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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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Oct 31, 2016

Michal Stawicki spends his days in IT and moonlights as a writer, but he hopes one day to turn his writing into a full-time passion. He calls himself a progress fanatic.

Michal writes about how to 'expand beyond your limits' so you can regain control over your life (based on his personal experience). His mission is to help people change their lives… even if they don’t believe they can.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/michal-stawicki-motivation/

What You'll Learn From This Episode

  • What options you have when your "safe" career suddenly ends.
  • How long it takes to become successful.
  • The amount of time it really takes to write a book.
  • The importance of a support group and accountability partners and where to look for them.
  • What to do when the motivation ends.
Oct 30, 2016

This is Part 7 of the free 7-day audio and email course Start Your First Business.

 

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why money is not a long-term motivator for many people.
  • What happens to us emotionally when the lust / newlywed phase is over in your business.
  • How the customers you serve will determine whether this is a job or a calling.
  • How to identify your "soulmate business."
  • When is the right time to make a pivot in your business and why I'm excited about the pivot I'm making.

 

Next Steps

The next step you need to take is to complete the homework assignment for Module 7 in the follow-along email course.

Click here to request access to the course materials and homework.

 

Anxiety?

If you struggle with anxiety in your career, your business or in life, I can help. I've learn how to silence the inner voice that tells me I'm no good and channel my inner champion.

Click here to learn how to deal with the anxiety that is troubling your career, your business and your personal life.

Oct 29, 2016

This is Part 6 of the free 7-day audio and email course Start Your First Business.

 

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why advertising is a great way to lose money fast if you are not properly prepared.
  • How to build an army of agents who want to spread your message.
  • Whether a blog or podcast is right for your particular business.
  • How to build and foster a community of followers without building a website.
  • Why in-person networking events are critical to your business.
  • How to be a guest on a successful podcast or blog.

 

Next Steps

The next step you need to take is to complete the homework assignment for Module 6 in the follow-along email course.

Click here to request access to the course materials and homework.

 

Oct 28, 2016

This is Part 5 of the free 7-day audio and email course Start Your First Business.

 

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why I've always felt "sales" and "salespeople" were sleazy scumbags.
  • The trait you need to have as a marketer to not come across as a sleazy scumbag.
  • How to connect with your potential customers on an emotional level to build raving fans.
  • How to speak the language of your audience using their own words to build trust.
  • Search engine tricks to

 

Next Steps

The next step you need to take is to complete the homework assignment for Module 5 in the follow-along email course.

Click here to request access to the course materials and homework.

Oct 27, 2016

This is Part 4 of the free 7-day audio and email course Start Your First Business.

 

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why most tech pros are wasting serious time and money on the wrong stacks when launching their business.
  • The stack you need to master in any industry.
  • The most critical piece of the stack that often gets overlooked.
  • The biggest mistake I made when launching Hello Tech Pros and what I'm doing about it now.
  • Why non-technical people often dominate at building business while tech pros struggle to find customers.
  • How to change the relationship with your audience members from "Who are you again?" to "Please take my money!"

 

Resources Mentioned

Oct 26, 2016

This is Part 3 of the free 7-day audio and email course Start Your First Business.

 

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • How to make the decision to either bootstrap or find investors.
  • Why you need to build as much value in your company as possible before bringing in an outsider.
  • How to use your customer avatar to identify the most important tasks that need to get accomplished.
  • An easy 5-step process to determine which tasks you do, which you outsource and which you should forget altogether.
  • How to think like a CEO instead of a tech pro.

 

Resources Mentioned

Oct 25, 2016

This is Part 2 of the free 7-day audio and email course Start Your First Business.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/business-productivity/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why I spent thousands of dollars on domain names over the years and what I should have been doing instead.
  • The Motivation/Productivity Cycle that can make or break your business.
  • The reason why you tend to jump from idea to idea without making progress.
  • The #1 mistake entrepreneurs make when working on a solution.
  • An example of a customer avatar that I am using to change the direction of Hello Tech Pros.
Oct 24, 2016

This is Part 1 of the free 7-part audio and email course Starting Your First Business.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/business-motivation/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why we don't start a business (even when we want to).
  • The excuses we tell ourselves that prevents us from chasing our dreams.
  • How are fear of failure is backwards and why we need to fail faster.
  • The reason why I became more miserable after several promotions and raises.
  • How to get 4 hours of free business training.
Oct 23, 2016

Anthony Delgado is a full stack developer and technology hero at websignia, a digital strategy and innovation agency. websignia has worked with a wide variety of different companies including sports, media, entertainment, healthcare, government agencies and non-profits. Anthony has been an explorer of the digital space for over a decade. From developing front end user interfaces, to creating advanced backend applications, Anthony's passion is using software to help change the way people interact with the world around them.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/anthony-delgado-unplugged/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why Chad is a software guy not a hardware guy.
  • How Anthony hacked the airwaves to broadcast Sega Genesis games over the television broadcast channels.
  • Why you should do extracurriculars in the tech industry.
  • How to get your boss to pay for conferences.
  • What San Francisco is like from an outsider's perspective.
Oct 22, 2016

Jeremy Slate is the founder of the Create Your Own Life Podcast which helps entrepreneurs live the lives they know they were meant to.  He studied literature at Oxford University and specializes in using Online social networking to build offline relationship and was ranked #1 in iTunes New and Noteworthy. It is because of Jeremy’s success in podcasting that he was able to accomplish 10,000 downloads of his podcast in the first month.  After his success in podcasting, Jeremy and his wife, Brielle, founded Slate Media Productions; a done-for-you podcast service and PR firm servicing busy entrepreneurs and helping to get their message out.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/jeremy-slate-entrepreneurship/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why some people are following the dreams of others instead of their own dream.
  • Why Jeremy's second podcast had success from the beginning, unlike his first show.
  • What the average "guru" entrepreneur's success story is going to teach you and why you need to find inspiration from other's struggles.
  • Why you need to find the right course or mentor before you start your business.
  • How much promotion is required to be successful.
  • Why you need to write all your methods down and put on your executive hat.
Oct 21, 2016

Clarence Washington is a manager of infrastructure architecture and engineering and has a strong belief in finding a way to give back to the community and blessing others with the things that you have yourself been blessed with. Clarence works with inner-city youth and uses sports (football) to reach children that we otherwise would not be able to reach. Although they have been a perennially successful and winning program, winning is not emphasized as the most important outcome. They believe in success. Wins and losses are short term outcomes, and even in an individual defeat successes can be found. Success on the field and in life comes with hard work, discipline, and perseverance. With those things there is no need to focus on the score, or even wins and losses on the field or in life because success is a byproduct of those things. Clarence and his team of coaches and mentors teach and live by that ethic.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/clarence-washington-people/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • The first thing Clarence teaches to young men and why it is critical to their development.
  • Why athletics is a great way to educate youth in many areas of life.
  • How the impact we make on 10-year-olds will change the future 25 years from now.
  • How Clarence balances the relationships between his family and his team.
  • Who's life you can change if you get involved today.
  • The differences between winning the big game and driving home with a loss.
Oct 20, 2016

Travis Tidwell has been developing advanced enterprise software solutions for over 15 years ranging from Embedded GPS navigation products to Open Source web solutions. In 2008, he developed and founded the popular Open Source multimedia solution MediaFront (http://mediafront.org), but has since then created Form.io, a groundbreaking technology that provides a Form and Data Management system for Serverless Applications. Travis now serves as the CTO.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/travis-tidwell-technology/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • The evolution of early web to content management systems to web 2.0 apps to serverless apps.
  • The change that has affected the development community because of mobile-first design.
  • What serverless forms are and how they work.
  • How to simplify the connections between your forms and APIs.
  • A slick way to generate the API and bind to the data by designing the form UI.
  • Where to find the code repos to deploy a serverless form in minutes.
Oct 19, 2016
Corey Grusden has been programming computers for 25 years, and has built software for government, education, and numerous companies. A few years ago he decided to cofound a software development consultancy to build web and mobile apps. They have been profitable since day 1. Corey's entire team works remotely, and through a dedicated process, build applications and platforms as efficiently as possible.
 
Corey started programming at eight years old. He's been working on growing a software agency that builds web and iphone applications. He also recently moved to Philadelphia!

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/corey-grusden-leadership/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why leaders need to stop thinking about competing with the other division leads and start collaborating across silos.
  • What happens to the company culture when you don't listen to your employees.
  • How a team lead should respond when presented a crazy idea that you don't believe will work.
  • How to make calculated risks on innovation.
  • The emotion that destroys people's ability to lead.
  • What you can do today to improve morale in your team.
Oct 18, 2016

Jaime is an avid hockey fan. He loves the competitive spirit and the team aspect of the game. He enjoys the sport so much that he decided to integrate his passion for the sport into his passion for marketing. Jaime has been working in the sales and marketing arena since he left the US Army as a paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne Division in 1994.

Working for three different Fortune 100 companies, Jaime learned quickly how to build relationships. The challenging aspect of working for a large company was having the ability to be creative. This is the main reason he went out on his own and started his own business. His first business was as a partner in a small California-based real estate advertising agency and publishing company. After the housing bubble burst in 2008, Jaime had to start over.

As time progressed, Jaime found that he really enjoyed making websites for people and so he started Slapshot Studio in 2013 and never looked back. Jaime enjoys traveling, boating, playing guitar, hanging out with family, and playing hockey.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/jaime-jay-productivity/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • What can happen to your productivity if you don't have a clear vision, mission and core values documented.
  • How to focus on the right things instead of everything.
  • The first steps in creating a customer avatar.
  • Specific books, tools and software Jaime recommends to business owners.
  • The most productive thing successful people consistently do.
  • Four common problems with which business owners struggle.
  • How to niche down to increase results.
Oct 17, 2016

Wes Pinkston is an entrepreneur focusing on building and executing digital strategies. He is a leading Social Media and Digital Marketing consultant for real estate agents and brokers. He was recently named a Swanepoel Top 20 Social Media Influencer in Real Estate and is an Inman News Contributor and Ambassador.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/wes-pinkston-motivation/

You Will Learn

  • How our compulsive Do, Do, Do culture affects us.
  • Why very successful people sometimes feel unsatisfied and void.
  • Where to find the answers to your internal questions.
  • How to achieve amazing results by having conversations with people.
  • What our "monkey mind" is and how to put it in check.
  • You mind is complex and your emotions are deep. So are your colleagues.
  • How to create meaningful relationships through social media.
Oct 16, 2016

Kris Reid Computer geek and SEO super star based in the Philippines and Cambodia.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/kris-reid-unplugged/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • Why you should take extended time off for travel and where you should go.
  • What happens to your mind and body when you make too many decisions.
  • What the heck Ashtanga yoga is and how it can benefit you.
  • How to live like a local, no matter where you go.
Oct 15, 2016

Kwame Christian is a lawyer that focuses on serving the needs of small businesses. He founded the American Negotiation Institute, a consulting firm that specializes in teaching entrepreneurs and professionals how to negotiate in the business world and is regularly invited to speak on the topic. In this role he helps individuals and companies create and implement powerful negotiation strategies. Kwame also hosts a podcast called Negotiation for Entrepreneurs where he interviews successful entrepreneurs and shares powerful persuasion techniques.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/kwame-christian-entrepreneurship/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • What types of things are negotiable.
  • How to ask for more.
  • How to negotiate without offending people.
  • Why you should focus on the other person in the negotiation instead of yourself.
  • The circumstances that increase and decrease your room for negotiation.
  • How to spot negotiation tactics when they are being use on you and what to do to counter them.
  • How to negotiate at the car dealership, over the phone with the cable company, even at Wal-Mart.
Oct 14, 2016

While working on his PhD in NeuroEconomics, Dalton Combs learned a lot about motivation and why people do what they do. Now he's the founder-CEO of Dopamine Labs. They've designed a product that makes it easy for any developer to increase retention and engagement by turning their app into a habit.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/dalton-combs-people/

What You'll Learn in This Episode

  • Why users "stick" to some apps and quit using others.
  • The key to rewarding users in ways that suprise and delight.
  • How dopamine works in the human brain and reinforces behaivors (even bad behaviors).
  • The strategy to developing an app that is as addicting as Angry Birds.
Oct 13, 2016

Brad Folkens is Co-Founder and CTO of CloudSight, where he oversees all technical aspects of the image cognition technology. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Theoretical Computer Science and Mathematics from Northern Illinois University. Prior to creating CloudSight, he co-founded CityTech USA, notable for creating the web-based collaborative government website PublicSalary.com.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/brad-folkens-technology/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • The current differences between image cognition and voice cognition.
  • The history of image recognition, pioneered by the postal and banking industries.
  • How some companies are creating computer models that simulate the way the humen brain works.
  • The industries that will most benefit from image cognition.
Oct 12, 2016

Tom Cooper, father of 7, started out his career as a computer geek. Along his journey he worked in big and small companies building teams, running projects, and building software products. Today Tom is a speaker, trainer and coach. He says he gets really excited when he works with people who want to become better leaders by getting better at planning, communicating and connecting with others.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/tom-cooper-leadership/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • What causes projects to fail when the teams consist of really smart people.
  • The things a leader should be focused on (hint: it isn't the tasks).
  • The difference between the success that come from geeky knowledge and the success that come from people knowledge.
  • The 4 levels of thinking as a Geek Leader: how to self-assess and climb the ranks.
  • What Uber Geeks need to focus on in order to get recognized.
  • Why geeks are rarely self-aware and how it can kill their career.
  • The issues our business customers want to talk about (hint: it isn't the technology).
Oct 11, 2016

Jim Kohl has 33 years of experience delivering solutions across a wide range of industry domains (Banking, Insurance, Aircraft, Point of Sale, CAD/CAM). He is an avid promoter of technologies to help developers become better software engineers and collaborators. Recently Jim transitioned into DevOps as a great way to help do this.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/jim-kohl-productivity/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • The biggest impediment to scaling dev teams.
  • The solutions you can't find on Google and StackOverflow.
  • The missing element to your current document repository that makes it difficult to keep up to date.
  • Why GitHub is a killer resource for Project Management.
  • How to ensure no developer is left behind.
  • Why developers are a lot like squirrels.
  • The mindset you need to be successful in technology and business.

 

Oct 10, 2016

An All-American kid growing up, Tanner Gers is a man who’s been forced to reinvent himself over and over again throughout his life, but the biggest reinvention was moving forward after waking up in the hospital totally blind. Since that day, Tanner has influenced the world as the host of the Creative Success Show, at CreativeSuccessShow.com, on his health and fitness blog,  ABSolutelyLean.com, as a professional speaker, author, and a US Paralympian. Tanner finds the fuel to achieve more and do more through fulfilling his big mission in life; help people across the world achieve their potential in every aspect of life, regardless of circumstance.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/tanner-gers-motivation/

 

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • How adversity and failure is going to affect you, whether you are ready for it or not. Find out how to handle it.
  • Why other people project their "glass ceilings" onto you, and what that means to you.
  • What to do about overly negative people in your life.
  • How Tanner helped other blind people by standing up for his rights to his own education.
  • What tech pros can do to improve the accessibility and usability of the software they build.
Oct 9, 2016

Career Hyperdrive Course: Day 7

The Career Hyperdrive Course is a free 7 day email and audio course for technical professionals to help launch your career into hyperspace. Each module in this course is designed to help you overcome a major barrier to your career growth.

Here's what you're going to get out of the course.

  • The motivation you need to overcome your biggest career obstacles and navigate asteroids.
  • Productivity tips to help you crush it at work without killing your personal life (leaving more time at the cantina).
  • Jedi mind tricks that will build your respect and influence across the organization without needing to move into a management track.
  • A droid masterclass that’s going to guide you through the process of selecting the right technology for the right problem, every time.
  • Social engineering hacks to break into the elite inner circles and get a seat at the Jedi Council.
  • A strategy that will raise your value (and salary) within your organization and increase your reputation and negotiation power across the galaxy.
  • The peace of mind to unplug from the job without the guilt of leaving your friends to fight the Death Star on their own, or the fear and anxiety of being pursued by bounty hunters.

The audio lessons are available to everyone, but the action items and homework are exclusive to the students who subscribe to the email version of the course. (Hint: If you don't take action and do the homework, you're probably not going to change anything.)

 

Click here to enroll in the full course. It's completely free.

 

Module 7

How to Avoid Job Burnout Without Killing Your Career

Here's what you're going to learn in the final module of the Career Hyperdrive Course.

  • What your career is defined by (hint: it's not your title).
  • How to measure your personal performance.
  • The exact moment career growth happens.
  • Why unplugging from your job leads to a more successful career.
  • The personal story of my struggle with work-life balance and how my career grew when I took more vacations.
  • A secret about this entire 7-day course that has to do with a big boat and sand between my toes.
Oct 8, 2016

Career Hyperdrive Course: Day 6

The Career Hyperdrive Course is a free 7 day email and audio course for technical professionals to help launch your career into hyperspace. Each module in this course is designed to help you overcome a major barrier to your career growth.

Here's what you're going to get out of the course.

  • The motivation you need to overcome your biggest career obstacles and navigate asteroids.
  • Productivity tips to help you crush it at work without killing your personal life (leaving more time at the cantina).
  • Jedi mind tricks that will build your respect and influence across the organization without needing to move into a management track.
  • A droid masterclass that’s going to guide you through the process of selecting the right technology for the right problem, every time.
  • Social engineering hacks to break into the elite inner circles and get a seat at the Jedi Council.
  • A strategy that will raise your value (and salary) within your organization and increase your reputation and negotiation power across the galaxy.
  • The peace of mind to unplug from the job without the guilt of leaving your friends to fight the Death Star on their own, or the fear and anxiety of being pursued by bounty hunters.

The audio lessons are available to everyone, but the action items and homework are exclusive to the students who subscribe to the email version of the course. (Hint: If you don't take action and do the homework, you're probably not going to change anything.)

 

Click here to enroll in the full course. It's completely free.

 

Module 6

How to Start an Innovation Revolution at Work Without Getting Fired

 

Here's what you're going to learn in the sixth module of the Career Hyperdrive Course.

  • How to apply the other 5 modules in this course to innovation.
  • Which problem area is the best to be innovative and which to leave status quo.
  • How to build an army of innovation soldiers to do thy bidding.
  • Why that Potentially Awesome Solution you want to implement may be your downfall and what to implement instead.
  • The personal story of the innovation revolution I helped start at a Fortune 100 that completely changed the way the business leaders saw my department.
Oct 7, 2016

Career Hyperdrive Course: Day 5

The Career Hyperdrive Course is a free 7 day email and audio course for technical professionals to help launch your career into hyperspace. Each module in this course is designed to help you overcome a major barrier to your career growth.

Here's what you're going to get out of the course.

  • The motivation you need to overcome your biggest career obstacles and navigate asteroids.
  • Productivity tips to help you crush it at work without killing your personal life (leaving more time at the cantina).
  • Jedi mind tricks that will build your respect and influence across the organization without needing to move into a management track.
  • A droid masterclass that’s going to guide you through the process of selecting the right technology for the right problem, every time.
  • Social engineering hacks to break into the elite inner circles and get a seat at the Jedi Council.
  • A strategy that will raise your value (and salary) within your organization and increase your reputation and negotiation power across the galaxy.
  • The peace of mind to unplug from the job without the guilt of leaving your friends to fight the Death Star on their own, or the fear and anxiety of being pursued by bounty hunters.

The audio lessons are available to everyone, but the action items and homework are exclusive to the students who subscribe to the email version of the course. (Hint: If you don't take action and do the homework, you're probably not going to change anything.)

 

Click here to enroll in the full course. It's completely free.

 

Module 5

How to Break Into the Elite Inner Circles Without Looking Like a Dirtbag

 

Here's what you're going to learn in the fifth module of the Career Hyperdrive Course.

  • What causes us to look like and feel like a dirtbag.
  • What the Elite Inner Circle is talking about and what they want to hear from you.
  • How to win the respect of the high achievers and big shots one at a time.
  • Behaviors to avoid at all cost.
  • The story of my personal struggle with social anxiety and how I was able to overcome it at work by building critical relationships with supportive people who supported my career growth.
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