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Indie Hackers presents
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!
June 10, 2021
#211 – Making 5-figures a Month as an OnlyFans Creator with Aella and Savannah Solo
This is not a typical episode for the podcast. Today I am talk to two OnlyFans creators: Savannah Solo and Aella. They are both top earners on the platform and we'll find out why. OnlyFans is at the intersection of the creator economy and porn. So if you're not comfortable hearing about sex work or internet porn, you may want to skip this episode.
June 2, 2021
#210 – How to Take On Huge Incumbents as a Solo Founder with Derrick Reimer of SavvyCal
Derrick Reimer (@derrickreimer) has been following a playbook that involves taking on big players in a market by drafting on their tailwind. It's gotten him to six-figure revenue with SavvyCal but it wasn't a strategy that always worked. In this episode, we'll talk about how he failed when trying to take on Slack and how he eventually bounced back with SavvyCal.
May 28, 2021
#209 – Business Books, Coaches, and "Getting Rich" with John Doherty of Credo
Since John Doherty (@dohertyjf) was on the podcast three years ago, he's completely changed the business model of his company. In this interview, we'll talk about the moment his customers told him "his baby was ugly" and what happened next.
May 25, 2021
#208 – How this Indie Hacker Blew Past $10K MRR with Jon Yongfook of Bannerbear
Joining me is Jon Yongfook (@yongfook), 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 Bannerbear toward the $1M ARR mark.
May 12, 2021
#206 – How Small Actions Lead to Compound Gains with Nathan Barry of ConvertKit
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 riding the wave of the creator economy. But mostly we’ll discuss how incremental improvements over eight years is responsible for the email marketing tool’s compound growth.
May 5, 2021
#205 – New Business Ideas for 2021
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 (VTOL), NFTs, people coins, and other trends to get ahead of for the next year.
April 23, 2021
#203 – What You Need to Know About Bitclout with Mubashar Iqbal
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 scam? Is it not a scam? Are we all living in a real life episode of Black Mirror? We get to the bottom of your burning questions in this episode.
April 20, 2021
#202 – How to Build a Rabid Fan Base with Austin Rief of Morning Brew
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 days resulted in an authenticity that he credits for their growth. In this episode, I talk to Austin about how he’s using Twitter to grow, what types of customers become brand ambassadors, and so much more.
April 16, 2021
#201 – 3x Growth, Dating, and Hiring a Coach for Everything with Ben Orenstein of Tuple
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 insane growth, what it’s like being single as a startup founder, and why he’s hiring a coach for nearly every aspect of his life.
April 13, 2021
#200 – Every Indie Hacker Has an Online Course in Them with Andrew Berry, Marie Poulin, and Ali Abdaal
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 ways to teach others online. So I invited Andrew Berry (@Bazzaruto), who runs the On Deck Course Creators Fellowship, Marie Poulin (@mariepoulin), who runs an online course called Notion Mastery, and Ali Abdaal (@AliAbdaal), who runs Part Time YouTuber Academy. In this episode, we’ll talk about how to get started, overcome imposter syndrome, and how everyone has something to teach.
April 7, 2021
#199 – The Future of Teaching with Darrell Silver of Thinkful and Quincy Larson of freeCodeCamp
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 you two of the best educators that I know. Darrell Silver (@darrellsilver) is the founder of Thinkful (an online learning service that's helped thousands of students get high paying jobs in tech) and Quincy Larson (@ossia), the founder of freeCodeCamp. We’ll get into some of the best ways for indie hackers to get started as educators and the economics behind an education business.
March 31, 2021
#198 – How an Indie Hacker Landed Enterprise Customers in Year One with Nadav Keyson of Riverside.fm
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 able to score clients like Hillary Clinton and the NFL as first customers. In this episode, I’ll talk to Nadav about how he reached out to big names, turned them into customers, and built a product with innate virality.
March 24, 2021
#197 – Inside Zapier's First Acquisition with Ben Tossell of Makerpad
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 to the test as I dig into the details of the deal and what it’s like for a founder to go through that process for the first time.
March 17, 2021
#196 – Turning a Weak Skill into Your Best Asset with David Perrell of Write of Passage
David Perrell (@david_perrell) is someone whose own friends told him he wasn’t a good writer. By his own account, he was “horrible” at it. In this episode, we talk about why he decided to get really, really good at writing instead of just giving up and what specific techniques made it possible.
March 10, 2021
#195 – Be Discoverable in a Competitive Space with Sabba Keynejad of VEED
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 getting banned from Qoura to grow Veed.io.
March 4, 2021
#194 – Entering a Market with No Domain Expertise with Kevin Lee of immi
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. So in this episode, we just get really personal. We talk about our own health and wellness. We even talk about deathbed regrets and how to avoid them by working on the things that actually bring you joy.
March 1, 2021
#193 – How to Earn 100 True Fans and Your Financial Independence with Jay Clouse of Unreal Collective
Jay Clouse first popped onto my radar when he posted on Indie Hackers that he sold his community to Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income. You typically don't see communities get acquired because they're often built around a single individual and frequently they get worse as they grow instead if better. In this episode, we'll find out how Jay not only grows this thing, but also holds the ship together as it scales.
February 23, 2021
#192 – Building Games Users Will Actually Pay For with Dave Geddes of Flexbox
It's not uncommon for software engineers to get into programming because of video games. The story usually goes that they played a lot of games as a kid and even though they dreamed of building these games as a developer usually end up working for Facebook or Google creating Web Apps. Not Dave Geddes. Dave (@geddski) is making games that teach people how to code and he's not giving them away for free. He's actually selling them for hundreds of dollars in fact. In this episode, Dave and I talk about the moment that led to him leaving his high-paying, secure job, the launch of his first game and how he's monetizing it.