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Nicolai Klemke — Switching Lanes: Physics PhD to Indie Hacker — The Bootstrapped Founder 314

Published about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Dear founder,

Nicolai Klemke (@nicolaiklemke) is an Indie Hacker with a PhD in Physics. Talk about a career change! Nicolai shares his founder journey from learning how to code to making waves in the music industry.

We chat about carving out a niche in the bustling AI market, honing in on a customer segment that has a need (and a budget!), and building a team to turn a hobby into a profitable business.

If you ever needed motivation to lean into the things you enjoy "on the side" and make something happen, this is for you.

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Arvid Kahl

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Being your own boss isn't easy, but it's worth it. Learn how to build a legacy while being kind and authentic. I want to empower as many entrepreneurs as possible to help themselves (and those they choose to serve).

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