In Episode 556, Rob Walling chats with Adam McCrea about growing from zero to $300,000 in ARR over the course of three years as a Heroku add-on. Adam is still a single founder with no employees and up until joining the TinySeed accelerator in their Spring 2021 batch, has fully bootstrapped Rails Autoscale. Now, he’s working to grow the app, deal with platform risk, and launch pricing experiments.
The topics we cover
[03:30] Background before starting Rails Autoscale
[07:04] Getting to 100 active users
[09:30] Platform risk
[14:59] Working on Rails Autoscale as a side project
[20:54] Rails Autoscale vs. Heroku’s Autoscaler
[24:13] Free-trial to freemium experiment
Links from the show
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