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We chat with Tim Leland who runs a link shortener (t.ly) and a weather extension. We cover how he came up with the ideas, how he developed and marketed them, and where he sees the future of his products and Chrome extensions in general.

Show Notes

We chat with Tim Leland who runs a link shortener (t.ly) and a weather extension. We cover how he came up with the ideas, how he developed and marketed them, and where he sees the future of his products and Chrome extensions in general.


00:00 Intro
00:22 Tim Leland's start as a developer
05:24 The Chrome Extension Marketplace
09:52 Security concerns about Chrome extensions
16:21 Chrome change create opportunities for new developers
20:13 400k active users
21:48 How t.ly works and compares to other link shorteners
29:28 Marketing playbook
33:01 Chrome extension marketplace tips
37:15 Malicious chrome apps
40:35 How to make money with a Chrome extension
42:54 The hard parts of running a link shortener
49:40 What's next for t.ly?
55:19 Other marketing channels
01:00:56 Be simple technically, focus on marketing
01:03:05 Where to follow Tim

Timestamps created with https://clips.marketing by @cgenco

Where to find Tim online:

https://twitter.com/Tim_Leland
https://timleland.com/migrate-chrome-extensions-to-manifest-v3/
https://timleland.com/extensions/

What is Makers.dev?

Chris and Christian build some software businesses.