Arvid talks about his new SaaS project and the struggle of building an MVP.
Arvid talks about an unsettling experience he had with a side project — and how to avoid tech choice brain freeze.
Arvid talks about the difference between building an audience and building FOR an audience.
Arvid shares a 5-step framework for finding a viable audience.
Arvid talks about setting up your business to be as sellable as possible.
Arvid talks about documentation and it's not boring!
Arvid talks about why companies get acquired and what to watch out for.
Arvid talks about how to keep your messaging and internal positioning aligned.
Arvid talks about his journey writing and publishing a book that, to his surprise, sold 1000 copies within a week.
Arvid talks about how to approach positioning, and when to adjust it.
Arvid talks about how you can leverage tribes for your business and shares his own experiences with these communities.
Arvid talks about hiring — and spends a lot of time recounting his mistakes and the catastrophic results of not hiring early enough.
Arvid talks about removing features, the risks & advantages of pruning your product.
Arvid talks about extensions and integrations, how FeedbackPanda benefited from them, and which obstacles they encountered.
Arvid talks about how SOPs make your business more sellable, and how they worked at FeedbackPanda.
Arvid talks about roadmaps, how they can be used to build trust, and where the risks lie.
Arvid talks about ways to build lasting relationships with your customers and shares the learnings from his book launch.
Arvid talks about how to talk to customers to continuously validate your business. He also talks about platform and dependency risks.
Arvid talks about how you can use being a bootstrapper to your advantage when dealing with prospects and customers.
Arvid talks about how you can leverage tribes, water-coolers, and word of mouth for your marketing efforts.
Arvid talks about the risks of Freemium and Lifetime accounts and how to keep an open mind as a founder.
Arvid talks about the benefits of offering yearly subscription plans from the start.
In a dual-topic episode, Arvid talks about delicately removing old plans and profit-sharing for your early employees.
Arvid talks about pricing strategies, how to find a good initial price, cost/value/aspirational models, and more.
Arvid talks about the kinds of misalignments that can trouble your business.
Arvid explains how to make your service noticeably better for the majority of your users without making the product harder to use.
Arvid talks feature prioritization: Scoring, the Kano Model, and Story Mapping — how and why they work.
Arvid talks about how to create repeatable, reliable, and resilient processes and systems for your business.
Arvid explains the core attributes that make products stick around: focus, simplicity, and extensibility.
Arvid talks about how you can make sure you pick the right tech for your business.
Arvid shares an actionable framework for deciding if you should build or buy (and the mistakes he made in the past).
Arvid shares the actionable steps you can take right now to recession-proof your business.
Arvid explains how to release software effectively and safely.
Arvid talks about how he dealt with anxiety when running FeedbackPanda.
Arvid talks about transparency, open data, and why bootstrappers usually stop sharing information about their businesses.
Arvid talks about how you can make sure you're still solving the right problem for the right people and if you still enjoy it.
Arvid explains what an MVP is, how to scope and time it, and what should go into a successful product.
Arvid talks about how you can find out if your potential acquirer is a good candidate, and what the red flags are.
Arvid talks about the kinds of churn founders will encounter, and which ones are actually welcome.
Arvid talks about the FeedbackPanda customer service system allowed them to run the business with 0 employees.
Arvid talks about the weird conversations you will have as a founder, and how to deal with them.
Arvid talks about why software products are never finished, and which kinds of changes you can expect to make.
Arvid explains the kinds of imaginary responsibilities he encountered in his business and how to deal with them.
Arvid talks about how to price aspirationally, underpricing, overpricing, and how much initial prices really matter.
Arvid talks about what to look out for when choosing a co-founder and his experience with his co-founders, good and bad.
Arvid talks about what makes a problem painful, what kinds of pains there are, and what questions you should be asking your prospective customers to find them.
Arvid shows how you can discover the risks your solution poses to the workflow of your prospective customers.
Arvid talks about how you can find meaningful numbers to help you pick the right market for your bootstrapped SaaS. For B2B, B2BC, and B2C markets, he shows you how you can get the most accurate figures.
Arvid talks about the right kinds of markets for bootstrapped businesses, what qualities they should have and how markets can change for better or worse.
Arvid talks about niche audiences, what makes them special, and how you can build a business around them.
Arvid talks about how to make sure you're solving the most important problem of your audience. He explains what properties make a problem critical, how it's valued, and how you can find it.
Arvid talks about the referral system of FeedbackPanda, how referral systems work, the benefits and risks that you and your customers will be exposed to, as well as how and when to start building a referral system.
Arvid explains how to prepare for talking to prospective customers, which kinds of customers to avoid, and how to best learn of their problems without asking leading questions.
In the first episode of The Bootstrapped Founder podcast, Arvid talks about starting, running, and selling FeedbackPanda, his crooked career path, and what listeners can expect from future episodes of the podcast.
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