Jun 12, 2019 | By Tim Nolet
Something different this week. I got an email from an aspiring SaaS bootstrapper. Let's call him John. John explained his working situation at a tech startup and his dream to start a SaaS in the cloud security space by himself. He also had some pretty good questions. I asked John if it was OK if I answered them in the form of a blog post. He agreed, so here we are.
Jun 4, 2019 | By Tim Nolet
Last Friday May 31, Nicolas Beauvais, CTO and only tech person of small startup raisup.com, took to Twitter with a cry for help. Their cloud hosting company Digital Ocean had just locked their account and made it clear that this was permanent.
May 29, 2019 | By Tim Nolet
Last week I rolled out a simple patch that decimated the response time of a Postgres query crucial to Checkly. It quite literally went from an average of ~100ms with peaks to 1 second to a steady 1ms to 10ms. However, that patch was just the last step of a longer journey. This post details those steps and all the stuff I learned along the way. We'll look at how I analyzed performance issues, tested fixes and how simple Postgres optimizations can have spectacular results.
May 20, 2019 | By Tim Nolet
There is a lot of dogma around shipping a product in startup land. Many founders follow strict patterns they got from a book or some influencer's tweet. "Ship Early" is one of the more stubborn ones, and in many cases it is exactly the right thing to do. The earlier you start learning about what your users' problems and how your product solves that, the better. I shipped Checkly fairly late.
May 13, 2019 | By Tim Nolet
During the spring and summer of 2018 I was negotiating a possible acquihire of Checkly / moi with Datadog. I'm only writing about it right now because Datadog recently launched their Synthetics product — the product I would be involved with as some form of product manager. This post details how this all came to be, what steps we took in the process and some reflections on the whole thing.