Gumroads founder, Sahil Lavingia, tells an inspiring story about his initial success, abrupt down spiral and his bounce back.
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Hey there,

You've just opened up issue #35 of The Slice. If you missed last weeks issue, check it out here.

I hope you all enjoyed yesterdays little impromptu letter. I sent it out on a whim because why not. This also flooded my inbox with 119 new replies from you guys!

To bring everyone up to speed, yesterday I sent out a little letter because people forget that there is actually a human behind all these emails I send you every week. In the process I got to know 119 of you personally. It took me a bit of time to reply to all of you, but It was worth it! If you didn't open up yesterdays letter, you can check it out
All you need is 1000 true fans.

Recently read an article from 2008 from Kevin Kelly, on how if you want to create a successful craft and make a living from it, all you need is 1000 true fans. 

Here is what you DON'T need,

- A million dollars
- A million customers 
- A million clients 
- A millions fans

These are things that we want for our projects, but they are  not what we need for them to be successful.

All we need are 1000 true fans...

Here is the original article here if you're interested. I've always been a quality over a quantity person, and this small pocket of super fans is the same ideology I've always kept from the get go and its the ideology I keep moving forward and growing this newsletter.

Now on to this week issue 😘

There are a few spots left for classifieds and sponsorships. If you're interested in advertising on the newsletter, you can book here
This weeks catches 🎣
Here are some dope tools that I discovered this week.

Logology (Sponsor)

We automated the tedious parts of brand design. Now even your side project can afford a meaningful visual identity. No upfront payment.


Ginger Tag
GingerTag is a clean, easy-to-use, no-code analytics platform for websites and web-apps with all essential insights in a single page; updated in real time.


A no code option for building even the most complex iOS apps, all on an iPad, iPhone or Mac. Drag and drop images, buttons, lists and more.

Widgio is a collection ready-to-use widgets that increase sales, gather leads and attract visitors to your website. It's simple. Embed your widgets and you're good to go. 

Newsletters 🚀

My picks of dope newsletters for this week.
This weeks featured newsletter is The Yo Newsletter and Podcast. Its kinda weird because its not really a newsletter but is a newsletter at the same time not to mention that the podcast is amazing! 

This is all put together by Rob Hope , who curates quality design and development resources while the Yo! Podcast spotlights the incredible people building them. 

I'd highly recommend this and do check out the podcast that goes along with it. A good place to start with the podcast is Robs conversation
with Derek Sivers. 10/10

Interesting reads  📚

There's a lot of crap on the internet, here's a gem or two.
No Meetings, No Deadlines, No Full-Time Employees 
I started Gumroad in 2011. In 2015, we reached a peak of 23 full-time employees. In 2016, after failing to raise more money, I ended up back where I began: a one-person company.

Today, when I’m asked how many people work at Gumroad, I respond with “ten or so.” That’s how I convert the number of people we have into what others expect. But the truth is more complicated. Read more

Selling a Tiny Project.
Building tiny projects in my free time is something that I love to do.
My main goal is to test out ideas that I note down in my phone. Sometimes they work and I make a bit of money, but usually they don’t. Either way, it's a fun hobby.

Recently I was lucky enough to sell a tiny website I'd built. Although the sale was small, the experience was great. Read more

Don't underestimate the power of a walk.
Several years ago, I was watching a Today Show segment about helping your children and teens create healthy habits. The subject of the piece was a notable nutritionist, whose kids were reluctant to eat their greens and work up a sweat. The most memorable quote came from one of her pre-teens who said, “Walking makes me sad.” Read more 
Learnings 💡
How are you going to reach customers.
Here is a great little blog post from somebody who I used to do work for. It outlines how to reach your customers and the tools you can potentially use to get you started in reaching your goals and becoming a 'maker'. 
Check it out
Unalike - Helping everyone to create, sell, and grow collaborative publications, subscription newsletters, and audio stories. Unbranded. Untracked. Unalike.

Cyclonic Media - We partner with brands likes yours to create websites your customers will remember.
That's all for this week, see you next week, same time, same place!
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