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  • single founder
  • built web-based bug tracker https://sifterapp.com/
  • started in 2008, part-time
  • full time in July 2010
  • after 3 years the business was bringing full-time salary, a bit below market
  • sold after 8 years (March 2016) on FEI (https://garrettdimon.com/2016/the-journey-of-selling-sifter/)
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CodePen

3 cofounders who worked at SurveyMonkey started CodePen as a side project.
First version took a month to build. Got 1,000 signups first week, didn't expect that.
Early marketing: Chris Coyier drove 70% of early traffic via tweet. He already had a big following on Twitter at the time.
Timeline:
Written in Ruby. Started on RackSpace, moved to AWS.
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