We’re Live! Joining the show is Mani Vaya, who has been working with Josh and John doing affiliate promotion with Simple Program. Mani is a programmer by trade, he has worked in electrical and computer engineering, to project management, and worked with a variety of cell phone companies. Currently, Mani is the host of 2000 Books for Ambitious Entrepreneurs podcast, a business based on book summaries. Mani talks about the huge selection of book summaries and his work with Simple Programmer.
Mani mentions working on this business for the last 2.25 years now. Mani talks about the exciting things he has learned from books and how it has changed his life. Mani talks about the bigger picture of the book summaries and his business. Mani mentions becoming a philosopher in his field.
EntreProgrammers talk about what a personality business is about and transitioning it over into something else. John talks about the options and traction of building up a business like Mani’s current book summary business.
Chuck talks about the content, entertainment, personality for the platform or business. Josh talks out marketing and business. Josh talks about reconfiguring John’s email account as the business transitions without John. Josh talks about growing the business further to function without videos.
Josh talks about the traffic from YouTube and the blog site. Josh continues to talk about redirects and some SEO work he has implemented. Josh talks about more traffic and server issues.
Josh talks about doing a skyscraper strategy for the book piece products. Josh talks about their transparency with the new writers. Mani asks questions about how to sell bundles and products. More talk about the product sale strategies with the “How To Read a Book” product.
Mani, Josh, and John discuss the next steps on the “How To Read a Book” product. Josh and Mani talk about the price of the product. John talks about options on how to interview successful entrepreneurs to help produce the product on how to read books.
John talks about not having much free time during his free time. John mentions running 5 miles a couple times a day, and working out, and getting ready to do taxes. John talks about being tempted to work with Josh and Mani on the new idea for an upcoming project.
Josh talks about the new workflow at Simple Programmer without John. Josh talks about the functions of Google Drive Business. Josh talks about the Team Drive business.
Thoughts of the Week
Chuck - Take a minute and think about your entrepreneurial lifestyle
John - Don’t use personal accounts when starting a business
Josh - Responding, not reacting
Mani - Health is everything
We’re Live! John is slacking and is late to the podcast. Chuck talks about selling some more sponsorship spots for his podcast network. Chuck talk about his sales pitch and changing how that new podcast sponsor application works as of now. Also some talk about how his new sponsorship slots will work as far as payments.
Chuck talks about his new sponsors and return sponsors. Interview Cake, Kendo UI, among a few others are sponsors of the Dev Chat podcasts. Chuck mention this audience or listener numbers for Ruby Rogues. Also some talk on conversion and ROI.
Josh suggests video testimonials for the sponsorship material. Chuck talks about selling sponsorship slots for podcasts show that is still in the works.
Chuck and talks about the process of closing deals for sponsorships and more automation and systemizing. Chuck talks about having an inside sales team and working more on PodWrench. Josh talks about building more feature into the system later on.
Chuck talk about how this time of the year is a great time to sell sponsorships. There is definitely a cycle. Chuck talks about becoming a vendor, and sponsorships with certain companies. Chuck talks about some of the companies and technologies used and talked about in the podcasts.
Chuck talk about getting sponsorship for the React Native Radio Podcast . Also more talks about launching new podcasts for Dev Chat TV. Chuck says he will for now host them and run them for awhile till the show is up an running. Chuck talks about selling a document or course on the process for launching a podcast for a platform like Dev Chat TV.
John suggests a tool like Help Scout to for emails account for team members. Chuck mentions possibly doing a help desk of some sort. Chuck talks about using Missive app. Chuck talks about wanted to move everything to PipeDrive.
In other news, Josh says he is debt free, paid off his mortgage. The EntreProgarmmers talks about the process for paying off a mortgage. Pay off is possible. Josh talks about signing up MediShare programs. More talks on MediShare programs.
Josh talks about how he and John are working on transitioning over the company over to Josh. Josh does not think he is going to continue with the Youtube channel. Josh talks about the type of content he chooses to have for the company. Also more on possibly hiring content writers in the specialized material. EntreProgrammers talks about the incentives for the content.
Josh talks about the content produced by John and having a health topic list to keep content going. Josh talks about custom dimensions in Google Analytics. Josh talk about pulling out of Kindle unlimited. Josh talks about the down sales on the book on all mediums.
Josh talk about writing an email to the list about why they have not purchased the book. Josh mentions that he has to get good at SEO. John mentions hiring someone to help accelerate the learning curve.
John says he changed to YouTube Channel name to John Sonmez instead of Simple Programmer. Josh talks about setting up push notifications for the website. Josh talks about the excitement of Push Notifications.
Josh talk out doubling the signup rate and pitching to the email list. Chuck jokes about John being hangover and sold off his kidneys.
John talks about trying to keep from going into hustle mode and thinking about growing the youtube channel further. John thinks Josh can double Simple Programmer in a year.
Thought for the Week!
John - Sometimes it’s good to force yourself to make decisions.
Josh - If there is something you hate doing, chance are you can hire someone to do it.
Chuck - Be your own client
We’re Live! Chuck is coming in from Las Vegas. Big news! John says he is leaving Simple Programmer. In other words, John says he is leaving the CEO role, but still doing the videos. John says he wants to take time to try other things and take a break from the programmer world.
Josh mentions the talk John and he as and the notice things changed after the book launch and the Europe trip. Josh talks about his plans as with Simple Programmer as they have continuous growth and transition.
Josh talks about maybe keep trucking along with Simple Programmer and keep doing emails and consulting. Or work on growing Simple Programmer even further into a multi-million dollar company. Josh says he is still not sure what to do yet, but he is leaning toward growing the company.
Chuck says he sees where they are coming from. Chuck asks if they have all the processes documented to run Simple Programmer. John says Simple Programmer is built on systems and basically runs on its own. Josh mentions that some of the things are not systemized as far as John and Josh’s part of the job.
Josh and John talk about the revenue that could make if they put everything on autopilot. Chuck asked if they will be happy with this change. John talks about how his goals kept growing even when he knew he should take a break or retire. John says he is now trying to simplify things and get rid of things.
John talks about allowing himself the freedom from work and has been thinking about this for a long long time. Chuck suggests a possible sabbatical instead of totally leaving the company. John says his last book was everything he wanted to say about software development and he is done with that topic.
John talks about the possible direction Josh could take Simple Programmer, and where he could contribute to that later on. Josh talks about the 6 month cooling off period before they know what they want to do for sure, and tidy of the company for the transition. Josh says John was the traffic engine and that is where he will need help.
Josh talks about the kinds of phases he will have to plan for traffic, books, courses, and marketing to continue growing the Simple Programmer without or minimal help from John.30:00
Chuck says Josh’s plan sounds similar to what he is trying to do. Chuck says he is curious to see how things go.
John talks about maybe going to Tibet or building/programming a game. John says he is firing himself from his own company. John says Josh can grow the company in the direction it needs to grow.
Josh asks about the light going out at the CES event. Chuck talks about the Samsung and LG booths at CES. Chuck talks about the power loss and the kinds of things going on at the event. Chuck says he is looking into the traffic engine details to drive traffic to his websites.
Chuck talks about his interviews and talks at the conferences. Chuck talks about his plan for building products. Chuck talks about the processes for starting a podcast and running a podcast, as he starting a React and View podcast soon. Chuck signs off. Booth babes.
John says they have Chuck’s blessing for the upcoming transition in Simple Programmer. Josh and John talk more about the reversible changes in case things are not going well. Or if things are going great, then there is no need to reverse the changes.
John talks about making an announcement video for the company. Also, changing emails and maybe creating a customer service system for Simple Programmer. John talks about the current situation in running Simple Programmer.
John talks about instead he should be the Chief Story Teller for the company. Josh says this is an absentee own role for the company. C
Thoughts of the Week
John - Change your vision and identity, and then actions with change.
Josh - It is worth paying the premium price.
We’re Live. Technical difficulties, what? John mentions he is sitting again because he has been running 5miles in the morning. Josh says the pine box is the solution to standing desks, and such so call health alternatives to work.
Chuck mentions he was on .NetRocks podcast. Chuck mention they talk about the Finding A Job course he created a while back. John talks about being on .NetRock podcast to gain some traffic to products, but it was not a whole lot traffic.
Chuck say people keep asking him about the Ruby Rogues issues awhile back. John says Chuck should ignore it or explode it as a reenactment on YouTube. EntreProgrammers talk about death threats and Net Neutrality.
Josh talks about what the what Net Neutrality would be mean in the long term or if is really mattered. Chuck says the government should stay out of it and let the kid figure it out.
Josh asks how much drama are you willing to deal with to Chuck. Express yourself more. John talks about the Girl who did the fat shaming video and another on ADHD. John says to take you pant off instead of your shirt during the podcast. John talks about how to handle a situation and buying into a reality.
Josh talks about reading T Rex vs. VS Raptor, and make s some strong connections. Chuck talk about being ahead in the podcast recordings and having his team to more to help the podcast request for guests.
Chuck talks about the current situations and goals for scheduling podcasts sponsors. Also his plans for schedule team members on Asana. John and Josh talk about missing a check or having a 6-week delay in getting the money.
EntreProgrammers figure out the missing money situation on air. Josh talks about their giveaway on Sublime text. Josh talks about their Drip setup and plans for the giveaway. Josh talks about IntelliJ.
John talks about the death threats and funny emails he gets about refunds. John talks about a refund with a very convincing customer, and blacklisting this dude, kinda. More talk about weeding out scammers and refunds. John talks more about future videos he is producing for Simple Programmer.
Josh talks about Thinkful. Also, the comparison of those who go to college, have a degree, and could earn million dollars more in their lifetime. More talk about product sales.
Josh talks about turning one of Johns coaching calls into an email to gain audience and sales. John talks about bringing in sales on YouTube. Chuck is cracking jokes about twitter and youtube.
Thoughts of the Week
John - Keep pushing
Chuck - Find someone who knows this stuff to help you
Josh - Short-term goals
We’re Live! The EntreProgrammers talk about how the mixer idea with the rest of the EntreProgrammer Sub Groups was a great idea. John talks about falling off the wagon with his diet for the last 2 weeks. John also mentions winning another cruise package in a Poker tournament on the cruise.
Josh mentions doing nothin and disengaging from work during the new years. Chuck mentions doing 2 podcasts and getting work done. Chuck mentions hiring a new business coach for direct coaching and formal guidance.
Chuck talks about his plans for weekly meetings and podcast scheduling. Chuck ask for advice on how to go about putting some on a full-time working schedule. Josh says since they already work for your just up their hours and commit to a step up level before a full time position.
Josh and John talk about their employees at Simple Programmer and how were hired into their positions. Chuck talks about how he would eventually like his team work for him. Chuck talks about going to Micro Conf this year.
The EntreProgrammers talks about doing a get together of some sort with the EntreProgrammers Sub Group. John says it was great to get away with no internet access during the cruise.
EntreProgrammers talk about how the new tax laws will affect them. Josh thinks it might be somewhat in his favor. More complexity and confusion? Josh talks about doing a 529 or a pass through. EntreProgrammers talks about drunk Uncle Sam and welfare. Chuck talks about his wishes for taxes and problems with the government tax rules.
Josh mentions liking the new Star Wars. More geek talk on Star Wars. EntreProgrammers talks about hiring geeky Star Wars fans. EntreProgrammers talks about Andy Weir, the writer of The Martian, and George Lucas.
Chuck ask what are the plans for Josh and John this year. Josh talk about some affiliate promotions and such. Josh talks about working with Manny. Josh talks about breaking Manny’s website.
Chuck says for the next 6 months, he will be working out making the business grow. Josh talks more about pricing and sales templates. John and Josh talks about sales tactics and sending emails out to customers.
Thoughts for the Week
John - You have to have a plan, and force yourself to follow the plan.
Josh - Floundering…
Chuck - Keep moving forward