Garrett’s been working on the web in some form or fashion since 1998. He spent almost a decade bootstrapping Sifter, a hosted bug and issue tracking application, but ultimately decide to sell it after a prolonged battle to save his foot after recovery from a minor surgery went bad. He ultimately amputated his left leg below the knee, but he learned an incredible amount through the journey of building and running Sifter through good times and bad. He created Starting & Sustaining to share his experience with the operational aspects of building and running a SaaS business as a sole founder. Today, he works at Wildbit, makers of Postmark, Beanstalk, and Conveyor.
Starting any growing a business can be a long journey. Some days are going to suck. Really bad. In some cases, weeks, months, or even years can be incredibly rough. Other times will be great. Business, like life, will have its ups and downs. The key isn’t to chase the ups and dodge the downs. It’s to embrace the journey knowing that it will never be a straight line. It’s not possible to entirely avoid the bad days, but there are always tactics to help you get through. Through his own journey dealing with medical issues, running and ultimately selling his small SaaS business, and slowing down to embrace the new trajectory life had handed him, he’s gained some fresh perspective about making the the most of the chaos at the intersection of living life and growing a business.