Essential Reading List for Aspiring Indie Hackers

This list is for any individual who is searching for a different path towards success -- not the high-octane, coke-fueled Silicon Valley venture capital do or die, go big or go home startup, but the low-octane, coffee-fueled, Anywhere Startup...aka the Indie Hacker. You know it's possible because you see it happening everywhere, but how exactly are these individuals summoning their startups into being? The answers are contained in the books below.

Anything You Want

Before Courtland Allen, before Pieter Levels, there was Derek Sivers -- the founder of CD Baby, and one of the first examples of the sustainable startup. Sivers famously rejected VC funding because he...

Show Your Work!

Part of the fun of being an Indie Hacker is meeting and engaging with others on the same path as you. But many Hackers make the mistake of thinking, no, my site isn't ready yet, or no, there aren't en...

We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory

@harrydry of marketingexamples.com recommends: "The first 150 pages of "We Are the Nerds" is the best Indie Hacker story I've ever read"...

The Mom Test

@fenske on IndieHackers.com recommends: "The Mom Test to learn how to sell and what’s more important how NOT to sell."...

Rework - A faster, easier way to succeed in business

David Heinemeier Hansson is the creator of Ruby on Rails and a co-founder of Basecamp, a project management software used by companies around the world. Written together with Jason Fried, another foun...

Tribes - We Need You to Lead Us

Seth Godin is a master marketer and mesmerizing storyteller. Godin was inducted into the American Marketing Association's Marketing Hall of Fame in 2018 and continues to generate fascinating insights ...

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts

Better known as the author of The Obstacle is the Way and The Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday is also a master marketer who cut his teeth as marketing manager at American Apparel. In Perennial Seller, ...

The 4-hour Workweek

@RedLotus from IndieHackers.com recommends: "Really just a book packed with tools on how to manage a business and automate everything."...

Becoming A Digital Marketer: Gaining the Hard & Soft Skills for a Tech-Driven Marketing Career

@gilgildner from IndieHackers.com recommends: "In the rapid world of marketing, fresh graduates and traditional marketers alike are learning that the industry is blending technology at a pace never se...

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Continuously Innovate to Create Successful Businesses

The Lean Startup was an instant hit when it came out, and to this day maintains its legendary status in the field of startup books. Entire conferences have been created about the methodologies and bus...
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