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 powerful to stop.
The Nugget Bootcamp is ready for review! It's been a bit difficult to keep the lessons short enough to fit into just seven pages, but Justin is happy with the work so far. He's been adding voice recordings to each page, using Speak, and it's a huge improvement. Feedback from some founders who have taken a look at it so far has also been good. The plan is to release all of the new bootcamp for free, and keep the existing paid material as a followup for the most motivated and successful segment of the free bootcamp learners. It's always a trade-off between reach and protecting the value of the paid product when doing freemium, but Justin's not too worried since his main goal is to reach a larger and more diverse group of potential founders.
With the site for this podcast done, Justin's going to set up an email account for the hosts and Mark will deploy it sometime this week.
- Duck Duck Go
- Gabriel Weinberg
- Brennan Dunn's ConvertKit course
- Nugget Academy
- Alchemist Camp
Justin's goals for next time
- Finish editing Nugget Bootcamp
- Get six entrepreneurs to review it
- Create a survey for it
- Set up an email account for this podcast
Mark's goals for next time
- Copypasta from last week :(
- 20 YouTube subscribers
Video version at: https://youtu.be/SHmn1oERZWU
recorded on 2020-06-17Back
@Mark: Unless the goal of a tutorial is to actually show how to type the lines of code (or maybe how code hinting work), and assuming the code is available for review by the watcher, I think that generally it works better that the trainer talk about what the code does and why you need that code. Adding small blocks of code at a time rather than large, dense, files of code also seem to work better.
@Justin: The Carrot King! I liked how you linked the carrot farming automation to automating business processes. When they kill the automated clickers, will that be the end of you playing the game?
Bootcamp discussion: Agree that you still want to leave the bootcamper wanting more, Similar to how you should launch if you're embarrassed about the quality, I think if you feel like you may be giving away too much, it's probably about the right amount.
That's a good point, Dalilo. I think a lot of people are drawn to screencasts just to have 100% certainty that they're not missing any context at all, but the people who have been following me a while probably want to go faster.
Danilo - I stopped playing the game because I started making one. But you don't know that yet because we're 7 weeks ahead! ;)