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MegaMaker 2021

A podcast for indie entrepreneurs: software developers, app builders, product people, creators, bootstrappers, and makers.

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How many early access customers did we get?

In this episode, Josh and Justin discuss when to open up a SaaS for early-access; and how they're going to use Meeps to make it better.Show notes Early-access homepage Our early access email How we're running early access for Meeps Tweet: anyone else noticing a slow August? How Justin does marketing at Transistor Find Josh and Justin online: Joshua Anderton on Twitter: @joshuaanderton Joshua's personal podcast: https://www.ramen.fm Justin Jackson on Twitter: @mijustin Support the show: Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Please! Share the show with your friends. The best way to build a membership directory: https://meeps.app

32mins

16 Aug 2021

Rank #1

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Is Josh ready for early access?

In this episode, Josh and Justin discuss when to open up a SaaS for early-access; and how they're going to use Meeps to make it better.Show notes Casey Neistat interview Sign up for Meeps early access! Meeps video update Find Josh and Justin online: Joshua Anderton on Twitter: @joshuaanderton Joshua's personal podcast: https://www.ramen.fm Justin Jackson on Twitter: @mijustin Support the show: Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Please! Share the show with your friends. The best way to build a membership directory: https://meeps.app

48mins

9 Aug 2021

Rank #2

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What it takes to run a paid online community (8+ years)

I had a conversation about building online communities on Twitter Spaces that I wanted to share with you.Show notesThanks to Vineet Sinha for organizing the Twitter Spaces: https://twitter.com/VineetSinha Find Josh and Justin online: Joshua Anderton on Twitter: @joshuaanderton Joshua's personal podcast: https://www.ramen.fm Justin Jackson on Twitter: @mijustin Support the show: Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Please! Share the show with your friends. The best way to build a membership directory: https://meeps.app

59mins

19 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Is truly possible to validate a product idea before launch?

In this episode, we answer some questions from MegaMaker members: Val asks: "I'm super curious about this:  How much of starting Meeps was a "hunch" rather than a structured discovery?" Ben asks: "Validation, what are ya'll trying right now/soon to get a signal if you're onto something? Also, is there a "company-wide" donut Friday? 😉" Tom asks: "Yes, specifically user discovery: how do you validate that the customer has, knows about, and will pay to solve the problem?" Jon: "(From our remote work discussion in MegaMaker): I'm interested in learning how you work together. Pros/cons?" Show notes "Business ideas are observations paired with hunches." https://twitter.com/mijustin/status/1258879868952952833 Join our waiting list on Product Hunt: https://www.producthunt.com/upcoming/meeps Community Weekly: https://communityweekly.co/ Memberful pricing: https://memberful.com/pricing Justin's spreadsheet for subscription platforms VentureBeat: Commsor raises $16 million to unlock insights from companies’ online communities Commsor: a list of all the community tools Community.club Community jobs: https://www.community.club/jobs Find Josh and Justin online: Joshua Anderton on Twitter: @joshuaanderton Joshua's personal podcast: https://www.ramen.fm Justin Jackson on Twitter: @mijustin Support the show: Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Please! Share the show with your friends. The best way to build a membership directory: https://meeps.app

1hr 15mins

12 Jul 2021

Rank #4

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Josh gets some runway

In this episode: Joshua Anderton gets three months of runway so he can work full-time on Meeps.app.Show notes The benefit of the TALL stack: https://twitter.com/mijustin/status/1409304136504414210 MegaMaker community on Meeps: https://megamaker.meeps.app/ How did validation work with Transistor? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNDgRcJYAEg Product Hunt Ship: https://www.producthunt.com/ship Justin's barber: https://www.instagram.com/brett_thebarber/ Matty Conrad: https://www.instagram.com/mattyconrad/ Podcast hosting: https://transistor.fm Theme music: Striker-metal.com Find Josh and Justin online: Joshua Anderton on Twitter: @joshuaanderton Joshua's personal podcast: https://www.ramen.fm Justin Jackson on Twitter: @mijustin Support the show: Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Please! Share the show with your friends. The best way to build a membership directory: https://meeps.app

43mins

28 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Observing customer demand (plus: we reveal the name)

This episode Joshua Anderton and Justin explore customer demand; how to recognize it, and where to find it. Plus: what do you think of the name? 😅Show notes The best way to build a membership directory: https://meeps.app Taylor Otwell's Laravel framework: https://laravel.com Adam Wathan and Tailwind CSS: https://tailwindcss.com Podcast hosting: https://transistor.fm Theme music: Striker-metal.com Find Josh and Justin online: Joshua Anderton on Twitter: @joshuaanderton Joshua's personal podcast: https://www.ramen.fm Justin Jackson on Twitter: @mijustin Support the show: Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Please! Share the show with your friends.

36mins

14 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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First, a little background

This season, Justin is making his first investment in Joshua Anderton. In this first episode they talk about the idea for a new SaaS app.Show notes Online community for indie makers: https://megamaker.co Upscribe: https://upscribe.net Justin's blog post: https://justinjackson.ca/solorisk Family Budget Calculator: https://www.epi.org/resources/budget Okanagan Developers group: http://okdg.org Podcast hosting: https://transistor.fm Theme music: Striker-metal.com Find Josh and Justin online: Joshua Anderton on Twitter: @joshuaanderton Joshua's personal podcast: https://www.ramen.fm Justin Jackson on Twitter: @mijustin Support the show: Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Please! Share the show with your friends.

36mins

7 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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Teaser: trying something new for 2021

I'm doing a new season of MegaMaker. This season I'll be investing in Joshua Anderton, and partnering with him on a new project. The first episode is coming soon!You may have noticed: I've deleted all past episodes from this feed. Now I have Transistor.fm, and it's going well. So, for the first time ever, I'm in a position to invest in someone else.That's what we're going to be doing here on MegaMaker. And my first investment is going to be in Joshua Anderton. He's built a product called Upscribe.Show notes Upscribe: upscribe.net Podcast hosting: Transistor.fm Theme music: Striker-metal.com Find Josh and Justin online: Joshua Anderton on Twitter: @joshuaanderton Justin Jackson on Twitter: @mijustin Support the show: Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Please! Share the show with your friends.

5mins

1 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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Archive (2019): A time capsule of bootstrapping anxiety

Back in July 2018, right before we launched Transistor, I was so stressed out about money. What's happened since then?Show notes Read: Bootstrapper's Paradox My interview Jason Calacanis Transistor's revenue numbers are public Podcast hosting: Transistor.fm Theme music: Striker-metal.com Find Justin online: Send Justin a message on Twitter: @mijustin Follow me on Twitch Subscribe on YouTube Support the show: Leave a review on iTunes! Join MegaMaker Club

13mins

11 Mar 2019

Rank #9