28 October 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Freelance career pivot: services for SaaS businesses

I’m working on a new website, SaaS Foundry¬†(tagline: get more and better customers for your SaaS product). The idea is to write about all things important to run a SaaS business-to-business product on the blog (example: Should You Require a Credit Card Upfront for a Free Trial?), and also to use it as a portfolio [...]

Continue Reading

29 September 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Be a pitbull

Today I’ve had a conversation with a friend who’s starting a sort of online magazine with a few associates.¬† For this business, they’re sending emails to a same potential partner every day until he answers. After enough emails were sent without an answer, they ring the phone to ask for a meeting with the prospect. [...]

Continue Reading

15 September 2013 ~ 1 Comment

One year of journal writing

I started an online journal almost exactly one year ago, on september 14, 2012. Since then, I’ve written 174542 words in 198 days of writing (I haven’t written every day), which is the equivalent of 388 pages. I write on 750words.com, an online journal application. I think now new memberships are not free anymore, but [...]

Continue Reading

12 September 2013 ~ 2 Comments

A new strategy: no more random idea fishing

I left my job a few weeks ago. I have an independent income stream for almost 3 years now, but it’s drying up (150 euros/month at the moment, not exactly enough to sustain any kind of lifestyle) and I’ve changed my thinking about what I want to do. The old thinking was creating small websites [...]

Continue Reading

12 August 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Why you won’t create the new Facebook: survival bias and the availability heuristic

“It can’t be difficult to make money with making apps. All you need to do is making a 99 cents app, and even if you sell only 1 million, you’ll be rich”¬† This was word for word the conversation I had with a family member 3 years ago, when I told him I’d be making [...]

Continue Reading

16 July 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Why You May Not Need a Technical Co-Founder Now

Yesterday, I met up with two young business students with an idea looking for technical help. Sounds familiar? It’s really difficult for business founders to find developers who are willing to embark on a new project without much compensation to speak of (mandatory reading: please, please, please stop asking how to find a technical co-founder). [...]

Continue Reading

11 July 2013 ~ 6 Comments

Becoming a Freelancer (Again)

So, I’m quitting my day job (again). I’ve had the job for a little over a year, part-time. The rationale was that I could keep building products and at the same time having a paycheck. However, I’ve become less and less motivated to work at that job. It was a 100% development role and it [...]

Continue Reading

21 May 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Self-Interview: what I’ve been up to lately

I’ve recently read about “interviewing yourself” (read in mind performance hacks. Pretty good BTW, I might write an entry about it). So I just took a plunge and played the interviewer and interviewee part, to reflect on my recent professional development. It’s actually quite fun and it really forces you to think through what’s in [...]

Continue Reading

23 March 2013 ~ 0 Comments

When does preparation become procrastination?

“I need to do more preparation before I start”. Is it something holding you back? Are you spending way too much time on getting ready instead of getting started? I know that’s something holding me back. Watch out for preparation as procrastination When people ask me about my personal projects these days, I usually answer [...]

Continue Reading

13 March 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Minimal Valuable Experiments

A cofounder left not too long ago. At his farewell dinner, he said something about minimal products that stuck with me: “We have made many mistakes, one of which was to build a full-featured product to solve a need that we thought was important. Instead we could have done a small manual prototype, and verify [...]

Continue Reading