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  • Writer's pictureTy Hitzeman

Switchback Diary

Updated: Jun 2

I started Switchback so I could have both purpose and financial security. These are monthly summaries about how that's going.


- Tyler



2024

May

Went to NYC for Vecel conference. That's the place for me.


April

Went to San Jose for AI conference. Need to move, either there or NYC


March

Took last-minute trip to SF to attend a private indie event; so cool to hang out with my people


February

First month with enough money that I could breathe


January

Theme for 2024: consistency

Specifically, posting to YouTube and up-leveling skills

2023

December

Finally got paid, thank god


November

Focused on keeping contract. So broke; feel like a cornered animal.


October

No buyers. Open-sourced it. Started contract with Costco as frontend dev.


September

Decided to try to sell Compass. Need $. Tired.


August

Decided B2C ain't the move. Looked into B2B pivots. Found 3 total, 1 I really like.


July

Committed to pushing updates on 15th & 31st each month. This month was fixes and recurring events (part I).

June

6 rounds of interviews for a SF startup. Got through all of them, but they decided to go a different direction. Sigh. Just want $$ so I can invest more in Compass.


May

Lots of meetings and job searching, but refused to let Compass stall. Consistently carved out a few hours at night to chip away at the next update: monthly (+ weekly) sidebar items. Will be much more usable afterwards.


April

Launched reorder feature. Reaction was ... meh.

Decided to start looking for FT work after talking to a lot of bootstrappers at a conference.


March

Started the someday list reorder feature (tricky!)

Got personal life back together, thank god. Coworking and friends help a lot.


February

Big backend feature that is important but no one will notice (handling Google's 410 errors). Released a few minor updates to the app: shortcuts & migration.


Launching hasn't been the sustained energy booster that I hoped it would be. Feeling unmotivated & lonely. Planning to try coworking space next month


January

Started rolling out the MVP to the waitlist. Conflicted about promoting something I'm not super proud of, especially to friends & family. BUT, relieved to stop worrying about whether it's 'ready' to launch and instead focus on how to make it profitable

2022

2021

2020


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