Fruition is a side project I made to use custom domains and pretty URLs for Notion pages, and this is the story of how it got to #7 on Product Hunt, 10000 visitors, and a lot of positive reviews from users.
If you only read one post on my blog, this is the one. I touched on growth, perspective, luck, money, comparison, balance, and a special #yolo category. I view this post as my guiding principles in life.
This is my version of the American Dream. In 2008, I came to the United States of America. In 2018, I graduated from Stanford. In between, I learned how to speak English, how to code, and more importantly, how to be a better person.
I cried a little thinking about all the great memory I had at Stanford. These would undoubtedbly be the best 4 years of my life. Thank you to all my friends, TAs, and professors who had made my experience at Stanford truly unforgettable.
I value networking, because networking leads to infinite opportunities. People I have met at conferences over the years have changed my life. I wouldn't be where I am today without the like-minded entrepreneurs I got to know through conferences.
After several years of freelance programming work, I explained why I loved the independence. Namely, the freedom of time, the freedom of location, and the freedom of creativity have really appealed to my personality and working style.
A series of long guest posts I wrote for TutsPlus on how to market your WordPress plugins successfully. I touched on everything from idea validation, design, development, sales, marketing, PR, customer service, product iteration, data analysis, and more.
A collection of strategies I learned about growing a project post-launch, covering promotions, connecting with customers, advertising, social media, business development, support, website, testing, tracking, interviews, guest posts, and development.
This is the reveal of my distraction-free WordPress What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) editor project. Turns out this was two months before WordPress built their own version and released to the world for free.
It wasn't easy to get to ramen profitability before releasing Artsy Editor publicly, but I was certainly proud that I did it. There were many good product development, customer research, and marketing lessons learned in this one.
Artsy Editor was an idea to build a distraction-free WYSIWYG editor as a WordPress plugin. In 9 days, I showed 1000+ people my mockup, and 38 of them were already ready to pay for it. This is the post where I share how I did it and the techniques I used.
iTunes Instant is an instant search interface for iTunes. I built in on a whim one night, after seeing the success of YouTube Instant. It ended up going viral overnight on Twitter. The articles on the blogosphere soon followed. iTunes Instant ended up being my lucky home run.
Even though OneExtraLap never succeeded, I learned so much. I poured my heart and soul into it for 8 straight months, and I'm extremely proud of what I accomplished. This was my first crack at building my own thing, and I never looked back.
My first ever blog post. I was a little teenager, just rambling about life, at a time when my English wasn't even that great. This was when I first got a taste of the tech industry. This was also when I had so many random ideas for apps I wanted to build.