Ilango Rajagopal

  • @ilango
  • Developer | Writer | Indiehacker
I'm a Fullstack Engineer from Bangalore, India.

I build things for the internet. I write about web technologies, cloud computing and devops on my blog I also write a weekly newsletter for Fullstack Engineers

In my free time, I build open source micro-saas applications and tools for developers and indiehackers, and launch them under my product studio, Open Catalysts. I love reading books and I occasionally play video games.

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  • Open Catalysts
  • May 2021 - Present

Senior Software Engineer

  • Nov 2015 - Dec 2020

Junior Frontend Developer

  • Infratab
  • Jan 2015 - Sep 2015

My Work

Build In Public

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Blog Posts

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Newsletter Archives

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Jan 10, 2022
Jan 10, 2022
Published a blog post
How I set up my Linux terminal to increase productivity.
Jan 06, 2022
Jan 06, 2022
Published a blog post
Here's my tech stack for building web applications in 2022
Jan 03, 2022
Jan 03, 2022
Published a blog post
I wrote about what I technologies and languages I want to learn in 2022. What's on your learning list for this year?


Dec 03, 2021
Dec 03, 2021
Published a project
Build in public

Launched my weekend project: Aurelius

Aurelius is a beautiful, minimal writing app.

I've wanted a better place to write for a while now. Aurelius was inspired by Blurt (which was acquired and is no longer accessible). I tried other writing apps but none I quite liked. So I decided to build my own.

Here are the features that Aurelius has right now:

✨ Focus mode 
🎯 Writing Sessions w/ target word count or time 
☁️ Save your work to the cloud 
🔗 Share a private link to your posts 
⚡️ Writing Streaks 
🎵 Music player to help focus 
🥅 Daily writing goal

One decision I made is to not have a landing page. Aurelius is a writing app and that's what the focus is on — writing. So the home page is the editor. No sign up required to write. It's great for one-off writing sessions. You can download your posts as markdown (more formats coming soon)

But signing up gives some nice goodies like tracking writing sessions, saving posts to the cloud, sharing private links to posts, daily writing goals etc.

Oct 26, 2021
Oct 26, 2021
Build in public
Weekly Update #5

Hello everyone! I sort of didn't stick to the tasks list I set last week. Most of what I did was actually prep work, learning things I didn't know in SEO and content marketing. It was totally worth it. Here's my weekly progress update for

🥅 Goals for the past week:

  • Put marketing plan in to action
  • Add banners feature in the widget
  • Show an example of banner on the website
  • Ship waitlist feature (last one before I launch)

✅ Finished:

I spent most of the time learning SEO and copy writing for landing pages. I got some very useful feedback for copy writing. I'm working on updating the copy for the home page.

  • Did some SEO work
  • Started a blog for Herald and wrote an introductory blog post. Couple more articles in progress.
  • Add banners feature in the widget
  • Ship roadmap feature (only the dashboard part. Public roadmap is almost done. Went with roadmap instead of waitlist because I needed it for Herald)

🎯 Actionable goals for this week:

  • Update home page copy using keywords
  • Create features page
  • Update product images
  • Finish public roadmap page
  • Launch!! 🚀

🙃 Struggles

It's been nearly a month since I started working on this. I've made good progress too. While I could keep working on it, I'm not gonna wait anymore and just launch. Herald has enough basic functionality, enough to show what's possible. So it's time to launch.

Oct 19, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Optimized SEO
Tested for Accessibility
I spent about 30 minutes optimizing Herald website. It's a Next.js site so there were some built-in performance stuff in there but I'd made some mistakes as well.

I also learned some new stuff from Next.js SEO course. After the optimizations, this is the Lighthouse report:

Get your own page like this