Healthchecks
$9.9k/mo
Cron Job Monitoring
MicroFounder
How did you come up with the microstartup idea?
Pēteris
I was working as a contractor, and was looking after a growing number of periodic processes (data imports, backups). I wanted to get actively notified if any job starts to fail (for any reason: bug in code, external system down, out of disk, out of memory, whole VM destroyed by error, ...). I knew the concept of Dead Man's Switch from Wikipedia surfing, and it clicked.

I did not start with the intention of building a microstartup. It started as a fun weekend prototype, then a side project, and over time grew into my main job.
MicroFounder
How did you find your first customers?
Pēteris
Healthchecks initially had no paid plans. The free users came from social media mentions, word of mouth. I posted on Twitter, Reddit, HN. I started a development blog on Medium. Botched a Product Hunt launch. Answered some StackOverflow and Quora questions.
MicroFounder
How are you finding your customers today?
Pēteris
Free users come primarily from organic search results, and from word of mouth. Some users over time grow out of the free plan's limits (can take years), and convert to paid.
MicroFounder
What's your advice for other microfounders who want to get started?
Pēteris
It is a marathon, not a sprint. Patience pays off.
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Founded: Jul 2015
Age: 8y 11m
Recurring revenue
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