Welcome to Startups for the Rest of Us, the podcast that helps developers, designers and entrepreneurs be awesome at launching software products. Whether you’ve built your first product or you’re just thinking about it.
Your hosts are Rob Walling and Mike Taber. Combined we have over 30 years of experience as software entrepreneurs and we’re here to share those experiences to help you avoid the same mistakes we’ve made.
In addition to this podcast and our software companies, we run MicroConf, the world’s most popular conference for self-funded startups.
Rob built and sold multiple SaaS startups, most recently Drip.
He co-founded the most popular conference for self-funded startups, MicroConf.
He wrote the book on how to bootstrap a startup, Start Small, Stay Small.
And he started TinySeed, the first startup accelerator designed for bootstrappers.
He has also invested in more than 20 startups, including WP Engine and SparkToro.
Learn more about Rob at robwalling.com.
Mike started his career with a brief, 3 month stint at a start up multimedia company called 2K Innovations Corporation in North Carolina in 1998. He was invited to join full time as a principal, but declined after seeing how the company was being run.
Later that year, he moved to Buffalo, NY to work for a wireless ISP startup called Clearwire Technologies. He bailed a couple years before it went under and sold its name, but learned a lot about working at a small company.
He spent the next few years working for Wegmans Food Markets in Rochester, NY as a Programmer Analyst, providing him the experience of working for a 25,000 employee company.
Following a short and unsuccessful solo stint, he wound up at Pedestal Software in Boston. Pedestal was a start up that was acquired by Altiris two years later for $70 million. Six months after the acquisition, he started flying solo again and has been on his own ever since.