Let's launch and grow stuff together.

Ryan Battles

Three days before my 30th birthday, my world changed forever.

My wife and I became parents for the first time...of TWINS! My wife was in a demanding training program at the time and couldn't stay home with the newborns. After doing some math, I realized that the cost of childcare nearly equaled my current salary as a private school teacher. As I left my role at the school, I prepared to become a stay-at-home dad.

As luck would have it, babies sleep a lot. To make some income during this time I learned how to develop websites and picked up a few clients (mostly relatives and neighbors). Over the course of a couple of years, I gradually built up my portfolio to include celebrities, global relief organizations, presidential campaigns, and Google.

Fast forward a couple years, when I joined a venture-backed startup in San Francisco as a lead engineer. I was excited to learn more about the startup life, and rub elbows with the hot-shots that grace the covers of Inc. and Fast Company. I was certainly stretched and learned a lot during this time, but after 2 years I decided to leave my position with the company in order to build my own products, and share my experiences with others.

Along the journey, I have enjoyed building a small arsenal of online properties:

  • Harpoon - A financial planning and time-tracking tool for freelancers
  • Find Bacon - A job board for web designers and developers
  • Share the Shelf - An online book-swapping site
  • Bootstrap & Beer - A happy-hour meetup for entrepreneurs building products without venture funding
  • Director-ee - An online community of web developers

The above products were built with the design talents of my business partner, Andy Johnson. You can see more of his work on his website: Shaping the Page.

So while I’m not building and marketing the products mentioned above, I’m taking in new knowledge about how to build and market products and live a productive lifestyle. One of the best ways I’ve found to learn new knowledge is to take the time to write it down, and teach it to others.

That is why this blog exists.

I hope that you find the posts insightful and educational, and that they help you become a better entrepreneur or marketer.