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Entreprogrammers Podcast

Entreprogrammers is the podcast for developers that are striking out on their own! Join John Sonmez, Josh Earl and Derick Bailey and be a fly on the wall as they talk about everything that they are going through - the ups and downs, the highlights and depressing lows. Nothing is spared in this no-holds-barred look at what it really takes for 3 developers to engage in entrepreneurial activities!
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Aug 23, 2016

Episode 130 “Troglodytes”

2:00

We’re live! No Derick today. Derick is conducting his webinar. John talks about being late because of  being sucked into a Youtube comment.  

8:00

EntreProgrammers continue to talk about the distortions in reality. John talks about taking the reality punch when meeting with the mastermind. 

13:30

Josh asks about Chuck’s question on the up coming conference projects. Chuck talks about using Member Press for ticket sales. Josh mentions a feature called Events in Drip. 

18:00

Josh mention way to keep audience warm for the tickets sales. Josh says to target last years audience with an email. Josh recommends broadcast to Chuck.  Josh talks about forgetting to publish a draft. 

25:00

Josh says lesson learned is not to get too tricky with your automation first time through. Do it the simplest way possible. 

27:00

Chuck is trying to decide if he should do and Early Bird pricing like last year. He mention to really needing to do an early bird ticket sale. Josh and Chuck see not real issue in doing an early bird, depending on the price difference. 

31:00

Chuck mentions doing the early bird to create urgency and doing a double launch. 

38:00

Chuck thinks that Java Script, Angular and React are going to do best for this year. Chuck talks about the scheduling of the conferences for the best sales. 

42:00

Josh talks about selling 30 seats for his upcoming webinar. Josh mention that he could possible get some help with at email for Bob Bly. This could help get more on his email list. 

49:00

Josh talks about people reaching out the him and John for content to add to a passive income bundle from Azat. 

50:00

The EntreProgrammers talks about seeing familiar name from hyper responders on their emailing list, as they sign-up or opt-in to products, programs, or services. 

54:00

John talks about how his Surface Pro is running hot, and never using the tablet feature or disconnecting it.  Chuck talks about his iPad Pro and how appealing it is as a tablet. Josh says he is over using a tablet. 

58:00

Chuck talks about his long journey with his Mac, but is thinking about switching about to Window or Linux. John mention he would not go to Linux.  Josh talks about the trouble he had when he first move to a Mac. 

1:08:00

John talks about the changes between Mac and Windows, and the conflict with touch screen. John talks about the possible future of computing, like the Hololens. 

1:12:00

Chuck ask about how to fit exercise into the his schedule. Josh talks about this routine for exercise and daily habit he built-in to his work day. 

1:16:00

John shares that he runs an hour and half as a standing appointment everyday. John suggests starting the day with the most brain intensive activity, because your attention wears down. 

1:24:00

Josh talks about the creating deficit in caloric intake, and creating overhead in the exercise daily. John talks about changing your location to make changes, like a boot camp situation.  

1:30:00

John mention that he is still not back to where he left off in weight, before he went to China. Josh mention that he sign up for SumoCon in Austin TX. Josh shares more on the “How To Market Yourself” email course.  Josh talks about the differences this course will make for those who are interested. 

1:45:00

Chuck asks about the notification in Thrives and patches to correct and issue. John mentions that Youtube subscribers are jumping and growing to 35,000 subscribers. John talks about a controversial thumbnail on one of his Simple Programmer videos. Video

1:50:00

The EntreProgrammers talk about controversial topics on race and how people talk about different cultures on nationalities

Thoughts of the Week!

John - Troglodytes

Chuck - Focus on one priority a day

Josh - When you push yourself consistently for awhile, you redefine what your capable of doing.

 

Aug 18, 2016

“To Busy To Shave”

2:00

We’re Live! Derick’s room lighting looks different. Derick shares his new lighting setup and new camera. New tools for new projects? 

4:50

Josh shares that he just recently ended his experiment with home automation. Its a train wreck and more trouble than its worth.

7:00

Derick talks about getting addicted to playing No Man’s Sky video game. Listen to Derick geek out on this game. 

14:00

John talks about feeling like he wanted to shut it all down.. Talk him off the ledge people. John shares that he wants to expand out and move on more automation and new projects. Josh says to try acting. 

18:00

Josh talks about how comments on the Simple Programmer YouTube channel, 100s of people say John looks like Matthew McConaughey. John says he had be mistaken for Jeff Goldblum. 

22:00

John shared that he was on The Faster Than Normal Podcast, an ADHD topic podcast. John talk abut his encounter with the Host of the FTN Podcast and their discussion topic on ADHD. 

26:00

Chuck says he started setting up the automation of his business and setting up his Calenldy accounts. Chuck asks about “Gravity Forms.” Josh talks about using A WordPress content feature. 

32:00

Chuck mentions that if he automates the conferences, he will not have any work of Mandy to do, and may not need her help. Chuck mention that he is working to automate the projects. John says that Chuck needs to document the process of the jobs, so the automation part is easier to implement. 

39:00

Chuck talks about the change up of topics on Ruby Rouges, and how it is less about tech. Chuck mentions that Ruby is use as a stable system to build stuff. 

45:00

John says that Chuck needs a Python show.  Chuck shares the rough stats of the podcasts show on his Dev Chat network. 

53:00

Chuck is trying figure out how to be a better person and rid his bad habits. “Its Just stuff”

55:00

John gives us an update of his book, Soft Skills, and its sales in China. Currently, his new book is developing or being written. EntreProgrammers discuss the possible topics to write in the book with John. 

1:05:00

Josh talks about the road map he wanted to see as he was up an coming as a programmer. Josh thinks that the goal is that these areas exist for developers. Chuck talks about how this book is the difference between learning to get a job and source control. 

1:15:00

John say this book is his “magnum opus”. John says he has several chapters to complete before it is done. 

1:18:00

John says to book will be done way before the blog posts are ready to go. Chuck mention he might steal this tactic. 

1:25:00

John talks about getting off track on his diet plan, but he shares a tactic to get back on track.  Not Shaving. John is doing some extreme fasting and exercise at the same time.  John is going to pound some pickle juice? The EntreProgrammers talks about their diet and exercise plans. 

1:32:00

Johns says the difference between anorexia and body builders is muscle. Josh talks about promoting a product, and is trying to make a $1000 total. Josh is hiring a coach to get his project done.    

1:42:00

John and Josh talk about how to create a product for Josh to sale. John says that Josh needs to learn to make Youtube videos, because he is going to be the Simple Programmer guy. Josh mentions he is struggling with create the product. 

1:45:00

Josh is talking about an October release for his new product. Josh says that webinar has been getting traction. Josh says that the new email for “How to Market Yourself” is out and he is waiting for the product to pickup sales.  

Thoughts of the Week

John - Have systems in place to remind you of what you want to become.

Josh - Hire a personal trainer.. 

Derick - Accountability is important….  

Chuck - Changing one thing to make a difference.

Aug 9, 2016

“Sticker Cheap…”

2:00

John mentions trying to connect to the internet last week. John talk about his experiences in China. John talks about his trip or tours of China. John talks about the language barrier and the difficulties of communication during the trip. 

7:30

John talks about the difference between Europe and China, and language barriers. John talks about the complexities of communication in China. 

9:36

John thinks that China will rapidly surpass the US. in world power and growth in technology.  John talks about how their economics are based on entrepreneurship rather than conventional jobs.  

11:59 

John talk about how his book was #1 on amazon in China, and possibly translating Simply Programmer into Chinese. 

15:00

John talks about gaining 10 t0 15lbs because he could not do any exercise. Panda Express everyday. John mentions that KCF is very popular in China. KFC everywhere!n John talks about the similarities in food to American from China.  

20:00

Josh ask about the  safety in China. John says it was very safe and the evenings were busy.  John talks about the different cultures all over China. John share the dinning rituals in China and the different cultural practices. John shares the cheap prices of food. 

35:00

John talks about the cost of living in parts of China. 

36:00

Josh talks about the week he did not have John around. Josh shares that he did has been lightening up his workload. Josh share his work for the week while John was out on vacation to China. 

43:00

Josh share some of his interest on the upcoming webinars his is doing.  Josh share his ideas for his webinar. 

48:00

John asks Josh if he read the 10X Rule book. Josh talks about having a great month at Simple Programmer. Josh shares some numbers. 

58:00

Josh and John talk about the Patreon project and fund. Josh talks about losing people on a course and possible ways to try to rebound numbers. 

1:01:00

Chuck asks if the majority of sales come from product sales for Simple Programmer. Josh explains the multiple streams of income Simple Programmers is generating. John talks about the upcoming ideas for the new book sales and bundle type ideas. 

1:11:00

Josh talks about actually taking a break and down consistent production over time. 

1:15:00

Josh shares that he has been losing weight along with John and working out on consistent basis. Josh shares his workout plans. 

1:21:00

John talks about the prescriptive workout. Chuck talks about getting back for training for boycott leaders. Chuck hires Podcast Motor for audio editing for some of Dev Chat Tv’s podcasts. Chuck spill the beans to Mandy about changing up the editing for the podcasts. 

1:28:00

Chuck is working on automating stuff for his business. Chuck shares his ideas for working with Podcast Motor. 

1:36:00

Chuck mention that his next sprint is working on the conferences are transferring work for podcast to Podcast Motor. 

1:44:00

John talks about the 80 20 rule and having built up a revenue channel. Josh talks ways Chuck can promote his project.  Josh talks about being ask to teach a class or course. 

1:50:00

John shares his he experience with the traveling and international date line.

Thoughts for the Week

John - Take a realistic assessment of where you are, and that is where you are. 

Chuck - Sometime you have to make those tuff decisions. 

Josh - What would this look like if it were easy.

Jul 26, 2016

Episode 127 “Turn Your Head and Cough”

2:00

No John today! John is lost behind the Great Firewall of China.  Chuck and Josh are going to be gone next week. So no EntreProgrammers next week.  EntreProgrmamers discuss their encounters with playing Pokemon with their children. Chuck mentions that this is a great way to connect with his kids and to spend time with them. 

10:00

Chuck talks able automating stuff and working on scheduling podcasts tasks. Chuck talks about finishing up the press kits for sponsorships. Derick spots lego collector items in Chuck’s office. Derick shares he likes build legos, even without the kiddos. 

18:00

Chuck talks about the different format of the sponsorships on his podcasts. Chuck explains the exposures numbers, mid roll format that will be available for those who want to buy spots.   

23:00

Josh asks about how Chuck is working wth hired.com. Chuck mentions that he is using pretty links. Derick mentions that Chuck should be able to use the Pretty Links as he described. 

27:00

Chuck mention that he is going to be moving over to Blubrry for more stats on his podcasts. Derick ask if people really do use the RSS feed for notification on podcasts. 

32:00

Josh mentions he is going to be cutting off Meet Edgar to save on expenses. Josh mentions that he could save 600 dollars after dropping Edgar, among other useless tools. Josh mentions to look at your analytics to see if interaction is there before you stop using tools. 

37:00

Derick talks about the official Twitter cards plugin, and  how it is helpful. Josh shares engagement and impression numbers for tweets.  Josh talks about is issues with his tweets. 

43:00

Josh talks about the changes that will go into effect soon with tweeting and boosting of tweets. Josh mentions that because of this Edgar is not useful to him anymore. 

47:00

Derick ask about Josh’s interaction on Twitter. Josh mention he may not be active enough. Josh mentions that he may have lock down a sponsor for Simple Programmer. Josh said he is excited because this may get him to milestone one. 

52:00

Josh says that he is cleaning up old Simple Programmer stuff. He is have Aaron go through tasks for Josh. Josh loves delegating. Josh mention because of this he was able to crank away at more important task.   Josh talks about his struggle with building out his product, because he does not have the system down yet. 

56:00

Chuck says that his resistants are getting started and having focus to finish the project. Josh mentions that he may have to announce publicly a least date to help him get things on track and done. 

1:00:00

Derick has an relaunch planned  to go out to him email list to target new traffic. Derick talks about his first experience with launching, verses with all the working put into this round of launch prep. Derick is frustrated with having to put more working than anticipated. 

1:12:00

Josh ask what is going on with Derick’s pop-up, as far as numbers and stats. Derick says he has nothing else to do, but to take care of these backend issues. 

1:20:00

Derick talks about losing subscribers. Josh thinks that when Derick does a big push, he gets his numbers back up.  Josh asks what or when he could do another push to bring in more customers. Derick says that his plugin may need custom code to make things work. 

1:25:00

Chuck talks about maybe getting Dev Chat TV redesigned, Chuck talks about how this will take time and money to get this done. Josh ask if this is worth the time and money, and will accomplish a specific goal for his products, program, and services. 

1:29:00

Chuck urges Derick to look at other system to help with the membership programs. Derick mentions the the API on Restrict Content Pro has great features for developers. Chuck describes what system he is using and how that does similar feature to Restrict Content Pro. 

1:37:00

Derick mentions that the bundle sales are declining as well. Josh asks what does he need, and if they could reverse engineer a plan to help the situation. Josh talks about ways Derick could do a discount on his products to increase the sales for a short time.   

1:48:00

Derick says that he continuously tries things that are suppose to work, but are not. Derick is not sure what to do as far as marketing. Derick says that firing all his editor will solve that money issue, but that means tons more work for him. 

1:56:00

Derick talks about how he is 10 grand in credit card debt and needs to pay into his retirement plan. 

2:00:00

Josh mentions that Derick should do a one month pricing plan that is only to a small part of his list. 

Jul 26, 2016

Episode 127 “Turn Your Head and Cough”

2:00

No John today! John is lost behind the Great Firewall of China.  Chuck and Josh are going to be gone next week. So no EntreProgrammers next week.  EntreProgrmamers discuss their encounters with playing Pokemon with their children. Chuck mentions that this is a great way to connect with his kids and to spend time with them. 

10:00

Chuck talks able automating stuff and working on scheduling podcasts tasks. Chuck talks about finishing up the press kits for sponsorships. Derick spots lego collector items in Chuck’s office. Derick shares he likes build legos, even without the kiddos. 

18:00

Chuck talks about the different format of the sponsorships on his podcasts. Chuck explains the exposures numbers, mid roll format that will be available for those who want to buy spots.   

23:00

Josh asks about how Chuck is working wth hired.com. Chuck mentions that he is using pretty links. Derick mentions that Chuck should be able to use the Pretty Links as he described. 

27:00

Chuck mention that he is going to be moving over to Blubrry for more stats on his podcasts. Derick ask if people really do use the RSS feed for notification on podcasts. 

32:00

Josh mentions he is going to be cutting off Meet Edgar to save on expenses. Josh mentions that he could save 600 dollars after dropping Edgar, among other useless tools. Josh mentions to look at your analytics to see if interaction is there before you stop using tools. 

37:00

Derick talks about the official Twitter cards plugin, and  how it is helpful. Josh shares engagement and impression numbers for tweets.  Josh talks about is issues with his tweets. 

43:00

Josh talks about the changes that will go into effect soon with tweeting and boosting of tweets. Josh mentions that because of this Edgar is not useful to him anymore. 

47:00

Derick ask about Josh’s interaction on Twitter. Josh mention he may not be active enough. Josh mentions that he may have lock down a sponsor for Simple Programmer. Josh said he is excited because this may get him to milestone one. 

52:00

Josh says that he is cleaning up old Simple Programmer stuff. He is have Aaron go through tasks for Josh. Josh loves delegating. Josh mention because of this he was able to crank away at more important task.   Josh talks about his struggle with building out his product, because he does not have the system down yet. 

56:00

Chuck says that his resistants are getting started and having focus to finish the project. Josh mentions that he may have to announce publicly a least date to help him get things on track and done. 

1:00:00

Derick has an relaunch planned  to go out to him email list to target new traffic. Derick talks about his first experience with launching, verses with all the working put into this round of launch prep. Derick is frustrated with having to put more working than anticipated. 

1:12:00

Josh ask what is going on with Derick’s pop-up, as far as numbers and stats. Derick says he has nothing else to do, but to take care of these backend issues. 

1:20:00

Derick talks about losing subscribers. Josh thinks that when Derick does a big push, he gets his numbers back up.  Josh asks what or when he could do another push to bring in more customers. Derick says that his plugin may need custom code to make things work. 

1:25:00

Chuck talks about maybe getting Dev Chat TV redesigned, Chuck talks about how this will take time and money to get this done. Josh ask if this is worth the time and money, and will accomplish a specific goal for his products, program, and services. 

1:29:00

Chuck urges Derick to look at other system to help with the membership programs. Derick mentions the the API on Restrict Content Pro has great features for developers. Chuck describes what system he is using and how that does similar feature to Restrict Content Pro. 

1:37:00

Derick mentions that the bundle sales are declining as well. Josh asks what does he need, and if they could reverse engineer a plan to help the situation. Josh talks about ways Derick could do a discount on his products to increase the sales for a short time.   

1:48:00

Derick says that he continuously tries things that are suppose to work, but are not. Derick is not sure what to do as far as marketing. Derick says that firing all his editor will solve that money issue, but that means tons more work for him. 

1:56:00

Derick talks about how he is 10 grand in credit card debt and needs to pay into his retirement plan. 

2:00:00

Josh mentions that Derick should do a one month pricing plan that is only to a small part of his list. 

Jul 20, 2016

Episode 126 “Relaunch?”

2:00

John talks about taking only a Chrome Book to China with VPN configuration to use internet. John is going to be in Beijing and other parts of China for a couple of weeks. John talks about doing an hour and half Keynote during his recent talk.

10:00

Josh talks about working with Aaron who is helping Simple Programmer with blog posts, embedded material, and code.

15:00

Josh talks about using certain settings in Drip that have to do with marking strategies and email material. Josh talks about not having any meetings for weeks or a month, and having to redo his accounts and move money around to make paychecks happen.

20:00

Derick shares that everything possible has happen with week and is working with Mark. Derick talks about doing his second webinar with Scott Harrison. Derick mentions having an incredible discussion on the webinar, but had very low attendee numbers.

27:00

Derick talks about possibly reediting video content for new projects. Derick talks about doing a noise removal and compression on the audio to improve the quality of the audio for new publishing.

30:00

Derick talks about mentioning John and Simple Programmer in a new Youtube video. But John’s name was misspelt. Derick talks about be called Daxter for two years and not ever fixing the problem before the person found out on his own. 

37:00

Derick talks about and email he wrote about  being in a Spanish class, comparing learning how to write in a new language or programming code. Derick shares that he is doing a 500 dollar retainer with Mark and arranging the partnership. Mark is going to be doing marketing work for Derick digital products.

40:00

The EntreProgrammers talk about sharing  lawyers and preparing the documents for partnership. Derick mentions that most law offices don't know much about online business. Josh mentions how each of the mastermind members are doing a lot of hiring.

49:00

Josh talk about hiring for a designer, and using particular job title heading to weed-out a larger portion of people who are not qualified. Josh talks about giving extensions and firing on the spot.  Josh and John discuss hiring people for particular jobs for Simple Programmer.

56:00

John talks about chatting with people in Las Vegas and trying get some interesting stories. John talks about learning about a cab driver who needs to learn soft-skills in order to get a programming job.

1:04:00

Josh asks that he needed help with some marketing strategy or delivering end to end value information. Derick talks about how to create an avatar for their market. The EntreProgrammers discuss Josh’s email/copywriting course.

1:18:00

Derick and Josh talks about how to structure the email course and how to come up a great avatar. Josh talks about taking a personality type test similar to the Myers Briggs tests.

1:29:00

Josh ask how many people would buy the course even if they don't have a product to sale. Josh is planing to do 2000 words of text for each module. The video with be him sharing his screen and talking. Josh this he can sell the product for 97 dollars each.

1:40:00

The EntreProgarmmers discuss the learning how relaunch their product and improving that business sales.  Josh talks about maybe relaunching the How To Market Yourself course, and updating material. John think is makes more sense to create an Entrepreneurial course, rather than do a relaunch of How To Market Yourself.

1:46:00

John think that having more product is better for those who join your emailing list, and are more likely to purchase. John would like to expand the product line and product 2-3 products a year.

1:53:00

Derick thinks a proper relaunch of RabbitMQ could be helpful and reaching new customers and furthering his reach with his RabbitMQ bundle. And an interesting conversation about education level and success as an entrepreneur.

Thoughts of the Week

John - There is a different between being in a hurry. Being in a hurry is never good.

Derick - Deliver end to end value with each iteration.

Josh - Eliminating things is painful.

Jul 12, 2016

Episode 125  “China, Firing, and Burning The Boats”

2:00

We’re live! Chuck talks about his chat with Mandy. Chuck shares that he is moving to a fixed price for work on his podcasts. Chuck mentions that he tried to negotiate getting the podcast editing down to a lower cost, but no success. However, moving this to another team may save a ton of money in the long run.

10:00

John thinks that Chuck should replace Mandy entirely and not feel guilty about it. Chuck mentioned that he had never looked at editing prices before. 

14:00

The EntreProgrammers talk about value base pricing and raising rates as a freelancer. Josh mentions that your quality of work has to be 10X if your are in to commodity base pricing.

21:00

Chuck mentions that these are real people in his business and he still cares about them. But the process and cost no longer fit with his business. 

23:00

Chuck talks about Podcast Movement 2016 in Chicago and the amazing people his got to meet. Chuck mentions learning about using video on SnapChat, Periscope, and YouTube Live,  as apart of creating a bigger network for podcasts. 

29:00

Josh talks about how tools are abandon as soon as marketers figure out other effective ways. Chuck has an idea to manually tag the episodes on his network and put them into Meet Edgar. 

33:00

Chuck talks about learning tons at the Podcast Movement, especially building more networks on social media such as Facebook groups. Chuck talks about the inner working of a prerecord webinar and how to use it to get audience in conflicting time zones. 

40:00

Chuck shares a trick of handing out playing cards with his information, rather then business cards. 

43:00

Josh ask Derick about his collaboration with Mark. Derick shares is plans on the marketing strategy with Mark. Josh gives some suggestions to Derick. 

54:00

Chuck ask how he found someone like Mark, to help him with marketing, copy writing, and emails. Derick mentions it was waiting on fate on drop him in your lap. Josh mentions that it is hard to find someone in the US who knows what they are doing for copywriting.

1:03:00 

Derick suggests rev.com for transactions. The EntreProgrammers discuss when they create content, and how to focus intently to get things finished. 

1:11:00

Josh shares trying to get through projects and stripping his gears. Josh talks about adopting a formate similar to Johns real estate video project. 

1:18:00

John talks about TSA pre-check, and how it is worth the time.   John talks about getting ready to go to China. 

1:22:00

Josh talks about holding down the fort while John is off to China. Derick share his new subscriber numbers.   

1:25:00 

Josh and John talk about spending tons of money on business expenses. Josh shares that in Google analytics he learn to tag people. 

1:33:00

EntrePrograrmmers discuss how webinars are conducted and the future of building a business using webinars.   

1:38:00

John says he is a 68,000 words on his new book. John thinks his book might be delivered in two volumes.  John shares the new logo design is complete, and no backlash on the change up. 

1:46:00

Chuck mentions that he may do a Dev Chat TV redesign. John says to bring back flash. Josh shares some information on a Google analytics measurement on bounce rate.

1:52:00

Chuck ask how to get people to click on the link of the pick on his podcast pages. Josh suggests the subscribers should signup for email to see the picks. 

1:55:00

John suggest using landing pages to the best picks. Josh says it is not selfish to ask for emails. 

1:59:00

John talks about dropping to 8% body fat and gain 2 pounds. 

Thoughts of the Week

John -  Don’t look that the world through the lens media portrays it…bb

Derick -  Stop starting and start finishing.     

Chuck - Commit and life your life. 

Josh - Burn the boats

Jul 5, 2016

Episode 124 “Keep Those Huskies Mushing…”

2:00
Alright, We’re Live! No billionaires and going for over two years. John discusses a subscriber who is struggle to make his entrepreneur goals work. John has been try to understand where he is going wrong.

7:00
John talks about his presentation at the CA Code Camp, and experimenting with multiple way to get results and generate more income.

10:00
Josh talks about committing to a specific goal, but not a specific way to get there. Josh says one might blog for 2 years and still not get anywhere. John thinks charisma is major part of personal development to help support building entrepreneurship or a business.

15:00
Josh says one should practice in their area of talents. The Enterprogammers talk about diving into area they struggle in. John says that failure may be due to the lack of confidence.

20:00
Josh scares John about not hitting certain goals. John and the Entreprogarmmers talk about control, goals, and success.

31:00
John asks, when do you know you are course correcting too often? Derick asks what part of the plan did not work out for someone with two thousand videos of content.

36:00
Josh talks about pulling the plug on Sublime. John says he was not going full-bore at Sublime. The EntreProgarmmers talk about working at fast food restaurants in their earlier days.

41:00
Chuck talks about reading Procrastinate On Purpose by Rory Vaden. Chuck asks what he should do on the technical issues of podcasting with Mandy. Chuck discusses the processes that Mandy does for the podcasts. Chuck is trying to figure out exactly what she does and understand the processes of the business, but not to fire her.

50:00
John tells a story about Elon Musk working with an employee who wants a raise. John says to Chuck that his business is not growing when his employees are not providing processes and evidence of growth.

53:00
Josh talks about switching to an abundance mindset, rather then a scarcity mindset to help the business grow. Derick says he thinks that Chuck is having trust issues with his employees.

1:02:00
Chuck agrees he may have to have a difficult talk with his employee. Chuck asks when does he have this conversation with Mandy. Derick ask if his business can do without Mandy for 2 weeks.

1:13:00
John says that Chuck has to stand firm on his own plan, and if his employee don't want to follow, then they have to go.

1:15:00
Derick shares a story at a former job, about a upper level CTO who thought he was indispensable. Derick says Chuck may have to find 5 people to replace the one person, but the process with be better define.

1:28:00
John says if Chucks situation goes south quickly, then he will know that he made the right decision. Derick says all he has for this week is complaining about his business. Derick gets lectures from the mastermind on staying the course.

1:37:00
Chuck agrees with John that Derick is coming up for air to much during the process of working on the business.

1:45:00
Josh talks about potential energy, as far as capitalizing on bundles overtime rather than sooner. Derick says he has seen no evidence of profits on all the things he is trying, even when collaborating with Josh.

1:50:00
EntreProgrammers talk about hitting their revenue goals on their individual businesses. John talks about how he wants to shoot for a million dollars a year from Simple Programmer. Derick says it is hard destroying his income taking chances on trying new things for his business.

2:00:00
Josh says as long as you’re able to pay your bills, it does not matter. Derick is not sure what he is suppose to do for the business. Derick shares what videos he has to produce in order to get keep going with his business.

2:10:00
Josh is confident that Derick can get the project done by end of July to launch that new product. John suggests awaking up one hour early to work on the project. Derick says that is at 4:30am, for all of July.

Thoughts of the Week

John - There are people on the internet giving you money for something you made!

Chuck - Priority: The one thing above all things.

Derick - Priorities are the things you actually do…

Josh - The value of being over or under prepared.

Jun 28, 2016

Episode 123 “Cake and Burritos”

2:00

We’re Live! Josh is upset with Apple and hates change. EntreProgrammers discuss wireless headphones. John argues that new technology is forcing us to move forward.

11:20

Derick is impressed with the Apple Magic Track Pad. John mentions they need to start a new show doing tech reviews on their technology. 

14:30

John mentions that the Patreon was a success with 1500 pledges. John talks about how the Pateron is similar to a Kickstarter, and you need some momentum to make is work. 

20:00

Josh joking says they should open source Simple Programmer. John gives us a peak of the new Simple Programmer logo, and the runner up logos. 

27:00

John gets some mic technique instruction. Going back to tech talk for a minute. 

29:00

Derick is shares that his Watch Me Code team is growing, and working with a new video editor. Derick talks about planning work with Mark, the “marketing guy.” Derick is working on reorganizing the email content with Mark. 

35:00

The EntreProgrammers talk about linking others video content on their Youtube video channel, in order to get people hooked. Derick shares that he is a bit overwhelmed with hiring several people and working on the marketing material. 

40:00

Derick talks about helping create a workflow for his video editors, and making sure they understand how to adapted Derick’s video editing style. John talks about getting a system in place, then upping the content production. 

43:00

Josh shares how he likes to set up a  workflow with his VA. Derick wants to get to the point where he does not have to worried about the tasks that his VA doing for him. 

49:00 

Josh talks about working with VAs that are flaky or not coming through on projects. Josh shares the ideal qualities for a VA. 

53:00

John asks for feedback on a real estate course he is creating. John asks if he should be or not using the H.265 video encoding. Josh shares some news on the new Dropbox update. 

59:00

John talks about a passive income bundle which is the real estate videos he recorded in an afternoon. Josh talks about buying into John’s passive income course ideas. Josh says he is going to end up in jail because on this new real estate project. 

1:04:00

John talks about a video by JP a spiritual life coach, and having a bunch of laughs. Josh shares that he did something easy for work, that might have a big impact. Josh moves a button and is instantly a genius.  

1:13:00

Derick says that he got a new Watch Me Code customer. John suggests getting their addresses and write them a handwritten note, as a thank you.  The EntrePrgrammers talk about ways to collect their mailing address without being creepy. 

1:20:00

Josh mentions that they need to get paid for reporting bugs in DPD.  John is talking at the  California Code Camp.  John shares his new strategies for is talk, and wants to be more interactive with the audience.

1:26:00

Josh talks about platforms for webinars and his strategies for having a live event. John mentions doing a calendar invite in order to have people aware of the event. 

1:32:00

John shares more stats on his new health program. Josh is impress with his scientific findings on how fat molecules are converted into energy. John talks about still gaining muscle weight while in a calorie deficit. 

1:40:00

John talks about having some sweet goodies during this work out, diet program, and scientifically describes the process. We need a human achievable version of this workout and diet program. 

1:49:00

The EntreProgrammers discuss more diet and exercise. Josh mentions he want to try John’s diet and workout plan. John talks about the science of fasting. 

Thoughts for the Weeks

Derick - Don’t bite of more than you can chew

Josh - It’s easy to go looking for more, when you’re not using what you have. 

John - This too shall past..

Jun 21, 2016

Episode 122 “Veiny Bastard!”

2:00

We’re Live! Derick says he hired his first person on UpWork. Derick shares that he had to revamp the first posting of the job, with Josh’s help to get more people to apply for the job. 

5:00

John talks about the changes in UpWork’s contracts with their Freelancers. Josh talks about the changes in the amount of people that apply for the jobs posted, as well.  

10:00

Josh suggests to Derick to do an email blast to possibly find people in their audience, before using a freelance service to hire people. 

15:00

Derick is now going to be working with a developer/market who moved to Waco, in the same town where Derick lives.  Derick mentions a possible joint venture if things start pick up.

21:00

Derick shares his penthouse letter story with the team about a ink pen incident.  Derick shares that he found out he had a friend that had went to school with Ryan Deiss

27:40

Josh shares that he wrote some Java Script over the week, and work on their Simple Programmer stores. 

32:00

John gives an update that they hit just over a thousand dollars with people pledging of the Patreon launch. The EntreProgarmmers talk about the inner workings of the Patreon system. 

40:00

John talks about mindset and being able to overcome the societal limitations. John gives examples of the armless archer. “Figure out what it is, and use it!”

50:00

John talks about listening to Lest Brown, motivational speaker. John talks about being prepared to become whatever it is that they want at any given time. John says the people sometime don’t realize how important mindset is to the mastermind. 

57:00

John says he is doing a Simple Programmer redesign. Also some talk about tuning their children into young entrepreneurs and having them help with selling products for the business. 

1:00:00

Then EntreProgrammers talks about learning to design and taking idea from others. John shares that he is being recognize randomly by people around him.  

1:09:00

John talks about his Simple Programmer workout program, and dropped to a substantial low body fat. John talks about interviewing Dr. Testosterone, and discussing a workout program for developers. John talks about creating two different diet programmers called Simply Cut or Simple Shredded. 

1:15:00

John shares his ideas for creating a marketing program for the new Simple Programmer product. Derick thinks John should change or differentiate the names of the programs further. 

1:22:00

Josh says he will do the exercise and learn the science of the workout program. Josh gives pointers about the step by step changes one has to make throughout the training plan. 

1:30:00

Derick mentions he wants to be a guinea pig for the workout program and building good habits. Derick mentions he learns quick when he has to make drastic changes when it come to diet. Derick makes a good point about how the program will appeal to the common developer. 

1:40:00

John plans around shooting video for the exercise program after coming back from China. John, comes back talking about mindset and understanding specific results for the exercise program.

1:45:00

Chuck talks about getting back into the swing of things after a vacation in Oklahoma.  Chuck talks about hitting the newbie market, as a new product. 

1:50:00

Chuck talks about getting some ideas from another podcasters in area of sponsorship. Chuck mentions before hand, people were paying per quarter. But now he will be going to a per episode sponsorship  program.  Chuck is looking into a CRM for the quick email turnaround and sell podcast sponsorships. 

1:59:00

Chuck talks about the exposures and press kit number, to get the price of a sponsorship.

Thoughts of the Week 

Derick - Do the thing s that make you uncomfortable, or you will not grow…

Chuck -  Just get some time and turn it all off..

John - Subject yourself to that, that imposes on your life. 

Josh - You have a lot more to offer, then you realize.

Jun 14, 2016

Episode 121 “Pasty White…”

2:00

We’re Live!  Orangey John and Pasty Josh.  John talks share his sign up for a half marathon. 13.1 miles in just under 2 hours. “I just sign up yesterday!” Josh shares his knowledge on training for a marathon from his former client.

10:00

Derick talks about doing his webinar, telling a story, and missing his transition back to the topic. Derick will be posting his video to Youtube and several other videos will be free. Derick sounds like he had some success with his webinar, which then gave him more ideas for other projects. Derick mentions that only if you are registered or a member, the other supporting videos are behind the pay-wall for 250 dollars. 

16:00

Derick asks for help on creating a one-click link in Drip for a campaign he has created. Josh shares some how-tos, and other experience with campaigns. Josh shares how to do a Trigger Link. 

20:00

Josh talks about temple style or fill in the blank emails for ad copy. Derick talks about struggling with not making sales with the new subscription model. Derick asks which way to think about the issue, even if he is only getting smaller sales, verses the top tier subscriptions. John suggests a step-up offer for the subscription models. Derick says he is psychologically drained over the slow sales. 

30:00

John thinks the bundle sales are going to be great up sales in the future, and the membership are great for renewals. John suggests staying the course because the long term is what will make the revenue. Derick is asking what will have the income source in the next 4 months. Josh suggest ways to support the bundles with webinars. 

40:00

Derick talks about how the marketing aspect is the most confusing part of his business. Josh and Derick discuss the express JS project and marketing strategies. Josh says that Derick has maxed out what blogging has done for his marketing, and now he has to move on the other strategies, like webinars. 

50:00

Derick talks about how he meant a younger version of Josh, who just moved to Waco TX, where Derick lives currently. Derick ask if it is a good idea to collaborate with this young marketer/coder. Derick talks about maybe having this guy do the cataloging, and redoing previous work, and comparing. 

57:00

Derick think this is a great opportunity to work with this young coder/marketer. Derick thinks the universe drop this dude into Derick world. 

1:01:00

Josh shares that he is doing an email course on email courses… Josh says this is inspired by the Copy Hour. Josh says he is going to launch this course in September. Josh shares his ideas about build the avatar and building the lessons for his project. Josh says he is worried that he does not have enough content. 

1:11:00

John think that Josh’s project helps with acquiring referral base type projects, because this is a difficult field to break into. Josh mention doing a free webinar with a couple of guy who are doing online summits, interview professional marketers. Josh think this will help build his list for his upcoming project. 

1:18:00

John talks about the life span of things you are known for as a specialist or an authority figure. Derick thinks that Express JS is going to be the next popular code language. 

1:25:00

John shares another story about running, and getting people to do something they hate, if you have the right medal. Josh shares their product sales and conversation rate for Simple Programmer. Josh thinks they are getting people who they’ve gain trust with on this wave of sales. 

1:34:00

John talks more about that Patronage project and his plans. John talks about his Youtube and revenue. John is talking about creating more revenue with the patronage and getting rid of ads, and support from the members. 

1:42:00

Derick talks being able to getting one of his videos into JS Weekly, which up his Youtube subscribers.  John says he has moved his video production to 2 videos per day. Josh suggests to John to get the smart cells standing pad for his standing desk. 

1:47:00

John mentions he has over 20,000 words for his next book. John shares his “pomodori” techniques. John shares how to get shit done…with pomodori. John says his new book is design to grow with the book. 

1:55:00

Derick ask about how to do an email gate. Josh suggest using Thrive. John talks about an idea for collecting emails and opt-ins. John makes a great point of 3 things you should know about out-sourcing. 

Thoughts for the Week

John -  Whatever you are doing…make sure to have it scheduled if you want to be prolific. 

Derick - When is comes to your business, make sure you at least have a solid working knowledge for what you are going to out source, before you out source. 

Josh - Just because you are not committed to something, does not mean you are not committed.

Jun 7, 2016

Episode 120 “Crabs In A Bucket”

2:00

John is having some modem troubles and Derick is excited about his new couch. Derick talks about rediscovering some forgotten toys under an old couch. Derick talks about how an old subscriber had renew their subscription with Watch Me Code. Derick also share some update information on his refund plan.

7:00

EntreProgrammers discuss their refund tactics and how to go about using the trail window before getting a refund. Derick continues on about customers looking for a specific series on his Watch Me Code website. Derick talks about how feedback from his customers are giving him new ideas about products, bundles, and marketing strategies. 

11:00

Chuck mentions trying a walk through of the product for the customer. Derick talks about the community on Slack. Derick says that there are a few people joining slowly. Derick is still working on the marketing on the JS Jabber project, and is now see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

18:00

Derick talks about a story he is using for his marketing strategy. John mentions his desk is finally coming, but only in pieces. John asks for some advice for a patronage project for Simple Programmer. Josh asks what would be the cost for the patronage to get rid of ads, but provide the value without interruption from ads. 

28:00

Chuck asks if the project is worth the work involved. John talks about checking out others projects to see the possibilities. Chuck ask if John considered a membership rather then using patronage. Derick talks about how he rather have a once a month charge for the patronage. 

38:00

John talks more about his random bachelorette party encounters on his beach runs. Chuck shares that he lined up a new sponsor, and he is taking Josh’s advice on booking sponsorship base on the quarters. Chuck ask what they think about mid roll sponsorships. The EntreProgrammers talk about when they think Chuck should send out the invoice. 

47:00

Josh shares a Dan Kennedy strategy. Derick ask about a particular strategy for buying sponsorships. John makes a great point about doing a non refundable deposit, maybe a 20-30 percent deposit.  Chuck asks again about mid-roll sponsorships and getting conversions. Chuck shares a bit about the sponsorship show-clock on the podcasts. John talks about conversions on mid-roll sponsorships. 

1:00:00

Chuck talks about growing a following on podcast and emailing lists. Chuck also talks about getting his webinar stuff setup. But he needs help with the support stuff, but ask if he should have Mandy take care of that stuff.  Derick thinks this is a great opportunity for her to get experience with something new. 

1:05:00

Chuck mentions being introduce to Gale Laakmann McDowell, author of “Cracking The Coding Interview”.  Chuck is thinking that he wants to get her on-board for a webinar. Chuck talks about what Gales does and what the marketing company does for her. 

1:10:00

John ask how Chuck’s book is coming along. Chuck says he has a couple of chapters and is a rough state at this time. John mentions Chuck needs to find what appeals to Gale, because she already has great success with her book.

1:15:00

John says he has 11,000 words on his next book, and most are going to be blog posts. Josh says to watch out because his content is going to already be out before the book publishing. Derick recommends talking to a few people who have already done the blog post and self publishing. 

1:22:00

John talks about being on the up tick of the roller coaster ride of their sales. Josh explains his projects with sublime and sumo me. Josh shares more on his attempt to optimize his content and ads. John talks about the promotion with Dan Martell. Josh says he is not going to mess with SSL…

1:30:00

Chuck ask about blogging and where he should setup his blogs. Derick talks about his experience with splitting the sites up. Derick has 368 people signed for a webinar. 

1:45:00

John talks about pissing people off about ADHD on Reddit and getting a few unsubscribes.  Derick talks about limiting beliefs, and the reality of the things you can actually do. Chuck talks about what is fair and entitlement. 

Thoughts for the Week 

Derick - Stop saying I Can’t…

Chuck - Why do yo do what you do…

Josh - You don't know anything until you teach it

John - Before you say I can’t, check your effort level.

 

May 31, 2016

Episode 119 “Burn The Boats”

2:00

We’re Live! John says his office still does not have furniture. John mention he is going to China. also his book is being translated. Derick says to only drink bottled water.  John mentions that his book has exploded on Amazon Japan. 

8:30

Josh says they’ve hijack John’s book.   

10:30

Derick says he still want to punch Josh in the face. Derick shares his frustration for figuring out the marketing stuff, but instead writes code. “Holy Crap, I hate doing this…” Derick talks about may creating a teaser video for the new direction he is taking. 

14:30

Josh says least he is learning more about marketing if anything. On the positive side, he has not made any sales or subscriptions. But the individual bundle sales are picking up. Derick says he is still trying to figure out why people have not gravitated to the annual subscription sales. 

 19:00

Josh show us a stack of transcriptions. Derick talks about how the project has already taken over 40 hours. 

24:00

Josh talks about a Dan Martell project, and shares the details about his marketing strategy. But no real success. Josh mentions the list is everything are far as marketing to an audience. John mentions he has never seen an affiliate offer work. 

30:00

John talks about sharing a marketing list for commission to Josh. Josh and John talks about the time it takes and types of tasks to run a successful affiliate offer. Josh says he is never doing another affiliate offer, unless they have specific details inline.  John says that a white label strategy will work best.  

40:00

Josh talks about doing an email blast with John. Josh talks about the story behind the email of the 5 learning mistakes. Josh, again realizes his email marketing super powers. John says gaining 1500 people to your list, and have the product sales pay for itself is  a good strategy.

50:00

Josh talks able a one click video recorder Screencasstify . John share that he is pumping out tons of video.  John says that subscribers are growing, 26,000 and growing. 

55:00

Derick’s youtube channel is growing and subscribers are growing as well. As least one third the rate of John’s channel. Derick talks about repurposing some older video content. John talks about writing a new book, “The Complete Software Developer Career Guide.”  Derick mentions considering writing several smaller books. 

58:00

Derick talks about republishing a student’s content on his site, plus a screencast bundle for a “Getting Started Guide.” Derick thinks this will help him out tons. 

1:00:00

Derick mentions a new RabbitMQ blog,  coming out soon. Derick says he has several requests for an e-book and videos course. John talks about writing more, doing at least  a thousand words a day. John says he is the f”irst draft king,” with very little editing. John talks about maybe self publishing his new book, plus a kindle and audio version. 

1:08:00

Chuck talks about being a in a tight spot with paying people, because of sponsors being late on payment. Also maybe producing a webinar and a e-bok with videos. John talks about being “the squeaky wheel” and asking for payment from the sponsors. Chuck says his biggest expenses are paying Mandy and Hosting.  Derick agrees that he should bug the the sponsors about the money. 

1:17:00

John says Chuck has to change something or raise sponsorship prices in order to stay out trouble.  John says the greatest thing to do is to get to the point to where we do not to care about whats in the check book. Expenses less then Income.  Josh suggests doing the webinar before the book. 

1:23:00

Derick talks about his past process for releasing a book with pre-sales of chapters. John talks about burning the boats completely to the ground, or not doing the whole process at all. 

1:30:00

The EntreProgrammers give marketing advice to Chuck, and help plan a strategy for his webinars. John urges Chuck to put something on the schedule. “No revisions or edits”

1:39:00

Derick is just thinking poop…Derick has 320 people sign up for his webinar. EntreProgrammers talk about webinar technology and the “how tos" of conducting a webinar. 

1:49:00

Chuck ask about a specific format for a webinar. Josh gives some feedback on what he should do. Chuck talks about getting hung up on the numbers of sales on spots of the webinar. The EntreProgrammers talk about ways to market the webinar. 

1:57:00

John shares that last week he was gone because of a talk he had to do in D.C. Again, John mentions he loves doing talks without slides. July 11th, John was invite to speak again. John thinks he was under sold, he might have to raise his fees for talks. Maybe 10K on up? EntreProgrammer give feedback to John. 

2:00:00

John and the EntreProgrammers talk about and agree on 10K pre talk, until people say that it is to high. 

2:07:00

John gives an update and Diet and Exercise and possibly and new course. John has been run 7 miles and no rest days. This is a ‘willing to do whatever you can without steroids.’ John think this is going to be a good marketing point. 

2:12:00

John goes deeper into the body fat percentage and different work outs to achieve it. John starts to whisper…? “Is my wiener hanging out of my shorts..” John thinks that hitting a certain body fat percentage maybe a solid selling point for a new diet and exercise program. 

2:19:00

Derick wants to pitch Josh over the boat, and Chuck wants to do the same to Derick.

Thoughts  for the Week 

Derick - “Don’t look at the elephant just keep chewing”

Josh -  “Taste the elephant first…” 

Chuck -  “Figure stuff out and get rest…” 

John - “Small decision equal huge gains…”    

 

May 24, 2016

Episode 118 “Crapalytics”

2:00

And we’re live! Josh apparently is cracking the whip on Derick. Derick is doing the brunt work on researching for marketing and he i working on the persona or avatar for the course he is building. 

6:40

Derick mentions he has 254 plus people signed up the webinar launch. Derick hope to gain customers from the webinar. Derick is looking for a guess speaker for the webinar, so he can focus on the marketing. 

10:00

Derick says he wants to tie in the Watch Me Code projects into the webinar and continue the questions in for the products in the Slack channel. Derick mentions the webinar will be available on YouTube.

16:00

Chuck talks about how to understand an avatar for marketing purposes. Josh explains the demographics of an avatar and how to marketing to this particular type of person. 

22:00

Derick talks about how working on the marketing material such as emails are sharpening his marketing skills other areas. Like marketing for his new bundle.

26:00

Josh talks about how getting into ‘the work’ will trigger something for you to understand the actual experiences and pain points of your audience or customers. EntreProgrammers talk about the Myers Briggs Test.  Derick talks about how this help you understand your preferences and should not to be taken to seriously. 

30:00

Derick share a book he is reading by Alex Harms at: leanpub.com/littleguide. Derick shares that this will help understand empathy on a technical level. 

35:00

Josh helps Derick with the analytics for projected sales of the annual passes to Watch Me Code. Josh talks about maybe speaking with people who bought the all access pass and those who were on the fence about buying. Josh says that this would give Derick huge insight to the customers ideas about the product. 

46:00

Derick says he has to much to work on for the business and does not know where to start. Chuck talks about gaining more clarity on the project. Derick talks about working his ass off to get the marketing email right after a years worth of understanding the market. 

54:00

Derick talks about picking the right story to tell for a marketing strategy, but and things just don't fall together easily for him. Derick mentions having a difficult time figuring out what to do with the emails and creating marketing material. Derick says he has no time to create the marketing material.

1:02:00

Derick asks how he could find the balance to find customers in the next few weeks and also do research.  Josh shares what he thinks the process Derick should take for the Watch Me Code. Josh thinks that doing a webinar once a month could increase sales on the full access subscription. 

1:08:00

Chuck talks about the frustrations he has with creating his Rails Clips material, and getting overdue projects out of the way. Josh shares that Simple Programmers sales have finally picked up. 

1:12:00

Josh shares that he is doing a marketing project for Dan Martel. Josh talks about interviewing John, as he talks about failed attempts an an entrepreneur. 

1:17:00

Josh talks about doing an email via Java Code Geeks. Josh says that LeadPages has fail him again. Josh talks about writing over an thousand word email for the competition. 

1:24:00

Derick ask about the live chat system.  Josh mentions FreshDesk and Olark. EntreProgrammers discuss the types of chat system they could integrate on their sites. 

1:30:00

Josh talks about where the fall off was on the Simple Programmers Site. Derick shares that he might have to reverify that the registration page is working correctly. 

1:35:00

Chuck asks for some advice on paid traffic, and maybe using Facebook for the traffic. Josh talks a how paid traffic works and that you have to spend a lot over time for an ROI. Josh does not think it is time worry about this project. 

1:45:00

Josh says Chuck should focus on emails and growth instead. 

Thoughts of the Week

Chuck -  Keep your head above water!

 

May 17, 2016

Episode 117 “Its Just Atoms!”

2:00

We’re Live! John talks about trying to write a thousand words a day. Josh shares his daily writing strategy to get content or emails logged. Josh shares that he uses the Strides app to help him track his daily habits. John talks about going to back to the KabanFlow for daily tasks. 

9:00

Josh shares how he has reached 2 to 3 thousand words a day. Josh talks about experimenting with creating video, and how he has to plan the video ahead of time rather than creating it “on the fly.” John talks about editing verses getting comfortable with creating on the fly. Josh shows new his selfie stick for video production. 

16:00

Chuck shares his A/V gear and ideas  on how he records video. Josh and John disagree with the quality of bluetooth, in regards to Apple getting rid of headphone jack. 

19:00

Chuck talks about his experience with bluetooth headsets. John and Derick talk about offending people intentional and unintentional. Chuck mentions we need to have common sense about these situations. 

27:00

John says that mental energy expenditure is somewhat equal to physical energy expenditure. So stay off Facebook first thing in the morning. Chuck talks about feeling like crap about not meeting a goal and how that had a huge mental tax on him. 

33:00

Derick shows off is Star Trek Data t-shirt. Josh talks about making another attempt with Google AdWords. Josh talks about how Google is getting beat up by Facebook as far as marketing strategies. Josh talks about being flagged by Google again.  Josh talks about how someone reaffirmed the usage of emails contact lists and pop-ups. 

42:00

John and Josh discuss their opt-in form and formula to get their audience to buy.   John talks about the bounce rate from the home page, and those who ‘stick around’ the website. 

50:00

Here is more talk on metrics on the websites and conversion rates. John talks about trying different strategies with changing the pop-ups and using retargeting pixels. Josh talks about how Google and Facebook could ban you with the use one pop-up in this kind of situation. Josh talks about his idea on how to use retargeting pixels. 

1:00:00

Josh talks more about crossing the lines and getting banned from Google. Derick talks about changing to a standard pop-up and not talking about hating ad blockers. John talks about his dislike for display ads. 

1:09:00

Josh says display ads are the tail end of the 80/20 curve. Josh talks about how they need a particular feature in Thrive. John talks about when they could maximize on the pop-ups.   John talks about the low traffic from Hacker News and Reddit. 

1:19:00

Josh mentions their business was on fire or how sales are tanking. Josh has been doing reviews of everything trying to find a solution. Josh talks about how a perfect storm hit with five different issues happening a once. But they fixed it and turn things around, but only for a day or two. Josh is still puzzled.  Chuck talks about how he is getting and influx of traffic at Dev Chat TV. 

1:28:00

Chuck talks about failing on delivering products on several projects. Chuck shares that he may have to reimburse 2k for an undelivered project. EntreProgrammers talk about how Chuck should repay the money on move on. 

1:32:00

John talks about  how he is still waiting on the decorator to detail his home. John talks about ordering a new stand up desk with AI.

1:38:00

Derick talks about getting 3 subscribers at full price, one bundle sale, and nothing sense then. So a bit of a downturn. Derick is not exactly sure what pieces he needs to work on the turn things around. Derick says he needs one subscriber a month to make is monthly income. 

1:42:00

John suggest that Derick should go to Twitter. Derick is not sure where his sales are coming from. Josh says that foot or cold traffic is a possibility. Derick has just hired Josh to help fix the sales funnel or some issues on the sales page. Josh says he may just need a ‘guarantee’ on the check-out page. 

1:51:00

On a positive note Derick’s YouTube channel is growing.

Thoughts of the Week

John - It’s just atoms! 

Josh - The ups and downs do not go away…its apart of the game. 

Derick -  Understand yourself and take care of yourself.   

Chuck - No matter how deep in the well your are, you can still find your way out. 

May 10, 2016

Episode 116 “Lets Fight for Bacon!” 

2:00

Derick says his business is burning to the ground. Chuck mentions he has lost one of his helpers.  Chuck is cancelling React Remote Conf. and shuffling the schedules around to make things work. Chuck talks about a bunch of challenges he is facing for the week and is very tried. Chuck shares that his son is facing some issues at school. 

10:00

John talks about how this situation looks like a quadrant 2 for Chuck. John shares how he could regain bandwidth to get things taken care for his business and home.  Chuck thinks that part of the issues with his flaky help, might be because of timezones. 

15:00

Chuck says he wants to do a Founders Retreat, base off of Sherry Walling’s book. On the up side, Chuck did a meet up using an app to coordinate the meet up. John thinks that Chuck need to simplify, and focus on the main things such as the podcasts and the remote conferences. 

24:00

The EntreProgrammers discuss the things that Chuck needs to focus on and simplify.  Derick mentions that he needs to take care of himself before he can talk care of important things. 

28:00

John mentions the talk he did an Evolve. John shares the core points of his talk. John mentions that he is now going to do talks without slides. John talks about his experience at the Xamarin Evolve 2016. 

30:00

John mentions that Trump has taught them to polarize his followers. John mentions that his YouTube subscribers has reached 24,000 plus. John talks about being authentic and unfiltered to his audience. 

40:00

Derick thinks this is a dangerous path because its getting away from the main message. John talks about how you have to have an enemy of sorts, or those who tell your you can’t achieve. John shares more about the message of Simple Programmer. 

55:00

Derick makes good point about introducing nuance as you are arguing.  Chuck talks about understanding the shared vision and knowing what they are fighting for. Beating the horse to dead…

1:04:00

 Chuck makes a comparison to the diversity in the forums of his company or projects. John says screw it, I’m doing what I want to do.

1:15:00

Derick mentions that he really likes the material on Failure at Micro Conf. Success is build on failure. The EntreProgrammers continue to discuss growth upon failure.  Derick is running through the ideas he is working to get to his ultimate goal. 

1:24:00

Derick knows that even while he is scared, he is going to be able to raise the bar to a new standard for his business. 

1:27:00

Chuck leaves. Josh talks about how he may have something no one else is doing, as far as email courses. Josh says this could build a revenue machine. Josh talks about his course plans. 

1:34:00

Josh talks about doing the email for Derick’s business as a practice and test. Derick is now a certified spammer according to Drip. Derick talks about how a company that maybe joining the Watch Me Code subscription at the annual price. 

1:41:00

Derick is excited to rework the email with Josh’s help. Derick mention a possible June launch for the new project. 

1:48:00

Josh talks about modeling Dan Martell’s ideas for an email. Josh talks about his VA has disappeared on him, so he is posting a new job on UpWork. Josh says he is going to adopted the “Hire slow and fire fast,” practice. 

2:00:00

John mentions how hiring from different parts of the world, that people have a particular type of work ethic. Josh shares some analytics form Simple Programmers sales page.    

2:15:00

Josh talks about how Simple Programmers’ pop-ups change peoples lives. 

Thoughts of the Week

John - Focus on Growth

Derick  - Find the thing that you are fight for…

Josh - When stuck on something….You’re missing something you need.

May 3, 2016

Episode 115 “Pike or Pipe?”

2:00

No John today! 

4:00

Chuck mentions that he has been doing WordPress development allweek. Chuck talks about plans for sponsorships and logisticaltasks. He is going to ignore all the advice from his mastermindgroups.  Chuck talks about the decision he has made with Mandymanaging the podcasts.

13:30 

Josh thinks Chuck should have Mandy document steps just in case.Chuck says he wants to outline expectations for social media andgrowing the audience. Josh asks how he is defining his role. Chucksays has change his title to CEO and handling businessrelationships. 

19:00

Chuck says he is going to do a kickstarter in June. Chuckmentions that he is the public face of Dev Chat TV, and that is thevalue he brings to sourcing business to Mandy. Chuck is thevitamins!

27:00

Chuck ask if he should get permission to monetize on the videosfrom the conferences he holds. Josh mentions how some people chargethe same prices on videos as the price to hold theconference. 

31:00

Chuck talks about doing a Slack channel for the conferencescoming up. Derick says to do a private channel for each remoteconference.  Chuck ask if he should use the free Slack for allthese remote conferences? The EntreProgrammers talk about the tiersthat Slack offers, and how the public uses it. Chuck talks aboutprivate add-ons. 

40:00

EntreProgrammers talk about doing taxes and paying estimatequarterly taxes. EntreProgrammers discuss finances since they havea firm footing in entrepreneurship.  

53:00

Derick is about to flip the switch to annual subscriptions for$350 and drop the monthly subscription.  Derick says he isvery nervous. Derick talks about the climbing views on his Watch MeCode videos. 

1:04:00

Josh mentions that getting Youtube coaching on lead magnets.Josh ask how to get an OPML file for podcasts.  Josh talksabout the traffic to the Simple Programmer sales pages, and emailconversations. Josh says he might rewrite the emailpitch. 

1:15:00

Josh is going to do an Ultimate Podcast List, but wants somedirection. Chuck says he should give specifics on how to do it onthe iTunes app and other players. Josh says he has decided to mergehis Sublime content with Simple Programmer. He is going to givepeople a chance to opt out if they don’t want the content. Joshdoesn’t know what to do with his Sublime twitter account. Dericksays to pin it to the new location. 

1:22:00

Josh has decided to make a product about email courses.  Hemay do a kickstarter for the project, not sure yet. Josh says hewill use it as a list building tool and sell in for 97 bucks. Joshmentions the people he can interview for bonus material. This isgoing to be a pitch similar to the work he done for “The 10 Step ofHow to Market Yourself” course. Josh realize that a project likethis is a great way to grow his email list. 

1:45:00

Josh talks about being invited to a webinar with Perry M. Joshtalks about the questions for the webinar audience.  

1:50:00

Derick mentions working on Watch Me Code stuff as they wererecording the podcast. Derick talks more about the new Watch MeCode changes. Josh suggests a joint venture idea to Derick. 

Thoughts ofthe Week!

Derick - Raise your prices.

Josh - You need a unique sellingproposition

Chuck - Simplify, and what you can’t simplify,automate!

Apr 26, 2016

Episode 114 “Burn Your Business To The Ground”

2:00

EntreProgrammers are joined by Adrian Rosebrock from pyimagesearch. Derick asks Adrian how he was able to make his kickstarter campaign successful. Adrian explains what his blog and business are about. 

6:00

Adrian explains that the first two days are early signs of the success of your campaign. Adrian mentions he aimed to raise just below the full funding. Adrian shares how to get funded faster, as far as providing tons of value.  Adrian talks about reverse engineering the campaign to reach his funding goal. 

10:30

Derick ask what was the criteria and the goals. Adrian talks about the early bird backers and the different tiers pricing. 

12:25

Josh asked how the 25 dollar tier worked for the subscription. Adrian continues with a launch plan and email.

16:30

Chuck talks a bit about the past kickstarter he did, and ask if a previous semi- failed kickstarter would hurt future campaigns. Derick talk 

19:00

Derick ask about validation and pricing of the tiers. Adrian explains the tier pricing. Adrian talks about advertising and creating validation. Adrian talks about reaching out to your list and do some researching before jumping into a kickstarter campaign. 

24:00

Derick mentions he might be interested in doing a kickstarter in the near future, for additional work. Derick talks about his plans for the campaign.  Adrian shares more about tactics for validation from your audience. 

30:00

Derick shares his ideas with the e-book.  Chuck ask what Adrian’s other marketing his has done before the kickstarter. 

34:00

Chuck shares that his ebook, along with a course would make a lot of sense. This leads Chuck to thinking about doing a kickstarter campaign as well. EntreProgrammers and Adrian discuss annoying emails.

44:29

John talks about testing his confidence on the beach. Based on what people were asking about when he speaks of confidence. John talks about getting an email from an organization call women in tech.

50:00

Chuck ask about implementing video along with a kickstarter campiagn. Chuck wants to know how important this type of media is to the platform.   John talks about being authentic and loose in front of the video camera.

1:00:00

Derick mentions that he just got his Slack channel started and has a few people on the channel. Derick shared his short story to get people on the Slack channel. Derick says he is still manually getting people on Slack. Derick explains why he chose Slack for a forum type platform. 

1:09:00

Derick says he wants to some type of automated system to notify people about engagement in Slack. Derick shares his ideas on what the official cut off will be for the Slack channel.

1:15:00

Chuck talks about using MemberPress. Derick talks about killing his monthly subscription on May 1st and only go to the annual model. Derick talks about matching the value proposition, to the price, is a big job as he make the changes. 

1:23:00

John mentions that it is good that Derick has a date set for implementing all the changes. John mentions that they hit a new milestone with product sales. Over 10K! Josh talks about where the sales are coming from as far as the funnels. Josh talks about issues with paragraph space in Thrive. 

 1:30:00

John mentions that Josh’s copy is doing great for the “10 Steps Course…” Derick mentions that his evergreen funnel is still doing great for the the RabbitMQ bundle. 

1:39:00

Josh talks about his Sublime list. Derick ask why he has not sold it to Wes. Josh mentions that it is costing him 500 dollars a month to keep in running. Josh look into how many people are actually opening the sublime emails. Josh talks about maybe doing some small projects or products. 

1:46:00

John says to drop the list in the the Panko Machine to hit milestone one. EntreProgarmmers suggests that Josh should get rid of the Sublime list. Josh is not comfortable with giving the sublime list to Simple Programmer, because he thinks it’s spamming. John suggests sending an email out to tell his list that he is now a partner to Simple Programmer, so it is not spamming. 

1:58:00

Adrian agrees the that dropping the list into another campaign might get Simple Programmer black listed. Also, he should only worry about getting to the 49 percent ownership of Simple Programmer.  Josh has a lot of thinking to do about what to do with the list. 

2:07:00

Chuck talks about the Freelancer episode 150, and how he and Mandy had a conversations on air about their work contract. Chuck might now pay her a fix rate to take on more responsibility.  The Entreprogarmmers have questions about the involvement in the hiring process for projects in his business. 

2:15:00

John suggests to Chuck to start from scratch at see what he needs and does not need in his business. The EntreProgrammers talk about ways to help Chuck sort out the work responsibility with Mandy. 

Thoughts for the Week

Derick - Some times you need to get that other perspective. 

Josh - Is this something you want to be doing in five years

John -  You are never done! 

Adrian - Set traumatic life changing goals.

Apr 19, 2016

Episode 113 “Expert Sex Change Host”

2:00

Derick and Josh plan an 8 hours podcast episode since Chuck and John are out. Derick shares his expertise on gaming consoles, shelf life, and his preferences.

6:20

Josh mentions he has been working long hours on the Simple Programmer sales page with eleven thousand words in the bag. Josh thinks he can hack the content down to eight thousand words soon. 

10:00

Josh shares his strategy for writing the sales page and searching through old material for Simple Programmer. Josh goes into detail for writing the lead and the rest of the email sequence for the courses. 

14:00

Josh shared that he was home schooled, so deadlines are kind of blurred. But he is trying to make his deadline for John’s content. Josh mentions he did not have any coaching student today. 

16:00

Josh mentions he gave the tasks of getting testimonials to John and Rodrigo. Josh shares a recent testimonial for a follower of Simple Programmer. Josh says they are reacting quick with the testimonials and contacting the customers. Josh mention that they are not changing the course for How To Market Yourself course.

21:00

Derick asks how to create an email that acknowledges your audience’s pain points, but still provides value, even thought you’re digging into a wound. Josh explains starting with a strategic story. 

25:00

Josh talks about how creating emails for a blogs, means doing tons of research. Josh says to “Giveaway the what, and sell the how.” 

30:00

Josh goes into the how to’s of AdWords using the Wright Brothers as an example.  Josh talks about the past examples of John’s trials of developing and learning to play guitar. 

34:00

Derick says he has plenty of crazy stories to implement into his email sequence. Josh mentions the power of telling story as apart of marketing.  

38:00

Josh talks about how he feels when he writes as a professional. Josh mentions he feels like there is a belt tightening around his chest as he is doing work because of all the deadlines. 

41:00

Derick talks about getting the motivation to write a blog, and how he trained himself to write his blog content. Josh talks about the techniques for writing for a paper and for school. Josh and Derick agree on reaching exhaustion when writing and creating email content. 

47:00

Josh talks about switching their site to another digital ocean site with snappier website loads. Faster then CloudFlare. Josh talks about the trials of the ingratiation and updates to WordPress. Josh talks about paying for some YouTube coaching. 

54:00

Derick shares that his YouTube subscriber numbers are growth with tons of views. Derick talks about all the organizing he is doing, and trying to create landing pages, a Slack channel, and an automated way to invite new subscribers.

1:03:00

Derick is inviting his email list to create a massive Watch Me Code Slack channel. Derick shares how he is setting up his Watch Me Code Slack channel as far as things the members can and can not do. 

1:06:00

Derick talks about putting out fires with his discount code issues again. Derick talks about changing the entire marketing material on his sites, but first he wants to build the community first.

1:13:00

Derick says he want the market base around the bundles, but the all access pass allows you the extras and the community on Slack. Derick knows he may get some angry customers, but he still wants to experiment for 2 months. 

1:17:00

Josh mentions to watch out for the month of June, things get kind of weird during this month. Derick mentions that his plan is counter intuitive, but the plan looks like a successful one. 

1:20:00

Derick talks about building content for the long term, beside going into React and Redux which might have a shelf life for a couple of months. Derick mentions that RabbitMQ in on the uptick of growth, but is linear. Derick also is still selling his RabbitMQ ebook on LeanPub. 

1:28:00

Derick talks about how the EntreProgrammers convinced him to go to the subscription model, which has monthly recurring revenue. Josh makes a correlation of how the market changes, and how Derick’s subscription business might be experiencing a shift in the market as well. 

1:33:00

Derick shares a bit with the perception of value. Derick and Josh talks about buy domain names…

Thoughts of the Week!

Derick - Tell a good story! 

Josh -  Show up and be consistent.

Apr 12, 2016

Episode 112 “Derick Favored Ice Cream” 

2:00

And we’re live! Derick says he is going to raise his prices on Watch Me Code. Derick talks about getting some ideas from the guys at egghead.io. Derick wants to experiment with annual subscriptions and maybe stop the monthly subscriptions. Derick get ideas to possibly try a 6 month or quarterly type subscriptions if the annual model does not work out. 

9:00

John suggest doing an annual plan with a shorter term model. Josh asks about the turn rate. Derick says he has a 10% turn rate. Derick thinks at least half dozen people are signed up for the entire year. According to the turn rate, the annual plan makes sense for Derick subscriptions. Derick thinks this is going to change the overall message to the corporate organization who pay for their employee’s subscriptions.  

16:30

Josh suggest outlining a ‘battle plan,’ so the EntreProgrammers can help him keep on track. Derick says he wants to try this plan for 2 months, which is fair enough to lose sales for 2 months until things pickup on the new model. Derick plans to create some special video content for the on-boarding of new signups. 

23:00

John is concerned about not having a monthly plan. Chuck thinks he should have a baseline for sure. John thinks that $15 verses $50 means those who are willing to pay more are serious about the subscription. Josh suggest a lifetime subscription at $997. 

33:00

Josh says the 3-4 month customer lifetime is normal for this kind of site, and increasing that is difficult. Josh thinks  the revenue will let you know which model or models to go with. John suggests a type of community forum as apart of the new plan. Derick thinks using a Slack channel or using a Facebook group. 

41:00

Derick say he needs to go back to PayPal integration in Drip, and creating an automated system to invite people to Slack when they signup. 

47:00

John says he is into the bookkeeping or digging deep into his bookkeeping. John says he is following what his current bookkeeper is doing. John mentions he wants to switch to a cash base accounting. John thinks this will streamline the bookkeeping system. 

1:04:00

Chuck talks about the numbers in his bookkeeping. Chuck thinks he may have to ask his bookkeeper some questions. John says it is important if things are categorized to track what is making the revenue.  The EntreProgrammers talk about how to check on bookkeeping and understanding how how numbers are defined. Chuck talks about having to let go of one of his Rails developer.

1:15:00

Chuck talks about his experiment with WordPress and building out a site. Chuck mentions he got more done with his WordPress site this past week. Derick mentions that EntreProgrammers no longer have Nird as a sponsor.  

1:23:00

Derick plugs the book “Death by Meeting” by Patrick Lencioni.  The EntreProgrammers talk about their experience at Micro Conf. and being recognized by tons of fans.  

1:30:00

Derick shares a story about trying to get into the Ghost Bar with John. “What happens in Vegas gets broadcast on Youtube.”

1:38:00

John mentions doing a talk at Micro Conf., especially about 401k and real estate. Chuck ask what was one of the biggest take aways after attending Micro Conf. Chuck talks about his conversation with Kai Davis and his key take aways. Derick talks about putting names to faces  and finally meeting Rob Walling, and his takeaways for Micro Conf. John talks about not really have a list of things, but making tons of connections. Josh mentions that he is still not in the spot to where the situations apply to him at this in his business.

1:50:00

Josh thinks that the Life Style business idea is a cope out and explains why. EntreProgrammers discuss a what a competitor is on a smaller scale. John says it’s hard to create 500 dollars of passive income, but once you start creating 3000 dollars of passive income, its not hard to create 10,000 dollars thereafter. 

Thoughts for the Week

Derick -  Stop making excuses…and get your product out the door. 

John - Always face the truth.

Josh -  Get to know your customers 

Chuck -  Get comfortable being Uncomfortable….

 

Apr 5, 2016

Episode 111 “Retreat in Las Vegas”

The EntreProgrammers meet in Las Vegas for Micro Conf. 

7:00

Derick shares that he may have found a VA from Spain. Derick is setting up test projects for the hiring criteria. 

9:00

Derick talks about his ideas for doing a Periscope weekly as apart of his content. 

11:00

EntreProgrammers discuss video production for their content materials. 

17:00

John talks about the advertisements and monetization on their Youtube channel. John further talks about his Youtube strategy. 

22:00 

Chuck talks about pain points your audience is experiencing in order to get more options. Josh talks about hiring someone to help with advertising on YouTube. Josh talks about finding a clear lead magnet to help Derick’s content. 

28:00

Derick asks if he should pay someone to do the banner art for Youtube. Chuck says it would help, but since he already has art for websites he should repurpose the graphics. Derick thinks he really should use his stick figures in his videos ideas. . 

33:00

John mention VIDIQ to looking for rankings and statistics. Derick talks about curating content on his site. Josh talks about YouTube ad policies and barriers to entry. 

36:00

John talks about hiring a linux guy for Simple Programmer. John talks about how he hired 5 people to do work on the backups systems of Simple Programmer. John mentions he hired based on performance an communication, because all application were excellent. 

44:00

Chuck is talking about having Mandy manage a team. Chuck is asking if it worth making Mandy an actual employee, because of the hours she is working according to law. Chuck asks what is the criteria for building out a team. Derick makes a good point that it depends on how he likes to work. 

52:00

The EntreProgrammers tell Chuck to do a one-off project and hire severals freelancers to do the same job. Chuck says he needs to free up Mandy for other important jobs. Derick asks what kind of test he needs to present to hire for a editing job.

1:04:00

The EntreProgrammers discuss the task and cost to do video production. This job may be content management as well. 

1:12:00

Chuck talks about one off projects and using a his regular person to do the job. Chuck is trying to figure out exactly who manages what projects on a video, or transcripts, and other projects as far as developing. 

1:20:00

EntreProgrammers talks about automating their business to work without them having to be present. Chuck and Derick feel like they are getting to the point that they don't have the time for creative projects. Finding key people is important at this point. 

1:26:00

Derick mentions it took him three years to publish his e-book and get concrete feedback. John talks about how businesses acquire technical debt. Derick say this is how businesses grow. 

1:31:00

Chuck mentions possibly hiring someone in connection with his current team members. Chuck is thinking about how to do hiring and how to divide up the tasks. Derick mentions he knows that he should’ve been thinking about this kind of stuff a long time ago, as far as hiring a  good team. 

1:42:00

Chuck ask if John and his team are paying for Slack. John says no! Chuck finds that basecamp might be a good tool for his team, to keep track that the project is done. 

Thoughts for the Week!

Derick -  It is really hard to hire the right person then it is to hire for technical skill. You are not going to get good at it if you don’t do it!

Chuck -  Burn Out.

John - Never lose the capacity for good things..

Mar 29, 2016

EntreProgrammers Episode 110

“We Need You To Caucus”

3:20

We’re live! John come to us from his new home in San Diego. John mentions he is enjoying all near by shops, gyms, and beach. John mentions he has hired an interior decorator to help design his home.

15:00

Chuck mentions that most people he knows don’t pay people to move their stuff. Mormons give a helping hand when you move.

16:52

John talks about he meant an interior designer who also went to the Traffic & Conversion Summit.

19:45

Chuck had to postpone the Ruby On Rails Conference, because he was lacking some speakers. Chuck talks about the craze over React. Chuck mentions he is a bit worried about iOS Remote Cont., he mention he needs speakers to help sell the conference. 

23:45

Josh says the conference should be application based for speakers to apply for a speaking slot. John mentions that Chuck should charge for an application fee. 

28:00

Chuck talks about the discussion of who is to speak at Ruby Rogues. Also, on losing a panelist on the podcast. Chuck talks about race inclinations and controversy within the developer groups he is working with.

37:00

John talks about what true diversity is really about. Chuck talks more about when he first started the show, and how diverse the group by ethnicity, social status, gender and sexual orientation. 

40:00 

John talks about being on the right path is when you are trying to make something awesome. 

47:00

John mention he is actually going to vote this time around. John says he enjoys entertainment value in politics. Practically, he does not care… “Unless you have a real impact…you don’t have a real impact.”

53:00

Chuck is thinking about putting up a landing page for Get A Coder Job course, and needs to decide if that is a good idea to do so. Josh gives some ideas about themes in Thrive Content Builder for WordPress. Josh talks about how it takes 8 hours of playing with Thrive to make things work. 

58:00

Chuck talks about having to closeout a business bank account. Chuck starts writing his book on orange sticky notes.

1:10:00

Josh says he is interested in creating a course on “Get Your First Job.” A type of course geared to those in developing. Chuck thinks there is a synergy with all the Simple Programmer Products. Chuck talks about the typical steps of those who are looking for a job and don't have experience. This courses would cover the dos and don’ts. 

1:16:00

John talks about how to target a particular audience and tailoring the content accordingly, but also being able the reformulate and reuse the content for another audience. Josh talks about catching people at the right time.

1:23:00

Josh and Chuck talks about the “HOW TO” course ideas. Chuck ask if this should be under the Dev Chat TV stuff. 

1:27:00

Josh mentions his recent email screw up. John talks about the DPD coupon thingy.

1:38:00

Josh shares the leads that he is going to use of for the next course for Simple Programmer. Josh talks about the pain points he is going to hit on to get people’s attention. 

1:42:00

John mentions he is gotten better at hiring people. John mentions a snappy website, and is willing to switch to this 10 dollar service or hire for this service. John shares how these people he is hiring are going to be tested.

1:52:00

Chuck talks about a recent hire for his bookkeeping. Chuck talks about the details of the interview process. John talks about learning his current bookkeepers process and teach someone else on UpWork to take over. 

1:56:00

Josh talks about running ads on YouTube, and his process to get people on an email list. 

2:03:00

Josh talks about getting targeted by Tai Lopez’s ads. Josh speaks more on figuring out how to get traffic on YouTube to the Simple Programmer channel. 

Thoughts for the Week!

Chuck - Things are not always as bad as the seem at the time. 

John - Don’t let things….drag you down. 

Josh -  Slow down.

Mar 22, 2016

Episode 109 “Screencast Leaf?”

3:15

Derick shares he is getting a new Android phone. 

6:15 

Josh is thinking about getting his AdWords account unbanned. Josh does some research and is talking to a guy who could help with his AdWords account, and maybe trade services for the reinstatement. Derick thinks it isn’t a good trade because of the high cost.

12:00

John suggests to trade services by doing a consultation and picking his brain to learn how he get Adwords unbanned. Also, John suggests writing copy for him for trade.

15:00

John is having to wait of his new house keys as paper work gets sorted out. In the meantime, its SeaWorld time.  

18:00

Chuck say because he does not have a real job, he has to pick up his dad at the hospital. Chuck says he is changing Mandy’s job description to Chief Operating Officer. Derick ask about the hours Mandy works, and talks about legal work laws centered around contractors. 

22:00

Derick mentions he wants to hire a new VA. Derick talks about the video editing and other task that needs to be done to get videos published. He asks if it is worth hiring for this position. John give some feedback on his experience with VAs and outlines what Derick should look out for as far as work tasks and time.  

28:00

John recommends the book From Good to Great by Jim Collins.  John summarizes that people should get the right people on the bus. The EntreProgrammers talk about systemizing the workflow for VAs, and picking those who are motivated to work. 

33:00

John makes a point about hiring people with a great work ethic, even when the job doesn't require technical skill.  EntreProgrammers suggest running trials before giving a virtual assistant job. 

42:00

Chuck mentions it is honest time again. Chuck talks about the issues with his Rails Clips account, and how it was continuing to charge people for a few months now. Chuck says it was about 500 dollars he would have to refund, and including the money raised on the kick-starter. Derick thinks he should complete the videos and kill the project, instead of refunding. 

49:00

Josh suggests to pick a day to get the videos done and let the customers know when to expect them. Then stick to the date. 

53:00

John and Josh share information on the failed sales attempt for Simple Programmer. Josh gives details about the Drip email sequence issues. John has as few theories, one that it is because it is spring break. Also, the timing and and the batch of people they are targeting might have been off. 

1:03:00

Josh wants to try doing a random sample and trying tagging in Drip. Chuck mentions that his mail list is now over 6 thousand people on his list. Chuck also mentions trying to finish his e-book. 

1:08:00

John talks about how he was invited to China to do a talk about Soft Skills. John mentions he saw his book in the wild in a Barnes & Noble. Derick suggests he should’ve signed them. 

1:12:00

Chuck mentions that he is going to be at the Build Conference right before Micro Conf. Derick is questioning where he wants Watch Me Code to go. Derick says he needs some help thinking through the next steps. Josh suggest calling it Screencast Leaf. John suggest making it a turnkey type of product. 

1:23:00

John and Josh talk about building up a list. Chuck thinks the DPD is terrible.  EntreProgrammers talk about what Derick’s options are to improve the overall performance and growth of Watch Me Code.   

1:32:00

Derick talks about his Watch Me Code needs. Derick says he may have to wait for a while until he starts talking to people about providing a partnered service. Derick and Josh talk about doing something similar to UDemy or Lynda for his videos. 

1:38:00 

Josh and Derick agree that Watch Me Code is somewhat of a business to business service. Derick mentions that he got his Deadline Funnel account turned back on. Derick explains how the Deadline Funnel works. 

1:45:00

Derick tries to find out if the funnel is cookie based, to implement an email strategy. Derick wants to get the deadline funnel implemented so that his sales will truly have a deadline. 

1:50:00

Derick mentions to watch out when working with the Google AdWords guy. 

Mar 16, 2016

Episode 108 “We Are The Man!”

3:20 

We’re Live! John talks about his moving situation and is schedule to move. 

6:54

Chuck talks about discovering security issues with a baby video monitor. Derick talks about the the marketing strategy in Samsung smart TVs. John talks about how privacy will soon be a thing of the past. 

11:30

Derick talks about the FBI and Apple situation. John talks about the how anyone could cancel a flight or an electricity account with  a little bit of information on the accounts or confirmation numbers. 

15:00

John says in there future it would be a situation of privacy verses identity. 

19:00

John talks about the DPD tracking and email information from customers. John and Josh talk about how to do tagging and make decisions base on the numbers from Drip. 

25:00

John mentions that he does not want people to buy a product and get an email for a discount afterward. Derick says he is still dealing with the same issue. Josh talks more about how DPD works.  Derick is trying to set up his PayPal account correctly.

32:00

EntreProgrammer talk about how people are changing up emails more often.  Josh mentions some tracking practices used to advertised to potential customers. John mentions the efforts in trying to secure privacy when there are no major consequences. Only worry about this if you’re running for Presidency.  

40:00

Chuck changes to the topic to getting back to work and being creative in his business. Chuck is having a rough time finding a bookkeeper. Chuck shares his experience with trying to hire people for the job. He continues  to talk about the work he is passing along to his assistant, Mandy. 

50:00

John talks about the work that they have among their virtual assistants and personal assistant. John thinks that some of the work load needs to be passed off to others, so they could do more relative work for the business. Chuck says he does not want to get into the “employee vs. contract” type of work. 

56:00

Derick recommends the book “Three Big Questions for a  Frantic Family” by Patrick Lencioni. 

1:00:00

Josh learns that he has to say “no” to everything in order to get important this done. John sounds like he is excited about the new automated system he has setup with Simple Programmer, and his VA. 

1:11:00

Josh talks about automating some working in the past at TrackAbout. Derick shares his ideas for a new RabbitMQ pitch. Josh recommends some email strategies to Derick for this new pitch.  

1:18:00

Derick says he is enjoying working in the Drip Workflows.  Josh mentions he is able to shares some inside info with Derick when he is ready. John mentions to be careful what they call the campaigns. Josh talks about the Planko machine. 

1:26:00

Derick talks out the sales and discount codes with Watch Me Code. Derick talks the double opt-in on Thrive.   

1:33:00

Josh talks about the Canadian expression consent or double opt-in. Everyone apologizes to Canadan for sucking real bad. Derick talks about the constant emails he is sending to his followers.

1:41:00

John mentions seeing an ad for Constant Contact. John and Josh talk about getting template style copy, and how annoying it is the receive them. Josh says he needs relevant information… John suggests that Derick should sell his crocheting patterns. Josh says Derick could not bill developing hours for crocheting. 

1:50:00

John talks about the views on Simple Programmer, as he shares information on the in-stream and pre-rolls.  John mentions reaching 19,000 subscribers on YouTube, with plans to reach 100,000 and the end of the year. 

Thoughts for the Week!

Chuck -  Find an and solution…

Josh - A little bit everyday, gets you there!

Derick  -  Know when to quit! 

John - If you’re afraid to lose, you will.

Mar 8, 2016

“It’s Not a Negotiation Unless There’s Blood”

3:20
And We’re Live! Derick shares more of his crocheting talents, and might be going into to business with someones grandma. More on the dropping subscribers, but increasing income. Derick mentions he may be hooking up a designer for his website. Derick talks about creating a new way to purchase subscriptions and videos.

10:00
John ask about the cost for the new designs. Or maybe he should invest in something else. Derick is looking at investing in the designs, so he can free up time to do real work, instead of designing himself.

13:00
EntreProgrammers talk about the user research and ways to look at project’s worth. John, Josh, and Chuck have a concern about the idea Derick is thinking about doing. Josh thinks that Derick needs to increase subscribers in order to break even. John thinks content creation will help to increase subscribers.

20:30
EntreProgrammers talk about the keyword and SEO optimization to help Derick’s website traffic. John ask to look at what has brought on the most traffic and subscribers. John asks if publishing news letters in JS News Weekly would help. John thinks YouTube would be a great outlet of content for Derick.

29:00
Chuck mentions the retreat and trying to help fix Derick’s sales funnel for Watch Me Code. Josh talks about discovering cracks in the wall, verses painting on the wall. Josh suggest working on traffic for Watch Me Code, instead of design.

35:00
Josh shares the pitch sequence of Simple Programmer with Derick to help with offers, pitches, and traffic. Chuck sees how this would go into Express Basics. Derick ask if it would be better spending his time on traffic, or launching a new product.

44:00
John talks through the ‘all you can eat scenario for the selling bundles and subscriptions.”

58:00
Josh talks about the email sequence that he created for Simple Programmer. John talks about addING the email strategy as a course for Simple Programmer.

1:02:00
John talks about a recent lifting injury that cause constant pain in his shoulder area. John share his experience with a codeine trip. John talks his sexism in Simple Programmer.

1:19:00
Chuck talks about his top ten episode emails, and current projects he is tackling. Josh makes some suggest for Chucks emails. Chuck talks about maybe putting together a Drip sequence for his email. John suggests getting an affiliate product to offer for Chucks customers. John talks about White Labeling products instead of affiliates.

1:28:00
Chuck talks about the Meet Up mistakes he made in Amsterdam. Chuck mention he is going to do another Meet Up at Build. Chuck mentions helping startup podcast for his network. John talks about maybe turning his videos into podcasts. Chuck gives some feedback on the podcast idea.

1:40:00
EntreProgrammers talk about video hosting for a video podcast. Chuck mention this is 11 year wedding anniversary. John is moving next week, and everything is shipping out. John mention he does not understand people on Craiglists. EntreProgrammers talk about negotiations. Derick talks about negotiation with the IRS.

1:52:00
John and Josh mention they have 200 plus pending ideas on their Trello board.

1:58:00
Chuck ask about some advice on a bookkeeper on Upwork. John has some leads for Chuck. Josh gives some suggestion about how to approach someone for bookkeeping.

Thoughts of the Week!

John - Pain is an opportunity to get down to the depth of your character.

Josh - If your are not blocking time off to do something you say…You’re probably not serious!

Derick - Take ten minutes to have take difficult conversation…

Chuck - Focus. On one major thing at a time.

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