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The Indie Hackers Podcast

Courtland Allen

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The Indie Hackers Podcast

The Indie Hackers Podcast

Courtland Allen

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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

#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 MIN8 h ago
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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 MIN2 w ago
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#155 – Finding the Right Models for Growth with Brian Balfour of Reforge

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

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

65 MIN2 w ago
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#154 – The Right Way to Talk to People About Your Business with Rob Fitzpatrick, Author of The Mom Test

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

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

48 MIN3 w ago
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#153 – Quick Chat with William Candillon of Start React Native

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

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

72 MIN3 w ago
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#152 – Picking the Right Market to Get Started In with Justin Jackson and Tyler Tringas

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

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

48 MINFEB. 29
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#151 – Striking the Right Balance as an Indie Hacker with Sergio Mattei of Makerlog

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

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

53 MINFEB. 25
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#150 – Acquiring the Experience to Make It as a Solo Founder with Jen Yip of Lunch Money

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

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

60 MINFEB. 20
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#149 – Generating Passive Income by Teaching What You Know with Greg Rog of LearnUX

#148 – Quick Chat with Nathan Rosidi of Strata Scratch

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

28 MINFEB. 12
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#148 – Quick Chat with Nathan Rosidi of Strata Scratch

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

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

53 MINFEB. 12
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#147 – Having Fun on the Path to Independence with Cory Zue of Place Card Me

Latest Episodes

#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 MIN8 h ago
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 MIN2 w ago
Comments
#155 – Finding the Right Models for Growth with Brian Balfour of Reforge

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

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

65 MIN2 w ago
Comments
#154 – The Right Way to Talk to People About Your Business with Rob Fitzpatrick, Author of The Mom Test

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

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

48 MIN3 w ago
Comments
#153 – Quick Chat with William Candillon of Start React Native

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

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

72 MIN3 w ago
Comments
#152 – Picking the Right Market to Get Started In with Justin Jackson and Tyler Tringas

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

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

48 MINFEB. 29
Comments
#151 – Striking the Right Balance as an Indie Hacker with Sergio Mattei of Makerlog

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

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

53 MINFEB. 25
Comments
#150 – Acquiring the Experience to Make It as a Solo Founder with Jen Yip of Lunch Money

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

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

60 MINFEB. 20
Comments
#149 – Generating Passive Income by Teaching What You Know with Greg Rog of LearnUX

#148 – Quick Chat with Nathan Rosidi of Strata Scratch

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

28 MINFEB. 12
Comments
#148 – Quick Chat with Nathan Rosidi of Strata Scratch

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

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

53 MINFEB. 12
Comments
#147 – Having Fun on the Path to Independence with Cory Zue of Place Card Me
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