I recently quit my job 😅 and have 1 year to start a profitable 📈 business
👋 Hi there! I’m Akhil
I’ve spent the last few years burnt out at fast-growing startups 😅. I learned a lot through those experiences, but it was time for a break. I wanted to work on something I was truly passionate about.
I’m still not sure what that is, but I’m taking on a 1 year challenge to figure it out.
I’ve been following the indie hacker community for a while, and this challenge isn’t that unique. It’s been attempted many times over the years. Pieter Levels, who built 12 startups in 12 months, is a successful early example.
One criticism of this approach is that a good business takes longer than a month or even a year to build. I fully acknowledge that this is a long term process, but a challenge is a good way to get started. So many great companies have been created by people just willing to start.
I’m also not going to necessarily start a new startup every month. My approach will be more user-driven. I want to validate ideas by talking to users, and only start building if they will pay to solve a problem.
Founders often hold too tightly onto solutions and too loosely onto problems.— Michael Seibel
1. Talk to users 2. Build a single feature to solve a profitable pain point 3. Attempt to get a sale 4. Repeat
Finally I’ve decided to drive towards an initial $1,000 MRR revenue goal. Y Combinator recommends defining a single metric that captures the real value of your business to users.