Daniel talks about what went into his decision to quit his very well-paid position as an engineer at AWS to be independent. He walks us through his journey getting one promotion after another at Amazon, only to realize that the high salary wasn't worth it. Daniel is currently building a product called Userbase (formerly called Encrypted.dev), a tool for creating secure and GDPR-compliant web apps. He talks about how he landed on Userbase as a product idea and what it has been like thus far building it out.
Joel takes us through his experience building egghead.io, one the world's best-known resources for high-quality programming tutorials. Egghead has a unique approach to business and Joel talks about why they generally don't pay attention to the competition, why they don't have deadlines, and why it's important that egghead stays a tight-knit family business. Joel gives a ton of recommendations for books, courses, and other learning resources that have been crucial for his success.