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An indie software developer attempts to turn his calendar app into a successful business. No ads, no BS. Just candid updates.You'll love this show if you’re a product builder or ever wondered what it’s like to build an app or an internet business from scratch.

Campfire: Compass Calendar Switchback

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An indie software developer attempts to turn his calendar app into a successful business. No ads, no BS. Just candid updates.You'll love this show if you’re a product builder or ever wondered what it’s like to build an app or an internet business from scratch.

    Harder than I thought

    Harder than I thought

    Damn. Turning this app into a company is harder than I thought it'd be. Here's why:
    High expectations for calendarsMy inconvenient emotionsListen along to hear what I mean.

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    Campfire audio by Dynamicell

    • 6 min
    Be Like Tim

    Be Like Tim

    Tim Duncan wasn't very flashy or exceptionally athletic for an NBA player. But his commitment to the fundamentals made him one of the best players of all-time. I explain my attempt to be more like Tim  by focusing on time and money management as I build V1 of my calendar app.


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    Campfire audio by Dynamicell

    • 8 min
    Seeing yourself as a giant

    Seeing yourself as a giant

    An update about building Compass Calendar, and the challenge of seeing yourself differently.

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    Campfire audio by Dynamicell

    • 4 min
    Season 3: Building Compass Calendar

    Season 3: Building Compass Calendar

    Each month I give an update on what aspect of the app and business I’ve been working on, and what I learned along the way.

    No ads, no BS. Just a short, candid update about what things are like behind the scenes.

    You'll love this show if you’re a product builder or ever wondered what it’s like to build an app or an internet business from scratch.

    • 42 sec
    Buzzsprout

    Buzzsprout

    Buzzsprout is the #1 paid podcast host. 

    THEME: Keeping things simple

    BIG IDEA: It's easy for podcast hosting to get complicated: RSS feeds, analytics, ads, marketing, device compatibility, scaling -- the list of things a podcast host accounts for is enormous. Despite this complexity, Buzzsprout has managed to make the experience of hosting a podcast extremely simple. The result: podcasters feel confident trusting their show and audience with Buzzsprout, because everything 'just works.' (That's exactly why this show has been hosted by Buzzsprout since 2018).

    FAVORITE QUOTE: "Your competition is to be better than you were last episode [...] Shift the conversation away from how many people listened to your podcast and focus more on what is the positive impact you're making” -- Tom's advice for podcasters
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    • 51 min
    Cloakist

    Cloakist

    Cloakist puts your pages from platforms like Notion & AirTable at your domain with your branding. Guest Louis Barclay is the Founder.
    THEME: Own Your Digital Footprint
    BIG IDEA:
    Controlling your digital footprint affords credibility, brand consistency, and more control over your audience. Instead of sending people to your public page on BigTechPlatform.com/LongUglyURL18393xyz, send them to YourWebsite.com/signup and customize that page however you want. As our share of public digital assets (docs, spreadsheets, databases, social posts) grows, so does the usefulness of making them cohesive. By taking back some ownership of our digital assets from the platforms that they exist on, we can elevate them for ourselves and our audiences.
    FAVORITE QUOTE:
    "You gotta stop and find the people who are gonna use it first and find some really compelling evidence that they’re gonna use it. And even then I wouldn’t build, I’d do a bunch of marketing to get a waitlist built up. Even then I wouldn’t build. I’d just make sure the concept works and do it for a few people. Once you’re spending too much time on tasks that could be automated, I’d say you could build.”
    MORE:
    The infamous Atlassian issue that started Cloakist
    Louis' other products mentioned: Nudge, Stacker
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