“Early-stage startups we love right now” with Indie Hackers’ Courtland Allen & Pioneer’s Daniel Gross | E1162
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Courtland Allen and I discuss the what it means to optimize your life for freedom, how the internet is enabling people to design their lifestyles around what they care about, and the value of forcing functions.Courtland is a MIT graduate, Y Combinator alum, full-stack web developer, and professional designer. He is the founder of Indie Hackers, an online community of people seeking financial and creative freedom.Listen on Apple | Spotify | Google | Overcast | PocketCasts
Run With It: Courtland Allen Shares 3 Ideas for Indie Hackers to Build a Profitable Business
I hopped on the Run With It podcast with Chris and Eathan to share 3 business ideas for indie hackers to run with in 2021. Two are brand new, and one was inspired by my recent episode on bundling with Tyler King. Subscribe to Run With It: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/run-with-it-business-ideas-from-successful-entrepreneurs/id1477133536
#19 — Indie Hackers founder Courtland Allen on how to build a profitable online business
Means of Creation
Indie Hackers is an online community that focuses on entrepreneurs who build profitable internet businesses. They describe themselves as individuals seeking financial independence, creative freedom, and the ability to work on their own schedule. Entrepreneurs in the community have built B2B SaaS applications, paid newsletters, and everything in between. Courtland started Indie Hackers in 2016 and it was acquired by Stripe 10 months later. He now works for Stripe operating Indie Hackers and hosting their podcast. As of February 2020, the site was seeing about 1.5 million page views per month and the community had grown to 80,000 members. Before creating Indie Hackers, Courtland spent several years working on software startups and graduated with a degree in computer science from MIT. In this interview, we talked to Courtland about:-The origin story of Indie Hackers-The best products and services that niche online communities can use to monetize -The types of businesses that have become more (or less!) popular to start during Covid-19-The traits of successful Indie Hackers-What the mainstream technology community misunderstands about Indie Hackers-The biggest issues Indie Hackers face-The most popular tools for Indie HackersBrought to you by the Means of Creation newsletter: meansofcreation.substack.com
Courtland Allen, Indie Hackers - The difference between companies that fail and those that thrive.
The Indie Worldwide Podcast
This podcast was originally recorded on September 12th, 2019 as part of a live meetup with the founder of Indie Hackers, Courtland Allen. Parts of this podcast may no longer be up to date. The original meetup included references to a screen share which you can find here: https://youtu.be/om9O4ylCBKM?t=2544Indie Worldwide hosts multiple live meetups and live-streamed interviews with indie founders every month. You can find links to our next meetup at https://indieworldwide.co/
EP03: The Path to 6 Million Downloads with Courtland Allen of the Indie Hackers Podcast
Looking at the influence of Courtland Allen's thriving 18,000 member Indie Hackers community and wildly popular podcast, you might think success was inevitable. However, back when Courtland founded Indie Hackers, the concept of building a "lifestyle" business in tech carried a stigma. As a graduate of MIT and Y Combinator, Courtland spent 6 years trying to build the stereotypical high growth Silicon Valley startup before he realized something... He just wanted to build something that he could put online, charge money for, and make enough money to pay his bills. Courtland had a hunch that there were other tech misfits like himself, who could use a space to share their stories and learn from one another. It was out of that shift in perspective that Indie Hackers was born. Today, the podcast he started for other Silicon Valley outcasts has reached 6 million downloads, proving that Courtland wasn't the only one opting out of the startup grind. Courtland joined Podcast Ally to talk about The Indie Hackers Podcast, which grew out the written interviews he was already creating for IndieHackers.com. In this podcast episode, Courtland shares: Why he initially resisted starting a podcast and how he feels about it now What it’s like to reach out to successful founders and famous guests The evolution of Courtland’s research and pre-interview process The Indie Hackers Podcast’s current stats and big moments of growth Courtland’s approach for deciding show content, guests, and growing the podcast Why acquisition and retention are important parts of your growth strategy How Courtland’s goals have changed and what he wants for The Indie Hackers Podcast The power of inspiration and sharing your story—especially on podcasts Advice for podcasters: Do something that you love and don’t give up! Please check out The Indie Hackers Podcast.
We are all living in social isolation due to the quarantine from COVID-19. Isolation is changing our habits and our moods, ravaging the economy, and changing how we work. One positive change is that more people have been reconnecting with their friends and family over frequent calls and video chats. Isolation is not a normal way for humans to live. We are social animals, and we need social interaction. We’ve changed how we use Internet products. There has been an evolution of trends in online shopping, social networking, and video communication software. Courtland Allen is the founder of Indie Hackers and Anurag Goel is the founder of Render, a new cloud provider. Both Courtland and Anurag are friends of mine, and join this episode to talk about how their lives are changing as a result of social isolation. Sponsorship inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org The post Isolation with Courtland Allen and Anurag Goel appeared first on Software Engineering Daily.