Mubashar Iqbal - How to build a career & a name in tech by shipping side projects!

Mubashar Iqbal - How to build a career & a name in tech by shipping side projects!

πŸ‘‰πŸΌ About the Guest:

Mubashar Iqbal (Maker of the Year on Product Hunt) is a serial maker and the creator of 114+ side projects! He was a Lead Engineer at Founderpath and the ex-CTO of MadGlory Interactive. Legend says Mubs shipped more than 200+ projects in the last decade. He is known for being prolific when it comes to taking an idea to MVP at lightning speed. 

πŸ‘‰πŸΌ About the Host:

Sharath is a founder, creator, and community builder. He is also a serial maker who built and shipped 15+ projects using no-code tools. His SaaS product Shoutout generated $30k ARR, which was sold to a UK-based product studio. Prev, Sharath worked for world-changing startups like Product Hunt and On Deck, where he helped build and nurture communities. He also grew his audience on Twitter from 200 to 22,000 using give-first principles and creating high-value content. Currently, he is building a SaaS product called GuestLab, and runs another podcast series called YC Founder Stories alongside hosting this one.

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πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Description:

Listen in as Sharath and Mubashar discuss side projects, tech waves, new pricing models on the market, and more!
πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Timestamps:
  • 00:00: Episode Highlight
  • 00:44: Shoutout to
  • 03:11: Introduction to Mubashar Iqbal – maker of 114+ side projects!
  • 05:12: How Mubs has shipped 114+ side projects
  • 09:33: Navigating the highs and lows of side projects
  • 13:24: Handling comparison as an indie maker
  • 18:22: Making money with side projects
  • 23:10: Decision-making framework for an indie maker
  • 26:04: Journey to being a full-time indie maker
  • 36:30: Measuring your "startup age"
  • 40:30: The planning process for a side project
  • 45:57: Should you only work on projects where you have skin in the game?
  • 49:31: What are the effects of AI on side projects
  • 55:08: Which technology wave is the most interesting so far?
  • 58:25: New pricing models on the market
  • 1:08:19: Which tech areas are expanding for side projects?
  • 1:12:44: Outro and closing thoughts
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