Hey, I'm Marco.

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I am a software engineer turned project lead with a passion for agile methodologies, knowledge transfer, and all things innovation.

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In my spare time, I build bootstrapped products and tools. Here are all side projects I've been working on lately.


A database with extensive data on 60,000+ crowdfunding campaigns.

Basic Problem

A free newsletter, listing problems waiting to be solved.


A clean movie and series trailer feed, without any clutter.

Simply Pace

A pace calculator app for Android.


A community curated list of canvases for strategic management and execution. (Discontinued)

Rate My UX

A quick overview of the UX quality of your product. (Discontinued)


Thoughts, findings, and learnings from my professional work and my journey as a side project builder.

Yesterday, I posted my side project Crowdfunded on Hacker News. It happened on a whim, without any major preparation. Now that a little more than 24h have passed, it's time to share what happened.

So, what did happen?


Well, close to nothing. But certainly no run on the landing page or...

As #buildinpublic also means "fail in public", here is something to learn from.

Some stats on yesterday's launch of Crowdfunded on Product Hunt:

  • 142 votes
  • 8 comments (excluding my own)
  • 2 reviews
  • 10th most popular product for the day

And 0 new customers.

As for any side effects:

  • 2...

As I'm starting to write this post, I have a feeling that it might not be short and sweet in the end, but rather longish and... bitter sweet. I'll give you some context about myself and my project(s), the decisions on the way, some numbers, personal learnings, and next steps. Okay, let's go.

My da...