First published
Sep 04, 2020
Format
1 - 1 Interviews
Schedule
Weekly
Total Episodes
40
Average duration
00:15:21

Indie Bites

Business Entrepreneurship Marketing

Leaving a $500k job to build a portfolio of small bets - Daniel Vassallo

<p>In 2019 Daniel Vassallo<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-i-quit-500k-job-amazon-work-formyself-daniel-vassallo/"> left his $500k salaried job at Amazon to go indie</a>. In the 2 years since he left Daniel has placed many small bets, something he's become known for. In particular Daniel has seen success from his Info Products and building his audience on <a href="https://twitter.com/dvassallo">Twitter</a>, which has grown from 0 to 91k. He wrote a short book on <a href="https://dvassallo.gumroad.com/l/aws-good-parts">the good parts of AWS</a>, which has made $126,000, then following the Twitter growth, wrote a book called <a href="https://dvassallo.gumroad.com/l/twitter-audience">Everyone Can Build a Twitter Audience</a>, which has made $244,000. He shares all of his revenue reports in his <a href="https://dvassallo.gumroad.com/l/profit-and-loss">Profit and Loss community</a>, which in itself has made over $30k in the past year. In total, and in just over 2 years, Daniel has made $570k in revenue and $306k in profit since leaving his job at Amazon. But he's gained something he didn't have while working for someone else, freedom.</p><p>➡️ <a href="https://bites.fm/membership"><strong>Get the uncut, 80 minute recording with Daniel on the Indie Feast membership here.</strong></a></p><p><strong>What we covered in this episode:</strong></p><ul> <li>Leaving a $500k job at Amazon to go Indie</li> <li>The trap of judging your life based on financial value</li> <li>Why the initial focusing on one product didn't work out for Daniel</li> <li>Where the small bets mindset originated</li> <li>How to deal with context switching with small bets</li> <li>Dealing with an uncertain income</li> <li>Why info products work well for a small bets strategy</li> <li>How book publishers work and how we can apply their methods</li> <li>The importance of the "small" in small bets</li> <li>How you can build a twitter audience like Daniel</li> <li>Why Daniel started making wooden cutting boards</li> <li>How he made $2,600 from one tweet</li> </ul><p><strong>Recommendations</strong></p><ul> <li>Book: <a href="https://uk.bookshop.org/a/5782/9780141038223"><strong>Anti Fragile</strong></a><strong> by Nassim Taleb</strong> </li> <li>Podcast: <a href="https://indiehackers.com/podcasts"><strong>Indie Hackers</strong></a> </li> <li>Indie Hacker: <a href="https://twitter.com/searchbound"><strong>Peter Askew</strong></a> </li> </ul><p><strong>More on Daniel</strong></p><ul> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/dvassallo">Twitter</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/177-daniel-vassallo">On the IH pod</a></li> <li><a href="https://bio.link/dvassallo">His most popular articles</a></li> </ul><p><strong>Follow Me</strong></p><ul> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/jmckinven">Twitter</a></li> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/indiebitespod">Indie Bites Twitter</a></li> <li><a href="https://jamesmckinven.com/">Personal Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://whistablecraftco.com/">Buy A Wallet</a></li> <li><a href="https://2hourpodcast.com/">2 Hour Podcast Course</a></li> </ul><p><strong>Sponsor - </strong><a href="https://usefathom.com/bites"><strong>Fathom Analytics</strong></a></p><p>For the longest time, website analytics software was seriously bad. It was hard to understand, time-consuming to use, and worse, it exploited visitor data for big tech to profit. I've spent countless hours in Google Analytics dashboards trying to figure even out the most basic metrics.</p><p>This is exactly why I signed up for Fathom as soon as I heard Paul Jarvis and Jack Ellis were building it.</p><p>Fathom is simple website analytics that doesn't suck. It's easy to use and respectful of privacy laws, with no cookies following your users around the web. They're also a bootstrapped, sustainable business so I love supporting them. Yes, it might feel strange paying for analytics at first, but once you realise the real cost of free Google Analytics and realising how easy to use Fathom is, you won't go back. You can install the lightweight code on as many websites as you want and quickly see the performance of all your sites.</p><p>Link → <a href="https://usefathom.com/bites"><strong>https://usefathom.com/bites</strong></a></p><p><br></p>
Published Nov 08, 2021