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The SaaS Bootstrapper

The SaaS Bootstrapper Podcast: Interviews with entrepreneurs, bootstrappers, Founders, and developers. In each episode, host Mac Martine digs into each guest to extract and highlight their unique views, experiences and insights on bootstrapping, startups, and SaaS. Common themes include idea generation, customer validation and acquisition, positioning and niching down, metrics and growth. Go to http://thesaasbootstrapper.com for more resources from The SaaS Bootstrapper, and to join the community of other like-minded folks.

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TSB004: Mike Perham: Turning an open source side project into an $80k/month business

In this episode I talk with Mike Perham, an influential member of the Java and Ruby communities who found a way to monetize an open source project, big time: He pulls in over $800k this year, on his own, from his house.


11 Nov 2016

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TSB008: Garrett Dimon, on starting and sustaining a bootstrapped SaaS through good times and bad

Garrett Dimon Founded and bootstrapped Sifter, a bug and issue tracker, and ran it for 8 years until it was recently acquired. He’s also the author of Starting & Sustaining, a book about building and launching a web application with less pain and fewer mistakes -- something we could certainly all stand to do.


15 Dec 2016

Rank #2

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TSB003: Sustainable digital marketing, with David Mihm

In this episode, David Mihm talks with us about the current state of SEO, and sustainable content marketing techniques. He also tells us how he positioned himself as a local search expert, and how he grew his first company, GetListed.org to 2.5 million users.


31 Oct 2016

Rank #3

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TSB007: John Doherty: How quitting consulting led to traveling the world and $11k/mo recurring

John Doherty is formerly the head of growth and marketing for Trulia Rentals and HotPads.com, brands both owned by Zillow. He has also consulted with some of the largest companies in the world and some of the coolest startups. He is now the Founder of Credo, a SaaS company which helps businesses find the right digital marketing consultant or agency to grow their business online.


11 Dec 2016

Rank #4

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TSB005: Drew Wilson: Why a serial bootstrapper decided to raise a seed round

Drew Wilson is the Founder and CEO of Plasso. In this episode he talks about his process for bootstrapping a handful apps and products, and why he eventually decided to raise a seed round for his latest.


18 Nov 2016

Rank #5

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TSB012: Oisin O’Connor on how to mine for ideas, get them to market quickly and learn as you go

In this episode I talk with Oisin O’Connor, co-founder of ReCharge, the No. 1 solution for e-commerce stores for recurring billing and subscriptions. Oisin reflects on how he got started, the challenges of balancing client work with passion projects, how he validated early app ideas, and the joys of landing on “one juicy problem.”


13 Jan 2017

Rank #6

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TSB009: Growing business through creating great experiences, with Lee Rubenstein

Today’s guest is the Co-founder of ArtSnacks, a subscription box for discovering your new favorite art supplies. He also also the creator of EatSleepDraw, an online art gallery where he posts 100% original content submitted by contributors across the globe, and is the largest user-submitted blog on Tumblr.


22 Dec 2016

Rank #7

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TSB006: Yusuke Ishikawa: How he quickly grew and sold a company from selling Japanese candy, and he makes it sound so easy

Yusuke co-founded Skoshbox, a subscription box service delivering Japanese candy and snacks to your door. Hear how he got the idea, validated it, and had paying customers within minutes of launching a site. Yusuke makes it sounds easy.


3 Dec 2016

Rank #8

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TSB011: Natalie Nagele on solving your own pain points, drowning out competitor noise and building a spectacular team

In 2000 Natalie Nagele and her husband Chris founded Wildbit as a web design shop in Philadelphia. Their business evolved from there, and today it’s the parent company of three successful products—Beanstalk, a development workflow; DeployBot, a code deployment tool; and Postmark, a marketing email delivery service. In this episode, Natalie reflects on how good ideas build on each other, how luck and timing play into product success, why she doesn’t pay attention to competitors, and the importance of taking care of your people first.


8 Jan 2017

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TSB010: Gabriel Murillo, Founder of Podcasting Press, on growing and scaling a 'service as a service'

Gabriel Murillo, Founder of Podcasting Press, on growing and scaling a 'service as a service'. Podcasting Press is a subscription-based podcast editing service started by Gabriel Murillo. Gabe has found success as an entrepreneur at a young age with Creative Talent OnDemand and now Podcasting Press, clearing 6-figures within just a few short years. He created these businesses and others all while in high school and college.


1 Jan 2017

Rank #10