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  1. 20: Ian Landsman - Code is not a business | Full Stack Radio

    In this episode, Adam talks to Ian Landsman, founder of Userscape and creator of HelpSpot. Ian talks about the biggest mistakes programmers make when trying to start their own business, where to find new ideas, and why your new software product shouldn’t be a SaaS app.

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  2. From “Oh, I shouldn’t charge money for this…” to a $20k launch | Unicornfree with Amy Hoy: Creating And Selling Your Own Products

    “The idea that, oh well, I shouldn’t charge money for this because… some reason.

    Justin Weiss spent years noodling on side projects. He made every excuse in the book for not charging for them, including some we haven’t often heard:

    At the time, it seemed like, ‘Why should I charge money for this? This is a passion project of mine.’ So I should just release it for free.”

    But last year, he decided to make a change.

    Justin took 30×500. In the first 3 weeks of droppin’ ebombs on his blog, he added his first 50 mailing list subscribers.

    (ebomb, n: our special brand of educational content marketing.)

    He kept at it, just an hour or two a few times a week. He researched his audience using Sales Safari; he wrote ebombs; he came up with a simple formula, really, to make writing those ebombs dead simple.

    He started a book on the wrong foot; threw it away. Twice. Then he went back to the basics — focusing on his audience research — and wrote, launched, and presold a beta book. He revised and shipped the finished book.

    Justin has sold nearly $20k of copies of his book, Practicing Rails, so far.

    He didn’t get on Hacker News or Product Hunt, and he didn’t advertise. He wasn’t a famous insider and he did’t have a huge following. He just built his blog, built his list, and sold from there.

    All in an hour or two a few times a week, in the morning, on the side

    Justin also has a job and a little kid.

    If my description of this exciting process seems rote and workmanlike, it’s because the process is rote and workmanlike. This is exactly what Justin did: He used 30×500 to take something people angst about, that they treat like their BIGGEST EMOTIONAL STRUGGLE EVER — writing a book — and turned it into something he could simply do, the same way, over & over until he had created a wonderful result.

    It’s not that his book is formulaic, but the process to create it is a formula. And maybe his ebombs have a distinct pattern to them, but they help people, and people share them, and nobody’s complaining.

    The process isn’t exciting. The results are.

    Like Flaubert wrote, “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” Except minus the “violent” part. Impactful, shall we say?

    If I could snap my fingers and teach the entire world one thing, that might just be it: The drama of “creative work” rarely helps, and often hurts. It’s energy and value just… burning off. Energy you could pour into results.

    If you’re in the place now where the “fun” and “excitement” has worn off and you want to get real and make a product that helps people, and one that earns you money… well, you definitely want to listen to Alex’s interview with Justin on our podcast:

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    You should consider 30×500

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    Watch us use 30x500 and JFS techniques to build our next product. Exclusive behind-the-scenes conversations and videos.

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  3. MPU 087: Workflows with John Siracusa | Mac Power Users

    John Siracusa joins David and Katie to talk productivity software, utilities, and his favorite games.

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    Links of note

    HypercriticalJohn on TwitterCommodore VIC–20Atari 8-bit familyJohn at Ars TechnicaYojimboDropboxEnable Outline Mode in OS X’s TextEditSimplenoteScrivenerPaperlessOrigami WorkstationBBEdit 10Microsoft Office for MacDragon Dictate for MacDragon ExpressDragon and F19NetNewsWireInstapaperiCloudApple SafariChrome BrowserSpamSieveAdiumColloquyVMware FusionMoomRemountJumpcutMacSparky – JumpcutHow text editing on the iPad should bePortal 2Aquaria for iPadSword & Sworcery EPBaldur’s Gate for iPadLeisure Suit Larry5by5 at the Movies: GoodfellasArq Online BackupAT&T 3G MicroCell

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