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Dec 14, 2018 19:15:08

How I got my first success as a solo maker

by @kp PATRON | 353 words | 🐣 | 35💌

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Today, I spent more than 2 hours collecting my thoughts on the last month of my maker journey. It turned out to be more than 200 words so I will publish only a few here and link out to the rest of my article on Medium.

For a long long time, as a non-technical founder, I stayed on the sidelines without taking action & turning my ideas into real products. My excuse was that I was not a full stack developer and hence couldn’t build and launch my ideas (which were mostly web products) to market.

However, by November 2018 I grew tired of making darn excuses. When I came across the hustle, hard work and consistency of amazing solo makers out there in the Product Hunt community (h/t Ben Tossell, Mubs, Pieter Levels to name a few) I vowed to myself that I won’t just stop at “brainstorming product ideas” but will take the plunge and go build them. With or without a coding background.

So I decided I’ll take my next idea and hustle my butt to bring it to reality without any judgement or huge expectations of success.

And one morning as I was finishing my daily journal, I caught myself reflecting on an article from Paul Graham that I read the previous night. It was about “Things That Don’t Scale”, a counter-intuitive approach to getting customers. Paul argues all the greats do this (shares 3–4 examples) but I believed there would be many more stories we simply aren’t aware of. The traditional tech media doesn’t give enough attention since these are not much widely talked about.

So I wondered:”What if there was a way to curate and showcase early startup experiments and unscalable hacks?” I figured I could simply ask the community themselves to share their personal stories while I curate the best/most resonating ones and surface them on a simple platform?”

That’s it. That was going to be my next product.

A curated database of unscaleable hacks and stories from real founders.

I didn’t think twice and snagged the domain name straight away. “DoThingsThatDontScale.com”

Read the full story here.

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    @kp love the site! Many useful tips, esp as indie makers. Fascinating genesis story as well - I had the same thoughts too when I started on maker journey beginning of this year!. Looking forward to Undeck :)

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Dec 15, 2018 03:25:34
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      @jasonleow Thanks Jason. Glad you took a minute to share your appreciation :) Yes, UnDeck is coming out soon. Stay tuned.

      KP avatar KP | Dec 17, 2018 01:26:53
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    @kp Great read! cc @keenencharles

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 14, 2018 19:41:20
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      @kp @basilesamel awesome work KP! Lots of insights to take away from your story.

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Dec 14, 2018 21:56:11
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      @basilesamel @keenencharles Thanks Baz & Keenen :)

      KP avatar KP | Dec 17, 2018 01:27:05
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