Product Hunt Makers Fest: The story of Stomp.

One week ago, if you had told me that I’d build an MVP SAAS web application the next week I would assume that you were messing with me and I’d just ignore you. To be totally honest Stomp wasn’t the app I was going to submit for the maker’s fest. It was going to be an image filter app with cool filters from the new Spiderman movie “Into the Spider-Verse”. I thought it would be very cool to build an image filter like this one👇.

So, guess what? I started building it. It was November 14th, I spent a few hours, after work each day trying to learn how to do it. It was complicated than I imagined, but I knew I could do it. If you break it down it’s just a few steps and you get the desired filter. I won’t go more into the intricate details because that is not what I want to talk about. But, the filter was almost close to the above picture🙌.

Now, four days later as I was scrolling through my twitter feed, I saw my Twitter friend James Daly’s tweet about how he lost all of his email subscribers while he was deleting a few of them. That’s when everything clicked. Two weeks before his tweet, I was messing around with the google sheets API and thinking about a service that I could build on top of it. And Lo and behold, 2 weeks later, Stomp was born.

This was James’s reaction to Stomp. He liked it very much😊🙌 and he gave me lots of feedback on how I can improve the landing page. Thanks James!

Say hello to my little friend — Stomp!

Stomp is an online web service that connects to an email marketing platform like MailChimp and backups all of your email subscribers regularly and stores them in google sheets.

Don’t Email Marketing Platforms do this already? AKA The Problem

I did my research, spent more than an hour searching for a service like Stomp and to my surprise, I couldn’t find any.

But, yes they do let you backup your subscribers but not how you want them to do it. It’s a bit complicated. Let me explain.

When you back up your email subscribers on MailChimp or any other platform they zip all of your data in a zip file and give it to you. And you’d have to keep it safe by storing it on the cloud or in a Vault if you live in a Castle. Which is all good, but it gets very frustrating over time. Once it’s zipped, you can’t update the data, you’d have to do it all over again and again and again until eternity. Here’s where stomp comes to the rescue. Stomp simplifies and automates the entire process for you by syncing all your subscribers from your Marketing platform and backs them up regularly.

Why don’t people backup their email subscribers?

Why is it so difficult for people to back up the email subscribers that they spent countless hours to acquire? It’s a very simple answer -

  • They can’t find the back up button cause it’s hidden somewhere under a tab
  • They did it once but they were too lazy to download the zip file, so they let it be.
  • They are just lazy

Research shows that more than 70% business don’t back up their email subscribers, 20% did it a long time ago and 10% of them do it once a year.

Stomp’s User Interface

As you see, it all comes down to accessibility and usability. If people can’t find the backup button they don’t backup their data.

Why is it important to back up your emails?

Well, that depends on you. If your main source of revenue depends on your email subscribers then losing them would mean losing a ton of money. Which most small businesses and regular people like me can’t afford to do. Unless you are a dude pretending to be a Rich Nigerian Prince, you should backup your emails. And it adds an extra layer of security to your email list, in case something goes wrong. So why take the risk by not backing them up, after all, it’s free for up to 4,000 email backups.

So now you say you don’t trust me?

Yeah, the trust issues. It’s okay I get it😃. If you’re talking about the screen below then it tells you that Stomp wants permission to “See, edit, create and delete all of your Drive files”. That’s not entirely true. Stomp doesn’t access your google drive files or edit your files or delete anything. The reason it says Google Drive is because Google sheets and Drive are linked to each other. That’s how it lets stomp create backups.

And I assure you that None of your files will be touched or messed with. I’m not an evil corporation/person, I’m just an 18-year-old guy who’s trying to solve a problem.

Why did I choose google sheets?

  • Many people use google sheets to store information and is quite accessible
  • Google owns it, and therefore it’s secure
  • It’s in the Cloud, and all your backups will be in the cloud too

The Ending

Yes, the title is called “The Ending”. Reflecting back, this week was fun and stressful at the same time. Managing to work on a side project and launching it in a week along with a day job is something I’ve experienced for the first time. And I like it, I learned a lot about myself. This hackathon pushed me beyond my normal limits and made me realize that I can do anything. So, thanks to the Product Hunt team for making this possible.

Overview of this week

  • Built a complex web app (At least for me)
  • Completed more than 50 tasks on Makerlog
  • 6 Registered alpha users and a lot of backed up emails
  • Drank lots of Chai

Stomp isn’t open to the world yet because I’m not sure how it would handle all the load if many users signup and backup all of their emails at once. So for now, it invites only. And I’m figuring out stuff as I go, so please bear with me😊. I still have to fix a lot of bugs and start working on some features. If you want to try it out, feel free to DM me on twitter and I’ll give you access right away: @harowitzblack

Wow, this was a long post. I hope you weren’t bored with my story and thanks for reading it😛