I announced that I was resuming development on GhostiFi, and began a new phase of product validation. The plan is to share the development process out in the open, from notebook sketch, to pseudo code, to actual code. I hope to generate some hype to build the email list for launch day, and get feedback on the concept from potential users .
Right as I began development on GhostiFi in September, my first SaaS business, HostiFi, started to take off, doubling in size from 50 to 100 paying customers in a span of 2 months. I was busy handling support, developing new features, and improving onboarding.
I didn't see how I could make time for another project.
In the first week of November, we released a Free version of HostiFi, and doubled in size again from 100 to 200 free/paying users, in one week!
However, during that time I also read https://makebook.io and was inspired to resume development on GhostiFi despite the time constraints that I have from running HostiFi.
Came up with the name. I thought about naming it "ownVPN" because it is like "your own VPN" service, but went with GhostiFi because it was more fun to brand it alongside my other startup (HostiFi).
I created a Twitter account and asked a few people what they thought about the concept. Had a positive response and that pumped me up to start developing it.
I found a partial solution to the problem online. I saw a few Github repos dedicated to installing OpenVPN on a VPS and rolling your own VPN solution: https://github.com/angristan/openvpn-install
Speeds were amazing, 1gbps down/100mbps up! But it wasn't a full solution because, once in place, you were stuck with that IP address and location. Rebuilding was a pain.
That's when I came up with an idea...
What if I created a website where you can rebuild that VPS with a new IP address on demand?
What if you could also migrate it to another location with the click of a button?
Or automate either of those actions on a predefined schedule?
What if I provided root on each VPN server to the user, so they can verify there is no logging?
I wanted to read a post on Hack Forums, but my Private Internet Access VPN's IP address was blocked. I had to turn off my VPN to continue. I thought to myself, well that's stupid.
I've used VPN services for years and I was getting tired of the problems that I found common to all of them:
GhostiFi solves several problems that we found with VPN services by providing faster speeds, clean IP addresses, and a verifiable no logging policy.