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Chad Pytel

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158: How to Build your Mobile App... Better, Faster, & Cheaper with Chad Pytel of thoughtbot 🤖

Entrepreneur Stories 4 Inspiration

Chad Pytel is the developer, founder, and CEO of thoughtbot. He leads the day-to-day operations of thoughtbot, including human resources, hiring, and growth, and is responsible for overall strategy for the company. 🔥 Listen to Part II, right now: The Creation of a thoughtbot (a Continuation of EP 158).🔥 This Episode is Sponsored By: Aircall is a call-based phone system that helps thousands of sales and support teams stop wasting their time on the phone. Aircall integrates with popular CRM, HelpDesk, eCommerce, and other business software to help your team understand and log vital customer prospect information on every single call. Try Aircall’s 7-day No-Risk Free Trial by visiting: millionaire-interviews.com/aircall Castbox is the best podcast app out there. If you’re tired of using those outdated podcast apps that are missing modern day functions, join the 28 million users worldwide that use Castbox to listen to awesome podcast every day. Download Castbox right now by visiting: millionaire-interviews.com/castbox If you want to help us keep bringing you these episodes, we’d love your support via Patreon. Plus, as a bonus for supporting us at Patreon, you will receive a whole bunch of cool stuff. Please help and support us on Patreon by going to: millionaire-interviews.com/patreon On Episode 104, Eric Gilbert Williams talks about his journey from rock-bottom to building and selling a multi-million dollar business. Now, Eric is taking his business experience and coaching entrepreneurs like you, so you can increase your bottom line. For a limited time, you can book a complimentary one-on-one session with Eric to find solutions for your business, no strings attached, simply visit: millionaire-interviews.com/egw-coaching Want to Support the Show? Well we'd love for you to join our Patreon Group!  What's in it for you?  Well you'll instantly get a scheduled call from Austin, where he'll help you with your current or future business... Sign-Up Now at millionaire-interviews.com/patreon. 😀😎😍  For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, Resources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit our website: Chad Pytel Interview.  Support this Podcast via Patreon Feedback? Questions? Comments? We would love to hear from you! Hollar at us via: Twitter (@acpeek or @millionairepod), Instagram (@millionaire_interviews), LinkedIn (@austincpeek), Facebook (@millionaireinterviews), or Email: austin@millionaire-interviews.com. 😎😍😀

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1 Jan 2021

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All About the Agency - Chad Pytel - Agencies That Build #008

Agencies That Build

Chad Pytel is the Founder and COO of thoughtbot, small studios of designers and developers collaborating closely with clients. They are dedicated to pushing the bar by continuously improving for themselves, the company and their clients. Takeaways: To close any productivity and communication gaps, remove the middleman between the founder and project team. “We fundamentally believe in having a small group of people who are really good at what they do working directly with clients to create something.” ~Chad Pytel. Aspire to build successful products AND successful businesses. Training clients to facilitate a meeting or prioritize planning helps them be lucrative in the future outside of your own business.  Set specific expectations for your team in terms of communication and holding the company philosophy. This sets the bar for your team and allows them to have a growth mindset going into projects.  Training is a powerful tool that enables you to hire more people than you otherwise would have been able to and sets your team up for success. Apprenticeships and other training programs are a great way to accomplish this! Whether you are a specialized or generalized company, the most important thing is to know what your model is and stay consistent to that. This provides a basis for your team to execute on. Career advice from Chad Pytel, have an honest conversation with your founders about expectations and what you want to achieve before starting your company.  Links: Personal/Business Website: https://thoughtbot.com/blog Email: chad@thoughtbot.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cpytel/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cpytel Company Website: https://thoughtbot.com AgencyU: www.thoughtbot.com/agencyu Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots Podcast: https://www.giantrobots.fm Busted Myths: If your primary motivation for doing consulting is to earn some money to bootstrap a SaaS product then you might get stuck on a consulting treadmill. Be clear what your priorities are and be intentional about your work early on. Ways to Tune In: iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/agencies-that-build/id1533003876 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/04KrB9JKLJ7lxoBZQQpSSH?si=zljWTjmwSK-ht50WPpesOg Stitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/show/agencies-that-build Google Play - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuYWdlbmNpZXN0aGF0YnVpbGQuY29tL2ZlZWQueG1s YouTube - Full video - https://youtu.be/ExKVOtDDDxg

1hr 13mins

19 Nov 2020

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The 10 Minute Entrepreneur

Amazing interview today with Chad Pytel! Chad is the CEO of Thoughtbot and brought tremendous value to the podcast today! Visit Thoughtbot here: https://thoughtbot.com/ Connect with Chad on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cpytel/


25 Aug 2020

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006 - How to run one of the best tech podcasts in the universe, with Chad Pytel (CEO @ thoughtbot)

Life on Mars - A podcast from MarsBased

As developers, we learn by doing, and this is why we decided to interview one of our favourite podcasters: Chad Pytel, CEO and co-founder of thoughtbot, and host of the Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots podcast.Thoughtbot has over 100 employees and was founded in 2003. Their main business is development consulting, and of course they've been a huge inspiration for us in terms of culture and the way they go about work.They launched a bunch of podcasts in 2012, so they know what they're talking about. We discussed with Chad how to start a podcast, how to keep it running for so many years, his tricks for interviewing people and how they've evolved their podcasts over the years to reinvent themselves and avoid burnout and loss of motivation.Can Martians and Robots get along well? Find out for yourselves by listening to this episode!

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7 Jul 2020

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048 - Chad Pytel, Developer and CEO at thoughtbot

Code with Jason

In this episode, packed with nuggets of wisdom, I talk with thoughtbot CEO Chad Pytel about the meaning of the terms "code quality" and "bad code", the ways in which poor-quality code comes into existence, how to add tests to a codebase that doesn't have much test coverage, and much more.Chad Pytel on Twitterthoughtbot's Code Audit service


9 Jun 2020

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Ep. 087: Chad Pytel- CEO of thoughtbot on defining his agency vision, pricing and the establishment of 6 offices

Entrepreneurs in B2B Sales

Chad Pytel is the CEO of thoughtbot, which is a team of expert design and development consultants that bring web and mobile products from validation to success. We are going to discuss the development of a common belief system in thoughtbot, how open sharing of expertise helps his agency to build a relationship with clients and the developer community. Show-notes: http://entrepreneursinb2bsales.com/chad-pytel/interviews


10 Apr 2020

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Taking a company from 0 to 100 with Chad Pytel, Developer and CEO of thoughtbot

Mission Daily

“It was very clear to us that not only was the result better when we were doing test-driven development, but we were more fulfilled in our work.” –Chad Pytel On today’s episode, Albert is joined by Chad Pytel, developer, founder, and CEO of thoughtbot, a design and development consultancy that brings digital product ideas to life. Building a company from the ground up isn't easy, and Chad had hit a lot of roadblocks on his journey — especially losing his original co-founders. But the hardships didn't discourage him. Today, Chad has created immense success for himself by co-authoring books such as Rails AntiPatterns and Pro Active Record, presenting at conferences around the world, and growing thoughtbot from nothing into a 100-person consultancy on track to generate $20MM in revenue this year. On this episode of Mission Daily, Chad discusses how he was able to build his company from the ground up, the lessons he learned as a first-time founder, and the risks he was willing to take in order to be successful. — Mission Daily and all of our podcasts are created with love by our team at Mission.org. We own and operate a network of podcasts, and brand story studio designed to accelerate learning. Our clients include companies like Salesforce, Twilio, and Katerra who work with us because we produce results. To learn more and get our case studies, check out Mission.org/Studios. If you’re tired of media and news that promotes fear, uncertainty, and doubt and want an antidote, you’ll want to subscribe to our daily newsletter at Mission.org. When you do, you’ll receive a mission-driven newsletter every morning that will help you start your day off right! 


13 Feb 2020

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Payroll and Benefits for Dev and Design Firms with Chad Pytel

Run With It

Nuggets: Learn what the power is in aiming higher and serving niches that demand better services. Learn how having an audience that emulates your business leads to rapidly scalable revenue opportunities. Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life? Chad doesn’t buy it. Understand his distinction between caring about what you do and loving it. Action Steps: Do some fact-finding. What are the logistics of providing payroll, benefits, and HR management services? How do these services make money? What are their margins? Pick a niche and contact HR or management to discover their pains, their willingness to try something new and the value of your solution. Chad suggests working with Design and Development teams because that’s his niche already. You could discover a new niche that works well for you.  Tip. Contact growing teams of 20 or less that are considering hiring an HR director and propose to save them 80K per year implementing your services instead. Take advantage of the Q4 open enrollment period when these topics are top-of-mind to start discussions with businesses. An advantage of working in the design and development niche is that you can focus on smooth attractive interface and robust API where it will be appreciated most. Scale as the most elegant solution to a broader audience from there. Don’t forget, if things go right, you've got a great potential partner and customer with Chad and thoughtbot. Follow through on these action steps and email us your results at update@runwithit.fm. You'll get exclusive access to a private Facebook group of action takers and one listener will earn a free mentorship call with our guest, and potentially, a business partnership.Links:ThoughtbotGiantrobots.fmSeth Godin on Giant RobotsADPPaychexGustoJustworksChad Pytel is a developer and the CEO of thoughtbot, a web and mobile design and development studio, with small teams of designers and developers in Austin, Boston, London, New York City, Raleigh, and San Francisco. thoughtbot has produced top-quality applications with hundreds of clients, from one-person startups to Fortune 500 enterprises, universities, and non-profits, for more than 15 years, and are the creators of many popular open-source projects. In addition to working with clients, Chad is responsible for overall strategy for the company. He has co-authored two books: Rails Anti Patterns and Pro Active Record, and spoken at conferences around the world. He lives with his wife and two children in Newton, MA.


10 Oct 2019

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139 - Work Hard, Collaborate and Have Fun! With Chad Pytel

Leadership Happy Hour

"A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business." -Henry Ford When I think about tech companies, I automatically envision a working environment that has bean bag chairs, ping pong tables, and free snacks in the break room (the last one is especially appealing to me since I love snacks).  That is the picture that the media portrays and, although there may be some truth in it, it's not all like that. On this episode, I had the great pleasure to talk with Chad Pytel, CEO of the tech company, ThoughtBot.  Chad is a different kind of leader and his company is a different kind of company.  We talk about the cultural dynamics of ThoughtBot, his journey as a leader, and how having fun at work is great but so is working to get things done....and how those two things can come together. I had a great time talking with him.  His organization and story is unlike any I've heard and I know you'll get a lot from this interview. CHEERS! More on Chad.... ​​Long Bio ​​ ​​Chad Pytel is a developer and the CEO of thoughtbot, a web and mobile design and development studio, with small teams of designers and developers in Austin, Boston, London, New York City, Raleigh, and San Francisco. thoughtbot has produced top quality applications with hundreds of clients, from one person startups to Fortune 500 enterprises, universities, and non-profits, for more than 15 years, and are the creators of many popular open source projects. In addition to working with clients, Chad is responsible for overall strategy for the company. He has co-authored two books: Rails AntiPatterns and Pro Active Record, and spoken at conferences around the world. He lives with his wife and two children in Newton, MA. Connect with him on! https://thoughtbot.com/ https://twitter.com/cpytel https://github.com/cpytel


25 Aug 2019

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ITT 202: How to Scale an Agency with Chad Pytel

In The Trenches

Chad Pytel is a developer, founder and CEO of thoughtbot, a product design development consultancy with six studios across the U.S. and U.K. For over 15 years, thoughtbot has produced top quality web and mobile apps with hundreds of clients from one person startups to Fortune 500 enterprises, universities and nonprofits. Chad co-authored two books, Rails AntiPatterns and Pro Active Record, has spoken at conferences around the world and is the host of the podcast Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots. On today’s episode, I sit down with Chad to talk about how thoughtbot went from an idea to a small five person Web agency. From there it grew to over a 100 person consultancy. During this conversation, we also discuss how Chad has been able to grow this company over the last decade and what that’s been like to expand and grow across multiple geographic locations. My big takeaway from today’s conversation is that there are a lot of ways to build the type of business you want to build. But the one thing that’s critical is the vision, what you care about, how you do work, who you want to work with, and the things that will separate you from others because there’s always going to be competition. The thing that’s going to separate you from the competition are your values, your goals and how you organize the work you do and why you do it.  In this broadcast, Chad and I talk about: How Chad founded thoughtbot In what ways Chad measured success versus unsuccess during the first few years of his business How to build the type of business you want to build The importance of minimizing what your company offers to find a niche Why establishing clear specializations for your business attracts ideal customers How value driven decisions create positive customer relations What are the benefits of a team working in the same physical space  What are the pros and cons of a team working on a project remotely  How to measure the trade-offs of having a full staff of W-2 workers  Where does Chad see his business going in the future   How to Connect with Chad: Chad's Twitter thoughtbot Twitter  Get the Latest Broadcasts of In The Trenches on Your Favorite Podcast Platform: Subscribe to In The Trenches on iTunes Listen to In The Trenches on Spotify Get your weekly dose of In The Trenches on Google Play  How You Can Support In The Trenches Did you enjoy today's broadcast of In The Trenches? Please click here to leave an honest rating and review on iTunes. Your review helps me spread the word of this podcast, which allows me to line up amazing guests and continue to produce this podcast ad-free. Thanks so much in advance for your support.


12 Aug 2019