36 episodes

If you're tired of all the buzzwords, boosterism, mythologizing, the cult of overwork in the world of startups, it's easy to feel like the oddball in the room.

We're here to share the real stories of today's business bootstrappers: the makers who make their money with products and launches instead of client pitches and hourly consulting.

Stacking the Bricks - Real Entrepreneur Confessions Amy Hoy & Alex Hillman. Product business crusaders. Build your own thing.

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    • 4.8 • 44 Ratings

If you're tired of all the buzzwords, boosterism, mythologizing, the cult of overwork in the world of startups, it's easy to feel like the oddball in the room.

We're here to share the real stories of today's business bootstrappers: the makers who make their money with products and launches instead of client pitches and hourly consulting.

    EP36 - Building Trust at Scale with Will Toms and REC Philly

    EP36 - Building Trust at Scale with Will Toms and REC Philly

    In this episode I visited with Will Toms and the REC Philly community here in Philadelphia, for one of their "creator talks" streamed live over the internet

    I shared 10 choice lessons from The Tiny MBA, and Will asked me questions about:

    - The importance of listening as a business skill, and how you can practice it.
    - Where I learned how to sell people back their time and confidence.
    - And how much sharing is oversharing.

    And a whole lot more!

    I love any chance to jam with the REC Philly crew, and I'm very excited to share this session with you.

    • 38 min
    EP35 - Debugging Humans with Michele Hansen and Colleen Schnettler

    EP35 - Debugging Humans with Michele Hansen and Colleen Schnettler

    In this episode I visited with Michele Hansen and Colleen Schnettler on the Software Social podcast, where they talk about their respective businesses and workshop through challenges together.

    During my visit, we talked about:

    - Why education is the most effective marketing you can create
    - How psychology can be thought of as "debugging, for people"
    - And why one question in The Tiny MBA left Colleen feeling TERRIFIED.

    And a whole lot more!

    • 30 min
    EP34 - "Is this really gonna help people?" with Tony Lopes

    EP34 - "Is this really gonna help people?" with Tony Lopes

    In this episode I visited with Tony Lopes on the Self Made Strategies podcast, where he talks with entrepreneurs, business owners, and more about how they built their own thing.

    We talk about:

    - The biggest hurdles and challenges in publishing a book (hint - it's not writing a book).
    - Making reversable decisions
    - And what people get wrong about risk.

    And a whole lot more!

    • 25 min
    EP33 - Agency Talk on The Iowa Idea

    EP33 - Agency Talk on The Iowa Idea

    In this episode I visited with Matthew Arnold on the Iowa Idea podcast, where he explores modern collaboration, craft, and persistence.

    Matt and I talk about:

    - Why businesses - especially agencies - get distracted by awards
    - What it means to "flintstone" your work
    - And what people get wrong about passion

    And a whole lot more!

    • 23 min
    EP32 - An (Overly) Honest Review of The Tiny MBA with Brendan Hufford

    EP32 - An (Overly) Honest Review of The Tiny MBA with Brendan Hufford

    In today's episode, I visit with Brendan Hufford from the SEO for the Rest of Us podcast to talk about some of his favorite lessons from The Tiny MBA.

    We talk about:
    - Learning and feedback loops
    - Building in public
    - The valuable knowledge that's often locked up behind closed doors

    Enjoy!

    • 35 min
    EP31 - The Zen Koans of Business with Chariot Solutions

    EP31 - The Zen Koans of Business with Chariot Solutions

    In today's episode, we riffed on a few of Ken and Becca's favorite nuggets from The Tiny MBA, including:

    - The power of slowing down to take a look for hidden C
    - The real reason self-promotion feels achy to you.
    - And we explored a hidden theme of "wellness" in the book!

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

vitalej17 ,

So freaking good - thanks Amy and Alex!!

The best part of Amy and Alex's podcast is that they bring a differing view to the perspective of an online business owner. They encourage the listener to refigure the way they operate their business so that instead of over-working while chasing your tail, your biz strategy is more thoughtful and efficient.

Ojieame ,

The best and most useful podcast ever!!!

its sooooo good ! I only wish there was more :(

dcmalk ,

Stop Searching. You Found It.

Amy and Alex really understand the biz and psych sides of the entrepreneurial space. They have this way of breaking things down ever so clearly and then help you overcome those obstacles that lead to failure (inaction, accountability, procrastination, etc). There is so much value here. Every time I listen I pick up something new. Smart and fun - their passion for the product biz shines. I can't recommend this highly enough!

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