Dan Rowden

Product builder,
podcaster, writer,
& entrepreneur

Dan Rowden
dr   danrdn   dansmags      
  • English
  • 33 yrs
  • Mauritius

My projects


My SaaS product that makes selling and managing magazine subscriptions easy, powering over $1.6m in sales so far.

subsail.com ›


A tool for football fans and collectors to record football shirt history and log their own collections.

kitstory.co ›


Magpile is a huge user-managed reference to more than 20,000 magazines and issues.

magpile.com ›


My podcast in which I talk to magazine makers. Four seasons since 2013.

magheroes.net ›

My blogs

Make & Graft

I write about working online, side projects, remote work and staying healthy at your desk.

makeandgraft.com ›

Tee Drop

A blog reviewing t-shirt launches and highlighting sustainable brands.

teedrop.co ›

Other past work

Stack Magazines subscriptions ›

I built a custom API-based subscription solution based on Chargebee, Stripe and GoCardless, plus a backend with data processing and syncing with Mailchimp and Newsstand.

Offscreen Magazine e-commerce ›

I built Offscreen's bespoke e-commerce and subscription system, powered by a custom API offering payments with PayPal and Stripe, plus a powerful backend system.


I designed and built a weekly magazine deal site for Stack, with Stripe payments and a custom backend including Mailchimp and Newsstand integrations.

Magpile Awards

I ran Magpile's annual awards program for indepedent magazines between 2012 and 2014. Nominations were made by Magpile users, with award shortlists judged by industry professionals and experts.


A complete website builder platform specifically for magazines. 2013—2014.


A location-based social football commentary web app giving fans the chance to send updates from games, using the Twitter and Gowalla APIs.


The Magazine Blueprint (book)

Ethos magazine, issue 3

Magculture: At work with: Dan Rowden, Subsail

Musotrees, issue 3

Stack Magazines: Behind the scenes: Mag Heroes podcast

Offscreen, issue 9

InPublishing: A Golden Age of Print

Stack Magazines: Magpile opens for business

Stack Magazines: The man behind Magpile