The Indie Dads Podcast

indie dads documenting their bootstrapping journey

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We're sharing our product / company building journey as we go, while still prioritizing our young families

November 17, 2021 Ep 8: Wait, Are We Finally Doing Some Marketing??

Could it be true? Two software engineers, both trying to do some actual marketing? Holy smokes this is harder than it sounds!

@PocketBryan shares his experience so far with Google Ads and all the gotchas he has to watch out for. @InquisitorJax shares his plans for the next two weeks and they discuss different strategies for getting in front of the right eyeballs when you're just starting out.

Episode link - https://t.co/yaQ7O95IXS?amp=1

November 2, 2021 Ep 7: Snakes & Ladders.

In this episode, @PocketBryan and @InquisitorJax provide updates on their products and share their learnings and thoughts on the ups and downs that comes with being a startup founder/entrepreneur, how that affects you and your family, and how to separate work/startup life from family time.

Malcolm wrapped up his first 2-week (bug) sprint, despite his power being shut off often due to load shedding (rolling blackouts). For the next two weeks, he'll be focusing on product features, before starting a marketing sprint in mid-November.

Bryan has officially partnered up on the startup he was test driving, and is excited to tackle some of the challenges that come with trying to turn a Productized Service into a SaaS (over time).

October 20, 2021 Ep 6: Tactics for avoiding burnout

In this episode, Bryan and Malcolm discuss updates to their projects, what to look for to avoid burnout, and what they do when they feel it coming on.

Catchup with us every 2 weeks on https://www.indiedads.com/ and join our journey in bootstrapping a business and putting family-first

October 5, 2021 Balancing Family Life with your long-term goals

Episode 5: https://www.indiedads.com/1825626/9318960-balancing-family-life-with-your-long-term-goals

@InquisitorJax spent the last week with his kids and family while they were on school break, and talks about how he manages how much time he spends on his side project versus family time. He also shipped a big update with some great UX improvements, getting him closer to where he wants to be with Remotime as a product.

@PocketBryan just got back from a vacation with his family in the Bahamas and managed to get along without taking a laptop with him. He talks about how taking a complete break from technology does wonders for family and even project focus. He'll be spending the next 2-3 weeks building a prototype for a potential partnership with an old friend.

We also hear from fellow parentrepreneur https://twitter.com/kylekrzeski on his experience building https://removaly.com/

September 23, 2021 Episode 4 -Fly Solo or Find a Co-Founder?

In this episode, Bryan and Malcolm talk about the risks and benefits of finding a co-founder.

Bryan talks about launching https://www.bluebird.social/ - a way to catchup on important tweets that you may have missed, and his takeaways from a recent local MicroConf. conference.

Malcolm talks about the hit-and-miss experience trying to get product feedback on community posts, and gets grilled by Bryan on coming up with an elevator pitch for http://remotime.net/

We're also still looking for other indie parents to spotlight on the podcast, so if you'd like to be featured on a future episode, message us here in IH, shoot us an email, or message us on Twitter and tell us about you, your family, and your projects / lessons learned.

Also drop us a line if you have any questions you'd like us to answer on the show ;)

September 7, 2021 Episode 3 - Follow the Scarecrows

In this episode, we share our product updates, how we manage our time as parents and Indie founders, how to prioritize marketing efforts versus building, and managing stress and burn-out.

This episode's updates:

Malcolm sat down with his Indie accountability partner and teased out some bugs that he quickly knocked out. He also experimented with sharing updates and asking for feedback on Reddit. Malcolm talks about how he will be focusing on finding new ways to get his product in front of more eyeballs via Reddit, including spending more time participating in communities and looking for ways to help and build a reputation there.

Bryan launched https://minimal.blog in just 3 weeks, meeting his aggressive goal. He then quickly turned around and introduced a free plan (and shares his lessons learned as part of that). As a blogging platform, he'll be playing the long game in terms of marketing, so he's looking for his next project while he works on Minimal part-time.

This week's Indie Parent spotlight is Danny from Boston. Check out his projects at https://www.bettermorningreading.com and https://gamifyhq.com

If you'd like to be featured on a future episode, message us here in IH, shoot us an email, or message us on Twitter and tell us about you, your family, and your projects.

August 24, 2021 Episode 2 - How we got started

We talk more in depth about the products they're working on, how they balance (and prioritize) family life while trying to get a startup off the ground, and making sure that you're having fun along the way!

https://indiedads.com/1825626/9075915-how-we-each-got-started-having-fun-on-your-project-and-future-plans

We discuss the merits of one main project vs multiple side projects - which is better?

And of course, it wouldn't be indie dads without a few dad jokes ;)

August 9, 2021 Released our first episode!

We introduce ourselves, and what we're building.

Bryan shares how he quit his job, and went all-in on building something, while Malcolm shares how he's building a product in his spare time after his day job.

Oh - and we're both targeting the same audience with 'competing products', so that's fun :)

Website is up and running with episodes available to download and listen https://www.indiedads.com/

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We're sharing our product / company building journey as we go, while still prioritizing our young families