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.
Kitze has a ton of experience building successful products for the web. He has also built awesome open source software and has seen, first-hand, how it can be unsustainable as an author. In this episode, Kitze takes us through his journey building his latest app, Sizzy––the browser for designers and developers. He covers topics including how he came up with the idea for Sizzy, how he took the product to market, and the challenges he has encountered along the way. This episode is full of great advice for those wanting to build apps and generate income from them.
Sean talks about his experience going through Y Combinator, one of the best known early-stage startup accelerators in the world. He gives us the inside scoop about all aspects of the program, including the application process, how to gain leverage from beginning to end, and the high-pressure "demo day" which culminates the program. Sean shares what went right and what went wrong when he went through with his first company, Bushido, and also what he changed going through it a second time with his current company, OneGraph.
Jason talks about his approach to networking and why it's crucial to serve without expecting anything in return. He goes into detail about how he was able to build authority in his niche on social media by being the guy with answers and offering them up, right when people would ask. Jason provides a bunch of tips on how developers can build and scale their own businesses, regardless of whether they are service-based, product-based, or a mix of both.
Nader talks about his journey as an independent software consultant and how he was able to attract some of the biggest names in the tech industry as clients. He goes into detail about how open source and writing can make a huge difference when trying to establish yourself in the industry. Nader also talks about the process he went through for writing his book, React Native in Action, and also covers his approach to delivering paid workshops.
Jeff talks about how and why he went from working for one of the most prestigious tech companies in the world to starting his own consultancy, Nrwl (Narwhal). He goes into detail about why he and his co-founder decided to focus specifically on Angular and how it has helped the business. Jeff also talks about the secrets of enterprise sales and offers some advice on how to approach selling to large organizations.
Chris talks about his journey building Scotch.io, one of the most popular developer content sites on the internet. He goes into detail about how to generate traffic, how to optimize SEO, and what the upsides and downsides of working with a very large pool of guest authors. He also discusses some of his strategies for generating revenue from Scotch.io and offers some advice for those looking to do the same with their own blog. If you are interested in how to create content for developers that they will love and (how to monetize it), this episode will provide a ton of value to you.
Justin talks about his journey creating Transistor.fm, a podcast hosting and analytics platform (and the platform used by this podcast). He goes into detail on some of the more challenging and stressful aspects of building a SaaS company, including cashflow, handling outages, customer retention, and more. Justin also talks about what it's all about to be a maker and why it's a rewarding pursuit for anyone.
Eric talks about his career as a software developer and how he transitioned away from full-time work to working for himself. He discusses his approach to content marketing and why one of the best ways to market yourself as a developer is to teach. Eric gives his thoughts on why Medium is a powerful and effective way to distribute content and why it might be a good choice for developers who want to reach a broader audience.
Jesse talks about his journey starting and scaling his consultancy, BrieBug Software. He covers why it's valuable to focus on specific technologies and goes into detail about his approach for attracting and retaining enterprise clients. Jesse also shares insights on what it's like to be the CEO of a large consulting firm, including lessons he has learned along the way.
Jeff talks about his approach to experimenting with new startups within his existing company, GetHuman. Jeff's experimentation method means he and his team can move quickly to validate new ideas without betting the farm. In this episode, Jeff describes the framework that his team uses to determine whether a new idea is worthy of pursuit and how they go about testing their assumptions for new products.
Tracy Lee talks about her entrepreneurial pursuits in the tech industry starting with Dishcrawl, a startup she founded and later sold. Her newest venture is a top-tier consultancy called This Dot Labs which specializes in building front end applications for businesses. In this episode, Tracy also talks about how This Dot is focused on hiring women and how she is working to get more women into the tech industry.
Brad Hussey talks about his journey going from dead-end job to getting freedom over his income and time by getting into web development. He talks about how he creates and sells courses for developers and also how he has found freedom in freelancing as a coder.
Adam Wathan talks about his journey as a self-published course author. He goes into detail about the process he follows for creating new courses, including how to pick a topic and make consistent progress towards the finish line. He also shares the numbers from some of his latest products, including Refactoring UI.