Alex, who is one of the developers of the LinkedIn Scraper, had an interview with Travis Fischer, who is the founder of Saasify about his business’ offerings and his experience with the LinkedIn Scraper.
A fun fact here is that Dawson, Alex, and Travis are currently working together, which makes for an exciting spin on the usual formula of talking to product users.
Understanding Saasify
Travis sums up the concept of Saasify well by describing it as a SaaS-based platform with a workflow that is like Shopify’s. For those who are unfamiliar with Shopify, it’s a web-based platform that allows you to create custom storefronts to sell whatever physical goods or other e-commerce offerings you may have.
You might think that you can achieve the same thing by placing listings on Amazon or Etsy, but there is one significant difference. Take Amazon, for example. The webpage that users use belongs to and is branded for Amazon. No one says, “I bought this futuristic Bluetooth-enabled pencil from PencilPlus on Amazon.” Instead, it’s just “I bought this on Amazon.”
With Shopify, you create a unique storefront that’s branded for you, and most people can’t even tell that Shopify powers it. Suddenly, the sentiment becomes, “I bought this from PencilPlus.”
Travis is bringing the same kind of thing to SaaS projects, such as the LinkedIn scraper. Saasify currently powers the LinkedIn Sales Navigator Site, and much of it was created in about 15 minutes, which took about two months of the time it would’ve taken Dawson and Alex to bring the Scraper to market with a robust storefront.
Now people can use the software to get their B2B engagement needs met in the areas of cold email marketing, B2B lead generation, LinkedIn profile scraping, etc., through the power of a chrome extension.
Note that Saasify is currently in a beta phase. Still, Travis is working at it from his comfy “global home headquarters,” so that developers with workflow automation and other SaaS-based ideas niche-serving ideas can have a platform for their web presence.
Motivation to Start Saasify
Travis’ background lies within the Computer Science realm, and it led him to find gainful employment in companies, such as Microsoft and Facebook. Have you heard of any of those small companies? Though he had what many would consider as opportunities of a lifetime, Travis has always been an entrepreneur at heart.
Therefore, he’s worked on numerous side projects, and he has even gone through a few start-ups as it is. So, if you thought Saasify was his first rodeo, you would be mistaken. Based on his experience as a developer, and interacting with other developers, getting products out to market has always been a pain point.
As you can imagine, while developers are fantastic at building software, monetizing it, and going through processes, such as B2B marketing with cold email sending and other outreach methods, don’t come so easily.
This problem is what motivated Travis to start Saasify, which is an incredibly exciting prospect for him, since he also forms a part of the target use case.
Current Aspirations
Travis is big on leading by example, which means that he’s also gearing up to use the Saasify platform for some of his SaaS products. One such upcoming product is based on the Notion platform, and it allows for the conversion of Notion documentation to simple websites. Notion to Site is the catchy name of this product to be. If you’re unfamiliar with Notion, it’s a word processor/editor that’s akin to Google Docs.
Be prepared for, which is nearing launch on Travis’ Notion to Site platform. Dawson is going to be diving in and throwing up some exciting content. This is an excellent time to say that Travis’ product does incredibly quick site rendering. SEO anyone?
As far as Saasify goes, the idea is to get more developers of niche SaaS products onto the platform. Still, Travis is also interested in meeting developers and talking about various products to see what kind of partnership opportunities can reveal themselves. He’s currently working with Dawson and Alex, and they have discussed several products and possibilities.
Ultimately, Travis wants small teams and developers to have a platform that works as an engine to foster the launching of SaaS products faster. If other small groups can cut the time it takes like Dawson and Alex were able to, then finding a market fit becomes more probable and less of a chore.
Imagine being able to launch 10 SaaS products in the time it takes another team to launch one. Even if there are failures, you can kill them and move on. Suddenly, you’ve exponentially increased your chances of success!
Travis’ Vision
For the future, Travis wants Saasify to be more open to the public and to feel like a self-serve platform. Shopify has managed to do this well, and he wants to do the same for people with ideas who may not necessarily have a coding background.
Development and integration have been locked behind the high wall of coding for a very long time, and Saasify is shaping up to become a massive player in the low to no code movement.
Another point of focus is integrations. Travis wants the various niche products on Saasify to have integration potential so people can bring multiple solutions together to take on incredible tasks. He’s used the LinkedIn Scraper, for example, and it helped greatly with lead generation, marketing, gathering contact data, etc., and being able to link that to other useful services would be amazing.
Once Saasify gets to that stage, then ideas and problem-solving skills can be combined by just about anyone to bring amazing projects to fruition.
Interested in Saasify?
If you’re interested in building your own SaaS products and you want to check out Saasify, you can head over to Travis’ webpage to kick things off.
There’s a host of documentation for you and Travis makes it very easy for you to reach out to him directly with any questions or issues that you may have. Dawson and Alex can attest to his prompt response and dedication to getting things ironed out.