Learn to bootstrap profitable startups the 👨🎤indie way
💡 Get ideas from solving your problems
🛠Build with the tools you already know
🚀 Launch to Product Hunt and your niche
🌱 Grow organically without ads
💰 Monetize by asking users for money
🤖 Automate your entire business
Easy peasy tricks to build a digital product.Cons:
We payed 30$ for an ebook, extended production time while harvesting pre-orders
It's a gret summary of what you need to bootstrap an idea, but it lacked of sincerity since its inception.
We've been waiting and, in spite the end result is visually attractive, I feel slightly scammed. Early adopters payed a lot for an ebook which production lasted too long and is not printed. In the meanwhile, Pieter talked about how he was investing in cryptocurrency —with our investment on his book?
Besides, the community helped him write the book for free.
Moreover, It doesn't have bibliography nor sources from his biz school studies; it seems he withholds some tricks from himself (or his blog). Also, there is some media out there where he says almost the same things for free.
It's a great exercise of personal branding, but lacks of technical depth, following the rule that if you failed it is because you did not work enough. It would improve with more strategic principles rather than mere tactics.
If you'd like to get in touch with the feeling of successful bootstrapping, read "Things a Little Bird Told Me" by Twitter's founder Biz Stone (paperback, 20$). On how to structure a new business, "Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers" by Alexander Osterwalder (paperback 19$). On great design, I recommend you read "Da cosa nasce cosa" by Bruno Munari.Guillem Carbonell has used this product for one year.
No-nonsense advice like Pieter is known for.Cons:
You still actually need to go and do the work. Reading is not enough.
Many if not most business books are written by authors, rather than actual entrepreneurs. This makes sense considering entrepreneurs are busy running their business :)
Despite Pieter being a true entrepreneur he still found the time somehow to write this book.
I would recommend any (wannabe) maker to just go out and build stuff rather than read books. I bet Pieter would say the same. However, if you feel stuck or need some motivation, then this is the book for you. Buy it. Read it. And get back to shipping.Marc Köhlbrugge has used this product for one year.