Peldi keeps impressing us with his carefully written and useful articles. I have followed his blog since he released his product and I am convinced he is a great role model for bootstrapped entrepreneurs.
The thing I am most grateful for is that Peldi actually took the time to document the whole process all the way back when he still was working at Adobe and secretly planning to start his own business.
Just go back to his blog and check all the postings from 2008.. a great story. Good work and thanks for sharing how do you do run a great company!
Good question, let me try to answer. I'm doing this out of memory so some might be wrong:
- DropBox is $99 a year for 50Gig
- we get Confluence hosted for free because we're a successful Atlassian plugin developer
- I forget how much Last.fm is but I think it's very cheap, plus the free version is plenty good enough
- I think we're paying about $250/month for Slicehost right now
- a SkypeIn number is $60/year I think
- we're spending $34/month for Freshbooks
- we're spending $49/month for GetSatisfaction because we signed up at the very beginning (they had an offer)
- E-Junkie is $10/month
- Paypal pro is $30/month (I think)
- Spreedly is $19/month
That's pretty much it! What does it add up to? In general, I can tell you that it's a very small percentage of our expenses (salaries is where our $$ goes)...in a way we can't afford NOT to use these tools.
+1 for WriteRoom. I write all of my blog posts there and then migrate them over to Wordpress. I wrote most of our initial business plan in WriteRoom as well. The biggest lesson: formatting is a distraction. Worry about it only after you've got content.
Generally I'm also a big fan of full-screen things -- I live and die by my full-screen, light-colored-on-black Emacs.app.
I haven't upgraded my mac to snow leopard yet. Main reason is I'd like to know - do they have a way of getting a smooth, full-screen console on it yet? On leopard iTerm works. (You used to be able to get a plugin to make normal terminal do it, but this broke in leopard)
Maybe that's how he started with $10,000 and built a $800,000 company in only 10 months. Dude's like a customer service (and marketing) machine.
I argued with a friend the other day that his success was just a perfect storm of such things as "great idea", "great implementation", "lucky timing", and a few other things.
But on reflection, and talking it out, we came to the conclusion that his obsessive attention to customer service and business transparency where the true multiplier that basically got him to the freedom line in less than a year instead of the 5 years it should have taken him.
I've used TextExpander and Typinator. I'm currently using Typinator because it seems to perform better. I remember I was getting some freeze ups with TE a couple years back (don't know if that's still the case).
I would love to know why there seems to be such variation in QSB performance. It has been nothing but a dog-slow pile of fail for me and everyone else I know who has tried it, but apparently it works just fine for some people. Quicksilver was always fast for me and now that it is no longer being maintained I have found LaunchBar to be a nice alternative if you don't mind paying a couple of bucks.
Agreed. On Leopard QSB was much faster than spotlight. However, when I upgraded to Snow Leopard, it got 10x slower. Funny thing though... Spotlight got significantly faster. So I'm not using just Spotlight.