Please say hello to Florian 👋

What are you working on these days? I'm mainly focused on two products : https://www.mistralcss.com/ that provides Makers pre-made TailwindCSS blocks to bootstrap all your projects. (WIP) http://omc.dev/ that is a Scrimba like platform focused on French. I tried to pre-launch OMC, but it failed hard. Meh. I'm still a learner, will do a better job next time!

What can the WIP community help you with right now? Right now, WIP is already helping me! Sharing your TODOs publicly is truly some source of motivation for me. I love to read your TODOs, and he makes me feels like a part of this community. Sounds weird, huh?

What can you help others with? I can't tell that I'm a successful maker. I try, and I try, and I hope someday one of my products allows me to quit my #9to5 job! I won't be really helpful in marketing stuff or giving advice. BUT I'm a FullStack dev (VueJS/NuxtJS/Node/MongoDB/Firebase), so if you need something related to JS, I will be more than happy to help! Please send me a DM on Telegram or comments on this Intro. 😊

Something else you want to share? Random facts about me : - We have 3 horses - I have a boring job, but it keeps motivating me on my Sides projects - I have a dog named Daryl 🐶 😍😍😍😍😍 - Feeding the horses, training, working, waking up at 6 am, working on my side projects is exhausting sometimes 😓 - My first Side was #3 Product of the Day ( justmandala.com ). It was fun. "50% of something is better than 100% of nothing."

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👋🏻 Welcome to WIP

FullStack dev - Maker of justmandala.com #3 Product of the day french.dev - French devs directory OMC.dev - Learn to code (in French)
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How do you like Tailwind? Do you use it for every project?

FullStack dev - Maker of justmandala.com #3 Product of the day french.dev - French devs directory OMC.dev - Learn to code (in French)

I use it on 99.9% of my projects yeah, TailwindCSS is a no brainer for me.

I have everything I need in a single CSS Framework (Animations, great colors schema for accessibility, pre-made shadow box, media queries, etc...)! And with PurgeCSS, it's really lightweight.

I use it so much, and I'm so confident with it that I've decided to create MistralCSS (still WIP)

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Hey Florian, you have 3 horses? 😱 Are they a family, father, mother and kid? Haha 😅

I just checked JustMandala, had so much fun with it. Looking forward to seeing your updates in this community!

FullStack dev - Maker of justmandala.com #3 Product of the day french.dev - French devs directory OMC.dev - Learn to code (in French)

Glad you liked JustMandala! That was my very first Side Project as a Maker! 😄 I had so much fun making it! That I never knew how to monetize it (I'm terrible at this part... )

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How about export the drawing to PNG or SVG?

FullStack dev - Maker of justmandala.com #3 Product of the day french.dev - French devs directory OMC.dev - Learn to code (in French)

You can already do this ;) !

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Then charge money, free for low resolution, paid for high resolution 🤔

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Love those horses!

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They like you too 🐴🐴🐴

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Please say hello to Tim 👋

What are you working on these days? I'm building HelloHailey.io to help coworkers on distributed teams strengthen personal connections. And I'm sharing everything in public in a process I'm calling The MVP Sprint - https://www.themvpsprint.com/. I'll be sharing all my decisions, product strategies, success, and failures.

What can the WIP community help you with right now? Since I'm building a product for remote, distributed teams, I need insights from remote workers. How do you stay connected with remote team members distributed across time zones?

What can you help others with? In past lives, I've been a YC founder, head of growth, engineer, and product manager. I can help with product strategy, fundraising, a *little* bit of sales/marketing, and Rails development.

Something else you want to share? After 4 brain surgeries in 2 months (Dec/Jan '20) and a long medical leave, I left my job as a PM in SF to go full-time as an Indie Hacker. I'm planning to travel the world while building my startup as soon as it's safe to do so. I'd love to connect with other WIP'ers on Twitter - @anothertimjones.

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Hey Tim and welcome to WIP!

You seem to put a lot of effort into The MVP Sprint. I'm curious how you find the time while also building the actual product itself? Or do you consider it as a marketing channel for it as well?

I know many indie makers struggle marketing their product (opposed to building something), but "building in public" is become more and more common. I, and I'm sure many with me, am curious to more about how fruitful writing about your progress has been and if you've been able to quantify the ROI of it?

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Thanks, Marc!

My initial motivation was twofold: (1) Build an audience that I can funnel into the product I'm building (as you said), and (2) Build lasting equity in something that I can take with me even if this idea fails.

A third benefit has been huge for me - building in public has given me external motivation to make progress every week. It's also forced me to articulate my thoughts and justify my decisions. I had to do this as a product manager when I had a boss, but you can easily get by without it as a solo founder.

I'll probably shift eventually to a 2-week sprint schedule. I can easily justify spending 25%+ of my time writing updates and promoting my content if it turns out to be a primary marketing channel.

A month into it, I have ~45k article reads, almost 500 subscribers, and about 50-60 waitlist signups for my product.

In terms of ROI - these are really just vanity metrics until I get paying users, so we'll see. I'm going to start building in a couple weeks and timebox an MVP to a month or less.

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Makers perfect sense. I also like the manager example. I've never had a manager, but since I started hiring people I've become a better planner. I need to assign them tasks, so I need to think more strategically whereas if you're working just by yourself you can go weeks or even months doing busy work without really thinking about the bigger picture.

FullStack dev - Maker of justmandala.com #3 Product of the day french.dev - French devs directory OMC.dev - Learn to code (in French)

Hey @timjones, nice to meet you!

Hope everything is okay today, after all those surgeries 🙏

2020 is probably not the best year to travel, unfortunately, I guess 2021 will be YOUR year!

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Thanks, Florian! Yes I'm optimistic about 2021 for sure. I actually applied for a Taiwanese gold card visa - hoping to ride out COVID there starting in January!

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Hey Tim, welcome to WIP and nice to meet you 🤗

You are crazily strong and optimistic. Just connected you on Twitter and hope to hear more updates from you. Best wishes 🙏

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Thanks a lot, Damon! Just followed you back. Love the idea behind IndieLog

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Please say hello to Damon 👋

What are you working on these days? I'm mainly working on IndieLog and Influenswer today. IndieLog is a free community for indie hackers to vlog their indie journey. Influenswer is a platform for influencers to get paid by answering questions from their followers.

What can the WIP community help you with right now? Virtual support should be enough (❤️ or ⬆️) 😉

What can you help others with? I am a self-taught web developer, learnt React and Node.js from an Udemy $9.99 course. It's been almost a year since I started. I am definitely not an expert. But if you are new to this area and wonder how to get started, I will be happy to help you. Send me a reply in WIP or DM me on Twitter @damengchen.

Something else you want to share? Holiday season is coming! Take some days off from your work to enjoy with your family. Happy holidays everyone 🦃 🎄 🎉 Oh, my daughter just turned 2 👇

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Hey Damon, I know you've been a member for a while now but welcome anyway! 😁

Congrats on your daughter's second birthday. Those are the milestones in life that really count. You guys look adorable haha. Hope you were able to celebrate a bit despite all the covid restrictions.

See you around on WIP!

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For sure Marc!

You will see me on WIP pretty much every day 😜

FullStack dev - Maker of justmandala.com #3 Product of the day french.dev - French devs directory OMC.dev - Learn to code (in French)

@damon, you don't know me, but I follow your TODOs here on WIP,
I'm truly impressed by your work... and I'm more impressed by the fact that you are "only" a one-year-old dev! 👏

Love your picture 👶🧑

I wish you the best,
Florian

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Hey Florian, nice meeting you and really thanks for your support ❤️

I also have a fulltime dev job. It's been 7 years. But my day job part has nothing to do with the web development. So to be more precise, I'm an one-year-old WEB dev 😅

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Amazing what you can learn in 1 year 🧠

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Totally! Basically everyone can do it, or even better 💪

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Please say hello to David 👋

What are you working on these days? In my evenings and weekends I'm working on Codebird, a way for anyone in your team to change text, images and urls on your website without knowing how to code. During the day I'm the CTO and founder at Deedmob which builds volunteering community software for enterprises and local governments

What can the WIP community help you with right now? I'm trying to become better at speaking to customers and creating value. I launched Codebird today on ProductHunt so an upvote would be much appreciated.

What can you help others with? I've been making web apps for 10 years now, so I'm happy to help you with anything related to that. Particularly experienced with react/postgres/node/typescript/css. I've also built a team and raised money so I can share my experiences there.

Something else you want to share? This stuff is really hard. I'm happy to listen and help you in any way I can

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Hi David, welcome to WIP, and congrats on launching Codebird! 🥳

You mentioned having raised funding and building a team before. Many wippers are bootstrapped solo-founders. I'm curious to hear what your plans are for Codebird and any future products you might be working on.

Have you considered going the bootstrapped solo-founder way? Are there any unexpected pros and cons about working with team and raising outside funds?

For anyone else reading this, here are the links:

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Cute dog!! 😍

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Hey Marc!

Thanks I found myself becoming a manager and I realized I prefer crafting and building products to managing. I am currently working 4 days a week as CTO and spending the rest of the time working on codebird/other projects with the aim to ala bootstrap solo founder.

I think raising funds is necessary for some types of startups and its a fine way to go for many startups if you're not sure what you're doing. Hiring great people is a lot of work and its hard to do and expensive and I think its a mistake to try to solve problems by throwing more people at them.

Thanks for posting the links!

Unfortunately not my dog but thought people might enjoy a cute dog

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Thanks for sharing your insights. Wishing you the best with your bootstrapping endeavor. Here to help if you need it!

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Codebird sounds great! I’m going to try it on Monday!

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Nice meeting you David! Just checked codebird, such a great idea 👍

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👋 Hi Damon nice to meet you too

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Two things I miss on the landing;

  • pricing
  • how does it work

Sounds great especially for all those static sites out there, maybe make some special pages to talk about how it works with Jekyll or Gatsby.

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Great suggestions! Could you elaborate on what you mean by how does it work? Do you mean technically or setup or something else?

Thanks Jankees :)

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Technical... setup is clear from the video..👍

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Please say hello to Marc 👋

What are you working on these days? Me and @jankeesvw (mostly him) made this new intro feature over the last few days. The goal is to help new members introduce themselves to our community and make them feel welcome. It's aimed at new members, but I figured I'd test it out to see if it actually works in production.

What can the WIP community help you with right now? Let me know what you think of this feature! We don't have comments, likes, or anything like that for these intros. So please make your voice heard by messaging me on Telegram or elsewhere :)

What can you help others with? I can help you answer any questions you might have about WIP. Also happy to provide feedback on whatever you're working on right now.

Something else you want to share? Included a screenshot of our "Introduction" model below. Sneak peek into WIP's source code :)

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Very cool! Wasn't aware of the intros yet.

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Me and @Jankeesvw just added it the other day!

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Yeah! Intro & comment section!

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Does it support markdown?

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Yes, it does 😉

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Haha yep.

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Hello Marc! Welcome to WIP 👋

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All joking aside, super cool feature!

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