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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 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.
Dec 5, 2016

Archika N. Gupta is an entrepreneur as well as a mom of 8 months old. Archika started working as a freelancer with global clients in 2012 and has managed to establish her own company this year named as "ANG Global Business Solutions". Archika is an expert at offering Back Office support to diverse nature of businesses globally.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/archika-gupta-productivity/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • Sometimes life gets in the way of your career. Here is what you can do about it.
  • How to find your first freelance job.
  • The most important thing about your freelance clients that you need to verify.
  • The process from independent freelancer to business owner.
  • How to be productive when you work for yourself.

 

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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 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 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 1, 2016

Peter Malick is a lifelong musician who has worked as a producer, recording engineer, songwriter, and guitarist. His credits range from Norah Jones, to KPOP superstar Jung Yong Hwa, to blues legend John Lee Hooker.  In 2013 he accepted a position with Pro Audio retailer Westlake Pro to help expand their online presence. At the end of 2014 he was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer of the company. Peter's diverse background includes a stint as a Casino Manager in Las Vegas, as well as 20 years of DIY marketing experience as a solo artist and music producer.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/peter-malick-productivity/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • How we can get overwhelmed by over committing our time and effort and what that does to our health and productivity.
  • A meditation practice that is free to everyone and how it helps you de-stress.
  • Why Peter tricked his boss into hiring workers in India.
  • How to detach yourself from the responsibility of a task so that others can build their experience.
  • Why you should always start with a Minimum Viable Proposition (MVP).
  • Where to look for workers to outsource a task.
  • How to find the best freelancers without being overwhelmed by reviewing applicants.
  • How to cut 40% of your tasks and get more done.
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 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 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 4, 2016

Career Hyperdrive Course: Day 2

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 2

How to 5x Your Output Without 5x the Hustle

 

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

  • The biggest mistake people make when trying to increase their productivity.
  • How to determine which balls you should be juggling, and which you're allowed to drop.
  • How to say no to productivity killers without being a jerk.
  • The personal story of how I worked 5x harder and was crushed to discover I had let everyone down in the process.
Sep 27, 2016

Theo Priestley is the CEO of Cronycle, a content discovery and collaboration platform. Priestley has a wealth of experience in senior positions at software companies and advisory roles working with diverse startups such as Cupenya, and Novaquark (developing the E3 hit Dual Universe). Priestley is very active in the startup community mentoring within UK and US accelerators.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/theo-priestley-productivity/

Key Takeaways

  • Documentation for the sake of documentation is unproductive.
  • Kit bags are project and document templates to build on quickly instead of creating from scratch.
  • Find like-minded people who are willing to run with POCs and then proving it works.
  • Information is everywhere and we are poor at filtering the noise.
    • It feels like we are drowning in a content tsunami.
  • Groups tend to fall into the relevance paradox. They don't know to look for different types of information because of the lack of experience and knowledge. (You don't know what you don't know.)
  • Automation should be used to augment the filtering process, not replace it.
  • Who are the sources that are providing real, diverse value and who are just posting memes? Filter the memes.
  • If you have to create a new channel to replace the channel that is just filled with noise it is past time to implement a channel moderator or curator.
  • Some content is designed to be point-in-time just for that project and some will be evergreen.
  • Be more selective about content you consume.
Sep 20, 2016

Alex Barker is a coach for high achievers and mastermind creator for entrepreneurs. He’s a big action taker, just like his clients. He built 3 businesses in 3 years, paid off his house in less 3 years, and has coached over 50 people to build lifestyle businesses. He podcasts on the 66 Day Experiment, where he experiments on his life and business, like creating a business in 66 days, reading a book a day, and facing daily rejection. His mission is to help men and women find a disciplined approach to success in life and business.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/alex-barker-productivity/

Key Takeaways

  • Are you being productive or just working hard?
  • Ask yourself, "What am I doing and how can I change?"
  • Change your morning habits to build a new routine that enhances productivity.
  • Slay your dragons in the morning. Focus on the hardest things that you tend to procrastinate.
  • Decision fatigue affects your ability to make decisions throughout the day.
  • Capitalize on the compound effect of taking daily action. Over time it will yield big results.
  • All it takes is one big client to enable your business to be successful.
  • Accept who you are and capitalize on your strengths.
  • If you take action on the first day of a new opportunity, you will be much further ahead than if you hadn't.
  • When you have success, people want to know how you got successful. You now have an opportunity to start coaching.
  • There is a difference between a coach and a consultant - consultant gives you the information and a coach provides support.
  • Everyone believes what they are missing is the knowledge to do something. The thing that is stopping them is their own doubts.
  • People are afraid of others judging them. For example, they are afraid of selling their product or service because people will think you're just trying to rip them off.
  • The most important aspect of creating productivity is self-discipline, not time management.
  • You need both faith and belief.
Sep 13, 2016

Jay Miller is a System Administrator, Pastor, Developer, and Podcaster.  Jay started the Productivity in Tech Community hoping to help people in the tech industry find ways to be more productive. He's also host the Productivity in Tech Podcast.

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

Key Takeaways

  • In the military and some large command-and-control companies, you're just supposed to do what you're told.
    • In small business, you don't know exactly what you're supposed to be doing and how to prioritize.
  • Prioritize your day using the Eisenhower matrix.
    • Is this going to break today? (Urgency)
    • Is this going to break soon and get me fired? (Importance)
    • Instead of working on all the little unimportant / non-urgent things and not get anything done, get prioritized.
  • Not everyone's priorities are in alignment.
    • Their fire may be like a struck match and yours is like a building on fire.
    • Have a conversation about the combined priorities and let everyone know what they are.
  • Your heath, personal goals and dreams are never someone else's priority. You need to focus on prioritize time for yourself.
  • A good system is something you don't have to worry about. It just works.
  • If you yes to everyone and everything, you're not allowing people to develop their own productivity systems.
  • Delegate repetitive tasks and focus on higher-level priorities.
  • Get in the zone and enjoy what you're doing.
  • Make sure you're focusing on being productive, not being busy.
  • Focus on the one thing that is the most important today. Don't spend too much time worrying about the future.
  • You are already productive, now start optimizing.
Sep 6, 2016

Spencer Liu comes with a 20-year track record in marketing, Internet product strategy, and business development. He's worked with companies such as Sony Computer Entertainment, EA Sports, Sega, and CNET Networks before becoming a serial entrepreneur. He was a founding member of HighGear Media (acquired by Internet Brands, a network of lifestyle-focused car shopping websites) and founded his own consulting company GoSunday later working with many European startups such as Experteer, Qype, and GOOM Radio to fine tune their product strategies and optimizing user experiences.

In late 2011, Spencer positioned himself in the middle of the China mobile gaming industry and was a founding member of Yodo1 Games, a mobile games publishing platform focusing on bringing great western content into the difficult-to-figure-out China gaming market. While solving different business problems which mobile developers and publishers face everyday, Spencer was inspired to simultaneously kick off KTplay, the world’s only in-game player community and live ops platform.

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Key Takeaways

  • Try new things you don't know anything about. Putting yourself outside of your comfort zone makes you work harder to be productive.
  • In uncomfortable situations you have to rely on others and build teams.
  • In some cultures, the big boss is the big boss. The boss never asks, just commands.
  • Take the team out to lunch and establish rapport and promise them they won't get fired for speaking up.
  • People can get unmotivated because they are busy working on 10 things but don't know the priorities.
  • When discouraged, focus outside of yourself.
  • Develop and continually revisit the vision statement. Are yourselves these questions:
    • Who do we want to be and what do we want to do for whom?
    • What was original vision for the company?
    • Are these customers the right partners for the platform?
    • Are we chasing after numbers instead of results?
    • Are the customers using the platform the way we intented them to do?
    • If we continue to duplicate this partnership, what will the product look like 6 month from now?
  • Look at the situation from different perspectives.
Aug 30, 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/bill-kennedy-productivity/

Aug 23, 2016

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) can lead to big problems with productivity on a team. Here are some issues to look out for and solutions to apply that have worked for me in my career.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/anxiety-disorder-productivity/

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Aug 16, 2016

Laura Roeder began her entrepreneurial journey at the age of 22, when she quit a design job and decided to launch her first business. MeetEdgar.com was created out of a need Laura had in her own business to more effectively manage social media - and so in 2014 Laura pivoted her business to dive into the SaaS world.

Since Edgar’s launch in June 2014, their remote team has grown to 18 people, they've hit more than $240,000 in monthly recurring revenue, AND they've bootstrapped the entire way. Edgar is now happily providing social solutions to more than 5,000 customers.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/laura-roeder-productivity/

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Aug 9, 2016

In an era where overtime is expected and overwhelm is normal, Nick Snapp, Productivity Strategist and Podcaster, combines productivity with purpose for Entrepreneurial Moms and Dads who want their time back.  He is the owner of Inspire Me Solutions, providing innovative coaching, training and consulting services for entrepreneurs and want-repreneurs, and is the host of The Make it Snappy Productivity Show podcast.  Nick has a background in engineering, project management and process improvement.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/nick-snapp-productivity/

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Aug 2, 2016

Trigg Watson is an award-winning magician, illusion designer, and past Deloitte technology consultant. Trigg has entertained audiences from London to Las Vegas. He has won several awards for his magic, and has appeared on television shows including Pop TV's "Don't Blink", Penn & Teller's "Fool US", and "Masters of Illusion" on the CW. Trigg has a passion for combining the latest technology with classic illusions to create experiences of the impossible that have to be seen to be believed!

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/trigg-watson-productivity/

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Jul 26, 2016

Nick Loper helps people earn money outside of their day job. He's an author, online entrepreneur, and life-long student in the game of business. His latest role is as Chief Side Hustler at SideHustleNation.com, a growing community and resource for aspiring and part-time entrepreneurs.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/nick-loper-productivity/

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  • Minio Cloud Storage - An object storage server built for cloud application developers and devops.

 

Jul 19, 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-productivity/

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Jul 12, 2016

Against a friend's advice, I set a goal to publish 100 podcast episodes in 100 days. This is the story on how I did it (and how you can do it too).

Show notes and challenge details at http://hellotechpros.com/100-podcast-episodes/

Jul 5, 2016

Nathan Johns has more than twenty years of experience in Business Strategy and Product Management at large tech companies 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-productivity/

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Jun 28, 2016

This software development manager believes it is an utter waste of money to hire a programmer and not pair them with someone else.

Llewellyn Falco is an independent agile coach. He discovered strong-style pair programming and is creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests. He spends most of his time programming in Java and C# specializing in improving legacy code. Llewellyn is also co-founder of TeachingKidsProgramming.org.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/llewellyn-falco-productivity/

Key Takeaways

  • Kids aren't ready for "real" programming until they are ready to read, write and type
  • It's a waste of money to hire a programmer and not pair them with another
  • It's our differences that make us stronger
  • When we work together with someone, we are in the zone together for longer periods of time
    • It is easier to focus and you aren't distracted as much
  • When someone is "watching" us work, or working with us, we are more inclined to use best-practices
  • We feed off the other person, we bring good things out of each other
  • "I'll come back to this later" usually means "I don't want to do this"
  • In code reviews, not much generally changes in the code
    • We get feedback occasionally but by and large the structure of the software stays the same
  • Efficiency can't survive in a vaccuum, you can't be "efficient" with being efficient FOR something
  • When you want to pair-program, sometimes it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission
  • Paired work is more intensive - strive for 4-5 hours of paired work then take a break
  • Trust is a critical issue - ask for trust from your partner

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Jun 21, 2016

Stacey Ackerman recently implemented a scrum process in her household and her kids have bought in and help clean the house with minimal supervision.

Stacey Ackerman is the Scrum Mom, an agile coach, writer, speaker, entrepreneur, wife and mom of three humans and four cats. She does it all by using Scrum as her personal and professional framework. She believes there is a better way to work (and parent) and discusses both on her site at scrummom.com.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/stacey-ackerman-productivity/

Key Takeaways

  • The values of Scrum is more important than the implementation.
  • In a retrospective, ask everyone about their cabbages and roses. That is, the things they didn't like and the things they did like about their day.
  • Provide incentives that the team can buy into.
  • Write down jobs that need to get done and allow the team (or kids) to pick from them.
  • Allow the team to trade tasks so they don't get bored and feel pigeon-holed.
  • 30-minute time-boxing daily gets a group making daily progress at the same time.
  • Visual people want to see a board and lists.
  • Stacey's process for implementing scrum at home:
    • 1. Put on a timer for 30 minutes every day.
    • 2. Sprint planning - 10 minuntes, postit notes & markers.
      • Have the kids talk about all the things we need to get done.
      • Let them write it, empowerment
    • 3. Each child has a swim-lane on the on whiteboard.
    • 4. Assign point values.
    • 5. Hold a retrospective.
      • What did you think of this? What worked, what didn't work?

 

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