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👋 Hey, my name is Sasha @kossnocorp. I'm a software engineer that turned into a rookie entrepreneur. In this channel, I'm documenting my journey to profitability. My goal is to become successful at converting my passion to creating products into money.

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Today I turned 32.

When I was a teenager, men in their thirties seemed like seniors. Nowadays I feel healthy, active and happy as I never been in my life. I do what I love and live as I like. I'm happily married and have great friends.

Hell, it's so great to be me.

Despite having a 3-week vacation in January, I don't feel like working at all. Just a week ago I thought it would be exciting to get back, but for some reason, it's not.

I tried to reflect on that but ultimately failed. I was puzzled as I usually can at least identify the source of the problem.

Like that, I learned that post-vacation blues is a real thing!

In 2018 I did spend whopping $3000. Honestly, I knew that it's much higher than it can be but when I sat down and summed every bill for servers, services, and domains the number surprised me.

Well, to be fair it's not that big, I imagine that many successful small businesses pay such every month. But I'm far from being successful.

Given that Telepost MRR is $50, date-fns gets ~$40/mo I'm losing $160 every month. I need to do something about it.

Here is the breakdown of my expenses:

And the full table:

By the end of the month, I want to cut on the expenses and bring the number down to $100 or at least have a plan for how to achieve it.

I'll keep you updated!

Please, share your opinion in the comments.

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A week ago I wrote that I'm looking for a new vision for Telepost:

This week I spend thinking about possible directions for the project. To find the one that will lead to success, I reflected on the core of the product, the problem it solves and concluded that I focused on the wrong problem.

From the beginning, the goal of Telepost was to help authors grow their Telegram channels by driving new audience from outside of Telegram network: search engines, social networks, etc.

Here is the @goindie subscribers chart for the last two months:

The number was around 70 almost all that time despite me posting regularly and sharing my content on Twitter where I have (now) 1.1K followers. That is not how it supposed to work. Telepost doesn't help me to grow my channel.

Yet, thank my new habit of writing a post every single day my audience is growing.

Here are Twitter stats for the previous 28 days:

You can see that posting every day helps:

I as an author don't care through which medium helps me to grow my audience. Telegram, Twitter, Medium, DEV, email newsletter whatever. I need these numbers to go up so that I can reach more people.

Telepost helps me to solve this problem by letting me share my content with two mediums: Telegram and Twitter. Should I go further and allow to post to other mediums as well? How would it look like?

I don't know answers to these questions yet, but I know for sure what "growing the audience" is the problem I want to solve.

Please, share your opinion in the comments.

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For the last 7 days, Cultural Fit visited 1.3K people and 99 created an account (7.6% conversion rate).

292 people subscribed to the product updates via Product Hunt Ship. I'm quite happy with this result as it gives me a chance to get feedback and re-engage these people.

I've got 181 upvotes on Product Hunt which is a disappointing result. Unfortunately, despite the win in the festival, I didn't get support from the Product Hunt team, they didn't even tweet Cultural Fit.

The most important take away from the launch is the data I managed to gather. Here the top 5 traits that people love the most:

1. Flexible working hours 99% (71/72)

2. Training compensation 98% (46/47)
3. Conference stipend 95% (35/37)
4. Health insurance 94% (44/47)
5. Psychological safety 92% (24/26)

The top 5 disapproved traits are fascinating:

1. Open space office 20% (8/40)

2. Office kindergarten 25% (7/28)
3. Unpaid parental leave 26% (6/23)
4. VC backed 29% (5/17)
5. Fully remote company 48% (13/27)

I'm surprised by such a low level of the fully remote company trait.

I'm don't have concrete plans regarding the future of the project, and I want to give myself time to think about possible directions.

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