Say Hello to The App Hacker

Hi, everyone, and welcome to The App Hacker—a brand, spankin’ new blog, community, and (soon to be) extensive collection of resources on programming, building MVPs, and running a successful consultancy.

Who are the original App Hackers, and why are we doing this?

Hi. I’m Dan 👋. I’m a veteran entrepreneur and programmer. I quit my “corporate”, agency job about 10 years ago to strike out on my own, and since then I’ve created a niche in working with amazing startups. I’ve built iOS, Android, and web applications for all kinds of companies, from e-commerce to online dating to hostel management—I’ve seen it all.

I’ve been the first CTO of more companies than I can count, and I’ve brought more than 200 ideas to life. I’ve also helped the teams I’ve worked with (like The Black Tux and Coffee Meets Bagel) raise over $200mm in funding.

It’s been great. By all accounts, I’ve grown an incredibly lucrative and rewarding consulting business. I work from home, bill out at over $300 / hour for most working hours of my day, and get to hang out with Rachel (my wife and business partner) all day long (trust me, it’s awesome!).

Now, about two years ago, Rachel quit her job to grow the business with me. As a project manager and lover of process, she began taking notes on what makes our approach to building apps unique, and how we do business – from how we get clients, keep them happy, get paid, and more. And this helped us optimize our consulting practice in a huge way.

But we realized this information would be worth so much more if we shared it with the world. It’s a little risky, sure, since a lot of this is what others might consider our “secret sauce”, but we decided it was worth sharing anyways. We open source much of our code, so why not open source the way we do business?

This information would be worth so much more if we shared it with the world.

With more and more people deciding to break free of the corporate world and define what work looks for themselves, knowledge-sharing among developers and entrepreneurs is going to become more and more important.

We want to teach non-developers how to code. And we want to teach other programmers how to build successful consulting businesses, and do it by working on what you love and making awesome stuff for amazing clients.

Then came the question of what to name it. I’ve always considered myself a “hacker”–not the archetypical hacker who sits in a dark room finding backdoors into NASA, but the type of hacker who knows what they want and pulls the levers to make it happen.

Hackers experiment. They find shortcuts. They are persistent and will find ways to “make it work” when others give up.

Hackers experiment. They find shortcuts. They are persistent and will find ways to “make it work” when others give up.

And that’s just what we’re going to do here. We’re going to write down everything we know about starting, building, and scaling a programming consultancy business. From learning new programming languages fast, to building an MVP in a day–you’ll find it all here.

So, stay tuned, and if you identify as an App Hacker in any way, put in your email address below, and I’ll shoot you a note when we publish our next post. No spam, I promise :pinkyswear:. 🤘

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