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Experience all the excitement and crippling self-doubt, as I document my journey with Saber from Side Project to Profitable Start Up

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Programming Challenge Day 2 - Pivotal Tracker

20 Sep 2016

Day 1 went pretty well, but wasn't without its problems, and ended up taking around 7 hours. Pivotal Tracker on the other hand slotted in to place like a well lubricated jigsaw piece.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 20 - BugMuncher goes Freemium (and I'll probably regret it)

20 Sep 2016

The Internet is littered with the corpses of SaaS startups that were eaten by their own business model. On the face of it, the freemium approach just doesn't make sense - when the majority of your users aren't paying for your service, you're going to need a lot of cash to burn in order to subsidise the free users.

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Programming Challenge Day 1 - Asana

19 Sep 2016

After a false start last week, today I finally began my programming challenge. Today's integration was Asana, one of the most requested integrations. It wasn't quite as quick and easy as Slack, but I was able to finish the Asana integration in one day, here's how that day went.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 19 - August's Alright

12 Sep 2016

Last month I ended by saying that it felt like I was at a turning point, as maintaining 10% average month on month growth was only going to get harder, maths (or math, to my trans-Atlantic readers) is a cruel mistress. I was also feeling confident though, the new version was finally live, and I was able to put time into marketing again.

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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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