In retrospect
  • 34:44 How it feels now and what's next?

Links

Our Show Notes

  1. 0:01

    Introductions

  2. 2:47

    Scoutzie in the beginning

  3. 13:00

    Going through Y Combinator & proving the model

  4. 16:29

    Difficulties arise

  5. 18:09

    Take enough money early-on, once you run out of money, no one wants to give you more

  6. 22:07

    Pivot roll-out: automated project management

  7. 25:05

    Investors & users reaction to announcing shut-down

  8. 26:50

    Attempts at resuscitation

  9. 30:47

    In retrospect

  10. 34:44

    How it feels now and what's next?

  11. Links

    Kirill on Twitter, @kirillzubovsky
    Scoutzie.com
    Y Combinator
    "The Only Thing That Matters" article Kirill mentions by Marc Andreessen @pmarca
    Kirill's Recommended Reading: Zero to One by Peter Thiel
    The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz