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My Story

April 14, 2022

I've always wanted to build my own startup! But when I dropped out of Stanford to do so, IT WAS HORRIBLE!

Every day, I sat in my parents basement in Minnesota coding on my startup. I’d push out feature after feature, but when metrics continued going down, I felt powerless. Maybe it was me, so I tried finding co-founders who could help save my startup.

After 1 year, I had gone thru 7 cofounders. 😭😭 And nothing changed.

I remember crying a lot, overloading my GF with startup pains, mourning over the loss of my co-founders. Building a startup was supposed to be fun, but why I was I so anxious all the time?

At some point, I met another founder Robert Nowell πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’» from Harvard. At the time, both our products were dying... Literally our retention curves drooped to 0 😭😭😭

We were both feeling really isolated so we tried co-working together! Every day, we would share tasks, shoot the shit, and askereal questions like β€œWhy are you coding? Why not instead find paying customers?” I woke up feeling more & more excited because now I had a founder friend I could work alongside every day :D

Now I'm breaking $5.4k MRR after 8 months, and I have more friends like Selena Secor Heidi Fung Charles Javelona Christina Pawlikowski Christopher Dang Maxim Zavadskiy Tom Hosiawa in my community that support me every day :) Robert Nowell πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’» is now funded $1 mill+ :O :O and has paying customers too!

I don’t want you to go through the pain I did! THIS SHIT IS HARD! If you can, I recommend joining a founders community so you don’t get consumed by the isolation! I run a community called Founders Cafe for early stage solo-ish founders to co-work together, and just DM me if you want an invite.

Ultimately I really want every founder to wake up screaming β€œholy shit I can’t believe I can do the for a living!!” and have friends to share the journey with :D Β #founders #startup


Maddie Wang founders of founders cafe solo founder
Maddie Wang
Gay / Solo-Founder / Stanford Dropout
I'm building Founders Cafe because as a solo founder, it can be very isolating. Last year, I lost 4 co-founders and a best friend on a previous startup.
Previously built a Minecraft Server ($61k), Amazon Store ($120k), and Queer Chart, where I met my girlfriend & close friends.
If you're interested in joining the Founders Cafe, let's talk and if it's a good fit, down to invite you!

Contact us at maddie@founderscafe.io
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