#130: A brief hiatus

A short episode where I explain why the podcast is on break for a few weeks.

Spoiler alert: the pandemic has left me stranded 16,816 km from home. Until I find a way home, I can’t easily record new episodes. Listen for the full story!

Hopefully I’ll be back with new episodes in a few weeks.

#129: Driving to Mongolia while running a mission-critical SaaS

Julian Wilde of Wormly describes how he was able to drive across central Asia – often in countries without easily-available Internet – while running a monitoring SaaS.

We also reminisce about running a software company before Stripe, AWS and the Digital Nomad phenomenon.

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#128: Dealing with bootstrapper stress

Bootstrapping is stressful. I share seven ways I try to manage the stress of being a software bootstrapper.

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#127: SaaS products we use to run our businesses

We discuss some of the SaaS products we rely on to run our businesses: what they are and why we use them.

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#126: Why Dave Rodenbaugh acquired an existing business instead of starting from scratch

When Dave Rodenbaugh wanted to run a software business, he decided to buy an existing one. He tells me why he did this, how he chose the business, and what he did right and wrong along the way.

He also shares – painfully – his embarrassing $50K mistake.

Dave runs Recapture and is co-host of the Rogue Startups podcast.

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#125: Tracking what you spend on your business

I’m joined again by frequent guest co-host Ed Freyfogle.

We talk about how we track the spending on our businesses.

We mentioned a rewards card for Startups from Cledara.

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#124: Goals for 2020

Steve and Ed discuss what they hope to achieve by the end of 2020 – both professionally and personally.

We also discuss the importance of knowing your non-goals, that is, things your explicit decide NOT to do.

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#123: “Why I sold my SaaS” – with Courtenay Farquharson, founder of Parserr

Courtenay Farquharson shares how he built up Parserr to more than $10K monthly revenue – and why he sold it.

We also talk about:

  • bootstrapping in the Microsoft ecosystem
  • bootstrapping in Australia

Courtenay on Twitter: https://twitter.com/courtzz

Courtenay’s next endeavour: sleepapp.com.au

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Our guest sponsor, courtesy of Balsamiq, is HelpNinja, a simple help desk system focussed on bootstrapped businesses.

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#122: My desktop app got acquired!

Steve tells Ed all about the sale of his desktop app. We talked about why I sold off the desktop app I’ve been running for 12 years, how I found a purchaser, and the emotional ride of negotiating and handing over the app.

Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored this episode. Bootstrapped listeners, to try Balsamiq for free, visit balsamiq.com/go/bootstrapped where you will find a promo code giving you an extended trial and a hefty discount.

Our guest sponsor, courtesy of Balsamiq, is Versoly. Versoly is the easiest way to build a SaaS website that converts without worrying about coding, design or hosting.

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#121: Handling cancellations in a subscription product

Ed Freyfogle of OpenCage Geocoder and I (founder of Feature Upvote) discuss how we handle customer cancellation requests in our respective SaaS products. We discuss how we might do it differently.

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