I have been a wantrepreneur, mothboller, and a sometimes shipper most of my career. I have had a couple of wins, like a fishing game I created for J2ME when that was a thing (anyone remember selling on Handango 15 years ago?) and more recently a pretty sweet Mantas in the Morning app that would call you via Twilio as an alarm and give you a nice affirmation to start your day. More often than not, I get through the first 40-80% of my idea and then mothball it, looking for the next new thing. Hope springs eternal for the Indie Hacker!
If you are like me, you have a slew of ideas and time is limited. All the fun and energy goes into building the next great service. Then, somewhere around 60% done, the rude awakening and slow drudgery of boilerplate like authentication, authorization, payments, testing, etc start to take their toll on my ambition. There has to be an simpler way to knock out this last bit of behavior! There must be a simpler way to get your SaaS idea to market, right?
Well, you are right! This is the very itch my service, Stacksimple, is intended to scratch.
Here's the deal:
Stacksimple is a service that provides a ready-to-go SaaS app with all the boiler plating along with a Dockerized application ecosystem.
What am I talking about?
I've taken the pain out of the 200-300 hours it takes to implement authentication, payments, dev tooling, basic customer communication, and analytics. All you need to do is jump in and develop your service, add a few third-party keys, and you are done! The best part is that the applications are Heroku-ready (and technically Docker-ready) out of the box. The apps even come with a landing page. You can literally start taking leads 5 minutes after downloading your first stack!
What about the application ecosystem? Leveraging Docker containers, the stack provides all of its dependencies necessary to get up and running. Don't have Ruby? No problem. It's Dockerized. No Rails? Docker's gotcha. No Postgres? Dock... okay enough. Say goodbye to version collisions, broken library builds, and hours on Stack Overflow ... at least for a little while.
Want to see what the heck I am squawking about?
Below you will find some instructions to try out Stacksimple's workflow and application ecosystem. You can play with a demo app and get a taste for building apps the Stacksimple way. You will also find a link to the app so that you know what you are buying.
Alright, so Reid Hoffman said, "if you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late."
I have not launched too late. Let's get that straight buddy.
The upshot is that while I am finding product-market-fit I can offer my early customers a honey of a deal! Early adopters get a lifetime subscription on the house. You still have to purchase the stack, but this is a one-time charge. Standard 100% money-back guarantee. You know the drill.
Why a subscription service? With a subscription, you will have the ability to download the latest stacks with up-to-date versions of libraries, frameworks, language, and tech. No only this, but future development will include stacks in other languages and platforms.
You don't want to miss out on all this fun do you?
Go ahead! Give it a shot!
[currently works for Linux and Mac]
Give the Stacksimple way of life a try:
The following commands will confirm or istall docker and docker-compose and the Stacksimple script.
$ curl -sSL http://get.stacksimple.io/ -o /tmp/stacksimple-install
$ chmod +x /tmp/stacksimple-install
Now, create the demo project and play around a bit by going through the README.md:
$ stacksimple-cli new demo_project demo
When you are done, pop over the the Rails app to get a ganders at the boilerplate app.
Technically this should be viewable from
rails52-saas-v181030.stacksimple.io but whatevs.. maybe tomorrow.
If you have any questions, comments, whatever, please hit me up at
I would love any feedback.
Thanks for your time,