I'm stoked and grateful that Courtland invited me onto the podcast to talk about Gravity.
In the episode, we talk about my journey from VC-funded startup to a near death experience that lead me to becoming an indie entrepreneur, building Gravity while travelling the world as a digital nomad.
Listen now ⬇️
I spent the early years of my entrepreneurial career building a VC-funded startup, growing sales to over $5m. It ultimately caused a tremendous amount of stress that landed me in hospital worried for my life.
In late 2018, I discovered this community and pivoted to building an indie business as a soloprenuer in 2019 while travelling the world.
In 2021 I reached 6 figures of revenue with no investment, no employees, no funding and no fixed office.
This feels like an appropriate milestone to start writing a book on my journey of transitioning from the world of venture capital.
In true hacker fashion, I've written an MVP of the book.
You can find out more & download a free chapter here 👇
Read the book outline here 👇
I'd love to hear your thoughts, questions and ideas of what you'd like to see in the book 💜
When I first read Daniel Priestley's 'Entrepreneur Revolution' I was fascinated by the concept of the 'Global Small Business.'
Back then, the idea of exporting a product around the globe seemed like a huge challenge. Fortunately, in 2021, selling a product to a global audience is accessible to most people, thanks to the global reach offered by communities like Indie Hackers.
Gravity recently crossed the $100k revenue milestone, and it's insanely exciting to see these sales coming from across the globe in 27 countries.
Having such a diverse group of customers from the far reaches of the globe in my Slack channel is a wonderful learning experience. I take time to get to know everyone and learn about the problems they're solving.
I'm doing all this as a solopreneur. I have no funding, no team, no staff, no office and spend $0 on marketing.
View the full customer map: https://twitter.com/kylegawley/status/1401118604452630529
To celebrate, I'm launching the production release of Gravity 7.2 today.
🔑 Sign on with Facebook, Twitter or 500+ networks
👩🏽💻 Users can join multiple organisations
📋 Error logging
🔥 Firelab automated testing
📱 New mobile app boilerplate
It's not quite the billion dollar exit that you'd read about on TechCrunch but as a solo indie hacker, this is a significant milestone for me.
Here's the full timeline:
2018: I started Gravity as an accidental side project to scratch my own itch and made a whopping total of $396 in revenue.
2019: I released a few updates and made enough passive income to cover rent and beer tokens.
2020: I started to focus my energy on it as my previous company was put on hold because of covid. I worked hard on the product + distribution.
2021: Revenue is now $100k+ and growing 100% YTD.
The best part is I'm a solo founder with no employees, no funding and spending nothing on marketing.
I'm certainly not special – anyone here can do this with the right opportunity :)
Hot off the tail of the 300 customers milestone, today I'm super-excited to announce the Gravity 7.0 beta.
🚪 Login with Facebook, Twitter+
As per popular demand, Gravity now includes social logins, so your customers can now sign in with Facebook, Twitter or 500 additional social networks.
🔥 Run Automated Tests With Firelab
Gravity now integrates neatly with Firelab to run automated browser tests and detect bugs in your web application. Even better yet, Gravity customers get 50% off their first three months of Firelab.
📋 Error Logging
Forget expensive third-party tools, Gravity now has an in-built logger that records errors and custom logs, accessible via the Mission Control Dashboard
Wait, there's more!
View the full changelog with 43 updates ⬇️
Thank you to all the IndieHackers that have supported Gravity so far; it's been an incredible journey 🙏🏻
I'm delighted to announce that Gravity has crossed the 300 customers mark 🥳
I started out charging $99 and was skeptical about the value a SaaS boilerplate would provide, but 300 customers later and a 700% price increase and it's been enormous validation, and still growing!
The metrics are nice, but the best part is providing real value and watching indie hackers build and launch their own SaaS products at warp speed.
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported Gravity so far 🙏🏻
Air pollution and climate change are important issues for me.
As of today, I am donating 1% of every Gravity purchase to fight climate change and remove CO₂ from the atmosphere.
Having lived in SE Asia for a number of years, I have first-hand experience of how bad the problem is. This week, I made it back to Thailand and am currently doing a two-week quarantine in Bangkok.
The smog at this time of year in SE Asia is horrendous, and it gets worse every year. Sometimes it's so bad that I can feel the effect it has on my breathing.
Stripe recently launched Stripe Climate to enable businesses to contribute a small portion of their revenue to fight climate change - so now seemed like a fitting time to sign up.
This time last year, I incorporated Gravity Zero and turned my side project into a real business.
It's been a great year thanks to the wonderful customers I have, many of them from Indie Hackers.
Here's a few highlights:
🚀 167% revenue growth on 2019
💰 100% gross margin
🌍 selling to 22 countries
💸 $19k net profit
👀 $300 on ads
👨🏻💻 still a solo-hacker with no investors or employees
I'm so excited to launch the latest version of Gravity today, adding loads of new security features to the SaaS boilerplate:
• magic sign-in links
• enhanced server security
• brute force protection
• notify users of suspicious sign-ins
• block high risk sign in attempts
• help view with contact form
• password complexity rules
• user can toggle impersonation for their account in /help
Developers can now launch a robust, secure application without having to worry about security 🥳
I'm super excited to be celebrating Gravity's second birthday today with the launch of v6.
I launched Gravity as a side-project two years ago today right here on IndieHackers and got my first paying customers in 2 weeks.
What started as a side project has now become a full-time business, thanks to the amazing community of makers.
The product has matured a lot and has now helped 268 customers in over 20 countries to kickstart their SaaS businesses.
Today, I'm proud to release v6 - packed with new features focused on helping to increase user engagement
✅ Customisable user-onboarding flow
✅ Collect user feedback in-app and view feedback reports
✅ Impersonate users
✅ Create components right from the command line in seconds
✅ Multiple-file uploads via drag & drop interface
✅ New components (Toast notification, date picker, contact form + more)
As a special gift to new customers, you can get $100 off today to celebrate 😎
Thank you for your support 🙏🏻