Recording Notes

On Indie Hackers

  • For those that don't know, and to set the scene, how would you describe Indie Hackers and where did the idea come from?
  • Briefly, what / who is an 'indie hacker'?
  • What are the challenges and benefits of building Indie Hackers from within Stripe – What's harder and what's easier?
  • Do you ever feel the urge to do the occasional stint of indie hacking away from the structures of a company?

On Indie Hacking...

  • So you you want to become an indie hacker, but you're not too sure where to start, how should you look to develop and evaluate ideas?
  • Sometimes being an indie hacker can be quite isolating or lonely, especially when you're a 1-person team working away on your business. How do you stay motivated and productive?
    • Alternative: So many indie hackers are solo founders, whats your advice for them getting a lot done as a 1-person team?
  • Part of what makes Indie Hackers great is the community that comes with it, it helps considerably with that isolation that bootstrapping can sometimes bring. There has been growth in community-based businesses, and paid ones like Weekend Club which I am incredibly grateful for.
    • Communities are trending. Why do you think we are seeing this growth in communities?
    • Link to IH thread
  • Something I've been bullish on, and we've seen with the likes of Steve Schoger, Jack Butcher, Harry Dry, and more is building an audience before a business. Do you see this as something important for us?
  • I'd love to hear your view on the current state of bootstrapping? With it become more popular and more communities being built around it. Plus the addition of indie hacker friendly funds like Earnest and Tiny Seed. Is there anything that surprises you?

If we have time....

  • How do you approach thinking and planning for the long term?
    • What is the goal setting process for Indie Hackers?
    • Is Indie Hackers aligned to any kind of (quarterly) planning process or OKR cycle that happens more broadly within Stripe?
  • the recent explosion in newsletters, esp. paid newsletters (related to media)