One Year Later: $20k/mo, 250 customers, 5 people and a $500k investment

Josh Pigford on October 13, 2014

One year ago today I was sitting in my office at home racking my brain trying to find some easier way to get the metrics I wanted for 2 SaaS companies I was running. Nothing I found fit the bill. So, I set out to build my own solution.

Looking back on that tweet is quite nostalgic. No, I didn’t get it out the door in one night (called it quits at about 3AM), but I did get it out exactly 1 month later.

It’s been an unbelievable year and certainly nothing I would have had in mind a year ago when I was staring at a computer screen trying to figure out how to get SaaS metrics for my businesses.


Taking a quick walk down memory lane, here are a few milestones for both me and the company as a whole.

We’ve actually got a pretty nifty timeline that’s more thorough on our About page.

When ideas matter

So why focus on the birth of an idea? Ideas aren’t worth anything, right? Right. On its own, me staring at a computer and thinking “Ooo, I have an idea!” is largely worthless.

But where ideas become worthwhile is when you stop thinking and start doing. It’s when you act on the idea that matters. And the gap between idea and action is a chasm most people never get past.

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The impetus of your idea is when you’re most blindly excited. It’s the honeymoon phase. It’s all rainbows and unicorns. You haven’t thought through all the reasons it’s a bad idea. You haven’t had a chance to talk yourself out of it. You haven’t hit road bumps that try to convince you it’s not worth your time or it’s too difficult to keep going.

It’s that moment when you need to start. Do everything in your power to get the ball rolling. Start sketching, start designing, start coding, start building something. Whatever you do…start.

To all past, present and future Baremetrics customers…thank you. Geninuely, thank you. This could not exist without you.

Josh Pigford

Josh is most famous as the founder of Baremetrics. However, long before Baremetrics and until today, Josh has been a maker, builder, and entrepreneur. His career set off in 2003 building a pair of link directories, ReallyDumbStuff and ReallyFunArcade. Before he sold those for profits, he had already started his next set of projects. As a design major, he began consulting on web design projects. That company eventually morphed into Sabotage Media, which has been the shell company for many of his projects since. Some of his biggest projects before Baremetrics were TrackThePack, Deck Foundry, PopSurvey, and Temper. The pain points he experienced as PopSurvey and Temper took off were the reason he created Baremetrics. Currently, he's dedicated to Maybe, the OS for your personal finances.