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Max Yampolsky

Is Notion a viable platform for a blog or a personal website?

In early 2021 I started thinking about a personal blog website to grow my digital presence.

Considering all the latest tech industry changes, I was hesitant to immediately stick to conventional options like WordPress and Webflow. Rather, I wanted to make a proper analysis of the currently available platforms on the market and substantiate my choice.

I wanted to make sure the solution not only covers my basic criteria for a website but also is the most technologically advanced.

I researched many viable options on the market, including Webflow, Notion, static site generators (e.g., Hugo, Jekyll), and WordPress.

Ultimately, I…


Analysis of Sahil Lavingia’s “No Meetings, No Deadlines, No Full-Time Employees” approach undertaken at Gumroad

I recently came across an article by Sahil Lavingia called No Meetings, No Deadlines, No Full-Time Employees.

Shortly described, Sahil Lavingia (CEO of Gumroad) managed to create a successful digital product with millions of users without full-time employees in a fully distributed environment.

I was fascinated by the approach and the scale at which the company with such an environment operated.

So I decided to investigate and study it in more detail and answer the following question:

How did Gumroad manage to achieve such ⭐ success working with the “No Meetings, No Deadlines, No Full-Time Employees” policy?

And the sub-question:


What are the key traits of a truly great tech startup?

Introduction

Many ideas are created every day, and many businesses are opened to support those ideas. But only a fraction of them will stand out.

Your startup has only a 1.28% chance to become a unicorn ($1B+ valuation) after you raised your first round of funding.

Several key traits distinguish exceptional products from mediocre ones.

1. Technology

Is your technology a significant advance or only incremental improvement?

The technology may be your greatest possible asset because it makes your product difficult to copy. For example, proprietary technologies used in Google’s search algorithms for query auto-completion make the search engine hard to replicate.

For…


4 most common reasons for startup failure

Around 20% of startups fail in the first year. 34% of startups close within their first two years. And just over 50% of businesses make it to their fifth year.

Below are the top-5 reasons based on the CB Insights report.

1. No market need

42% of the startups failed because there was no market need for their product or service, as their founders reported.

They either didn’t create something that people wanted or they were targeting the wrong users. Alternatively, their acquisition strategy was not right.

Regardless of the key reason, as a founder, you need to understand that unless you’ve invented free…


Why do I reorganize my mobile home screen every month?

I find the state of my mobile home screen to be the reflection of who I am.

It is also an important factor for focus and productivity — I don’t want to get distracted by new messages from Instagram or Twitter every time I unlock my phone.

For me, everything must have its own place and purpose. That’s why every month, I spend 15–30 minutes organizing apps and widgets on my phone screen.

I have 4 different home screens.


…and you should, too!

Over the last 7 months, I completed 19 audiobooks.

On average, I spend 48 minutes every day listening (~ that’s around 32 pages).

I found books, specifically audiobooks, to have a profound impact on shaping my personality.

I can even say with straight confidence that audiobooks are the primary source of change in my life.

Big thanks to Vadym Ovcharenko for sparking my initial interest and sourcing the recommendations.

What do I read?

I aim to read something that will help me grow. I usually read things that will lead me to find answers or generate new ideas.

I do…


The results of my 1-week SEO experiment

Context

Earlier this year, I was selecting a platform for a blog website, and couldn’t decide between Notion and Webflow.

One of the most important factors to me in a blog website is its SEO compatibility. I want to know that my articles can be properly indexed and ranked in search engines.

Therefore, I decided to conduct an experiment to see how Notion and Webflow blogs will behave under similar conditions.

Research

Questions

For this experiment, I wanted to find out answers to the following questions:

  1. Are the pages of Notion and Webflow websites will be indexed by search engines?
  2. How Notion and…

Shortened summary of key lessons from Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits is one of the books about how to build better habits.

In early 2021, motivation and habits were the points I wanted to improve in my life.

The book exceeded my expectations. I found a lot of powerful and practical tips there. I recommend it to everyone. See my full summary and notes from Atomic Habits here.

Below is my take on 3 great ideas from Atomic Habits.

1 — Why resist the temptation when you can remove it?

One of the main principles from the book is: we don’t have to fight our temptations. …


How I made a one-tap thought tracker from my Apple Watch with Automations from Shortcuts with no “Ask Before Running”

I wanted to have a physical habit tracker.

When I would make an action, I would use a tracker to keep a record of it. I would then check how many times I performed an activity at the end of the day.

I wanted to use my Apple Watch since it is an item that is always on my wrist and easy to reach.

To be more precise, I wanted to develop a thought tracker. The use case was as:

💭 When a specific thought crossed my mind — I would tap on my watch screen and add it to…


How the App Store and Google Play Market developer fees work and how to bypass the 30% rule

Photo by Brett Jordan from Pexels

From my experience as a product manager and business consultant, a lot of people who are thinking of creating their own mobile app startup usually have little clue of how Apple and Google Store fees work and their potential impact on the startup business model.

Apple and Google take a 30% developer fee from all the transactions made within the mobile app.

For example, if John paid $10.00 for a subscription in the ABC app, $7.00 will go to ABC and $3.00 to Apple/Google.

Every entrepreneur and mobile developer must be informed about it.

BUT: there are few exceptions and…

Max Yampolsky

⚡Digital startup entrepreneur. Writing about tech, freelancing, self-improvement. Co-founder @ OB Trading. https://yampolskymax.com

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