Signing off on the app development was a HUGE financial risk. It was agiant leap of faith. Dan and Lynze didn’t even have enough money in the bank to pay for the app. They were watching their savings dwindle, and quickly. They wondered if Dan had enough fans to make the investment pay off. If the fans didn’t support him on Patreon, they would legitimately go bankrupt and lose their home in Idaho.
Despite the odds being stacked against, then, Dan and Lynze leaned into Patreon working. Hard. With the anticipation of this all working, Dan and Lynze nervously spent more money to rent a studio space and hire an audio engineer to help with the bonus content Dan would need to create for Patreon.
When the app was finished in February of 2018, the Timesuck Patreon account was launched. This was the big “make it or break it” moment. Thankfully, the fans showed up! They pledged $4500 in monthly subscriptions in just the first few days. And then more fans showed up. By December, the monthly Patreon had grown too over $22,000. Dan and Lynze literally cried tears of joy. It worked. It really worked.
And it has kept on working.
In May of 2018, patronage had increased to the point that Dan and Lynze started giving some of the money to charity – 20% of everything above $10,000, the monthly operating costs of Timesuck at that time which now included numerous off-site part-time employees, app development costs, continual equipment upgrades, and more.
Also in 2018, standup ticket sales continued to increase and Dan jumped from playing clubs to small theaters in some markets. Timesuck made numerous “best of” podcast lists, and weekly downloads increased too well over a hundred thousand.
Dan started to sell out more and more shows around the country. He also nearly had a nervous breakdown pulling so many late nights trying to handle touring and growing a podcast business where each weekly episode required over forty hours of research.
Lynze, once again sacrificed her career, quitting Real Estate to work at the studio. While she wasn’t in love with Real Estate, she did value having something that was uniquely hers. And she was good at it. In just one year of working in Real Estate, Lynze won awards, was sought out by clients and brokerages alike and had built up a great reputation. She could see what was happening now with Timesuck though, she could see the potential, and new Dan needed help. Dan needed the specific set of skills that Lynze had acquire while working in production in LA. She knew that if she applied her production skills to podcasting, she could take over a lot of Dan’s responsibilities and open up the space for him to focus more on content creation. So she did. She walked away from another career.