Build Your SaaS – bootstrapping in 2019

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How to communicate (and make decisions) with your co-founder.

What’s been happening?

  • Is the Macbook Pro 2013 the best computer ever made?
    • Jon's review of the new Macbook Pro: the screen, the keyboard, the thinness are great. He doesn't like the touchbar, and it crashed a lot initially.
  • Thanks to Bill for the Spotify introduction!
  • We tried out Amazon Transcribe and it was hilarious

Main topic: Partner communication, making decisions

We got a question on Twitter from Dennis Martinez:

“How often do you both keep in touch with each other talking about the product in an average day/week? How important is daily communication?”

Jon and Justin have different decision making styles:
  • Justin is "quick start." He likes to make decisions quickly, and have a fast momentum.
  • Jon is more thoughtful and detail-oriented.

Having this balance is important!

How we communicate:

  • Daily communication: Slack
  • Weekly call: Skype
  • How we make decisions: consensus.

Takeaways

  • This is the benefit of doing a small project before you launch something bigger.
    • Example: where are we going for lunch? (XOXO), what source control are we going to use? (small project we did before Transistor)
  • Partner with someone who is trustworthy, autonomous.
  • Make sure there's enough overlap in your timezone.
  • Ensure your co-founder has enough time to dedicate to the project.

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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.