Stepping down as a COO
jamstack, burnout, stepping down as a COO, and peruvian coffee
Long time no see, huh? It’s David here, writing this email from Cusco, Peru (🇵🇪), sipping on a Peruvian double espresso. Damn. The weather here is much colder than I thought. Anyways, let’s jump into this month’s Business of IT.
What is happening in my businesses?
A lot. First, I decided to pursue my 2 dreams of building my own products and helping developers to become entrepreneurs. So I stepped down from my COO role at my agency and started a 6-month long transition to become a full-time indie developer and content creator.
To achieve this here’s my plan for the next 6 months:
#1: Rebuilding my website
And I choose to build it with Ghost.
My current website is based on Nextjs, and I’m pretty much OK with it, but I want to edit it faster and I need a complete rethinking of the architecture to focus on my new goals.
I’m building it in public, so tutorials are coming to Youtube in the coming weeks. From planning to deployment.
#2: Hand over my COO tasks and do a freelance project
This process going to take care of my income for the rest of the year.
I’m building a React Native app for a client, this makes about 80% of my income. The rest comes from running the agency, where I’m currently dealing with the handover, day-to-day tasks, and 3 clients.
(Also, if you’re looking for a half-time contractor role as a PM, or full-stack JS engineer, message me, because ScreamingBox needs you!)
#3: Conference speaking and workshops
I’ll conduct 2 workshops in Germany this year.
June 14 in Berlin at WeAreDevelopers World Congress, a 2 hours long overview of a Jamstack app.
At the end of September in Hamburg at Web Developers Conference, a full-day workshop on building a SaaS app from 0.
I’ll have some discounted and some free tickets for both conferences in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
#4: Creating a huge amount of content
These are going to be products and courses.
I want to build products because in the past years, 80% of my time I did business tasks, so I feel like I forgot a lot and want to get back into development to build better products.
And creating courses, ebooks, tutorials, and podcasts to help more developers become entrepreneurs.
Let me know in a reply what you want to see from me.
3 New Stuff from Me
Chat with Dan Spratling About Jamstack, Overworking, and Burnout
A couple of weeks ago, I had an interesting discussion with Dan Spratling, owner of Skyward JAMStack agency. Oh, and we recorded it.
How to Keep Developing Your Skills as a Developer and an Entrepreneur at The Same Time
Atomic essay in 300 words about how to learn multiple different skillsets at the same time.
Build Your Own Subscription-based Course Platform
Stripe, Next.JS, Supabase, GraphCMS. I’ve conducted this workshop late last year. 500 people watched it and averaged a 4.9/5 rating.
1 Tweet of the Month
5 Tools from the Internetz
Prisma Data Platform - Free cloud database directly from the Prisma Team. The real, OG Prisma team.
Linear - Like Jira, but actually works. Project management tools for the people who want to work and not complain.
Mine - Do you remember that social platform you signed up for, like 10 years ago? I guess not. Get your personal data back from them.
Tamagui - The freshmen of hybrid React + React Native UI libraries. SSR, themes, shorthands, hooks, and pretty sick looks. *mic drop*
Supabase - Edge functions, real-time multiplayer handling, GraphQL API for Postgres, and so many under-the-hood improvements. Hands down the best open source PaaS (platform as a service) solution.
Away from keyboard
I now spent 6 months on the road as a digital nomad in the Americas and heading back to Europe next week. I’ve seen the real-life Los Santos and Vice City. Childhood dreams came true.
Here are 5 must-see things from the US, Mexico, and Peru:
Walt Disney World, FL (Star Wars Rise of the Resistance ride ftw!)
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Kennedy Space Center, FL (real Apollo spaceship)
Huacachina Oasis, Peru
Stay tuned for a series of longer articles on my new blog this summer.
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