The Entrepreneurial Coder Podcast

The Entrepreneurial Coder Podcast

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An interview show where I talk to programmers, developers, and coders of all types who have gone into business for themselves.


#30 - Philip Kiely - Nailing a Book Launch With Only 13 Twitter Followers
May 28 • 43 min
Philip takes us through his journey writing and launching his new book, Writing for Software Developers, and how he nailed the launch with a very small audience. He talks about the tactical decisions he made, how he used his existing knowledge of…
#29 - Christopher Gimmer - Bootstrapping a SaaS Product to $1,000,000 ARR
May 11 • 49 min
Christopher takes us through his journey building his SaaS app, Snappa, which just recently hit $1,000,000 in annual recurring revenue. He goes into detail about why it’s important to remain bootstrapped and also which situations might warrant raising…
#28 - Saron Yitbarek - The Business of Running a Tech Conference
Apr 27 • 40 min
Saron talks about her journey founding, building, and recently selling CodeNewbie, the most supportive community around for people learning to code. She also talks about her experience running tech conferences and the business considerations that go into…
#27 - Dan Wahlin - How to Establish Yourself as an Entrepreneurial Coder
Apr 23 • 50 min
Dan talks about his experience being a self-employed programmer since the 1990s. He reflects on what has changed, what has remained the same, and how you should think about establishing yourself as an entrepreneurial coder. Dan provides some advice on how…
#26 - Marc-André Giroux - The Road to a $70,000 E-Book Launch
Apr 9 • 53 min
Marc talks about the recent launch of his first e-book, Production Ready GraphQL, and how it netted him over $70k during the launch. He talks about the fears he had going into launch day, the challenges he faced during the writing process, and how he was…
#25 - Jamon Holmgren - Scaling Up and Sustaining an Agency
Apr 1 • 49 min
Jamon talks about his experience as a developer and business owner and his journey co-founding and building his React and React Native agency, Infinite Red. He talks about how the 2008/2009 recession impacted business as a web developer and how he was…
#24 - Dominic Monn - How to Test Ideas and Ship Products Quickly
Mar 24 • 54 min
Dominic talks about his experience testing, building, and shipping many different digital products, including MentorCruise and Intravert. He gives advice on how to test ideas by starting with a simple landing page and also how to attract attention to your…
#23 - Eve Porcello & Alex Banks - How to Build a Business as a Workshop Instructor
Mar 11 • 55 min
Eve and Alex talk about their experience building a business around teaching workshops. They go into detail about how they got started offering workshops, how they think about what to offer and how to price it, and how they have been able to teach…
#22 - Kelly Vaughn - How To Build a Successful Agency
Mar 3 • 42 min
Kelly talks about her experience going from being a solo freelancer to now running The Taproom Agency, a marketing agency specializing in building excellent Shopify storefronts. She goes into detail about what has worked well for her to build up her…
#21 - Preethi Kasireddy - The Tradeoffs Between Entrepreneurship and Employment
Feb 20 • 52 min
Preethi talks about her journey going from working for top companies like Goldman Sachs and Andreessen Horowitz to founding her own startup called TruStory. She goes into detail about the tradeoffs between working as a full-time employee and being a…
#20 - Michaela Greiler - How to Pick Which Business Idea to Focus On
Feb 6 • 45 min
Dr. Michaela talks about her journey leaving her dream job at Microsoft to focus on being her own boss. She takes us through how she developed and launched a successful online marketplace but ultimately stopped working on it because it wasn’t where her…
#19 - Kent C. Dodds - How To Replace Your Salary by Creating Content
Jan 28 • 69 min
Kent shares his experience building a business in developer education content which replaced his salary and allowed him to leave his full-time job. He talks about how he uses a mix of content types (written, video, and workshop material) to build his…
#18 - Shirley Wu - How To Be A Successful Niche Freelancer
Jan 21 • 56 min
Shirley talks about how she went from doing data visualization work for prominent tech companies to going out on her own as a full-time data visualization freelancer. She dives into some of the important aspects to consider when freelancing in a specific…
#17 - Greg Schier - How I Built and Sold Insomnia
Dec 4, 2019 • 48 min
Greg talks about his journey building (and eventually selling) Insomnia, one of the world’s best REST and GraphQL clients. He takes us through how he came up with the idea for Insomnia, how he started gaining a userbase for it, and ultimately how he was…
#16 - Daniel Vassallo - Why I Left a $500k/year Job at AWS to Work For Myself
Oct 22, 2019 • 55 min
Daniel talks about what went into his decision to quit his very well-paid position as an engineer at AWS to be independent. He walks us through his journey getting one promotion after another at Amazon, only to realize that the high salary wasn’t worth…
#15 - Joel Hooks - The Benefits of Building a Calm Company
Sep 24, 2019 • 37 min
Joel takes us through his experience building egghead.io, one the world’s best-known resources for high-quality programming tutorials. Egghead has a unique approach to business and Joel talks about why they generally don’t pay attention to the…
#14 - Kitze - Github Stars Won’t Pay Your Rent
Sep 11, 2019 • 53 min
Kitze has a ton of experience building successful products for the web. He has also built awesome open source software and has seen, first-hand, how it can be unsustainable as an author. In this episode, Kitze takes us through his journey building his…
#13 - Sean Grove - What It’s Like to Go Through Y Combinator, Twice
Aug 26, 2019 • 56 min
Sean talks about his experience going through Y Combinator, one of the best known early-stage startup accelerators in the world. He gives us the inside scoop about all aspects of the program, including the application process, how to gain leverage from…
#12 - Jason Resnick - How to Network and Stand Out by Serving
Jul 24, 2019 • 53 min
Jason talks about his approach to networking and why it’s crucial to serve without expecting anything in return. He goes into detail about how he was able to build authority in his niche on social media by being the guy with answers and offering them up,…
#11 - Chris Ferdinandi - Building an Audience by Being Consistent
Jul 11, 2019 • 62 min
Chris goes into detail on how he teaches people to be better JavaScript developers by focusing on vanilla JS and core concepts. He talks about his approach to building an audience and how showing up consistently has played a key role in his success. Chris…
#10 - Nader Dabit - How to Be a Prosperous Software Consultant
Jun 25, 2019 • 54 min
Nader talks about his journey as an independent software consultant and how he was able to attract some of the biggest names in the tech industry as clients. He goes into detail about how open source and writing can make a huge difference when trying to…
#9 - Jeff Cross - Leaving Google and The Secrets of Enterprise Sales
Jun 12, 2019 • 43 min
Jeff talks about how and why he went from working for one of the most prestigious tech companies in the world to starting his own consultancy, Nrwl (Narwhal). He goes into detail about why he and his co-founder decided to focus specifically on Angular and…
#8 - Chris Sevilleja - How to Build Traffic and Generate Revenue for Your Blog
Jun 5, 2019 • 59 min
Chris talks about his journey building Scotch.io, one of the most popular developer content sites on the internet. He goes into detail about how to generate traffic, how to optimize SEO, and what the upsides and downsides of working with a very large pool…
#7 - Justin Jackson - The Ups and Downs of Building a SaaS
May 6, 2019 • 50 min
Justin talks about his journey creating Transistor.fm, a podcast hosting and analytics platform (and the platform used by this podcast). He goes into detail on some of the more challenging and stressful aspects of building a SaaS company, including…
#6 - Eric Elliott - Effective and Impactful Content Marketing
Apr 15, 2019 • 63 min
Eric talks about his career as a software developer and how he transitioned away from full-time work to working for himself. He discusses his approach to content marketing and why one of the best ways to market yourself as a developer is to teach. Eric…
#5 - Jesse Sanders - Building and Scaling a Consultancy
Mar 28, 2019 • 50 min
Jesse talks about his journey starting and scaling his consultancy, BrieBug Software. He covers why it’s valuable to focus on specific technologies and goes into detail about his approach for attracting and retaining enterprise clients. Jesse also shares…
#4 - Jeff Whelpley - How to Experiment with Startups
Mar 11, 2019 • 68 min
Jeff talks about his approach to experimenting with new startups within his existing company, GetHuman. Jeff’s experimentation method means he and his team can move quickly to validate new ideas without betting the farm. In this episode, Jeff describes…
#3 - Tracy Lee - From Startup Exit to Building a Top-Tier Consultancy
Feb 26, 2019 • 49 min
Tracy Lee talks about her entrepreneurial pursuits in the tech industry starting with Dishcrawl, a startup she founded and later sold. Her newest venture is a top-tier consultancy called This Dot Labs which specializes in building front end applications…
#2 - Brad Hussey - How to Get Freelancing Freedom
Feb 11, 2019 • 81 min
Brad Hussey talks about his journey going from dead-end job to getting freedom over his income and time by getting into web development. He talks about how he creates and sells courses for developers and also how he has found freedom in freelancing as a…
#1 - Adam Wathan - Creating and Launching Courses for Developers
Jan 29, 2019 • 62 min
Adam Wathan talks about his journey as a self-published course author. He goes into detail about the process he follows for creating new courses, including how to pick a topic and make consistent progress towards the finish line. He also shares the…