💰 Growing a luggage storage startup to $15k/mo

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🎉 Hey Failories! It's Nico here.

3 new interviews this week, all of them with successful startup founders. Below that, 4 articles I enjoyed this week. Let's start!

interviews & news 📢

💰 Growing a luggage storage startup to $15k/mo. By partnering with local businesses, Bounce provides +1,000 locations to store their customer's luggages, while providing their partners an additional revenue stream.

I really like this interview. I think there are a lot of businesses to be built in what's generally called "The Sharing Economy" (being Airbnb its greatest exponent) and I like how Bounce was able to beat COVID, which hit really hard their industry. Here's their pivoting and growth story.

🛠 Bootstrapping a swag creation company to 8 figures in sales. Started from Michael's mom's house, SwagUp has already provided +2,500 individuals and companies with "swag packages".

Michael claims "building a strong community around the brand", through Twitter, has been one of their main marketing strategies. You can find more details about their journey here.

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🎨 From meeting on Tinder to building a designers marketplace. That's the story of Roman and Stacy, the founders of Awesomic. Despite the startup is quite new, they are already working with 27 designers and delivering +2,000 tasks per year.

There's a lot to learn from Awesomic's lean approach towards validation of ideas, related to both product and marketing decisions. Here's the link, if you want to find more.

🚀 Google Cemetery is 99% finished. And we're probably launching it next week. Here are the 100 projects we've written about. We plan to add more in the future. Which one shouldn't we miss?

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what I'm reading 👀

7 secrets from growing Lemlist to $4M/year in 3 years. Exactly 1 year and 2 months ago, we interviewed Lemlist's founder, Guillaume, and they were at $1M/y. It's amazing to see how they x4 their revenue so fast!

This startup founder was almost killed by stress. I seriously recommend you to read his story. Being hospitalized was his "wake up call". Since then, he has shut down his previous startup, started a lifestyle business and became a digital nomad.

The internet, as the "great online game". An interesting article that aims to analyze the internet as a game and the space of crypto as the in-game currency.

CAPTCHA, the biggest crowdsourcing campaign. And how it's been used to perform tasks that technology wasn't able to do at that time.

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