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The Failories Newsletter for Startups

👋 Hi Failories! It’s Thursday which means two new pieces of content 😉

The first in an interview with the founders of Habitify, a habit tracker app that firstly struggled to make any money, but now generates $21,000 in MRR and has over 1,000,000 users.

The second is the first interview with an Argentinian founder, around a Go Server business he built, grew to $2k/month and shut down one year and $20,000 crowd-raised later.

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From $0 in 6 months to 1M downloads and $21,000/month – The story of Habitify, the habit tracker app

Peter wasn’t happy with his iOS developer job; he wanted to help people and change the world in some way. So he quit and in some months, he launched Habitify, a habit tracker app. First months were hard, with no sales. Nowadays, Habitify is used by 1M users, makes $21k/month and has a team of 20. Here’re the behind scenes!

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From $2k/Month to Failure – The story of Kaya.gs, the disruptive crowd-funded Go server

In 2011, Gabriel decided to build a Go Server that would launch new features every few weeks. He and his co-founder built and launched it in 2 months and in the following months, they raised $20,000 through a crowdfunding campaign. 1 year into running and they were shut down: product, engineering, and morale were the problems to blame.

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That’s all for this week – Hope you enjoy everything 😉
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Did you know…

… that today is Girl Scouts of America Day? On this day in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Guides in the United States. She gathered 18 girls together to register the first troop of American Girl Guides in Savannah, Georgia. The name was changed to Girl Scouts of America the following year. Trivia fans: It was organized after Low met Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, in 1911.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Your strength will be found when you stop struggling with yourself, instead of thinking everyone is a struggle worth overcoming. Every obstacle in life is a lesson that teaches us, not others.”

— Shannon L. Alder

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RANDOM Phrases of the day

  1. My Cup of TeaMeaning: Someone or something that one finds to be agreeable or delightful.
  2. Back to Square OneMeaning: To go back to the beginning; back to the drawing board.
  3. No-BrainerMeaning: Anything that requires minimal brain activity to accomplish.
  4. Par For the CourseMeaning: What you would expect to happen; something normal or common.
  5. Dropping Like FliesMeaning: To fall down ill or to die in large numbers.
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Random phrases of the day

  1. Everything But The Kitchen SinkMeaning: Including nearly everything possible.
  2. Tough It OutMeaning: To remain resillient even in hard times; enduring.
  3. Birds of a Feather Flock TogetherMeaning: People tend to associate with others who share similar interests or values.
  4. No-BrainerMeaning: Anything that requires minimal brain activity to accomplish.
  5. Hit Below The BeltMeaning: A boxing term. Also often used to refer to inappropriate words, or comments that are too personal.
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Wisdom Quotes

Don’t trust those who speak without showing their intentions.

Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain. (J. K. Rowling)

It’s more dangerous to have education and lack common sense than it is to have common sense and lack education.
It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. (Robert Green Ingersoll)

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Wisdom Quotes

There’s only one you in the entire world, so don’t try to be somebody else.

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! (Dr. Seuss)

It takes courage to speak up when needed, but it also takes courage to listen.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. (Winston Churchill)

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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Grover Cleveland’s Birthday? Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, was born in Caldwell, New Jersey, on March 18, 1837. He was the only president to serve two nonconsecutive terms and therefore is the only individual to be counted twice in the numbering of the presidents.

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<h3>Today's Inspirational Quote:</h3>
<h3>"When you're trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you're even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough."

— Alice Domar</h3>
… that today is Grover Cleveland's Birthday? Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, was born in Caldwell, New Jersey, on March 18, 1837. He was the only president to serve two nonconsecutive terms and therefore is the only individual to be counted twice in the numbering of the presidents.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.”

— Alice Domar

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Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Leave a big tip
  2. Cut an article out of the newspaper that would interest a friend and mail it to them
  3. Help someone whose car is broken down
  4. Incorporate acts of kindness into your family meals, classrooms, and workplaces. Perhaps spend 5 minutes each day sharing your kindness ideas or the acts you shared during the day. Make kindness a daily habit in all your environments
  5. Say a nice thing to someone in a sour mood