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Tools used: MemberStack, Zapier, Netlify, Smallchat, Mailerlite
Sales: 16 paying members within 24 hours
Build time: 2-3 months part-time
Vera took us about 2-3 months to build on a semi part time basis. Both myself and my cofounder Luca are freelancers by day, so we squeezed any extra time we had into building Vera. MemberStack was a huge time-saver since it allowed us to focus on the user-facing side of things rather than dealing with the technicalities of identity and access management.
We also use Zapier with MemberStack, MailerLite, and Netlify to better streamline our workflow. Some of our zaps:
- Notify us in Slack of any new and/or cancelled Vera members
- Add new members to our mailing list in MailerLite
- Send successful website deploy notifications from Netlify
Netlify is a no-brainer for site hosting. We connect our site directly to Github for automatic deploys, and for the most part, it’s free to use, which allows us to keep our burn ultra lean at only $37/mo (MemberStack + MailerLite + domain name). Only other software we use is Smallchat which allows anyone visiting our website to chat with us live.
It’s still a little early to share any meaningful numbers seeing as how we launched our public website yesterday (October 1st), but since then we’ve gotten just under 800 unique views and have 16 paying members making for a conversion rate of just over 2%. We all gotta start somewhere, right?
"I am a big fan of the no-code movement since it allows more of us to bring our ideas to life, I would identify myself as more of a low-code maker"
There was a huge shift in the no-code market since tools like Webflow made it easier to build custom websites, and I think next big shift will happen once more tools are created that allow you to easily add logic or utilize API’s within your website, without code. Super stoked for the day we can have an all-in-one platform that allows you to design & build software without code. The future merging of tools like Framer, Webflow, Bubble, and Zapier.
"Both myself and my cofounder Luca are freelancers by day, so we squeezed any extra time we had into building Vera. MemberStack was a huge time-saver since it allowed us to focus on the user-facing side of things rather than dealing with the technicalities of identity and access management."
- Contribute to cleaning our oceans without leaving your couch at joinvera.com
- See my other projects I’ll likely fail to launch at tr.af
- Hit me on all the platforms, I’m @traf almost everywhere
- Follow my cofounder Luca on Twitter, he needs more followers