Listen Up! IH - Episode 22
👆 That is the spirit with which every successful Indie Hacker business starts.
Chris Justin and Eathan Janney understand this.
They are the hosts of the "Run With It" podcast.
On the weekly show, they discuss interesting business ideas with successful entrepreneurs. Ideas that have not been executed yet, but should be.
Back in May 2021, Chris and Eathan appeared on the Indie Hackers podcast hosted by Courtland Allen.
They discussed new business ideas that Indie Hackers can run with🏃♂️
Ideas include - Flying cars, expert matching platforms, and blockchain-based businesses for Indie Hackers.
Within the next 10 years, everyone reading this post will have an opportunity to ride a flying car.
The technical term for Flying Cars is EVTOL - Electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.
There are 2 reasons why the EVTOL industry is booming right now -
Financial reason - A flush of money going into EVTOL companies in the last year or so.
These companies are going public via the unconventional SPAC approach - Special Purpose Acquisition Company.
SPACs a more convenient way for companies to raise money than IPOs.
SPACs have risen in popularity over the last few years and will continue to do so with risky businesses such as flying cars and space exploration.
Famously Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic went public via the SPAC route couple of years ago.
Technological reason - Batteries are getting better. EVTOLs are battery powered.
With Tesla's effort in improving battery technology, we are going to see a significant improvement in battery cost as well as performance over the next 5 years.
So much so that, an EVTOL ride from JFK airport to Manhattan will cost $70 and will take 10 minutes.
For context, the same ride in a cab costs around $60 and takes about an hour.
EVTOLs are going to be like cheap helicopters, which are much quieter and better for the environment.
Its not viable for Indie Hackers to start flying car companies. Leave that up to venture backed startups.
But the EVTOL space is going to blow up every soon.
The simplest thing solopreneurs can do is to start a content business around flying cars.
Bring out inside scoops and intel on the industry.
A newsletter that investors and enthusiasts would like to pay to read.
A website that advertisers in the industry would like to sponsor.
evtol.com is a great example of this.
We live in a world with an abundance of information but a scarcity of insight.
Companies and investors entering a new field will pay a huge sum just to be able to get advice from proven domain experts.
2 reasons for this -
Courtland himself got paid $1000/hour for a consulting call through AlphaSights
Indie Hackers can set up their own niche matchmaking platform. They need to have an existing network in the niche to seed the platform with initial set of experts.
Indie Hackers can be experts. Running a bootstrapped company means gaining exposure to a variety of different problems and solutions. Indie Hackers end up becoming experts in the niche they are trying to serve.
They can leverage their insights on the side while they work on their startups.
There are a number of applications of the Blockchain that are interesting to Indie Hackers.
Bitclout is a decentralized social network built on the blockchain.
It's a social network that's not meant to be owned by anybody.
Such a network runs on creator coins.
Creator coins - Social crypto tokens than can be minted by anyone on the Bitclout platform. And people can buy or sell these tokens like stocks.
So when someone buys my token, they are investing in me as a person, not in any one of my projects. And over time, if I do well, more people invest in me, and the value of my token rises.
Creators can make rules and provide special access to the people who invest in them.
By definition, such a social network solves 2 problems -
Problems with Bitclout -
That's not very decentralized.
Bitclout lives in the suspicion of being a scam operation unless they solve these problems.
This AMA from Indie Hackers Mubashar Iqbal is quite enlightening about Bitclout, he had great things to say about the platform and invested his personal $1000 into it.
Indie Hackers can build peripheral applications around Bitclout.
Mubashar built BitcloutFollow which is just a simple search engine to discover Bitclout Creators.
He also created a Bitclout account for himself and as his project.
You can buy the BitcloutFollow coin for $119.
And you can Mubashar Iqbal's coin for $662.
Nori is a carbon removal marketplace.
Corporations can buy tokens on Nori that offset their carbon emissions for the year.
That money then goes to farmers who implement sustainable farming practices.
2 Ways that Nori creates value -
There will always be value in building socially conscious businesses.
People have always had an appetite to donate money for charitable causes, and will keep doing so in the future.
If Indie Hackers can get their marketing and messaging right, and leverage transparency, there is value to be created in socially conscious projects.
GiveWell is a great example of that.
They review charities from around the world and rate them based on the most improved lives per dollar.
And they are radically transparent, they even have a long mistakes page on their site.
Transparency leads to trust.
New Business Ideas for 2021 - The podcast that inspired this post
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Thanks to Seth King for editing this post.