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The Indie Worldwide Podcast

Indie Worldwide is where indie hackers come to meet other indie hackers. Every week we interview a successful startup founder, indie maker, or bootstrapper and find out how they did it. Each episode is packed with actionable growth strategies and proven tactics for building your indie startup. Catch our recorded interviews here, or check out one of our multiple monthly live meetups: See you there 🌎🌍🌏 Hosted by Anthony Castrio


Live consulting call with AI startup founder
Try Outdone for AI-powered gift recommendations: https://www.outdone.ioK-Means Clustering: links mentioned:https://violet.ioSocials Worldwide - Startup founder community --- Send in a voice message:
25:07 06/09/2023
How to grow a newsletter to 25,000+ daily readers with Chevy Cassar from Web3 Daily
With Chevy Cassar from Web3 Daily: Anthony on Twitter: Indie Worldwide: Indie Worldwide on Twitter: Intro00:00:16-00:02:36 Our secret mastermind00:02:36-00:10:21 Growth and Monetization00:10:21-00:11:49 TikTok advertising and tracking00:12:38-00:14:23 Content creation on TikTok00:18:34-00:21:00 Personal newsletters and experimental projects00:21:02 How will I die00:21:30 YouTube Channel00:25:22 Starting Web3 Daily00:31:19 Monetization Path for Newsletters00:32:51 The Potential of Newsletter Businesses00:34:24 Comparing Platforms00:41:57 Taylor Swift00:43:49 Content Growth Engine00:50:09 Monetizing parasocial audiences00:52:37 Billion dollar exits00:53:25 3 million readers00:54:32 Competition01:03:16 Sponsorships01:05:46 Creating Products for Newsletter Audiences01:09:19 Word of Mouth and Social Proof01:14:43 Sales business targeting newsletter owners01:14:50 Selling ads01:15:08 Outro --- Send in a voice message:
75:16 06/07/2023
Elie Steinbock, - Building a $5k/month SaaS for web3 referral programs this conversation, Anthony Castrio, founder of the Indie Worldwide Community, interviews Elie Steinbock, founder of, CryptoFighters, and FrontWork. Elie shares his journey from running a front-end development agency to working on Sharemint, a Web3 referral platform for startup partnerships. He discusses how he met his cofounder, Aamir, and built a strong working relationship with him.Elie explains that launching a Web3 business is similar to launching other businesses but emphasizes the importance of finding users on platforms like Twitter, Telegram, and Discord. He believes that building a valuable business during a bear market is more sustainable than focusing on quick gains during a bull market.Sharemint currently has a handful of clients and is making between $5,000 and $10,000 a month. Elie shares the challenges of managing finances in cryptocurrency and advises those looking to build a Web3 business to focus on providing value to users rather than launching unnecessary tokens.Elie is optimistic about the potential of Web3 and NFTs as alternative authentication systems and voting rights within organizations. He plans to focus on growing Sharemint over the next few years and hopes to become more established in the crypto space.In terms of the Indie Worldwide community, Elie appreciates the monthly calls and small group chats, but suggests hosting these calls more frequently to deepen connections within the community. His parting wisdom for aspiring indie hackers is that there is no right way to do things and that it's important to be open-minded and adaptable. --- Send in a voice message:
43:53 05/05/2023
Interview with Hua | Typogram Tell me more about Typogram!Hua: Typogram is a logo design tool for founders, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who do not have a professional design background. It aims to make logo design and branding easy for non-professionals. It is not a random logo generator, but rather a platform that allows users to feel creative and confident in making their own logos.Anthony: Who is your target audience?Hua: Our customers come from both individual creators and business owners, as well as people who offer logo design as part of their services, such as web developers or marketing consultants.Anthony: How did you and your co-founder meet and start working together?Hua: My co-founder and I met at a typeface design program at the Cooper Union in New York City. We collaborated on several projects before starting Typogram together.Anthony: How do you handle co-founder challenges?Hua: We have a clear division of work, with my co-founder handling product design and development, while I handle the marketing, content creation, and some backend work. This division of labor helps to prevent conflicts.Anthony: How has your background as a designer influenced Typogram?Hua: Both my co-founder and I are designers, and we wanted to make a tool that allows people to feel creative and enjoy the process of designing their own logos. We also aim to educate users on design concepts within the app, making it both a design tool and an educational platform.Anthony: What are the struggles of having two designers as startup founders?Hua: One downside is that we are both more introverted, which can make marketing and networking more challenging. However, we have complementary skills, such as my co-founder being a front-end developer and me being more focused on the big picture and deadlines.Anthony: Here's a big-brain question: What is a brand?Hua: A brand is how you want your customer to feel about the product and what they immediately think when they see it.Anthony: Can you have a brand without a logo?Hua: Yes, you can have a brand without a logo. An example would be Bernie Sanders' initial presidential campaign, which had a strong brand without a specific logo.Anthony: What are three things indie hackers should be aware of when creating a brand for their product?Hua:Simplicity: Make something simple and memorable. Avoid overcomplicating the logo.Sketch it out: Put your ideas on paper and create a rough sketch to understand what you want.Choose an appropriate font: Pick a typeface that performs well and is suitable for your brand.Thanks Hua for agreeing to this interview! Check out Typogram here: --- Send in a voice message:
47:07 28/04/2023
Cheezus "The Vivino of Cheese"
Cheezus: Ross on Twitter: YouTube: Worldwide: --- Send in a voice message:
67:27 25/04/2023
Suzy Choi -
This is the second episode of our Featured Founder Friday series where we put the spotlight on Bootstrapped founders from the Indie Worldwide community and beyond.Our second feature is  Suzy Choi, an Indie Worldwide member and founder of  GoodPeople, a pre-launch startup that aims to drive cultural change by creating job descriptions that attract diverse talent quickly and easily.Earlier this week I interviewed Suzy to find out how she does it.What we talked about:Finding a co-founder.Why she's building a team pre-launch.Where HR goes wrong when it comes to hiring.How to write better job descriptions. --- Send in a voice message:
26:56 24/03/2023
Emma Fletcher - Evergreen Support, Learn to Solder Kits
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47:11 15/03/2023
Grow your Twitter audience from 0 to 10,000 followers
Best CRM for indie hackers: Going over all the strategies I used to grow my Twitter audience to over 10,000 followers, how you can do the same, and common pitfalls. --- Send in a voice message:
72:09 19/12/2022
Interview with Outseta Co-founder Geoff Roberts
Outseta gives founders the tools to monetize their website, SaaS product, or online community in minutes. --- Send in a voice message:
40:00 25/10/2022
Interview with the founder of Wishtender
Dash is the founder of a service that allows fans to anonymously buy gifts for adult-creators. Mostly used by members of the findom community, Wishtender has quickly grown by providing security and safety to both sides of the transaction. --- Send in a voice message:
48:25 17/10/2022
In person interview with rival community builder - Wannabe Entrepeneur
This is part 2 of an in person sit down with Tiago in his home in Lisbon Portugal. Tiago is the founder of the Wannabe Entrepreneur community and podcast and a sometimes-rival to the Indie Worldwide Community. Listen to part one: --- Send in a voice message:
48:38 19/09/2022
Dan Vassallo quit his $500,000 job at Amazon.
Dan has made a name for himself for quitting his job at Amazon where he made $500k+ per year to become an Indie Hacker and build a portfolio of small bets. Now he works part-time for Gumroad, builds a SaaS called Userbase, has 100k+ Twitter followers, and runs the Tiny Bets Community. --- Send in a voice message:
43:18 06/09/2022
Q&A with Andrew Gazdecki, MicroAcquire CEO
This is Part 1 of the 100 users 100 days demo day where we had a live Q&A session with Andrew Gazdecki the founder of MicroAcquire. Part 2 will be uploaded to the Indie Worldwide YouTube Channel. --- Send in a voice message:
33:07 24/08/2022
Building a $5,000MRR business out of a virtual stage-timer
• Husband and wife indie hacker team. • 2k MRR + another 2k non-recurring on average per month • Ramen profitable but still freelancing • Going nomadic soon for a year • Other ventures like a notebook company and a fun online candy shopping experience --- Send in a voice message:
35:18 22/08/2022
Million dollar retail entrepreneur turned indie hacker
Ana Bibikova founded a retail chain introducing Asian foods to the Russian market. After burning out she sold her business and pivoted into indie hacking. Now Ana teaches introverted entrepreneurs how to use their natural inclinations to become better marketers. --- Send in a voice message:
41:46 01/08/2022
Use Notion as a blog - How Bhanu built to $500 MRR in 5 weeks.
Bhanu is a 24 year old Indie Hacker quickly approaching $1,000 MRR just a couple months after launching his blog-on-top-of-Notion platform Feather. In this interview we discuss how Bhanu quit his job, became a startup founder, tried, failed, and pivoted his way to his current product which is now growing like crazy. --- Send in a voice message:
20:10 18/07/2022
Cold calling airports for $7,000 | Zach Burau
Zach Burau runs a dev shop, he develops software to run airport time bulletin boards, he bought a website off the founder of Kayak, and now he's building a niche-gaming empire. --- Send in a voice message:
38:53 23/06/2022
Clothing made to measure, an interview with the CEO of Balodana
Dana is the founder and CEO of Balodana, a curated marketplace of bespoke tailors. When you sign up for Balodana they take your measurements so that you can shop for clothes that fit you perfectly, every time. Their collection is curated from around the world and they work directly with the makers of your clothing to get each piece tailored to fit your exact dimensions. In this interview we talked about the clothing industry, artificial intelligence, pivoting during the pandemic, sustainable fashion and a whole lot more. --- Send in a voice message:
40:29 13/06/2022
$48,000 a year side-hustle helping founders become ramen profitable
Charlie Ward is an Indie Hacker and a founder of Ramen Club. He got his start organizing local meetups for the London Indie-hacker scene, but when COVID struck he had to make a hard pivot. In this episode we discuss community building, indie hacking, and how Charlie made the most of what could have been a sticky situation. --- Send in a voice message:
31:27 06/06/2022
Trevor Longino Q&A with Indie Worldwide
Trevor Longino is the founder of CrowdTamers, a former thespian, and a master marketer. He's helped over a dozen startup scale their marketing efforts to multiple millions in ARR. --- Send in a voice message:
20:56 31/05/2022
How to scale your startup to $2M ARR - Trevor Longino
Trevor Longino is the founder of CrowdTamers, a former thespian, and a master marketer. He's helped over a dozen startup scale their marketing efforts to multiple millions in ARR. --- Send in a voice message:
20:34 25/05/2022
Q&A with Amar Ghose - founder of
An interview with a founder who grew his business from less than $1000 to over $2 million a year selling software to maids --- Send in a voice message:
40:35 17/05/2022
Bootstrapped AI Startup from New Zealand making $250,000 ARR | CK Lee
Hailing from New Zealand, CK Lee is the founder of two AI startups, TagGun and TagTeam. Learn how he grew his side-hustle to over a quarter of a million USD in revenue and what he's doing next. --- Send in a voice message:
25:58 25/04/2022
30,000 resumes per month | Founder Spotlight - Fernando Pessagno
Our spotlight today is on Fernando Pessagno. His beautiful resume building website gets over 30,000 submissions per month and currently generates around $2,000 per month. We spoke about his plans for pivoting the business model to better capture the value of his business and how he’s getting so many hits every month. --- Send in a voice message:
25:04 06/04/2022
Interview with Fed from Gummy Search - Fractional CTO, Digital Nomad, Programmatic SEO
I interviewed Fed from The Hive Index and Gummy search about his journey launching two SaaS businesses while criss-crossing the continent with his wife and cat in tow. --- Send in a voice message:
54:36 01/04/2022
How to get banned from Mailchimp | Michael Greenberg
Want to avoid getting banned from your email marketing tools? We invited Michael Greenberg (@gentoftech) to run an introductory workshop for any founders who send emails. Michael has built three different 6-figure ARR productized services, and sold one of those. Currently he's writing & podcasting about digital operations, entrepreneurial strategy, & content creation. --- Send in a voice message:
34:01 11/03/2022
Interview with Tom from Tweet Hunter $20,000 MRR
We interviewed Thomas Jacquesson, one half of Pony Express Studio, about how their breakout product Tweet Hunter has found traction on Twitter. --- Send in a voice message:
07:41 03/03/2022
Making $1,000 a month with a Google Sheets add-on
BudgetSheet is an add-on for Google Sheets that lets you import your bank transactions directly into a spreadsheet. Vance Lucas built his micro-startup on the side while also holding down a full time job, in large part just by choosing the right market to play in. He’s a solo-founder. --- Send in a voice message:
09:08 02/02/2022
One app for all your messaging services
Greg Fragin is building LoopHQ, and all in one platform to manage your messages and relationships across the internet. --- Send in a voice message:
06:30 26/01/2022
The easiest way to grow Shopify stores with Kaus Manjita
This is an interview with the co-founder of, Kaus Manjita. The easiest way to grow Shopify stores. Get discounts, offers, bundles & product listings live in your store in minutes. Automate your storefront updates to drive 20% better conversions. --- Send in a voice message:
31:30 08/11/2021