🚀 MakerList #10: Competing with well-funded startups
|Richard Chu||Apr 17|
Hard to believe this is already the 10th issue of MakerList! Check out this week’s articles:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Happy indie making ✌