My name is Russell Ballestrini and I’ve been lurking in this forum for a while and receiving email updates.
I bootstrapped my first SaaS offering 5 years ago. Since then I have attempted to reproduce my original success but none of my ideas have captured any traction.
My latest project, Remarkbox (remarkbox.com) is a hosted comments as a service offering. My hypothesis is that bloggers and static site owners would be willing to pay a monthly fee for an easier to use, alternative to Disqus.
Although I’m familiar with lean startups and bootstrapping, I decided to build a fully functional prototype. I basically scratched an itch that I was having when I moved my personal blog from Wordpress to Pelican a static-site-generator. I’m using Remarkbox on all my static sites now so I’m dog-fooding my product.
I’ve decided to slow down on development of Remarkbox to work on marketing. I’ve basically come up with a number of people I would like to have in my Beta list before working on any more functionality. If I can’t get enough people I’m going to stop and switch to another idea. I’ll definitely keep Remarkbox online and continue to offer the Free version, I’m relying on it after all, but no new development.
My long term goal is to eventually leave my day job and work on my own companies so if I’m going to do that, I’m going to need to become profitable. This means I need to find problems people are willing to pay to have solved. I’m still on the fence if Remarkbox solves a painful enough problem.
Please let me know what you think about Remarkbox, any suggestions or perspectives will really help. Launching things as a solo founder is an isolating experience but seeing email updates from this forum helps!