Bootstrapping, AppSumo deals and productivity tools - Macgill Davis / Will Goto,

Macgill Davis and Will Goto are two technical co-founders figuring out how to make you more productive with their product, Rize. They've bootstrapped the right way- with validation, conviction and cash up-front. Now onto the next stage.
Macgill Davis and Will Goto are the founders of Rize, a time-tracking platform that helps you increase your productivity, started in August 2020. Will and Macgill met at a company called Peer, which then got acquired by Twitter, they then left Twitter and founded a company called Humble Dot, which they raised for but unfortunately had to shut down.

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What we covered in this episode:
  • Working on a side project while at Twitter
  • Raising funding then leaving their jobs
  • Co-founders with the same technical background
  • A different approach to finding a co-founder
  • Shutting down a business when it’s not doing well
  • Searching for a new idea and solving your own problem
  • Creating a landing page and running some ads
  • Picking a market to focus on
  • Time tracking for productivity
  • Getting traction through AppSumo
  • Cash up front with lifetime deals
  • Raising vs bootstrapping
  • How to be more productive
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Creators and Guests

James McKinven
James McKinven
Host of the Indie Bites podcast & founder of PodPanda.
Macgill Davis
Macgill Davis
Cofounder @rize_io. Prev @twitter, @humble_dot, @peerfeedback, @guide_hire.
Will Goto
Will Goto
Building @rize_io—a smart time tracker that improves your focus · Prev Cofounder & CEO @Humble_Dot and engineering @Twitter
Bootstrapping, AppSumo deals and productivity tools - Macgill Davis / Will Goto,
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