When we start down the indie path, we usually have very purposeful ideas for the products we want to build, but many of us don’t think beyond the product onto the company. Alice, Curtis and Jelly give some thought to the visions they have for the future of their respective companies, and why that’s something worth thinking about in the present.
With her time as limited as it is, Alice has been thinking about what her exit from the indie life might look like, hypothetically speaking. Surprisingly, she’s not the only one thinking about it, so our three hosts delve right in to ask the important questions around what products should be when their creators leave them behind.
Alice has started a new job, and Jelly is neck deep in a client contract, which leaves them very little time to get stuff done with their own projects. In an attempt to figure out the best way to achieve balance, our three hosts share their experiences, talk about possible ways of approaching things, and commiserate with each other’s struggles for time.
Published 26 February 2019 • 36 minutes, 30 seconds
Part of running a business is dealing with your customer’s expectations, and this is no more evident than in the App Store. Alice, Curtis and Jelly chat about how their users expect everything, including particular language support, new services for syncing, and the dreaded Android version… but are all these expectations worth delivering on?
Published 12 February 2019 • 27 minutes, 16 seconds
At some stage, it’s entirely possible that you might end up needing to hire a developer to help you finish your project. Alice is considering going down that path with Gus on the Go, so she looks to Curtis and Jelly for advice on how to prepare, what to look for, and what makes for a good contracting experience.
Published 29 January 2019 • 35 minutes, 18 seconds
There’s a lot that goes on when launching a new app: marketing, feedback… and watching the sales chart desperately hoping that things go according to plan. Heidi Helen Pilypas and Ish Shabazz join the show to talk about the recent launch of Capsicum, along with all the excitement and horror that ensued.
There are a lot of benefits to doing what you love as an indie, but there are also many things that you don’t consider when you try to turn your hobby into a career. Alice, Curtis and Jelly look at the things that blindsided them when turning their interests into products, and honestly ask themselves… do they still love what they do?
Published 18 December 2018 • 37 minutes, 11 seconds
If you’re selling apps, odds are you’re going to go down the freemium route: offering the app for free, but charging for something within the app itself. Of course, this business model comes with a whole bunch of ins and outs that you have to navigate if you want to succeed, so Alice, Curtis and Jelly look at how they’ve managed their apps, what’s worked for them, and what’s failed miserably.
Startups and independents have a lot in common, but they differ in a lot of ways too, and the approach one takes to creating a product doesn’t necessarily serve the other particularly well. Alice, Curtis and Jelly compare their approaches to the typical startup, and figure out what they could potentially apply to their own businesses, and what to avoid at all costs.