The One Person, Million Dollar SaaS Business Mike Carson is the founder of Park.io, a service which helps you to backorder expiring domain names. Mike is a developer who for many years struggled to find business success. He was working hard on multiple projects. But none of them were working out. And it was a painful time for him. He couldn't understand why he kept failing. And he'd often wonder if he wasn't working hard enough or just doing thing the wrong way. One day he just decided to let go of all that frustration and work on a project that he was curious and passionate about. He wasn't even thinking of it as a business. And ironically, that project turned into Park.io. Mike has built a million dollar SaaS business. He's currently doing over $150,000 in monthly revenue. And he's a one-person company. He has no employees and continues to run the business by himself. Mike says that he just got lucky with Park.io. And there's some truth to that. We all need some luck from time to time with our business. But I don't think it was all just down to luck. And in this interview, I deep-dive into what exactly he did to build that business, how he's dealt with major problems and competitors and how exactly he's able to run a one-person million dollar company. It's a great an interview with a ton of valuable insights and lessons. So I hope you enjoy it.
Proof is a social proof tool that allows you to “display real-time customer activity notifications on your website and let your existing customers sell for you.” After launching in March, 2017, Proof has been growing rapidly, and raised a $120K seed from Y Combinator. By the end of 2017, they had hit $1.2M ARR, and as of this writing, they are around $1.8M ARR and show no signs of stopping. We recently interviewed Austin Distel, employee #1 and Director of Marketing at Proof, on the SaaS Breakthrough Podcast to learn how they grew from 0 to $1.8M ARR in under a year. The serial entrepreneur and former Mr. Atlanta 2016 discussed everything from launching the company to eventually getting into Y-Combinator and taking over market share with paid advertising. We've rounded up our top 10 takeaway points for your convenience. If you would prefer to listen to the full podcast interview, you can click here to do so. Enjoy!
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