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#137 – Creating an Ecosystem for Millions by Building for Yourself with Taylor Otwell of Laravel

The Indie Hackers Podcast podcast.

What is the minimal viable version of a product that you could launch and make money with? Can you make money with open source code? What’s the difference between writing a book, recording a podcast and giving your software away for free? Taylor Otwell has done a fantastic job with open source, where he has been able to create a free tool for PHP developers, and then build multiple paying tools on top, each one earning over $1 million in revenue over its lifetime. This is the story about how an "absolutely average develop" put a little bit of time and effort, and became a millionaire. If he could do it, can you?