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  • Jean Lima

    Really good content, I think you've showed me a new kind of startup: no bootstrap, because there's so much commodities on the internet (cloud, for example) and niche markets around the world. I think that's a way to really start an entrepreneur movement. This could even be a way to be a startup accelerator 🙂

  • MC Tevez

    Regarding Coding Bootcamps you have to know that not all people will learn to code by themselves. Learn to code is HARD, and it’s best to have a guidance and accelerate the process if you have the opportunity and the money to do it. So please don’t generalize stuff not all Coding Bootcamp are scams.

  • Anthony Young

    Thank you for putting this out, you have inspired me to get my ass into gear and get the robots up and running, thanks dude

  • Alex Shaikevich

    There were plenty of great things in the talk, but seeing the one-time vs residual income side-by-side really hit home. Using a marketplace like Envato to immediately access a large audience doesn't seem like a good idea anymore in lieu of the potential revenue loss over the years to come.

  • jarod stewart

    Pieter Level's problem-solving strategy is to Google and struggles with it until an eventual success. This is crucial in starting your own company. There are a lot of struggles that will happen and if you can't work through the pain, you won't make it.

  • johan Van Wambeke

    This quote rings alot of truth to me:
    Pieter: "It's harder to scale WITH people."

    Immagine training someone in your company, or best case they grew along with the company.
    Then you need to change directions to stay competetive… wel good luck switching all your employees.

    Also i like the burtal honesty.

  • roman ojeda kaiser

    What was the name of the guy who build his startup in public? (I know Pieter did that too, but I mean the name he gives on the presentation)

  • - J Jue

    Such a inspiration! All the time I’m big fan of him in twitter 🙂 . I wish he would be my mentor/advisor . Thanks for sharing Pieter.

  • borkug

    This is a good example of "just go ahead and do things any way you can and want to".
    I don't agree with every single advice, but the overall state of mind is very healthy.

  • Carlos Costa

    I think this is the only 1 hour video on YouTube that I sat through. Well done & big kudos! Keen to launch Friend Theory after seeing this!

  • Studio Zandra

    This was really informative. Thanks so much for sharing you knowledge! Is the book profanity-free hopefully? (^_^ ) I saw your pre-order page, very tempting

  • Johnny Ilmo Koo

    a friend of mine shared your posting & video to check out, so I ran thru your video. A few months ago, I accidentally landed at your nomadlist website and I thought it was very cool but i had to start a new project with small startup so I did not continue. It feels awesome that I met the creator of nomadlist. I'm living in Korea and I never thought abou going global SaaS but with your strategy, why not.. I can give it a try.
    One question for you Mr. Levels, I could not figure out this legal question on the internet. You briefly talked about setting up one company to avoid all the difficult tax and legal issues. If I start a service globally, where do you suggest or recommend to start a company (if my biz is SaaS, IT service such as nomadlist). I don't assume your legal company resides in Bali.. so
    I heard about founding a company resides in Delaware, USA but like you said, it costs a few hundreds of dollars so. .

    Thank you

  • KiteSpots

    Hey guys, to anyone who would like to answer … How do you go about Name Selection at the beginning of your business. For example: if you want to rapidly test, then you couldn't possibly go and do worldwide trademarking for each brand you create, *AZ Shoe CO*, but if your idea strikes and then someone, somewhere, decides to get a piece of the action … how do you go about name/brand protection?

  • Rom Shiri

    Hey Pieter, thanks for this great and inspiring lecture.
    I think that one of (many) the keys to your success is your ability to literally "move fast and break things".
    Can you share your "technology stack"? Do you use some "bootstrapping" tools and services to make things easier or you just start coding from scratch (server, frontend, etc.)? How did you manage to develop so many projects so fast?

    I wonder if it's "just" talent and experience, being able to make things fast, or, you have a "system" that you "groomed" through the years that makes this bootstrapping very fast from time to time.
    Well, I guess it's little of both. 🙂

  • Khaja Naquiuddin

    Love this presentation. Everything is good in the video except the points about coding –

    "It doesn't matter whether we understand the code we copied from Stackoverflow. Its fine if it just works"
    and you also say
    "Coders doesn't understand half of the code"
    Both of these sentences are wrong IMHO.

    Pieter Levels, this kind of coding is a problem. Its true that there are people who figure out things easily by just doing google. This is a hackish way of coding. By doing copy paste and not thinking how this code gonna effect the product in the long run will soon take us into a rabbit hole of code mess and issues. Its very important to understand the code you are writing,

    Is it maintainable in the long run?
    How does it affect the overall system?

    Please don't take me wrong. Take this as my 2 cent advice. I am your customer and supporter.

  • xONE.

    Amazing talk Pieter, you hooked me from the beginning of the video! Could you help me to clear up my doubts ? What would you define as prototype? Because you can't just launch a prototype on ProductHunt, Reddit, HN, etc and validate the idea, can you? Everything on there is already a final first (or second, etc.) version. But then how do you validate the idea? This leads me to a kind of vicious circle: you can't validate the idea before letting people know about it and you can't either waste time launching a product before validating the idea. So, how do you validate the idea with a prototype: that is a unfinished product or a concept. Also, suppose I use a landing page to validate an idea for example, where do you get people to know about it, it's just a landing page, you can't use PH, Reddit, IH, HN or press because there is no product yet, how and where do you get people to know about and subscribe to it? Sorry for bothering with my tireless curiosity.

  • 업플라이 #Upfly

    Great stuff, Pieter!! 😀

    I've used Nomad List and actively share it with my community – Upfly (업플라이 TV), and recently found out about behind the scenes through '12 startups in 12 months' post. It hits me so much – in a very positive way ;-), and I am dying to interview you and share your story with my audience, Korean professionals who want to build an international career.

    My stalking skill was not that good, as I couldn't find your email address :-S. Would you be able to let me know if you're open to discuss by comment here or email ([email protected]) please?

  • Stefan Smiljkovic

    Great video, talk and success Pieter. What you left mark with is NomadList.
    Shared this video on https://moon.ly.

    Peace,

  • Angelo Jimenez

    i had jitters just thinking about giving a talk someday. how nervous were you, it looked like a sauna in there. this is fucking awesome thank you

  • Grant Kiely

    "Most days I need to drink 2 lattes just to get some code on the paper. This robot just runs, and it doesn't sleep."

  • Rieks Visser

    Great video, really transparent and cutting the crap. I think you're advice applies just as well to large software companies. Greetings from, for a change *sunny*, Netherlands.

  • CoolUnknown

    Great talk Pieter, thank you! I feel a bit weird about coding my start up in public as its going to be mostly a paid service. Are there any "dangers" involved as far as, for example, security?

  • CoolUnknown

    Did you make the design for remoteok and nomadlist yourself? If yes, how? I have huge trouble designing something that looks nice.

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  • CodingPhase

    Love you bro… you changed my life by following you I've been able to be 100% remote and have multiple online business. Now making 16k to 21k per month by following what you been doing over the years.

  • Prashanth Krishnamurthy

    Whoa!

    I will go effing do it.
    That is a lot of valuable information out there for someone who wants to just start up! Thank you.

  • Ammar Alyousfi

    Thank you for this helpful talk and for sharing your experience. I've launched Pair & Compare on Product Hunt and since then, it's the main source of my visitors

  • FiddleHed

    Curious about the robots you mentioned in the automation section of your talk. Did you build them or is that a service? What exactly are they doing?

    Great talk 👍
    Thanks much 🙏

  • Stan George

    About your opinion with coding, that most of the coders are on stackoverflow and you shouldn't spend enough time learning it wasn't maybe very fair.

    I take every thing like this as a math equation, based on time saving for example:
    How much time do I save in next year of programming if I use 3 weeks to learn this thing?

    And things like this add up, and you could finish coding a website in maybe 24h instead of 200.

    I used to work in a big company with all kind of experienced DEVS and always, 3+years developers, would finish 4 times faster than 1 year experienced dev. When taking this equation for 10 years, it grows exponentially.

    That's just my opinion didn't mean to offend anyone.

  • Christopher Courson

    Thank you for your realistic and practical advice. You affirm for me that the true source of ideas is within one's experiences and unique challenges. You confirm for me that diversity of experience is the wellspring of creativity and knowledge. I'm pumped. Ima go f'n do it.

  • Jean-Simon Desjardins

    Just watched half of the presentation now, but basically, applying the Musk technique is always good: don't advertise, and have such a good product that people will talk about it and it will make you free advertisement. Mr. Musk said that he hardly put any money into advertising for Tesla, and instead invested it into R&D for a better product. It paid off very well 😀

  • WebDevTube

    Actually ads are one of the most powerful things for business. You always pay to gain traffic for you project. You may write blog posts trying to optimize them for search engines. You may spend time writing your comments or posts on other websites trying to interest people with your project. But you pay for all of that with your time. And ultimately you don't know who your clients are. You don't know they gender, age, location etc.

    When you use ads you pay money, but you can instantly get to know your ideal client. And when you know the critical factor for business – how much on average clients pay you in their lifetime you can tell how much you can spend to get single client. Then your business becomes a simple math and you can say is it profitable, is it scalable, how fast it can grow.

    Bulding your business on top of "organic" traffic is like trying to fit puzzle pieces with closed eyes. Sometimes it works but definitely it's not a good recipe.

  • Jonathan Acuña

    You are such a inspiration and motivation. Bought your book Peter! Thank you for sharing this valuable insight

  • Tony Ferguson

    I think Peter is great, but he's wrong about paid ads.

    Its actually better to build a business with paid.

    1. You'll still know if people like your product if its paid (or it wont work)
    2. You can leave less to guessing vs organic If a community likes it, get ambassadors, etc.
    3. You can predictably grow. Justifying a much higher sale price.

    Whatd i know though. Im not running thr world's largest remote job site

  • notthere83

    Hm interesting talk – it sounds great but may obviously not be for everyone.
    My ideas for instance are usually pretty big and so take a lot of time even to get just a decent prototype done.
    And while it's possible that 2/10 projects become popular, there's also a chance that none of them will. Especially if you're not good at networking.

  • Demétrio Nascimento

    Acabei de assistir pela terceira vez essa palestra. Mas definitivamente com a legenda em português ficou bem melhor de entender. Obrigado @levelsio e obrigado @eric_vieira's pela tradução. Lutando para criar o meu nomadlist kkkkkk. @levelsio eu acompanho todos os dias o teu trabalho pelo @wip você é uma grande inspiração.

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