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This is just a quick announcement to tell you that FounderQuest is taking a summer break so the hosts can work on their tans while dreaming up new hot takes for the future episodes. If you want to hear this same message in audio form, go ahead and give it a listen!
It's a fireside chat episode this week as Josh and Ben hold down the fort on FounderQuest. They contrast the challenges of bootstrapping a smaller company vs. hiring a team to do much of the heavy lifting for you. They also talk about physical fitness, joining a PTSA, and living their best fully-vaccinated lives.
This week The Founders talk about the possibility of working more closely together and if it'll ruin the company's current approach to project management, anarchy. If that's not enough, Ben talks about streamlining SOC 2 auditing, Josh talks about updating Hook Relay's marketing, and Starr reviews Twist, our potential Basecamp replacement.
This week, Josh and Ben talk crypto with Mike Mondragon! They cover the technology rather than the hype behind Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and NFTs. Yep, crypto on FounderQuest, pigs are flying! Don't miss creating Commit Coin to make NFTs out of merged PRs and Mike gives away some solid crypto business plans. Also, did someone say Honeybadger was acquiring Heroku?
This week The Founders check out some Basecamp alternatives for funsies just to see what's out there (or if they should just build one). They also discuss yak shaving and Josh's new ASCII yak for Honeybadger's Slackbot. Lastly, take a trip down memory lane as Ben and Starr discuss sweet tea and other Southern goodness. Kick up yer heels and listen up ya'll!
This week The Founders talk about the Basecamp drama and break down how it may impact companies using Rails. They also discuss customer support for developers and Gen Z's emoji game leaving Millennials and X's for dead. Check it out! ;-p (I've still got it!)
This week The Founders get real and talk about whether it's better to ship something with known issues and deal with support requests or hold off and keep banging your head against the wall trying to get it to 100%. They also discuss vaccines, the (un)official release of React Native support, and Lego space shuttles!
This week The Founders talk about the recent Ubiquity hack and subsequent denial. They also talk about difficulties in obtaining customer feedback and possible schemes to increase the response rates. Would it help to personalize emails with recipients' social security numbers in the subject lines? Listen now to hear the debate!
This week The Founders discuss topics for inciting a developer holy war, getting listed on AppSumo's marketplace, and what the general consensus is on microservices. They also brainstorm direct mail marketing campaigns and shipping Honeybadger in a box with a serial number just like old times!
This week The Founders talk about free users and discuss some possible ways to try and monetize them. They also talk about MicroConf's virtual conference this year and get misty-eyed about it leaving Las Vegas. Also, why didn't Second Life have a second life during the pandemic? Tune in to listen to some theories!
This week The Founders talk efforts to better track Honeybadger's sales funnel, the satisfaction of a cleaned-up to-do list, and Starr reveals last episode's mystery vendor. They also debate whether to print, bind, and mail the future Honeybadger Intelligence Report or keep it digital.
On this week's FounderQuest, the hosts talk buying electric motorcycles, Sidekiq-Cron saving the day, fintech, and wade into the debate of whether developers actually pay for any of the products they use. Want more? How about Starr dropping some knowledge with another of her patented lyfe hacks? (Hint, it rhymes with TextExpander) You're welcome!
This week The Founders talk about relying on Amazon for their technology stack and what happens when problems arise. They also provide updates on existing post-Postgres and extol the virtues of documentation when outsourcing.
On this special bonus episode, The Founders talk about whether to keep their swag fulfillment or look for other options after a recent steep price increase. They also provide an update on the contractor machine and also discuss some of the personality traits needed to successfully delegate projects. Listen now, or have someone listen for you!
Special guest John Nunemaker is in the house...err...Zoom! He chats with The Founders about Flipper Cloud and strategies around its launch as well as tales from companies' past. They also discuss decisions around pricing a SaaS product and killer cardinality.
This week The Founders give an update on their new contractor system and how to nurture an "I don't care" work culture. Plus don't miss Beavis and Butthead memories, Heroku integration speed bumps, and chopping chonky trees!
This week The Founders talk about maintaining simple websites from the stone age, hiring contractors with Upwork, and Heya being 100% opensource. They also put Netlify on notice; if things don't improve, Badgerfy is becoming a reality!
This week The Founders talk GameStop stock, Elasticsearch clusters, Honeybadger's hedge position on the internet, and creating their own contractor pool to outsource small projects. Can you handle it? Listen and find out!
This week The Founders explain the difference between a ninja launch for bootstrappers vs. the more traditional stealth launch. They also reveal what programming languages they would learn if Honeybadger went away and they had to get real developer jobs! Plus, AWS vs. Elastic, who's right?
This week Josh, Ben, and Starr break tradition and go public with Honeybadger's product roadmap. They also reveal a foolproof plan to monetize locked Bitcoin wallets and predict the future of crypto, Bytecoin!
It's a new year and a new season of FounderQuest! Season 3 starts things off with the founders recapping Honeybadger's 2020 growth numbers and where they are hoping to go in 2021. They also review the performance of the blog after a year of commissioning articles from outside authors and its impact on sales.
This week the Founders talk about dealing with fears their company could disappear at any moment and what makes them confident that it will be around tomorrow and beyond. They also talk rollerblade chairs, Kung Fu Panda, wrapping up 2020, and the upcoming FounderQuest hiatus! Also, please vote!
This week The Founders talk about the latest redesign of Honeybadger's user account setup and lessons they've learned along the way (tenant ID FTW!) They also talk about the Hook Relay launch, celebrity endorsements, moving to Canada, and how building software relates to constructing buildings.
This week The Founders talk about new hiring paradigms, virtual conferences, and the stock market. Plus, does Roam dress your notes in the world's finest UX, only appreciated by the best and brightest, or is it really just a wiki strutting around with no clothes on?
This week The Founders reveal some of their favorite books they've read this summer and what they learned about utopias, U.S. history, and Murderbots! They also talk about living their lives up in smoke as the forest fires continue to rage along the West Coast.
It’s all in your mind! This week The Founders share apps and strategies they use to stay mindful and breathing while banging out code. Also, do they actually miss anything about working for "the man" before setting of on their own? Plus, what will the future of office snacks look like in a world without offices? Tune in and satisfy your hunger for FounderQuest!
This week The Founders talk SOC 2 and why you may not even need it in the first place. They also detail their quest for the perfect task management tool (spoiler alert, they're still looking) and share bonus tips on how to tell if your kayak has a leak!
This week The Founders talk about product positioning for Hook Relay and how launching new products has changed since releasing Honeybadger. They also discuss why Google would make a terrible airline, Microsoft Flight Simulator glitches, and flavors of bottled excellence.
This week the founders talk about their content marketing efforts. Starr explains her process for keeping the Honeybadger blog content flowing from writer recruitment, management tools, and the editing process. Josh talks about Exceptional Creatures and also risks getting sued into oblivion by reminiscing about freelancing for "The Mouse."
This week the founders talk about security, and what the process was like to have penetration testing done for Honeybadger. They also talk about why they don't offer bug bounties and Josh explains what a Whirly Board is.