Rank #1: #043 – Confronting Your Fears and Taking a Leap with Pieter Levels of Nomad List
Starting an online business is scary. You're putting yourself out there and risking failure in front of thousands or even millions of people. Learn how Pieter Levels has not only faced his fears, but used them as motivation while building an empire of profitable businesses that cater to digital nomads.
Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/043-pieter-levels-of-nomad-list
Jan 17 2018
Rank #2: #028 – How Wes Bos Teaches 100,000 Programmers as a One-Man Operation
What goes into creating a collection of online courses that reaches hundreds of thousand of people? Wes Bos explains everything from how he's built an audience and grown his massive email list, to his work habits and schedule, and a step-by-step walkthrough of how he created and launched his most popular course.
Sep 08 2017
Rank #3: #086 – How to Build a Life You Love by Quitting Everything Else with Lynne Tye of Key Values
After spending years pursuing a career in science, Lynne Tye (@lynnetye) shocked her family and colleagues by dropping out of grad school. Thus began a months-long journey of discovery and experimentation that eventually saw her managing 150 people at a high-profile tech startup. But when Lynne realized the fast-paced startup lifestyle was not for her, she quit that, too, and began her search all over again. In this episode, Lynne shares the story behind how she took her career into her own hands, learned to code, and started a business doing what she loves.
Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/086-lynne-tye-of-key-values
Mar 22 2019
Rank #4: #034 – Making $125,000 a Month as a Solo Founder with Mike Carson of Park.io
After a lifetime of hacking, Mike Carson hit on a very big opportunity selling .io domain names. Learn about the forces that made his massive success possible, the threats that almost killed his business, and how his life has changed.
Oct 26 2017
Rank #5: #132 – Niching Down to Find Product-Market Fit with Ryan Born of Cloud Campaign
When Ryan Born (@_RyanBorn) first emailed me about becoming one of Cloud Campaign's early customers, I replied with a long list of reasons why I wasn't going to use it. Two years later, he's generating over $25,000/month in revenue and growing at 32% month-over-month! In this episode, Ryan shares how he found his way to product-market fit by interviewing hundreds of people to find out who is and who isn't his ideal customer. He also discusses the advantages of picking a niche, the ins and outs of running Facebook ads profitably, and how dipping his toe in the water of numerous marketing channels helped him discover which one was worth diving into more deeply.
Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/132-ryan-born-of-cloud-campaign
Nov 04 2019
Rank #6: #018 – Finding Your First Paying Customers with Wade Foster of Zapier
Jun 14 2017
Rank #7: #063 – Turning Small Ideas into a $35,000 a Month Business with Katie Keith of Barn2 Media
Katie Keith (@Barn2Media) sees small ideas as big opportunities. In this episode, she explains how she and her husband left their full-time jobs to go into business on their own, how they found an endless stream of client work, and how they transitioned into building WordPress plugins that generate a sustainable stream of income and allow them to live their lives more freely.
Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/063-katie-keith-of-barn2-media
Aug 03 2018
Rank #8: #020 – Building a Million Dollar Mailing List with Scott of Scott's Cheap Flights
Jun 28 2017
Rank #9: #105 – Charting Your Own Course as a Founder with Jason Fried of Basecamp
Jason Fried (@jasonfried) doesn't intend to be controversial or to change people's minds, but he seems to end up doing both of these regardless. Since launching Basecamp in 2004, he's grown the business to tens of millions of dollars in annual *profit*, and gathered a collection of strong and often counterintuitive beliefs along the way. In this episode we discuss how to take advantage of building an independent company, when to focus on a product and when to let it go, how to learn from the past without fooling telling yourself a false narrative, and the importance of blazing your own path as a founder instead of blindly imitating others.
Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/105-jason-fried-of-basecamp
Jul 29 2019
Rank #10: #079 – Things Every Founder Should Know About Growth with Julian Shapiro of Bell Curve
After helping dozens of Silicon Valley startups grow their businesses, Julian Shapiro (@Julian) knows a thing or two about growth. In this episode, he shares some strong opinions about why every company should run ads, why e-commerce is more promising than SaaS, and how you should prioritize your focus as a founder to ensure you start a business that can grow.
Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/079-julian-shapiro-of-bell-curve
Jan 25 2019
Rank #11: #082 – Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Bootstrapping with Rob Walling of Drip and TinySeed
At first, Rob Walling (@robwalling) didn't know what he wanted to create — he just knew that he was tired of working for other people. After he spent his savings to buy an online business, however, he found himself in a do-or-die situation. In this episode Rob tells the story behind how he dove into the deep end of what would become almost twenty years of building online businesses, culminating in the 8-figure sale of his email marketing company Drip. We also discuss Rob's latest project, TinySeed, the first startup accelerator designed for bootstrappers, and why he believes now is a better time than ever to start an online business.
Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/082-rob-walling-of-drip-and-tinyseed
Feb 22 2019
Rank #12: #003 – Bootstrapping a SaaS Business to $30,000,000/year with David Hauser of Grasshopper
Feb 13 2017
Rank #13: #064 – The Path from Minimum Viable Product to $50M a Year with Des Traynor of Intercom
As Intercom's Chief Strategy Officer, Des Traynor (@DesTraynor) knows a thing or two about building a successful company. Over the past 7 years, he's worn almost every hat there is to wear. In this interview, Des explains how Intercom got to where it is today and what he's learned along the way, from marketing, to product development and feature prioritization, to hiring, sales, and developing an effective vision that people can believe in.
Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/064-des-traynor-of-intercom
Aug 10 2018
Rank #14: #116 – Exploring Ideas and Exploiting the Good Ones with Justin Mares of Kettle and Fire
Justin Mares (@jwmares) is the founder of not one but two companies in the health food space, each of which he's simultaneously bootstrapped to over $10,000,000 in annual revenue. In this episode we covered why you should avoid having a scarcity mentality when coming up with an idea to work on, how to alleviate market risk by running a smoke test, and how Justin was able to rapidly grow his businesses by bringing growth know-how from tech to the industry of consumer packaged goods.
Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/116-justin-mares-of-kettle-and-fire
Sep 09 2019
Rank #15: #106 – Creating a $200k Side Project Without Writing a Line of Code with Ben Tossell of Makerpad
As the community manager for Product Hunt, Ben Tossell (@bentossell) saw over 80,000 new product launches and met hundreds of inspirational makers. So when learned that he could use a new breed of tools to make his own products without learning to code, it felt like unlocking a new superpower. Many dozens of apps and Ben created Makerpad, where he creates tutorials and collect resources to help others like him become no-code makers. In this episode we talk about how Ben grew Makerpad to over $100,000 in revenue in 6 months with almost no expenses, and why he has no plans to go full time on such a successful side project.
Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/106-ben-tossell-of-makerpad
Aug 05 2019
Rank #16: #050 – Creating a New Product Category with Katelyn Gleason of Eligible
Katelyn Gleason (@katgleason) has been never satisfied with working for somebody else, and she's never been afraid to break into a new field and aim straight for the top. Today, she's the founder and CEO of Eligible, a rapidly-growing business in the difficult and highly-regulated healthcare and insurance industries. Learn how she used the knowledge she gained as a salesperson to develop a category-defining product, and how she goes about learning whatever is necessary for overcoming the next obstacle in her path.
Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/050-katelyn-gleason-of-eligible
Apr 19 2018
Rank #17: #098 – How to Make $2.5MM as a Solo Founder by Teaching What You Love with Adam Wathan
Although Adam Wathan (@adamwathan) dropped out of college (twice!), he's one of the most voracious learners to ever appear on the podcast, and he's built a wildly successful business for himself by teaching others what he's learned. We cover Adam's journey from college dropout to software engineer, the lessons he learned from his first "failed" business, how he creates free content to build an audience, and the techniques he's used repeatedly to drive millions of dollars worth of demand for his books and courses.
Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/098-adam-wathan-of-refactoring-ui
Jun 21 2019
Rank #18: #012 – Traveling, Learning to Code, and Bootstrapping to $25k/mo with Tyler Tringas of Storemapper
May 03 2017
Rank #19: #130 – Iterating Your Way to Founder-Product Fit with Zach Resnick of EasyPoint Concierge
Zach Resnick (@TrumpetIsAwesom) began travel hacking as a broke college student looking for a way to see the world without spending thousands of dollars on flights. Today he's used his vast knowledge of the travel industry to create EasyPoint, a concierge service and that's generated almost $60K/month in revenue this year. In this episode, Zach emphasizes the criticality of product-founder fit, weighs in on the benefits of working with friends, and reflects on the winding path he's taken to build a business that customers both love and pay for.
Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/130-zach-resnick-of-easypoint-concierge
Oct 28 2019
Rank #20: #004 – Succeeding in a Crowded Market by Building a Niche Business with Garrett Dimon of Sifter
Feb 22 2017