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Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverFounder of Product Hunt & Weekend Fund

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.
71 recommended
  1. 172
    Nomad List 3.0

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

    AmrithHooman to Sando 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
    Joseph Pack
    Joseph PackFintech CMO, wannabe indie maker 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.
    PrimerFounder of Songbox Β· Written
    Carrd is awesome
  2. 127

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

    Personally, i love Carrd and how AJ is handling everything by himself.
  3. 72

    Advanced Email Tracker for the whole team

    Love these guys, who're making super intuitive tool for email.
  4. 38

    Keeps people on the same page

    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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  5. 32

    Organize your life. Then go enjoy it.

    Hugo Fauquenoi
    Hugo Fauquenoigrowth ツ product at doist Β· Written
    Hugo Fauquenoi made this product
    14M users, fully boostrapped, fully remote team πŸ˜‡
    Art Golombek
    Art GolombekFoundation Marketing 4 Local Biz Owners Β· Written
    Great tool to keep thing organized. Good integrations.
  6. 36

    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.
    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.
    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!
  7. 17

    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).
  8. 15
    Hyperping 2.0

    Beautifully simple and reliable uptime monitoring

    Indispensable for me to keep an eye on my websites. Cheap and highly reliable.
  9. 16
    Bubble 2.0

    Build and host web applications without having to write code

    Levon - Founder @ Zeroqode
    Levon - Founder @ ZeroqodeFounder, Zeroqode - No Code Startups πŸš€ 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.
    Vlad Larin
    Vlad LarinFounder&GM of 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.
    Daniel Johnson
    Daniel JohnsonFounder & CEO of Kalood Β· Written
    An app that builds apps? No code? Are you kidding me? Yes please.
  10. 13

    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. 11
    Notebook for Mac

    The beautifully simple note-taking app from Zoho. Now on Mac

    Nivas Ravichandran
    Nivas RavichandranStartup Partnerships at Freshworks Β· Written
    The entire suite of Zoho Products was built as a bootstrapped company. Kudos to the team for that. πŸ™‚
  12. 11
    Pexels 2.0

    The 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.
  13. 8
    Mute Filters by Feedly

    Block distracting memes, amplify news that matters

    Petr Pinkas
    Petr PinkasCustomer Success Manager @ Feedly Β· Written
    Sounds unreal, but Feedly is bootstrapped too :)
  14. 7

    Email marketing made easy

    Ticket Tailor
    Ticket TailorDirector, Ticket Tailor Β· Written
    Easy to use, great support and a real money saver!
  15. 6
    Event Ticketing for dogs 🐢🐾

    Easy event access for your four legged friends 🎟️

    Jonny White made this product
    Event ticketing with no ticket fees. Bootstrapped company used by thousands of event organisers.
  16. 4

    Automatic productivity & time tracking for macOS

    Ivan Mir
    Ivan Mirindie app developer Β· Written
    Ivan Mir made this product
    Since Indie Hackers retweeted this question, now it's "add your own bootstrapped product" thread! πŸ˜…
  17. 4
    It's just better than you think!

    You can turn your life around. This is how!

    Ticket Tailor
    Ticket TailorDirector, Ticket Tailor Β· Written
    Easy way to sell digital downloads.
  18. 8
    Crowdsourcer 1.0

    Collaborate. Split profits. Create MVPs without investment.

    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.
  19. 3
    Raz Yalov
    Raz YalovCTO & Co-Founder @Journeyage Β· Written
    Built an amazing product and team with 100% bootstrapping money. And Mike, the founder, is the nicest guy out there.
  20. 3
    Mono Name

    Curated CSV list of available domains for your next project

    Mighty Alex
    Mighty AlexProduct designer 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.