Ask HN: Great tools for solo SaaS founders?

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  • free-email-forwarding

    The best free email forwarding for custom domains. Visit our website to get started (SMTP server)

  • parsemail

    Hanami fork of

    I found (soon to be due to name conflict with to setup email forwarding and a simple blog platform by "email to post" and webhook.

    Use it you can consolidate emails from multiple domains to forward to the same inbox. And you can add webhook/slack notification too.

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  • Sentry

    Developer-first error tracking and performance monitoring

    I would like to add [Sentry]( to the list. Helps identify the issues your customers have with SaaS and produce better code with a piece of mind.

  • Nikola

    A static website and blog generator

    Might be this static site generator:

    Found it by searching [nikola software].

  • docker-mailserver

    Production-ready fullstack but simple mail server (SMTP, IMAP, LDAP, Antispam, Antivirus, etc.) running inside a container.

    Genuine question: why not just have your own e-mail server with a bit of automation thrown in, something simple like

    I can understand something like SendGrid or PostMark for the more complex use cases or larger platforms, but surely for a one man SaaS, the simple self-hosted option wouldn't be out of the question either?

    Provided, that the IP addresses aren't blacklisted and that a simple VPN is sufficient. Do we live in a world of walled gardens, where the smaller mail servers would just have their mail be discarded, or something?

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