Hello, my name is Lillo

What are you working on these days?

I am building 12 startups in 12 months. I am self-funded and financially vulnerable for the coming year, ready to endure growing pains and learn along the way.

I am currently now improving on a vegan product finder/scanner that I shipped for free, but wish to expand it with community features and to commercialize it. 

What can the WIP community help you with right now?

I'm just happy about sharing my progress and following you to surround myself with similarly minded productive people :)

What can you help others with?

I have a mixed background in journalism and communications. But I never loved what I do until I started to work as a developer. I have become largely interested in web architecture (simpler is better, but I love to try out and hear about new tools). I am very interested in discussions around the functional programming paradigm (Nix, Haskell, Elm etc).

Something else you want to share?

So nice to join a proper community of builders and creatives sharing small steps!

Hey Lillo, welcome to WIP and apologies if it took me a while to approve your intro post 😅

You definitely have an interesting background with journalism and communications. That's actually something many bootstrappers seem to be lacking in haha. Anything you've learned so far with regards to communication and storytelling that others could benefit from?

Also curious to hear what your current project is, and if there's anything we can do to help?

Thanks Marc 😊

Honestly, I think it's pretty hard myself to balance communications and building even with my background 😄 I used to write about development aid on behalf of the Norwegian government for most of that career. It's a different genre to startups in so many ways.

But I think sending a personalized email about your project to a journalist or an influencer is an efficient and underrated thing to do that can to big things to exposure. It's very simple, but can be hard to do because of impostor syndrome etc. As a journalist, I know that offering initial exclusivity on a story could be a good incentive for them to bite.

My current project is #dill, a vegan product database, barcode scanner and community.

I just launched Dill on Reddit with positive reception, and will probably need to do some further steps to make it reach wider, so maybe I can put my former skills to more use 🙂

My next project will be #titeship, which will be a quite niche tool for provisioning NixOS servers to DigitalOcean droplets.