Episode 149 “Lay Off The Gravy”
Josh talks about watching Parks and Recreation and compares and episode to how someone or some company was interested in buying Simple Programmer. Josh and John, for fun entertain the idea. But they found out that they might as well purchase some of their websites, for traffic purposes. John negotiates down the prices for the sites he purchased.
John talks about the extreme anchor technique from the book, “Never Split The Difference”. Flash Bang! John talks about his new style for negotiating.
John talks about how to create revenue from dead assets with the sites that Simple Programmer purchased. John says that Simple Programmer will recoup their cost in a year.
John announces that Josh hit the first mile stone. Derick talks about his Christmas vacation and family challenges during the holidays. Derick say he needs another vacation. Derick say he has been working on the first version of his Docker project. Pre-Sales are happening on January 16th.
Derick talks about getting a new client and learning about new products and strategies. Josh says he is surprised to see JS is being use to kill bugs. Derick say he is only working for his client 5 hour a week.
Derick also says things are moving forward, and hoping the ebook launch sales will do well. John, again talks about his excitement over VR and the Oculus Riff. John talks about his interest in investing in VR. But he says building VR games or going to companies like Blizzard to invest in VR.
Derick chimes in on his thoughts on VR, but he thinks that augmented reality will be the next big thing.
John ask Chuck how CES is going. Chuck talk about the huge event and tons of things to see. Chuck talks about book time with companies to talk business. Chuck too talks about his visit with companies that offer AR and VR. Chuck talks about trying the InBody program to measure body fat. John mention his experience with InBody.
Chuck talks about his interest in the watch band device from InBody to measure body fat. Chuck talks about the company called Finch that uses AR, that track motion to play games.
Derick ask about the EntreProgarmmers sub groups. John talks about the lastest needs for the team as they start uploading their episodes. John talks about acquiring sponsorships for the groups.
Chuck talks about being ready to go to MircoConf. now that he canceled some plans. Josh says he does not know if anyone else is going to go from the sub groups. Derick mentions that he went to the Copy Hour. Derick talks about his experience with buying copy hour, and not getting the discount code. But still a good investment.
Derick talks about starting a YouTube channel about playing video games. Josh think this will be bigger that his current business. Derick’s channel is call Code Ninja Gaming. Derick talks about his thumbnaill for his videos. John talks about starting a fitness channel, but really wants to start a gaming channel too.
John mentions that things he is doing with his clean up week. John says one of the most destructive thing he did last year was checking stats. John talks about deleting social media apps and email from his phone. Derick says he stop checking Twitter.
Thoughts of the Week
Derick - It can be difficult to get back into the swing of things. When you get back. You need a plan to do so.
John - It’s all fucking gravy…
Chuck - What do you want?
Josh - Patience and Consistency.
Episode 148 “We Did No Work This Week…”
Josh says he did very minimal work, but made the most sales then ever. Josh says they are looking at a new record for product sales. Also acquiring a new affiliate form China. Josh says this person can help grow Simple Programmer by 20 percent.
John and Josh talk about the new subscriber numbers with the help for the new affiliate help. John mention his new Oculus VR. John say he is all 100 percent in on the new VR technology as far as education and playing games. John talks about being able to use the lenses to virtually see his desktop.
John says you need a good computer graphics card to run the VR lenses. John say he thinks that the more people start to use VR, that more they will leave behind old technology. John think VR is going to replace screens.
John excitingly talks about the possibilities of incorporating VR into teaching people any kind of task or production. John say he is now pretty convinced about the new direction of VR.
John say it does make you feel sick when you are using the lenses. So people may have to build a tolerance to motion sickness. Chuck jokes about those who will blend reality and the VR world.
Chuck talks about his experience in screening 17 people for the job the is offering. Terrible experience with some unqualified people. Chuck says only 4 people past the in depth interview. Chuck says hiring sucks. Chuck talks about the scheduling for his remote conferences.
John says they are flopping on the Podcast Awards event he was planning. Mostly because people were not interested.
Josh says they are devoting Q1 to the book launch. Josh thinks this should be a 3 month campaign. John says the award for winning the Podcast Awards was going to be 1000 dollars, but publicity for the podcast was more valuable instead.
John says he is not devoting time into the project, but he might have someone to take over and improve the project. Josh says they are now delegating more for the project that will for sure hit, and they are taking bigger swings.
John says if they do things right, the book launch could be a multi million dollar project. Josh says since John started blogging content about the book, their website traffic has increase. Josh says they had many signups of for the book when they had mention the book on YouTube.
Josh talks about their plans for the the kickstarter campaign for the book. Chuck asks about the rules of doing a kickstarter campaign as far as the product.
John talks about the Amazon earnings for the previous book. John says they never know and they just got to take chances.
John says he want to talks to the VR guy to maybe incorporate VR to their content. Chuck says he got a bad review at his Java Script Jabber podcast site, because of covering 4 episodes at Microsoft Connect. Chuck talks about the things people disagree with him about. “You’re being a jerk…” John says he gives them the flaming bird.
Chuck talks about how the shows change audiences every once in awhile. John says to follow your heart and do what makes you happy.
John says that Josh has double the business for Simple Programmer and is doing a great job for the company.
Thoughts of the Week
Chuck - Short term sacrifice…will payoff in the longterm.
John - Understand the stages of growth. z
Josh - Shut off your work brain sometimes…