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Alex Dicketts isn’t the first Shopify Founder I’ve talked to (not by a long shot!), but his story is pretty unique. By being purposeful in his research and early development, he successfully designed a product that worked not just for the customer, but his own needs as a solo Founder– something I think every bootstrapper should pay more attention to!
Shopify-based SaaS is one of our fastest growing business segments, and we’re thrilled to announce that Simple Purchase Orders is the newest member of our Shopify app portfolio. With Simple PO, Shopify store owners who work with dropshipping and wholesale suppliers can automate their purchase orders and inventory restocking.
Maybe you’re ready to move on to your next project — or you’re just curious about what kind of opportunities are out there as you grow your business. Regardless of which category you fall into, the valuation and acquisition process can feel confusing and stressful, especially if you’ve never sold a business before. We’re launching a new free, live webinar on SaaS valuation each month to demystify the topic and help you plan.
Earlier this year I asked our Founder’s Squad subscribers and my Twitter followers what topics they wanted me to write about in the upcoming months. Personal finance for Founders won hands down. That’s not a surprise — topics like how to get a mortgage without a W-2, how much to reinvest in your business vs. in retirement funds, and when it’s appropriate to start angel investing are things I hear come up frequently in the bootstrapped community.
Mike Machado, Brett Owens, and Carson Gross are the founding team behind LeadDyno, and they leveraged their diverse set of talents over the course of nearly a decade to build this powerhouse of a product in the affiliate marketing space.
We got to chat with the trio recently about the story behind building LeadDyno, all the way up through their decision to sell the business.
We couldn’t be happier to introduce you to the newest member of the SureSwift portfolio: LeadDyno. With dozens of integrations for Shopify, Wix, Bigcommerce, Stripe, PayPal, and more, LeadDyno is a powerhouse in the affiliate marketing space.
Bootstrapped businesses often start as side projects out of necessity. Once a project hits a certain level of profitability, maybe you decide to go all-in to focus on maximizing growth. Down the road, maybe you want (or need) to work full-time on a different project of your own, and you move back to hustle-mode, or decide to sell the product. These are all phases in the Founder journey. Wherever you happen to be in yours, we think you’ll want to hear from Wingman Co-Founders, Ben Latz and Piyush Puri.
This Data-Obsessed SaaS Founder Achieved His First Exit Just Two Years After Launching His Shopify App
Many of the Founders we buy SaaS products from are selling because they already have another business they want to work on, so in my line of work I meet a lot of serial entrepreneurs. While GrowthHero Founder Mike Janeczek says he doesn’t have the next idea yet, I’d bet good money on reading another exit story about him in the future.
It’s no secret that SureSwift loves Shopify. Our portfolio in this vertical includes Back in Stock, Storemapper, Plug in Useful, Cross Sell, and now GrowthHero. We’re thrilled to bring this popular, highly rated affiliate marketing app into our family of apps.
As a business grows, its needs change, and that means your role and the skills you need to bring to it change. The skillset you needed last year (or even last month) may not be the one you need today. You simply can’t expect to grow a business year after year without growing your skills (or hiring out for the ones you don’t have, or building it to the stage you enjoy working on and then selling it).