5 Digital File Platform Success Stories [2024]

Updated: November 19th, 2023
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Here are some real life success stories of starting a digital file platform:

1. DXFforCNC.com ($78K/year)

Ahmed Nassar, a freelance designer with a passion for digital arts, started his online business, DXFforCNC.com, in 2016. Inspired by his friend's request for silhouetted designs for metal cutting CNC machines, Ahmed saw an opportunity to provide unique and special designs to CNC machine owners and DIY enthusiasts. With a starting revenue of only $140, his business has now grown to generate around $6.5k per month, offering over 600 products containing more than 3000 unique designs.

How much they make: $78K/year
How much did it cost to start: $30
Current team size: 1


How I Started A $6.5K/Month Business Selling Digital Files For CNC Machines

This case study is about a freelancer turned founder who started an online business selling unique 2D digital designs for CNC machines, with only basic design knowledge and part-time work, and now has a standalone running business with revenues of up to $7K per month.

Ahmed started DXFforCNC.com over 7 years ago
Ahmed grew the business to $6.5K/month
It cost Ahmed $30 to start the business
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2. DGLegacy ($480K/year)

Ana, the CEO of DGLegacy, came up with the idea for her business after realizing the difficulties of managing and organizing her digital assets and passwords. She saw a need for a secure and proactive solution that would inform loved ones about her assets in case of an unforeseen event. With 5000 subscribers within just one year of launching, DGLegacy is tackling the global problem of abandoned assets and providing peace of mind to its users.

How much they make: $480K/year
Current team size:


How We Started A $480K/Year Service That Lets People Manage Their Digital Inheritance

DGLegacy is a global digital inheritance document and password manager service that has already gained 5,000 subscribers in one year and plans to reach 20,000 by the end of 2022, providing a solution for the multi-billion dollar global problem of abandoned assets and unclaimed assets.

Ana started DGLegacy over 3 years ago
Ana grew the business to $40K/month
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3. Simul Docs ($120K/year)

Ben, a software engineer, came up with the idea for Simul Docs after applying the principles of version control used by developers to Microsoft Word documents. The initial launch on Hacker News received over a thousand signups and even caught the attention of Microsoft. With a fully functional product, Aaron joined as a co-founder to lead the go-to-market efforts. Today, Simul has over 10,000 users in 65 countries and $140k in annual recurring revenue, relying primarily on organic search for customer acquisition.

How much they make: $120K/year
Current team size: 2


We Built A Six-Figure Collaboration Tool For Microsoft Word [Over 10K Users]

Simul Docs doubles its annual recurring revenue every year, boasting over 10,000 users across 65 countries including Microsoft, Harvard University, Samsung, and Disney. The collaboration tool provides a better way for people to work on Microsoft Word documents and is committed to bootstrapping for a small but highly profitable future.

Aaron grew the business to $10K/month
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