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In September 2021, Tony Dinh left his $8,800/mo full-time job to begin working on his own projects.
Over the following two years he:
This week he published an article going through this journey. It’s a good source of inspiration for anyone working FT but interested in starting a personal project.
The first business hit Tony had was DevUtils, a macOS app that bundled frequently used developer tools into one interface.
Due to the nature of the product, DevUtils went viral on Hacker News, generating a spike in purchases on its $9-lifetime license.
Looking for ways to keep sales coming, he landed on Twitter, where he started building an audience sharing the stuff he’d build.
This is how he came up with a new business: Black Magic, a collection of small tools for Twitter, like analytics and a CRM.
After one year of launching it, Black Magic was at $13K MRR. Growth came mostly from Product Hunt and Twitter.
As if running two businesses wasn’t too time-consuming, in May 2022 Tony launched a third one: Xnapper, a screenshot app. Nowadays, it generates $6K/mo.
In February 2023, Elon Musk bought Twitter. Weeks later, Twitter API went from being free to $42K/month.
With Black Magic at $14K MRR, Tony was forced to either shut down or sell. He did the latter, for $128K.
Around that same time, OpenAI announced the ChatGPT API. Tony, who was annoyed with ChatGPT’s web interface, decided to build a better UI, called TypingMind.
In 7 days, he sold $22K of license revenue. Nowadays, the app generates $30K/month.
The collapse of one business ended up leading Tony to building a more successful one.
Matt Hodges recently took on the mission of re-designing Equals’ homepage to convey its unique value and improve its conversion rates.
In this article, he shares the 5 elements a homepage must have:
1) The Hero: You have 8 seconds to clearly communicate what you’re selling and convey why people should care.
2) The Trailer: Make users want more through a video demo (usually seen only by 30% of people) and auto-play videos covering the core jobs to be done.
3) The Leading Roles: Back up the points made in the hero and trailer. Find the distinct benefits of your product and address some known FUDs.
4) The Reviews: Establish credibility in the buyer journey. Display logos and testimonials of notable companies that used your product.
5) The CTA: Get people to convert.
Tip: Read only the headlines and make sure they’re enough to understand your product.
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