We co-founded and bootstrapped a successful SaaS aimed at national media.
With co-founder Martijn van Tol, Joost brought Scrollytelling into this world. You either love or hate the name. I hate it, but that’s not really relevant when you’re hugely successful. Things like the incorporated name and even the
.io domain (so 2012) become details when you’re dealing with 3 million readers who are all streaming hi-def video.
The origin story is on Scrollytelling’s website and does a grand job of explaining how the application came to be. All development was done by Space Babies, and combined with our world-class devops the engine has been spinning non-stop since the first story.
The division between Space Babies and Scrollytelling blurs from time to time, and that’s fine. We invoice all hosting at-cost and work on infrastructure on our free time. Not because we’re good people (though we are), but because we want to.
One of the best aspects of Scrollytelling is that we get to contribute greatly back to Open Source. The underlying Pageflow application has received a bunch of updates from us; all of which were gladly accepted. The improvements led to other improvements. It’s thrilling to experience this virtuous cycle first hand. Open Source: humanity™, Done Right®.