Sixteen months after leaving a comfortable full-time job to try and make a living off of a hosted web application, I'll be going full-time on Sifter. I put together a visualization showing how Sifter has grown over time and marked the significant milestones in our history.
One of the most common questions and points of confusion about Sifter is comparing it to a help desk. While there is some overlap between help desks and bug tracking, they have some very important differences.
It's been almost 10 full months since leaving the day job to build a web application. As we start to sneak up on our launch date, I wanted to share some of the lessons learned over the course of bringing Sifter to life.
A wise man once told me, "Everything takes longer than it does." He was right. One month after striking out to build the issue tracker as a full-time business we've made significant progress, but we have very little to show for it. Yet.