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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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Nov 28, 2017

0:15

EntreProgrammers share that they are getting sick during Thanksgiving. Chuck talks about knowing what his Christmas present is going to be this year. EntreProgrammers share their experience with cleaning meat smokers. 

3:00

Chuck say his smoker should be medical equipment since he is on the Keto diet. Chuck talks about finding a great new hire who is willing to go beyond the task he needs. Josh mentions that when they ask questions you have to think about, then they are worth the time. Chuck’s new hire is hired for reaching out to potential podcasting and others podcast related tasks. 

9:00

Chuck talks about how his new software is driving the processes for podcast scheduling and sponsor tasks. Josh and Chuck discuss emails and mailing list validation. Chuck talks about some topics and resources. 

15:00

Chuck explains that he is still working on automating the process for the podcast production. It is on its way to being a well-oiled machine. John says they are in the process of looking for a writer for the Kindle book. 

19:00

Josh and John talk about their applicants and the level of expertise they are looking for for the job. John says they may have found a great applicant, but they are looking further into the qualifications. 

21:00

EntreProgrammers go into further discussion of content on the Simple Programmer channel and how this regards the political view of Simple Programmer. Chuck gets clarification that John is turning some of the videos on the Simple Programmer Youtube channel into ebooks for Kindle. 

30:00

EntreProgrammers talks about pissing people off with the ideas and the things they say on their video and podcasts. Josh talks about a meme about the bulldog army created by John. 

35:00

John talks about his holiday gift post. Josh talks about a Plural Sight quiz for rating your developer. You can check it out at simpleprogrammers.com/skill-iq. Josh explains how the quiz can help developers learn what skills they need to sharpen up on. 

39:00

Josh talks about at the sales at Simple Programmer and the price experiment with a product.  Also some talks about an experiment with the printed book and Kindle book. Josh talks about a Sublime promotion to this particular list. Josh continues to talks about learning from Plural Sight. 

48:00

John talks about working on some new courses soon. 

Thoughts of the Week

Turkey messed up our brains… 

 
Nov 21, 2017

0:15

We’re Live! Discussion about autoplay in progress. Chuck hates Thunderbolt 3 because there is nothing available for it. Apple trashing and Apple praising going on concerning the iPhone X and newer MacBook Pros. Josh talks about the wireless charging feature possible wiping out credit cards.

7:30

EntreProgrammers trash the chip feature on credit card or debit cards. Is it really faster? John says phones need a backup battery to help the Apple Pay feature works during emergencies.

10:00

John explains why he is sitting for the podcast. John talks about being Thor during the Disney marathon. John talks about carbing up and falling off the wagon.  All the challenges lead to John getting sick.

16:00

Publicly chair shame John about sitting down. John talks about affiliate deals or charging for ad copy. This would be Josh writhing copy for a separate business or project. EntreProgrammer talks about using stories in ad copy as a way to connect with the audience.

25:00

Chuck mentions that he is at Microsoft connect. Chuck mentions doing a lot of podcasts at the conference and meetups. The EntreProgrammers continue to talk about marketing strategies with working with outside business or placing ads in shows.

31:00

John talks about the hiring process for a ghostwriter at Simple Programmer. John is interested in ebooks and such types of products. John also talks about a new hire for Simple Programmer.

34:00

Chuck talk about being in NYC and making connections at Microsoft Connect. Chuck talks about missing a small thing on the Sponsorship signup. Chuck mentions wanting to know what is in the pipeline for the podcast shows.

39:00

Chuck is also in the market for hiring a college student to help with some of the tasks around dev chat tv business. Chuck talks about looking into finding more panelist for some of the show on his podcast network. Chuck explain his plans for upcoming events like NG Conf and other events.

44:00

Chuck mentions meeting David Spark and how he creates his content. Chuck says he might not have made enough progress this year. But next year might be a better year as far as getting things launched.

47:00

John talks about getting the audio back soon from the audio editor for the audiobook version. Josh gives some feedback on the sales on the Kindle site. John and Josh talk about the optimal price for the Kindle book.

56:00

Josh and Josh continue to talk about ways they can determine prices on the upcoming products and books.

58:00

John mentions that the recent book will be on Audible soon. They are expecting the get the editing audio back in December.

Thought for the Week!

Chuck -  You can’t always see progress in things, but don’t give up.

Josh - Creative is con-nectivity…

John - When you’re having a hard day, make it harder.

 
 
Nov 14, 2017

Episode 193 “Josh & Chuck Land” 

0:15

Josh and Chuck talk about their late start and new Apple hardware. Josh talk about his iPhone 8 plus and Kindle reading. Josh talks about selling his Apple Watch because some features do not work for him anymore since the latest iOS update. 

5:30

Chuck talks about his Fitbit Blaze, and some talk about pebble watch features. John talks about open enrollment for health insurance and increasing premiums. 

8:00

Josh further digs into the healthcare from the National Association for the Self Employed, with some surprises with a webinar type sales call.  Josh talks about the call and features of the plan, even though it sounded great. 

12:00

Josh talks about digging up dirt on this healthcare company. Basically, Josh found out this was a scam after googling information on them. Josh talks about asking for 3 to 4 positive review on the company for the sales representative. 

20:00

Josh talks about the high deductibles on current healthcare insurance.  Josh and Chuck talk about how the costs outweigh the purpose of health insurance. 

25:00

Josh talks about dropping sales numbers at Simple Programmer. Josh talks about trying to find the source of the problem for dropping sales. Josh finds the traffic was generated by the free book offer. 

29:00

Josh talk about doing some testing on lead magnets for the funnels.  Josh mentions he is going to test 20 different headlines. Josh also mentions that headline doesn't make a difference. 

36:00

Chuck talks about feeling stuck and dealing with being rear-ended and car insurance issues. Chuck also fixes an RSS feed on the podcast episodes. Chuck mentions finding a bug with Android.  

40:00

Chuck talks about setting up websites for the dev summits for customers. Lots to do and no sleep.   

41:00

Chuck talks about going to Microsoft Connect next week and possibly getting ahead on episodes for JavaScript Jabber and the others on his network. Chuck talks about having a rough time with car issues at home. 

46:00

Josh suggests setting up things to help reduce all the tasks on his plate at the moment. Josh mentions he learned that Thrive cart will not work for them at Simple Programmer. Josh says they are moving to WooCommerce so they can have their own sales page. Also, it works with WordPress. 

Thoughts of the Week!

 Josh - Challenging assumptions…

Chuck - Sometimes the train goes off the tracks 

 

Nov 7, 2017

0:15
We’re live! Chuck talks about his old MacBook Pro dying, and replacing it with a new version. Josh talks about the selling price of old MacBooks. Chuck mentions that his MacBook was unrepairable, because of missing parts.

4:50
Chuck talk about having a bad week and being rear-ended, the internet went out, and a disconnecting Windows machine. Chuck mentions having trouble with the Air pods. John say you can fix magic.

8:15
Chuck mentions having a getting away with his wife over the weekend. Chuck talks about his plan for hiring someone to take care of managing the sponsorship tasks.

11:30
Josh and John talk about the weekly reports from Rodrigo. Chuck says this is the reason he fired Gerald. Because he was not providing feedback on the job he does.

13:00
Chuck mentions that his new sponsorship system called Podwrench. Chuck talks about the past work with Mandy. The EntreProgrammers talks about working yourself out of a job and automation.

15:00
Chuck continues to talks about raising the bar on the sponsorship service since the system is built. John talks about doing with video shoot with SkillSoft. John talks about having to do hair and makeup for the video shoot for SkillSoft.

19:00
John talks about possibly being apart of the soft skills meet up or program/event. John says this will be exactly like fights club. John talks about being hit on by guys in SF.

22:00
Josh and John talk about getting the Kindle Daily Deal. Josh explains the catch on of sales promotion tactics. Josh talks about the sales this program generated. John and Josh talk about the reach Amazon has with this program.

30:00
John talks about selling the book in other marketplaces besides KDP. Josh talks the possible ways to do promotions with KDP. Josh talks about the price change of the book since last week.

37:00
John and Josh talk about selling a printed book in a different format to make more sales. Josh talks about working with Interview Cake and Parker.

43:00
Josh talks about a marketing strategy to gain names or a list for driving sells to a product. Josh talks out sending out emails, an expecting to get unsubscribes. Josh is talking about building a pinko machine of sales offers.
50:00
Josh talks about the active subscribers on their list, and the customer lifetime value. Josh talks about doing a fire sale to a country with low income. Josh asked for a feature in Drip from Rob. Josh talks about the individual worth of subscribers in different countries.

57:00
Josh talks about trying to find a workaround for working with time zones. Chuck ask about Micro Conf.

 

Thoughts for the Week!

John - Once you see it is possible, you can do it.

Josh - Consistency trumps intensity

Chuck - Suck it up an do it.

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