Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverFounder, Product Hunt

What are some of your favorite products built by bootstrappers?

The tech industry tends to glorify venture funding, associating investor commitments as an illustration of success. Of course, venture funding is a means to an end and many talented makers choose not to raise capital for their startup. Name some of your favorite products and companies built by bootstrappers.
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    Nomad List 3.0

    Find the best place to ❀️ live, πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» work, and πŸ’ƒ play

    Amrith Shanbhag
    Amrith Shanbhag6Community at Product Hunt & Feathrd Β· Written
    @levelsio has been defining bootstrapping for all these years and it's great to see him grow through the years without any external investments inspiring any maker that they can make great things just from their laptop and an internet connection; just look at this tweet :D
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    Joseph Pack
    Joseph PackFounder, Pilotfish Β· Written
    I totally agree. I use NomadList all the time and he's always improving it. I can see him starting to crack into the general travel market next which is obviously a significantly larger opportunity that just Nomads. Although, I love any product that really hones down on its niche.
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    Mick
    MickFounder of SongBox.Rocks Β· Written
    Carrd is awesome
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    • brian ball
      brian ballDirector of Labs

      The front page scrolls a lot. It's great for discovery. It's just a lot to take in -- I'm not recommending a change - just warning in case you thought you'd check it out in 5 minutes.

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    • matt kocaj
      matt kocajDev on a mission to work for himself

      I'd like the barrier to entry to be a bit lower, as in maybe a monthly price where I pay **each month**. As someone who's trying desperately to find a way to secure a remote gig so I can begin my Nomad journey, I can't easily drop $60 on a product I have no idea of the return value. I'm assuming that there will be folks "on the inside" ready to help me, answer my questions, etc, etc but I don't know yet. How can Nomad List help me get there without this $60 leap?

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    Carrd

    Simple, responsive, one-page sites for pretty much anything.

    Personally, i love Carrd and how AJ is handling everything by himself.
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    • Brendan Hersh
      Brendan Hershdev/designer/domainer

      Carrd is the most amazing web building platform I've seen to date- and trust me, I've tried everything. You start off with a blank page, or choose from expertly-designed templates, then you can build your own site with content LEGOs: drag text under an image, make a row of links across the top, or even add some of your own code.

      When you discover control bars that let you break your site into pages, though, it's when everything changes: Carrd goes from letting you create business-card like pages to making full-blown websites for anything- home base for your app with dedicated support and contact pages, a sign-up form for an event that plugs names and comments into a Google sheet, ANYTHING (how do I make extra bold?)

      Carrd is now my go-to tool for anything web-building related. I made a website for a friend and even made a few bucks off it. I'm also teaching an HTML class for my homeschool support group and there will be a whole lesson on Carrd!

      I just want to say thanks to @ajlkn for my favorite website for websites, ever.

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    • David Berkowitz
      David BerkowitzPrincipal, Serial Marketer

      Very intuitive. I created the site serialmarketers.net in a few minutes, customizing the fonts pretty easily. My site looks great, and even better on mobile. The $20 custom domain upgrade is a pretty good deal.

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  3. 72
    Docsify

    Free In-depth email tracking for salespeople

    Love these guys, who're making super intuitive tool for email.
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    • Vladimir Obrizan
      Vladimir ObrizanExpert in Reliable Software

      Really cool product to score leads: who is more interested in emails I sent. It is much easier to select leads among 100s of recepients, whom I should call first: obviously, those people who engage more with my presentations and docs.

      Docsify is a must-have email marketing tools for those who close deals.

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    • Naman Bhutani
      Naman BhutaniSales Specialist

      I recommend using Docsify, it's a great tool and have got one of the best customer support.

      I was finally able to replace HubSpot's plug-in with a much powerful platform, Docsify!

      Great work guys and keep rocking.

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  4. 38
    Basecamp 3

    The best version of Basecamp ever made

    Arturo Ojeda
    Arturo OjedaFounder at www.handy.la Β· Written
    It's a bootstrapped company with huge success, and not only that, they are also awesome at giving back to the community, they gave us Ruby on Rails, Stimulus, Pow, etc. (check the whole list here https://basecamp.com/about/open-...). They created awesome books like Rework, Remote and Getting Real. And of course, the product is awesome, we replaced Slack with Basecamp 3 and we are very very happy with it!
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    • Johnathan Holland
      Johnathan HollandI truly obsess over helping others..

      Basecamp makes it much easier to manage the tasks your remote team is doing in a clean UI so that you get a good view of what is happening in the organizing. Amazing product!

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    • Matt Pliszka
      Matt Pliszkaresearching SaaS software @ pickSaaS.com

      One of the more complex apps for managing projects, a good one for keeping your team updated about the activity on each project/task.

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    Todoist

    Organize your life. Then go enjoy it.

    Hugo Fauquenoi
    Hugo Fauquenoigrowth @todoist and @twistappteam Β· Written
    Hugo Fauquenoi made this product
    14M users, fully boostrapped, fully remote team πŸ˜‡
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    Art Golombek
    Art GolombekFoundation Marketing 4 Local Biz Owners Β· Written
    Great tool to keep thing organized. Good integrations.
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    • haabe
      haabeDeveloper @ Snopp DesignbyrΓ₯

      We were looking for a tool to replace Asana, and after initially testing Todoist, became certain it could be the tool for us. But sharing projects is a PITA. There's no easy way to let your team have access to all newly created projects. Also, the projects structure isn't shared, so sharing a new subproject causes havoc in the teammate's projects structure, and the teammate needs to manually configure the projects structure according to it's intended layout.

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    • Marta
      MartaFront-end, UI and UX designer

      Organize your life with pleasure. Add due date to tasks, tasks inside projects, subprojects and subtasks. Call your friends to join your project and assign tasks for them. Comment and add images on tasks. Have your tasks everywhere with nice apps. Love it.

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  6. 36
    ProdPad

    Build product roadmaps, manage ideas, and make users happy.

    Bernhard Hecker
    Bernhard Heckerventure consultant Β· Written
    ProdPad helps you (as product person) create roadmaps, that are understandable for everyone. And thus it makes conversations between customers product people and dev teams a lot more effective.
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    Beno Rudolf
    Beno RudolfFrontend engineer @ DΒ·Labs Β· Written
    Focusing on your product and not timelines, ProdPad is admittedly the best product managment software out there. Continuous development, heavily based on product manager feedback, with the founding team comprised of world leading product management experts. All that topped by a dedicated and passionate core team whose work shines throughout the product.
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    Chris Massey
    Chris MasseyProducts, communities, narratives Β· Edited
    First and foremost, I find this to be a really clean and clear tool for marshalling your backlog, inputs and ideas for your product, and shaping your priorities and roadmap. Great aesthetic, very thoughtful design, and well-articulated "opinionated" workflows. Also worthy of note is the customer success and support team - they're top notch. Very helpful, super knowledgeable, and always constructive!
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  7. 17
    Canny

    The easiest way to collect & manage feedback

    Canny is such a great product for collecting and managing user feedback. Users can post and vote on features and bugs. This allows us to properly prioritize what we want to work on. This, in tandem with the Roadmap feature -- which allows our users to see what we're working, what we have planned, and what we've completed -- creates a sense of agency and involvement for our users, they feel that they're partly building the product with us. Additionally, and this is something not really advertised by the Canny founders, is that Canny can be used to create a community on your website. With their embedding and single-sign on feature it looks like a part of our websites. A few days ago, at Repl.it, we decided to prototype a Hackernews-like community where people post program's they built, vote, and discuss. We built it in less than an hour and in no time we had hundreds of posts, comments, and upvotes. Check it out https://repl.it/ibuiltthis As for the subject here, the bootstrapping of the company, it's been such a pleasure watching Canny, the company, work to find product/market fit from the moment of creation. The founders faced incredible skepticism at first, people compared it to existing products and didn't see the point in what their building. But slowly and surely they started getting customers and I believe they have, at least, the kernel of product/market fit. The founders are ex-facebookers with impressive backgrounds, they could've raised money if they put their mind into it. But from the start they wanted to do things differently, they wanted autonomy, they wanted to travel, and they wanted to be profitable as soon as possible. Finally, they're blogging about everything that they're learning about building a bootstrapped SaaS business. There isn't a month that goes by without seeing one of their posts on the front page of hackernews -- which means it's resonating with other founders (or aspiring ones).
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  8. 16
    Bubble

    Build a fully functional web app without any code

    Levon
    LevonFounder, Zeroqode & Bubblewits Β· Written
    Bubble lets anyone (even without a tech background) create web and mobile applications without code. It's easy to learn and yet powerful enough so you can create pretty much anything - marketplace platforms, social networks, e-commerce websites and much more. We have been using Bubble to create awesome products and templates without code for nearly 2 years and the platform is simply amazing. The team keeps adding new features and constantly improves the platform. The ecosystem around bubble started to grow even faster when they opened the plugin builder to the public. Can't recommend this product enough.
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    Vlad Larin
    Vlad LarinGM@Bubblewits&Zeroqode Β· Written
    Next generation programming language, period. For everyone that needs to jumpstart their idea fast and simple - this is a tool that will make it possible. You will be surprised with the possibilities on what can be done without code.
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    Daniel Johnson
    Daniel JohnsonFounder & CEO of Kalood Β· Written
    An app that builds apps? No code? Are you kidding me? Yes please.
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    • Keith Crosley
      Keith CrosleyGRUPZ.com

      Look: There’s no platform that can enable someone with no freaking clue about how to build an app to magically build one... But boy does Bubble come close.

      I love visual/no-code/alterna-code environments and have worked on several of the most famous ones. Bubble is right up there.

      I feel like this toolβ€˜s positioning (β€œyou don’t have to be a coder”) belies its true strength. Itβ€˜s GRRRREAAAT for those who would rather NOT code most stuff.

      I do my best to help folks out in the forums at forum.bubble.is, but wish it had a StackExhange equivalent -- it’s that deep. Love it and wish it the best. You can build awesome stuff on Bubble, but (duh) prepare to learn some computer science In the process (this is a GOOD thing)...

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    • An app that's more about doing something technically than paying any attention to the user or use-cases. Is just very impractical, with all the real-world features difficult to impossible. Just look at data-upload: https://forum.bubble.is/t/best-way-to-bulk-upload/1690

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  9. 15
    Hyperping

    Uptime monitoring made beautifully simple and reliable

    Indispensable for me to keep an eye on my websites. Cheap and highly reliable.
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    • Been using Hyperping for two weeks now and it has already paid off.

      We were having random downtimes during the day and Hyperping helped us figure out the problem. No false positives, simple reports, simple alerts and reliable monitoring. Couldn't recommend it enough.

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    • Ken Wallace
      Ken WallaceFounder of MastermindJam.com

      I've been using this to monitor my apps since mid-December 2017. Leo shared a screenshot of it in the WIP.chat Telegram group we're in, and I was hooked. Really great so far!

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  10. 13
    Levels.fyi

    Compare career levels across software eng and other fields

    Zuhayeer Musa
    Zuhayeer Musastudent @cal building things Β· Written
    Zuhayeer Musa made this product
    We built Levels.fyi to help people compare career ladders across companies and determine the right career title + compensation :)
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  11. Nivas Ravichandran
    Nivas Ravichandran3Product Marketing - Freshsales CRM Β· Written
    The entire suite of Zoho Products was built as a bootstrapped company. Kudos to the team for that. πŸ™‚
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  12. 11
    Pexels 3.0

    Best free stock photos in one place

    Bruno Joseph
    Bruno JosephCo-Founder of Pexels Β· Written
    Bruno Joseph made this product
    Pexels is a bootstraped business with millions of users each month. It started as a side project and is now one of the top 1,000 websites according to Alexa.
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  13. Petr Pinkas
    Petr PinkasCustomer Success Hero @ feedly Β· Written
    Sounds unreal, but Feedly is bootstrapped too :)
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  14. Ticket Tailor
    Ticket TailorDirector, Ticket Tailor Β· Written
    Easy to use, great support and a real money saver!
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  15. Jonny White made this product
    Event ticketing with no ticket fees. Bootstrapped company used by thousands of event organisers.
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  16. 4
    Qbserve

    Automatic productivity & time tracking for macOS

    Ivan Mir
    Ivan Mir3maker of Qbserve time tracking app Β· Written
    Ivan Mir made this product
    Since Indie Hackers retweeted this question, now it's "add your own bootstrapped product" thread! πŸ˜…
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    • Kiran Kunigiri
      Kiran KunigiriA guy who makes cool stuff.

      This app is pretty awesome. They made it so detailed that when I walked away from my laptop for 20 minutes, instead of just logging whatever app I was on, it asked me if I was eating, sleeping, exercising, etc. since it knew I was away from the computer

      It logs every single website and app you visit, and almost everything has been categorized for you. You can even make your own categories and projects to specifically log as well. At the end, I can also look at everything I did with charts and a pie chart showing my overall time spent categorized into productive, neutral, and distracted, which is a really awesome way to get a quick overview.

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    • Ted Han
      Ted HanTechnical Lead, DocumentCloud

      Other activity trackers and systems for keeping organized have always stressed me out a ton. Qbserve is the first activity tracker i've used that i don't feel hung up or bad about using through the entire cycle of use. There are periods where i will stop tracking for a while, but Qbserve is always easy to jump back into and use. You get immediate feedback about what's going on, and the color tracking in the dock icon gives a great visual feedback mechanism as a reminder for how on track you've been (or not).

      Classification has gotten better, and the ability to triage stuff yourself is great. I wish there were some way to segment up my twitter use into work related, and time wasting, but that's my only complaint.

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  17. 4
    Payhip

    Sell your digital products direct to your fans and followers

    Ticket Tailor
    Ticket TailorDirector, Ticket Tailor Β· Written
    Easy way to sell digital downloads.
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  18. Michael Daniel
    Michael DanielFounder - Crowdsourcer.io Β· Written
    Michael Daniel made this product
    Built by bootstrappers to help you bootstrap with others! A rev-share/profit sharing platform where people collaborate on projects and earn a fair share of the profits based on their contribution.
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  19. Raz Yalov
    Raz YalovCEO & Co-Founder @ZCastApp Β· Written
    Built an amazing product and team with 100% bootstrapping money. And Mike, the founder, is the nicest guy out there.
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    Mono Name

    Curated CSV list of available domains for your next project

    Mighty Alex
    Mighty AlexProduct Developer Β· Written
    Mighty Alex made this product
    We have made this tool to help makers and startups in just a few hours over the weekend.
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