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    I love seeing positive stories like this (especially on Tech, here on Lobsters). Any similar small/simple/curated websites in this regards?

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      I have this list sitting in some old notes:

      sublime

      tarsnap

      bingo card creator

      jepsen

      sidekiq - https://www.indiehackers.com/interview/how-charging-money-for-pro-features-allowed-me-quit-my-job-6e71309457

      image compression for games - https://twitter.com/sehurlburt/

      complice - https://www.indiehackers.com/product/complice

      https://www.indiehackers.com/product/insomnia

      https://www.indiehackers.com/product/browserless

      pinboard

      instapaper

      newsblur

      duckduckgo

      minecraft

      dwarf fortress

      metafilter

      backblaze

      prgmr

      lavabit

      growstuff

      tabnine?

      fathom

      ravelry

      sqlite

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        Thanks, appreciate it. Can you reformat your comment to be inline? It’s taking whole FF window on my Macbook Retina.

        sublime, tarsnap, bingo card creator, jepsen, sidekiq, image compression for games, complice, insomnia, browserless, pinboard, instapaper, newsblur, duckduckgo, minecraft, dwarf fortress, metafilter, backblaze, prgmr, lavabit, growstuff, tabnine, fathom, ravelry, sqlite

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          I can’t edit it, sorry :S

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      This is super inspirational. It’s so easy to get caught in the VC mindset. “I gotta get big, gotta get investors, ahhhh!”

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        I know a couple of people who have managed to start solo products! It’s definitely the dream. But working in a traditional organization is much, much easier.

        Incidentally, someone I know managed to start a company by simply “adopting” an abandoned open source project that still had a bunch of active users who were willing to pay for new features and professional services. So you don’t even necessarily have to invent something new.

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          I definitely agree with the value of having models to follow.

          SQLite and Pinboard are definitely both models for me.

          Scaling things down is definitely a skill. I find that as I become more experienced as a programmer, it’s easier for me to conceive of useful projects that can be built on a short timeline.

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            This goes well with the Zig 0.7.1 announcement :)

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              After going through a coding bootcamp, my wife napped a job at a small web/application development studio. They’re not “big tech”, but they’re also hardly a startup chasing hyper growth either — they’re a just tight-knit team of just the right size.

              I’m wildly envious of her gig!

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                I’ve heard this approach to business called a lifestyle business. I would certainly be running my own if I could figure out how to handle health insurance.

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                  Great goal to have, honestly.