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Great Podcast

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MegaMakers is pack with gold coins in very episode

Only the best

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Quality. Justin is a stud.

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111 Ratings
Average Ratings
100
11
0
0
0

Great Podcast

By Ledoukoure - Apr 23 2017
Read more
MegaMakers is pack with gold coins in very episode

Only the best

By AndrewDBass - Feb 23 2017
Read more
Quality. Justin is a stud.
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MegaMaker 2021

Latest release on Oct 16, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 11 days ago

Rank #1: 054 – Do this before you do ANYTHING else

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Have an idea for a new project? Here's what you should do first (before you write any code!)

Update: there's big changes that have been happening here with MegaMaker. I'll share those soon! In the meantime, here's an episode inspired by a talk I gave at Laracon 2017 in New York City.

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Aug 15 2017

13mins

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Rank #2: 037 - Find and validate good product ideas

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After a long hiatus, Justin is back to talk about a system for discovering what people want, and building solutions they'll actually buy.

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The reason people buy a product is they imagine their lives better with that product, than without it.

Steps for discover product ideas.

Download the slides here.

1. Start with people

Choose an audience that...

  1. You know, understand, and like
  2. That buys things
  3. That congregates online

What group is already paying you for your time and expertise?

2. Research + listen

Places to do research online:

  1. Google (look at related keywords)
  2. Twitter
  3. Reddit
  4. Facebook Groups
  5. Facebook search

3. Create a hypothesis

As a math grad student I want an online course so that I can make it through my first year of grad school.

4. Test your hypothesis

What's the smallest "product" you could create that could disprove your hypothesis?

What you learn when you launch a tiny version:

  1. How hard is it to find customers?
  2. Did I hit a nerve? Did I identify the #1 pain?
  3. How hard is it to get people to pay?
  4. How satisfied were people with the solution?
  5. Do I like the customers?

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Sep 23 2016

20mins

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Rank #3: 049 – Build things without code

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Justin talks about the secret to building products AND shares some "old person" computer nostalgia.

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Apr 07 2017

21mins

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Rank #4: 036 - Starting with no audience, no idea, and no revenue

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What are the different stages to being a solopreneur?

Your customers don't want to just "consume your stuff." They want to achieve something! They have a destination in mind.

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Ultimately, we all want a business we can be proud of.

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Sep 02 2016

21mins

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Rank #5: E030 - Like a kid in a candy store

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"The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change." ― Heraclitus

Justin opens up about how his MegaMaker project is going, and what the future holds.

(First episode of Season 3)

When we had our first child, 14 years ago, we made a decision that I'd put my entrepreneurial dreams on hold.

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Join the MegaMaker newsletter: megamaker.co/challenge

In every business, there needs to be an overlap between what people really want and what you're really good at.

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Jul 08 2016

16mins

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Rank #6: E027 - Do you trust me? DO YOU TRUST ME?

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You will not believe what happened to me yesterday.

Also: do need to care about your reputation?

Join the 2016 Maker Challenge

Go to megamaker.co/challenge →

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There's this myth that if you create great work, that it will be automatically discovered and enjoyed by lots of people.

How do you cultivate a good reputation?

It's a lot like cultivating a crop: you're constantly preparing the ground and planting seeds hoping for a future harvest.

  1. Build things, and tell people
  2. Help people every day!

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May 18 2016

14mins

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Rank #7: 038 - What motivates people to buy?

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Learn how to make things that people actually want. Justin is joined by author Alan Klement to talk about the "Jobs to be Done" framework .

Don't define your competition by features or product. Rather you need to define your competition by what helps customers make progress.

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"If there's a picture in our minds of how we want life to be, and we're not quite there, we want to make progress towards that vision."

There's two things that cause people to switch products:

  1. The picture in your mind (of how you want things to be) has changed.
  2. The solution you're using is no longer delivering you progress.

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Sep 30 2016

19mins

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Rank #8: E025 - Pull up your bootstraps, Sir

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What do you do when you feel tired, haggard, and unmotivated?

I'll be honest. I really didn't want to do a show today. Then I figured out two ways to get motivated.

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Two tactics for getting out of the dumps

  1. Help someone else.
  2. Make something small. Anything! It will help get you unstuck.

"I think making something will cure almost anything. It always makes me feel better" - Casey Neistat

Current project: Remote Workers Clubs

www.remoteworkers.club

One thing we've learned is that momentum is everything. Keep making decisions, so you keep moving forward. Blockers don't just stop work; they kill your motivation.

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May 05 2016

9mins

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Rank #9: 043 - How do you get out of a creative rut?

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What do you do when you lose your motivation? When you haven't created anything in weeks? When you no longer like the project you're working on?

Justin's had a hard couple of weeks. How can he get back on track?

This is the last episode of 2016! Join me for Season 4 in January 2017.

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Nov 18 2016

17mins

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Rank #10: E029 - In Real Life

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What happens when you meet people from the internet IRL?

Also: last episode of Season 2!

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Maybe us makers are a little too insular. A lot of our endeavors are really solitary; just us in our caves creating things. But we need real human connections. We can't do this alone.

Share your projects with me!

Have photos of your projects you'd like to share, and have them in the MegaMaker zine?

Have a physical item you'd like to have me include the mystery box? Send them to me here:

MegaMaker
PO Box 1028
Vernon BC V1T 6N2

MegaMaker t-shirt

I've been seeing the MegaMaker t-shirt all over the web: Twitter, Youtube, Instagram.

We only have a few more episodes in Season 2, so I'm doing a T-SHIRT SALE!

  1. Go to store.megamaker.co
  2. Choose your MegaMaker t-shirt
  3. Use the coupon code podcastand get $5 off!

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Jun 02 2016

11mins

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Rank #11: E032 - Last chance!

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How do you get customers to know you exist? Be unexpected.

This episode includes my interview with Mikael Cho from Crew in Montreal. They're the awesome makers behind Unsplash.com

Last chance!

This is your last chance to pre-order my new book, Jolt:

gum.co/joltbook/preorder

A book for programmers, designers, freelancers, makers, and entrepreneurs. Learn how to get people to notice the things you make!

If you're one of those people that's asked: "How can I support the show?" this is a great way to do it. ;)

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Jul 23 2016

24mins

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Rank #12: 061 - You're out of touch

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What am I working on these days?

I'm building a new podcasting platform called Transistor.fm with my friend Jon Buda.

I'm also creating a system for validating your market and your product. It's called the Product Validation Checklist.

I'll be speaking at MicroConf Las Vegas 2018. If you're going, say hi!

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Apr 17 2018

17mins

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Rank #13: 058 - I spent $30,000 looking for product-market fit

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Thousands of dollars were pouring into my account. And I was miserable.

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★ Get $50 off Tiny Marketing Wins until Feb 28, 2018 with the code: relaunch ★

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Feb 22 2018

14mins

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Rank #14: 045 - What are you plans, maaaaaan?

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We're two months into 2017. What are your plans?

Justin shares his goals for this year (revenue, and what he's going to change)

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Please remember to leave a review in iTunes!

I'll be back next Friday with another episode. Follow online: megamaker.co

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Feb 24 2017

12mins

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Rank #15: 046 - Three tips for aspiring solopreneurs

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Looking to make an independent living from the things you make? Is passive income a myth?

In this episode I share three lessons I've learned from my first year of going solo.

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Have you left a review on iTunes? It's easy! Just open up iTunes, search for MegaMaker, and click ★★★★★!

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Mar 04 2017

9mins

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Rank #16: E026 - Get out and play

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Justin has a confession. (And people think he looks terrible)

On Success

You might be pursuing someone else's path to success. We try to reverse engineer it, and apply it to our own life. It doesn't work! Forge your own path. Trust in your own ability to make good decisions.

Also:

Doing stuff is your best education. Hypotheticals are the enemy. Get out and test your assumptions!

Also:

Take a nap.

Update on current project

I told you last episode that I'd have a revenue update for remoteworkers.club.

We opened up the beta 20 minutes before I published this episode. We're only going to take 10 people this week.

And.... we already have 2 paying customers!

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May 11 2016

14mins

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Rank #17: E028 - Stay hungry

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Do you know about the Desperation Scale™?

Listeners asked me to be more honest about the struggle. So here it is!

MegaMaker t-shirt

I've been seeing the MegaMaker t-shirt all over the web: Twitter, Youtube, Instagram.

We only have a few more episodes in Season 2, so I'm doing a T-SHIRT SALE!

  1. Go to store.megamaker.co
  2. Choose your MegaMaker t-shirt
  3. Use the coupon code podcastand get $5 off!

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Desperation impairs our ability to think clearly.

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May 25 2016

14mins

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Rank #18: 047 - Why I'm moving to YouTube (and why you should too)

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I've been blogging since 2008 and podcasting since 2012.

Why, in 2017, am I starting a YouTube channel?

My new project is: tinymarketingwins.com

Have you left a review on iTunes? It's easy! Just open up iTunes, search for MegaMaker, and click ★★★★★!

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Mar 17 2017

8mins

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Rank #19: 044 - What the heck happened last year?

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Welcome to 2017! In this episode Justin reviews what happened with the 2016 maker challenge.

He shares what worked, what didn't, and his revenue numbers.

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Please remember to leave a review in iTunes!

I'll be back next Friday with another episode. Follow online: megamaker.co

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Feb 17 2017

15mins

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Rank #20: 040 - Four years lost & wasted

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Justin sneaks out of the house on a cold, dark autumn night and records an episode.

Topic: why you should learn from practitioners, not professors.

Didn't record an episode last week, because I was launching the new Marketing for Developers course.

Special $50 discount for podcast listeners: megamaker.co/coupon

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I learned more from building, launching, and marketing a product than I did in 4 years of university.

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Oct 22 2016

18mins

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