Following Your Passion to Become an Indie Hacker with Pete Codes of No CS Degree

Episode #143

Pete Macleod (@petecodes) didn't have a cushy fallback plan when he set out to become an indie hacker. Eight months ago he was unemployed, and a few months after that he was working a minimum wage job with dangerous clientele. He figured his best bet would be to strike out on his own: "I don't really have anything to lose at this point, so I suppose I'll just go for it." Today he runs No CS Degree, a profitable online business that helps aspiring software engineers who don't have the stereotypical credentials. In this episode, Pete and I discuss his remarkable ability to get help from others, his techniques for rapidly learning how to create a successful company, and the reasons it was crucial for him to solve a problem he was passionate about.

Show Notes

  • No CS Degree — Pete's blog about people making it as developers without a CS degree

  • No CS OK — Pete's job board for those without CS degrees

  • Bootcamp Index — Pete's new site for finding the best programming bootcamps/courses

  • @petecodes — follow Pete on Twitter

  • The Pete Codes Blog — an honest account of being an indie maker and how Pete makes money online

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    Very good podcast; eye opening (especially about what to charge for our products).

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    amazing pod. I will use this job board.

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      Thanks! Do you mean as a job hunter or as an employer?

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    What we're the podcasts that he spoke about?

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      Lynne Tye and Steli from Close - sales tips everyone should know - those were the main ones I think.

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      The main one was Lynne Tye of Key Values, number #086.

      Really enjoyed this episode, listening to episode 86 now.

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        Cheers! It's the best :)

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    A relatable story and a refreshing talk in an ocean of what Pete mentions as "if you want to be an entrepreneur you should've been selling candy to the kids in your school when you're 6 years old and making a handsome profit".

    @petecodes For some reason I must ask though: why keep hidden an amazing name as MacLeod? :)

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      Thanks a lot, Alina! There is an indie musician called Pete macleod so it's probably simpler this way :)

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        Got it :) Good luck with everything you have planned (and not planned 😄).

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    Listening now. Eye opening. Podcast episode with Lynne is almost my favorite to re-listen to. Good job @petecodes Keep it going!

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      Thanks a lot Brian! Yeah, Lynne has a great story and is doing so well.

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    thanks, now started my blog on ghost. a nice package!

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      Awesome! Ghost is cool.

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    great talk, good luck in getting to 10k!

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      Cheers! I can see you listened all the way through, haha