Episode 7: Mike Perham

Show Notes:

After a decade as a Java developer, open source helped Mike Perham build a name for himself in the Ruby world. He saw the open source burnout pattern happen over and over. He didn't want it to happen to him. So even though it went against industry norms,  Mike started Sidekiq with the intention of making money.

“I’m a creator and I love building tools.”

After five years, Sidekiq has more than 11 million downloads and has surpassed his goal of making $1M without taking a cent of investor money. Hear why it’s important to avoid what he calls “Tip Jar Mindset” and how he turned his project from making him $1/hour to the robust business it is today. 

What to read: Avoiding burnout

Episode 6: Saron Yitbarek

Show Notes:

Many of us have dreamed about what it would be like to create our own conference. We wonder what it would be like to pick the venue, curate the programming ,find interesting speakers and craft the kind of experience that we'd want.

Saron Yitbarek had this dream too.  Quitting her job allowed her to do bigger projects like a conference for her business, CodeNewbie.

"I wanted to make people feel special. I wanted them to feel like they belonged."

Saron shares what she considered the hardest part of a running a conference (hint: it's an uncomfortable task for most of us). She also shares the best piece of advice she received and the advice she’d give to others.

If you’ve ever wanted to host an event, this behind-the-scenes look is fascinating. 

What to read: Why your brain hates selling

Episode 5: Jim Gay

Show Notes:

You’re in flow. Everything is working like clockwork. Good stuff starts to happen. And then…something happens. Breaking a streak is so common, everyone goes through it. Still, those habits can be very useful. How do you get back on track once you lose your streak?

“I was the guy who wrote short, easy to read articles.” 

On this episode, software developer, author and team trainer Jim Gay shares how he broke a streak and how he got back on track.

Episode 4: Femke van Schoonhoven

Show Notes:

Finding time to work on side projects is hard for anyone. The complexity increases when collaborating with a partner.

Of all her side projects: "It's a lot, but I never think it's enough."

Self-described side project addict and designer Femke van Schoonhoeven talks about her experience running the Design Life Podcast with fellow designer, Charli Prangley

Femke also shares why figuring out ownership on a side project is important even if it doesn’t make money.

What to read: Collaborating on side projects

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