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 discover new trends, escape the 9-to-5 grind, and create their own personal revenue-generating machines. The future is indie!
#178 – Trends and Opportunities for Building a SaaS in 2020 with Rob Walling of TinySeed
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 advantage of? Is SaaS too competitive, and if not, how do you pick the right niche when it all seems so saturated? Are info products, paid newsletters, and communities a better path for indie hackers than SaaS? And do you really need to listen to this constant advice to build an audience?
Run With It: Inside the Business with Lindsay Gabbard and Alessandro Pepe
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 recover lost income.
#177 – Mastering the Lifestyle-First Approach to Indie Hacking with Daniel Vassallo
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 choice. Instead, less than two years later, he's built a suite of products that most founders would envy. In this episode we discuss how Daniel minimizes risk by running multiple projects simultaneously, how he turns time into a friend instead of an enemy by lowering his costs, and how a lifestyle-first business mindset can make you both richer and happier.
#176 – The Journey to Build a Large, Profitable Business with Aleem Mawani of Streak
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, profitable, and lasting software business. To do so, he'd have to pivot away from a failing idea, start charging customers who'd always been free, and bet everything on a risky platform controlled by another company. But today he's never been happier. In this episode, Aleem and I discuss when to work harder vs when to call it quits, how to pick the right community to surround yourself with, and how he chose a SaaS idea that scaled to millions in revenue.
Indie Bites: How VEED grew to $1.7m ARR in less than 2 years with Sabba Keynejad of Veed.io
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 rapidly. It's well-executed product in a growing market, but that hasn't stopped Sabba and the team firing on all cylinders to grow the business. I talk with Sabba for 15 minutes about how they came up with the idea, how they've managed to grow so quickly and advice for indie hackers that are looking to go full-time on their business."
#175 – Using A.I. to Become a Superpowered Indie Hacker with Przemek Chojecki of Contentyze
When Przemek Chojecki (@prz_chojecki) had had enough of startup failure, he decided to interview successful founders to see what he could learn from them. But instead of doing it by hand, he built his own "A.I. journalist" to do it for him, and interviewed 1000 founders in under three months. That's just one of the many ways he's found to use cutting-edge A.I. to be more productive as a founder. The best part? Normal indie hackers can do this, too. In this episode, Przemek and I discuss the explosion of accessible A.I. tech, how indie hackers can use it to accomplish more with fewer people, and how Przemek himself is using it to earn thousands of dollars per month.
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One of the best Podcasts I know.
I thought I knew enough with Lean Startup or Getting Real. But here there's so much to learn. Thank you Courtland for all the work and effort you put in. I always listen to this during my running.
This podcast was recommended to me by a friend and I must say that I am loving it!
The interviews are really insightful as they allow you to get first hand experience and advice on a great variety of all kinds of topics around entrepreneurship. I also want to highlight Courtlands outstanding interview style an his ability to ask the right questions while keeping the listener always aware of the key takeaways.
I can only recommend this to anyone interested in entrepreneurship or business in general! Thank you and keep up the great work!