Creating a Massive Community and Making It Profitable with Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt

The rest of the newsletter has kind of been a downer, so I wanted to leave you on a positive note! This is a great episode of the Indie Hackers podcast with Ryan Hoover, founder of Product Hunt. He peels back the current and shows you what it’s like running one of the startup world’s favorite communities.

Source: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/067-ryan-hoover-of-product-hunt

Lessons from Chance the Rapper (Value Chains and Profit Pools)

A long, but interesting read on Chance the Rapper’s approach to building his brand and what you can learn from it. For those who don’t know, Chance has typically given away his music for free and made the bulk of his money touring and selling merch. He’s also still independent, he’s never signed with a record label.

Source: https://25iq.com/2018/09/01/lessons-from-chance-the-rapper-value-chains-and-profit-pools/

This 7-figure CEO is sick of growth. So now what?

This article dives into how Baremetrics founder Josh Pigford plans to keep his company growing — even though he’s tired of thinking about growth. There’s a trend happening here… can you spot it?

Source: http://growthlab.com/this-7-figure-ceo-is-sick-of-growth-so-now-what/

Matt D’Avella

Jason Zook has become one of my favorite Entrepreneurs/Makers to follow lately. In this interview he goes into the story behind building a $1.2 million business wearing t-shirts for brands, how he made himself miserable despite the success and ended up with over $100,000 in debt, selling his last name, and finally building a super interesting new business with his wife and the goal to grow slowly and sustainably.

Source: http://mattdavella.com/074/

How I built a global tech community and company with zero code

The tools available today make it completely possible to get a tech company off the ground without writing any code, but there still aren’t many widely-known stories of non-technical founders bootstrapping their way to success. In this blog post Abadesi Osunsade, founder of Hustle Crew, shares her story about building a global community with zero code.

Source: https://peopleofcolorintech.com/articles/how-i-built-a-global-tech-community-and-company-with-zero-code/

How Box Conquered the Enterprise and Became a $1.7 Billion Company in a Decade

In this case study from Hiten Shah and Product Habits they dive into the success of Box, the enterprise cloud storage company that took the world by storm. They go over how box mastered enterprise sales and became a $1.7 billion company in a decade.

Source: https://producthabits.com/how-box-conquered-the-enterprise-and-became-a-1-7-billion-company-in-a-decade/

How Stitch Fix’s Katrina Lake Built A $3 Billion Business

This is a good quick read on how Katrina Lake grew Stitch Fix into a $3 billion business and took the company public. Lake is the youngest female founder to ever take a company public and Stitch Fix’s IPO was the only tech IPO in 2017 led by a woman. Also, it’s a crazy cool company that goes against all of the norms in VC.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/moiraforbes/2018/08/09/katrina-lake-billion-dollar-business/

The Holloway Guide to Equity Compensation — Holloway

This is an epic guide to equity compensation from Holloway, a really interesting new company. They’re building massive guides to tough subjects and creating software to enable collaboration on the guides. This is their first one and if you’re an employee at a startup or a founder it will be super useful.

Source: https://www.holloway.com/g/equity-compensation/

How 20-Year-Old Kylie Jenner Built A $900 Million Fortune In Less Than 3 Years

This article was all over my Twitter timeline yesterday. People went back and forth between praising Jenner’s estimated $230 million in profits (with 7 employees) and mocking the story for calling her a self-made billionaire. It’s certainly a lot easier to make millions when you’re born into the most famous family in America. But there’s still plenty to learn from her empire building.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesdigitalcovers/2018/07/11/how-20-year-old-kylie-jenner-built-a-900-million-fortune-in-less-than-3-years/

How FanDuel founders and staff lost out to Wall Street

The Scottish fantasy sports site FanDuel was once valued at more than $1 billion, but its founders and early investors are now left with nothing. Read about how the company went from tech darling to another cautionary tale about what happens when VC investments go wrong.

Source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-fanduel-founders-and-staff-lost-out-to-wall-street-q2j0v3npl