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Hi, I'm Mark from PilotLight.io


#1

Hi All,

Like many, I’ve been lurking for some time and wanted to introduce myself.

I’ve been involved in startups for the last 25 years and a few years ago started PilotLight.io. It’s a one person show and I’ve bootstrapped everything myself (development, marketing, sales, operations, etc.). A little over a year ago I left a local company to go back out full-time on my own mixing consulting work (to pay the bills) and grow PilotLight. I’ve got roughly 15 long-term paying customers and with a new version of the service plan to grow it to where it provides all my income along with the ability to work anywhere.

I attended my first MicroConf - Starter this year and have built a small network of mentors here in Boulder, CO that I lean on for guidance on everything from tech to accounting, life-hacking as an entrepreneur, sales and pricing techniques, and more.

When I’m not in front of the computer toiling away I teach people how to ride their big adventure motorcycles off-road; in particular, BMW adventure bikes.

Looking forward to learning and sharing with you all!

Mark


#2

Hi Mark.
You should explain what PilotLight is and does. I had to cut and paste to go to the website.

Good luck with your project
Ronan


#3

Welcome Mark. (I’ve edited your post to make your site clickable.)

Your product sounds really good. I used to pay a friend to do something similar for me - to go through a bunch of forums every day looking for discussions of my product and alerting me to where I could respond or intervene. So I can certainly see the value of your product.

I like that you are bold enough to charge decent money for your product.


#4

Hi Mark, it is an interesting product. I assume you are competing with google alerts? Mind you i never get results from google alerts it does not seem to be very active.

I assume you use some kind of custom spider to keep an eye on the forums?

One suggestion. The site design looks really dated, I would give it a new look. You can use a theme to save time https://themeforest.net/item/stack-multipurpose-html-with-page-builder/19337626

Best of luck with the service.