Dan Rowden

Dan Rowden


Dan Rowden entrepreneur and product builder, currently based in Mauritius. Dan started off with entrepreneurship through his passion for magazines, before building software products around the publishing platform, Ghost.

Note to James - pronounce Dan's name correctly. Row as in having an agreement, not rowing the boat.


On multiple side projects

  • Dan, you have a portfolio of projects all running at the same time. I know you've mentioned before about running a product studio.
    • Gloat hosting, Gloat dev, Cove Chat, Substation
  • Taking small bets. Why choose this route over focusing on one thing?
  • How do you manage your time with all of these projects, on top of a full-time job?
  • If one of them took off, what would you do with the rest?
  • A lot of your projects are around the Publishing platform Ghost, what's the benefit of having all of your services be complimentary?

On ghost

  • Why are you so bullish on Ghost?
  • What makes it such a cool platform for 1) people to use and 2) to build around?

The acquisition offer


  • Dan, tell me your story. How did it all start?
  • You’re a Brit living in Mauritius. Are you a digital nomad or just base yourself in various countries for an amount of time?
  • When did you get into building products?

On ilo

  • What made you build an alternative analytics platform for Twitter?
  • How can people utilise Twitter?
  • How’s it being going? Revenue, users etc.
  • Lifetime deals maybe
  • How did you get it’s first users?

What's next?

  • A prolific builder, what's up your sleeve next?


  • Magazine
  • Newsletter
  • Book
  • Podcast
  • Indie Hacker