I’m happy I found this community of like minded people. I hope to learn from you and help if I can.
I’m at the beginning of my path to become bootstrapped. Probably as many of you I’m a software developer. I have a regular job at Atlassian - I’m developing the best project management tool - JIRA.
But I’ve always dreamt about creating my own company. Being independent and so on We all share the same vision. So I’ve been trying for a few years, I have a few failed attempts behind me (personal money management site, iOS games for children).
I had a crash landing last year when I was so stressed out and tired that my health suffered badly. Funny thing it was when I felt the strongest of all time (I was trying to run a business, working, going to the gym and biking all the time). Being sick was a terrible experience back then (couldn’t walk), I thought I couldn’t make it and I’m done with this entrepreneurship thing (and normal life).
But guess what, I’ve recovered, took some rest and learned a lot about healthy food and health in general. Now 1,5 year after I feel smarter, stronger and still interested in doing my products. So being sick was actually great from the time perspective - it changed my life for better.
Currently I’m involved in:
Queued - Mac menu bar helper for Buffer a social media hub (I wish I had more time to polish it and finally push it to Mac App Store)
BetaRun.it - I needed a site where I could publish Queued updates (it’s a self updating Mac app) so I built it, but now I’m thinking about making it a set of tools helping people run beta versions of their Mac software
TeamStatus.TV - this is something I’m betting on - I noticed that at our small office (30 people) we have like 5 big smart TVs displaying different stuff from our build system, project management, etc. - all kinds of widgets to help us see what’s going on in the projects, at other Atlassian offices it’s the same - people are in love with this idea, Atlassian even released a proof of concept for everyone to try AtlasBoard - my idea is to take it and make a product out of it
I authored also a few JIRA plugings which bring me a few hundreds bucks from time to time.
Basically my strength is coding, my weakness is marketing (I’m not an outgoing person). For some time I was thinking about finding a co-founder but it didn’t work out. So I’m still on my own learning how to change my weaknesses into strengths
Nice to meet you all!