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Default Alive

Author: Corey Haines & Chris Spags

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Two founders share an unedited look at what it's like to bootstrap a startup through weekly updates. Chris Spags is the founder of Jetboost, a suite of no-code plugins for Webflow. Corey Haines is the founder of Swipe Files, a membership site for marketers built with no-code tools. They chronicle their journeys getting to and staying "default alive": profitable, self-sustaining, with infinite runway.
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Corey gets back from vacation and brainstorms the Swipe Files roadmap. With support becoming less of a concern, Chris shifts his focus toward marketing. They also talk about founder life as a parent, onboarding surveys, and how the internet is not real life.
31 | Putting money to work

31 | Putting money to work

2021-04-0601:00:06

Corey thinks about putting some saved money to work for Swipe Files. Chris has a great week as Noah is off and running on Jetboost support. They also talk about Earnest Capital's upcoming crowdfunding campaign on Wefunder and the viability of a return.
30 | March-ing along

30 | March-ing along

2021-03-3149:02

Corey gets his first newsletter sponsor and talks about the "ORB Framework" for marketing. Chris shares insights from his first quarterly advisory board meeting for Jetboost. They also discuss some strategies for growing a podcast and the pros and cons of acquiring a Shopify app.
29 | Enough is enough

29 | Enough is enough

2021-03-2450:55

Corey launches the Tiny Marketing Ideas newsletter and invites the first beta users to Help A Creator. Chris unexpectedly lands his first support hire! They also talk about reaching your "enough" number and being able to step away from your business mentally.
28 | Feeling the FOMO

28 | Feeling the FOMO

2021-03-1654:48

Corey launches a new workshop series for Swipe Files and invests in Gumroad. Chris progresses closer to his first support hire as he outlines the position requirements. They also talk about jealousy and comparing yourself to other indie hackers and founders.
27 | SOLD (Part 2)

27 | SOLD (Part 2)

2021-03-0901:16:27

Corey shares the numbers behind course sales, more on the Hey Marketers acquisition, and a Swipe Files revenue milestone. Chris gives thanks to Earnest Capital and sees how great delegating can be. They also talk about the acquisition of Makerpad and how SaaS companies will continue to integrate with media and communities.
26 | SOLD

26 | SOLD

2021-03-0251:14

Corey shares details on the Hey Marketers acquisition and opens enrollment for his two courses. Chris is eager to move forward after a challenging month and reveals who he hired to create Jetboost tutorial videos. They also talk about having a business vs personal bank account, Corey's Hiten Shah interview on Everything Is Marketing, and the nuances of Stripe payouts.
Corey scales back on consulting and workshops a new idea for a course. Chris has a rough week dealing with server issues, but managed to finally update the Jetboost website. They also discuss consulting vs working on your own products, why "product market fit" isn't that useful of a term, and of course, clubhouse.
Corey shares some numbers on the launch of Everything Is Marketing and attempts to make room for Deep Work. Chris thinks about hiring and his new schedule as a dad. They also talk about when to hire, when to take a business moonshot, and more baby analogies about business.
Corey finally launches his new podcast Everything Is Marketing. Chris comes back from paternity leave and has an outage scare right before his son is born. They also talk about the lack of health insurance and mortgages for entrepreneurs, Corey's new no-code project, and plateau profitability.
Corey prepares to launch his new podcast Everything Is Marketing. Jane talks about the new direction for Userlist in 2021 becoming a full-blown ESP. They also talk about early-stage SaaS growth, starting and growing a podcast, and the new Swipe Files book club.
Corey buys swipefiles.com and releases the trailer for his new podcast. Louis prepares for his hotseat workshop and begins creating new content for his podcast Everyone Hates Marketers. They also talk about what it means to be productive, earning and capitalizing on trust, and being self-critical.
Corey gets to "rent-money" revenue with Swipe Files. Noah gets the first customer for his new SaaS called Potion. They also talk about how much marketing you should do early on, which segment of a market you should target first, and how to plan for irregular cash flow.
Chris is out temporarily with the pending due date of his new baby, so Louis Nicholls is filling in as a guest host.
Corey gets covid and gets hunted on Product Hunt. Chris sees some early success with Jetboost's bundled subscriptions and opens them up for everyone. They also talk about switching to annual billing for software, the differences in customer support expectations for different widgets, and having a high enough ARPU for a referral program.
17 | Surviving 2020

17 | Surviving 2020

2020-12-2901:08:20

Corey and Chris review their progress in 2020 and look forward to what's next in 2021. They also discuss Mailbrew's approach to bootstrapping, the process of launching on Product Hunt, and the recent stir caused by the new owners of Baremetrics.
Corey launches a new weekly curated marketing digest and works on a public "1,000 true fans" experiment. Chris is racing to finish development on Jetboost's big upcoming release before the year-end. They also talk about trying to take time off for the holidays, delegating work, clean vs messy code, and Mailbrew's "public brews".
Corey considers a Swipe Files bundle that also includes his two courses. Chris debates a few different bundling options for Jetboost Boosters. They also talk about hobbies (or more accurately lack thereof), managing your psychology on down days, launching on Product Hunt (or not!), and documentation.
Corey reveals the numbers behind his course sales after opening enrollment and starts planning for 2021. Chris hires development help and starts preparing for paternity leave. They also talk about the reality of productivity and setting goals as an optimistic entrepreneur.
Corey opens up enrollment for his two courses and makes some no-code breakthroughs for Swipe Files. Chris is heads down working on the fifth Booster for Jetboost and may have some additional dev help on the way. They also ramble about Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals for SaaS, rounding out 2020, and quieting the no-code haters.
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