Ravi Parikh

Ravi Parikh

Founder at Airplane.dev

Build an admin panel in 10 minutes with Airplane

One of the first things that a scaling startup builds as soon as they have a reasonable amount of customer volume is an admin panel, sometimes called an admin dashboard or control center. From here, people on support, customer success, ops, and other teams can read and write customer data

Why “let the support team build their own tools” rarely works

Engineering teams tend to prioritize customer-facing features over internal tools. As a result, the state of internal tools in most companies–especially fast-growing startups–lags far behind where it would be in an ideal world. But there's a solution: why not just let the support or ops team build their

Just because your product is "enterprise ready" doesn't mean it's any good

This article is not about compliance requirements, RBAC, SSO, etc. If you're interested in that, check out EnterpriseReady.io. However, having every box checked on that website still won't result in a high-quality enterprise product. Deeper enterprise design moves past the superficial requirements and understands the different needs and workflows

How to gain conviction to work on a startup idea for 10+ years

In December 2020, Josh Ma and I started our startup, Airplane. Before that, we spent several months exploring ideas before settling on the idea that eventually became Airplane. While it's too early to say yet whether Airplane will be a long-term success, we're very happy with the idea we decided

I started SaaS companies in 2013 and 2021. Here's how things have changed

In 2013, I co-founded Heap, a product analytics company that I helped grow to over 200 people and $X0,000,000 in ARR before I left in 2020. In 2021, I co-founded Airplane, a developer platform for quickly creating internal tools. Here's what I've observed as being different in SaaS

Airplane: a complement to Retool for non-CRUD internal workflows

A lot of Airplane users wonder how we're different from Retool–are Airplane and Retool competitors? Complementary? Here's our take. TLDR: both tools excel in different ways, and plenty of companies use both Retool and Airplane as complements. But there are also a few areas of overlap. What is Retool?

How we approach pricing for our early-stage SaaS product

At Airplane, we recently exited our free early access period and started charging for our product. I thought it'd be helpful to write a post talking through the logic behind our pricing model, partially as an explanation for our customers, but also as a data point for other early-stage B2B

Airplane: An easy-to-use Rundeck alternative for better runbook automation

Here at Airplane, we get asked often about the differences between Airplane and Rundeck. We thought we'd give our take. We're obviously biased towards our approach, but we started building Airplane in part due to some of the needs we had that existing tools, like Rundeck, didn't meet. What is

Product Updates Aug 2021: SOC 2, Pricing, Runbooks, Dropdowns, and more

We've made a ton of progress in the last few weeks. Here's a quick rundown of everything that's changed in Airplane. SOC 2 ComplianceWe're now SOC 2 compliant! We're proud to announce that we successfully achieved compliance and received an Auditor’s Report demonstrating that our policies, procedures, and infrastructure