Trying to Focus on the System, Not the Results

I recently heard Noah Kagan talk about his Proactive Dashboard. It’s basically a way to track metrics on what you are actively doing, not the results of those actions. For example, you track how many blog posts you write each week, instead of how much traffic you get. Or you track how much time you […]

Feeling Down About a Lack of Success

When you work really hard on something and you don’t see success right away, it can leave you feeling down. Feeling like you’re not doing the right things. Like you’re not as smart as you thought you were. Like you’re never going to see the upside. It’s hard to stay motivated when you’re feeling this […]

The 3 Most Important Questions: Why, Who, and How

Every product owner must be able to answer these 3 questions about their product: 1. Why does it exist? 2. Who is it for? 3. How are you going to reach them? These questions are critical to answer succinctly. Without a why, it’s difficult to tell people why they should buy your product. Without a […]

Just Ship It

If you want to launch a product, build it quickly and ship it. Too often we get caught up in perfectionism and self-doubt, and end up over-engineering our MVP. Don’t spend months in a vacuum making something perfect that nobody wants. It would be much better to release something imperfect that has potential, and iterate […]

Marketing: What Works and Doesn’t Work (For Me)

Being a business owner who codes is an advantage in some ways, but also a major disadvantage. It’s great to be able to build your own products without paying someone else, and do it on your own timeline. The problem is that it’s nearly impossible to pull yourself away from the code when it’s time […]

2016 WordPress Business Review

2016 brought a lot of change in the WordPress product space, and lots more is coming in 2017. Companies are getting bigger and more mature, hosts are pushing their weight around with acquisitions, and new players are entering the game. Established products are still doing well, but new products by old companies are gaining momentum. […]