In 20min, I Conducted 12 Imaginary Customers Interviews For A New Venture Using AI For Free - MindfulCircles.Org
Disclaimer: If you are a venture architect, founder or a product manager, do not, and I mean DO NOT use such a method to validate an idea :) AI is generating content based on what was fed to it. The ability to innovate for humans by humans will always require humans participation, unless AI becomes mortal, has consciousness, can reproduce to survive, cares about its materialistic and ethical legacy AND is the decision maker in buying your service, only then, you may use such an approach to validate a new idea. But until then, validate your business idea with real customers. You may use such a method for inspiration and discovering blind spots in your thinking but never depends on AI to analyse what humans of tomorrow might like or dislike.
Ok that being said, let's come back to the venture in hand. It is called: MindfulCircles. The idea came to me while on a Meditation retreat last year. I always admired the people around me when on a retreat and the level of authenticity and calmness in every conversation we have. My only issue, being the science and tech nerd I am, is that the topics of the conversations were not really in my interest. At the same time I was always allergic to networking events in the startup scene. Don't get me wrong, I have met great people and even business partners in such events, but the type of conversations and the way people present themselves in these events is so not authentic that makes the value of going to such events for me close to zero. So back in October I started experimenting with a scalable mindful group format to bring professionals from the same industry together in a unique authentic way. People come as they are, meditate together to calm down and be present and mindfully share about their challenges, aspirations and dreams. Judgment free in a room full of compassion and loving kindness similar to the atmosphere you find in mindfulness retreat.
To test this, startup professionals were my ideal target to start the first circle. Hence the first Berlin Mindful Startup Circle was born. I have been running it with a few friends since December and have been exchanging feedback on the format of the circle and how to improve it. So, no, I didn't depend on AI to create this.
Nevertheless as an entrepreneur and venture architect I love playing with tech gadgets, physical or digital :) So I was like why not give chat GPT a set of personas and ask it to conduct problem and solution discovery interviews with them and see what will happen. And I have to admit, I am positively surprised, yet definitely would take all of the wordings ChatGPT spits out with a grain of salt, almost always. But here how it went:
Step 1- Create Personas Using Syntheticusers
With the free version of SyntheticUsers you could simply describe your target customer, what their pains and needs are and how would your solution solves it for them.
Step 2 - Generate Problem Discovery Interview Questions
I then went to ChatGPT and I asked it to list for me problem discovery questions for the solution I have in mind. I used a long Promot where I gave it the target customers, their pains, needs and the proposed solution. I got quite interesting results. Those questions can be used for interviews with real humans. Good job ChatGPT. Here the results: