Episode 82 “Melting Snowballs”

Episode 82 “Melting Snowballs”

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EntreProgrammers Episode 82

Melting Snowballs!

3:05 

And We’re Live!

The EntreProgrammers talk about the scary subject of having their children on the internet. John suggest no internet behind closed doors, or an intranet site. Josh says it would be a  version of the Chinese government’s version of the internet.

8:30

John talks about a time when his parents did not know anything about the internet and checking on him when he was using it. Josh talks about the rate of change we experience compared to our parents.

10:00

Derick mentions the self regulation and morals defined by parents when it come to teach kids about the internet. Chuck shares the reality of monitoring and teaching his children about he cautions of the internet or any privileges he provides to his kids.

13:45

John talks about how kids should be producers of media instead of consuming. To much leisure time leads children into getting into trouble.

16:00

Josh mentions the moonlighting and side jobs people had back in the 40s and how that has diminished greatly today.

18:40

John talks about how kids are comfortable with technology, but don’t know how is works. They’re just consumers rather than creators.

20:00

The EntreProgrammers talk about the complex education one needed to code and complete projects in development. Consequently, newer patterns and languages allow users a new and easier standard, and we no longer need the rooted knowledge as a starting point.

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30:40

John sends a survey for Simple Programmer, about “What is the most valuable thing Simple Programmers can do for you?” First off, more people want entrepreneurial content and knowledge on how to build a business, and Soft-skills content, and in-depth training videos.

37:30 

John will be back in the the states next show. John is also thinking about taking a retreat before getting back to work.  Chuck is thinking about taking some time off as well, similar to what Rob from “Startup for the Rest of Us” talks about  when getting taking vacation from work.

44:01

John is doing a meet up in Iceland with 2 people. This is the last meet up for the  summer long trip.

45:50

John tries Vaultpress for security and backup. John is removing some stuff over to Google Domains.

 54:40 

Derick is still caring for his son and family needs, and excitingly building his next series of screencast for Watch Me Code. Derick is building a multi-purpose product that will potentially be 6 months worth of videos.

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1:00:29

Derick wants to do a variation of bundles. Possibly 28 videos and 4 series. John mentions Voltron from the 80s, as Derick talks about is multi-purpose video bundles.

1:08:30 

John puts “Yearly plans” back on the table. He thinks it will increase subscribers and revenue for Derick.

1:11:30

Josh talks about subscriptions for a year over a monthly subscription.  Derick thinks part of his problem is not knowing who is watching what videos. Josh suggest integration with Drip.

1:20:38 

Derick is selling more RabbitMQ bundles! Which made up for some of the dropout of customers.

1:24:00 

John suggest releasing a free video per series with an advertisement for the entire series on YouTube.  Josh suggest doing guest blogging, but only with videos on YouTube. Josh thinks one video a week can double traffic.

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1:31:00

Derick talks about a subscriber who needed a few pointers to follow along with the training videos. Derick is starting to implement all that suggestions the EntreProgrammers are offering him.

1:35:00

John talks about the sustainable number of subscribers and melting snowballs!

1:45:27

Derick asks Chuck, who is Aaron Frost. Chuck is helping make connections, networking, and cross training with Derick’s business.  Chuck talks about the networking tactic he has planned for Derick and Aaron.

1:51:10

Josh talks about Sitepoint

1:56:00

Chuck has not sold any tickets to Angular Remote Conf.

Thoughts of the Week

John –  Not going backwards.

Derick – Just stay afloat or just do that one thing!

Chuck – Take the time off!

Josh – Be careful who you alienate

 Resoures mentioned in this episode

Vaultpress

https://vaultpress.com/

Google Domains

https://domains.google.com/about/?gclid=COvJ8MLq9McCFQiNaQod9PAAlA

Cloudflare

https://www.cloudflare.com

Voltron

http://www.voltron.com

Aaron Frost

http://chimera.labs.oreilly.com/books/1234000001623

Sitepoint

http://www.sitepoint.com