Why I Joined SSG – Startup Study Group

A few months ago, I was doing my usual Twitter browsing, and was invited to join a group called Startup Study Group, by Charles Jo. At first, I was a little hesitant to join, as I thought it was just another spam invite. However, my personality tends to like to try new things, so I thought I would give it a shot and join. To give you a little background on Startup Study Group, or SSG for short, the organization “is a free resource for entrepreneurs: future, current, and former founders. Goal is to become the most useful tool for this community by learning Startup as a Second Language together.” It’s a unique place that has a numerous amount of members, with topic discussions ranging from best pitch practices to sharing new products. SSG is an ecosystem that connects angels, founders, advisors, entrepreneurs, developers, and many others.


Upon joining, I was immediately welcomed by Charles, and other members of the group. Although the group has its own website, the best place to actually communicate with all its members is through its Slack Channel, linked here. SSG’s Slack Channel has a number of sub-channels ranging from: General (a place to just have general discussions) to Advice-For-Startups (a place where general Startup advice and suggestions are discussed). Since I’ve joined, I’ve met a lot of great people virtually, and have participated in a number of great topics and discussions. SSG isn’t your ordinary “forum group.” It is a place for those who are startup focused and have experience or want to gain experience in the industry. Once you join, you’ll end up virtually meeting all sorts of unique and knowledgeable individuals ranging from developers to startup founders. A lot of its members, including myself, are also very active on Twitter as well. Members curate all sorts of content with each other and share with the rest of the world.

Not only is it a place for great startup discussions, but it’s also a beneficial avenue for product promotion. Because it is a place for content sharing and discussion, founders and startup employees alike, can freely share their new products and request feedback, pointers, or simply ask for ‘word-of-mouth’ promotion. A perfect example: Just last week, a new member of SSG had just recently launched a new product that was featured on Product Hunt. She was kind enough to share it to all of SSG’s members, and asked for their feedback. Well what did the members do? They immediately congratulated her, asked for more detail regarding her product, shared it across multiple mediums, and much more. To view her product’s showcase on Product Hunt, click here. Below is a sampling of how engaging SSG members are :).

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Overall, I’ve had nothing but a great experience so far while being a member of SSG. It’s really a great place for startup founders, entrepreneurs, developers, and many more. SSG lets you share ideas, brainstorm, discuss relevant topics, get feedback for your ideas, or just simply grow your network. There are members from all across the globe, and each member is unique in his/her own way. If you’re like me, and love to share ideas and discuss entrepreneurship, this is the place for you. I suggest you immediately reach out to Charles Jo (I’ve linked his Twitter again) to ask for an invite. Trust me, you’ll learn a whole more once you join.

Finally, I want to thank Charles for inviting me to join SSG and helping me grow my network. If you still aren’t convinced, follow either Charles or me on Twitter, to see for yourself ;).

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