Here's a direct quote from the site:
Every day, we scour the web and find every single startup that just
raised money. We collect information about these companies, like
revenue, size, LinkedIn and Twitter profiles, CEO information,
emails, and much more.
We then further investigate, and verify manually every entry on the
list. Every single data point is checked, every single email is
verified. Manually. By a human.
Edit: added quotes.
(I think it is also an RFC standard, not just gmail, but don't quote me on this).
I use this service a lot.
Anything about them you mislike?
You can do this in gmail with filters, unless I'm missing something about the use case.
Just because you can commit every day means absolutely nothing if the commits are garbage.
What better way to demonstrate that the commit graph is a not an indicator of a profile's importance? Hopefully someone who sees gitifi style art in the graph will immediately realize that they should take it with a grain of salt, and instead read the code.
What I will say is that that over-incentivizing active commit histories leads to weird market solutions like this one. The problem isn't a product that populates your commit history for a fee, the problem is an over reliance on arbitrary GitHub commits as a proxy for developer talent.
So I started doing tiny commits to counter that.
I would gladly use this thing as a f* you before leaving.
But man would it be hilarious to grill someone during an interview about this. "Oh wow! You're coding even on holidays! How about we do a quick look at your commits and you can tell us about your progress on some of these projects?"
I've never had someone ask about my GitHub and it's on my resume. Probably because it's fairly inactive and I regularly take down projects I'm not proud of.
Is someone getting a interview or a job because they have a trivial useless repo spammed with commits?
Like it or not, sending unsolicited email is how millions of sales professionals make a living. Before email it was unsolicited mail, voice mail, or phone calls. Outbound sales is an essential part of the world we live in.
Honestly, I'm surprised that this is news to you.
Im pretty sure
almost every one on Cyberlead's list sends annoying "drip campaign" emails.
That said, there is a restriction against sending messages to harvested emails, although I’m not sure how that’s defined or what legal precedents there are regarding that.
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If you pirate something like indie games, music, films... that's pretty blatantly scummy.
Otherwise, go ahead and argue that pirating is lazy, unethical, selfish, etc.... but it's definitely not "scummy."
I'm not an expert on laws, GDPR, when consent is needed, by whom, etc.
This is a side project that just started gaining a little bit of traction, and I'll certainly look into all the above.
However, the emails I add are publicly available, found on the internet. Not from some leaked database.
I also have prices high in order to keep spammers away and have a small handful of customers. I only have about twenty, and they are targeting different kind of startups.
> Recital 47 of the GDPR states that “The processing of personal data for direct marketing purposes may be regarded as carried out for a legitimate interest”. However, if you intend to rely on legitimate interest rather than consent, you will need to apply the following three-part test:
> 1. The purpose test: Are you processing personal data in pursuit of a legitimate interest?
> 2. The necessity test: Is the processing proportionate to achieving your aims?
> 3. The balancing test: Is your legitimate interest overridden by the rights of the person whose data you’re processing?
> This is a side project that just started gaining a little bit of traction, and I'll certainly look into all the above.
You are selling a product without even knowing the legality of doing so?
For those nodding in agreement, ask yourself whether this line of thinking would hold up in court.
Rather than facilitating cold-calls to startup founders/leaders (which, let's face it, is generally a waste of their time and which they probably don't deserve that kind of punishment), why not expose the emails/contact-info of executives for bad actors in the marketplace, companies that have recently been sued or charged with crimes or civil complaints (by the SEC/FCC/etc.), companies that have had exposes written about them, etc.?
I'm not saying this will be a more profitable service or anything btw; in fact I'm quite certain it will have much less profit opportunity. But maybe this is something you can do to buy back some goodwill, to counterbalance the profit-seeking and cold-call/spam enabling side of this project.
I've bootstrapped a moderately successful SaaS and have enjoyed many revenue milestones along the way but those were milestones not goals. The goals are lifestyle based. Things like "I want to never have another traditional job" or "I want to be debt free" are much more powerful than "I want to hit $2000 MRR".
That said, look, building and selling things is amazing and I suggest everybody do it. If you only have a little time, build small things and sell them cheaply. But there is a self empowerment that comes from creating your own income that has an impact far beyond the actual dollars themselves.
Congrats Alex, good goal or not, it's a notable achievement.
This is something that's rarely said (or snidely dismissed as "lifestyle business") but is so very important.
Realizing that you are not completely reliant on someone to employ you, that you can derive income from multiple streams and then actually seeing it happen is an incredible feeling.
I don't think that's where the feeling of empowerment comes from. Instead of doing a good job to impress your boss you do a good job to impress your customers. That feeling, I believe, comes from the fact that generating your own revenue stream makes you a "one man team". You pulled all the right strings, you pushed the right buttons, you spoke to the all right people. You took your idea from back of the napkin drawing to actual functioning and successful business. You don't get to do that as an employee.
By the way, most jobs are not about impressing bosses. You can make a career just doing your work. The right people will notice, specially in small companies.
Now I don’t have goals anymore. My idea of personal growth is to keep rearranging my life so that I'm doing fewer things I'd rather not be doing.
No goals. Just anti-goals.
I think he says something like "if I was 100 and looked back and wrote 100 unpublished novels, would I be happy with that?". I think using something like that as a guide for setting goals is good because it keeps you pointed in the right direction and makes the goals things you can actually control.
I don't write software side projects because I think they will turn out to be the next big thing or make me famous and rich, I do them because I get enjoyment out of writing code that solves a problem (usually my own).
Thus, I disagree that goals like "becoming a famous author" entirely out of your control. There are definite steps one could take towards such a goal, but as with anything in life there's never a guarantee. Granted, you do have less control over the outcome if your goal depends on other people, like becoming famous, but those steps still exist and could include things like networking extensively, spending a lot of time self-promoting, polishing your image, hanging out with the rich and famous, etc.
The problem, I think, is that a lot of people tend to think that goals like "becoming a famous author" and "writing good books" are the same, or that the latter will automatically lead to the former, and when they figure out that the strategies for getting there are different they become disillusioned.
But you can be very motivated and ruining your life, as much as you only focus in arrive to your goal and reject the present (especially if you don’t like your current situation, don’t enjoy the ride and only want to reach the goal to let yourself to be happy)
It's not so much about not having goals at all but about not having a bitter present
Which I think is the real question OP is asking: "Why if I've hit this goal do I keep doing this? Why does it feel so unsatisfying?"
I've linked to the spot in the interview but the answer is to really enjoy the work and the process.
I feel this myself (as someone with a decent sized SAAS), that I still really enjoy helping people, answering support emails, getting on calls with them. It feels more satisfying than arbitrary revenue goals.
This discussion with Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Louis CK and Ricky Gervais is worth watching for anyone interested in that aspect of comedy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKY6BGcx37k
Not everyone that focuses on the process makes lots of money. However, some of the people that make lots of money do it as a byproduct of focusing on the process.
We're all familiar with the stereotype of the dev who's obsessed with polishing their code that nobody is using.
"The hedonic treadmill, also known as hedonic adaptation, is the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes."
Nothing brings joy to entrepreneurs more than the “process of building” and crafting products.
Your paragraph reminded me of Steve Jobs reply to Kara Swisher when she asked for his thoughts on surpassing Microsoft in market valuation.
He said: “It doesn’t matter. It’s not what’s important. It’s not what makes you come in the morning. Not why any of our customers buy our products.
It’s good to keep that in mind and remember what we are doing and why”
Like this for example:
TIL people are willing to pay for fake GitHub activity.
What if I have a family? What if I have -any- other hobbies than just programming all day? What if I have other obligations or just want to -relax- after work?
I wouldn't pay for a service like this (I would write a simple script, can't be that hard), but I don't find it unethical either. You want to be lazy and just look at some numbers? Here are your numbers. I'd be willing to bet that it never comes up again once hired. Actually, I just wouldn't apply to a company that places that much weight on github contribution history. But if I had zero industry experience and was just trying to get any job, the situation might be different.
OP, congrats on hitting your MRR goal!
I've been spending more time meditating and reading about mindfulness recently, and it's helped me become aware of just how infrequently I'm truly happy and present. I can be in the most idyllic setting and situation, and part of my brain is wondering how I can improve it, or what I can do to feel that way all the time, etc.
Why is it so difficult to turn off the past- and future-oriented parts of my brain and just be? To just enjoy this?
From Ecclesiastes, one of the few parts of the Christian scriptures that still interests me.
Also it makes me think I may try this tweet-style writing also, and modify my CSS to look more like his, because I like it a lot.
> Me and my girlfriend wanted to watch a movie on Netflix (...)I watched the film on Netflix.
I'm starting to notice this pattern a lot both in person and on the internet. How long until Netflix becomes a verb? It doesn't add to the story, but somehow people feel compelled to advertise the service they use.
People think of virtual sites and services similarly to how they think of physical places. This link has been identified during the web's infancy: you don't download documents online. You navigate and visit a site. Those words are used for both physical and virtual activities. You "go somewhere".
The site or service conveys details about the nature of the activity too. Watching movies on Netflix may paint a mental picture of adults relaxing while watching a relatively mature show. Watching movies on Disney Plus might imply that the adults were spending time with their kids or whatever. Same to real life locations again, you might tell people that you went for a drive down the beach rather than a drive through the city. These simple details can help say a lot about the nature of the drive.
regarding your luck, you may be aware of the 4 kinds of luck (https://medium.com/@ameet/the-four-kinds-of-luck-ea729970d71...) - by putting your reps in, you exposed yourself to type 2 luck, luck that just happens randomly, but it happens because you did something. good for you!
In parallel, I was building my first side project, or more precisely I was starting to add pricing for the first time to a side project
As a result I had, at the same time, a stream of several thousands of euros, and MY FIRST 19€ from something I BUILT MYSELF
I was incredibly more proud of the latter. There is a sense of pride, of accomplishment, in thinking that you've built something useful enough for someone to open their wallet for you
Good job on your part and keep sailing!
I have a goal I'm working towards. Mine is to achieve financial independence in 2020.
I've reached $800 MRR so far. My goal is to reach $2k MRR.
On a brighter note, I appreciate your writing style; short, sweet, and clear.
I was caught a bit by surprise to be honest, as I did not post the article myself.
The article is very sloppy and it shows, so sorry for putting you through that! I also left-aligned the text as people requested.
I'm happy that people enjoyed it and can relate :)
"Fortunate favors the prepared." The highly random nature of internet karma should probably be more well publicized by now. If ten years ago, I gave myself all the blog posts I'd write over the next ten years, I would not have predicted correctly which ones would be most popular. Not that I write for the pageviews, or even write all that often. If you think of it as a multiarmed bandit problem, you kinda have to publish without a goal in mind in order to have enough arms to pull to find and iterate on the few good ones. This is why IMO, it helps to have a few input goals as well as outcomes.
AFAICT, content marketing is basically posting good stuff and hoping some of the traffic rubs off on your sales funnel. Like that Sparkfun rotary cell phone from way back when, though obviously it helps when you sell the parts to your ironic nobody-would-buy-this product online.
> I smashed my infamous $500 MRR goal. It was a huge mental barrier for me. The sad thing is that once again I was tricked. I was chasing this goal for more than two years, and now it means nothing to me. It's dead. Cold. Meaningless. Like it was never there in the first place.
Elsewhere on his site Alex describes his goals as 'humble' but that may be part of the psychological problem here; even he believes they're not the same as even modest success. $500 MRR feels meaningless because it _is_. Why does 500 MRR matter? If you borrow the OKR framework, perhaps he would reframe the Objective (goal) as 'build a business capable of sustaining my preferred lifestyle', and then the MRR target would have meaning as a key result?
The Objective/Key-Result framework provide two major benefits:
First, it gives you the means to tie your metrics to something meaningful, and the ability to fact check your assumptions. Make more money isn't necessarily meaningful, but 'quit my day job' or 'send my kid to art school' can be. Perhaps the $500 MRR goal feels meaningless because the lifestyle goal _is_ the real Objective, but the $500 MRR Key Result is insufficient to meet it.
The second thing it does is provide a process for breaking Big Problems into smaller ones. You'll probably need multiple strategies to reach any important Objective, and the KRs help you break them into smaller steps. Which themselves can be treated as Objectives with their own KRs. Using https://stripe.com/atlas/guides/business-of-saas#the-fundame... as a guide for how to break down the 'big number' can help, but there is no predictive formula for maximizing it.
Nearly every thought is a separate paragraph.
Throw in center alignment and it's enough to drive me batty.
Decent blog post content, though.
Let me let you in on a secret.
People LIKE reading text formatted like this.
No, they LOVE IT.
It's so easy to read.
So seductive. So .... enticing
Every line like honey. So much sugar. It makes you want more
And it's easy to write.
Easy to read.
Always feels like something is coming.
Committing to junk repositories is fraud too?
If you hate getting spam emails, hit "spam" and get that domain blacklisted, it creates a natural balance where the quality of cold outreach grows. And I doubt real hiring decisions are being made from git commit history badges.
Kudos for going out there and adding value to the people that are paying for your products.
Then there are people like you praising it, and just because the goal of capitalism -- to amass as much wealth as you can -- is being met. Even though it's a complete fucking waste of human potential.
Makes life seem pointless.
My opinion is that not everything we do in life needs to aimed towards the lofty self-actualization of mankind... or even the lofty self-actualization of one's self, which is the point being made later in the blog post.
Sometimes you wanna build something and see what happens. Hell yea I'll praise that.
Most human progress is made incrementally and in all directions, with many of the paths failing. The original versions of many extraordinary things seemed like meaningless branches of a capitalistic society.
There was a time when people played chess over telegraph, and considered telegraphy as a technology nothing more than a strange novelty.*
* For more, I highly recommend checking out the book "The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers"