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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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Feb 13, 2017

George Mocharko helps create authentic, crafted, strategic messaging for small businesses, start-ups, and non-profits. He also specializes in digital and print publications management, with professional-quality newsletter & magazine design and production, including marketing collateral creation.

George has a Master's degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University's School of Policy, Government and International Affairs and a Bachelor's degree in Communication from Mason. He studied Digital Marketing at Georgetown and Front-End Web Development at General Assembly. He is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Society for Technical Communication, Graphic Artists Guild, and Project Management Institute®.

 

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/ux-of-technical-documentation-george-mocharko/

 

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • People don't read the whole doc, they need an executive summary.
  • Focus on the UX of technical documentation. Remember that they are consumed by people, not technology.
  • Start thinking about doc from inception and include a tech writer role.
  • Make sure the documentation is accessible when anyone picks it up.
  • A documentation specialist's job is to capture, aggregate, sort and redistribute knowledge.
  • Professionals think 9-5, M-F. It's not time management, its energy management. Cater to energy and communication styles.
Feb 10, 2017

Matt Miller spent the first 9 years of his career as an Air Force pilot, before entering the private sector to work in both the medical device and advertising industries. While a top performer in the corporate world, his long term desire was to be his own boss. A good friend one day mentioned the gum ball machines he and his young daughters owned, and that conversation began a 10 year business quest that has brought Matt’s company, School Spirit Vending, to the cutting edge of both the vending and school fundraising industries. Today, School Spirit Vending’s franchising program provides a proven and profitable business system for busy professionals and their families looking to develop secondary income streams with a limited time commitment.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/matt-miller-entrepreneurship/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • Why flashy and glamorous isn't always profitable.
  • Why you shouldn't tie your career or your business to the training or jobs you had years ago.
  • How Matt built a profitable business one vending machine at a time while deliver pizzas.
  • Why you should start thinking about "bricks of income" and how to start stacking them.
  • The franchise business that helps schools raise money without sending kids door to door or bringing in volunteers.

 

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Feb 8, 2017

Shayla Price creates and promotes content. She lives at the intersection of digital marketing, technology, and social responsibility. Originally from Louisiana, Shayla champions access to remote work opportunities.

 

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/shayla-price/

 

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • How to create your own job when your employer doesn't meet your needs.
  • The obstacles that Shayla encountered when tackling entrepreneurship in the non-profit space.
  • How to determine what is in demand in the current market and decide which gaps to fill.
  • Why you should focus on delivering results with the skills you have rather than chase new skills.
  • Why it's important to realize people are ahead of you and behind you, and why that's just fine.
  • How Shayla used her first low-paid gigs to jump start her business.
  • How to grow into a person who is in high demand.

 

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Feb 6, 2017

James Hopkins is a Co-founder of the Atlas App Store, an early stage Google Play alternative. He studied economics at CU Boulder, and worked at two startups - a health tablet company, and energy retrofit company - before deciding to start his own venture.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/james-hopkins/

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • App Search engines can't find products via their underlying functions.
  • Only apps with the largest budget get top results, but what you can do about that.
  • Why it's easy to develop apps, but not to get exposure.
  • Why you should be focusing on developing localized apps.
  • The basics of app store submission forms.
  • Non-SEO tactics for app adoption.

 

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Feb 3, 2017

Kamil Rudnicki is a programmer, entrepreneur, founder of Timecamp, and student. He is fascinated with the usable psychology of self-improvement, business, philosophy, meditation, good and meaningful life, decision making and what future will bring. Kamil is an Introvert (INTJ). Minimalist.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/kamil-rudnicki/

 

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • Why introverts find social situations exhausting.
  • How to find the right mentor by looking 2 steps ahead instead of 100.
  • Why "just in time learning" is highly effective and efficient.
  • How to build a personal knowledge base and use it to maximize your continuing education.
  • How to save time on reading time management articles by practicing time management.
  • The biggest time-sink apps that are destroying your productivity.
Feb 1, 2017

David Fradin was a classically trained product manager at Hewlett-Packard during the 50 years that HP grew 20% a year.

Apple recruited him to bring the first hard disk drive on a personal computer to market. He soon rose in Apple’s management ranks to the same level as Steve Jobs by heading the Apple /// product line and providing the profits which helped fund the development of the Macintosh.

Since 1969 he has worked on over 75 products and services, at 25 small, medium and large organizations and eleven startups covering hardware, software, services, internet, SaaS, mobile, advertising, online training, video and for non-profit public policy associations and political campaigns.

He has taught what is in this book to thousands of senior managers, product managers, and product marketing managers worldwide at small, medium and large companies.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/david-fradin-product-design/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • How tech leaders can combine value and vision to develop culture in their startup.
  • Why SPICEs are the key to success.
    • Strategy
    • Process
    • Information
    • Customer
    • Employees
  • Why hackathons and venture capitalism may be counter to the results you are trying to achieve (fire, ready, aim).
  • Why the salesperson's responsibility is to understand what the customer wants to do then match them to product or service that meets that need.
  • Don't define yourself by the solution, but by the problems.
  • How to observe users like a scientist.
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