📣 New Podcast! The Indie Dads

Malcolm (@InquisitorJax) and I have teamed up to release "The Indie Dads Podcast"! It comes from our perspective as Indie Makers, Dads, and Bootstrappers. We're also both big "Build in Public" fans.

Here's why we're publishing "yet another podcast":

  1. There's a perception that startups are mostly for recent college grads and silicon valley types... yet we hear more and more about people like us (especially here on IndieHackers), who are bootstrapping while also raising families, and usually also working a full-time job. We want to share more about that.

  2. Technically, we're competitors, but we think there's room for collaboration, fun, and information sharing even among people competing within the same niche.

  3. Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships. It's HARD to build a bootstrapped business, and we know we're not alone.

  4. Making sure our families remain our top priority doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground. In this podcast, you'll be able to follow our progress and help us with accountability.

  5. We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We want to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.

  6. We want to keep it fun and entertaining as well. Hopefully our "dad jokes" don't get too bad 😅

  7. If this resonates with you (wherever you are in your Indie journey, and whether or not you have a young family at the moment), please listen, subscribe, and help us spread the word!

We're on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, PocketCasts, etc.


Even YouTube, for those of you who would prefer to watch instead of listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxjAj22J27w

And we absolutely would love your feedback. We'd love to know 1) what you think, 2) what we can improve, and 3) what questions you have or things we should discuss.

  1. 7

    Love it! As a dad of 4, I'll be listening in. I'd be interested in knowing if anyone else includes their kids in their startup adventures. I'm just now kicking off my little project, but have already found multiple opportunities to show our oldest two children what I'm working on, how wireframe tools work and general product design/development tools that I'm using. I think indie hacking parents have a unique opportunity to help guide the next generation of innovators if we take a little time and let them watch over our shoulder, or better yet, participate in the process where they can. Anyways, looking forward to the podcast!

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      That’s awesome! It was seeing my Dad’s struggles and successes with starting a software company at a young age that gave me the bug to begin with!

      I think just encouraging your kids to be curious and learn about new things is the goal, and it sounds like you’re doing an awesome job at it. I should involve my younger kids in it more than I do!

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        Yeah, I remember tinkering in the garage on different projects with my father. He was always working on small engines, building furniture, etc. and, like you, it gave me an appreciation for being curious and making things. I loved rummaging through all his tool drawers thinking "I'd love to have all this stuff and a little workshop of my own when I'm older."

        Now, rather than fiddling with engine parts and woodworking in the garage, I have a small desk with my laptop on it where our kids will walk by and see lines of code spilling down the screen. It's always enjoying when they stop and ask what I'm working on. Just last week I got to teach my son about version control and working with GitHub repositories. He immediately asked if I would set him up a "repo" to play around with! Just makes you realize that they are paying attention more than we think! :)

        Whereas my rite of passage was learning how to fix and work on my first truck, maybe today's initiations into adulthood is learning how to push code changes to a git repository and merge pull requests. LOL!

  2. 4

    Just listened to the first episode - good stuff! I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes for you both. I'm a few years ahead of you on my Indie Hacking journey, but a few years behind on my dad journey (kids are 1 and 3), so maybe we have things we could teach each other. Also, it was fun to hear about another Cape Town-based Indie Hacker. Hit me up if you ever want to do a safe coffee or beer!

    Bryan, I'll repeat a very good piece of advice that someone farther along gave me when I just started out. Your goal is achievable, but your timeline has me worried. One year to replace an Amazon salary with SaaS product revenue is very ambitious! It's certainly possible, but you'll need to be good and lucky. However, if you sprinkle in other revenue streams (part time job, freelancing, info products, etc.) then you can give yourself basically infinite runway. That's what I did and only went full time 4-years after I initially got started. Hopefully you'll be faster/better than I was. :)

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      Thanks Cory, and in the back of my mind I know you're right. A year, although it sounds like a long time, really isn't likely to be enough. Even though I do realize that, I want to push like that's all the time I have and will likely need to extend my runway with some consulting/freelancing... but what a great way to dogfood my own product! :)

    2. 1

      Oh hey Cory!

      Definitely - just as soon as this nasty wave dies down a bit ;)

      Also - if you have any feedback / insights on topics as we bring them up - we'd love it if you forwarded that on to us - we're here to learn ;)

  3. 4

    Absolutely love this. Congrats. Will be tuning in, along with my dad buds.

  4. 4

    Cool! Indie hacker with 2 kids here, so I'll be listening.

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      Thanks Rick! Let us know what you think!

  5. 4

    My kids have left home but still technically I'm a dad. Am I too old for your podcast? 😀

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      No kids-at-home proof is needed 😁

  6. 3

    Sounds like a very cool idea, times are changing a lot. From my dad taking classes at night so he could get a better job to provide for his family, from dads like myself trying to just find a better work life balance. Hitting that subscribe button now and looking forward to listening to the first episode!

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      I am indie hacking for exactly this reason: a better work-life balance and more time for my young children. This thread made me feel a whole lot less lonely.

    2. 1

      Thanks for listening, Hans. Looking forward to hearing what you think!

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        Just listened to the first episode this morning, great introduction, loved the little gimmick at the end (won't share what here, to build suspense and get you more listeners 😏)

  7. 3

    This totaly resonates with me! Specifically 3, 4 and 5 points above. I'm definitely going to tune in.

    What does your espidode schedule look like? One per week upload and when?

    Great idea by the way!

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      Hi Paolo - thanks!

      We're aiming for an episode every 2 weeks, posted on a Tuesday.

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        Great! Looking forward to it. If you ever want to interview someone in a similar position (kind of), let me know; I'd love to be on and just rift on the idea of creation, fatherhood etc.

  8. 3

    Love This, added to my podcast list! looking forward to some great episodes :)

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      Thanks Liam. We certainly hope they'll be great. no pressure ;)

  9. 3

    This is awesome. I’ll subscribe right away. I’m in the same boat. Building side projects while being a dad for 3. Looking forward to get to know you.

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      Awesome, thanks Eivind!

  10. 3

    Sounds awesome! Good luck with that and I'll definitely listen to that.

    Especially the point of combining family, job, and bootstrapping sounds really interesting and a goal of mine as well.


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      We definitely don't have all the answers, but we'll share what we learn as we go! 😅

  11. 3

    Awesome! Just subbed. I'm an Indie hacking dad of three. Excited to listen.

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      And a fellow Arizonan! Such a small world.

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        Wow! It really is. How did I skip over your location while skimming your bio? Didn't even notice that 😆

  12. 3

    This is awesome Bryan, I'm a day to a 7-year-old boy, just about to quit my full-time job and go indie.
    So I will definitely be tuning in.

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      Awesome! 7 is a fun age because they still think you’re cool 😀 Enjoy it now, before they hit their teen years 😂

      Congrats on going full-time!

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        Haha... yes enjoying every day.
        Yesterday he rode a bicycle on his own for the first time by himself.
        Big day for us.

        And thanks!

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      wow - congrats on going full-time indie!

  13. 3

    Congratulations on launching this! As a dad with a 4 year old I'm defo the target audience. Will be having a listen!

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      We love hearing that there are so many of us in the same camp. Indie Parents unite! 👊

  14. 3

    w00t! We didn't have the patience to wait - it's the MVP podcast :)

    Indie Hacker Parents FTW!

  15. 3

    pretty cool initiative Bryan! congrats on launching this!

  16. 2

    New dad here (well come October). I was hoping to find more dads in the indie hacker space so this is perfect! Looking forward to listening!

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      Listening to the first episode, some thoughts:

      • love the intro music
      • volume changes drastically between your mics (Malcom sounds too quiet)
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          WAY better! My ears are happy now 😄

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        Thanks for this Joe.
        We're making some changes for the next episode that should hopefully help with the mic levels - let us know if it's improved ;)
        Also - congrats on entering parenthood - it's a big shift in priority and takes a lot of work, but totally worth it ;)

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          Woohoo! Will do :)

          Thank you! Haha yes, I don't know if I'm ready mentally but I will figure it out 😂 I'm so excited, I can't wait.

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            ... much like bootstrapping a product ;)

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      Congratulations! 🎊🎉

  17. 2

    Awesome, will check it out. As a new Dad, I'm always trying to find a balance between my family, full time job and a project I'm developing on the side.

  18. 2

    Love the idea of this being a proud parent of two.

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      It’s been amazing to see how many parents there are out there also trying to launch or grow something!

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    Listened to the first episode the other day, really love the perspective this is coming from and looking forward to see where you take it, good luck and keep it up👏

    1. 1

      Thank you so much Rowan. Glad to hear it resonates with so many people!

  20. 2

    Dear indie hacker moms: Even though it's the "dads" podcast - we want to hear from you as well! The "dads" part is host-specific, not audience specific ;)
    podcast = #familyfirst + #indiehacking with sprinkle of #freelancing

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      💯 I wish I could pin this to the top

  21. 2

    looking forward to get home and listen.

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      Looking forward to hearing about what you think!

  22. 2

    Great! Subscribed on Spotify, good luck!

  23. 2

    Hey love the idea! I clicked your link for indiedads.com and I am getting this error on chrome. Looks like it might be a bad ssl cert?

    Your connection is not private
    Attackers might be trying to steal your information from indiedads.com (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards). Learn more
    1. 4

      Thanks Jeff - looks to be sorted now?

    2. 3

      Yikes. I can't seem to get that error, but I'll keep trying.

      You can also get to it here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1825626

    3. 1

      This comment was deleted 4 months ago.

  24. 1

    This is really awesome! I'm some times away from being a dad (in my 20s) but as someone who's figuring out how to balance career and time with aging parents, I'll be tuning in to hear how you dads are able to juggle both family, indie hacking, and everything in between. Best wishes with the podcast!

    1. 1

      Thanks! So good to hear from non-dads too :)
      Some of my best learnings early on was from listening to older folk talk about their life experience ;)

  25. 1

    Hey Bryan! This looks so interesting! Can't wait to listen...

    What software company did your father run? (If you don't mind me asking!)

    1. 1

      Thanks Louis. It changed names so many times as they merged/partnered with other companies and eventually sold.

      1. 1

        Cool cool

        Kinda related topic, but as you seem like a now well experienced podcast-preneur what do you think of this idea?


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