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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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Dec 2, 2016

Alex Rubinchik oversees Marketing and Business Development at Philadelphia-based ServiceWhale. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Alex received his first degree in Political Science, History and Philosophy from Hebrew University and his MBA from Brandeis University. Alex’s interests and hobbies are as diverse as his travels. When he isn’t discovering new solutions and opportunities for ServiceWhale, an online marketplace that provides instant on-demand quotes for big-ticket home improvement projects, he enjoys teaching yoga, spinning vinyl, and exploring unplugging practices.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/alex-rubinchik-unplugged/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why the biggest enemy in your life is your internal dialogue.
  • How technology and information misleads us and derails our mindset.
  • The philosophy behind a healthy state of mind that has existed for over 2,000 years.
  • Practical steps you can take to achieve peace and serenity.
  • Activities that will help your health, education and social health all at the same time.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 2, 2016

The roles of the NPCs that will help push and pull the player characters into emotional reactions.

This is the final episode of a multi-part podcast series on roleplaying games and Dungeons & Dragons.

Part 1: 10 Business Lessons Learned in Roleplaying Games

Part 2: Interview Players for Your D&D Campaign by Playing Board Games

Part 3: Picking a Genre and System for your RPG

Part 4: Developing an Epic D&D Campaign Story

Part 5: Cultural Inspirations For Your D&D Homebrew

More info on this campaign.

Sep 25, 2016

Fleshing out the First Campaign Arc

This is Part 5 of a multi-part podcast series.

Part 1: 10 Business Lessons Learned in Roleplaying Games

Part 2: Interview Players for Your D&D Campaign by Playing Board Games

Part 3: Picking a Genre and System for your RPG

Part 4: Developing an Epic D&D Campaign Story

More info on this campaign.

 

Campaign Notes

  • All the notes for this campaign are for subscribers only. Use the signup box below.

 

Play this Campaign

Sep 18, 2016

Building a D&D campaign is a lot like writing a series of books. First you have to start with the overall series goals before you dive into the details. In this episode we come up with a new campaign story that will play out like a 5 act play or 5 book series.

This is Part 4 of a multi-part podcast series.

Part 1: 10 Business Lessons Learned in Roleplaying Games

Part 2: Interview Players for Your D&D Campaign by Playing Board Games

Part 3: Picking a Genre and System for your RPG

This episode show notes: http://hellotechpros.com/dnd-campaign-design-unplugged/

Key Takeaways

  • Feel free to steal ideas
  • Snowflake method
  • Campaign Hook, one sentence
    • elevator pitch to sell players
    • location, goal, obstacles
    • "Several primitive and diverse tribes have assembled their leaders and heros to determine how to pacify the primordial spirits which have been devastating the area."
  • Campaign Hook, one paragraph
    • "Across the all lands where the springs and tributaries feed into the mighty Nelgenzes River, the primordial spirits are angry. Earthquakes, blizzards, tornadoes, floods and wildfires which were once rare are now more common and deadlier than ever. Crops have been destroyed, herds of animals scattered and killed and entire communities have been wiped out. The primitive and diverse tribes that populate the region have assembled their tribal elders, warchiefs, shamans and scouts to determine how to pacify the spirits of earth, fire, air and water from their frequent episodes of wanton destruction."
  • Big Picture Summary (secret)
    • Here + There + Resolve
    • Us + Them + Resolve
    • Secret 1 + Secret 2 + Secret 3
    • 4 disasters/dilemas + ending
  • 5 Parts of the overall story.
    • Part 1: The tribes nominate their champions who must figure out how to work together to discover leads, track down information, survive the brutality of elementals and protect their people from nature and each other. Cooperation.
    • Part 2: Resolution to learn about areas beyond Nelgenzes. Is everywhere affected? Can we relocate? Exploration.
    • Part 3: The heroes discover an advanced civilization in a far away land which is very different than Nelgenzes. Rich in magic, manufacturing and longevity, their metropolises are a wonder to behold and feel extremely alien. The people are very homogenous. Reflection and Adaptation.
    • Part 4: We learn that the overuse of magic and natural resources to try to control the environment and life expectancy of this civilization has created an imbalance in nature which is resulting in the devastation in the Nelgenzes Valley.
    • Part 5: The heroes must decide on a course of action. Should they destroy or limit magic which will adversly affect the metropolis? Should they migrate and integrate their tribes into this society and learn to master the magical arts? Is there another way to restore the natural order? Resolution.

Resources Mentioned

 

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Sep 11, 2016

After finding the right group of friends to play a role playing game, it's time to select the genre and system. So. Many. Options.

This is part 3 of a multi-part series.

Part 1
Part 2

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/rpg-genre-system-unplugged/

RPG Genres

  • High fantasy - lots of magic.
  • Low fantasy - little to low magic.
  • Modern action / adventure.
  • Historical action.
  • Horror.
  • Sci-Fi.
  • Super Heros.

 

Resources Mentioned

Sep 4, 2016

So you want to start a roleplaying game? First, you need to find a group. Test out combinations of players by playing board games before starting a campaign.

This is part 1 in a multi-part series.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/rpg-starter-unplugged/

Other Podcast Episodes

 

Games

Aug 28, 2016

I think I might have learned more about business while playing RPGs than I have from studying business. Here are my Top 10.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/rpg-business-lessons-unplugged/

Key Takeaways

  1. Confidence
  2. Leadership
  3. Facilitation
  4. Cooperation
  5. Negotiation
  6. Diversity
  7. Being a part of something bigger than ourselves
  8. Teamwork
  9. Sharing resources
  10. Overcoming adversity
Aug 21, 2016

Steven Judd is a 23 year IT professional who has done individual consulting, worked for 20 person start-ups, Dot-Com growth companies, and Fortune 100 enterprises. He has implemented from zero to hero installations, as well as bleeding edge video delivery solutions, but is currently focused on application automation and procedural standardization.

 

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/steven-judd-unplugged/

Aug 14, 2016

Todd Conklin is a 32 year veteran of the oil and gas business. He manages a family oil & gas company in Texas as well as his own oil and gas production. Currently he is the Chief Geologist for Unit Petroleum. Todd is also starting a podcast and mastermind called The Significant Mentor in which he interviews accomplished people about the mentors in their life. He discovers what makes people tick and the back story to their success.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/todd-conklin-unplugged/

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Aug 7, 2016

Nolan T. Jones is the co-creator of the "virtual tabletop" Roll20-- the most popular platform for tabletop roleplaying games online. He doubles as a recovering comic book writer.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/nolan-jones-unplugged/

Sponsors

 

Jul 31, 2016

Born and raised in Chicago, Steven Shalowitz conceived the idea for "The One Way Ticket Show" podcast while producing and hosting a radio show in Singapore. He explores with his high profile guests where they'd go if given a one way ticket - no coming back! Destinations may be in the past, present, future, real, imaginary, or state of mind.

An exhibited photographer with a penchant for travel to rogue nations, Steven’s adventures have taken him from North Korea to Libya, Iran to Burundi, and Syria to Burkina Faso.

Steven earned his B.A. in Chinese Language & Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and his M.A. in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/steven-shalowitz-unplugged/

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Jul 24, 2016

Bruce Langford has been a presenter and writer in the field of Bullying Prevention for over a decade and that has led him to the field of mindfulness. He is now a Mindfulness Coach and Podcast host of Mindfulness Mode Podcast. Bruce is adamant that the world will be a better place as more people begin to embrace the practice of mindfulness.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/bruce-langford-unplugged/

Sponsors

  • Minio Cloud Storage - Store photos, videos, VMs containers, log files or any blob of data as objects.
Jul 17, 2016

Oded Israeli is a father of 3 adorable kids and the co-founder and CEO of O'Daddy.

Oded has 18 years of experience in the high tech industry, specifically in e-commerce and mobile internet. Prior to co-founding O'Daddy, Oded was VP Marketing at Visualead, the 1st Israeli startup to secure an investment from Alibaba Group. Before that, Oded managed multiple digital commerce and mobile payments platforms as Director of Product Management and Marketing at Amdocs (NASDAQ:DOX). Earlier, Oded was Chief of Staff for Amdocs’ CEO and Director of Business Development for digital services. Oded also practiced law as a high-tech attorney, founded a web development company, and advised Fortune 500 companies as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. Oded holds LL.B. and LL.M. degrees (cum laude) from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from INSEAD in Singapore and France.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/oded-israeli-unplugged/

Jul 10, 2016

Balancing a job in a startup, running a news aggregator site, hosting a podcast and maintaining a long-distance relationship? Keith Chima explains how he does it all.

Keith Chima is a software developer at a healthcare startup, and founder of Newsbrute.com, a web app that discovers and previews the most popular video game articles of the day and sorts them in order of relative popularity.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/keith-chima-unplugged/

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Jul 3, 2016

Even though James Wilson is an introvert and recharges when alone, this poet is more comfortable speaking to 1000's of people on a stage than to small table of 5 individuals.

James Wilson has been working in the medical software and billing industry for 10 years and currently manages a team that handles the data and electronic claims transmissions for one of the leading prosthetics and orthotics providers in the country.

James was a past guest on Hello Tech Pros, episode 12 (We Think You're Crap: How NOT to Communicate). In that episode, James shared an experience at a past job when his coworkers and manager provided bad feedback using horrible communication techniques. Then we talked about how to deal with a situation gone bad.

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

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Jun 26, 2016

Jared Porcenaluk wants to change the way society thinks about work.

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.

Jared was a guest on HTP-46 "Programming is like the most epic video game over", talking about how Jared got into software development, the struggles he's faced along the way and the vision he has for his community.

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

Key Takeaways

  • Take advantage of all the recreational things your locale has to offer.
  • Sometimes it seems that you have time and don't have money and when you have money you don't have time.
  • It's possible to work so hard that you don't want to do anything to unwind.
  • Each generation has it's own struggles.
  • Millennial get a bad rap for not working hard and realizing that life is tough.
  • The more fun we find ourselves having, doing the work that we find enjoyable, the more rewards we reap.
  • We need to change the way society thinks about work.
  • Since the 1970's we have doubled our productivity. But we're still working as much or more.

 

Resources Mentioned

 

Sponsors

Jun 19, 2016

This is a special episode to honor the victims of the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

If you want to help, please make a donation to OneOrlando Fund.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/orlando-united-unplugged/

Key Takeaways

  • On Sunday, June 12, 2016, a domestic terrorist killed 49 people and injured over 50 more at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
  • On Wednesday, April 19, 1995, a domestic terrorist killed 168 people and injured over 600 more by detonating a bomb near the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
    • 19 children were included in the fatalities.
  • On Monday, May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado with winds at 301 miles per hour killed 36 people and injured hundreds more in Bridge Creek, Moore, Oklahoma City, Del City and Midwest City, Oklahoma.
  • On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, a terrorist attack claimed the lives of 2,996 people.
  • On Monday, May 20, 2013 an EF5 tornado killed 24 people and injured hundreds of others in Moore, Oklahoma.
    • Briarwood Elementary School and Plaza Towers Elementary school were both destroyed. Seven children were killed at Plaza Towers.
  • Life is too short.
  • Horrible things happen to good people.
  • Love each other. Hug each other. Have respect and dignity for one another. Open a door for a stranger. Smile as often as you can. Build and nurture personal relationships with diverse people. Don't ever take any of it for granted.

Resources Mentioned

Jun 12, 2016

Draw a line between work and life, advises entrepreneur Veronica Kirin. When you're starting a business you need to be intentional about planning down time, so you don't find yourself becoming a workaholic.

Veronica Kirin is an anthropologist turned serial entrepreneur.  She loves working closely with clients to help them reach their goals.  Her first business, Green Cup Design, began as a freelance web design venture and has grown into digital maintenance for small businesses.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/veronica-kirin-unplugged/

Key Takeaways

  • A college degree leads to opportunities, but many opportunities outside of that degree may open up as well.
  • Entrepreneurs have a lot of pride in what they do and have a hard time letting go and letting others help.
  • Are you a workaholic?
  • Draw a line between your work and your life.
    • Set a hard-stop time for yourself.
    • Don't work during your days off.
    • Set a slower pace in the morning during your days off.
    • Try not to get into "checklist mode" during down times.
  • Set personal goals for yourself, not just for your business.
  • Focus on self-care.
  • Create a process to transition into work-mode in the morning and back into unplugged mode in the evening.
  • Make an effort to invest in personal relationships.
    • Schedule recurring plans with friends.
    • Make travel plans.
  • Give yourself an "alternate schedule" with extra long weekends every now and then.
  • When you are in the break-neck startup phase, set an intentional plan to step back and take time off so that you don't create a workaholic habit.

Resources Mentioned

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