Wilhelm Klopp has had an interesting journey as an indie hacker, leaving his comfortable job as a software engineer at GitHub, to creating one of the most popular Slack apps of all time, Simple Poll. The app has been installed on over 600,000 workspaces and is supporting a full-time income for Wil and his small team. I discuss the story of how he built and grew Simple Poll and what it's like living the dream as a full-time indie hacker.
What we covered in this episode
- Hows the year been after leaving GitHub
- What is Simple Poll
- How Wil came up with the idea
- How he grew the app to 600k users
- What he did to start charging for a free app
- The danger of building for another platform (Slack)
- How he transitioned to work full-time on Simple Poll
- What it's like being a full-time indie hacker
- Why it's quite good having a job while working on side projects
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