Josh Anderton

Intro

Hello and welcome back to Indie Bites, the podcast where I bring you stories of fellow indie hackers in 15 minutes or less. Joshua Anderton is the co-founder of Meeps, a community and membership platform he’s building with maker legend Justin Jackson. Previously Josh's bootstrapped labour of love was Upscribe, an email platform he built, grew scaled but ultimately stopped working on. Josh is also a production powerhouse, making extremely high quality videos and podcasts through his productized services PodMelon and VidMelon.

Talking Points

On Meeps

  • What is Meeps? Where did the idea come from? What makes it different to the rest?
  • You're a shipping machine! How are you shipping stuff so quickly?
    • What's your approach to product management and choosing what to build?
  • Working with Justin Jackson. What's it like working with the bootstrapping GOAT?
    • Co-founder vs no co-founder
  • Plans for launch?

On Upscribe

  • Before I ask you anything, what's happening with upscribe? Still going? Plans to sell?
  • Why start an email marketing / sending platform? Didn't we have enough...?!
  • How did you get your first users and revenue?
  • Talk me through the story of growing it, working on it for 5 years, going full time and why it didn't work out.
  • What's been the biggest challenge with running an email platform?

On podcasting, freelancing and having a family

  • Getting To Ramen podcast, I love it. Have you found that's helped you with an audience, or just sharing your own thoughts?
    • also you inspired me to get bites.fm hehe thank u bro
  • PodMelon and VidMelon, how did they go?
    • Are they still going?
    • How did you get into making high quality video and podcast content?
    • Do you think more indies should learn production skills?
  • Josh, you're doing all of this with a young family! How do you fit it all in?
  • Mental health as a founder.
    • Tackling ADD
    • Avoiding burnout
    • Managing dopamine

Recommendations

  • Book - how to win friends and influence people
  • Podcast - creative pep talk
  • Indie Hacker

Outro

Thank you for listening to this episode of Indie Bites with [Guest name], I hope you learned as much as I did about [x, y, z]. As always, links, references and recommendations can be found in the show notes or at bites.fm. If you ad-free and extended versions of these conversations, you can get them with the Indie Bites membership at membership.bites.fm, for just £4 a month. See you next Wednesday.