From 8-yr-old computer whiz to selling his company to Stripe with Courtland Allen of Indie Hackers (FTF 3.6)


When Courtland Allen was an 8-year-old tinkering with computers and teaching adults around him how the machines worked, he probably never imagined that many years later he would build a small company that would eventually be acquired y tech giant, Stripe.

But that’s exactly what happened.

In our most recent episode of Freelance to Founder, show host Brandon Hull catches up with Courtland who now works as (maybe the most independent) full-time employee at Stripe.

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That’s because in the Spring of 2017, Stripe acquired Courtland’s site, Indie Hackers.

Indie Hackers is a place where the founders of profitable businesses and side projects can share their stories transparently, and where entrepreneurs can come to read and learn from those examples. It’s also a community where individual “indie hackers” come together to share their experiences, give and receive feedback, and rely on each other for support.

The journey Courtland took from 8-year-old computer whiz to a big tech acquisition has been an incredible journey.

It included suffering through high-school, getting accepted to MIT (who accepts less than 8% of applicants each year), and the fascinating way he came up with the idea for Indie Hackers in the first place.

It’s all in today’s episode of Freelance to Founder. To listen to the full episode, click below or find the show in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

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