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Indie Hackers

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Courtland Allen interviews the ambitious indie hackers who are turning their ideas and side projects into profitable online businesses. Explore the latest strategies and tools founders are using to capitalize on new opportunities, escape the 9-to-5 grind, and create their own personal revenue-genera… read more

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Throwback: How to Build a Life You Love by Quitting Everything Else with Lynne Tye of Key Values

November 25th, 2021

1:41:01

(Throwback episode!) After spending years pursuing a career in science, Lynne Tye (@lynnetye) shocked her family and colleagues by dropping out of …

Brains: Talking Money with Anthony Pompliano and Sam Parr

November 17th, 2021

37:17

How do you make a ton of money on the internet, and how do you manage it once you've got it? In this crossover episode from the Brains podcast, we have a fun discussion about money with Anthony Pompliano (@APompliano) …

#234 – Money, Kids, and Choosing Your Market with Justin Jackson of Transistor.fm

November 10th, 2021

1:15:53

Today I'm talking to Justin Jackson (@mijustin). He's someone who started out in entrepreneurship by opening a brick and mortar snowboarding shop. I want to find out how he made the unlikely leap into SaaS and how …

#233 – Hard-Learned Lessons from Decades of Entrepreneurship with Spencer Fry of Podia

November 3rd, 2021

49:22

Today I'm talking to Spencer Fry (@spencerfry), the founder of Podia. His business is super relevant right now because it is basically a one-stop shop to support creators and entrepreneurs. In this episode we discuss …

#232 – How to Punch Above Your Weight with Sonal Chokshi of a16z

October 27th, 2021

1:03:54

Today I'm talking to Sonal Chokshi, one of the biggest experts on building a media business that I know. Currently she's the Editor-in-Chief at a16z. In this episode we'll talk about creating content in a world where …

#231 – Learning from Conversations with Andrew Warner of Mixergy

October 20th, 2021

51:17

In this episode I'm talking with Andrew Warner (@AndrewWarner), the host of the Mixergy where he's interviewed over 2,000 founders in the tech and software space. His new book, Stop Asking Questions, breaks down …

#230 – Grit, Timing, and Building Businesses You Love with Andrew Gazdecki of MicroAcquire

October 13th, 2021

41:58

Andrew Gazdeki (@agazdecki) has some contrarian viewpoints when it comes to the startup ecosystem today. I invited him here to find out about his beef with TechCrunch and how he is empowering founders with his own …

#229 – Stealing Users Away From Incumbents Like Google with Marie Martens of Tally

October 6th, 2021

43:19

Today I'm talking to an Indie Hacker Marie Martens (@mariemartens) who has gained over 10,000 users in less than a year for her software Tally. The best part of her story is that Tally isn't even a new idea. In fact, …

#228 – Making $1M/yr Then Raising Money as a Solo Indie Hacker with AJ from Carrd

September 29th, 2021

33:47

In this episode I'm talking to AJ from Carrd. I want to find how he grew from $30K MRR to over $1M ARR in just two years and what Kim Kardashian had to do with it. I'll also ask him how he thinks about fundraising as an …

#227 – Constraints, Longevity, and Avoiding Competition with John O'Nolan from Ghost

September 22nd, 2021

54:43

In this episode I'm talking to John O'Nolan (@JohnONolan), the founder of Ghost. For the last year, he's been living on a sailboat and growing his …

#226 – How to Be Your Own VC with James Layfield of Clearfind

September 15th, 2021

57:35

Today I'm talking to James Layfield (@layfield) a founder who put $3M of his own money into his company Clearfind. I want to find out how he pulled …

#225 – Growth Tactics, Audience Building, and Brains with Julian Shapiro of Demand Curve

September 8th, 2021

46:53

In this episode I talk to my buddy Julian Shapiro about proven growth tactics for a SaaS he's seen within Demand Curve. I also want to find out what …

#224 – Deploying Empathy to Build Better Businesses with Michele Hansen of Geocod.io

September 1st, 2021

47:45

My guest today is Michele Hansen (@mjwhansen) and she is here to challenge the stereotype that developers fear talking to customers and are naturally bad at it. We'll also get into specific principles and tactics from …

#223 – How to Master Passive Growth with Rob Fitzpatrick of Write Useful Books

August 25th, 2021

52:44

In this episode I catch up with Rob Fitzpatrick (@robfitz) about his new book, Write Useful Books. We'll talk about how he approaches book-writing …

#222 – A Model with Built-in Virality with Valentin Hinov of Thankbox

August 18th, 2021

51:05

In this episode I talk to Indie Hacker Valentin Hinov (@ValCanBuild). He is someone caught the pandemic wave in the best way possible. He came up with an idea that not only helps teams feel more connected but also …

#221 – How an Indie Hacker is Competing with Buffer with Samy Dindane of Hypefury

August 11th, 2021

30:46

In this episode I catch up with Samy Dindane (@SamyDindane), the creator of Twitter growth tool Hypefury. I'll ask him how he found his co-founder …

#220 – Be Brave, Not Cool, with Michael Seibel of Y Combinator

August 4th, 2021

51:19

Michael Seibel (@mwseibel) and I discuss the secret sauce of what goes on inside Y Combinator and how indie hackers can create it for themselves. And because Michael sees nearly 2,000 startups a year--we'll find out the …

#219 – How to Make Your Business Model a Win-Win-Win - with Dan Shipper and Nathan Baschez of Every

July 28th, 2021

1:02:01

My guests today have a really exciting business model and strategy that I want to dig into. Dan Shipper (@danshipper) and Nathan Baschez (@nbashaw) are the founders of Every, a bundle of business focused newsletters. By …

#218 – Making Money and Being Happy with Sam Parr and Shaan Puri of My First Million

July 21st, 2021

1:06:15

Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) have both sold their businesses and are currently hosting one of the best business podcasts out …

#217 – How a Near-Death Experience Turned a VC-Backed Founder into a Bootstrapper with Kyle Gawley of Gravity

July 14th, 2021

35:02

Kyle Gawley (@kylegawley) was running a high-growth, venture-backed company when he ended up in the hospital partially due to all the pressure he was under. That experience led to some introspection, which I'll ask him …

#216 – The "Hardcore Year" Approach to $10k/Month in Revenue with Andrey Azimov of Sheet2Site

July 7th, 2021

56:42

In this episode I talk to Andrey Azimov (@andreyazimov) about moving to Bali with a $3K runway and launching his "Hardcore Year." I'll ask him about …

#215 – Why You Don't Have To Be "A Business Person" To Succeed - with Dan Cederholm of Dribbble

June 30th, 2021

30:36

Today I'm talking to Dan Cederholm (@simplebits) about his somewhat reluctant journey into growing Dribbble. He's a self-described "accidental …

#214 – Getting A Big Exit By Being A Small Player In A Small Pond with Chris Bakke of Interviewed

June 23rd, 2021

1:04:13

Chris Bakke (@ChrisJBakke) came on my radar when he posted an AMA on Indie Hackers after selling his $2M ARR SaaS for $50,000,000. Like a lot of people in the Indie Hackers community, I have a lot of questions. In this …

#213 – An Indie Hacker's Process to Reach $10K MRR

June 18th, 2021

41:50

Molly Wolchansky is the founder of The Agent Nest (@theagentnest), an application that manages social media posts and marketing materials for real …

#212 – Actionable Steps for Building the Right Business with Arvid Kahl

June 15th, 2021

57:12

Today's guest recently sold his company, FeedbackPanda, but instead of disappearing to an island, I've seen him all over Twitter, all over his blog, …

#211 – Making 5-figures a Month as an OnlyFans Creator with Aella and Savannah Solo

June 10th, 2021

56:21

Today I'm talking to two of the top creators on OnlyFans: Savannah Solo and Aella. Each of them is earning 5-figures a month on the platform, which …

#210 – How to Take On Huge Incumbents as a Solo Founder with Derrick Reimer of SavvyCal

June 2nd, 2021

57:28

Derrick Reimer has been following a playbook that involves taking on big players in a market by drafting on their tailwind. It's gotten him to …

#209 – Business Books, Coaches, and "Getting Rich" with John Doherty of Credo

May 28th, 2021

38:46

Since John Doherty (@dohertyjf) was on the podcast three years ago, he's completely changed the business model of his company. In this interview, …

#208 – How this Indie Hacker Blew Past $10K MRR with Jon Yongfook of Bannerbear

May 25th, 2021

45:11

Joining me is an indie hacker whose broetry post about how he hit $10K MRR went viral. I invited him here to walk me through how he got to that milestone and what his new challenges are as he grows his company …

#207 – The Art of Podcasting, the Future of Angel Investing, and Startup Ideas for Indie Hackers with Rob Walling of Tinyseed

May 19th, 2021

44:26

Rob Walling (@robwalling) returns to the show to talk about new and not-so-new trends in SaaS that Indie Hackers should be paying attention to. 

#206 – How Small Actions Lead to Compound Gains with Nathan Barry of ConvertKit

May 12th, 2021

53:48

Nathan Barry (@nathanbarry) has grown ConvertKit from $7M to $27M since I last spoke with him three years ago. He’s done several things in the last few years to grow—including making ConvertKit’s first acquisition and …

#205 – New Business Ideas for 2021

May 5th, 2021

37:18

Today I have Chris Justin (@Chris_Justin) and Eathan Janney from the Run With It podcast. They are coming on the show today to share some business ideas for 2021 for indie hackers. In this episode we discuss flying cars …

#204 – The Simplest $250K ARR Startup You've Ever Heard Of with Collin Waldoch

April 28th, 2021

39:18

Over the past two years, I’ve been getting emails from Collin Waldoch. The first was in 2019 when he told me his startup Water Cooler Trivia was …

#203 – What You Need to Know About Bitclout with Mubashar Iqbal

April 23rd, 2021

47:51

Joining me is prolific indie hacker and Bitclout enthusiast Mubashar Iqbal (@mubashariqbal) to discuss the pros and cons of the new platform. Is it a …

#202 – How to Build a Rabid Fan Base with Austin Rief of Morning Brew

April 20th, 2021

38:53

Austin Rief (@Austin_Rief) started the newsletter Morning Brew in college when he didn’t care if he made money or mistakes. That freedom in the early …

#201 – 3x Growth, Dating, and Hiring a Coach for Everything with Ben Orenstein of Tuple

April 16th, 2021

43:03

Today I’m catching up with Ben Orenstein (@r00k) after nearly two years. Since then his company Tuple has grown 3x and is hitting millions on annual revenue. In this episode, I talk to Ben about the factors behind his …

#200 – Every Indie Hacker Has an Online Course in Them with Andrew Barry, Marie Poulin, and Ali Abdaal

April 13th, 2021

47:51

Today I’m talking to some of the best online course creators that I know. So many indie hackers got started and became successful because they found …

#199 – The Future of Teaching with Darrell Silver of Thinkful and Quincy Larson of freeCodeCamp

April 7th, 2021

40:32

One of the best ways to build a successful business as an indie hacker is to teach people a valuable skill. So in this episode, I sat down to talk to …

#198 – How an Indie Hacker Landed Enterprise Customers in Year One with Nadav Keyson of Riverside.fm

March 31st, 2021

43:31

Nadav Keyson and his brother built a podcast recording tool on the bleeding edge of technology. By being hyper-focused and product-driven they were …

#197 – Inside Zapier's First Acquisition with Ben Tossell of Makerpad

March 24th, 2021

47:36

In just two years, Ben Tossell (@bentossell) grew Makerpad to over 10,000 users, $400,000 ARR and got bought by Zapier in a deal that became Zapier’s first acquisition. In this episode, I’m going to put Ben’s poker face …

#196 – Turning a Weak Skill into Your Best Asset with David Perell of Write of Passage

March 17th, 2021

47:27

David Perell (@david_perell) is someone whose own friends told him he wasn’t a good writer. By his own account, he was “horrible” at it. In this …

#195 – Bootstrapping to $3.3M/Year in a Competitive Space with Sabba Keynejad of VEED

March 10th, 2021

51:07

Sabba Keynejad (@sab8a) is the founder of one of the fastest growing companies that I've ever featured on the show. In this episode we get into exactly how he used YouTube, side project marketing, Reddit and even …

#194 – Entering a Market with No Domain Expertise with Kevin Lee of immi

March 4th, 2021

53:38

Kevin Lee (@kevinleeme) has run the premiere community for product managers online and is now working on something brand new, but it's not what you'd expect. He's working on noodles. Better, healthier, instant noodles. …

#193 – How to Earn 100 True Fans and Your Financial Independence with Jay Clouse of Unreal Collective

March 1st, 2021

46:38

Jay Clouse (@jayclouse) first popped onto my radar when he posted on Indie Hackers that he sold his community to Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income. …

#192 – Quitting It All to Follow Your Passion with Dave Geddes of Mastery Games

February 23rd, 2021

54:17

So many kids decide to become software engineers because they were captivated by video games at a young age, and they dreamed of crafting that magic themselves someday. More often than not, they end up working at …

#191 – Making a Living From the Paid Newsletter Ecosystem with Yaroslaw Bagriy of Newsletter Crew

February 15th, 2021

48:49

When Yaro Bagriy (@yarobagriy) set to learn about paid newsletters, he was disappointed by what he found. So in true indie hacker fashion, he decided to create his own learning resource to teach others like him — …

#190 – Indie Hacking in the Passion Economy with Li Jin of Atelier

February 9th, 2021

1:07:16

When Li Jin (@ljin18) was young, she dreamed of going to school to pursue her passion in the arts. Instead she settled for little old Harvard, …

#189 – Making $1.5M/Year Reimagining Local News with Chris and Bruce of WhereBy.Us

January 27th, 2021

59:11

When the founders of WhereBy.Us set out to connect people in their city, they weren't sure where to start. Holding events? Press conferences? Opening …

#188 – Fame, Focus, and Billions of Pageviews with Evan Britton of Famous Birthdays

January 14th, 2021

1:13:58

Evan Britton (@Evan_Britton) runs a massive website focused on digital celebrities called Famous Birthdays. It gets multiple billions of pageviews a …

Run With It: Courtland Allen Shares 3 Ideas for Indie Hackers to Build a Profitable Business

January 8th, 2021

51:37

I hopped on the Run With It podcast with Chris and Eathan to share 3 business ideas for indie hackers to run with in 2021. Two are brand new, and one was inspired by my recent episode on bundling with Tyler King. 

#187 – Building a $38k/Month SaaS Business as a Solo Founder with Jordan O'Connor of Closet Tools

December 31st, 2020

1:04:03

Jordan O'Connor (@jdnoc) is one of the more impressive solo founders I've had on the podcast. Saddled with student loan debt and eager to take care …

#186 – Indie Hacker Ideas for Bundling (and Unbundling!) with Tyler King of Less Annoying CRM

December 24th, 2020

54:30

Tyler King (@TylerMKing) and I discuss how indie hackers can take advantage of the current cycle of bundling and unbundling. What is bundling, anyway? Why does it present an opportunity for new business ideas? How can …

#185 – How Courtland Allen Built Indie Hackers, with Ben and David from Acquired

December 17th, 2020

1:40:37

I've been procrastinating sharing my own story on the Indie Hackers podcast for years now. But when Ben and David (the co-hosts of the Acquired …

#184 – $60k in a Week, Plus Ideas for Building the Future of Work with Dan Pierson

December 10th, 2020

55:10

Dan Pierson's (@DanPierson) first entrepreneurial experience was a walk in the park — he was making $10k/week as a 23-year-old college grad, thinking …

#183 – How a Solo Founder Got to $1M in Revenue with Chris Oliver of GoRails

December 2nd, 2020

1:01:13

Chris Oliver (@excid3) is a solo founder who recently passed $1M in revenue from his suite of projects targeted at Rails developers. He's had a wild …

#182 – Selling Shovels During the Podcasting Gold Rush with Mubashar Iqbal

November 24th, 2020

44:08

Mubashar Iqbal (@mubashariqbal) is the most prolific indie hacker I know. He's got nearly 100 side projects under his belt, and more than a few of …

#181 – Deciding to Go Big with David Hsu of Retool

November 19th, 2020

1:10:39

David Hsu (@dvdhsu) was able to grow Retool to almost a million dollars a year in revenue before making a single hire. Rather than stopping there and …

#180 – From $0 to $5M Without Writing Any Code with Tara Reed of Apps Without Code

November 11th, 2020

1:05:42

At some point, Tara Reed (@TaraReed_) decided that she didn't want to build a funded, scale-at-all-costs, move-fast-and-break-things type of business. The trouble was, by the time she realized this, she was already …

#179 – Making $280k in Four Weeks with Traf

November 5th, 2020

1:10:17

Traf (@traf) is a designer and a serial indie hacker. Just over a month ago, he made over $100,000 in a week. No, not by selling a course or a book to some email list he spent months growing. He did it by whipping up …

#178 – Trends and Opportunities for Building a SaaS in 2020 with Rob Walling of TinySeed

October 27th, 2020

1:08:38

Rob Walling (@robwalling) and I discuss the state of SaaS in October 2020. What are the newest trends? Who's getting ahead right now, what kinds of companies are they starting, and what channels are they taking …

Run With It: Inside the Business with Lindsay Gabbard and Alessandro Pepe

October 23rd, 2020

45:09

BONUS EPISODE from the Run With It podcast: Restaurants have been hit hard during COVID-19. Listen to us brainstorm ways Lindsay and Alessandro can leverage their wine club and community to support their workforce and …

#177 – Mastering the Lifestyle-First Approach to Indie Hacking with Daniel Vassallo

October 20th, 2020

1:12:18

When Daniel Vassallo (@dvassallo) quit his job to become an indie hacker, he was making over $500,000 per year. It could have been a disastrous …

#176 – The Journey to Build a Large, Profitable Business with Aleem Mawani of Streak

October 13th, 2020

1:09:05

After raising money from VCs, Aleem Mawani (@aloo) chose a path that most VCs would consider a failure: to turn his company, Streak, into a large, …

Indie Bites: How VEED grew to $1.7m ARR in less than 2 years with Sabba Keynejad of Veed.io

October 7th, 2020

15:23

BONUS EPISODE from the Indie Bites podcast: "I first met Sabba at a pub in London when Veed was just an early beta product making $0. Fast forward a few years, Veed is now making over $100,000 a month and growing …

#175 – Using A.I. to Become a Superpowered Indie Hacker with Przemek Chojecki of Contentyze

September 29th, 2020

1:27:19

When Przemek Chojecki (@prz_chojecki) had had enough of startup failure, he decided to interview successful founders to see what he could learn from …

#174 – From Millions in Revenue to Staring Bankruptcy in the Face with Aline Lerner of Interviewing.io

September 21st, 2020

1:04:54

What if you spent years growing your business to millions in revenue, then lost it all overnight? It's every founder's worst nightmare, but for Aline Lerner (@alinelernerLLC) it was reality. When COVID-19 hit and …

#173 – Persisting Through Failures to Find a Winning Trend with Dru Riley of Trends.vc

September 15th, 2020

1:05:39

When Dru Riley (@DruRly) quit his job, he was more than ready for his mini retirement. Little did he know that it would take him over three years to …

#172 – How to Build a Media Company with Alex Wilhelm of TechCrunch

September 7th, 2020

1:07:16

"Build an audience first" might be the most common advice given to indie hackers. But how do you build an audience at the highest levels? In other words, how do you build an actual media company? To find out, I needed …

#171 – Winning People's Attention with Nathan Latka of Founderpath

August 31st, 2020

1:16:44

Nathan Latka (@NathanLatka) believes we've entered a new world where the most scarce thing any founder can compete for is not funding, but people's attention. So after selling his first business in 2015, Nathan made a …

#170 – "I sold my SaaS business for millions… what now?" with Vincent Woo of CoderPad

August 24th, 2020

1:32:21

When Vincent Woo (@fulligin) first started CoderPad, he was certain his idea was a good one. But he still needed to put in the work to prove it. …

#169 – Thinking One Step Ahead to Grow Your Business through PR with Dmitry Dragilev of JustReachOut.io

August 10th, 2020

1:05:00

Just because you built it doesn't mean people will come. And just because you got press for it doesn't mean the people who came will stay. As the founder of PR startup JustReachOut.io, Dmitry Dragilev (@dragilev) knows …

#168 – Grinding It Out to Build a Million-Dollar Poker Business with Jonathan Little

July 30th, 2020

50:32

Jonathan Little (@JonathanLittle) got his start by making millions at the poker table, and then found a way to turn his favorite card game into an …

#167 – The Most Sensible Debate on Hustle Culture and Work-Life Balance with Natalie Nagele and DHH

July 24th, 2020

1:52:06

If you want to build a successful business, you have to be ready to work 24/7/365 to have a shot at success… or do you? Both Natalie Nagele and DHH …

#166 – Writing Code to Sell $200,000/Month of Cookies with Sam Eaton of Crave Cookie

July 18th, 2020

1:00:54

When Sam Eaton hears a new idea, it's all he can do to contain his excitement and dive right into the code. So when his sister told him she wanted to …

#165 – The Power of Unbundling Communities with Greg Isenberg

July 9th, 2020

41:47

Greg Isenberg (@gregisenberg) has spent years practicing the art and and studying the science behind building hit viral products. Today he's using his skills to build a communities design firm called Late Checkout, …

#164 – Facing Down an Existential Threat to Your Business with Scott Keyes of Scotts Cheap Flights

June 19th, 2020

1:27:48

From tourism to transit, the travel industry has taken a bigger hit than any other during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite this, Scott Keyes (@smkeyes), the founder of Scott's Cheap Flights, has managed to stay …

#163 – Bootstrapping from an Investor’s Point of View with Rob Walling of TinySeed

May 28th, 2020

59:28

Rob Walling (@robwalling) spent years bootstrapping successful SaaS businesses, and today he's helping others do the same as the founder of TinySeed, …

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

May 18th, 2020

1:11:47

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 …

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

May 8th, 2020

59:55

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 …

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

May 1st, 2020

43:13

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 …

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

April 24th, 2020

40:40

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 …

#158 – Communicating During Crisis with Rand Fishkin of SparkToro

April 16th, 2020

1:07:10

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 …

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

April 10th, 2020

52:07

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 …

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

April 1st, 2020

1:09:10

Amy Hoy (@amyhoy) didn't merely survive the 2008 recession: she built multiple profitable online businesses that grew to support her and, eventually, …

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

March 19th, 2020

51:39

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 …

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

March 13th, 2020

1:06:05

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 …

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

March 9th, 2020

48:15

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 …

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

March 5th, 2020

1:11:48

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 …

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

February 28th, 2020

48:46

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 …

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

February 25th, 2020

53:52

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 …

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

February 19th, 2020

1:00:36

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 …

#148 – Quick Chat with Nathan Rosidi of Strata Scratch

February 12th, 2020

28:13

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 …

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

February 12th, 2020

53:30

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 …

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

February 4th, 2020

1:08:03

Alexandria Procter (@alexprocter101) is the last person you would ever describe as timid. When the bureaucracy at her college in South Africa failed …

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

January 30th, 2020

1:03:27

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 …

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

January 24th, 2020

1:08:03

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 …

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

January 17th, 2020

55:41

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 …

#142 – Building the Ultimate Lifestyle Business with Dmitry Dragilev of JustReachOut.io

January 14th, 2020

56:41

When Dmitry Dragilev (@dragilev) looked at the personal lives of his business heroes, he didn't like what he found. "Horrible family lives. Just horrible personal relationships." He knew he wanted something different, …

#141 – Bootstrapping an App to Millions Through Sheer Persistence with Cesar Kuriyama of 1 Second Everyday

January 2nd, 2020

1:33:36

When Cesar Kuriyama (@cesarkuriyama) first got started, he had nothing but a dream of freedom, an app idea, and a rapidly declining bank account. When every dev shop in New York City turned him down, things looked dire. …

#140 – Vital Learnings from Bootstrapping and Selling a $55k a Month Business with Arvid Kahl of FeedbackPanda

December 16th, 2019

1:13:04

In the span of two years, Arvid Kahl (@arvidkahl) and his partner Danielle Simpson (@SimpsonDaniK) went from new idea, to $55k a month in revenue, to selling their business, all without hiring a single employee. In this …

#139 – Pursuing a Mission While Bootstrapping to Millions with John O'Nolan of Ghost

December 13th, 2019

1:05:56

When John O'Nolan (@JohnONolan) set out to create Ghost, he made an unintuitive decision for a mission-driven founder: to use his skillset to tackle …

#138 – Finding a Positive Feedback Loop to Profitability with Robert James Gabriel of Helperbird

December 9th, 2019

36:13

Robert James Gabriel (@RobertJGabriel) never had it easy growing up. Before he was finally diagnosed with dyslexia at age 17, he had teachers counsel …

#137 – Creating an Ecosystem for Millions by Building for Yourself with Taylor Otwell of Laravel

November 27th, 2019

1:07:33

When Taylor Otwell (@taylorotwell) first sat down to create Laravel, he had no idea it would be the seed of an ecosystem that would revitalize an …

#136 – Happy Customers, Happy Wife (and Co-CEO), Happy Life with Dave Sims of Floify

November 18th, 2019

59:51

Dave Sims (@floifydave) has bootstrapped two tech companies to millions of dollars in annual revenue, and with the help of his wife and co-CEO, he's …

#135 – Quick Chat with Stefan Endress

November 15th, 2019

27:41

Despite running a successful design agency that caters to big-name clients like FKA Twigs, Stefan Endress (@stefanendress) has known for years that …

#134 – Code vs No-Code with Ben Tossell of Makerpad and Sahil Lavingia of Gumroad

November 11th, 2019

1:05:21

The no-code movement is picking up steam, with more people than ever building apps and businesses without knowing how to code themselves. Ben Tossell (@bentossell), the creator of Makerpad, is betting his business that …

#133 – Quick Chat with Anne-Laure Le Cunff

November 8th, 2019

29:50

Anne-Laure Le Cunff (@anthilemoon) is working at the intersection of neuroscience and entrepreneurship to produce content that inspires, educates, and sustains makers like you. In this episode, we talked about how …

#132 – Niching Down to Find Product-Market Fit with Ryan Born of Cloud Campaign

November 4th, 2019

1:02:33

When Ryan Born (@_RyanBorn) first emailed me about becoming one of Cloud Campaign's early customers, I replied with a long list of reasons why I wasn't going to use it. Two years later, he's generating over …

#131 – Funding for Indie Hackers with Tyler Tringas of Earnest Capital

November 2nd, 2019

34:34

Tyler Tringas (@tylertringas) may not look like Tarzan, but that hasn't stopped him from expertly swinging from vine to vine. Since we last spoke in …

#130 – Iterating Your Way to Founder-Product Fit with Zach Resnick of EasyPoint Concierge

October 28th, 2019

1:11:06

Zach Resnick (@TrumpetIsAwesom) began travel hacking as a broke college student looking for a way to see the world without spending thousands of …

#129 – Quick Chat with Dominic Monn of MentorCruise

October 25th, 2019

29:29

Dominic Monn (@dqmonn) created a marketplace for mentors where none existed, and quickly grew it into a positive revenue stream. What's more, he did it while enduring a 3-hour commute and working a demanding internship. …

#128 – Finding 22,000 Paying Customers Despite Stiff Competition with Tyler King of Less Annoying CRM

October 21st, 2019

1:10:34

When Tyler King (@tylermking) set out to build Less Annoying CRM, he knew he was entering a crowded market full of well-funded competitors focused on …

#127 – Quick Chat with Ghyslain Gaillard of Indie London

October 18th, 2019

27:59

Ghyslain Gaillard (@iamghyslain) of Indie London knew that he wanted to be at the heart of the indie startup scene in Europe, but when he couldn’t …

#126 – Finding Success by Staying Optimistic with Ketan Anjaria of HireClub

October 13th, 2019

1:19:40

Ketan Anjaria's (@kidbombay) path to success was paved with hardship. He was flying high in the 90s dot-com boom, until he lost his job in the crash. His funded startup won awards at TechCrunch Disrupt and earned him …

#125 – Quick Chat with Danielle Johnson of Leave Me Alone

October 11th, 2019

38:46

Danielle Johnson (@dinkydani21) is no stranger to the challenge of building an online business. So when she hit on a new idea for a product that …

#124 – Talking to Customers and Growing to $50,000 a Month with Sarah Hum of Canny

October 7th, 2019

56:26

Sarah Hum (@SarahHum) got a job working at a big tech company, in part because she wanted to learn how create a startup of her own. But it didn't take her long to realize the truth: the best way to learn is to dive in …

#123 – Quick Chat with Louis Nicholls of Sales for Founders

October 5th, 2019

34:49

Louis Nicholls (@louisnicholls_) never intended to build the audience he server. He just wanted to help people, even if it meant doing it for free. …

#122 – Filling a Gap and Bootstrapping to $1M with Josh Wood of Honeybadger

September 30th, 2019

57:52

Josh Wood is living an indie hacker dream: from freelance developer to co-founder of Honeybadger, a monitoring tool for developers that generates …

#121 – Quick Chat with Mubashar Iqbal of Pod Hunt

September 28th, 2019

34:22

Mubashar Iqbal (@mubashariqbal) has always been a maker first and an indie hacker second. That much is obvious from his track record of building 80+ side projects. But recently, he's taken his "work on things you love" …

#120 – Seeking Truth as a Founder with Patrick Campbell of ProfitWell

September 24th, 2019

1:37:44

Patrick Campbell (@Patticus) grew up as farm boy from Wisconsin. But after getting tired of working in bureaucratic environments, he cashed out his 401k to bootstrap his own business in 2012. Patrick joined the show to …

#119 – Sales Tips Every Founder Should Know with Steli Efti of Close

September 20th, 2019

45:26

Steli Efti (@Steli) knows more about sales than anyone else I know. He's also the founder of Close.com, a profitable all-in-one CRM tool doing many …

#118 – The Magic of Choosing a Great Market with Justin Jackson of Transistor

September 16th, 2019

1:06:30

Justin Jackson (@mijustin) has spent a lifetime as an entrepreneur, working on products, hosting podcasts, running communities, creating courses, and more. But it wasn't until he created his newest business, Transistor, …

#117 – Becoming Indistractable as a Founder with Nir Eyal, Author of Hooked

September 13th, 2019

38:41

Being an indie hacker is the ultimate responsibility: If you don't get things done, nobody else will. It's up to you consistently execute well, day …

#116 – Exploring Ideas and Exploiting the Good Ones with Justin Mares of Kettle and Fire

September 9th, 2019

1:07:56

Justin Mares (@jwmares) is the founder of not one but two companies in the health food space, each of which he's simultaneously bootstrapped to over …

#115 – Quick Chat with Harry Dry of Marketing Examples

September 6th, 2019

28:40

Harry Dry (@harrydry) is the founder of Marketing Examples, a fast-growing showcase of successful startup marketing stories. Since launching the site …

#114 – The Business of Podcasting with Jeff Meyerson of Software Engineering Daily

September 2nd, 2019

59:53

Jeff Meyerson (@the_prion) is the host of Software Engineering Daily, a popular podcast that averages 20,000 downloads a day. It's also a successful …

#113 – Quick Chat with Ben Orenstein of Tuple

August 30th, 2019

31:05

Ben Orenstein (@r00k) is the founder of Tuple, a remote pair programming app for the Mac that fills the void left by ScreenHero's disappearance. Ben joined the show for a second time to catch us up on Tuple's progress …

#112 – From Side Project to Full-Time Founder with Tommy Griffith of ClickMinded

August 26th, 2019

1:05:10

What happens when the money you're making from your side project eclipses your salary from your full-time job? Tommy Griffith (@TommyGriffith) found …

#111 – Quick Chat with Jessica Chan of Coder Coder

August 23rd, 2019

29:11

Jessica Chan (@thecodercoder) is the founder of Coder Coder, a collection of resources that help self-taught web developers learn to code the same …

#110 – How to Prepare for Success From the Beginning With Chris Savage of Wistia

August 19th, 2019

1:04:17

When Chris Savage (@csavage) and his co-founder started their business, they were convinced that they'd be able to sell it within six months. They …

#109 – Quick Chat with Reilly Chase of HostiFi

August 16th, 2019

32:45

In the early days of his business HostiFi, it seemed liked the deck was stacked against founder Reilly Chase (@_rchase_). From encountering frustrating roadblocks while he learned to code, to getting banned from forums …

#108 – Keeping It Simple to Build a Multimillion-Dollar Business with Sam Parr of The Hustle

August 12th, 2019

54:02

Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) describes himself as a midwestern small business owner who discovered the Internet, and his journey from running a hot dog stand to building a media empire seems to prove that. His current …

#107 – Quick Chat with Joe Howard of WP Buffs

August 9th, 2019

31:52

Joe Howard (@josephhhoward) is the founder of WP Buffs, a productized service business in the WordPress space that he bootstrapped from $0 to over $70,000/month in revenue. We had a quick chat about how Joe launched his …

#106 – Creating a $200k Side Project Without Writing a Line of Code with Ben Tossell of Makerpad

August 5th, 2019

51:01

As the community manager for Product Hunt, Ben Tossell (@bentossell) saw over 80,000 new product launches and met hundreds of inspirational makers. …

#105 – Charting Your Own Course as a Founder with Jason Fried of Basecamp

July 29th, 2019

1:09:39

Jason Fried (@jasonfried) doesn't intend to be controversial or to change people's minds, but he seems to end up doing both of these regardless. Since launching Basecamp in 2004, he's grown the business to tens of …

#104 – Quick Chat with Dianna Allen of Budget Meal Planner

July 26th, 2019

28:01

Dianna Allen (@diannamallen) is the creator of Budget Meal Planner. In just two months, she's gone from having an idea to getting thousands of signups, articles on Lifehacker, and three #1 milestone posts on Indie …

#103 – Finding Success by Working on Things That Matter with Hiten Shah of FYI

July 23rd, 2019

1:09:26

Rather than pursue a traditional career, Hiten Shah (@hnshah) decided to follow the choose-your-own-adventure life of being a founder. Since then …

#102 – Quick Chat with Pat Walls of Starter Story

July 19th, 2019

35:31

Pat Walls (@thepatwalls) joined the podcast to talk about quitting his job and going full-time on his bootstrapped business (Starter Story), how he …

#101 – How to Execute Well and Beat the Competition with Eric Zhang of Scalable Press

July 12th, 2019

1:06:00

Eric Zhang dropped out of school to pursue his startup, got accepted to Y Combinator, and found traction in the open source community. But when he …

#100 – From Aspiring Billionaire to Indie Hacker with Sahil Lavingia of Gumroad

July 5th, 2019

2:04:21

After leaving his post as employee #2 at Pinterest, a teenage Sahil Lavingia (@shl) raised millions in funding from high-profile Silicon Valley to …

#099 – Overcoming Fear and Paralysis to Build an Industry-Changing Business with Aline Lerner of Interviewing.io

June 28th, 2019

1:12:32

Although Aline Lerner (@alinelernerllc) graduated from MIT and worked as a software engineer for years, some of her most impactful learnings came …

#098 – How to Make $2.5MM as a Solo Founder by Teaching What You Love with Adam Wathan

June 21st, 2019

1:33:44

Although Adam Wathan (@adamwathan) dropped out of college (twice!), he's one of the most voracious learners to ever appear on the podcast, and he's …

#097 – Paying It Forward with Kindness to Build a $1.2MM Community with Rosie Sherry of Ministry of Testing

June 14th, 2019

1:06:47

Despite being an introvert, Rosie Sherry (@rosiesherry) knew that she needed to build a community that software testers deserve: the Ministry of Testing. In this episode, we discuss how Rosie created a community so …

#096 – How Three Founders Created a Profitable Business That They Haven't Even Launched Yet with Ben Orenstein of Tuple

June 7th, 2019

1:02:05

When Ben Orenstein (@r00k) decided he wanted to start a company, the biggest risk in his mind was a hurdle he'd already cleared: not deciding to start in the first place. In this episode we talk about the early days: …

#095 – Reaching $20MM/year Building Hundreds of Products with Chad Pytel of thoughtbot

May 31st, 2019

1:00:38

Through his consultancy, thoughtbot, Chad Pytel (@cpytel) might be the only first-time founder who's turned hundreds of ideas into actual SaaS …

#094 – How to Build a Better (Funnier!) Brand for Your Business with Allie LeFevere of Obedient

May 24th, 2019

1:21:30

If it isn't fun, Allie LeFevere (@AllieLeFevere) doesn't want anything to do with it. It just so happens that, in a world full of undifferentiated …

#093 – Things You Learn from Starting 23 Businesses with "Parallel Founder" Danielle Baskin

May 17th, 2019

1:12:21

Danielle Baskin (@djbaskin) gets really excited about new ideas. So excited, in fact, that she can't resist bringing them to life by making them into products. Then turning those products into businesses. Then never …

#092 – The Business of Bringing People Together with Derek Andersen and David Spinks of Bevy

May 3rd, 2019

1:06:12

Derek Andersen (@DerekjAndersen) and David Spinks (@DavidSpinks) have a lot in common. Each of them felt alone in what they were striving for, brought together like-minded people, and ended up growing communities and …

#091 – Making It Happen as an Early-Stage Founder with Mark Fershteyn of Recapped

April 26th, 2019

1:00:32

Mark Fershteyn (@markfersh) always knew he wanted to start a business, but there was just one problem: He didn't know what that business would be. Of …

#090 – Inventing the Company That's Right for You with Natalie Nagele of Wildbit

April 19th, 2019

1:09:02

Natalie Nagele (@natalienagele) is not a fan of following "the rules" when it comes to building her company. In the 18 years since she and her …

#089 – From Fireman to First-Time Founder with Matt Verlaque of UpLaunch

April 12th, 2019

1:03:21

Matt Verlaque (@MattVerlaque) is no stranger to hard work. But when he decided to leave his job as a fireman to build a tech business, he embarked on a path of learning and uncertainty very different than the world he'd …

#088 – Sage Advice (and Reasons You Probably Won't Follow It) from Jason Cohen of WP Engine

March 31st, 2019

1:08:34

Not only has Jason Cohen (@asmartbear) bootstrapped a software company from $0 to over $1M in revenue, but he's done it four times! The stories behind Jason's successes are plastered all over the Internet for anyone to …

#087 – Examining the Repeated Successes of a Product-Focused Solo Founder with AJ of Carrd

March 29th, 2019

1:15:03

The anonymous "AJ" (@ajlkn) is one of the most prolific and multi-talented creators I've ever had on the podcast. His rare combination of developer …

#086 – How to Build a Life You Love by Quitting Everything Else with Lynne Tye of Key Values

March 22nd, 2019

1:40:44

After spending years pursuing a career in science, Lynne Tye (@lynnetye) shocked her family and colleagues by dropping out of grad school. Thus began …

#085 – Building a Business Meant to Last with Peldi Guilizzoni of Balsamiq

March 14th, 2019

46:05

Twenty pages into reading his first business book, Peldi Guilizzonni (@peldi) closed it for good and told himself, "This is not for me. I'm never …

#084 – Creating Better Products Through Marketing with Tim Soulo of Ahrefs

March 8th, 2019

1:03:00

"Whenever you work for a big company and they don't help you work on your ambitions, you start doing something on the side. That's what always …

#083 – The Trial-and-Error Path from $0 to $1 Million with Dominic Wells of Human Proof Designs

March 1st, 2019

1:06:38

"It doesn't necessarily feel that real at times." Dominic Wells (@human_proof) didn't initially set out to create a million-dollar business. However, …

#082 – Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Bootstrapping with Rob Walling of Drip and TinySeed

February 22nd, 2019

1:06:55

At first, Rob Walling (@robwalling) didn't know what he wanted to create — he just knew that he was tired of working for other people. After he spent his savings to buy an online business, however, he found himself in a …

#081 – Bootstrapping to Millions in Revenue, Not Once, But Twice! with Ajay Goel of GMass

February 11th, 2019

1:04:41

Ajay Goel (@PartTimeSnob) loves to code. He also loves to grow profitable Internet businesses. In 2003, Ajay transitioned from making websites for clients to building his own email marketing application, Jangomail, …

#080 – How to Accomplish Something Extraordinarily Great with Daniel Gross of Pioneer

February 4th, 2019

1:00:07

Daniel Gross (@danielgross) has a tendency to view pretty much everything in life as a game. So when it came time to start a new business after selling his first startup to Apple, he decided to make it into a game that …

#079 – Things Every Founder Should Know About Growth with Julian Shapiro of Bell Curve

January 25th, 2019

1:13:42

After helping dozens of Silicon Valley startups grow their businesses, Julian Shapiro (@Julian) knows a thing or two about growth. In this episode, …

#078 – Taking on Google and Facebook as a Solo Open-Source Founder with Evan You of Vue.js

December 14th, 2018

58:03

When Evan You (@youyuxi) decided to create his own front-end JavaScript framework, there were already mega-popular competitors in the market from no …

#077 – Iterating Your Way to a Product That Customers Find Valuable with Andy Cook of Tettra

December 7th, 2018

1:03:05

Rather than jump immediately into writing code, Andy Cook (@AndyGCook) and his cofounder Nelson (@nelsonjoyce) began their journey by spending weeks talking to and learning from potential customers. This wasn't their …

#076 – Becoming Better Leaders to Build Better Companies with Keegan and Cameron of Torch.io

November 30th, 2018

57:34

Cameron Yarbrough (@yarbroughcam) and Keegan Walden (@keeganwalden) created a company that combines software and coaching to help leadership teams improve their job performance in a measurable way. In this episode, we …

#075 – Escaping the 9-to-5 Grind to Create a $3 Million Business with Joel Hooks of egghead.io

November 16th, 2018

1:09:31

Joel Hooks (@jhooks) never found it easy to spend his life working for other people. So when he came across an inspirational book that told him he …

#074 – How to Build a Complex Hardware Business by Starting Simple with David Rabie of Tovala

November 2nd, 2018

55:14

David Rabie (@davidrabie), the founder of Tovala, set out to build one of the most complex businesses imaginable: a hardware device, a software application, and a food prep and delivery service all-in-one. In this …

#073 – Building the Habits Necessary to Succeed as a Founder with James Clear

October 26th, 2018

1:06:52

James Clear (@jamesclear), the author of Atomic Habits, knows a thing or two about forming successful habits as a founder. In this episode, he talks …

#072 – Building a High-Growth Startup in an Emerging Market with Shola Akinlade of Paystack

October 19th, 2018

1:03:18

Shola Akinlade (@Shollsman) knew that the online payments process in Nigeria was broken, and that he was in the perfect position to help fix it. …

#071 – Bootstrapping to $1 Million in Two Years as a Non-Technical Founder with Christy Laurence of Plann

October 5th, 2018

58:48

When Christy Laurence started designing her mobile app, she knew nothing about building tech products or launching startups. In fact, she didn't even know that fundraising an option. Driven by her optimistic nature and …

#070 – Pivoting from Hard Times to Profitability with Christine Spang of Nylas

September 28th, 2018

55:01

After her co-founder left the company, Christine Spang (@spang) found herself in a difficult position: deciding what to do with a product that wasn't …

#069 – How to Use Patience and Empathy to Reach Millions with Ben Halpern of Dev.to

September 14th, 2018

1:25:19

When Ben Halpern (@bendhalpern) decided to start another business, he set a very unusual expectation: He gave himself 10 years to succeed. In this episode, we discuss how Ben's patient approach and obsession with …

#068 – Finding Success as a First-Time Founder with Mathilde Collin of Front

September 7th, 2018

1:01:02

When Mathilde Collin (@collinmathilde) started her first company, she knew she wanted to create a great place to work and to improve the lives of her …

#067 – Creating a Massive Community and Making It Profitable with Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt

August 31st, 2018

1:17:03

Ryan Hoover (@rrhoover) has always been a product person. In a few short years, Ryan built an audience of tech enthusiasts from scratch and grew it …

#066 – Building a Tech Business Outside of the Tech Industry with Brian Jagger of Casting Calls America

August 24th, 2018

1:06:25

When Brian Jagger (@briansjagger) became a casting director, spending hours copying and pasting and editing file names, he knew there had to be a better way. Learn how Brian and his cofounders took advantage of years of …

#065 – From Blogging to Growing an Agency to $85,000 a Month with Nat Eliason of Growth Machine

August 17th, 2018

1:08:06

Nat Eliason (@NatEliason) knows exactly what he's good at. He puts SEO-focused content marketing at the center of every business he builds. When friends started asking for help growing their own businesses through …

#064 – The Path from Minimum Viable Product to $50M a Year with Des Traynor of Intercom

August 10th, 2018

1:08:38

As Intercom's Chief Strategy Officer, Des Traynor (@DesTraynor) knows a thing or two about building a successful company. Over the past 7 years, he's …

#063 – Turning Small Ideas into a $35,000 a Month Business with Katie Keith of Barn2 Media

August 3rd, 2018

1:06:40

Katie Keith (@Barn2Media) sees small ideas as big opportunities. In this episode, she explains how she and her husband left their full-time jobs to …

#062 – Getting a Brand New SaaS Business Off the Ground with Mike Taber of Bluetick

July 27th, 2018

1:11:09

Mike Taber (@SingleFounder) dives deep into the steps he took to develop a viable idea for a company, validate it with actual customers, secure …

#061 – How to Bootstrap Your Way to $250,000,000/year with JT Marino of Tuft & Needle

July 20th, 2018

1:29:02

JT Marino (@johnmarino) made the unusual journey from software engineer to mattress tycoon, and he did it without raising a dime from investors. In this episode, JT provides mountains of actionable advice about how to …

#060 – The Psychological Challenges of Being a Founder with Dr. Sherry Walling of Zen Founder

July 13th, 2018

1:01:58

Psychologist and founder Dr. Sherry Walling (@zenfounder) might know more than anyone about the psychology of being a founder. In this episode she …

#059 – From Laid Off to Generating $25,000 in Monthly Revenue with John Doherty of Credo

July 6th, 2018

52:43

When John Doherty (@dohertyjf) got laid off from his job, his gut told him not to go out and get another regular job. In this episode, John talks …

#058 – Building the Company You Actually Want to Work at with Joel Gascoigne of Buffer

June 29th, 2018

55:42

When Joel Gascoigne (@joelgascoigne) started Buffer, he had no intention of doing things "the way they've always been done." Learn how he helped lead the way by running a remote team, by being transparency about revenue …

#057 – Wearing All the Hats as a Founder with Saron Yitbarek of CodeNewbie

June 22nd, 2018

1:10:16

Saron Yitbarek (@saronyitbarek) runs three podcasts, gives dozens of talks every year, runs a blog, a weekly Twitter chat, a conference, an online resource for teaching people to code, among other things. In this …

#056 – Following Your Passion to Build an Impactful Business with Quincy Larson of freeCodeCamp

June 15th, 2018

1:07:02

Quincy Larson (@ossia) explains how he's built freeCodeCamp into a community that helps millions of people learn to code every month by engaging in storytelling, encouraging open-source contributions, and focusing on …

#055 – Blazing New Trails with a Small Team with Claire Lew of Know Your Company

June 8th, 2018

1:34:30

From the very beginning, nothing has been ordinary about Claire Lew's (@cjlew23) company, its business model, or the way she came to lead it. Learn how Know Your Company has generated millions in revenue with a tiny …

#054 – Getting Help from the Community to Build a Profitable Game with Vicky Hsu of Habitica

June 1st, 2018

1:10:16

When Vicky Hsu (@caffeinatedvee) began volunteering her time to help with HabitRPG as part of its community, she never imagined that she would one …

#053 – The Path to Improving as a Founder and Generating Millions in Revenue with Steli Efti of Close.com

May 25th, 2018

1:23:49

Steli Efti (@steli) has always had something to prove. After starting numerous successful businesses in Germany as a young entrepreneur, he moved to …

#052 – Creating a Popular Product and Selling It to Governments with Tiffany and Danny of Remix

May 16th, 2018

54:19

When the founders of Remix released a side project that unexpectedly went viral, they put their heads together and decided to turn it into a startup. Co-founders Tiffany Chu and Danny Whalen share how they were able to …

#051 – Finding Your Way as a Founder with Rand Fishkin of Moz and SparkToro

April 27th, 2018

1:00:46

When Rand Fishkin (@randfish) was $500,000 in debt, he decided to save his company and the relationships within his family by… starting a blog. He went on to grow a massive audience and transform his services business …

#050 – Creating a New Product Category with Katelyn Gleason of Eligible

April 19th, 2018

54:25

Katelyn Gleason (@katgleason) has been never satisfied with working for somebody else, and she's never been afraid to break into a new field and aim straight for the top. Today, she's the founder and CEO of Eligible, a …

#049 – Everything You Need to Know About Business with Josh Kaufman of The Personal MBA

April 13th, 2018

1:07:23

Josh Kaufman (@joshkaufman) has read a lot of business books. He also happens to be the author of The Personal MBA, easily one of the best business book in existence. In it, he lays out the fundamental concepts that are …

#048 – Publishing Wildly Successful Content Online with David Smooke of Hacker Noon

April 6th, 2018

1:02:05

David Smooke (@DavidSmooke) has been working with content since he got a job as a teenager at the local newspaper. In this episode we discuss the progression of his career from employee to contractor to the owner of …

#047 – The Value of Being Interesting and Persistent with Joel Runyon of Impossible

March 30th, 2018

1:17:55

Joel Runyon (@joelrunyon) didn't start out with a whole lot. He couldn't get a job. He had no business skills. He didn't know how to code. In fact, …

#046 – Building a Life-Changing Business with Austen Allred of Lambda School

March 23rd, 2018

1:17:25

Austen Allred (@austenallred) was in debt after watching his company implode. Learn how he used his entrepreneurial experience to turn things around, …

#045 – Turning a Vision Into a Massively Profitable Business with Max Lytvyn of Grammarly

March 16th, 2018

53:07

Isn't having a vision just fluff? Doesn't every business need to start with the practical realities first? Max Lytvyn doesn't think so. In this episode he tells the story behind how he and his cofounder started with …

#044 – From Fledgling Founder to 7-Figure Deals with Stephanie Hurlburt of Binomial

March 9th, 2018

1:12:30

Stephanie Hurlburt (@sehurlburt) shares the story of how she went from being an employee to being half of a 2-person startup that sells software to gaming companies, and all the steps in between. Learn how she quit her …

#043 – Confronting Your Fears and Taking a Leap with Pieter Levels of Nomad List

January 17th, 2018

1:33:25

Starting an online business is scary. You're putting yourself out there and risking failure in front of thousands or even millions of people. Learn how Pieter Levels has not only faced his fears, but used them as …

#042 – Bootstrapping in a Crowded Market with Gareth and Jonathan Bull

January 4th, 2018

58:16

There's some stiff competition in the email marketing space, but that didn't stop brothers Gareth and Jonathan Bull. Learn how they overcame some …

#041 – An Optimistic Nihilist's Take on Building a $2M Business with Vincent Woo

December 21st, 2017

56:55

Even as a programmer, Vincent Woo never loved school or working at big companies. But he was enthusiastic in growing his side project, CoderPad, into …

#040 – Learning How to Be a Successful Founder with Spenser Skates

December 14th, 2017

1:01:23

Spenser Skates, the CEO of Amplitude, took a very deliberate approach to becoming a founder and left as little to chance as possible. Learn about the steps he took to prepare himself, and how he went on to build a …

#039 – Success Ten Years in the Making with Amir Salihefendic of Doist

December 7th, 2017

52:34

When he wrote the first lines of code in his dorm room for his personal to-do list app, Todoist, Amir had no idea that it would eventually become one …

#038 – When Your Side Project Blows Up with Dawson Whitfield of Logojoy

November 30th, 2017

57:25

What would you do if your side project made $30,000 in its first month? This is the exact situation that Dawson Whitfield found himself in after a …

#037 – The Story of WorkFlowy: From $0 to $800,000 a Year with Jesse Patel

November 16th, 2017

1:02:53

Jesse Patel and his cofounder Mike built a product good enough to attract 20k users a month with no marketing. But it's not all roses. Co-founder disputes, competitors and clones, money problems, and real-life …

#036 – From Two Failed Startups to $10,000,000 in Revenue with David Darmanin

November 9th, 2017

55:48

When he started Hotjar two and a half years ago, David Darmanin never expected it to grow so quickly. In this episode, we explore how David's past failures, learnings, and jobs as a marketer contributed to the …

#035 – "Definitely Not Trying to Fit In" with Tobias van Schneider

November 2nd, 2017

1:33:14

How do you get people to notice what you're doing and sign up in droves? If Tobias van Schneider is any indication, the last thing you should do is …

#034 – Making $125,000 a Month as a Solo Founder with Mike Carson of Park.io

October 26th, 2017

56:47

After a lifetime of hacking, Mike Carson hit on a very big opportunity selling .io domain names. Learn about the forces that made his massive success possible, the threats that almost killed his business, and how his …

#033 – Finding Your Next Idea with Philippe Lehoux of MissiveApp.com

October 18th, 2017

59:12

Ever since he launched a profitable website as a teenager, Philippe Lehoux has had an uncanny ability to find something bigger and better to work on. Learn how a lifetime of experience as an entrepreneur has given him …

#032 – Before and After Product-Market Fit with Peter and Calvin from Segment

October 11th, 2017

54:01

Why is it so difficult to recognize product-market fit before you find it? And how do you find it, anyway? Learn about the struggles the team behind …

#031 – How Kevin McArdle Quit His Job and Bought 28 Businesses in Two Years

October 5th, 2017

1:06:42

Most aspiring entepreneurs assume they have to start from scratch. But when Kevin McArdle left his job at 38 with a wife, a mortgage, and 4 kids, he wanted to get a head start. Learn how Kevin and his partners at …

#030 – Pivoting Your Way to Three Million Users with Vivek Ravisankar

September 28th, 2017

1:00:53

The founder of HackerRank tells the story of how he and his cofounder went from multiple failed businesses as brand new founders working from India …

#029 – How to Win by Refusing to Quit with Tracy Osborn of Hello Web Design

September 20th, 2017

1:04:28

Tracy Osborn once asked herself, "Should I learn how to code, or quit my startup?" You can guess which answer she chose, time and time again. Learn …

#028 – How Wes Bos Teaches 100,000 Programmers as a One-Man Operation

September 8th, 2017

57:45

What goes into creating a collection of online courses that reaches hundreds of thousand of people? Wes Bos explains everything from how he's built …

#027 – The Do's and Don'ts of Selling Your Company with Thomas Smale

September 1st, 2017

58:56

Few people have seen as many companies bought and sold online as Thomas Smale has. Hear the founder of FE International explain how he started his …

#026 – Building a Mission-Driven Company with Reuben Pressman of Presence

August 25th, 2017

56:22

Reuben Pressman has succeeded at doing some very difficult things as an entrepreneur, and building a mission-driven company is just the tip of the …

#025 – Becoming the Internet's Most Prolific Maker with Mubashar Iqbal

August 11th, 2017

57:09

In 2016, Mubashar Iqbal was named as Product Hunt's Maker of the Year for launching more products and better products than anyone else. In this episodes, Mubs shares his thoughts on what allows him to be uniquely …

#024 – From Side Projects to Serial Entrepreneur with Moritz Dausinger

August 4th, 2017

53:59

Moritz Dausinger started off like so many of us, releasing and then abandoning project after project. But when he launched Mailparser, something …

#023 – Building Habit-Forming Products with Nir Eyal, the Author of "Hooked"

July 19th, 2017

57:10

Why do some products become habits? What keeps people coming back to apps like Facebook and Pinterest every day? Nir Eyal breaks the step-by-step process any product can use to to become a habit, and we also dive into …

#022 – Going Full-Time on Your Side Project with Dave DeSandro of Metafizzy

July 12th, 2017

57:30

Not everybody gets to work for the internet, floating from project to project and doing creative work that they love, but Dave DeSandro does just that. Learn how he's made a career for himself by building and designing …

#021 – Starting a Mission-Driven Company with Rachel Carpenter of Intrinio

July 5th, 2017

52:44

The early team behind Intrinio got off to a very challenging start. In this episode, Rachel explains how being dedicated to their mission helped them stay scrappy and persevere through the hard times.

#020 – Building a Million Dollar Mailing List with Scott of Scott's Cheap Flights

June 28th, 2017

56:36

Learn how Scott Keyes grew his mailing list from 300 to 600,000 subscribers and $4M in revenue in two years.

#019 – Solving Your Own Problem with Todd Garland of BuySellAds

June 21st, 2017

52:02

Todd Garland went from being a blogger who published ads on his website to creating one of the leading advertising platforms on the web. Here's his story.

#018 – Finding Your First Paying Customers with Wade Foster of Zapier

June 14th, 2017

51:35

How did a company that nobody'd ever heard of find hundreds of beta users, and even convince them to pay for access? Wade Foster tells the story behind user acquisition at Zapier.

#017 – How to Grow Your Business with Julian Shapiro of Bell Curve

June 8th, 2017

1:36:50

Growth consultant Julian Shapiro joins me for an extra long episode in which he shares a wealth of knowledge and stories about making numbers go up …

#016 – Building a $1 Million Business Solo with Mike Perham of Sidekiq

May 31st, 2017

53:02

Learn how Mike Perham turned his open-source side project into a business, quit his job, and grew revenue to $80,000/mo without making a single hire.

#015 – Data-Driven Marketing and Sales with Alex MacCaw of Clearbit

May 24th, 2017

56:20

Alex MacCaw started Clearbit.com as a solo founder, and he's since grown it to millions of dollars in annual profit. Learn the marketing and sales …

#014 – Delivering More Value and Charging More Money with Brennan Dunn of DoubleYourFreelancing.com

May 17th, 2017

1:01:41

Brennan Dunn has earned $20k/week as a freelancer, grown an agency to millions in revenue, started and sold a SaaS product, and makes over $100k/mo …

#013 – How to overcome the biggest challenges to your online business with patio11

May 10th, 2017

1:03:35

Patrick McKenzie divulges his wisdom around how to develop promising business ideas, find your first customers, convince smart people to work with …

#012 – Traveling, Learning to Code, and Bootstrapping to $25k/mo with Tyler Tringas of Storemapper

May 3rd, 2017

54:10

Tyler Tringas talks about the difference between good and bad ideas, launching new products in days not months, finding your first customers one at a time, hiring effectively, and more.

#011 – How Ryan Bednar Went from SEO Consulting to Building an SEO Product That Makes $80,000/mo

April 26th, 2017

53:07

Turning your skillset into a product that solves customers' problems is one of the best ways to start a business. Learn how Ryan Bedndar came up with …

#010 – Growing Your Social Media Presence and Building an Audience with Laura Roeder of MeetEdgar

April 12th, 2017

1:03:31

The point of marketing is to draw new people in to your business every day, but how exactly do you go about doing that? Laura Roeder, who bootstrapped her business to $4M/year, explains how to build an audience.

#009 – Breaking Into Bootstrapping Your Own SaaS Business with Clifford Oravec of Tamboo

April 5th, 2017

54:20

Thinking about becoming an indie hacker? Learn how to start, what skills you need, and the biggest pitfalls to avoid in this discussion I had with Clifford Oravec, author of The Epic Guide to Bootstrapping a SaaS …

#008 – Growing a $600,000/mo Business by Starting with Direct Sales with Nathan Barry of ConvertKit

March 22nd, 2017

1:00:23

Learn how Nathan Barry grew his business by teaching what he knew, taking advantage of big competitors, showing up every day for two years, and treating direct sales as the answer to everything. Brought to you by Vettery

#007 – Building an Open-Source Publishing Platform That Makes $63,000/mo with John O'Nolan of Ghost

March 16th, 2017

58:12

John O'Nolan explains how he used his industry experience to come up with a simple idea, built a landing page that converted 30,000 email …

#006 – Launching Your Product and Finding Customers Immediately with Josh Pigford of Baremetrics

March 8th, 2017

44:40

Josh Pigford went from having an idea to having paying customers in eight days. Less than six months later he was making $14,000/month. In this episode, you'll learn exactly how he did it. Brought to you by SparkPost.

#005 – How the VC Business Model Co-Opts Entrepreneurs' Visions with Bryce Roberts of Indie.vc

February 28th, 2017

48:36

Why is the VC narrative so dominant? Bryce Roberts, partner at Indie.vc, talks about why it's important to focus on generating revenue from the beginning. Brought to you by DixonAndMoe.com.

#004 – Succeeding in a Crowded Market by Building a Niche Business with Garrett Dimon of Sifter

February 22nd, 2017

58:03

How do you cut through the noise and stand out among the competition so you can start landing your first customers? Garrett Dimon, the creator of Sifter, explains how he did it. Brought to you by SparkPost.

#003 – Bootstrapping a SaaS Business to $30,000,000/year with David Hauser of Grasshopper

February 13th, 2017

52:46

David Hauser explains how prioritizing selling early on, talking to customers, and rigorously testing marketing channels helped him bootstrap to $30M/year. Brought to you by DixonAndMoe.com.

#002 – Fueling Growth with SEO and Content Marketing with Chris Chen of Instapainting

February 10th, 2017

59:07

Learn how Instapainting founder Chris Chen used a combination of SEO and content marketing to grow his business to $32k/month in sales. Brought to you by ProductManagerHQ.com.

#001 – Building an Audience and Being Scrappy with Jason Grishkoff of SubmitHub

February 9th, 2017

1:04:22

Jason Grishkoff, the founder of SubmitHub, proves that being scrappy and doing things that don't scale (like sending 1000 emails) can lead to explosive growth. Brought to you by SparkPost.

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