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Khash Sajadi

by Josh Pigford. Last updated on July 17, 2023

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This week I talk with Khash Sajadi, Founder of Cloud66! In this episode we talk about growing up in Iran, how hobby electronics became a conduit for building software, selling software as a teenager to realtors and dentists, learning the value of unit economics, the importance of scheduling your day and more!

Show Notes

  • 1:00- Growing up in Iran
  • 3:00- Getting into log analysis
  • 3:55- An international market and the problem with sanctions
  • 5:22- Getting into computers
  • 8:45- Transitioning to software from hardware
  • 12:03- “I’m actually good at this computer thing, so I’m just going to put all my energy into this”
  • 12:45- When business and entrepreneurship came into the picture
  • 14:40- Writing and selling computer programs
  • 19:00- Moving to Europe
  • 20:29- A big lesson
  • 21:27- The hay-day of being a computer programmer
  • 22:04- Getting the itch to build something yourself
  • 24:00- Being a product person and not enjoying the sales/marketing side of things
  • 26:26- Starting an official company
  • 30:17- “The money that was coming in wasn’t enough to be worth it.”
  • 31:57- Starting a social search engine
  • 34:03- Realizations
  • 36:12- Running out of money
  • 37:42- Recovering
  • 38:14- Leaving banking and thinking about personal values
  • 41:38- Moving to San Francisco
  • 42:18- The idea for Cloud66
  • 47:29- Changing the business model
  • 49:05- Figuring out the economics for Cloud66- Learning from others’ mistakes
  • 51:22- Focusing on the business side of things to stay sustainable and not getting distracted by “the next shiny tool”
  • 53:23- The intriguing part about building and creating something
  • 55:02- Balancing building things and running a company
  • 55:57- “What is my job as the CEO?”
  • 57:10- Letting the calendar run your life- blocking off times just to think
  • 58:30- The next year for Cloud66
  • 59:36- Investing heavily in containerization technology
  • 1:02:30- “Companies do die, but engineers don’t”
  • 1:04:56- The benefit of selling tools to engineers

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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.