176 episodes

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.

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    • 4.9 • 540 Ratings

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 603 | Bootstrapping HotJar to $40M ARR Using D2C Marketing

    Episode 603 | Bootstrapping HotJar to $40M ARR Using D2C Marketing

    In episode 603, Rob Walling chats with David Darmanin, one of the founders of Hotjar. Hotjar was bootstrapped to $40 million ARR with a fully distributed team of 170 employees. David and his cofounders sold the company for a 9-figure exit in 2021. From their incredible launch story and their unique DTC approach to sales […]

    • 48 min
    Episode 602 | Explaining SaaS Metrics to a Child

    Episode 602 | Explaining SaaS Metrics to a Child

    In episode 602, Rob Walling explains SaaS metrics to his kid. This is a great episode to listen to if you are unfamiliar or not well-versed in SaaS because we dig into from first principles, starting with dollars, revenue, and the purpose of businesses, all the way to SaaS metrics like MRR, ACV, and LTV. […]

    • 30 min
    Episode 601 | Bootstrapping B2B vs. B2C

    Episode 601 | Bootstrapping B2B vs. B2C

    In episode 601, Rob Walling chats with Nick Fogle of ChurnKey. Nick previously cofounded Wavve which was acquired in early 2021. In this conversation, they chat about how the idea for Churnkey came from his other business, decision to sell Wavve, and some of the key differences between bootstrapping a B2C vs a B2B SaaS. […]

    • 39 min
    Episode 600 | When to Hire Your First Manager + What You Should Be Focused On (A Rob Solo Adventure)

    Episode 600 | When to Hire Your First Manager + What You Should Be Focused On (A Rob Solo Adventure)

    In episode 600, join Rob Walling for a solo adventure as he dives into topics ranging from when to hire your first manager to a mental framework for deciding which things to work on vs. what to delegate to your team. He also shares his thought process behind when things take multiple iterations and how […]

    • 31 min
    Episode 599 | Finding the Bootstrapper Hockey Stick

    Episode 599 | Finding the Bootstrapper Hockey Stick

    In episode 599, Rob Walling chats with Dominic “Dom” and Tracy Phillips of CodeSubmit. CodeSubmit provides a library of real-world, take-home tasks in more than 60 coding languages. Some of their customers are Audi, Netflix, Carbon Health, 3M, and Apple. Dom and Tracy were also a part of the spring 2020 batch of TinySeed. During […]

    • 32 min
    Episode 598 | Diversity, Mission & Values, How to Start, and More Listener Questions

    Episode 598 | Diversity, Mission & Values, How to Start, and More Listener Questions

    In episode 598, join Rob Walling as he answers listener emails. Topics range from diversity in the startup ecosystem and when’s the right time to write your company’s mission, philosophy, and values to how to find good business ideas and the different approaches for developing features for a new app. Episode Sponsor: Microsoft for Startups […]

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
540 Ratings

540 Ratings

RoskiDeluge ,

The realness

A real show, with real founders, doing real things. In an era of influencer hacks and spammy growth marketing b.s. it’s incredibly refreshing to listen to people discuss their experiences walking the only true path: the hard path.

Alex J Sanfilippo ,

Finally, a good podcast BY & FOR SaaS founders

I didn't realize how difficult finding a good SaaS podcast would be. Most just cover theory or only want to talk about MRR/ARR. (Also, they ramble on for a long time) Here's a show with shorter episodes with a host who knows SaaS and asks the right questions while providing actionable value. A+ keep it up, Rob!

ابوالياس ٢٢ ,

Best of the best

The best podcast ever!
I am a big fan of it for around 6yeas, it changed my business
Thank you so much

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