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!
@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
@csallen One of my favourite website. Keep up the good work, cheers!
@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.
@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.
@csallen great job Courtland and Channing! @channingallen Keep it up! :)
@csallen @channingallen Wow! This is dope, excited to be part of Indie Hackers.
Quick questions 1) curious to know how the "community" aspect was built and integrated with the site, was it built by the team or is there a service that offers an integration to an existing site?
2) The article editor with-in the site is crazy, how does that work?
Based on the comments here, I understand that Indie Hackers has organically grown into a quality-community, Kudos.
@csallen for lack of better wording, you da real mvp
@mike_seekwell checkout BetaTesta on Product Hunt - doesn’t provide the detail you mention regarding the specific stack but may be of help.
@mike_seekwell I think earn.com has sorted lists just for that purpose; not sure whether they'll have your categories but it'd be worth checking out nonetheless.
@csallen Congrats Courtland! Love the IndieHackers community. My go-to place for honest and interesting discussions about building a project or starting a business.
@insert_nick This might be my favorite thing that anyone's ever said about Indie Hackers, thank you!
@csallen IH is one of my favorite place to read and visit when its come to growth hacking, entrepreneurship or getting feedback of my last project from the community. The community is great, UX of website itself is also great, and the content is giving a value, since it's made from people for people.
I am always reading the newsletter and picking up the best content which I re-share on my personal bookmark https://moon.ly.
Thank you once again for such a great community, keep going and waiting to see where its go next.
@csallen 👏Great work Courtland! Definitely finding myself wanting to use it.
@csallen Hi Courtland, I am really happy to see IH growing so much in last 1 year. You had covered our Startup Aeroleads back then and we still get traffic from IndieHacker!
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!
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
@csallen thanks, I'm looking forward to this day too 😜
A great inspiration. This is driving a growing movement of people who are able to escape the traditional path of subjugated employment, and who can live life and create value on their own terms. Something I aspire to be a part of!
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?
@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)!
@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.
Wow, I have been inspired a lot of by Indie Hackers. This definitely the best place for us indie developer and side project enthusiast to communicate.
IndieHackers is my top source for inspiration, knowledge and important discussions. Interviews and podcasts there are pure gold!!! IndieHackers inspired me to build my own business.
Thank you @csallen and @channingallen for creating such a great resource!
This looks like a great community to join 😎
Really love what @csallen has been doing with Indie Hackers, its an inspiring community to be apart! Keep up the good work.
You've done an awesome job building an organic, genuine community, @callen and @channingallen. 👏🏼
Thank you for the support @rrhoover! Product Hunt has been a huge inspiration.
great forum! Thank you!
Nicolas Le Roux
I really like this community and always get really useful tips to grow my business. Thanks IH team!
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?
Great question @dredurr. The Indie Hackers forum is built around a pillar of 250 interviews with experienced entrepreneurs (https://goo.gl/KCmQ7r), 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!
My day never go alone without refreshing #IH multiple times.
Intuitive, elegant, and simple, filling a huge hole in dev industry. Truly craftful. 🙌🏼
Great site with inspiring stories and now an awesome community. I like this a lot!
Wonderful community! Sometimes, I even check it more often than PH 😲😲 Great work @csallen! Thank you so much for creating it.
I will not be here if it wasn't for IH. THANK YOU! love everything you guys do.
One of my favorite projects. Looking forward to watching it grow even more!
My favorite community! Love it so much! @csallen, @channingallen, thanks for your work, guys 👍