Hi IH! I’ve been a long-time lurker and built more than 10 mildly successful side projects already. But the one that finally worked was a side project of a side project and the only one, that didn’t had the goal of making money.
Scratch your own itch
Three years ago, we worked on a project management tool and failed to find a text editor that comes without pre-defined styling. We had enough of writing !important !important !important in the CSS. Without thinking too much about it, we’ve built our own solution and open sourced it for everyone. I guess that’s what “scratching your own itch” means. 😅
This became one of the most popular text editors:
We’re working full-time on it, and are just about to release a subscription model on top of it. Making money with open source isn’t easy, but can be very fulfilling and I’m pretty positive about the future of our open source work. 💫
The dark side of open source
But let’s talk about the dark side of open source, too:
By the way, I believe that free open source software plays an important role to make bootstrapping feasible. Build cool things with the software the big players use too, but for free. ✌️
Any questions? AMA!