The Indie Hackers Podcast

I'm Courtland Allen, and on IndieHackers.com I've interviewed hundreds of developers about how they've built, marketed, and grown their side projects into profitable online businesses. The Indie Hackers Podcast dives even deeper into the strategies and tactics behind making money online. I'll be speaking with the founders of businesses both big and small, from people working a few hours a week on side projects that generate $500/month, to CEOs who've grown their startups to millions of dollars in annual revenue. Whether you're currently running your own business or you're an aspiring entrepreneur, you'll learn by example the fundamentals behind coming up with valuable ideas, testing the market to see if they'll work, finding your first customers, marketing and growing your business, and becoming a financially independent indie hacker.


Listen Now: #108 – Keeping It Simple to Build a Multimillion-Dollar Business with Sam Parr of The Hustle

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#100 – From Aspiring Billionaire to Indie Hacker with Sahil Lavingia of Gumroad

16

#097 – Paying It Forward with Kindness to Build a $1.2MM Community with Rosie Sherry of Ministry of Testing

12

#092 – The Business of Bringing People Together with Derek Andersen and David Spinks of Bevy

7

#099 – Overcoming Fear and Paralysis to Build an Industry-Changing Business with Aline Lerner of Interviewing.io

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#108 – Keeping It Simple to Build a Multimillion-Dollar Business with Sam Parr of The Hustle

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#107 – Quick Chat with Joe Howard of WP Buffs

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#106 – Creating a $200k Side Project Without Writing a Line of Code with Ben Tossell of Makerpad

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#105 – Charting Your Own Course as a Founder with Jason Fried of Basecamp

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#104 – Quick Chat with Dianna Allen of Budget Meal Planner

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#103 – Finding Success by Working on Things That Matter with Hiten Shah of FYI

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#102 – Quick Chat with Pat Walls of Starter Story

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#101 – How to Execute Well and Beat the Competition with Eric Zhang of Scalable Press

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#098 – How to Make $2.5MM as a Solo Founder by Teaching What You Love with Adam Wathan

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#096 – How Three Founders Created a Profitable Business That They Haven't Even Launched Yet with Ben Orenstein of Tuple

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#095 – Reaching $20MM/year Building Hundreds of Products with Chad Pytel of thoughtbot

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#094 – How to Build a Better (Funnier!) Brand for Your Business with Allie LeFevere of Obedient

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#093 – Things You Learn from Starting 23 Businesses with "Parallel Founder" Danielle Baskin

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#091 – Making It Happen as an Early-Stage Founder with Mark Fershteyn of Recapped

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#090 – Inventing the Company That's Right for You with Natalie Nagele of Wildbit

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#089 – From Fireman to First-Time Founder with Matt Verlaque of UpLaunch

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#088 – Sage Advice (and Reasons You Probably Won't Follow It) from Jason Cohen of WP Engine

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#087 – Examining the Repeated Successes of a Product-Focused Solo Founder with AJ of Carrd

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#086 – How to Build a Life You Love by Quitting Everything Else with Lynne Tye of Key Values

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#085 – Building a Business Meant to Last with Peldi Guilizzoni of Balsamiq

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#084 – Creating Better Products Through Marketing with Tim Soulo of Ahrefs

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#083 – The Trial-and-Error Path from $0 to $1 Million with Dominic Wells of Human Proof Designs

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#082 – Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Bootstrapping with Rob Walling of Drip and TinySeed

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#081 – Bootstrapping to Millions in Revenue, Not Once, But Twice! with Ajay Goel of GMass

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#080 – How to Accomplish Something Extraordinarily Great with Daniel Gross of Pioneer

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#079 – Things Every Founder Should Know About Growth with Julian Shapiro of Bell Curve

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#078 – Taking on Google and Facebook as a Solo Open-Source Founder with Evan You of Vue.js

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#077 – Iterating Your Way to a Product That Customers Find Valuable with Andy Cook of Tettra

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#076 – Becoming Better Leaders to Build Better Companies with Keegan and Cameron of Torch.io

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#075 – Escaping the 9-to-5 Grind to Create a $3 Million Business with Joel Hooks of egghead.io

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#074 – How to Build a Complex Hardware Business by Starting Simple with David Rabie of Tovala

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#073 – Building the Habits Necessary to Succeed as a Founder with James Clear

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#072 – Building a High-Growth Startup in an Emerging Market with Shola Akinlade of Paystack

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#071 – Bootstrapping to $1 Million in Two Years as a Non-Technical Founder with Christy Laurence of Plann

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#070 – Pivoting from Hard Times to Profitability with Christine Spang of Nylas

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#069 – How to Use Patience and Empathy to Reach Millions with Ben Halpern of Dev.to

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#068 – Finding Success as a First-Time Founder with Mathilde Collin of Front

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#067 - Creating a Massive Community and Making It Profitable with Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt

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#066 – Building a Tech Business Outside of the Tech Industry with Brian Jagger of Casting Calls America

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#065 – From Blogging to Growing an Agency to $85,000 a Month with Nat Eliason of Growth Machine

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#064 – The Path from Minimum Viable Product to $50M a Year with Des Traynor of Intercom

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#063 – Turning Small Ideas into a $35,000 a Month Business with Katie Keith of Barn2 Media

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#062 – Getting a Brand New SaaS Business Off the Ground with Mike Taber of Bluetick

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#061 – How to Bootstrap Your Way to $250,000,000/year with JT Marino of Tuft & Needle

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#060 – The Psychological Challenges of Being a Founder with Dr. Sherry Walling of Zen Founder

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#059 – From Laid Off to Generating $25,000 in Monthly Revenue with John Doherty of Credo

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#058 – Building the Company You Actually Want to Work at with Joel Gascoigne of Buffer

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#057 – Wearing All the Hats as a Founder with Saron Yitbarek of CodeNewbie

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#056 – Following Your Passion to Build an Impactful Business with Quincy Larson of freeCodeCamp

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#055 – Blazing New Trails with a Small Team with Claire Lew of Know Your Company

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#054 – Getting Help from the Community to Build a Profitable Game with Vicky Hsu of Habitica

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#053 – The Path to Improving as a Founder and Generating Millions in Revenue with Steli Efti of Close.com

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#052 – Creating a Popular Product and Selling It to Governments with Tiffany and Danny of Remix

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#051 – Finding Your Way as a Founder with Rand Fishkin of Moz and SparkToro

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#050 – Creating a New Product Category with Katelyn Gleason of Eligible

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#049 – Everything You Need to Know About Business with Josh Kaufman of The Personal MBA

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#048 – Publishing Wildly Successful Content Online with David Smooke of Hacker Noon

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#047 – The Value of Being Interesting and Persistent with Joel Runyon of Impossible

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#046 – Building a Life-Changing Business with Austen Allred of Lambda School

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#045 – Turning a Vision Into a Massively Profitable Business with Max Lytvyn of Grammarly

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#044 – From Fledgling Founder to 7-Figure Deals with Stephanie Hurlburt of Binomial

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#043 – Confronting Your Fears and Taking a Leap with Pieter Levels of Nomad List

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#042 – Bootstrapping in a Crowded Market with Gareth and Jonathan Bull

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#041 – An Optimistic Nihilist's Take on Building a $2M Business with Vincent Woo

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#040 – Learning How to Be a Successful Founder with Spenser Skates

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#039 – Success Ten Years in the Making with Amir Salihefendic of Doist

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#038 – When Your Side Project Blows Up with Dawson Whitfield of Logojoy

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#037 – The Story of WorkFlowy: From $0 to $800,000 a Year with Jesse Patel

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#036 – From Two Failed Startups to $10,000,000 in Revenue with David Darmanin

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#035 – "Definitely Not Trying to Fit In" with Tobias van Schneider

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#034 – Making $125,000 a Month as a Solo Founder with Mike Carson of Park.io

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#033 – Finding Your Next Idea with Philippe Lehoux of MissiveApp.com

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#032 – Before and After Product-Market Fit with Peter and Calvin from Segment

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#031 – How Kevin McArdle Quit His Job and Bought 28 Businesses in Two Years

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#030 – Pivoting Your Way to Three Million Users with Vivek Ravisankar

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#029 – How to Win by Refusing to Quit with Tracy Osborn of Hello Web Design

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#028 – How Wes Bos Teaches 100,000 Programmers as a One-Man Operation

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#027 – The Do's and Don'ts of Selling Your Company with Thomas Smale

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#026 – Building a Mission-Driven Company with Reuben Pressman of Presence

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#025 – Becoming the Internet's Most Prolific Maker with Mubashar Iqbal

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#024 – From Side Projects to Serial Entrepreneur with Moritz Dausinger

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#023 – Building Habit-Forming Products with Nir Eyal, the Author of "Hooked"

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#022 – Going Full-Time on Your Side Project with Dave DeSandro of Metafizzy

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#021 – Starting a Mission-Driven Company with Rachel Carpenter of Intrinio

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#020 – Building a Million Dollar Mailing List with Scott of Scott's Cheap Flights

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#019 – Solving Your Own Problem with Todd Garland of BuySellAds

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#018 – Finding Your First Paying Customers with Wade Foster of Zapier

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#017 – How to Grow Your Business with Julian Shapiro of Bell Curve

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#016 – Building a $1 Million Business Solo with Mike Perham of Sidekiq

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#015 – Data-Driven Marketing and Sales with Alex MacCaw of Clearbit

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#014 – Delivering More Value and Charging More Money with Brennan Dunn of DoubleYourFreelancing.com

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#013 – How to overcome the biggest challenges to your online business with patio11

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#012 – Traveling, Learning to Code, and Bootstrapping to $25k/mo with Tyler Tringas of Storemapper

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#011 – How Ryan Bednar Went from SEO Consulting to Building an SEO Product That Makes $80,000/mo

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#010 – Growing Your Social Media Presence and Building an Audience with Laura Roeder of MeetEdgar

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#009 – Breaking Into Bootstrapping Your Own SaaS Business with Clifford Oravec of Tamboo

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#008 – Growing a $600,000/mo Business by Starting with Direct Sales with Nathan Barry of ConvertKit

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#007 – Building an Open-Source Publishing Platform That Makes $63,000/mo with John O'Nolan of Ghost

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#006 – Launching Your Product and Finding Customers Immediately with Josh Pigford of Baremetrics

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#005 – How the VC Business Model Co-Opts Entrepreneurs' Visions with Bryce Roberts of Indie.vc

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#004 – Succeeding in a Crowded Market by Building a Niche Business with Garrett Dimon of Sifter

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#003 – Bootstrapping a SaaS Business to $30,000,000/year with David Hauser of Grasshopper

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#002 – Fueling Growth with SEO and Content Marketing with Chris Chen of Instapainting

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#001 – Building an Audience and Being Scrappy with Jason Grishkoff of SubmitHub