I recently launched a new bootstrapped venture called nuNotice. Bootstrapping is when you try an build a business with the resources currently at your disposal without any outside investment or funding. It has been an interesting experiment because we, Rob Sullivan, David Roberts, and I, are trying to figure out a lot of this on the fly. Let's start at the beginning, what is nuNotice?
nuNotice is a supplemental service to the NuGet ecosystem. NuGet is the premier package management system in the .NET development stack. If you are a Ruby developer, think gems. If you are a NodeJs developer think npm. nuNotice takes a list of your project dependencies and keeps track of any changes that happen on NuGet.org for you. This saves you time and effort, in addition to keeping you informed and disciplined about changes outside of your control. So who can benefit from nuNotice?
Obviously, first and for most, any .NET developer can benefit from nuNotice if they are taking advantage of an OSS project: ASP.NET MVC, SignalR, and many more Microsoft product depend on NuGet and are open source.
Secondly, if you are a .NET consultant you get the most benefit out of signing up for our service. I detailed how you get the most benefit on our service blog, with a post called . "For consultants, nuNotice pays for itself". Basically you can get more billable hours if you stay up to date on your dependencies.
The most challenging part of this whole process is getting people to visit the site. We got a great initial surge, but saw our numbers drop. Currently it feels like every monday is a new week where we have to drive focus and attention towards the service. We have a good handful of users that are happy with our service, but still no paying customers as of writing this post. Hoping it changes. I am completely out of my comfort zone as a marketer, but it is a great feeling learning what works and doesn't work.
It's been about two weeks, and I'm feeling good about the product we have been able to produce and push out to the world. There is still a lot of improvement that needs to happen, but our minimum viable product is out in the wild and waiting to be used. So if you are a .NET developer, please check it out and let me know what you think. I'd love to get some feedback.