• Andy's Newsletter
  • Posts
  • Puppy vs. Wolf: Navigating the Wild World of Platform Development Without a Stark in Sight

Puppy vs. Wolf: Navigating the Wild World of Platform Development Without a Stark in Sight

Good morning to everyone except Ubers that cost more than the flight ☠️

"#1 Newsletter of the Year" 🏆️ -Andy’s Wife


Reddit Revolt: When Subreddits Go Dark, Where Will the Memes Go?


Guess what's brewing in the world of memes and anonymous wisdom?

Reddit is undergoing a full-on revolution!

Time to find a new office distraction, folks. It's not me, it's Reddit... they're playing hard to get!

Thousands of subreddits decided to go dark! They're upset, staging a protest, and it's got nothing to do with the new "Game of Thrones" season.

Apparently, they're all riled up over the company's recent API updates.

Nearly 3,500 subreddits will be hiding out in the dark for the next 48 hours and maybe longer!

We're talking major ones here! r/gaming, r/aww, and even r/todayilearned!

I bet a lot of you are thinking: "Today I learned... Reddit can go on strike!"

Listen, as GTM Professionals, we always have to remember one thing...

In the world of business, when you update your API, make sure you're ready for a possible subreddit revolt!

And if that happens, remember, it's nothing that a few cat videos and gaming memes can't fix!

Stay tuned and remember, in the digital world, the sun never sets... it just takes occasional breaks!

Until next time, folks! Remember, it's not the updates... it's how you handle the aftermath!



Start Writing On Linkedin In 30 Days

(with a community of 4,000+ others)

It feels scary to create content for 2+ years.

  • It feels daunting to create content for 2+ years. You won’t see much growth, or many opportunities, in the early stages.

  • You’ll have to get over the fear of judgment from friends, family, and strangers on the internet.

  • You’ll have to figure out what you’re going to talk about, and why anyone would care what you’ve got to say.

  • You’ll need to learn about writing frameworks, writing headlines, creating new ideas, formatting, and continuing when no one is reading.

  • You’ll worry that you’re going to run out of ideas.

  • You’ll be constantly thinking about the LinkedIn algorithm, while simultaneously trying not to think about the LinkedIn algorithm.

  • You’ll end up getting tons of DMs from other people, figuring out which opportunities you should be going after.

This is hard.
It takes a lot of work.

But it’s also really fun, and if you can make it work, it’s genuinely life-changing.

The Brand30 Course & Community

The Brand30 community is a 30-day live cohort-based course where I’ll teach you everything I know about how to build and grow your LinkedIn into a sustainable machine that churns out valuable content for your audience and generates healthy opportunities for you, without having to quit your job.

💀 Issue #100-and-something 💀

Puppy vs. Wolf: Navigating the Wild World of Platform Development Without a Stark in Sight


Okay, stick with me here.

You're working hard, breaking a sweat and someone pops the question:

"Are you building a PLATFORM or a POINT SOLUTION?"


How the heck are you supposed to tell?

It's like asking, "Are you raising a golden retriever or a direwolf?"

So let's unravel this mystery.

When I think PLATFORM, there are FOUR PILLARS standing strong:

1. Other companies integrate into your big, bad, beautiful beast of a platform.

Think of your platform as the ultimate house party host, the "Belle of the Ball". Everyone wants to be a part of your vibrant ecosystem. Your platform is no longer a lone wolf, it's the leader of the pack!

2. You've got a community rallying behind you.

No man is an island, and neither is a successful platform. Like a Westerosi king, you've got a throng of loyal followers, or in this case, engaged users who are invested in your success and growth.

3. Your product is the Swiss Army knife of solutions, addressing multiple use cases.

A successful platform isn't a one-trick pony, oh no! It's a valiant steed, versatile and dependable. Your platform should be more than just a pretty face - it should solve various problems and cater to multiple needs like a true knight in shining armor.

4. And let's not forget, the all-important implementation and change management required.

Like training a dragon, building a platform isn't for the faint-hearted. It demands time, effort, and a solid plan for implementing changes and managing shifts in your business landscape.

So, if you aren't checking these boxes, then I hate to break it to you...

You may just be raising a puppy, not a wolf.

Knowing if you're actually building a platform is a tough one. But remember...


But so is the life of an entrepreneur!

And hey, if you find out you're raising a puppy instead of a direwolf... just remember...

Puppies grow up too.

Keep the lights on and keep building. WINTER IS COMING, but so is success.

Valar Dohaeris, my friends. All men must serve... even if it's just their business idea. Keep going!


  • Winn - Type less, win more with an AI-powered sales assistant.(link)

  • ChatCSV - The way you normally talk, but with your CSV files.(link)

  • Collov GPT - Upload a product photo and let AI generate a professionally rendered background. (link)

What’s inside?


Get the "10-10-1" in your inbox ☞ TRY IT

That’s a wrap for today amigos. Eat your tacos and see you tomorrow! If you want more, be sure to follow me on Twitter (@andymewborn) or LinkedIn.

What did you think of today’s edition? (anonymous)


You find the most bizarre killer tools - but I looove it