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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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Andrew Gazdeki (@agazdecki) has some contrarian viewpoints when it comes to the startup ecosystem today. I invited him here to find out about his beef with TechCrunch and how he is empowering founders with his own company, Microacquire.  Follow Andrew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/agazdecki Check out Microacquire: https://microacquire.com/
Today I'm talking to an Indie Hacker Marie Martens (@mariemartens) who has gained over 10,000 users in less than a year for her software Tally. The best part of her story is that Tally isn't even a new idea. In fact, incumbents like Google are already in the space. I invited her here to find out how she did it. Follow Marie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariemartens Build a beautiful form with Tally: https://tally.so/
In this episode I'm talking to AJ from Carrd. I want to find how he grew from $30K MRR to over $1M ARR in just two years and what Kim Kardashian had to do with it. I'll also ask him how he thinks about fundraising as an indie hacker.  Follow AJ on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajlkn Build a simple one-page website with Carrd: https://carrd.co/
In this episode I'm talking to John O'Nolan (@JohnONolan), the founder of Ghost. For the last year, he's been living on a sailboat and growing his company remotely. I want to ask him about what decisions he made early on that put constraints on how and why Ghost grows. Follow John on Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnonolan Check out Ghost: https://ghost.org/
Today I'm talking to James Layfield (@layfield) a founder who put $3M of his own money into his company Clearfind. I want to find out how he pulled that off and how he's outsmarting the what he calls the "rigged-game" of Venture Capital.  Check out Clearfind: https://home.clearfind.com/ Follow James on Twitter: https://twitter.com/layfield
In this episode I talk to my buddy Julian Shapiro about proven growth tactics for a SaaS he's seen within Demand Curve. I also want to find out what he did to grow his own Twitter audience to over 200k in basically a year. We'll also dig into the details of a side project he and I have been working on.  Listen to our new podcast: https://www.brainspodcast.com/ Follow Julian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/julian Check out Demand Curve: https://www.demandcurve.com/ Sign up for Julian's newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co
My guest today is Michele Hansen (@mjwhansen) and she is here to challenge the stereotype that developers fear talking to customers and are naturally bad at it. We'll also get into specific principles and tactics from her recent book, "Deploy Empathy: A Practical Guide to Interviewing Customers." Read Deploy Empathy: https://deployempathy.com/ Follow Michele on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjwhansen Check out her podcast: https://softwaresocial.dev/
In this episode I catch up with Rob Fitzpatrick (@robfitz) about his new book, Write Useful Books. We'll talk about how he approaches book-writing like product development and why the sales graphs for his books look more like a hockey stick instead of shark fin.  Follow Rob on Twitter: https://twitter.com/robfitz Read The Mom Test: http://momtestbook.com/ Read Write Useful Books: https://writeusefulbooks.com/
In this episode I talk to Indie Hacker Valentin Hinov (@ValCanBuild). He is someone caught the pandemic wave in the best way possible. He came up with an idea that not only helps teams feel more connected but also removed a huge pain for team managers. I'll ask him how he built it and how the model for the product has a built-in growth mechanism.  Send a Thankbox: https://www.thankbox.com/ Follow Val on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ValCanBuild Read Val's journey: ValCanBuild.tech
In this episode I catch up with Samy Dindane (@SamyDindane), the creator of Twitter growth tool Hypefury. I'll ask him how he found his co-founder from an Indie Hackers post, how he grew Hypefury past $20K MRR, and why indie hackers don't have to solve a completely unique problem to be successful.  Hypefury Twitter: https://twitter.com/hypefury Hypefury Podcast: https://hypefury.com/podcast/
Michael Seibel (@mwseibel) and I discuss the secret sauce of what goes on inside Y Combinator and how indie hackers can create it for themselves. And because Michael sees nearly 2,000 startups a year--we'll find out the difference between companies that make it and companies that don't.  Follow Michael on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mwseibel Read startup advice on the YC Startup Library: https://www.startupschool.org/ Apply for a YC batch: https://www.ycombinator.com/apply
My guests today have a really exciting business model and strategy that I want to dig into. Dan Shipper (@danshipper) and Nathan Baschez (@nbashaw) are the founders of Every, a bundle of business focused newsletters. By structuring Every as a "collective," the writers are happier, the readers are getting better content, and Every is profitable.  I want to find out how they get readers, how they get writers, and how "bundling" can be strategic for indie hackers.  Subscribe to Every: https://every.to/ Follow Nathan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nbashaw Follow Dan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/danshipper
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) have both sold their businesses and are currently hosting one of the best business podcasts out there. In this episode, we talk about what it's like to be in their position now and what kind of businesses they would start if they were doing it all over today. Listen to My First Million: https://thehustle.co/my-first-million-podcast/ Follow Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/theSamParr Follow Shaan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShaanVP
Kyle Gawley (@kylegawley) was running a high-growth, venture-backed company when he ended up in the hospital partially due to all the pressure he was under. That experience led to some introspection, which I'll ask him about in this episode. We'll also talk about his new company, which he decided to build with a completely different approach to growth.  Follow Kyle on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kylegawley Save three months by trying Gravity's SaaS boilerplates: https://usegravity.app/
In this episode I talk to Andrey Azimov (@andreyazimov) about moving to Bali with a $3K runway and launching his "Hardcore Year." I'll ask him about the projects he launched to reach $10K MRR. Follow Andrey's journey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andreyazimov Check out his personal site: https://www.andreyazimov.com/ Create a website from a spreadsheet: https://www.sheet2site.com/
Today I'm talking to Dan Cederholm (@simplebits) about his somewhat reluctant journey into growing Dribbble. He's a self-described "accidental entrepreneur. So, in this interview, we'll talk about how someone who identifies as a creator and a designer can fill the role of a founder.  Follow Dan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/simplebits Check out Dribbble: https://dribbble.com/
Chris Bakke (@ChrisJBakke) came on my radar when he posted an AMA on Indie Hackers after selling his $2M ARR SaaS for $50,000,000. Like a lot of people in the Indie Hackers community, I have a lot of questions. In this episode, I'll find out how Chris came up with the idea and why he intentionally chose a tiny market.  Follow Chris on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisJBakke Check out Chris's new startup: https://laskie.com/
Molly Wolchansky is the founder of The Agent Nest (@theagentnest), an application that manages social media posts and marketing materials for real estate agents. In this episode, we'll find out why she chose this niche and how seven years of manual agency work led to a breaking point.  Follow Molly on Twitter: https://twitter.com/theagentnest Check out Molly's App: https://www.theagentnest.com/
Today's guest recently sold his company, FeedbackPanda, but instead of disappearing to an island, I've seen him all over Twitter, all over his blog, all over Indie Hackers helping people. In this episode, I talk to Arvid Kahl (@arvidkahl)  about how involuntary reciprocity built his audience and how Indie Hackers can do the same. We'll dig into his new book, The Embedded Entrepreneur, to break down how he co-developed and grew his businesses through audience engagement.  Check out The Bootstrapped Founder: https://thebootstrappedfounder.com/ Follow Arvid on Twitter: https://twitter.com/arvidkahl Arvid's new book: https://embeddedentrepreneur.com
Today I'm talking to two of the top creators on OnlyFans: Savannah Solo and Aella. Each of them is earning 5-figures a month on the platform, which sits at the intersection of the creator economy and porn. (NSFW… depending on where you work.) In this episode we talk about the stigma of making a living from porn, marketing strategies to get huge on social media, and the future of independent creators on the internet. Savannah's NSFW Twitter: https://twitter.com/savannah_solo Aella's NSFW Twitter: https://twitter.com/aellagirl Aella's safe-for-work Twitter: https://twitter.com/aella_girl Courtland's OnlyFans page: https://onlyfans.com/csallen
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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

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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

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Jan 9th
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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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Mehmet Kose

that guy rocks

Nov 12th
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