We were happy to see a lot of familiar and new faces at StartupBend’s first Demo & Drinks. The event featured the founders of CodePen and PulsedLight/Garmin sharing insights about their products as well as their own startup stories. More than 50 people turned out.
Sabat entertained with an exploration of CodePen’s free and Pro code editor for front-end web developers. The product is massively popular with nearly 500,000 users, who have created more than 6.5 million pens — or code snippets. It’s used by teachers and students, as well as groups within several, very large companies.
He talked about the founders’ philosophy of creating a product that serves all their customers, instead of trying to satisfy individual users. It sounds simple, but it’s crucial to survival for a business whose largest subscription comes in at about $400/month.