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Author: Courtland Allen

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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!
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Mat De Sousa (@DsMatie) talks having million-dollar ambitions as a child, learning from numerous failed startups, why Shopify apps are great for indie hackers, the proper way to find a business idea, and growing from $0 to $37k/mo in 2.5 years with Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen).
Damon Chen (@damengchen) talks failed side projects, validating your idea, charging higher prices than is comfortable, what makes for a good website testimonial, and growing a bootstrapped startup to $30k/mo with Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen).
Eric Turner (@_etdev) talks living in Japan as a foreigner and visiting Japan as a tourist, finding inspiration to start as an indie hacker, picking a lucrative market, and shares some tips growing a job board with Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen).
Laura Roeder (@lkr) talks life coaching, starting multiple successful businesses (and selling one for millions), early growth via SEO, and designing a company to align with your lifestyle with Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen).
Marko Saric (@markosaric) talks living in Brussels, things he learned working in marketing, joining an existing project as a late co-founder, succeeding on Hacker News, surviving against a behemoth competitor, and learnings from bootstrapping an open-source project to over $1.2M in annual revenue with Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen).
Kapil Kale (@kapil) talks AI-generated art, going through YC, buying out his investors to own 100% of the company, pivoting from an okay idea to a great idea, and growing a profitable business to 8-figures in annual revenue with Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen).
Tony Dinh (@tdinh_me) talks growing up in Vietnam, quitting his job working for the man, failed vs successful side projects, growing via Twitter, and managing multiple projects that add up to $18,000 in monthly revenue with Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen).
Liron Shapira (@liron) talks relationship and dating advice, building a coaching business, marketing via Facebook groups, and growing his revenue to millions of dollars with Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen).
Dashiell Bark-Huss (@DashBarkHuss) talks quitting the fashion industry, living in a van, learning to code, selling to sex workers, lucid dreaming, and growing her first-ever startup to $36k/mo with Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen).
We're talking to Patrick Campbell, an indie founder who just sold his company for $200,000,000. That's an insane nine figure exit for a bootstrapped founder. In this episode, we talk with Patrick about his champagne problems and what indie hackers need to know today to get to where he is more quickly.  Follow Patrick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Patticus Check out ProfitWell: https://www.profitwell.com/
Sahil Lavingia (@shl) and Justin Jackson (@mijustin) join Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen) for a special debate-style episode. It's four dudes talking about Elon Musk. What could go wrong? Follow Sahil on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shl Check out Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/ Follow Justin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mijustin Check out Transistor.fm: https://transistor.fm/
Vincent Woo (@fulligin) sold his company for tens of millions of dollars. He joins the pod to talk to Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen) about advice for fledgling indie hackers trying to make money, the purpose of business, defining principles for one's life, and why he shouldn't have to pay Courtland for a $10,000 bet he lost.
Daniel Vassallo (@dvassallo) and Arvid Kahl (@arvidkahl) have both already made it as indie hackers. They join Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen) to discuss making money as an indie hacker, designing your life after you reach financial freedom, avoiding risk, mitigating inflation, and whether or not college is worth it.Related episodes: #212 – Actionable Steps for Building the Right Business with Arvid Kahl #177 – Mastering the Lifestyle-First Approach to Indie Hacking with Daniel Vassallo #140 – Vital Learnings from Bootstrapping and Selling a $55k a Month Business with Arvid Kahl of FeedbackPanda
Long-time listener, first-time guest — Courtland (@csallen) and Channing's (@ChanningAllen) mom, Eva, joins the pod to talk raising twins, buying gifts, selling computer parts, co-founder theft, an Indie Hackers quiz for moms, and why you should never retire.
I'm making some changes to the Indie Hackers Podcast. Check out this episode for a sneak peek into what's ahead. 
Julian Shapiro is back on the show today.  He's been my co-host for our podcast Brains, he's an investor at Julian.capital and a writer at Julian.com. Lately, he's been super into investing. He's managed to take an overly complex thing like investing and reverse-engineer it, breaking it down into its simplest frameworks.  Follow Julian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/julian Check out Demand Curve: https://www.demandcurve.com/ Become an investor with Carveout: https://www.withcarveout.com/ Apply to Hyper: https://hyper.com/ Read Julian's memos for founders: https://www.julian.capital/
My twin brother Channing (@ChanningAllen) joins the show for the first time, for a casual chat about our recent trip to Italy, the best and worst parts of getting COVID, the future of media companies and indie creators, and DALL-E 2 and the future of AI.
When Sam Eaton hears a new idea, it's all he can do to contain his excitement and dive right into the code. So when his sister told him she wanted to start a cookie delivery business, there was never any question that he'd apply his indie hacker skills to help out however he could. And to great effect — today they're selling hundreds of thousand of dollars worth of cookies every month. In this episode, Sam and I discuss the advantages of target your local community as a niche, ways to leverage scarcity and social proof to increase sales, and how software engineers can best apply their skills to selling products in the real world.
Twenty pages into reading his first business book, Peldi Guilizzonni (@peldi) closed it for good and told himself, "This is not for me. I'm never going to start a business. It's insane." Not long after that, he rolled up his sleeves and got started building Balsamiq Mockups, which would go on to employee dozens of people, serve thousands of customers, and generate over $6M per year in revenue. Over ten years later, it's still going strong. Learn about the path Peldi took to get where he is today, why he's a legend among bootstrappers, and how he's building a business that's meant to last.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/085-peldi-guilizzoni-of-balsamiq
Today I'm talking to Indie Hacker Brett Williams (@brettfromdj) who has built a $1M ARR "agency of one." In this episode we talk about how he manages 50 clients as a solo designer and has 10x'd his prices in the process.  Check out DesignJoy: DesignJoy.co Follow Brett on Twitter: twitter.com/brettfromdj
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William Vaughn

not a good episode. should have stuck with indie business topics

Jun 26th
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Mo Prm

amazing podcast👌👌👌👌

Feb 8th
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Hamza Senhaji Rhazi

the job of an engineer is not copying from stack overflow, it's a low standard to set for the definition of a software engineer

Dec 29th
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Mir Media

He's spending the entire podcast promoting himself.

Sep 23rd
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Marcel Maebara

Best podcast ever hands down.

Apr 3rd
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Corey Alix

No I love this guy. He's a philosopher.

Sep 2nd
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Corey McCoy

This guy is so annoying. Stop "TRYING" to be the contrarian....

Sep 1st
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Gabo

The guest is a smart guy but sometimes is nice to take a breath and allow your host to make you questions...

Aug 6th
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Corey McCoy

please... please please stop with the COVID stuff. I listen to this podcast for business insights. it's not relevant...

May 19th
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Mir Media

Attention, Interest-tell them facts, Desire-tell stories and features and benefits, Action to take

May 12th
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Corey Alix

Good to hear that this route works in some cases because it's the only way I could see myself succeeding - by building something that scratches and itch and eliminates pain. I'm lowering my pain threshold ASAP.

Dec 2nd
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Ketan Ramteke

Mike is damn calm and his thoughts seems so full of clarity.

Nov 6th
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UK Spacegeek

Please stop saying CHURN

Oct 2nd
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Piyush Dutta

A brilliant insight on how to seek the fabled word content with what I have. Ridiculously brilliant and exciting podcast

Sep 24th
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Philip Chang

wow this dudes fucking garbage. This dudes main habit is reguritating stuff from the book power of habit

Feb 5th
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Antonio Javier Sanchez

oolooooooooo

Jan 9th
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юузарнэ́мь

One of the most useful podcasts I ever heard.

Nov 24th
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Pavlo Kochubei

This is a really interesting story. Thank you!

Oct 10th
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Pavlo Kochubei

The description here is wrong.

Aug 28th
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Pavlo Kochubei

Great advice about timing and not following your passion.

Jan 2nd
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