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Best podcasts about Product Hunt

Latest podcast episodes about Product Hunt

Kenny Soto's Digital Marketing Podcast
Interview with Agata Krzysztofik - Want to Win as a Growth Marketer? Have a Growth Mindset - Episode #60

Kenny Soto's Digital Marketing Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 41:45


Agata is a growth mentor and a marketing leader with +10 years of experience in developing and executing growth strategies at companies like Google, Groove, and Piktochart. Currently, as a VP of Growth at Piktochart, she is leading a 100% remote marketing, sales, and product team. Together with her team, Agata is on the mission of empowering people to tell great visual stories that stick. Questions: Lessons she learned from her 7 years working at Google. Why is it hard to become an SEO expert? What is one of the hardest parts of managing a 100% remote team? How can managers measure the performance of their remote teammates? What should a content marketer focus on first—finding the right channels or discovering the right content format? What is an often overlooked metric that content marketers need to pay more attention to? What makes for a great Instagram ad in 2021? Should social media marketers have some sort of experience using Google Analytics? What does Agata look for when she is hiring new team members? Why is Product Hunt important? For any businesses launching on Product Hunt, what advice would she give them? Why are mentors essential to a marketer's career growth? You can say hi to Agata via Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/agatakrzysztofik/ Resources mentioned⬇️ Backlinko (a great SEO learning resource): https://backlinko.com For a deeper dive into how OKRs help marketing teams, check out episode #56 of the podcast with Sarah Bond: https://anchor.fm/kennysoto/episodes/Interview-with-Sarah-Bond---Lessons-in-B2B-SaaS-Marketing-and-CRO----Episode-56-e17ldnb/a-a68tnmh Agata's blog post on the CUTENESS ad formula for Instagram: https://piktochart.com/blog/create-winning-instagram-ads-with-cuteness-ad-formula/ If you need a Growth Mentor: https://www.growthmentor.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kennysoto/message

One Knight in Product
Navigating the World of Product Management (with George Nurijanian, Product Owner @ Xero & Founder @ prodmgmt.world)

One Knight in Product

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 34:24


An interview with George Nurijanian. George is a former pricing analyst turned product manager, currently working as a Product Owner for design systems at New Zealand unicorn Xero. He's also now working to help demystify the world of resources we have available to us as product managers with his new side project prodmgmt.world. We speak about a lot, including: What Xero does as a company, and his work as a platform product owner working on a design system to enable coherent interfaces throughout a rapidly scaling company Whether working as a product owner on a design system means he needs to be a designer or a UX pro, or whether it's very similar to external product management The story behind prodmgmt.world and how he's trying to help product managers, marketers & indie hackers find the best product management frameworks in one place Whether he's just trying to be the Wikipedia of other people's product resources or whether he's aiming to create his own content for the community Whether he needs to curate it constantly, and his plans for a community aspect to help understand how people are using the frameworks to succeed His experience getting to #2 on Product Hunt and the effect this had on user numbers and buzz around the tool Some of the characteristics of product management culture in New Zealand, some of the differences from classic thinking, and some approaches that can be used to overcome legacy thinking And much more! Visit prodmgmt.world This site is a collection of techniques to empower entrepreneurial minds. Map your product challenge to the solution. Before: "I have no clue how to test if my idea is valuable." After: "I've got a full arsenal of techniques and frameworks." You can check out George's new side project at prodmgmt.world Contact George You can find George on Twitter or LinkedIn. His personal website is https://nurijanian.com/.

Out of Beta
Product Hunt

Out of Beta

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 38:24


Peter is sharing his experience of being number one on Product Hunt with Reform, before heading off for a short personal retreat in his cabin. Matt is doubling down on activation for Summit, while he plans out the next phase of the business.

Guy Kawasaki's Remarkable People
Chris Messina: Tech Pioneer and Inventor of the Hashtag

Guy Kawasaki's Remarkable People

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 74:39


Tech and innovation lovers - this one's for you! Listen in as Guy Kawasaki interviews Chris Messina, inventor of the hashtag and star of The Social Dilemma, about being the number one Hunter on Product Hunt and how he feels about open source technology. So many interesting nuggets!

Driving B2B Sales Revenue
#63 How to Make CRM Better and Easier

Driving B2B Sales Revenue

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 30:55


ABOUT THE GUEST:  Jeroen Corthout, CEO of Salesflare  Jeroen is co-founder and CEO of Salesflare, an intelligent CRM built for SMBs selling B2B, mostly popular with agencies and fast-growing startups.  Salesflare was founded when Jeroen and his co-founder Lieven wanted to manage the leads for their software company in an easier way. They didn't like to keep track of them manually and built Salesflare, which pulls customer data together automatically.  It's now the most popular CRM on Product Hunt and top rated on review platforms like G2 for its ease of use and automation features.    You can learn more about Salesflare here:  https://salesflare.com/  Connect with Jeroen on LinkedIn here:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeroencorthout/ABOUT THE EPISODE:  CRM has been around for decades, but talk to a few reps and you'll find at least a few who hate it (see what I did there).  But why? And what can be done to change it?  CRM - or any tool that helps reps stay on top of the many things reps need to stay on top of can supercharge productivity, but only if they are used and used consistently.  CRM innovator Jeroen has some ideas about how to make CRM more usable and as such more useful, and he has baked those ideas into Salesflare, an intelligent CRM built for SMBs selling B2B. He shares many of the creative ways it helps overcome obstacles to CRM adoption in this episode of the podcast.

Optimal Business Daily
356: What Tech Companies Can Learn from Rehab by Max Ogles of Nir and Far on Behavior Change to Bring Users Together

Optimal Business Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 7:52


Max Ogles of Nir and Far talks about the lessons that tech companies can learn from rehab Episode 356: What Tech Companies Can Learn from Rehab by Max Ogles of Nir and Far on Behavior Change to Bring Users Together Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir's writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn). Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University. The original post is located here: https://www.nirandfar.com/rehab/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts Interested in advertising on the show? Visit https://www.advertisecast.com/OptimalStartUpDaily

Lindzanity with Howard Lindzon
Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt and Weekend Fund on Starting, Building, and Investing (EP.167)

Lindzanity with Howard Lindzon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 55:34


In this episode we cover the early days building Product Hunt in the Tenderloin district, Ryan's move to Miami, and raising money naked in the age of Zoom. After a stint at a video game company in Eugene, Ryan found his way to San Francisco where he worked at a startup called Playhaven. He spent three and a half years building a network, relationships, and blogging. He was curious about discovering great products and wrote a newsletter, which led to Product Hunt. Once he sold Product Hunt to AngelList, Ryan switched hats to become an investor with Weekend Fund. We talk a little crypto, building communities, and round out our conversation with the three favorite public companies he'd buy tomorrow, regardless of price.  Guest - Ryan Hoover, Investor at Weekend Fund and Founder of Product Hunt  howardlindzon.com, weekend.fund, producthunt.com, ryanhoover.me   Twitter: @howardlindzon, @rrhoover, @knutjensen  linkedin.com/in/ryanrhoover  #fintech #invest #investment #venturecapital #stockmarket #finance 

Off the Chain
#663 What Is Happening With Inflation? With Peter Schiff

Off the Chain

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 46:46


Peter Schiff is the Chief Economist and Global Strategist at Euro Pacific Capital.   In this conversation, we discuss inflation, monetary policy, gold, bitcoin, taxes, and where inflation will be one year from today. ======================= MiamiCoin, the first CityCoin, is now live! This is a community-launched program built on Bitcoin, and it's far more than a currency: MiamiCoin is a protocol, and a platform for innovation. So, the CityCoins team is announcing something pretty cool: MiamiCoin Makers Month is a bringing together hackers, designers, and creators who are passionate about creating apps to benefit the City of Miami. $25k in total prizes will be awarded to developers who build the winning apps. And, the winners will be announced by Ryan Hoover, founder of Product Hunt, and Bored Elon Musk, everybody's favorite pseudonymous Twitter inventor and blockchain enthusiast. Visit MiamiMakers.co to learn more and sign up to take part. ======================= Cosmos is building the Internet of Blockchains, marking a new era of interoperability, scalability, and usability. The free flow of assets and data between blockchains with bridges to Ethereum and Bitcoin will unleash the potential of DeFi, NFTs, and much more. Dive into Cosmos at cosmos.network/pomp  ======================= Matrixport, Asia's fastest growing digital asset platform with $10 billion in assets under management and custody, it offers one-stop crypto financial solutions including fixed income, DeFi in 1-click, structured products, Cactus Custody™, spot OTC as well as lending. You can earn from high single digit with fixed income to high double digit yield with their Dual Currency Product. If you hold crypto and look for yield, this is the app you don't wanna miss out. Go download the Matrixport App and enjoy a welcome offer of 30% APY on USDC here: https://invest.matrixport.com/en

Off the Chain
#659 Investing $750 Million in Crypto with Dan Tapiero

Off the Chain

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 37:39


Dan Tapiero is the Managing Partner and CEO of 10T Holdings. He has more than 25 years of experience investing across asset classes on Wall Street and is one of the most well-known macro investors in the world. Dan previously spent time working with Julian Robertson, Stanley Druckenmiller, Steve Cohen, and many other luminaries. In this conversation, we discuss bitcoin, ethereum, venture capital, digital asset ecosystem, raising $750 million, institutional investor interest, and billionaire Wall Street investor questions. ======================= MiamiCoin, the first CityCoin, is now live! This is a community-launched program built on Bitcoin, and it's far more than a currency: MiamiCoin is a protocol, and a platform for innovation. So, the CityCoins team is announcing something pretty cool: MiamiCoin Makers Month is a bringing together hackers, designers, and creators who are passionate about creating apps to benefit the City of Miami. $25k in total prizes will be awarded to developers who build the winning apps. And, the winners will be announced by Ryan Hoover, founder of Product Hunt, and Bored Elon Musk, everybody's favorite pseudonymous Twitter inventor and blockchain enthusiast. Visit MiamiMakers.co to learn more and sign up to take part. ======================= With 10M+ users, Crypto.com is the easiest place to buy, and sell 100+ cryptocurrencies. The Crypto.com Visa Card gives you up to 8% back instantly, and 100% back on Spotify and Netflix. Also, Crypto.com lets you earn up to 8.5% p.a. on BTC, and 14% p.a. on stablecoins. Get $25 when you download the Crypto.com App with code "pomp". Download the App now: http://www.crypto.com 

Optimal Relationships Daily
1083: This Is The Most Important Skill Parents Should Teach Their Kids by Nir Eyal of Nir and Far

Optimal Relationships Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 8:48


Nir Eyal shares what he feels is the most important skill parents should teach their kids Episode 1083: This Is The Most Important Skill Parents Should Teach Their Kids by Nir Eyal of Nir and Far Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir's writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn). Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University. The original post is located here: https://www.nirandfar.com/most-important-skill/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts Interested in advertising on the show? Visit https://www.advertisecast.com/OptimalRelationshipsDailyMarriageParenting

Optimal Relationships Daily
1083: This Is The Most Important Skill Parents Should Teach Their Kids by Nir Eyal of Nir and Far

Optimal Relationships Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 9:33


Nir Eyal shares what he feels is the most important skill parents should teach their kids Episode 1083: This Is The Most Important Skill Parents Should Teach Their Kids by Nir Eyal of Nir and Far Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir's writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn). Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University. The original post is located here: https://www.nirandfar.com/most-important-skill/  Please Rate & Review the Show!  Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group  Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts Interested in advertising on the show? Visit https://www.advertisecast.com/OptimalRelationshipsDailyMarriageParenting Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

MicroConf On Air
MicroConf Refresh Episode 36: Reaching the Top of Product Hunt with Derrick Reimer

MicroConf On Air

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 55:02


Living at the #2 Spot on ProductHunt for January 2021, Derrick will take you on a look behind the success of his launch with SavvyCal.

Off the Chain
#652 How Crypto Will Fix South America's Money Problems w/ Simon Chamorro

Off the Chain

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 46:07


Simon Chamorro was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He co-founded Valiu to make it easier to transfer money from Colombia to Venezuela by streamlining remittances using cryptocurrency. In this conversation, we discuss bitcoin, stablecoins, Venezuela, Latin America, hyperinflation, El Salvador, and what the true situation on the ground is from a monetary standpoint. ======================= Gemini is a leading regulated cryptocurrency exchange, wallet, and custodian that makes it simple and secure to buy, sell, store, and earn bitcoin, ether, and over 40 other cryptocurrencies. Offering industry-leading security, insurance and uptime, Gemini is the go-to trusted platform for beginner and sophisticated investors alike. Open a free account in under 3 minutes at gemini.com/pomp and get $20 of bitcoin after you trade $100 or more within 30 days. ======================= MiamiCoin, the first CityCoin, is now live! This is a community-launched program built on Bitcoin, and it's far more than a currency: MiamiCoin is a protocol, and a platform for innovation. So, the CityCoins team is announcing something pretty cool: MiamiCoin Makers Month is a bringing together hackers, designers, and creators who are passionate about creating apps to benefit the City of Miami. $25k in total prizes will be awarded to developers who build the winning apps. And, the winners will be announced by Ryan Hoover, founder of Product Hunt, and Bored Elon Musk, everybody's favorite pseudonymous Twitter inventor and blockchain enthusiast. Visit MiamiMakers.co to learn more and sign up to take part. ======================= LMAX Digital - the market-leading solution for institutional crypto trading & custodial services - offers clients a regulated, transparent and secure trading environment, together with the deepest pool of crypto liquidity. LMAX Digital is also a primary price discovery venue, streaming real-time market data to the industry's leading analytics platforms. LMAX Digital - secure, liquid, trusted. Learn more at LMAXdigital.com/pomp

Off the Chain
#650 Facebook's Crypto Plans with David Marcus

Off the Chain

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 38:30


David Marcus is the Head of Facebook Financial. He is the former president of PayPal and Vice President of Messaging Products at Facebook where he ran the Facebook Messenger unit from 2014 until 2018. In this conversation, we discuss bitcoin, stablecoins, Novi, digital wallets, Libra, Diem, financial regulation, trust issues, and the metaverse.  ======================= Gemini is a leading regulated cryptocurrency exchange, wallet, and custodian that makes it simple and secure to buy, sell, store, and earn bitcoin, ether, and over 40 other cryptocurrencies. Offering industry-leading security, insurance and uptime, Gemini is the go-to trusted platform for beginner and sophisticated investors alike. Open a free account in under 3 minutes at gemini.com/pomp and get $20 of bitcoin after you trade $100 or more within 30 days. ======================= MiamiCoin, the first CityCoin, is now live! Mining began on August 3rd, and the community has already generated over $1 million of protocol contributions reserved for the City of Miami. This is a community-launched program built on Bitcoin, and it's far more than a currency: MiamiCoin is a protocol, and a platform for innovation. So, the CityCoins team is announcing something pretty cool: MiamiCoin Makers Month is a bringing together hackers, designers, and creators who are passionate about creating apps to benefit the City of Miami. $25k in total prizes will be awarded to developers who build the winning apps. And, the winners will be announced by Ryan Hoover, founder of Product Hunt, and Bored Elon Musk, everybody's favorite pseudonymous Twitter inventor and blockchain enthusiast. Visit MiamiMakers.co to learn more and sign up to take part. =======================

The Art of Product
185: Incremental Improvements

The Art of Product

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 25:51


Ben is hanging out with two new team members in the office this week. The Tuple team is preparing to ship some big performance upgrades. Derrick launched the SavvyCal iCloud integration on Product Hunt (https://www.producthunt.com/posts/savvycal-for-icloud)

Software Social
Everything Is Happening

Software Social

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 37:21


Michele Hansen  0:00  Hey, welcome back to Software Social. This episode of Software Social is sponsored by Noko. https://nokotime.com/When you're bootstrapping on the side, every free moment counts. But do you really know how you're spending those moments? Which days you're most productive? If your product have time sinks that just don't pay?Here's one way to find out: Noko is a time tracker designed to help you learn from the time you track. And Noko makes it frictionless to give yourself good data, too — you can even log time directly from your Github commit messages. Try Noko today and save 15% off every plan, forever. Visit  Nokotime.com/SocialPod to start making your time work for you.Colleen Schnettler  0:52  Michele, it's so good to talk to you. So I have been following some of the things you've been tweeting about recently, and I saw that you did a Product Hunt launch for the book.Michele Hansen  1:05  Yeah.Colleen Schnettler  1:06  Tell us about that was quite a roller coaster. Yeah, I am fascinated. I want to hear all about it. Michele Hansen  1:14  So um, gosh, I don't even I don't even know where to start. Because it was it was kind of it was kind of a spur of the moment thing. Like I've been planning to do a Product Hunt launch for a long time, but I didn't really know exactly when. And I think it was a we've talked about how my, like, original deadline for the book was before I started Danish language classes, right. I feel like we I don't know. But yeah, okay. So I actually started them last Monday. So you know, even though like, when I finished my MBA, I was like, I am done with school forever, like, never again. And you know, here I am again. Um, so I started Monday of this week. And so the 20th I was like, I saw I was starting, you know, the in a couple of days. And I was like, You know what, I just need to do this. Now I want to get this launch done. Before I'm like thinking about school again, cuz I'm not gonna have as much time. So that's basically like, why I did it on Friday morning. Now, apparently, when you launch on product time, you're supposed to get someone like, well known to basically hunt the product for you and submit it for you. And then I guess it notifies all of that person's followers, and then it helps with your ranking and stuff like that. I did not do that. I just submitted it myself.Colleen Schnettler  2:46  Wait, okay. pause, pause, pause. Okay, so let's back up a little bit. So you were on Friday morning, you woke up and you're like, I should put the book on Product Hunt today? Is that like, what happened? No. No, IMichele Hansen  2:57  needed to send out a newsletter that morning. Because I had I had something I wanted to send out. And I was like, you know, why don't I just throw it up on product time. Like, let's just get that over with and do it and like, so like, I just like wrote up a post, I took a couple of screenshots of like the book and the table of contents. And like, I like put it up, like, apparently people hire like consultants and pay them like 1000s of dollars to try to get a good ranking on on product ton. And they spend all this time recruiting someone to hunt it for them. And like there's this whole, like product launch a Product Hunt launch strategy that I was completely oblivious to. SoColleen Schnettler  3:37  yeah, I've heard that. That's a hole that if you there's like so many articles about how to properly do product on and there's consultants, yes. Okay, so tell us what you did. Yeah,Michele Hansen  3:47  I guess it didn't. I don't know. I it didn't occur to me to research it first. Because I don't know. I just didn't so I just threw it up there. And then I sent it out to the newsletter and was like, hey, like, you know, Product Hunt today. And so it was like going pretty well. Like I sent it out like first thing in the morning European time. And by like lunchtime or so here it had like 30 or 40 upvotes which was like way more than most of the other products on the homepage. And I started being like in the people started being like I can't find your product like I searched for it. It doesn't show up like it's not on the homepage like like she usually like reach out to them or something because something is wrong. And this is somebody on Twitter who jumped in and they're like, Oh, they shadow ban info products, because there's so many of them that they shadow ban them by defaults, if you're submitting it and you're not like a you know a sort of name brand person submitting it.Colleen Schnettler  4:47  What is shadow ban mean?Michele Hansen  4:48  Oh, so shot. Shadow banning is when you post it and it looks normal to you and you can send people the link, but it doesn't show up on the homepage and it doesn't show up in search.Colleen Schnettler  5:00  Oh, wow.Michele Hansen  5:01  So basically you don't know you're banned from the homepage. So, so weird, but I guess there's like so many that I currently the logic is that there's so many info products that like, they basically want to cut down on the number of them going to the front page of product on. So and then I kind of like started tweeting about this and I'm not really sure what happened. But I like reached out to their support on their website and on Twitter. And then I think some other people also backchannel that to community people at Product Hunt. And then yeah, it was on the the front page. Like it just appeared at number four. And it was like, Oh, this is kind of fun. Like, we went from being like, completely invisible and thinking this was a huge waste of time. to like, now it's ranked number four. That's pretty amazing. And I just woke up and did this this morning. Like, this is fun. And that's all and then it kind of just kept going. Wonderful. Yeah. And I was actually I was getting like, last minute, like, you know, sort of, like, play by play advice from Arvid call in my DMS. I'm like, okay, like, here's what you do, like, make sure you reply to everybody, like, you know, all this stuff. And I was like, okay, okay, okay. Like, I was like, such like totally green at this. Um, and, yeah, it was it was wild. And then it ended up going up to number one. And oh, that's exciting day. And I just checked it a 512 up votes.Colleen Schnettler  6:36  That's amazing. Wild.Michele Hansen  6:40  Super wild. I've never really done a, like a Product Hunt launch. Like, we I mean, we didn't launch geocoder one Product Hunt. Like we actually launched before Product Hunt had their show h n launch, which when geocoder launched a show h n launch was like, what a Product Hunt launches now. I guess. Yeah. It was so funny. I remember coming across it in our refers for geocoder to and I was like, What is this product on thing and like, signed up? Um, so yeah, anyway, so that was, that was pretty crazy. Um, that'sColleen Schnettler  7:20  really cool. Yeah, itMichele Hansen  7:21  was it the whole thing about it, like, not showing up and like what was wrong and like, all these people kind of like rallying around it too. And like so many people tweeting out the the posts and commenting and like, I just felt like I was collectively being lifted up by people all over the world simultaneously. And it was, it was lovely. It was pretty, it was pretty surreal. It was it isColleen Schnettler  7:49  as bad. It's awesome. So have you seen the Product Hunt success? increase the number of sales of the book?Michele Hansen  8:00  Yeah, so I actually did get a little bit of a nice little bump out of it. So I learned later that the benefit of being number one on product one is not only are you number one that day, but you're also number one in the newsletter. And so you get another bump after that. Okay, cool. And so if I just pull up the numbers really quick. So the the total have sold 344 individual copies, which excludes a bulk portfolio wide purchase that a fund made. So okay, so it's been 180 on Amazon 160 PDF copies total, including the pre order. And then for audio book only pre sell copy, so 344 total. And so of all of that, so 23 of those PDF copies are from since the Product Hunt, launch, and then 59 print copies since the product launch.Colleen Schnettler  9:11  Wow. Yeah,Michele Hansen  9:12  so it's a pretty good bump.Colleen Schnettler  9:14  Yeah, that's great. Yeah. So how are you feeling about the whole feeling good, likeMichele Hansen  9:18  I'm starting to come across like podcasts of people talking about it or blog post they wrote about it, or people tweeting out like, I'm reading the book, I'm ready to do a practice interview, like who wants to pair up with me like, all that kind of stuff. But just that just gives me warm fuzzies when when I come across that kind of thing, andColleen Schnettler  9:42  I love it.Michele Hansen  9:43  Like for so many years, I you know, I tried to write blog posts, and most of the time they would just like land with a thought like there was a couple that did okay, but most of time I would like I would fuss over them and have friends edit them and like, then they would just go nowhere. And so it's still like kind of bewildering and surreal to have people like, be excited about something that I wrote because I'm so used to just like being nothing. Um, so all of this is just this really delightfully surreal.Colleen Schnettler  10:27  I love that. Do you think it's better, you didn't actually know you were doing Product Hunt wrong, because you would have not launched it, if you had realized how some people do it.Michele Hansen  10:37  I think it might have been sort of intimidating to look at. It's like, oh, like, shoot, like, people hire consultants for this. And like, there's, they're like, producing videos for it. Like they have, like, this whole, like, strategy around it, like, but I think it also goes to show like, you know, I mean, the, the real power of building in public or writing in public, and, you know, like, the people in the community were part of this from the very beginning. And, you know, so No, I did not pay a consultant 20 $500 to get to the top of product and like, the book got there, because everyone's been a part of this process. And contributing to it from the very beginning. It was on the strength of community. It's, there's, it's pretty, it's funny, I've had people like DM me now. Like, oh, like, what's your advice for getting to the top of product? And I'm like to Don't ask me. Like, dude, like, don't do what I did. Like that was apparently wrong.Yeah, I mean, I'm sure there's people who have written guides about this, and everything.Colleen Schnettler  12:04  Oh, yeah. They're all over the I like someone recommended Product Hunt to me once. And I was like, Oh, okay. And I don't use Product Hunt. Like, I don't even think I'm on it. And so I googled it. And it was like, Oh, my gosh, there's so much information, how to do a Product Hunt, it needs to be Tuesday at 4pm. Because that is the optimal time. Like, it was a whole thing. And I was like, so this is so wonderful that it's worked out for you. And I also saw you are going to start your private podcast.Michele Hansen  12:30  Oh, yeah. The first chapter already went out.Colleen Schnettler  12:35  Sweet. Yeah,Michele Hansen  12:36  I think I'm gonna roll them up like so I was kind of trying to like couple weeks ago, we're talking like, should we do one chapter a week or like, do like two different drops a week because there's 50 chapters in the book. And so we did that, then it would take a whole year to get that book, which seems very long time, it's very long. So it seems excessive. So this week, I dropped the the title and the chapter one as two separate episodes on the same day. But I think for next week, what I'm going to do is I've rolled up several chapters, and basically all drop, do one like episode a week, that is multiple chapters, with a goal of that episode being 15 to like 25 minutes. So it might be like chapters 234. And then the next one might be chapter five, and six, depending on how long those chapters are, because some of the chapters are pretty short. SoColleen Schnettler  13:37  yeah, that makes sense. And try to make it likeMichele Hansen  13:39  normal. Normal podcast length, but more on like, walk the dog a little bit longer length rather than run three miles. Length if you run at my speed, which is not fast, depending on Yeah, so uh, yeah. So yeah, I think I'm gonna do that. So then it'll go a bit faster. But I don't want I mean, I don't want to like drag the whole thing and I already recorded like 18 chapters, I think. Wow. Yeah. So I'm going to do another recording day in a couple couple weeks. Maybe next week. Maybe I should do another one. I like surrounded my desk and pillows and like put a blanket gonna ask on my Yeah, I totally did a pillow for it. The NPR pillow for it. Yeah. of like, just surrounding my desk and pillows to improve the sound quality. And yeah, putting a blanket over my desk. So I feel like it should, you know, it should it should sound good. I don't want it to sound you know, homegrown and, or Yeah, you know, like I want it to sound Good question like people should pay for it. Yeah. SoColleen Schnettler  15:04  yeah, totally. That makes sense. Yeah, it's well, that's really exciting. Um, you've had a really exciting couple weeks,Michele Hansen  15:10  I've been talking to you a couple of weeks, and you have been doing seriously exciting, as we talked about a couple weeks ago. So you are now my cool kid friend, I moved to California and joined a startup. And totally,Colleen Schnettler  15:21  it was crazy. I can't even tell you like, everything just went crazy. But it is super exciting. And I think something that has not been well communicated is we are basically being funded because we are being paid to me really, to build out this product. And so and we get to keep the IP. So this is really exciting for me. I can't think of what else I would rather do with my life. Besides, you know, normal life stuff with do with my career, then build a business with people I like, like, that's my whole life goal right there.Michele Hansen  15:57  That sounds amazing.Colleen Schnettler  15:59  It is. Yeah. So I'm super pumped. It is a lot of stuff of new stuff. But it's a really cool opportunity. The guys that I'm partnering with are great. I've known them for years. And I finally get co founders, which I'm super happy about because doing it alone is lonely.Michele Hansen  16:17  So I feel like we should back up. Yeah, that's a very basic question. So So a couple of months ago, you took a job? Do you? Do you still have that job?Colleen Schnettler  16:33  I do not. Okay.Michele Hansen  16:35  So this is what we were talking about in decisions dishes and was should you? So you have you have that had that job? And then should you continue doing simple file upload? And how does this whole Hammerstone thing fit into it? And one of those options there we did not talk about was like, quit the full time job and like go whole hog and jump in headfirst on Hammerstone. So let's like,Colleen Schnettler  17:07  yeah, it was, I mean, I just everything went a little bit crazy. I announced that I took that job. And maybe part of this is building in public. or part of this is just the market right now. And I am not kidding you. Within a week I had three other people offering me jobs. Like they're like, Oh, I didn't know you were taking a job. So everything got a little crazy. When I took that job, I had every intention of being with that company for years. It was a great company. I love the people. I love their mission. But this opportunity came up to do really exciting work as part of this startup. And I had to choose because there was no way this startup stuff is full time. I mean, there's no way I could do both. So I unfortunately had to quit the job I had for what a month, maybe two months, and go all in with the startup. So it's very exciting. But it was a lot of stuff.Michele Hansen  18:04  Yeah, I mean, that must have been so much to go through in such a short amount of time. And then you're I mean, you're a very you're he You're a very reliable person who can be taken at their word and sticks to it. And yeah, for you to walk away from something after a month. I imagine that was very difficult for you. And also that shows just how excited you are about Hammerstone.Colleen Schnettler  18:42  Yeah, and I think it was really hard. It was a really hard conversation to have with my boss, who was super amazing and gracious. But it was just an opportunity. I couldn't turn down. It was so I mean, and it's high risk, high reward, right like this could burn out. And I could just be back in regular consulting land. But you know, when you're basically offered to be funded for something, but like, I don't know, that's literally what I want to do. So I couldn't turn it down. Yes, it was really hard, Michelle, because I think especially with what I do, like my business is built on relationships. And my reputation is the most important thing I have in this business as a software developer. And so I absolutely need to be very careful of that and how I handle these kinds of situations. And so that's why it was so hard to make this decision. But ultimately, the opportunities with Hammerstone are just and the problem space is really exciting. From a developer perspective, like the problem space we're working on. It's really cool. It's just really intellectually intriguing. So that coupled with like the equity it was, yeah, I mean, it was hard decision, but I think I made the right one. If I'm crying on the podcast in six months, it means I did it. Just kidding. As a joke. I made a terrible mistake. know if I made a mistake or not. But I got to go all in like, I'm in a position where I can go all in. Because you know, we have health really because we have health coverage through my spouse's job. So, man, it was tough though, because I took the full time job with every plan to stay there for years, and this opportunity came up and it was just like, I cannot This is literally what I want to do is build businesses with my friends, period.Unknown Speaker  20:25  Yeah. SoMichele Hansen  20:27  yeah, so there's two things I want to dive into there. The first is, yeah, like, what's so exciting about it? And what Hammerstone? Like, does and what you're gonna be doing for it? And then the second one, and I think I want to start there is is the funding side just to sort of, sort of distill that a little bit? So if I understand correctly, so there's the Hammerstone team, which is you, Aaron and Shawn, right? Correct. Correct. And then hit Hammerstone has a client that themselves has a client, then that that second level clients is paying your clients for Hammerstone, to build their thing into client number one's app? And then you get to keep the IP from that, is that? Right? That's,Colleen Schnettler  21:38  that's, that's kind of right. Yeah, that's kind of right. So basically, youMichele Hansen  21:43  know, if I dive I follow that fully, but okay.Colleen Schnettler  21:47  So I think, yeah, so basically, we have a client, that's a pretty big client, and then there's a middle layer, and then there's, well, really, there's the client, then there's Hammerstone, then there's me. So we're still we were separated as three layers. And so now I'm joining Hammerstone. So it's actually there's one less layer in there. So it's just, it's just the client to Hammerstone. And so the client has agreed to basically fund the development of this piece of software, the software is a query builder. And that sounds so exciting. Like when I say Query Builder, people are like, what I don't get the big deal. But the nuance and like, the power of what we're doing with this query builder is really cool. It's just, it's such a constant problem, like everyone I have ever worked for basic, smart queries are really tough, you're usually putting scopes on the model, and you're trying to chain those scopes together, oh, here, they want this here, they want this. So we're basically trying to extrapolate all of that away, pull all of that out of your model, and allow you to define these queries in a filter. And we're going to provide both the front end and the back end interface. And it's, I mean, again, we need to work on messaging because no one is excited when I tell them what it is. But once you see it in practice, you're like, Oh, this is amazing. SoMichele Hansen  23:12  that's kind of the product. Can we back up for a hot second? And I want you to assume that I don't know anything about web development. Colleen, okay. Yeah, what's the Query Builder?Colleen Schnettler  23:27  So, Michelle, what is your favorite online shop? store to buy clothes or shoes or whatever you're into?Michele Hansen  23:34  j crew.Colleen Schnettler  23:36  Okay, so if you want to go to the J crew website, and you want a V neck sweater in orange in stock in your size available at your store, tall order, that's a query. Okay, right. I mean, a lot of places kit. That's like a search, which is funny. Yes. Which is funny, because that's how I described it to my husband. I was like, show me the Nike website. And let me show you how we're gonna make Nike better, because that's his favorite shop. Got it. Okay. Um, so, you know, traditional, I don't want to get to it's like a search.Michele Hansen  24:10  So are you like competing with like, like, algolia orColleen Schnettler  24:15  so it's actually no, because we're, it's actually how you build up. So we actually build up the SQL, so you'd still use a like, you could still use like, this client is using Postgres timescale dB. So you could still use a different service for for your database, but we're actually building up this performance sequel in so it's at the model layer, but it extrapolates the the querying the scoping, we call it scoping and rails, I don't know what people call it another languages out of the models, so it like extrapolates all of that away. So it but it builds it The cool thing is like it provides both the front end component and the back end component. So ideally, it will be a drop in piece of software, but you as a developer Like, okay, so I have a client, they do real estate, right. And so they have this huge problem with search because people want this super specific things that they want to search. And this is a constant problem. tuning the searches to be exactly what people want to find. But for example, they don't want you to be able to search based on I don't know, like what on who the agent is, let's say that's just an example. So this query builder is actually a drop in software component that I can put in the app. But I as the developer, when I integrate it can also say, Do not let them search by listing agent only allow them to search by this, this and this. So it gives, it's just really powerful. And where it really shines is like in relationship building, because that is always a problem, right? When you have to reach through all these tables. And then if you have these huge SQL tables, like trying to join these tables is a problem. So we're trying to fix all those problems. It's a really interesting problem space for me, because our client is like big data. And not I haven't worked with like super billions and billions of records. So I haven't worked with that kind of big data before. So it's gonna be really exciting.Michele Hansen  26:06  You're really excited about this.Colleen Schnettler  26:09  I know this is like, honestly, this is what it came down to with, like jabber, jabber about SQL. But I think when it came down to making this decision, which was super hard, because my job was so wonderful. It came down to this is literally what's gonna what's hap what happened. So the Hammerstone guys, were gonna hire someone to take over for me. And then I just couldn't let it go. I was like, Oh, well, can I like I just because the, to me, the problem space is fascinating. They were like, they were going to hire someone. And they're like, Well, you know, you could mentor him or whatever. And I was like, yeah, and then we should redesign it to do this. And we should redesign it to do this, and I just wouldn't let it go. And I think to me, that was a indication that the problem space was so fascinating for me, and I just really, really want to solve the problem. You know, when you get a problem in your head like that, and you're like, this is amazing. I must spend Well, yeah, of course you do you. This is like I'm speaking Michelle. Right.Michele Hansen  27:04  Yeah, I know a little bit about what it is like toColleen Schnettler  27:08  to become obsessed with some Yeah, yeah. Yeah. So it's a huge change. Who knows if I made the right decision, but I made the decision that that I think is the right decision. I guess that's all that matters. But it's been a it's been a roller coaster of what? A couple three weeks here.Michele Hansen  27:26  So yeah, so what does this mean for a simple file upload?Colleen Schnettler  27:30  So simple, but it's still rockin and rollin? I think. So although i've you know, I'm working full time for these new guys, but it's gonna be kind of the same dear deal, wolf were full time is 32 hours per week. So I should still have that extra day per week to work on simple file upload. And I'll be honest, like now that I'm settled, I feel like a lot of energy for simple file upload. Like I feel I actually wrote a piece of content finally didn't take that long. I know, right. But um, I feel good about it, it's still not going to be super fast. But I feel good about putting energy into it and putting time into it and making it you know, keeping it where it was going to be, which was, you know, eight to 10 hours a week.Michele Hansen  28:16  Do you feel less pressure with simple file upload? No.Colleen Schnettler  28:21  Yeah, I do. I think I mean, if I had not that I would want to pick one to succeed. But I am super pumped to have co founders. I mean, I'm super pumped. The Hammerstone team is so great, because I'm going to do the real stuff. Aaron is like a layer of Bal Laravel. Laravel.Michele Hansen  28:40  Yeah. superstar, right. Yeah, he's like, really light stuff. People are like, super Hammerstone Yeah, okay. Okay. I thought but yeah.Colleen Schnettler  28:51  Okay. Yeah. So he, so he's kind of, you know, doing great things in the Laravel. World, he did torchlight. And he's trying to do some other things just to get our reputation out there as like a company that makes really quality software components. And then we have Shawn, who's our front end guy. And Sean also has a lot more experience from a marketing and success standpoint, if you will, because Shawn, in the past, has had a product that has been his only, you know, has supported his family. And so he's been there so he can actually see past that, which is really an interesting perspective. Aaron, and I is relatively, you know, we both have mildly successful products, but like, we're both kind of new to this. And so we're approaching it in different ways. So Shawn is like Yeah, sure. I think we can get to, you know, 200k or whatever. How do you get past your network? And Aaron and I don't have never gotten to 200k with a product so we can't even conceptualize that. Right. So I think we're gonna be a really good team.Michele Hansen  29:50  You I feel like what I'm hearing is like you sound really fulfilled by this hair. We're stone work. And I think for a long time, simple file upload came out of that desire to be fulfilled where client work was, like paying the bills, but not necessarily super soul nourishing for you. And then you took the job. And it was, you know, it was you had all intentions of staying there. And making that work and, and everything else. But it did not feel like a calling for you. Which, you know, for the vast majority of people, their day job is not their calling, or something that's fulfilling, and that's perfectly fine. Um, but I feel and then it shifted that that simple file upload was then like your source of like, personal fulfillment. But I feel like now I'm hearing you sound super fulfilled by the Hammerstone work. And that kind of takes some of the financial and emotional pressure off of the work that you do with simple file upload.Colleen Schnettler  31:07  Yeah, I think that's an accurate assessment, I think, yeah, simple file upload definitely fulfill that need when I was working clients. Yeah, I think I think you're right, like, it's really exciting to see where this is gonna go.Michele Hansen  31:21  And I'm super pumped you because we don't do side projects just for the money. Right? Like, you know, very often they come out of that, like, it's certainly, you know, I've talked a lot about how do cardio certainly did. But then we've also talked about how, you know, the book for me was like, you know, it was not for money. And it was not because it was a good decision with my time it was because I enjoyed it. And I needed it myself. And I think sometimes that's a really good space for side projects to be in where sometimes you just need an outlet for fun. And, gosh, I guess given this last year, when you're stuck in your house, and you can't really go do a lot of fun outside your house, like, you know, side projects can fill that need, you know, in the same way that we talked about, you know, when you're interviewing someone looking for the, the functional purpose of why they bought something, but then also the emotional and social purposes. And, and I guess I you know, in for me coming off of everything with with Product Hunt, and all of that community support, like I'm really thinking about those social and emotional components of launching things. And I hear you talking about Hammerstone. And I hear that fulfillment, and I think you have said maybe three times in the last half hour, how excited you are to finally have co founders like that loneliness and struggle and having to figure everything out on your own has been a running theme for you with simple fileupload.Colleen Schnettler  33:08  Yes, so I've basically figured out the rest of my life, because I'm now I'm wise. So I'm going to tell you, by my life, I mean your life to Okay, so you're absolutely right. Like, I kind of came to this realization. So this was a hard decision like agonizing, actually. And when it came down to it, when you're financially stable enough that you can make these kinds of decisions. As I think I said earlier, running a business with my friends, literally, if I could do that the rest of my career I'm in. So I think I've mentioned before, that when we started this podcast, I said, Michelle is gonna write a book, and I'm gonna launch a product and you were like, man, it is never gonna happen.Michele Hansen  33:48  Okay, so now you are actually like a clip of that, like, do we have a recording of that somewhere? Or is that I don't like the two of us talking about it. And like, I don't know.Colleen Schnettler  33:57  I know, like, I would love to go back. I've actually started listening to some of our all of our podcasts, which is amazing, by the way, kind of go back and listen to them, but I haven't come across it yet. But so Hammerstone is hopefully going to make me a ton of money. It's gonna be super fun. We'll do it for five years ish. And then you and I are going to start a business where we help people, women specifically start their own businesses. Oh, yeah. So you and I are definitely gonna start a business someday. It's like five to 10 years in the future. And it's gonna be an altruistic business. And we're gonna figure that out. But that is my life plan for us. You're welcome. For my life plan.Unknown Speaker  34:38  You know, I feel like I'm here.Michele Hansen  34:40  I feel like you like it. You like kind of dropped the idea of like software Social Fund, like a couple of months ago, like casually, and yeah, um, you know, something that I'm really intrigued by. So there's this guy Nick ramza in Maine who runs a nonprofit called Tor. labs, where he teaches people in rural Maine, how to have an online business. And it's a nonprofits. And these people are like making real money, real jobs, like, huge impact in their own lives. Actually, I've been meaning to have phone call with him. Hi, Nick. Um, so I mean, that's that's kind of the thing I feel like I think about, I don't think I would limit it to just women. Um, no, like, doesn't have to be evil. Yeah, yeah. But, um, but I love that if like doing an incubator, as a, like, a nonprofit or a, like, some sort of public benefit instead. But, but then of course, then you have to deal with like donor fundraising, and you still have to deal with investors, it's just donors and like, this, this is not happening anytime soon, becauseColleen Schnettler  36:01  they do not think about this. We're not doing theseMichele Hansen  36:06  years. Also, don't tempt us and send us offers to fund it either. Just like just not just know applications and just like, just just forget we, butColleen Schnettler  36:18  okay, I just wanted to get that on record. Because I see that as our future. Like, that's what I are apparently veryMichele Hansen  36:24  good at predicting the future. So like, when you say go buy here stocks and bet on some sports games, and heck, yeah,Colleen Schnettler  36:32  sure, sure.Unknown Speaker  36:35  So, anyway, well, that's fine. We're gonna wrapMichele Hansen  36:38  up today with the conclusion that Colleen is apparently Nostradamus and things are things are. Things are happening in a way that I feel like all of it, you know, they say that there's times when nothing happens, and then there's times when everything happens. And I feel like both of us are in this time where everything happens. Like in the past month, I have launched a book and it is number one on product time and you have actually taken one job and quit it and then taken another job that you are super pumped about everything is happening and who knows what's going to happen in the future.

Off the Chain
#645 Did The Bears Win This Round?! w/ Will Clemente

Off the Chain

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 31:59


Will Clemente is a Finance Major at East Carolina University. He has quickly become one of my favorite writers on all things bitcoin, including deep dives on various onchain analytics. Subscribe to Will's new email newsletter here: https://btcbywc3.substack.com/ In this conversation, we discuss the bitcoin fundamentals, on-chain metrics, miner accumulation, all-time high in an important metric, and what Will's guess for a bull market top is. ======================= MiamiCoin, the first CityCoin, is now live! Mining began on August 3rd, and the community has already generated over $1 million of protocol contributions reserved for the City of Miami. This is a community-launched program built on Bitcoin, and it's far more than a currency: MiamiCoin is a protocol, and a platform for innovation. So, the CityCoins team is announcing something pretty cool: MiamiCoin Makers Month is a bringing together hackers, designers, and creators who are passionate about creating apps to benefit the City of Miami. $25k in total prizes will be awarded to developers who build the winning apps. And, the winners will be announced by Ryan Hoover, founder of Product Hunt, and Bored Elon Musk, everybody's favorite pseudonymous Twitter inventor and blockchain enthusiast. Visit MiamiMakers.co to learn more and sign up to take part. ======================= Mask Network connects mainstream social media with the new, open, decentralized Web 3.0. Through browser extensions and mobile applications, users could get a glimpse of the decentralized application world, make borderless cryptocurrency transfers, display, and trade NFT collections, and participate in DeFi projects. Visit mask.io/pomp to start exploring. ======================= Polymarket is the world's leading information markets platform where you can trade on the most pressing global questions and see unbiased, real-time data on what the market thinks will happen – all on the blockchain. For a limited time, sign up with referral code “Pomp” to get your first trade reimbursed up to $100. Click on the link to get started: polymarket.co/pomppod

Off the Chain
#642 Bitcoin and Human Rights with Alex Gladstein

Off the Chain

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 45:10


Alex Gladstein is the Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation and the Vice President of Strategy for the Oslo Freedom Forum since its inception in 2009. In this conversation, we discuss bitcoin, human rights, Afghanistan, Cuba, Nigeria, bitcoin development fund, the Oslo Freedom Forum, and what you can do at home to pitch in.  ======================= Gemini is a leading regulated cryptocurrency exchange, wallet, and custodian that makes it simple and secure to buy, sell, store, and earn bitcoin, ether, and over 40 other cryptocurrencies. Offering industry-leading security, insurance and uptime, Gemini is the go-to trusted platform for beginner and sophisticated investors alike. Open a free account in under 3 minutes at gemini.com/pomp and get $20 of bitcoin after you trade $100 or more within 30 days. ======================= MiamiCoin, the first CityCoin, is now live! Mining began on August 3rd, and the community has already generated over $1 million of protocol contributions reserved for the City of Miami. This is a community-launched program built on Bitcoin, and it's far more than a currency: MiamiCoin is a protocol, and a platform for innovation. So, the CityCoins team is announcing something pretty cool: MiamiCoin Makers Month is a bringing together hackers, designers, and creators who are passionate about creating apps to benefit the City of Miami. $25k in total prizes will be awarded to developers who build the winning apps. And, the winners will be announced by Ryan Hoover, founder of Product Hunt, and Bored Elon Musk, everybody's favorite pseudonymous Twitter inventor and blockchain enthusiast. Visit MiamiMakers.co to learn more and sign up to take part. =======================

Badass Digital Nomads
How To Be Great and Live Your Best Life With Steph Smith io

Badass Digital Nomads

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 106:41


How can you advance in your career and have freedom at the same time? What are some practical ways to design your ideal life? Kristin speaks with Steph Smith from the popular digital nomad and remote work blog, StephSmith.io, to share her tips on lifestyle design, productivity, long-term travel, nomadic relationships, and more.  Steph is a remote growth marketer, writer, and indie maker. She is also a self-taught developer that has built multiple projects, including some that have topped Product Hunt, leading to a nomination for Maker of the Year in 2018. Steph also has a personal blog that has been read by over half a million people, touching on topics including remote work, productivity, and tech. Most recently, she wrote a book, Doing Content Right, that has sold over 3,000 copies. In episode 122 of Badass Digital Nomads, Kristin and Steph talk about the key elements of designing and living your best life, from optimizing your career to the little things that boost your happiness. Steph tells her story of how she became a digital nomad and entrepreneur, highlighting the mindset and top skills you need to follow a non-traditional life path. Wise beyond her years, Steph shares some of the lessons she's learned from traveling the world and living amongst other cultures while continuing her education and growth as a professional. Ready to start designing your ideal life? Tune in to join the movement! RESOURCES ► Open a Wise Borderless Account with Wise (formerly Transferwise)  ► Get Travel Medical Insurance with SafetyWing ► Want to make money online with freelancing? Use code QUITYOURJOB for $100 off Kristin's online course, Freelance to Freedom.  ► Check out Kristin's Podcast Equipment on Amazon.   EPISODE 122 TOPICS DISCUSSED: Dating as a digital nomad. Steph's strategy for designing her ideal life. The lifecycle of a digital nomad. Jobs that you can work remotely while traveling. Adjusting to digital nomadism & The mindset required to get a remote job. The power of doing your own thing and taking non-traditional life paths. Applying the Explore-Exploit Framework to life. Lessons learned from experiencing burnout from working and traveling too much. How Steph developed skills, like coding, while traveling & The projects she's working on now. Top skills you should learn if you want to work remotely in 2021. How to approach continuous learning and growth in an enjoyable way.   QUESTIONS ANSWERED: What happened in the moment where you realized that you wanted to quit your 9-5 job?  How did you get the courage to quit your traditional job and what did you do next?  How did you find a remote job?  What were your first few months like after starting to work remotely abroad? Where are some of the places you chose to work remotely and why?  What inspired you and gave you the courage to apply for a location independent job? Why did you start a blog and what have you learned through writing online?  How do you balance a full-time remote job with your side hustle?  How has traveling changed you? What are some of the favorite places you've been?  How does one begin with "designing their life?"  How do you avoid burnout as a digital nomad and remote worker? What do you think is the best work/travel strategy for the future now that you have experience in a location-independent lifestyle?  And much more!   RESOURCES: Videos: Lost LeBlanc on YouTube Books: Doing Content Right by Steph Smith Steph's favorite books Mastery by Robert Greene Find more of Kristin's recommended books on Amazon Traveling with Kristin's Book Club Podcasts: From Corporate Lawyer to Full-Time Nomad with Kevin Martin from 30 and a Wake Up The Shocking Truth About How US Expats Vote Shit You Don't Learn in School (Steph's new show) Articles: It's Time for Companies to Embrace Remote Work 12 Ways the World Will Change When Everyone Works Remotely Remote Freelance Services: Toptal Other Travel Resources: Remote Year Minimalist-ish Digital Nomad Packing List Steph's Personal User Manual Steph's favorite breakfast spot in Encinitas, CA: A Little Moore   Connect with Steph: Steph's Website Steph's Blog Steph on Twitter Steph on Instagram Steph's Projects on Product Hunt Connect with Kristin:  Follow on Instagram Subscribe to Traveling with Kristin on YouTube  Subscribe to Digital Nomad TV on YouTube Follow on Medium Follow on Clubhouse @KristinWilson Join the Badass Digital Nomads Facebook Group ........................................................................................... 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Optimal Business Daily
326: Temptation by Nir Eyal on The Pyschology of Products & Consumer Marketing

Optimal Business Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 9:09


Nir Eyal of NirAndFar talks about temptation and consumer marketing Episode 326: Temptation by Nir Eyal on The Pyschology of Products & Consumer Marketing Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir's writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn). Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University. The original post is located here: https://www.nirandfar.com/temptation/ With NetGear WiFi 6 Business solutions, you get the very best WiFi performance, security, and coverage to keep you connected whether you're at the office, working from home, or on the go. Visit NetGear.com/Business and use code OPTIMAL10 at checkout to save 10% Did you know that companies that blog consistently receive 67% more leads than those that don't? BKA Content, a content writing agency with 10+ years of experience, now offers a monthly subscription that will do it all for you. Go to BKAcontent.com/osd to learn more and get your free month of blogs. Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts and join our online community: OLDPodcast.com/group Interested in advertising on the show? Visit https://www.advertisecast.com/OptimalStartUpDaily

Off the Chain
#638 Bitcoin New ATH By September?! w/ Will Clemente

Off the Chain

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021 30:57


Will Clemente is a Finance Major at East Carolina University. He has quickly become one of my favorite writers on all things bitcoin, including deep dives on various onchain analytics. Subscribe to Will's new email newsletter here: https://btcbywc3.substack.com/ In this conversation, we discuss the bitcoin fundamentals, on-chain metrics, miner accumulation, all-time high in an important metric, and what Will's guess for a bull market top is. ======================= MiamiCoin, the first CityCoin, is now live! Mining began on August 3rd, and the community has already generated over $1 million of protocol contributions reserved for the City of Miami. This is a community-launched program built on Bitcoin, and it's far more than a currency: MiamiCoin is a protocol, and a platform for innovation. So, the CityCoins team is announcing something pretty cool: MiamiCoin Makers Month is a bringing together hackers, designers, and creators who are passionate about creating apps to benefit the City of Miami. $25k in total prizes will be awarded to developers who build the winning apps. And, the winners will be announced by Ryan Hoover, founder of Product Hunt, and Bored Elon Musk, everybody's favorite pseudonymous Twitter inventor and blockchain enthusiast. Visit MiamiMakers.co to learn more and sign up to take part. ======================= Mask Network connects mainstream social media with the new, open, decentralized Web 3.0. Through browser extensions and mobile applications, users could get a glimpse of the decentralized application world, make borderless cryptocurrency transfers, display, and trade NFT collections, and participate in DeFi projects. Visit mask.io/pomp to start exploring. ======================= Polymarket is the world's leading information markets platform where you can trade on the most pressing global questions and see unbiased, real-time data on what the market thinks will happen – all on the blockchain. For a limited time, sign up with referral code “Pomp” to get your first trade reimbursed up to $100. Click on the link to get started: polymarket.co/pomppod

Neuroscience for Success | Klyn Elsbury
Sales, Selling, and CRMS w CEO of Salesflare on The Truth About Sales

Neuroscience for Success | Klyn Elsbury

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 25:13


Listen in on this weeks episode of The Truth About Sales where we discuss where sales managers go wrong in using CRMs, what metrics to monitor on your team, and hear the story of how Salesflare went from startup to the most popular crm on Product Hunt. Jeroen is co-founder and CEO of Salesflare, an intelligent CRM built for SMBs selling B2B, mostly popular with agencies and SaaS companies. Salesflare itself was founded when Jeroen and his co-founder Lieven wanted to manage the leads for their software company in an easier way. They didn't like to keep track of them manually and built Salesflare, which pulls customer data together automatically. It's now the most popular CRM on Product Hunt and top rated on review platforms like G2 for its ease of use and automation features. To download your FREE sales department audit, visit www.missklyn.com Do you have a question about sales that you want Klyn Elsbury to answer? Leave it in the comments below for a chance to be featured on her podcast, The Truth About Sales

Optimal Business Daily
322: Why You Should Build Your Product In Public AND How I Use My Email List by Ryan Hoover on Building A Business

Optimal Business Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 10:28


Ryan Hoover shares two short posts covering why you should build your product in public and how he uses his email list Episode 322: Why You Should Build Your Product In Public AND How I Use My Email List by Ryan Hoover on Building A Business Ryan Hoover, the founder of Product Hunt, is a product guy with a passion for startups, product design, and personal growth. He also created Startup Edition, worked as an EIR at Tradecraft, and was the Director of Product at PlayHaven. He's a contributing writer to Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal. Additionally, he has written over 150 essays, many of which are featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, Pando, Fast Company, and The Next Web. The original posts are located here: https://medium.com/@rrhoover/why-you-should-build-your-product-in-public-e28c54629bc1 & https://medium.com/@rrhoover/how-i-use-my-email-list-dfd1fdde61c5 With NetGear WiFi 6 Business solutions, you get the very best WiFi performance, security, and coverage to keep you connected whether you're at the office, working from home, or on the go. Visit NetGear.com/Business and use code OPTIMAL10 at checkout to save 10% Did you know that companies that blog consistently receive 67% more leads than those that don't? BKA Content, a content writing agency with 10+ years of experience, now offers a monthly subscription that will do it all for you. Go to BKAcontent.com/osd to learn more and get your free month of blogs. Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts and join our online community: OLDPodcast.com/group Interested in advertising on the show? Visit https://www.advertisecast.com/OptimalStartUpDaily

InnovaBuzz
Jeroen Corthout, Making Customer Relationship Management Human - InnovaBuzz 445

InnovaBuzz

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 56:12


In this episode, I'm really excited to have as my guest, Jeroen Corthout, Co-founder and CEO of Salesflare, an intelligent CRM built for small-medium businesses selling B2B, mostly popular with agencies and fast-growing startup companies. Salesflare itself was founded when Jeroen and his co-founder Lieven wanted to follow up the leads for their software company in an easier way. They didn't like to keep track of their leads manually and built Salesflare, which pulls customer data together automatically and then actively helps you to follow up. It's now the most popular CRM on Product Hunt and top-rated on review platforms like G2 for its ease of use and automation features. In our discussion, Jeroen talked to me about: Making customer relationship management human Using automation at scale and still keep the human element How to land guest appearances on podcasts Listen to the podcast to learn more. https://innovabiz.co/jeroencorthout (Show Notes and Blog) https://innovabiz.com.au/innovabuzz/ (The Podcasts)

upside
BIG NEWS: We're on Product Hunt!

upside

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 8:20


Today we are launching the upside network on Product Hunt! We've put a ton of work in preparing for this campaign, and we'd love for you to check out our campaign.Just visit https://upside.fm/hunt to leave us feedback, questions, or a little love! Your support goes a long way. Click here to visit our Product Hunt campaign

Startups For the Rest of Us
Episode 561 | Launching on Product Hunt and DIY vs. DFY

Startups For the Rest of Us

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 36:44


In Episode 561, Rob Walling chats with Andy Cabasso, co-founder of Postaga, about launching on Product Hunt, having a done-for-you service in addition to a DIY self-service SaaS app, growing to a team of six people, having a free plan, and doing a ton of customer development in the early days. The topics we cover […]       

Software Social
Decisions, Decisions

Software Social

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 33:25


Buy Michele's book! deployempathy.comMichele Hansen  0:00  Hey, welcome back to Software Social. This episode of Software Social is sponsored by Noko. When you're bootstrapping on the side, every free moment counts. But do you really know how you're spending those moments? Which days you're most productive? If your product has time sings that just don't pay. Here's one way to find out. Noko is a time tracker designed to help you learn from the time you track. And Noko makes it frictionless to give yourself good data to you can even log time directly from your GitHub commit messages. Try Noko today and save 15% off every plan forever. Visit NokoTime.com/SocialPod to start making your time work for you.Colleen Schnettler  0:50  So Michele, I went to purchase your book yesterday on Amazon. And I saw that it is the number one new release in business books.Michele Hansen  1:04  Is this research and development. But yes. And I The crazy thing is is you were the first person to notice like I didn't know that until you tweeted.Colleen Schnettler  1:15  Yes, that makes me so happy. So I was gonna text you but like my number one Google searches What time is it in Denmark? It was like 4am or something. So I was like, Okay, I'll just tweet about it. And she'll see it when she wakes up.Michele Hansen  1:29  Thanks. I remember seeing that. And I was like, oh my god. Um, yeah, that was really, really, really unexpected. It's been, it's been such a week.Colleen Schnettler  1:42  Yeah. So how many copies Have you sold? Okay, soMichele Hansen  1:46  on Amazon, including paperback and Kindle 47. And then I also closed the pre sale on Monday. And so that was 127 copies there. Wow.Colleen Schnettler  2:07  Yeah, that's a lot.Michele Hansen  2:09  Yeah. So yeah, like over 150. which feels, which feels pretty good.Colleen Schnettler  2:16  Um, and,Michele Hansen  2:20  but, yeah, I mean, and it's kind of fun seeing the orders from around the world, like, you know, like us, Germany, Japan, UK, Canada, Australia. Like, I mean, I know, there's a lot of places where Amazon isn't. And I don't have that data for the PDF version out in Brazil, too. But, you know, I mean, this. I feel like this whole book was, like people from around the world, most of whom I have never met and had never met before. were part of making this book happen of encouraging it and sharing the newsletters and replying to them and sharing their own stories with me about their experiences with talking to customers and what they've struggled with and what's worked for them. And I'm just, I'm just so moved. Like, it's just, yeah, it's been. It's been quite a week.Colleen Schnettler  3:21  Yeah, that's wonderful. I'm so happy for you. And I'm happy the launch has gone so well.Michele Hansen  3:27  Yeah, and I think it's not like a like a sort of a big bang launch. here because it is kind of summer and you know, things are moving a little slowly. And also doesn't, doesn't have to be it'd be a huge thing. But so right now, kind of focusing on trying to get reviews of the book on Amazon before I tried to do a Product Hunt launch. I think that's kind of like, I feel like good right now with like launching it with the people who have been along for the journey and supporting it. And, you know, someone actually sent me some like, little, like, formatting quirks they noticed in their version. And so I kind of want to get those ironed out. Before you know, bring the book to people who may not be so understanding of, you know, yeah, seeing that. Some stray formatting or whatnot. Um, yeah. Yeah.Colleen Schnettler  4:27  Does Amazon have analytics built in to their book publishing platform? Because you mentioned you could see where people were coming from?Michele Hansen  4:34  Yeah, actually, I can pull it up right now. So the whole that the KDP or Kindle Direct Publishing is what they call it. They have this little dashboard, so I can see that. Um, so yeah, there's been orders from US, UK, Germany, Japan, and Canada, and Brazil. And it tells me like, what day they're ordered on and then also the Kindle reading percentage. Which I guess they use to determine the quality of the book. So like when you did on a Kindle, Amazon is kind of creepily like tracking that and basically, you know, but like, basically people buy this book, and then they read 10 pages of it, and then they don't ever open it again. Amazon takes that as a signal about the quality of the book. Oh, yeah, I mean, so maybe like, people buy it just to like, have it just in case. But so but it can show me for example, that super creeped out by that,Colleen Schnettler  5:31  by the way, like gender weird. AndMichele Hansen  5:35  65 pages have been read. Total. And then I think it can also show me like the there's been 24 pages read today.Colleen Schnettler  5:47  So Wow, that's wild. I didn't know that.Michele Hansen  5:51  I feel a little so.Colleen Schnettler  5:52  Yeah, a little bit. So tell me about the feedback you've been getting from people have a lot of people have been reaching out to you to tell you, you know, give you feedback on their experiences with the book.Michele Hansen  6:01  Yeah, people have been so nice. Um, as I mentioned, a bunch of people were posting reviews, but I feel like you need more before I launch it on product times are kind of go on some big podcasts to promote it. Because like those people, they don't know me, they haven't been listening. They haven't been following along. Like, why the, you know, why the heck should they care who I am and what I wrote about, right. So, um, so yeah, people have been just so generous with their time and their energy of helping to get the word out about the book. And any, I've gotten nice emails from people, it's actually been kind of funny to get texts from my friends about it, because I haven't really talked about it much with like, my friends and family because it's not relevant to most of them. Like, I feel like, you know, I feel like I describe it. And I'm like, well, it's like, super nice. It's like how to, like, create software products and sell them and stuff like that. And Mathias is always like, no, everybody should have this book. It's so relevant. Everyone, like, you know, I there's like this little like group of like real estate agents in Canada who are really excited about it, for example. Um, and, um, but so like, even just getting texts from friends of mine, who I haven't really talked to about, it has been such a nice surprise, like, one of my friends sent me a picture of her two year old son flipping through it when it arrived. And apparently, he loves the duck on the cover. Totally warms my heart. But actually, oh, negative, um, there was somebody who tweeted something negative at me, like, what was it? They're like, like my first tweet, where I like tweeted out about how it was available on Amazon, this person that doesn't follow me, and I don't follow and tweeted that. They replied to me, and they said, aka manipulation for Dummies. And I like looked at it. I was like, really? Like, you come to like, somebody's like celebration of this, and you show up with negativity like that. And then I thought they made the wise decision and deleted it. So. Okay, um, yeah, it was like a little is a little weird. And I mean, it hasn't weighed on me too much. And I think it is a concern of mine. I have right that like, people will manipulate people with this. But I think like people who are manipulative, like, they have long figured out all of this and more, and they don't need an instruction manual. Like those people intuitively understand how to manipulate people and use it for their evil and they don't need instructions. So So mostly people have been, have been positive. And it's, yeah, it's, it's honestly gone. So much better than I ever could have hoped. And, really, it really never would have come to fruition. Never mind been like this, had I not done it in public and had it not started out, you know, as just a humble little newsletter. And, you know, I think if I had done the image I had in my head of what a writer does, which is sort of disappear into a cave for a year and not speak to anyone or, you know, like, see sunlight for that period of time. And then emerge with this, you know, glowing tablets of wisdom or whatever, like, I never would have published it. And I also don't think it would be getting received like this. And so I'm just, I feel like I keep repeating myself, but I'm just so grateful for how supportive people have been and how so many people around the world have contributed to this. Whether it was you know, leaving anonymous comments on those early drafts on help this book or You know, tweeting support or reading rough drafts, like, you know, reading reading copies of it, like writing reviews, like just all of that is just, it's it's really deeply moving. To me. That's wonderful. And your support to Coleen?Colleen Schnettler  10:20  I'm taking full credit. I've taken credit. I feel like this was my idea. I feel like when we started this podcast, I said, let me tell you how this is gonna end. Michelle's gonna write a book and I'm gonna launch a product. And here we are, we went to podcasting.Michele Hansen  10:34  Anyway, so speaking of that, I have to mention that today is the one year anniversary of our first episode.Colleen Schnettler  10:45  Oh my goodness, can you believe it's been a year?Michele Hansen  10:47  I can't. I cannotColleen Schnettler  10:50  unrelated to this where we like recap everything that is soMichele Hansen  10:59  I just can't believe it.I mean, it's, it feels like so long ago that we started with also doesn't feel like that long ago.Colleen Schnettler  11:16  Yeah, it doesn't feel like a year to me. I was kind of surprised when you mentioned that. I mean, we've come so far. I think we talked about it a little bit last week or the week before when I was kind of bemoaning how I feel like I'm moving really slowly. Um, but if you look at what you've accomplished over a year, like it's, it's really been significant.Michele Hansen  11:39  Yeah, and I mean, you know, talking about the book too, like Patrick McKenzie is talking about friend catchers of like, things that you do that, you know, get you get you friends, basically. And I feel like this podcast has been such an amazing friend Catcher in a year that has otherwise been quite lonely and difficult with the pandemic, to have this going on to not only like, sort of force us to keep talking to each other were like, just for like, we used to be basically neighbors and meet up at a local coffee shop. And then now we have a nine hour time difference between us like, we would not be talking this much like an actually talking and not just like texting had, like if we didn't have this podcast, and I'm grateful for that. And and I'm also so grateful for everyone who has kind of jumped on to this like weird little project of ours and and want to be a part of it. Yeah, yeah.Colleen Schnettler  12:42  It's cool. It's cool. Speaking of, I don't I haven't heard that term friend catcher's, but it made me think of something I wanted to talk to you about. So I have some friends who have a business, and I've been consulting for them for about six months. And yesterday, they offered to bring me in as a full partner. Oh, and I don't know what to do. I mean, I do know what I want to do. But it's it's like a lot. And I think that these kinds of opportunities. I knew these guys be independent of the podcast, but I definitely think like expanding my reach has helped bring more of these kinds of opportunities to my doorstep, which is really cool.Michele Hansen  13:24  Yeah.Colleen Schnettler  13:25  Yes. So so I don't know. So that's something I'm considering. If I go in with them, there'd be three of us, it'd be a company of three founders. They don't actually have a launched product yet. But they have they own the IP of something. They built at work that they want to spin off and turn into its own product.Michele Hansen  13:44  Is this like, an open source? Like, I know you're involved with a couple of things? I think I might know which one this is. But they have some like open source stuff going on? Is it that one?Colleen Schnettler  13:56  Yeah, it's that one?Michele Hansen  13:57  Ah, sorry. Oh, a little bit cryptic here.Colleen Schnettler  14:01  I don't know if I'm gonna say yes. So I don't want to. I don't want to like, name them yet. But um, it's a really cool opportunity. I am really, I think their product is spec. They're not it's not a product yet. But I think their IP is spectacular. And it's making waves to like, yeah, yeah, people are excited about it. What they're doing is really cool. And I love the idea of, as we've talked about, like going in with, with people, and I know these guys really well. So it's not like random people that I'd be starting a company with. Yeah, I love going in with people that are unknown quantity. So that's exciting. SoMichele Hansen  14:41  like, just sort of, like recap. So I mean, so so when we started this podcast, right, like you were working full time as a, you know, software consultants, and had clients and you wanted to start a SAS and then you sort of finally picked something and started launching that in September of last year, and then bi, which is simple file upload. And then by December, you had something that was logical, you got into the Roku marketplace, it went public and you're allowed to start charging for it in February, you've gotten to this about 1000. Mr. Mark at this point, now you've kind of switch gears a little bit, you're still doing that you recently took a full time job that you're working Monday through Thursday, to lower some of that stress of having clients and and have work be a little more predictable and give you that space to also to still work on your SAS but not have it have that pressure of bringing in your full time income. And so you can kind of just just like a little. So how would being a partner in this project change that? Like, what would things look like on a practical level?Colleen Schnettler  15:54  I think practically, I don't know. So those are the details I'm trying to work out right now. Like, what would that look like? What would my involvement be? with them and selling their product? I think part of the reason is so so I built as, as a consultant for them, I built out a Rails or Ruby on Rails version of this product. So they kind of the reason they're asking me is because the bulls evangelist or the person who sells it to the rails community, essentially, because they cover a different a different back end community with their expertise. So I think that is a big concern is can I do all the things? I mean, that's, that's what I have to figure out. And I know we talk a lot on this podcast about trying to balance all the things. I want to do all the things. I need to figure out if I can do all the things and I can take advantage of this opportunity.Michele Hansen  16:52  Yeah.Colleen Schnettler  16:53  Oh, it's interesting, because as when when we try to grow like this, we always say, oh, I'll just hire someone, it is really hard to just hire someone. I think to find good developers, when I can think of the contract developers I know that I would hire to work on simple file upload, I think of two people that I have worked with before. And both of those people are incredibly busy. You know, like, I think when it's when it's your product, because theoretically, I could hire more help on simple file upload. And then I could try this other role with these guys on their product. But I'm hiring someone. It's not easy, like it's not, you know, I think everyone who's tried to do this can attest to that, especially good contract developers.Michele Hansen  17:41  So I want to run through some hypotheticals with you, and you tell me how you're feeling about them. Okay. Number one, is, you have this this this job you're working on Monday through Friday. And then on nights, you work on tipo, file upload, and then on Fridays, you work on this other thing. Let's just picture that in our heads for a moment. How do you feel about that?Colleen Schnettler  18:12  I don't feel good about that. Okay. And I think I think part of the background for folks that, you know, I don't know why you would know my life story. So I taught myself to code while I was working full time and had kids. And that was freaking exhausting. Like for, I don't know, two years, every sit if you go back in my Twitter history, like I used to do that 100 days of code thing, like, maybe not two years, but like, at least a year. I mean, every single night, I would listen to the code newbies podcast while I did the dishes, so I'd get pumped up about learning to code. And then I go every night and I was exhausted. And it worked out great for me, like, you know, I am exactly where I wanted to be when I did that. But that was really exhausting. And I'm in this really comfortable place now. And I want to be successful in my SAS. That's important to me. But I don't want to do that again. Yeah, I mean, it's just not not where I am right now in my life. Like, I don't want to be a slacker, but I also don't want to work 12 hours a day.Michele Hansen  19:15  Yeah. Understandably. I mean, you you did that like, and you know how hard it is. And it makes sense that you would not want to go back to that. Yeah. Okay. Here's another hypothetical. You keep the the nine to five Monday to Thursday job. You list simple file upload on micro acquire and it fetches one of those insane multiples that people are getting for stuff making $1,000 a month I require right now. And then you work on this other thing on Fridays?Colleen Schnettler  19:52  Yeah, so I thought about that. I feel like simple file upload though, is going to be so successful because I feel Like, I don't know. So I don't want to do that. The thing is, I don't want to do anything. I don't want to take on too many things that I do them all poorly, right? That's important. And I keep thinking, like the people who get what they want, are really good at focusing and not getting distracted. The people who spread themselves too thin no one wins.Michele Hansen  20:18  I mean, it's one who runs a company has a podcast and just wrote a book. I beg to disagree.Colleen Schnettler  20:25  You did them all spectacular. I don't know about that. But you know. So I think that I, so I thought about selling simple file upload, but it's almost feature complete, it's pretty much feature complete, and it just makes me money. If I don't touch it, it's just, it's just growing. Like, it's like magic unicorn over there.Michele Hansen  20:48  I mean, we just described a like cash throwing asset that doesn't need a ton of work on it that people would want to buy.Colleen Schnettler  20:57  Well, that's true. I mean, you could say that's why someone would buy it, because it literally, but I could also I mean, it's, I could just leave it my thought. Okay, so my thought is, what if I just leave it? Like, it doesn't need, we've talked about a lot of things like, my sister is working on some marketing plans for it, get it feature complete, there's like one or two things I need to add. I could just let it make me money, right. I mean, it's just or, or I turned down this other opportunity. And I go all in, not all in I mean, I continue with plan a plan A, which is focus on simple file, upload and see if I can grow it faster, while having that comfort and security of the full time job.Michele Hansen  21:45  I don't know. Okay, before we sort of move into that, let's just run through the last hypothetical that I thought of, and there's probably more, but we'll just stick it out with this one. You keep going with the nine to five, Monday through Thursday job. You work on simple file upload on Fridays, and you turn down this offer to work with these people who you think are working on. Okay, I'm not going to bias your, your.Colleen Schnettler  22:16  Um, so that's a good option, too. I feel like Okay, so let's let me take a step back and acknowledge the incredible, amazing position I'm in where I'm like, Oh, I have all these amazing opportunities. I don't know which one to take. So that's pretty spectacular. So I'm pretty happy about all of my choices. I don't think I can make a wrong choice here. I want to go in with these guys. Because I want co founders, I've always wanted co founders. I know it's hard it can it can bring conflict, and it's harder, but it's I think will be way more fun. And I think their product is really cool. I think it might be cooler than my product specials. SoMichele Hansen  22:57  how does the thought of not working on that and walking away from it feel?Colleen Schnettler  23:03  I think I'll regret it. Because I think when they start selling their product, they're gonna be millionaires. Like no joke. I mean, I think I don't think it'd be bad though. Like, I don't think it's a bad choice to walk away. If I walk away, then they'll just keep keep on keep on in and I can, you know, cheer them on from the sidelines. And we could always decide later, you know, they don't haven't even launched their product yet. Like, just so you know, so we can always decide later, maybe in six months, I have more time. And they're like, Oh, we really need a salesperson. Now, if I come in later, they're not going to offer me a full third. I'm sure they'll be like, we'll give you x amount. But I don't think I'm shutting the door completely on that opportunity if I don't take it right now.Michele Hansen  23:47  So they're offering you a full third. Yeah,Colleen Schnettler  23:51  that isMichele Hansen  23:53  interesting. Um, you know, to the the, I feel like that sort of brings us back to the option of, you know, you have a full time job, which is paying you then you have this SAS that basically doesn't need any work from you, where you casually make $12,000 a year, like without doing a whole lot like no big deal. And then you spend your Fridays working on this other thing. And maybe sometimes you have to put in some hours on simple file upload or you've got some help from contractors. How does that option feel?Colleen Schnettler  24:27  That actually feels good to me. I mean, I, you know, I just, I want to make sure I'm putting good products out there in the world. So that is important to me to make sure that if I do something like that, that simple file upload is not getting the shaft because I feel that's my thing. And I feel very, very strongly about giving that product the time and attention it needs. But it is feature complete, almost. And so I could just let it ride, keep doing customer interviews. I mean what if I took the next six months Once you've been telling me to do this forever, instead of like, obsessing over what feature to add, I just talked to people, I just talked to my customers once a week, for six months, and then I have gathered, that doesn't take a ton of my time, couple hours a week, then I have gathered this amazing catalogue of data. And then who knows where everything will, will fall out in a period of time. And then after I've gathered this catalogue of data, I can decide what to do next with it.Michele Hansen  25:28  I mean, I'm an advocate of doing, doing the research and doing the work at the same time. And, and doing, you know, doing the research on an ongoing basis. And, you know, you don't have to wait until you have a pile of data to make decisions.Colleen Schnettler  25:43  I know, but I'm trying, I feel like you're telling me not to not to take on too much stuff. And just be aware of that, like, I feel like, that's the vibe I'm getting from you is you're like, I don't know, make sure you sort this out before you accept it.Michele Hansen  25:55  It seems like it's, it's, it's justifiably important to you to be conscious of your energy and how you're spending your time. And also this sort of like pride in your craft and what you're selling to people and making sure that when you're selling them something, you feel like it's worth that money that they're giving you and you are not content to just collect a check.Colleen Schnettler  26:18  Right. And I have to make sure it's good.Michele Hansen  26:21  And and this is something where it, maybe it is a little bit harder for me to say sort of intrinsically understand this because I have to have multiple things going on. You know, we are we are different people with different neurological systems. And I think you're afraid that if you take on, you know, these three things, that you're not going to be able to give any of them 100%. And, and, and that worries you and and you took this job for your family stability, you know, to as part of being a provider for your family. And it seems like you don't want to stress yourself to the point where your work performance suffers, or your performance on simple file uploads anytime you're so proud of it that you don't want to sell it.Colleen Schnettler  27:20  Yeah, I don't want to sell it because I'm so free, cuz you see the opportunity there too.Michele Hansen  27:25  But the same time, there's opportunity there. And the fact that the foundry really pioneered people like well absolutely buy it. And like it might help if you you know, you, you decided to go, you know, all in so to speak for your side project time on this other thing, and then you were sitting on, you know, I don't know, a casual, you know, $20,000 or whatever. Um, or more Actually, that's really low multiple, like, probably like 50 or $100,000. I would not be surprised if you fetch that. Gosh, seriously, like I've seen stuff like, what's our episode last week or a couple weeks ago about multiples? They're, like, absolutely bonkers multiples going for these, like sort of low MRR? sasses, like, under like, 10,000 a month, like even under 1000 a month. Like, like, I thought I saw one that was like 24 times revenue, which isColleen Schnettler  28:19  wow, like, That's crazy. Yeah.Michele Hansen  28:23  Now, if you're making 500 a month, like, but still that's like, that's a huge premium.Colleen Schnettler  28:29  That's a huge Yeah, I don't know, I think you're right about, I think you're absolutely right about. I don't want to sell it because I feel very, I mean, it's my you know, it's my baby, like, I feel very invested in it. I'm excited. It feels like I finally finally, after you and I have been talking for years about my ideas, I found something that's working. So I then with me, their product is really cool. But they don't I think their products gonna work. I mean, it's pretty well validated because people have paid them to build it and let them keep the IP, but at the same time, they aren't actually selling anything yet. So they really haven't seen. Although I think you're absolutely right. It's going to be a, you know, a home run success. My thing is already working. So, you know, I'm hesitant to sell something that's working if I could just let it chill and get to it when I have time.Michele Hansen  29:31  You know, I remember I felt that way about when we were talking about God Oh, at first because we had this mobile app that was like working we had ad revenue like it was it was making us money and, um, and we desperately like, needed that money. And, and then it kind of came up that we you know, we need a geocoding for it to keep it going. And it was like she you know, should we put the time into it to make that into a product? Or should we focus on the thing that's already making money and just like, let it be just sort of something internal. And I remember having a lot of discussions with Mateus about that. And I remember I was on the side of, let's do the thing that's already making money. Because we know that's working. And, you know, lo and behold that app, I think it may be grossed $10,000, in its two or three years of existence. And, you know, God makes more than a day. So, like,Colleen Schnettler  30:35  it's, you know, theseMichele Hansen  30:37  things are really hard to predict. Yeah, you know, you were saying of like, I think you're trying to tell me to do this. I'm not trying to tell you to do anything. I'm not here to tell you what to do. I'm here to help you think,Colleen Schnettler  30:50  think andMichele Hansen  30:53  I can't tell you what is going to be the right decision for you. I can't tell you what's going to leave you with the fewest regrets. Um, you know, there's this other option where like, you know, these guys, maybe it's worth saying to them, like, hey, like, I love to come on is as a full partner. Like, if you're okay with me, you know, splitting my time between this and simple file upload for a while, like, I'm not ready to decide on what I want to do a simple file upload.Colleen Schnettler  31:27  And,Michele Hansen  31:29  you know, because the thing about getting on something that you think is a rocket ship, like, there's no guarantees and like, rockets explode all the time. Like, yeah, they do. Yeah, like, and if you like, you know, and if you got, like,Unknown Speaker  31:44  you know, I don't know,Michele Hansen  31:47  little like propeller planes that next there that you know, is going to get you from A to B, like might not get you to the moon, but it's you know, going to get you a hop, skip and a jump away to where you want to be like, sometimes that's a little safer, you know? Yeah. And I mean, I think if you were saying I'm going to quit my job and simply file upload and work on this other thing, I would be like,Unknown Speaker  32:10  okay, let's, let's take a breath.Unknown Speaker  32:13  Um,Unknown Speaker  32:15  maybe you don't have to decide,Unknown Speaker  32:17  right? Yeah,Colleen Schnettler  32:19  yeah, I think more conversations. I think that's the right answer. I think I need to think a little bit. I liked your hypothetical. What does that look like?Michele Hansen  32:27  Yeah, just sort of went through it. Like, what are all different permutations?Colleen Schnettler  32:31  Yeah. Cool. All right. Well, tune in next week to find out what kylene has decided to do with her life again. Alright, so on that note, let's wrap up this week's episode of the software social podcast. Thank you so much for tuning in. If you enjoyed the show, please leave us a review on iTunes and we'd love to hear from you on Twitter.Michele Hansen  32:57  And thank you so much for listening. Whether this is your first episode you're listening to or You have been listening since the beginning. It really means a lot to both of us. And I keep wishing we could have like software, social con or something. We're just like, get together and hang out. Because I feel like that would be really fun. So yeah, thank you for listening.Transcribed by https://otter.ai

The Startup Story
Duncan Hamra, co-founder of Memberstack

The Startup Story

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 75:07


About this episode My guest this week is Duncan Hamra, founder of Memberstack. For those who might not be aware, Memberstack is a credentialing or user account solution, for those that would much rather leverage a polished solution and then try and code their own user-access flow. If you have content that you want to put behind a user account, Memberstack can solve that for you. Or if you are building a mobile app and you want to allow user-centric customization, Memberstack can be a key part of that flow with a very simple setup. But what I didn't know about Memberstack until this interview, is how unique their entrepreneurial journey is as compared with the 140 found episodes I've had thus far. This is our first Startup Story episode featuring a product that launched on Product Hunt and Memberstack made it to become a featured product. This is the first episode featuring a technical solution where the vision for growth, is not about exponential growth or chasing a unicorn moniker. And it is definitely the first episode where the founder pushes to ensure that people don't work over 40 hours a week. We discuss all of these topics in great. In this episode, you'll hear: How Duncan was raised in a very supportive household in Virgina, his family originally came from Lebanon. He shares how growing up he would go to family parties where everyone would talk about their businesses. How he met his co-founder Taylor in kindergarten and from a young age always wanted to build things together and started their first company in high school. He shares how in ninth grade, they would get up every morning at 5 am, and do things before school started to make money. Then later started listening to Pat Flynn's podcast about creating online business and this sparked their curiosity. Duncan explains what Memberstack is and how it is a credentialing or user account solution, for those that would much rather leverage of polished solution and then try and code their own user access flow. Memberstack was founded in 2018 and he explains that by building Mamberstac by themselves they could constantly develop it. They originally started to build this just for themself but then realized they stumbled on something really big. Duncan shares how he accidentally arrived at a VC fundraising meeting. He shares how he successfully launched his product on Product Hunt and how he reached being the number 1 product. He gives tips on how he uses his friend and clients to help them grow on Product Hunt. He shares how he makes sure that everyone on the team has an even work-life balance and doesn't push his team to work over 40 hours. Resources from this episode Join Grindology: https://grindology.com/ ExpressVPN: Get 3 Months Free → https://www.expressvpn.com/startupstory Get Emails: https://app.getemails.com/referrals/newaccount?ref=R18HWW5 The Startup Story Inner Circle: https://www.thestartupstory.co/vip The Startup Story on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thestartupstory The Startup Story is now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/jamesmckinney The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory Gardyn Giveaway: https://thestartupstory.co/Gardyn Memberstack: https://www.Memberstack.com/ Share the podcast The Startup Story community has been so incredible in sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. So please keep sharing!

Optimal Business Daily
302: Hooking Users In 3 Steps: An Intro to Habit Testing by Nir Eyal of NirAndFar on Technology Habit Setting

Optimal Business Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 11:19


Nir Eyal of NirAndFar tells you how to hook users in 3 steps Episode 302: Hooking Users In 3 Steps: An Intro to Habit Testing by Nir Eyal of NirAndFar on Technology Habit Setting Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir's writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn). Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University. The original post is located here: https://www.nirandfar.com/2012/04/hooking-users-in-3-steps.html Indeed is the #1 source of hires in the U.S. Join over three million businesses worldwide that use Indeed to hire great talent. Get a $75 credit at Indeed.com/startup. Offer valid through September 30th. Terms and conditions apply With NetGear WiFi 6 Business solutions, you get the very best WiFi performance, security, and coverage to keep you connected whether you're at the office, working from home, or on the go. Visit NetGear.com/Business and use code OPTIMAL10 at checkout to save 10% Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts and join our online community: OLDPodcast.com/group Interested in advertising on the show? Visit https://www.advertisecast.com/OptimalStartUpDaily

Optimal Business Daily
301: SMS-First Startups by Ryan Hoover on Entrepreneurial Advice

Optimal Business Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 9:18


Ryan Hoover shares entrepreneurial advice Episode 301: SMS-First Startups by Ryan Hoover on Entrepreneurial Advice Ryan Hoover, the founder of Product Hunt, is a product guy with a passion for startups, product design, and personal growth. He also created Startup Edition, worked as an EIR at Tradecraft, and was the Director of Product at PlayHaven. He's a contributing writer to Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal. Additionally, he has written over 150 essays, many of which are featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, Pando, Fast Company, and The Next Web. The original post is located here: https://www.ryanhoover.me/post/sms-first-startups Indeed is the #1 source of hires in the U.S. Join over three million businesses worldwide that use Indeed to hire great talent. Get a $75 credit at Indeed.com/startup. Offer valid through September 30th. Terms and conditions apply With NetGear WiFi 6 Business solutions, you get the very best WiFi performance, security, and coverage to keep you connected whether you're at the office, working from home, or on the go. Visit NetGear.com/Business and use code OPTIMAL10 at checkout to save 10% Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts and join our online community: OLDPodcast.com/group Interested in advertising on the show? Visit https://www.advertisecast.com/OptimalStartUpDaily

Breakfast Leadership
Interview with Dr. Saksham Sharda

Breakfast Leadership

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 21:03


Support the Breakfast Leadership Network!! Burnout Proof Your Life Online Course. Enter the code NINETY at checkout, to save 90% off the course: https://breakfastleadership.teachable.com/p/burnout-proof-your-life Hire Michael to speak at your event: https://BreakfastLeadership.com/speaking Burnout proof your life with the new book Burnout Proof:  How To Establish Boundaries To Avoid The Negativity Of Stress https://amzn.to/2JkbKxQ Buy Michael's life-altering book: 369 Days: How To Survive A Year of Worst-Case Scenario: https://www.amazon.com/369-Days-Survive-Worst-Case-Scenarios-ebook/dp/B074CCLKZP/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502047423&sr=8-1&keywords=369+days Contribute on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bfastleadership Or PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/bfastleadership Breakfast Leadership Network Merchandise: https://teespring.com/stores/breakfast-leadership-network Like, Rate and Review the Breakfast Leadership Show on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/breakfast-leadership/id1207338410 ------ Saksham Sharda is the Creative Director at Outgrow.co. He specialises in marketing and web development. Particularly in data collection, analysis, filtering, and transfer by the means of widgets, applets and dynamic content. Interactive, cultural, and trending widgets designed by him have been featured on TrendHunter, Alibaba, ProductHunt, New York Marketing Association, TechCrunch, Berlin Marketing Association, Digimarcon Silicon Valley, and at The European Affiliate Summit. He is also the host of the Marketer of the Month Podcast which has featured guests ranging from the co-founder of Wikipedia, Tech Unicorn CXOs, and Pulitzer Prize winners. Social media: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saksham-sharda-05769430/ https://www.facebook.com/OutgrowCo/ https://www.instagram.com/outgrow.co https://twitter.com/outgrowco outgrow.co/breakfast

Shock Your Potential
Tapping on to the power of CRM - Jeroen Corthout

Shock Your Potential

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 34:42


“You can make every customer feel like they are uniquely valued and that they are not just a number.” Jeroen Corthout Research has shown that CRM can be a golden tool for organizations if used effectively. Its value will however be determined by the quality of data that is entered into the system. The ability to have quality information on demand is the differentiating factor between the levels of success an organization achieves as a result of using the CRM. This is why automation of the tool is important as explained by our guest today, Jeroen Corthout. According to Jeroen, an automated CRM significantly cuts down the time spent on technical matters which frees people to concentrate on more important activities that directly contribute to the growth of the organization. Jeroen is co-founder and CEO of Salesflare, an intelligent CRM built for SMBs selling B2B, mostly popular with agencies and SaaS companies. Salesflare itself was founded when Jeroen and his co-founder Lieven wanted to manage the leads for their software company in an easier way. They didn't like to keep track of them manually and built Salesflare, which pulls customer data together automatically. It's now the most popular CRM on Product Hunt and top-rated on review platforms like G2 for its ease of use and automation features. In today's episode, we will have our guest tell us more about the value of CRM to an organization and why an automated CRM is the most ideal choice for organizations to go for. We will also discuss more on how to have productive meetings with teams that are working remotely. Listen in! Social handles: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeroencorthout/  Website: https://salesflare.com We started our company after using different CRMs. [3:57 I worked for a consultancy for a while that used salesforce a lot and it was my first CRM. [4:02] I quickly learned that this was not very easy and it took a lot of work and was fully dependent on me. [4:30] We had a software company and we had just come back from a big conference and we had a lot of leads that were interested to hear more about our software and maybe buy it [4:42] We tried many systems but it did not work because we were not able to keep up with the expectations of the software. [5:17] We decided to make a system that plugs into every single place where the data already resides and has the ability to pull it together on demand to do a follow-up. [6:23] It is a system that is less likely to fail because it doesn't depend on your discipline to fill it out. [6:38] Our end goal is not that it automates stuff but for it to be a CRM that you can use which means ease of use, easy to understand, and not needing a lot of clicks. [7:05] The software is automating a lot of things where it makes that very easy. [7:38] We now have over 2000 companies using the software. [7:46] It is important that you keep your CRM updated because if well kept, it can be valuable. [8:58] Most companies do not succeed in that partly because most software comes with expectations that are difficult to meet. [9:09] A lot of enterprise software is not very friendly to use and that is something we are trying to change. [10:07] The first and basic outcome of using CRM is following up on your customers well and in an informed way. [12:02] From our perspective every time someone says please close our trial we would find out what was going wrong that we could have done better. [14:33] You can make every customer feel like they are uniquely valued and that they are not just a number. [17:17] We differentiate ourselves and do better by building close relationships with our clients as a way to compete with other CRM players out there. [18:00] Commercial break. [18:20] Communication is key and you can do it through a system that takes away operational-tactical communication. [19:55] We built a team where we value open communication and try to build strong relationships through building trust among team members. [20:30] When people speak up, you accept the feedback then integrate it into what you do. [21:25] In the past, we relied on being in the same room for meetings, before the pandemic and we had to rethink the way we do meetings after the onset of the pandemic. [23:55] We have tried to limit meetings to have few people attending and then we share what was discussed with other team members in Slack which is our communication platform. [24:45] When you select a CRM involve your sales team since they are going to be the bottleneck whether it is being used or not being used and whether you get any value from it. [31:52] Train the users well on how to use the CRM but also go beyond the training to define how it is going to be used as a team. [32:43] …….............................................................................………. Thank you to our July Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. That's exactly what it's like for entrepreneurs who start companies with a lot of passion, but without the financial expertise to grow and scale their businesses and create long-term wealth for their families. Wayne Titus shows you how to find a financial adviser who can help you map a better journey. In his book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being.  With the right adviser at your side, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you. Get The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being at Amazon.com and in the virtual bookstore on the Shock Your Potential app.      

Outbound Metrics | B2B Outbound Sales
#124: (Re-Air) SaaS Podcast Guesting: Cold email automation + 4 step sequence = 130+ podcast guest appearances in 5 mos. (Jeroen Corthout)

Outbound Metrics | B2B Outbound Sales

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 20:59


Jeroun Corthout is the Co-Founder of Sales Flare. Salesflare is a simply powerful CRM that automates your data to build better relationships and make more sales. It's a fast, visual and easy-to-use sales machine. Built on happiness with the latest tech, by humans for humans. Salesflare is the most popular CRM ever on both Product Hunt and AppSumo. It also got featured on TechCrunch and Entrepreneur.com. If you've been paying attention to what's happening in online media, you know that podcasts are exploding right now. But, if you've only been listening to podcasts and not using them as a marketing tool. You're missing out. I'm not talking about starting your own podcast. I'm talking about a faster way of taking advantage of this rapidly growing medium. I'm talking about getting featured on popular podcasts in your market. Doing this will allow you to leverage the audience's of respected players in your market and get in front of thousands of your ideal customers - for free. Today I'm going to talk to the CEO of a successful SaaS company who's used cold email automation to get himself booked on 130 podcasts in the span of 5 months. He's used this process to gain awareness for his software, grow his influence, and gain new customers. After implementing this strategy, you'll have a framework for getting yourself on podcasts too. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/morgan-williams0/message

MegaMaker
Is truly possible to validate a product idea before launch?

MegaMaker

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 75:44


In this episode, we answer some questions from MegaMaker members: Val asks: "I'm super curious about this:  How much of starting Meeps was a "hunch" rather than a structured discovery?" Ben asks: "Validation, what are ya'll trying right now/soon to get a signal if you're onto something? Also, is there a "company-wide" donut Friday?

B2B Growth Think Tank
Araks Nalbandyan: B2B Growth Hacking

B2B Growth Think Tank

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 49:18


Joining me today to talk business growth and help out a fellow business leader on The Virtual Hotseat is Araks Nalbandyan. Araks has a pretty impressive background in “growth hacking”, and is the Director of Digital Marketing at 10Web which helps freelance developers and web/marketing agencies cut costs and increase revenue, find and manage more clients, secure client retention with super fast and high-quality services and find ways to grow their business with the help of growth hacking. A big part of her success has come through identifying high leverage collaborations and partnerships with top industry influencers and companies such as AppSumo, Product Hunt and WebARX.  And as I'm a huge advocate on the power of partnerships, this is going to be a super valuable episode if you're looking for new ways to grow. Plus we help out another business leader on The Virtual Hotseat where we're answering the question... “How Do I Generate More Referrals Specific To My Target Vertical?” Mentioned On This Episode Grab Your Free Revenue Multiplier Calculator The Growth Accelerator Implementation Programme Connect with Araks on LinkedIn Visit 10Web Website Connect with Adam on LinkedIn Get My Free Book Conversational Relationship Marketing Get More Free Business Growth Resources on The B2B Growth Think Tank Listener Gift Page  

The Business Method Podcast: High-Performance & Entrepreneurship
Ep.510 ~ The System to Build a Product That People Can't Stop Using ~ Nir Eyal

The Business Method Podcast: High-Performance & Entrepreneurship

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 70:16


Nir Eyal is an expert on the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. He is a graduate and also previously taught at Stanford. He is an active investor in many habit forming businesses and he co-founded and sold two tech companies. Nir was dubbed by ‘The MIT Technology Review' as, “The Prophet of Habit Forming Technology'.” Nir is the author of two bestselling books, ‘Hooked' where he wrote about how to build habit-forming products for the marketplace and ‘Indistractible: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life', which was named one of the Best Business & Leadership Books of the Year by Amazon & one of the Best Personal Development Books of the Year by Audible!   Nir is the manager of his solo-VC fund, Engagement Partners and invests in habit-forming products to improve users' lives. He has also invested in Eventbrite, Anchor.fm, Canva, Product Hunt, FocusMate and many more habit forming companies.    Much of Nir's career he worked in the video gaming and advertising industries where he learned and applied the techniques used to motivate and manipulare users. He now focuses on helping companies create behaviors that benefit their users while educating people on how to build healthful habits to improve their own lives.     04:05 Who is Nir Eyal & Why is He On the Show?    05:35 The Combination of Technology, Psychology & Business    09:20 Defining the Boundaries & Ethics of Controversial Opinions    21:10 The Stages of Building Habit Forming Products & Services    35:15 The Average Person Checks Their Phone 150 Times Per Day…Is That Healthy?    47:10 Becoming More Aware of Our Useless Habits    56:45 Getting Control of Your Email 1:05:30 Nir's Daily Ritual & High-Performance Tips Contact Info:   Website: https://www.nirandfar.com/ Nir's Book: http://geni.us/Indistractable Nir's Schedule Maker: https://nirandfar.com/schedule-maker/ Why schedules are better than to-do lists: https://www.nirandfar.com/todo-vs-schedule-builder/ Nir's Distraction Guide: https://www.nirandfar.com/distractions/ Habits vs Routines Article: https://www.nirandfar.com/habits/       Subscribe to the Podcast:   Website:  https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/nir-eyal   Apple Podcasts:  http://bit.ly/TheBusinessMethod   Google Podcasts:  http://bit.ly/TheBusinessMethodGooglePodcasts   Spotify:  http://bit.ly/SpotifyTheBusinessMethod

Optimal Living Daily: Personal Development & Minimalism
2024: Progressive Extremism - How To Be A Better You by Nir Eyal of Nir and Far on Adjusting Routine Techniques

Optimal Living Daily: Personal Development & Minimalism

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2021 8:26


Nir Eyal tells us how we can become better versions of ourselves. Episode 2024: Progressive Extremism - How To Be A Better You by Nir Eyal of Nir and Far on Adjusting Routine Techniques Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir's writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn). Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University. The original post is located here: https://www.nirandfar.com/be-a-better-you/ Teonan's beverages are packed with the benefits of six functional mushrooms that provide a wide range of wellness benefits, including improvements to your immunity, gut health, energy, and mental clarity. Visit their website at Teonan.com and use the code OLD to get 15% off your first purchase. Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts and join our online community: OLDPodcast.com/group Interested in advertising on the show? Visit https://www.advertisecast.com/OptimalLivingDaily

Optimal Living Daily: Personal Development & Minimalism
2024: Progressive Extremism - How To Be A Better You by Nir Eyal of Nir and Far on Adjusting Routine Techniques

Optimal Living Daily: Personal Development & Minimalism

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2021 7:54


Nir Eyal tells us how we can become better versions of ourselves. Episode 2024: Progressive Extremism - How To Be A Better You by Nir Eyal of Nir and Far on Adjusting Routine Techniques Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir's writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn). Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University. The original post is located here:   Teonan's beverages are packed with the benefits of six functional mushrooms that provide a wide range of wellness benefits, including improvements to your immunity, gut health, energy, and mental clarity. Visit their website at and use the code OLD to get 15% off your first purchase.   and in    and join our online community: Interested in advertising on the show? Visit 

Digital Marketing Radio
Product Hunt Launch Strategy: Get your product to #1 on Product Hunt with Andy Cabasso from Postaga

Digital Marketing Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 38:14


How do you launch your new product in tech? Do you run a big virtual summit, partner with similar brands or spend big bucks on paid ads? Maybe you should consider Product Hunt as part of your launch strategy. Overlooked by many, this could be the product launch lynchpin that you're looking for. My guest today has started, grown and sold a digital agency - and his current startup went to number 1 for his launch day and number 2 for his launch week on Product Hunt. He's the founder of Postaga - welcome to DMR - Andy Cabasso.

Forward Thinking Founders
702 - Chen Wang (Nototo) On All Your Info in One Canvas

Forward Thinking Founders

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 11:46


Chen is the cofounder of Nototo. They are building the information canvas for knowledge.This episode is sponsored by Seedscout. Check them out on Product Hunt today!★ Support this podcast ★

Forward Thinking Founders
701 - Ritwik Pavan (Vade) On Connecting The Curb

Forward Thinking Founders

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 11:33


Ritwik is the cofounder of Vade. Vade is building the largest source of real-time curb data.This episode is sponsored by Seedscout. Check them out on Product Hunt today!★ Support this podcast ★

Optimal Business Daily
258: Honest Writing AND Dangerous Advice by Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt on Sharing Your Entrepreneurial Story

Optimal Business Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 9:42


Ryan Hoover shares two short posts covering honest writing and dangerous advice. Episode 258: Honest Writing AND Dangerous Advice by Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt on Sharing Your Entrepreneurial Story Ryan Hoover, the founder of Product Hunt, is a product guy with a passion for startups, product design, and personal growth. He also created Startup Edition, worked as an EIR at Tradecraft, and was the Director of Product at PlayHaven. He's a contributing writer to Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal. Additionally, he has written over 150 essays, many of which are featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, Pando, Fast Company, and The Next Web. The original post is located here: https://medium.com/@rrhoover/honest-writing-a0eb6f39bf7f & https://medium.com/@rrhoover/dangerous-advice-5351109d9f6e Did you know that companies that blog consistently receive 67% more leads than those that don't? BKA Content, a content writing agency with 10+ years of experience, now offers a monthly subscription that will do it all for you. Go to BKAcontent.com/osd to learn more and get your free month of blogs. Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts and join our online community: OLDPodcast.com/group Interested in advertising on the show? Visit https://www.advertisecast.com/OptimalStartUpDaily --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-startup-daily/support

One Knight in Product
Retail Product Management in a Global Pandemic (with Rhiana Matthew, Senior PM @ Publicis Sapient)

One Knight in Product

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 35:04


An interview with Rhiana Matthew. Rhiana is a Senior Product Manager at Publicis Sapient, a product consultancy that aims to help other companies build products better and set their teams up for success. She works in omnichannel retail product management, and saw her product strategy crumble to dust in the "new normal" of COVID-19. We talk about a lot, including: Her work with Publicis Sapient, what they do and how she looks to enable companies to get better at product management Some of the things she's working on at the moment, what omnichannel retail solutions are, and what she's selling How she got into product management and what gave her the spark, and how making an impact on real customers ticked all her boxes The pros and cons of working for a consultancy and being "In and out" vs working directly for a product company How the news of lockdown impacted her team and whether they took it in their stride or panicked The approaches the product team took to work out where to play and get 120+ ideas down to 11 The spectre of timeline-based, hard deadline deliverables and whether it's possible to get away from this in retail How operating under wartime conditions opened her eyes to the art of the possible, and how she thinks this will impact her approach in the future Her passion for supporting mental health and some of the ways she learned to cope through the chaos Her passion for using tech for good, and some of the ways she tries to contribute to making the world a better place And much more! The podcast is on Product Hunt! This episode release coincides with the podcast hitting Product Hunt, the leading community where people rate new products and ideas. Would appreciate your support and feedback! If you want more from Publicis Sapient I spoke to Rhiana's colleague Jack Stevens a few months back. Jack spoke frankly of some of the mental health challenges of working under lockdown. Contact Rhiana If you want to catch up with Rhiana, you can reach her on LinkedIn or Rhiana's Medium page

Optimal Business Daily
253: The Psychology of Notifications: How to Send Triggers that Work by Nir Eyal & Ximena Vengoechea with Nir And Far

Optimal Business Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 8:39


Nir Eyal & Ximena Vengoechea elaborate on the psychology of notifications. Episode 253: The Psychology of Notifications: How to Send Triggers that Work by Nir Eyal & Ximena Vengoechea with Nir And Far Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir's writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn). Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University. The original post is located here: https://www.nirandfar.com/2015/03/notifications-that-work.html With Netgear Business Solutions, you get the very best WiFi performance to keep you connected whether you're in the office, working from home, or on the go. Visit Netgear.com/business and use code OPTIMAL10 at checkout to save 10%! Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts and join our online community: OLDPodcast.com/group Interested in advertising on the show? Visit https://www.advertisecast.com/OptimalStartUpDaily --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-startup-daily/support

Optimal Business Daily
233: Growth Hacking Word of Mouth by Ryan Hoover of RyanHoover.me on Viral Success & Influencer Marketing

Optimal Business Daily

Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 11:33


Ryan Hoover talks about growth hacking word of mouth marketing. Episode 233: Growth Hacking Word of Mouth by Ryan Hoover of RyanHoover.me on Viral Success & Influencer Marketing Ryan Hoover, the founder of Product Hunt, is a product guy with a passion for startups, product design, and personal growth. He also created Startup Edition, worked as an EIR at Tradecraft, and was the Director of Product at PlayHaven. He's a contributing writer to Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal. Additionally, he has written over 150 essays, many of which are featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, Pando, Fast Company, and The Next Web. The original post is located here: https://medium.com/on-startups/growth-hacking-word-of-mouth-4702465b34b6 With Netgear Business Solutions, you get the very best WiFi performance to keep you connected whether you're in the office, working from home, or on the go. Visit Netgear.com/business and use code OPTIMAL10 at checkout to save 10%! Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts and join our online community: OLDPodcast.com/group Interested in advertising on the show? Visit https://www.advertisecast.com/OptimalStartUpDaily --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-startup-daily/support

Optimal Business Daily
232: Framing Reward is as Important as Reward Itself by Nir Eyal & Sam McNerney on Tools to Create Habits

Optimal Business Daily

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 8:35


Nir Eyal & Sam McNerney talk about how framing reward is as important as reward itself. Episode 232: Framing Reward is as Important as Reward Itself by Nir Eyal & Sam McNerney on Tools to Create Habits Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn). Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University. The original post is located here: https://www.nirandfar.com/framing/ With Netgear Business Solutions, you get the very best WiFi performance to keep you connected whether you're in the office, working from home, or on the go. Visit Netgear.com/business and use code OPTIMAL10 at checkout to save 10%! Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts and join our online community: OLDPodcast.com/group Interested in advertising on the show? Visit https://www.advertisecast.com/OptimalStartUpDaily --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-startup-daily/support

The Authority Project
Marketing to Millennials with Interactive Content w/Dr. Saksham

The Authority Project

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 22:59


How's your millennial marketing game going these days? Are you trying to market to millennials and getting less than stellar results? Do you want to see how to draw more millennials to your products and services faster? Well then you're probably wondering if I have a guy who can show us a proven method to get your millennial audience to respond? Well, I got a guy and his name is Saksham Sharda and he's coming to the virtual stage to show you his method of marketing to millennials. You'll discover: ~How to use interactive content to bring attention to your personal brand ~How to attract millennials with a fun hands off approach ~How to grab your ideal audience with the content that filters the people you want to serve. Don't miss this event if you're on STUCK with attracting that millennial audience and want to change that pronto! Saksham Sharda is the CIO at Outgrow.co. He specialises in marketing and web development. Particularly in data collection, analysis, filtering, and transfer by the means of widgets, applets and dynamic content. Interactive, cultural, and trending widgets designed by him have been featured on TrendHunter, Flipboard, Alibaba, ProductHunt, New York Marketing Association, TechCrunch, HackerNews, Berlin Marketing Association, Digimarcon Silicon Valley, and at The European Affiliate Summit. He is also the host of the Marketer of the Month Podcast which has featured guests ranging from the co-founders of Wikipedia, Tech Unicorn CXOs, and Pulitzer Prize winners. https://outgrow.co/authority ______________________________ The Authority Project is a Livestream/Podcast digital marketing show that helps thought leaders, coaches, & consultants build authority in their niche. We talk to guests on each show who speak on how they've built authority in their businesses and how you can mimic their success. Learn how to develop authority, build your audience and attract better clients to your business. Tune in on audio or livestream M-W-F & bring your questions! Join our community: ThoughtLeadersImpactGroup.com

Creative Elements
BONUS: Behind the scenes of Creative Elements and my creative career (Everything Is Marketing)

Creative Elements

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 100:29


I wanted to share a little bit of a different episode with you this week. Back in episode #49 of this show, I spoke with Corey Haines, the creator of Swipe Files. Corey and I spent the majority of that episode talking about his approach to Product Hunt, and so we didn’t dive as deeply into Swipe Files as we probably should have. But a big part of Swipe Files is Corey’s podcast, Everything Is Marketing. And in April, Corey interviewed me for that show. He caught me at a really interesting time. And Corey got me talking about a few things that I’ve never talked about on any other podcast before, including: The step by step process of developing Creative Elements My secret plans of writing a book while I'm building this podcast How I stair-stepped my way from selling services to selling digital products And the number of random, lucky breaks that I grabbed ahold of over the years We cover a lot of ground, and this really goes behind the curtain of both how I make this show and my own creative career up to this point. Listen to my interview with Corey Full transcript and show notes *** LISTENER SUPPORT Join our community on Facebook Follow me on Twitter / Instagraam Support this show through Buy Me A Coffee. *** SPONSORS Try Podia and save 15% for life as a Creative Elements listener Start your free trial of SavvyCal and get your first month free using promo code ELEMENTS Get a free month of Blinkst Premium *** PODGLOMERATE NETWORK This show is a part of the Podglomerate network, a company that produces, distributes, and monetizes podcasts. We encourage you to visit the website and sign up for our newsletter for more information about our shows, launches, and events. For more information on how The Podglomerate treats data, please see our Privacy Policy.  Since you're listening to Creative Elements, we'd like to suggest you also try other Podglomerate shows surrounding entrepreneurship, business, and careers like Rocketship.fm and Freelance to Founder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Success Through Failure with Jim Harshaw Jr | Goal Setting, Habits, Mindset and Motivation for  Sports, Business and Life
#299 Becoming Indistractable: Nir Eyal on Mastering Focus, Habits, and Productivity

Success Through Failure with Jim Harshaw Jr | Goal Setting, Habits, Mindset and Motivation for Sports, Business and Life

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 47:30


Action Plan: https://jimharshawjr.com/ACTION Free Clarity Call: https://jimharshawjr.com/APPLY   Be inDISTRACTable! Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. Nir previously taught as a Lecturer in Marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Nir co-founded and sold two tech companies in 2003 and was dubbed by The M.I.T. Technology Review as, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” He is the author of two bestselling books, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. Indistractable received critical acclaim, being named one of the Best Business and Leadership Books of the Year by Amazon and one of the Best Personal Development Books of the Year by Audible. The Globe and Mail called Indistractable, “the best business book of 2019.” In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, Time Magazine, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include Eventbrite (NYSE:EB), Anchor.fm (acquired by Spotify), Kahoot! (KAHOOT-ME.OL), Canva, Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn), Product Hunt, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Byte Foods, FocusMate, Shadow, Dynamicare, Wise App, and Cutback Coach. Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.   If you don’t have time to listen to the entire episode or if you hear something that you like but don’t have time to write it down, be sure to grab your free copy of the Action Plan from this episode—as well as get access to action plans from EVERY episode—at http://www.JimHarshawJr.com/Action.  

Invest Like the Best
Josh Buckley - Identifying Legendary Start-ups - [Invest Like the Best, EP. 223]

Invest Like the Best

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 59:30


My guest today is Josh Buckley. Josh is the new CEO of Product Hunt and an investor in many breakout companies like Rippling, Lattice, Boom Supersonic, and Relativity Space. In our conversation, we cover how video game companies are at the forefront of new business models, what current companies can learn from video game companies, Josh’s investing philosophy, and the three things he looks for when trying to identify the next legendary startup. Josh’s long experience operating his video game business, Mino Games, gives him such an interesting perspective as an investor, and I really enjoyed exploring that with him. Please enjoy my conversation with Josh Buckley.   For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content, check out the episode page here. ------ This episode is brought to you by Canalyst. Canalyst is the leading destination for public company data and analysis. If you've been scrambling to keep up with the deluge of IPOs and SPACs these days, Canalyst has models on Coinbase, Roblox, Qualtrics, and everything in between. Learn more and try Canalyst for yourself at canalyst.com/patrick. ------ This episode is brought to you by Tegus. Tegus has built the most extensive primary information platform available for investors.   With Tegus, you can learn everything you’d want to know about a company in an on-demand digital platform. Investors share their expert calls, allowing others to instantly access more than 10,000 calls on Affirm, Teladoc, Roblox, or almost any company of interest. All you have to do is log in. Visit tegus.co/patrick to learn more. ------   Invest Like the Best is a property of Colossus, Inc. For more episodes of Invest Like the Best, visit joincolossus.com/episodes.    Stay up to date on all our podcasts by signing up to Colossus Weekly, our quick dive every Sunday highlighting the top business and investing concepts from our podcasts and the best of what we read that week. Sign up here.   Follow us on Twitter: @patrick_oshag | @JoinColossus   Show Notes [00:03:56] - [First question] - His start as an entrepreneur in online game [00:05:09] - His parent's reaction to selling his first company at fifteen [00:05:57] - Starting a second video game company  [00:07:40] - The video game industry being ahead of the curve in performance marketing, distribution, and operations [00:08:49] - Notable two year lag between gaming innovation and other consumer sectors [00:10:50] - What is happening today in gaming that may be a glimpse into the future [00:12:41] - Key elements for creating a great gaming experience [00:15:29] - Building a meta game on top of the game itself to maximize engagement [00:17:23] - Monetizing free to play games through in-game purchases [00:20:25] - The most portable idea from fifteen years in gaming that can be applied to business [00:22:02] - A future shift towards usage-based pricing models [00:23:03] - His overall investment philosophy and strategy [00:26:45] - Example of small a market with a high growth rate [00:27:38] - Key elements of system elements and design when evaluating a business [00:31:07] - What a flywheel looks like and investing in one such as  Next Health  [00:33:24] - Working core actions versus giving credit ones that aren’t yet working but may drive desirable outcomes [00:34:13] - Why don’t more investing firms have a flywheel? [00:39:04] - Product Hunt as a standalone business and part of a self-reinforcing ecosystem [00:40:17] - Emerging systems and ecosystem edges in the digital landscape [00:42:17] - Potential barriers for crypto becoming widely adopted in a variety of ways [00:44:29] - New frontiers and platform shifts like crypto that may unlock new doors for companies [00:45:13] - Which person has rewired his brain in his lifetime the most [00:47:13] - Weirdness around Stripe and Plaid when he first encountered them [00:48:37] - Meta games people in the industry are playing or should be playing [00:51:25] - Controversial ideas around the business world today writ large  [00:54:01] - Implications of shifting primarily towards a digital world [00:54:14] - The kindest thing anyone has ever done for him