16. Live AmA, James Gill: Spent half my life (15yrs) building GoSquared. Thousands of happy customers.
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Hi everyone! I’m James Gill (@jamesjgill on Twitter).
I started GoSquared in 2006 when at school (aged 15) with two friends, Geoff and JT. See a timeline of our 15 year history.
Having spent over half my life running company, since before the term “SaaS” was common, I have many scars and war stories to share with anyone who wants to hear them.
In some ways, we’ve built ~10 companies but kept our same core team and company all this time.
🐣 What got us started: thinking we could build a better “Million Dollar Homepage”. We could build it, but no one cared.
🗺 What got us on the map: LiveStats (now GoSquared Analytics) – the first real-time website analytics tool.
📈 How we’ve grown: Zero sales. 90% content. Running a blog since 2007. Building a product that doesn’t suck.
🤔 Challenge today: Competing with juggernauts like Intercom, Hubspot in the wider space of growth software with a tiny team.
Reddit SaaS: https://www.reddit.com/r/saas
My Twitter: https://twitter.com/chddaniel
My product: https://Simple.ink/