Build Your SaaS – bootstrapping in 2019

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Jon had a bit of anxiety about a growing backlog of new features and ideas.

Justin and Jon dive into the growing backlog of features, bugs and tasks, and talk about how they might better manage it as a two-person team. A big new milestone is reached!
  • Jon had a bit of anxiety over the growing backlog in Clubhouse
  • New ideas were being thrown into an unscheduled list, but weren't yet actionable.
  • Some ideas can be left alone for awhile and revisited to see if they're still worthwhile.
  • Ben Orenstein wants to delete your entire backlog.
  • 6 week cycles like Basecamp does might help out - but what does that mean for a tiny team?
  • We hit $20K in MRR in under a year!

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Show notes:

  • Basecamp's new online book: Shape Up
  • Ben Orenstein's tweet: "My new consulting engagement: you pay me $10,000 and I delete your project’s backlog while explaining that nothing of value has been lost."

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What is Build Your SaaS – bootstrapping in 2019?

Can you bootstrap a profitable startup in 2019? 37signals did it in 2004, and since then thousands of entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and product people have tried to launch their own web apps. But with so many venture-backed startups now, is it still possible? Follow Jon and Justin as they build & launch their new product: Transistor.fm.