156 episodes

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.

The Indie Hackers Podcast Courtland Allen

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    • 5.0, 332 Ratings

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.

    #156 – Surviving a Recession as an Indie Hacker with Amy Hoy of Noko and 30x500

    #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.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #155 – Finding the Right Models for Growth with Brian Balfour of Reforge

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

    #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

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #153 – Quick Chat with William Candillon of Start React Native

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

    #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

    • 1 hr 11 min
    #151 – Striking the Right Balance as an Indie Hacker with Sergio Mattei of Makerlog

    #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 min

Customer Reviews

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332 Ratings

332 Ratings

Amin Phakhruddin ,

Extremely Inspirational

Hey Courtland,

I really enjoy listening to these podcasts, and it has pushed me to try and build more publicly online and in my community.

Recently my university published a small article about my app (still in beta), Sympl, a course marketplace for Generation Z. And even with that people have reached out to me.

Brian Bal ,

Great Questions. Better Answers.

Courtland does an amazing job of asking precise questions. This stimulates answers that deliver actionable content and ideas. A fantastic podcast to support the "I want to do my own business" kind of person.

bubsolow ,

the best

thank you courtland!

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