#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.

Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored this episode. Find out how, thanks to Balsamiq, you can promote your bootstrapped business for free on the podcast.

Our guest sponsor, courtesy of Balsamiq, is Vivid.fm. Vivid helps podcasters reach more subscribers via social sharing by automatically creating video teasers.

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#120: Small team habits part 2: Steve’s turn

Last week we heard Ed’s top 5 habits for small teams. This week, Steve shares the habits he uses to keep his small team productive.

Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored this episode. Find out how, thanks to Balsamiq, you can promote your bootstrapped business for free on the podcast.

Our guest sponsor, courtesy of Balsamiq, is Checkvist, the professional list making tool.

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#119: Small team habits part 1

Ed shares his top 5 habits he recommends for small bootstrapping teams, to keep your product as good as it should be.

Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored this episode. Find out how, thanks to Balsamiq, you can promote your bootstrapped business for free on the podcast.

Our guest sponsor, courtesy of Balsamiq, is Mimiran, the CRM for people who hate selling.

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#118: Should your product go Freemium?

Steve and Ed consider whether Freemium is a viable business model for bootstrappers.

Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored this episode. Find out how, thanks to Balsamiq, you can promote your bootstrapped business for free on the podcast.

Our guest sponsor, courtesy of Balsamiq, is IvyBackup.

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#117: Selling to Developers

Ed from OpenCage Geocoder and I talk about the marketing techniques that work – and don’t work – when you product is targeted towards developers.

Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored this episode. Find out how, thanks to Balsamiq, you can promote your bootstrapped business for free on the podcast.

Our guest sponsor, courtesy of Balsamiq, is Easy Data Transform.

#116: Pricing your product in multiple currencies, with Ed Freyfogle from OpenCage

I’m joined by Ed Freyfogle for the first of several episodes in which he is my cohost. Ed is the co-founder of OpenCage Geocoder, a bootstrapped, profitable SaaS.

Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored this episode. Find out how, thanks to Balsamiq, you can promote your bootstrapped business for free on the podcast

Our guest sponsor, courtesy of Balsamiq, is Mockless.

We discuss:

  • the bootstrapping scene in Barcelona, where both Ed and I live
  • the advantages of offering your product in multiple currencies
  • which currencies to offer
  • dealing with currency fluctuations
  • how this affects your marketing content
  • how Quaderno has helped both of us do best-in-class invoicing.

We also rant a little about how some businesses could improve the finer details of billing.

#115: Living Abroad While Bootstrapping, with Craig Hewitt

Craig and I are both bootstrapping our businesses while living in foreign countries. In this episode we discuss what that’s like for us personally. We also discuss the challenging practicalities of visas, languages, and business while living abroad.

Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored this episode. Find out how, thanks to Balsamiq, you can promote your bootstrapped business for free on the podcast.

We also discuss:

  • Craig’s efforts with paid acquisition
  • how Steve refined the sign-up process for Feature Upvote

#114: “The Tables are Turned”, with Craig Hewitt

Craig turns the tables and interviews me about Feature Upvote and about this podcast.

We discuss:

  • why Steve launched Feature Upvote when he already had a successful product.
  • doing things differently the second time around.
  • the beauty of “expansion revenue”.
  • B2C vs B2B (spoiler alert: B2B has a whole lot of advantages).
  • the Bootstrapped podcast 10 episodes into its new iteration.

#113: “The idea of public speaking fills me with unspeakable terror”, featuring Craig Hewitt

We discuss how you can become a speaker at events, and whether this is a viable way to raise awareness of your product and services.

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