🎶 AI, Please Don’t Stop the Music

Pat Walls scaled StarterStory to 1.4m monthly visitors. Here's a look inside how he thinks.

Hey Founders,

☕️ Welcome back to the Kernal newsletter: your weekly aux chord of startup ideas that keeps your head bobbin’ and mind joggin’ 🔌

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🍽 Today's Menu:

  • ☕️ Behind the Mind of Pat Walls, Founder of StarterStory

  • 💡 Startup ideas sweeter than your Grandma’s blueberry buckle

  • 🐦 Tweets that’ll stop your scroll

Enough appies, let’s jump to the main course. 🥩

☕️ Behind the Mind of Pat Walls

If you didn’t already know, we’re hosting an AMA with Pat Walls today. As we expected, it’s already drummed up dozens of likes and comments. So if you haven’t chimed in with your question, go do that now.

In case you haven’t heard of Pat Walls, our handy dandy interns did some digging into his highest-performing tweets. Why?

Because your Fam at Kernal wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how Pat Walls thinks, moves and pounces as a founder.

You see, Pat is a one-person team that’s:

  • built StarterStory.com 

  • grown it to 1.6 million monthly visitors

  • $800,000 in revenue

  • 130,000 email subscriber list

  • and 350,000 social media audience

He’s been at his journey for 5 years and has learned a ton along the way.

So let’s take to the Twitterverse to show you how he thinks.

Creating vs Opinionating

📌 Are you over-indexing on opinions or creating these days?

The Critics vs the Fans

📌 Every chapter of the founder journey has its critics. When you hear one of these voices, replace it with “keep going, keep going”.

Feedback > Failure

📌 You can only evaluate what gets measured. We love seeing how Pat evaluated (literally with tooth and nail) the timeline, project and outcome of all the startups he’s tried to build.

Back of napkin math to run a $1M/year business

📌 “Show me your credit card, and I’ll show you your runway”

Nothing at all, then all at once

📌 Powerful to see his salary increase year by year. But if he didn’t make the 2015 drop to $0/mo he’d never get to the $62K/mo in 2022.

Luck or Practice?

 📌 Neat to see a heat map of all the days he contributed to a startup project when nobody cared about it.

We hope these visuals get you amped up. And if they don’t, we hope it gave you a “realer” look at what it takes someone to go from a comfy 9-5 job tinkering away at a coffee shop to running their own $1m/year online business.

If these Tweets left you wanting more, go ask your dream question to Pat Walls while you still can.

If you like what Pat is building, he’s offering 30% off for our newsletter readers to become StarterStory members. Click here to learn more.

Fresh Startup Ideas  

  • Anna saw enough traction on Kernal she published on ProductHunt

  • Her Website looks slick and easy to navigate: kradl.io 

  • After users fill out a short survey they can expect to start seeing personalized podcasts tailored to their preference

Up-vote or comment on Anna’s idea below to get involved 👇

Some feature ideas could be:

  • Automatically extract pitch decks from your email, computer folders, CRM tools and website

  • Looks at the date of creation and modification. Tells you how new or out-of-date the deck is

  • Analyzes all the text and puts the startup in a category. Suggests other decks in the same category for me to compare against

Think Zain’s startup idea has legs? Tap the button below to get involved.

  • Elaine thinks there’s a ripe opportunity waiting to use the new ChatGPT model to create highly personalized daily horoscopes and provide quality astrological guidance through interactive chat functionality.

  • Blake loved the idea so he spun up an MVP

  • Try it out here

If you’re raising your eyebrows, tap below to get involved.

Got a startup idea of your own? Let’s see what you got.

Tap the button below and get rolling already 🚀

🎁 Goodies From our Inbox

🐦 Tweets That’ll Stop Your Scroll

Enough tweets. Go have an awesome weekend.

And thanks for reading till the end.

💚 The Kernal Fam

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