How I built 21 products in 2 years

Speed is solopreneurs' best friend. Here is how to get ideas and build them fast.

2017: I spent a year building a startup that made $0.
2023: I launched 10 products and made $263,000.

Speed is solopreneurs' best friend. Here is how to get ideas and build them fast.

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Build-in-public update

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An idea, quick

The most successful products were built by solopreneurs scratching their itches. Pieter Levels building NomadList while traveling the world is a great example.

There are tons of existing problems gravitating around you. Build a habit of looking around. If you’re working 9/5, it’s the best place to explore. Search for experiences that bother you. Or knowledge you wish you had.

If nothing comes, start something new. Try a new sport, start a new daily routine, or acquire new skills. You can also solve universal problems: Businesses want more revenue, and people want to be more productive. Finally, you can upgrade a product you or your friends are using.

When you get started, ideas don’t matter. Building them does. You’ll discover real problems and get tons of promising ideas.

The 24-hour startup

My 2017 startup failure went like this: I threw away all the code, quit my girlfriend, and moved to a new country.

The more time invested, the higher the expectations. In the tough world of entrepreneurship where expectations are rarely met, spending months on a product is a recipe for burnout.

Every startup has a 24-hour version: Airbnb is a spreadsheet, and Instagram is a Google Drive.

Find yours. Remove all non-critical features. Spend a week or two building. Write a good headline and ship with a buy button.

Building a successful startup is a repetition of tiny failures.

Be comfortable being imperfect. Take action. Now is a good time to write some code.

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