We finish our first operating year with $25,000 in revenue

Ilya Novohatskyi
Ilya Novohatskyi
Hey guys.
Thank you so much for waiting. This week, I was forced to postpone the newsletter because there were no internet and electricity in Ukraine due to the Russian attacks.
For this reason, I bought a generator and soon will buy a Starlink, so I can work anywhere regardless of the circumstances. Currently, the situation is controlled and more stable.
Today, I’ll share our revenue stats, key learnings, and a new startup acquired in one week for 90x MRR.
Besides this, I added a new section called growth snack, describing how we would grow the project if we were a buyer in the interactive form of a Twitter thread. If you don’t like it, please let me know. Later we’ll have threads on how to build the project if you were a founder.

Photo by Clayton Cardinalli on Unsplash
Photo by Clayton Cardinalli on Unsplash
👋 Welcome
Welcome to the 54 new people joining this week.
Let me know what you think of your first issue. Replying helps Google realize it’s not spam.
Prefer Twitter? Drop me a DM here.
Prefer LinkedIn? Reach out to me here.
Now let’s crack on with the newsletter ☕️
📈 Annual revenue update
In a few days, our first subscriptions from early users will renew. And for this reason, I’d like to share our revenue stats for our first year.
When I started Microns, a standard annual subscription price started at $99. It was very tough to convince people to pay for access to 30 listings and the potential to grow, but everything started small.
I value my early adopters, and thus, I will keep the price for their lifetime of using Microns. The price will stay the same for as long as you pay for the subscription.
Ilya Novohatskyi 🇺🇦
Microns crossed $25,000 in ARR. It's a 12,605% growth rate 🚀 https://t.co/HgRAnRCktV
I didn’t have millions in my pocket when I started. I didn’t raise any investments. My team and I achieved these results because of consistency and hard work; nothing else matters.
If we did this, then you definitely can do this with your next micro-SaaS, e-commerce, or mobile app. Just believe in your startup and have a clear goal of helping others.
🎉 Recently sold startup
This week we sold one more startup. It was a cold outreach tool specifically for Twitter. The founder worked on the project for three months before selling and reached an insanely 90x MRR exit. This deal happened so fast in one week.
I just sold my 1st startup (Cold DM) for almost 90x MRR 🎉

It's been an amazing ride these 3 months since I started my #buildinpublic journey.

Time to celebrate this small win ☺️ https://t.co/1V5fmbw35v
When I started Microns, one of the first people I found in the space was Andrew Pierno. He co-founded XO Capital, a company that acquires, grows, and sells small online businesses.
I love his newsletter, where he writes about his acquisitions and developing project strategies. These stories inspired me. He was undoubtedly my idol, and I wanted him to become my customer.
And boom, he became our customer and made a snackquisition. In his recent newsletter, he described how he plans to 10x the investment in three months. I’m excited to see it!
After all, Andrew, we must do an interview when this happens so more people can inspire by your example.
📰 Looking for new owners
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Searchable directory for cohort based courses
Searchable directory for cohort based courses
  • Pre-revenue
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  • Growth advice: Sell paid packages to course providers
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Website helps Shopify users find trending products
Website helps Shopify users find trending products
  • $26,000 in ARR
  • Business model: $97/month subscription and DFY service upsell
  • 625 customers
  • Target audience: Shopify and AliExpress users
  • Built with Bootstrap, Flask, and MySQL
  • Founded in 2018
  • Growth advice: Outreach to e-commerce store owners, affiliate marketing, and paid ads
🔥 Asking Price: $90,000
🌱 Growth snack
It’s a new format, so I would love it if you shared some feedback so we can improve over time.
How we'd grow the Parked Car Locator App to $5k MRR in six months: a step-by-step guide ⬇
ℹ️ To acquire this and other startups, you only need to purchase our premium subscription. We don’t charge the commission from our buyers.
💡 Wisdom from subscriber
Dan Kulkov 🧲
We had nothing 6 months ago.

No audience, no revenue, no products.

Yesterday we crossed $21 000 in revenue 🤯

Here are 10 actionable lessons from this journey. https://t.co/PtVJKUWHON
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Ilya Novohatskyi
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