Topic: The Web App Challenge

Why you can’t sign up for my SaaS app

Today I announced a radical new direction for ConvertKit, my email marketing SaaS application:  You can’t create an account. Seriously, go to the website and try to pay me. You can’t. Like every other SaaS business, ConvertKit’s goal is to make money. So why remove every payment method from the site? Well, I have a […]

What can you do in six months? Concluding The Web App Challenge

How long is six months? It’s not the number of days that matter, but instead what you can do with them. At the beginning of this year I wanted to know if I could turn six months into a brand new business. A business with actual demand, customers, and most importantly, revenue. On December 31st, […]

Web App Challenge Update: The Final Stretch

I’ve been a little quiet about The Web App Challenge lately. Launching Authority and speaking at a BaconBizConf have taken up all my time. Though I’ve still been hard at work. Progress has been made every day, but it is still slower than I would like (which is all my fault). Revenue Currently ConvertKit makes […]

Three exciting words

Today I announced my latest book, Authority: Become an expert, build a following, and gain financial independence. It’s everything I know about self-publishing and launching a product online. You know that ebook you’ve been wanting to write? I’ll give you a a step-by-step guide to take you from idea all the way through to a […]

All Bugs Have Software

At WordCamp San Francisco in 2009 Matt Mullenweg was on stage answering audience questions. Someone asked about a recent, fairly serious, bug in WordPress. Matt responded “Well, all bugs have software…” He meant, “All software has bugs” (and quickly corrected himself after a good laugh), but I like the accidental version better. We will make […]

Wireframing your web application

There are many “right” ways to design an application, so I want to be clear that this is my workflow (and the one I recommend), but it’s not mandatory. I know other designers who just jump right into Photoshop (or code) and produce great work. But if you find yourself having trouble visualizing a design […]

The first 8 weeks of The Web App Challenge

Wow, the last eight weeks have gone quickly. On December 31st I announced my goal of going from no idea what to build to having a profitable web application making $5000/month at the end of six months. You can read that post here.   Meet my developer Since about week three I’ve been working with […]