The first time I've ever written a line of code was probably around 2007 when I was 12 or 13. Though even prior to that I've fiddled with FrontPage and exporting HTMLs from Word documents. Remember the free website generators and the free shared hostings? I've played around with a lot of them. It all spiralled out of control after that.
Ever since that first code, I knew I found something great, something valueable, something fun.
Before I even started highschool, I was already spending hours a day copy-pasting codes I find on random websites and tweaking them to make it snow on a website that had absolutely no valuable content.
Today I'm working on Dytto as the software developer, alongside my cousin and co-founder, Oğuzhan, who handles most of the business side. Dytto, in its current -and beta- version, is a tool to create offers, send them to clients in beautiful PDFs, and keep track of the deals. I took a few nights out of my daily life and put together this minimally viable product using modern tools like Laravel, Tailwind CSS and Alpine. Huge thanks to the creators, Taylor Otwell, Adam Wathan, Steve Schoger, Caleb Porzio, and all the contributors.
Flashback to when I was a month away to turning 17, I saw a job posting on Facebook for a web developer (people called it webmaster back then) in a marketing agency. As the antisocial introvert I was, the anxiety of talking to some stranger into employing me, a complete amateur who has no solid accomplishment to show, was overwhelming. Then I shut down my fight-or-flight instincts and made the call. After completing a test to use Facebook APIs for an app that runs inside Facebook (it was a thing), I was accepted to the job. Yay me!
Fast-forward to 2018, I have worked at a few different jobs, built a lot of experience and knowledge and never been happy at any job after the initial thrill of it passed. Seeing my cousin trying to push himself into the entrepreneurial world made me realize that that's also what I want. I wanted to work for myself. I wanted to code for myself. I wanted to build something and make a living out of it.
All these employments and hourly works are means to make some money, but it doesn't worth much when you want to take a trip for a few days/weeks but your "boss" says no.
So we began to plan on starting a business but didn't know what about. The lightbulb switched on when we were at a food festival and talking to some vendor. They said they only sell phsyically and internet ads were too much of an hassle for them. Long story short, that's when we started something called Craftt. It was sort of a marketplace for craftspeople to share their work and sell them. It was a disaster.
Turns out marketplace is a very difficult thing to start.
Having spent all my money in the past year trying to make Craftt work, I gave up and found a job. But once was not enough. Someone found Oğuzhan through a common acquaintance and asked both of us to join their startup as co-founders. We jumped on the bandwagon. We have been working there for more than 6 months now. Talking to many customers, seeing how things work in that area, and the difficulty of modifying an already established product (both in terms of software, and target audience) pushed us to build something new.
That's how we decided to build Dytto. We went live on May 3rd and had motivating amounts of traffic over the week. Next objective is to reach some potential customers and launching in a few weeks. We love to chat, so feel free to send us a message at Twitter (@hkanaktas, @mroguzhanaktas), or at hello[at]dytto[dot]co (We both check it).