tl;dr: I'm working on a new SaaS project with Joshua Anderton.
For the first time in a long time, I have the financial margin and energy to invest in something else.
I first heard of Josh in 2018. He'd launched Upscribe, which was the only way (at the time) to embed a newsletter signup form on Medium.
A year later, he joined the MegaMaker community. Here's the email he sent me:
I have a soft spot for young parents, who are also indie hackers.
Starting a business when you have kids (especially infants!), and very little capital, is a whole other level of difficulty.
It’s the “hardest hard mode;” especially for bootstrappers.
But, I also know how transformative a high-margin, profitable, indie-SaaS can be for family. For me personally, Transistor has changed everything. Specifically: having more money for my family has been empowering.
So from the beginning, Joshua's story resonated with me. I've been there. I know what it's like to be 27, with two kids, trying to make ends meet.
Over the years, I've kept up with Josh, and have tried helping him out whenever I can.
Fast forward to 2021. For the first time in my life, I feel like I have enough money to start investing. I figured: "I can probably invest in one company this year."
But I don't want to be a passive investor; I want to invest in a person and really collaborate with them.
I instantly thought of Josh.
I reached out, and was initially going to invest in Upscribe (email newsletters).
But the more I thought about it, the more I felt like there was an adjacent opportunity where we could really shine.
There are a number of trends coalescing right now:
I've been swimming in these waters for awhile. I started MegaMaker in 2013 (before Indie Hackers, WIP, and Nomadlist existed). As a community, we've felt all the pain points that come with building a membership-driven site.
Most folks who run membership programs string together a bunch of different services to make it work:
For Josh and I, building a better membership platform was a category where we felt we could shine.
In May, Josh began building a brand new app which we're calling Meeps.
Here's a demo video:
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