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Build & Launch
A weekly podcast focused on shipping small projects. Every week I'll take you on an adventure of launching a new project. You'll hear the launch stats, hurdles I had to overcome, and how you can learn from my mistakes.
Aug 13, 2018
Did you miss me?
I'm baaaaaack! Here’s an update. *Show notes* * Sign up for my newsletter: justinjackson.ca/newsletter * On the blog: Maybe you shouldn't be a solopreneur * Leave a review on iTunes! * Send Justin a message on Twitter: @mijustin * Send Justin a message on Instagram: instagram.com/mijustin * Subscribe on YouTube * Podcast hosting: Transistor.fm * Theme music: Striker-metal.com *Update from 2021: what am I working on these days?* A lot has happened since I recorded these episodes: I launched a podcast hosting company, Transistor.fm, with my friend Jon Buda! If you want to hear what I'm up to now go to transistor.fm/justin. Want to start a podcast?
Nov 30, 2015
EP29: To the future
I'm planning something brand new for 2016. If it's going to launch, I'm going to need your help. Go here, put your email in the sign-up form, and I'll be in touch. Show notes * Go to MegaMaker.co, sign-up for the list, and let me know what you think * Documentary: Capital C * My software project with Marty Dill: Network Effects * I asked this question on Twitter * Follow me on Twitter: @mijustin * Rate and review the show * Join the newsletter * MegaMaker theme song is "Bad Decisions" by Striker. Podcast hosting provided by Transistor.fm. Update from 2021: A lot has happened since I recorded these episodes: I launched a podcast hosting company, Transistor.fm, with my friend Jon Buda! If you want to hear what I'm up to now go to transistor.fm/justin.
Oct 16, 2015
EP28: Here's me at 3:49am whispering into my iPhone
Learn how the Marketing for Developers launch went, and his initial sales numbers. You'll also hear the personal audio journals he recorded during the launch process. On sharing revenue numbersOn the other hand, sharing numbers can sometimes feel a little… icky. It can feel like you’re shoving your success in other people’s faces.And maybe I need to work on my own insecurities, but I know that no matter how successful I am, all it takes is reading another one of these stupid “How I Made $17,000 in 24 Hours” posts to feel like I’m a miserable failure. After all, I didn’t make $17,000 in the last 24 hours. So I must be doing something very wrong! From Sacha Greif's Discover Meteor case study. Show notes * Slides from my MicronConf Europe talk * Sacha Greif's blog post about sharing revenue numbers * Follow me on Twitter: @mijustin * Rate and review the show * Join the newsletter * Get Marketing for Developers Podcast hosting provided by Transistor.fm Update from 2021: A lot has happened since I recorded these episodes. I'm glad you're listening to them, but if you want to hear what I'm up to now go to transistor.fm/justin.
Jun 27, 2015
EP27: Looking for that secret sauce
Referencing the "cult of personality:"People are buying products thinking that if they can get someone's secret sauce, they can re-create that person's success. Adam Clark said:In our culture, the independent entrepreneur is like the Marlboro Man. Everyone wants to be that guy. Show notes * What do you think? Email me: email@example.com * Congrats to the winner of the Gumroad Small Product Lab: D.J. Coffman created an awesome product called the Comic Drawing Toolkit for Photoshop. * Follow me on Twitter: @mijustin * Rate and review the show * Join the newsletter * Read my blog post: Don't Follow your Heroes Podcast hosting provided by Transistor.fm. Update from 2021: A lot has happened since I recorded these episodes: I launched a podcast hosting company, Transistor.fm, with my friend Jon Buda! If you want to hear what I'm up to now go to transistor.fm/justin.
May 7, 2015
EP26: Holy Bananas
What is product validation? If you're building a product, you want validation. You want to know your product has value - that you're on the right track. Even deeper, you want to be validated. You want to feel like you're not wasting your time. You want to feel like your work is valuable."YC is like the ultimate validation that you're on to something." - Lauren Kay, Dating Ring If you're building a business, there's only one way to validate that your product idea is good: are people paying money for it?The only two people who can give you real feedback about your product are people who just purchased it and people who just canceled. - Jason Fried (as told to Dan Shipper) Also, Jason Cohen says:First, find ten people who say they’ll buy. Current project: I'm working on a book: Marketing for Developers Show notes * Startup Podcast, Season 2, Episode 2 * My interview with Rob Walling on Product People * Follow me on Twitter: @mijustin * Rate and review the show * Join the newsletter * A version of this will be up on my blog soon: justinjackson.ca Podcast hosting provided by Transistor.fm. Update from 2021: A lot has happened since I recorded these episodes: I launched a podcast hosting company, Transistor.fm, with my friend Jon Buda! If you want to hear what I'm up to now go to transistor.fm/justin.
Apr 10, 2015
EP25: The end is nigh
Justin also gives sneak peek of his new book: Marketing for Developers.The mantra of this show has always been: "Start small and start now." Two common mistakes product people make * We try to build ideas that are too big * We don't start building right away All the stuff that leads up to getting started doesn't count. The only thing that matters is the work. Writing Tip We often make our writing too flowery and formal. Here's a way to make your writing sound more "human:" read it out loud. When you read your writing out loud, you'll know right away when something doesn't feel right. Show notes * Book: Marketing for Developers * Build Your Audience video course * See all the Build & Launch products * Follow me on Twitter: @mijustin * Rate and review the show * Get notified when I launch Season 3 * Cover photo by Jason Cartwright Podcast hosting provided by Transistor.fm. Update from 2021: A lot has happened since I recorded these episodes: I launched a podcast hosting company, Transistor.fm, with my friend Jon Buda! If you want to hear what I'm up to now go to transistor.fm/justin.
Apr 7, 2015
EP24: How do we create things people want?
How do you know what people want? After spending 24 hours in the mini-van with 4 kids, Justin is back from the Easter long-weekend and ready to update us on his progress on this week's project: "Marketing for Developers." Project update * You'd think that I would learn my lesson: in order to do these week-long sprints, plus record and edit this podcast, plus do my day job, I really can't have anything else on my plate. But, like an idiot, I scheduled this Season of the podcast while I was going to be away in Alberta on a 4 day road-trip. * Not sure if I'm going to make the Thursday deadline, but I'm still hoping to make a serious dent in writing this book: Marketing for Developers. Three ways to validate your product idea 1. Email 15 people in your niche and ask them if they'd pay for your product. This is the approach that Rob Walling used when he validated his idea for Drip:I emailed 17 SaaS owners that I know, and I said "I'm thinking about building this product: would you use this? Would you pay me for this?" And out of those 17, I got 11 people who said yes. 2. Use a landing page with an email sign-up form People giving you their email address is one proxy for gauging interest. This is what Nathan Barry did with his first book:There's intention there. When you say "Sign-up to hear more about this book." The assumption there is that you're signing up because you want to buy it. 3. Do a webinar A third way to validate your idea comes from Brennan Dunn. He thinks that doing a live webinar is a great first step. It's way easier to do a webinar (and see if anyone's interested) than write a book, or create software. Show notes * Marketing for Developers * Full interview with Rob Walling * Full interview with Nathan Barry * Full interview with Brennan Dunn * Follow me on Twitter: @mijustin * Rate and review the show * Join the newsletter * Want to start a podcast? Podcast hosting provided by Transistor.fm. Update from 2021: A lot has happened since I recorded these episodes: I launched a podcast hosting company, Transistor.fm, with my friend Jon Buda! If you want to hear what I'm up to now go to transistor.fm/justin.
Apr 3, 2015
EP23: Face your fears
The theme for this episode is "facing your fears." Was Justin able to re-launch Product People Club? He talks to more of his existing customers to discover what jobs they're hiring the Club for.“Do one thing every day that scares you.” - Eleanor Roosevelt This week's project: Product People Club. You can see it it here: megamaker.co Next week's project: Marketing for Developers I started writing this book in January, 2014, but never finished it. The idea had lots of traction (over 2,200 people signed up for the waiting list). I still gets messages every week from people who want the book. It's one of those projects that continually hangs over my head. This week, I'm going to finish it. Show notes * Check out the Marketing for Developers landing page * Thanks to Product People Club member, James Van Dyne, for being on the show. He's on Twitter here: @jamesvandyne * Follow me on Twitter: @mijustin * Rate and review the show * Join the newsletter * Read my blog post: Do Things That Scare You Podcast hosting provided by Transistor.fm. Update from 2021: A lot has happened since I recorded these episodes: I launched a podcast hosting company, Transistor.fm, with my friend Jon Buda! If you want to hear what I'm up to now go to transistor.fm/justin.
Apr 1, 2015
EP22: Get some guts
This is the mid-week check-up: I had to do some hard stuff and actually call my customers, and hear what they thought of my product. This week's project: Product People Club Product People Club is a membership site for solopreneurs: people making their own stuff, by themselves. Here’s the story: 2 years ago, I was fed up. I wanted to launch and validate something really quickly. So I put up a landing page for a chat room for entrepreneurs. I capped it at 10 members, and decided I’d charge $10 a month. When I posted about it in Hacker News, it sold out in 30 minutes. The next thing I knew I had a waiting list of 200-300 people wanting to get in. By the 5th month, I was making about $1,100 a month with the community. Even better, early members started launching things and becoming successful: * Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt was one. * Samuel Hulick of Useronboard.com was another. But I always felt like ProductPeople.club wasn’t a “big enough” idea. But, I was talking with Adam Clark about this today. And I realized, that a big reason I haven't promoted it more, is that I'm scared. So, I decided to call one of my customers, Josh Doody, and ask him why he joined. He gave me a complete timeline of when he joined, and what his initial impression was. My job this week is to talk to as many customers as I can, and figure out what job they're hiring Product People Club to do. Show notes * Check out Josh Doody's book: Take Control of Your Career * Check out Adam Clark's podcast: The Gently Mad * Thanks to Josh Michael and My Coffee Pub for sending me the coffee package! * Follow me on Twitter: @mijustin * Rate and review the show * Join the newsletter * Cover image by Hey Paul Studios Podcast hosting provided by Transistor.fm. Update from 2021: A lot has happened since I recorded these episodes: I launched a podcast hosting company, Transistor.fm, with my friend Jon Buda! If you want to hear what I'm up to now go to transistor.fm/justin.
Mar 27, 2015
It's not about you achieving the American Dream. It's about you getting 1% better ever day."Every time you put yourself on the line, you are creating your own luck, and increasing your chances of having some success" What are you going to do this week to improve your situation?The only way you get better, is by getting started. Quote from This American Life, Three MilesBut nothing has happened for her for 10 years. I think it's some special brand of American pathological optimism, that so many of us believe the story of Melanie has to turn out to be happy, and that if it doesn't, something unusual has happened, and not just this is what happens all the time, that the supermarket might be full of Melanies. Quote from James Altucher on the Tim Ferris podcast:“I try to get this mindset I want to improve one percent a week. It seems like a small amount but if you do that, it results in enormous improvements over the course of the year." This week's project: Product People Club This week's project is an improvement on something I already have. The most successful thing I've ever launched is something called Product People Club: megamaker.co I want to make it better. This week I'll be calling existing customers, asking them why they signed up, and also figuring out how I can improve it. By the end of the week, I'll re-launch it so new members can sign-up. Show notes * This American Life: Three Miles (episode 550) * James Altucher on episode 18 of the Tim Ferris Show * Randy Skopecek * David Henry's Course: Stage Lighting Basics * Follow me on Twitter: @mijustin * Rate and review the show * Join the newsletter Podcast hosting provided by Transistor.fm. Update from 2021: A lot has happened since I recorded these episodes: I launched a podcast hosting company, Transistor.fm, with my friend Jon Buda! If you want to hear what I'm up to now go to transistor.fm/justin.
Mar 25, 2015
EP20: Life vs Projects
In this episode he talks about balancing our creative projects with getting out and living your life.Ultimately, I believe that relationships are more important than the things we make. This week's project Weekofhustle.com - commit to building your project in a week. Start on a set date, and launch 7 days later. Show notes * Follow me on Twitter: @mijustin * Rate and review the show * Join the newsletter Podcast hosting provided by Transistor.fm. Update from 2021: A lot has happened since I recorded these episodes: I launched a podcast hosting company, Transistor.fm, with my friend Jon Buda! If you want to hear what I'm up to now go to transistor.fm/justin.
Mar 20, 2015
EP19: Eating my own dog food
Justin is recording on the road from Edmonton, Alberta. In this episode: with only 4 days to work, Justin launch the first product of Season 2? See what it's like to eat your own dog food. This week's project Back in Season 1, Carl and Justin created a WordPress plugin that allowed you to create your own online course, and sell it using Gumroad. For this week's project, Justin decided to eat his own dogfood, and use the plugin to host his own online course. He had 4 days to re-build the course in WordPress, and launch it. Announcement: next week's project weekofhustle.com Show notes * See it live: Build Your Audience course * Get the ProductPress plugin and build your own course * Bead update * Documentary: Metal Evolution * Cover photo by cartese * Follow Justin on Twitter: @mijustin * Join the newsletter * Help the show: leave a review! Podcast hosting provided by Transistor.fm. Update from 2021: A lot has happened since I recorded these episodes: I launche…
Mar 16, 2015
EP18: Announcing Season 2
Here’s the deal: normally with this show I announce a new project on Friday, and I ship it on the following Thursday. Today is March 16th, 2015. I’m going to Vegas on April 12th for MicroConf and don’t want to launch anything that weekend. That gives me 4 weeks, to launch 4 new projects. Let's do this. This week's project I’m going to do a short week and try to launch something this Thursday. That gives me only 3 days. I'll be using ProductPress to re-launch my course, Build Your Audience, using WordPress instead of the expensive platform it's currently on. You can sign-up for the waiting list here: justinjackson.ca/audiencecourse Show notes * Follow me on Twitter: @mijustin * Rate and review the show * Join the newsletter * Read my blog post: You Need Help Podcast hosting provided by Transistor.fm. Update from 2021: A lot has happened since I recorded these episodes: I launched a podcast hosting company, Transistor.fm, with my friend Jon Buda! If you want to…
Mar 11, 2015
EP17: We did wreck a few things
I give an update about the bachelor party (many soda pops, no one got hurt, everyone came home safe). Product update Carl and I received a cease-and-desist email for Productify. We've re-named the product ProductPress. Future Products * WeekOfHustle.com * JustinJackson.ca/Course Advice for people building their first product: * Start small, and start now. * Choose an idea that people want: something that will help you make your first dollar on the internet. * Set your own goals: don’t compare yourself to others. Your first step should be to create a landing page: * Headline: You are this kind of person, with this kind of problem. * Subheadline: This product will solve this problem this way. * Email waiting list sign-up form. Show notes * A few photos from the bachelor party: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo3 * Interview with Dan Martell * Leave us a review on iTunes * Follow Justin on Twitter: @mijustin * Join the newsletter Podcast hosting provided by Tra…
Mar 5, 2015
EP16: How do you launch if you don't have an audience?
How do you launch if you don't have an audience? Derek Moreno and Hassan both asked this question.Your product needs a target market, and you need a way of reaching that target market. Questions about the Build & Launch experience Mike Dario asked: 1. What was the biggest challenge? Find the time and energy each day, for sure. Staying focused and on-task. 2. How did you track the changes each day? I used Sprintly (project management software). I'd log in each day, look at what I had to do in my backlog, and do that. 3. What was one thing you'll change for next season? I'd like to do the "next iteration" sprint for each of the projects. Example: for Network Effects, I'd go out and try to get the first 10 customers in a week (record my sales calls, etc). 4. Did any of the projects seem too small, too big? Network Effects and the WordPress plugin were definitely big projects; but the hardest was probably writing the book by myself. 5. What was the hardest part about teaming up…
Mar 3, 2015
EP15: The only thing that matters is doing the work
Justin responds to listener questions: Question 1: How do you decide if an idea is worth launching?The product founder doesn't push an idea on the people. Instead, the people provide the inspiration for the product.Your product idea really has to be something that people want. You can't force your idea on people, hoping that they'll buy. Question 2: How do you build products if you have kids and a full-time job?The only thing that matters, is the work – when you’re building a product, there are a lot of things you can spend your time on: tweeting, answering email, fiddling with analytics. No procrastinating. Building a product is like pushing a rock uphill: your whole focus should be getting that rock to move a little farther. Everything else is a distraction. Question 3: What outside material are you allowed to use in a podcast? In copyright law, there is something called Fair Use. However, it's application is complicated. For example, if I wanted to use a heavy metal track, t…
Feb 27, 2015
EP14: I want candy
7 days ago, Carl and Justin set off on an adventure to build a unique WordPress plugin in one week. Also - kids or no kids? This week's project The inspiration for this project came in August, after I launched my course. The course platform I was using was expensive. I was being charged $130 / month + 4% of course sales + transaction fees! Since August I've had to pay $1,288.00 to that service. If I'd used Productify, I would have paid only $39. ;) What I really wanted was to host my course myself on WordPress, but sell it using Gumroad. When I shared the idea with Carl Alexander he had an idea of how he could build it (without using a SaaS backend). So we did!"This is the product I'm most excited about. I want this. I have told so many people that I want this kind of product." - Paul Jarvis We shipped it! Check us out on Product Hunt! Sad news and good news This is supposed to be the last episode of Season 1. But you folks have been so awesome of joining this journey, and sha…
Feb 24, 2015
EP13: The Art of the Hustle
This week he's working on a WordPress plugin with Carl Alexander. They're hoping to ship it on Thursday; will they make it?Everybody is in a unique place in life. Some of us have our health, some of us have more free time than others, some of us have more resources than others... that's just the way it is. The challenge is for each of to not compare ourselves to other people who are in a different situation. Instead, let's figure out: how can we make something tiny, and put it out into the world? Adam Clark, from last week, talked about what he would do differently:Pick something small you could launch in a week. That momentum of launching is really, really powerful. Great quote from James Altucher:"I try to improve myself 1% a day. It seems small, but over a year it makes a big difference." Project update * We're combining two different platforms: Gumroad which allows makers to sell digital goods. On the other side we have WordPress, which is a publishing platform. * The plugi…
Feb 20, 2015
EP12: You gotta know when to hold ‘em
How do you know when to hold 'em, when to fold 'em and when to walk away? Also: Justin announces the new Build & Launch product for this coming week. It's something we've never done on the show before... Launch notes: Irresistible Podcasting Course by Adam Clark Today's episode is a crossover episode with Adam Clark's The Gently Mad ep 33. * Did nearly 5 figures in pre-sales in December * When we last left our hero, Adam Clark, we had an honest discussion about the real challenges of building a product. * Adam had been really honest in these episodes so far; this week he gets even deeper. Here's what you don't know... The next Build & Launch project This week Justin is partnering up: this time with fellow-Canadian Carl Alexander. Carl lives in Montreal, and is really talented developer. This week's product: a WordPress plugin that interfaces with Gumroad. We've talked about Gumroad before: they allow makers to sell digital products directly. This plugin will allow makers t…
Feb 17, 2015
EP11: I'll be your birth coach
This is the show where we build and launch something every 7 days. In this episode Justin does a mid-week checkup with Adam to see how he's doing with his podcasting course.Once you've promised the world that you're going to make something, that's when things get scary. Because now you have to make it. Most of us would rather create things in our cave and not launch, because that's safe. It's time for you to go public. Community updates * Marc Eglon built Letterlist.com * Robert is launching Emails that Win on Feb 18. * Seth Werkheiser has an awesome email newsletter called Skull Toaster. Every week he sends out heavy metal trivia + music picks. This week's project Listeners have asked me to do a "Build & Launch sprint" where I help someone else launch a product. So this week, I'm working with Adam Clark, to help him launch is course called Irresistible Podcasting. Action steps: what to do when you feel overwhelmed * Get things out of your brain, and on to paper, or into…
Feb 13, 2015
EP10: Born in the 80's
This week Justin teams up with his friend Marty to build and launch a web application called Network Effects. Were they able to launch in time? Community update: * Corey Stone built & launched: herokeyboard.com * Kyle Adams creates incredible icons + illustrations: kyleadams.me * Justin Weiss released his book “Practicing Rails”: www.justinweiss.com/practicing-rails/ On burnoutIt doesn't do you any good to burn yourself out and end up in bed... or worse, a hospital bed. Did they launch? YES! Network Effects launched to 10 beta testers on Thursday. You can sign-up for the beta here: networkeffects.me Costs * 2-3 hours a night (each): 14-21 hours total for the week (each). * Costs: $100 / month for Heroku, SSL, hosting for the marketing site, private GitHub The next Build & Launch product A lot of listeners have said they'd be interested in me partnering with someone else, and helping them launch a product in 7 days. My buddy Adam Clark needs help - he needs to l…
Feb 10, 2015
EP9: I called my competition
I called a competitor on the phone.There's always this worry that someone with the same idea is going to launch at the same time, and they're going to steal all of our thunder. Join Justin Jackson as he talks with Kiki Schirr about not getting discouraged when competitors pop up.It's kind of like showing up to a party and you're wearing the same dress as someone else. This week's Build & Launch project This is also the mid-week check-up for the second product we're building live on the show: a fully functional web application. In this episode you'll hear from my partner in crime, Marty Dill: will we be able to launch this side-project (working only in our spare time) on Thursday? You can see the website here: networkeffects.me Show Notes * Sign-up for the beta of this week's project: networkeffects.me * Want to get started? Check out Gumroad's 30 Day Challenge * Kiki's book: The Product Hunt Manual * Justin's book: The Product Hunt Handbook * Join the Build & Launch ne…
Feb 6, 2015
EP8: Do you even launch, bro?
When we last spoke, I was mid-week through his experiment of building a product in 7 days. Yesterday was supposed to be launch day, did I succeed? Listen as I expose his personal audio journals to the world, chronicling his journey of writing and shipping "The Product Hunt Handbook." Explore the struggle, the obstacles, the exhaustion!The actual work of producing a product is hard. Most of the time you waste is not getting to the actual work. In this case, the only thing that mattered was me sitting down at my computer with iBooks Author and writing. That's the only thing that brought me forward. Initial Launch Stats for the Product Hunt Handbook * Pre-orders: 58 people pre-ordered ($605) * Total orders as of Friday morning (Feb 6): 89 total sales ($1,055) * 40 sales came from Product Hunt, 32 sales came from the Build & Launch newsletter This week's Build & Launch project My buddy Marty and I are going to try to build an entire web application by Thursday, Feb 12th, 2015 BEF…
Feb 3, 2015
EP7: Observe the tired man in his habitat
It’s the mid-week checkup! Last Thursday Justin announced the first product he'd be building. He only has 7 days to do it. In this episode you'll hear real-life journal entries from Justin as he attempts to write The Product Hunt handbook for delivery on Thursday. He also got a special surprise... listen to hear about that. Follow-up * We made it to the top of New & Noteworthy in iTunes! Thank you! (Keep leaving those reviews) * You can pre-order The Product Hunt Handbook now and get $5 off (somebody already did!) * Maurice Cherry shared his new podcast, Year of Tea * Shantnu started /r/bankmanagers on Reddit ;) * Lucas da Silva from Brazil wanted to hear some heavy metal, so I played City of Gold, by Striker * Justin Hunter was inspired to start building! Stats update * Total podcast listens: 8017 * Most popular episode: "EP6: This is it: first product announcement!" * iTunes Ratings: 50 * List item Goal for today Get the pre-order page up and ready: gum.…
Jan 30, 2015
EP6: This is it: first product announcement!
Whoo. This is it. This is the day I announce the first product I'll be working on for Build & Launch. I wanted to start really small: I think the mistake most people make when they're building their first thing, is they choose something way too big."Nobody has the balls to do this." - Jarrod Drysdale Product announcement The first official Build & Launch product is... The Product Hunt Handbook.The only way to truly validate an idea is seeing if people will pay money for it. There’s two important things you need to cover when building anything: * Who is this for? What specific type of person am I targeting? * What’s their pain? Why would the hire this product? What’s going to convince them to take out their wallets, and buy? New show format! Initially, was going to do a 30 min episode a week, but people are loving these smaller 10-15 minute episodes. Here's what I'm going to try out: I'll do 3 mini-episodes a week: * Start project + previous week’s stats * Mid-…
Jan 28, 2015
EP5: Re-launch my beard (Launch Week)
Yesterday was launch day for the podcast. It landed on Product Hunt, and there was a flurry of excitement. But what happens the day after you launch? Today I talk about the post-launch blues.We launch part of ourselves with the stuff that we do. We're launching ourselves in a podcast, or a book, or product. It's tough. - Paul JarvisYou're in really vulnerable position. You're putting something you've been working on in private out in public. The launch is fun, but then you have to do the work. And you're back by yourself. - Jarrod Drysdale Stats update * Podcast listens: 2312 listens so far (up from 955 listens yesterday) * Most popular episode: Podcast Gear Starter Kit * 29 ratings in the US iTunes Store (up from 12 yesterday) * My favorite review so far * 677 views on buildandlaunch.net (up from 671 views yesterday) Beard update Current photo. Launch week: How to make a podcast * Episode 1: Choosing a topic * Episode 2: Record your first episode * Episode 3: Pod…
Jan 27, 2015
EP4: How do you say Creeper in French? (Launch Week)
In this episode we hear what Justin's family thinks about this crazy experiment. Also: why is Justin standing in a completely dark closet? Launch stats I promised that I'd share all my launch stats for each project I release. So far, in the last 24 hours, here are the stats: * 955 podcast listens * 671 page views on buildandlaunch.net (almost all from Product Hunt) * 12 ratings in the USA iTunes Store * 5 ratings in the Canadian iTunes Store * 93 upvotes on Product Hunt * Launch email list: 394 subscribers Question & Answer * What do you use for podcasting stats + hosting? Transistor.fm * What do you use to record audio interviews over Skype? You can use Skype Call Recorder or Audio Hijack Pro. I use ScreenFlow, which is screencasting software, but it works really well for recording audio as well. * Where do you get your theme music? You can get theme music from Premium Beat and Audio Jungle. I got my music from someone local. Want to help make Build & Launch a…
Jan 25, 2015
EP3: Podcasting gear starter kit (Launch Week)
Want to start your own podcast this year? For Build & Launch's inaugural week, Justin Jackson is doing 5 mini episodes on what it takes to build and launch a podcast. Today's episode: what kind of of podcasting gear you should get. Want to help make Build & Launch a success? Subscribe, and leave a review in iTunes! Once Build & Launch starts it's official season on February 5th, 2015, Justin Jackson will launch a new product every week. Listen and learn from his wins and misses, and get motivated to ship your own SaaS, mobile app, ebook, or other digital project. Justin's podcasting startup kit * Microphone: Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB * Headphones: Sennheiser HD 202 II * Editing software: Garage Band (for Mac) and Audacity (for PC) Launch week: How to make a podcast * Episode 1: Choosing a topic * Episode 2: Record your first episode (yesterday's episode) * Episode 3: Podcasting equipment (this episode) * Episode 4: Recording, interviewing, editing * Episode 5:…
Jan 25, 2015
EP2: A ton of coffee and feeling good (Launch Week)
Want to Build & Launch your own thing? Join Justin Jackson as he launches a new product every week. Listen and learn from his wins and misses, and get motivated to ship your own SaaS, mobile app, ebook, or other digital project. Want to help make Build & Launch a success? Subscribe, and leave a review in iTunes! For the podcast's launch week, he's doing 5 mini episodes on what it takes to build and launch a podcast. Today's episode: start now and start small."Before you run out and buy a bunch of gear, record something now! You don't need a fancy mic to start practicing." How to record your first podcast * Find the Voice Memos app on your iPhone * Choose a topic you'd like to talk about (see yesterday's episode) * Write out an outline for a short 5-10 minute episode * Open up the Voice Memos app and record your episode! * Repeat over and over again: practice recording that same episode dozens of times * Send Justin your mini-episode: firstname.lastname@example.org Launch week: How to…
Jan 25, 2015
EP1: Don't make stuff for hippies (Launch Week)
Build & Launch is an experimental podcast about launching products. Every week, Justin Jackson takes you on a journey of shipping something new. You'll get to here about his missteps and wins as he creates something and then launches it to the public. Then you'll be able to check back the following week and hear about his launch stats: revenue, traffic, conversion rates, everything! Want to help make Build & Launch a success? Subscribe, and leave a review in iTunes! For the podcast's launch week, he's doing 5 mini episodes on what it takes to build and launch a podcast. Today's episode is about choosing a topic. Launch week: How to make a podcast Episode 1: Choosing a topic (today's episode) Episode 2: Record your first episode Episode 3: Podcasting equipment Episode 4: Recording, interviewing, editing Episode 5: Launching and promoting Show notes * Product People podcast * Kyle Fox * Merlin Mann: "People come for the topic, and stay for the voice" * Venn Diagram: choose…