02 Feb 2015
I have taken a short break due to some RSI in my hands. I’m also thinking this is going to be a once a fortnight newsletter. But it is back on the horse time!
Here, massively late, are some interesting looks at 2014 from various bootstrapped companies. Including a couple you might not have read. I’ve tried to reach out beyond the bootstrapping echo chamber to find good examples of functional ‘making stuff and selling it online’ companies.
A summary collection of individual reviews from many bootstrappers who I’ve covered in these very pages.
Particularly of note is the open books of @patio11 in his year in review, where he opens up the previously closed books of Appointment Reminder (his main product). I think I’d imagined he was making more than he is, but he’s still making a good living, more than many of us have achieved… and his level of detail (and thought) is super useful.
As a customer of Tito and @paulca I’ve watched their growth with my happy face on. I even implored him face-to-face to continue to resist the lure of VC-money at the (tempting) stage his fantastic project is at.
Offscreen is an amazing project, a true independent physical magazine with one guy at the heart of it: @kaibrach.
@Panic are an enviable company. They’ve been writing Mac software and profitable for over 20 years. And they seem to have fun.
Monument Valley is a fantastic IOS and android game from @ustwogames, its not scammy, there are no gems to buy, and frankly, it’s a masterpiece. Never forget that the iOS App Store for games is a ‘hits’ business.
Overcast is an interesting example of a one man show. @marcoarment has it significant following in the podcast world. But the ongoing success of his iOS app cannot purely be down to a big sales spike on release.
He seems to be in the position to run overcast as a ongoing concern, due to his low costs, and his numbers allowed @Metakite to further extrapolate the shape of the App Store. It’s possible to run a sustainable business, if you’re careful.