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 MRR.
- At that stage, he's in the "almost but not yet."
- You're either:
- Brainstorming how to make money faster
- Brainstorming how to work less
- Different stages:
- Pre-launch stage: you're working on your product on the side. It's fun! There's nothing stealing your time and attention because you don't have customers yet.
- The beta stage: still pretty fun! You have a few customers who are using your product, and maybe paying you money.
- The "launched" stage: now, you have way more users. Now you're doing way more customer support, responding to feature requests.
- How much did we work when we were building Transistor?
- Jon figures we spent 45 to 60 hours a week (each).
Jason Calacanis’ tweet: "It takes 100 hours per week to build a business!"
- “Good businesses have margin."
- Josh Wood: "At Honeybadger, we work 30 hours per week."
- Margin gives you the opportunity, as a founder, to live beyond your keyboard. To engage with the world.
- Sandy Hudson (Sandra & Nora podcast): "The quarantine gave people the time and space to wrestle with the current moment."
- The Dept of Veteran Affairs
- "As your little baby Rails app grows up, you can't just run everything on the same service."
- "The whole internet is just patchwork of pipes and duct tape."
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- Cloud base accounting software and services for non-accountants. This used to be owned by Allan Branch (Paul Kogan owns it now). It’s specifically designed for small businesses with 1-25 employees and contractors
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