Surviving in the muddy waters of the App Store as an indie isn’t easy. Alice Zhao, Curtis Herbert and Daniel “Jelly” Farrelly explore what it means to them, what they do to make it work, and how to claim your independence.
67: A Milestone, Not a Disappointment
Curtis has won an Apple Developer Award, so Alice and Curtis give him the ultimate gift: an Independence reunion. They discuss what it’s like to win such a coveted award, what they’ve been doing in the last couple of years, and whether or not any of them are actually still indies.
66: Keep Not Wearing Pants
Curtis had a topic planned, but Alice and Jelly ruined everything. The three talk about their experiences through out the course of Independence, how things have changed, why it’s ending, and ultimately answer the question of whether they still aim to be independent.
If you’re considering doing an app with subscriptions, there’s some things you may want to consider before you make that move, as it’s not necessarily the best answer for every situation. Curtis and Jelly have been using subscriptions for a while, so Alice quizzes them on how things have been going, in the hopes that it’ll give her an answer on whether she should move to using them herself.
64: Post-Launch Review
After launching a new thing—or an update to a thing—Jelly likes to stop, look back at the process, and evaluate how things went. For him, it involves considering the answers to some key questions, and he decides that it’s worth forcing Alice and Curtis through this process. Together, they discuss recent launches, how they went, and what they feel could have gone better… or worse.
63: Ethical Businesses
Running a successful business is hard, and with the myriad of decisions that you make, it’s also difficult to do so in an ethical way. Alice, Curtis, and Jelly look back at the decisions they’ve made in trying to run ethical businesses, how they’ve worked out long term, and whether they’ve been the right choices in the long term.
62: Data Privacy
If there’s one thing that’s important when building a business around software, it’s data, but there are also downsides to collecting the data, both for us as business-owners, and for our customers. Alice, Jelly and Curtis talk about their approaches to data collection, and why it’s best to keep privacy in mind when creating software.
Awesome, inspiring, helpful
I've listened to about half of your show now and just wanted to really thank you for putting the time and effort forth to produce this podcast! It has been very helpful and inspiring to me. I've been developing iOS apps independently for 2 years now and only found this a few months ago. Keep up the great work ok!! I've also recommended this podcast to a bunch of others here in the san diego area.
Used to be my favourite show
I used to think this was a 11 star show but recently have felt the quality had gone way done hill. The main reason is that Curtis reminds me of your co-worker who must talk over you and must always correct every little thing. Would love to hear from more people than Curtis
Great info for the indie or aspiring indie
I am an aspiring indie software engineer. The stories in this podcast help me learn what it really means to be an indie developer and what it will take for me to make the move into full indie development. I highly recomend it if you are an indie or even just curious about being and indie. Great work Alice, Curtis, and Daniel (Jelly).