Posts Categorized: Money

Help! My SaaS isn’t growing! +60% revenue, 1 year later…

Just about a year ago, I wrote that Freckle had hit the Plateau of Doom. We were dead in the water at $28,000 a month. We’d grow a little… then shrink a little, grow a little, shrink a little… for months at a time. Why? y=mx+b. Growth (new accounts) is pretty much linear, a reliable… Read more »

Validation is backwards

If Startuplandia had a bible, you might guess it was The Lean Startup. And credit to Eric Ries where credit is due – he’s managed to get the masses hooked on his book’s hopeful vocabulary: Validation, Pivots, and Minimum Viable Products, oh my. Really, Eric’s reach is tremendous: I remember when a close friend of… Read more »

4 economic facts that say “bootstrap now”

Fact: Since 1970, virtually every penny gained through productivity has ended up in the pockets of capital, rather than labor: — New York Times Fact: While profits are up 44.7%, incomes are up only 3.9% since 2007. — New York Times Fact: Tech workers are not immune. Over 1 million tech & creative workers have… Read more »

Why you have to develop an Investment Mindset

Nobody wants to fail. Not really. Sure, failure is better than not trying at all… but success is better than failure. After 4 years of teaching designers & developers to make their first product dollar, Alex and I have seen every kind of failure, from failure to start at all, to failure to pull the… Read more »

Does everyone have their price? Do I?

“Everyone has their price.” That’s the prevailing economic theory, especially in Startuplandia. That’s something I hear pretty often, an unsubtle jab — hey, you’re a person, therefore you are part of ‘everyone’, get it?? When I say I’m not at all interested in selling, they assume I’m being coy. Oh, they say. The numbers just… Read more »

Do You Deserve the Money You Earn?

You’re in a job. You’re a freelancer. You’re a consultant. Maybe you’re stuck right now, maybe you’re not stuck — you’re excited to take the next step, you just don’t know which next step that is. Well, you’re in luck, because you’re here! This is your next step: Practice thinking like an entrepreneur. That means… Read more »