Nice idea, I would love to read this!
For what it’s worth I would suggest myself and offer to document my experiences with my 4th product (which might be a total disaster, who knows) if anybody is interested.
I’ll try to tell the story up until now and you all can decide if there is anything worth following.
I’m a 29 years old software developer living and working in southern Germany. Before you ask: yes I like beer, no I don’t like “Oktoberfest”. Yes I’m not a native speaker so bear (or beer) with me and my English skills.
The first success!
While working a regular 9-5 I found myself with a great idea for a software to make cross browser testing of website better. As we all know in software you can “build it and they will come”, so I developed the first version of said software over the next six months. After I was done I setup a basic website, incorporated as a firm and boom no sales. So I started to read things about basic marketing, improved the product somewhat (I cannot stress enough how awful the first version was) and 2 months later I woke up to my very first “you earned money in your sleep” email. I kept this product alive first as a side project while working 9-5, then while traveling 3 months from Germany to Iran on a motorcycle with my wife and now it earns enough to support me and my wife to work full time on the next product. While I count this as a success it does not bring in enough money for the future (as the first kid is on the way). You can find this product here: http://bit.ly/1rpTv93
Let’s try again
At the end of last year I tried to launch the first SaaS product (taking screenshots of websites in different browsers). It did not go well partly because the product did not work so well and partly because of the huge competition. On the upside I got quite a few cease and desist letters from cooperation located in the US and I now have a lawyer.
The Cross Browser Software above has the ability to run virtualized Internet Explorer versions on modern windows versions. So for example you can have IE 7 running on Windows 8. This was intended for web developers to test side by side but many of my customers used this to “use this old web application which does not work in IE 10” or the like. I this week I created a tool hopefully better suited to this task: http://bit.ly/1oeaLc5 This has “softlaunched” today so it has only 1 customer yet.
Nerve Wracking Desktop Applications
Selling desktop applications is nerve wracking. Every month you start with $0 in revenue and this is killing me. So in December I setup a landing page for a bigger product idea I had. This is the product I could share the process for if anyone is interested. Up until now I made a landing page, bought a possible UI design / flow and I’m planning on starting development, maybe next week or so. The project will be a (hopefully) high price SAAS again aimed somewhat at people with websites. The landing page is here: http://bit.ly/1kjGFBo
Wow, I’m shocked at the word count of this. So now you need to answer, would you count me as “experienced, serial and successful”? Would anybody care to read what I write? Is there anything to learn here? (I would not count me as an expert in anything).
Let me know what you all think smile
P.S.: Can somebody explain the term MRR for me?