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Where one API falls, another one rises

APIs, AI, and products are changing daily, and there are still boring ways to make money.
Where one API falls, another one rises
"Two massive enormous computers that are acting as gods fighting each other in a massive battle, macro, zoomed out, 8k, high def" – Adobe Firefly

Twitter is killing its free API and dramatically increasing the cost to use the paid version. This is already having repercussions for the many SaaS apps that use the API to post on behalf of users. With the turmoil and changes happening over there, I think we're watching the death of a platform in real-time. Maybe GPT-4 can make a new Twitter.

The Best Bits

Running a one-person business

Even as the AI war rages on, I love reading about the small players building successful businesses in the least flashy of ways. These people have found a small niche and written software to solve the problem in that area.

Some of these people do some marketing. Some don't.

There are lots of different angles to building your solo business, but many of these start by seeing a very specific need that is not met very well.

The key – is that you don't worry about market size.

The internet is enormous, and if you solve a specific problem very well (note: pain), you'll find some people looking to get it solved easier. And they're willing to pay a little money to make that happen.

Here are some examples:

I prefer SaaS as a product as opposed to a desktop or mobile app, but the world's your oyster here. However, you can best solve the product is key for your users. Figure out the business model and technology later.

What's common between many of these is that they focus on a specific niche, and they've been at it for a long time.

Success does not come overnight.

Learn to build SaaS

I haven't completed the guide, but I do have the code on the website for now.

Tech Tip

A great tool you should use is ripgrep, which is a better, faster grep. It automatically ignores files in your gitignore and has smart rules for skipping hidden directories.

Fully supported on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

For us Mac folks:

brew install rg

You can then update your FZF command to use rg instead for faster finds:

## Add to .bashrc or .zshrc

export FZF_DEFAULT_COMMAND='rg --files --follow --no-ignore-vcs --hidden -g "!{node_modules/*,.git/*}"'

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In the meantime, I've been playing around with ways to meaningfully integrate with GPT and add value to the projects you already have going.

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