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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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Nov 30, 2016

This is episode 3 in the series: The Five Dysfunctions of a Software Development Team, modeled after the book by Patrick Lencioni. Access the full series at hellotechpros.com/team.

 

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • An overview of Patrick Lencioni's third dysfunction of a team: lack of commitment.
  • Why software developers surround themselves with information that matches their beliefs and past experiences.
  • How confirmation bias leads to homogenous teams with limited creative potential.
  • Why religious debates between developers is holding teams back from achieving results.
  • How to learn from other people's experiences and beliefs to create better products.

 

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Nov 28, 2016

Prior to earning a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, Korey McMahon competed as a professional freestyle snowboarder. In 2003, he ranked second in the nation by the United States of America Snowboard Association. After his retirement from competitive snowboarding, Korey sprung face-first into the world of marketing with the notorious mogul, Mountain Dew. Collaborating and perfecting, his successes soon led to a fleet of awards and recognition.

Ready to take on the world, Korey envisioned something much greater on the horizon. He set out to create something larger than life and in 2009, McMahon Marketing was born. Just as he had imagined, his team rapidly grew into what has become a highly recognized full-service marketing agency.

In his spare time, Korey enjoys chasing his daughter around the house and spending time with his wife, Autumn. Together they make up another team, in which motivates Korey to continually strive for new, adventurous ideology. When he isn’t spending time in Norman, Oklahoma you may find him traveling around the world. So look out! Just as marketing, Korey is always on the move and you won’t want to miss it.

His book, Bottom Line Marketing; Concepts to Advance Your Brand and Profits, is now for sale online on Amazon.com, iTunes, and Book Locker.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/korey-mcmahon-entrepreneurship/

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why haters are an awesome source of motivation.
  • How to price the value that you offer.
  • The mental blocks that are getting in the way of your success.
  • How to hack the underutilized portion of your brain that helps you achieve your goals.
  • How to create a SMART goal that will make your dreams come true.
  • The difference in mindset and actions between highly successful people and unsuccessful people.
  • How to 10x, 30x or 100x your current goal (and actually achieve it).
Nov 24, 2016

Thanks for everything. I appreciate everyone who has supported the show since launching this year.

 

Going forward, Hello Tech Pros will be published 3 days per week instead of 7.

Nov 23, 2016

This is episode 2 in the series: The Five Dysfunctions of a Software Development team, modeled after the book by Patrick Lencioni. Access the full series at hellotechpros.com/team.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/social-anxiety-leadership/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • An overview of Patrick Lencioni's second dysfunction of a team: fear of conflict.
  • Why software developers want to think, work and socialize like Commander Spock.
  • How a technical lead or architect can derail a healthy debate by stating their position.
  • Why we need to combine empathy and love with a fierce desire to get our message across.
  • How to foster an environment of healthy conflict in your software development team.

 

Resources Mentioned

 

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Nov 22, 2016

Thor Conklin is a business owner, author, executive coach and content-driven podcaster. 2016 marks his 16th year as an entrepreneur. Thor is gritty, experienced and accessible as he brings to bear what holds people back from realizing their full potential. Through his latest venture, Peak Performance Nation, he teaches the tools, tips, tricks and strategies necessary to be a Peak Performer. He qualifies the psychology of success in one word: Execution! "Nothing you've learned matters — unless you can execute!"

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/thor-conklin-productivity/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • 7 tips and strategies to be less distracted and get more done.
  • The Ultimate Success Map and how it can grant you what you wish it life.
  • Why you should apply a debugging and updating strategy to your mindset.
  • How the beliefs you learned as a small child may be holding you back.
  • How to come up with an efficient and effective plan to get to your objective.
Nov 21, 2016

CEO Justin Deese is a highly sought-after business strategist, visionary, and self-made entrepreneur. He simultaneously built three flourishing in-home service companies in multiple states, is a certified E-Myth Business Coach, and is an expert at helping fellow business owners structure and manage their companies for maximum profitability.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/justin-deese-motivation/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • Why employees feel like a failure when their company goes out of business.
  • How writing a vision statement for your business is like turning on the GPS in your car.
  • Why Justin wrote his own eulagy and how that affected him.
  • What causes entrepreneurs to get hung up and the steps they need to take to start making progress.
  • The process to shift from business operator to business owner.

 

Resources Mentioned

Nov 20, 2016

Fabian Geyrhalter is the Founder and Principal of FINIEN, a Los-Angeles based consultancy specialized in turning ventures into brands. Fabian has been published internationally by the likes of The Washington Post, Graphis and The Huffington Post and he has written about branding for publications including Mashable and Entrepreneur and is a columnist for Inc. His consultancy has worked on branding projects for startups like Jukin, Survios, Bandito Brothers and Vimmia to large companies like Evolution Juice, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and W Hotels.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/fabian-geyrhalter-unplugged/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why it's a good thing that we are constantly "ON" about business.
  • How to work harder with less stress.
  • A process that will allow you to filter through the thoughts in your head, reduce your anxiety and get clear on the most important actions you need to take.
  • Why your stress levels increase when your mind and body are out of balance.
  • How to determine which activities you can safely stop doing by finding and aligning to your purpose.

 

Nov 19, 2016

Josh Earl is an email copywriter and the director of marketing for SimpleProgrammer.com. He writes at JoshuaEarl.com, where he shows bloggers and entrepreneurs how to create a steady stream of sales and income using fun-to-write, educational email courses.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/josh-earl-entrepreneurship/

What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How writing is a lot like refactoring code: where to start and how to make incremental improvements.
  • The 3 major components to a marketing campaign and how much effort you should devote to each.
  • How to get your audience's permission to spam them with your offers.
  • Evergreen email funnel techniques that launches your product to a new audience every day.
  • The exact process new entrepreneurs should use to build an audience then build and market their products.
Nov 18, 2016

Charlie Light helps companies with sales, and almost all his clients are digital marketing agencies or software engineering consultants. Charlie is an expert on prospecting, getting in front of new customers, and the general sales process.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/charlie-light-people/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • The wall of fear that prevents technical people from trying to sell and how to overcome it.
  • How to craft the perfect sales pitch for your consultancy.
  • What to say to a prospect when you get them on the phone.
  • Where to find companies that want to hire you.
  • The steps you need to take to close the deal and sign the contract.

 

Resources Mentioned

Nov 17, 2016

From Jon Sonmez and SimpleProgrammer.com comes a list of 155 developer podcasts. I can't believe I just read them all.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/developer-podcasts-technology/

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Nov 16, 2016

This is episode 1 in the series: The Five Dysfunctions of a Software Development team, modeled after the book by Patrick Lencioni.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/cowboy-coding-leadership/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • An overview of Patrick Lencioni's 5 Dysfunctions of a Team.
  • The kinds of mess that Cowboy Coders create.
  • The similarities between Cowboy Coders and Rockstars that make you want to love them.
  • Why some developers don't want to work in a team.
  • What you should do instead of being or supporting a Cowboy Coder.

 

Resources Mentioned

 

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Nov 15, 2016

A mechanical engineer and product designer turned traveler, Nathan Lieberman now hosts his own podcast called Oyster World Radio that broadcasts his escape from the corporate grind. Through his vast array of experiences ranging from networking, investing, martial arts, engineering, travel, storytelling, and business Nate has cracked the code on how to juggle multiple projects and perform at the highest levels.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/nathan-lieberman-productivity/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • Why we get immobilized with fear and anxiety and turn to Netflix.
  • The most important step in achieving your goals.
  • How to study yourself to find the pillars of your foundation.
  • The 5 steps of engineering design process and how to apply them to your lifestyle goals.
  • Why you should not rely on motivation to stay productive.
Nov 14, 2016

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. But for many technology professionals and entrepreneurs, the fear of failure is what guides their actions (or inactions).

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/anxiety-of-failure/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • Why a career in software development is like taking finals in a subject you don't understand. Every day.
  • What anxiety does to our health and body up to 6 months after the anxiety is gone.
  • The different types of failure that technical professionals worry about.
  • The biggest fear that entrepreneurs have.

 

Resources Mentioned

Nov 13, 2016

James Studdart is a full stack .NET developer, solutions architect and team leader based in the UK. He has experience in a wide range of markets from tropical fish and domestic services to international freight to the holiday industry, to name a few.

James does a lot of commuting and fills that time with podcasts as much as possible. When he’s not working he keeps and breeds tropical fish. James is on the committee for the British Cichlid Association and is the chairman of North Wales Aquarists Society. When he’s not doing anything fishy he is also an active member of the Shock Team 6 airsoft team at Shock and Awe Airsoft in North Wales.
James also has a young family, twin boys who recently turned one.

James Studdart doesn’t know the meaning of downtime and being unplugged.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/james-studdart-unplugged/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • The difference between airsoft and paintball.
  • How to get started playing airsoft milsim.
  • The weapons and gear airsoft players use.
  • "War" stories from the field.

 

Resources Mentioned

Nov 12, 2016

Jacob Strachotta has worked with hypnosis and hypnotherapy for more than 20 years. He originally trained as a captain in the Danish Air Force, where he worked with technical management, quality control, and organizational management. As part of his training, he learned how to help deployed personnel on a psychological level.

In 2000 Jacob founded The Institute for Advanced Hypnosis in Copenhagen, Denmark. Over the years, he has trained more than 550 hypnotists and hypnotherapists. Advanced Hypnosis differs from traditional hypnosis in that it goes straight to the root of the problem, isolating it and then treating it. It is a version of this technique called RDH – Result Driven Hypnosis, that is featured in the HelloMind app.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/jacob-strachotta-entrepreneurship/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • What percentage of your day is governed by your sub-conscious mind.
  • Sub-conscious triggers that prevent us from quitting bad habits and adopting good habits.
  • Why hypnotism is an effective tool for treating mental health issues.
  • How to resolve the Imposter Syndrome.

 

 

Anxiety Resources

I am writing a book on social anxiety in the tech industry and I would love to get your feedback. Visit AnxietyNerd.com to download a free chapter.

Nov 11, 2016

Many people don't like asking for help. It makes us feel icky to reach out and be in someone's debt. We feel insecure because we can't do it ourselves Here are a few ways to get over the anxiety of asking for favors.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/asking-for-help-anxiety/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • Why asking for help makes us feel icky and the anxiety of asking for favors.
  • When we should be asking for help.
  • Why asking for help actually helps other people.
  • How I can help you.
  • A few ways you can help me.

 

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Nov 10, 2016

Gret Glyer is 26, has lived in Malawi, Africa for 3 years, crowdfunded $100,000 to build a girls school there, and most recently launched a revolutionary new app that is going to literally change the world by the end of this year. It's call DonorSee.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/gret-glyer-technology/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • The conditions in Malawi that inspired Gret to start a poverty elimination app.
  • Why travelling to a 3rd world country or launching an app is like taking a leap of faith.
  • How donation campaigns have been run for ever and why they are so inefficient.
  • Why the cost of your iPad is the same as a house in other countries.
  • How Gret turned an idea into an app that is changing the world in 6 months.
Nov 9, 2016

There is a fear that gnaws at us throughout the day, almost every single day. It is the fear that everyone will discover what we've been trying to hide our entire career: the fact that we are a big fraud and have no idea what we're doing.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/imposter-syndrome-anxiety/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • Why we work so hard to hide the fact that we suck.
  • How Imposter Syndrome is a recursive problem.
  • Why we don't accept compliments and what that does to our relationships.
  • The #1 reason we get held back from promotions and raises.

 

Resources Mentioned

  • AnxietyNerd.com - Get a free chapter from my upcoming book on living and working with social anxiety.
Nov 8, 2016

Francesco D'Alessio is a 22 year old tech lover, who creates videos for his technology channel covering app, software and product reviews. He also works for two tech startups called FlashSticks and Newton Mail. Francesco loves reviewing productivity apps and features and has spent the last 3 years trying to find the best productivity apps for everyday usage.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/francesco-dalessio-productivity/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • What you need to be productive besides a good productivity app.
  • The benefits of Todoist and when you want to use it.
  • How to level up your Slack channel and master the Slack integrations.
  • Where to find productivity app reviews.
Nov 7, 2016

Dinesh Kandanchatha is a founder, mentor, speaker and—above all else—entrepreneur. He encourages founders to ask the right questions, navigate challenging decisions, and find those tough answers that are sometimes difficult to face. Dinesh, who has built, bought, sold, led, and/or invested in over 13 companies, knows what it takes to transform a business.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/dinesh-kandanchatha-motivation/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • The difference between the tenacious from the hobbyist.
  • Why the binary motivated / unmotivated thinking is the incorrect state of mind.
  • How to measure your value by the obstacles you've overcome.
  • Why the right support group is critical to your continued success.
  • How to achieve your big hairy audacious goal by forcing yourself to be authentic.
Nov 6, 2016

Boom Shikha is a serial entrepreneur, wanderluster, online-business owner, yogi, author, and avid meditator. She's interested in helping you find your life purpose, and get to your Level 10 life.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/boom-shikha-unplugged/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • How to achieve "Level 10" in every aspect of your life without sacrificing the things and people you love.
  • How to get more brilliant ideas that will move your business and life forward.
  • How to calm your "monkey mind" through meditation and become focused.
  • The easiest way to get started with meditation without being intimidated.
Nov 5, 2016

Patrick Vlaskovits is a NYT bestselling author and entrepreneur. His writing has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, and The Browser.

Patrick routinely speaks at technology conferences nationally and internationally, including SXSW, GROW Conference, The Turing Festival and The Lean Startup Conference. He serves as a mentor for 500 Startups seed fund and startup accelerator and is founder and CEO of Superpowered.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/patrick-vlaskovits-entrepreneurship/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • The advances in digital signal processing (DSP) over the last two decades.
  • Why there is no "plan B" in entrepreneurship.
  • How highly structured environments tend to minimize your strengths and maximize your weaknesses.
  • How to overcome "learned blindness" and discover what you were meant to do.
  • Why successful entrepreneurs tend to be a little weird and off kilter.
  • The step you need to take today to get closer to your goal.

 

Resources Mentioned

Nov 4, 2016

Coraline Ada Ehmke is a speaker, writer, teacher, open source advocate and technologist with 20 years of experience in developing apps for the web. She works diligently to promote diversity and inclusivity in open source and the tech industry. She is the creator of the Contributor Covenant, the most popular open source code of conduct in the world (with over 15,000 adoptions including JRuby, Swift, F# and Rails.) Coraline works for GitHub as a senior engineer on a team devoted to creating community management and anti-harassment tools.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/coraline-ehmke-people/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why a lack of diversity limits creativity and problem solving.
  • What a Code of Conduct can help you achieve in your organization.
  • The impact your words and behaviors have on those around you, regardless of your intention.
  • How to approach and communicate with someone who is violating the code of conduct.
  • Technical terminology that needs to be refactored by everyone.
  • The root cause behind most software problems.
  • The anti-harassment and community support tools GitHub is building to foster excellent conduct.
  • The emotion we all need to show at work to make life and work better for everyone involved.
Nov 3, 2016

Ron Atzmon is Managing Director of AU10TIX Limited, pioneers of multi-channel ID Authentication and record generation. Mr. Atzmon has led the company to the position of technology leader and provider of choice of the world’s major players. Under Mr. Atzmon’s leadership AU10TIX introduced the concept of “Secure Customer Onboarding”, redefining fraud prevention best practices but also influencing customer acquisition success rates across financial services markets.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/ron-atzmon-technology/

What You'll Learn in This Episode

  • The importance of knowing your customer (KYC) in various markets.
  • The history of ID Authentication and the challenges have already been solved.
  • How ID validation problems can increase your real estate costs per customer.
  • Why automation is the key to unlocking customer satisfaction.
  • Which companies are having the hardest time adapting to the new mobile-first sharing economies.
Nov 2, 2016

Many people's careers are limited — not due to a lack of talent, smarts or ambition — but by the anxiety of leaving their friends behind or making their friends angry. We discuss why it happens to technical professionals and what you can do about it.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/losing-friends-promotion-anxiety/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • Why we worry about what others think about us and our career.
  • What anxiety feels like in personal growth situations.
  • Why we are terrified of success.
  • What to do about friends who are not on the same path.
  • How to manage your friends when you become their boss.
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