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Ben Orenstein and Adam Wathan on surviving the transition from dev to founder.

Hackers Incorporated Ben Orenstein and Adam Wathan

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    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

Ben Orenstein and Adam Wathan on surviving the transition from dev to founder.

    Ben steps away from Tuple

    Ben steps away from Tuple

    After almost six years, Ben has stepped away from day-to-day work on Tuple and moved to its board. Friend of the pod Aaron Francis interviews Ben about the whole beautiful, complicated, enriching experience. As a treat, the boys dive into what's next for Aaron as well.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Building the HEY Calendar with Jason Fried

    Building the HEY Calendar with Jason Fried

    37signals have talked a lot about how they build new features for existing products using Shape Up, where they carefully hammer the scope to avoid letting anything ever drag on for more than six weeks. But there's not a lot of information out there about how they approach new product development, where it can take over a year to actually get the first version out the door. In this episode, Adam goes deep with Jason Fried about building and shipping their new HEY Calendar product, and whether or not Shape Up was part of that process.
    Timestamps
    (00:00) - Building the HEY Calendar with Jason Fried

    (01:04) - Why build a calendar

    (04:12) - How 37signals approach new product development

    (07:30) - Deciding on scope before launch

    (13:13) - Was there a six-week version of the HEY Calendar?

    (15:38) - Deciding how much time to spend on a new product

    (17:46) - Was the HEY Calendar built using Shape Up?

    (22:20) - Working on one feature at a time vs. in parallel

    (28:47) - What cycles look like at the early beginnings of a product

    (38:49) - How a project starts

    (45:46) - Increasing surface area vs. finishing things

    (47:57) - The development process for HEY Calendar going forward
    LinksAdam on TwitterBen on TwitterJason on TwitterJason's walkthrough of the HEY CalendarHEY Calendar

    • 51 min
    Ben and Adam review 2023

    Ben and Adam review 2023

    In this episode, Adam and Ben sit down to evaluate how things went in 2023 in their business and personal lives. The dudes share kind of a lot in this one! More personal flavor than usual. Lots about fitness, mental health, gathering, and rascally-ness.
    Timestamps
    (00:00) - Ben and Adam review 2023

    (03:17) - Ben wants to be more of a rascal

    (07:58) - Health update

    (30:06) - Ben wants to prioritize creating "gatherings"

    (39:06) - Following your intuition

    (52:49) - Tailwind Labs business review

    (01:07:37) - Productivity

    (01:20:11) - 2023 lowlights — things to improve in 2024
    LinksAdam on TwitterBen on Twitter

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Revisiting the Tailwind Labs business model

    Revisiting the Tailwind Labs business model

    In this episode, Adam and Ben talk through the Tailwind Labs business model. Is Tailwind UI the best way for the company to make money? Or is there a different model where incentives are better aligned with growing the Tailwind CSS community as a whole? One potential model is offering a marketplace for templates and UI kits.
    Timestamps
    (00:00) - Black Friday

    (04:58) - Continuously improving stuff

    (12:50) - Tuple Rooms

    (16:15) - Revisiting the Tailwind Labs business model

    (27:28) - Brainstorming a Tailwind CSS marketplace

    (39:54) - Should Tailwind Labs build a SaaS?
    LinksAdam on TwitterBen on Twitter

    • 45 min
    Launching features like products

    Launching features like products

    In this episode, Adam and Ben catch up on recent events at Tailwind Labs and Tuple. Adam spoke at Rails World and the impromptu Tailwind CSS meetup in Amsterdam. Ben shares his learnings from some recent feature launches at Tuple.
    Timestamps
    (00:00) - Burpees

    (02:47) - Rails World + Tailwind CSS Amsterdam meetup

    (11:27) - Launching Tuple Triggers

    (25:57) - Tuple App Veil
    LinksAdam on TwitterBen on TwitterAdam Wathan - Tailwind CSS: It looks awful, and it works - Rails World 2023Tuple TriggersTuple App Veil

    • 39 min
    Building the right team with Jason Fried

    Building the right team with Jason Fried

    Adam wants to start the process of growing the team at Tailwind Labs, but knowing exactly who, when, and how to hire people (and have them actually work out) is a lot harder than expected. In this episode, he sits down with Jason Fried, founder and CEO of 37signals, to get all of Jason's best advice about hiring.
    Timestamps
    (00:00) - Talking hiring with Jason Fried

    (02:04) - Knowing when it's time to hire

    (04:57) - Grouping different responsibilities into single roles

    (11:49) - Example: Delegating some of Adam's responsibilities at Tailwind Labs

    (20:47) - Hiring to get more done vs. free up more time

    (23:58) - Stuff Jason has successfully delegated at 37signals

    (31:09) - Hard truths about hiring and growing a company

    (40:39) - Patrick Collison — Fast

    (44:13) - Anxiety about making bad hires

    (53:28) - Letting people go

    (54:55) - Jason's advice on making new hires successful

    (58:49) - Giving feedback

    (01:01:32) - Assessing good judgment

    (01:05:18) - Reviewing candidates
    LinksAdam on TwitterBen on TwitterJason on TwitterPatrick Collison — Fast

    • 1 hr 11 min

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