$32K MRR with a simple Slack bot

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Karma bot is a simple Slack bot doing $32K MRR. Your business doesn't have to be complicated. It doesn't have to be unique It doesn't have to be ground breaking tech It doesn't even need AI 🤷🏻
It just has to solve a painful problem. Like Karma Bot does.
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  • Karma Bot’s value proposition is very clear from their landing page - the help improve connection in remote teams, and help with retention.
  • They even have a savings calculator on their website - The money that teams can save because of staff turnover.
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Interesting Lessons from their journey:
  • From the revenue graph above, you can see the business peaked during COVID, and then they had a dip.
  • They rode on the remote work trend, then fell off. But revenue is picking up again. So this IS the new normal.
  • It was started as a side project, bootstrapped by a 2 person team.
  • It is a 6 year old project - so NOT an overnight success by any means.
  • They get most of their traffic from the Slack and MS teams apps marketplaces. As I’ve said before - go where money is already changing hands. (Read - Money making ideas for more marketplaces to consider building for)
  • Their ARPU is $100, so with just 350 users they could reach $35K MRR. As we’ve discussed before, there’s way more value in selling to “higher ups”
Read more in this interview they did back in 2021 -
One last lesson -
I found this review on G2 which highlighted their value proposition beautifully -
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Next time, you come up with a new idea, think about how you can get your users to give such reviews.

New Ideas Checklist -

Speaking of new ideas, I tried to come up with a checklist to evaulation new ideas. So every time a new idea pops up in my head, this is the list I’m going to run it by -
Am I interested in the problem/user ? (Must Have)
B2B - Help existing businesses make money (Nice to Have)
Existing Demand (Must Have)
Currently people pay a human to do it (Nice to Have)
Tech makes it faster/cheaper/easier (Must Have)
Manual effort reduces with time - build once, sell twice (Must Have)
Evergreen demand (Must Have)
AI baked in (Nice to Have)
What do you think? What else would you add?
I tweeted about it and got some interesting responses 😅

Why you should NOT become an entrepreneur -

23 months ago I quit my corporate career to work for myself. And there hasn't been a dull day in my life since.
But I think entrepreneurship is over-glamorized and over-simplified.
It's not as easy as it's made out to be.
I wrote a quick thread about my experience so far.
Give it a read -
More reflections you might like -
Hope you find them useful. If you do, please share them in your network.

Simple Rules for a Company of One

If you’re an indie hacker or solopreneur, you HAVE to read the book “Company of One” by Paul Jarvis.
Loved this quote from the first chapter - “Start small, define growth, and keep learning”
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We’re reading this book in the Indie Masterminds community book club. So if you want friends to discuss this book, come join us.

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