I looked at 20 startups in the MRR range of $5,000-$40,000 to see how quickly they reached their initial $5,000 MRR.
The result? It takes a median of 14 months. Not that bad, isn't it?
I posted my results to Twitter, and people started to point out that we should also look at when founders started their first project:
This is great - but there's heavy survivorship bias. It would be interesting to not only look at the successful startups in isolation but look at when their creators started their first indie project. – Fabian
Hah, kinda true, what you aren't seeing is the year before that I was working on the product and not advertising it well. And the 10 years before that of working on other products and figuring out what works and what doesn't! – Jesse from signature.email
What else did I notice?
📈 There's a steady growth month after month for most startups
🥳 Overnight success isn't real (but I hope this is already widely known?)
😊 It takes time, work on something you enjoy
Here's the full list: https://microfounder.co/blog/20-micro-saas-startups-to-5k-mrr