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Dogfooding, Developers, and Discord!

Dogfooding, Developers, and Discord!

S5E14 · · 37:29

Ben and Josh catch up after a few weeks of heads-down product work, and they have lots to talk about—including a new Discord server for FounderQuest listeners! Plus, hear Josh’s thes...

Scaling Judoscale with Adam McCrea

Scaling Judoscale with Adam McCrea

S5E13 · · 37:17

Longtime friend of the pod Adam McCrea joins Josh and Ben to catch up and chat about his journey building Judoscale—an autoscaling service for Heroku, Render, and AWS!Blue Ridge Ruby...

Writing and Content Marketing for Developers

Writing and Content Marketing for Developers

S5E12 · · 48:33

John Nunemaker returns to FounderQuest to discuss his writing process—after the guys debate code linters and formatters, of course. It's important to start with the essentials.Links:...

RailsConf recap with John Nunemaker

RailsConf recap with John Nunemaker

S5E11 · · 47:23

Josh and Ben are joined by John Nunemaker to discuss their recent trip to Detroit for RailsConf, as well as the announcement from RubyCentral that 2025 will mark the final RailsConf ...

Insights Into Our Marketing Playbook

Insights Into Our Marketing Playbook

S5E10 · · 36:10

This week, Josh and Ben dive deep into the marketing strategy for their new product, Insights, in response to a listener question. They talk about what groups they are targeting firs...

Holy Ship! Insights is Live!

Holy Ship! Insights is Live!

S5E9 · · 38:03

This week Josh and Ben discuss shipping Insights, what's next for the product, and their strategies to get people to actually use it. Plus Ben shares the results from his latest perf...

An Exceptional Week At Honeybadger

An Exceptional Week At Honeybadger

S5E8 · · 36:34

This week Josh and Ben discuss shipping a Clickhouse migration and Honeybadger's new look. They also talk about Exceptional Creatures hitting number one on Hacker News and being feat...

Making UI Changes While Avoiding Pitchforks

Making UI Changes While Avoiding Pitchforks

S5E7 · · 31:23

Today Josh and Ben are talking about UI changes in order to lay the foundation to launch and integrate Insights into Honeybadger as well as steps they are taking to avoid some rollou...

Our Big Hairy Audacious Goal

Our Big Hairy Audacious Goal

S5E6 · · 30:28

GOOAAALLL!!! This week Ben and Josh discuss how to get Honeybadger's growth back on track by setting a company-wide goal. They also talk about how to promote new features in your pro...

Cutting (Almost) to the Bone

Cutting (Almost) to the Bone

S5E5 · · 36:27

This week Josh and Ben discuss Honeybadger's recent revenue struggles, how they got to this point, and the steps they're taking to weather the storm. They also explain why 2024 could...

’Tis The Season For Tangents!

’Tis The Season For Tangents!

S5E4 · · 36:01

Kevin joins Josh and Ben again this week as the trio discusses Honeybadger's hack week, processes for making bold UI/UX changes, what to do/not do if your customers hate said UI/UX c...

Moar badgers! Kevin Webster has entered the chat.

Moar badgers! Kevin Webster has entered the chat.

S5E3 · · 36:02

It's a trifecta of badgers this week as Honeybadger's own Kevin Webster takes us on a deep dive into the genesis of his baby/our new product, Insights. There is also a discussion aro...

Insights Into Insights and Viva Las Vegas!

Insights Into Insights and Viva Las Vegas!

S5E2 · · 30:57

This week Josh and Ben give further insights into Insights and discuss challenges around shoehorning a new product into an existing one. They also talk about marketing strategies, a ...

FounderQuest Has Returned! Episode 100!

FounderQuest Has Returned! Episode 100!

S5E1 · · 46:15

FounderQuest is back for episode 100! Learn why FounderQuest is down to two hosts. Listen to tales of hosting lavish RailsConf parties. Plus, don't miss the details of the secret upc...

Talking SaaS With Garrett Dimon

Talking SaaS With Garrett Dimon

S4E9 · · 47:11

This week Ben interviews Garrett Dimon to talk about some of his exciting new projects. They also cover alternatives to the SaaS business model, such as self-hosted licensing options...

Tales From The Good/Bad Old Days Of Freelance Gigs

Tales From The Good/Bad Old Days Of Freelance Gigs

S4E8 · · 29:12

This week The Founders take a trip down freelancer memory lane and talk about the hot apps they built and which of them are still alive. They also cover NFTs, pivoting to private equ...

Hook Relay Launched! Was it Fireworks or Crickets?

Hook Relay Launched! Was it Fireworks or Crickets?

S4E7 · · 31:29

This week the Founders recap the initial Hook Relay launch and cover things they learned along the way. Also discussed is if developers will struggle to find purpose if products like...

The Internet Broke; Why There's No Episode This Week

The Internet Broke; Why There's No Episode This Week

S4E · · 00:34

There's no episode of FounderQuest this week. However, if you want to hear WHY there's no episode, Ben takes some time out of fighting fires to explain in 34 seconds.

Everyone Says It’s a Bad Idea; Should You Do It Anyway?

Everyone Says It’s a Bad Idea; Should You Do It Anyway?

S4E6 · · 38:26

It's a special edition episode this week as Ben chats with Felix Livni of Schedulista to talk startups. There are plenty of hot takes to go around such as ignoring good advice when s...

Our Outbound Sales Autopsy

Our Outbound Sales Autopsy

S4E5 · · 25:37

This week The Founders talk about integrations and the fact they're spending more and more time updating Honeybadger because of partners' app changes. They also conduct an autopsy on...

There Ain't No Business Like No Business

There Ain't No Business Like No Business

S4E4 · · 26:49

It's a business-free episode of FounderQuest! The hosts immediately veer off topic and never recover! It's all e-bikes, helmets, laser engravers, oiling paper shredders, recycling sc...

Hook Relay Is Livin' That FULL Duplex Lyfe!

Hook Relay Is Livin' That FULL Duplex Lyfe!

S4E3 · · 19:57

This week on FounderQuest, the hosts go over some features of Hook Relay, share some research on broadcast email solutions, and discuss operational security tips for compliance (get ...

Our Ops Are Smooth Like A Jar Of Skippy

Our Ops Are Smooth Like A Jar Of Skippy

S4E2 · · 36:27

On this week's episode Ben talks about rolling over Honeybadger's main Redis cluster and timing his MacBook upgrade. Josh provides updates on upgrading the Java package with Docker a...

Live From The Indie Hackers' Backstage

Live From The Indie Hackers' Backstage

S4E1 · · 18:37

We're back! The Founders recap their respective Hot Vax Summers. They also provide some updates on automating the SOC 2 process, their outbound sales efforts, and the blog. Also, wha...

FounderQuest Summer Break Annoucement

FounderQuest Summer Break Annoucement

S3E21 · · 00:31

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. ...

Does Thinking Still Count As Working?

Does Thinking Still Count As Working?

S3E20 · · 36:35

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 muc...

Will Working Together Ruin Our Anarchist Workflow?

Will Working Together Ruin Our Anarchist Workflow?

S3E19 · · 39:09

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 enou...

Understanding Bitcoin From a Developer's Perspective

Understanding Bitcoin From a Developer's Perspective

S3E18 · · 50:53

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 flyi...

Kicking The Tires On Basecamp Alternatives

Kicking The Tires On Basecamp Alternatives

S3E17 · · 38:23

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 ...

Rails Goes Off The Rails!

Rails Goes Off The Rails!

S3E16 · · 58:48

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 ...