I am helping thousands of dev bloggers attain creative freedom with Hashnode. I am Sandeep Panda, ask me anything!

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Vignesh M's photo

Hi Sandeep, Thanks for this wonderful platform. I am in love with it so far.

Communities such as these are far better than walled gardens. I am curious about your business plans.

  1. Who came up with the idea?
  2. What was the validation process and how did you confirm that this has potential?
  3. Are you VC funded or planning to raise funds in the future?
  4. How do you keep the lights on? What is your long term business model?
  5. Hashnode got lots of word of mouth. How did you achieve it?
Sandeep Panda's photo

Hey Vignesh! Thanks for the questions.

Who came up with the idea?

It took multiple pivots and lots of brainstorming to get to this point. Hashnode happened because none of the existing solutions made blogging easy and hassle free. We wanted to give it a shot.

What was the validation process and how did you confirm that this has potential?

We simply launched and asked for feedback.

Are you VC funded or planning to raise funds in the future?

We have raised a small seed round of 1M to give us sufficient runway and to help us focus on long term plans to monetize the product. In future, we might go for another round of funding. But monetization and self sustainability remain our #1 priority.

Hashnode got lots of word of mouth. How did you achieve it?

We reached out to our friends and asked them to give it a shot. They invited their friends who in turn invited more and it worked. :)

Vignesh M's photo

Thanks for answering my question Sandeep Panda.

I love the community and the direction the platform is going. Good luck.