Hi, I'm Garrett.

I make software, and I launched my first web site in 1998. Since then, I’ve worked in a variety of roles on sites and applications of all sizes. I currently help with Marketing and Customer Success at Wildbit.


In 2008, I created Sifter, a hosted bug and issue tracking application. In July of 2010, I began working on Sifter full-time. In March of 2016, I sold Sifter to JD Graffam.

During my time as a bootstrapped solo founder, I learned a lot. So I wrote a book about building, launching, and supporting a hosted web application. I just finished the second edition, and it’s free to read on the web.

Starting & Sustaining

In 2013, I wrote the first edition of Starting & Sustaining, a book that addresses the logistics and lessons learned of starting and successfully running a hosted web application as a solo founder bootstrapping. I just finished the second edition that turned out to be a huge update.

After running Sifter through several years of health issues and ultimately selling it, I’m now taking it a step further with a massive update to the book. I’ve also started a series of interviews with others around the SaaS industry focused on their struggles and overcoming those struggles.

Early Career

I graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2000 with a B.S. in Computer Science. From there, I spent the next eight years in consulting focusing primarily on front-end development and information architecture.

From 2005 to 2007, I wrote a column about front-end design and development for Digital Web Magazine. Looking back, a lot has changed.

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