DOP 182: Why You Should Start a Side Project

Posted on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022

Show Notes

#182: As developers, we’ve all started at least a few side projects. Sometimes they’re just for fun, or as a way of learning something new.

Other times you find yourself building something really cool that might even turn out to be your life’s work. If you’re able to run that project and grow it to a sizable monthly revenue, you could sell it and potentially do whatever you want for the rest of your life.

In this episode, we talk with Ryan Kulp about the path he took to get to Merge Freeze and how you might be able to follow a similar path.


Ryan Kulp

Ryan Kulp

Ryan Kulp is a 5x founder and self-taught developer. After working in NYC and San Francisco as a marketer for several Techstars and YC-backed startups, he founded in 2016. In 2020 Ryan stepped down as CEO of Fomo to pursue a short career in Seoul, Korea, where he co-starred on several television and radio shows. In 2022 Fomo was acquired by Relay Commerce, prompting Ryan to move back to the USA to start a small ranch. He now spends his time running Fork Equity, a micro PE fund, and learning calisthenics.


Darin Pope

Darin Pope

Darin Pope is a developer advocate for CloudBees.

Viktor Farcic

Viktor Farcic

Viktor Farcic is a member of the Google Developer Experts and Docker Captains groups, and published author.

His big passions are DevOps, Containers, Kubernetes, Microservices, Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment (CI/CD) and Test-Driven Development (TDD).

He often speaks at community gatherings and conferences (latest can be found here).

He has published The DevOps Toolkit Series, DevOps Paradox and Test-Driven Java Development.

His random thoughts and tutorials can be found in his blog

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