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This is part one of a two-part post about what happened in 2008 and my plans for 2009.
First, a few numbers about 2008:
Overall, I couldn't be happier with Balsamiq's first 6 months of operations (and that's a huge understatement).
This little startup has been successful beyond my wildest dreams, an incredible learning experience and the ultimate thrill-ride. For one guy with an idea and a laptop, I think I made quite a splash! ;)
Next, let's talk about 2009, for I am SUPER EXCITED about it! :)
Wow, truly amazing. Congratulations on such a great year!
I’m curious – do you count those first six months from the time you started coding or from the time you started selling? My business (http://browsermob.com) has been selling for about 4 weeks now, but coding started ~3 months prior to that. I’d feel a little better about my paltry sales if I knew you were counting from time you started selling :P
Btw – I saw you were #1 on Google for “mockups”. Congrats! Your blog posts on marketing inspired me to ditch my original Google AdWords plan and to go with a more organic approach. Right now an article I wrote for Ajaxian.com is #5 for “ajax load testing”, but I’m still nowhere near being a top hit for most relative search terms. I guess I have more work to do!
[Peldi: thanks Patrick! I always count from June 19th, launch day (and first real “full time” workday for Balsamiq Studios). Perhaps I should also count the few months of working at night and on the week-ends, but it’s hard to know when I started and hard to quantify how many hours I worked on it. Launch day is easiest for me to remember. Good luck with BrowserMob!]
Very, very impressive.
I love it when I come across early-stage startups that are actually generating meaningful revenue.
p.s. I do think you have too many SKUs. Though segmenting like this does have it’s benefits, I think the complexity cost is usually not worth it.
Congrats on the successes Peldi! It’s always great to see a small operation like Balsamiq really take off. :)
Bravo, you’re an inspiration.
About the website stats: ~214,000 unique per day? per month? per year?
[Peldi: that’s for the year]
Great job! A man after my own heart! We started ProWorkflow in a garage, and are still in a garage with a small team and thousands of users globally. High revenue, profitable and no debt. So from one bootstrapper to another – well done!
Call me anytime to say hi…
Julian, CEO – ProActive Software
Well done Peldy and Mariah,
Here in El Salvador, in my office specifically (kind of Education National Bureau ) we are considering giving Balsamiq a try, I show the software to my mates any time I can and they seem to like it.
also a nice story of support for a couple.
go on with the success!!!
Startup developer? nah – Rockstar – only most rockstars getting going only dream about the same amount of success, err, over many many years. Proof in the puddin’! Deserved best kudos and same or better success wishes in 2009, Peldi! Sky’s the limit!
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This “radical transparency” is refreshing. If you like this, check out Patrick McKenzie over at http://www.kalzumeus.com/ he gives some great stats on his MicroISV and goes into some detail on AdWords strategy and results.
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