Episode #049

Everything You Need to Know About Business with Josh Kaufman of The Personal MBA

Josh Kaufman (@joshkaufman) has read a lot of business books. He also happens to be the author of The Personal MBA, easily one of the best business books in existence. In it, he lays out the fundamental concepts that are core to every successful business, and in this episode, we talk about how he became the kind of person who was able to write this book.

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Courtland Allen 0h 0m 7s

What’s up, everybody? This is Courtland Allen from IndieHackers.com and you’re listening to the Indie Hackers Podcast. On this show I talk to the founders behind profitable internet businesses and I try to get a sense of how they got to where they are today, how do they make decision both in their personal lives and at their businesses, and what exactly makes their businesses tick. The goal here is so that the rest of us can learn from their examples, their successes, and their failures, and go on to build our own successful businesses.

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Today my guest is none other than Josh Kaufman. Josh is the author of The Personal MBA. It’s one of my two favorite business books of all time. It’s kind of a bedrock of all of the business knowledge that you need to get started. And I find myself referring back to it regularly and also recommending it to other people, especially people from an engineering background who are excited to start a company but may not have had any real business experience in the past.

Rather than just going piecemeal through his book in this interview, we instead talk about Josh’s past history, how he learned the things that he learned, what went into writing the book, and how you can apply the principles from his book to starting a modern-day tech startup.

Josh is a smart guy, he’s very kind, and I think you’ll enjoy a lot of what he has to say. So without further ado, Josh Kaufman.

Josh, welcome to the show. How are you doing?

Josh Kaufman 0h 1m 36s

I’m great, Courtland. Thanks for having me.

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