2017 in review and goals for 2018

This is the time of the year when you have the opportunity to write a little review of the last 12 months and to pick your goals for the coming year.

No failing without goals

For years, I mixed up “New Year resolutions” and “New Year goals.” And because most New Year’s resolutions are bullshit, I was avoiding the exercise and never established goals for the coming year.

You can’t fail if you don’t have goals, so it was really convenient. [Click to tweet].

This year, I decided to define real goals and to talk publicly about them.

Here is my review of 2017 and my goals for 2018.


On the way to launching my B2B bootstrapped SaaS

When I left eFounders, my goal was to launch a new SaaS being a solo bootstrapped founder. I worked for months on a project, a dealflow manager for VCs, that I eventually decided to stop. I regret spending so much time and never launching it. I should have stopped earlier or finished it.

At the end of 2016, while I was in Bali, I decided to change my project and start a new one. I’d been mulling over this idea for a long time. I started to code Collect on February 1st and launched the beta at the end of November.

After a month, I have onboarded a few people and received some very interesting feedback. I created a landing page on Product Hunt to grow a list of beta testers.

My goal for the next few weeks is to get more people to test Collect, improve the product if needed and then launch it officially at the end of January.

My goal for Collect is to generate an MRR of 5k by the end of the year.

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B2B Rocks

This year, I did not organize a B2B Rocks in Paris. I had many people asking me to do so, but planning such an event is very time consuming, and I preferred to focus my energy on Collect.

In 2016, I launched B2B Rocks in Sydney with great local partners, and we did another edition in 2017.

I have new plans for B2B Rocks, and I will share them with you later this month.

Consulting

Since Collect is not generating revenue yet, I’m doing some part-time consulting.

I’ve had the chance to work on some very interesting missions with great clients.

Not to mention them all, but in 2017, I worked with:

  • Mailjet. I’m doing some growth hacking missions for them. I can’t talk about most of the work I’m working on there except for a GDPR Quiz that we launched in November.
  • HUB Institute. I did some scouting to find great startups for 2 Viva Technology partners. It was really interesting to screen thousands of startups in a short amount of time and find the most relevant to each challenge.
  • Lead Summit. I helped to organize this event.
  • Jestimo. I worked with this SaaS company to revamp a part of their product.
  • An Australian SaaS company. I did a market study to validate that there is an opportunity for them to address the European market.

This year, I will continue to split my time between Collect and freelancing.

I’m still working few days a month with Mailjet, but I can work on other missions if they are interesting. If you have great missions I can help on, hire me.

Events

In 2017, I attended 4 conferences:

  • Web2Day. I really liked this festival. I was involved as an MC on the outdoor stage and as a speaker.
  • Viva Technology. This was the first time I attended this big conference. I had the chance to participate in the hackathon, but unfortunately, we didn’t win.
  • SaaStock. It is the biggest event dedicated to SaaS startups in Europe. The first event in 2016 was great, and they improved it for the second edition in 2017. This is definitely an event to look at in 2018.
  • Microconf. It is an event for bootstrapped startups (mostly SaaS). It is a small event (130 participants) but very interesting.

Next year, I will attend the same events as last year and maybe add some others to the list.

Travel

Unlike 2016, I did not travel much in 2017. I “only” went to Dublin and Lisbon to attend conferences.

I really like having the opportunity to travel and work at the same time.

This year, I want to travel again, but nothing is planned yet.

Exercise and work-life balance

I really neglected my life balance in 2017. I worked too much (2400 hours logged in RescueTime) and exercised too little (not to say not at all). The result of this poor lifestyle balance is that I felt very tired at the end of the year and I gained a bit of weight.

A few weeks ago, I tried a new morning routine. My goal now is to include exercise into this routine and workout at least 100 times next year. Concerning working hours, I will do my best to reduce them. I don’t want to burn out.

Communication

I totally stopped blogging last year. I thought I had nothing to say and that I needed to have a product first. My plan for 2018, is to communicate more often. I will write on Medium every week or two on different subjects. I was thinking about sharing “behind the scenes” about Collect and being a solo entrepreneur.

Inspired by Fred Rivett, I’m also starting micro-reporting every day on Twitter.

I think building things in public gives you a level of peer pressure and makes you more accountable.

I’m not sure that I’m ready to share everything like transparent companies do, but let me know if you want me to write more on a specific topic.

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Happy New Year 2018!