The Indie Hackers Podcast: How Developers Are Bootstrapping, Marketing, And Growing Their Online Businesses

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Sinopsis

I'm Courtland Allen, and on IndieHackers.com I've interviewed hundreds of developers about how they've built, marketed, and grown their side projects into profitable online businesses. The Indie Hackers Podcast dives even deeper into the whys and hows of making money online. I'll be speaking with the founders of businesses both big and small, from people working a few hours a week on side projects that generate $500/month, to CEOs who've bootstrapped their startups to millions of dollars in annual revenue. Whether you're currently running your own business or you're an aspiring entrepreneur, you'll learn by example the fundamentals behind coming up with valuable ideas, testing the market to see if they'll work, finding your first customers, marketing and growing your business, and becoming a financially independent indie hacker (aka IndieHacker).

Episodios

  • #162 – Building the House You Want to Live In with Steli Efti of Close

    #162 – Building the House You Want to Live In with Steli Efti of Close

    18/05/2020 Duración: 01h11min

    We've heard a lot about what it's like to build a company from scratch, but what's life like after you've made it? In this episode, Steli Efti (@Steli) returns to the show for a casual chat about his experience being the CEO of a profitable and growing SaaS business for years. We talk about the importance of "building the house you want to live in," how to guide a company through its awkward teenage years, and how Steli is planning to get through the pandemic and the looming recession.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/162-steli-efti-of-close

  • #161 – How to Make Millions by Writing Online with Sam Parr of The Hustle

    #161 – How to Make Millions by Writing Online with Sam Parr of The Hustle

    08/05/2020 Duración: 59min

    Sam Parr (@theSamParr) returns to the podcast for the second time. You may remember his journey as the midwesterner that went from running a hot dog stand to creating an 8-figure ad-supported newsletter. In this episode, Sam shares how he's now on track to build an 8-figure paid newsletter — Trends.co — and how other indie hackers can do the same. We talk growth strategies for media businesses, advertising vs subscription revenue, and why learning to write persuasively is the most important skill any founder can have.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/161-sam-parr-of-the-hustle

  • #160 – Validating and Building Your Ideas Without Code with Bram Kanstein of No-Code MVP

    #160 – Validating and Building Your Ideas Without Code with Bram Kanstein of No-Code MVP

    01/05/2020 Duración: 43min

    Bram Kanstein (@bramk) has more experience validating, building, and launching online products than almost anyone, and more success than most. One of his earlier creations, Startup Stash, still retains its title as the most-upvoted Product Hunt submission of all time. Today, Bram spends just as much time teaching others as he does making himself. In this episode, Bram and I talk about the importance of being an early adopter, the best strategies for finding new ideas, and why "mindset" is the first thing he teaches in his new course, No-Code MVP.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/160-bram-kanstein-of-no-code-mvp

  • #159 – Storytelling, COVID-19, and Viral Startup Growth with Tomas Pueyo of Course Hero

    #159 – Storytelling, COVID-19, and Viral Startup Growth with Tomas Pueyo of Course Hero

    24/04/2020 Duración: 40min

    Tomas Pueyo (@tomaspueyo) is the author of the the mega-viral article "Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now," which was shared by over 40 million people in a single week after it was published in March. He also happens to be an expert on storytelling, and the VP of Growth at a unicorn startup called Course Hero. In this episode, Tomas and I discuss the universal structure of stories as problem-solving devices, why founders and makers should always think about problems first, and how he applied his storytelling and growth marketing skills to write one of the biggest articles of the year.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/159-tomas-pueyo-of-course-hero

  • #158 – Communicating During Crisis with Rand Fishkin of SparkToro

    #158 – Communicating During Crisis with Rand Fishkin of SparkToro

    16/04/2020 Duración: 01h07min

    Rand Fishkin (@randfish) has been doing something a lot of founders are afraid to do: He's blogging about the coronavirus pandemic directly from his company website, for all his customers to see. And it's working! Not is he providing useful advice for founders and marketers, but he's also setting an example for how others can do this same. In this episode Rand and I sat down to discuss the changing nature of the online conversation around COVID-19, how founders and businesses can communicate effectively and empathetically in this environment, and the most important things to get right when preparing for the looming recession.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/158-rand-fishkin-of-sparktoro

  • #157 – Listening to Users and Growing to $100,000 MRR with Baird Hall of Wavve

    #157 – Listening to Users and Growing to $100,000 MRR with Baird Hall of Wavve

    10/04/2020 Duración: 52min

    Baird Hall's (@BairdHall) first attempt at starting up didn't go so well. When all was said and done, he'd burned through his savings without finding a working business model, and he and his co-founder were forced to sell the business for parts. In other words: they were ready for round 2. In this episode, Baird explains why he can't stop bootstrapping businesses, why it's important to work together with a great team, and how listening to users helped him grow Wavve and Zubtitle to over $100,000/month in total recurring revenue.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/157-baird-hall-of-wavve

  • #156 – Surviving a Recession as an Indie Hacker with Amy Hoy of Noko and 30x500

    #156 – Surviving a Recession as an Indie Hacker with Amy Hoy of Noko and 30x500

    01/04/2020 Duración: 01h09min

    Amy Hoy (@amyhoy) didn't merely survive the 2008 recession: she built multiple profitable online businesses that grew to support her and, eventually, to generate over $1M in annual recurring revenue. Amy and I sat down for a casual conversation (which we livestreamed to YouTube) about the looming recession, how Amy made it through the last one, and how founders should be thinking about their businesses going forward.

  • #155 – Finding the Right Models for Growth with Brian Balfour of Reforge

    #155 – Finding the Right Models for Growth with Brian Balfour of Reforge

    19/03/2020 Duración: 51min

    Ever since I came across his blog years ago, Brian Balfour (@bbalfour) has been one of the most influential people for how I think about growing online businesses. Not only is Brian a successful blogger, but he's also served as the VP of Growth at HubSpot and founded four companies. His most recent business, Reforge, generates millions in revenue helping tech professionals boost their skills. In this episode, Brian explains why it's crucial to have a visual model for growth, shares his models for growing Reforge, and discusses why sometimes the best thing you can do is the exact opposite of what everyone else is.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/155-brian-balfour-of-reforge

  • #154 – The Right Way to Talk to People About Your Business with Rob Fitzpatrick, Author of The Mom Test

    #154 – The Right Way to Talk to People About Your Business with Rob Fitzpatrick, Author of The Mom Test

    13/03/2020 Duración: 01h05min

    Customers will lie to you. So will your friends and family. It's one of the most surprising things you discover when you talk to people about what you're building. Rob Fitzpatrick (@robfitz) should know. He spent years making a habit of talking to customers, only to learn the wrong lessons and have his startup flame out anyway. There had to be a better way. In his book, The Mom Test, Rob shares his strategies for talking to customers the right way, gathering accurate feedback, and even finding people to talk to in the first place. And in this episode, Rob and I dive deeper into each of these topics.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/154-rob-fitzpatrick-of-the-mom-test

  • #153 – Quick Chat with William Candillon of Start React Native

    #153 – Quick Chat with William Candillon of Start React Native

    09/03/2020 Duración: 48min

    William Candillon (@wcandillon) didn't plan to become an indie hacker when he first started making coding videos on YouTube. He just wanted to learn more efficiently and hold himself accountable. Three years later, he's built an audience of tens of thousands of viewers, and he's making over $6,000/month teaching what he's learned about React Native. In this episode, Will and I talk about why building in public, sharing transparently, and being vulnerable make it easier to succeed as an indie hacker.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/153-quick-chat-with-william-candillon

  • #152 – Picking the Right Market to Get Started In with Justin Jackson and Tyler Tringas

    #152 – Picking the Right Market to Get Started In with Justin Jackson and Tyler Tringas

    05/03/2020 Duración: 01h11min

    Transistor.fm founder Justin Jackson (@mijustin) goes head-to-head with Earnest Capital investor Tyler Tringas (@tylertringas) on the topic of picking the right market. The decisions you make when you're just getting started on a project carry the most weight and might affect your life for years to come. How big of a market should you target? How important of a problem should you solve? What does Justin mean when advises working on a "main dish" instead of a "side dish?" And how do a serial founder's views on this topic differ from an investor's?Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/152-tyler-tringas-and-justin-jackson

  • #151 – Striking the Right Balance as an Indie Hacker with Sergio Mattei of Makerlog

    #151 – Striking the Right Balance as an Indie Hacker with Sergio Mattei of Makerlog

    28/02/2020 Duración: 48min

    Sergio Mattei (@matteing) might be the most energetic founder I've had on the podcast. After discovering the world of online maker communities, he built his own from scratch—Makerlog—and grew it into something special through his passion for sharing and celebrating others' achievements. In this episode, Sergio and I discuss the importance of finding balance in all things as a founder: gathering insights from users vs your personal vision; seeking feedback from the market vs chasing validation from other makers; and getting things done on a consistent basis without letting productivity hacks and hustle culture overshadow the people and things you love outside of your business.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/151-sergio-mattei-of-makerlog

  • #150 – Acquiring the Experience to Make It as a Solo Founder with Jen Yip of Lunch Money

    #150 – Acquiring the Experience to Make It as a Solo Founder with Jen Yip of Lunch Money

    25/02/2020 Duración: 53min

    Jen Yip (@lunchbag) is the founder of Lunch Money, a budgeting app that's going head-to-head with big names like Mint and YNAB. The catch? She's a solo founder, doing 100% of the work on her own. In this episode, Jen and I cover the wide breadth of experiences and skills she's gained in order to make this possible, her strategies for working hard enough to catch up with competitors but soft enough to avoid burning herself out, and why she's doing this all as a digital "snowmad" who works overseas during the winter.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/150-jen-yip-of-lunch-money

  • #149 – Generating Passive Income by Teaching What You Know with Greg Rog of LearnUX

    #149 – Generating Passive Income by Teaching What You Know with Greg Rog of LearnUX

    19/02/2020 Duración: 01h30s

    Greg Rog (@greg_rog) is one of the few indie hackers I know who's actually managed to build a passive income business. His website, LearnUX.io, makes over $10k per month, yet he spends less than a day each month updating the content and answering questions. His secret? A combination of hard work over a sustained period of time, obsessive focus on making a 10x better product, and embracing no-code tools to support automation despite knowing how to code himself. In this episode, Greg walks me through his story, his successes, and his failures, and we discuss why teaching what you know is an underrated path that anyone can embrace.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/149-greg-rog-of-learnux

  • #148 – Quick Chat with Nathan Rosidi of Strata Scratch

    #148 – Quick Chat with Nathan Rosidi of Strata Scratch

    12/02/2020 Duración: 28min

    Nathan Rosidi has bootstrapped his side project, Strata Scratch, to 2500 users and over $1,500 in monthly recurring revenue. In this episode we discuss the lessons he's learned from past failures, how to prioritize what to work on when you're getting ideas from so many different people, and why it's both a blessing and a curse to be able to take things slowly as an indie hacker.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/148-quick-chat-with-nathan-rosidi

  • #147 – Having Fun on the Path to Independence with Cory Zue of Place Card Me

    #147 – Having Fun on the Path to Independence with Cory Zue of Place Card Me

    12/02/2020 Duración: 53min

    Cory Zue (@czue) made over $26,000 in profit from multiple side projects in 2019, including a printable place card business and a Django-powered SaaS template. In this episode Cory explains how his journey began by taking a sabbatical from work, he lays out his plan to reach financial independence by 2023, and he shares some tips for ensuring your indie hacker journey is an enjoyable one the whole way through.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/147-cory-zue-of-place-card-me

  • #146 – Refusing to Take No for an Answer with Alexandria Procter of DigsConnect

    #146 – Refusing to Take No for an Answer with Alexandria Procter of DigsConnect

    04/02/2020 Duración: 01h07min

    Alexandria Procter (@alexprocter101) is the last person you would ever describe as timid. When the bureaucracy at her college in South Africa failed to address a massive student housing crisis, Alex taught took things into her own hands, learned to code, and created a startup to help. In this episode, Alex and I talk about the personality traits and the economic realities that drive people to take risks and solve problems. We attempt to answer the question, "What do founders in the developing world have that founders elsewhere do not, and vice versa?" Alex also shares the incredible story behind how her startup, DigsConnect, has grown to find over 70,000 beds for students in just two years.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/146-alex-procter-of-digsconnect

  • #145 – The Slow, Deliberate Process of Making a SaaS Business Work with Jane Portman of Userlist

    #145 – The Slow, Deliberate Process of Making a SaaS Business Work with Jane Portman of Userlist

    30/01/2020 Duración: 01h03min

    Jane Portman (@uibreakfast) is no stranger to making money online. Not only has she run a successful consultancy for nearly a decade, but she's also published 4 books and become a leading authority on UX and product design. So when Jane decided to start a SaaS company—Userlist— she was surprised to learn just slow and difficult the process can be. In this episode, Jane and I discuss the variables that makes companies faster or slower to grow, the importance of nailing your customer messaging so people understand what it is that you do, and her tips for how other founders can stick through the tough times to turn their side projects into successful SaaS businesses.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/145-jane-portman-of-userlist

  • #144 – Putting People First as a Founder with Vlad Magdalin of Webflow

    #144 – Putting People First as a Founder with Vlad Magdalin of Webflow

    24/01/2020 Duración: 01h07min

    Vlad Magdalin (@callmevlad) might just be the most principled founder I've had on the podcast. "When it came to making hard decisions, I've leaned more on my morality rather than my business sense. That's what I regret the least." Sticking to his heart has paid off. Not only has he built a company that's changing and improving lives by the millions, but he's also grown it to millions in revenue and 155 employees. In this episode Vlad and I talk about the ups and downs of raising money from investors, the impact of building something that empowers your customers to create, and the compounding benefits of focusing on people and relationships over profit and product.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/144-vlad-magdalin-of-webflow

  • #143 – Following Your Passion to Become an Indie Hacker with Pete Codes of No CS Degree

    #143 – Following Your Passion to Become an Indie Hacker with Pete Codes of No CS Degree

    17/01/2020 Duración: 55min

    Pete Macleod (@petecodes) didn't have a cushy fallback plan when he set out to become an indie hacker. Eight months ago he was unemployed, and a few months after that he was working a minimum wage job with dangerous clientele. He knew figured his best bet would be to strike out on his own: "I don't really have anything to lose at this point, so I suppose I'll just go for it." Today he runs No CS Degree, a profitable online business that helps aspiring software engineers who don't have the stereotypical credentials. In this episode, Pete and I discuss his remarkable ability to get help from others, his techniques for rapidly learning how to create a successful company, and the reasons it was crucial for him to solve a problem he was passionate about.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/143-pete-codes-of-no-cs-degree

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