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Writing about bootstrapping my own startups, no-code, infosec, privacy, social media, ethics, and everything in between.

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Indie Hackers interview: hustle culture vs. building calmly

Grind the nonstop hustle culture, or build calmly? Here's my take based on what I've learned.

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All the reasons why Signal is better than WhatsApp and iMessage

Escape the clutches of data-hungry giants. Discover why Signal is the gold standard messaging app that supersedes WhatsApp and iMessage. From end-to-end encryption to open-source transparency, Signal empowers you to take control of your privacy. Read on to uncover why you should have made the switch yesterday.

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Your stack's database is critical. Here's how to choose the best one

Discover the qualities of a good database, including being open source, allowing user role permissions, having open integrations and automations, centralizing information, making data portable, and being performant at scale. Prioritize building a robust, open database infrastructure for efficient operations and secure data management.

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Goodbye, Twitter. Here's everything that went wrong

Understand the closed-source and centralized nature of Twitter and its impact on freedom. Explore the consequences of a restrictive API and the loss of ownership. Learn about issues in biometrics, data mining, and surveillance. Discover the limitations of controlling your social graph and the invasive nature of ads. Delve into the anti-free speech and anti-net neutrality practices. Say goodbye to Twitter/X and embrace a better future.

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Launch your business idea with this free framework

The Business Model Canvas is a concise tool that helps you define your startup's vision and key elements like value proposition, customer segments, and revenue streams. It keeps you focused on building a viable business model, whether you're developing a new idea or refining an existing one.

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Twitter/X revenue sharing is bait. Don't take it

Sharing ad revenue with users is just a phase in what remains an inherently flawed business model.

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Setapp: Productivity suite, or risky discoverability tool?

Setapp, the "Netflix of Mac apps," offers convenience but harbors the risk of apps vanishing from the platform. Balancing discoverability with platform stability, cautious app adoption is urged, highlighting the need to weigh subscription value carefully.

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5 key takeaways from doing live chat customer support

Live chat customer support revealed valuable insights, including the need for clear FAQs, the diverse nature of communication styles, managing rudeness, and sending recap emails for better customer experiences.

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Pros and cons of making yourself a part of your business

Embedding yourself in your business can build rapport and credibility. Deciding whether to be a visible face of your brand requires weighing the benefits against potential challenges.

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How to hide your Twitter following and why you should do it

Amidst discussions of shifting to decentralized social media, let's delve into hiding Twitter followers as a step toward escaping vanity metrics and advocating for user-centric platforms, promoting genuine connections over superficial engagement.

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NoCodeFounders interview: How I built The TXT Hub

The TXT Hub is a no-code texting app for sending anonymous quotes from celebrities and TV shows. Let's delve into the experience of building the app using tools like Typeform, Twilio, and Zapier and reflect on growth challenges and monetization strategies.

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We're not in the software war, we're in the ecosystem war

Integrated ecosystems, like Apple's, shape user behavior, emphasizing the need for open standards and decentralized software to counter corporate dominance.

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The idea behind building in public and why I do it

"Building in public" on platforms like LinkedIn challenges norms by openly sharing the journey of creation, even amid concerns of vulnerability. Despite social media's drawbacks, the push to raise awareness and spark new discussions keeps this approach relevant for authentic sharing and learning.

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15 things you can do on Mastodon that you can’t do on Twitter

Discover 15 distinctive features that set Mastodon apart from Twitter, offering a glimpse into the world of decentralized and ethical social media, from server customization to encryption options.

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Cross-selling vs. upselling: How to use each one in your business

Learn how upselling and cross-selling can drive business growth by offering upgraded products and complementary items. From Tee Tweets' success to broader industries, these strategies save costs, increase revenue, and keep customers satisfied.

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Makerpad no-code founder story: Tee Tweets

Tee Tweets is a brand where people can wear any tweet. It was built in Shopify, embraced challenges, and looks forward to the evolving no-code landscape for collaborative growth.

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How to create a no-code app using popular tools and Zapier

I'll show you how to create apps without coding. Using tools like Typeform, Google Sheets, Twilio, and Zapier, I'll guide you through the process of automating tasks and building a functional app. It's a way to embrace technology and creativity without writing code.

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NoCodeHQ interview: Building with no-code

Let's look into the importance of trying various tools, fostering collaboration, and advocating for standardization in the dynamic no-code community.

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The social dilemma: What it is, how we got here, and what we can do about it

"The Social Dilemma" exposes the manipulative tactics of social media platforms, emphasizing their role in spreading disinformation and shaping user behavior for profit. It's compelling to have a collective awareness and reconsideration of these platforms' influence.

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One piece of content can change your life

From embracing "Document, don't create" to a game-changing Instagram post, I learned that a single raw piece of content can spark significant momentum and redefine success, echoing Gary Vaynerchuk's advice.

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