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Episodes

Episode 38: Life at a VC Backed Startup

8/31/2018
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Today Nick picks Kent's brain about his time at Tilt and life at a VC backed startup in the Valley. Tilt allowed users to pool funds for objectives in a simple, social, and frictionless way online. At it's zenith it was valued at almost a billion dollars and has since been acquired by Airbnb.

Duration:01:39:01

Episode 37: Starting an e-commerce store. Deep dive + Tips & Tricks.

8/21/2018
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How To Start an E-commerce Store That Doesn't Dropship (https://medium.com/@kentf/how-to-start-an-e-commerce-store-that-doesnt-dropship-742adb1087f3)

Duration:01:44:37

Episode 36: The Other Side of "Hey I have an app idea!"

8/10/2018
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If you make stuff I'm sure you've been approached about an idea for app or website or video or movie. We talk through our thought process and considerations when taking on other people's projects.

Duration:01:42:15

Episode 35: Feedback From My Editor

8/2/2018
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Nick gets his writing edited by Michelle Brown! They discuss how this could translate into a book. She goes over bigger on-going themes, framing devices, structure, language. It's a fun listen for anyone who has been following along with my blog or for anyone who writes! Blog: http://medium.com/fatherhood Michelle's book, Safe Words: https://www.amazon.ca/Safe-Words-Michelle-Brown/dp/1926794729

Duration:00:49:43

Episode 34: How much would you pay for Google?

7/23/2018
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Kent and Nick talk about paying for software vs. ad based payment models. They discuss how much they would pay for services like Google, and Facebook and speculate on what the future of these payment models look like.

Duration:01:23:01

Episode 33: Project Update + Goals + WWDC

6/24/2018
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Nick is back from Apple's worldwide developer conference (WWDC) and answers Kent's questions about it. Before that Nick and Kent talk about their progress towards the goals, they set a few weeks ago for their side projects. Nick is doing well, Kent isn't.

Duration:00:53:29

Episode 32: The Dip

6/6/2018
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We hit a dip in our projects! Kent's e-commerce store, Nick's book project, even the podcast. It's starting to feel like work and not like fun. We talk through it all and we hope you can relate!

Duration:01:30:45

Episode 31: Running an e-commerce store, cash flow, debt and financing, buying products, managing suppliers, calculating margins and more... A deep retail dive.

5/28/2018
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Kent recently appeared as a guest on This Commerce Life, a podcast about all things retail, and gets to ask Phil and Kenny, two industry veterans a ton of questions about Able Cells. They cover inventory, managing suppliers, cash flow, margins, debt and financing and more. Listen to This Commerce Life here (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/this-commerce-life/id1322624545?mt=2).

Duration:00:58:51

Episode 30: Is Google sentient? How do we build side projects in the age of strong AI? Plus some WWDC predictions.

5/21/2018
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Nick and Kent discuss the Google Assistant demo where an AI places a call and books a reservation. Is this software sentient? No. And how does this shape ambition when building side projects? Are certain industries dead? Plus some WWDC predictions.

Duration:01:27:40

Episode 29: Products we love | Fahrenheit Coffee

5/13/2018
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Description: Experimenting with a new episode type, Nick chats with Sameer - owner of Fahrenheit coffee. Incredible coffee, amazing dude. This episode is about passion, about craft, and about relationships. It'll also really make you want to drink coffee! Enjoy! Links: [http://www.fahrenheitcoffee.com/] [https://www.yelp.ca/biz/fahrenheit-coffee-toronto]

Duration:00:48:20

Episode 28: Let's Jam | A Social Podcasting App

5/8/2018
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Kent and Nick chat about an app idea: A social podcasting app. Really interesting idea and lots of different directions it can go. Let's see where this goes!

Duration:01:33:41

Episode 27: Product vs. Marketing

4/30/2018
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Nick and Kent give their perspective on the age old debate between product and marketing. Where does product end and marketing begin, what should product people know about marketing? What should good marketers know about the product? How can you apply all of this to your side projects? This is our most edited episode, please forgive the audio at points.

Duration:01:51:55

Episode 26: Family-Work Balance

4/19/2018
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Kent and Nick have a conversation around balancing Work, Family and Side Projects.

Duration:01:18:11

Episode 25: Q&A - Productivity Tools, outsourcing tech, letting someone go.

4/13/2018
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We open with some project updates (ablecells.com, medium.com/fatherhood) followed by some Q&A from fans (I can't believe people still listen to this!). 00:00 Project Updates 17:00 Productivity Tools 30:00 Does Kent own 300 domain names? 33:00 Does outsourcing work for tech companies? 49:00 Fan love swoon 52:00 When to move on poor hires

Duration:01:05:07

Episode 24: How morals and ethics affects startups, building ethics into your side project, and deleting Facebook

4/2/2018
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Nick asks Kent if he plans to delete Facebook, this leads to a discussion about Facebook's recent drama, how ethics and morals play into business, and how you can build good ethics into your side project or company. Q&A episode coming soon, send in your feedback, questions, comments, opinions, topic ideas, errata to hello@pencilproblems.com.

Duration:01:13:51

Episode 23: Hero worship, self-doubt and winning

3/26/2018
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Kent and Nick talk about Hero Worship and Self-Doubt. They ruminate about when/if they'd go all in on something and the secret to winning at side projects. Bonus Parent Corner content at the very end. Enjoy!

Duration:01:48:22

Episode 22: Pros and Cons of Building Side Projects with a Team or Going Solo

3/18/2018
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Nick and Kent talk about the pros and cons of starting side projects with a team or going solo. They also answer a hypothetical question about what would they tell their 25-year-old selves.

Duration:01:44:46

Episode 21: Filming a Kickstarter Video, How to Deal with a Drop in Shopify Orders - Project Update #3

3/7/2018
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In this episode, Kent and Nick give a quick product update on the book and Able Cells. Kent is worried that he went 2 days without an order and wants to rebuild Shopify. Nick is working on storyboards for his likely Kickstarter video. Kent records a slightly awkward outro. Remember to send any questions and feedback to hello@pencilproblems.com

Duration:00:35:49

Episode 20: Lessons Learned Pitching Sponsors

3/3/2018
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In this episode, Nick and Kent talk about how it went pitching the podcast to a few potential sponsors. Like a good math problem, they work out a solution for what sponsorship could look like going forward. Remember to send any feedback or questions to hello@pencilproblems.com or @pencilpod on the Twitter.

Duration:00:56:25

Episode 19: Getting Sponsors

2/22/2018
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In this episode, Nick and I talk about the vision of Pencil Problems going forward and how we would try and pitch it to potential sponsors. We also kick-off Parent Corner around 1:03. Enjoy

Duration:01:17:13