What I learned from building the same website three times
In college, I built a website called Grouptale, which I described as a tool to “make deliberations easy”.
I was part of many student organizations in college where membership was selective. In a lengthy “deliberations” process, current members of the group would discuss prospective candidates, and eventually come to consensus on who would be selected to join.
Deliberations is always a painful process. Groups traditionally used spreadsheets (or even physical notebooks) to keep track of candidates, and the final rounds of debate over candidates could drag on for hours.
The idea for Grouptale is a very simple tool that groups can use to organize, comment, discuss, and even vote on candidates.
At its peak, Grouptale had around 200 active users in over 10 organizations at Harvard. It’s not the next Facebook, but Grouptale is a very special product to me because of the many learning
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