Hey all, long time bootstrapper…first time posting on this lovely website.
I’ve been running bootstrapped businesses for about 9 years. Started off with a good old fashioned service company, a Microsoft .Net dev house called Atlas Code. We were coding in .Net before it was cool
I realised (slowly and painfully) that residual income was the way forward and launched an enterprise product called www.fundipedia.com - a static fund data management tool for banks. We’ve got a few big customers on there, which is awesome but enterprise sales are a drag. Long lead time, lots of meetings, you know the drill…
While all of this was going on I was struggling to manage my team which was growing. I missed an appraisal for a key member of staff and he quit. We were also having other HR issues as we grew, so I built a little HR app to track things like holiday, staff details and files, appraisals and so on. Pretty soon we were reliant on it so we decided to put out there as www.staffsquared.com and it’s been a wild ride. To call the learning curve steep would be an understatement but it’s crazy fun and I’m now an analytics devouring monster.
So Atlas is now run by a managing director that I brought in six months ago, and my full time focus is Fundipedia and Staff Squared.
Look forward to getting to know you all. Oh and nice to see some familiar faces too from the likes of HN and Reddit.