Starting + Sustaining addresses these questions and many more while also sharing personal anecdotes that help you see the less glamorous, but very necessary, side of running your own software company. You can easily waste hours or weeks researching the wrong topics or working on the wrong features. Even then, you may not cover all of your bases. The goal of this book is to help you cover all of your bases and avoid wasting time or making the same mistakes as me.
These screenshots are for the iWork Numbers version of the spreadsheet. The Excel version is similar and functionally equivalent, but the Numbers version is a lot more fun to use.
Looking for a sample chapter? Try this one about creating something real.
OK, I haven't even had a chance to crack open the book yet, and I'd already pay twice this price---just for the spreadsheet alone. I built a crappy version of this spreadsheet for myself and it took me hours. This is a steal for anyone who's even half-way serious about a SaaS business. Amy Hoy, Cofounder of Freckle
As founder of a successful startup, this book highlighted so many gaps in the way I went about setting up my startup initially. For my next startup, I'm following this recipe to save time, money and loads of rookie mistakes. Adii Pienaar, Cofounder of WooThemes
I spent about six hours doing a basic P&L for a SaaS product I was considering building. Garrett's sheet is far more detailed and would have saved me hours of time. He's truly thought through it all. A steal at twice the price! Brandon Savage
As an early stage start-up founder myself, I'm finding all of Garrett's insights extremely helpful. It's saved us hours of disruption, and wasted time. If you are ready to take your idea, or side project to the next level and beyond, do yourself a favour and grab a copy. Worth every penny. James Deer, Founder of GatherContent
You must read this book if you are starting a SaaS business. Packed with advice and lessons learned by @garrettdimon Chris Nagele, Founder of Beanstalk and Postmark via Twitter
This is the first book I’ve ever eagerly awaited, and I was blown away by a draft Garret sent me. Buy this right now Brennan Dunn, Founder of Planscope via Twitter
Starting and Sustaining rolls back the curtain to show you what it's really like to run your own successful SaaS business. It covers about everything you'd need to deal with along with all the hopes and fears you're likely to have. And the accompanying spreadsheet has to be seen to be believed. While it's an incredibly useful tool for planning and measuring your business, it's also the most beautifully designed spreadsheet I've ever seen. Wade Winningham
Starting + Sustaining is easily the best book I’ve read about running a web app so far. Andreas Zecher via Twitter
Think startingandsustaining.com is expensive? I can tell you the included spreadsheets ALONE are worth the price, and will pay for themselves Kyle Fox via Twitter
<3 @garrettdimon's book approach on building a sustainable SaaS. Spreadsheet & some diagrams alone worth the money Raul Murciano via Twitter
Slides 59 and 60 are worth $X0,000+ to SaaS companies. Run one? Want to? Buy the book, too. Patrick McKenzie via Twitter
Just got to laugh at startingandsustaining.com from @garrettdimon, insane value for money if you're launching/running a web app. Chad Tomkiss via Twitter
For those looking to get into SaaS applications: Starting and Sustaining by @garrettdimon is a must read Nathan Barry via Twitter
I just bought Starting and Sustaining and so should you. Garrett knows his stuff. Noah Stokes via Twitter
Even if Garrett wasn't a friend and Sifter wasn't a part of our workflow, I'd still tell you to go pick this up. Aaron Mentele via Twitter
I gave this presentation over a year ago. The book is an updated and extended version of the topics that I address in the presentation.
Yes, we offer a money back guarantee. But if you have questions or concerns before buying, just send me an email and ask. I'm always happy to help even if it means you don't end up buying a copy, and I'll usually get back to you in an hour or two. Of course, I'd also suggest reading the sample chapter about the value of creating something real.
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We do. For the cash-strapped startup, for up to 5 people you can buy a small team license for $189. Or, for a group of up to 100 team members, you can snag a large team license for $499. This is all on the honesty policy. You won't find any DRM here.
A 250+ page PDF covering 36 topics with associated charts, graphs and visualizations, a spreadsheet for helping with estimating both revenue and expenses (in Numbers and Excel), a focused todo list to help you plan the process, and a list of over 150 tools and services to help you find the right products without having to go through an extensive search process.
Anybody who is thinking about launching a web application and wants a clearer picture of what they'll need to do to make it happen. It's designed to be a high level overview for designers, developers, or business people all the same.
It's all about the logistics and planning that goes into a launching a hosted web application as a business. This includes business, financial, pricing, hosting, support, marketing, development processes, release management, payment processing, running your beta, launching, and more. It won't teach you how to code or design, but it will provide you with the context and knowledge to help you launch your application faster and with fewer mistakes.
Howdy. I'm Garrett Dimon, the creator of Sifter, a web application into which I've poured myself over the last five years. It hasn't made me a millionaire, and you're never going to hear about it on TechCrunch or Mashable. It has, however, grown into a comfortably profitable business that has enabled me to work everyday on something that I love.
While we now have several people working on Sifter regularly, I'm still the only person that works on it full-time. During this time as a solo founder, I've gained some knowledge the hard way, and I'd like to help others make the same journey with a little more comfort and a lot less stress than me.