We’re Live ! Josh and Chuck speak with special guest, Ricky of the Poodle Team. Josh mentions that John is on a cruise with no internet connection. Josh and Chuck talk with Rick about the funny name of the subgroup Poodle Team.
Rick explains how the team came up with the team name. Josh talks about not having time to participate in the team mixer. Chuck and Rick talk about when they first met at the code camp conference.
Rick talks about running a software consulting company in Salt Lake City. Rick talks about his entrepreneurial background and the shifts into new ideas. Rick says he hates doing the consulting business. But he is trying to start another business along with this.
EntreProgrammers talks about how to grow a business with Rick. Josh ask who are his customers currently. Rick mentions he focus on higher education and interactive games. Rick talks about 3D mapping and the interactive projects.
Rick talks about the frustrations he encounters while building his consulting business. Josh and Chuck give advice. Josh asked if he is exploring new niches.
EntreProgrammers talk about how their sales work and signing contracts. Josh talks about working in Higher education, and how shifting to a different industry would help Rick make more money doing the same thing.
Josh talks about the dysfunctional operations at a higher education level. It is like corporate on steroids. Josh talks about the work he was doing at TrackAbout. Rick mentions moving to Healthcare and the difference in operations in that industry. Josh tells a story about doing SharePoint development.
Josh talks about Lifers. Josh asks Rick about his specialization. Rick says he is excellent at picking out what the customers need in a program and sending that to programmers. Josh asks Rick what was his most successful project or client.
Josh talks about his role and expectations versus Johns role and expectations in the business. EntreProgarmmers talk about being in control and making their own money and being an entrepreneur. Josh talks about switching out industries and not wanting to go back to a regular job. Chuck says he agrees and knows how to build a business.
The EntreProgarmmers talks about the strategies to get a job. Chuck mentions setting up interviews for CES and trying to get sponsors to fund the trip. Chuck talks about the coming conferences and how he is lining up sponsorships to fund the trips to the conferences. Chuck mentioned tactics from the book Pragmatic Thinker.
Josh and Chuck talk about the skills needed to build a business with Rick. Chuck talks about investing in camera equipment the plans for conferences. Chuck talks about travel costs and expense cutting with a service.
Chuck talks about his Drip account and his other needs in the new year. Chuck says he is getting emails about Elixer and React Podcasts, and particularly the View. Chuck says he has been doing all the Indiegogo for the upcoming shows. Josh says he loves WooCommerce.
Josh says he has been converting their views to a streaming version. Also, they finally got their audiobook is on the market. Josh is off next week.
Thoughts for the Week
Chuck - Take some time for the family
Josh - Mental Adjustments
Rick - All it takes is all you got.
We’re live! Josh points out most people have profiles pictures of themselves in the driver seats of their cars. Chuck talks about acquiring sponsorship for NG Conf Atlanta. So his idea to get it paid for is working out. Chuck talks about the logistics of the sponsorship and possibly getting a DSLR camera for the recording.
Josh jokes about the details of Chuck's sponsorship. Chuck talks about doing professional videos for the interviews. Chuck discusses what the rest of the sponsorships could look like for the upcoming conferences.
Josh asks about recurring bill for the sponsors on Chuck's network. Chuck talks about how the billing is set up for the sponsors. Chuck talks about the analytics he wants to incorporate into his sponsorship program.
Chuck talks about his sponsor Linode and possibly getting Digital Ocean onboard for sponsoring trips instead of podcasts episodes. Also, so up to the minute updates on sponsoring individual sponsors on the Dev Chat TV podcast network.
Chuck talks about how the new hire is working out as far as booking guests for episodes. Chuck says he is booked out far in advance for most of the big show on Dev Chat TV. Chuck talk about having a social media person do the postings and sharing. Chuck says this social media person is hired to help with the growth of the podcasts in general.
Chuck talks more about starting new shows or React and getting funding by Indiegogo or crowdfunding. Chuck talks about the ideas for growth starting new shows. Josh says he is excited about Chuck's business and the growth is really starting to pick up.
Chuck says this all happening because he is not self-sabotaging and realizing he can make his business grow. Chuck talks about his success goals for the upcoming year. Chuck mention he turned 38 this past week.
John talks about doing more affiliate launches and getting their new hires to do SEO. Josh talks about the gift for programmers launch and traffic. Josh talks about traffic and details with Amazon. Josh and John talk about the commission structure of Amazon.
Josh talks about search volume and search ranking with Amazon. Also some optimization talk with Google and analytics. Josh talk about Manny’s book summaries. Josh talks about writing emails in real-time.
Josh talks about his email marketing strategy this past week, despite some challenges and wins. Chuck asked if this is going through a Plinko machine.
Josh talks about experimenting with offering a bonus and not offering a bonus. He learns the bonus does not matter.
Josh talks about how nobody watches the video that was in an email. But the sales came from Youtube. Josh talks about doing giveaways and other kinds of lead generation ideas.
Thought for the week
Chuck - Do the stuff you know you need to do. Put the system in place.
Josh - Do a Colby test… or an assessment test of sorts
We’re are alive! EntreProgrammers joke about ending on episode 199 with some cliffhangers. EntreProgarmmers talk about BS TV show endings that suck.
John mentions hiring a new SEO person and soon a writer to join Simple Programmer. Josh talks but some new on search formats on Google mobile. Josh says this is a tactic from Google to only click on Google Ads, rather than clicking through to actual sites.
Josh talks about, what if ISPs charges to be on YouTube. Thinning of the herd or channels. John says you need to be willing to take the anit-fragile approach and adapted to the changes.
Chuck talks about government or FCC control of the internet. John talks about how monopolies work when you are a billionaire. EntreProgarmmers discuss government control of the internet and the talk about net neutrality. John further gives his thought on new neutrality and herd mentality.
Josh mentions a death threat at Simple Programmer. But, generally a great month for product sales and launches. John and Josh talk about the book sales and finally seeing the revenue this month. John mentions reading the book Profit First. John mentions that they already have been taking profits first in Simple Programmer.
Josh talks about taking a budget amount for themselves for business expenses and payroll. John asks, where can we put our money to grow the revenue since expenses are low at the time. John talks about growing the company to the point where your hires are hiring people.
Johns said that were trying to launch the audiobook next week, but it looks unlikely. Audible has some other plans to review the book before it is published. EntreProgrammers discuss the Kindle and Audible books and how to choose to publish.
Chuck talks about being sick and not being able to send out important emails. Also, some talks about getting support on Patreon for some new launches conference and podcasts.
Chuck talks about possibly selling The Freelancer’s Show. Chuck mentions the new features on Podwrench and the slick automation functions. Chuck talks about hiring Michelle, to help with booking podcasts guest for the shows. Also a new hire for social media stuff.
Chuck mention moving to the app called Convo, instead of Slack. Chuck also mentions doing some work for growing the podcast business. Chuck mentions that Linode also renewed for the rest of the year.
Chuck talks about reaching the NG Atlanta and Angular conference to do some interview for Angular podcasts. Chuck talks about his plans do interview at conferences and do networking in the next year.
Chuck talks about learning about the Netty Pot and cleaning out sinus. Chuck talks about plugging away to find great hires. Looking for people who don’t need to be managed
Thoughts of the Week
Chuck - It hurts to move up to the top.
Josh - Trying to help people remove barriers.
John - Project forward 5 years a decision. No matter what you do, you’re going to get burned. So you might as well make a decision, rather do nothing.
We’re Live. John says it was weird to be live with a shirt on. John recaps the “Cyber” Monday sales, with 17K in the bag. Josh gives details report on the task he executed during the sales. The revenue generated is 7K more than last year. Also, some reports of the sales on from their products on Plural Sight. Most of which were renewals of subscriptions to Plural Sight.
Surprisingly, John mentions a good turn out on the offers on the Sublime email list. Josh and John discuss the tactics and strategies used to maximize sales implementing urgency and discount to the email list. John and Josh talk about the receipts turn-ins for offerings on bonus material. John talks about controlling the deals and offering a good enough deal to make it work.
Josh talks about the spam control or spam complaints to the email lists. Josh talks about not being afraid to email. John talks about capturing John’s voice in the ad copy or email he is writing for Simple Programmer.
John talks about transcribing some of the videos on YouTube for repurposing material for other products. John talks about Rodrigo trying to emulate the way John says things. John mentions doing a live stream about asking him anything.
Josh mentions that strangely the affiliate list is working, when several months ago with seems not likely. John talks about having lunch with Noah Kagan. John talks about reaching out to possibly become a consultant.
John talks about onboarding a new hire and getting the new writer. John talks about being transparent with the writer. John talks about while doing the live stream, someone was asking out they can get a job at Simple Programmers. John talks about showing value before hiring someone.
Chuck mentions that someone has just offered to take The Freelancer’s Show off Chuck’s hands. Chuck talks about the issues on the backend services on the podcast network. Chuck mentions growing the podcast audience.
John talks about the negotiations for selling the podcast show. Basically, John says you will have to be excited to sell it for price X. Josh says not to sell short, because of all the emails and traffic attached to the show currently.
John suggests doing a partnership/owning the show with this person. This way if it continues to grow, so will your (Chuck’s) business. Chuck says he is still thinking about this idea, and he may be interested in dollars.
Chuck says his podcast sponsorship app is ready to use and is currently being used for the current shows. Josh ask if Chuck has plans for a Python podcast. EntreProgrammers talk about the popular language people are using. Chuck gives a quick summary of where Python sits in the developing industry. Chuck says he wants to do shows on Machine Learning, Ai, Hollow lens, etc.
Chuck says that if he starts new shows, he has to figure out if he wants to be on them regularly.
John asks if Troy Hunt was on the Web Security podcast. Chuck mention sponsor want to sponsor the Web Security Warriors show but it has not been running lately.
Chuck says he is worried that things are going to go right. The fear of success is real. Chuck asked if there are ways to getting around this feeling of fear of success. John says that he fears more responsibility when things are growing. Chuck says he does not know what the blueprint looks like to help him get to the next level.
John says fear is because of the unknown. Chuck says his fear is that he might take 5 steps up, but tumble down even further. Josh says he fears running out of ideas. John talks about making choice on sub-optimal things.
Thoughts of the Week
John - Go full out. Go committed.
Josh - The offer is paramount…
Chuck - There is nothing wrong with aiming high