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The Indie Hackers Podcast

The Indie Hackers Podcast

Indie Hackers

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300
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I'm Courtland Allen, and on IndieHackers.com I've interviewed hundreds of people about how they've turned their ideas and side projects into profitable online businesses. Explore the stories, challenges, and tactics behind the indie hackers who are escaping the 9-to-5 grind and building their own revenue-generating machines.

Latest Episodes

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

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 optimistic. In this episode, Scott and I discuss the frightening state of the travel industry and the economy as a whole, why a curated product is superior to a comprehensive one, and the keys to building a 7-figure paid newsletter that's capable of weathering even the darkest of storms.

87 MIN2 w ago
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#164 – Facing Down an Existential Threat to Your Business with Scott Keyes of Scotts Cheap Flights

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

Rob Walling (@robwalling) spent years bootstrapping successful SaaS businesses, and today he's helping others do the same as the founder of TinySeed, the first accelerator for bootstrappers. In this episode, Rob and I discuss common misconceptions about fundraising, how to succeed as a founder from an investor's point of view, and why now is the best time to be an indie hacker.

59 MINMAY 29
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#163 – Bootstrapping from an Investor’s Point of View with Rob Walling of TinySeed

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

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

71 MINMAY 19
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#162 – Building the House You Want to Live In with Steli Efti of Close

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

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

59 MINMAY 8
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#161 – How to Make Millions by Writing Online with Sam Parr of The Hustle

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

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

43 MINMAY 1
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#160 – Validating and Building Your Ideas Without Code with Bram Kanstein of No-Code MVP

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

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

40 MINAPR 25
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#159 – Storytelling, COVID-19, and Viral Startup Growth with Tomas Pueyo of Course Hero

#158 – Communicating During Crisis with Rand Fishkin of SparkToro

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

67 MINAPR 17
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#158 – Communicating During Crisis with Rand Fishkin of SparkToro

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

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

52 MINAPR 10
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#157 – Listening to Users and Growing to $100,000 MRR with Baird Hall of Wavve

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

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.

69 MINAPR 2
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#156 – Surviving a Recession as an Indie Hacker with Amy Hoy of Noko and 30x500

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

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

51 MINMAR 19
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#155 – Finding the Right Models for Growth with Brian Balfour of Reforge

Latest Episodes

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

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 optimistic. In this episode, Scott and I discuss the frightening state of the travel industry and the economy as a whole, why a curated product is superior to a comprehensive one, and the keys to building a 7-figure paid newsletter that's capable of weathering even the darkest of storms.

87 MIN2 w ago
Comments
#164 – Facing Down an Existential Threat to Your Business with Scott Keyes of Scotts Cheap Flights

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

Rob Walling (@robwalling) spent years bootstrapping successful SaaS businesses, and today he's helping others do the same as the founder of TinySeed, the first accelerator for bootstrappers. In this episode, Rob and I discuss common misconceptions about fundraising, how to succeed as a founder from an investor's point of view, and why now is the best time to be an indie hacker.

59 MINMAY 29
Comments
#163 – Bootstrapping from an Investor’s Point of View with Rob Walling of TinySeed

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

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

71 MINMAY 19
Comments
#162 – Building the House You Want to Live In with Steli Efti of Close

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

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

59 MINMAY 8
Comments
#161 – How to Make Millions by Writing Online with Sam Parr of The Hustle

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

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

43 MINMAY 1
Comments
#160 – Validating and Building Your Ideas Without Code with Bram Kanstein of No-Code MVP

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

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

40 MINAPR 25
Comments
#159 – Storytelling, COVID-19, and Viral Startup Growth with Tomas Pueyo of Course Hero

#158 – Communicating During Crisis with Rand Fishkin of SparkToro

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

67 MINAPR 17
Comments
#158 – Communicating During Crisis with Rand Fishkin of SparkToro

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

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

52 MINAPR 10
Comments
#157 – Listening to Users and Growing to $100,000 MRR with Baird Hall of Wavve

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

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.

69 MINAPR 2
Comments
#156 – Surviving a Recession as an Indie Hacker with Amy Hoy of Noko and 30x500

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

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

51 MINMAR 19
Comments
#155 – Finding the Right Models for Growth with Brian Balfour of Reforge
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