This post is by Jason Lemkin from SaaStr
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I’m not aware of any huge successes in SaaS that were active side projects while the founders worked at different companies. But there are a bunch that were side projects at the same company:
- Mailchimp was a side project while the founders ran a web-design agency. There are many start-ups born out of agenies and consultancies. It can be a tough transition, but it’s pretty common.
- Hootsuite was also a web-agency spin-off.
- Slack was an internal tool built when the company was a gaming company. It took off.