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Learn How Products Get Started

Stories of how tech founders setup their products and the lessons they learned

About the Book

Praise for Learn How Products Get Started:

  • Holy crap this looks awesome so far! - Nicholas Hance, CEO Reenhanced, LLC
  • I've just finished reading it. It's great. This is a book, that I'm going to recommend to our clients, when we explain the MVP approach. Having some real, practical arguments for the "less is better" process is very helpful. Thanks! - Andrzej Krzywda, arkency.com
  • Thanks for such a beautiful book! It’s very inspiring to read all the stories. I’m looking forward to receiving the next interviews :) — Dmitry Suholet (@suholet)
  • Was a featured book on the Leanpub homepage! 

Wouldn't it be great to know how others have launched their SaaS products and what architectures and services they used to get it out of the door?

Say you're building a Web Product or SaaS and you're about to launch, do you risk running it all on one server?

Should you run your database on one server and the web application on another server?

Maybe yet another server to handle worker queues? How much is all of this going to cost? What about sending emails, how can you make sure your customers will get their emails? What happens if you can't afford an email provider just yet?

You're taking payments from customers right out of the gate and Amazon corrupts your database, what do you do?

Now, the database is causing a SEGFAULT in MySQL, who do you call?

These are just some of the anecdotes shared in the candid interviews in the book. Imagine you had the ability to have conversations with other founders who had been through all of this before, and they could tell you what to watch out for, and which mistakes they made for which they paid the price.

Read interviews with founders of some truly world class products:

  • Tyler Rooney - 4ormat
  • Oleg Gutsol - 500px
  • Ryan Funduk - Bugrocket
  • Nate Kontny - Draft
  • Jen Adwent-Fong - NoodleApp
  • Brennan Dunn - Planscope.io
  • Marc-Andre Cournoyer - TalkerApp
  • Nick Ragaz - EMRInbox
  • Adam Meghji - Uniiverse

Each story is fascinating and shares many insights into the realities of getting your product out into the world and accepting users.

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    • Software

About the Author

John McDowall
John McDowall

John is the Founder of Revolution Lake, a different way to build software products. Prior to this, he was CTO of 500px, a popular photo-sharing web service. He's been developing software for over 23 years and leading teams and startups for over 10 (and he has the white hairs to prove it.)

Originally from Scotland, John has been an Lean practitioner since 2003. He successfully applies Lean principles to leading large-scale government projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars, as well as startups worth $100.

These days he is mostly a Rails craftsman and Team Lead for Hire. Ask him about Kaizen and his fear of entropy.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Who Should Read This Book
  • About The Author
  • Acknowledgements
  • 4ormat.com - Tyler Rooney
  • 500px.com - Oleg Gutsol
  • Bugrocket - Ryan Funduk
  • Draft - Nate Kontny
  • EMR Inbox - Nick Ragaz
  • NoodleApp - Jen Adwent-Fong
  • Planscope.io - Brennan Dunn
  • TalkerApp - Marc-Andre Cournouyer (2010)
  • Uniiverse - Adam Meghji
  • Cheat Sheet / Aphorisms
  • Thanks

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