How did we build an online community from scratch?
Who will benefit the most from this guide?
Anybody who, like past me, feel frustrated in not being able to find their tribe, and are considering building their own. This living document should offer you guidance on how you could potentially embark on this adventure, milestones you can benchmark yourself on, and the motivation to start today.
People who have full-time obligations and believe that they don't have the resources to build a successful community, I want to give you the how; as long as you bring the why and the what.
I'm a big fan of Peter Thiel's book . Building something from nothing is one of the hardest things that anyone can ever do, and the difficulty intensifies if you don't have a good model to follow (especially when building something brand new). So, to pay it forward for those who have provided me resources that guided my success, this is my story for how the Co-x3 Community came to be.
So what is Co-x3? Co-x3 stands for co-creation, collaboration, and community. We're an inclusive group of like-minded forward thinkers that want to effect positive change in the world. Recently, we've embarked on a journey to gamify our lives and made a pledge to live intentionally in 2020.
For Co-x3, what holds us together are actionable systems to follow. My biggest frustration with most self-improvements and growth-centric communities is that they often focus on theory-crafting, which is very inspirational and motivational in the moment, but leaves a lot to be desired when attempting to execute on those ideas. At Co-x3, we do both - providing community members with the principles behind and , while laying out well-thought-out that puts their learning into action.
This living document has 3 sections:
Documented Milestones To learn my thought process and significant milestones to watch out for.
Tools I Use What you may need if you wish to embark on this adventure.
How can I be helpful? If you're itching to build a space for your tribe to thrive, I want to help.
1. Documented Milestones
Project #1: Co-x3 Kickoff
Timeframe: January 1, 2020 → April 20, 2020
My goals were to:
Build a community where people like myself (early entrepreneurs), my younger siblings (university students), and my mom (second winders) can be supported on our growth journey.
Share inspiring content that changed my life, to help guide others in similar positions
My initial key results were to achieve:
Active community of 25+
Active community of 100+
3 members that really resonated with my message (future mods/champions)
Key events that I believe had high impact on the success of the community.
Additional key results were added:
20 positive reviews of our resources
10+ monthly patrons of Co-x3
Jan 26, 2020
Launched our Discord community, a space to hold friendly debates and discussions on all topics growth, and collaborate on our latest innovative projects.
Launched official Co-x3 Community Page for members to find highly effective notion templates that helped me be highly productive.
Launched Patreon - to provide special and customized perks for supporters who identify strongly with our mission.
Launched the Super Package for patrons only (combining our best templates into one package for easy duplication and onboarding)
Validation couldn't come fast enough. On the first day of launch, Co-x3 received its first pledge.
Started a discord server for the community to discuss productivity, growth, and learning.
Right after we launched our new tiers, we had a wave of suport. Nikolaus was our first Co-x3 Patron.
We got our first top 100 supporter, who shared a touching story of why what we've built means so much to her.
Project #2: Co-x3 Scaling