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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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Now displaying: September, 2017
Sep 26, 2017

0:15

We’re Live. John is back and exhaust from all the traveling. John mentions that he did not miss a workout during the whole trip. John says he did gain about 20lbs, but has force himself to get through the grind. John describes how people get into depression or gain momentum into positivity. 

8:00

Chuck compares he recents trails to what Johns was just talking about. Chuck also talks about the book You Are The Placebo. Chuck says looking over the abyss and considering the walk back is freaking hard. 

11:00

John says you might as well try to charge up the hill, and build a new city. Chuck compares his finances  to last year, and is looking for a way forward, rather it is in finances or podcast production. Chuck says this is about just breaking even and moving forward. 

15:00

Josh suggests looking into the profitability. John talks about the same ideas relayed in the current book Chuck has been reading, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind… and others. John talks about how the little league is these to beat you up to get to the big leagues. 

22:00

Johns says the struggle is figuring out all the wrong ways of doing things, but leads to the well oiled machine that works every time. Josh says this maybe cheaper in the long run and less headaches. 

25:00

Chuck talks about the new project manager he hired and the new processes to help all the different events and weekly tasks from week to week. Chuck talks about maybe moving things to Jira as he starts building new processes. 

29:00

Chuck talks about his new project manager, where he is from, and his new tasks. Josh mentions that they may want to hire a project manager to handle task in Simple Programmer. But John talks about the different situations where it could work. 

33:00

John says this position may be a intern type job, and grow it into a position with a bigger capacity, but, possibly someone with an entrepreneurial mindset. John says if something like this was available in his mid twenties, he would have certainly done it. This would have help gain traction into entrepreneurship. 

37:00

John talks about interviewing James Damore, and the different things that happen with  this tech firing situation. John talks about historical events that led to huge changes we see in situations like James Damore’s. 

45:00

The EntreProgarmmers give their thoughts on companies having the right to fire as they see fit. The EntreProgrammers speak on topics about  discriminations such as race and levels of intelligence from race to race. John compares this ideas to the breeding of dogs… and thing humans have done in the past.

57:00

The EntreProgrammers ask questions like, What makes a good coder? Male or Female? Do some people have advantages or do we need to just work harder to get somewhere if life? 

Thoughts of the Week

John - Fight from a position of strength 

Charles - What are you going to do? 

Josh -  Someone in business always has the upper hand.. It’s your job to be that person.

Sep 19, 2017

0:15

We're live.  Just Chuck and Josh. Josh talks about a Chrome bug that is not letting him use his good mic. Also, some tech tech about Josh’s new screen. Chuck says it is rain and he is not going to fix this leaking pipe.

2:30 

Chuck says he was doing Angular Dev Summit all week, and gain some 700 emails for his list. Chuck say it was a good summit ad great talks. Chuck mentions that he is home alone with he kiddos. 

5:00

Chuck talks about working with Fulcrum an automation tool.  Chuck mentions that he has a new process with his podcast production. Chuck is also working on the renewals of sponsorships. 

8:00

Chuck says he is finally releasing the episode before the show notes are done, then he can catch up with the show notes later. Josh talks about maybe using  a place holder for the show notes. Chuck talks about the downward spiral with a  show note writer. 

10:00

Josh ask about the Angular Dev Summit, and some general attendee questions. Chuck talks about sending a email out about the summit to those who did not show up. Chuck says he want to find some to do this leg work for coordinating the summits and conferences. 

15:00

Josh ask about how the “Free Model” work this time around. Chuck says the emails he gain were worth the whole event. This is a 5% bump for Chuck’s list. Josh asks about the popularity of Angular to React. Chuck explains the difference 

17:00

Josh and Chuck talk about the Angular JS, and how React is growing. Chuck says he does not have a React show on yet.  But he is working on it. Chuck talks about the mainstream support of the different programming languages. 

20:00

Chuck talks about the banner issue that was not happening with the sponsors. Josh mentions hat John is flying home now. 

23:00

Josh talks about the revenue and reach of the sponsorship. Josh talks about finding the qualified leads and get the customer value. Josh talks about the $6 a click. Josh talks about how is learning and reinventing the wheel for the sponsorships and sales. Josh thinks that they need to out source sponsorship sales. Maybe a 15 -20% commission. 

28:00

Josh thinks this is outside of his niche to do the sponsorship sales. Chuck talks about the sales process from his point of view. Josh thinks that his would be a full time job for him, but he might have better use for his time. 

30:00

Chuck talks about what a new show means for the revenue of sponsorships. Chuck and Josh talks about all the task for doing sales call and working with the CRM. 

37:00

Chuck says he wants to build his own CRM. Josh and Chuck about their biggest problems with a CRMs. Josh says he want to mash a CRM with Trello. 

 39:00

Josh says he is looking for someone who does media sales. Josh talks about doing some experimentation with LinkedIn Ads. But they’re expensive. Josh talks about the campaign he did, and who he targeted. 

42:00

Josh talks about how  LinkedIn ads work. Josh says the is probably how he was find someone to help them. Chuck says he would give an introduction to someone who does marketing for podcasts. 

44:00

Josh talks about a new licensing program they’re apart of for the new book and podcasts. Next this is working on the audio book. 

47:00

Chuck says he like listening to audio. Josh says he does both kindle and audio. Chuck and Josh discuss the next process of the show notes on the podcasts. 

Thoughts of the Week!

Chuck - Creating the process and trusting the process. 

Josh - It talks some time in marketing…

 

Sep 12, 2017

0:15 

We’re Live! Just Josh and Chuck today. Josh is calling in form a rotary phone. Chuck mentions he had to write show notes. Chuck is firing again. Chuck talks about a high utility bill and trying to find out why? Leaking pipes! Murphy lives here. 

7:00

Chuck mentions getting a new sponsor and getting some help to fund the month till sponsors pay. 

10:00

Chuck says he is going to hire 4 writers to be responsible for the show’s notes. Also Chuck is working to keep production ahead so the production line has some buffer.  Chuck and Josh talks about evergreen content and how podcasting and publishing works to help traffic. 

18:00

Josh mentions that Chuck could recycle some shows to buy some time to till production catches up. Chuck talks about planning ahead with the other podcast hosts to replace topics. 

20:00

Josh talks what the process is on producing the show notes for one episode. Josh asks is the writers need to know code to write the notes. Chuck says no, that is no needed. 

23:00

Josh suggests hiring 10 people to write the notes from UpWork. Chuck talks about getting off of Slack and switching to MatterMost for podcast production. 

28:00

Chuck says that his podcast production broken and his house broke, but Angular Dev Summit is working out just fine. Josh says this production line needs to be a Zero Tolerance policy. 

32:00

Josh talks about working at a new paper and making sure that things get done. Josh says this maybe because they are doing this on a budget, is the big reason things fall apart. 

33:00

Josh talks about Hub Spot and the free CRM. Josh describes his issues with loading data into these kinds of tools, and trying to build tasks. Josh talks about the G Mail plugin in Hub Spot. 

38:00

Josh talks about he issues with his email tools. Chuck talks about the kind of features he needs to these CRM tools. 

40:00

Josh says he is struggling with the outreach, and these tools need to be configurable to cater to their needs. Josh talks about doing Cold Out Reach and Warm Follow up, using these tools. 

45:00

More talk on how similar CRMs are, and the one or two small differences. Josh talks about finally setting up their membership site. Josh talks about flipping the switch and making the site go live, but with a test first. 

50:00

Josh talks about how the title on the membership site was broken due to the title. Josh talks about how he was not impress by Digital Access Pass. 

56:00

Chuck says he was to take a look into this, because he wants to do something similar. Josh says he has not hear from John. He should be back this coming week. More talk on CRM features. 

1:02:00

Josh and Chuck mentioned scripting or writing a bit of code, or learning new things. 

 

Thoughts for the Week 

Chuck - Don’t go to victim-land. 

Josh - Taking the time to figure out the steps. 

Sep 5, 2017

Episode 183  "I Don't Owe You S&%$”

0:15

It appears that we’re live.. John in Tuscany…somewhere. John says is no AC at the gym. And some talk on about superstitions on opening windows. 

5:00

Chuck talks about maybe visiting Italy one day. John talks about the outdoor activity and site seeing. John talks about practicing his Italian, because less people speak Italian. 

8:00

Chuck talks about going to Las Vegas with his father in-law. Chuck one the a conference and made some connections and possibly landing guess for future podcast episodes. Also, possible gaining some sponsorship. Overall a good experience for Chuck. So Chuck worked on Conferences, Podcasts, and Sponsorship. 

12:00

Chuck says he might want to replace Baba again… Bells ringing. Chuck and Josh take about setup a system. John suggest some testing out a popular episode. 

17:00

Chuck talks about the next steps for the publishing for the episodes. Josh suggest adding a subscribe link or button. 

21:00

Chuck talks abut opposition for putting out content among podcasters or bloggers. It happens, and it is normal.  Chuck ask about who is answering John’s email. Josh says he wants to have some one in a personal assistant role. 

25:00

John say he want to revamp his email, or get a personal assistant who know everything about his email. John talks about email and assistants. John talks about the Art of Computer Science guy, who does not have email. John says email is a difficult problem and no one has solved them yet.. 

31:00

John says he got an electronic voicemail from the IRS. But he said the word “kindly” gave them away. John talks about dealing with the IRS. 

36:00

EntreProgrammers talk about auto pay and mail service. Josh ask Chuck how he is tracking sponsorship out reach. 

42:00

Chuck say he need more out of Blue Tick. Josh talks about looking into Salesforce, and they figure out a plan for you. Josh talks about how emails are harvested. 

47:00

John talks about screen scraping.. John asks Josh what has been going on at simple programmer. Josh talks about Ads. 

55:00

Josh says sales have plummeted, it may just be because it is the end of August. Josh talks about getting a membership site finally. Josh continues to talk about what he was up to at Simple Programmer. 

Thoughts for the Week 

John - Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems 

Chuck - Make a plan and follow it

Josh - Practice ….virtue 

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