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The 5 Key Learnings From a Startup With 1 Million Users

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Just like every startup, we had a dream. In late 2020, we got $1 million in a Pre-Seed round. We were ambitious challengers and dreamers. So naturally, we thought, what if we can contact and influence 1,000,000 users?

 

No one imagined it would be easy. Especially because there was a time when we couldn't even dream of a million users! But last week, we just did it. We reached 1 million students worldwide, most of which are in the MENA region.

 

It took us just one year to increase our users from 100,000 to 1,000,000.

 

Key Learnings As a Startup

 

This marvelous journey took a lot of work, effort, and help from you. We want to take this opportunity and thank every Educatly user who helped us make this happen. Also, we would love to share with you all the 5 qualities we learned are key to this achievement. 

 

Here're the 5 Key Learnings From a Startup With 1 Million Users

 

1. Be ambitious

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.”

This is a quote by Norman Vincent Peale that always lit our way. Every single goal we aimed for in 2022 was ambitious. It was so ambitious that we weren't even sure it was achievable. But we did it. This thinking has helped us so much, and we guarantee it works. Just aim high! It's not easy, and that's why you need to...

 

2. Be determined

Determination is essential. When you have a firmness of purpose and can push yourself forward, you can achieve your goals. Your resolve can encourage you to find ways to overcome obstacles. A business year has four quarters, and each quarter brings us closer to our target. However, until the 3rd quarter of the year, we were behind.

 

We thought we might not reach our goal after all, but after a lot of hard work, we achieved 50% of what we did in the first three quarters in quarter four. Without determination, we won’t be here today, celebrating the 1 million users milestone.
 

3. Be patient it takes time

One million users are equal to the population of Iceland, the Bahamas, and Sao Tome and Principe combined. It’s not an easy job to grow a population like this, and it takes time. However, the main growth driver was building a product that helps students around the globe. Tens of millions around the MENA region, Europe, and South America have seen us somewhere in the digital world, and other countries have found us completely organically. Isn't it fascinating?

 

4. Build a great team culture

None of this could have been possible if we didn't have the culture to help our team make it happen. Our culture dictates how our day-to-day work goes and how we operate and defines our values, so we can achieve our long-term goals.

 

Key Learnings From a Startup With 1 Million Users

 

5. Keep on improving and move fast

No matter what we achieve, we never stop or settle. At Educatly, we are always looking for new ways to improve. With our ambitious goals, tasks, and hard work, we're on the move. Don’t settle into a comfortable rhythm. We never do the same things for two quarters in a row. We’re always moving, changing, and completely rearranging everything each quarter to reach our dream. 

 

With over 1,000,000 users on the Educatly platform, we thank you all for the dedication, time, and support that helped us to be where we are now. We're still here, moving forward and "connecting you to the world of learning."

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