Podcasts for bootstrappers and indie hackers

If you're bootstrapping, it's nice to hear from other folks who are also launching, building, and growing startups. Here's a list of bootstrapping podcasts.

Software Social

Software Social is a conversation between two founders: Colleen Schnettler, a Ruby developer who is transitioning to a product business from freelancing, and Michele Hansen, who co-founded Geocodio as a side project almost 7 years ago and has been full-time on it for three years.

Visit their website: softwaresocial.dev

The Bootstrapped Founder

Arvid Kahl (who founded and sold his bootstrapped startup with his partner Danielle Simpson) dispenses advice on starting, running, and selling a bootstrapped SaaS company without burning out. 

Visit his website: bootstrapped-founder.transistor.fm

Above Board

Imagine, as a bootstrapper, trying to challenge one of Google's biggest products. And imagine doing that with no invasive trackers or cookies. That's exactly what Paul Jarvis and Jack Ellis are doing with Fathom. Their podcast, Above Board, tells their story.

Visit their website: fathom.transistor.fm

Getting to Ramen

I like this show because of how real Joshua Anderton is on every episode. He talks about his struggles, learnings, and victories with Upscribe (his email newsletter tool).

Visit his website: ramen.fm

Startups for the Rest of Us

Mike Taber and Rob Walling are the original bootstrapped podcasters. Their show "helps developers, designers and entrepreneurs to be awesome at launching software products. Whether you’ve built your first product or are just thinking about it."

Visit their website: startupsfortherestofus.com


"Three developers building a business on their own terms." This podcast is from the team at Honeybadger (an error monitoring tool). They've decided to stick to their bootstrapping roots and stay tiny. This podcast covers topics like technical debt, hiring, productivity, and overcoming founder obstacles.

Visit their website: founderquestpodcast.com

Build your SaaS

This is the show we've been doing since the beginning of Transistor. We've shared our journey from idea, to launch, to now.

Our podcast website: saas.transistor.fm

Bootstrapped Digest

Ashley Baxter is a solo founder. Every week she shares something new she's learned in bootstrapping her business, Jack. Topics range from "Will this new website redesign lose money?" to "How I improved my signup rate by 14%." The episodes are nice and short (10-15 minutes), perfect for when you're out for a walk.

Visit her website: ashleybaxter.transistor.fm

Slow & Steady

Benedikt and Brian share what it's like to start a bootstrapped startup while "keeping the lights on with consulting." Benedikt is working on Userlist and Brian is working on Headlamp.

Visit their website: slowandsteadypodcast.com

Product Journey

Noah and Ben get together every week and talk about building our online businesses, what's been going on and what we're struggling with at the moment.

Visit their website: productjourney.fm

Bootstrapping SaaS

Val treats his podcast very much like a personal journal. It's kind of like going for coffee every week with a fellow founder and sharing the ups and downs of founder life. Val is working on Claritask.

Visit his website: bootstrapping-saas.transistor.fm

Startup to Last

Tyler King is the co-founder and CEO of Less Annoying CRM, a bootstrapped SaaS company that helps small businesses succeed, and Rick Lindquist is the founder of LegUp Ventures, which owns and operates software companies that empower underdogs.

Visit their website: startuptolast.com

Indie Hackers

Courtland Allan gives some of the best interviews I've heard. "Raw conversations with the founders behind profitable online businesses."

Visit their website: indiehackers.com/podcast


A podcast from Basecamp about the better way to work and run your business.

Visit their website: rework.fm

Pipeline Meeting

Discussions on finding new business and pricing, winning proposals, and a lot more.

Visit their website: introcrm.com/podcast

Keep Going

Behind-the-scenes look at two friends building a bootstrapped SaaS startup.

Visit their website: arrows.transistor.fm

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Published on January 30th, 2020
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