GreatAlbum Joins Pioneer App Community

Author Erik

Date 06 - 12 -20

Reading Time 8 minutes

Pioneer App LogoAs I was reading through some blog posts by Daniel Gross, I stumbled up an app/community he helped build, called Pioneer. Pioneer is both an app and a community. It helps founders track progress, get advice, and get funded. In a nutshell, the way it works is members compete in the weekly Pioneer Tournament:

Step 1 - Join with your project

  • Register, fill out a profile about you as a person/founder
  • Fill in a detailed profile about your startup project or business

Step 2 - Compete in the Pioneer Tournament

Each week, there's a process that takes place

  • Sunday, submit a progress update on your project
  • Monday
    • Our update gets reviewed by 5-10 other Pioneer members who give feedback
    • At the same time, we review updates submitted by others and give our feedback; this is an interesting process, as we review updates in pairs and indicate whether "Player A" or "Player B" gave the best update that week 
  • Tuesday
    • Leaderboards are updated with latest rankings, based on feedback from players and "experts" (presumably Pioneer employees or advisors)
    • We each review feedback we received and rate the top three comments
    • At the same time, our feedback to other players is reviewed by them; If someone "stars" our feedback for them, we earn 25 points
    • We can earn up to 100 points each week, and retain up to 400 points over the last four weeks that contributes to our score that week
  • Thursday
    • A select group of Pioneer Players are invited to a zoom call, where we break out in small groups to discuss challenges we're working through

Step 3 - Reach the Global Top 50

  • The goal is to become on of the top 50 players in the Pioneer Tournament
  • Of course, most don't achieve that, so they complete to be one of the top players on the regional leaderboards: US East, US West, Americas (Non-US), Europe, Africa, Asia & Oceania

Step 4 - Get selected by an expert to become a Pioneer

  • For Pioneers who are recognized as one of the top players, they occasionally receive the Pioneer Offer. For a 1% of your company, you receive access to a network of elite founders. a 2-month remote startup accelerator program, and a whole bunch of other perks

I've documented all my submissions so far, along with top feedback comments at GreatAlbum Involvement in Pioneer Community

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