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Newsletter Crew

$8000/month newsletter in 4 months with Kevin Conti of Software Ideas

Nov 23rd — This week we have Kevin Conti of Softwareideas.io, a newsletter that's generating over $8000 in MRR in just over 4-months. Software Ideas is a newsletter that sends you hand-picked, validated SaaS ideas every week. On this episode, we're going to cover how Kevin was able to get this newsletter to $8000 MRR, his newsletter pre-sale strategy, and the unique metrics he was tracking during his pre-sale to verify his idea was going to be profitable. We're also going to cover how he's dealing with plagiarism with his newsletter.

Indie Hackers

#181 – Deciding to Go Big with David Hsu of Retool

Nov 19th — David Hsu (@dvdhsu) was able to grow Retool to almost a million dollars a year in revenue before making a single hire outside of the founding team. Rather than stopping there and resting on their accomplishments, Retool set an even more ambitious goal: to literally change the way developers write code. In this episode, David and I discuss the benefits and the perils of deciding to "go big," the keys to finding product-market fit and word-of-mouth growth, and opportunities that founders can take advantage of in the low-code space.

Startup to Last

Traction vs distraction

Nov 19th — This week, we talk about how to stay focused when starting and running a business.

Run With It

Smart Face Masks - Way Beyond Air Quality

Nov 19th — Even before the pandemic, face masks were commonplace in some polluted Asian cities. Moe Abbas doesn’t think they’ll be going away anytime soon, and has a business idea that implements wearable tech to dramatically improve the experience for wearers.

Indie Bites

Making a full-time income working just one day per week - Ramy Khuffash, Page Flows

Nov 18th — What's it like making a full-time income in just a day, meaning you have the remaining four days to do whatever you want with? Well, that's exactly the situation Ramy Khuffash is in. It certainly has it's benefits, but there are some challenges you might not necessarily think about.

Software Social

Raising and Setting Prices

Nov 17th — Colleen and Michele talk about how to (and how not to) raise prices -- and think through how to set them in the first place for Colleen's new product.

Past Month

Newsletter Crew

Email misconceptions and evergreen newsletters with Alex Hillman of Stacking the Bricks

Nov 16th — On this episode, we have Alex Hillam from stackingthebricks.com. Alex is an expert in email lists and newsletters. We'll dive into some interesting topics such as the common misconceptions with email lists and a type of newsletter called evergreen newsletters, which is essentially a fully automated newsletter.

Startup to Last

Setting goals when you're just getting started

Nov 12th — This week, we talk about how to set goals when your business is too young to be able to make accurate predictions about growth.

Run With It

Ethically-Made Diamonds and High-End Escorts

Nov 12th — For decades Da Beers had us all fooled, but these days consumers are looking for responsibly sourced products and products that have a social mission. Not only are lab-created diamonds a fraction of the price of natural diamonds, they have less baggage and are more sustainable. Hey, we all got on board with vegan leather--synthetic diamonds could be the next luxury item ripe for a rebrand.

Indie Hackers

#180 – From $0 to $5M Without Writing Any Code with Tara Reed of Apps Without Code

Nov 11th — At some point, Tara Reed (@TaraReed_) decided that she didn't want to build a funded, scale-at-all-costs, move-fast-and-break-things type of business. The trouble was, by the time she realized this, she was already headed down that path with investors, employees, and high expectations. In this episode, I talk to Tara about quitting one business to pursue a new idea, bootstrapping her way to $5M in annual revenue, and what she's learned about the future of no-code from teaching others to build no-code businesses.

Software Social

Who's the villain?

Nov 10th — Somehow, despite a tumultuous week, Michele and Colleen still get things done. Michele talks about figuring out business incorporation from abroad, and Colleen talks through finding the "villain."

Newsletter Crew

Growing to 20k+ with Anne-Laure Le Cunff of Ness Labs

Nov 9th — On this episode, we have the talented Anne-Laure Le Cunff. She runs a newsletter called Maker Mind that currently has over 20k subscribers. We'll cover topics like lead magnets, monetization, sponsorships, affiliates, growing to 20k subscribers and more!

Newsletter Crew

Managing 10 newsletters with Peter Cooper of Cooper Press

Nov 6th — In this episode, we have Peter Cooper, the god-father of newsletters according to Chris Osborne. Peter runs over 10 newsletters, so we're going to discuss how he's managing a newsletter empire. We'll also discuss how your newsletter can survive in the long term.

Startup to Last

How big to go when moving upmarket

Nov 5th — This week, we talk about the right size of customer to target when trying to increase ACV (annual contract value)

Indie Hackers

#179 – Making $280k in Four Weeks with Traf

Nov 5th — Traf (@traf) is a designer and a serial indie hacker. Just over a month ago, he made over $100,000 in a week. No, not by selling a course or a book to some email list he spent months growing. He did it by whipping up some icons and putting them online. It barely took him two hours. In this episode, Traf and I discuss how to get lucky by both spotting and capitalizing on opportunities, the importance of no-code tools and a clear schedule to help you execute quickly when the time is right, and the power of permissionless marketing for reaching audiences much bigger than your own.

Run With It

DuoLingo for Management & Leadership Training

Nov 5th — 75% of employees consider their direct manager to be the “worst part of their job," and the majority of employees who leave cite their manager as the reason why. Listen to Angela Ferrante describe a B2B business idea that helps managers get better.

Software Social

Founder/Business/Lifecycle Fit (aka "The Feelings Episode")

Nov 3rd — Michele and Colleen dive into striking a balance between business, founder, and lifestyle fit, and the trade-offs of running your own business versus working for someone else.

Newsletter Crew

The secret to newsletter success with Steph Smith of The Hustle

Nov 2nd — In this episode, we have Steph Smith, who's a part of one of the most successful newsletters The Hustle and Trends, which is read by millions of subscribers. We'll talk about some interesting topics such as the secret to creating a successful newsletter and how The Hustle went about pricing their subscription newsletter and community called Trends.

Indie Bites

Paying off $250k in debt by starting a company making $1.5m ARR - Nick Fogle, Wavve

Oct 31st — Paying down any amount of debt is difficult, let alone $250,000 of it. That's exactly what Nick Fogle did as he faced that number on Christmas day in 2016. Nick made it his sole focus to pay down his debt, while working full time and co-running Wavve, an audio to video platform which is now at around $1.5m ARR. I talk to Nick about how he paid down the debt and kept himself sane running a company at the same time.

Newsletter Crew

The problems with building on Substack

Oct 30th — On this episode we gathered a few members from the Newsletter Crew community to discuss the problems with building on Substack. Now it won't be an hour of straight bashing but a conversation about who's it really built and the pitfalls newsletter creators can fall into when using it.

Startup to Last

Startup community fatigue

Oct 29th — This week, we talk about being burnt out on all the startup communities out there and a bunch of other stuff.

Run With It

How a Mom Can Start an Online Business

Oct 29th — Many aspiring entrepreneurs are doomed to fail because they don’t really understand what they want. Joe Apfelbaum (CEO of Ajax Union) shares a framework for creating a successful (Amazon) business.

Software Social

Vendor Lock-In, Heroes, and Timezones

Oct 27th — Colleen considers the benefits and risks of changing vendors. Michele talks about a struggle they've had in the early days of their transition to being a remote company.

Indie Hackers

#178 – Trends and Opportunities for Building a SaaS in 2020 with Rob Walling of TinySeed

Oct 27th — Rob Walling (@robwalling) and I discuss the state of SaaS in October 2020. What are the newest trends? Who's getting ahead right now, what kinds of companies are they starting, and what channels are they taking advantage of? Is SaaS too competitive, and if not, how do you pick the right niche when it all seems so saturated? Are info products, paid newsletters, and communities a better path for indie hackers than SaaS? And do you really need to listen to this constant advice to build an audience?

Newsletter Crew

Building an $80k/year newsletter with Issac Saul of Tangle

Oct 26th — This week we're speaking to Isaac Saul, who is running an $80k/year Substack newsletter called Tangle. In this episode, we'll discuss Isaac's radically different philosophy of free versus paid newsletter offerings, how Isaac decided to start a paid newsletter, what his plans are with his newsletter after the election, and much more.

Earlier

Indie Bites

Building the one of the most popular Slack apps of all time - Wilhelm Klopp, Simple Poll

Oct 24th — Wilhelm Klopp has had an interesting journey as an indie hacker, leaving his comfortable job as a software engineer at GitHub, to creating one of the most popular Slack apps of all time, Simple Poll. The app has been installed on over 600,000 workspaces and is supporting a full-time income for Wil and his small team. I discuss the story of how he built and grew Simple Poll and what it's like living the dream as a full-time indie hacker.

Indie Hackers

Run With It: Inside the Business with Lindsay Gabbard and Alessandro Pepe

Oct 23rd — BONUS EPISODE from the Run With It podcast: Restaurants have been hit hard during COVID-19. Listen to us brainstorm ways Lindsay and Alessandro can leverage their wine club and community to support their workforce and recover lost income.

Newsletter Crew

How to value your newsletter with the Newsletter Crew

Oct 23rd — In today's episode, we have 3 amazing guests from the Newsletter Crew community. Our first guest is Chris Osborne who was on episode 7 and has 4 newsletter acquisitions under his belt. He's definitely the guy I look up to when it comes to selling your newsletter. Our second guest is Ivy Lee the founder of LetterXchange.com, an online marketplace for buying newsletters. LetterXchange has been really pushing the bounds on newsletter evaluations. Our third and final guest is Jonas the founder of Duuce.com, another amazing marketplace that connects newsletter sellers and buyers. These 3 are some of the most well-versed people within the newsletter valuation space currently and I'm excited to have them on the show.

Startup to Last

Offering night and weekend support without burning out your team

Oct 22nd — This week, we talk about how you can hire talented support people to work nights and weekends without hating their jobs.

Run With It

Digitize Identities with Ryan Coon

Oct 22nd — Identity theft and fraud cost the economy $25 billion per year. Listen to Ryan Coon describe a business idea that unanonymizes digital identities.