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January 26, 2021 00:36:40
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MicroConf Refresh Episode 27: Ask Me Anything with Jason Fried, Co-Founder, Hey & Basecamp

http://microconfremote.com Chapter 4: Onto something new… There is something to be said about bootstrapping your business to millions in revenue, to stick by it and still hold the keys, over 2 decades after launch. It is rare to see the founders of any company stick it out for that long… but there isn’t much that isn’t rare about the founder journey that our next storyteller can share. It begs you to wonder, when the only pre-ordained next step in your roadmap to building your business is “The End”, but you’ve not reached that ending… what is there left to do to fill the next few chapters. That is how we’re going to end our story. And ending that keeps moving forward but jis yet untold. With our guest, Jason Fried, Co-Founder of Basecamp and Hey!, we hosted an open ask me anything about what it took to grow Basecamp to the degree of success it reached, how the small bootstrapped team was able to develop a competitor to the likes of Gmail or Yahoo Mail, and their very public spat with the Apple App Store in mid-2020. Check out the full-length conference video ...

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January 19, 2021 00:15:54
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MicroConf Refresh Episode 26: The Office: Training Your Team To Get The Job Done Without You: Nate Grahek - MicroConf Remote

http://microconfremote.com Let’s face it – there comes a time in a founder’s lifecycle within their company where having them on support emails is a terrible idea. Eventually, you’re going to have the assets to be able to afford a marketing person, and THAT person is now responsible for all of the copyrighting. You cannot be the only person doing demos. In time, if your company has found product market fit and your growing in ways that allow you to bring on more help – its time to create a structure so that you can let them know how to move through a project…. without you. Nate Grahek, Founder of Sticky Albums, is going to share a few pointers for how he optimizes his internal operations so that his team of much smarter people doing their own thing can get their jobs done without him being the bottleneck. If you want to join in on the conversation with over 1400 other founders, join MicroConf Connect, a slack community space where you can meet founders from around the globe working on cool products in a sustainable way. Head over to http://microconfconnect.com for more details. This video was recorded on September 1, 2020 in Minneapolis MN. All proper social distancing, PPE, and ...

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January 15, 2021 00:56:24
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Bonus: Applications for TinySeed Are Now Available + Live Q+A

Curious about TinySeed, MicroConf's accelerator and fund? The TinySeed accelerator team (Tracy Osborn, Rob Walling, and Einar Vollset) recorded this live webinar to answer questions about their third application round.   Jump to a question: 2:43 - Why is it called TinySeed? 8:52 - What are TinySeed's basic investment terms? 13:55 - Do we invest in non-US countries? 16:03 - Do we invest in B2B companies? 18:34 - Is there a requirement for the application process? 21:43 - What is your policy against repeat investment in the same space? 22:48 - How many months would you estimate the churn rate over for small business? 24:24 - I feel our evaluation now may be above the standard investment terms for TinySeed. Will there be any flexibility in terms?. 25:08 - What industries or companies did you see thriving this year due to COVID? 25:55 - We just started providing annual payments were people can pay in advance for a year — should we advertise those when calculating MRR in our application ? 26:55 - My SaaS isn't launched yet but it's making a $1000 or more in the MRR — am I right for the program? 27:36 - I believe you looking to fund to 20 to 25 companies, which is 2 times more than previous batches. How will you maintain the camaraderie and intimacy the with a bigger batch? 31:46 - We have a B2B SaaS system, we have 15000 active free users and 25 paying customers — 15000 looks better than 25, which one should I use for customers? 32:30 ...

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January 12, 2021 00:07:17
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MicroConf Refresh Episode 25: Quick Fix #4: Paying Off Your Analytical Debt: Asia Orangio - MicroConf Remote

http://microconfremote.com What are Quick Fixes? We asked some pretty smart people a pretty hard question: What is 1 thing you can do today that is going to make tomorrow and on easier for you to run your business? And finally, we have Asia Orangio of Demand Maven who think that paying off your Analytical Debt as early as possible will clear up a lot of question marks later on in your business. If you want to join in on the conversation with over 1400 other founders, join MicroConf Connect, a slack community space where you can meet founders from around the globe working on cool products in a sustainable way. Head over to http://microconfconnect.com for more details. This video was recorded on September 1, 2020 in Minneapolis MN. All proper social distancing, PPE, and health and safety measures were taken in the production of this show. Note, this is not a live session, so calls for questions, survey, etc… are all pre-recorded. ...

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January 05, 2021 00:39:12
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MicroConf Refresh Episode 24: The Story of How Squadcast.fm Blew Past $100K MRR - Zach Moreno and Rock Felder - MicroConf Remote

http://microconfremote.com Chapter 3: Accelerating to $100K MRR and Beyond While the first $10K MRR may be one of the tallest hills to climb, sometimes, if you time things right and you’ve put in the work to be a known quantity within the communities, the social media circles, and the leading voices in your target market, you can feel the slow rumble of blastoff that has you moving towards your next milestones faster than you could imagine. That was the experience of lifelong friends and co-founders of Squadcast.fm , Zach Moreno and Rock Felder. It took them nearly 2 years to go from Launch to $10K MRR. In the last year, they’ve 10x’d that MRR to beyond $100K. In this talk, they’ve cover the three things that they can point to that carried them through this milestone, and the direction that they are currently headed. If you want to join in on the conversation with over 1400 other founders, join MicroConf Connect, a slack community space where you can meet founders from around the globe working on cool products in a sustainable way. Head over to http://microconfconnect.com for more details. This video was recorded ...

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December 29, 2020 00:06:38
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MicroConf Refresh Episode 23: Quick Fix #3: SEO Hacks in 5 Minutes with Viola Eva

http://microconfremote.com What are Quick Fixes? We asked some pretty smart people a pretty hard question: What is 1 thing you can do today that is going to make tomorrow and on easier for you to run your business? Viola Eva of Flow-SEO has a few quick tips on how to optimize your best performing content for SEO. If you want to join in on the conversation with over 1400 other founders, join MicroConf Connect, a slack community space where you can meet founders from around the globe working on cool products in a sustainable way. Head over to http://microconfconnect.com for more details. This video was recorded on September 1, 2020 in Minneapolis MN. All proper social distancing, PPE, and health and safety measures were taken in the production of this show. Note, this is ...

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