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Felix Josemon
Felix Josemon

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I made $100 every hour by sharing HEY invite codes

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If you not living under the rock, you would have heard HEY by Basecamp. They just crossed 95,000+ people on their waiting list. It became so hyped, and it reached a stage where people started buying Invite codes on eBay for more than $500 per invite.

Since I signed up early, I got access to the HEY Invite code on day 1 of their launch. The code can only be used 3 times, so I decided to share my codes to anyone who buys me a cup of coffee on my Twitter profile.

My imbox & DM got flooded with people who want a HEY invite. So I created a sheet and built a PAY-IT Forward campaign where anybody who gets an invite will offer one back to others on my list.

HEY Invite code chain

A few minutes after posting this on Twitter, I got $95 worth of coffees on my Buy Me a Coffee account. It went so viral that people outside the list started sharing their unused invites.

HEY Invite code chain

That's how it got started.

It's Day 3 of the PAY-IT Forward campaign and I have 86 supporters on my Buy Me a Coffee PageπŸ”₯.

I am thinking of offering access to top of my list to anyone who can offer more than 15 coffees till I reach 100 supporters.

I am also thinking of writing a complete case study in a week or two, on what strategies worked and what didn't, twitter hacks and how I automated my google sheet.

Let me know if you have any specific questions in the comments below. I will keep everyone posted here.

P.S I work as the Product & Growth Head at Buy Me a Coffee (YC W19)

First wrote on Medium.com, updated with recent earnings as well there(22nd June).

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Shakhbulat Gazgireev

The fact that people actually pay 500$ to use another e-mail manager is just beyond me.

"Yes or No" feature is a literally a UI sugar of a "This is spam" button.

All the fancy filtering is easily configured with the (you guessed it!) filters in any other e-mail manager such as Outlook and Thunderbird.

I just don't understand.

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Felix Josemon Author

HEY Screener thing pretty much worked well for me in this Pay-It forward campaign. Couldn't even imagine if that was via other mails.

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gfabrizi

but in the end the screener isn't just a filter? i mean, with gmail for instance you can configure filter based on from address (or domain), object and attachment weight.

The only hey feature that i could find useful is the single place to look for mail attachment

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Felix Josemon Author

File attachment look up is nice! +1

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Shakhbulat Gazgireev

Not 500$ nice.

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Chad Smith

I am trying my hardest to understand this hey.com email fad, but honestly I don't get it.

I'm not trying to take anything away from them and what they built, though it seems everything that I've seen I could configure just fine on my other email addresses/clients.

Like am I really the only one who doesn't have spam issues on my current main email address? Sure some of my other email addresses do, but that is because I use that for spam stuff.

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Felix Josemon Author

I use HEY Screener, not for spam filtering(might be in future), it gives this sort of relief that I don't know how to write in words. Considering my Imbox was full for invite code requests, I don't know how I could have survived the winter without HEY.

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Ben Sinclair

There are a million cloud email providers that provide privacy, and no barrier to you hosting your own.

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Muhimen

So, you are saying I live under a rock? πŸ˜‘

Totally legit πŸ€ͺ

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Felix Josemon Author

LOL

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salah youmir

wait, what ?
you are telling us that people paying to have an email address ?

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Felix Josemon Author

Yep, not just that people are even trying to scam on the internet by taking advantage of this new FOMO. Another motivation to run this healthy and trusted Pay-It forward chain:)

care to join in for coffee video chat next Sunday? twitter.com/Felix_Josemon/status/1...

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Abhishek

How can i share invites to someone else if i already have a HEY account?

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Loralighte

You made money for a new hey.com email every hour

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Felix Josemon Author

:)

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spiritupbro

cool bro

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Felix Josemon Author

Thanks!

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