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Harder than I thought

Harder than I thought

2022-04-2906:42

Damn. Turning this app into a company is harder than I thought it'd be. Here's why:High expectations for calendarsMy inconvenient emotionsListen along to hear what I mean. Join the Compass Calendar Discord Signup for the waitlistCampfire audio by Dynamicell
Be Like Tim

Be Like Tim

2022-04-0108:27

Tim Duncan wasn't very flashy or exceptionally athletic for an NBA player. But his commitment to the fundamentals made him one of the best players of all-time. I explain my attempt to be more like Tim  by focusing on time and money management as I build V1 of my calendar app.Join the Compass Calendar Discord or signup for the waitlistCampfire audio by Dynamicell
An update about building Compass Calendar, and the challenge of seeing yourself differently. Join the Compass Calendar Discord or checkout the websiteCampfire audio by Dynamicell
Each month I give an update on what aspect of the app and business I’ve been working on, and what I learned along the way.No ads, no BS. Just a short, candid update about what things are like behind the scenes.You'll love this show if you’re a product builder or ever wondered what it’s like to build an app or an internet business from scratch.
Buzzsprout

Buzzsprout

2021-09-2551:44

Buzzsprout is the #1 paid podcast host. THEME: Keeping things simpleBIG IDEA: It's easy for podcast hosting to get complicated: RSS feeds, analytics, ads, marketing, device compatibility, scaling -- the list of things a podcast host accounts for is enormous. Despite this complexity, Buzzsprout has managed to make the experience of hosting a podcast extremely simple. The result: podcasters feel confident trusting their show and audience with Buzzsprout, because everything 'just works.' (That's exactly why this show has been hosted by Buzzsprout since 2018).FAVORITE QUOTE: "Your competition is to be better than you were last episode [...] Shift the conversation away from how many people listened to your podcast and focus more on what is the positive impact you're making” -- Tom's advice for podcastersIf you liked this episode, checkout: Tortuga - Scrappy Physical GoodsLove Campfire? Consider leaving a review
Cloakist

Cloakist

2021-07-0549:56

Cloakist puts your pages from platforms like Notion & AirTable at your domain with your branding. Guest Louis Barclay is the Founder.THEME: Own Your Digital FootprintBIG IDEA:Controlling your digital footprint affords credibility, brand consistency, and more control over your audience. Instead of sending people to your public page on BigTechPlatform.com/LongUglyURL18393xyz, send them to YourWebsite.com/signup and customize that page however you want. As our share of public digital assets (docs, spreadsheets, databases, social posts) grows, so does the usefulness of making them cohesive. By taking back some ownership of our digital assets from the platforms that they exist on, we can elevate them for ourselves and our audiences.FAVORITE QUOTE:"You gotta stop and find the people who are gonna use it first and find some really compelling evidence that they’re gonna use it. And even then I wouldn’t build, I’d do a bunch of marketing to get a waitlist built up. Even then I wouldn’t build. I’d just make sure the concept works and do it for a few people. Once you’re spending too much time on tasks that could be automated, I’d say you could build.”MORE:The infamous Atlassian issue that started CloakistLouis' other products mentioned: Nudge, StackerIf you liked this episode, checkout:Product Adapters | News Feed EradicatorThe Frontier of Digital Wellness Products | SiempoThe Past & Future of Digital Liberties | EFFLove Campfire? Consider leaving a review or supporting us on Patreon ❤️GET THE NEWSLETTER: https://switchback.tech/newsletter
Trezor

Trezor

2021-06-0754:28

Trezor creates cryptocurrency hardware wallets. Guest Matej Zak is the Head of Product.THEME: Crypto Field GuideBIG IDEA:Participating in the cryptocurrency landscape is still inaccessible for many. Trezor helps newcomers get involved by acting as their de facto guide. Instead of simply delivering a hardware wallet (which helps crypo holders secure their assets), Trezor does all it can to help the crypto ecosystem thrive. For example, they:open-source their code to promote confidenceshare security and practical tips on their blogoffer investment advice (spoiler: it's BitCoin)collaborate with other crypto players, like Invity and CoinJoinThis holistic approach demonstrates why Trezor has earned its reputation as a trustworthy leader in the cryptocurrency world.FAVORITE QUOTE:"Our role in this process is to lead the way, show you all the options, make sure you're safe and have privacy. And we want you to enjoy it because it's usable and the interface isn't a pain in the ass."MORE: If you liked this episode, checkout: The Past & Future of Digital Liberties | EFFLove Campfire? Consider leaving a review or supporting us on Patreon ❤️* GET THE NEWSLETTER *https://switchback.tech/newsletter
Dot Dot Fire

Dot Dot Fire

2021-05-0351:41

Dot Dot Fire makes fun educational games for kids and schools in STEM and financial literacy topics. Guest Hilary Lok is the Founder and Chief Designer.THEME: The Fine Line of Ethical DesignBIG IDEA: For-profit video game designers have to carefully operate between traditional extremes; the traditional tactics of freemium games are too exploitative, yet making boring and free games isn't sustainable. One way DDF has done so is by making their apps relatable rather than addictive. If players can relate with the protagonist's story, they'll be emotionally invested in a much more positive sense than if they were encouraged to mindlessly repeat price-extracting actions (eg using a loot box).FAVORITE QUOTE: "If people are happy buying a textbook with quality educational content, why shouldn’t that be the same with video games? We’re hoping to change the status quo so that people will recognize that if something is valuable to them and they’re paying for it, then they are the customer and the company is serving them."Pic of Hilary's Cat on our blog post If liked this episode, checkout: News Feed Eradicator and Future EthicsLove Campfire? Consider leaving a review or supporting us on Patreon ❤️* GET THE NEWSLETTER *https://switchback.tech/newsletter
EFF is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Guest Cindy Cohn is the Executive Director. THEME: The Past & Future of Digital LibertiesBIG IDEA: We don't have to settle. Some of our basic digital protections were once in jeopardy, like having access to encryption or preventing the authorities from looking through our phones during searches. In both those examples, EFF fought hard for our protections. There are plenty of threats to digital liberties worth fighting for today, like behavioral advertising, surveillance capitalism, platform-centrism. EFF's work over the last 30 years proves that engaged consumers have the power to make the internet a more open and thriving place. FAVORITE QUOTE:"When you go to buy a car, they don’t just hand you a car and send you to a website to buy your brakes; you get a car, it comes with brakes, and those work to protect you. Our tools need to be the same way. It shouldn’t be the case that they give you a ridiculously privacy-invasive default and you have to figure out your way through the settings to protect yourself. That’s not right, and we can change that."FUN FACTS:EFF was founded in 1990 and pre-dates the world-wide-web!EFF has 3 artists on staff and ~15 technologists. Their artwork can be found all over on EFF's Deeplinks BlogMORE:Protocols, Not Platforms: A Technological Approach to Free Speech - The interoperability piece mentioned in the interviewThe Foilies 2021If you liked this episode, checkout Future Ethics and  SiempoThis episode's newsletter issue Love Campfire? Consider leaving a review or supporting us on Patreon <3GET THE NEWSLETTER: https://switchback.tech/newsletter
Niagara Launcher

Niagara Launcher

2021-03-1451:20

Niagara Launcher is modern Android home screen optimized for one-✋ access and staying focused. Peter Huber is Niagara's creator & developer.  Show NotesGET THE NEWSLETTER: https://switchback.tech/newsletter
Jobs Theory [S'more]

Jobs Theory [S'more]

2021-02-2829:41

Ty summarizes Jobs To Be Done Theory, a useful framework for every entrepreneur & innovator. Show NotesGET THE NEWSLETTER: https://switchback.tech/newsletter
News Feed Eradicator

News Feed Eradicator

2021-02-1452:14

News Feed Eradicator is a browser plugin that blocks the news feed on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit.Show NotesGET THE NEWSLETTER: https://switchback.tech/newsletterBonfire audio from jgrzinich
Siempo

Siempo

2021-01-3101:05:50

Siempo is a mindful home app for Android.Show NotesBonfire audio from jgrzinich
Future Ethics

Future Ethics

2021-01-1701:01:52

Future Ethics is a book by Cennydd Bowles that challenges technologists to stand up for change, and teaches methods for building a fairer future.Show NotesBonfire audio from jgrzinich
Tortuga

Tortuga

2021-01-0356:02

Tortuga creates carry-on-sized travel backpacks.Show NotesGET THE NEWSLETTER: https://switchback.tech/newsletter
The show is returning with a new  name & look! Instead of showcasing awesome people, episodes will highlight products & builders that are making a positive impact. If you're a product builder or entrepreneur, this show is for you. Show notes & extra goodies available with the complimentary newsletter. Signup at: https://switchback.tech/podcast
Kirsten Fliegler

Kirsten Fliegler

2019-12-1756:53

Dr. Kirsten Fliegler is a Clinical Psychologist in New York City who specializes in mindbody disorders. She worked closely with the late Dr. John E. Sarno, who popularized modern mindbody treatment and coined the term Tension Myoneural Syndrome (TMS) to describe certain psychogenic conditions.She gives an overview of TMS and its treatment, examines how personality and environment can affect one’s likelihood of developing chronic pain, and explains why it’s healthier to experience one’s raw emotions, rather than suppress or intellectualize them. This interview was conducted as part of the mindbody mini-series (episodes 006 - 008). Music: Lee Rosevere's "Southside" (adapted)  (CC BY 4.0)Camera shutter: soundjay 
Jake Beech

Jake Beech

2019-12-1630:19

Jake Beech is a director for AJ Tutoring, a Silicon Valley tutoring company. He developed a repetitive strain injury (RSI) that threatened his emotional and professional life. After reading Dr. John Sarno’s Mindbody Prescription, however, he made a full recovery. He discusses the specifics of how he developed and cured his condition, along with how this profound experience changed his perspective.This interview was conducted as part of the mindbody mini-series (episodes 006 - 008). Music: Lee Rosevere's "Southside" (adapted)  (CC BY 4.0)Camera shutter by soundjay 
David Hanscom

David Hanscom

2019-12-1554:58

Dr. Hanscom is an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and the Founder of the non-profit Puget Sound Spine Society. He’s treated chronic pain patients, but he also went through 13 years of intense chronic pain himself. He then made a full recovery and developed a self-directed program that helps those in chronic pain minimize or even eliminate their chronic painWe discuss the specifics of that program, along with how writing, story-telling, and bias can affect one’s chronic pain.This interview was conducted as part of the mindbody mini-series (episodes 006 - 008). Music: Lee Rosevere's "Southside" (adapted)  (CC BY 4.0)Camera shutter by soundjay 
In the final installment of the series, Ty shares his journey of becoming consumed with and eventually overcoming his chronic pain. His story is analyzed in light of previous topics (bias, victimhood, personality, fear). Finally, guests share takeaways from their experience with chronic pain. Cover art by Maddie HitzemanMusic adaptations from Sound of Picture  (CC Attribution 3.0)Music adaptations from Kevin MacLeod at incompetech (CC Attribution 4.0) Music adaptations from Lee Rosevere's "Southside" (CC BY 4.0)Camera shutter by Benboncan (CC Attribution 3.0)
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