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Dec 31, 2020

Courtland founded Indie Hackers, one of the leading entrepreneurship communities on the internet.

Indie Hackers was acquired by Stripe in 2017. He's a Y Combinator alum & graduated from MIT.

This conversation is broken up into two parts.

In part one, we discuss:

  • the indiehacker philosophy
  • optimizing for freedom + becoming a time billionaire
  • capitalism + the american dream
  • diversity, race + culture
  • equality of opportunity vs outcome

Part Two - Business Idea Framework (starts at 1hr mark):

  • a four-step framework for brainstorming business ideas
  • difference between product ideas + business ideas
  • how to think about distribution from day one
  • finding a door before making a key
  • how to create an innovative solution

Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 Intro
  • 00:02:52 Who is Courtland + what is Indie Hackers
  • 00:04:24 Background + Getting Acquired By Stripe
  • 00:09:51 Differentiating
  • 00:12:47 Unbundling Platforms + Creating Alternatives
  • 00:16:03 Experience at Y Combinator
  • 00:21:49 The Indiehacker Philosophy
  • 00:25:02 "The Time Billionaire"
  • 00:27:20 Skin In The Game
  • 00:31:11 The Evolution of Capitalism
  • 00:36:04 Equality of Outcome vs Equality of Opportunity
  • 00:39:28 Objective Thinking + Confirmation Bias
  • 00:41:40 Going Beyond Performative Diversity
  • 00:44:32 The Nuance of Culture vs Race
  • 00:51:10 The Value of Examples
  • 00:54:48 Getting To The Root Of The Problem
  • 00:59:13 Does The American Dream Exist?

Part Two: Business Idea Framework:

  • 01:03:44 4 Part Framework: Problem, Distribution, Monetization, Solution
  • 01:04:58 Product Idea vs Business Idea
  • 01:06:38 What Makes A Good Problem?
  • 01:08:53 Tribes, Channels + Distribution
  • 01:14:17 Courtland's Checklist To Evaluate Problem
  • 01:18:18 Where to Look for Problems
  • 01:20:29 Sources To Find Rising Trends
  • 01:25:23 Distribution From Day One
  • 01:27:12 How To Share On Indie Hackers
  • 01:32:55 Doing It Well vs Perfectionism
  • 01:34:48 Wrap-Up
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