The Indie Dads Podcast

The Indie Dads Podcast

We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young families.Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships.That doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground, but our priorities will always be family-first.We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We're here to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.

Episodes

October 6, 2022 39 min

The Bronies are back talking to discuss all sorts of updates, including their views on the differences between when an MVP (Minimal Viable Product) is good enough versus when an MLP (M̶y̶ ̶L̶i̶t̶t̶l̶e̶ ̶P̶o̶n̶y̶  Minimal Lovable Product) is required for launch.

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Bryan is @PocketBryan
Malcolm is @InquisitorJax
IndieDads is @IndieDads_
SuperSimpleCRM is @SuperSimpleCRM

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After a four month break, Malcolm and Bryan are back and excited to be working together again!

In this episode, we talk about what led to the unexpected break and how things are better now. We discuss how important it is to have the right type of motivation and the risks of changing jobs while working on indie projects.

Super Simple CRM is still their our focus, and we discuss what we'll be working on next and what sort of timeli...

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May 16, 2022 25 min

Bryan and Malcolm catch up on the progress they've made over the past few weeks, and why it's been a little quieter than usual on the podcast.

Bryan got back from Disneyland and is making progress on Contacts in Super Simple CRM.

Malcolm got back from being sick (not as fun as Disneyland), and is getting back up to speed after starting a new job.

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Bryan is @PocketBryan
Malcolm is @...

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It's been a few weeks, but we're back!

Tune in to hear our updates on Super Simple CRM and what's kept us away from the podcast over the past few weeks.

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Follow us on Twitter for more updates:
Bryan is @PocketBryan
Malcolm is @InquisitorJax
IndieDads is @IndieDads_
SuperSimpleCRM is @SuperSimpleCRM

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About this podcast:

We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our in...

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In this episode, Malcolm and Bryan discuss just how much time and effort they should put toward marketing before they really start building.

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Mentioned in this episode:

Super Simple CRM

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Follow us on Twitter for more updates:
Bryan is @PocketBryan
Malcolm is @InquisitorJax
IndieDads is @IndieDads_

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About this podcast:

We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses w...

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March 10, 2022 36 min

We're now publishing weekly updates!

In the first official week of working on Super Simple CRM together, Bryan and Malcolm talk about their progress toward a Marketing-First approach at building a software product. They've got their blog set up (a scrappy headless Wordpress solution) and a plan for keeping leads warm with regular email updates.

The past week has been a challenge for Malcolm with government-controlled load she...

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March 2, 2022 50 min

We have some exciting changes to share in this episode, so we'll leave the summary short and sweet (how's that for a teaser?)

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Mentioned in this episode:

Super Simple CRM
https://www.supersimplecrm.com

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Follow us on Twitter for more updates:
Bryan is @PocketBryan
Malcolm is @InquisitorJax
IndieDads is @IndieDads_

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About this podcast:

We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping...

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Malcolm recently got back from his 20th wedding anniversary trip with just him and his wife, talks about how fun that was, and why he recommends doing it more often.

Bryan talks about his new project, starting a new job (and ending the sabbatical), and what's next!

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Follow us on Twitter for more updates:
Bryan is @PocketBryan
Malcolm is @InquisitorJax
IndieDads is @IndieDads_

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About this podcast:

We're Bryan and Malc...

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February 2, 2022 47 min

In this episode, Malcolm and Bryan discuss some big changes from the past couple of weeks.

Malcolm just returned from a fun but exhausting family vacation, where he had to fight off food-stealing monkeys while playing golf off the top of a water slide (or something close to that). 

Bryan shares some big changes in his partnership and what he'll be focusing on over the next two weeks before he returns to work, full-time.

Let us kno...

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On this episode, Aaron Francis joins us to talk about way more topics than we could ever fit in one title. Aaron is a family man and father of twins, while also working full-time and building a startup on the side. He shares the lessons he's learned along the way, and how he balances everything without constantly burning out or negatively affecting his family life.

Aaron (https://twitter.com/aarondfrancis) is the co-founder of H...

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January 5, 2022 31 min

In this episode, Malcolm and Bryan talk about how they spent their family time over Christmas and New Years, and about their plans for starting out the new year.

Malcolm shares his strategy for how he gets going again after taking a break and losing momentum. Bryan talks about why he didn't share the real reason he hasn't signed a partnership agreement yet, when Malcolm pressed him about it last episode.

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Episode 10 already? 🎉 What a fun year it's been!

In this episode, Malcolm and Bryan talk about their experience in when you should focus on acquisition (getting new customers) versus retention (keeping the ones you have), and how it depends on other things like how high-touch your sales process is, what your acquisition and distribution channels are, and when to switch focus to one or the other.

Bryan and Malcolm also giv...

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December 1, 2021 53 min

Bryan and Malcom discuss how to market as a full-time parent and part-time indie maker. When time and money are scarce, it boils down to finding the right long-term priorities and patiently chipping away at them.

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Mentioned in this episode: The BizBox newsletter at https://www.getrevue.co/profile/bixbox

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Follow us on Twitter for more updates:
Bryan is @PocketBryan
Malcolm is @InquisitorJax
IndieDads is @IndieDads_

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About t...

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Could it be true? Two software engineers, both trying to do some actual marketing? Holy smokes this is harder than it sounds!

Bryan shares his experience so far with Google Ads and all the gotchas he has to watch out for. Malcolm shares his plans for the next two weeks and they discuss different strategies for getting in front of the right eyeballs when you're just starting out.

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In this episode, Bryan and Malcolm provide updates on their products and share their learnings and thoughts on the ups and downs that comes with being a startup founder/entrepreneur, how that affects you and your family, and how to separate work/startup life from family time.

Malcolm wrapped up his first 2-week (bug) sprint, despite his power being shut off often due to load shedding (rolling blackouts). For the next two weeks, he&#...

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In this episode, Bryan and Malcolm discuss updates to their projects, what to look for to avoid burnout, and what they do when they feel it coming on.

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Follow us on Twitter for more updates:
Bryan is @PocketBryan
Malcolm is @InquisitorJax
IndieDads is @IndieDads_

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About this podcast:

We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young ...

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Malcolm spent the last week with his kids and family while they were on school break, and talks about how he manages how much time he spends on his side project versus family time. He also shipped a big update with some great UX improvements, getting him closer to where he wants to be with Remotime as a product.

Bryan just got back from a vacation with his family in the Bahamas and managed to get along without taking a laptop with h...

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In this episode, Bryan and Malcolm talk about the risks and benefits of finding a co-founder. We also go over progress on our projects over the past two weeks, and Bryan's takeaways from MicroConf.

Follow us on Twitter for more updates:
Bryan is @PocketBryan
Malcolm is @InquisitorJax
IndieDads is @IndieDads_

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About this podcast:

We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our ind...

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September 7, 2021 58 min

In this episode, Bryan and Malcolm share their product updates, how they manage their time as parents and Indie founders, how to prioritize marketing efforts versus building, and managing stress and burn-out.

This episode's updates:

Malcolm sat down with his Indie accountability partner and teased out some bugs that he quickly knocked out. He also experimented with sharing updates and asking for feedback on Reddit. Malcolm talks ...

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In this episode, Malcolm and Bryan dive deeper into how they got started on each of their projects, and how they've been able to balance family priorities at the same time.

For Malcolm, it began with a big idea that he ultimately realized he would need to scale way back in order to not burn out while working a full-time job, supporting and spending time with his family, and still trying to put in a few hours each night. He ultim...

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