MegaMaker - My 2023 year in review

Happy New Year! Today, I'm sending you my annual review.

For the last ten years, I've been sharing my thoughts and reflections in a year-in-review post each year. As a collective, these reviews describe my entire bootstrapping journey, both the breakthroughs and the struggles.

👉 Read my 2023 year in review

Every year, I ask myself: "What am I optimizing my life for?" My current answer is:

I'm optimizing for a good life.

In the full post, you can read about what a "good life" means to me personally, plus:

  • A framework that's helped me think about how we work at Transistor (my main company).
  • A question I've been thinking about for the last few years: what do you do after you've achieved your initial goal of "building a business that works?" What comes next?
  • Some personal news.

I hope you have an incredible 2024!

Cheers,
Justin Jackson
@mijustin

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Please don't do this

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

I can't believe someone just sent me this. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Don't ignore the Prosumer market

Friday, November 17, 2023

The normal advice for people building SaaS companies is "Don't build software for consumers (B2C); build it for businesses (B2B)." ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

How to do indie marketing these days

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Here's 9 ideas that I think still work in 2023 ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Flipping tables and hiring kids

Friday, September 22, 2023

It's me, JJ. ​ I have tons of stuff to share with you: the Transistor team and I just got back from our team retreat in Nashville (here are some photos). And soon, I'll be heading to Belgium to

How I would build a new startup if I had to do it all over

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

I've been brainstorming how I would build a new indie startup if I had to do it again in 2023. Here are 5 principles I'd use. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

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Reddit's unusual IPO plans; Rivian's layoffs; and Techstars backs out of Seattle, citing a lack of VC activity

Thursday, February 22, 2024

View in browser Top News On its Q4 earnings call today, Nvidia said it pulled in a stunning $22.1 billion in quarterly revenue as more and more companies use its chips for their AI models. The company

Founder CEO churn

Thursday, February 22, 2024

The rise of mental fatigue among founders, the latest on the Sequoia-Klarna saga and how TikTok cost a startup €10m View in browser Morgan Stanley flagship logo Good morning there, The last year has

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

You've been lied to… ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏

Ends soon: Say goodbye to your 9 to 5 job

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Only a few spots left... ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

View this email in your browser Founder Weekly Welcome to issue 625 of Founder Weekly. Let's get straight to the links this week. General Tech Strikes Back “Accelerationism” is an overdue

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Use them to replace your 9-5 income I won't lie to you, ... Starting an online business is not always “easy.” There will definitely be obstacles to overcome. There will definitely be some late

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Yong-Soo Chung (@yongsoochung) is a champion of the Personal Holding Company: he owns several businesses, and doesn't lose his mind. How?! ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌