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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-generating machines. The future is indie!

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-generating machines. The future is indie!

Location:

United States

Description:

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-generating machines. The future is indie!

Language:

English

Contact:

6178386443


Episodes

#231 – Learning from Conversations with Andrew Warner of Mixergy

10/20/2021
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 everything he's learned about having a meaningful conversation and maximizing the value out of one-shot encounters.

Duration:00:51:17

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

10/13/2021
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 company, Microacquire.

Duration:00:41:57

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

10/6/2021
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, incumbents like Google are already in the space. I invited her here to find out how she did it.

Duration:00:43:19

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

9/29/2021
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 indie hacker.

Duration:00:33:47

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

9/22/2021
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 company remotely. I want to ask him about what decisions he made early on that put constraints on how and why Ghost grows.

Duration:00:54:43

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

9/15/2021
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 that off and how he's outsmarting the what he calls the "rigged-game" of Venture Capital.

Duration:00:57:34

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

9/8/2021
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 he did to grow his own Twitter audience to over 200k in basically a year. We'll also dig into the details of a side project he and I have been working on.

Duration:00:59:24

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

9/1/2021
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 her recent book, "Deploy Empathy: A Practical Guide to Interviewing Customers."

Duration:00:47:45

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

8/25/2021
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 like product development and why the sales graphs for his books look more like a hockey stick instead of shark fin. The Mom TestWrite Useful Books

Duration:00:52:44

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

8/18/2021
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 removed a huge pain for team managers. I'll ask him how he built it and how the model for the product has a built-in growth mechanism.

Duration:00:51:04

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

8/11/2021
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 from an Indie Hackers post, how he grew Hypefury past $20K MRR, and why indie hackers don't have to solve a completely unique problem to be successful.

Duration:00:30:46

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

8/4/2021
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 difference between companies that make it and companies that don't.

Duration:00:51:19

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

7/28/2021
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 structuring Every as a "collective," the writers are happier, the readers are getting better content, and Every is profitable. I want to find out how they get readers, how they get writers, and how "bundling" can be strategic for indie hackers.

Duration:01:02:01

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

7/21/2021
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) have both sold their businesses and are currently hosting one of the best business podcasts out there. In this episode, we talk about what it's like to be in their position now and what kind of businesses they would start if they were doing it all over today.

Duration:01:06:15

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

7/14/2021
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 about in this episode. We'll also talk about his new company, which he decided to build with a completely different approach to growth.

Duration:00:35:02

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

7/7/2021
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 the projects he launched to reach $10K MRR.

Duration:00:56:42

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

6/30/2021
Today I'm talking to Dan Cederholm (@simplebits) about his somewhat reluctant journey into growing Dribbble. He's a self-described "accidental entrepreneur. So, in this interview, we'll talk about how someone who identifies as a creator and a designer can fill the role of a founder.

Duration:00:30:36

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

6/23/2021
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 episode, I'll find out how Chris came up with the idea and why he intentionally chose a tiny market.

Duration:01:04:13

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

6/18/2021
Molly Wolchansky is the founder of The Agent Nest (@theagentnest), an application that manages social media posts and marketing materials for real estate agents. In this episode, we'll find out why she chose this niche and how seven years of manual agency work led to a breaking point.

Duration:00:41:50

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

6/15/2021
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, all over Indie Hackers helping people. In this episode, I talk to Arvid Kahl (@arvidkahl) about how involuntary reciprocity built his audience and how Indie Hackers can do the same. We'll dig into his new book, The Embedded Entrepreneur, to break down how he co-developed and grew his businesses through audience engagement.

Duration:00:57:12