Greetings from Portugal 🇵🇹
I’m currently writing this from my parents in a pretty remote part of the country. It’s been a great opportunity to experience a new environment and break my routine and mental pattern. In fact, it’s the first time i’ve been abroad since the pandemic and it’s reminded me there is a whole lotta world out there.
I haven’t travelled myself in a long time, this might be the longest in fact. It’s an odd but an enlightening experience and gives you time to think and break your routine and try new things. To that effect, I was confident I would manage to get a lot of personal work done on this trip, however, in reality I hardly managed to do a thing. Perhaps this is exactly what I needed 🧘♂️
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this issue. My content consumption has perhaps been shaken up with this trip, for better or worse, you decide.
Right, let’s get to it - time for this months roundup 👇
🔥 Top post last month: How to start a blog that changes your life
Product Discovery has been a large a part of my day job for the past 6 years but also occupied part of the consultancy work I do and my side projects. However, there isn’t a lot written about the very earliest days of a startups discovery process. A lot of product discovery content is written by PMs at big companies with access to huge user bases and datasets to tap into, therefore, for most folk the advice is ineffective. In this short but insightful post by Ravi Mehta (ex Chief Product Officer at Tinder, previously Facebook et al) provides 5 Product Discovery lessons taken from his past and now current learnings building his latest startup - Scale. This post provides some great advice for anyone currently or considering starting a new business or side project. (7 min read)
As a self confessed pedantic planner and personal finance nerd I was instantly drawn to this post. The idea of sitting down and strategically planning my next 5 years and my personal goals and how i’m setting out to achieve these goals fascinates me. Cory Zue documents his goal to create a passive income stream to achieve his goal of financial freedom. I personally love his 5 year chart documenting his salary, software products and consulting income where you can clearly see his dependence on his salary reducing and passive income increasing. Spoiler alert - he managed to achieve it in 3 years not 5. Find out how. (14 min read)
I finally made it. After five years of scratching and clawing, I’m officially earning enough from my products to sustain indefinitely.
During the first wave of Covid I decided after years of pathetically attempting to learn Webflow I would finally attempt to master it. Flash forward ~6 months later and numerous occasions of wanting to give up, I finally started to understand the fundamentals and migrated my personal website from Weebly to Webflow. This month Ben Issen launched Learnflow - a series of 22 walkthroughs and exercises to integrate extra functionalities into your Webflow site. This is the resource I wish I had a year ago!
I’m a big Figma fan, although it did take some convincing. I’m sure the Figma team didn’t think people like me would be using it to create floor plans for my house renovation, creating posters, social content, logos etc - but this versatile design tool just got a whole bunch more utility. Makers is a Figma Plugin to help you build and publish sites directly in Figma. Yup you heard right, directly within Figma. Check out this example, not bad eh?
🎁 Bonus Content: The team at Relume have launched a free Figma kit with over 700+ Figma pre-built components. Pair this with makers.so tool and boom you could have a site up and running in no time 🔥
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