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Dashiell Bark-Huss is incredible. She lived in a van for three years, where she taught herself to code. She created WishTender as a solo developer after a friend suggested it would be useful. After Dashiell launched, her spouse began working with her, and they have bootstrapped the business to 50k+ users in 1.5 years.
WishTender is an international wish list that ensures you receive gift funds quickly and without worry (privately).
[00:41] - Learning how to code in 1.5 years in order to launch a SaaS.
[02:25] - An untapped market opportunity - anonymous gifts.
[07:23] - Growing to $30K monthly revenue without prior experience.
[09:05] - Navigating the difficulties of a non-tech entrepreneur.
[12:33] - Manual outreach to 100s of people to find the first paying customers.
[13:17] - Organic expansion through word of mouth and Twitter posting.
[14:22] - Bootstrapped success - having money and trying to figure out how to spend it.
[16:00] - Focusing on customers and their needs.
[18:24] - Starting from scratch again - address the struggles and share them in public.
[20:40] - Patience and persistence of a founder.
“Patience and persistence is the most important thing.“ - Dashiell
“The most successful founders don't really give specific advice because they know it is very hard to give the right advice.“ - Dashiell
“A lot of advice you will get, beware of the advice you're getting. Are they founders? Are they successful founders? Are they just lucky?“ - Dashiell
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