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Build Your SaaS

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Follow the story of Transistor.fm as they bootstrap a podcast hosting startup.

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The gang goes to Montréal

October 18th, 2022

46:36

The whole Transistor team got together for a retreat in Montréal. Jon, Justin, Helen, and Jason chat about the experience.

  • (00:00) - Introduction

Jon & Justin reveal everything (part 2)

August 16th, 2022

36:05

It's the fourth anniversary of Transistor's public launch! This is part 2 of "Jon and Justin answer your questions."

  • (00:37) - When did you start …

Jon & Justin reveal everything (part 1)

August 10th, 2022

59:50

It's the fourth anniversary of Transistor's public launch! In this two-part series, Jon and Justin answer your questions.

  • 01:22 - Our history
  • 14:51 - …

Bootstrapping in France (Baptiste Jamin from Crisp)

July 12th, 2022

1:07:37

Baptiste Jamin co-founded Crisp with a friend he met in high school.

Highlights (go straight to 🔥 for the best stuff):

  • 1:42 – Crisp competes with …

What's it like getting acquired by Spotify? (Dave Zohrob from Chartable)

June 14th, 2022

56:26

Dave Zohrob is the co-founder of Chartable (a podcast analytics startup), talks about selling his company to Spotify in February 2022.

Highlights (go …

Patrick Campbell: why ProfitWell sold to Paddle for $200M

May 31st, 2022

1:09:39

Patrick Campbell just sold his startup, ProfitWell, to Paddle for $200 million.

Highlights (go straight to 🔥 for the best stuff):

  • 0:00 – "My problem …

Going from $0 to $2 million in ARR in 7 years (the Missive story)

April 26th, 2022

1:00:54

Philippe Lehoux and his two co-founders started working on Missive around 2015, and just passed $2 million in annual recurring revenue.

  • 0:00 – …

Taylor Otwell: the business of Laravel in 2022

April 5th, 2022

52:29

Taylor Otwell, is the founder of Laravel, a programming framework for PHP. But he's also one of the most successful indie SaaS operators I know. In …

Why Customer Support = Startup Success

March 22nd, 2022

49:06

Helen and Justin talk about the importance of customer support for indie SaaS companies.

  • 1:08 The hardest part about podcasting is doing it every week

What's it really like to work at Transistor?

March 15th, 2022

44:05

Helen, Jason, Jon, Justin, all squeezed into the podcasting closet to make an episode

  • 0:55 Jason's first podcast ever
  • 1:12 Helen's been on other …

Founders' retreat

January 18th, 2022

19:42

Jon and Justin recorded this episode sitting on the same couch!

Reflecting on 2021

December 24th, 2021

57:53

Jon and Justin reflect on 2021 and get excited about 2022:

Brian Casel, of Bootstrapped Web, chats about his new app

December 7th, 2021

1:26:52

In this guest episode, Justin chats with Brian Casel.

What should we talk about next?

What does my daughter think of the podcast industry?

November 26th, 2021

29:13

In this bonus episode, Justin interviews his 18-year-old daughter, Sadie, about:

A few questions

October 12th, 2021

51:55

This week Jon and Justin discussed:

Why should we care about our customers' feelings?

September 7th, 2021

1:08:19

This week Justin chats with Michele Hansen, founder of Geocodio. I got fired up about interviewing customers! 

This is a big step for us

August 17th, 2021

51:26

This week Jon and Justin discussed:

Is venture capital bad?

August 3rd, 2021

1:04:09

This week Spencer Fry, founder of Podia.com, joins Justin Jackson to talk about venture capital and bootstrapping.

Basecamp | Hiring | How to have a calm company

May 4th, 2021

49:00

This week Jon and Justin discussed:

A good business will change your life (for real)

April 6th, 2021

49:53

This we, we chatted about:

We're doing this and it's weird

January 26th, 2021

38:36

Real humans making a business together:

  • Taking the leap
  • Why is Justin jealous of Ben?
  • Pros and cons of building a remote company in 2021
  • Limited …

Podcast companies losing money?

January 19th, 2021

44:56

Jon's back! He and Justin share their feelings/thoughts about the new year:

  • Closing the door on the past
  • Exciting revenue milestone
  • Podcast companies …

Jason Fried – you can't control the market

December 29th, 2020

54:27

This week, Justin and Jason discuss the dynamics of market demand.

What should we talk about next?

What happened after Simon went full time on his SaaS?

December 15th, 2020

53:40

This week, Justin catches up with Simon Bennett of Snapshooter:

  • Every once in a while, we highlight one of our listeners who are building their own …

Landsman on software

November 17th, 2020

47:35

Justin is joined by everybody's favorite Twitter Uncle: Ian Landsman (founder of HelpSpot).

  • Ian's encounter with his internet hero Joel Spolsky
  • Do …

How fragile is the prosumer SaaS market?

November 10th, 2020

30:25

We're back! 

  • Justin's voice sounds terrible (sorry!)
  • When is the next wave of economic despair going to happen?
  • The maker/creator market is on 🔥 …

What it takes to launch a SaaS

September 22nd, 2020

1:09:47

We have a bonus episode for you this week!

THE FEAR

September 15th, 2020

40:51

Jon and Justin talk about "optionality" in bootstrapping. (Justin is concerned, Jon thinks we should just enjoy the moment).

  • DHH: "Part of what gave …

Do you really need to build an audience?

September 8th, 2020

1:22:14

Late-summer update! This week on the program, we bring you a super spicy interview that Justin did on the TechZing podcast.

  • Do you really need to …

Break out

August 4th, 2020

46:41

Mid-summer update! This week on the program, Justin and Jon talk about:

  • If you're bootstrapping SaaS, how many monthly trials do you need?
  • Tweet: …

Talking about an acquisition

June 30th, 2020

52:40

This week on the program, Justin and Jon talk about:

  • Updates on Transistor: new API is almost done, static site generator, growth slowed in June?

It's just too much

June 16th, 2020

39:56

This week on the program, Justin and Jon talk about:

  • A friend, whose SaaS has grown 300% since the beginning of the quarantine. They just hit $6k in …

Waking up

June 9th, 2020

26:27

Structural racism affects every part of the economic system. It affects bootstrappers too! It defines:

  • Who we hire
  • Who we invest in
  • Who we promote

Why there's no episode today

May 26th, 2020

4:15

👋 Justin here. This episode is to let you know why there's no episode today. (I've had a few DMs from folks that were worried!)

We're good; we had …

Building software for 2030

May 19th, 2020

46:24

This week on the program, Justin and Jon talk about:

  • The new Transistor UI, and how folks are responding to it.
  • "Damn the torpedoes!" – seeing if our …

Simon is going full-time

May 13th, 2020

57:04

This week on the program:

  • As requested, we're going to start highlighting our listeners who are building their own SaaS.
  • This week: Simon Bennett, a …

They stole our idea!

May 5th, 2020

49:02

Justin and Jon have the giggles.

  • People in tech get bent out of shape about who owns certain ideas, UI patterns, business models.
    • “They ripped off my …

Starting over again on our SaaS

April 28th, 2020

59:14

Justin and Justin talk about where they're at.

What should we build next?

April 21st, 2020

49:29

This week on the show:

  • Jon baked bread. Got some sunshine. Avoiding social media, the other disease
  • Justin WAS ON SOCIAL MEDIA. 
    • Read this Andreesen …

How coronavirus is impacting revenue

April 14th, 2020

1:03:01

This week, Justin called up Josh Pigford, founder of Baremetrics:

  • Baremetrics does analytics for SaaS companies
  • I called him up just to get a sense …

Giuuuuuuuunta

April 7th, 2020

1:16:20

Today, we are joined by a very special guest: Dave Giunta! 

Pants-driven development

March 31st, 2020

44:23

Jon and Justin, still making sense of life (and business) in a pandemic:

You can reply to this …

How are founders handling the pandemic?

March 24th, 2020

44:46

Jon and Justin are hunkered down, and reeling from COVID-19:

  • This is moving fast, so this podcast might already be out-of-date.
  • Difference between …

Maybe you shouldn't start a software company

March 17th, 2020

52:24

This week, Justin is joined by Marie Poulin, co-founder of Oki Doki. They discuss:

  • 3:40 – "I used to be in the 'Ra Ra! Everyone should build a web …

All that he wants

March 10th, 2020

45:38

This week, Jon and Justin celebrate 100 episodes:

  • Jon was on the Cody Story podcast awhile back.
  • Justin, on the other hand, loves writing …

Should you start a startup with your spouse?

March 3rd, 2020

52:37

This week, Justin is joined by Michele Hansen (co-founder of Geocodio). We explore a bunch of questions:

  • What it's like to bootstrap with your spouse

What's driving you now?

February 25th, 2020

59:17

This week, Justin is joined by Ward Sandler from MemberSpace (launched in 2015). We explore a bunch of questions:

  • How do you find a cofounder?
  • Ward …

Clearing the air

February 18th, 2020

40:24

This week, Jon and Justin discuss:

  • Justin's office is under construction 🛠️.
  • How to talk about things that are hard.
  • A review exercise from the …

Anxiety about what might happen with the business

February 11th, 2020

36:06

This week, Jon and Justin discuss:

  • What makes a good podcast for product people?
  • New American Dream: building, owning, selling a SaaS (Tyler Tringas)

A cloudy feeling of dread

February 4th, 2020

31:33

This week, Jon and Justin discuss:

  • Repeating calendar item: "Jan 5th, GTFO."
  • How are you doing with the winter blue?
  • The Transistor Volkswagen bus, …

Who gets paid, and who doesn't?

January 28th, 2020

41:01

Jon is back! This week, we discuss:

What's your sustainable competitive advantage?

January 21st, 2020

1:12:19

Justin is interviewed by Nathan Baschez to talk about business strategy:

"Every strategy is really just a theory: “We bet if we do x, then y will happen. In business, the 'y' that people are usually aiming for is some …

The challenges of being in (the wrong) business

January 14th, 2020

51:42

Justin is joined by podcast producer Chris Enns to talk about:

  • How do you get Alexis Ohanian (cofounder of Reddit, married to Serena Williams) as a …

What happens tomorrow?

December 31st, 2019

15:28

Justin does a solo New Year's Eve episode where he shares:

  • Then (Jan 1, 2019) vs now (Jan 1, 2020)
  • Justin's tweet: "Going all-in on Transistor in …

A Christmas Eve SEO scare

December 24th, 2019

38:55

Justin and Jon talk about:

  • What's happened this year.
  • "You shouldn't be worried about that, but you should be worried about THIS."
  • The SaaS gold …

Should you build an audience first?

December 17th, 2019

42:31

Justin is interviewed by Noah and Ben from the Product Journey podcast:

  • Should you build an audience first?
  • Why finding the right market is the first …

How did we do on last year's predictions?

December 10th, 2019

44:40

Jon and Justin talk about:

  • The new corporate condo in the french alps,
  • Crazy to think about where we were last year when we recorded this episode.

What should we do in 2020?

December 3rd, 2019

38:44

Jon and Justin talk about:

  • American Thanksgiving
  • Is it better for a product to be simple?
  • The benefits of having a "smaller menu."
  • Why we started a …

Why we stopped sharing our revenue numbers

November 26th, 2019

40:11

Jon and Justin talk about:

  • New albums from DJ Shadow and Beck
  • Why we aren't sharing our revenue metrics publicly anymore
  • "Sometimes, you can worry …

Throwing computers off a tall building

November 19th, 2019

41:55

Jon and Justin talk about:

  • A stressful Rails 6 upgrade (and how it broke the app).
  • We often use data to make decisions, but we don't often examine …

Why did this take so long?

November 12th, 2019

41:14

Jon and Justin talk about:

  • The launch of the new marketing site: transistor.fm
  • Built using Statamic CMS and with Tailwind CSS
  • Got tons of help from …

Desktop life

November 5th, 2019

42:37

What's new with the Transistor team?

  • Justin has a Halloween candy hangover.
  • Desktops vs laptops for dev work.
  • Transitioning from your personal …

Limitless growth!

October 29th, 2019

56:01

This is a heavy one! Let us know at @buildyoursaas if you listen to the whole thing.

  • On a micro-scale many folks believe "how much MRR is enough?" is …

"Launched" with quotation marks

October 22nd, 2019

44:03

We shipped our new feature!

  • American Express called Justin twice at 5am
  • The new enhanced podcasts feed is live.
  • Pete Marcano: “I’ll be honest, when I …

What's threatening our business?

October 15th, 2019

55:04

Jon and Justin talk turkey:

  • "I'm not used to all this attention. it’s weird. not bad, just…not used to it."
  • "If you're doing anything interesting out …

$30k in MRR – how does this feel?

October 8th, 2019

51:49

Jon and Justin have a bunch of hot topics this week:

  • Podcast advertising, user tracking, turning away customers?
  • Basecamp switched their podcast …

How do you even sleep at night?

October 1st, 2019

47:05

Sleep. We never get enough:

  • Justin consistently wakes up between 2am-4am and can’t get back to sleep.
  • Jon woke up at 4am. Often reports bad sleeps.

Bootstrapping loneliness

September 24th, 2019

38:33

Jon and Justin discuss a variety of things. Warning: Justin says the f-word twice.

  • 80s trampolines
  • Jon's new microphone: mic + pop filter = $65 USD

Is it a good idea to be a transparent startup?

September 17th, 2019

45:14

Jon and Justin discuss:

  • Good mics for podcasters. Justin recommends the Samson Q2U and the ATR2100. Make sure you get a pop filter!
  • Starting our …

How much MRR is enough?

September 10th, 2019

45:03

This week Jon and Justin answer a few questions:

  • From Jason Zook: "How much MRR is enough for Transistor?"
  • From Yaz: "What do you think of this new …

Change is in the air

September 3rd, 2019

48:10

Hear what's new from Jon and Justin on their bootstrapping journey:

  • Nothing like throwing yourself down a mountain when you're tired
  • We're seeing a …

The constant feature release cycle

August 27th, 2019

41:49

Jon and Justin share their SaaS journey:

  • "There's so many great feature ideas, but we can't do them all."
  • Jon's wondering about the constant feature …

WHO DELETED MY CODE?!?!

August 20th, 2019

45:23

Jon and Justin are tracking a bunch of stuff this week:

  • We're moving from WordPress to Statamic CMS
  • "I had no idea how to set up PHP on my laptop."

How we're Shaping Up

August 13th, 2019

36:53

Justin and Jon have started the process of implementing Shape Up.

  • Lots of folks feel like it’d be hard to implement in their team
    • "This would be hard …

Jason Fried wants to delete our backlog

August 6th, 2019

51:00

Justin and Jon are joined by Jason Fried to talk about:

  • The philosophy behind their new book Shape Up.
  • Does Basecamp's approach to 6-week cycles …

No sleep 'till Brooklyn (what we learned in New York)

July 30th, 2019

50:40

Big week. Justin was in New York and Jon found an office!

  • Justin lost his voice.
  • Jon doesn't work from home or coffee shops anymore.
  • Jon found an …

Once you launch, you're immediately behind

July 23rd, 2019

44:22

Justin and Jon are starting to feel that stress.

  • We start with an unscripted bit.
  • Our backlog and todo list are still stressing us out.
  • We want to …

Your backlog is making me thirsty

July 16th, 2019

45:59

Justin and Jon dive into the growing backlog of features, bugs and tasks, and talk about how they might better manage it as a two-person team. A big …

What if there's an accident?

July 9th, 2019

54:08

Now, Justin and Jon share are both focused full-time on Transistor. This week they discuss: 

  • Emotionally processing what it's like leaving a …

Jon's big announcement

July 2nd, 2019

48:39

Jon had some personal news for Justin this week. This week they discuss:

  • What does this mean for the product?
  • What does this mean for us as a team?

★ …

I want to work at Transistor.fm

June 25th, 2019

44:00

Jon is away, so Justin is tackling these questions:

  • "When you were early on and desperate, were you tempted to take investor money?"
  • "How do you …

We took funding (from our customers)

June 18th, 2019

47:33

This week, Jon and Justin talk about new developments with Transistor:

  • We've taken over $100,000 in funding (from our customers!)
  • We harken back to

"I can't believe you're using that in production"

June 11th, 2019

46:30

More honest updates from Jon and Justin on what it's like to be building Transistor.fm:

  • People can't believe that we're using this in production.
  • Why …

How big of a market should you target?

June 4th, 2019

49:49

Jon and Justin share some honest updates about as they continue to build their SaaS (Transistor.fm):

  • Justin swears in this episode.
  • We're half way …

Four different git branches in various unfinished states

May 28th, 2019

46:17

Jon and Justin share some honest updates about as they continue to build their SaaS (Transistor.fm):

  • Jon asks: "how do you prioritize with limited …

You can't put me in a box

May 21st, 2019

36:42

Happy Two-Four ya hosers! After a Canadian long weekend, Jon and Justin convene to talk about:

Wrestling with our company's growth

May 14th, 2019

44:18

Jon and Justin are wrestling with thoughts about growth:

  • "Our current rate of growth is nice: it feels sustainable." – Justin
  • "It feels less …

Burn it all to the ground

May 7th, 2019

49:36

Jon and Justin are back from Portland and wrestling with ideas, bots, and CMSes:

  • Justin's spouse wants to know why we wouldn't sell for $5 million …

Keeping the dream alive in Portland

April 30th, 2019

37:56

Jon and Justin do a founder retreat in Portland with Darby Frey and Shay Howe (Lead Honestly). We hashed out some ideas for:

  • How do you start …

The "charge more" debate

April 23rd, 2019

59:32

If you're struggling with pricing your app, listen to this episode! Ben Orenstein, Jordan Gal, Patrick Campbell, and I discussed whether "charge …

Taylor Otwell: "PHP (and a cheap laptop) changed my life"

April 16th, 2019

57:47

Jon is away so Justin called up Taylor Otwell, the creator of Laravel. In this episode we covered:

  • How Laravel become the most popular backend …

The market for your startup matters

April 9th, 2019

47:19

Jon's away! Today I talked to Spencer Fry, from Podia about:

  • How do you find a good startup idea?
  • What are the worst types of companies to start?

When should bootstrappers get paid?

April 2nd, 2019

45:57

Recorded on April fools day! Here's what we covered:

  • If you're bootstrapping, when should you get a salary?
  • An update on the worst day ever. (We're …

Worst day ever

March 26th, 2019

51:45

On Sunday, we had a service outage. Jon and Justin talk about what happened:

  • TLS / SSL day of horror
  • Sunday morning Justin started getting messages …

Pro athletes are mocking me on the internet

March 19th, 2019

49:14

Lots of interesting items this week:

  • Justin got a personal message from an NFL player
  • Jon moved everyone over to the new CDN
  • Podcasting has a lot of …

Do startups need specialists or generalists?

March 12th, 2019

46:27

Good stuff this week:

  • Justin wants to know: when's the last time you changed your business' homepage?
  • Jon does a deep dive into Apple's podcasting …

Full-on sweatpants mode

March 5th, 2019

47:15

Good stuff this week:

  • Jon ran into Myke Hurley at the Cards Against Humanity office.
  • Whether you should work from home or the office.
  • Spotify …

Did we solve our bandwidth cost crisis?

February 26th, 2019

44:46

Jon and Justin share their progress on:

  • The bandwidth / CDN cost problem (and how it might affect our profitability).
  • Marco Arment: "It would cost …

Counting beans and getting hit by a bus

February 19th, 2019

49:09

This week, Jon and Justin are wrestling with some heavy startup founder topics:

  • What should your SaaS company's gross margins be?
  • How much is …

Is this the best time to start a podcasting startup?

February 13th, 2019

51:54

Dave Zohrob, the CEO of Chartable, chats with Justin about bootstrapping a startup in the podcast space. We cover:

  • Why Jon and Justin started …

Getting real: sharing our founder struggles

February 5th, 2019

43:51

In this episode:

  • Jon and Justin open up about the challenges of bootstrapping "on the side." 
  • How things have gotten harder (in some ways) now that …

How to grow your audience

January 29th, 2019

42:59

In this episode, Jon and Justin discuss the golden rule for growing your audience. This could mean:

  • How to get more paying customers for your …

Should startups worry about their competition?

January 22nd, 2019

44:48

In this episode Jon and Justin discuss talk about how you should think about your software product's competition.

Why you shouldn’t focus on the …

Marketing tactics for your SaaS: how to get the word out

January 15th, 2019

34:03

We received some product marketing questions from Nirav Mehta: 

  • How to get the word out about your SaaS?
  • Should you pursue partnerships?
  • How can you …

Our predictions for 2019

January 8th, 2019

59:02

Jon Buda and Justin Jackson make predictions for the tech industry, the podcasting space, and the startup ecosystem.

Predictions for 2019

  • There will …

How to find the right customers for your software business

December 19th, 2018

32:25

In this episode, we talk about the different types of customers for a SaaS:

  • B to C: selling to consumers. Here, we'd think of products and services …

Let's chat about the podcast industry

December 13th, 2018

43:22

Justin gets interviewed by Harry Duran on the Podcast Junkies show, and answers questions about:

  • Is podcasting really having it's moment now?
  • Is now …

Why does Jon need a co-founder?

December 5th, 2018

43:09

In this episode Jon talks about why he decided to partner with Justin (even though he'd already built the product).

★ Thanks to our two sponsors:

How did you split equity in Transistor?

November 27th, 2018

21:05

How did you split equity in Transistor? How do I start a podcast? How do you say Adam's name?

★ Thanks to our sponsor: podcastinsights.com

If you want to get into podcasting, check out Podcast Insights. They’re a great …

Interesting ways you can use a podcast

November 20th, 2018

46:11

Why do you want to start a podcast?

Insulating our recording studio with dollar bills

November 13th, 2018

40:58

Jon and Justin respond to the new funding options available for bootstrappers, mainly Earnest Capital.

The GP, Tyler Tringas, told us what types of …

There's a new funding option for bootstrapped founders

November 6th, 2018

48:18

Tyler Tringas recently announced Earnest Capital; a new way for bootstrappers to raise money for their startups. 


Should Jon and Justin consider this …

Your startup's expenses are too high

October 30th, 2018

57:33

How much does it cost to run a SaaS in 2018? We take a look at our bootstrap expenses.

Every business accrues monthly expenses. The danger? Business owners can get in the habit of spending money, believing that "you …

How'd you get into computers? (Apple II, PC clones, BBSes, CYBERSPACE)

October 23rd, 2018

1:13:20

If you used computers in the 80s and 90s you're going to love this episode.

  • Apple IIe in the school computer lab
  • The original Macintosh
  • "I wanted an …

You forgot $20,000 in your snowboard pocket

October 10th, 2018

59:09

Here we are at episode 30! Just found this old 2012 interview with the founder of MailChimp, before they became a $4.2 billion company. This quotes …

You drew a prototype on that napkin from Portland

October 2nd, 2018

50:51

After one failed attempt, we're back with a new episode. Sorry it's late!

"We, as the customer, are paying people who make apps so that their good …

What's the most important metric for a web app?

September 25th, 2018

46:59

What do you think?

We have some explaining to do

September 18th, 2018

45:48

Jon and Justin are back from Portland and the XOXO festival.

In the last few weeks we've had a chance to interact with many of our customers in-person:

Your revenue forecast is wrong

August 28th, 2018

46:23

What does "bootstrapping" mean really?

For most folks, bootstrapping means self-funding your business from revenues. It means not taking Venture …

The problem with podcasts

August 21st, 2018

53:52

Nick Quah shared this in his recent newsletter, commenting about podcasts:

[I have] this feeling that everybody’s drilling for oil in the same spot because some other guy found oil there already.


Nick thinks podcasters …

What's a good conversion rate for a web app?

August 14th, 2018

31:03

SaaS conversation rate cheatsheet:

Credit card upfront:

  • Visitor to trial: 0.75% - 1%
  • Trial to paid: 40% - 60%

No credit card upfront:

  • Visitor to …

Launch week hangover

August 7th, 2018

28:28

What do you think?

The opposite of bored money

July 24th, 2018

9:58

In 2013, I interviewed Jason Calacanis, the angel investor.

One of the things I asked him: "Why do venture capital investors take these big risks with their money?" 

"There's a lot of money in the world. There are …

Startup advice from Justin Kan, Stephanie Hulburt, and Naval

July 17th, 2018

30:26

Three tweets Tuesday

Justin Kan


"B2C is a gamble while B2B is (more) within your control."


Stephanie Hulburt


"We have a philosophy of “no hard sells” …

Meet me in Chicago

July 10th, 2018

36:34

How to build anticipation for your product launch

  • Have a mailing list! Email them consistently during development.
  • The week of launch you should send …

I see Spots

July 3rd, 2018

42:10

Show notes:

SaaS pricing advice from Rob Walling and Patrick Campbell

June 5th, 2018

48:48

Jon and Justin are probably 1-2 months away from the launch of Transistor.fm. That means we need to figure out pricing.

“In your early stage two things are essential: your customer focus, and your value metric. If you …

What does Nathan Barry think of podcast hosting pricing?

May 29th, 2018

11:31

Today's show is not a full episode!

Jon and I have been busy with our day jobs, plus Memorial Day, and didn't have time to record a show.

But, to be …

How should we price our SaaS?

May 22nd, 2018

57:49

We're hoping to launch Transistor officially in July 2018.

And that means we need to figure out a pricing strategy. What types of tiers and plans …

Should we make our revenue numbers public?

May 15th, 2018

46:57

How transparent of a startup do we want to be?

There's an app called Buffer that really kickstarted the "radical transparency" movement with startups. Over time, they've revealed almost everything: how much their …

How to validate your product idea

May 8th, 2018

38:21

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Jon is busy launching our new podcast analytics feature, so this episode features Justin's talk from MicroConf 2018 in Las Vegas.

You need more than product/market fit. You need alignment …

How to organize your time when your startup is your side-hustle

April 24th, 2018

49:06

What’s been happening?

  • New iTunes review from Shane Smith in Australia: "Keep up the great work. Love hearing the behind-the-scenes part of setting …

Startup money

April 17th, 2018

49:08

Recent news

We need to talk

April 10th, 2018

37:54

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 …

My teenager wants to play Dungeons & Dragons

April 3rd, 2018

52:42

Jon and Justin discuss "Why did we choose podcasting? And why now?" Picking the right idea, the right market, and having the right timing is crucial.

Six screens and a power glove

March 27th, 2018

57:07

This episode is sponsored by Bullet Train. If you’re building a SaaS in Ruby on Rails stop what you’re doing right now, and visit BulletTrain.co.

You …

What are you scared of?

March 20th, 2018

45:11

News


  • We’ve opened up early access! We’ve been inviting people by email.
  • We currently have 15 shows on our platform. In four months, we’ve served …

I want Castle Grayskull

March 13th, 2018

34:21

A story

In 1999, Basecamp started a blog called Signal vs Noise, which they billed as “Strong opinions and shared thoughts on design, business, and tech.”

It had a huge impact on their business. By 2009, over 100,000 …

How to find a cofounder (our story)

March 6th, 2018

37:54

Who are we?

Jon is a Web Designer and Developer in Chicago. Justin is a Product Manager and Podcaster from Canada. 


How did we meet?

We met in 2014 at XOXO in Portland. At the end of the festival, we said to each other: …

What does it take to build a SaaS these days?

February 17th, 2018

5:44

Jon Buda and Justin Jackson are building and launching a new product this year called Transistor.

You can follow along as we explore this question:

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