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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 16, 2016

Hamilton Perkins is the founder and President of Hamilton Perkins Collection, a certified B Corporation, offering designer travel bags at an affordable price, while holding the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/hamilton-perkins-entrepreneurship/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • How this entrepreneur combined experience in DIY fashion, retail and banking to build a new product line.
  • Why you should look at recycled materials for your next product.
  • How much waste is generated in the United States.
  • How to use imperfection in the manufacturing process to tell a unique story about each unit of product.
  • The most critical personal trait to building a manufacturing business.
  • How to connect with customers who love your mission and values through social media.
Dec 14, 2016

This is episode 5 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

  • Why falling in love with technology can actually be a detriment to a technology professional.
  • Why you need to spend more time learning about the industry and business objectives than you do about the newest technology.
  • Free resources to learn about your business industry.
  • Why you should be asking dumb questions at work if you want to get a promotion.

 

Resources Mentioned

 

Sponsors

Dec 12, 2016

Tom Schwab knows how to build an online business. Marketing at its heart is starting a conversation with someone who could be an ideal customer. Tom helps small business owners, entrepreneurs and soloprenuers get featured on leading podcasts their prospects are already listening to. Then he shows them how to turn listeners into customers.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/tom-schwab-entrepreneurship/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • How to get customers to know, like and trust you.
  • Instead of starting a conversation with a potential customer, how to join the conversations they are already having.
  • Where to go to find early customers.
  • When in your product lifecycle you should look to join a podcast.
  • The critical pieces you need to have in place before applying to be a guest on a podcast.
  • How to approach a podcast guest to ensure a YES.
  • The steps to convert a listener into a visitor and a visitor into a lead.

 

Dec 9, 2016

Joshua Futrell is the CEO/Founder of COMHOME Technology Solutions. He is an entrepreneur and network infrastructure engineer with more than 15 years of experience in technical leadership, computer/networking technology, and business-critical management. He is a member of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and a member of their elite Leadership Frisco team. He is also a decorated Air Force Veteran.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/joshua-futrell-entrepreneurship/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why it's difficult to recruit talented network engineers.
  • How to recognize A+ employees.
  • The steps a good engineer can take to become a successful entrepreneur.
  • Why call center and customer support experience is critical when launching your business.
  • The habits to instill in yourself and your team to generate extra revenue.
  • Unique Selling Points (USPs) for infrastructure engineering companies.
  • The first thing an entrepreneur should do.
Dec 7, 2016

This is episode 4 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 fourth dysfunction of a team: avoidance of accountability.
  • The excuses developers use to avoid leadership.
  • The 3 real issues that being a leadership introduces into our lives.
  • Seven easy ways to start being a leader without being a manager.

 

Resources Mentioned

 

Sponsors

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.

 

Resources

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 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.

 

Resources Mentioned

 

Sponsors

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

 

Sponsors

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/

Resources Mentioned

 

Sponsors

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

 

Sponsors

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.

 

How I Can Help You

 

How You Can Help Me

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.
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