Back in September we had Courtland as a special guest at our monthly meetup. It went really well, turns out podcast hosts also make great meetup guests.
Courtland's advice on market validation for a new indie business was particularly salient:
Validate your idea with the same distribution channel you will use to grow long term. Eventually every growth channel stops working.
You can't get discouraged if one channel doesn't work, another one might.
Make sure you're testing the right thing.
An idea is not just a product idea.
When the market is saturated you have to focus on product.