#106 – Sylvestre Dupont – Cofounder of Parseur

In my conversation with Sylvestre from Parseur, we discuss how bootstrapping allowed Sylvestre to move to Mauritius. We also discuss:

  • Collecting domain names
  • Leaving consulting to bootstrap a SaaS
  • Bootstrapping with the generous assistance of the French government(!)
  • The tough months before the first sale – and then the elation after the first sale
  • Using Quora to land the first customers – and to learn the language used by your potential customers
  • Using Zapier for leads
  • The difficulty of opening a Dutch company when you don’t speak Dutch
  • Choosing a place to live when you work remotely
  • The challenges and rewards of bootstrapping from Mauritius
  • Translating your website for SEO gains
  • Travelling the world by cargo ship
  • Supporting customers from a cruise ship via satellite Internet


Contact Sylvestre on Twitter at @slybridges

#105 – A new iteration of Bootstrapped

This is a short and special episode in which I share some news about the podcast.

Back in 2013, Ian Landsman and Andrey Butov started the Bootstrapped podcast together.

Over the next few years they created more than 100 excellent episodes.

Now Andrey and Ian both want to concentrate on their core products. But instead of ending the podcast altogether, they’ve given me the opportunity to pick it up and continue with new episodes.

I’m grateful for this opportunity – I’ve been a loyal listener since almost day one, and I’ve learnt many things by listening along.

So starting with this episode, I’m your new host.

I’ve been bootstrapping since 2008, and over that time I’ve had two successful products and a few failures. These days I focus on building Feature Upvote, my B2B SaaS.

For now, I’m going to host the podcast alone, but that will change if I find the right cohost. In each episode I’m interviewing a bootstrapper, who can share with us their story. Hopefully we’ll have something to learn from each guest.

I’m aiming to release a new episode every two weeks.

You can already listen to my first full episode, in which I talk with Sylvestre Dupont from Parseur. Sylvestre did something many of us dream of – once his bootstrapped business was earning enough for him and his wife to live on, they moved to a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. Go and listen to episode 106 to hear the full story.

#104 – I Don’t Want To Talk About GDPR The Whole Time w/ Natalie Nagele from Wildbit

In this episode we’re joined by Natalie Nagele from Wildbit to talk about starting a business vs. consulting, employees with side hustles, how to pick conferences to attend, and yes, GDPR.

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#99 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi w/ Taylor Otwell (SPOILERS!)

In a special episode of Bootstrapped, Taylor Otwell (creator of Laravel) joins Ian to talk about ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’.

WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. If you haven’t seen that movie yet (and seriously, what are you waiting for), wait to listen to this podcast until afterwards!

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#98 – The Landsman Game Challenge

In this episode we discuss solo parenting, Disney on Ice, future conference plans, and a plan to live stream Ian playing video games.

Update: Here’s the stream video of our PUBG game.

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