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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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Jun 4, 2016

John Michael is a designer/front-end developer who teamed up with co-worker Paul Groetzner to start a software company while keeping both of their 9-5 day jobs. Nine months later, they are gearing up for their official launch and would like to share their experience of starting with nothing to producing a viable market product with zero funding.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/john-michael-entrepreneurship/

Key Takeaways

  • When working in mid/large-sized companies, we have limited input into changing the company's direction without significant effort.
  • Entrepreneurs sometimes feel they can do it better.
  • When finding a business partner, try a small project first to test out the partnership dynamics.
  • To get product ideas, ask business owners what software they use and what limitations they have.
  • Subscription-model revenue is ideal for many startups.
  • Partner with your initial customers to gain industry knowledge.
  • Many entrepreneurs get stuck in the beginning because they are trying to come up with something that's never been thought of before. Instead, look at existing products & services and do it better.
  • Find niche industries where technology has been stagnant.

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