Trends #0032 โ€” Micro-SaaS

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๐Ÿ” Problem

“If you build something for everyone, it works for no one.”

Big SaaS companies solve lots of problems for lots of people.

๐Ÿ’ก Solution

Micro-SaaS solves a specific problem for a specific group.

๐Ÿ Players

Dependent Micro-SaaS
Built on a platform. Platform risk is concentrated.

Integrated Micro-SaaS
Works across platforms. Diversification lowers platform risk.

Independent Micro-SaaS

๐Ÿ”ฎ Predictions

โ˜๏ธ Opportunities

๐Ÿ˜  Haters

“Independent Micro-SaaS works with platforms.”
Some do. But they don’t depend on platforms.

“What about Medium-SaaS?”
Don’t take these definitions literally. These are heuristics. Think grey.

“Integrated Micro-SaaS is maintenance hell.”
There’s no free lunch. The tradeoff is lower platform risk. Independent Micro-SaaS avoids platform risk. And distribution gains from ecosystems. Like Shopify’s App Store.

“Everything has platform risk.”
Maybe systematic risk. Ever-present. It almost isn’t worth talking about.

๐Ÿ”— Links

  1. Looking for Micro-SaaS examples โ€ข The tweet behind the report.
  2. Growing a Highly Profitable & Remote Micro-SaaS โ€ข RecTimes builds scheduling software for ice rinks.
  3. Traveling, Learning to Code and Bootstrapping to $25k/mo โ€ข Storemapper was conceived, built and launched in 36 hours.

Thanks to Prasanna Krishnamoorthy, Steve Peak, Tyler Tringas and Andrew Gazdecki for helping with this report and being great thought partners. 

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