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The Podcast for Software Bootstrappers


#152: Practical knowledge sharing for bootstrappers
Oct 17 • 31 min
Ed and I discuss knowledge sharing for bootstrappers, and even for one-person teams. How do you make sure the important knowledge for your business gets remembered, shared, and used?
#151: Advice on validating and building a bootstrapped B2B SaaS
Oct 9 • 22 min
I answer several questions from a loyal listener who wants advice on building a B2B SaaS similar in scope and style to my product, Feature Upvote. Discuss this topic and more on the Bootstrapped discussion forum.
#150: How to solve my SEO problems, with Robert Brandl of ToolTester Network
Oct 2 • 40 min
Robert Brandl of ToolTester Network built his company by developing excellent SEO skills. In this episode he turns his skills to Saber Feedback, and gives me awesome advice on how to solve my SEO problems. We also talk about his recent acquisition of…
#149: A Saber Feedback update six months after acquisition
Sep 27 • 37 min
Ed Freyfogle is back again. This week he interviews Steve on his progress with Saber Feedback, six months after acquisition.
#148: Hrishi Mittal, founder of Learnetto, on the struggle to get traction
Sep 18 • 30 min
Ed Freyfogle steps in for me this week and interviews Hrishi Mittal, founder of online learning platform Learnetto. Hrishi shares his struggle to progress past a point of having limited success without finding real traction. He also talks about his desire…
#147: “You get to do this however works for you” with Laura Roeder, founder of MeetEdgar
Sep 4 • 31 min
Laura Roeder talks about why she doesn’t do demo calls unlike most other SaaS founders – and how bootstrapping frees you up to run your business the way that works for you. Laura is the founder of MeetEdgar, a social media scheduling tool, and cofounder…
#146: Selling your business at any revenue level, with Kevin McArdle of SureSwift Capital
Aug 29 • 38 min
Kevin McArdle of SureSwift Capital has acquired almost 40 online businesses, most of them B2B SaaS products. We talk about the process of getting acquired, as the seller and founder of an online business. Kevin tells me the options for getting acquired at…
#145: The Hacker News front page experience, 5-hour workdays and 4-day workweeks
Aug 22 • 30 min
Ed reintroduces himself, Steve shares his experience of making it to the front page of Hacker News, and we discuss Quaderno’s 5-hour work day and Wildbit’s 4-day work week. Links: Ed’s home on the web. Quaderno’s job page. Wildbit’s 4-day work week.…
#144: Patrick Hathaway, cofounder of Sitebulb on selling a desktop app with subscription pricing
Aug 14 • 36 min
Patrick Hathaway is the cofounder of Sitebulb, a website auditing tool for SEO consultants and agencies. Patrick tells us why he made a desktop app when his competitors offer cloud apps. We also talk about how Patrick uses awesome release notes as a…
#143: When should you refactor your product’s code?
Aug 2 • 31 min
When, if ever, should you, should make changes to your product’s code that don’t change its external behaviour? How do you weigh up the risks of breaking things against the ease of future development? Steve and Ed get way more technical than usual in this…
#142: Revisiting our pre-pandemic yearly goals
Jul 26 • 34 min
We revisit the goals we made in January 2020. We consider what progress we’ve made despite the current massive global uncertainty. Back in January, in episode #124, Ed and Steve stated their goals for 2020. Then COVID-19 happened, changing many of the…
#141: A Saber Feedback update three months after acquisition
Jul 17 • 15 min
In April 2020, I acquired Saber Feedback, a small SaaS app, from its owner and founder. In this episode I openly report on the challenges and successes I’ve had in the first three months of owning Saber Feedback. And yes, I do reveal customer numbers,…
#140: How NOT to handle customer payment problems
Jun 25 • 33 min
This was a painful episode to record. I had problems getting some customers to pay. How I handled it was a cascade of mistakes. I tell Ed the story, and he gives me advice on what I should have done. Ed tells us about his recent effort to add a once-off…
#139: Selling to Developers with Peter Suhm of Branch CI
Jun 19 • 28 min
Ed chats with Peter Suhm about the challenges and rewards of selling to developers. Peter is the founder of Branch, a deployment tool for WordPress developers. Peter on twitter: https://twitter.com/petersuhm Branch: https://branchci.com WP Pusher, another…
#138: “Epic Guide” Marketing
Jun 12 • 28 min
We discuss Ed Freyfogle’s recent experience creating the OpenCage Reverse Geocoding guide, an example of an “epic guide” approach to content marketing. Useful links: The OpenCage Reverse Geocoding guide Adam Duvander, who helped Ed create the guide Adam’s…
#137: Derrick Grigg – Founder of PageProofer
Jun 4 • 33 min
Derrick’s product is a direct competitor to one of my products. So it was extremely generous of him to speak openly about the challenges and successes of running PageProofer. We also discussed: the challenge of having many competitors having years of work…
#136: Website security for bootstrappers
May 30 • 30 min
Security audits! Bug bounty programs! Frequent unsolicited pen-testing! When you put a website on the Internet, it almost immediately faces non-stop security attacks. Ed and I discuss the ways we handle this within the resources available to us as…
#135: How to improve Saber Feedback’s website content, with Hannah Adcock of Contented Strategy
May 21 • 31 min
Content specialist Hannah Adcock audited Saber Feedback’s website. In this episode, she tells us what’s good about our site and what needs to change.
#134: Why I chose to acquire Saber Feedback
May 14 • 32 min
Frequent guest co-host Ed Freyfogle has questions about why I acquired Saber Feedback, what the acquisition process was like, and what plans I have for Saber Feedback in the coming months.
#133: Why Matt Bearman chose to sell his bootstrapped product, Saber Feedback
May 7 • 29 min
Matt Bearman, original founder of Saber Feedback, discusses the experience of creating, growing, and then selling Saber Feedback.
#132: COVID-19 and our businesses
Apr 30 • 31 min
Ed Freyfogle and I discuss how COVID-19 is affecting our lives, our families, and our businesses. We also talk a little about my acquisition of Saber Feedback.
#130: A brief hiatus
Mar 26 • 4 min
A short episode where I explain why the podcast is on break for a few weeks.
#129: Driving to Mongolia while running a mission-critical SaaS
Mar 19 • 33 min
Julian Wilde of Wormly describes how he was able to drive across central Asia while running a SaaS.
#128: Dealing with bootstrapper stress
Mar 6 • 18 min
Bootstrapping is stressful. I share seven ways I try to manage the stress of being a software bootstrapper.
#127: SaaS products we use to run our businesses
Feb 27 • 31 min
We discuss some of the SaaS products we rely on to run our businesses: what they are and why we use them.
#126: Why Dave Rodenbaugh acquired an existing business instead of starting from scratch
Feb 20 • 34 min
When Dave Rodenbaugh wanted to run a software business, he decided to buy an existing one. He tells me why he did this, how he chose the business, and what he did right and wrong along the way. He also shares – painfully – his embarrassing $50K mistake.…
#125: Tracking what you spend on your business
Feb 13 • 29 min
I’m joined again by frequent guest co-host Ed Freyfogle. We talk about how we track the spending on our businesses. We mentioned a rewards card for Startups from Cledara. Thanks to EmailToolTester who sponsored this episode. Find the best email newsletter…
#124: Goals for 2020
Jan 31 • 38 min
Steve and Ed discuss what they hope to achieve by the end of 2020 – both professionally and personally. We also discuss the importance of knowing your non-goals, that is, things your explicit decide NOT to do. Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored this…
#123: “Why I sold my SaaS” – with Courtenay Farquharson, founder of Parserr
Jan 23 • 31 min
Courtenay Farquharson shares how he built up Parserr to more than $10K monthly revenue – and why he sold it. We also talk about: bootstrapping in the Microsoft ecosystem bootstrapping in Australia Courtenay on Twitter: https://twitter.com/courtzz…
#122: My desktop app got acquired!
Jan 17 • 31 min
Steve tells Ed all about the sale of his desktop app. We talked about why I sold off the desktop app I’ve been running for 12 years, how I found a purchaser, and the emotional ride of negotiating and handing over the app. Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored…
#121: Handling cancellations in a subscription product
Jan 9 • 34 min
Ed Freyfogle of OpenCage Geocoder and I (founder of Feature Upvote) discuss how we handle customer cancellation requests in our respective SaaS products. We discuss how we might do it differently. Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored this episode. Find out…
#120: Small team habits part 2: Steve’s turn
Dec 20, 2019 • 30 min
Last week we heard Ed’s top 5 habits for small teams. This week, Steve shares the habits he uses to keep his small team productive. Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored this episode. Find out how, thanks to Balsamiq, you can promote your bootstrapped business…
#119: Small team habits part 1
Dec 13, 2019 • 29 min
Ed shares his top 5 habits he recommends for small bootstrapping teams, to keep your product as good as it should be. Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored this episode. Find out how, thanks to Balsamiq, you can promote your bootstrapped business for free on…
#118: Should your product go Freemium?
Dec 6, 2019 • 34 min
Steve and Ed consider whether Freemium is a viable business model for bootstrappers. Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored this episode. Find out how, thanks to Balsamiq, you can promote your bootstrapped business for free on the podcast. Our guest sponsor,…
#117: Selling to Developers
Dec 1, 2019 • 34 min
Ed from OpenCage Geocoder and I talk about the marketing techniques that work – and don’t work – when you product is targeted towards developers. Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored this episode. Find out how, thanks to Balsamiq, you can promote your…
#116: Pricing your product in multiple currencies, with Ed Freyfogle from OpenCage
Nov 22, 2019 • 37 min
I’m joined by Ed Freyfogle for the first of several episodes in which he is my cohost. Ed is the co-founder of OpenCage Geocoder, a bootstrapped, profitable SaaS. Thanks to Balsamiq who sponsored this episode. Find out how, thanks to Balsamiq, you can…
#115: Living Abroad While Bootstrapping, with Craig Hewitt
Nov 15, 2019 • 34 min
Craig and I are both bootstrapping our businesses while living in foreign countries. In this episode we discuss what that’s like for us personally. We also discuss the challenging practicalities of visas, languages, and business while living abroad.…
#114: “The Tables are Turned”, with Craig Hewitt
Nov 10, 2019 • 29 min
Craig turns the tables and interviews me about Feature Upvote and about this podcast. We discuss: why Steve launched Feature Upvote when he already had a successful product. doing things differently the second time around. the beauty of “expansion…
#113: “The idea of public speaking fills me with unspeakable terror”, featuring Craig Hewitt
Nov 1, 2019 • 29 min
We discuss how you can become a speaker at events, and whether this is a viable way to raise awareness of your product and services. Topics include: Why speak at events and conferences Getting started as a speaker What event organisers look for in…
#112: Three ways to use podcasts for marketing. Featuring Craig Hewitt, founder of Castos
Oct 25, 2019 • 29 min
Craig and I discuss how bootstrappers can use the podcasting ecosystem to promote their products. We discuss three ways to use podcasts – and the pros and cons of each: Start and run your own podcast Do the “podcast circuit” as an interesting guest with…
#111: “Should I apply for TinySeed?” with Craig Hewitt, founder of Castos
Oct 18, 2019 • 32 min
I’m joined by Craig Hewitt for the first of several episodes in which he is my cohost. TinySeed is a “startup accelerator designed for bootstrappers.” Craig was accepted into TinySeed’s first cohort. To help me answer the question, “Should I apply for…
#110: “Living the Bootstrapper dream” with Robin Warren, founder of Corrello
Oct 11, 2019 • 34 min
Robin and I discuss living the Bootstrapper dream – and how the dream changes over time. We also go off topic and discuss surfing up the Bristol Channel. Links: Robin’s company, Corrello: Dashboards for Scrum and Kanban teams using Trello:…
#109 – Andy Brice – Founder of EasyDataTransform
Oct 4, 2019 • 41 min
Andy and I discuss why he’s created a new product, even though he already has two successful products. We also discuss: how Andy manages a portfolio of three desktop apps as a one-person team how to name products choosing a market usability testing…
#108 – Hannah Adcock – Owner of Contented Strategy
Sep 27, 2019 • 29 min
Hannah and I discuss content strategy for bootstrappers. Hannah’s website: https://contentedstrategy.com/ Hannah’s book: “Content Strategy for Solopreneurs, Startups, Charities and Growing Businesses”:…
#107 – Robert Brandl – Founder of WebsiteToolTester
Sep 20, 2019 • 36 min
Robert and I discuss how to hire and manage freelancers. We also discuss how having children forces you to change the way you work. Robert’s 4 tips for a healthy freelancer relationship: Meet in person from time to time, if possible Pay at the higher end…
#106 – Sylvestre Dupont – Cofounder of Parseur
Sep 13, 2019 • 45 min
In my conversation with Sylvestre from Parseur, we discuss how bootstrapping allowed Sylvestre to move to Mauritius. We also discuss: Collecting domain names Leaving consulting to bootstrap a SaaS Bootstrapping with the generous assistance of the French…
#105 – A new iteration of Bootstrapped
Sep 13, 2019 • 2 min
This is a short and special episode in which I share some news about the podcast. Back in 2013, Ian Landsman and Andrey Butov started the Bootstrapped podcast together. Over the next few years they created more than 100 excellent episodes. Now Andrey and…
#104 – I Don’t Want To Talk About GDPR The Whole Time w/ Natalie Nagele from Wildbit
May 31, 2018 • 67 min
In this episode we’re joined by Natalie Nagele from Wildbit to talk about starting a business vs. consulting, employees with side hustles, how to pick conferences to attend, and yes, GDPR. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and…
#103 – There’s No Scarcity On Piñatas
May 22, 2018 • 54 min
In this episode we discuss conferences & traveling, birthday parties for kids, .app domains, and Andrey’s new GDPR-related project Consent Monitor. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off. Discuss this episode in the…
#102 – I’m Running On Fumes
Apr 15, 2018 • 60 min
In this episode we discuss parenting at the park, hiring a plumber, cutting & bulking > marketing, the awesomeness of Peers Conference ⭐, hiring a contractor for Scribbleton, & more. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20…
#101 – All About Landsman
Feb 5, 2018 • 34 min
In this episode we discuss planning for Laracon Online, what’s coming up next for Helpspot & Thermostat, and investing in startups. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off.
#100 – All About Butov
Jan 29, 2018 • 28 min
In this episode we discuss Butov’s workout routine, the pros and cons of hiring a part-time employee, and upcoming conference plans. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off.
#99 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi w/ Taylor Otwell (SPOILERS!)
Dec 16, 2017 • 55 min
In a special episode of Bootstrapped, Taylor Otwell (creator of Laravel) joins Ian to talk about ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. If you haven’t seen that movie yet (and seriously, what…
#98 – The Landsman Game Challenge
Nov 28, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode we discuss solo parenting, Disney on Ice, future conference plans, and a plan to live stream Ian playing video games. Update: Here’s the stream video of our PUBG game. Discuss this episode in the forums > Thanks to Linode for sponsoring…
#97 – ButovOrBust.com
Nov 21, 2017 • 33 min
In this episode we discuss being sick, what happens when you get an influx of clients, and a bunch of updates on everything from Scribbleton to Thermostat to Ian’s new project, LaraTalent. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and…
#96 – It’s All Possibility…..And Work
Oct 9, 2017 • 38 min
In this episode we discuss the beginnings of Ian’s new CRUD app, Scribbleton upgrades, freezing your credit, Las Vegas, and more. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off. Discuss this episode in the forums »
#95 – I Started Fresh, and It’s Glorious
Oct 2, 2017 • 36 min
In this episode we discuss hearing trips to and from NYC, nostalgia for high school, the ‘New Renaissance Butov’, and more. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off. Discuss this episode in the forums.
#94 – Franchise Friends
Sep 12, 2017 • 50 min
In this episode we discuss kindergarten, kids destroying tablets, side projects for founders, encryption in Scribbleton, and more. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off. Discuss this episode in the forums »
#93 – Thinner, Leaner, Meaner
Sep 5, 2017 • 38 min
In this episode we discuss Ian’s “mancation”, if Seinfeld still has it, an update on Andrey’s weight loss and his new app, and more. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off. Discuss this episode in the forums »
#92 – Elevator Algorithms
Aug 21, 2017 • 41 min
In this episode we continue our follow-up on Laracon, talk about all things hotels, plus poker, Thermostat.io, watching games on Twitch, & more. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off. Discuss this episode in our…
#91 – I’d Wear A Full Face Mask
Aug 14, 2017 • 43 min
In this episode we discuss Laracon, getting healthy, how millennials go to the gym, and more. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off. Discuss this episode in the forums »
#90 – Butov Plus Plus
Jun 9, 2017 • 61 min
In this episode we discuss Butov’s new addition to the family, experimenting with frameworks & languages, family vacations, old phones, & more. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off. Discuss this episode in our forums…
#89 – It’s The Open Desert That Got Me
Apr 25, 2017 • 57 min
In this episode we talk about Ian & NPS, Butov’s attempts to hire millennials, and paying people to watch video games. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off. Discuss this episode on our forums
#88 – Charles Perry (Part 2) – Founder of Metakite
Feb 6, 2017 • 39 min
Part two of Andrey & Ian’s conversation with Charles Perry (founder of Metakite) about what it’s like to start a new subscription-based mobile app, plus a lot more. Links: Metakite Follow Charles Perry on Twitter Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this…
#87 – Charles Perry (Part 1) – Founder of Metakite
Jan 30, 2017 • 36 min
Part one of Andrey & Ian’s conversation with Charles Perry (founder of Metakite) about what it’s like to start a new subscription-based mobile app, plus a lot more. Links: Metakite Release Notes Follow Charles Perry on Twitter Thanks to Linode for…
#86: Garrett Dimon (Part 2) – Founder of Sifter, Currently at Wildbit
Jan 23, 2017 • 29 min
Part 2 of Andrey and Ian’s conversation with Garret Dimon. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off.
#85: Garrett Dimon (Part 1) – Founder of Sifter, Currently at Wildbit
Jan 17, 2017 • 34 min
Part 1 of Andrey and Ian’s conversation with Garrett Dimon. Garrett’s Website Sifter Wildbit Starting & Sustaining Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off. Discuss this episode in the forums
#84: You’re on an Air, Butov – an Air!
Jan 9, 2017 • 62 min
Butov needs a laptop upgrade, Ian wants simpler basketball video games, and they both talk about virtual reality. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off.
#83: Brian Casel (Part 2) – Founder of Audience Ops
Jan 9, 2017 • 40 min
Part two of our talk with Brian Casel about Audience Ops, the new Audience Ops Calendar, and more. Audience Ops Audience Ops Calendar Brian Casel on Twitter Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off.
#82: Brian Casel (Part 1) – Founder of Audience Ops
Dec 26, 2016 • 30 min
Part one of our talk with Brian Casel about Audience Ops, the new Audience Ops Calendar, and more. Audience Ops Audience Ops Calendar Brian Casel on Twitter Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off.
#81: Brandon Kelly (Part 2) – Founder and CEO of Craft CMS
Dec 19, 2016 • 39 min
Part two of our talk with Brandon Kelly about Craft CMS, pricing, support, and Pixel and Tonic. Brandon on Twitter Craft CMS Pixel & Tonic Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off. Discuss on the Bootstrapped.fm forums
#80: Brandon Kelly (Part 1) – Founder and CEO of Craft CMS
Dec 12, 2016 • 33 min
Part one of our talk with Brandon Kelly about Craft CMS, politics, domains, and Pixel and Tonic. Brandon on Twitter Craft CMS Pixel & Tonic Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign up today and get $20 off. Discuss on the Bootstrapped.fm forums
#79: (Part 2) Patrick Pohler on Starting an API Based Real Estate SaaS
Dec 5, 2016 • 28 min
Part two of our talk with Patrick Pohler about his startup Rets Rabbit and his consulting company Anecka. This episodes topics include hiring, consulting, side money vs big money, VR, buying an affiliate website, Farm to Bunker Survival Kits. Rets Rabbit…
#78: Patrick Pohler (Part 1) on Starting an API Based Real Estate SaaS
Nov 28, 2016 • 34 min
Part one of our talk with Patrick Pohler about his startup Rets Rabbit and his consulting company Anecka. We go deep on MLS real estate data, api’s, competitive risks, SaaS, and more. Rets Rabbit Anecka Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this episode. Sign…
Bootstrapped, Episode 77, “… is somebody being bombed?”
Sep 21, 2016 • 54 min
Our guest in this episode is JD Graffam, owner of two agencies, Clear Function and Simple Focus, and several SaaS products, including Sifter, Pulse, and Ballpark. JD Graffam Clear Function Simple Focus Sifter Pulse Ballpark Thanks to Linode for sponsoring…
Bootstrapped, Episode 76, “Cleo”
Sep 6, 2016 • 49 min
We discuss the passing of Andrey’s dog Cleo, moving company business models, standing desks, where you can find real news, founder vacation time needs, Ian’s new ebook, Ian’s hackentosh, autonomous cars. Unpakt Autonomous.ai standing desks Ian’s ebook,…
Bootstrapped, Episode 75, “Don’t you worry about Dave. You worry about Butov!”
Aug 9, 2016 • 67 min
In this episode we talk about Ian’s trip to Laracon, politics, working on multiple projects simultaneously, working on web apps vs other types of products, The Hive, changes at Userscape, dogs, naps, contractors, Twitch, board games, and kids growing up.…
Bootstrapped, Episode 74, “Nobody ever got fired for hiring Vector Media Group” with special guest Matt Weinberg
Jul 14, 2016 • 69 min
We’re joined by our friend Matt Weinberg to chat about growing a large consultancy, software, hiring, and more. A lot of great insights in this one, don’t miss it! Vector Media Group Questions for Matt from the forums Cartthrob Thanks to Linode for…
Bootstrapped, Episode 73, ”If you can find an agreeable parrot, …”
Jun 20, 2016 • 59 min
In this week’s episode, Ian and Andrey talk about going to the gym, living on Long Island, Andrey’s car buying adventures, Richard Stallman’s speaking requirements, new iOS APIs, Twitter, Facebook, VR, game development, customizing products for individual…
Bootstrapped, Episode 72, “It’s all going to $0, but in the meantime, we can make some money”
Jun 8, 2016 • 57 min
We discuss naps and meditation, new HelpSpot pricing, business ideas, is Andrey an introvert?, BaconBiz conf, Butov goes to Buffalo, new product work and ideas, and car leasing. HelpSpot free help desk software New HelpSpot pricing Remember the Milk…
Bootstrapped, Episode 71,”Jane Portman from UI Breakfast”
May 9, 2016 • 55 min
In this episode, Ian and Andrey talk to Jane Portman about her company, UI Breakfast, her new book for SaaS founders, building a business, and UI/UX for SaaS web applications. The UI Audit – Jane’s new book UI Breakfast – Jane’s company Thanks to Linode…
Bootstrapped, Episode 70, “I made a lot of money off Twitter”
Apr 18, 2016 • 57 min
Working on the HelpSpot website, renaming your company, hiring consultants you can trust, Stripe is screwing Butov, search advertising, sales update on Quintu and Scribbleton, HelpSpot Vault, getting PR as a bootstrapper, discussing a possible survey tool…
Bootstrapped, Episode 69, “You always pay for sticking to your principles.”
Mar 28, 2016 • 54 min
Hating snow blowers, BaconBiz, going to the gym, driving to places you should be flying to, Rocket League, Quintu, Scribbleton, profit-generating companies and VC backing, seeing the path of a company as an outsider, favorite songs. BaconBiz UserScape’s…
Bootstrapped, Episode 68, “Butov’s Brooklyn”
Feb 29, 2016 • 45 min
Andrey has never seen Breaking Bad, SaaStr review, Butov does PR and advertising, adventures in email, Ian drops an idea for a product you should steal but probably won’t, Butov’s Brooklyn, A Chef’s Life. The Masseuse Yummy SanFran bread HelpSpot Partner…
Bootstrapped, Episode 67
Feb 8, 2016 • 43 min
In this episode, we talk about Mr. Rogers, releasing How Are Sales Today, writing desktop apps in C++, Parse closing and Uberdeck, Scribbleton, Userscape’s new office, Userscape’s partner program. How Are Sales Today Eric Barnes’ Blog Abstractions…
Bootstrapped, Episode 66, “I’m Done Doing”
Feb 3, 2016 • 52 min
We discuss conferences, sleazy game industry, Andrey goes deep on his passion for coding, saying no to work, going to the psychologist, meditation, meetups, vacations, Disney love. Pax East TM Meditation HVTech Meetup Thanks to Linode for sponsoring! Sign…
Bootstrapped, Episode 65, “Star Wars is the ‘Dora the Explorer’ of science fiction.”
Dec 30, 2015 • 66 min
In this episode, we talk about Star Wars, how much Ian loves it and how much Andrey hates it, synchronizing hardware between home and office, code signing and certificate confirmation, international currencies and writing currency exchange code for How…
Bootstrapped, Episode 64, “A Carl Sagan Joint”
Dec 3, 2015 • 68 min
This week Andrey doesn’t tell me I’m on the wrong mic until half way through and we also cover acronyms, Jessica Jones, babysitter acquisition strategies, How Are Sales Today update, HelpSpot update, we go through Andrey Butov’s favorite movies and TV…
Bootstrapped, Episode 63, “How Are Sales Today?”
Nov 18, 2015
In this episode, we talk about the new app from Quantic Insights, opening up a business bank account, meditation, mellowing out with age, new Userscape office, and Fallout 4. Deploy PHP – Servers for Hackers How Are Sales Today? (or QiBar) – the new app…
Bootstrapped, Episode 62, “I have the flu”
Nov 5, 2015 • 56 min
Ian and Andrey talk about podcasting, marketing, blogging, free will vs determinism (whoa), adwords, Twitter and HelpSpot history, selling internet plumbing libraries, HelpSpot pricing for SaaS and on-premise, healthcare in the US, moving to Canada. Ian’s…
Bootstrapped, Episode 61
Oct 22, 2015 • 47 min
In this episode, Ian and Andrey talk about new hardware, Star Wars, HelpSpot Cloud, back-end systems, Quantic Insights, virtual insurance for virtual crap, and fantasy football. Mike Jones (labs.log) HelpSpot Cloud Quantic Insights Japanese Pachinko…
Bootstrapped, Episode 60, “Pump the hotness”
Oct 13, 2015 • 62 min
We discuss how we don’t hold to our topic, home contractors, physical servers, internet secure, desktop software development, rewriting software from scratch, online banking, Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars vs Star Trek (again). Thanks to Linode for…
Bootstrapped, Episode 59
Oct 7, 2015 • 56 min
In this episode we talk about photography, Userscape’s new employee, health insurance, Finsumi, building everything yourself, outsourcing, Quantic Insights, C++, customer support, working from home, audiobooks, and video games. Graciously sponsored by:…
Bootstrapped, Episode 58
Sep 30, 2015 • 63 min
In this episode, we discuss Andrey’s PhillyPopecation, Release Notes Conference, how we do sales at UserScape, why you should never offer unlimited/site licenses, Jet Brains pricing, SaaS pricing for on-premise products, Ian’s Last Of Us update, video…
Bootstrapped, Episode 57
Sep 18, 2015 • 58 min
In this episode, we discuss returning for another season, first day of school, finishing up consulting work and returning to product work, co-founding a new company, HelpSpot 4, having a full-time sales person, Snappy, Quantic Insights, programmers and…
Bootstrapped, Episode 56, “Rated R”
Apr 28, 2015 • 65 min
Andrey swears a lot, we talk about nearly everything except bootstrapping! Stay until the end to hear us discuss Star Wars, 2001, Contact, Guardians of the Galaxy (classic!), Superman vs Batman. Dave Hicking Superhero Video of how Ian’s wife thinks Ian…
Bootstrapped, Episode 55, “It’s all part of the game.”
Mar 16, 2015 • 67 min
In this episode, we discuss Snappy shutting down, selling Snappy, resurrecting a failed product, Andrey’s trip to PAX, Peers conference, client work, Slack room atmosphere, games we’re playing, and games we can’t play. Why we’re closing Snappy – Ian’s…
Bootstrapped, Episode 54, “This is worse than Seinfeld”
Feb 2, 2015 • 64 min
Some product updates, yada yada yada, this is embarrassing. HelpSpot Help Desk Software 4 Release Notes Conference Peers Conf Bacon Biz Conf Hyperplan The IOU of iOS The Shape of the App Store Soderbergh 2001 cut Us talking about Gone Home Discuss this…
Bootstrapped, Episode 53, “$1000 join”
Dec 18, 2014
Download this episode, in which Ian and Andrey discuss names, getting punished for good deeds, fast-food burgers, Authorize.NET, HelpSpot mobile apps, making money from mobile games in the app store, a decade of running HelpSpot and Antair, life…
Bootstrapped, Episode 52, “Dead Man’s Switch”
Nov 7, 2014
Download this episode where we discuss Ian’s health update, how Scribbbleton handles synchronization, moving, coworking and working from home, real estate business, discussing revenues, vote for us on iTunes! Convergence Insufficiency – headaches? reading…