Single Founder

Announcing The Single Founder Handbook

This past August, I took a trip to my cottage in Edwards, NY. The trip was primarily intended for me to be on-site to show the place off to potential buyers and was successful in that regard. However, I also took it as an excuse to do a 3 day personal retreat. As part of…

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My Preemptive Strike at Google

I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve had to consider whether or not I wanted to host my own solution or use a cloud provider of some kind. When I was first getting started as an entrepreneur, there simply weren’t choices to be had. You hosted your own solution, or you didn’t…

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MicroConf: How it all went down

About three months ago, Rob Walling and I announced that MicroConf was coming to the Riviera in Las Vegas. Two weeks ago, it happened. And more than 100 people descended on the hotel for a conference we put together from beginning to end in a mere three months. If I saw you there, then I…

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Y-Combinator backs a Single Founder (no, not me)

On a recent podcast, Rob Walling and I chatted about a new online magazine called Hacker Monthly. Today I dropped over and checked it out and found an article that really rang true with what I’ve been doing over the past several years. It was called “The Royal We: Single Founder Startups” by Ray Grieselhuber.…

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The Single, Most Important Secret to Success

About 6 weeks ago, I had dinner at a pizza place near Boston with some fellow developers. We were generally discussing various aspects of business, things to do, things not to do, etc. One of the guys asked me a question that I feel like I get quite frequently: “What’s the most important thing you…

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The Builder and the Salesman

I published a popular article named “The Single Founder Myth” a few years back. In this article, I contended that contrary to popular opinion, it was not impossible to go it alone with a software startup and be successful. To clarify up front, what I mean by “going it alone” is that you build up…

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The Day the MicroISV Movement Died

In September of 2004, Eric Sink, Founder and CEO of SourceGear coined the word “MicroISV”. He set out on a quest to explore the world of MicroISV’s and learn for himself what they were all about. In the process, he built a fan-base and following of MicroISV’s who wanted to follow in his footsteps. Just 16 months later, with a keyboard and a blog entry, he effectively killed the entire MicroISV movement.

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