🚀 MakerList #10: Competing with well-funded startups

Hard to believe this is already the 10th issue of MakerList! Check out this week’s articles:

1. How Indie Entrepreneurs Can Compete With Well-Funded Startups

I know the feeling. You catch your first glimpse of the Medium article, PR release, or email notification that tells you a well-funded startup has launched and is now a direct competitor to your indie startup. Their branding is on point, their product looks polished, they have millions in the bank, and they’re featured on Product Hunt. F**k.

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2. Good businesses have margin

Good businesses have margin.

Profit margin? Yes.

But also margin for your time, your emotional and physical health, your relationships, your sanity, and your integrity. You're a human, and humans need breathing room.

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3. I Started Gumroad as a Weekend Project and Now It’s Making $350k/Mo

Gumroad started out as a weekend project. I was looking for a way to sell an icon for a buck, and couldn't find anything great online. So I built Gumroad. Fast-forward over seven years and we're doing about $350,000 in revenue monthly, helping creators earn over $5,000,000 a month.

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4. Redesigning Laravel.io

Laravel.io is a forum and community portal for developers who use the Laravel PHP framework.

They recently launched a brand new version of the site, but being a volunteer-driven open source project, finding the resources to put together a really polished design can be tough.

We asked and got the go ahead to try our hands at a bit of a facelift, so let’s see what we can do to take the UI up a notch!

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5. The Power User Curve: The best way to understand your most engaged users

Power users drive some of the most successful companies — people who love their product, are highly engaged, and contribute a ton of value to the network. In ecommerce marketplaces it’s power sellers, in ridesharing platforms it’s power riders, and in social networks it’s influencers.

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Hope you enjoyed this issue. You can find me at @richard_chu. If you’re not subscribed yet, you can do so here.

Happy indie making ✌