startups

40+ SaaS Products We Use to Grow Our Web Hosting Company (2020) – WordPress Website Design Article

Twenty years ago, 99% of business owners would stare blankly into space if you mentioned the acronym SaaS. These days it’s almost impossible to run a business without using at least one of the many SaaS products available on the market. In 2019, companies with 0-50 employees used, on average, 40 SaaS products. That’s almost as many as many SaaS subscriptions as employees. Average number of SaaS products per company And this isn’t a bad thing. If you’re stuck using…

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Announcing the Business 5000 – WordPress Website Design Article

Announcing the Business 5000 &nbsp If you follow on me on Twitter you may have come across my announcement of the Business 5000 idea accelerator program. In today’s episode, I’ll dive a bit deeper into my thought process around the new venture. I recently uploaded this video to YouTube as well, covering some of these points. Here’s the article I mention in the podcast, Marketing lessons learned over more than a decade growing startups. I’m excited to jump into new…

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Finding product-market fit w/ Vova Feldman – WordPress Website Design Article

Finding product-market fit w/ Vova Feldman &nbsp It only took half a decade to get my good friend Vova Feldman on to the show, and like most things in life, it was worth the wait. As the founder of Freemius, a platform that helps WordPress software developers monetize their product, Vova has a bird’s-eye view of the changing economy in our space. We’ll talk about how .org and business opportunity is shifting, how Freemius onboards customers to find success, and…

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Knowing when to pivot your company w/ Jordan Gal – WordPress Website Design Article

Knowing when to pivot your company w/ Jordan Gal &nbsp Jordan Gal joins the podcast today to review the 5-year journey he’s been on with CartHook. I know many of you might know him from co-hosting the Bootstrapped Web podcast with friend-of-the-show, Brian Casel. But if you’re like me, the half-decade old story of CartHook starting out as cart abandonment tool, to now a full-on checkout replacement for Shopify, has become a little blurry. Keeping up with Jordan’s roller-coaster ride…

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Creating Niche Products You Enjoy w/ Jason Schuller – WordPress Website Design Article

Creating Niche Products You Enjoy w/ Jason Schuller &nbsp I have to be honest, I get a tad jealous when people say they aren’t coders, then go out to build a SaaS company as if they have been coding all their lives. My Twitter feed reminds me weekly that someone else is launching a new micro-niche product or app and — dang it — I want in on the fun! Take Jason Schuller, for example. Though his recent DSKO.app isn’t…

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When to take funding w/ Rob Walling from TinySeed – WordPress Website Design Article

In today’s episode, I welcome back repeat guest Rob Walling, who’s new endeavor as co-founder of TinySeed, has elevated his expertise in “indie funding” startups. SaaS companies that don’t fall into traditional funding mechanisms are his sweet spot, but there is a floor most founders should be looking to be at — that’s right around the $1mil ARR mark. We’ll also explore if funding is right for your business, learn when to make the leap to an accelerator like TinySeed,…

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Pricing WordPress products with James Laws – WordPress Website Design Article

In our last episode, Keith guided us through the twisty caverns of WordPress project pricing only to find our way to the next challenge — product pricing. Pricing WordPress products with James Laws &nbsp Thankfully, we have James Laws on our side today to cash-in his advice on building Ninja Forms plugin, which inevitably became the driving force behind Saturday Drive parent company. If you’re keen on more stories around…

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Watching a $4,000 launch day fade away – WordPress Website Design Article

In part 3 of my journey into digital product sales, I share the experiences of launching Conductor to $4,000 in sales on day one, only to watch it slowly plateau and fall short to bigger trends in the market. I encourage you to listen to the first two parts to get up to speed: Watching a $4,000 launch day fade away &nbsp I’ve come to grips with the fact that this product will only serve a niche market of customers,…

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Biggest lesson learned with $15k in seed funding – WordPress Website Design Article

Did you know I started Dropbox before Dropbox was — Dropbox? I’m sure you invented Facebook before that existed too. Be an entrepreneur long enough and you surely see ideas come and go, learning the execution game the hard way — or so they say. In the second episode of this mini-series trip down memory lane, I dive into how I started a company with a friend, received $15k in seed funding, spent it, and folded it all down. What…

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Creating products that empower users – WordPress Website Design Article

Five years ago we launched Conductor plugin, our very first commercial WordPress plugin, and one that (in my opinion) was too far ahead of its time. We were creating an alternative to the (then) clumsy page builder space, with an altruistic flare for “doing things the WordPress way.” Something that became more of a hindrance than a boon, as you can imagine. What felt like a home run, quickly materialized into more of a double — to use a baseball…

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Automattic’s Happy Tools w/ Matt Wondra – WordPress Website Design Article

If you haven’t heard, Automattic is embarking on a new challenge to make remote work easier for small teams and organizations. They’re starting with a tool called Happy Schedule, part of a larger suite aptly named, Happy Tools. I invited lead product developer, Matt Wondra, on to the show to discuss how this product came to life and what future iterations we might expect from his team. WPTavern covered the…

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How to Make Your Software Startup Stand Out and Attract Investments? – Website Design Article

Believe it or not, it’s actually harder than ever for startups to secure early-stage funding to develop new products. That’s despite all of the hype surrounding options like peer to peer lending, initial coin offerings, and the various incubator or accelerator programs that now dot the landscape. The biggest reason for it is the fact that investors have all but stopped pouring funds into mobile development or software-as-a-service (SaaS) startups in favor of an all-in strategy with a small cadre…

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Marieke van de Rakt CEO of Yoast – WordPress Website Design Article

The Yoast plugin is arguably one of the first plugins most WordPress site owners install once they get up and running. I know it’s been a staple for the small business websites I’ve consulted on over the course of many years. Marieke van de Rakt CEO of Yoast &nbsp I was honored to sit down with Marieke van de Rakt to learn more about her role as CEO of the…

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SaaS vs WordPress vs MicroConf vs WordCamp with RogueStartups – WordPress Website Design Article

I love getting new perspectives on our “little” WordPress business world we live in. Today, I’m happy to bring you Craig Hewitt and Dave Rodenbaugh of RogueStartups fame to help us distill the differences between the WordCamp go’ers and MicroConf business builders. How do two business owners living with one hand in the WordPress ecosystem and the other in the SaaS world look at the economy of plugins vs hosted…

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Statamic a WordPress alternative by Jack McDade – WordPress Website Design Article

It’s undeniable that agency owners and consultants have started to look at alternative WordPress CMS software solutions over the last two years. From talking to people here on the podcast to seeing consultants change business offerings after years in business, I can’t help but feel it’s healthy to know your options. While we’ve always known that WordPress is just a tool, it was always so hard to let go of…

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10 Benefits That Make WordPress an Ideal Choice for Startups – WordPress Website Design Article

When WordPress came into existence, it was only known for its blogging capabilities. However, it slowly grew into a content management system that can do more than just being a blogging platform. It is now a multi-purpose platform which can be used in many ways including developing a corporate website, eCommerce sites and so on. After all, it didn’t mean Startups, especially, can take benefit from what WordPress has to offer. After all, it is an open source content management…

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You Need to Spend Money to Make Money (Here’s Why) – WordPress Website Design Article

Entrepreneurs are always looking for ways to cut costs. That’s understandable. After all, cash is the lifeblood of any business, and once you run out of it, you’re done. However, it’s one thing to be frugal and manage your budget wisely, and it’s another thing to be a cheapskate and refuse to spend money even when it makes sense. In fact, quite often when people think that they are saving money they are actually being penny wise and pound foolish,…

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Paul Jarvis Company of One – WordPress Website Design Article

We’re back with another amazing episode of The Matt Report! Paul Jarvis, the author of Company of One and creator of Fathom Analytics & WPComplete, joins me to talk about his new journey of publishing a “real” book. I mean, he’s published e-books before but surely this is *more* real because it’s printed on trees and he has an agent now — right? 🙂 I’ve long been fascinated by the…

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Starting again; Founder of iThemes Cory Miller on leaving Liquid Web – WordPress Website Design Article

Friend of the show Cory Miller returns after recently joining us last season, to talk about starting again.  I’ve always enjoyed Cory’s outlook on life and business so hearing how he’s approaching the new journey just a short year after joining Liquid Web was a reminder that you should never let go of the fundamentals. Jobs, careers, products — they’re just chapters in our lives. Often times, you can feel overwhelmed…

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How to Select the Best Domain Registrar (Our Recommendations) – WordPress Website Design Article

What’s one of the first (and sometimes more difficult) parts of building a website? Yes, the domain name. Sometimes it comes easy–if you already have a company name or if you’re going with your first and last name. But sometimes it takes lots of thought, considering search engines, brand recognition, and how much you might end up spending. Although thinking of the best domain name can be tricky, we’re here to help you out with selecting the best domain registrar.…

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Marketing Features vs Benefits – Are You Using the Right Approach? – WordPress Website Design Article

The old sales saying is that while facts tell, stories sell. Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple in reality. Especially with more technical products or spaces where people need to know exactly what they’re getting. So you have to walk a tightrope when it comes to marketing features vs benefits. You need to highlight specific features so that savvy buyers can easily figure out how you compare, while at the same time not alienating mainstream buyers who might not care…

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