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Programming Challenge: Five API Integrations in Five Days

09 Sep 2016

A couple of weeks ago I finally caved to peer pressure and tried Slack. Much to my surprise, it turned out to be a really great way of avoiding work, and sending cat gifs to people. Also you can use it for meaningful communication, or something.

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My Timeline of Failed Business Ideas

30 Aug 2016

Thomas Edison famously once said "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work", and I can relate. With the exception of my freelance developer days, BugMuncher is my first successful venture. The truth is, I've been trying (and failing) to get some kind of business/side project/get-rich-eventually scheme off the ground for over 12 years.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 18 - July's Juxtaposition

13 Aug 2016

July saw me finally launch the new version of BugMuncher, the development of which had been bogarting almost all of my time for the last 3 months. This allowed me to focus the last few days of the month on growth and marketing. Unfortunately it was too little, too late, and July's figures look pretty dire.

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A startup is not a Résumé

08 Aug 2016

Hey! You! Want to get a job in Silicon Valley? Well, you could apply for open positions, but that's so last century. Instead, why not start your own company, build it for a few years, get bought out by a competitor, kill your product, and start working for the company by whom you were acquired.

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Getting Ember JS to work with Internet Explorer 8

01 Aug 2016

Ember JS version 1 should work with Internet Explorer 8 right out of the box, but sadly that's no longer the case. This post will show you how to get up and running with Ember JS when you are unlucky enough to need Internet Explorer 8 support.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 17 - June's Juncture

12 Jul 2016

Another month, another blog post. I really hoped that by this point I’d have the new version of BugMuncher live and I’d be back to marketing and more frequent blogging. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. Internet Explorer 8 happened instead.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 16 - May's Monotony

13 Jun 2016

May was a strange month, it felt like every time someone started a paid subscription, someone else cancelled theirs. One step forward, one step back. I finished the month up on April, albeit only slightly, so I’m still happy. More importantly, I’m still hovering around the 12 months runway mark.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 15 - April's Accounts

11 May 2016

Well, April was another good month, not quite March good, but growth has continued a very healthy upward trend, while revenue, income and runway are still looking good.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 14 - Expenses

22 Apr 2016

I’ve spent a lot of time in this blog series talking about profit (or lack there of), and I’ve mentioned a couple of times that BugMuncher costs me around £1,800 / month to run, but I’ve never gone into more detail than that. There’s a good reason I’ve never gone into more detail, it’s not due to my usual fear or a lack of transparency, It’s simply that I didn’t know the full details, £1,800 is an estimate.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 13 - March's Maths

11 Apr 2016

After a disappointing February, I’d been starting to wonder if growth would be in decline. After all, as revenue grows, it takes more and more new customers to achieve my 10% month-on-month growth target. Thankfully March proved that fear to be unfounded.

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