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🚀 Story of The Week

🚢 How a skipper shipped an online boat marketplace in 1 week

Marco Mendes hails from South Africa, and is a skipper by trade.

Despite a seemingly dreamy career spent cruising the oceans, Marco felt it was time to switch things up and put his love for tinkering to good use.

He was given an opportunity to build an ecommerce site for a DTC brand (which he built with Webflow) and, with his appetite suitably whetted, he was ready for more.

He had an idea for a project, but wanted a better understanding of the breadth of no-code tools available and how to use them.

Landing on an idea

Marco wanted to build an online directory and marketplace for owners of boats (what else!).

There was definitely a gap in the market — boats are typically listed and sold using third party brokers with little-to-no contact between sellers and buyers.

“There are two boat-selling Facebook groups I was following — one with 76,000 members and the other with 55,000. And there are boats going up there every day. I searched and searched for an online marketplace that services that market without using agents, and I realised there isn't one," says Marco.

So he knew what he wanted to build. But how was he going to do it?

Finding a springboard in no-code education

Marco joined Makerpad's No-Code Fundamentals 2nd cohort, and came across site builder Softr a couple of weeks in.

“I had heard of Softr before but I didn't think I was going to build my site with it. But then it was like week two or week three of the course and Softr came up, and I just thought I’d spend the week playing around with it, to see what I could do. And by the end of the week it was done.”

What Marco ended up with was his fully functioning marketplace, boatsbyowners.co.

He’s built all of it using only Softr and Airtable! 👏

Beyond an MVP

There are 9 live listings on Boats By Owners right now, and Marco's working hard to secure more.

He has big plans for the future of the site too, including turning it into a resource hub for sellers, as well as offering advertising packages for them on social and Google.

He's also on the lookout for a marketing guru (experience in performance marketing essential) to help him take Boats By Owners to the next level.

Read Marco's full story here.

📺 New tutorials

🔃 Learn the fundamentals of Paragon

Paragon allows you to build custom APIs and automations, so you can integrate your product with your favorite third-party SaaS tools and give your users a seamless experience.

The 4 tutorials in this tool-path teach you the fundamentals of Paragon automations by showing you how to connect to a data source, how to filter data, setup conditional logic, and send automated emails.

Shout-out to our Creator, Tessa, for these tutorials!

View this tool-path.

🧑‍🎓 Courses

🧱 No-Code Fundamentals Cohort 3 | 13 Sept 2021 | 5 weeks

Just over 1 week left to get your spot!

The perfect course for people just starting out with no-code. Learn about the tools landscape, and how building with no-code actually works. You'll build 5 projects in 5 weeks, including an app, a marketplace, a directory site and more.

Full details and enrollment info.

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🔄 Getting Started With Automations | Coming soon – Get on the waitlist!

Learn the basics of automation in this 4-week cohort-based course. You'll learn how to build several automations with various tools. An opportunity to dive into the world of automating workflows.

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💼 Jobs

Content Marketer – Scribe

We’re hiring our first content marketer at Scribe! We're growing very rapidly at Scribe and are looking for a strategic content marketer to fuel our growth even more. As the first content marketer, you will be responsible for defining and executing on the company’s content marketing strategy for both our product-led growth and enterprise sales efforts.

No/Low Code System Designer – XRay.Tech

We are looking for a system designer to develop automations for our members using low-code development platforms (such as Zapier, Integromat, Notion and Airtable).


🚀 Community Projects

Auto-track all your Facebook Campaigns!, by Harsh Patel.

"Watch the video walkthrough on how you can plan your ad campaign and automatically track your Facebook Ad metrics by bringing details of your Ad Accounts, Campaigns, Adsets and even individual Ads."

HI TEAM, by Romain Souchal.

"Hi team I'm Romain, 30yo french living in Sydney, I'm really happy to join the community and learn from you all! Completely new to the code/no code/design world and just starting to learn about it. I'm a health and fitness professional (personal trainer) so I would be happy to answer questions (in private) if anyone needs help! Wish you all a good day/night and looking forward hearing from you!!"

Slack x Notion/Airtable, by MA Manan Agarwal.

"Hey folks, receiving certain links on Slack that I want to send to my notion/airtable. Sending via Zapier is easy, is there anyway to automate tagging also while I send it? So while sending I can tag it and send."


✨ New: Partner Updates

Involve.me

"We've added generic domains - these are domains like "quizzes.cx" or "surveys.so". This is a way to create white label URLs that don't have involve.me branding. With Generic Domains, you don't need to own a domain to personalize your URL and make it more you, less us. Read more here".

Tally NEW

We're thrilled to welcome Tally to our tool directory! Here's the need to know on this form-builder tool:

Who is Tally for and why should they use it?

Tally is the simplest way to create forms for free. It's used by SMB founders, startups, and creators who and are looking for an easy and budget-friendly way to create forms, in order to start their business, validate ideas, gather customer feedback, perform market research or sell products.

A lesser-known feature?

You can fully customize Tally Forms and even create landing pages with our custom domain feature. This is an example of co-founder Filip's personal website: https://filipminev.com.

What makes Tally unique?

Tally is a new type of form builder that works like a doc (you can just start typing). No countless limits and paywalls, but a simple, yet powerful form builder that allows you to create any type of form without breaking the bank.

Any exciting updates in the pipeline?

We just launched email alerts, webhook support and upgraded our Notion & Google Sheets integration (read more on this here). Cool upcoming features are an embed block (which will allow you to embed anything, from video to calendar or maps), and new form customization features.

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Ben & the Makerpad team ✌️



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