Two weeks ago I launched CashNotify, my first app for Mac.
The initial feedbacks were amazing, with so many constructive requests (multi-account support anyone?) that I joined forces with my partner-in-crime, Bastien, to grow CashNotify together.
Here’s why we’re building it, and why you should care.
This is our introductory post for CashNotify, an app for businesses who want to know what’s happening in their Stripe account. To fully enjoy it, you should read it while listening to Abba — Money Money Money.
One of the latest digital products we’ve worked on (a paywall for Slack communities) uses Stripe to process payments. I remember spending hours refreshing the Stripe dashboard, to see our very first customers pay us. Exciting times 🤑
Then we had our first failed payment. The whole experience was so painful: first, our customer had to notify *us*. Then we had to figure out how to remove the fraud alert, before finally being able to ask our customer to try again.
In the end we solved the issue and were paid. But we could have lost that customer. At the very least, we could have saved ourselves and our customer from some stress by being proactive, and calling him as soon as we knew there was a problem with the payment.
So I looked for solutions to get notified of such events. It turns out that it’s not easy. Stripe’s official documentation requires you to set-up a webhook and write server-side code (PHP, Ruby, etc.). You could hack something through IFTTT recipes, but that’s not what I’d call reliable. Email and mobile apps are big No-No’s, because both are what I call Productive-Time-Suckers™.
My ideal application would fit in my current workflow, not the other way around. And my workflow is, like most freelancers or other digital entrepreneurs I know of:
Which means that the ideal notification should:
The closest thing I found was Alex Maccaw’s Stripe Push project. Unfortunately it’s not maintained, and I never managed to make it work.
So I set up to build an easy and simple app to get Stripe notifications on macOS, named CashNotify.
It automatically retrieves events from your Stripe account (such as successful or failed payments), and pushes notifications to your desktop when something happens in your account. If you don’t want the notifications, fear not! You will still view all your latest Stripe events from your menubar, and can access the full-details page on Stripe in 1 click.
CashNotify allows you to:
I spent a few weeks reaching out to people who I think would extract the most value of the app. People like bootstrappers, solo founders, consultants, digital nomads, people who are selling products online.
Turns out that these guys love CashNotify!
I'm not a fan of push notifications on my Mac (or anywhere really), but @CashNotify's are always nice to get 🤑 – Nice little app 👌
So many people use Stripe to create awesome businesses all over the world. Here’s how CashNotify has already helped some of them:
CashNotify is built with freelancers and small businesses in mind. If you value your time and money, and can’t spend your day in Stripe’s dashboard, then it’s been designed for you.
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Part of this post has been adapted from the interview I gave to BetaList.