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An experiment in decentralized, collaborative podcast making. Details, credits, links, transcripts etc: https://the-local-gossip-index.hashbase.io Add this link to your podcast app and you'll get the latest updates: https://anchor.fm/s/ea1990c/podcast/rss More instructions about that are here: https://transistor.fm/add-podcast/
 
Everyone walks a unique career journey. No matter how "linear" it may look in their LinkedIn profile, it is never that simple. Most people that have careers you aspire to have had to struggle. They had their own obstacles and made their own luck. Some careers you dream about may not even be what you assumed it would be. All assumptions should be tested and that is what I seek to do in this podcast. Follow along as I interview people on what they actually do in their careers and why they made ...
 
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Jon's back! He and Justin share their feelings/thoughts about the new year: Closing the door on the past Exciting revenue milestone Podcast companies losing money https://podnews.net/update/pocket-casts-for-sale https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/15/spotifys-big-bet-on-podcasts-is-failing-citi-says.html https://www.macrumors.com/2021/01/15/apple-podcast-…
 
This week, Justin and Jason discuss the dynamics of market demand. Justin's original tweet Jason's response What should we talk about next? Twitter: @buildyoursaas, @mijustin, @jonbuda, @jasonfried Leave a comment on PodHunt; it's like Reddit, but for podcasts. Email us: mail@transistor.fm Thanks to our monthly supporters: Take It EV podcast Ethan …
 
This week, Justin catches up with Simon Bennett of Snapshooter: Every once in a while, we highlight one of our listeners who are building their own SaaS. This week: Simon Bennett, comes back to tell us what's happened since he left his full-time job 7 months ago. Looking for automatic backups for Digital Ocean, AWS, WordPress, or Laravel? Check out…
 
Justin is joined by everybody's favorite Twitter Uncle: Ian Landsman (founder of HelpSpot). Ian's encounter with his internet hero Joel Spolsky Do you get worried that this all going to go away? How scared should we be of the competition? How do you hedge your bets? We prognosticate about what our bootstrapper friends' blind spots are. 🤣 We both as…
 
We're back! Justin's voice sounds terrible (sorry!) When is the next wave of economic despair going to happen? The maker/creator market is on 🔥 right now. How long will it last? How "soft" is the prosumer market? How fragile is it? A BUNCH OF NEW TRANSISTOR FEATURES: Zapier integration Podcast:locked Easily submit your podcast to the major podcast …
 
We have a bonus episode for you this week! Justin was on the Framework podcast. Check out the other Spec.fm shows Subscribe to Framework in Overcast Want to reply to something we said? Twitter: @buildyoursaas, @mijustin, @jonbuda, @tomcreighton, @therobhayes Leave a comment on PodHunt; it's like Reddit, but for podcasts. Email us: mail@transistor.f…
 
Jon and Justin talk about "optionality" in bootstrapping. (Justin is concerned, Jon thinks we should just enjoy the moment). DHH: "Part of what gave us the confidence to turn down the whole world of venture capital was a small sale of equity to Jeff Bezos. That gave our personal bank accounts just enough ballast that the big numbers touted by VCs a…
 
Late-summer update! This week on the program, we bring you a super spicy interview that Justin did on the TechZing podcast. Do you really need to build an audience before you build your product? Justin's tweet There's this idea that you need to grow an audience, talk to an audience, and then build something they want. Is that really necessary? Indi…
 
Mid-summer update! This week on the program, Justin and Jon talk about: If you're bootstrapping SaaS, how many monthly trials do you need? Tweet: "You probably need more trials than you think." Breaking out of your own way of thinking "All it took was someone talking to me to have a different way of thinking about it." Want to reply to something we…
 
This week on the program, Justin and Jon talk about: Updates on Transistor: new API is almost done, static site generator, growth slowed in June? Questioning whether we should slow down for the summer Talking about the Simplecast acquisition What would sell for? Mike: “Anything that’s a life-changing amount.” Want to reply to something we said? Twi…
 
This week on the program, Justin and Jon talk about: A friend, whose SaaS has grown 300% since the beginning of the quarantine. They just hit $6k in MRR. At that stage, he's in the "almost but not yet." You're either: Brainstorming how to make money faster Brainstorming how to work less Different stages: Pre-launch stage: you're working on your pro…
 
Structural racism affects every part of the economic system. It affects bootstrappers too! It defines: Who we hire Who we invest in Who we promote Who we chat with Who sees our numbers Who we invite to speak Who gets access to our platform "It's not just about being oppressed or being an oppressor, it's about resisting oppression and resisting bein…
 
👋 Justin here. This episode is to let you know why there's no episode today. (I've had a few DMs from folks that were worried!) We're good; we had some server trouble this morning that took all our time and attention today. We're hoping to be back next Tuesday with a full episode. Thanks everyone; we appreciate your support! ✌️ Special thanks to De…
 
This week on the program, Justin and Jon talk about: The new Transistor UI, and how folks are responding to it. "Damn the torpedoes!" – seeing if our update worked in IE11 after we deployed. Tobias Lütke, Shopify: “All the trends have been accelerated. The pandemic has moved everything forward 10 years. So now we need to build 2030 level software i…
 
This week on the program: As requested, we're going to start highlighting our listeners who are building their own SaaS. This week: Simon Bennett, a long-time Patreon supporter and a friend of the show. He just went full time on his project https://snapshooter.io, which does automatic backups for Digital Ocean. Simon had just put his kids to bed (h…
 
Join in for a conversation with Justin Jackson, Co-Founder of Transistor.fm. It’s a podcast hosting service and full disclosure, Accounted For is hosted on Transistor. I learned about the company and Justin because Basecamp’s podcast is hosted on Transistor and I further learned how Justin bootstrapped Transistor 2 years ago to a company that gener…
 
Justin and Jon have the giggles. People in tech get bent out of shape about who owns certain ideas, UI patterns, business models. “They ripped off my idea” "They copied us!" This blog post by Justin Mitchell: https://medium.com/@itsthisjustin/no-idea-is-unique-but-this-is-insane-a247ec80f6a7 Good Stackexchange thread: “In the history of science, th…
 
Justin and Justin talk about where they're at. Podcasts like the Project Journey show, are at the beginning of their journey. Marie Poulin is a good example of an entrepreneur who's experienced a breakthrough this year; we should celebrate those! Justin's tweet: "What are we doing this for? Is the purpose of life to "Start business. Make most money…
 
Join in for a conversation with Matt Cohen, Founder & Managing Partner of Ripple Ventures. Ripple Ventures is a Toronto-based early-stage venture fund that works alongside startups through the good and the bad every day. Fitting with their motto of “Operators First” per Matt’s background as an operator turned investor. Though before Matt became an …
 
This week on the show: Jon baked bread. Got some sunshine. Avoiding social media, the other disease Justin WAS ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Read this Andreesen post that everyone’s talking about: https://a16z.com/2020/04/18/its-time-to-build/ That conversation lead to this tweet: https://twitter.com/mijustin/status/1251946371050954752 What does the future hold…
 
This week, Justin called up Josh Pigford, founder of Baremetrics: Baremetrics does analytics for SaaS companies I called him up just to get a sense of how this pandemic (and looming recession) has already started to affect different SaaS companies He's already noticing some trends: "A lot of SaaS companies are seeing the biggest loss they've seen i…
 
Join in for a conversation with Terrance Kwok, Product Manager at HyperComply. Terrance was one of the pivotal folks who recruited me to KPMG to start my accounting career. It’s been a while since then and today we go through Terrance’s journey from leaving accounting just before getting the Chartered Accountant designation to join a young Vidyard,…
 
Today, we are joined by a very special guest: Dave Giunta! What does Daft Punk look like without their helmets? HomeChef How has demand for meal kits and food delivery increased since coronavirus? You can reply to this podcast here: Twitter: @buildyoursaas, @mijustin, @jonbuda, @dgiunta Leave a comment on PodHunt; it's like Reddit, but for podcasts…
 
Jon and Justin, still making sense of life (and business) in a pandemic: Jon put on pants today. Justin is mad at Amazon. You can reply to this podcast here: Twitter: @buildyoursaas, @mijustin, @jonbuda Leave a comment on PodHunt; it's like Reddit, but for podcasts. Leave a comment on Breaker, the podcast app for iPhone. Interact on WhatPods. Email…
 
Join in for a conversation is another anonymous podcast with a return guest from episode 29 where we turnover the rock of working in a hedge fund in Canada. This was a top 10 downloaded episode in 2019 so what better way then to bring on my guest back during a time of market turmoil to see how it’s been like being an investor at a fund. Turns out, …
 
Jon and Justin are hunkered down, and reeling from COVID-19: This is moving fast, so this podcast might already be out-of-date. Difference between the restrictions in Chicago and Vernon. "It's hard to focus on Transistor and write any code." "There are all these people out there suffering, it's hard to know what to do." "You see these effects rippl…
 
This week, Justin is joined by Marie Poulin, co-founder of Oki Doki. They discuss: 3:40 – "I used to be in the 'Ra Ra! Everyone should build a web app' crowd." 4:18 – "Now there's this feeling that maybe everyone shouldn't start a SaaS?" 9:30 – When you're starting a business, there are so many dynamics you need to get right. 13:40 – Why so many pe…
 
Join in for a conversation with Josh Broun, Co-owner of Impact Kitchen. Impact Kitchen is a wellness company with 4 restaurants in Toronto. I’ve been a fan of Impact Kitchen since it’s first location at King East and I’ve been a patron here at least once a week for the last few years. It’s one of my staple places for legit healthy meals. My go-to i…
 
This week, Jon and Justin celebrate 100 episodes: Jon was on the Cody Story podcast awhile back. Justin, on the other hand, loves writing testimonials: Jack McDade's new course Tailwind UI Fathom Analytics "We are in our mid-life crisis of SaaS building. I think, for me, the problem is not quite knowing what's next." Is this the time we hire a busi…
 
Join in for a conversation with Elvis Wong, Founder and Managing Director of Innovate Financial Health (IFH). IFH is a not for profit accelerator based in Toronto that works with start-ups addressing the problem of financial health for financially vulnerable Canadians. Having developed a passion for social impact since high school, Elvis leveraged …
 
This week, Justin is joined by Michele Hansen (co-founder of Geocodio). We explore a bunch of questions: What it's like to bootstrap with your spouse 6:30 – where Michele and Mathias found the idea for their company 7:00 – when you have kids you need diapers at 1am Why people start companies 7:55 – how getting pregnant motivated them to build a pro…
 
Join in for a conversation with Miguel Fernando, the Founder of Moment Financial. Miguel navigated a career starting in international finance to building products in FinTech companies to becoming a full-time bootstrapped entrepreneur. Miguel started his career in finance as an economic researcher at RBC and moved over to international wealth manage…
 
This week, Justin is joined by Ward Sandler from MemberSpace (launched in 2015). We explore a bunch of questions: How do you find a cofounder? Ward explains to Justin (a Canadian) what a fraternity is. What it's like doing enterprise sales. How two sales guys ended up learning design and programming. "Everybody needs to build a website for Uncle La…
 
Join in for a conversation with a return guest, Marc Champagne. Marc is the Co-Founder of Kyo and Host of Behind The Human Podcast. In episode 46 we talked about Marc’s journey of building Kyo after a career in pharmaceuticals. In today’s episode, we talk through the developments since the year. The process and reason behind shutting down Kyo, the …
 
This week, Jon and Justin discuss: Justin's office is under construction 🛠️. How to talk about things that are hard. A review exercise from the book: The Great CEO Within (as recommended by Ben on Art of Product). It gives each founder the ability to say: "This bugs me." We've hired Helen (NamesAce) as a part-time contractor. Switching out our UI f…
 
Join in for a conversation with Alex Norman, Co-Founder of TechToronto, Head of Canada for AngelList and Partner of N49P Ventures. Through his various ventures and roles, Alex is an investor and tech entrepreneur who is building the Canadian tech ecosystem. TechToronto is on a mission to develop the technology and innovation economy in Canada throu…
 
This week, Jon and Justin discuss: What makes a good podcast for product people? New American Dream: building, owning, selling a SaaS (Tyler Tringas) What do you worry about when you own your own software company? How would we handle an economic downturn? Why do software founders not sleep well at night? You can reply to this podcast here: Twitter:…
 
Join in for a conversation with Ben Yoskovitz, CPO and Founding Partner of Highline Beta. Highline Beta is a venture capital and startup co-creation company based in Toronto. In our interview, we pan through Ben’s 20 year career as an entrepreneur, angel investor and startup executive. After graduating with a psychology degree, Ben started by build…
 
This week, Jon and Justin discuss: Repeating calendar item: "Jan 5th, GTFO." How are you doing with the winter blue? The Transistor Volkswagen bus, surfboards, and snowboards. Monolithic vs mico-services https://twitter.com/dhh/status/1222966700913479681 https://changelog.com/posts/monoliths-are-the-future Pushing ahead with our “switch from Semant…
 
Join in for a conversation with Daniel Francavilla, Founder and Creative Director of Now Creative Group. Now Creative Group is a creative agency based in Toronto the builds brands and tells stories through impactful design, digital, marketing and media. In our chat, we go through Daniel’s journey from a freelance graphic designer in high school to …
 
Jon is back! This week, we discuss: This book, The Timeless Way of Building, that Justin is reading. When you work for yourself, there can be sense of not being grounded. What do you do? What's better than meditating? Why co-founders should have a weekly phone call. How the environment we're in influences our actions. Jon's been rebuilding our dash…
 
Join in for a conversation with Jaxson Khan. Jaxson is the CEO of Khan & Associates, a consulting firm that focuses on AI and FinTech. As a result, he also is a co-host of an AI podcast called Ask-AI. I reached out to Jaxson after learning he had left his role as the Head of Marketing at Nudge.ai, a startup in Toronto, to live remotely in Columbia …
 
Justin is interviewed by Nathan Baschez to talk about business strategy: "Every strategy is really just a theory: “We bet if we do x, then y will happen. In business, the 'y' that people are usually aiming for is some sort of sustainable competitive advantage." – Nathan Baschez This is a long episode, but it's a good one! What made Jon and Justin f…
 
Join in for a conversation with Karm Sumal, CEO and Co-Founder of Daily Hive. Daily Hive is a national news media company that started out in Vancouver as Vancity Buzz and now has offices in Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. As a site that started in 2008 amid a competitive industry with many regional and national giants it garners as much as 17M page…
 
Justin is joined by podcast producer Chris Enns to talk about: How do you get Alexis Ohanian (cofounder of Reddit, married to Serena Williams) as a client? Getting out of the wrong business, into something better. Why you should get out of your comfort zone (and your town!) "We're all running the same race; how come that person is so far ahead of m…
 
Join in for a conversation with Jim Elli. Jim is a powerlifting coach and marketing manager of Reactive Training Systems (RTS). RTS is an online coaching company that leverages its founder, Mike Tucherer’s method of auto-regulated strength training and they’ve trained multiple world champion powerlifters. After reading Mike’s work and following som…
 
A blast from the past to start the new year. Join in for a conversation with Stephen Shedletzky, Head of Brand Experience and Igniter at Simon Sinek. If that name is familiar with you it may be because you may have watched Simon Sinek's famous TedTalk or read his first book "Start with Why". Stephen joined Simon Sinek's company, called after his ow…
 
Justin does a solo New Year's Eve episode where he shares: Then (Jan 1, 2019) vs now (Jan 1, 2020) Justin's tweet: "Going all-in on Transistor in 2019!" Advice for new founders: "What products get bought every day?" Every day, millions of people wake up and buy a cup of coffee. Every day, there are people who wake up and sign up for web hosting. Wi…
 
A blast from the past with a replay of the most popular episode of the quarter. Join in for a conversation with Nadeem Nathoo, Co-Founder and Executive Director at TKS (The Knowledge Society). The Knowledge Society is an education company that works with 13-17 year-olds to mine human potential to make unicorn people. From cold-emailing his way into…
 
Justin and Jon talk about: What's happened this year. "You shouldn't be worried about that, but you should be worried about THIS." The SaaS gold rush: “Building, Owning (& possibly Selling) a profitable remote SaaS business is the new American Dream.” – Tyler Tringas It’s harder to get the American Dream these days. “Productivity has increased by 8…
 
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