James McKinven

James McKinven

Host of the Indie Bites podcast & founder of PodPanda.

Appears in 33 Episodes

$20k MRR with Airtable app using YouTube and SEO for growth - Andy Cloke, Data Fetcher

Today I’m joined by a returning guest, Andy Cloke, who runs Data Fetcher. Data Fetcher is an API plugin for Airtable that he’s grown to 20k MRR. In our previous episod...

Making $200k a year teaching Google Sheets - Andrew Kamphey

Today I’m joined by Andrew Kamphey, who is the founder of Better Sheets, a platform of tools and tutorials to get better at using Google Sheets, that has done well ove...

Bootstrapping Ticket Tailor to £6m ARR, selling and repurchasing the company, losing motivation and more - Jonny White

Jonny White is the founder of Ticket Tailor, a platform for selling tickets online doing over £6m ARR and growing. Jonny founded Ticket Tailor in 2011, grew it to £2k ...

Carving a new life path with a newsletter about Workspaces - Ryan Gilbert, Workspaces

Ryan Gilbert is the creator of the Workspaces newsletter, which showcases the best workspaces in tech and beyond. He grew it to 6,000 subscribers and $2k per month wit...

Taking on Bit.ly bootstrapped - Tim Leland, T.LY

Tim Leland is the founder of T.LY, a link shortener with almost half a million users that he recently quit his job to pursue full time. Tim started out building chrome...

Working towards life-changing outcomes as an indie hacker - Colleen Schnettler, HelloQuery

In this episode I’m joined by Colleen Schnettler, which a lot of you would have heard from through her Software Social podcast she co-hosts with Michele Hansen. Collee...

Gamifying products, shipping quickly and knowing when to quit - Marc Louvion

Marc Louvion is an indie hacker with many many products. His tagline on his website is relatable for all “I was fired everywhere so I had to work for myself (even Tai ...

Is indie hacking having an identity crisis? - Dominic Monn, MentorCruise

In this episode I’m bringing back a previous guest, Dom Monn, who is the founder of MentorCruise, which he’s now working full time on with a small team. I brought Dom ...

How to find and validate your ideas - Bram Kanstein, Startup Stash / No Code MVP

Today I’m joined by Bram Kanstein, who you might know from Startup Stash, which is the most upvoted product ever on Product Hunt. Bram also started the No Code MVP a c...

Growing Frontend Mentor to 500k users and $30k MRR - Matt Studdert

Matt Studdert is the founder of Frontend Mentor, which helps people level up their front-end coding skills by building projects. They have over 500,000 users and are h...

Jordan O'Connor on running a $30k MRR SaaS and doing SEO consulting on the side

Jordan O’Connor is the founder of Closet Tools, a bootstrapped app that helps people sell more stuff on Poshmark which has been in and around the $30-40k MRR mark. He’...

Growing a $2m p/y indie business - Josh Ho, Referral Rock

Josh Ho is the founder and CEO of Referral Rock, a SaaS he founded in 2014 doing over $2m a year in revenue. Referral Rock helps businesses to design, launch and manag...

Building a 6-figure creator business - Jay Clouse, Creator Science

Jay Clouse is the founder of Creator Science, which is a membership, community, newsletter and podcast helping you become build a creator business, which he bootstrapp...

Building a $15k MRR side project while working at Stripe - Justin Duke, Buttondown

Justin Duke is the founder of Buttondown, a simple email newsletter tool without all the bloat. In December 2022 Buttondown was around $15k MRR. He also runs Spoonbill...

Breaking Convention: The Radical Thinking of Jack McDade and Statamic

Jack McDade is the creator of Statamic, a content management system for Laravel. What I love about Jack is how he approaches all of his projects, including Statamic, t...

From $0 to $10k MRR in 2 years - Elston Baretto, Tiiny Host (Revisited)

Elston Baretto was last on the pod in March 2021, when he’d just grown his tool, Tiiny.host, to $600 MRR and we recorded as part of my mission to share stories of unkn...

Making $12k p/m with Wordpress plugins - Patrick Posner

Patrick Posner is the creator of a portfolio of Wordpress plugins which have been downloaded almost a million times collectively making him $12k p/m. Patrick went full...

From $50m VC-backed to $20k MRR notes app - Alex MacCaw, Reflect (prev. Clearbit)

Alex MacCaw is the founder of Reflect, a note taking app which he’s grown to $20k MRR with a team of 4. Previously, he was the co-founder of Clearbit, a VC-backed comp...

Stair stepping to millions in SaaS revenue - Craig Hewitt, Castos

Craig Hewitt is the Founder and CEO of Castos, a bootstrapped podcast hosting and analytics platform with a services arm for podcast production. He’s been in podcastin...

Daniel Fayle: from commercial banker to making millions in software

Today I’m joined by Dan Fayle, who is the co-founder of Chekkit, a company that’s he bootstrapped to almost $2.5m ARR and 20 employees. There’s a few interesting thing...

How Ahrefs Built A Best-In-Class SEO Strategy - Tim Soulo, Ahrefs

Tim Soulo is the CMO at Ahrefs, one of the biggest and best SEO tools on the internet. Ahrefs are one of the clear success stories as a bootstrapped company, growing t...

Bootstrapping a leather supply business to $50k in sales - Jared Maddern, Beamhouse Leather

The crossover you never asked for but didn't know you wanted, it's James and his leather man. They talk about what it takes to build a leather supply business from scr...

How to build a newsletter business - Louis Nicholls, SparkLoop

Louis Nicholls has dived deep into the world of newsletter referral programs, and he's learnt a thing or too along the way. This chat is packed with advice about speak...

Near death VC experience to $25k p/m bootstrapped - Kyle Gawley, Gravity

Kyle Gawley is living his life in Thailand and making $25k p/m through his product Gravity, although it did take a near-death traumatic experience with a VC-company fo...

Bootstrapping to $3.5m ARR from YouTuber to Founder - Sam King, Flick

Sam is the founder of Flick, a bootstrapped social media tool doing $3.5m ARR.

A masterclass in customer research as a founder - Michele Hansen, Deploy Empathy

The dreaded (and sometimes neglected) customer research. I know I've avoided it. Michele has convinced me that it's something I should be doing and how to do it in an ...

Bootstrapping, AppSumo deals and productivity tools - Macgill Davis / Will Goto, Rize.io

Macgill Davis and Will Goto are two technical co-founders figuring out how to make you more productive with their product, Rize. They've bootstrapped the right way- wi...

Building a community of generalists on a remote island - Milly Tamati, Generalist World

Milly is truly embracing remote work, living on an island off the coast of Scotland with 170 people. From there, she's building a community of people that just haven't...

Bootstrapping Helpkit to $4.5k MRR - Dominik Sobe, Helpkit

Dominik Sobe packed in his dreams of working as a management consultant, earning cushy money and travelling the world for free, to become a stressed-out, risk-taking i...

Solo founder grows reverse job board to $100k a year - Joe Masilotti, RailsDevs

Joe Masilotti is an all round top bloke. He's now just a top bloke who's making that juicy bootstrapped cash helping Rails developers get jobs. All while sneakily avoi...

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