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How a Frustrated Lawyer Quit His Job & Launched a Successful SaaS Startup [065]

How a Frustrated Lawyer Quit His Job & Launched a Successful SaaS Startup - with Walter Chen

Walter Chen is the co-founder and CEO of IDoneThis, an email-based productivity tool that allows people to track their productivity with a daily email reminder. You reply to an evening email reminder with what you did that day. The next day, you get a digest with what everyone on the team got done. The company was founded in 2011 and its investors include folks such as the CEOs of Zappos, Shopify & Wistia. Walter is a software engineer and former big law firm lawyer.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Why Walter quit his job as a lawyer to launch a SaaS business
  • How iDoneThis was just supposed to be a side project, not business
  • Why bringing on a co-founder was one of Walter's biggest mistakes
  • The single most important metric that many startups ignore
  • How a single email to a customer resulted in a high profile investor

Success Quote

  • “Doing the best that you can and by the people who care about you”

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Hi, I'm Omer, the founder of SaaS Club and host of The SaaS Podcast. I help early stage founders and entrepreneurs to build, launch and grow successful SaaS businesses. Join me on this journey.