Indie Hackers Community

Work together to build profitable businesses & side projects

#5 Product of the MonthJanuary 2018
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We're a few thousand founders and developers helping each other start profitable online businesses. The community is a friendly place to come share our experiences and projects, get valuable feedback, swap tips, and lean on each other for support.

  • Federico Pascual
    Federico PascualCOO @MonkeyLearn.

    Best podcast about startups out there, also great community and interviews



    So much to learn from Indie Hackers, IH podcasts, the interviews and the community. A breath of fresh air from the 'traditional' startup talk (glorified VC funded startups).

    Federico Pascual has used this product for one year.
  • Pros: 

    Great community! Great content!



    I love what IH is becoming. Moving the forum front and center was a great idea. I love all the content, but the community is why I keep coming back.

    Keep up the good work guys!

    Paul Dessert has used this product for one month.
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Courtland Allen
Courtland AllenMaker@csallen · Founder @ Indie Hackers
Hi Product Hunt! 👋 A year and a half ago, I launched Indie Hackers here as a side project. Back then it was a small collection of interviews with founders, and today it's become so much more. I'm excited to unveil the Indie Hackers Community — a place where founders work together to build projects, give each other feedback, and help each other solve challenges. If you've ever worked on a project and needed some advice or a second opinion on something, this community is for you. I'd love to hear what you think!
Todd Soulas
Todd Soulas@toddsoulas · Innovation @ING_Aust. Part-time maker.
@csallen this is great Courtland! Have been watching your site grow and enjoyed the journey. One of the things that has often held my own projects back has been finding others with a similar passion so I look forward to seeing this concept grow 👌🏻
@csallen great community , big fan , all the best
Dario D
Dario D@ddouble7 · Curious observer & Product Enthusiast
@csallen One of my favourite website. Keep up the good work, cheers!
Antonio Orlando
Antonio Orlando@insert_nick · Creating 3D portraits ➡
@csallen Also the podcasts are fantastic and they have the text version too, very useful when I don't get something from the speech as a non-native English speaker. Everything feels so well designed both technically and in terms of "empathy", and when you're around in IH there's always this warm feeling of a overall good place with so much care in how everything is designed and made.
Mike Ritchie
Mike Ritchie@mike_seekwell ·
@csallen I'm looking for beta users for a product I'm launching in a couple weeks, but I need people with a specific "stack" (i.e. on a Mac, uses Slack and Google Sheets, and knows SQL). It'd be awesome if in your IH profile that you could tag that you're willing to help out with beta testing products and could add tags to your profile that would be relevant to know for people looking for testers (e.g. "Mac", "Designer", etc.). Testers could then sign up to get a push when a new beta product met their tags. I'd imagine beta testing would be a pretty strong use case for this community.
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
You've done an awesome job building an organic, genuine community, @callen and @channingallen. 👏🏼
Courtland Allen
Courtland AllenMaker@csallen · Founder @ Indie Hackers
Thank you for the support @rrhoover! Product Hunt has been a huge inspiration.
Sasha Koss
Sasha Koss@kossnocorp · Indie Maker
Indie Hackers made me realize that building a company isn't that hard, that it's ok to not want to become a unicorn and it's not necessary to beat all the competitors if all you want is a stable income. The podcast and the forum been with me since I've left my job (not an advice), launched my first products and learned how to market those. Now I'm one step from getting my first $ from a product that people want and ready to pay for. Thank you @csallen and @channingallen for all your work!
Courtland Allen
Courtland AllenMaker@csallen · Founder @ Indie Hackers
Congrats on your progress so far @kossnocorp, been enjoying your updates so far and I'm looking forward to seeing where you can take your business and maybe interviewing you one day :-D
Sasha Koss
Sasha Koss@kossnocorp · Indie Maker
@csallen thanks, I'm looking forward to this day too 😜
Abadesi@abadesi · Head of Maker Outreach at Product Hunt
Great to see you here @channingallen @csallen! As @kossnocorp touched on, so many tech stories focus on the unicorns and big players and what makes Indie Hackers so great is that it's incredibly accessible and relatable. Ordinary people working hard, making money and learning lots along the way. I love that. How has the Stripe acquisition changed things (if at all)? And what exciting things do you have planned for the community in 2018?
Channing Allen
Channing AllenMaker@channingallen · Co-Founder, Indie Hackers
@csallen @kossnocorp @abadesi In short, the Stripe acquisition simplified our mission: to become the best knowledge-sharing community for internet entrepreneurs. Prior to the acquisition talks, we spent most of our time negotiating with ad vendors. We were even on the verge of pay-gating the interviews or the forum (or both)!
Courtland Allen
Courtland AllenMaker@csallen · Founder @ Indie Hackers
@abadesi My take is that the Stripe acquisition made us much more ambitious. We went from having a 2-week vision to crafting a 2-year vision. Indie Hackers should be the best place for early-stage founders to directly support each other in starting new businesses and overcoming specific challenges, and in 2018 I want to concentrate on building tools to help them do just that.
Dre Durr💡
Dre Durr💡@dredurr · Growth is the only thing that matters
Dope 🚬🚬 Huge fan of Indie Hackers. It seems that 2018 is all about pushing more people to become Makers. What separates Indie Hackers Forum from other Slack and Maker centric communities?
Courtland Allen
Courtland AllenMaker@csallen · Founder @ Indie Hackers
Great question @dredurr. The Indie Hackers forum is built around a pillar of 250 interviews with experienced entrepreneurs (, many of whom participate in the comments on a regular basis. It has a bent toward developers, which on average raises the bar for the kinds of products you see people making and discussing. And the fact that it's a forum, not a chatroom, makes it much easier for large numbers of people to get quality advice at the same time. In the long run, we're planning to add lots of ancillary tools to the forum that augment everyone's ability to connect with and help each other out. This is why I built the forum from scratch instead of going with an off-the-shelf solution — I want to customize it to be the best that it can for this particular group of people. Expect to see lots of changes in 2018!