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Success is Methodical, but Guts can be Critical

Last week, Chargify helped sponsor the Launch Festival in San Francisco. It’s an annual conference that was started in 2010 by Jason Calacanis. It brings together top-notch speakers like Mark Cuban and Paul Graham with hundreds of small companies & startups and thousands of attendees. A funny thing happened that reminded me of the importance…

Twitter, Motorcycles, and Money from Mark Cuban

I’ve told this story many times in-person, and the last person said, “You should blog that!” It’s fascinating how life works sometimes. This is a short story of how billionaire Mark Cuban invested in Chargify, a small business in 2011 helping many other small businesses manage their recurring revenue customers. I will hazard a guess…

When Business Kills Friendship: 10 Lessons

business kills friendship

This is a bit off-topic for the Chargify blog. We usually write about things that help you run your recurring revenue business! But many of our readers are entrepreneurs and small business owners, and after a recent post, some said, “Hey, along with stories about features and strictly business topics, we’d like stories about running…

Beware the $5/mo Business

I’ve had conversations with many business owners over the past 3 years, and even longer if I go back to my Engine Yard days. Probably literally something like 300-400 conversations – on the phone, in email, over coffee, at conferences, etc. And there’s a recurring story: in general, businesses that only receive $5/mo from their…

Chargify at 3 Years Old

Wow, it’s been 3 years since Chargify got started. It was early 2009. The folks at Grasshopper (below) recognized recurring billing as something more businesses wanted to do, but actually doing it is more complex than most people think. They launched Chargify within Grasshopper. I was one of those people finding out the hard way….

Great Stuff Coming! And TechStars Cloud wants you!

It’s been a few months since we closed an investment from Mark Cuban, and we’ve been busy expanding our organization, growing our software, and adding merchants! A lot of great things are in the works. Some things are invisible, like better infrastructure, and some will be very visible and will help our merchants do things…

Chargify Grows, Mark Cuban Invests

We’re happy to announce that there are now over 550 businesses using Chargify to manage their subscriptions & billing. We’re proud to have an amazing customer base and loyal Chargify fans. Some of you are even showing off your candy. Feedback from our growing customer base has been great. We’re busy building more amazing features…

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