In this show I document my journey to an independent MBA-type education focussed on building bootstrapped businesses. Over the course of the next 12 month I will try to learn everything I can about ideation, software development, and marketing and then I will apply what I've learned by launching a new product each month.
I talk about my launch of Maker News and the things I learned by studying Nathan Latka.
Hacker News Day by Mubashar Iqbal
How to ask your mentors for help by Derek Sivers
6 Lessons I Learned from Nathan Latka
I talk about what I learned about product ideation and my "Grand Unified Theory of Product Ideation" that summarizes the ideas of people like Paul Graham, Pieter Levels, Nathan Barry, and Amy Hoy.
Further, I discuss my second project launch: a Product Idea Prompt Generator that I build to make my daily "ideation workout" more effective.
I talk about the launch of my first project Maker Reads. Also I didn't really plan the launch, it went surprisingly well and the project was able to gather more than 200 votes on ProductHunt and made it into their Newsletter.
I also discuss my struggles to stick to my plan and how I'm going to adjust it.
A few resources mentioned in the episode:
Michael Hartl's book called Ruby on Rails Tutorial.
The Ruby on Rails homepage
The Laravel homepage.
My tweet on the outdated look of the Rails page and the comment that points out the outdated version in the promotional video.
The tweet by David Heinemeier Hanson that discusses how most of the Rails developers nowadays are quite old.
The article by Derek Sivers on his experiences with Rails.
The Rebuilding Rails tutorial.
Richard Feynman's principle "What I cannot create, I do not understand”
Rich Hickey's take on Test Driven Development (TDD)
Article I found useful that lists four essential articles in the Rails Guides.
The Guide to the Rails Guides
Cloud 9 IDE and screenshot of the problem I experienced. (At that link you can also see the response by the support team.)
Heroku (service for Rails hosting.)
My first attempt to make sense of Ruby on Rails
This is the first episode of the Bootstrap MBA, a podcast by Jakob Greenfeld. In this introductory episode, I summarize what my plan for the next 12 month is, what the bootstrap MBA is all about, how I came up with the idea, my motivation, and how I decided what exactly I want to learn
My focus will be:
Ideation: Humble business ideas that have the potential to make $XXX per month and can be validated quickly by a solo-developer.
Software Development: Web apps using Ruby on Rails.
Marketing: Effective product launches and personal brand building via blogging, podcasting, and Twitter.
The three steps I will focus on for each area are:
Acquiring knowledge. Reading books, articles, case studies.
Solidifying knowledge. Writing and talking about my learnings.
Applying knowledge. Generating business ideas, developing and launching software products, building a personal brand.
There's no speed limit by Derek Sivers
I'm Launching 12 Startups in 12 Months by Pieter Levels
MAKE by Pieter Levels, General Overview
The Mom Test by Rob Fitzpatrick, Ideation
Generating Product Ideas by Artiom Dashinsky, Ideation
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber, Management
The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman, Economics
Dotcom Secrets by Russell Brunson, Marketing
Ruby on Rails Tutorial by Michael H artl, Software Development
The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ deMarco, Mindset
Keys to Great Writing by Stephen Wilbers, Marketing
“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” ― Farrah Gray
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ― Haruki Murakami