Get a fly-on-the-wall perspective from 4 developers turned entrepreneurs, as they struggle with the business and learn lessons the hard way. This is the weekly mastermind group of the entreprogrammers - a no holds barred, unedited look at what it really takes to be an entrepreneur.
0:15 Chuck wants to shake some people. Chuck talks about his podcast show notes backup. Josh ask about what the back up might be. Chuck talks about his frustrations with episodes not be released on time. 4:00 Josh stay to him, Chuck need to hire new writers. John talks about asking why things were not getting done. John says he needs to set a deadline, and expectation. John, also mentions that he need to tell new hires that “They Never Miss A Deadline” 9:00 Chuck talks about he is going to handle the situation, with getting the podcasts back on regular schedule. Josh says this may mean that he hires new people. John says that “The New Paper goes out everyday!” 12:00 Chuck mentions that he had to abandoned transcripts for now. Chuck say he is also probably going to put a hold on Shandi, as Gerald has stepped up in the production of the shows. Josh talk about how Chuck keeps getting a surprises with the the show notes writers. 16:00 Josh talks about a possible bot that deletes anything by Simple Programmer on Hacker News. John ask for some help form listeners to post a link on Hacker News. 20:00 John talks about his book status on Amazon. John talks about how his book is surrounded by chesty men book covers on Amazon. 23:00 John goes by and talks about he marketed his book to Hacker News, for a news spot. But he has not heard anything. John says hew found an Entrepreneurial Cock Blocker. 28:00 Josh talks about the recent amazon link submission to hacker news by a listener. Josh thinks they are more sophisticated then the NSA. 31:00 John talks about his book sales numbers, and getting screw on the KDP selection. Chuck says it is awesome to be one of the top 25. Josh says some people do not know how to use Amazon, especially those in other countries try to buy on US amazon sites. 35:00 Josh talks about the issues the Kindle Select. John talks about this particular person who is a complex code teacher, but he was have trouble with buying the new 99 cent book off of amazon. 40:00 John talks about how he was not concern about the 99 cent price. Because it will sell over a million dollars over the next 10 years. Also with some interest for place in China. John gives an update on the link post to hack news, and talks about up voting it live. 45:00 John does some horn tutting about hitting a new top selling book about software developing. John talks about Ryan Holiday book launch on the same day. 50:00 John says to avoid Create Space if you are doing a launch. There're good but not for a big launch. John continues to talk about the logistics of the book launch. 52:00 Chuck says a lot of his work is paying off, and cashflow is starting to look better. Also, out reach is looking better, as he is talking to Microsoft and getting invoices paid. 56:00 Josh ask his anyone know the hot submission page and how it works. John talks about things he could have done better for the book launch. Thoughts for the Week John - Blast through the finish line with your spaceship. Josh - Ready for anything. Chuck - Trust the Process.
July 18, 2017
0:15 We’re are live! When there are 5 it is really 4. Derick is back! WooHoo! Derick says he was sleeping the whole time. In the good news, Derick mentions getting a distribution deal with Manning Books. Manning Books is picking ups some of Derick’s screencasts for distribution. Derick also has built some new video animation material for branding. 3:00 In the downer news, Derick says that his business had been tanking.Derick openly talks about is depression and therapy visits. Derick talks about how his wife helped him by calling their family doctor. 6:30 Derick talks about his medication, home life and other important events that push him to get help. Derick describes his mental battle and things he had to do to take care of himself. 10:00 Derick talks about how he has been working on things for Manning Books, and making financial changes to get of top of things. 13:00 John talks about his concern for Dericks health and business. John suggests reading Tony Robbin’s Awaken The Giant Within. John talks about his encounter with anxiety and some depression. John also suggest reading anything by Dr. Wayne Dryer. 18:30 Derick says he is not a fan of medication, but is was something that help him. Derick says he most likely will not need to be on medication. Derick says he wants to talk about this on the show because depression is serious. Derick says that depression is a lair. Derick suggests to anyone out there to find that help they need if they’re battling depression. 24:00 John talks about the roller coaster each member of the group has been on. John talks more about the getting the defense to help yourself. Johns cutting out all the bad stuff and only take in positive stuff. 28:00 Chuck chimes in on his routines, books and is faith to help his current business, and life trials. Chuck says he sees the light at the end of the tunnel. John says you are exactly where you need to be at any moment… John describes his thoughts on encountering the mid-way point. 34:00 Derick talks about the things he was looking forward to, and stopping negatively. Derick talk about getting down low enough with emotions. Derick talks about apathy. 39:00 Derick suggests checking out OSMI.org if they need help with depression. John talks about taking the pressure off. John make a great point about everyone being monkeys in suits, doing things we think that matters… 42:00 John talks about not losing the desire to make things better, and rebuilding. Derick talks having his wife understand his situation. Derick talks about climbing out of the big “U”. 48:00 Derick talks about how the phase is “I’m Freaking Out Right Now” is a key to notice his situation. John suggests pick something that is out of context to break out and have a pattern interrupt. 52:00 John rants about the scientific physical experiences now feels with anxiety. Derick talks about how he diverts anxiety during a talk or presentation. Derick talks how he business is anxiety inducing or looking at the signs and noticing the “burning room.” Derick says “Don't try to pushing yourself during recovery.” 59:00 John suggests to Derick to perhaps maybe get a regular job for awhile to reduce the anxiety and other taxing situations. Derick mentions that his therapist suggest the same thing. 1:03:00 Chuck says that he has been feeling similar things as Derick, and his wife ask if she should get another job. John gives some suggestions to Chuck. John suggest giving it 6 months to help getting into cover stuff. Chuck talks about cutting expenses. Josh says he does not see a problem after a couple of months. 1:11:00 John talks about clients paying up front before starting business. John suggests to Chuck to put a time limit on the situation, before changing his business situation. Josh mentions that he needs to make sure that it is working before handing it off. 1:15:00 John’s book is out! Thoughts for the Week John - None of this shit matters… take the pressure off. Josh - Backups and redundancy. Chuck - Take some time to code… or do what you love.
July 11, 2017
Episode 175 “Veiny 2.0” 0:15 We're Live! Yay. John talks about a video of a father burning his kids XBox. John talks about reasons why Derick might not be showing up for the master mind call. EntreProgrammers talk about destroying their video games consoles. 2:45 John updates us on his fitness levels and goals, and cracking the diet 2.0. John talks about dropping weigh after cutting all sugar, including fructose and artificial sweeteners. Josh chimes in a what he has notice about John’s calorie intake and what he burns during exercise. 6:00 John talks about a v02 max test, and the off the charts performance. John says his new diet is about insulin resistance. John talks about possible producing a program on the science of this diet. 10:00 Chuck mentions that he has lost 12lbs on the Ketogenic diet. Chuck talks about going to a new doctor and getting his meds changed. Josh talks about his fasting. John ask about the medication Chuck is taking. 17:00 John talks about what is happening to your body on the Keto diet, but also taking diabetic medication. Josh talks about his small carb intake right before workouts. Basically, tricking the brain into thinking it is getting carbs. 20:00 John talks about his experiment with his diet, with pre and post intake. John gives Chuck some suggestions on cutting out artificial sweeteners. 25:00 Josh talks about an on going debate about fitness he had with John. Josh talks about flipping a switch with his diet. Josh talks about the math of a diet and how it works, after his crash diet. 30:00 John talks about how Josh’s diet is causing insulin levels to be low and not spike. John mention reading the Obesity Code . 35:00 Chuck says that everyone’s metabolism is different. Chuck changes the subject to business and talks about his business and cashflow. Chuck talks about setting a KPI or key performance indicator. 40:00 Johns talks about how he want finding out where and how to manually find sponsors. Chuck talks about how his VA, Gerald is helping him out. Chuck talks she using LinkedIn to reach out. 45:00 Chuck talks about doing cold out reaching for sponsors. John talks about wanting to find someone to do out reach for sponsorship. Chuck shares how he is doing out reach, and shares his Asana broad. 48:00 Josh says he sees a lot of the companies he wants to reach out to as well on Chuck’s task board. Chuck show his sponsorship package. Chuck talks about his plan and how that sponsorships work for the client. John talks about a re sign up clause for the sponsorship plans. 53:00 Chuck talks about selling a solution, not a product. John talks about ROI with selling sponsorships. Josh mentions then interest levels and getting people to understand when a sponsorship actually works for a client. Chuck says he see away out of it. 1:02:00 Chuck talks about helping find sponsorship for other people’s shows. John announces a new EntreProgrammers subgroup. John says this could lead to an event or conference as some point. Thoughts for the Week! Josh - Setting your goals for the week. Chuck - Just stick too it. Make a list of things to quit. John - All labels are bad.
July 4, 2017
June 27, 2017
Episode 173 “John’s Law” 0:15 Simple Programmer Edition of EntreProgrammers. John talks about his visit at Fit Con. Highschool party? John talks about feeling like the “old pervert” at this conference. John talks about how 14 year old girl articulate building a following on Youtube. John goes on to talk about trying to network with a young crowd. John goes on the talk about traveling to and from the conference. 7:30 John talks about possibly going to another YouTube conference. John talks about his sport activities as the conference. John tries to out punch the Six Pack Ads guy Mike Chan. John continues to rant about his encounters at the conference. 12:00 John talks about learning techniques for deescalating a situation, and his experience at the expos. John explains his idea for installing a shoot gun mic. 16:00 Josh talks about his busy week and get down to the wire of the book launch. Josh talks about how in the beginning of his career he managed printed material. Josh talks she hiring someone form UpWork to help with design of the book layout. 19:00 Josh talk about his distrust with some UpWork freelance designers. John and Josh talks the Kindle book designers. Josh talks about the new UpWork hire, and the process of designing the book. Josh talks about trying to figure out why her service was more then they budgeted. 23:00 As a back up, Josh mentions hiring a firm as a back up for the book design. Josh says this is their flagship and need great job done of the book design. 28:00 Josh talks she his confidence in the book designer, who is a book publishing veteran. Josh talks he doing Op-Ins for the book. 30:00 John mention how he was explaining his book launch to a person. John say you can launch a book in a few weeks, but it will not be a premium product lacking all the marketing perks. 34:00 John mentions how some tradition publisher execute a book design and launch. John talks about promoting a video that was once from PluralSight. John says book Book Trailer is ready to go, as long as the Book landing page is done. 40:00 Josh says he has not yet looked into the emails and copy he has to create for the book. John talks about getting of .Net Rocks, and a bunch of podcast to help the book launch. 45:00 John talks about how his book SoftSkill was available for download from a Chinese site, but after it was taken down, book sales on Amazon are up again. 50:00 John talks about creating “Johns Law” for productivity. John talks about having a personal/business assistant in the future. Josh talks about finding someone as good as Aaron for another hire at Simple Programmer. 54:00 John and Josh talks about about everyone on their team is an A plus player, and replacing Aaron is going to be a challenge. Thoughts for the Week John - Be willing to take the skunk cost.. Josh - If you have something critical, get redundancy on it.
June 20, 2017
Episode 172 “Kiss off Mickey” 0:15 We’re Live! Chuck immediately says he world is blowing up. Chuck mentions having to find ways to pay things, such as server hosting. John says it is good that things blow up early, to figure out how to not go into the hole bad. 3:30 Chuck talks about how some of his revenue is not till a few weeks away, according to to sponsor payment cycles. “Its just freaking hard.” Chuck talks about an upcoming conference he is coordinating for quick income. 5:44 John asks questions about how to avoid short term solutions. Chuck talks about how at the beginning of the month he will have funds for business, but questionable for personal stuff. Chuck talks about adding possible podcast sponsor to his lists. 9:00 Josh ask what cause the “Current Crunch.” Chuck says it was paying taxes for the whole year last year. Chuck talks about his plan to not going into he red with paying taxes at the end of the year. Chuck talks about cutting on spending an saving in places where he is not using services. 14:00 John says to tells Mickey Mouse to kiss off. John talks about how they have to live an die based on looking at the monthly report. Chuck says he expected this year to look like last year as far as number goes. John says “You need buffers.” 17:00 John suggests to have your book keeper level off or spread the cash over the next few months to get a better idea of how much money you have. Chuck says this is kind of a belt tightening mode. 21:00 John talks about 6, 12 month rolling averages to gauge budgets. Josh suggests going back a looking the sales cycle, it is the summer, and that effects sales every year. 25:00 John says that Chuck is setting up himself great for the future, he just needs to survive till the future. Chuck says he is not going to be able to get to a promised project. John says just to do the deliverables, and tell your clients what you are going to do next. 29:00 John talks about threading or multitasking, and how that still slows progress. So bucket own and do the projects. 31:00 Josh ask if Chuck heard the new of Josh hitting mile stone 2, and is now a 50% Simple Programmer owner. John talks about arm wrestling his father. John says there is only two things that can only happen with money in Simple Programmer, expenses or income. 36:00 Josh talks about exporting his bank info. and built a budget around that information. Josh talks about getting a call from his bank, and how they see that he is run a business out of his account. So Josh is opening a credit card account for business. 40:00 John suggest just setting up a business account rather than changing banks. EntreProgrammers talk about business credit cards. 44:00 John talks about using 99 Designs or a designer for the UK for the book landing page. John talks about DHH. Thoughts for the Week Chuck - Git yer done. John - Like is an obstacle course.. Josh - Carve away stuff..
June 13, 2017
Episode 171 “Veiny Bastard Program” 0:15 We’re Live. EntreProgrammers talk about trying to not discuss anything before they air. John shares information on his body fat measurements, at 11 percent. John talks about low hanging fruit and having a lot of room to grow. Be harsher on yourself as you measure your goals. John get off his soapbox. 5:00 Josh share his encounter with a very strict diet, and measuring his calories. Josh talks about the mental aspects and reaching the goals. Josh mentions being at 12 percent body fat. 10:00 John says losing weight does not take long, but getting to a certain body fat percentage is difficult. Josh talks about his conflict goal between gymnastic training and body building. Josh says the train helps him feel better, with less aches and pains. 12:00 Josh explains his maintenance levels for maintaining his body weight. John suggests workouts for Josh. Josh continue to talks the the other types of thing he was to continue and change with his workouts. 16:00 John talks about putting Josh on his Veiny Bastard program. John talks about finishing his marathon in some 4 hours this past Sunday. 20:00 John talks still doing leg day even after running a marathon. Josh talks about the Keto diet and his experience with broccoli tasting like butter. John talks about low fat diet and how sex drive. 25:00 John say vanity has a high price. Josh talks about how he finally achieved his childhood dream with his bracer. Josh asks questions about John’s two image consulting meeting. John shares how using two image consultants are creating an image for him 30:00 Josh talks about doing an interview for software developers and professionals for image. John and Josh discuss how people are dressed in the work place, and how that effects how people see them. 37:00 John mentions that Josh now is an equal partner in Simple Programmer! Josh talks about building a business is a quick way to build wealth. 40:00 John talks about Ty Lopez’s new video or commercial. John talks about the main points of Ty’s video on creating wealth. John compares this to MJ DeMarco’s practice to building wealth. John talks about investing in real estate to build wealth. 46:00 John and Josh discuss different ways to invest money from your business into real estate, stocks, and Angle Investing. John talks about adding a “Hey John” section in his book. 50:00 John talks about the value of his book as he is working on it. Josh thinks this is going to be a very long audio book. John talks about how they are going to blast 1 million developers on launch day. John wants to hit the biggest launch numbers in Amazon, not mainstream numbers. 1:00:00 Josh and John discuss the developmental ideas for John’s new book and the launch preparations that are coming up quickly. John talks about another idea that is similar to the new book landing page. 1:03:00 John and Josh talk about polarizing and getting people excited about the book. John talks about Algorithms to Live By 1:09:00 Josh talks about YouTube ads on mobile, verse desktop ads. John talks about different pay platforms like ApplePay. John talks about break the store with updates. Thoughts for the Week! Josh - Little bit at a time and chipping away, don’t despise the little things. John - Plan your day ahead of time and cut away the distractions.
June 6, 2017
Episode 170 “Cheap Bastard” 0:15 We’re Live! Derick is frozen, kinda. Chuck wants to rant about having a cancelled guest because of sponsors. John talks about finding a pattern of refunds form a particular customer. 5:00 Josh talks about his reasoning for asking for a refund. Chuck, said that John should go to a movie, and if it was not a good, to as for a refund. Chuck talks about taking the EntreProgrammers advice about doing an urgent time sensitive deal for sponsor slots. Chuck talks about doing a pre-sale on his book. 9:00 Josh say that chuck when to opposite direction of a pig farmer this pass week. Derick talks about a jerk giving away his course for free. Derick says he need to create a sales sequence. 11:00 John talks about reading a great book, Algorithms To Live By . Josh talks about the issues with the emails on the last sale at Simple Programmer. Josh shares his email flop. Josh say him may not want to do FAQ emails anymore. Josh say he may just highlight just the bonuses. 17:00 John talks about a Tweet from Drunk Old Bastard, and how they turned in this situation around. Josh talks about other ways them could have converted on the course. 22:30 Josh described that cost for an email subscriber. John and talks about training customers, and how doing fire sales are not good for business. 26:00 Derick talks about a friend’s course that returns very low sales on UDemy. Derick talks about doing or noticing geographical pricing on courses. 30:00 John talks about new customers and return customers, and small percentage for sales are form return customers. Derick talks about his discount situation at Watch Me Code. Derick says there is a balance to be found when doing discounts on products or services. 35:00 Josh talks on customer lifetime value, and cost per subscriber. Entreprogrammers talks more about discounts, which is like buying customers. John talks about price tiering. 39:00 John talk about the different tiers of discounting. Josh talks about noticing the ShutterFly discounting pattern. Chuck says most people will react to the price that make sense to them. 42:00 Derick talks about a game discount supplier. John talks about how the best customers will learn the discount pattern or frequency. Josh says the whole point of a discount is urgency and scarcity of a product. 47:00 John talks about resistance to sales. Derick talks have finally cracked the 8K number on his mailing list. Derick interactive publishing company for multiple kinds of media. Derick mentions that his lead magnets are begin to work. 55:00 John says the key thing is to own the source, or ow the platform for blogs and content. John talks about publishing all video as a membership type site for Simple Programmer. Thoughts for the Week Josh - When you don't have time for a checklist, that is when you need a checklist. John - Pomodoro Technique… Derick - Focus on the right thing Chuck - Being deliberate…
May 30, 2017
Episode 169 “Short on Top, Long on Sides” 0:15 Chuck mention he would not mind being a pig farmer. Entrepreneurship is taking a toll these days. Derick cracks jokes about John’s situation at Simple Programmer, and Josh’s Apple Air Pods. 3:45 Chuck talk about having to pay taxes, paying a lot of money out, and maybe having to do something desperate. Chuck talks about his email conversation with a former sponsor. 7:00 Chuck talks about having to do some deep discounts and other dealings with this former sponsor. 10:00 John talks above creating perceptions within a business, in order to follow through with business. John more about the 100K goal that Chuck created for himself. John talks about hitting goals first that are steps to the target. 15:00 Josh makes a suggestion on Chuck’s LinkedIn profile. Josh says that benefit of huge goals or targets make you think in ways you haven’t. John thinks that Chuck did have a great month. 21:00 John says that at any given time we can only do what we are capable of doing at the time. Josh suggest a time sensitive offer to gain some quick income. Chuck mentions going back to quarterly and annually sponsor spots. 28:30 Josh says the easiest place to get money is from those who already gave you money. 31:00 John talks about going shopping to change his image, and not look like a muscle bound freak. Johns says that he bought stretchy pants at actually fit. John says that he is ban from wearing tank tops. John says that experience has open his eyes on image. 40:00 Johns talks about the perception he was putting off according to his new stylist. Chuck makes comment on the perception rant. Chuck ask if John was taking the videos down. John says this is a moving forward change with image. 45:00 John talks his plan for changing up the Simple Programmer brand in to something more mainstream. John eagerly awaits feedback from the mastermind. 50:00 Chuck talks the difference of marketing when going mainstream. John says the next book he writes will not be about programming, but about self development. John talks about expanding out of the niche into the more mainstream. 53:00 Josh says this change might be something that Chuck would be interested in doing with podcasts. 55:00 Chuck mentions taking over a couple of shows, but is not sure when this will happen. 57:00 Derick says he is actively looking for client work within companies for training purposes. Derick says that What Me Code is still paying the bills, and he is done with one of his clients. Derick talks about his income numbers with Watch Me Code. 1:05:00 Derick says he is still waiting on his big final success with Watch Me Code. Derick say he feels that he can’t not give feedback on the rest of the guys, because they are somewhat far ahead of him business wise. 1:08:00 Derrick talks about he video game youtube channel, and a viral video he created. 1:12:00 Go to entreprogrammers.com/apply to join an EntreProgrammers Subgroup! One spot left! Thoughts for the Week John - Use an expert as leverage. Josh - Know when to say no.. Chuck - Make a plan and get with it. Derick - Timing is everything.
May 23, 2017
Episode 168 “Shock Collar!” 0:15 John talks about take your iPhone 7 into the shower. John talk about every time they hire an expert, they John and Josh still know more than them. John says to only thing they lack is the time to get to all the ideas they have. John explains that the more money they have, the more issue that have getting too extend their business into new areas. 8:00 John mentions that he made the same mistake he tell Chuck not to do.John says you either implement it or project manage it. 12:00 Chuck talks about having a hard talk with Jamie about the podcast editing. Chuck talks about finding an new podcast editor. John says he the asshole who tells everyone to fire their employees. Chuck talks about communicating with your help or employees to make sure things are getting done correctly. 19:00 John tell Chuck that he should be careful not to fire someone prematurely. John says you have to be thrilled with your help to make things work. 21:00 John ask if Chuck got a transcriptionist, but not a show notes writer. Chuck says he thinks he may have mess that up. Josh talks about the order of publishing of the podcast. Chuck says he have at least 8 episode going out every week. Chuck talk that different type of transcription services he has used in the past. Still wait on technology to get better. 28:00 John mentions using Hot Jar to find out how many people actually use the show notes. John say a better workflow will up the output production. Chuck talks about getting started on the Kickstarter for React and Elixir shows. 32:00 Chuck talks about how people at the Build Microsoft conference are reaching out o him for sponsorships. Chuck explains how people got interested in the sponsorships. Chuck talks about changing his philosophy on acquiring sponsors, and how he want people to get an great ROI. 37:00 Chuck talks about helping the customer reach their ROI as a sponsor as a new approach to selling sponsorships. Chuck talks about going to other kinds of events outside of developer conferences to find sponsors. 43:00 Chuck says that Grace is no longer doing conference task for him, he is now having more meetings or call to help stay on track. Chuck talks about doing things in a 3 month plans. 46:00 John talks about having to many ideas and thing to do as the shit hits the fan. Chuck show his tasks board, and tell us how it works to keep him on schedule. 59:00 2 more spots available for Entreprogrammers Subgroups at entreprogrammers.com/apply Thoughts for the Week John - Plan ahead for the days you are away Josh - Ckicken and waffles! Chuck - “The way you do anything, is the way you do everything”
May 16, 2017
Episode 167 “Turning Sh!t Into Shitake!” 0:15 We’re live and there are 4 of us! John tells us about a strange phenomenon and his video responses. Crazy stuff. John talks about receiving his Apple Air Pods in another strange event. 6:28 Derick tells a story about about a double from amazon. Derick talks about his strange coincidence. Derick asks about a tale about at Simple Programmer. John shares about working with someone to create a course for Simple Programmer. John talks about a mistake on the video. Josh and John talk about trying to salvage the video. 15:00 Josh talks about the uncertainty of the quality of the course. John goes on to explains being accused of stealing the course, and going on to verify the content on UDemy . Come to find out… it was stolen by the hired person. 22:00 John talks about trying to turn this around, by using the actual author’s course to replace the stolen material. Tony the author agrees and launch the course through Simple Programmer. Bubba gets called out publicly. John talks about confronting Bubba. 32:00 John talks about how he learn from his mistakes of not check Bubba’s background. Josh talks about his mistakes as well and cognizing the warning signs. 40:00 Stressfully week at Simple Programmer. Chuck is in Seattle at Microsoft Build. Chuck asks Josh about how he using LinkedIn. Josh gives some pointers on how to use LinkedIn to reach people in a more professional connection. Chuck talks about using BlueTick. 48:00 Chuck talks about looking for sponsors at the conference, and doing in person meetings. Derick talks about his webinar, replacing floors and washing machine. Derick talks about camping with ADHD kids. 52:00 Derick says the webinar went well, and sold 58 spots for the webinar. Derick describes this email sequence. Derick talks about the different JS language he is offer in the videos. Derick talks about what he is offering with his Docker videos. 1:00:00 Derick talks about his survey, and what he learn from it to create the webinar and sales page. Derick is not going to do webinars in May, but plans to get bak to the e-book. 1:03:00 Josh talks about Micro Conf. and a story about a 2 Star review. Josh talks about catching flak about doing a review in the course. Josh and John talk about the out coming and down votes on this review. Thoughts of the Week Derick - Do the Copy Hour Course. John - Turn shit into shiitake. Josh - You don't know anything. Chuck - Reaching out to people…
May 9, 2017
0:15 Live on a Monday! Weird.. Luis gets ahold of Chuck after hearing the podcast. John talks about running 20 miles. John is still training for the marathon, that is going to happen in the next month. Chuck stalls on the Keto Diet. Chuck mentions using the internet and researching what he need to do to bring down his blood sugar. 4:30 John talks how what Chuck need to do to possibly bring down is blood sugar. Josh suggests taking MCT oils or brain octane oils by Dave Asprey. Josh thinks that Chuck is though the hard part of the Keto diet. 9:40 josh talks about increasing his fat intake and the effects. John talks about going in and out of ketosis and fasting. Chuck talks about hiring a new book keeper, and attempting doing 100K in sales this month. Chuck finds out the BlueTick does not work in Safari. 14:00 Chuck talks about having issues with his VA in the Philippines. Josh talks about someone has not been fired in awhile. John talks about how family is in high regard in the Philippines, and this may be the issue with a missing VA. 15:00 Josh and Chuck about having an emergency fund. John suggest having some stored salted pork. Josh talks about testing book covers, and running Facebook Ads. Josh talks about doing Facebook ads and having some issues with text. 21:00 Josh talks about working with Ad sets. John and Josh talk about the process of the book launch and Facebook ads. Josh talks about reaching cold traffic and retargeting. Josh continues talks about the many different ways to reach cold traffic, warming up and audience, and creating effective ads on Facebook. 32:00 Josh talks about the 99 Design contest, and how the poll was being reused or copied by designers. John talks about how to do a 99 designs contest. John thinks that 99 designs is worth the work. 36:00 Chuck talks about having issues with his podcast editor, and podcast are not getting done. The EntreProgrammers talk about Chuck’s situation with finding a new podcast show note editor. John thinks that Chuck should turn he podcast editing into an in house editor. 49:00 Chuck is postponing Ruby Remote conf. and is going to take care of the product side of things. John talks about interviewing MJ DeMarco of Millionaire FastLane! John say having huge following allows them to get big names for interviews. 53:00 John talks about leaving the Sub groups applications open. Apply at entreprogrammers.com/apply . Thoughts For The Week Chuck - Share our warts… John - It is easier to forget where you were…. Josh - Trilled to be where I am…
May 2, 2017
Episode 165 “Random Dude” 0:15 John mentions looking at book cover designs, and not sure about the design or creativity. Josh describes the designs and issues and challenges with the book cover. John talks about the 99 designs contests for the book cover. John talks about using 99 designs for a lot of projects and how they should be sponsors. 6:00 Chuck chimes in on his thoughts on the contest of using 99 designs. Josh mentions using Facebook ads to promote the book. Josh think a cover with a photo is more usable for the real book cover. Josh says asking people what they like is usually the best bet. John mentions the colors people pick and other things that are pleasing to the eye. Honey badger and Unicorns… 13:00 Chuck talks about trying to figure out his launch sequence. John ask where he is at in the process. Chuck talks about his crazy number of 75K with the upcoming conferences and sponsorships. 16:00 Chuck talks about launching a book at the end of May. John say it does not have to be finished to do a pre-sale. At Chuck’s current pre-sale of 1500 dollars, Josh suggest having more to offer. Josh suggests a 10 week course, or releasing content overtime, to create value. 22:00 Chuck asks how he can package the product into a 500 dollar product.. Chuck mention the beta package paying 300 dollars. John says not to write a book, unless you are going to publish on Amazon. 27:00 John says you have to ask yourself why you are writing you book. Josh suggest doing video to gain an audience. John compares this to a gym membership service. 31:00 John talks about doing a running with Manny, and running 9 miles with him. Chuck talks about needed carbs, badly. Chuck is doing the Keto diet. Josh talks about finding things that have too much protein calories. Chuck talks about his experiment with the Ketogenic diet. 37:00 John talks about the night and day body fat percentage. Josh talk about reaching out to Red Gate. Josh talks about using BlueTick. 41:00 Chuck talk about have a VA find people who sponsor podcast. Josh talks about how Blue Tick does what he needs it to do. 45:00 John talks about growing the pool of audience and sponsorships. Josh mentions sponsorships. Chuck talks about his plan for the funnels, cold groups, podcast sponsorships. 49:00 John talks about reaching out to DPD. Chuck asks why Josh’s WordPress guy never got back to him. 52:00 John talks about possibly getting an interview with MJ De Marco or Millionaire Fastlane. John is looking of a personal stylist or image consultant. 1:05:00 We need 4 people for another EntreProgrammers Sub Group Mastermind podcast at: EntreProgrammers.com/apply Thoughts For The Week Chuck - “How You Do Anything,Is How You Do Everything…” John - There is nothing that is difficult in life… Josh - “It’s important to know what you enjoy…”
April 25, 2017
Episode 164 “I Need a Job, Come Work For Me” 0:15 Derick mentions that he needs new clients. Need help wth Docker..? Josh mention that he needs to email some 12000 people for clients and building his business. 4:00 Derick mentions creating 15 emails for he launch sequence. Derick talk about doing a Jeff Walker type of launch for his project. 7:40 Derick mention that Monday is launch day, with 40 percent off for his mailing list. Derick also talks about the mistakes and challenge he encountered. Derick says he is going to use this sequence as an evergreen funnel if it works well. 11:30 Derick talks about free bonus with this Docker product. Derick says he wrote 2300 word for his most current emails. Derick say he still has to write the last chance emails. Derick says that only has been writing tons, but has not had time to build the webinar. 18:00 Chuck says he cancelled Freelance Remote Conf., and lower some prices on others. EntreProgrammers talk about marketer and their strategies. John says he is afraid of Ministry of Tests…John says they are similar to Hell Angles. 25:00 Chuck ask what he should do as are as sponsor cost. Chuck says he is looking into trading services to cut cost. Chuck talks about his beta test project. Josh gives some suggestion on how to keep growing a list. 31:00 John talks about opening up another sub group of 4 people at entreprogrammers.com/apply. 50 dollar application fee and 50 a month. 34:00 John talk about hiring Native Commerce to do content production and SEO. Josh talks about getting into the zero spot for a blog post. Josh talks about the meeting with the Native Commerce people. 40:00 John talks about getting the price down to 6K a month for Native Commerce services. John says they should be able to double or triple traffic within a year. Josh talks about BlueTick. 47:00 Josh hope The EntreProgrammers are the backlink to BluetTick for request on their software. Similar to how they use to ask Rob Walling who created Drip. Chuck ask if he should check out BlueTick. 53:00 Chuck asks about key features he would need if he were to use BlueTick. Chuck talks about features challenge with Contactually. Chuck talks about reaching out to people to acquire podcast, as well as doing a survey. Chuck says people were interested in React and Elixir. Chuck talk about his ideas of this project. The EntreProgrammers gives feedback on marketing and ways to be most effective with podcasts and audiences reached. 1:05:00 Derick talk about the Elixir community and Rob Conery. Thoughts for the Week Derick - Trust The Process John - Ignore what everyone says and do what you think is right. Chuck - Do what you want to do, but dot be afraid to ask for help. Josh - Be willing to negotiate on things, its uncomfortable but worth it.
April 18, 2017
Episode 163 “That was Vegas…” 0:15 We’re Live and Alive! Josh talks about his flight with an annoying lady. John crack jokes about United Airlines. 3:30 Josh talks about how John won 2 awards in a row at MicroConf. John talks about going to nightclubs in Vegas, and getting girls to go to a club. 7:00 Chuck talks about how he has no interesting nightclubs. So that was Vegas… John ask how Chuck like MicroConf. EntreProgrammers talk about their thought about the events at MicroConf. 13:00 EntreProgrammers continue on their thought on the talks and event organization at MicroConf. John says that because they’ve been to tons of conferences in the past, they have heard it all and noting new is happening in the world of marketing. 18:00 Chuck says that after learning from MicroConf., he feels like he should cancel the rest of conferences he has schedule until he gathers more information. Josh suggest looking at the math and his list. 22:00 Chuck talks about the last funnel he was building to gain more people on his list. Josh suggest growing the audience would be quickest for Chuck. Chuck is think about doing somethings for free and Summit event as a land grab. 27:00 Josh ask Chuck about how long does it take for Chuck to set up the conference events. Josh suggest looking at the costs first. 31:00 John talks about having a mountain of email during traveling. Including taxes. Chuck talks about his tax situation. John explains pay taxes as you go up the tax bracket. Death and Taxes.. 37:00 Chuck talks both doing an Audience Survey with his assistant’s help, and mistakenly gets 11,000 emails because they did not check a certain box in Drip. 39:00 Chuck ask if anyone had some major takeaways from MicroConf. John talks about a ideas and new ways to do things at Simple Programmer. 44:00 Josh talks about how most of his takeaways were from talking to people at the conference. Chuck says the conference have become generic, and most great information come from talking to people. 48:00 John mentions the BlueTick… Thoughts for the Week John - Beliefs and contrast. Chuck - Open up and be honest at conferences. Josh - Physical proximity works best.
April 11, 2017
Episode 162 “Live From Vegas!” 0:15 EntreProgrammers minus Derick, Live from Vegas! Chuck talks about the recent retreat he attended by Jamie and some notable marketers. Chuck talks about getting help with how to create more revenue with podcast and sponsorships, all mapped out by Jamie. 5:00 Chuck talks about getting some direction for the marketer’s perspective. Chuck talks about not being able to walk after doing some martial arts. Chuck says he is still looking for a good CRM. Josh is leaning toward Contactually . John about another type of CRM. 14:00 Chuck talks about 17Hats. EntreProgrammers discuss the features of their current CRMs and which service works best for them. 20:00 EntreProgrammers talk about their tactic for setting up emails and unsubscribes. Josh talks about how unsubscribe process works, within emails. John talks about predicting revenue. Josh talks about the process of a pipeline, verses a waiting list. 27:00 John talks about changing their sponsorship model, because of an incident at Simple Programmer. Josh continues with extending a sponsorship for a client. Josh talks about the possibilities if they could bring in 30k in sponsorship revenue. 32:00 John talks about how they want to do sponsorship in a different way for the way Chuck does sponsorship. John talks about the process they would do for sponsorship at Simple Programmer. 36:00 Josh asks Chuck about the slots available for podcast sponsorship at Dev Chat TV. Chuck talks about how he wants to do individual stories of the podcasts at Dev Chat TV. Chuck is planning to recording podcast episodes 2 months ahead, maybe twice a year. 42:00 Chuck talks about having trouble with his podcast editor. Chuck is looking into the issues for the podcast editorial process. Chuck talk about using Cashfly rather then Libsyn for podcast hosting. 47:00 Josh talks about the bottleneck situation for copywriting at Simple Programmer. Josh talks about how getting 2-3 week ahead will help him with get Q&A; ready. Chuck talk about his issues and frustrations with the editorial process with podcast editing. 51:00 John talks about how”Baba” email him about creating an audio and e-books out of the past videos posted on the YouTube channel. John talks about how this individual want to do an internship to create content. Josh describes this as reusing the byproduct of the left overs of the material on YouTube. 1:00:00 Chuck talks the indoctrination email. John is covering the mic again…. lip reading would help… Not subtitles. Sorry. Derick saves the day. Thoughts for the Week Chuck - Don’t be afraid to ask… Josh - The easiest money in the world is like taking money for a baby. John - There is always something that comes up…stuff still has to happen.
April 4, 2017
Episode 161 “Quality Check…” 0:15 EntreProgrammers joke about Chuck’s microphone issues and the usual technical podcasting challenges. Derick mentions he had a hold lot of nothing happening and only 6 hours of work. John talks about the issues with their newest white label launch. Quality Check anyone? 4:00 Josh say he was too focus on the marketing to worry about the quality of the product. John says he is going to have the author go back through the product quality to make sure is it good to go for the next round. 6:00 John says he feels bad about no double checking the product, and worried a little about their reputation. Josh says is not great a doing quality control for video and audio. John gives the workflow for making sure your audio sound is the same or consistent when edited. 13:00 John is not sure if he wants to continue with the White Label material. John talks about listening to an audio book, “The Everything Store.” 18:30 Derick says he had a successful webinar. Also, he mention the sale of the seats and the Q &A; sessions. Derick was able to connect the current webinar to previous webinar material. Derick says he generated 616 dollars for this webinar. Derick mentions that after doing webinars, he gets and influx of subscribers. 25:00 Derick and Josh discuss email lists and marketing strategies. John talks about the hypothetical store front that Derick created, and what the next step of marketing is going to be. Josh talks more about what Derick can do to rework is email list. 34:00 Derick talks about how is was able to get back on his health care client work. Chuck talks about being sick all last week, and dealing with a broken washer. Chuck talks about an interesting budget system he learned. Chuck mention that he is going to prioritize and focusing on his business. John talks about advertisers putting out of Google ads. 44:00 Josh talks about how he know people are using ad blocking. Chuck talks about how Microsoft are spending money for their presents on podcast on the Dev Chat TV network. Derick says sometime it is about brand awareness. 51:00 John talks about the book , The Ultimate Sales Machine. Chuck their inner workings or relationship with Microsoft. Chuck talks about the possibility of connecting with Dell for sponsorship proposes. John said to do anti-sponsorship. Chuck talks about how he wants to tell stories and experience in his ad copy. Chuck says he might want to find someone to write copy. Josh thinks he need to find a develops and train them as a copywriter. 1:00:00 EntreProgramers talk about working with a copywriter, and the learning to do copywriting as an entrepreneur. Josh talks about the copy he writes verses the sales generated, hit and miss. Thoughts for the Week Derick - Practicing and improving, shift away from the “this has to work” John - What is success? Maximizing your potential. Josh - Take the hit and own it. Chuck - Priority
March 28, 2017
Episode 160 “Italian Fever” 0:15 We’re Live! EntreProgrammers talk about needing tech support for starting the podcast call. Chuck talks about how his computer has no optical drive. John mentions being sick for the last few days. Also has to run a half marathon. Chuck says he has been sick this past week as well. 2:50 Chuck has a question about the ticket price situation for his conferences. Chuck thinks he should lower the prices a bit to increase the sales. Josh talks about doing the split test on the ticket prices, also increasing the response rate. Josh says to test on the less popular conference to see if it works. 6:00 John advises to limit features on the test ticket price. Josh said to go back to the people and ask that reason people did not see the value. Chuck talks about those who did not understand the conference was remote or online. 12:00 John and Josh suggests offering the ticket price at half prices to those who did not signup yet, but remove some small features, like youtube video access later on or something lesser to the full paying access. Josh talks about the pricing situation on training courses at Simple Programmer. John gets and idea from the advice he gives to Chuck. 20:00 Josh talks about the sales launch Simple Programmer recently did, and how they could do things better. Also, the idea for the courses they will be offering. Josh talks about the type of courses will reach a certain audience. Josh says they have to scale their efforts. 28:00 John talks about how the audience is the most important and that is where the value is at. Josh talks about selling this template as a business opportunity. John says this is reinventing Plural Sight, unfortunately. 35:00 John talks about his idea for the 12 month courses. Josh says he really wants to do this. John mentions that they need to get the book launch out of the way first. Josh says that he is almost done reading John’s new book. John talks about ways one can claim being “the best in the world” at some niche. Chuck says sometime it is up to “just showing up” to be in the ring of best in the world. 42:00 Chuck moving the Ruby Rogues parlait to Slack. Chuck talks about writing code to make the move. Chuck talks about pissing people off on hack news or other forums. 50:00 Chuck mentions have at least 10 for the beta on the Getting A Job project. Josh talks about his pass ideas for learning and maintaining services like SharePoint. 52:00 John mentions that he is learning Italian to Chuck. Apparently, Chuck knows Italian. Chuck think he want to learn Japanese. John talks about how is learning Italian. Chuck says to practice just for a half hour. 57:00 Chuck reveals how he learned Italian. Chuck also took French in high school. Thoughts of the Week Josh - Increasing work capacity John - No matter how much you don’t like it, what it is, is what it is. Chuck - Get the prospective right.
March 21, 2017
Episode 159 “Trust the Process” 0:15 I think we’re live? But, Trust the Process. Going Retro! Josh says that he's is cancelling his email account and everyone can reach him by carrier pigeon. John trackpad clicking a super loud. Windows issues still prevail. 5:00 Chuck talks about his recent conference experience. John talks about his live YouTube board cast, and how popular it is. John talks about his weird encounter with a YouTube viewer. 10:00 Derick says he goes around screaming to people too. John talks about being called a Nazi and how things got crazy. Chuck talks about how people misunderstand comments or discussions. 15:00 Chuck ask about how to present YouTube videos for Ruby Rants. John mentions that YouTube is getting rid of annotations. So cards are the next thing. Derick says that annotations did not work on mobile anyways. Cards work better. 19:00 Chuck asks what happens to old videos with annotations. Johns says that still will work, but you can’t create new annotations. 22:00 John question why YouTube did not just make annotations work on mobile. Derick says he is going to have to cancel his plans to go to Micro Conf. Chuck offers to share a room, but Derick says he is a horrible roommate. 25:00 Derick says he is does not have the funds to spend on extra events, but he is still able to cover bills. Derick talks about how America Airlines will not refund tickets. Derick shares where the expenses are, and how he got into some debt. 30:00 John suggest that Derrick should start contract work full-time to get out of debt, and get into a better situation. Then start his regular Watch Me Code work when he is in a better situation. 35:00 Josh says even if Derick has credit cards, he needs that pressure on, to get him into the mindset of working with regular income not credit cards transactions. 37:00 John ask if there is way he and Josh could launch a product that Derick has created through Simple Programmer. Chuck talks about looking into his channels to help Derick. Johns says these options are bandaids to help the situation. 42:00 Josh talks about he credit card situation of a 500 dollar limit. John mentions that he is in Boise Idaho, visiting all the old place he use to visit. Thoughts of the Week John - To let go of everything. Josh - Challenge equals opportunity Chuck - You probably know more than you think and start asking the hard questions Derick - Don’t Be Derick
March 20, 2017
Episode 158 “Hookers and Green M&Ms;” 0:15 John and Josh in the same room. John and Josh talk about getting help with the book launch. John thinks that they will have a successful book launch, and are hoping to take the number one spot in all of Amazon. Josh talks about the pre-sale strategy for Amazon. 4:30 Josh talks about working with Tom in the book launch and the tasks he is doing for the book. John describe the book review process. 6:00 Chuck talks about his week and getting his Get A Job product out. Chuck talks about the questions he is often asked about getting a first developer job or getting a better developer job. Chuck talks about he process for acquiring information for his new product. 10:00 John and Chuck talk about the process of “Stalking.” Chuck is trying to get people into his funnel. Also, Chuck is doing the JS conference this week. 13:00 Chuck talks about getting a logo job out on Fivrr, for his short videos. Chuck discuss his plans for his next product. Chuck mention his plans for doing a Kickstarter. John explains how it is important on planning how to exit. Chuck talks about his plans for the various podcasts on his channels. 23:00 Chuck talks she doing press kits for some of his podcasts, possible for sponsorship slots. Josh gives some feedback on how Chuck should handle the sponsors or ad slots for various companies. 25:00 John suggests that Chuck should do a partnership with a company that wanted to buy Simple Programmer. John says this would broaden the reach. 28:00 Chuck says this plan is blowing up his brain. Chuck says in a couple with he is going to be at a retreat with Jamie Masters. 30:00 Josh explains what he saw a the Traffic and Conversion conference. Chuck compare this to using the Amazon Echo. 35:00 Chuck talks about sending out email for a 17Hats account. Chuck has discovered that 17Hats does not have and API. John talks about google collaborative group boxes. 39:00 Josh talk about building the perfect tool, and how every tool can talk to one another. Chuck ask if the Rails Conference is worth going too. Chuck talks about wearing a pole to stranded out. John says he wants to invite himself hang out with Chuck to hang out with book authors. 47:00 Chuck mentions that he is building a new PC. John is excited about how everyone is going back to PC. The EntreProgrammers talk about the computer setups. Thoughts for the Week Chuck - Just get out and do it. John - Putting some changes it place . Josh - Don’t let yourself off the hook.