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Behind, Busy, and Behind

Benedikt is ripping out cords on Userlist profile pages and Brian has a couple of very large vehicles in his driveway.

Bricks, Games, and Profiles

Brian talks about his new consulting gig and the first blind playtest of Backpack. Benedikt shares the progress on Userlist features and marketing.

Calming Down and Spinning Up

Benedikt finally has a calm and focused week. Brian's spinning a lot of plates, but things are looking good.

Encouraged & Optimistic

Brian and Benedikt are in good spirits this week. They talk about recent progress on Brian's board game, Benedikt's successful battle against performance issues, as well as how Bitcoin helps Brian with his year on the road.

Bedtime Error! This application has requested the entrepreneur quit sleeping.

Benedikt has had a productive (yet tiring) couple of weeks and Brian released a "How to Play" video for Backpack!

Life Profitability with Adii Pienaar

Adii Pienaar joins Brian and Benedikt to talk about his new book Life Profitability: The New Measure of Entrepreneurial Success. They talk about the concept of Life Profitability, how Work-Life-Balance doesn't really exist, and why it's important to challenge traditional ideas about entrepreneurship.

How Does Sailing Even Work?

Benedikt got some much-needed rest over the weekend watching some American Football and a sailing race that completely baffles Brian's understanding of how wind works. Brian is also getting very close to being able to share his board game ... stay tuned!

Planning for the new year

Brian and Benedikt are sharing a bit about their plans for 2021. Brian is preparing for their year on the road, Benedikt is sharing details about a new direction for Userlist.

The Year Ahead

Benedikt has some huge news from the break and Brian is still feeling much more relaxed after shifting his focus to a hobby project. We also dig into our "Year Compass" reflections and talk about 2020 and 2021.

Databases and Boardgames

Benedikt is slowing things down as the year comes to a close and Brian's story pivots to, "An honest peek into my life as I try to recover from burnout by designing a boardgame."

Peace of Mind

Brian is happy to not have any updates to share while Benedikt is fighting with frontend dependencies and the big question of what to work on next.

Quality of Life

Brian is making plans for a big reset in 2021 and Benedikt is feeling better about Userlist's November numbers.

Default Dead?

Brian enjoys working on a team again and starts to realize solopreneurship might not be for him. Benedikt is cautiously celebrating a revenue milestone with Userlist, but also contemplating its future direction.

Do You Even Outsource?

Benedikt is busy with lots of little things and trying to sort out when to make time for investing in bigger projects with long-term benefits. Brian's thankful for his many blessings and thinking about how to reset his approach to building a business in 2021.

Back To Work

Brian is back from a week away from everything in the Grand Canyon. Benedikt is trying to increase momentum by shipping smaller, less polished, increments.

Halloween Candy for Sale

Brian's got some new client work lining up to ease some anxiety and Benedikt's schedule continues to be a bit hectic.

Pricing, Activation, Validation, and Outreach

Brian is working on (in)validating the idea for Brand Patrol and might be close to signing a consulting deal related to Headlamp. Benedikt is trying to stay focused and talks about upcoming pricing changes for Userlist.

Busy weeks & Burnout

Benedikt had a stressful day when a code change accidentally sent 1000+ emails and Brian shares that he's feeling completely burned out.

Introducing Brand Patrol

Benedikt is back from vacation and already swamped with work. Brian share's some details about the new thing he's working on.

Spend some time in a hammock!

Benedikt is out again this week, so Brian is joined by his good friend, startup partner, confidant, and sometimes co-conspirator, Richard Miller. They talk about Richard's current project, the origins of the idea, and the importance of laying in a hammock so people will think you're sleeping. No, really. It's important.

"Does Headlamp have a market?" A convo with Justin Jackson

Benedikt is out, so Brian talks with Justin Jackson of Transistor about Headlamp's market, the risks and benefits of going upstream, and how the heck to pronounce "portage."

Vacation Starts Now!

Benedikt is trying to tie up a few things so his vacation can get started and Brian is settling into truly believing that "Slow & Steady" is the way to go.

Double Negative

Brian wants to get himself more margin by improving his consulting offering around remote work. Benedikt's deploy of a new feature didn't go quite as planned.

Is SEO black magic, an educated guess, or a science?

There are some encouraging trends in Userlist's numbers as some efforts have begun to pay off, and Brian wonders if SEO tools are even worth using.

What to focus on?

Brian considers changing the primary focus of Headlamp, while Benedikt wonders what's an opportunity and what's a distraction.

Flying Solo

Benedikt is out this week so Brian gives a solo update on his SEO efforts and recent customer discovery calls.

Building, Promoting, or Refactoring?

Brian talks about his plans to promote his guide for remote employee engagement and Benedikt navigates the fine line between adding new features and getting lost in refactoring stuff.

Cold Emails, Google Analytics, and Facebook, Oh My!

Benedikt and Jane celebrated the 1-year anniversary of Userlist last week and Benedikt has been busy! Userlist has also started advertising on Facebook and we discuss a few hesitations he has about that. Brian is trying to find an effective mix of direct sales, content marketing, and paid ads.

Software Social

Brian and Benedikt ran into some recording troubles today, but luckily Colleen Schnettler and Michele Hansen agreed take over the feed with their recently launched Software Social podcast.

Pricing and Positioning

Benedikt launched the new Userlist website and is trying to play catch-up on some other tasks. Brian is back from the wilderness and is wandering around in the confusing terrain of SaaS pricing.