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The Reactor Podcast is the weekly brainstorming session of two entrepreneurs building software companies. Hosted by Justin Vincent and Mark Wilbur.

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Multi-level mentoring

Justin's at grandma's house this weekend, enjoying a spacious backyard with a barbecue grill, but despite his hopes, it's not nearly big enough to grow enough maple trees for a steady syrup supply. Nonetheless summer is here and the yard is a nice change from LA lock-down. Mark's been doing a little bit of algorithm study for interview prep. Justin's not a fan of that kind of interview since it's so far away from what kinds of work people do on the job. Mark agrees, but seen it useful at one old job which was flooded with applicants who couldn't fizzbuzz. Not by modulo, not by nested loops and not by a big while loop with multiple counters! Please go to Reactor.am and leave comments on the episodes if you feel so inclined! How much has YC changed? One former founder on twitter feels they've lost their soul. He loved the tight network and personal attention from people like PG and Jessica Livingston. Now, the batches are huge and attracting a different sort of person (see link below). We know nothing about YC internally, but it reminds Mark of what he saw happen at his old coding school. When he was a student, the founders were putting everything they had into making sure he and his classmates succeeded. Later batches were larger, students were more risk adverse and more credentialed. Justin's come up with a name for his Roblox game and is now putting together sound effects and music for it. He's got an outline for the game map done and is now starting to work on getting the polish on the center part of it up to a release-quality level. Mark's been thinking about different kinds of content he can make for Alchemist Camp to help the top of the funnel. The full-on screencasts are what people pay for. However he could write four technical tutorials in the time it takes to make a single screencast. Non-technical writing is even faster and more easily shared, but also less valued. What's the idea balance? Mentioned Fizzbuzz The Only Reason My App Worked Was Due to a Slow Database We can't send email more than 500 miles Y Combinator has lost its soul: A YC founder's perspective Questing Log Nugget Academy Alchemist Camp Justin's goals for next time Focus on the Roblox game Work on Nugget login pathways Mark's goals for next time 2 screencasts Algo prep Five UI components for Phoenix Igniter Video version at https://youtu.be/3Y6YfZFV_Qw Comment at https://reactor.am/podcasts/23 On Apple Podcasts at https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/reactor/id1500109358 Recorded on 2020-07-22

57 min6 d ago
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Multi-level mentoring

Overcoming enthusiasm half-life

VS Code updates that break a key part of your editor workflow suck! Previously, opening and closing the integrated terminal was cmd + backtick, and Mark used to hit it constantly to switch back and forth between code and the terminal. In VS Code's monthly update, they silently changed that shortcut to switch between multiple VS Code windows. The result is constant frustration from hitting the shortcut out of habit and disrupting the recording of screencasts. Justin's wife has been intermittent fasting and has lost a lot of weight! Amazingly, she's only eating in the mornings rather than the evenings like most intermittent fasters. Justin's gonna give it a try. Mark's been thinking about an idea from an old TechZing episode—enthusiasm half-life. The people he's known who have tackled something difficult like learning Chinese or starting a business have fallen into one of two groups. Most people seem to start off full of enthusiasm, like a cannon ball shooting into the sky and then gradually lose motivation and crash into the ground. A few people have their own fuel and just put in a regular half hour or hour per day for years, but they're not the norm. The key for the majority was making meaningful progress before hitting their enthusiasm half-life. Getting to a win of some kind or another often brings more motivation! Justin is still working on getting more prospective female entrepreneurs to join Nugget (his training site / community). He's also considering opening up its slack group to free users as well as premium members. More discussion and more people sharing entrepreneurial ideas, advice and success stories is probably good for everyone. Justin has also hired a recent to start building a Roblox game! After digging into the development environment and getting a feel for what was possible and what the learning curve would be like, he impressed with the Flash-like development experience, the built-in Lua scripting, the assets and everything available. Making a simple game was easy! It was seriously tempted to build a commercial game himself, but thought better of adding yet another time commitment of that sort. Mentioned Roblox Studio Roboduel Lua programming language PEG.js Reactor.am Nugget Academy Alchemist Camp Phoenix Igniter Justin's goals for next time Stop eating at 2pm every day Refactor Nugget, open up the Slack, etc Mark's goals for next time Focus on the top of the line audience growth Create a backlog of topics for easy one-off tutorials Work on Igniter docs 5/7 good diet days Video version at https://youtu.be/eFksdBvVxyA Comment at https://reactor.am/podcasts/22 Recorded on 2020-07-15

48 min2 w ago
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Overcoming enthusiasm half-life

Live at last

The site for this podcast is live at last, so Justin has a link to tweet! The screencasts Mark has been making about making the site with Phoenix LiveView LiveView is nearing an end as well. All that's left is a tiny bit of recording and then editing a few videos. After 15+ videos of a single series, it's going to be great to switch things up and teach a new topic. Justin's been working hard to try to get an even male/female balance in solo entrepreneur academy, Nugget. He's started revising the copy in earlier lessons and has gotten some helpful feedback on it from his sister. He's revised the copy for his first three lessons to make them a bit more engaging and has a plan for most of the remainder of the lessons. Another idea she mentioned was that Nugget is applicable to info product makers, not just coders! Mark has been very inspired this week, first from his buddy Liam's 30th birthday party and then from rereading a very old book by Gary V. The book was actually a more interes...

61 minJUL 8
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Live at last

The economics of gaming with your kid

Not even an ill-timed decision to update to Ubuntu 20.04 update could stop Reactor.am from going up tonight! It did require Mark retyping a tedious four-word command, but thanks to his pile of Ruby & shell scripts, that was the entirety of the cost. However, Justin still won't add intro music to the show until 10 people email hosts@reactor.am and ask for it. Justin's got Nugget ready for review, but it's been surprisingly tough to get it reviewed! Mark invited three relatively successful boostrappers he knows, but no bites yet. On the good side, Justin's gotten a couple of positive reviews through his network. Mark's gotten two more videos recorded but still not edited or published. Phoenix Igniter hasn't gone as well, though. He's had a harder time setting aside time to work on it due to the fact that there's no front-end setup that would satisfy everyone. Many customers want a fairly vanilla back-end MVC app with "JavaScript sprinkles", many others want a fully separated SPA and s...

47 minJUL 1
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The economics of gaming with your kid

Stay cool and automate

Life is going well for Mark! Thanks to cleaning out his air conditioner, the appartment is now a cool 26 degrees Celsius instead of the 33 degrees it was last week! Rather than endure that furnace, he spent most afternoons last week at coffee shops. He can't take his Mac mini, monitor and ergonomic keyboard to them, but he did take his Kindle and ended up reading three full books. He also hit his health goals and a new milestone for Alchemist Camp subscribers! Justin has gathered half a million carrots in his son's video game, but his automation efforts haven't been entirely wasted. He's been inspired by in game success and has started automating parts of his wife's online business and created a self-serve version of her course for therapists. It's generated seven sales at $499 so far. He's also been tweaking a few things in the Nugget bootcamp based on what he's seen of from one of the students progress so far. Along a similar line, Mark's been very gradually automating a free intr...

51 minJUN 24
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Stay cool and automate

Time to ship

Mark's sleep has been suffering from the summer heat and 100% humidity of living on a semi-tropical island, but it's still been a productive week... The Reactor site is ready to launch! It took more than a screencast's worth of code to implement sessions, auth, email resets, permissions, etc, so he tried doing something different. Instead of showing himself type in every line of code as in his normal screencasts, Mark tried doing a "walk-through", where the code is already written and he goes over it and explains it to the viewer. It was much easier than making the 3-4 screencasts it would have taken to cover the same material, so it will be interesting to see how the audience responds to it. Justin has pushed the boundaries of virtual carrot farming still further and set up highly optimized vertical farms so he can generate 65,000 carrots per night in his son's video game. There was a game update that complicated things a bit, but his virtual carrot farming operation is simply too ...

53 minJUN 17
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Time to ship

First get traffic

Justin has made some progress with his Nugget bootcamp but much more importantly he has become a Robux Millionaire. The secret is playing games with your five year-old and then setting up auto-clickers to harvest in-game resources. The Reactor site is really close to ready to deploy. It's 99.9% there. Mark has completely failed on his diet goal. He only managed to stick to it four out of seven days instead of six of seven. Justin talks about just how big of a deal traffic is. It's like a resource you can use to mould and shape a business from. His number 1 advice for someone starting out is to learn how to build an audience. That ability leads to all kinds of opportunities and speeds up learning. Don't worry who it is at first, just learn how to build an audience Mark can't disagree as the very most successful indiehacking friend he's ever known did it on the back of a very popular nutrition site monetized on the back of humble Google ads. One of the most useful tactics he's found s...

51 minJUN 3
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First get traffic

No distance

Mark had a great b-day party with his friends at a 熱少. Very unlike the situation where Justin lives in California, there were no masks, no social distancing and instead friendly old Taiwanese men at the restaurant joining in to offer happy birthday cheers. It was hard not to think about the gulf of effectiveness between Taiwan's handling of the epidemic and the US's. We don't like to bore anyone with politics, but delved into it for 12 minutes following realization of how different our situations were. We talked about the epidemic, protests of police violence, health care, taxes and infrastructure. Back to tech topics, we talked about the promise of web assembly, coding in WASM directly vs using Rust bindgen and how it could get adoption not just in browsers but also IoT. Justin's still working on his bootcamp and working out a "level up" game for new founders—first get traffic, then find the right people and finally learn how to help them, make an appropriate product and sell it...

59 minJUN 3
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No distance

The 2nd product boost

Mark's week has been fantastic! Somehow, launching a 2nd product—Phoenix Igniter—seems to have had a great growth effect on his screencast business. He's also discovered a very much unexpected growth benefit to making Stripe revenue public on Indie Hackers. In general IH hasn't been a great use of time for Mark, probably due to his niche tech stack and its relatively shallow focus on engineering. HN, on the other hand has been helping his business even when he's just commenting for fun. Justin's products are broad enough to do well on both. Mark saw a Rust tutorial he really liked on HN. Justin's curious why Rust is so interesting to him, and what makes it useful in general. Mark's a big fan and sees it as an especially powerful tool for an Elixir dev to have in his or her toolkit. Justin's week has been brutal. Between a bit too much to drink, a lack of sleep and getting even more into his son's game, it's been a poor week for hitting goals in the real world. Within the video gam...

35 minMAY 20
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The 2nd product boost

Sprints and Shipping

Justin's been agonizing over the writing of the new Nugget Bootcamp material, but Mark's week has been great! Well, aside from a concerning injury related to a previous muscle tear he suffered pushing a stuck SUV in the mountains of central Taiwan... On the good side, Mark's Phoenix Igniter is launched! Justin is impressed with the sales so far, but Mark is a bit more reserved about it. Justin's diet is on point, and he's been doing hill sprints!!! No wonder the blood sugar readings have been great! Unlike the temporarily incapacitated Mark, Justin is getting after it. Due to his son Jack, Justin has become more and more drawn into the world of gaming and in particular Roblox. Just as one would expect in the internet, he quickly encountered some "killer" player types as soon as he logged into a server, but he's beginning to level up. (20m) Mark goes into a bit of a rant about his struggles with his old startup, video chat and being reliant on a platform at 30m. Mentioned Roblox Bart...

44 minMAY 13
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Sprints and Shipping

Latest Episodes

Multi-level mentoring

Justin's at grandma's house this weekend, enjoying a spacious backyard with a barbecue grill, but despite his hopes, it's not nearly big enough to grow enough maple trees for a steady syrup supply. Nonetheless summer is here and the yard is a nice change from LA lock-down. Mark's been doing a little bit of algorithm study for interview prep. Justin's not a fan of that kind of interview since it's so far away from what kinds of work people do on the job. Mark agrees, but seen it useful at one old job which was flooded with applicants who couldn't fizzbuzz. Not by modulo, not by nested loops and not by a big while loop with multiple counters! Please go to Reactor.am and leave comments on the episodes if you feel so inclined! How much has YC changed? One former founder on twitter feels they've lost their soul. He loved the tight network and personal attention from people like PG and Jessica Livingston. Now, the batches are huge and attracting a different sort of person (see link below). We know nothing about YC internally, but it reminds Mark of what he saw happen at his old coding school. When he was a student, the founders were putting everything they had into making sure he and his classmates succeeded. Later batches were larger, students were more risk adverse and more credentialed. Justin's come up with a name for his Roblox game and is now putting together sound effects and music for it. He's got an outline for the game map done and is now starting to work on getting the polish on the center part of it up to a release-quality level. Mark's been thinking about different kinds of content he can make for Alchemist Camp to help the top of the funnel. The full-on screencasts are what people pay for. However he could write four technical tutorials in the time it takes to make a single screencast. Non-technical writing is even faster and more easily shared, but also less valued. What's the idea balance? Mentioned Fizzbuzz The Only Reason My App Worked Was Due to a Slow Database We can't send email more than 500 miles Y Combinator has lost its soul: A YC founder's perspective Questing Log Nugget Academy Alchemist Camp Justin's goals for next time Focus on the Roblox game Work on Nugget login pathways Mark's goals for next time 2 screencasts Algo prep Five UI components for Phoenix Igniter Video version at https://youtu.be/3Y6YfZFV_Qw Comment at https://reactor.am/podcasts/23 On Apple Podcasts at https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/reactor/id1500109358 Recorded on 2020-07-22

57 min6 d ago
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Multi-level mentoring

Overcoming enthusiasm half-life

VS Code updates that break a key part of your editor workflow suck! Previously, opening and closing the integrated terminal was cmd + backtick, and Mark used to hit it constantly to switch back and forth between code and the terminal. In VS Code's monthly update, they silently changed that shortcut to switch between multiple VS Code windows. The result is constant frustration from hitting the shortcut out of habit and disrupting the recording of screencasts. Justin's wife has been intermittent fasting and has lost a lot of weight! Amazingly, she's only eating in the mornings rather than the evenings like most intermittent fasters. Justin's gonna give it a try. Mark's been thinking about an idea from an old TechZing episode—enthusiasm half-life. The people he's known who have tackled something difficult like learning Chinese or starting a business have fallen into one of two groups. Most people seem to start off full of enthusiasm, like a cannon ball shooting into the sky and then gradually lose motivation and crash into the ground. A few people have their own fuel and just put in a regular half hour or hour per day for years, but they're not the norm. The key for the majority was making meaningful progress before hitting their enthusiasm half-life. Getting to a win of some kind or another often brings more motivation! Justin is still working on getting more prospective female entrepreneurs to join Nugget (his training site / community). He's also considering opening up its slack group to free users as well as premium members. More discussion and more people sharing entrepreneurial ideas, advice and success stories is probably good for everyone. Justin has also hired a recent to start building a Roblox game! After digging into the development environment and getting a feel for what was possible and what the learning curve would be like, he impressed with the Flash-like development experience, the built-in Lua scripting, the assets and everything available. Making a simple game was easy! It was seriously tempted to build a commercial game himself, but thought better of adding yet another time commitment of that sort. Mentioned Roblox Studio Roboduel Lua programming language PEG.js Reactor.am Nugget Academy Alchemist Camp Phoenix Igniter Justin's goals for next time Stop eating at 2pm every day Refactor Nugget, open up the Slack, etc Mark's goals for next time Focus on the top of the line audience growth Create a backlog of topics for easy one-off tutorials Work on Igniter docs 5/7 good diet days Video version at https://youtu.be/eFksdBvVxyA Comment at https://reactor.am/podcasts/22 Recorded on 2020-07-15

48 min2 w ago
Comments
Overcoming enthusiasm half-life

Live at last

The site for this podcast is live at last, so Justin has a link to tweet! The screencasts Mark has been making about making the site with Phoenix LiveView LiveView is nearing an end as well. All that's left is a tiny bit of recording and then editing a few videos. After 15+ videos of a single series, it's going to be great to switch things up and teach a new topic. Justin's been working hard to try to get an even male/female balance in solo entrepreneur academy, Nugget. He's started revising the copy in earlier lessons and has gotten some helpful feedback on it from his sister. He's revised the copy for his first three lessons to make them a bit more engaging and has a plan for most of the remainder of the lessons. Another idea she mentioned was that Nugget is applicable to info product makers, not just coders! Mark has been very inspired this week, first from his buddy Liam's 30th birthday party and then from rereading a very old book by Gary V. The book was actually a more interes...

61 minJUL 8
Comments
Live at last

The economics of gaming with your kid

Not even an ill-timed decision to update to Ubuntu 20.04 update could stop Reactor.am from going up tonight! It did require Mark retyping a tedious four-word command, but thanks to his pile of Ruby & shell scripts, that was the entirety of the cost. However, Justin still won't add intro music to the show until 10 people email hosts@reactor.am and ask for it. Justin's got Nugget ready for review, but it's been surprisingly tough to get it reviewed! Mark invited three relatively successful boostrappers he knows, but no bites yet. On the good side, Justin's gotten a couple of positive reviews through his network. Mark's gotten two more videos recorded but still not edited or published. Phoenix Igniter hasn't gone as well, though. He's had a harder time setting aside time to work on it due to the fact that there's no front-end setup that would satisfy everyone. Many customers want a fairly vanilla back-end MVC app with "JavaScript sprinkles", many others want a fully separated SPA and s...

47 minJUL 1
Comments
The economics of gaming with your kid

Stay cool and automate

Life is going well for Mark! Thanks to cleaning out his air conditioner, the appartment is now a cool 26 degrees Celsius instead of the 33 degrees it was last week! Rather than endure that furnace, he spent most afternoons last week at coffee shops. He can't take his Mac mini, monitor and ergonomic keyboard to them, but he did take his Kindle and ended up reading three full books. He also hit his health goals and a new milestone for Alchemist Camp subscribers! Justin has gathered half a million carrots in his son's video game, but his automation efforts haven't been entirely wasted. He's been inspired by in game success and has started automating parts of his wife's online business and created a self-serve version of her course for therapists. It's generated seven sales at $499 so far. He's also been tweaking a few things in the Nugget bootcamp based on what he's seen of from one of the students progress so far. Along a similar line, Mark's been very gradually automating a free intr...

51 minJUN 24
Comments
Stay cool and automate

Time to ship

Mark's sleep has been suffering from the summer heat and 100% humidity of living on a semi-tropical island, but it's still been a productive week... The Reactor site is ready to launch! It took more than a screencast's worth of code to implement sessions, auth, email resets, permissions, etc, so he tried doing something different. Instead of showing himself type in every line of code as in his normal screencasts, Mark tried doing a "walk-through", where the code is already written and he goes over it and explains it to the viewer. It was much easier than making the 3-4 screencasts it would have taken to cover the same material, so it will be interesting to see how the audience responds to it. Justin has pushed the boundaries of virtual carrot farming still further and set up highly optimized vertical farms so he can generate 65,000 carrots per night in his son's video game. There was a game update that complicated things a bit, but his virtual carrot farming operation is simply too ...

53 minJUN 17
Comments
Time to ship

First get traffic

Justin has made some progress with his Nugget bootcamp but much more importantly he has become a Robux Millionaire. The secret is playing games with your five year-old and then setting up auto-clickers to harvest in-game resources. The Reactor site is really close to ready to deploy. It's 99.9% there. Mark has completely failed on his diet goal. He only managed to stick to it four out of seven days instead of six of seven. Justin talks about just how big of a deal traffic is. It's like a resource you can use to mould and shape a business from. His number 1 advice for someone starting out is to learn how to build an audience. That ability leads to all kinds of opportunities and speeds up learning. Don't worry who it is at first, just learn how to build an audience Mark can't disagree as the very most successful indiehacking friend he's ever known did it on the back of a very popular nutrition site monetized on the back of humble Google ads. One of the most useful tactics he's found s...

51 minJUN 3
Comments
First get traffic

No distance

Mark had a great b-day party with his friends at a 熱少. Very unlike the situation where Justin lives in California, there were no masks, no social distancing and instead friendly old Taiwanese men at the restaurant joining in to offer happy birthday cheers. It was hard not to think about the gulf of effectiveness between Taiwan's handling of the epidemic and the US's. We don't like to bore anyone with politics, but delved into it for 12 minutes following realization of how different our situations were. We talked about the epidemic, protests of police violence, health care, taxes and infrastructure. Back to tech topics, we talked about the promise of web assembly, coding in WASM directly vs using Rust bindgen and how it could get adoption not just in browsers but also IoT. Justin's still working on his bootcamp and working out a "level up" game for new founders—first get traffic, then find the right people and finally learn how to help them, make an appropriate product and sell it...

59 minJUN 3
Comments
No distance

The 2nd product boost

Mark's week has been fantastic! Somehow, launching a 2nd product—Phoenix Igniter—seems to have had a great growth effect on his screencast business. He's also discovered a very much unexpected growth benefit to making Stripe revenue public on Indie Hackers. In general IH hasn't been a great use of time for Mark, probably due to his niche tech stack and its relatively shallow focus on engineering. HN, on the other hand has been helping his business even when he's just commenting for fun. Justin's products are broad enough to do well on both. Mark saw a Rust tutorial he really liked on HN. Justin's curious why Rust is so interesting to him, and what makes it useful in general. Mark's a big fan and sees it as an especially powerful tool for an Elixir dev to have in his or her toolkit. Justin's week has been brutal. Between a bit too much to drink, a lack of sleep and getting even more into his son's game, it's been a poor week for hitting goals in the real world. Within the video gam...

35 minMAY 20
Comments
The 2nd product boost

Sprints and Shipping

Justin's been agonizing over the writing of the new Nugget Bootcamp material, but Mark's week has been great! Well, aside from a concerning injury related to a previous muscle tear he suffered pushing a stuck SUV in the mountains of central Taiwan... On the good side, Mark's Phoenix Igniter is launched! Justin is impressed with the sales so far, but Mark is a bit more reserved about it. Justin's diet is on point, and he's been doing hill sprints!!! No wonder the blood sugar readings have been great! Unlike the temporarily incapacitated Mark, Justin is getting after it. Due to his son Jack, Justin has become more and more drawn into the world of gaming and in particular Roblox. Just as one would expect in the internet, he quickly encountered some "killer" player types as soon as he logged into a server, but he's beginning to level up. (20m) Mark goes into a bit of a rant about his struggles with his old startup, video chat and being reliant on a platform at 30m. Mentioned Roblox Bart...

44 minMAY 13
Comments
Sprints and Shipping
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