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We are Sam and Luannie, the two derp software developers behind Shooting Unicorns 🦄.

👋 Hello World!

We started Shooting Unicorns in 2017 as a playground for learning and shipping seemingly useless ideas with an open mind that it could be worth something more. Today, our focus is on building an algorithmic trading platform called Porysays and a programming course on turning ideas into ramen profitable businesses. 🦄

🍜 Why ramen profitable?

Ramen profitable means your product is making just enough to pay your living expenses. We chose this as our goal because it's the first milestone towards buying back our time. Unlocking this means that you have built something that someone is willing to pay for, survived the "trough of sorrow" and you now have the choice to not raise money for your product. Investors love this.

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👩🏻‍💻👩🏻‍💻 About the team

Sam and Luannie were both iOS developers consulting for enterprise clients when they met and quickly discovered their mutual passion and ambition to build passive income through side projects. Their first naive attempt together was applying for the Qantas Accelerator Program with just an idea, but as a result started their journey together as Shooting Unicorns.


💸 Our toolkit for building prototypes

Using hackathons as an outlet for rapidly shipping out ideas, we developed a development toolbox to help rapidly turn any idea into a working prototype. The toolbox features boilerplates, reusable templates and API integrations with different services like Google Maps, Stripe, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, PayPal, Charts (just to name a few). We even made $9,384.02 (about $782 per month) in 2018 and ~$5,000 in 2019 from prize money in the process!

MongoDB World Hackathon (2019)
  • 🏅 Top 3 Finalist
  • 🏢 Best Company Team
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Amazon Web Services AI Hackathon (2018)
  • 🥈 Second place
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GovHack (2018)
  • 🥇 City of Melbourne Innovation space Winner
  • 💬 City of Melbourne Activate Melbourne Honourable Mention
Open Innovation Competition (2018)
  • 🥈 Second place
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NAB Intersekt Hackathon (2017)
  • 👑 People's Choice award
GovHack (2017)
  • 💬 IP Australia Bounty Honourable mention
Open Banking Hackathon (2017)
  • 🤡 Most Unorthodox award
IoT Cup (2017)
  • 🥇 First place
Odecee Sprout Hackathon (2017)
  • 👑 People's Choice award

📈 Porysays

We came across a trading promotion in Australia and it reminded us of how it was always something that we wanted to learn (there's even an illustrated book on getting started in stock analysis sitting in our Dropbox since 2017 😋). The main reasons why it never happened was because learning how to trade is painfully boring and having a full-time job made it restricting.

90% of traders lose money so we built Porysays with the vision to help people learn how to trade without burning their wallets. You can trade using a published trading systems or setup your own risk management and trading strategies using technical indicators and IFTT rules. The platform also allows you to backtest your trading strategies using historical data where you can continuously optimise your parameters for better returns and automate the entire process.

🍜 The Ramen Profitable Course

Our ramen profitable course wraps everything we've learnt and built in the last 3 years together in a nice little bow. Our vision is to help people design, build and market products into ramen profitable side businesses. The course is currently in active development so stay tuned! 🍿

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