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How To Improve Survey Response Rates With Extortion

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!

Are We Starting A Text Editor Holy War?

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!

Monetizing Free Users And Recapping MicroConf

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!

Tracking The Elusive SaaS Sales Funnel

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.

Do Developers Actually Pay Money For Things?

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!

Is It Better To Be At Amazon's Mercy Or Your Own?

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.

When Is The Convenience Of Outsourcing Not Worth The Price?

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!

Talking Startups And Pricing Strategies With John Nunemaker

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.

All Your Contractors Are Belong To Us!

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!

What Is The Lowest Maintenance Website Imaginable?

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!

Is Our Business Model A Hedge On The Internet?

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!

The Bootstrapper's Guide to the Ninja Launch

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?

Bitcoin And Honeybadger's Bold Product Roadmap

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!

We Survived 2020 But What About Our Growth Rate?

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.

What, Me Worry? Fearing Your Company's Permanence

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!

How To Build Solid Multi-tenant Account Systems For SaaS

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.

Should You Interview Job Candidates Via Slack Or TikTok?

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?

Reading Rainbow, FounderQuest Style!

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.

Just Breathe! Staying Mindful While Working

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!

In Search Of The Perfect To-Do Manager

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!

How Do You Sell A SaaS Swiss Army Knife?

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.

Learn How We Run Our SaaS Content Marketing Machine

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."

What The Heck Is Penetration Testing And How Does It Work?

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.

What Sparked Our Fascination With Computers?

This week the founders talk about their origin stories and what sparked their collective interests in computers. By the end of the episode you will also be able to match each founder to their corresponding early-childhood career dreams consisting of architect, journalist and pool hustler!

Schrems VII, The Return of Safe Harbor

This week the founders talk about their experiences dealing with the wild world of EU privacy laws when operating in the US. Learn about the potential impact on the Schrems II ruling on their business moving forward. Plus, learn some proposed names for future Schrems rulings!

Apps and Websites Sharing Domains. Is It a Highlander Situation?

This week the founders talk about the pros and cons of having your app and website share the same domain. Can they coexist or can there be only ONE? Plus, find out who has that new product glow and don't miss grilling tips for veggies and garlic scapes! Other podcasts may go more in depth, but none match FounderQuest's breadth!

How Price Sensitive Are B2B Customers?

This week the founders recap their second quarterly meeting under Covid. They reveal how pricing changes have impacted business, share updates on Hook Relay, trademark renewals, and using ProfitWell Retain. Plus, don't call it a chargeback!

How To Unlock The Gold Standard of Webhooks

This week Josh and Ben talk webhooks and announce a new product from Honeybadger. Testers wanted! They also touch on managing contractors, fallout from the Hey vs. Apple saga, and decide that there's really no right or wrong way to pick up dog poop.

Spoiler Alert! The Apple Vs Hey Fight Explained and Who’s Right?

The Badgers break down DHH's spat with Apple and Ben correctly predicts how it ends (this episode was recorded June 19th). It's freaky! They also discuss Hey and if it's worth the hype and how Honeybadger's new pricing has impacted business.

How Many Hours Does It REALLY Take To Start A Company?

This week the hosts debate how many hours per week it takes to bootstrap a company. Other topics include politics and podcasting, SOC 2 compliance, and whether to treat free accounts the same as paid accounts. Also, in light of current events, we are taking a brief hiatus after this episode.

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