Cloverpop Private Beta Early Access!

We’ve been working on Cloverpop for the past year. Now we’re getting ready to launch, and we would love to have your help making it truly successful. We need people like you to try it and give us feedback!

Cloverpop helps people make big decisions in life and business. It’s free and anonymous, and it really works. See it in action in this quick demo video:

Are you thinking about moving, changing jobs, starting or expanding a business, having a baby, getting a dog? Cloverpop can help. Know somebody else facing decisions like these? Cloverpop can help them, too.

Be first to join Cloverpop and create a new source of information about the most important choices in our lives and work. Be part of a new community. Help us set the tone. Be thoughtful. Be open. Be real.

We’re still in Private Beta. But friends like you get early access! First, sign up with this special link:

www.cloverpop.com/users/sign_up?ffr=4BlogFriends

Then here’s what to do:

    • Have a big decision on your mind? Try it out!
    • Know someone else facing a big decision? Forward this email and they can try it, too.
    • Good at giving advice? Search for a decision that catches your interest, and share your thoughts.

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Here is a very cool idea that we should all support! My friend’s startup Cloverpop helps people make big decisions. It’s free and anonymous, and really works. They are still in stealth mode, but here is a special link you can use to sign up for early access: www.cloverpop.com/users/sign_up?ffr=4FacebookFriends.

Welcome! (And Your “Why?”)

Welcome to all of YOU, our amazing coaches!

I have had a chance to talk on the phone or in person to all or most of you and I have been impressed and inspired by each of you. I am so excited that you are all bringing your gifts and passions to the world and I am equally excited that you decided to join our team and share some of your greatness with us!

Now it’s time to get to know each other a little better.

“People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.” ~ Simon Sinek

Screen Shot 2014-04-03 at 4.50.21 PMSimon Sinek’s TED talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” explains why the WHY is so important if you want people to truly resonate with your message and you want to become a business that people want to align themselves with and work with.

After you watch it, post your “Why” below. Why do you do what you do? Why do your clients need you and why are you so compelled to help them?

We all want to know what you are up to and this is a great place for you to show up as the full expression of yourself!

 

Should you quit your job?

We’ve learned a lot about big decisions like quitting your job while building Cloverpop.

What’s the magic answer? You tell me.

Goodbye, job.It helps a lot to think carefully through your decision to quit. Your mind may change, and for sure you will feel relieved from the feeling of waiting and worrying. That’s why we built Cloverpop – it makes it easy to think carefully through decisions and get a sense of relief and clarity in about ten minutes. Plus it’s free, so there’s really no reason not to try it.

But if you also like data, here are some observations about people who have used Cloverpop to think through if they should quit their jobs.

  • “Should I quit my job?” is the most common life decision people face. That doesn’t help you know what to do, but at least you should know that you’re not alone. It’s really not just you.
  • Before using Cloverpop, about 14% of people thinking about quitting their job believe they should definitely quit. Once they use Cloverpop, that doubles to 29%, a big jump in confidence.
  • In general, most people lean towards quitting, about 56% before using Cloverpop and 61% after.
  • On the other hand, 44% think they probably or definitely should stay in their job, and that drops by half to 24% after using Cloverpop.

Why is this the case? Is Cloverpop trying to convince everyone to quit their jobs, and doing a good job of it, at that?

Nope, even though quitting can feel great.

A job in hand may not be worth the ones in the bushI think those results happen because we naturally over-value the situation we have versus the situation we could have. Scientists have found that we literally believe a bird in hand is worth two in the bush…we have a natural bias that makes us afraid of losing things.

We designed Cloverpop in part to help counteract such biases, which is perhaps reflected in that data above. Cloverpop helps people see why they are wondering about quitting their job, and that there are attractive alternatives to staying in their job. It’s a safe way to get your real thoughts and feelings out on the table, and better understand your motivations. That’s probably why 98% of people find it helpful.

And we just released our new friend feature, so you can invite a few close friends or advisors to share their thoughts and support as you decide. Getting other perspectives from a few other people you know well can dramatically improve your decisions, as this article in the Harvard Business Review describes. Plus, it honors your friends and feels good for you.

Should you quit, or should you not? Don’t wait and worry. Cloverpop.

Introducing Cloverpop

Cloverpop is a coaching app with a big goal: Nurture 10% of humanity to take action on meaningful personal decisions.

Let’s start with you!

cloverpop_vert_125pxToday Cloverpop is a self-coaching app. We spent two years combing through the rapidly growing field of happiness and decision research. We boiled that all down into a fun 15 minute experience. First we experimented, and experimented, and experimented, until we had a series of questions and a highly tuned algorithm that feel far greater than the sum of their parts. Then we made it fun. Cloverpop acts like a mirror, so you can see your own mind and motivations, so you can face life’s big decisions with clarity and confidence. We’re still experimenting and tuning and making it fun, but for most everyone Cloverpop is already surprisingly useful. And fun. Try it!

Then tell your friends about it.

Soon Cloverpop will be a friend-coaching app. Part of what Cloverpop does is create a crisp story of your decision. And that is useful for your own understanding. But stories also serve to help others understand. You can use Cloverpop to honor your closest friends by inviting a few of them in to read your story and share their perspectives.

Woman selecting friends and family in social networkThey get the honor of coaching you. You get the clarity and confidence of their support. And you all get to connect and learn from each other.

Soon after that, Cloverpop will also be an expert-coaching app. There is a huge community of trained, skilled, expert coaches out there. Women and men who know how to guide, open up, spark, inspire, clarify, motivate. They are a massively valuable resource! But most coaches face the challenge finding clients, many drop out in the first few years, and those who make it must charge clients as much as $100/hour (and sometimes much more!) to make a living. By following the money, coaching has become like a luxury good.

We aim to transform the coaching industry, to turn the model on its head and radically expand access to coaches by radically expanding access to clients. And we think by doing that, we can radically transform society.

Just imagine what will happen when 10% of humanity feels nurtured to take action on meaningful personal decisions!

…goosebumps…

Cloverpop…What’s in a Name?

cloverpop_vert_125pxLast month, after the thousandth time explaining/spelling the company name (Wahanegi) and the prototype name (Wyzyr), I finally got my act together and did some real branding work. Say hello to Cloverpop!

Here’s the story.

Back in 2001 I bought the domain Wahanegi, which stands for Want Have Need Give. I felt that those four words described our primary motivations, and mapped somewhat to the architecture of our brains: from need down in the brain stem and cerebellum, to want in the basal ganglia and company, to have in the cerebral hemispheres, to give in the prefrontal cortex. The name sounded good. I just went with my gut and moved on. It was just a domain name and a vague idea.

wahanegi5Then I incorporated as Wahanegi Inc last year and held a huge contest with almost 2000 designs from 500 designers to come up with a logo. The resulting logo captured perfectly what I hoped the company would do – use social technology to help people become authentically happier with a feeling of interconnection and balance. The design process helped me introspect and understand my own vision for the company. The choice of the logo came from my gut. It immediately felt right. But I still forced myself to methodically cut hundreds of other possibilities to fully articulate my gut feelings.

It was tiring but fun, as something worthwhile usually is. And my gut was right.

In the meantime, after repeating myself for the 1000th time, it became clear that Want Have Wyzyr Prototype NameNeed Give was not a good mnemonic. Not surprising since I’d never tested it. The Wyzyr prototype name was always a temporary fix, and the developers were close to finishing up v0.1 of the product. We needed a real name.

I decided to start from the logo, since I knew it was awesome. I wanted a name that fit with the logo and was also concrete, visual, alive, easy to say and spell and that resonated with our core customers without turning anyone else off. I wanted something that combined nurture and action.

At three in the morning, drifting in a quiescent state, suddenly a name popped into my head: Cloverpop. I loved it! A neat little bundle of nurture and action. But I got out of bed and brainstormed over a thousand more names, checked if the urls were available, Google and trademark searched the remaining few hundred to see if their associations were good and clear of clutter, then winnowed and winnowed until I had twenty names including Cloverpop. I bought all the urls, and ran a huge, four-round online test with 5000 people to see which name would win.

Cloverpop won. Woohoo!!!

That testing process may sound ridiculous. Why bother, when all I did was go with my gut? Because it wasn’t a bother, and it was worthwhile. I’ve named many other products, and in the past getting 500 designers to create thousands of logos or 5000 people to test a dozen brand names would have taken weeks or months and tens of thousands of dollars or more. But with the Internet, it only cost me a few hundred dollars and a few hours to get there. And the resulting clarity and confidence are invaluable.

That is what Cloverpop is about. The Internet changes things by connecting people. It puts clarity and confidence on tap. Cloverpop changes personal decision-making by connecting you with yourself and the intuition of thousands of other people in your same shoes. As soon as we get the features built, we’ll also connect you with your friends and with great coaches. And Cloverpop makes the process so easy, affordable and worthwhile, that not using it doesn’t make any sense.

Are you facing a meaningful personal decision? Try it!

Rubyriders is Building Wyzyr Beta!

Wyzyr Beta ScreenshotWe brought on Rubyriders to help us build the Wyzyr Beta, woohoo! I met them first at Marinnovation a few months ago, and as my design work progressed, it became clear to me that Roger and the crew were the right team for the job.

The screenshots are done, the stories are being written, and there’s a little app running on Heroku already. Talk about agile development!

We should have some work to show from the first of the sprints in a few weeks. Connect with Wyzyr on Facebook to stay up-to-date on our progress.

The Top Life Decisions on Our Minds

Wyzyr’s goal of helping people make life decisions is so big it’s sometimes hard to get a handle on it. But yesterday I got a clear view of what Wyzyr is about, why I want it to succeed, and why it is an important project that is going to change our world for the better.

I was analyzing our decision database to give design guidance to our developers, looking for the most common decisions to feed into our type-ahead autocomplete feature for the upcoming beta product. It sounds dry, but the results tell a much richer story. Really. No kidding. Read on.

First, here are the top twenty most common decisions Wyzyr helped with over the past several months:

Most Common Life Decisions

  1. Should I quit my job?
  2. Should I go back to school?
  3. Should I change jobs?
  4. Should I buy a house?
  5. Should I go back to work?
  6. Should I move?
  7. Should I get married?
  8. Should I change careers?
  9. Should I get a divorce?
  10. Should I get a new job?
  11. Should I buy a new car?
  12. Should I drop out of college?
  13. Should I break up with my boyfriend?
  14. Should I go to grad school?
  15. Should I have a baby?
  16. Should I retire?
  17. Should I find a new job?
  18. Should I go back to college?
  19. Should I go to graduate school?
  20. Should I have another baby?

The decisions on that list represent the real questions typed by hundreds of people, finger by finger, letter by letter, but it still feels a bit generic. We expect those decisions, they seem abstract to us as outside readers, even though they are very, very real for the people facing them.

These decisions are about where we work, live and go to school, about our relationships and family. They are similar to my analysis of the top twenty life decisions we face. But even though they each have a story behind them, the story doesn’t come through unless we are facing them ourselves.

But many of the decisions in our database tell their story more clearly. They give a sense of the context and conflict contained in most big decisions. For example, here are the top twenty _longest_ decisions Wyzyr helped with:

Longest Life Decisions

  1. Should I continue to take the abuse my daughter is inflicting on me to be able to see my grandchildren, instead of taking the risk of alienating her completely?
  2. Should I rank a medical school that is close to friends and family above a medical school that is farther away but may open more doors for me in the future?
  3. Should I sell our current home even though the market is bad and we won’t get much for it so we can move into a bigger home in a better neighborhood?
  4. Should I move across the country while dealing with a serious illness instead of staying in my current city where all of my doctors and family are?
  5. Should I pursue my PhD in physics and move across the country for the next 6 years of my life, abandoning everything I know and am familiar with?
  6. Should I try to convince my father-in-law that he is no longer able to competently care for himself and should move to an assisted care facility?
  7. Should I go to school abroad for a whole new experience, taking on huge student debt which might lead me to take a job I don’t like to repay it?
  8. Should I take a job working well above minimum wage in a few months and quit going to school for a major without immediate career benefits?
  9. Should I go back to my previous job as a management consultant rather than do what I have been working towards and found my own startup?
  10. Should I continue on the current career path (writer) instead of going with something more stable but much less rewarding to the soul?
  11. Should I accept this great job offer which would take me further away from the people I love, but would give me financial stability?
  12. Should I put my mentally challenged brother somewhere because he seems to be out of control lately, and I feel like my life is over?
  13. Should I apply to work in Tokyo instead of staying in America and hoping my spouse gets a supportive position right out of school?
  14. Should I go through with treatment for a chronic medical decision now even though better options may be available in the future?
  15. Should I accept that the hospital does not want to admit their mistake and just take the settlement offered for my dad’s death?
  16. Should I hold out for a job that would be more fulfilling even if it means that my finances could get very dismal very quickly?
  17. Should I move back to the state I am from to be closer to my parents to find a job instead of working 400 miles from my family?
  18. Should I go home to be with my mother during her hysterectomy that is needed to remove cancerous cells found in the last week?
  19. Should I apply for a new job now instead of waiting to see if my husband gets the new job he is hoping for in another state?
  20. Should I buy a new wardrobe that includes fancy expensive clothes instead of keep wearing the same clothes I currently have?

Those decisions tell a story. They tell the story of a turning point each person’s life. Some are profound, and some are almost trivial, but they all show how our challenges and opportunities are so often concentrated our decisions.

That is what motivates me. I believe Wyzyr will help us make these decisions more wisely by bringing to bear insights gained by scientists and the love of our closest friends. And the result will be more clarity and motivation, relief from stress, and better lives.

I should probably stop there, but since lists are kinda fun, here is a last one. These are the twenty _shortest_ decisions Wyzyr has helped with:

Shortest Life Decisions

  1. Should I work?
  2. Should I move?
  3. Should I cheat?
  4. Should I drink?
  5. Should I marry?
  6. Should I retire?
  7. Should I break up?
  8. Should I date him?
  9. Should I help him?
  10. Should I hire him?
  11. Should I leave IT?
  12. Should I love Joe?
  13. Should I work out?
  14. Should I move out?
  15. Should I get a car?
  16. Should I get a dog?
  17. Should I get chemo?
  18. Should I go to NYC?
  19. Should I quit work?
  20. Should I re-enlist?

‘Nuff said.

If you’re facing one of these decisions, check out our prototype. It helped these people, so it can help you.