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Arvid Kahl

I help founders and creators serve and empower their customers.

Being your own boss isn't easy, but it's worth it. Learn how to build a legacy while being kind and authentic. I want to empower as many entrepreneurs as possible to help themselves (and those they choose to serve).

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Yong-Soo Chung — Surviving Serial Entrepreneurship — The Bootstrapped Founder 296

Podcast, YouTube, Blog​ Dear founder, Yong-Soo Chung (@yongsoochung) is a champion of the Personal Holding Company: he owns several businesses, a media company, eCommerce, and a service provider among them. How does one stay sane with that much work in such diverse fields? He shares his survival framework and much more on the show today.​ I talked to Yong-Soo about hiring the right people to operate your business once it's outgrown you, if he would ever sell his money-making assets, and...

1 day ago • 1 min read

Podcast, YouTube, Blog​ Dear founder, I was talking to RoxCodes earlier this week on my podcast, and his very honest and vulnerable account of how he’s grieving for the business he sold made me think about how one-sidedly the “Exit your SaaS” dream factory looks at businesses. Today, I want to talk about what happens if the exit is not the goal. Or at least not the only one Enjoy the blog post and the podcast Let me start with open cards here: I sold a business before. It catapulted me from...

7 days ago • 7 min read

Podcast, YouTube, Blog​ Dear founder, Rox (@RoxCodes) recently sold his SaaS thumbnailtest.com. But he's pretty conflicted about the sale. What was promised to be a moment of joy and celebration quickly turned into doubt, grief, and confusion.​​Today, I talk to my friend Rox about the emotional complexity of giving up something you hold dear, how to move forward, and what it means to level up even further after a successful exit. Rox opens up and talks candidly about the weight on his...

9 days ago • 1 min read

Podcast, YouTube, Blog​ Dear founder, Did you know that you can run a ChatGPT-like system on your laptop? (I've seen iPhones running these LLMs, too.) And there's more: we can build our businesses on this tech without depending on platforms. Enjoy the blog post and the podcast We live in a day and age where using AI on our own servers has become possible. As a business owner and software entrepreneur, I think it's just as interesting as it is important to consider setting up AI systems on...

14 days ago • 8 min read

Podcast, YouTube, Blog​ Dear founder, Josh Pigford (@shpigford), who created Maybe and Baremetrics, talks about bringing his financial tool back to life by making it open-source! This has sparked surprisingly high levels of interest and even investment. Within two weeks. In our chat, we delve into the challenge of building a platform that simplifies financial data, similar to how Zapier simplifies automation, all under public scrutiny.​​The goal? A community-supported plugin system and a...

16 days ago • 1 min read

Podcast, YouTube, Blog​ Dear founder, This week I made a choice. And it has a lot to do with focus and opportunity. And, most of all, money. Enjoy the blog post and the podcast To set the stage, let me share this voicemail I received earlier this week: Hey Arvid, Mahogany here. It's really interesting how you're using whisper.cpp and it's a great idea about like scanning every podcast everywhere and using that potentially as a add-on service or just simply a marketing tool for...

21 days ago • 5 min read

Podcast, YouTube, Blog​ Dear founder, Spencer Patterson (@SpencePatterson) is a former financial advisor turned tech entrepreneur, who transformed his non-technical background into a $3.5 million SaaS triumph. Spencer shares his journey from navigating failed ideas to creating a platform generating $140K in monthly revenue with 6 million users. His experience offers a blueprint for marketing MVPs, team-building on a budget, and balancing tech with customer service in a startup. Spencer...

23 days ago • 1 min read

Podcast, YouTube, Blog​ Dear founder, Is the creator economy a misnomer? When I think about creators and the effort and time they spend on their work, it seems similar to a 9-to-5 job. For most people, it’s a daily grind. It’s main focus is retaining attention. Without attention, creators have nothing. An artist needs people to consume their work, listen to their music, or read their books. They must create interesting content to cater to their audience's attention. The podcast begins with...

28 days ago • 4 min read

Podcast, YouTube, Blog​ Dear founder, Thibault Louis-Lucas (@tibo_maker), or Tibo for short, is the indie hacker and innovator behind successful ventures like TweetHunter and Taplio — which he sold for over $10M!​​In this episode, we unravel Thibault's thrilling journey from the joys of product creation to the intricacies of selling a business on the global stage. He shares his strategies for tripling revenue post-acquisition, the pivotal role of community engagement, and his candid insights...

30 days ago • 1 min read

Podcast, YouTube, Blog​ Dear founder, How can you provide white-glove customer service if you don't even know what it looks like? That —and a few very exciting developments with my recent SaaS project(s?!)— will be what I want to share with you today. (You'll find the build-in-public stuff exclusively on the podcast!) Enjoy the blog post and the podcast While working on my latest software project Podline, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I plan to onboard customers and deliver the service...

about 1 month ago • 4 min read
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