Maxime Dupré Acquired 4 Paying Customers in 3 Weeks Earning $40
Table of Contents
- Tell us about your product and what inspired you to start it?
- How long did it take you to acquire your first 50 customers, and what was your growth strategy?
- Which technology stack are you using and what challenges and limitations does it pose?
- What are some of the most essential tools that you use for your business?
- What have been some of the biggest insights you've gained since starting your entrepreneurial journey?
- Your recommended books/podcasts/newsletters etc.:
I'm a huge fan of Twitter since I discovered the indie makers community. I wanted to create a product around this passion of mine, so I started experimenting with the Twitter API and I eventually landed on profile A/B testing as a cool problem to solve
Birdy is around 2-3 weeks old, and I have not launched officially yet, but I'm proud to say that I have 4 paying users.
My growth strategy is basically to keep building my audience and leverage the power of social media! There is a nice synergy between my Twitter product success and my Twitter audience building success.
I'm using my favourite full-stack JS framework of all time, SvelteKit.
I'm not sure it was the right framework to build a business on, since it's still in beta, but hey, gotta also have some fun.
Apart from that, a lot of background jobs with Redis and a cool library called BullMQ.
I'm not using too many tools right now, so here's my simple stack:
Heroku → server
Plausible → analytics
Mailchimp + Useplunk → emails
Stripe → payments
UptimeRobot → monitoring
Sentry → error tracking
What have been some of the biggest insights you've gained since starting your entrepreneurial journey?
I have learned to validate your idea quickly. Don't spend more than 2 weeks to start and ship an MVP. This forces you to implement the Pareto principle and Parkinson's law. I'm more of a pure programmer, so this is quite the paradigm shift for me. I learned to stop over-optimizing everything. I learned to ship imperfect products. I learned to optimize feedback and iterations instead
I'm a big podcast listener. I listen to podcasts for multiple hours per day. My top 3 currently:
1. The Joe Rogan Experience
2. My First Million
3. Indie Hackers