• This is a masterclass in sales copy 💸 (Startup Watching #202) June 22, 2019 12:10 pm
    Happy Saturday Watchers!Wait... what? Saturday? Yep 🤦‍♂️ I'm in the middle of moving and totally goofed on the newsletter yesterday. So I'll keep this short and get right to the good stuff.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Almost ready to launch it 😯 (StartupWatching #201) June 14, 2019 12:10 pm
    Happy Friday Watchers!You may have noticed I didn't launch the chat on Monday. There were 2 reasons:I was having some SSL issues - these are resolved nowI had a long week and really needed to chillI'm trying to listen to my own advice and rest more. So instead of scrambling to launch the community I took it easy, worked on my boat and watched a lot of Lucifer.But good news! Everything is ready to go, and I've got the email queued up for next week.If you want in a little early I'm going to give 5 people a sneak peek at the landing page and product.Joining the chat costs $19.99 per year. If you want to be one of the first 5 in, then hit reply to this email and let me know. Your feedback will help me put the finishing touches on it before I send the email next week.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Announcing something BIG for Issue #200 🔥🎉🙀 June 7, 2019 12:10 pm
    Happy Friday Watchers!I mentioned last week that I'm working on a private community for Startup Watching.Since I took over the newsletter a year ago, I've wanted to help our community build more meaningful relationships. Relationships are where the real magic happens. Nothing will help you grow like being connected to other awesome people.I thought about starting a Slack group, or building a forum, but neither of those felt right. Then I found Danielle Baskin's company, Dialup. Dialup takes groups of people, and connects them for one on one chats over the phone.Next week I'll be announcing Startup Chats - a private Dialup line for the Startup Watching community. When you join, the app will connect you to another person in the community every Thursday at 7 EST. I'll be joining as well!Nothing has helped me grow more than meaningful relationships with interesting people. I'm going to cap it at 100 people, so keep your eyes out for a special email on Monday. 👀Cheers from Charleston ✌️AndrewP.S. Huge thank you to everyone for tagging along for 200 friggin issues!!! You all rock my socks. I'll do a big write up about what I've learned since acquiring the newsletter at some point soon.
  • She built a no-code prototype and went on a surprising journey 🤩 (StartupWatching #199) May 31, 2019 12:10 pm
    Happy Friday Watchers!I'm working on my first paid product for you all! 🙀It's going to be a cool twist on a private community for startup founders. I'll tell you more next week, but I wanted to go ahead and get you thinking about it. The price will be super approachable so that anyone can join, and it's going to be different than any other online community you've seen... promise. Also I'm testing out categories for the newsletter. The categories today are Featured, Inspiration, Management, Interesting (for random things that aren't startup related, but are too cool not to share) and Design. My thought is I'll keep Featured and Interesting constant and cycle in Sponsored, Sales, Marketing and Product Management. Anything else you want to see? I'm considering a Cool Product category as well. Do you like it or hate it?Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • The 55 best places to automate your sheets 🛏 (StartupWatching #198) May 24, 2019 12:10 pm
    Happy Friday Watchers!It's memorial day weekend in the states. I'll be drinking tequila on the beach with my friends on Saturday, working on my boat on Sunday and doing Murph with my gym on Monday. Hope you have a great weekend!But before you go, I've got one question for you. What's something you're bad at that you love doing anyway?Hit reply and I'll tell you mine.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • How I run a company with ADHD 🧠 (StartupWatching #197) May 17, 2019 12:10 pm
    Happy Friday Watchers!On Sunday I published a post about how I run Krit with ADHD. I've been working on it for 4 months, and it's the most personal thing I've ever written. I hoped people might like it, and had a hunch it could get shared, but I had no idea the reaction that was coming. It made it to the front page of Hacker News Sunday night. So far it's been viewed 33,000 times by 27,000 people. But what's been really cool is the outpouring of support. I've had so many people reach out to me to let me know how much it meant to them. A number of them have made plans to get tested to see if they have ADHD, and find out what they can do to cope.I've linked to it at the bottom of this issue along with some screenshots of the craziness. If you haven't read it yet I'd love for you to check it out. ❤️Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • 9 guidelines for being happy with $725k MRR (StartupWatching #196) May 10, 2019 12:10 pm
    Happy Friday Watchers!Tonight I got dinner and drinks with my good friend Simon Fraser. Simon runs a video production company here in Charleston, and anytime we get together we end up nerding out over business for hours.Tonight Simon and I agreed to take on a challenge. 7 blog posts in 7 days. Starting Sunday I'm going to write and publish a blog post every day for 7 days. Stay tuned for the results next week!Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • What good is one person?☝️(StartupWatching #195) May 3, 2019 3:34 am
    Happy Friday Watchers!I'll keep the intro short this week, but I've got two exciting personal notes to share.I got a sailboat! ⛵️Last week I went with my cousin and my uncle to get my grandfather's sailboat from Lake Norma (about 3 hours away). I'm going to restore it and learn to sail. I'm super excited for a new hobby that has nothing to do with computers.We also finalized the hiring of a new designer / developer at Krit! I'll share more soon, but I'm really excited for her to join the team. Cheers from Charleston ✌️AndrewP.S. Big shout out to our May sponsor Referral Hero! Be sure to check out their case studies and get 20% off if you sign up within 30 days. 🤩
  • Hiten Shah's billion dollar mistake 🤭 (StartupWatching #194) April 26, 2019 3:24 pm
    Happy Friday Watchers!Last night was one of my favorite nights of the year... the NFL draft. Being the (American) football geek that I am I've read countless articles about draft prospects over the past weeks, and watched the entire (4 hour long) broadcast of the first round. 🏈💵It's fascinating to see the different approaches teams take to team building. Some pick the best player available, regardless of what their team needs are. Some will draft a player others don't think highly of at all, because they're confident the player will be a good fit in their system. Others look to roll the dice 🎲 on players who are still developing but have a ton of raw talent. Personally I think the right approach requires balance. ⚖️ If your offensive line can't block a pass rush to save their lives, it doesn't do much good to grab a safety no matter how talented. 🤷‍♂️ But if a talented player that fits what you need isn't available, it doesn't do any good to reach for a sub-par substitute either.The same is true of building startup teams. Sometimes you need someone who can come in and help out right away. But if you never invest time take a bet on someone raw, but talented then you're going to limit your team's potential.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Writing a job post that doesn't blow 📝 (StartupWatching #193) April 19, 2019 2:41 pm
    Happy Friday Watchers!Do you remember the job opening I shared 2 weeks ago? The results blew me away...🐦 204 retweets❤️ 308 likes👩‍💻 127 applicantsThe response has been overwhelmingly positive. AND this was by far the most diverse applicant pool we've ever seen. We've put a lot of work in over the past 5 years to build a strong culture and we spent weeks last August learning how to convey that properly in a job post. So all of this has been incredibly gratifying. If you shared the tweet or applied for the job, thank you! I ❤️ this community. And if you want to learn how to write (and promote) a job post for your own company check out the blog post at the bottom of this email, and get on the list for the Technical Hiring Handbook (coming soon).Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Quit everything ✌️(StartupWatching #192) April 12, 2019 9:50 am
    Happy Friday Watchers!Krit turned 5 yesterday. 🎉 🎂 🙃Our little company has officially survived for half a decade. And earlier this year we passed the $1 million in all time earning mark. Meanwhile this year we're on track to make at least half that. It's crazy how much of a difference surviving makes. So many of the companies I look up to have been around for 5, 10, 15+ years. There are no such thing as overnight successes or magic formulas (and don't get me started on growth hacks). What works is showing up, fucking up and getting better every day. Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • If you had to live your life over (StartupWatching #191) April 5, 2019 6:20 pm
    Happy Friday Watchers!I have some quick news. We're hiring again at Krit!Krit is the agency I run during the day. We help non-technical founders design and build innovative new products.We're looking for a talented, enthusiastic front-end developer with an eye for design (and detail). If that sounds like you we'd love for you to apply using this link. 🙂If you know anyone who might be a good fit feel free to pass this along or help us out by sharing this tweet. Thank you!Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • How to make $121k per year 💰(StartupWatching #190) March 29, 2019 12:10 pm
    Note: this is a long intro, feel free to skip ahead to the links.The backpacking trip I wrote about a few weeks ago was cancelled at the last minute. After I had already sent the newsletter it became clear the weather was going to be truly miserable, and my hiking partner called it off. ⛈❄️🙅‍♂️We rescheduled for this past weekend, and everything seemed like it was falling into place. This time two friends were going to join us. The weather was supposed to be cold, but clear. Perfect for a strenuous hike and a roaring fire. 🏕We piled our friends in the car Saturday morning and took off. I was a little apprehensive because the group had never met, but there was no reason to be - we clicked right away. Three hours into our drive, less than 5 miles from the trail we hit a roadblock. Literally. The road to the trailhead was closed, there was no way in. With no other options, we turned around and started weighing our options. I was crushed - March was a stressful month and I desperately wanted to disappear in the mountains. 🏔 Before committing to another hour in the car, we swung into a visitors’ center to see if they might know of another trail nearby. They did! We could park less than 15 minutes away and hike in to our original campsite. 🗺The trip was incredible. We got to hike a new trail and camp in the campsite we had already booked. We had a roaring fire right alongside a beautiful creek, and talked late into the night. It turned out to be a great adventure. Stay flexible. You will run into unexpected obstacles as you build your company. Be open to new opportunities and be ready to change your plans.Ask for help. You can do a lot on your own, but there are often people around who know the lay of the land better than you. Surround yourself with good people who are up for adventure. Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Why you should work as a restaurant hostess. 🍽(StartupWatching #189) March 22, 2019 12:10 pm
    Happy Friday Watchers!We're back to our normal newsletter today, thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on the Technical Hiring Handbook last week. I got some awesome ideas from your responses.How's your week going? Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • So. About that thing... March 14, 2019 12:10 pm
    For those who missed my last email, we're working on a new project at Krit. We're writing the Technical Hiring Handbook to teach non-technical founders how to vet and hire developers. When you’ve never typed a line of code or been a developer, it’s hard to hire one. In your responses to my last email I heard problems like: Sourcing high-quality candidates from the start is a challengeHow do you hire a developer for a project/contract? If you give them a technical test, how do you grade their results?How do you find folks that align with your business philosophies? How do you know just how non-technical you are?How do you figure out their product building strengths and weaknesses?We're going to be teaching you all of that AND including 3 technical tests with rubrics. We'll show you how to apply these tests and what to look for in the candidates' answers so that you can identify the best developers without writing any code yourself or reading any of their code. We used this same test and rubric to hire our last two developers, and we were taught the process by an engineering manager who has been hiring top talent for years. All the details are up on the Krit website. If you’re building a technical team any time in the next few years, you’re definitely going to want to check it out. Oh, and we’re whipping up a little freebie for anyone who says they’re interested. 😉Cheers from Charleston ✌️AndrewP.S. Thanks to everyone who responded to the last email to give me feedback. I'm writing this for you and I want it to be as much yours as mine. P.P.S. I’ll be back to regular newsletters next week. 🙂 In the meantime, why don’t you check out what we’re up to?
  • I'm doing a thing... March 12, 2019 12:11 pm
    Note: this week I'm sharing a project with you, so there won't be any links. I'll be back to regular newsletters next week. Last year at Krit we made our first ever outside hire. We had just closed two big projects and needed extra developers to join our team. It was exciting. Also super terrifying - the-pressure-made-me-feel-like-gravity-had-tripled- terrifying. But this had been a goal for a long time, so there was nothing to do but throw ourselves in. At this point, most founders would turn to the typical technical interview, which goes something like this…Step 1: Grill candidates about their resumes.Step 2: Ask them questions pulled from Google to decide if they’re a fit for the team.Step 3: Give them a difficult programming problem that will demonstrate their skills.But we decided to try something a little unconventional. We decided not to look at any of the candidates’ code...at all...before hiring them. Based on the advice of our friend Pete Holiday, we flipped the typical script. Instead of asking the candidates to write any code, we intentionally wrote bad code and asked them to review it. It went well. Insanely well. We hired two amazing developers, and they’ve handled everything we’ve thrown at them, including leading two huge projects.That’s when we got an idea.We were able to hire top-notch developers without looking at any of their code…what if other founders could do the same?We’ve spent the past 3 years working with ambitious, non-technical founders. One of the biggest problems we’ve heard, over and over, is that it’s hard to find a technical partner. And it is. It’s really effing hard. It’s difficult to find candidates, and it’s tricky to know whether any of them are good. You start to feel like it’d be nice if someone---anyone--who can program would join your team. (Even though you know that the wrong person will cost you thousands of dollars and months of effort.) Can you really make an informed decision, when you don’t know how to code yourself? Isn’t that just throwing a dart at a board of applicants?It’s not. We now know from experience that you can confidently hire incredible developers without looking at their code. You don’t need to spend weeks going through a coding bootcamp. Or create a dartboard of applicants. What you do need is a test and a process. A way to attract top tier talent and then evaluate their skill-level, without reading any code they’ve written. Something that gives you a load of confidence when you make that huge decision.  Introducing the Technical Hiring HandbookWe’re taking our experience, and the test we developed to hire two incredible programmers, and teaching it to founders. The Technical Hiring Handbook outlines a systematic process for finding, vetting, and hiring the best developers. By the end, you’ll be able to tell the good from the bad and have confidence growing your team. All without learning how to code. We just need one thing from you…We want to make this handbook the best resource in the world for helping non-technical founders vet and hire programmers. Hit reply to this email right now and tell me what you would NEED to get out of the book in order to make it worthwhile for you.Thanks for reading this far 🙂 I'll be sharing more about the handbook on Thursday and next week we'll be back to normal newsletters. Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Success and failure 🥤(StartupWatching #186) March 8, 2019 1:10 pm
    Happy Friday Watchers!I'm leaving this afternoon for a backpacking trip with my friend Simon Fraser. We'll stay in Columbia tonight and then wake up early tomorrow to head to Gorges State Park in NC. 🏕🏔From there we'll hike a 19-mile loop, spending the night Saturday at a small campsite by a stream about 10 miles in. I've done this trip once before with my sister, and it's brutal. You climb about 4,000 ft and there's a point along the trail where it feels like you're doing all of that at once. The forecast is also calling for rain and storms with lows in the 30s at night. 🌧❄️⛈❄️🌧I can't wait.Backpacking has always been the ultimate way to reset for me. ♻️ It gives you perspective. When you're 8 miles in, drenched in sweat and your feet are killing you it's impossible to care about deadlines at your company or how little you have saved for retirement. 😬I want to make more time this year to be outdoors. What helps you reset?Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Shutting down a product after months of dev ☠️ (Startup Watching #185) March 1, 2019 1:10 pm
    Happy Friday Watchers!Shoutout to my good friend Andy Seavers for winning the startup trivia challenge last week!! Of course... he was the only one that entered...Andy guessed that Magic Leap had raised $1.2 billion.The real number?Drumroll please... 🥁Magic Leap has raised $2.3 billion in Venture Capital funding as of August 2018. 😱😱😱Show Andy some love for being our only participant, follow him on Twitter @AndySeavers and if you know any personal injury attorneys tell them about his startup Case Status. What do you think? Do you want another trivia question?Cheers from Charleston ✌️AndrewP.S. What would you do with $2.3 billion?
  • Peter Thiel wants your blood 💉 (StartupWatching #184) February 22, 2019 1:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!I've got a piece of startup trivia for you today. How much money has the AR tech company Magic Leap raised to date? Hit reply and send me your answer (without looking it up). If you're right I'll give you a shout out in a future issue. Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • The day he became a millionaire 🧐 (StartupWatching #183) February 15, 2019 1:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!Thank you to everyone who reached out after last week's email. Hearing your kind words brought a huge smile to my face. 🙂 This community regularly reminds me of how positive the internet can be.I've been thinking about personal websites lately. I've seen a number of people half-jokingly predicting that as we get sick of social media, we're going to end up going back to personal websites and RSS readers.I love seeing people's personal websites. Because they're typically not trying to directly sell you something, people are more creative with personal sites. And I've been obsessed with bios and About pages for ages. Do you have a personal website? If so hit reply and send it to me, I'd love to check it out. I recently re-launched mine, so if you show me yours I'll show you mine.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Two weeks ago I had a panic attack... 😱 (StartupWatching #182) February 7, 2019 1:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!It's been a couple of weeks since I've graced your inbox, and I know... you missed me. I'm sorry to have let you down but I have a pretty good reason.Two weeks ago I had a panic attack.Ever since I've been dealing with some gnarly anxiety. I found I needed to take a couple of weeks off from anything outside of my core work to recuperate. I'm still fighting the anxiety, but scaling back has helped a ton. I'm also experimenting with some tweaks to my schedule, so we should be back to a regular schedule with Startup Watching.I'm planning on writing more about the experience, and coping with stress and anxiety as a founder. For now, I just wanted to let you all know what's going on.Cheers from Charleston ✌️AndrewP.S. If you're dealing with anything similar and you feel like you're in it alone, reach out and let me know. I want to help.
  • Great culture has nothing to do with ping pong 🏓 - (StartupWatching #181) January 17, 2019 1:10 pm
    Happy Thursday watchers!We just published a new piece at Krit all about building culture at your startup. You may have guessed the title, it's the first link below. 😉 We've been wanting to write about culture for a while. But the direction of this piece was influenced by a talk I heard at Collision Conf this year. A CEO was talking about how her company had a great culture, because they still do bagel Mondays... I wanted to scream. 😱 Bagel Mondays are not culture! So my question for you today is, how do you define culture? And what do most startups get wrong?Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • The 1st annual Year-in-Review Review! 📆 🎉 January 10, 2019 1:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!The 1st annual Startup Watching Year in Review Review is here! 🎉🥂 🤪 Ironically I did not get the Krit year in review done in time, so... I'll have to include it next week. If you've never written a Year in Review post I'd encourage you to give it a try. You don't even have to publish it. The exercise will help you reflect on everything that you've done in the past year and crystalize the lessons you've learned.I felt like I didn't get a ton done last year. But writing a personal review and the Krit review today I realized how far I've come. There were some tough lessons, and heartbreak for me in 2018, but I'm so thankful for all of it.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • The $61,392 book launch 📕 (StartupWatching #179) January 3, 2019 1:10 pm
    Happy new year watchers!! 🥂I'm obsessed with year-in-review posts. They're everywhere right now and I love reading them. They're a chance for bloggers and founders to get personal. I love getting a glimpse into other people's lives and how they think.They're also incredible useful for helping you reflect. I wrote my personal year in review last night. When I started I didn't remember doing much for a good part of the year. But then I kept remembering moments, and got a whole new perspective.I'm going to do a round-up of my favorite reviews next week as a special edition of the newsletter. I'll probably pick no more than 5-10. So if you have one or are thinking about writing one, send it in! I'd love to read it and maybe feature it.Cheers from Charleston ✌️AndrewP.S. I hope you had a happy and restful holiday! Thanks for being a part of this community, I'm glad you're here. Let's kick some ass in 2019. 🙂
  • Happy Holidays! Stop checking your email. 😠🎄🕎✨ December 28, 2018 1:10 pm
    Happy holidays watchers!I'm taking a break this week and so should you. Now stop checking your email and go hug your mom.Here's a gif of a sleepy puppy, I'll be back next year. Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • You only get one 🧐 (StartupWatching #177) December 20, 2018 4:17 pm
    Note: This is going to be a longer intro, so feel free to skip ahead to the links below.Happy Thursday Watchers!What are your goals for 2019? Or maybe I should say, what is your goal?I've been thinking about goals a lot lately, like everyone else right? It's that time of year after all. I enjoy setting ambitious goals for myself, and typically set lots of them. But I rarely do a good job of keeping up with them throughout the year.So this year, inspired by the goal setting guide below and this week's Krit newsletter, I'm going to try something new. I'm going to pair my list down to 1 goal per quarter for each part of my life. One for my time at work, and one for my time at home.Here's the list of all my goal ideas:Grow Krit profits by 100%Launch an info-productLaunch a podcastWrite every dayWrite a children’s storyKnock out the most important task of the day as soon as you finish getting water before checking anythingVolunteer once per weekWake up at 5 amWrite 500 words every dayGrow YouTube channel to 500 subscribersHost a dinnerLaunch Startup Watching websiteIncrease Startup Watching engagementHost a micro confTravel to a new countryDo 1 thing per week to grow Startup Watching subscribersGo camping in a new national parkInvest in therapyGet really good at Madden (to increase football knowledge)Go on a trip with my sisterBuild something with my handsMeditateWork out 12 times per monthRead 1 book per monthPractice forgivenessOut of all of those, I'm going to pick just one to focus on for each category each quarter. I'll update you all here with how it goes...For Q1 my two goals are:At workWrite 500 words every day as soon as I get to the office before checking twitterAt homeDo 1 thing per week to grow Startup Watching subscribersWhat are your goals heading into the new year?Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • How Microsoft got its groove back 🕺 (StartupWatching #176) December 14, 2018 1:10 pm
    Happy Friday Watchers!I was with several other entrepreneurs Tuesday night and we were going around the table sharing our highs and lows from the year. As we shared the highs, I noticed everyone was underselling themselves.Humility is important. But there such a thing as too much. When you're too humble, you miss out on opportunities, and make others underestimate the work you do. Kaleigh Moore talked in an email today about the idea of pumility. Pride mixed with humility. This means being proud of your accomplishments, but humble enough to acknowledge the help you had. What are your highs and lows from 2018?Cheers from Charleston ✌️AndrewP.S. Special thanks to our sponsor today - Vettery. This is their 4th time sponsoring! Show them some ❤️ for helping us keep the lights on and check out their 2018 salary report.
  • $51,975 spent. Here's what Ahrefs learned about Podcast Ads. 🎙 (StartupWatching #175) December 6, 2018 2:12 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the survey. I finished with 79 responses, which is awesome. Today I want to shout out the last two random watchers, as my small ways of saying thanks. Shout out to Holden Adamec! Holden is a high school student and has been programming since the 7th grade. Holden, you rock. Check out his website and hit him up if you have any advice on how to get started before you have much experience.Final shout out goes to Amy Rosenow! Amy is working on getting the MVP for Jugl out the door. Kid schedules driving you crazy? Check them out at http://www.getjugl.com! Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey. There were so many more of you working on awesome things, so I'll find ways to highlight you later I promise.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • What are you thankful for? 🙂 (StartupWatching #174) November 29, 2018 1:10 pm
    Note for anyone who's tired of my rambling: the links are at the bottom!Happy Thursday Watchers!Apologies for not giving you all heads up that there wouldn't be a regular newsletter last week. I had planned to send one, but Thursday was Thanksgiving here in the states, and I decided to take the week off and spend the extra time with my family instead.Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. It's a day to spend time with the people you love, and more importantly stuff your face with unhealthy food. 🍗🥧🥖🥔🧀🍰In honor of the holiday, I thought I'd take a second to share a few things I'm thankful for this year.😍 I'm thankful for my beautiful and absurdly supportive girlfriend. 😳 I'm thankful for friends who keep me humble (by making constant fun of me). 🏜 I'm thankful for family who have always encouraged me to take a different path. 🍻 I'm thankful for beer Fridays and the incredible team at Krit who make all the lows of entrepreneurship worth it. 🙃 I'm thankful for you, for not unsubscribing when you heard Bram was selling Startup Watching to some guy in South Carolina. Hit reply and tell me what you're thankful for this year!Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Livestream! Injecting personality and values into the StartupWatching redesign November 21, 2018 4:49 pm
    Happy Wednesday Watchers!I've got the day off today and so I wanted to get back into the Startup Watching redesign. Join the stream here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAhfuUMoX-oDuring my last livestream I had my friend, co-founder and super talented designer Austin Price critique my work. My plan for today was to implement his changes... but then I listened to an awesome episode of the Wandering Aimfully podcast that got me thinking about what makes Startup Watching different. I'm still going to implement his critiques but today I want to focus on content and personality. Follow along as I livestream myself:🕵️‍♂️ Digging into your survey results💙 Crafting core values for the SW community (or at least a rough draft)🙃 Incorporating more personality into the redesignCheers from my parents' house in Columbia ✌️Andrew
  • How to use *patience* to reach millions 🧘 (StartupWatching #172) November 15, 2018 1:40 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers,Thank you to the 68 people who have filled out the Startup Watching Super Scintillating Subscriber Survey! 🎉 Today I want to shout out:Sekai 🗣Sekai is an anthropologist studying the startup space (cool!). If you're a startup employee, founder, investor, etc. and are interested in helping their study email sekai.farai@gmail.com to set up an interview.I'm going to be keeping the survey open for two more weeks, and I'll be shouting out another person in the newsletter each week. I'd love to get 100 people to fill it out (it takes about 5 whole minutes).So far the most common theme seems to be that people are looking for more balance and fulfillment from their work. I love that we have a community who cares about something more than success. 💙I've been pretty open about my own struggles to find balance. Your responses have me excited to share more and find ways we can all help each other.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • I stepped off the plane Friday and my stomach dropped... ✈️😨 (StartupWatching #171) November 8, 2018 1:10 pm
    Last Friday was one of those low points as an entrepreneur.I was on a trip to Mississippi to meet up with 8 of my friends from college. I've been dealing with feelings of stress and burnout lately. At Krit we're both extremely busy and unsure of where our next project is going to come from.As the plane lands on our first leg I switch my phone off of airplane mode. I was immediately hit with a flood of messages from a client. I read the first message and my stomach dropped... "All patients can see other patients texts today. Huge problem. HIPAA violation."For those who don't know, HIPAA is the incredibly strict set of privacy laws governing US health data. Violations can carry fines in the millions. One of our clients runs a HIPAA compliant software company and we'd just had a breach. It was entirely our fault.This is when entrepreneurship is the hardest. Our team had been working our asses off on the product and we'd finally been getting rid of the bugs and seeing growth. Only for this to happen.I went into full stress mode. I was stuck in the Atlanta airport with only my phone and no computer. I called my partner first. Then I called our lawyer to find out how bad this might be, and what we needed to do.Ultimately, our team banded together. Thanks to the incredible hard work of my two partners we replicated the issue and had it fixed in under 24 hours. We took the system down, so only one patient experienced the breach. Only a small handful of other patients' data was affected, and the data was mostly harmless. I was even able to enjoy the rest of my weekend off (eventually).We still don't know exactly what will happen next, but we've reported the incident and done everything the right way to handle it. Chances are we'll get hit with a small fine or requirements to tighten security. It's possible, but unlikely, we get hit with a big fine that could kill our small company.I share this story because it's so important to share the bad times along with the good. If you mess up today, at least know you're not alone. And be thankful you didn't cause a potential HIPAA violation like I did.It's often in the worst moments that we get the most clarity. I realized a couple of important places where I had failed during this time:I hadn't pushed the client for the time we needed to make updates to the platform out of fear of upsetting them. As a result we crammed the work in on top of other work, and this mistake wasn't caught. That's on me.To make matters worse, I had snapped at my team a couple of times about all of the bugs in the product. During my next flight I read an important chapter from Rand Fishkin's book Lost and Founder. Rand talks about the importance that Google found in creating psychological safety on teams. This, more than IQ or any other factor, determines the success of teams. By snapping at mine, I had done the opposite. Also on me.Moving forward I'm going to work to set clearer boundaries and expectations with our client and be sure we have the resources we need to do the job the right way. Otherwise, it just isn't worth doing.And I'm going to work even harder to create a safe environment for myself and my team to make mistakes, indentify them, fix them and get better. To any of my team reading this, I'm so thankful to work with all of you. You make the hard times worth it.Cheers from Charleston ✌️AndrewP.S. Thank you to everyone who filled out last week's survey! You rock. There's a link below to fill it out if you haven't had a chance yet. It takes 5 minutes, please consider filling it out. I want to learn more about you. ❤️
  • Tell me all about YOU! November 1, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!As I've taken over this newsletter I've gotten to interact with a lot of you, which I love. ❤️ But I still want to know more about who you are, what you care about, and what you want from Startup Watching. So I'm asking you in the first ever Startup Watching Super Scintillating Subscriber Survey™!To take the survey use this link:https://andrewaskins.typeform.com/to/LUJsSr☝️☝️☝️Taking the survey will help me continue to make Startup Watching better, and is your chance to tell me all about YOU! 👋 If we haven't ever talked before, now's a great time to introduce yourself. If we have, great, let's talk some more! Via a survey. It should only take 5 or 10 minutes of your time. Plus, I'll be picking 3 survey respondents and shouting them out over the next few weeks, including a link to whatever you want.This community rocks, please take just a few minutes to help me make it even better. 🙏 I promise next week I'll be back with your usual content, I've already got some killer articles picked out.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Tiny Confs and Working in Public 🚧 - (StartupWatching #169) October 25, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!I did another livestream over the weekend where I had my friend and co-founder Austin Price critique my design work on the new Startup Watching website. A few thoughts:1) I'm really excited about where the website is headed! I can't wait to start building it so I can get it in your hands for testing.2) Austin brought the HEAT! The video is packed full of useful insights that you can apply to your own websites. I'm going to try to cut it up soon to pull out some of the best pieces.3) I had a blast doing this livestream, in large part because I did it with a friend. I just really like spending time with people.I actually had so much fun, that I'm turning this into a regular series I'm calling "Making things with friends." Each episode I'll work on a project (the website for the foreseeable future) and bring in a different friend who is an expert in some area to help me out.What do you think?Cheers from Charleston ✌️AndrewP.S. I want to give a shout-out to TL;DR a cool daily newsletter with news for techies that I think you all might enjoy.
  • Watch *live* as a professional designer critiques my designs! 📹💯 October 21, 2018 10:31 pm
    Howdy watchers!A slight change of plans again today, my friend Pedro is dealing with bad weather in Portugal so he couldn't make the livestream today. Instead, I've got my friend (and Krit co-founder) Austin Price here to critique my designs for the Startup Watching website. We're going to:🤔 Look over the strategy for the new website👍👎 Critique the website mockups🎃 Give you some pumpkin carving tipsJust kidding on that last one, although we did win a pumpkin carving contest with our friends last night! Check out the shot of the winning pumpkin below and tune in to the Livestream here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-7OUdPUv1ICheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • How to convince your friends (and users) you're a great designer 👩‍🎨 (StartupWatching #167) October 19, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Friday Watchers!I got a flat tire on my way back from Atlanta Tuesday night and didn't get back to Charleston until late Wednesday, thus the Friday delivery this week. 🚗😴I'm going to be doing my next livestream this Sunday! And this one should be fun, I'm going to be doing a live critique of my design work with Pedro Cortés. Pedro is a talented designer based out of Portugal and a member of the Startup Watching community. He's going to give me some advice on improving the designs for the new website, and then we're going to talk about creating a promoting content for SaaS businesses. If that's the kind of thing you're into, keep an eye on your inbox for the link! We'll be going live around 1 pm EST.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • The new Atlanta billionaires behind an unlikely tech unicorn 🦄 (StartupWatching #166) October 11, 2018 2:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!The livestream went super well, thank you to everyone who hopped on!! I was really nervous, but ended up having a lot of fun. Although it was totally draining.So far the stream has 1,100 views, and I've included a link to the recording in case anyone missed it. It went so well, that I'm planning to do it again. I'm not sure when yet, because I'm going to Atlanta for a client's demo day this weekend. But I know I want to have (probably separate) streams soon where I:📐Bring in my partner Austin to help me clean up the design💻 Crank out some Wordpress code🚀 Launch the site on Product Hunt!If there are any other steps you'd like to see let me know.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • I'm redesigning the Startup Watching website... live! 🚧 It's on now, come join me. 👀 October 7, 2018 4:55 pm
    Happy Sunday Watchers!I'm officially stumbling through my first ever livestream!! 😬 I'd love for you to come join me as I redesign the Startup Watching website. Here's the link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlyqztIDPQUFollow along as I...🧠 Outline the strategy and goals for the new site🚧 Cover what’s already been done👩‍💻 Give tasks to a freelancer🎨 Pick a color scheme✏️ Mockup the new pagesIt will probably be a little rough as I figure things out. But I love the sound of my own voice so much that I figured it was worth a shot. Cheers from Charleston ✌️AndrewP.S. The keen observer may not it's Sunday. I was originally planning on streaming this yesterday. But it was a super long week and I was just exhausted Friday and wanted to spend some time with my girlfriend. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Patio11 says don't do this... 🙅‍♀️ (StartupWatching #164) October 4, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!I'm plowing ahead with my plan to stream the development of the new Startup Watching website. I'll be starting the stream Saturday at 12pm EST. During the stream I will:🧠 Outline the strategy and goals for the new site✏️ Mockup the new pages💻 Write terrible Wordpress code (I haven't written production code in a year and a half)💵 Hire a freelancer to handle data entry🚀 Plan a marketing campaign around the launch of the siteDoing this terrifies me. What if no one shows up? What if lots of people show up? One way to find out. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯I'll be sending out an email and tweet Saturday morning with details for anyone who wants to follow along! Cheers from Charleston ✌️AndrewP.S. I'm still going back and forth between Twitch (my original plan) and Youtube. Any thoughts?
  • How to build a startup LIVE on Twitch in 24 hours 🥤(StartupWatching #163) September 27, 2018 2:30 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!So over the weekend a guy I follow on Twitter named Pat Walls tried something pretty cool. He built a startup in 24 hours... and streamed the entire thing live. You can read the full story in the link at the bottom of the email.Live streaming is a huge deal in the video game world. And to some degree in the instagram/social media #influencer world. But I've seen more and more entrepreneurs experimenting with it too, which is exciting. Justin Jackson is already giving people advice on how they can do it too. So naturally that got me thinking... what if I built the new Startup Watching website... live... in 4 hours?Would you watch? If you think I should go for it then follow me on Twitch: ww.twitch.tv/andrewaskins. If I can get to 20 followers on Twitch then I'll livestream it next weekend. This weekend I'm going to the lake with my girlfriend's parents. Anyone have tips for how to break it to your SO's parents that you have a tattoo?Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • How Jason Zook gets 60% of his traffic from SEO 🔍 without being an SEO expert 🤪 (Startup Watching #162) September 19, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!I'm finally back at home after a week of working with clients and dodging hurricanes. Thankfully, the storm ended up missing my Charleston (my home base), but it has been pretty bad for coastal towns in NC. If you're able and interested in donating to the relief effort, you can find that link here.This weekend will be the first in a long time that I'm home and have absolutely no plans. I'm pumped for that for a number of reasons. One, it's football season (American football 🏈, although I am a very casual Tottenham fan ⚽️ as well). Two, I'm hoping to finally make some progress on the new website! Hopefully I'll have some fun things to show you in next week's newsletter. 👀Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Are you sure you have enough money to bootstrap? 💵 (StartupWatching #161) September 13, 2018 2:28 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!I'm in Atlanta this week running away from Hurricane Florence and hanging out with my friends/clients over at Case Status. I want to give them a little shout out, because they're doing some awesome stuff. They got into Techstars Atlanta in July and have been making huge progress. You can think of Case Status as the Dominos Pizza Tracker for your legal case. More importantly, though, they're helping attorneys build stronger relationships. Anyone in the service industry will understand how important that is.If you know any lawyers, spread the word! And if you're in Atlanta and want to meet up, let me know.Cheers from Atlanta ✌️AndrewP.S. I also want to give a shoutout to my new friend Andy Ayim. He sends out a weekly newsletter on minorities in tech, venture and entrepreneurship. I stole the article on Chance the Rapper from his email this week!
  • The founder of Hubspot isn't interested in growth 🤝 (Startup Watching #160) September 6, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!You may have noticed that I didn't send out a newsletter on Monday. Or you may have more important things to pay attention to, like watching your grass grow.For the next few months I'm going to be experimenting with only sending 1 email per week. I want to build cool new things for you and the rest of the SW community, but I also want to keep the quality of the newsletters high. 💎My first project is launching the new website. I'm planning to have it finished by the end of the month. I'll still be reading lots of articles, so I'll add the ones that don't quite make the cut for the newsletter on the new website. Keep your eyes out in the next couples of weeks for a beta, and let me know what you think about this shift!Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Why Buffer spent $3.3 million to buy out their investors! ⚖️ August 30, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!Thank you to everyone who gave me feedback on the new logo I sent out Monday! You all really proved my point about how positive this community is. 🙂❤️Special shout out to Sarah Hum, who actually mocked up a couple ideas for the smaller version of the logo. If you're reading this Sarah, you rock!I was hoping to have another update on the design for you today, but a friend ended up calling me yesterday while I was working on it and we spent all night catching up. It was time well spent, so the design will have to wait a little while.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Sneak peek 👀 of the new Startup Watching brand!! 🔥 August 27, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Monday Watchers!When I took over Startup Watching a few months ago, I knew one of the first things I wanted to do was build out a new website 🖥 that would give me the power and flexibility to launch new experiments.As I started to make plans for this new site (🚧which is officially under way 🚧) I hit a roadblock. I really like the Startup Watching brand. But it's dark, and feels very serious. Building a startup is hard, yes, and there are dark times. It's important to share and support each other during those times. But startup founders are overwhelmingly optimistic.So I wanted to update the brand to create something that felt fresh, positive and creative without losing what makes Startup Watching great.At the bottom of this email, you'll find a sneak peek of the new Startup Watching logo. I'll be sharing more of the new brand on Thursday, and throughout the process. Let me know what you think! I'm really excited to share it with you. 🙂Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • First hire to first fire - what you can learn from this startup's mistake 🙊 August 23, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!I loved hearing what you all are working on this week. The talent in this community always gets me excited! 😃I bribed my business partner with burgers 🍔 last night to help me with the new version of the Startup Watching logo and I'm really excited about the new direction we came up with.I'm planning on polishing it up over the weekend, and then sharing it with you all on Monday, so stay tuned. I'm excited to hear what you think.Cheers from Charleston ✌️AndrewP.S. Please keep supporting our sponsors by clicking their links and checking out their services! They help me keep the lights on and do some of the cool new things I want to do. 💡
  • How Slack writes copy & what you can learn from them 📝 - (StartupWatching #156) August 20, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Monday Watchers!What are you going to get done this week? 💪 Hit reply and let me know, I'd love to hear what you're working on.I want to get a first draft of the new StartupWatching brand done so that I can share it with all of you and get your feedback! If I haven't sent it out by next Monday, do me a favor and send me an email telling me to hurry up! Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Don't write 1,000 words a day 🙅‍♀️ - (StartupWatching #155) August 16, 2018 2:40 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!I've got a really important read for you today. I read Amy Hoy's article, "Don't write 1,000 words a day," at the beginning of the week and knew immediately I wanted to share it in today's newsletter.This one hit me hard. For most of my life I've beaten myself up about not being productive enough. Self-discipline is an important trait and sometimes you have to grit your teeth and get things done. But if you're consistently missing the mark try to ask yourself why instead of inflicting further damage.Understanding what motivates you (and working towards that instead of arbitrary benchmarks) is a powerful thing.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • How Katrina Lake built a $3 billion business 👗💵📈 - (StartupWatching #154) August 13, 2018 12:20 pm
    Happy Monday Watchers!We've got some great reads for you today. First we have two awesome guides on very different subjects, a look at why a founder made an unusual investment, research on how to make friends (it's hard as an adult!) and a glimpse into the mind of Katrina Lake - founder of Stitch Fix.Oh! And a handy survey from a cool new sponsor (supporting our sponsors helps me keep the metaphorical lights on y'all).Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • All my pets 🐱🐍🐠 - (StartupWatching #153) August 9, 2018 5:12 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!I've recently discovered the magic of Youtube (I know I'm about 8 years late to the party).What amazes me most is the niches people create for themselves. At the bottom of today's newsletter is a link to the latest Reply All, which is about the life of a PetTube star. 🐱⭐️ A couple of my personal favorites:It's Alive by Bon Appetit - a cooking show focused on fermentation and other living foods 🍳How Ridiculous - a channel that seems to be focused almost entirely on 4 Australian guys dropping things from a super tall tower and laughing at the results. 💥What are your favorite niche channels? Let me know and I'll shout a couple out on Monday.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • From student to founder 🔥 - (StartupWatching #152) August 6, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Monday Watchers!I'm writing this newsletter sitting in the backseat of my dad's truck on the way home from a weekend in the mountains ⛰ with my fam. This same truck almost got us stuck on a narrow mountain road. My dad wanted to go look at a kayak just outside of Boone, NC. We were following the seller's directions down the steepest gravel road I've ever seen. All of the sudden the truck started slipping! 😨 We realized we'd gone too far and tried to back up, but had zero traction in the back wheels. Trying to turn around only made things worse. ❌ Just as we were feeling royally screwed, the friendly kayaker came and found us. He brought over his tractor 🚜 and slowly hauled my dad's Toyota Tundra up the mountain road. Needless to say - we bought the kayak.What are you feeling thankful for today? Right now I'm feeling thankful for family, friendly tractor drivers and unlimited data.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • How to enjoy your vacation 🏖 - (StartupWatching #151) August 2, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!Thank you to everyone who shared or commented on my post about becoming an Open Agency! I was blown away by all of the support I got after publishing the post Monday. To those of you who tried to read it only to get an error message - I'm super sorry. There was a bug with an image on our site, and we crashed it. 🐛🙈 I've included the link again (as a bonus link), in case you still want to read it.Hope you're having a fantastic week!Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Why we're sharing our financials with the world 💸🌎 (StartupWatching #150) July 30, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Monday Watchers!Today I want to share with you something that I'm really excited (and a little nervous) about. At Krit, we're big believers in transparency. 🔍 It's one of our core values, and we actively work to be more transparent every day. Today, we're taking it one step further. We're officially becoming an Open Agency! This means each month I'll be sharing our revenue, expenses, and other financial metrics with the world. As far as I know, we're the first ever agency to take this step. I wrote all about why we're doing this, and shared our metrics for the year to date, in a post on the Krit blog. The link is at the bottom of this issue. Let me know what you think! 🙂Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Do you really need a mobile app 🤔 - (StartupWatching #149) July 27, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Friday Watchers!Wait... Friday? That's not normal.I had a big event Wednesday night. We hosted the summer party for my local Startup Grind chapter at our office. It was a blast! 🎉 I'll include the sweet drone video we took at the bottom of the newsletter.I partied a little too hard though, and didn't have time to right the newsletter. So I'm sending it on Friday this week. Call it an experiment in optimizing the send time... I'll report back with the results. 😅Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Beware someone's view from the mountaintop 🏔 - (StartupWatching #148) July 23, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Monday Watchers!My favorite reaction gif in response to last week's email 📧 came from Martijn de Kuijper who also happens to be the founder of Revue, the software I use to send this newsletter. He sent me a great Fresh Prince gif (it's at the bottom of this email). He's @mdekuijper so send him some love ❤️ - also he's always super responsive to feedback and questions about Revue. This isn't a sponsored shout out, I promise, it's just good software with a good team behind it.There are some great links in today's email, so I hope you enjoy! Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Taking on $17 million in debt 🏦 - (StartupWatching #147) July 19, 2018 12:20 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!It's been a crazy week, so let's end it on a fun note! What's your favorite reaction gif?? Hit reply and send it to me with your twitter handle. I'll share the best ones on twitter. I shared mine at the bottom of the email. 👇Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • The part of “Product Market Fit” you’re likely ignoring 🎯- (StartupWatching #146) July 16, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Monday Watchers!Starting to write this at 11:05 pm on Sunday night... but I don't have issues with chronic procrastination. You must be thinking of someone else. 😅Thanks to everyone who sent podcast recommendations on Thursday! Keep an eye out for more types of content 🎙📹 coming in future newsletters.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • How Kylie built a $900 million empire by age 20 👄 - (StartupWatching #145) July 12, 2018 12:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!  🔨⚡️I'm looking for some new startup/business focused podcasts 🎙 to feature in the newsletter. Right now I listen to IndieHackers, Startup, How I Built This, The Gently Mad and The Pitch. What am I missing? 🤷 Send me an episode of your favorite business podcast, or any episode you think deserves to be featured! Totally cool if it's yours.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • Starting over from zero 🎙 - (StartupWatching #144) July 9, 2018 12:30 pm
    Happy Monday Watchers!I made a stupid mistake. 🙈 Now I know what you're thinking... "Andrew, you make lots of mistakes, we're used to it." You're right, but this one makes me feel extra smart. I wrote this issue last week. I knew I was going to be super busy on the fourth, so I actually wrote it ahead of time! I even got my girlfriend to proofread it. 🤓And then... I never sent it. Shwoops. 😱 So here's issue #144. We're just going to pretend last week didn't happen, cool? Cool. Hope you had a great weekend, see you on Thursday! Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • What is "Good Content"? 📚 - (StartupWatching #143) July 2, 2018 12:00 pm
    Happy Monday Watchers!I'm looking for more subscribers to feature in short interviews like the one I included in the last issue. The interviews are only 5 questions long (to go with the 5 links in the newsletter) so it will only take you a second.If you're interested hit reply with your elevator pitch! 📣Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • StartupWatching #142 - How Slack become a $5 billion company 🦄 June 28, 2018 2:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!I've got some exciting news. 🎉 Krit, the company I run as my day job, is hiring! I've been working on closing the projects that made this happen for three months. Then last Tuesday they both closed... on the same day. We're going to be hiring a back-end developer to join our team of three. If you or someone you know is a talented developer looking for an opportunity to grow and be a part of a small, talented team that takes culture super seriously check out the link at the bottom of the email. I'm also testing a new concept that I think the community will really dig, make sure to keep reading to find out more. Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • StartupWatching #141 - Say the hard thing 🗣 June 25, 2018 2:10 pm
    Happy Monday Watchers!What did you do this weekend? Hit reply and let me know. I drove a jet ski for the first time (it was so addictive), introduced my family to Cards Against Humanity, and gutted a bunch of catfish. 😅Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • StartupWatching #140 - Killing the coding interview ☠️💻 June 21, 2018 2:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!So last issue I tried something a little... unconventional. I really want to know, what did you think? If you hated it or loved it, hit reply and let me know! This is your chance to influence the newsletter you read. I do want to be clear, I wouldn't have done this with a brand that I felt didn't align with the StartupWatching values. And I still retained (and will always retain) editorial control. My first priority is to deliver awesome startup content to you. Thanks for your patience and feedback as I try new things! Sponsorships help me cover the costs of the newsletter, and build up funds so I can do more cool stuff in the future. Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew 
  • StartupWatching #139 - Life lessons of a camp counselor 🏕 June 18, 2018 2:10 pm
    Happy Monday Watchers!I am SO excited to be “taking over” this issue of StartupWatching. My name's Daniel Levine and I'm one of the founders of Fireside, a conference unlike any you've ever been to. We started Fireside five years ago to bring together incredible and authentic founders with amazing investors and other contributors in a disconnected (there's no cell service! 📱) and informal environment.Fireside is supposed to feel more like summer camp 🏕 than a startup conference - we actually hold it at the camp my co-founder ran for years. Instead of wading through a sea of people wearing badges you'll build meaningful relationships with the people around you.Today we're sharing with you five articles that resonate with our values: connection, authenticity, friendship, unplugging and learning. Thank you for Andrew letting us share a few of our values in this issue! We hope you enjoy!Cheers from Canada 🇨🇦Daniel Levine, FiresideNote from Andrew: This whole issue is #sponsored. It's an experiment in making sponsorships more interesting and valuable for both you and the sponsors! Reply and let me know what you think (your replies will still come to me).
  • Trying something new 🤓 - (StartupWatching #138) June 14, 2018 2:18 pm
    Happy Monday Watchers!Earlier this year I went to one of the fastest growing startup conferences in the world, and I left feeling... bleh. Honestly, it all felt very bull-shitty. There was a lot of hype, but not a whole lot of substance. 🚀🤢Then, a small conference reached out to me about partnering with Startup Watching. And this conference felt completely different. Their entire goal is to create real, meaningful connections between attendees. There's not even cell service! 😻 I quickly agreed to a partnership, and we started talking about ideas for how to share what they're building with you, our readers, in an equally authentic and interesting way. So next issue we'll be trying something new. I hope you like it, and I can't wait to see you at... psych! I'm not telling you the name quite yet, you'll have to tune in Monday to learn more.Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • You don't need an audience ❌👥 - (StartupWatching #137) June 11, 2018 2:10 pm
    Happy Monday Watchers!This weekend was exactly what I needed. I got to spend time with some of the people I'm closest too. We weren't so busy that it was stressful, but we were busy enough I almost never thought about work.It helped me remember that I need to more regularly carve out time for the people I love and for having great experiences that aren't related to work. I'm still going to be working my butt of to grow Startup Watching, but I'm going to try hard to find a way to block off my time and set a reasonable working pace.Do you have any tips on how to manage time with your side hustle? Send me your experience and I may feature you on Thursday!Cheers from Charleston 👋 Andrew
  • Meet the Unusual Entrepreneur Making High School E-Sports Happen 🎮 (StartupWatching #136) June 7, 2018 2:10 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers!I lived with 4 incredible guys in college, and we try to get together once every few months. This weekend we're going up to Asheville, NC for some relaxing time in the mountains. We've got a cabin with a hot tub and reservations for whitewater rafting. I'm pumped!What do you do to recharge and take your mind off of work?Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew 
  • Empathy Is Mostly* Useless 💔 (StartupWatching #135) June 4, 2018 2:10 pm
    Happy Monday Watchers!Thanks to those of you who shared the things you're struggling with. I haven't had a chance to get back to you yet, but I promise I will. I spent the weekend with family, resetting a little bit. I've been super gung-ho since I took over the newsletter, and while I'm still pumped I know I'm going to need to find a balance so I don't get burnt out. In other news, I'm thinking about starting a subscriber spotlight feature. What do you think? What do you want to know about other subscribers?Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • How to get 36,282 readers with one post 🗒 (StartupWatching #134) May 31, 2018 2:17 pm
    Happy Thursday Watchers,Let's talk about struggles today. It's easy to look around and feel like everything's going great for everyone else. But the reality is being an entrepreneur is a struggle for all of us. So let's peel back the blinds and talk about it.Hit reply to this email and tell me, what's the biggest thing you're struggling with right now?I'll kick it off - I feel like I couldn't consistently write blog posts even if you gave me a philly cheesesteak for every page view (I'm also doing a nutrition challenge and just watched a Buzzfeed Worth It video about cheesesteaks). I get out 1 or 2 a month right now, which is better than zero, but not enough to really help us grow Krit. So I end up constantly being mad at myself for not being more productive. What are you fighting with? If you're cool with me sharing your response in the next newsletter, then include your twitter link. Maybe someone here can help!Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • StartupWatching #133 - Would you have hired Steve Jobs? 👨‍💻 May 28, 2018 2:10 pm
    Trigger warning: the following is a short discussion on GDPR and info about our new Privacy Policy. The links you came for are still below!Happy Monday Watchers! In last week's subject line I said I wasn't sending an email about GDPR, but should I be? After some reading and a conversation with a helpful subscriber I realized the answer was - yes, duh.So... we have a Privacy Policy now thanks to Iubenda! I want it to be even simpler to read, but it works for now. Here's what you need to know:We store your email address, and basic info on how you interact with our emails in Revue - view their policy here.We track how you interact on our website with Google Analytics.I'm working on porting the website over to Wordpress so I  can enable IP anonymization with GA (plus build some cool new toys).I also use Zapier (until I get the Wordpress site up) to power our tips form and signup forms.If you ever have a question or concern about your data, you can hit reply or email me at andrew@startupwatching.com!There's an unsubscribe link at the bottom of every email. I hope you stay, but if at any point you decide Startup Watching isn't for you just hit unsubscribe.Thanks everyone! Cheers from Charleston ✌️Andrew
  • StartupWatching #132 - This isn't another GDPR email. But should it be? 📧 May 24, 2018 2:10 pm
    Happy Thor's Day Watchers!I had a really neat conversation with Trevor Sookraj last night. Trevor landed a job working in growth for Clearbit while still finishing college! That's awesome. He's also working on an interesting new consumer data tool, so if you're into growth, customer segments and/or data reach out to him. One of the things he told me is missing from Startup Watching is a sense of community. Is this something you agree with? Hit reply and let me know!Cheers from Charleston ✌️AndrewP.S. I'd love to do more of these. If you're down to give me a few minutes of feedback, schedule a call with this link. 
  • StartupWatching #131 - What to do if you didn't get in to YC May 21, 2018 1:20 pm
    Happy Monday Watchers!I've got another question for you. But I thought it would be fun to try this one as a Twitter poll (it's about halfway down 👇). Let me know your answer, if you picked other let me know by replying to the tweet.Have a great week! I'll see you on Thursday. ✌️Andrew
  • You rock 🗿+ the cost of saying yes ⏰ - Issue #130 May 17, 2018 3:00 pm
    First of all, thank you. I was a little nervous about what the reaction would be after I took over this newsletter, but the outpouring of support has been incredible. I loved reading all of your responses to Monday's email. ❤️ And I am so impressed by all of the cool things you're doing! Here are a few of my favorites, send them some love y'all.Laura Hamm is working on a dope service called Fabled to help tell kids' stories, instead of telling stories to kids. 👼Oleg Podolsky is building Wordoid, a made-up word generator to help you find the perfect (trademark-able) name for your startup.And Thomas Welle is working on a sushi 🍣 startup called Nori & Rice!I promise I'll do some more shoutouts soon, because I'm so excited but what you're all working on! I'm also working on responding to all the emails, thanks for being patient with me.High five from Charleston! ✋Andrew
  • Do things that don't scale ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (Issue #129) May 14, 2018 2:00 pm
    Good morning Startup Watchers! 👋To all of our new subscribers - thanks for joining and welcome to the community! The outpouring of support for the blog post was incredible, and I'm super excited to have you here.To the rest of you - thanks for sticking around. I know transitions can be scary, and I WILL mess up (mistake #1: spending all Sunday on my friend's boat and not starting this until 9 pm 🙈). But if you stick with me I promise we'll have some fun (and read some dope content). Whether you're new, or have been here since the beginning, we should get to know each other. So I have a question for you. What do you do? Hit reply and tell me your name, job title, company and (if you're feeling ambitious) your 30 second elevator pitch. I'll shout out a couple of my favorites with a link 🔗 in Thursday's newsletter. 😊Cheers from Charleston, SC!AndrewP.S. Big thanks to my first sponsor SendGrid! I've used them on multiple client projects and they're awesome. Please send them some love (and get free credits) with the link below. ❤️
  • I emptied my savings to buy a newsletter 🙊 (Issue #128) May 10, 2018 2:00 pm
    Good morning Startup Watching fam 👋I'm Andrew! For the past four years I've been obsessed with building startups. I read everything I can find about building and growing tech companies, from small bootstrapped businesses to large, venture backed companies. When I saw Bram's tweet that he was selling Startup Watching I was bummed, and then psyched. While scary, it felt like the perfect opportunity and a great fit. Thankfully, Bram agreed. If you want to read the full story, scroll to the end of this issue. 😁One note - Bram has done an incredible job building this newsletter. The quality has always been super high, that's why I've been a subscriber for so long. My top priority is to keep the bar SUPER high. I want this to be the best startup newsletter on the internet.Of course I have some ideas to grow it. I wouldn't have bought it if I didn't. I'll be sharing those ideas with you soon, but if you have any feedback at all please hit reply and let me know.I'm looking forward to getting to know you! I hope you feel the same. ❤️High five from Charleston, SC ✋Andrew
  • Important News! 🎙 (StartupWatching #127) May 7, 2018 4:35 pm
    I started StartupWatching early 2017 because I wanted to empower my audience to do bigger things and build great companies and products. By collecting and curating knowledge, inspiration and background stories from the startup world for the past 1+ year in 126 issues, I hope I've inspired you to take the next step. 💪Now, it's time for me to take that next step! I just became a father and have several other projects next to StartupWatching. So a few weeks ago I started to look for someone who could take over this publication to build and grow it even further. That wasn't easy as I'm a bit of a perfectionist and really believe there’s a big opportunity to build a great community when you curate top notch information and resources for your audience.When Andrew Askins (Partner at Krit) reached out, I knew he was the right person who could do that! 🙌 I've featured some of Andrew's articles before and after meeting him I'm confident he will keep StartupWatching's quality very high and do all he can to grow this community.So this is the last issue that I've curated, I hope you enjoy it! Want to know what I'm up to next or want to work with me? Send me an e-mail or get in touch via Twitter 😁. If you want to know more about Andrew's plans or want to work with him and StartupWatching you can reach him via andrew@startupwatching.com.Thanks for being part of StartupWatching's journey so far, I hope you stay around to watch it become even better!Best from Amsterdam 👋Bram Kanstein
  • Stop doing press releases ⛔️ (StartupWatching #126) May 3, 2018 4:00 pm
  • How I burned 10 Million Dollars 🔥💰 (StartupWatching #125) April 30, 2018 4:00 pm
  • Sunk costs sinks ships 🚢🔥 (StartupWatching #124) April 26, 2018 4:00 pm
  • How to build a solution that sticks 🎯 (StartupWatching #123) April 23, 2018 5:36 pm
  • The problem with problems 🔥 (StartupWatching #122) April 19, 2018 4:00 pm
  • How to build a winning pitch deck 👌 (StartupWatching #121) April 16, 2018 4:46 pm
  • 7 steps for finding investors 🔍💰 (StartupWatching #120) April 12, 2018 4:00 pm
  • What do you want to learn? 💡(StartupWatching #119) April 9, 2018 4:19 pm
  • Why having $0 is much better than having $1 🔑(StartupWatching #118) April 5, 2018 4:00 pm
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  • Growth hacking is bullshit 💥 (StartupWatching #116) March 29, 2018 4:00 pm
  • 7 steps to startup success 🚀 (StartupWatching #115) March 26, 2018 4:00 pm
  • Your competitors don't matter 🔑 (StartupWatching #114) March 22, 2018 5:00 pm
  • The best sales advice 💰(StartupWatching #113) March 19, 2018 5:00 pm
  • Don’t be busy 🕐 (StartupWatching #112) March 15, 2018 5:00 pm
  • The Artist and The Innovator 🎨 (StartupWatching #111) March 12, 2018 5:00 pm
  • Requests for Startups 👋 (StartupWatching #110) March 8, 2018 5:00 pm
  • Big Deals 💰(StartupWatching #109) March 5, 2018 5:00 pm
  • Are you a giver or a taker? 🤔(StartupWatching #108) March 1, 2018 5:00 pm
  • What investors look for 💸 (StartupWatching #107) February 26, 2018 5:00 pm
  • Never underestimate your first idea 💡 (StartupWatching #106) February 22, 2018 5:00 pm
  • How to acquire users 🚀 (StartupWatching #105) February 19, 2018 6:44 pm
  • The top 20 reasons startups fail ☠️ (StartupWatching #104) February 15, 2018 5:00 pm
  • Confessions of a startup mole 👀 (StartupWatching #103) February 12, 2018 5:00 pm
  • Hard work is the only shortcut to success ✂️ (StartupWatching #102) February 8, 2018 5:00 pm
  • Taking an MVP to $10k MRR 💰 (StartupWatching #101) February 5, 2018 9:40 pm
  • How to achieve startup hypergrowth 🚀🚀🚀 (StartupWatching #100) February 1, 2018 9:01 pm
    Woohoo, we made it to 100 issues of StartupWatching! 🍾🎉I want to thank everyone who came along for this journey and hope you'll stay with me for many more issues 🙌I'd love to hear what you think of StartupWatching: (how) does it add value for you? Do you miss anything? What can I do to make it better? Looking forward to your thoughts 😁High five from Amsterdam! 👋Bram Kanstein (@bramk)
  • The best way to learn anything 🤓 (StartupWatching #99) January 29, 2018 10:17 pm
  • The critical thing most startups forget.. 🚨 (StartupWatching #98) January 25, 2018 5:00 pm
  • Why does your startup exist? (StartupWatching #97) January 22, 2018 9:36 pm
  • Advice for first time founders 🔑 (StartupWatching #96) January 18, 2018 10:02 pm
  • How startups get their first users 🚀 (StartupWatching #95) January 15, 2018 9:17 pm
  • Don't spend too much time watching competitors 🔑 (StartupWatching #94) January 11, 2018 5:00 pm
  • The best advice for entrepreneurs 🔑 (StartupWatching #93) January 8, 2018 5:00 pm
  • What I learned from my first product launch 🚀 (StartupWatching #92) January 4, 2018 5:00 pm
  • Fall in love with the problem 😍 (StartupWatching #91) January 2, 2018 12:10 pm
  • Learning from failure 🔑 (StartupWatching #90) December 28, 2017 5:14 pm
  • Your Christmas reading list 🎅🏼🎄 (StartupWatching #89) December 25, 2017 4:00 pm
    Happy holidays from Amsterdam! - @bramk ✌️
  • The 9 deadliest startup sins ☠️ (StartupWatching #88) December 21, 2017 7:07 pm
  • The #1 rule for startups 💰 (StartupWatching #87) December 18, 2017 9:24 pm
  • How to get your first 100K active users 💯 (StartupWatching #86) December 14, 2017 5:00 pm
  • 3 secrets behind Silicon Valley's latest unicorn 🔑 (StartupWatching #85) December 11, 2017 4:31 pm
  • Great Products vs. Great Businesses 💸 (StartupWatching #84) December 7, 2017 5:00 pm
  • Sell → Service → Scale 🚀 (StartupWatching #83) December 4, 2017 5:00 pm
  • How to build a press list 🕵️ (StartupWatching #82) November 30, 2017 5:00 pm
  • Why is Product-Market-Fit so freaking hard? 😱 (StartupWatching #81) November 28, 2017 7:57 am
  • Momentum: The ultimate startup killer ☠️ (StartupWatching #80) November 23, 2017 5:00 pm
  • Knowing when your startup idea is successfully validated ✅ November 20, 2017 5:00 pm
  • How to pick a co-founder 🔑 (StartupWatching #78) November 16, 2017 5:00 pm
  • Learn how to build a great community 📚 (StartupWatching #77) November 13, 2017 5:00 pm
  • How to validate your startup idea 💡 (StartupWatching #76) November 9, 2017 5:00 pm
  • Growth marketing for startups 🚀 (StartupWatching #75) November 6, 2017 5:00 pm
  • Strategy is not a to-do list 🔑 (StartupWatching #74) November 2, 2017 5:00 pm
  • The 5 best tips to grow your startup 🚀 (StartupWatching #73) October 30, 2017 5:00 pm
  • 10 ways you’ll f*ck up your startup ☠️ (StartupWatching #72) October 26, 2017 4:00 pm
  • Getting your first 10 customers 💸 (StartupWatching #71) October 23, 2017 6:53 pm
    Hi there! 👋I don't normally add an intro text like this, but I've been thinking about ways to improve StartupWatching and I wanted to ask you something:Do the small explanatory texts with each item add value for you? Or would you rather just see a short bulleted list of the 5 items with a title + link and no image? Your opinion is really valuable to me and I'd love hear it, just reply to this email. Also if you have other feedback of course 👍 Thanks a lot!High five from Amsterdam,Bram Kanstein (@bramk)P.STo all the new subscribers that found SW via Product Hunt, thanks for joining! Check out today's content 👇
  • Failure is not the goal (StartupWatching #70) October 19, 2017 4:00 pm
  • Build an audience BEFORE launching your startup (StartupWatching #69) October 16, 2017 4:00 pm
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    Boom! this is the 10th issue!I'm just getting started, but hey, it's a first milestone! My goal is to get to #100 at least, so thank you for coming along for the ride 🙌🚀 I hope you've been enjoying this newsletter. I'd love to hear any feedback, thanks!Best from Amsterdam ✌️Bram Kanstein (@bramk)
  • Today's (March 20) Inspiration - Issue #9 March 20, 2017 5:36 pm
    Hey friends!Hope your week started off great! I've had a few good meetings today, talking about new ventures and organizing an awesome Product Hunt meetup with my friend Ryan Hoover during The Next Web's Conference in Amsterdam. One of the best (if not the best) tech conference in the world! Will I see you there?Best from Amsterdam ✌️Bram Kanstein (@bramk)
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    Monday, funday! What are you up to this week? Check out today's inspiration to get you up and running! 🚀Best from Amsterdam ✌️Bram Kanstein (@bramk)
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    YES! It's Monday! 🙌Hope you're having a great start of your week! I just finished my fourth meeting of today, just in time to crank out Issue #3! Have you read, written, watched or listened to something that should be shared with our audience? 👉 Send us a tip! We'll credit you when it get's shared 🏆 Have fun this week!Best from Amsterdam ✌️Bram Kanstein (@bramk)
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    Thank you all for your support! 💪I launched this newsletter last Monday and the response has been awesome, thanks to everyone who reached out on Twitter! Glad you stayed (or came) along the for ride ✈️ Hope you enjoy today's content, please let me know about your feedback 🙂 After all, this knowledge letter is for you!Best from Amsterdam ✌️Bram Kanstein (@bramk)P.SI know there's still a chance you're not a fan of getting these e-mails, in that case you can easily unsubscribe by clicking HERE.
  • Issue #1 of StartupWatching ⚡️ February 20, 2017 3:00 pm
    Hey there! 👋My name is @bramk and this is the first issue of my brand new project StartupWatching! You may know me as the creator of Startup Stash, and perhaps you were subscribed to it's newsletter, my previous (personal) newsletter, or the newsletter of We Are Off The Record, the digital growth agency I co-founded.Now, it's time for some new adventures and one of them starts with this Knowledge Letter. Bringing you curated knowledge, inspiration and background stories for startups. Delivered to your inbox 📬 every Monday and Thursday. I won't be doing this alone, because you can submit tips about great content you've read, written, watched or listened to, if you think it's interesting for our audience. Just fill out this short form to send in a tip! You'll get credited when it get's shared 🙌I hope you'll enjoy the first edition's content and stay on board for this adventure. If you're not interested (sad face), you can unsubscribe by clicking THIS LINK, or click the banner at the bottom of this e-mail.You'll hear again from me soon :)Best from Amsterdam ✌️Bram Kanstein (@bramk)