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Welcome to another episode of Category Visionaries — the show that explores GTM stories from tech’s most innovative B2B founders. In today’s episode, we’re speaking with Honey Mittal, Co-Founder and CEO of Locify AI, a design-to-code conversion platform that has raised $3 million.

Here are the most interesting points from our conversation:

  • Honey’s Journey: Honey shares his path from being a Chief Product Officer at three different startups in Singapore to founding Locify AI, driven by the challenges and inefficiencies in converting designs to functional code .
  • The Motivation Behind Locify AI: The struggle to retain engineering talent and the realization that many startups fail to materialize their ideas due to engineering constraints led Honey and his co-founder to identify a significant opportunity in automating the design-to-code process .
  • Learning from CEOs: Honey discusses the invaluable lessons learned from working closely with three startup CEOs, emphasizing building a great culture, ruthless execution, storytelling, and the importance of remembering the ‘why’ behind building a startup .
  • The Importance of Product and Market Fit: Honey underscores the crucial aspect of solving a real problem that connects directly with the target audience — a lesson that became evident through Locify AI’s rapid user growth across 190 countries during its free beta phase .
  • Product Hunt Launch Success: Locify AI’s strategic approach to launching on Product Hunt, which was primarily aimed at gathering user feedback, led to unexpected virality and substantial user acquisition, demonstrating the power of solving a relatable problem .
  • Adaptability and Integration: By ensuring Locify AI’s tool is adaptable and integrates seamlessly with existing design and development tools like Figma, Honey and his team catered directly to the preferences of designers and developers, facilitating easier adoption of their platform .
  • Future Vision for Locify AI: Looking ahead, Honey shares the ambition to expand Locify AI beyond design-to-code conversion, aiming to facilitate the entire process from idea to launch, thereby streamlining product development and iteration for startups and developers alike .

Actionable
Takeaways

Focus on Solving Real Problems:

Honey's journey with Locify AI highlights the importance of addressing genuine pain points within your target audience. For tech founders, identifying and articulating a problem that resonates with your users can significantly drive adoption and growth.

Build Around User Preferences:

The decision to make Locify AI compatible with popular design tools like Figma demonstrates the power of adaptability. When developing your product, consider how it can seamlessly integrate into your users' existing workflows, reducing barriers to adoption.

Leverage Community Feedback:

Honey emphasized the role of community input in refining Locify AI. For B2B tech founders, engaging with your user base and incorporating their feedback can lead to a product that truly meets market needs, fostering a loyal user community.

Strategic Product Launches:

The successful Product Hunt launch of Locify AI underscores the effectiveness of targeting platforms where your potential users are active. Tailor your launch strategy to reach these communities directly, ensuring your product resonates and gathers momentum.

Prepare for Scaling Challenges:

Reflecting on the lessons from "The Hard Thing About Hard Things," Honey mentions the difficulty of scaling a company and the potential need to evolve your team. Founders should be mindful of these challenges, focusing on training and adapting the team for growth stages, maintaining an empathetic and transparent leadership approach.

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