Maxime Dupré Acquired 4 Paying Customers in 3 Weeks Earning $40

Maxime Dupré is the founder of birdy.so - a Micro SaaS for Twitter profile A/B testing
 

Tell us about your product and what inspired you to start it?

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
 

How long did it take you to acquire your first 50 customers, and what was your growth strategy?

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.
 

Which technology stack are you using and what challenges and limitations does it pose?

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.
 

What are some of the most essential tools that you use for your business?

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
Just 🚢
 
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