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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Nov 24, 2015

“That Dude Ain’t Jasmine!”


Derick is eager to get back to playing his new video games. Josh is persuaded that Derick has to much time on his hands since killing SignalLeaf. 


John is seriously thinking about purchasing the new Surface Pro laptop. John is convinced that Windows 10 is going to work better for him. 


Derick created a landing page for his Black Friday sales.  Derick creates the ultimate bundle for his customers. Derick mentions that this is going to be a one time bundle sale, after this you can purchase theses products individually. 


Josh suggests that Derick should sell his bundle at $97 instead of $79. John is possibly doing two sales on Black Friday. 


Josh shares the stats on a news letter that helps in modeling a new product sale. To first position on a trial basis, before actually completing the sale. Chuck asks exactly with Derick’s strategy is for the Black Friday sales. 


Chuck is thinking about doing an early bird ticket sales on Black Friday. Chuck wants to somehow use the new addition to his family as a way to capitalize during Black Friday. The EntreProgrammers talk about Google Analytics and Demographics. 


Chuck discuss more about sales of conference tickets and breaking even. Chuck is hoping for an average of 6 tickets per sale.  Derick says he finally remembered to do a Black Friday sale. Derick shares that he sold a RabbitMQ bundle, and a few subscriptions for Watch Me Code. 


Josh shares his income goals for the year. Josh talks about a new deal for Simple Programmer and working with John. Josh is hoping for a 49% share of Simple Programmers with John. 


Josh talks about paid retainer work. John talks about the new partnership with Josh and Simple Programmer. 


Derick talks about changing clients, jobs and projects. John mentions that he is still on the Ultimate Diet 2.0. John talks about removing gluten from his diet, but eating birthday cake.  John talks about his vision improvement experiment. 


John talks about hiring people on UpWork as a video editor. John has 11,00 subscribers and 70,000 views per month. 


Chuck is thinking about hiring a developer to help with Dev Chat TV. Chuck is looking for a cheaper developer to help on the projects. Chuck is talking about a possible open source project. This may leave Derick as the solo EntreProgrammer. 


Derick mentions how marketing became apart of his job and how he does not care for it much. 


John shares the final number of his recent launch, he made 41,674 dollars. John talks about the issues he experienced during the webinar, with video issues. John says the his next webinar will have a chat forum.  


Josh is talking about doing more guess posts and an e-book. 


EntreProgrammers talk about the MicroConf. retreat they're planning.  


John recommends Outwitting The Devil by Napoleon Hill. Josh shares his thought about the book, The Martian. 


John and Josh is looking for a business lawyer!

Thoughts for the Week

John - Slow down and do things right. 

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Resources Mention in this Episode 


Outwitting The Devil by Napoleon Hill

Nov 17, 2015

EntreProgrammers Episode 90

Josh ‘Cha-Ching’ Earl 


John is returning from his civil duty. Derick comes to us from the DFW Airport. EntreProgrammers discuss jury selection questions. John  gives pointers for getting out of Jury Duty. 


Chuck shares the attendee numbers for Rails Remote Conf. Chuck drops us more information about the upcoming remote conferences, and his plans to execute the logistics.


Chuck mentions he is getting his “Competent Communicator” in Toast Masters. Chuck has mastered how to stop using, the annoying Ahhs, Umms, You Knows, and So,in his speech delivering.   Chuck talks about his plans to streamline organization and workflow. 


John gives us the numbers for the sale of “How to Market Yourself.” A whooping 484 purchases  yielding $39,817. Josh gets 10 percent too. John talks about the conversion rates and traffic coming to the products page. John shares the awesomeness of Josh’s copywriting skills and packaging. John shares plans for the shipping and fulfillment of the books sold. 


Chuck mentions Crowdcast to John. John is on a boring carb day. John is looking out to see if he has a gluten intolerance. 


Josh talks about his email marketing strategy, and the stories he incorporated into the open-loop emails. 


Derick is down 6 subscribers at 420. Derick may give his Nodember talk to his Watch Me Code subscribers.  


John talks about Kajabi. John finds the Kajabi features interesting and might be one of the better ones. Josh thinks that the biggest problems with these kind of services is the Analytics and Payments. Josh mentions having to use PayPal for the sales numbers to be as high as they are now.


Josh and John are thinking about teaming up. Josh would be about a partner in Simple Programmer. Josh talks about the salary he needs verses the industry he is working in now with his clients. 


Chuck thinks this is a bad idea, because he needs Josh to help make 40 grand too. Josh shares that this may be a great partnership. 


Chuck talks about the list building actions that Josh had written about and how important the email list really is. 


Chuck says he is thinking about doing a giveaway. The EntreProgrammers talks about Web Storm.They discuss some giveaway ideas such as a Drone or a Raspberry Pi. 


Chuck gets advice from Josh and John about the marketing strategies for giveaways. 


Josh ask Johns about using the launch to leverage and get him on Entrepreneur On Fire with John Lee Dumas. 


John shares more information about the Nasty Amazon reviewer of Soft Skills.

Thoughts for the Week

Josh -  Get back on the horse and do it again.

John -  Recognize where you have weakness.

Chuck  - Building systems. 


Resources Mentioned in this Episode



Web Storm  

Nov 10, 2015

EntreProgrammers Episode 90

“I Got a Keg…”


Alright, we’re live. Derick awaits the delivery of his Black Ops 3 copy. John is having second thoughts about his vision improvement experiment. John is experimenting with another diet. John shares his thoughts on his weight gain after loading up on carbs, and  somehow lost it all again. Derick thinks he was just carrying around a bunch of crap for several days. John defends his diet with a huge scientific explanation.  John is also doing ephedrine and caffeine stacks. Very extreme? 


John talks about a guy from Tim Ferris latest episode, who shares information about a similar diet to John’s one meal a day.


Derick hits 427 active subscribers at full subscription price.  Derick is having an influx of subscribers so far. 


John asks about Mix Panel. John is leaning toward Google Analytics, andlearning more about how to use it. The EntreProgrammers talk about the better tools to uses for marketing from a programmer perspective.   


Josh talks about how he rigged up his marketing tools by hooking King Sumo to Mail Chimp, and then into Drip. Derick talks about the Marketing Strategies of Grav3yardgirl on YouTube. 


Derick is excite about the upcoming Nodvember on the 14-15th in Nashville Tennessee Derick mentions he has the perfect audience for the RabbitMQ bundle. Josh talks about “wet” appetites. Derick shares a bit about the process on writing the ‘talk’ he is going to deliver.


Josh talks about the Surface Book Pro, and he may not adopt it just yet…


John talks about how Target will not sell an iPhone without activation with a carrier. John had the same experience with Best Buy. Class Action Lawsuit anyone? Josh talks about going back to the old size iPhone, when Apple decides to go back the early standard size. 


John asks why we even need a cell phone, 95% of mobile uses it not cell phone calls. 


John had some Ads made by 99 designs for the Perfect Audience campaign. Josh gives some pointers about the images for the Perfect Audience ads. John mentions that these images are for the retargeting of the audience. 


Josh talks about the information the Facebook has about people. Facebook and ‘Big Data’ are in bed together, so they already know your mortgage and salary. Josh mentioned that Perfect Audience never got back to him about why they never approved his site. 


Josh decided to go to MicroConf. Josh wants to do a Lightening Talk, but may have missed the window. 

Thoughts for the Week

Derick - Its all about the journey, not the destination  

John - Don’t be afraid to fail your way to success

Resources  Mention in the Episode 





Nov 3, 2015

"The Dream Crusher"


Whazz up!

Josh express his frustration with Apple, OSX, and iOS. Derick mentions pissing off Apple support. Josh mentions that Apple has gone downhill since the passing of Steve Jobs. 


Derick and Josh talk about having too buy app and plugins to make things function like a Windows. Derrick apparently hate Power Shell.  


John realizes less is more, when is come to monitors. Derick talks about the need for a second monitor when he was coding. 


Derick talks about the rising subscribers to Watch Me Code. Derick is adjusting all his marketing tools, as far as emails and campaigns. Derick is not sure where the following is coming from, but they’re welcome to join Watch Me Code.


Derick shares his realization of how odd his day jobs is as far as being self employed. Pretty cool, to get paid for writing blog and recording videos or EntreProgrammers and Watch Me Code. Derick is swapping service with another developer, and mentor this person. 


Derick ask Josh to help with the discount code dilemma. John says its not okay to bring hookers over, after the discount code as expired. 


John says it not going to matter if the person or customers uses the discount code, because they’re slim to none. 


Josh suggestion putting the discount code in Drip. John ask if Scarcity Samurai takes care of this issue. Derick talks about possibly writing some code for the one time discount code, John suggestion using Scarcity Samurai instead. Derick ask the mastermind what he could possibly do to create scarcity. The mastermind help with suggestions of what Derick should do.


Derick is tired of trolls, or comments. John makes mama jokes as stupid comments. The EntreProgrammers talk about stupid comments on blogs or on YouTube channels. 


Josh is working on John’s launch.  Josh gets an endorsement from Ben Settle.  Josh talks about  the launch email sequence for John’s Simple Programmer Project. Josh shares some upcoming client work for a Gym. John suggests reading Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff.  


Josh talks about if he could have any business he wanted. Josh mention he would like to have a super huge email list and interview type job. Josh talks about working on acquiring Facebook traffic. John talks about what he would do different with what he knows now, if he were to start a new business.  The mastermind talks about how to market a product with or without as built product. The EntreProgrammers advise Josh to find a ‘worth while’ business to revive. 


John want to create a partnership to grow Simple Programmer with Josh or someone. John is hoping to have a hands off approach with Simple Programmer over some time. John advises against reckless paid acquisition.


Chuck talks about when to know to kill the project if it is not working out.  


Chuck is systemizing the conferences to his helpers can get them taken care of. Chuck talks about  the Smart TV product. Chuck is look for a list of companies who are eager to jump on the Smart TV app project.  John does not like the idea, but suggest a co founder to help. John fears that Chuck will hit a burnout stage. Chuck ask how he could find more clients.


The EntreProgrammers talk about meeting on March 30th for MicroConf. John want MicroConf to sponsor the EntreProgrammers. Josh is not sure is if he is going to make it. 

Thoughts of the Week

Derick -  I am hungry

John -  You got to be willing to die to be born again

Chuck -  Make a goal, make a plan, and make it happen  

Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Scarcity Samurai

Pitch Anything