I come from a background in Engineering - a Diploma in Engineering Design and Technology, and a Degree in Mechanical Systems Engineering. I worked for Tesla at Gigafactory 1 (Reno, Nevada) during the launch of the Model 3 on the Manufacturing Engineering team. I've been involved with many engineering projects over the years, ranging from programming, mechanical design, prototyping, and more. A few years ago, I decided I wanted to build SaaS. With my experience in prototyping, I knew to start small and focused - so I started out by developing a micro-SaaS application for Amazon Sellers. People loved it - and because of my technical experience, I did a lot of things right. But the problem was, I'm not an Amazon Agency, Consultant, or Coach. So I couldn't really grow the software or the services on the business side. So I took on an Amazon Agency as a client, and I built the software for them. They handle the marketing and audience building side of things, while I handle the technical side. It was a perfect match. We launched the product to their market on time, and on budget. We presented it to their existing audience, started gathering feedback, and built a community where they could not only evolve the SaaS towards product/market fit, but sell their existing services too. That's when I had my first realization; that founders, consultants, coaches, and experts are in an amazing position to offer a SaaS product to their market - but they often lack the technical experience to pull it off. Which leads to the ugly side of this story. This Amazon Agency had projects with another developer that had been going on for years, without a single launch. Missed deadlines, buggy code, sub-par quality, unvalidated demand - you name it. These are smart people. They had been successful in other types of business - but SaaS is a different beast. The developer they hired gave them no guidance, and just built whatever they wanted (badly). Because the truth is that development is only 10% of the challenge - and the business is the other 90%.
Welcome to the community! Our goal is to provide a space where members can come together to discuss and collaborate on all aspects of running a successful SaaS business. This includes, but is not limited to: - Conducting market research and validating product ideas - Defining the scope and objectives of your product - Developing an MVP and iterating to achieve product/market fit - Hiring and managing freelancers - Scaling your business - AI and Machine Learning in SaaS, and more. To kick things off, I'd love for you to introduce yourself to the community. Tell us about yourself - your name, where you're from, and why you're interested in being a part of this community. Share any relevant experiences or questions you have, and we'll do our best to provide helpful responses. Please note, we do have some guidelines for this community, which are pretty simple: - Be respectful - No DM spam - No selling If anyone DM's you trying to sell something - please let me know and I'll boot them from the group. Let's work together to make this a positive and informative space for everyone.
We have over 170 people now in this group, and it's made up of founders, entrepreneurs, coaches, developers, and all kinds of people with valuable experience. Quality is always better than quantity, and it's clear to me that we have quality. That's where the real value of this group is - it's the people in it. I don't think you joined to just read my posts - I think you came because you want to take action, and are looking to have a real conversation about how to get things done. That's who these weekly calls are for. I chose 1PM EST as the time - but this may be adjusted based on what works for the most people. There's no such thing as a perfect time to start, so let's just get started.
When you joined this group, the goal for many of you was to build and launch your own SaaS product. I share that same ambition, but speaking with you in the weekly calls has lead me to a realization. My success in SaaS wasn't found in creating my own product; but by creating the products and services that clients desire. A Shift in Our Journey Together: We're now embracing a slightly different, yet very powerful path - building a high-ticket development agency, mastering client acquisition, project management, and providing top-notch technical consulting. Why This Matters My own success has stemmed not from launching individual SaaS products, but from building custom solutions for clients and diving deep into technical consulting. This is where I, and many other successful agencies, have struck gold. Selling the Shovel In this era of a SaaS 'gold rush,' while many chase the dream of creating the next big SaaS, agencies have found success in providing the development – the 'shovel.' In any gold rush, those supplying the tools often reap the greatest rewards. Introducing a SaaS Agency Guide To complement our new direction, I'm developing a live, evolving SaaS Agency guide. This resource will grow in real-time, capturing the latest insights from our experiences. It's not just a guide; it's a shared journey of discovery and growth. What This Means for You Our guide will dive into this philosophy, teaching you how to be the indispensable provider in this tech era. We'll cover everything from client acquisition to high-value technical consulting – the skills that make you indispensable in the tech gold rush. Building for Today, Preparing for Tomorrow While our current focus is on client-based project delivery and consulting, the foundational skills you'll acquire here lay the groundwork for any future tech endeavors, including launching your own SaaS. Your Role in Shaping Our Guide Your engagement, feedback, and perspectives are crucial. This guide is a collaborative creation, shaped by our collective insights and experiences.
Preparation is your greatest leverage in lowering cost. I provide a full breakdown (using ChatGPT and my experience) of exactly what I want the designer to do, down to the order of the sections and the copy within it. That is less work and headache for the designer, and so you can negotiate lower prices. With that visual design, you give the full layout to the developer, which answers a ton of questions and makes it a more desirable project to work on, which again allows you to negotiate lower prices. I do this everytime I outsource work. By doing things in this way, the people you are hiring enjoy working with you because you are very clear and give them everything they need upfront, so it is less headache for them, and that is leverage in negotiations for you.
Hi Everyone, I'm Rene Tatua, the founder of Matchkraft, a SaaS platform. Over the past 3 years, I've dedicated myself to developing this SaaS, despite my initial lack of knowledge in the industry. My determination has driven me forward, and I've expanded the platform over time. Although I initially began with an idea that addressed a necessary gap, I soon realized that the market demand was limited. To increase the likelihood of success, I diversified the offerings within my SaaS. Every month, I'm seeing positive progress. Financially, I'm currently covering only server costs and some beer money. I want to get better at what I do and offer more services that fit with my SaaS. I like taking the lead in sharing what I know with others in the SaaS community. If you've got any questions, feel free to ask me anything. Speaking of which, I'm actively seeking input on my pricing strategy. The current model involves a one-time fee rather than a recurring monthly charge. Gathering feedback is paramount, and I'm particularly interested in refining this aspect. You can find the current pricing details for my SaaS here: Matchkraft Pricing. Running a SaaS has proven challenging, yet I'm resolute in my dedication to continue this journey and adapt as needed. Thanks everyone. I am here to contribute!! So, in the future I will publish some tips and tricks that I had learned hehe.
I’ve just dropped a new video that's all about how I use ChatGPT to create a design outline for my SaaS landing page, and hire a great designer on Fiverr who will bring that outline to life. Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to revamp your existing site, this video is packed with actionable tips on bringing your idea to life as quickly as possible. Don't forget to like, share, and comment with your thoughts – your feedback is what fuels this journey!
I'm excited to share a special video with you all. It's a behind-the-scenes look at an app I'm developing with Danny Mallinder. These videos are going to be a progress update, and also a roadmap for anyone embarking on their own app development journey. We are starting from zero here and need to move quick. Dive in to discover my strategies, insights, and the steps we're taking to turn this vision into reality!
Before you ship something, everyone talks about how long it is taking. After you ship, no one will remember how long it took - all that will matter is how good it is. There is always tension between speed and quality - but ultimately, you need to care about how good the product you are building is.
Discover the fascinating journey behind Matchkraft, a super-smart cloud tool featured on Hacker Noon. This cool software, created by a clever mind, uses fancy algorithms to make digital marketing tasks super easy. Imagine it like a digital helper doing all the hard work for you! The article spills the beans on how Matchkraft isn't just a regular tool; it's the secret sauce behind a nifty beer money machine. So, if you've ever wondered how technology can turn into money, this story spills all the deets. It's like having a magic wand for your online marketing dreams! 🚀🍻 #MatchkraftMagic #BeerMoneyFun https://hackernoon.com/how-i-created-a-beer-money-saashttps://hackernoon.com/how-i-created-a-beer-money-saas
A bombshell with OpenAI's latest innovation - GPT-4 Turbo! This isn't just another AI update; it's a game-changer for SEO. 🤯💥 https://www.engadget.com/gpt-4-turbo-is-openais-most-powerful-large-language-model-yet-211956553.html 📈 Turbocharge Your SEO: GPT-4 Turbo is now 1/3rd the price, making it cheaper, faster, and capable of handling prompts as extensive as an entire book. Imagine the SEO possibilities! 📚✨ 💻 Unleash the Assistants API: Developers, get ready for the Assistants API for Code Interpreter and Retrieval. Automation, optimization, and efficiency are just around the corner. AI is now your SEO sidekick! 💪🤖 🌐 Updated Knowledge Cutoff: GPT-4 Turbo's knowledge extends until April 2023. No more relying on outdated information. Stay ahead of the SEO game with real-time insights. 📅📊 👁 Vision and Voice APIs: New GPT-4 Turbo Vision and Dall-E 3 APIs and a text-to-speech API with realistic voices are in the arsenal. Elevate your SEO content with visuals and audio. It's all about user engagement! 📸🔊 💬 Whisper V3 Model: The Whisper V3 model is on the horizon, and with it comes a new era of SEO strategies. Conversational AI for SEO content? You better believe it! 🗣🤩 💸 Slashed Rate Limits: Reduced rate limits translate to more cost-effective development. Maximize your SEO efforts without breaking the bank. 💰💼 🚀 GPT Builder for Customization: The new GPT Builder, available for Plus and Enterprise users, is set to revolutionize SEO. Customize and share your AI assistants with natural language. SEO ideas come to life! 💡🔗 🌟 Marketplace for GPTs: The GPT Builder will evolve into a marketplace to buy and sell GPTs. SEO enthusiasts, this is your opportunity to explore the endless possibilities. Get creative! 💰🌐 🧠 Unmatched Context Window: The GPT-4 Turbo boasts an incredible context window, surpassing its peers. SEO, meet your new genius assistant! 🧐🔍 OpenAI's GPT-4 Turbo is rewriting the rules of SEO and content optimization. As we embrace this AI revolution, the future looks bright for SEO enthusiasts and marketers. 🌐🚀
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How To Get Started: The Cult of Done Manifesto 1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion. 2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done. 3. There is no editing stage. 4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it. 5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it. 6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done. 7. Once you’re done you can throw it away. 8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done. 9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right. 10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes. 11. Destruction is a variant of done. 12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done. 13. Done is the engine of more. (Credit to Bre Pettis)
Hey community, I recently came across this insightful talk by Kevin Hale, a partner at Y Combinator. He shared some valuable lessons on product development, user feedback, team management, and more. I've summarized the key takeaways below, and I believe they're highly relevant for us as SaaS founders. Let's discuss! Summary: Kevin Hale's Insights for Building Loved Products: 1. User Love & Growth: Kevin emphasizes the importance of building products that users genuinely love. Growth is a balance between conversion rate and churn, with the gap indicating the growth rate. The key is to acquire passionate first users; the rest will follow. 2. Kevin's Journey: He co-founded Wufoo, an online form builder, in 2006. Despite its simplicity, it attracted diverse users, including Fortune 500 companies. Run remotely from Florida with no office, Wufoo was acquired by SurveyMonkey in 2013 after raising only $118,000 and delivering a 29,000% return to investors. 3. Building Relationships with Users: Kevin draws parallels between user relationships and real-life relationships: - First Impressions: Users remember their initial interactions with a product, much like first dates. - Quality of Interaction: Products should not only function well but also enchant users. - Emotion in Interaction: Small details, like playful tooltips, can enhance user experience. 4. Creating Memorable First Impressions: Kevin shares examples of companies like Vimeo, Cork, and Stripe that offer unique user experiences, emphasizing the importance of understanding the target audience. 5. Long-Term Relationships & Support: Kevin compares retaining users to maintaining a successful marriage. He introduces "Support Driven Development," where everyone, including developers, is involved in customer support, ensuring a direct feedback loop. 6. Passion in Relationships: Just as relationships require continuous effort, products need ongoing refinement. Wufoo's "Alert System" informed users of new features, and their handwritten thank-you cards fostered a deep connection with users.
Wized is a 'low-code' tool that let's you turn Webflow websites into fully functional web apps with a backend. It is great for developing your MVP, or even a long-term solution for your business, with minimal code. You could technically build 'Skool' using Webflow, Wized, and Xano - the possibilities are endless. Up until now, Wized was only available by invitation only. Now, anyone can use it, and I recommend giving it a try. Here is the link: https://www.wized.com/ If you need help getting started out, or have questions about it, just send me a DM or post it in the group. Always happy to help you get unstuck!
There isn't really a 'blue-print' for becoming a SaaS Founder. Most people say: make your product fast and share it everywhere like Product Hunt, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Unless your tool really puts out a fire on someones head, you probably have to beg for users. And nowadays, everyone's tired of paying monthly fees for software. Everything is another $XX/month. It's becoming overwhelming. If you're bootstrapped, I don't think the move is to sell software on it's own. I think it's better to leverage it to build a community of fans. My view? Offer (most of) the software for free. Build a loyal fanbase, then capitalize on the subsequent opportunities. Think consulting calls or having your team leverage the software to deliver DFY results. The focus? Services complementing the software. Once your software reaches PMF, you can then monetize it more independently if you want. And with a large group of users, you'd reach PMF more quickly. This approach might be unconventional, but it's a fast track to a huge group of users. Imagine the opportunities you'd have with a group of 10,000 fans.
Hello everyone, I am Khandoker Ali Haider, graduate & post graduate in Finance, also a google ads specialist. I focus on learning and sharing knowledge & I believe in let's grow altogether. So if you need any suggestion feel free to ask. I will try my best to give support
Many of us listen closely to tech giants, hoping their advice will serve as our roadmap to success. However, their own paths don't always align with their current advice. Elon Musk encourages founders to build ambitious companies that aim to save the world, yet he built his initial wealth with Zip2 and PayPal. Sam Altman speaks of building large teams that tackle hard problems over years, but he began with a mobile social product named Loopt. Peter Thiel questions the value of formal education, but he himself attended Stanford Law School. Their advice is compelling, but their beginnings paint a different picture. They began with what was within reach, learned from those experiences, and then chased grander visions. Before basing decisions on their current opinions, it's essential to reflect on their entire journey. It's not solely about their present views but understanding the steps that led them there. By focusing on our unique paths and using insights from theirs, we can forge our own success.
Hey Snappy Founders, I hope everything is going well with you. Today, I'm going to delve into the world of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).🚀 🌟 By the end of this post, you will have a clear understanding of the following: 1. What is SEO? 2. How many types of SEO are there in general? 3. How does it work? 4. Can it really help your business grow? 1. What is SEO ❓ SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is the 🚀 practice of optimizing your website and online content to improve its visibility in search engine results. In simpler terms, it's the 🎨🔬 art and science of making your website more appealing to search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo so that it ranks higher when users search for relevant keywords or phrases. 2. How many types of SEO are there in general ❓ SEO comprises three main categories, each playing a crucial role in boosting your online presence: 📝 On-Page SEO: Focuses on optimizing your website's content and structure for user-friendliness and relevance. 🔗 Off-Page SEO: Builds website credibility and authority through strategies like link building and social engagement. 🔧 Technical SEO: Fine-tunes technical aspects like site speed and mobile-friendliness for efficient search engine crawling and indexing. These efforts form the foundation of a robust SEO strategy, vital for online success. 3. How does it work ❓ SEO operates on a set of principles and algorithms 📊🔍 used by search engines to determine the most relevant and valuable content for users. Here's a simplified version of how it works: ✅ Keyword Research: 🧐 Identify keywords your target audience uses to search for products or services. ✅ Content Optimization: 📝 Incorporate these keywords strategically into engaging content. ✅ Technical Enhancements: ⚙️ Improve website speed and mobile-friendliness for accessibility. ✅ Backlinks and Authority: 🔗 Build high-quality backlinks and establish site authority. ✅ Regular Updates: 🔄 Continuously monitor, adapt to algorithm changes, and keep content fresh.
I'm excited to introduce myself as an SEO Specialist, and I'm here to offer my expertise to assist and support our community members. In my journey as an SEO Specialist, I've learned the ropes of optimizing websites and content to improve their visibility on search engines. My goal is not to sell services but to be a helping hand. Whether you're a small business owner, a blogger, or simply someone curious about SEO, I'm here to answer your questions, share insights, and provide guidance to empower you in the digital realm. Let's collaborate, share knowledge, and navigate the world of SEO together. Feel free to reach out if you have any queries or if you'd like to discuss anything related to SEO and online visibility. Looking forward to connecting with you all! Warm regards, Fahim Ahmed
Had a great talk today with @Rene Tatua! When you're building a digital product, it can be a tough and lonely journey. We do these weekly calls to share our challenges, give feedback, and be held accountable. It's not about me standing up on a podium and preaching - it's about all of us being on the same level, and lending support to one another. Every Friday at 1PM Eastern Time - you are welcome to join!
Between consulting and building products, I haven't had the time to post well-crafted writing in this community the last few weeks. I've had a number of people reach out to me saying they enjoy what I write in this group, so I have no plans to stop. On the other hand, I've been progressing rapidly in my skills with low-code tools, and the results have been great. Webflow + Wized + Xano With these tools, MVPs of web apps can be spun up in way less time, with way less resources (people). Don't get me wrong - it is still incredibly hard to build something people actually want. But these tools allow you to iterate faster, and launch faster. And that is a huge competitive edge. If you'd like to discuss this topic in more detail - join our free weekly call on Fridays at 1PM Eastern Time! We now have a consistent group showing up on Fridays - and we are holding each other accountable to doing what we said we will do. So drop in, ask questions, and share what you're working on!
If you're already helping people solve a problem online - it may be the perfect way for you to fund and validate your SaaS Product. For example - if you want to build a cold email SaaS, you could first offer a cold email course that shows people how to make thousands of dollars using using targeted outbound cold emails. Or if you want to build a LinkedIn SaaS, you could first create a LinkedIn mastermind that shows people how to book meetings on LinkedIn without running paid ads. As long as the community you are creating is closely related to the SaaS you want to built, you will not only be funding development, but also validating your idea. When your SaaS is built, you can then launch it to that community, and then pivot to focusing on the SaaS full-time.
@Rene Tatua I found this article to be interesting. Talks about the 'Penny Gap' and how the hardest part of scaling a SaaS Business is not going from $5 to $5 million, but getting your users to pay you anything at all: https://redeye.firstround.com/2007/03/the_first_penny.html
Had a great call today with @Rene Tatua - we discussed his web app "Match Kraft", marketing strategies, pricing strategies, community building, and more. We have these calls every Friday at 1PM Eastern Time, and welcome you to join us next week.
Most software ends up becoming a bloated mess. Each minor change and addition leads to more complexity. We build products that do less, because it is easier to manage and leads to a happier life. It means less bugs, less support, less cost of change. We say no to hard features, and focus on easy ones, unless they are absolutely essential. The things we say no to are going to have a huge effect on the quality of the software, more then the things we say yes to. So that means less software, less features, and less ideas. Instead of trying to predict future problems, we deal with the problems of today, because fears of tomorrow almost never end up coming true.
I've been burning the midnight oil working on an app that we are testing with beta users right now. We created V1, and not surprisingly, it did not solve the problem we set out for it to solve. But we learned a ton from having people use it, changed the plan, and within just a few weeks got V2 ready to test with users again. If we had used a dev shop, that would mean thousands of dollars spent to create a product no one wants. But because I'm doing the development, and I have skin in the game, I'm building it faster and better. Building it yourself is a lot of work, but it feels good to have complete control over the quality of your product.