We made it to 1000 improvements in 1000 days, then slipped up and actually paid $1000 to one of our users.
This is the story of what happened when my brand-new, pre-launch
company made a public changelog and made a public commitment (under
penalty of $1000!) to add something to it every day. In short, we
gradually became super great, we made it to 1000 improvements in 1000
days, then slipped up and actually paid $1000 to one of our users, but
it was so insanely worth it that we immediately put up another $1000
and are doing it all again. 1062 improvements and counting!
Here’s the whole story in article form: messymatters.com/uvi
I gave a much shorter version of this talk at the Quantified Self global conf in October 2013, video here: http://vimeo.com/82754631
Bethany is co-founder and CTO of Beeminder. When she’s not hacking on incentive schemes she rides bikes, lifts heavy things, and does unfathomably tedious things like jigsaw puzzles and knitting.