Product Hunt kicked off an interesting discussion yesterday: "Name another Maker that inspires you".
It makes an interesting topic to discuss today as well.
Aiden is not only a great mental health advocate but also a top maker. The very definition of quiet strength.
Andrey inspired my first project as an indie maker: Road to Ramen, a journey of 6 months to reach ramen profitability as an indie maker building his own products. It was the umbrella project that got me into a habit of making, and that led to 200WaD. R2R is now abandoned (focusing full-time on 200WaD) as I understood along the journey that revenue is not an end-goal in entrepreneurship, but a side effect of deeply caring about adding value to people through products.
Ha Anne-Laure! I stumbled upon her in Product Hunt's Makers. Her online presence in the Maker Movement is so large I bumped into her in Telegram channels and Twitter as well. Always ready to give, she is the embodiment of the pay-it-forward philosophy. Leaving a well-paid job at Google to pursue her own vision, she is also what success means to me.
The thing I appreciate the most about her is that she never lost her common touch throughout her journey. When I got started as an indie maker, I was lucky enough to receive her feedback. When my first startup started crumbling due to a lack of alignment between cofounders, she gave me the courage to become a solo indie maker full-time, which resulted a few days later in the creation of 200WaD during PH's Makers Festival. Heck, she even offered me to contribute to her latest creation, makermag.com, which gave me the confidence to start writing my own book despite my poor English, because life is too short to care about such details.
Her ability to make others shine is what defines her, not only as a great inspiration, but also as a great leader. Thank you!
At 16, Ethan is one of the youngest programming makers, but it didn't stop him from having not only a great product sense but also a real taste for personal branding. I learned a lot about soft marketing thanks to him, and you can witness his warmth and helpful nature through his interactions with the community. Definitely an example to us all.
Corey and I share the same perception of writing as an incredible tool to empower people. He is an amazing maker acknowledged by the community, and the food for thought his writings provide is priceless.
Akshay is a great programmer, but what really inspired me about him is his no-fucks-given attitude. The dude just goes with his own flow and do his own things while still providing value when he feels like it. Some makers tend toward a yes-man/full-time hustler attitude, I find his refreshing (or at least this is my perception of him, but it still inspires me).
Dianna is an amazing blogger. Her cheerful attitude helped me gain confidence when she joined 200WaD at its beginning. She is now helping people get the most out of their travels by making Outglobing while learning how to code.
Tomas is one of the rare makers who doesn't jump from one project to another. He just keeps on improving his baby venturecost.com, which makes him one of the most consistent shippers out there (top 5 Makerlog makers with 100+ days of continuous shipping).
The two of them travel the world as digital nomads.
Speaking of couples, James and Danielle are living the dream! Nomad makers, they prove that it's possible to have a balanced life while owning a business. They have the best mascot too.
The main lesson I got from them is that the digital nomad life doesn't imply sacrifices, but conscious choices.
The guy that convinced me that indie making was possible, and showed me how. I am who I am now thanks to him.
16 and highly talented. You can benefit a lot from his bright mind here on 200WaD ;)
Matt is an experienced maker always ready to share his knowledge. An article of his he later transformed into a 200 words post was really eye-opening for me, and I think it indirectly inspired a lot of ideas I have for the future of 200 Words a Day to help writers.
Sergio uplifted many makers with his creation Makerlog and his presence. Not just a great product manager, he is a great community leader and a hard-working innovator. He also inspired half of the idea behind 200 Words a Day.
Did I mention he is still a student? Incredible talent I'm telling you!
French maker, Orel writes every day. Sounds familiar? :)
He is one of the first makers I got to encounter on Twitter/Product Hunt Makers, and I guess he unconsciously inspired me to build 200 Words a Day.
Paul Graham changed my perception of entrepreneurship entirely when I was still a college student. His book Hackers and Painters gave me the mindset I needed to vanquish my fear of failure and start my own business.
Ryan's Product Hunt is the kind of community that inspires and enables others, which is obviously one of the main inspirations for 200WaD.
The other thing that really stands out from Ryan's online presence is how aligned he is with his creation. He is passionate about products and their makers. It's just his nature. If Product Hunt was a person, it would definitely be Ryan Hoover, and I think this is a great lesson for all entrepreneurs out there: a venture should be an extension of its founder's persona.
Patrick pushed the concept of startup to its utmost limits with his 24-hour startup challenge. Constantly innovating to break through the last walls (yes this is a Pat Walls pun) preventing anyone to start their own tech venture (Starter Story, Shipstreams, You Don't Need WordPress), Pat is still the very definition of humbleness. He also writes a lot about his personal story and his struggles as an indie hacker.
KP and Sharath are not just great makers, they are also avid readers, writers, and best friends since childhood!
KP helped me acquire momentum with my own project, and didn't hesitate to reach out to me for a video call, which I found awesomely cool!
They taught me you can make great things, and still be goofy :) It's not because you are a business owner you should take yourself too seriously.
I don't believe in heroes, but they are among the closest I can think of.