The longest running (and most popular) podcast for bootstrapped and mostly bootstrapped startups, this show follow the stories of founders as they start, acquire, and grow SaaS companies. Hear when they fail, struggle, succeed, and take you with them through the tumultuous life of a SaaS founder. If you like Mixergy, This Week in Startups, or SaaStr, you’ll enjoy Startup for the Rest of Us.
Episode 615 | Bootstrappable Businesses, Cargo Culting, and How Pricing Affects Growth (A Rob Solo Adventure)
In episode 615, join Rob Walling for a solo adventure where he covers what makes a business bootstrappable (and things to avoid), cargo culting, and how large of a business you can build at different customer lifetime value levels. Episode Sponsor: Hiring developers has been tough for years, but it is even tougher these days. […]
Episode 614 | Deciding When to Quit Your Day Job, Founder Anxiety, and More Listener Questions
In episode 614, Rob Walling chats with fan favorite Derrick Reimer. They start out by talking about Derrick’s decision to take a sabbatical from The Art of Product podcast after co-hosting it with Ben Orenstein for more than 5 years. Then, they answer a handful of listener questions, including when to quit your day job to […]
Episode 613 | Hacking Your Founder Psychology
In episode 613, Rob Walling chats with Dr. Sherry Walling about the release of her new book, Touching Two Worlds: A guide for finding hope in the landscape of loss. They cover a lot in this episode, including the hustle of launching a book, the behind the scenes of how Sherry has hacked her own […]
Episode 612 | Balancing a Side Project and Going Full-time on Your Product
In episode 612, Rob Walling chats with longtime friend and repeat podcast guest Dave Rodenbaugh. Dave was even at the very first MicroConf back in 2011.
In this episode, we have a candid conversation on our experiences balancing side projects with a day job, struggling with the decision in our own different ways of when to quit, and the surprising habits you have to unlearn once you are finally independent of the day job and consulting work.
Topics we cover:
[1:27] Dave’s thought process behind expanding Recapture
[5:34] The decision to go full-time on Recapture
[15:05] Dave’s process for unlearning bad employee / consultant habits
[20:07] The danger of the arrival fallacy
[24:20] What would you do if you sold the business?
[26:03] Balancing a side project with your day job
Episode 611 | Bootstrapping ProfitWell to a $200M Exit (with Patrick Campbell)
In episode 611, join Rob Walling as he chats with Patrick Campbell, the cofounder of ProfitWell, on how he and his co-founders bootstrapped ProfitWell to a $200 million exit. Profitwell was acquired by Paddle earlier this year. We dive into a bunch of topics you have not heard elsewhere, including details about the actual transaction, […]
Episode 610 | How I Would Start Over Today, Bad Habits of Solopreneurs, and the Benefits of a Day Job (A Rob Solo Adventure)
In episode 610, join Rob Walling for a solo adventure where he talks about the benefits of working a day job before launching your company, some bad habits he picked up in the early days, why the college dropout narrative is annoying, and what he would do if he was starting over today. Topics we […]
great podcast to keep me thinking
the founder journey is lonely but hearing these guys talk once a week always gets me excited and helps my wheels turn.
The podcast that changed my life
This podcast was instrumental in my journey from blah day job to successful tech founder. Rob (& Mike for the first 450 episodes or so) bring useful, actionable advice every week. I also really appreciate the honest delivery, with none of the radio DJ sliminess that so many podcast seem to think they need to sound professional. This podcast is easy to listen to and worth every second spent and then some.
I only wish I’d found this sooner
Somehow, I got a year past the launch of my project, PanelJam.com without ever doing any research about what it takes to succeed. I thought all you needed were design and development chops but I was so wrong! Thank you Rob and Mike, you’ve helped me turn my ship around. 🙏