About This Show
(New episode every week, on Thursdays) The original podcast by & for Startup managers & CTOs; because your CS degree didn't teach you to lead.
As software engineers with computer science backgrounds and lots of experience with OO design, version control, and web technologies, we spend a lot of time thinking about web technologies. But not a lot about how to lead the people that use those technologies. Join us as we dive into the black arts of people management, hiring, recruiting, retainment, and startup management and startup leadership
Some of our favorite topics: #coding #hiring #retainment #networking #management #agile #productivity #growthhacking.
Most Recent Episode
0.41 — Find A Niche and be The Best w. Courtland Allen of IndieHackers.com
Our guest this week is Courtland Allen; MIT graduate, Y Combinator alum, full-stack web developer, and professional designer. He’s spent over 8 years building, designing, and marketing web-based products and companies, and is currently running IndieHackers.com.
This episode is for you if you’re into bootstrapped businesses, side projects, and community.
I’ve been doing startups ever since graduating from school.
The idea behind Indie Hackers is that it’s completely transparent. Everyone shares their revenue. They share their strategies for growing and marketing their business. We built community through transparency.
You can go on Techcrunch and you can hear about the Snapchats or Uberes of the world. But you can’t learn about Joe the Hacker who is running a $2k/ month business.
The cultures could not be more different (bootstrapped vs VC backed).
Instead of worrying about raising money from VCs and building a billion dollar company, you could instead focus on your product and solving for a need that your customers will pay money for.
A lot of startup founders don’t achieve their goals because the bar is set so astronomically high. In a VC funded startup, sometimes if you don’t reach that goal, your expected value goes to zero.
Indie Hackers community has a lot of people who are making $1k or $2k/mo per side project while working a full time job. That’s basically like giving themselves a raise.
I wish more people knew you didn’t have to do this crazy all or nothing thing.
The tech press is incentivized by what gets the most eye