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March 30, 2021
Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Daniel Díez

We are fortunate to have a vibrant community of hundreds of members from all different places across the globe. We come together to talk about tools, tech, no-code and new ways to make creating & building even more productive than before. 

At Makerpad we love sharing our member’s journey through learning no-code, using new skills in their workplaces, building projects and even launching businesses. 

Each week we’ll be highlighting a member from our community and sharing their story, background and previous projects through our Member Spotlight blog post series.

This week we are chatting to Daniel Díez from Barcelona, Spain

Daniel is currently working on Failory, which shares stories about lessons learned from failed startups.

 

Hey Daniel, great to have you be part of the Member's Spotlight. Can you give us some background on how you got into no-code? How long have you been using no-code tools and what got you first interested?

I discovered the no-code space in late 2019 when I stumbled upon Makerpad's website. I discovered a new world of possibilities and entered the no-code rabbit hole, trying to understand the limits and capabilities of the movement. I started watching tutorials and following the early courses that were introduced on the platform at the start of 2020.

At that moment, I was working as a full-time Product Manager at an EdTech startup in Barcelona, but I always wanted to start my own business. So I grabbed a Makerpad subscription and started learning as much as I could by following tutorials to create projects in Glide, Carrd, Webflow, and other tools.

It amazed me how easy it was to create an MVP. The best thing was that I could do it on my own without depending on other technical people to develop the first version of an idea. I left my job as Product Manager in January 2020, and since then, I have tried dozens of tools and built several projects in a year.

 

That’s amazing to hear what an impact no-code has had for you. So can you take us through some of no-code projects have you built in the past and what tools did you use for them?

The first project I created was a Cameo clone following one of Makerpad's Glide tutorials. I tweaked it a bit to better fit my idea and built Gameo, where you could book personalized videos from top streamers and gamers. This project showed me I could build a fully fledged MVP on my own and it really motivated me, so I started researching more problems and wrote a huge list of ideas to solve them.

In March 2020, I opened a new Twitter account and built a personal site with Carrd to show all the projects I was working on. I also used Carrd to set up a basic landing page for a remote work newsletter that I was sending through Mailchimp. It was my first attempt with an automation tool, as every new article about remote work that I found interesting was saved with the Pocket Chrome extension. Thanks to Zapier, it would then be sent to Airtable, where I built a database that populated my weekly newsletter.

After that, I found a Makerpad tutorial on how to build a marketplace on Boundless Labs and started working on Mentorist, a mentor marketplace for Spain. I built all the functionalities, but after talking to some potential customers and mentors, I decided not to launch it.

I started digging into Webflow more and created a content site that would help Spanish speaking makers decide which web builder to choose for their upcoming project. I re-used an amazing Flowbase template and adapted it to my needs using Jetboost. The project also aimed to categorize and analyze each website builder, from WordPress to Webflow itself. Users could fill a Typeform stating their skills, budget, and project type. Depending on the answers given, I would send an automated email with Mailchimp. The email recommended the ideal tool they should use based on different Integromat scenarios from their Typeform answers.

A month later and after seeing the success of remote job boards, I created one for the no-code space where no-code tools could list their open positions. I built the first version using Carrd and an Airtable embedded to show the +180 job postings I manually gathered. I had some positive initial feedback about it and built the second version using Table2Site. It was way smoother, and I launched it on Product Hunt; my first ever submission on the platform. After a month or so, I tried to sell it but couldn't complete the transaction on a couple of occasions and so I finally abandoned it.

My last no-code project, for the moment, was Phoenix Down. I interviewed founders and makers who failed on previous projects and I wrote about what went wrong and what lessons and takeaways fellow founders could get from their experience. I built the blog using Ghost and connected it through Zapier to EmailOctopus to send a weekly newsletter with the latest interview.

It’s interesting to hear how you used your no-code projects to keep building, learning and trying new ideas out. So let's bring things up to the current day, what are you currently working on and what stage is it at?

Thanks to starting Phoenix Down I met Nico, the founder of Failory. I joined forces to work together on his vision to help more entrepreneurs avoid mistakes and build a better business. We rebuilt the site from scratch on Webflow and Jetboost and we launched it on Product Hunt, achieving over 200 upvotes and 63 new email subscribers.

Failory currently has +60,000 monthly readers, +180,000 page views, and +8,000 email subscribers. We've interviewed some amazing founders like Ben Tossell and his previous company NewCo, and Duncan Hamra, the founder of Memberstack about his previous startup Formatically.

February's 2021 revenue for Failory was around $3,000, mostly from affiliates and sponsors. This means we grew +32.08% from our January numbers!

Our next steps are launching the Google Cemetery, a place where we analyze all Google products and startups that shut down, and another digital product to sell on Gumroad after the Product-Market Fit eBook.

The no-code community is really great at bringing people together to work on projects collaboratively.  Thinking more of the future, what are you looking forward to seeing happen in the no-code space in the years to come? 

I'm looking forward to seeing more and more small and medium businesses embrace no-code tools to operate their day-to-day operations, which will dramatically improve their efficiency.

No-code is democratizing software and I want to see lots of new products and businesses built and launched using these fantastic tools. I find really mind-blowing all the products and solutions that are popping up every week made with no-code tools.


There will come a point where no-code is just part of every company as they realise what tools are out there. Do you have a favourite no-code tool? And what's the next no-code tool you're thinking of trying out?

My favorite no-code tool has to be Carrd. I love its simplicity and the ease of use it had ever since I started using it. They have a generous free plan and an affordable paid plan to build any landing page you want. If I want to validate any new ideas, I always default to using Carrd. 

In the future I would love to try out Typedream, a landing page builder with a Notion-style interface. Can't wait for the release!

Thanks so much for sharing your story with us Daniel. We look forward to hearing more about your journey soon! 

Keep an eye open for our next Member Spotlight blog post coming soon!


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