We’re joined again by special guest Justin Williams of Second Gear Software for the conclusion of our conversation about his acquisition of Glassboard and his experience as an indie software developer. We talk about making data-driven decisions and his choice to drop support for some underperforming platforms. We discuss his aversion to venture capital, the role of taking calculated risks in achieving success, and his exit plan in case everything goes pear-shaped. Justin also shares some of the lessons he’s learned in his seven years as an independent developer, including the importance of delegation, hiring experts, and balancing “profitable” against “new and fun.” We close by talking to Justin about his experience with Windows Azure, which he uses for Glassboard’s backend.
Show Notes & Links
- Justin Williams on Twitter
- Second Gear Software – Justin’s software company
- Glassboard – Justin’s private messaging service
- Carpe Aqua – Justin’s personal blog
- Getting Good At Making Money – Justin’s post with scary graphs showing big monthly losses
- The Profitability Test – Justin explains why he’s not interested in developing for the Nokia X