The Art of Product
By Ben Orenstein and Derrick Reimer
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From the former co-hosts of Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots, comes The Art of Product. Join Derrick and Ben each week as they discuss code, product, entrepreneurship, and business.
||Clean27: 30 Day Code Quality Challenge, and Elm Development||Ben is entering the last week of The 30-Day Code Quality Challenge. He has enjoyed getting the challenges out each day and seeing participants engage with the content. In the future he is deciding whether to personalize the programming languages or to r||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: Optimizing Team Structures||Drip successfully sailed through Black Friday and Cyber Monday unscathed with no queue backups or problems. Derrick has been thinking about shifting the Drip team structures after Black Friday weekend and is considering adopting more efficient workflows||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: Chaos, and Growing an Engineering Team||Ben introduces The 30-Day Code Quality Challenge and updates us on the progress of his first cohort. He has been receiving positive feedback and participants are engaging with the exercises and community forums. Derrick has hired an Elm engineer at Drip||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: Tailwind CSS with Adam Wathan||Ben and Derrick are joined by guest Adam Wathan, an esteemed software developer, writer, speaker and entrepreneur from Ontario, Canada. He is the creator of Tailwind CSS, author of Refactoring to Collections and host of the Full Stack Radio podcast. Lis||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: Refactoring Rails Launch Breakdown||Ben keeps us posted on the Refactoring Rails course launch progress and shares his continuing sales metrics and marketing strategies. He is considering experimenting with free samples, bundling and cross-promoting going forward. For his next project, Be||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Finishing the Year Strong||Ben’s course sales are still going strong, and he shares his updated sales metrics and the purchasing trends of his customers. He also spoke on the Ruby on Rails podcast recently to discuss the course and his experience making it. Derrick and the Dri||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Launching Refactoring Rails||Ben has officially launched his course Refactoring Rails. He is pleased with his choice of back-end tools including Gumroad for fulfillment. Ben shares his course launch metrics including email success rate, sales numbers and revenue. Derrick announces||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: The Ups and Downs of Working From the Road||Ben is set to launch his course and is using the looming deadline as an efficiency booster. He recently spoke at Rocky Mountain Ruby, and spent time prepping the talk with a friend at a beach house but unfortunately lost his data due to a hardware malfu||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: Gourmet Ruby with Avdi Grimm||This week Ben Orenstein is interviewing guest Avdi Grimm, Founder of RubyTapas, which is a subscription service that provides screencasts of “gourmet” ruby programming. Avdi discusses the topic of his talk at Southeast Ruby in Nashville, which was t||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: Preparing for Black Friday||Ben has finalized the logo for his Refactoring Rails course and is currently getting the intro/outro animations and the sales site designed. He also finished the notes for all the videos and was very pleased with the final edit quality. At Drip, Derrick||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Launch Planning and Speaking at Conferences||Ben is coming back from a restorative vacation in Martha’s Vineyard and loves the vibe there. In Refactoring Rails news, Ben is committing to a launch date of October 16th. He is also scheduled to speak at three different conferences before the launch||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: Going Viral and Customer Driven Products||Ben and Derrick are back from vacation this week are feeling refreshed. Ben tweeted something that went viral and has dealt with some people’s misinterpretation and bias. He is working on hiring a designer for some of the course finishing touches and||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: Lessons in Scaling SaaS||This week Ben is on vacation and Derrick is here to share some fresh knowledge behind the scenes at Drip. They’re experimenting at Drip with how to scale the system to handle more customers and what changes are needed to make the architecture support||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: The Power of Simplicity||This week Ben has been managing his projects and to-do list with OmniFocus, which helps as his business and stress level continue to increase. He has outlined and will be recording his last video about form objects and is glad to be approaching the fini||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: Crossing the Chasm||This past week Ben has hit a mental slump in the final phase of his course. However, he is moving through it and will be recording another video today towards the new final goal of 8 total course videos. Derrick brings up a recent Giant Robots podcast e||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: Free Trials and Live Streaming Video Lessons||This week Ben discusses his experiment live-streaming a practice recording of his next video. He received helpful feedback and saw a spike in email subscribers, so it was very successful. Derrick has been working on the Drip free trial to help clarify t||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: The Founders Dilemma||Derrick is coming back from a much-needed vacation in San Francisco and enjoyed walking tours thanks to the Detour app. He returns refreshed and was able to get back into the swing of things and even into his yoga classes. Last week Ben published a new||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Dynamic Website Personalization with Brennan Dunn||Today Ben’s guest is Brennan Dunn, co-founder of RightMessage, a tool that allows you to personalize your website based on user information and behavior. This allows you to customize your messaging to each user’s unique story and needs. Brennan expl||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Deep Thinking and Finding Your Groove||This week Ben is adjusting to jet-lag from his travels to Las Vegas and Martha’s Vineyard last week. He did however manage to release another episode of his sample campaign that was recorded before his vacation, so he is making good progress with the||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Different Paths to Software Development with Ian Nance from Drip||This episode Ben is on vacation and we have a guest, Ian Nance, a Drip team member here to talk about his backstory and how he got into software development. Ian has an interesting story about how he started programming later in life and his work experi||7/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Learning from Successes, and Failures||This week Ben has been trying new productivity techniques and studying different systems of workflow. He finished a new course video on Page Objects, and has sketched out a second video to hit his pre-vacation goal. Derrick had a technical issue over th||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Refactoring Rails and Shareable Workflows||On today’s episode we discuss Ben’s release of the first video in his Refactoring Rails course, on the benefits of following Rest in Rails applications. He goes over how he produced the video, sent it out and the feedback he got on his initial relea||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Ways We Maintain Focus||Today we talk about how Ben just launched his new landing page and set up the domain for his new Rails video course. Derrick has been shipping stuff this week. He just rediscovered the pulse tab on GitHub which gives a nice summary of what they have do||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Always Talk With the Decision Maker||In this episode, Derrick is broadcasting from California as he visits his family. Ben went to Vermont last week and quickly realized how relaxing it is to be outside and see greenery. Such a different feel from the tension in the city. Ben has been cha||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: New Pricing Strategies||Updates and pricing strategies highlight today’s episode. Ben did yoga this morning, and he is feeling relaxed as he is settling in with his new lifestyle. Next week Ben is closing his first part-time chief revenue officer engagement. Now it’s time||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: From Good to Great||Welcome to the Art of Product podcast. Derrick is rocking his “I ♥ yoga” shirt because he started practicing yoga at a studio down the street. He also gives us an update on new changes and features at Drip. Derrick was inspired by Ben’s newslett||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Welcome to The Art of Product||Welcome to the Art of Product podcast. This is episode 1, and just the beginning of the journey. This is a show with Ben Orenstein formerly from thoughtbot and Drip co-founder Derrick Reimer. Ben recently quit his job at thoughtbot, and is now focusing||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Derrick & Ben in a new venue. Love it! Really helpful to listen to two smart guys on the delightful terror of starting something new.
Great Honest Startup Discussion
I can't imagine there's a better podcast centering around the ups and downs of running a very small tech startup. The hosts discuss the tech issues, the business issues and the emotional roller coaster of running a real business in a fun and transparent way.
Great coming from Giant Robots
I recently got in to the Giant Robots podcast and enjoyed it so I followed you guys over here. So far so good.