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Short, bite-sized conversations with indie hackers that have started small, profitable and bootstrapped businesses. You'll learn how they come up with ideas, what they do to validate, find those first customers and make a sustainable income.
 
Feel More Buy More: The marketing and advertising podcast from System1 that puts its data where its mouth is. Everyone has an opinion on the latest ads. So do we at System1. But we’ve got the numbers too – effectiveness test scores fresh off the System1 Ad Ratings database. Every episode the System1 team and their guests talk you through the latest campaigns and the freshest work – and reveals their Star Ratings
 
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Ben Orenstein is the founder of Tuple, a tool for remote pair programmers that has been steadily growing for the past few years. Now, Ben runs Tuple with a small team and is delving into what happens when your SaaS starts to hit scale. You might have also heard Ben's voice on the Art of Product podcast, which he co-hosts with Derrick Reimer, founde…
 
Today I’m joined by Kenneth Cassel the founder of Pointer.gg a product he pivoted from Slip.so, a course platform making it easy for developers to make high-quality interactive courses. He got inspiration for Slip when he built vim.so, a course made $10k in just one month with - his first internet money. It's not all been plain sailing for Kenneth,…
 
Tyler's Bio (from his Reddit AmA) "6 Years ago I quit my full time job to start a business. We’ve bootstrapped it to over $50 million/year in revenue and just won Top 25 Fastest Growing in SC for 4th year in a row. AMA!" We are debt free, 185 employees (trying to hire another 20…), and I started it with less then $1000. We’ve just won Top 25 Fastes…
 
Peter Suhm is the co-founder of Reform, a tool that lets you easily create simple, brandable forms. Peter is also part of the Tiny Seed 1st batch, where he was working on a product called branch Branch. After that didn't work out, he went through a period of testing and validating ideas. One of those ideas was a investor update tool, where Peter di…
 
Christian's bio (courtesy of Andrew Gazdecki, Microacquire) Christian Friedland is a highly successful entrepreneur and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year nominee who founded, bootstrapped, scaled, and sold Build.com, the largest pure-play internet retailer in the home improvement space in the U.S. During his 15-year tenure at Build.com, he led the compan…
 
Brian Casel is a veteran of the bootstrapping game, having left his full-time job back in 2008. You might have heard him on the Boostrapped Web podcast where he shares his journey starting and building software products. Over the years Brian has pretty much done it all, built software businesses, courses, productized services and even sold some alo…
 
In 2019 Daniel Vassallo left his $500k salaried job at Amazon to go indie. In the 2 years since he left Daniel has placed many small bets, something he's become known for. In particular Daniel has seen success from his Info Products and building his audience on Twitter, which has grown from 0 to 91k. He wrote a short book on the good parts of AWS, …
 
Harry Morton is the founder of Lower Street Media, a podcast production agency that specialises in premium podcasts for ambitious companies. Lower Street are the agency behind top shows such as Secret Leaders, Technology Untangled and WFH Daily. Harry's business has skyrocketed since COVID, doubling in size of revenue and headcount in the last 6-mo…
 
Jack Ellis is the co-founder of Fathom Analytics, started with Paul Jarvis in 2019. Jack handles the technical side of the business, but isn't afraid to get on the mic on their podcast, Above Board, or send out some spicy tweets. Jack also runs the Serverless Laravel course, which he launched back in 2020. After this conversation Jack has turned in…
 
Rob's bio (c/o Leadmore) Rob Walling sees himself as a maker and serial entrepreneur. These days he leads with three things: Startups for the Rest of Us, a podcast about bootstrapping SaaS companies, MicroConf, the oldest and largest community for bootstrapped SaaS founders, and TinySeed, the first accelerator designed for bootstrappers. Rob's Twit…
 
Daniel's bio (c/o The Genuinely Interested Podcast) Daniel Vassallo used to work for Amazon. By every measuring standard, he should have been happy & content. He was successful, making a high salary, getting promotions, working with great coworkers - all while working for one of the biggest companies in the world. However, over time, Daniel's motiv…
 
Pete runs No CS Degree, among other things, sharing stories of people who have made it as a developer, without going down the traditional route of getting a computer science degree, showing how it's possible to earn a nice salary without going to university. He has also started High Signal, a community for revenue verified entrepreneurs, a site for…
 
Mike Slaats is the founder of Upvoty, an instant feedback software which has recently hit $17k MRR. Mike also runs the SaaS pirates community, where he talks all about running a SaaS company. Previously, he scaled Vindy, an only marketplace for home development to 1m ARR in 5 years. What we covered in this episode Why did you start Upvoty? Stopping…
 
Andrew's bio (from their AmA) Hi everyone, Andrew here from MicroAcquire! Startup acquisition marketplace! MicroAcquire helps startups find buyers. Simple as that. We’ll help you start conversations that lead to an acquisition in just 30 days – for free. When my company Bizness Apps was acquired in 2018 by a PE firm, it was a bittersweet moment. On…
 
Noah Bragg is an indie hacker in its truest form. Building in public hacking away on his project, Potion, which is a a way to host your Notion pages as websites behind a custom domain. He's also the co-host of the Product Journey podcast, where he speaks with his co-host Ben about their progress on their respective side projects. What we covered: T…
 
Derrick's bio (from their AmA) Hey, I’m Derrick Reimer, a full-stack developer. I fell in love with the 37signals ethos back in 2009 and I’ve been bootstrapping ever since. I've built and sold StaticKit (acquired 2020), a toolkit of dynamic components for static sites, Codetree (acquired 2016), a way of managing development tasks across multiple re…
 
Spencer's bio (from their AmA) Hey everyone 👋 Excited to talk about all things startups and creator economy, and anything else. A brief bit of bio: I’ve been an entrepreneur my entire life, since my early teens. At 37 years old, I’ve never earned a paycheck from anyone other than myself. This is one of my proudest accomplishments. Co-founded and ex…
 
Andy Cloke is the founder of Data Fetcher, a platform for running API requests in Airtable, which is currently doing around $3k MRR. Andy has started many projects in the past, his most recent one, Influence Grid, was sold for $55k back in mid-2020, having only started it 7 months before. In this episode we talk about his framework for finding tren…
 
Baird is a 4x SaaS founder based in Charleston, SC. His background is in sales, marketing, and support. He bootstrapped and grew two SaaS companies to over $1M in ARR. When he isn't working on Churnkey's sales and marketing, he is on the water with his wife and daughter. What we covered in this episode: The big challenges faced when bootstrapping D…
 
AJ"s Bio, from their AmA Hi folks! I'm AJ, the guy behind random projects like HTML5 UP, Pixelarity, and for the last few years Carrd, a platform for creating one-page sites for pretty much anything (from personal profiles to landing pages to ... well, a whole bunch of use cases I never anticipated ;) Carrd began life back in 2015 as an experiment …
 
Blake Emal is the CMO at Copy.ai, but it's not been a traditional route into that role. 8 years ago Blake was living in the South of France and when he moved back to the US, he had no idea what he wanted to do. As he spoke French, he landed a gig in the French team of an SEO firm. This was his first foray into marketing and he didn't intend to stay…
 
I'm a podcaster, video creator and marketer. By day, I'm part of the Growth Team at Welder. By night, I run various different side businesses. Indie Bites is my podcast, Striqo is my podcast editing service and Whitstable Craft Co is what I do when I need to get away from the screen. I love starting and building side projects (maybe too much) and I…
 
Marie's Bio, thanks to the Life Profitability Podcast Marie Prokopets has had a “wild ride” of a career. She is the co-founder of tech start-up FYI, recent recipient of Product Hunt’s Golden Kitty Maker of the Year award, former Diageo Director of Tequila, comedy screenplay writer, and avid meditator, crystal collector, and sage burner. In this epi…
 
Brians' Bio, thanks to his AmA Brian Dean has been called an "SEO genius" by Entrepreneur.com and a "brilliant entrepreneur" by Inc Magazine. Brian's award-winning blog, Backlinko.com, has been listed by Forbes as a top "blog to follow". He is an SEO expert and the founder of Backlinko and Exploding Topics (SaaS). Success Magazine has referred to B…
 
Rohan's Bio Hi I'm Rohan, serial entrepreneur I guess, but as I've been building businesses I've done it through a ton of transparent case studies here on Reddit. On the SaaS front I started Launch27, a software company focused on small service businesses like home cleaning, lawncare etc. Bootstrapped it to almost $2 million a year and sold it in 2…
 
James' Bio Hi everyone! I’m James Gill (@jamesjgill on Twitter). I started GoSquared in 2006 when at school (aged 15) with two friends, Geoff and JT. See a timeline of our 15 year history. Having spent over half my life running company, since before the term “SaaS” was common, I have many scars and war stories to share with anyone who wants to hear…
 
Jason Fried is the Founder & CEO @Basecamp, the project management and team communication tool trusted by millions. Over an incredible 22 year journey, they have scaled to over 3.5M accounts and in 2020 they went back to being a multi-product company with the launch of their integrated email client & service, HEY.com. Jason is also the co-author of…
 
Rob's Bio, from his website: https://robfitz.com/ Heya. I’ve been running little businesses for the past fourteen years and have written three books about what I’ve learned. If you’d like to stay in the loop about my projects and thinking, the best place is my youtube channel. Alternatively, you can also receive an occasional email when I’ve got so…
 
Listen to the full conversation here on Stefan's podcast. This is about 17 minutes of a recording with my friend Stefan on his Founder Hot Seat podcast, which is a show that explores the real challenges that founders have in their business and how to overcome them. I've had a ton of messages from people after listening to my previous bonus episode …
 
Jason's Bio Jason is the founder and CTO of WP Engine (http://wpengine.com), the 7th-largest public website host in the world (and the largest that focusses on WordPress), serving 150,000 customers with 1000 employees, both distributed and with major offices in the US, UK, Ireland, Poland, and Australia. As a successful, repeat entrepreneur (Smart …
 
Justin Jackson is the co-founder of Transistor.fm, a successful bootstrapped podcast hosting company. The journey building Transistor were documented on the Build Your SaaS podcast, which is a must listen. Justin is the founder of the MegaMaker community which he started in 2013, so if you're part of the maker sphere - you'll probably have heard of…
 
Vlad's bio, courtesy of MakerPad: Vlad Magdalin is the founder and CEO of Webflow, a company that is working on empowering designers and entrepreneurs to design, build, and launch websites and applications without having to learn how to code. Webflow has grown to be the platform at the very heart of the no-code movement. You can start building on W…
 
Chris' Bio (from https://chrisfrantz.com/about/) Work stuff VP Marketing @ Biteable Founder @ Snazzy, Weld, GAI Exits @ Press Kite, Agency Loft Personal Maker of maple syrup, seitan, and countless other hobbies that didn't work out as delicously. Proud dad of 1! Want to know more? Say hey on Twitter! —— Links Reddit SaaS: https://www.reddit.com/r/s…
 
Emmanuel (https://twitter.com/estraschnov) is the Founder and Co-CEO of Bubble, a visual programming language for web and mobile applications whose goal is to make code obsolete. Born in Paris, Emmanuel studied computer science and mathematics at Ecole Polytechnique and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. Emmanuel is committed to breakin…
 
Their bio (from the AmA post) I'm Hiten, @hnshah on Twitter. Signed up for Twitter in 2006, lucky to be in the first batch of 5,000 users. I tweet about growing startups into businesses and the occasional gif or meme. (example) Founded three SaaS startups (Crazy Egg, KISSmetics, and now Nira), 150+ startup investments, many failed SaaS products, 18…
 
Marie's Bio (from the AmA) I’m Marie. I spent 10yrs in a career of branding/advertising and went from knowing no programming to launching my first SaaS in a year (if anyone is thinking of switching careers or learning to code, I can highly recommend it!) Llama Life started off as a side project, something to help practice my coding skills. But it a…
 
Their bio (from the AmA post) Hi all, I’m Paul Jarvis. I’ve worked for myself in tech since 1999. I started out as a freelance designer working with companies like Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz, Yahoo, Warner Music and even Shaquille O’Neal. I’ve also written several books, including Company of One, which has been translated into about 20 languages so f…
 
Their bio 👋 Who we are You can find us on Twitter here: Baird Hall, Nick Fogle, Rob Moore 📘 Our Story I’ll try to be quick about our story over the last 6 years... u/Nickfogle and u/lofi-baird started our journey in 2015 when we tried to build a community-platform based on audio called uTalk (yeah, they were wayyy too early). Long story short, it d…
 
Chris Messina: inventor of the hashtag, product therapist. #1 Product Hunter In 2007, Chris invented a little thing called the hashtag, galvanizing popular social revolutions & forever changing the world. He’s been living on the edge of social technology for over a decade, designing products & experiences for Google & Uber, co-founding a conversati…
 
Their bio Hi, my name is Francesco. My co-founder Fabrizio and I have been creating products on the Internet for the past 3 years. It has been a bumpy ride with many ups and downs, but lately, Mailbrew’s and Typefully’s growth has started to compound and we are blasting past some milestones that seemed HUGE as recently as 12 months ago: $12,000 MRR…
 
Arvid's Bio Hey everyone, I'm Arvid Kahl, I am a software engineer, a founder, and a writer. In 2017, I founded the EdTech SaaS FeedbackPanda with my partner Danielle Simpson. We bootstrapped the business from nothing to $55.000 MRR within two years. At that point, we sold the business to a Private Equity company for a life-changing amount of money…
 
Their bio (from the AmA post) I'm Hiten, @hnshah on Twitter. Signed up for Twitter in 2006, lucky to be in the first batch of 5,000 users. I tweet about growing startups into businesses and the occasional gif or meme. (example) Founded three SaaS startups (Crazy Egg, KISSmetics, and now Nira), 150+ startup investments, many failed SaaS products, 18…
 
Timestamps + transcript, by @RohanKochhar. A Twitter thread with notes+lessons from this AmA, made by Elisheva Marcus (@Elisheva Marcus) —— Justin's Bio Hi, I'm Justin Jackson. I started in tech relatively late: I was 28 years old when I switched from the non-profit world, to working for a SaaS startup (2008). The week I started, I discovered Getti…
 
Ben Stokes a full stack developer and entrepreneur based in Bristol in the UK, who's started an ice cream business and cookie dough business amongst other things. Ben, like many indie hackers, has a bunch of small side project ideas, but not enough time to do them. So he started Tiny Projects. Tiny Projects documents his progress with these small i…
 
I've never really understood mental health, or those who have had these challenges in the past. So when I've had my own challenges, I've struggled to comprehend what has been happening to me. This episode is hopefully an interesting insight into how I've been feeling over the past few months to hopefully help others who might be going through a sim…
 
Today I'm joined by Danny Miranda, who is the host of The Danny Miranda podcast, which has rapidly grown to over 50,000 downloads in less than 6 months. He publishes 3x a week and has had some awesome guests including Harry Dry, Gary Vee and David Perell. Danny is a walking case study of shooting your shot, making your own luck and having laser foc…
 
Derrick Reimer is the founder of SavvyCal, a new approach to calendar scheduling and has grown to multiple thousands MRR since he launched it earlier in 2020. Derrick also co-founded Drip with Rob Walling in 2012, which was acquired by Leadpages in 2016. You might have heard Derrick on the Art of Product podcast with Tuple co-founder Ben Orenstein …
 
Natalie Nagele is the co-founder of Wildbit, the company behind Postmark, Beanstalk, People-First Jobs and more. Wildbit has just turned 20 years old, so Natalie knows exactly what it takes to grow and scale successful bootstrapped businesses. What makes Natalie so interesting to me is that she’s in the group of seriously successful indie hackers (…
 
Elston Baretto is the founder of Tiiny.host and is in a similar position to most indie hackers - working on his side-project alongside a full time job, but has had a career packed with learnings that we're going to talk through in this episode. Elston started out his career at JP Morgan, having reluctantly accepted a graduate job he planned to stay…
 
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