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Hello Tech Pros, What Products & Businesses Are You Building?

Hello Tech Pros is a podcast that explores the opportunities, challenges and anxieties that technical professionals and techpreneurs face when building their career, building their products and building their business. This show is about the people behind technology and the mindsets and skill sets they developed that led to their success. The show's host, Chad Bostick, is a 20 year veteran of the software development industry both as a practitioner and as a manager at companies like iBEAM Broadcasting, Devon Energy, Zynga and Fanduel. Chad is also an advocate for the awareness of Social Anxiety Disorder in the tech industry. His own battle in overcoming social anxieties led him to get the girl, lead the teams and launch a very successful podcast where he has interviewed over 250 guests.
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May 31, 2016

Since he hasn't had a boss, Christian's had to come up with his own ways of making sure he stays productive. Today he shares his 3-step productivity system that gives him perfect memory and allows him to always know what to do next.

Christian Genco is a software micropreneur who hasn't HAD to work since September 2014 (two years after graduating college), when his internet side projects started making more money than he was spending. He and his wife are on track to financially retire before they turn 30.

Show notes page at http://hellotechpros.com/christian-genco-productivity/

Key Takeaways

  • The valuable things in life aren't stuff
  • The real resource to maximize in life is time, so money exists to maximize your time
  • Are you squandering your opportunities by wasting time?
  • Christian's productivity system
    • Consolidate all notes from all inboxes into a single system
      • Inboxes = Email, calendar, todo list, reminders, Evernote, whiteboard, etc
      • Whichever tool you like the best and will actually use
    • Clarify the best possible outcome
      • Make it as stupidly easy as possible for your future lazy forgetful self to complete the action
      • The goal is to have all the prep-work complete so that when it is time to execute, you are only executing, not thinking
      • Act like the manager for your future self
    • Do the work
      • Build routines
      • Start your day with a morning routine
      • Write a daily mantra (and don't speak it aloud)
      • Write down one thing you could do today to have a successful day
      • Use the pomodoro method to estimate and plan work (25 minutes of focused work with mandatory 5 minute break)
      • Focus on one task, do not multitask
  • There is no perfect system so experiment

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Sponsors

  • BookMoreNights.com - Vacation rental property photography, videography and marketing
  • Audible - If you haven't signed up for Audible, you can get a free audio book and a 30-day trial through my sponsorship page at HelloTechBook.com

About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 30, 2016

When life pushes you into the deep end of the pool are you going to sink to the bottom or start swimming?

For over 15 years, Derrick Sier has studied group and social dynamics in the collegiate, not-for-profit, religious, educational and corporate environment. It is through this observation that his company OMOS Team Building was created. He believes relationship and team play are the avenues through which great groups are formed.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/derrick-sier-motivation/

Key Takeaways

  • When life give you an opportunity, run with it
  • Everyone is replaceable at a large organization
  • You need a support group in place for when life knocks you down who can help you get back up
  • Never rely on one source of income, always have 2-3 revenue streams
  • You are not defined by your role or job, you are defined by YOU
  • Companies value the things they spend money on and spend money and the things they value
  • Preparing to take a leap of faith and getting pushed are two different feelings
  • Sometimes it takes a while to recover from your lowest point
  • You want to be around people with different perspectives
  • Put a plan in place and adapt to change, even if you don't anticipate the change
  • "It ain't about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward." - Rocky Balboa
  • You're not alone

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About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 29, 2016

Being a workaholic is both socially acceptable and culturally encouraged, but it's also damaging to our health and relationships.

Nathan Johns has more than twenty years of experience with an emphasis on Business Strategy and Product Management at large tech sector corporations like Creative Labs and Dell. He has managed eighteen product lines including designing go-to-market strategies, overseeing product transitions, and identifying opportunities to improve gross margin and unit growth. Nathan also has more than six years’ experience as a professional wedding and portrait photographer and regularly mentors others both personally and professionally.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/nathan-johns-unplugged/

Key Takeaways

  • Your employer's goal is to get as much productivity out of you as possible - it is your job to say "enough is enough"
  • Enjoy a lifestyle that allows you to spend time away from work and have enjoyable life experiences
  • If you're never unplugged from work and plugged into your family, you're going to miss out on a lot
  • In the moment, try to capture the narrative so you'll never forget the moment

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BookMoreNights.com

About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 28, 2016

The tragedy in Flint, Michigan created a public outcry that got policy makers to ask questions on what to do about the state of water quality in municipalities. Concerned about the national security implications of the availability of potable water, Michael Morford is working to improve water treatment technologies which have not significantly changed in the last 50 years.

Michael Morford is CEO of The Bison Group, an Oklahoma-headquartered privately-held company with a long-term focus on environmental and water scarcity issues. A former U.S. Army Captain and Iraqi War Veteran, he is a Fellow for the Truman National Security Project. He is a sought-after speaker for his understanding of the complexities facing the Water-Energy Nexus. An Oklahoma native, Michael is married to his wife Megan and has three children, Ava, Hayes, and Finley.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/michael-morford-entrepreneurship/

Key Takeaways

  • Sometimes chemicals in water supplies only 6 miles apart can be drastically different
  • Many regions in the southwest United States are struggling with clean water supplies due to droughts
  • The technologies to clean water has not been much improved in 50 years
  • Work until you have no more time left - wait to hire until things are not getting done

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Sponsors

  • GetMoreNights.com - You've got the best vacation rental property, but is it 100% booked?

About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 27, 2016

Bill Kennedy is a managing partner at Ardan Studio in Miami, Florida, a mobile, web, and systems development company. He is also a co-author of the book Go in Action, the author of the blog GoingGo.Net, and a founding member of GoBridge which is working to increase Go adoption through diversity.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/william-kennedy-people/

Key Takeaways

  • Go is a systems programming language that makes programming fun and makes developers more productive
  • Go allows developers to write performant code easily
  • Go runtime is built into the binary, nothing else to install
  • Some very bright people are not applying for high profile Silicon Valley engineering positions because they are concerned about the tech interview process
    • They've asked "Why do I want to go through that much pain just to get rejected?"
  • It's not about what you know, its about learning and solving problems
  • Bill will give anyone a chance when they show him they take it seriously
  • Is the person you're interviewing a vampire?
    • They suck all the happiness out of a room
    • It doesn't matter how technically astute they are, vampires are no good
    • They always push back and complain versus looking for opportunities to grow
  • When you are forced to hire from a local pool, you have more limited options and it is more likely not to work out
  • Hire quickly and fire quickly, and let the candidate know you are giving them one chance
  • When you give someone the chance to learn and grow, they will put more effort into the relationship
  • Look for negative patterns in work history - are they looking from a place of growth or are they complaining?
  • Go into an interview being honest but show humble confidence
    • "No, I've never worked on that before but I know I can do it"
    • If you are under qualified for a senior job but you're honest and genuine, they may open a junior position just to get you
  • Find someone on the inside of an organization and study up on the organization's tech before applying
  • If the company is that tough on their interviewees, how do they treat their employees and do you really want to be there?
  • If you're in charge of hiring, re-evaluate what you're looking for
    • Build a family instead of a work force

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About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 26, 2016

David Crook is a Microsoft Developer Evangelist formerly of Microsoft Consulting Services.  He is focused on Data Science, Machine Learning and High Performance Computing.  He is also known as the Mad Scientist on his team.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/david-crook-technology/

Key Takeaways

  • Are you a mad scientist?
    • Scientist = someone who pursues knowledge in a structured way
    • Mad = uncontrollable and disastrous
  • Twitter is a cesspit of language
  • Studying the interactions of AI is really the study of how real humans interact
  • Many experts in the field of data science are mathematicians first and programmers second
    • It's all about being able to prove your results and make sure they are consistent and reproducible
    • Using math models to represent the data instead of a lot of if-then-else blocks
  • SCADA systems in oil and gas industry has very complex problems of monitoring 100,000's of data points and analyzing for leaks, equipment failures, etc
  • Azure machine learning tool has given the old systems an easy UI
    • Experts can build and train a model in less than a day, used to take months
    • Allows data scientists to solve different types of problems faster
    • Get nice added features that didn't get before
  • The amount of machine learning capabilities available on high-end cell phones are incredible
    • Some problems may be able to move out of the cloud and onto the device
    • You can distribute map/reduce problems to cell phones
  • More programming languages are supporting machine learning frameworks, meaning more developers can solve machine learning problems
  • If you want to get into machine learning, just start building
    • Find a problem and start working on it from a mathematical perspective

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  • BookMoreNights.com - Is your vacation rental property fully booked 100% of the time? BookMoreNights.com helps with your rental property marketing to book more nights.
May 25, 2016

After working for an insecure boss that constantly belittled employees for their lack of a college degree, Leon recalled sage words from his father. It was this point in his career that he began to appreciate the work ethic and servitude instilled into him by Leon Senior. Leon II now lives and works under the guiding question, "Is there anything else I can do for you?"

Leon Fowler II over the past 10 years has worked for a Fortune 100 company in web development as well as supporting vendor software in a System Analyst role. He has been an Entrepreneur since starting his first business at the age of 12. He is currently building his startup as the Founder and CEO of Resume Righter.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/leon-fowler-leadership/

Key Takeaways

  • Accolades mean nothing
  • It's about the service you provide
  • Don't be afraid of humiliation if your intentions are good
  • Do the most menial jobs

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About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 24, 2016

Would you love it or hate it if your boss said to turn off email and messenger programs all day? Stacy Eads believes that by only checking emails 3 times a day instead of constantly being distracted by  alerts, you can significantly increase productivity. Since implementing this policy, her team at Levant Technologies has increased the number of websites they've produce by 600%.

Stacy Eads is the CEO of Levant Technologies. They've been voted the #1 Oklahoma Web Design company in the metro for the last 4 years in a row. After 13 years in business, Stacy helps Levant's team manage hundreds of website and mobile clients throughout our state. Mrs. Eads has won 4 executive leadership awards under the age of 40 from local newspapers and magazines.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/stacy-eads-productivity/

Key Takeaways

  • Customers are stressing about their business, not your technology - solve their problems quickly
  • Environments where everyone is constantly bombarded with chat messages, emails and notifications are not as productive as areas where workers have uninterrupted work time
  • It takes 15 minutes to refocus after being distracted
  • There should be 6 hours a day where you won't be distracted
  • We don't want people to wait on us so we feel obligated to read and respond constantly
  • You can take email systems offline and still read, reply and draft new emails
  • Developers and designers WANT to work offline without distractions
  • Project managers and sales managers are the ones who resist the notion of working offline, they want immediate response for clients
  • We naturally have longer response times early in the morning, late at night and at lunch - during the work hours should be no different
  • Many project management and business books suggest going away from the culture of "instant gratification" and implementing communication windows
  • This process is most effective when everyone is implementing at the same time
  • Your team will thank you for letting them concentrate on their jobs while working offline
  • Levant Technologies has grown 600% in 5 years
  • With only 11 full-time project managers, developers and designers, Levant completed 100 web and mobile projects in one year
  • You're doing really well if you can deliver a complete website to a client in 8-12 weeks, most of the time due to content creation
  • There is never an excuse to say "I don't have that from the client, and it's their fault"
  • The project manager's job is to proactively contact client in a variety of different communication methods and asking for something small
  • Break it down into bite-sized pieces week to week
  • The goal is for every project to not have a lull
  • Surprise your team with something special after accomplishing a huge milestone
  • It is difficult to migrate a website from one platform or tech stack to another, so the goal is to "get it right" from the start

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About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 23, 2016

As a pioneer and visionary in the contemporary Christian music field, John Chisum has worked alongside many of its greatest artists and songwriters. His love for mentoring and training others has allowed him to develop dozens of writers, resulting in hundreds of well-known songs recorded. He is now Managing Partner for Nashville Christian Songwriters.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/john-chisum-motivation/

Key Takeaways

  • The user interfaces of digital tools use symbology from analog systems
  • Extroverts take the energy from those around them
  • Master your head-game and understand your particular motivators and de-motivators to maximize your energy
  • Many great ideas are not worth the energy and commitment to see them through because they are not aligned with your passions
  • When you're willing to pay the price no matter the price, you know you've found your calling
  • It's about serving other people and helping them succeed
  • Look in the areas of your passions and ask "how are we equipped to serve?"
  • Identify the "bleeding neck" - where are people hurting the most and how can you help?
  • In 5-10 years what is life going to look like if you don't take today's opportunity
  • Are you going to die with your songs inside?
  • There are no guarantees only an opportunity to grow
  • You will win or you will learn

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About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 22, 2016

Kevin Holesh is a Pittsburgh-based UI designer and iOS developer who loves making and coding clear interfaces. Kevin is the creator of Moment and Moment Family, the iOS apps that tracks how much you and your family use your iPhones and iPads each day. His work has been featured in the New York Times, TechCrunch, BuzzFeed, Good Morning America, Parents magazine and many other national publications.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/kevin-holesh-unplugged/

Key Takeaways

  • Do you know how much time you spend on your phone?
  • The average Moment user uses their mobile device for 2 hours and 44 minutes a day
  • 3:30pm is a typical part of the day when people are tired from work and gravitate to their phones
  • Keeping your phone away from your bedside can cut your usage down nearly 50%
  • Knowing how much you use your device can allow you to make better decisions on how you spend your time
  • People tend to underestimate their phone usage by 50%
  • Better things to do with your time other than screen time
    • Improve relationships
    • Play with kids
    • Family games
    • Live in the moment
    • Go for a walk
    • Build something
    • Work on your goals
  • With your phone, you can customize your addictions

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May 21, 2016

What's the startup scene like in your community? Andrew Berkowitz wants to know. No matter where in the world you live, Andrew says that you can related to every other entrepreneur on the planet. We all speak the same language.

Andrew Berkowitz is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, and podcast host. He is currently Head of Product at Tradeversity and founder of The Global Startup Movement, a weekly podcast featuring entrepreneurs and investors around the world uncovering the startup scene in their communities.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/andrew-berkowitz-entrepreneurship/

Key Takeaways

  • Entrepreneurship is a universal language
  • Entrepreneurs everywhere struggle with self-doubt and the imposter syndrome
  • The struggle is the point of entrepreneurship, it's about growing and learning
  • Emotional downturns help you grow as a person
  • The difference between entrepreneurs and everyone else is that entrepreneurs dive in on just a hunch
  • It's not just about building something, it's about helping the community grow
  • A startup community needs smart capital and mentorship
  • Your first ventures will probably fail, and that's a good thing
  • A good marketing plan is more important than a good product
  • You're going to win or you're going to learn
  • Always be consuming content
  • You don't need to have it figured out, just go for it

Resources Mentioned

May 20, 2016

Robert Okun is a former hedge fund manager who has turned to a career in technology. Mr. Okun has a BS in Management and Finance from New York University Stern School of Business and an MBA in Finance from Fordham Graduate School of Business. He has over 25 years of experience in trading, sales, Management, Banking and Investment Management at JP Morgan, UBS as well as his own private firm, RORS Management & Research.

Mr. Okun studied technology and coding python under the tutelage of Mr Hartmann and is now the Chief Business Development Officer / Partner at The Silver Logic in south Florida where he's helping to build a culture of continuing education and using his financial background to solve his customers' toughest challenges.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/robert-okun-people/

Key Takeaways

  • Learn from your mistakes and don't be afraid of having mistakes
  • Bringing in new, diverse thoughts to an organization can foster innovation
  • Sometimes you don't recognize the impact someone is making on your life until years have passed
  • The 6 traits that The Silver Logic looks for when hiring (besides technical skills) are:
    • Ambition (want to grow)
    • Desire to Learn
    • Desire to Teach
    • Desire to Listen
    • Desire to be Considerate
    • Desire to be Patient
  • If you don't have the technical skills to become a paid dev at The Silver Logic, you can apply to be an intern
  • Everything you do in life is your choice

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May 19, 2016

When Jared Porcenaluk first experienced computer programming courses in college, he felt at a competitive disadvantage and quickly decided to change his major. After a second attempt in a more collaborative environment, Jared grew to truly love the practice. Now he wants to build an international hotspot for IoT in his hometown of Orlando, Florida.

Jared Porcenaluk is a developer and tech enthusiast with five years of experience, mainly in the Microsoft .NET stack. He lives in Orlando, works at Nebbia Technology, and also co-organizes the Internet of Things Orlando meetup group.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/jared-porcenaluk-technology/

Key Takeaways

  • Learning computer programming is never-ending
  • Attempt to deeply learn every day
  • .NET stack now plays nicely with other stacks - or a least nicer
  • IoT is the "train of awesome" - only visionaries can see it for what it is
  • Come to Orlando IoT Meetup Group

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May 18, 2016

Brian Freid breaks down the difference between upward management and servant-leadership by discussing examples of both during his years in software development. He also takes the time to explain the similarities and differences between various management roles.

Since 2001 Brian Freid has held several management positions from Resource Manager to Program and Project manager. Brian has worked in several industries from Games Development to Hospitality, Resorts, Telecom and Hospitals. While the industries vary, the people, management and challenges within those industries have many commonalities. Being adept in any of these roles provide Bryan insight across these industries and team structures.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/brian-freid-leadership/

Key Takeaways

  • Resource manager is ultimately responsible for your career path within the organization
  • Project manager is responsible for the delivery of a project and focused on timelines, deliverables, resources required
  • Program manager is responsible for multiple projects
  • Some managers have multiple roles
  • Upward management is focused on your boss' expectations and concerns
  • A good boss empowers their team and protects them from outside impacts, including upper management
  • Executives want to acknowledgement of an issue and that there is a plan in place, not all the details
  • A good leader must participate at whatever level they are currently working at
  • Great leaders support the manager above them as well as the team itself
  • Leaders want to help others, they coach, teach and mentor
  • To be a good leader you must first be a good servant
May 17, 2016

Glenn Hansen has over 25 years in software engineering, product development, information technology and consulting who drives a culture of innovation and excellence through servant leadership, transparency, collaboration and mentoring.  Glenn is a "Hands-on" leader who has helped teams develop award winning products and helped companies achieve multi-million dollar contracts with sustaining revenue streams.  His focus has been empowering individuals and encouraging "out of the box" thinking, even if some of those ideas fail as the road to success is paved with lots of failures along the way.  His mission is to grow successful servant leaders and get out of their way.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/glenn-hansen-productivity/

Key Takeaways

  • Servant leadership is an inversion of the typical org structures
    • Allows the teams to participate and drive the requirements
    • Let's the engineers sit with the business and flesh out requirements
  • Fewer gatekeepers means better understanding, instead of playing "Telephone" game
  • Time invested up front in requirements gathering is never wasted
  • Framework development can be started before requirements are complete
  • Empowering team members to make decisions can lead to big payoffs in productivity
  • Cast the product vision 3-5 years in the future
  • Don't be afraid to fail
  • Focus on performance and quality
  • Encouragement and praise goes a long way
  • Give performance reviews regularly to keep the team aligned and motivated

About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 16, 2016

When you work for your mom, there is a ceiling on how high you can climb. After facing his deepest lack of motivation, Brandon Schaefer decided to leave the family business and go out on his own. Today he helps mid-sized businesses determine the steps to achieving their next level of success after they've knocked out the low-hanging fruit.

Brandon Schaefer is a corporate business strategist whose strengths lie in helping organizations improve their sales processes, improve their client and prospect communications, and improve their lead generation campaigns.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/brandon-schaefer-motivation/

Key Takeaways

  • Small business owners start by knocking out the low-hanging fruit, but can get discouraged when the fruit get harder to reach
  • As long as someone else is paying your check, you have limits on how far you can grow
  • People can go through their whole lives not being what they want to be
  • You need to listen to your body and your emotions
  • When you're not sure what will make you happy, just start walking - try something new
  • On a journey of self-discovery, learn, read and write daily
  • Stop waiting for perfection, just get started
  • Choose to work with clients that want to push the limits and aren't afraid to fail
  • Failing to plan is planning to fail
  • If several people tell you that you are good at something, look into working with it — is it a passion?
  • Don't let your parent's or the public's beliefs get in your way
  • Sometimes the most critical people are the ones closest to you — don't let that stop you
  • All of the low points in your life are the biggest assets you carry with you
  • Don't ever quit, the phone with the perfect deal may be tomorrow
  • When things are going well, work twice as hard
  • When things are going bad, work 7 times as hard
  • You don't have to be great to start, just start to be great

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About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 15, 2016

Heath Padgett was in software sales in Austin, TX when he decided that the job and lifestyle didn't suit him. Newlyweds, Heath and his wife Alyssa decided to trade a house in surburbia and a corporate career for a 29-foot RV and odd jobs across the country. Now they are living and working a lifestyle business that allows them unlimited travel and an always-on vacation.

Heath Padgett lives, works and travels full-time in an RV. Last year Heath worked a different job in all 50 states and just finished editing a documentary with his wife called Hourly America. Heath is a bit of an RV enthusiast (okay, a big one). He also hosts a weekly podcast called The RV Entrepreneur where he interviews nomadic entrepreneurs who have built businesses while traveling full-time.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/heath-padgett-unplugged/

Key Takeaways

  • There are jobs to be found in all 50 states, you just have to be willing to work them
  • When you are 23, there is an expectation that you should get a good job and travel later when you have money saved up
  • Why not seize the moment?
  • The downsized life is currently hip and cool
  • RVs aren't just for retirees anymore
  • We exist in a culture of busyness and many feel the pressure to always be on, to never take a break
  • We need to calm down and not be so stressed
  • The top performers in sports focus on breathing and on breaks, we should too
  • Being reactive is like playing defense, you are waiting for life to throw it at you then be very reactionary
    • It's very hard to get ahead in this mode
  • Being proactive is like playing offense, you are creating opportunities through thoughtfulness and investments
    • If you work hard and plan accordingly, you can build success and freedom
  • Home is wherever you go

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Resources Mentioned

  • ScrumBrawl
  • Transource Media

About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 14, 2016

Robin Smith is the co-founder and CEO of  WeGoLook. Her desire to bolster confidence in purchase decisions by online consumers led her to found WeGoLook, a crowd-sourced verification platform utilized across every industry, the "Uber of inspections." She has an extensive background in sales beginning her career with the Washington Post in college, then advancing to regional and management positions in Missouri and Mississippi before returning to Oklahoma. Back in Oklahoma, Robin started her own consulting firm transitioning automotive dealership into internet sales. Her e-commerce experience and development of enterprise solutions combined with her early entry into the on demand economy, make her a unique voice in tech, crowdsourcing and the gig economy.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/robin-smith-entrepreneurship/

Key Takeaways

  • Entrepreneurship about working your own ideas into everyone's lives
  • WeGoLook started after a realization of a gap in the marketplace
  • Create a "fake" website (minimum viable marketing) for potential customers and partners
  • The gig economy = is about temporary, distributed workers
  • Focus on SEO to drive inbound leads
  • Your platform should be dynamic enough to handle integrations with different partners
  • The marketing, support and scalability of your business is very different if you are B2C vs B2B
  • Just because you aren't an expert at something, doesn't mean you can't do it
  • Entrepreneurship takes perseverance, it's an evolution
  • Don't listen to friends and family who don't understand your passion and vision
  • Find someone to mentor and give back
  • Whatever is in your heart and in your gut — just do it
  • Take a step towards change and work towards
  • It's not a failure, it's a learning experience

 

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About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 13, 2016

John Sonmez was a shy, unathletic kid who one day decided that he could be anyone he wanted to be. With this realization, he began a journey of personal and career growth. Today he teaches software developers how to plan and execute their own journey of increasing their hourly rate, have better relationships and live a healthy lifestyle.

John Sonmez is the creator of SimpleProgrammer.com, a PluralSight author and trainer with over 50 courses and the author of of the book Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual. John officially retired from his regular job at the age of 33 by focusing on his personal brand. Through his book, YouTube channel and podcast John Sonmez teaches software developers to succeed by turning up their productivity dial to 11, developing their people skills and establishing their own personal brand.

 Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/john-sonmez-people/

Key Takeaways

  • You can be whoever you want to be, even if it means faking it until you make it
  • The attributes that "define" you aren't permanent, you can change them
  • A prophet is not always welcome in his home town
  • Create a blog - it can be your first step in building your personal brand
  • Being known as a specialist is valuable - if your garbage disposal breaks, you are more likely to hire Mr Garbage Disposal Inc over ABC Plumbing
  • Focus on a small framework, component or style of development and be known as The Expert
  • You want to be the big fish in the small pond
  • Dominate a small niche then spread out
  • Most developers do not want to pigeon-hole themselves, they want to be known as a polyglot
  • Creating value to others is the best form of marketing - people will spread your message for you
  • John's strategy is to give away 90% of his stuff away for free, and charge for the last 10%
  • If you want to make a million dollars, change a million people's lives and give them value
  • We all need to view ourselves as entrepreneurs
  • Treat your self as a business, even if you only have one customer (your employer)
  • Creating content and giving free value scales exponentially over time
  • There is no reason why you can't write articles for big blogs, speak at conferences or host a podcast, just don't be afraid to fail along the way
  • Opportunities may not come, you have to search for them
  • Expand the view of your self and be willing to do what others won't do

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About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 12, 2016

As a new mobile developer in the early days of mobile development, James Montemagno was given two months to build a cross-platform app for remote DVR management. Luckily, he discovered the Mono Runtime and was able to hit his aggressive target because IT JUST WORKED. Today he helps the mobile development community successfully build and launch native cross-platform applications using Xamarin.

James Montemagno is a Developer Evangelist at Xamarin and Microsoft MVP. He has been a .NET developer for over a decade working in a wide range of industries. Before joining Xamarin, he was a professional mobile developer. James has now been developing with the Xamarin platform for over 4 years.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/james-montemagno-technology/

Key Takeaways

  • Use technology that JUST WORKS
  • Work with technology and on problems you are passionate about
  • Yesterday was the best day to get into mobile development
  • Today is currently the best day to get into mobile development
  • Every day is the best day to get into mobile development, the landscape is constantly improving
  • Cross-platform mobile development is a reality
  • We are at a peak in mobile development - just hit 1-1.2 million apps in app stores
  • A new app is released to iOS App Store every 3 minutes
  • TV is still a big untapped market that no one has cracked
  • Cross-platform development is about deploying the best user experience for the right type of device
  • Augmented reality is the future - from entertainment to virtual travel to field work

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About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 11, 2016

In her past, Shelli Austin had to endure a horrible boss who used demeaning language and fear tactics to intimidate their staff. Now as a technical recruiter, Shelli advises consultants to research the position and the hiring manager before accepting a job. When you spend more time with the people you work with rather than the people you live with, Shelli wants her clients to be as happy as possible in their position.

Shelli Austin has been working in I.T. Staffing for close to 20 years.  Her goal is to be an advocate for both her clients and her candidates. Shelli values attention to detail, identifying quality candidates for her customers, and follow through.  Developing, building and maintaining solid, long-term client relationships that are mutually beneficial is her #1 priority.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/shelli-austin-leadership/

Key Takeaways

  • To be happy in life you have to enjoy what you're doing at work
  • Don't micromanage, instead give employees ownership of their role
  • Your co-workers is like your second family, you spend more time with them during the work week than your 1st family
  • When interviewing, look for red flags that may indicate a mis-alignment to your personal goals that may lead to unhappiness
  • After the first or second round of interviews, ask the hiring manager for references on their leadership style
  • The interview process is a process and takes time, be patient
  • Ask your employees what they need to be successful

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About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 10, 2016

When Joe Zack reflected upon a list of New Year's Resolutions very thoughtfully planned out and realized he had accomplished nothing throughout the year, he realized he didn't care about the goal but was rather looking forward to the notches in his belt. Yes, life gets in the way, but Joe now understands that a goal means nothing if you don't have your heart in it.

Joe Zack has has been a professional programmer for the past 15 years, and is co-host of the Coding Blocks podcast.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/joe-zack-productivity/

Key Takeaways

  • A goal without a plan is a wish
  • Turn the process of working on your goal into a habit
  • Temptation Bundling - combine something you want with something you want to accomplish
  • Keep your saw sharp
  • Automate routine tasks
  • Keep your tools and workspace clean and organized
  • Queue, routine and reward
    • Example: 3:30 every day you get up from your desk and get cookies
    • Instead, at 3:30 get up and go walk the dog
  • Clean out your task list, remove things you will never get to
  • Keep communication open and casual, don't be afraid to look like a buffoon
  • Whiteboard drawings are good for planning, but not always a good communication tool for modeling complex systems
  • Touchy-feely group exercises really work
  • Practice (code wars, Project Euler) - builds muscle memory

Resources Mentioned

Sponsors

This episode of Hello Tech Pros is sponsored by:

  • ScrumBrawl
  • Transource Media

About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

 

May 9, 2016

"It's going to be ok." Chad Lowe wondered if he would ever find out the gender of his unborn baby or ever see that baby born. The individual that had brought a gun into Chad's bank made him question if he would be going home that evening or not. But when his employee asked if they were going to survive or not, he reassured her that everything would be okay."

In this episode, Chad Lowe shares the harrowing tale of the hostage situation, the SWAT team and the aftermath that he and his employees had to endure and the mindset he used to carry on.

Chad Lowe is the assistant Vice President of Operational Training for BancFirst, one of Oklahoma's largest and highest rated financial institutions. Chad has been with the company since 1999 and his job mainly includes leading in-person and e-learning modules to the company's 1500+ employees. He also assists with technical writing, software documentation, and testing of software updates.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/chad-lowe-motivation/

Key Takeaways

  • Think about end-user customization when designing software
  • Have protocols in place for the "statistically unlikely"
  • Do your best to remain calm in a situation where there is no protocol
  • Even when you fear the worst, remind everyone (including yourself) that it will be okay
  • Despite what's happening to us, we still have commitments
  • Good things will happen to you if you're doing a good job
  • Despite what's happening to us, we still have commitments
  • Don't ever give up

Resources Mentioned

Sponsors

This episode of Hello Tech Pros is sponsored by

ScrumBrawl

ScrumBrawl is a fast paced, extremely chaotic board game where fantastical creatures vie for supremacy within the Arena, a 20x20 battle pit where dragons, hydras, golems and tiny tiny chickens score goals by maneuvering magical orbs into portals or fighting other creatures to the death. (Sorry chicken)

ScrumBrawl is the product of VicTim Games and you can listen to the backstory of this indie board game by going back to Hello Tech Pros episode 28 where I interview Tim Bugher, one-half of VicTim. We talk about the original concept, the product design and the upcoming expansion set. That’s Hello Tech Pros episode 2-8.

But wait, there’s more! I am giving away a copy of the game to one lucky listener. To qualify, leave a review for Hello Tech Pros on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (or both) and send me an email with the screenshot to chad [at] hellotechpros.com. At the end of the month, I’ll randomly select one entry and send them a copy of ScrumBrawl board game.

Once again, leave a review for Hello Tech Pros on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (or both) and send me an email with the screenshot to chad [at] hellotechpros.com.


ScrumBrawl. Fantastical, brutal, fun.

About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 8, 2016

When work sucks the life out of him, Jeff Souders escapes the bonds of earth by flying in his WW-II era open cockpit biplane from the runway he built in his backyard. He also runs a popular YouTube channel that highlights his passion of traveling, flying drones and landscape photography.

Jeff Souders is a software developer with experience in .NET, SAP ABAP and Objective C. When not building amazing apps for his employer or himself, Jeff enjoys flying drones and airplanes, photography and traveling the globe.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/jeff-souders-unplugged/

Key Takeaways

  • Money can't buy happiness but it can buy memories
  • Old things last a long time, new things are disposable
  • When you're on your deathbed, you're not going to wish you spent more time in the office

Resources Mentioned

Sponsors

This episode of Hello Tech Pros is sponsored by

ScrumBrawl

ScrumBrawl is a fast paced, extremely chaotic board game where fantastical creatures vie for supremacy within the Arena, a 20x20 battle pit where dragons, hydras, golems and tiny tiny chickens score goals by maneuvering magical orbs into portals or fighting other creatures to the death. (Sorry chicken)

ScrumBrawl is the product of VicTim Games and you can listen to the backstory of this indie board game by going back to Hello Tech Pros episode 28 where I interview Tim Bugher, one-half of VicTim. We talk about the original concept, the product design and the upcoming expansion set. That’s Hello Tech Pros episode 2-8.

But wait, there’s more! I am giving away a copy of the game to one lucky listener. To qualify, leave a review for Hello Tech Pros on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (or both) and send me an email with the screenshot to chad [at] hellotechpros.com. At the end of the month, I’ll randomly select one entry and send them a copy of ScrumBrawl board game.

Once again, leave a review for Hello Tech Pros on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (or both) and send me an email with the screenshot to chad [at] hellotechpros.com.


ScrumBrawl. Fantastical, brutal, fun.

About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

May 7, 2016

If you're painting a picture of a sunset and someone tells you to add a dolphin, does that person's idea represent your vision? If not, Bear Cahill recommends that you thank them for the input and move on. Entrepreneurs have to strike a critical balance between building community and social presence, and staying true to the founder's vision. Bear suggests that you surround yourself with like-minded people who "get you" and share in the vision to achieve success.

Bear Cahill has been coding since the age of 12 and professionally since 1993. He's worked for IBM, Ericsson, Travelocity and most recently, for the last 8 years, as a freelance iOS developer. He has developed and contributed to dozens of mobile apps, is the author of “iOS in Practice”. and teaches iOS development to companies around the country. He's also had his share of tech and non-tech related businesses ranging from greeting cards, children's animation and donuts... square, baked donuts.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/bear-cahill-entrepreneurship/

Key Takeaways

  • Don't get into the restaurant business unless it's a true passion
  • Food services is hard, hard work
  • Entrepreneurship is about signing your own paycheck
  • Focus on content and the marketing will take care of itself
  • Keep your vision pure, don't have too many cooks in the kitchen who don't share the same vision
  • Solicit feedback but don't compromise your art
  • Being true to your vision is more difficult when you work in a committee
  • Don't start the bus until everyone is on board - assemble the right team
  • Social networking is key to kick off your business
  • Find people who speak your language and connect with them
  • Make yourself a little bit vulnerable, no one ever said "I wish I met fewer people"
  • Identify your goals - is it about money, or do you want flexibility and freedom?

Resources Mentioned

Sponsors

This episode of Hello Tech Pros is sponsored by

ScrumBrawl

ScrumBrawl is a fast paced, extremely chaotic board game where fantastical creatures vie for supremacy within the Arena, a 20x20 battle pit where dragons, hydras, golems and tiny tiny chickens score goals by maneuvering magical orbs into portals or fighting other creatures to the death. (Sorry chicken)

ScrumBrawl is the product of VicTim Games and you can listen to the backstory of this indie board game by going back to Hello Tech Pros episode 28 where I interview Tim Bugher, one-half of VicTim. We talk about the original concept, the product design and the upcoming expansion set. That’s Hello Tech Pros episode 2-8.

But wait, there’s more! I am giving away a copy of the game to one lucky listener. To qualify, leave a review for Hello Tech Pros on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (or both) and send me an email with the screenshot to chad [at] hellotechpros.com. At the end of the month, I’ll randomly select one entry and send them a copy of ScrumBrawl board game.

Once again, leave a review for Hello Tech Pros on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (or both) and send me an email with the screenshot to chad [at] hellotechpros.com.


ScrumBrawl. Fantastical, brutal, fun.

About Hello Tech Pros

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

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