@Justin's Momentum Blog

Dad, indie founder, podcaster, game builder, CTO x 2. Teaching indie founders how to get from 0-1. More @ http://nugget.one/jv

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  • Worked nights & weekends from 11/11/2017 to 02/09/2018 (3 months) building Nugget 3.0 from the ground up
  • Pushed Nugget 3.0 live!
Fri 9th Feb, 2018
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  • Fixed a few bugs related to users who don't have active subscriptions.
Sat 10th Feb, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Put an ad for Nugget 3.0 in the free daily nugget.
Sun 11th Feb, 2018
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  • Make it clear that momentum updates are public
  • Make links in profile popup work
  • Fix no search results message
  • Make user profile popups work in slack view
  • Add first name or "There" to password reset email
  • Make momentum messages append to each other
  • Fix skewed leaderboard images
  • In momentum format a - like a checkmark
  • Make formatting work in comments (from markdown)
  • More understandable hints in momentum popup
  • Submitted today's Nugget
Mon 12th Feb, 2018
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  • Make the cancel stripe hook work
  • Don't say [1 new] if I am the one that aded it
  • Highlight new messages on any comment page since last time you came in
  • Fixed a bug where some customers were not being linked correctly with their stripe active subscription
  • Send email when someone replies to your comment
  • Only send reply notifications to users with active subscription
  • Send reply notifications via a job queue to speed the user experience up
Tue 13th Feb, 2018
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  • Show last updated time, if new items were added to today's momentum
  • Add edit & delete comment functionality
  • Decode html entities when loading comment to edit
  • Fix nugget blog, all the assets are missing!
  • Do not touch updated_at when voting on a comment
  • Show individual users momentum i.e /momentum/justin
  • Post today's nugget
  • Create a way for admin to make accounts for reviewers
  • Create a way for admin to upgrade existing accounts for reviewers
Wed 14th Feb, 2018
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  • Made it possible to "like" a nugget from "inside" a nugget
  • Added a "Nugget Read Me" section to every nugget
  • Wrote blog: "How to Multiply the Potential of Every Startup Idea"
  • Wrote blog: "Don't Validate One Idea, Validate Three"
  • Posted today's nugget
Thu 15th Feb, 2018
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  • Made the stripe webhook actually "work"
  • Added tool tips to the main nav icons at the top
  • Fixed input bug on Momentum Tracker
  • Worked with @laura to create a sensible tagline for Nugget

Nugget is an online incubator and community. We help founders start and grow profitable side projects.

  • Fixed a bug where blank momentum check-in followed by momentum comment crashed the system
  • Converted "Nugget Read Me" to "Get the Right Mindset for Success" and made it hidden with an expand option
  • Put backward and forward day-to-day navs in momentum
  • Posted today's nugget
Fri 16th Feb, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget

I've done less than I would have liked to today, but at the end of the day you have to make some room for family and weekends!

Sat 17th Feb, 2018
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  • Researched a tool like intercom to add to the site

I tried to work on my first marketing post today (a post to founder cafe announcing Nugget 3.0) but I found I just didn't have the mental energy (on this Sunday) to get that done. So, instead, I decided to watch some good TV...

Sun 18th Feb, 2018
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Mon 19th Feb, 2018
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After installing Drift as a live chat widget I I'm not sure I like it because it doesn't have an option to say "We're away right now" and also it ends up being something like $360 month if you want any of the interesting features.

So, next, going to try https://www.tidiochat.com and see how that works out (on a tip from @mskilton).

  • Pushed blog post to hacker news and indihackers
  • Testing $29/month price point with 14 day free trial
  • Fixed various edge cases with the new 14 day free trial system
Tue 20th Feb, 2018
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  • Pushed some copy changes on the plans & pricing page
  • Having lot's of discussions about Nugget plans & pricing. Trying to work out an optimal strategy.
  • Did my taxes!
  • Posted today's nugget
  • Made the “Make the most of this Nugget!” section stand out a little more
  • Fixed bug where checkmarks were displaying when it should have been bullets or numbers
Wed 21st Feb, 2018
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  • Updated the Startup Academy page to show May as the launch month
  • Send notification if someone is mentioned with an @name
  • Added detailed mixpanel events for logged in users
Thu 22nd Feb, 2018
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  • Fix bug where new users were being given a username of 4, 5, 6, etc.
  • Notify me and @laura of new free trial via email
  • Added max streak to profile so that a user never looses their personal all time high
  • Create welcome screens (on boarding) for new users
  • Posted today's nugget
Fri 23rd Feb, 2018
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  • Added some more events to mixpanel tracking to get a better idea of how people are using the starter plan vs the momentum plan
  • Fixed bug where startup academy application was not sending email
  • Fixed spelling mistake on home page
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 24th Feb, 2018
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  • Well, it's my birthday. Age is momentum that just can't be stopped ;)
  • Wrote a script to fix premium nugget ordering and insist each nugget has an id that is the same as its premium #number
  • Now forcing nuggets to open in a new tab on the nugget search screen. This fixes the the problem where if you use infinite scroll, then click into a nugget, then click back, you loose your place on the infinite scroll.
  • Enforced that a momentum submission must have a comment. After watching the momentum tracker for a few weeks, I can't find any good value in allowing empty momentum cards to be punched. Unfortunately, it adds a way for folks to be able to maintain a streak on the leader board, without really participating with the community, that's why I have removed it.

This looks like a quick and interesting way to add web push notifications to nugget...

https://github.com/laravel-notification-channels/webpush

And this also looks pretty cool...

https://laravel.com/docs/5.6/notifications

Sun 25th Feb, 2018
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  • Some paired mockuping with @chrisfranklin ;)
  • Greatly improved individual momentum pages with ability to show comments and dates and re-order too. Click someone's profile and momentum to see changes.
  • Add edit icon to dynamically inserted comment when replying to a comment
Mon 26th Feb, 2018
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  • Synchronized stage and live servers to make it easier for @laura to test new functionality on stage
  • Added auto deploy system for stage and live (sick of logging in and running git pull!)
  • Auto sending a follow up email to users who cancel, even though I wish that no one ever would cancel ;)
  • Refined some of our mixpanel events to get a clearer idea of what's going on
  • Added a "smart template" to the "view contact" for any nugget. Here is an example - https://nugget.one/nugget/531/contact - note how it auto fills your info and creates the perfect cold outreach email.
  • Defaulting [x] remember me to checked on the login page
  • Added a ui hint to make it easier to understand where a chat thread starts and ends. This helps when there are posts from lot's of people on the momentum page.
Tue 27th Feb, 2018
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  • Created admin interface to edit nuggets
  • Added refinements to admin nugget editing features
  • Added ability for admin to bump a nugget to top of feed
  • Now showing larger snippets of the nugget in the main listing
  • Added new popout icon in nugget listings, to give the user a choice of opening the nugget in a new tab, or not
  • Fixed a bug where the contact template was not opening in a new tab with the help of @michelle @chrisfranklin & @nautical
  • Added a script that computes people's momentum and cur streak once per day. This ensures that people's momentum is kept up to date even if they don't login to the server for a day or two.
  • Updated welcome emails for new subscribers added some context and instructions
  • Now showing momentum/slack nav. even if there is no momentum/slack for today
  • Posted today's nugget using the new editing system
  • Now sending an email to admin when a user changes plans
  • Make @name email notifications work when punching a card or commenting on a nugget
  • Added real link for @usernames in notification email
  • Fixed bullets that are added without a space as uncovered by @michelle
  • Stopped system from sending notification @replies to myself
  • Enabling users to use 😀 😁 😂 🤣 in comments
  • Fixed the bug that kills comment if you enter a < and then it strips out anything after that
  • Ok I think I'll call it a day! 😉
Wed 28th Feb, 2018
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  • Made image urls auto create clickable thumbnails
  • Made pdf urls auto create clickable thumbnails
  • Made backticks work in comment popup for code
  • Added formatting hints to bottom of comment popup
  • Posted today's nugget
  • Refactored all comment popups to use same base template
  • Added a way to upload and attach images or pdfs to any comment. Here's an image of Grandpa and a pdf of Uncle Chocky's

  • Made emoji short codes work for realz, so that chat imported from slack now has the actual emojis, rather than the short code like smile here is an example smile
Thu 1st Mar, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget
  • Auto posting new premium nuggets to Slack #general when they are created
  • Created an admin report of nugget users
Fri 2nd Mar, 2018
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  • Composed an email to invite existing nugget members to help test out this momentum tracker
  • Posted today's nugget
  • Slim pickin's for today's momentum log! Are we going to see @chrisfranklin or @nautical zero out their current streak?! It's a nail-biter wink
Sat 3rd Mar, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget
  • Fixed weird permissions bug that was stopping users from logging in
Sun 4th Mar, 2018
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  • Had meeting with @laura to review next strategic steps for Nugget
  • Created better test harness with regard to database for dev and stage environments
  • Fix weird cookie bug on stage
  • Separated stage and live back into their own branches again
Mon 5th Mar, 2018
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  • Refactored command structure in Laravel console
  • Created css/html for new social login (& join) capability
  • First pass at plans & pricing with forever free plan based on new customer learning

Tue 6th Mar, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget

I have family in town for the next few days so I will most likely just be posting the daily nugget for the next few.

Wed 7th Mar, 2018
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  • Had a planning session with @laura about Startup Academy content
  • Hit a momentum score of 7 for realz!

  • Posted today's nugget
  • Started migrating the starter plan from paid to free, there is a fair amount of refactoring to do to make it work.
Thu 8th Mar, 2018
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  • Enabled users to manually create a free account
  • Switching the momentum panel for an info/tip box for free users on the dashboard

  • Uncovered a momentum bug! (and fixed)

  • Made resend validation link work for free/manual account creation journey
  • Posted today's nugget
Fri 9th Mar, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget
  • Refactored all registration code into shared library across paid registrations, social logins and manual account creation.
  • Pushed all registration related emails to a job queue.
  • Pushed drip subscriptions to a job queue.
  • Twitter, Facebook & Google oauth now working.
  • Auto creating avatars with first two letters of username for those who do not have one.
  • First pass at making the change plan page work for free accounts
Sat 10th Mar, 2018
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  • Updated Edit button to say Save on edit popup /cc @jsh
  • Posted today's nugget.

NOW ON STAGING...

  • Completed new Forever Free & Reach Orbit plans with social logins end-to-end.
  • Users can join the Forever Free plan with two clicks if they have a Twitter, Facebook or Google account.
  • Users can login via same accounts with one click if previously logged in
  • Users can upgrade to a paid plan with one click if they have a card on file.
  • Users can upgrade to a paid plan with a simple stripe cc screen if they don't have a card on file.
  • Paid upgrade instantly unlocks access to all paid features.

The following upgrade prompts are now in place on the Forever Free plan:

- If you try to do a momentum checkin - If you try to view more than 5 premium nuggets - If you try to view a submitters contact details - If you try to join the Slack community 

The following features are free for all (but require the user to be logged in):

- Viewing & commenting on momentum tracker posts by other people - Viewing & commenting on up to 5 premium nuggets - Viewing & commenting on all raw nuggets - Browsing around the startup academy intro docs - Daily raw idea in your inbox (paid members get daily premium) 

Also note: Existing users can also login via their social account with one click as long as the social email is the same as the email they used to join nugget.

/cc @laura

Sun 11th Mar, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 12th Mar, 2018
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  • Meeting with @laura to review current roadmap and marketing plan. Planning to start larger promotional push on the week of March 19th.
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Added sort by "views" to nugget listings.
  • Add new feature: If you select text from someone else's comment and then hit reply, it will now be quoted in the reply popup. See following screen shots.

  • Now going directly to to [nugget]/discuss link from reply notification email
Tue 13th Mar, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Created new /discounts page that has a list of nugget partner products with discounts. Will be part of new on boarding process. (stage)
  • Now redirecting to originally blocked page after login (stage)
  • Added interstitial to "Add Comment" on nuggets. It is a quick "read this before posting" and shows a few facts. It will show 3 times only. (stage)

  • Created new nugget "shuffle mode". It makes it easy to keep clicking a shuffle button to see new random nuggets. (stage)

Wed 14th Mar, 2018
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  • Object caching momentum user and nugget listing database results. (stage)
  • Added email preferences to user account settings allowing the user to turn on/off the daily nugget and such with ease. (stage)

  • Posted today's nugget.
Thu 15th Mar, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Sending new user's first and last name to drip so that, finally, we can send personalized emails for realz.
  • Implemented on-boarding drip campaign for new accounts
Fri 16th Mar, 2018
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  • Changed daily raw nugget list to weekly free nugget list
  • Added the server monitor to all machines (testing for high load, disk uage etc.) will alert to slack if there is an issue
  • Added cron to clear Laravel cache once per day
  • Did various house cleaning tasks to prepare for go live of new load balanced systems
  • Happy Paddy's day to one and all!
  • Make UPDATE-MOMENTUM, SYNC-SLACK only happen on salt nu-live-web-v3 (salt config)
  • make sure the cron commands are correct ie nugget:momentum (salt config)
  • Add the server monitor to base-machine (salt config)
  • Clear the cache once per day: php artisan cache:clear (salt config)
  • Make sure that db-backup is triggered on nu-live-web-v3 (salt config)
  • Point blog.nugget.one directly to nu-live-web-v3 (salt config)
  • Point beanstalk.nugget.one directly to nu-live-web-v3
  • Configure servers to look at beanstalk.nugget.one
  • Deploy new code to nu-live-web-v3
  • Configure salt to only install beanstalk on nu-live-web-v3 (salt config)

Then I got stuck on enabling servers 2 & 3 to talk to the central beanstalkd server. :(

Will continue tomorrow.

  • Oh, wait, I was able to fix that beantsalkd issue. I forgot to restart the deamon. That was the issue ;)
Sat 17th Mar, 2018
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  • Show raw nuggets as first tab for free users.
  • Make the shuffle icon bigger on the main tabs screen.
  • Pushed today's nugget.
  • Add multiple machines nu-live-web-1, 2.
  • Add load balancer and connect to said machines.
  • Site is now being served via AWS load balancer.
Sun 18th Mar, 2018
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  • Launch planning meeting with @laura.
  • Added hint about momentum nav that will show 3 times to new users.
  • Completed (again) the on boarding drip for new members. Needed to rework.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 19th Mar, 2018
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  • Launched Nugget 3.0 for realz to the main email list of 6,500 people
  • Posted Nugget 3.0 on Product Hunt and Hacker News. No joy. Will have to move to "other" marketing channels ;)
  • Tested out 4 machines on load balancer, working nicely.
  • Fixed various bugs introduced by the big ass merge of moving to social logins.
  • Did a little bit of UI work to try to make it clearer that it is not possible to talk to nugget submitters directly through this platform, but that in some cases you can email them if there is contact info displayed.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 20th Mar, 2018
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  • Nugget is #2 product of the day on Product Hunt, we even got a little badge! (See screen shot)

  • Planning session about the nugget startup academy with @laura.
  • Added a popup (for new users) that makes it very clear submissions are added by a system administrator and not posted by the submitter. This will only show if they have not posted a comment.

  • Added a hint (for new users) who look like they are about to mention competition in a comment. This will only show if they type http and have posted less than 3 comments.

  • Posted today's nugget.
Wed 21st Mar, 2018
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Nugget Product Hunt Launch Statistics:

  • #2 spot on product hunt for 1 day (639 points)
  • Over 1,800 free users signed up to Nugget
  • Total premium nugget views: 1,300
  • Total raw nugget views: 8,000
  • About 15 comments on Nuggets

Learnings:

  • Nugget as a free idea research tool works, people like it
  • The free offering is attractive and can create a decent bottom end of a funnel
  • Almost zero support email so the product/ui is probably easy to use
  • Load balancing is working well no machine went over 0.10 load
  • AWS RDS working well, never went above 6% utilization
  • We need to wait and see if the drip campaign brings people into the community

Work Today:

  • Setup gsuite app so that @laura and myself can have an actual nugget inbox rather than mail forwarders.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Thu 22nd Mar, 2018
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  • Worked with @laura on academy follow up emails.
  • Added ability to batch upload new nuggets from mturk.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 23rd Mar, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 24th Mar, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 25th Mar, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Fixed typo on the plans and pricing page.
  • Made the drip unsubscribe goodbye page work.
Mon 26th Mar, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Working on the private message system but it's going slower than I had hoped. It's morphed into an internal email system at this point. I guess another 1-2 days to finish it.
Tue 27th Mar, 2018
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  • Sent out yesterday's premium nugget by email because I forgot to do that yesterday.
  • Scheduled weekly free nugget to go out next Tuesday.
  • Just a gnats whisker away from completing internal mail between users. Should be on stage by early tomorrow.
  • Completed a release version of the new internal mail system ready for staging.
  • Rebuilt stage so that I can deploy said code and test somewhere other than my local.
  • Tested system on stage. Works! Only issue is that anyone can view anyone's mail by hacking the id. Will fix next.
  • Fixed the security issue and sent a test message to @laura.

In other news, I'm getting sick of the avatars downloading from S3 with every page view, so I'm going to pass them through the nugget backend and take control of the headers.

Wed 28th Mar, 2018
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  • Pushed the new internal email system to the live site.
  • Sent some private messages to Nugget members!

Rats. I noticed a bug with the private mail. It does not order it properly because it's ordering on the updated_at field... but Laravel updates that all the time even if you just look at the mail. So, I need to add a new column like last_reply_at

Thu 29th Mar, 2018
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  • Fixed the issue where private mail was being incorrectly ordered.
  • After some testing of the internal mail system with @jsh we realized it was not working very well, so, I reworked it and now it is better.

Two things are really bugging me right now:

  1. All the query caching is done on a per server basis rather than from a central object store.

  2. The avatar images are continually loaded with each page load. This must be a by product of the AWS load balancer. I need to find a way to deal with that.

I'll be working on those next.

In other news: @david17 wins the award for the best bio!

  • Got bored of trying to setup memcached so am just going to use AWS Elasticache instead.
  • AWS Elasticache up and running!
  • The avatar images being continually reloaded has been fixed with much thanks to @bradbumbalough :)
  • Made the links to Momentum log and private message look like buttons in the profile popup.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 30th Mar, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Spent a fair amount of time thinking about different UI concepts for a new content creator for the Startup Academy. Something to make it easy for myself and @laura to get content into the system. Worth noting that "thinking" about stuff is work too!
  • Created stage editor for the Startup Academy and pre-populated with existing stage ideas. (staging)

  • Fixed thumbnails that had stopped working in comments.
Sat 31st Mar, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Happy Easter everyone!
  • Completed the Stages and Lessons structure editor (staging)

Sun 1st Apr, 2018
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  • Added a new hint for newbies when they type "you" in the comment for their first 3 comments.
Note! The idea submitter does not see comments here. Only other Nugget members see these comments. Ideas are sourced from Mechanical Turk. 

Ack. We've gone over mixpanel quotas and now they want to charge us $2k to see our stats. Now we need to find a different solution for that.

  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 2nd Apr, 2018
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Am pretty ill today with flu but will try to get something done.

  • Created a new YAML based markup language Nugget Markup to make it easy for myself and @laura to add academy content to the system. A small example:
- intro:     - In this lesson you will learn xyz.  - quote:     - quote: Success is no accident. It is hard work and perseverance.     - by: Pelé  - heading:     - title: A lesson about xyz     - image: http://server.com/image.jpg 

To ill to do today's nugget. That takes a different type of creative energy that I just don't have today.

Tue 3rd Apr, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Completed nugget markup rendering (stage).
  • Had a discussion with @chrisfranklin about the issues he's having. We came up with a plan.
Wed 4th Apr, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Created new user lookup system for admin (staging).
  • Got started on new content creator. It's going to be good.

Thu 5th Apr, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Conversed with various Nugget members about various things.
  • Completed the startup academy content creator! It's going to make it super fast to get our pre-written content into the system in a tightly defined and agnostic data format.

I recorded a video so you can see it in action. In the video I'm clicking buttons that add different components to the page which we can then quickly customize.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1o2vcnYmk16w89NqbGLpoJT8BF7NGzBvY/view

Note: The left hand side is a simple text area where you edit YAML and the right hand side is a preview pane. It will update the right hand pane (ie save to disk) if you hit return or hit save or hit a template button.

/cc @laura

  • Pushed the new startup academy content creator live tada
Fri 6th Apr, 2018
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  • After trying to input real content in the content editor I decoded to take it up a notch to make it easier to work with. It is now way better, I actually think it might be a potential product in its own right. Here's a video of it in action.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/12R-w_Pw22scDuGp2NfHge3cBN1WHyKYN/view

/cc @laura

  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 7th Apr, 2018
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  • Uninstalled Shift, the app I was trying out to manage multiple Gmail accounts, it was way to laggy. Browser tabs simply work better.
  • Added tweaks to the Startup Academy Stage Editor as requested by @laura
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 8th Apr, 2018
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  • Academy planning session with @laura
  • Fixed a Firefox Bug with the new Academy content creator. @laura likes to use Firefox. tsk. wink
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 9th Apr, 2018
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  • Created the schema and models (as it is seen at this moment) for startup academy.
  • Posted todays' nugget.
Tue 10th Apr, 2018
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  • Started work on the academy user signup flow which includes a tool for us to review applications and push the good ones into a user flow that is the signup journey for the academy.
Wed 11th Apr, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget.
Thu 12th Apr, 2018
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  • More work on Academy review and approval system.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 13th Apr, 2018
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  • Spent the bulk of today looking after my 3 year old ;)
  • Did some customer support.
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Worked on wife's website!
Sat 14th Apr, 2018
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  • Some work on startup academy review and approval system.
  • Added a next nugget button inside each nugget.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 15th Apr, 2018
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  • Worked on Startup Academy payment screen.
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • 6 hours looking after a 3 year old.
Mon 16th Apr, 2018
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  • More work on the Startup Academy on-boarding flow. I'm constantly reminded how everything has a lot more detail and nuance than you originally think it has. Ergo: It takes twice as long is you expect!

Here is the signup flow so far (work in progress):

  1. Email is sent to user saying they are accepted
  2. User signs up and pays for academy
  3. User fills out profile (pre populated by what they already submitted during application)

Next screens I need to make in this step-by-step flow are:

  1. Slack setup/connect screen
  2. Countdown screen until the course is open
  3. Screen to view all batch members background story
  4. The first lesson in stage one

Note: Not edited by @laura yet.

/cc @jimmy with regard to user on boarding :)

  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 17th Apr, 2018
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  • Posted today's nugget.
  • More work on the flow to join the academy. Here's what I've got so far:

I have 2 steps left:

  1. After the countdown is over, we need a screen to introduce you to your batch members.
  2. After you've looked at your batch members we need to direct you to stage 1 lesson 1.
Wed 18th Apr, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.

In other news, other than posting that nugget, I pretty much got nowhere with most things I tried to do. Not the best day!

Thu 19th Apr, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Ok, the Startup Academy signup, payment and on-boarding is now complete!

Next up is making the academy innards work. Such as taking lessons, discussions, etc.

Fri 20th Apr, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.

Wow, at this point I've posted a nugget (almost) every day for over 1.6 years. Phew!

Sat 21st Apr, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
Sun 22nd Apr, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Added a way to edit your profile while waiting for the Startup Academy doors to open.
  • Created a status widget to keep track of student status.

Mon 23rd Apr, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Fixed a weird formatting bug with the momentum tracker.
  • Planning call with @laura
  • Designed a formidable lesson title banner ;)

  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 24th Apr, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More refinements to the rocket progress bar.

  • Yet more refinements to the rocket progress bar.

Wed 25th Apr, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • First pass at making the TOC popup work for real.

  • Making headway with the main TOC page tracker.

  • 3 hours looking after 3 year old.

  • Added a panel to ensure you are never more than one click away from the current lesson you are supposed to be viewing.

  • Made stage locking work for realz.

  • Added screen to celebrate the completion of a stage.
Thu 26th Apr, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Made discussion lessons work for real and also correctly show in the main newsfeed.

Sat 28th Apr, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0

There is one edge case with the momentum tracker... Let's say, on a given day, you missed a momentum checkin by mistake... but you did get work done. It sucks that you loose your current streak when you did actually do work.

Solution: The next day it should present you with the choice to fill in momentum for yesterday or today. This would stop you from accidentally loosing your current streak and would enable you to log what you've done for the day before.

  • Now filtering main news feed by academy batch id where appropriate.
  • Added academy progress to main dashboard.

  • Posted todays nugget.
  • Added a simple play icon to get directly into the current lesson from a stage tile.

  • About 7 hours of looking after 3 year old.
Sat 28th Apr, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Watching 3yo for 5 hours then family day.
Sun 29th Apr, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Worked on academy discussions to make it so that each batch can view their own batches discussion but also other earlier batches.
  • Made the batch discussion slicing work using ajax because it was annoying to reload the page each time you changed the drop down.

  • Created Academy News as part of social feed to recognize when someone finishes a stage.
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • 3 hours watching the kid.
Mon 30th Apr, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • @chrisfranklin Hit 222 karam! (a great number) and has surged ahead to the lead the leaderboard.

  • Now auto adding momentum checkin punch card for academy members when they complete a lesson, comment on a discussion or perform an action.
  • Added some core admin features to the Academy
  • FINISHED CODING THE ACADEMY

Note 1: I will be pushing the academy to stage ready for @laura to test tomorrow.

Note 2: Now that coding of the academy is finished next step will be to migrate content from our google docs for into the academy for realz.

Note 3: I will not be pushing a new nugget out today because I needed to commission a new batch of Mechanical Turk submissions. Expecting the next nugget to be pushed tomorrow.

  • Walked 25k steps today for a fit bit challenge in the day job. Will NOT be doing that moving forward ;)
Tue 1st May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Content writing session, that turned into a planning session, that turned into a testing session with @laura
  • Various fixes and tweaks to Startup Academy
  • Formatted and input stage one content into the academy for realz. It looks awesome!
  • Posted today's nugget.
Wed 2nd May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Started final work on Stage 2 of the academy.
Thu 3rd May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • The Startup Academy will be launching on Sun May 27th. The charter batch, #alpha-dogs, will have 10 members. We have confirmation @jsh & @habibalamin will definitely be joining the charter batch. That leaves 8 spots. if you want a chance to be part of this make sure to submit your academy applications asap!
Fri 4th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Added a few fixes for the internal mail system. Thanks @jimmy for finding the bugs!
Sat 5th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 6th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Some work on stage 2.
  • Fixing some nice bugs that @laura found during her system wide testing on stage.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 7th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Planning session with @laura lot's of stuff going on!
  • Moved academy start date to June 10 but still opening doors for signup on May 13.
Tue 8th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Nugget now has 3,678 free users.
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Worked on polishing academy content for stage 2. Nearly finished it. Expecting to complete it and get a good start on Stage 3 tomorrow. 32 days to go until the academy blasts off!
Wed 9th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Academy stage 1 & 2 polishing now complete! On to stage 3.
  • Finished polishing Stage 3 Intro.
  • Fixed 3 bugs that @laura found with academy on boarding.
  • Finished polishing academy stage 3 lesson 2 and it's a good un'.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Thu 10th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Startup academy batch signup is now LIVE! @habibalamin is the first member of #alpha-dogs to fully sign up for real. We will be sending out the rest of the invites on Sun 13.
  • @jsh is #alpha-dogs member #2!
Fri 11th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Fixed issue with academy payments.
Sat 12th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • posted today's nugget.
Sun 13th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on polishing stage 3 content for the academy.
  • I've finished polishing stage 3. Moving on to stage 4.
Mon 14th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Moving on to polish stage 4 of the academy today.
  • Some tech support work with @chrisj to help him get started with momentum.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 15th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Finished polishing stage 4 academy content.
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • This was a good day. I love to seeing this much founder progress in the momentum tracker!
Wed 16th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on new GDPR stuff.
  • Finished complying to GDPR. Ugh, how boring!
  • Refactored and reworked the GDPR stuff, again.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Thu 17th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Yet more work on the snarking GDPR stuff.
  • After lots of testing and refactoring GDPR stuff is finally live. You will probably have already noticed due to the terms interstitial...
  • Fixed low level Nugget access and entitlement bug as explained here which was wreaking all sorts of strange havoc.
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Sent out Updates to Nugget's Privacy Policy email to all Nugget users.
Fri 18th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Watched the kid from 8am-4pm
  • This eve. I'll be working on my wife's website
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 19th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Discovered that I hear Laurel not Yanney but I can hear Yanney if I use this tool.
Sun 20th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Just realized I've have a 100 day streak so far, nice!
  • Needed to stop working on content for a bit was wrecking my head so today have switched over to fixing last few bugs and tweaks for academy launch.
  • Posted todays nugget.
  • Completed the intro to the startup academy stage 5.
Mon 21st May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Fixed what is hopefully the last of the pre-launch bugs and enhancements for the academy.
  • Moving back to content creation and polishing. Now working on stage 5 which is all about creating a landing page and starter brand.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 22nd May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Finished Step 1, 2, 3 for Stage 5 on the Academy.

It's too late to post a nugget so I'll be doing that tomorrow. Got to get some sleep!

Wed 23rd May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on lessons related to How to create a landing page
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Finished What to include on a landing page lesson
Thu 24th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Finished academy lesson Pick a method to build your landing page
  • Finished more stuff from stage 5.
Fri 25th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 26th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Making great progress on the What to say on your landing page lesson

  • Finished Stage 5: Build Bare Bones Landing Page

  • Posted today's nugget.

  • Of note, we've now finished 58 steps/lessons of the academy content. For context 68 will be 50% complete.

Sun 27th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on the introduction to seed groups stage.
Mon 28th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on Learn how to build your seed group with Twitter
  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 29th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Finished lesson Learn how to build your seed group with Twitter
  • Watching the kid for a fair few hours.
  • Finished lesson Learn how to build your seed group with online communities
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Finished lesson Learn how to build your seed group with Beta communities
Wed 30th May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Finished lesson Learn how to build your seed group with email cold outreach
  • Finished Stage 6: Pick a Seed Group Strategy
  • Posted today's nugget.
Thu 31st May, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on new Stage 1 lesson/action Plan for failure
  • Completed audio lesson Plan for failure
Fri 1st Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Finished Introduction Stage 7: Listen & Learn
  • Finished lesson Learn how and why to run the Listen & Learn Loop
  • Finished lesson Learn how to setup a Super Seed factory
  • Finished action Setup your Super Seed factory
Sat 2nd Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • 8 hours watching the kid.
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Academy starts in 6d.16h.50m.38s
  • Finished lesson Learn how to listen & learn in-person or on the phone
  • Finished Stage 7: Listen & Learn: Steps 1-6 just 7 steps to go!
  • Finished lesson Learn how to listen & learn using email
Sun 3rd Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Got started on lesson Learn how to listen & learn using using surveys
  • Gave all users a profile URL like https://nugget.one/@justin
  • Added ability to publish your profile to the public internet.
  • Updated the profile popup Momentum Log button to link to someone's new @profile.

Thanks for the idea to have public profiles and momentum logs @jimmy!

Some notes about the new public profiles:

  1. To publish your profile click into edit bio
  2. For non logged in users it is not possible to see other people's comments on someone's pubic profile (for privacy reasons)
  3. For non logged in users it is not possible to see a profile when clicking an @link (for privacy reasons)
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • 4 people now have a momentum of 7
  • @chrisfranklin & @jsh now both have more karma than me!
  • Academy starts in 5d.10h.59m.8s
  • Fixed an annoying @name parsing bug.
Mon 4th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on Stage 7
  • Academy starts in 5d.1h.39m.57s
  • Finished lesson Learn how to listen & learn using surveys
Tue 5th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Academy starts in 3d.23h.59m.28s
  • Finished action Listen & learn
Wed 6th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Added a real add attachment function to academy actions. Cos, before it was just adding a link into the text field which was a bit low brow to be honest (even though that does work well in the context of these comments).

One of these day's I'm going to add a real image preview rather than opening in a new tab...

  • Fixed an academy bug where the student was not able to reply to comments posted by admin in an action.
Thu 7th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Adding admin dashboard to see where each batch member is at.
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Academy launches in 1d.11h.9m.31s
Fri 8th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Demoing Nugget to my buddy.
  • Posted episode 310 of TechZing the tech startup podcast I co-host.
  • Working on Stage 7 lesson Learn how and why to mockup your best guess solution
  • Finished lesson Learn how and why to mockup your best guess solution
  • Pushed all new features, fixes and final Startup Academy content to the live servers.
  • Academy starts in 0d.11h.54m.10s
Sat 9th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • The Nugget Startup Academy is LIVE!
  • Watching what happens as people start the academy.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 10th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Added capability to see an academy member's progress by viewing their profile.
  • Added academy member's progress to the batch page that lists all batch members
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 11th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Removed double web middleware bindings in Laravel as described here because there has been some weird session issues with ajax. Hoping this fixes it.

  • Working on lesson Learn how to Mind Map your product's full potential

  • Realized I need to make a lean canvas for GetHappy and also a Mind Map

Tue 12th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Created lean canvas for GetHappy.io example
  • I'm being knocked off the leader board!
  • Posted today's nugget.
Wed 13th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Finished lesson Learn how to map out your product's full potential
  • Finished lesson Learn how to turn your product's full potential into a little snowball
Thu 14th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on Learn how to sketch out your MVP
Fri 15th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 16th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Happy fathers day!
Sun 17th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Planning seasion with @laura
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Automated so that when I convert a nugget to premium it auto mails it out.
Mon 18th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Fixed a bug in the new premium nugget mail out system.
  • Thinking about marketing for the second academy batch.
  • Added some tweaks to academy content around the idea of Vapor landing pages.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 19th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on marketing ideas for batch 2 of the academy.
  • Spent time talking with @jnoetzelman who was able to guide me to a sense of clarity about marketing the for batch 2 of the academy
  • Posted today's nugget.
Wed 20th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Wow, it's so much easier creating the daily nugget now that all the pieces are automated.

  • Used the academy's Super Seed principles to brainstorm with @habibalamin @jimmy @chrisfranklin @theill @jnoetzelman about marketing the Startup Academy. Very productive. Think I've got a good direction now. Watch this space.

  • Posted today's nugget.

Thu 21st Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Added a 60 second delay before sending comment email notifications. This gives us 60 seconds to fix typos before a comment is mailed to the recipient. Why? Because I keep making typos and it's annoying as hell to keep mailing them out!

  • Posted today's nugget.

  • Mocked up new batch dashboard so you can see the status of each person in your batch. The main goal here is to try to make the asynchronous nature of the batch feel more cohesive. Oh, and also to see who's kicking your butt ;)

Fri 22nd Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Added an academy batch status board. This means you can now see how each batch is progressing within the academy. Here's how the #alpha-dogs are doing...

https://nugget.one/academy/batch/alpha-dogs

Sat 23rd Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0

Watching the kid today but will try to add enhancement to batch status board tonight.

  • Enhanced the new batch status page so that if you click on a users rocket/line you can see what step they are on and also the latest comment they made in a batch discussion.

https://nugget.one/academy/batch/alpha-dogs

  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 24th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More updates the the academy activity dashboard
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Initialized the second batch of the academy and invited some folks to join. #beta-cats will go live on July 14th.
Mon 25th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Flying to Chicago to meet with the day job team.
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Added a simple nav on the academy dashboard to surface batch activity.

  • Fixed weird signup bug that was stopping @chenster from joining the academy.
Tue 26th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0

In day long meeting with day job, will try to post a Nugget later.

  • Posted today's nugget.
Wed 27th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Fixed an admin bug related to working with multiple batches.
Thu 28th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Added multi batch discussions ready for #beta-cats
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 29th Jun, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0

Ah rats. I broke my momentum streak. Ah well it happens to the best of us! ;)

That dang @chrisfranklin now has the longest momentum streak as well as highest karma. He's powning my site! What the... ;)

  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 1st Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on marketing for the academy.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 2nd Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Pushed new stage summaries in the academy table of contents. Thanks @jsh

  • Working on wife's website.
Tue 3rd Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Happy 4th everyone!
  • Posted today's nugget.
Wed 4th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on marketing
  • Talked with chris and habib about startup academy idea
  • Completed new nudge feature for academy members
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • #beta-cats now has 9 people confirmed. We just need 1 more person to complete the batch. If you know anyone you think would be a good fit let them know.
Thu 5th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Thinking more about stages 8-12
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 6th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0

Doing some hard thinking about the course structure after your product is validated (i.e Stage 8+)

The complexity is that there are so many different product types but as we have it planned right now it assumes a standard SaaS product. But, what if you validated an info product? How does it fit then?

Wondering if there should be some kind of branch event after stage 7 and, if so, how can that technically work within the platform.

This is complicated by the leaderboard system that compares all founders in the same way.

Sat 7th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 8th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.

Thinking long and hard about how to handle different people's use cases in the academy. One size does not fit all. Now we need to figure out how to handle that.

Mon 9th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Nice chat with @jhunter about academy progress
  • I've decided I'm going to let go of worrying about people posting things like xyz does already it or this exists already on nuggets. I've already put in a lot of messaging that explains that doesn't help move ideas forward. I even look for http in the comments and show an alert not to do that. But, at some point I just have to let it go. I can't police everything. In any case, it's good to have new folks coming through the site. Moving forward I'm just going to upvote them so they get some karma for participating.
Tue 10th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Discussed online learning paradigms with @laura
  • Watched England loose the World Cup
  • Watched the kid
Wed 11th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Now auto embedding youtube videos that are posted to these comments.

This was not a great day for me. I was mainly focused on selling my car that was on it's last legs. So now we're down to one car that is 100% electric and only has a 60 mile range. Yikes.

Thu 12th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0

My car broke down, my oven broke down, my fridge broke down, my tv broke down.

Well... Universe... you don't need to give me any more hints.

I just got out my 2TB HD and I'm backing up my Mac Book Pro as we speak wink

(232GB of 646GB completed so far)

  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 13th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • #beta-cats launches today! Just 2 hours to go
  • #beta-cats are live!

https://nugget.one/academy/batch/beta-cats

  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Working on finishing up Stage 8
Sat 14th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Checking in on the #beta-cats!
  • Recording a podcast
  • Based on work I did with @habibalamin and @jsh I created a new Stage 2 lesson called Learn how to generate ideas using Mechanical Turk. I felt I needed to get it in there real quick since @johngarcia is racing though Stage 2 and I wanted to get it in there before he (and other #beta-cats users) get to Stage 3.
Sun 15th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Checking in on #alpha-dogs and #beta-cats
  • Working on wife's side project.
Mon 16th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Chatting with some #beta-cats about the niche and mechanical turk lessons.
Tue 17th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Finished lesson Learn the physics of sales in stage 9.
Wed 18th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Added tweak to mturk lesson. Basically to give some hints on how to choose a niche.
  • Completed lesson Stage 9, Step 3: Man on wire
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Started work on lesson Stage 9, Step 4: Learn how to structure your sales site
  • Added a final sanity check to make sure that only viable ideas get past Stage 4, Step 7: Pick your top three ideas
Thu 19th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Got a new car
Sat 21st Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 22nd Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Chat with #beta-cats @jeanpaul about his top idea picks.
  • Watching kid.
Mon 23rd Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 24th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working with various batch members.
Wed 25th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • More work on Stage 9.
Thu 26th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.

Started lesson Learn how to set your starting price point

Fri 27th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day!
  • More work on Stage 9, Step 5: Learn how to set your starting price point
Sat 28th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sun 29th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Finished writing Stage 9, Step 5: Learn how to set your starting price point
Mon 30th Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 31st Jul, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Not too much time for Nugget today. Any spare time I had was working on the wife's side project.
Wed 1st Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Discussed Learn how to turn your customer interviews into copy for your sales site with @laura
Thu 2nd Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 3rd Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family Day
Sat 4th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day.
  • Took kid to Leo Carrillo Beach. Chased the Crabs and other creatures.
  • Recording podcast.
Sun 5th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 6th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.

Had to discard 30+ submissions to get this on here. That's the longest streak of unusable submissions I've seen to date I think.

  • Finished writing lesson Stage 9, Step 9: Learn about different methods and platforms you can use to build your sales site
Tue 7th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Working on lesson Stage 9, Step 10: Learn about different payment gateways you can use to collect money
Wed 8th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on the wife's project.
  • Sent marketing email to 5,700 Play Therapists

Of course, after I send that email, all the inodes on the server were used up because of silent linux upgrades. 1000's of unused linux header files on the system. So when the mail was sent out php sessions caused the disk to overload inodes so all systems broke down. In the mean time about 25% of people clicked links in the email and stuff wasn't working.

  • Completed writing Stage 9, Step 10: Learn about different payment gateways you can use to collect money
  • Reviewed an excellent lesson that @laura wrote Learn how to turn your customer interviews into copy for your sales site. She created the lesson by synthesizing a book written by Joanna Wiebe, one of the best online sales copywriters out there.
  • We've almost finished stage 9. Just a few actions left to write. It is the money shot, literally! Very powerful stage. Where a real business is born.
Thu 9th Aug, 2018
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  • Added new lesson to Stage 6 Learn how to build your seed group with Facebook Groups
  • Edits to Learn about different payment gateways you can use to collect money based on @laura's feedback.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 10th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Thinking about Nugget plans and pricing
Sat 11th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Started work on new marketing drive
Sun 12th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on new release
  • Lots of talk with batch members
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 13th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Have done a fair amount of low level work to make the new startup academy launch offers work. It's basically the opposite of how we used to do batch signups. I'm calling the new system ship (internally) as in SPACE SHIP ;) Each offer will be the name of a planet starting with Mercury moving out to Neptune. The first offer will be the mercury landing at nugget.one/ship/mercury (not live yet).
Tue 14th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • I selected 5 submissions in mturk where they had submitted no data or only 1 word and I clicked approve instead of reject by mistake. $5 down the drain. Doh!
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Posted episode 312 of TechZing the tech startup podcast I co-host. There was a fair amount of talk about Nugget.
  • With ship, if no offer selected within 1 hour, then auto assign to base offer
Wed 15th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on the new mercury offer. Hoping to ship on the 20th or 21st.
Thu 16th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Ok, I think I'm done with the new batch assignment system and the new ship deal offer system. Next up is to design the first ship offer landing page and then one time offer on the backend.
Fri 17th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sat 18th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • It's going to be another family day and then I'll be working with Jason to help him mock up Math Academy.
Sun 19th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0

All of a sudden, building Nugget, doesn't seem so hard.

Mon 20th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on ship mercury offer
Tue 21st Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Completed mercury ship offer will launch next week
Wed 22nd Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Sent ship offer to previous academy applicants
  • There's a weird but where it is not showing profiles of anyone who has signed up for the ship offer. Looking into it.
  • Fixed weird profile bug
Thu 23rd Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Need to write marketing email for ship offer that will be sent out on Tuesday morning.
Fri 24th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Helping the wife paint her new offices
Sat 25th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More painting of the wife's new office
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 26th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Got tomorrow's marketing push ready, spinning up a couple of servers just in case there's extra load that I'm not anticipating.
Mon 27th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Ship mercury, launching in 1 hour
  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 28th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Stopped using Teamwork for our shared inbox. There are lots of reasons why I really did not like that product offering BUT the main one was... They got us to signup for a one year plan and then one month into that they changed their plans and pricing (by doubling the price). I would not mind if they grandfathered us in but they put up a blocking modal that forces us to upgrade to the new plan at 2x price, or you just can't use the system. Well, goodbye "Teamwork" ;)
  • More work on marketing the new mercury batch
Wed 29th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on the mercury offer, things progressing nicely.
Thu 30th Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • New mercury batches almost started working on matching them up..
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 31st Aug, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Batch matched the mercury intake with @laura
Sat 1st Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Helping my buddy Jason mock up Math Academy

My kid Jack, who recently turned 4, said today: "Mummy, Daddy, sit down, I want to have a conversation with you".

So, we sat down, I said "What do you want to talk about Jack?"

He said, "Mummy, Daddy, where do babies come from?"

astonished

  • #mercury-hawks have 2 members posting to today's momentum before the academy is open. Could this be a sign? Game on: #mercury-seals & #mercury-sharks ;)
Sun 2nd Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
Mon 3rd Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Starting to get serious about rejecting mturk submissions. Just rejected almost 50%. This is a new strategy for me.I have been accepting almost all until now. It seems like I have been targeted by spammers.
  • Posted new TechZing podcast episode The Full Stack Entrepreneur. This is all about the future direction of Nugget and how our next major plan is to bring Mentoring online in a big way. Note: All Lifetime Alumni will automatically get access to these updates.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Wed 5th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Checking in on mercury batches
  • Starting to get busy around here. Nice!
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • It paid of to be harsher rejecting the mturk answers that were bad. There seems to be a few good ones this time round.
  • Wondering how to deal with the busyness of this screen with more users posting here. One idea might be collapsed/expandable comment threads (unless you're in the thread).
Thu 6th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on posting momentum to slack
  • Wrote lesson Learn about the product “It” factor
Fri 7th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Building an Ikea bunk bead
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Noting that this is an nice amount of checkin's from everyone for a weekend. Nice!
Sat 8th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Worked with Jason on mockups for Math Academy
Sun 9th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working with batches
Mon 10th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Now storing all comments in a cookie (and repopulating when you reopen the comment popup) so that if you loose connection, or timeout, or accidentally close the modal, the comment you were working on will not be lost.
Tue 11th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Planning session with @laura
  • Work on making new middle plan possile
Wed 12th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Mocking up new project checkin page

Thu 13th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Planning session with @laura
  • Talking with Academy members
  • Created email campaign for new lower cost Momentum plan
  • Finished up mockups for new Academy Profiles, Batches, Leaderboard & Project Checkin

Fri 14th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
  • Created a database cleanup script
  • Realized we were over optimized with AWS ElastiCache so switched to a smaller instance.
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • I note that I am really liking Trello
Sat 15th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Recording podcast
  • Helping Jason mock up Math Academy
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 16th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Spent time chasing my tail about Nugget brand
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 17th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Creating a noop api endpoint to ping and keep the session alive while the browser is open.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 18th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.

  • Completed CSS/HTML (including responsive) for 4 of the 8 screens needed for the new founder profiles stuff.

Wed 19th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Floated a brand idea past academy members
Thu 20th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on new profiles stuff

Fri 21st Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Helping wife work on her office.
  • Created schema and models for founder projects
  • State machine for add project html/css

I always forget that one of the most time consuming parts is to make the end-to-end user journey actually make sense.

Sat 22nd Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working with Jason on Math Academy
  • Recorded a podcast
  • Working on profile stuff
  • I thought this new project growth tracking stuff was going to be a breeze, done in a few days... it's not ;)

Note to self, however easy I think something is, multiply it by X

Sun 23rd Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 24th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Released founder projects and profiles

Ah crap, I forgot to check again so broke my streak. I kind of like how unforgiving it is.

@theill better watch his back.... it's not me who's going to break his record it's the system! ;)

Wed 26th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on founders and profiles
  • Posted today's nugget.
Thu 27th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Developing ideas around Founder First
Fri 28th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sat 29th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Getting ready to bring new batches in
Sun 30th Sep, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Some work on a presentation
Mon 1st Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 2nd Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Work on new batches.
Wed 3rd Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on webinar deck
Thu 4th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 5th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
Sat 6th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 8th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Finalizing Gemini launch and webinar
Tue 9th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Hosted webinar
  • Launched gemini offer
  • This has been a long day, ready for some sleep!
Wed 10th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work with new gemini batch
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 12th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Going to camp Snoopy!
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 13th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Watching the kid
  • Recording TechZing podcast
  • Keeping up with the gemini's
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 14th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Removed shift + enter from submitting momentum
  • Cron script to remove command line history from all machines
Tue 16th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Update project/create page so URL is optional (when first creating logo)
  • Auto add user to nugget-heroes Slack if complete stage 7
  • Auto add user to super-seeds Slack if complete stage 5
Wed 17th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Improving function that auto adds user to super-seeds Slack if complete stage 5
  • No longer sending academy nudges if there was a momentum checkin within the past 2 days
Thu 18th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sun 21st Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Added Spark Lines to project checkin page.

Tue 23rd Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Conceptually simplified the new plans and pricing page to a single orange button "Join the Academy", feeling a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.
  • My momentum dropped to 5.3, ack. Need to bring that up!
Sat 27th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sun 28th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Stripping out all of plans and pricing account upgrade code
  • Removing any capability to upgrade to the "Momentum" plan
  • Moving forward there will only be one product here THE NUGGET STARTUP ACADEMY
  • Removing legacy nuggets definitions, plans and code that is years old
Mon 29th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on the new startup academy driven nugget
  • Relentlessly cutting old code
  • Created stub marketing pages

Tue 30th Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Wed 31st Oct, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Finished rolling batches, working on new sales site
Fri 2nd Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Wife is teaching a course all day so looking after the kid today.
Sat 3rd Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Ongoing work on the next iteration of Nugget
  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 6th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working though all the bugs that @laura found when she tested the new rolling batches stuff
  • Continuing to create new deep marketing based website
Wed 7th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on the marketing site
Thu 8th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on marketing site "problems we solve"
Fri 9th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Oops.
  • Family day.
Sat 10th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on the marketing site. Main focus has been Problems we solve?, Are you a good fit? and FAQ
  • My first case study call will be tomorrow with @chrisfranklin
Sun 11th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Will be interviewing Chris along with more work on the marketing site
Mon 12th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Awesome case study chat with @tdmiller
  • Editing case study
Tue 13th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Scheduled for another case study call today. This time with @codyrigney
  • I'm almost annoyed enough with having to hunt down and copy and paste usernames to build in a username lookup into this chat box right here. Not quite annoyed enough but almost.
  • Awesome case study calls with @habibalamin & @codyrigney
Wed 14th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • We’re going through the “No daddy! I want to do it!” Phase. Opening the front door. “No daddy! I want to do it!” . Pouring a glass of water. “No daddy! I want to do it!”. Opening the fridge. “No daddy! I want to do it!”. Every. Single. Thing.
  • Need to take a break. Feeling burned out on this marketing stuff.
Thu 15th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Added fixed header to new marketing site
  • Ran final awesome case study interview with @charlesbrockman!
Fri 16th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on marketing copy
  • New marketing site is now almost complete. The only thing left to do is to create "The Why" Founder First video presentation.
Sat 17th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
  • Commissioned 50 new idea hits
Sun 18th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Getting ready for thanksgiving that never even used to be a thing when I lived in the UK.
Wed 21st Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Happy thanksgiving everyone!
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • I think I finally understand what I need to say in "The Why" video. Will be working on the content over the next week or so.
Thu 22nd Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 23rd Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 24th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 25th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Pushed the new marketing site and also rolling batches live. So, now, anyone can join any time they like.
  • Next up is marketing
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Added intercom to the site to see if it helps with sales. Let's see what happens.
Mon 26th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Call with jjn. Reworked some of the sales page
  • Added a new popup to the buy button that ensures users agree to a few things before they can buy.

  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 27th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Project planning meeting with @laura
Wed 28th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0

Note to self:

A realized idea represents "a mountain of reality". The closer it is to reality, the harder it is to change any aspect of it. As an idea becomes more realized the more it descends through multiple "layers".

Here's an example:

  1. A thought in the brain
  2. A note on a napkin
  3. A bullet point list
  4. A discussion with someone
  5. A discussion with a group
  6. A light specification
  7. A wireframe mockup
  8. A hifi mockup
  9. A database schema
  10. An API endpoint
  11. Some HTML & CSS
  12. Some javascript
  13. A deployment to a test server
  14. A QA developer testing it
  15. A push to production

We should double down on iterating in layers 1-5 and try to get as close to the truth as possible before we move to the other slower layers.

This strategy is an exponential game changer. The fastest place to iterate is layer 1.

(Just want to record it here. Will probably put it in a blog, or the course, or both)

Thanks to @alexkuang for inspiring this.

Thu 29th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Working on new drip campaign
Fri 30th Nov, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 1st Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 2nd Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on new drip series
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 3rd Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Have been sick for a few days
Thu 6th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 8th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on new drip campaign. It has been really taxing to write day 2 of the new drip campaign. I have been woking on it for a week.
Sun 9th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 10th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Wed 12th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on new quiz idea
Thu 13th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 14th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Released new marketing quiz stuff to live
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 15th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Finally, new marketing site and signup journey fully live
Sun 16th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 17th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Sent email out to the main list letting them know the academy is open for business
Wed 19th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Customer calls
  • Posted today's nugget.
Thu 20th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • People keep asking "How is the Academy different to other programs? How can I be sure that this is the right place to invest my time and money?" so I'm making a video to answer those questions.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 21st Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Happy holidays everyone!
  • Spending the day with the fam doing things like baking cookies...
  • That said, I'm going to try to get the script written for my next marketing video
Sat 22nd Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Ok, this is hard core holiday time right now...
Mon 24th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Haaaappy holidays to one and all!!!!
Tue 25th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More vaycay
Wed 26th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Thinking about and planning the new sales video
Thu 27th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Winding down from the holidays and gradually getting ready to get back in to work mode
Fri 28th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Helping a friend move their house. Fun! ;)
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 29th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 30th Dec, 2018
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 1st Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on new marketing video
Thu 3rd Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Man this marketing video is taking longer than I had hoped
Sat 5th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Yayy, finished the sales video (I hope). Going to send it to a few folks to get feedback. Fingers crossed.
Mon 7th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Well I wasted the last 2 weeks making a marketing video, now moving on to a different strategy to try to get folks on the phone :)
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Created a new funnel that offers people to have a 30 min consult after they take the quiz.
Tue 8th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 12th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Great to see more people posting!
  • Finished editing and releasing an interview with a co-founder of Zapier
Sun 13th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Updating http://justinvincent.com because a customer told me it looked bad and also because I'm going to start blogging again.
Tue 15th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Wed 16th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • 3 founder calls planned for today
  • I'm still trying to nail down how to convert new customers without squeeze marketing. I have some new tests to try. I'm still not actively bringing in new users until I can learn the conversion tricks. I have some ideas based on some recent customer conversations.
Thu 17th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Showing my sister all about Nugget
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 18th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Spending today with the kid will try to get to make a nugget if I can get time later
  • My sis came up with some great ideas for Nugget marketing during yesterday's conversation
Sat 19th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • More thinking through marketing stuff
Sun 20th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • First mastermind call. Realized that we're going to need a lesson explaining how to make the most out of those calls.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 21st Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • I'm still very much in learning mode with regard to bringing on board new users into the Academy. I have not yet started to find new ways to bring users to the site because there is a trickle every day already, and I want to learn from those existing users before going hog wild and paying for ads and such.
Tue 22nd Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Great to see so many posters here!
  • Getting close to new marketing funnel release
Wed 23rd Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • So close to finishing the new marketing funnel I can taste it. Tastes good!
Thu 24th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Wondering if I should make a "dark mode" for nugget
Fri 25th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Got Nugget approved on Indi Hackers. Well, now you all know the revenue for realz ;)

https://www.indiehackers.com/product/nugget

  • Following the Academy growth strategy of being helpful in a community. In this case IH. 86 Nugget signups yesterday. But of course that only works because the lead magnet of 4K free startup ideas is so strong. So, yep, it’s a great strategy, but your LP and offering needs to offer something that folks from that community actually want.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 26th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Watching the kid
Sun 27th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More being helpful in IH
Mon 28th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • A couple of founder consult calls
Tue 29th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on a new funnel idea
  • 3 no shows on founder calls. One is not amused.

  • It looks like 14 day free trials (with cc) is the way to go with the Academy. Am building out the site to allow us to test that (and then switch back if necessary).
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Note to self: Don't push new env variables to all the live machines unless you know you actually need them.
Wed 30th Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Thu 31st Jan, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • So may variables in my brain right now. It's hard to focus with so many plates up in the air.
  • Running new free-to-paid funnel test based on learnings from @steven1 and @alexcosan - Thanks guys!
Fri 1st Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Finalized new free-to-paid journey for Academy

  • Still being helpful on Indi Hackers. They've invited me to be part of their new founder stories series. Luck Surface Area in action. Here's a screen shot of my profile and follower amounts for posterity.

  • Thinking about stages 10-12 of the academy. After the latest nugget work I think they just need to be completely different to planned.
Sat 2nd Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • With the help of @chrisfranklin I was able to setup and publish some Facebook Ads. The goal is to drive clicks to the Nugget ideas landing page. I'm sure there will be a lot of tweaking moving forward. The ad-system has an interesting feature where it lets you add up to 5 variants of images and text. Then it mixes and matches them on display and shows more of the best performing version. Let's see how it works out over the next few days.

Here's one variant:

Also of note, I need to add a couple of fields to the user table that log the referring source and the campaign name. Will be looking up best practice.

Mon 4th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Improved Axe ideas that don't fit with the physics of business thanks @lees
  • Just had a nice call with a founder. No sale. Need to work out how to sell this thing! Problem is no one can understand how important/good it is for them, without them doing it.
  • Great call with a founder I met on Indi Hackers
Tue 5th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Lots of talking to nuggeteers
Wed 6th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Lots going on behind the scenes
Fri 8th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Thinking about a new idea I had that might turn into a new side project on top of all the other stuff
Sun 10th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Big changes happening in my day job
  • Starting a new side project in addition to Nugget
Mon 11th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Just showing Todd around Nugget
Wed 13th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Academy enrollment officially closed
Thu 14th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Academy enrollment has now been closed for realz this time.
  • Completed basic HTML/CSS and design for Speak landing page
Fri 15th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sat 16th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Added Payment History to the Nugget account screen. This enables Nugget members to download invoices.
Sun 17th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on new project
  • Final founder call that was left over from academy doors being open
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 18th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Mostly working on day job #2
Wed 20th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sat 23rd Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 24th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • 50 years old today.
Mon 25th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on new project
Wed 27th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on new project
Thu 28th Feb, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 1st Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Lot's of looking after the kid, but trying to fit in small amounts of work on the new project where possible.
Sun 3rd Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on new project which is taking more twists and turns into unexpected areas
  • Posted today's nugget.
Mon 4th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Mocking up new project
Tue 5th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Great office hours call with Nugeteers today.
Thu 7th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on raising friends and family funding round for new project.
Sat 9th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sun 10th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Demo call with JP and Nugeteers
Mon 11th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Pulling back from the investment idea for the new project and going to bootstrap as usual.
  • Aligning myself with the fact that I need to get back to the daily grind of building something.
Wed 13th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Beginning setup of new Laravel install
Thu 14th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Unable to do much work today because family in town
Fri 15th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Exercising makes it easier to have the willpower to do work.
  • Upgraded Laravel from 5.5 - 5.7 with Laravel Shift (and a bunch of work)
Sat 16th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Family day
Sun 17th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • We're going to the beach today.
  • Yesterday was my 3rd day of 30m on exercise bike just before bed. This seems to be having a positive effect.
  • The Laravel upgrade has not caused any major issues so far, knock on wood!
  • Hoping to do some work on new project by end of day.
Mon 18th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Wed 20th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Ported the Nugget codebase to a new repo for Speak
  • Designed the final logo
  • Got general header/footer working
  • Added terms, privacy, contact page
  • Added login page
  • Got user/pass login working
  • Got /logout working

  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 22nd Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Let's do this
  • Got standard job processing working
  • Delayed job now working
  • Scheduled job now working
  • App now sending email
  • Now sending email via the queue
  • Outgoing email design (logo etc) setup
  • Sending password reset email
Sat 23rd Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Join with password now working
  • GDPR geo lookup now working
  • Resend validation now working
Sun 24th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Applied to twitter for a developer account for Speak
  • Twitter approved the developer account
  • Login via Twitter now works
  • Auto create account via Twitter now working
  • Opened new AWS account for Speak
  • Configured AWS security groups, AMA users etc
  • Launched micro EC2 instance for salt server
  • Configured and installed salt stack on salt server
Mon 25th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Setting up RDS database for staging server
  • Fighting with salt all day to get the staging server up and running. No luck yet
Tue 26th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Salt is now almost fully provisioning a Speak server
  • Because of moving from ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04 I needed to move jobs service from /etc/init to systemd which was... painful
  • There were also shenanigans working with php 7.1 and getting salt to provision memcached and image magic
  • Laravel is now correctly running on the command line, and jobs are working fully
Wed 27th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Created new mailgun account
  • Setup mailgun dns records in Route 53
  • Added mailgun config to salt and dev
  • Purchased SSL cert
  • Installed cert into stage
  • Ran salt setup scripts
  • Speak staging server is now live!
  • Launched new AWS DB instance for live
  • Setup salt config file and salt states for live
  • Added beanstalk dns entry set to private ip
  • Tested cli jobs
  • Tested cli email
  • Setup AWS load balancer
  • Added live instance to it
  • http://speakhq.co is live!
Thu 28th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Rejected a bunch of idea submissions nothing good enough for a premium nugget
  • Created staging and live app on Twitter for oauth
  • Twitter oauth tested & working on all environments
Fri 29th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Created new app on facebook for oauth login
  • Created local and staging app for facebook oath
  • Deployed and tested FB oauth on local, stage and live
  • Created new app on Google for oauth login
  • Deployed and tested Google oauth on live
  • Google not working on local or stage. Too much of a pain to implement, meh, not worth it.
  • Rejected a bunch more idea submissions because they were spam from Mturk. Getting much harder to get non spam submissions these days.
Sat 30th Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sun 31st Mar, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • A member of the family is ill so we are spending the day in hospital
Mon 1st Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on the Founder First book
Tue 2nd Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on the book
Thu 4th Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More book. Stuck on the introduction.
Fri 5th Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on the book. Still. On. The. Intro. Ack!
Sat 6th Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Tue 9th Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Removed social logins
  • Created coming soon message
  • Created stub dashboard
  • Completed account edit username, name, email screen
  • Completed account change password screen
  • Added admin capability to create new accounts and invite testers
  • Removed all traces of username from codebase as not required for this app
Wed 10th Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Working with a friend to create a brand blueprint
Thu 11th Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Creating schema for [redacted]
Fri 12th Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Recorded podcast
Sat 13th Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Day watching the kid
  • Cracked the [redacted] problem for the [redacted]
  • Edited podcast
Mon 15th Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Taking some time to think about the book. Perhaps the voice is too formal. Not sure.
Tue 16th Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Now the [redacted] can see of the [redacted] is logged in
Wed 17th Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • New life problem - prioritization. When you're working on 3 equally important projects it's hard to decide exactly what to do on which...
Thu 18th Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on book. More work on new secret project.
Sat 20th Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on new project
Sun 21st Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Was able to get much more work done than anticipated today!
Mon 22nd Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • I haven't checked in for a few days but have made significant progress on the new project.
Sun 28th Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • I haven't been posting but only because what I'm working on is still under wraps. I am continuing to progress every day and will try to check in daily moving forward.
Tue 30th Apr, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Making real headway on the important stuff. Almost ready to really start sharing what is going on.
Thu 2nd May, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Internet has been slow and spotty for months. Turns out the provider put some kind of filter on there because I got an "internet only" account and that cause the issue. Anyway, fixed now and getting 110 down and 14 up. So much better!
Mon 6th May, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Made something that was complicated work by accident. Then spent the rest of the day trying to work out why it was working. Finally understood it after 4 hours studying it.
Tue 7th May, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on complicated stuff that I will be able to start talking about within the next week or so
Fri 10th May, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Getting close to be able to talk about this thing!
  • More work getting to alpha.
Mon 13th May, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • My report card looks a bit spotty but I am working on stuff every day, maybe a little to obsessively to remember to check in. ;)

  • I've had difficult problems to solve like how to keep accurate time in javascript because... it doesn't accurately keep time!

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/29971898/how-to-create-an-accurate-timer-in-javascript/29972322#29972322

(Hint, none of the above answers easily solve my specific issue)

  • I'm getting close to an alpha release candidate for the project I'm working on. Looking like it may be as early as 2 weeks (stretch goal). With that in mind I've been looking for some inspiring marketing podcasts. I like the look of these:

  • https://www.eofire.com/podcast/

  • https://neilpatel.com/blog/

  • I'm hoping to reveal the new project to you all by May 25.

Sat 18th May, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work. So close to the reveal!
Mon 20th May, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More lots of work, just sayin'
Tue 21st May, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on the secret project getting closer to the reveal
Sat 25th May, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Continuing to work on secret project not quite ready for reveal getting closer.
Wed 29th May, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Lot's of thinking about how to progress
Thu 30th May, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Gah, stuff always takes more time than you think. I've got about 10 more enhancements and bug fixes and then I'll be able to make a short demo to show to friends and family.
  • Was happy to see that TechZing was quoted by Justin Jackson in this post here: https://justinjackson.ca/niche
Mon 3rd Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on the secret project
Tue 4th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Had a great chat with a seed who really helped me understand the premium features that will sell this product
  • He is going to use the product (it's a widget) on his site
  • So yayy I have my second test customer with a SaaS app who's going to try it out for realz.
Fri 7th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Recorded podcast
Sat 8th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
  • Working on obfuscating code
Sun 9th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Auto bake obfuscation as I browse around local dev
  • More grind, can't wait to be on a few customers websites. Really want shit to be real.
Mon 10th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Got some major UI work done.
  • Will be starting to build the main player tomorrow.
Tue 11th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Creating stub HTML/CSS code. Grunt work to be honest.
Wed 12th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Polishing up the website widget
  • On the one hand quick and dirty is the way we're supposed to go... on the other hand 2 hours refactoring and normalizing can just make everything else so much faster.
Thu 13th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Polishing animations
  • When you get right to it. There's no point not building the basics of user accounts, and profiles, because that is going to be a major ask and I'm going to HAVE to do it and it's just going to take a max of 1 week up front right now vs much more legacy work. Also, it's going to make that mid plan even more valuable from the get go. I guess this is where it pays to wear the tech hat and the business dev hat at the same time.
  • BUT before that I'm going to make a quick demo for you lovely Nugeteers
  • Just tried to record a demo for you guys and...it is totally borked. So... I'll be working on fixing that then. Hopefully have it in hand by end of weekend.
Fri 14th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sat 15th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sun 16th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Had a breakthrough. Watch this space.
Mon 17th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
Fri 21st Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Now logging and computing stats
  • Building dashboard next
Mon 24th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Making a commitment to keep posting nuggets. It's difficult because the quality of answers from Mturk has gone way down.
  • Speak is ready for the first test customer to use I will be sending them an email tomorrow.
Tue 25th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Installed Speak on a customer's website today for realz! Lot's of bugs to fix and tweaks to make now that I have real customer feedback.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Wed 26th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Base HTML/CSS for new opener prompt
  • Posted today's nugget.
Fri 28th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0

A checkin for the past 3 days:

  • Re designed opener to be much more prominent
  • Auto open widget after X seconds (set by user)
  • Auto close widget after X seconds (set by user)
  • Num times to auto open (set by user)
  • Tracking state by cookie for above (including last played location)
  • Stats - loads, impressions, users, opens, duration, dropOff etc.
  • Enable Speak to keep playing correctly during a browser resize
  • Hover over peeking widget show "Title of thing - by Joe Bloggs"

Will be launching on a customer site for real tomorrow.

Sun 30th Jun, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Pushed first speak live. For realz.
Mon 1st Jul, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • family day
Wed 3rd Jul, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 7th Jul, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Created a way to record a personal speak for any logged in user
  • Invited second customer to test out Speak
  • Recorded a personal intro for the new customer
  • Recorded 3 general on-boarding speaks
  • Thinking about the best psychographic profile of new customers to invite
Mon 8th Jul, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Launched private beta of Speak on FounderCafe
Fri 12th Jul, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sat 13th Jul, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sun 14th Jul, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • For speak, moving away from the idea of supporting browsers and instead testing javascript for the available features and if not available the fall back to a more basic version of that feature.
Thu 18th Jul, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
Fri 19th Jul, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • More work getting cloudflare to cache speak assets
Sat 20th Jul, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Dreaming up machinations of a new podcast to promote speak
Sun 21st Jul, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Change of plan. Just going to release a version of speak where users can apply to beta test it.
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sun 28th Jul, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
Wed 31st Jul, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Just noting that I am following the academy process and building a seed group. The strategy I am using is the BetaList strategy.
  • Created new slack group for Speak seed group
  • Stats for today's soft launch:
  • Speak Home Page Views: 341
  • Unique Users: 269
  • Speak Demo Plays: 165
  • Speak Demo Completions: 92
  • Speak Beta Signups: 22
Thu 1st Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Completed on boarding pages now I need to "Speak" them
  • Silly me I made an entire "open prompt" system that I didn't need. Removed all the code and schema.
  • Recorded "Speak" vocal tracks for new on-boarding pages. Wow, this stuff requires voice acting skills!
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 3rd Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Redesigned the Speak dashboard because I like pretty dashboard with pretty stats. Also, here are the results of the betalist launch.

Sent 11 invites to beta testers

Sun 4th Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Listened to @jsh's speak. Not bad for first attempt!
Fri 9th Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Feeling quite frustrated with the design of Speak. Thinking I might hire a designer or move to a template/css framework.
Sat 10th Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Posted today's nugget.
  • Working on Speak API
Mon 12th Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on speak api
Tue 13th Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on building out the docs for the Speak API
  • Irony: It takes longer to write the API docs than to make the API itself....
Thu 15th Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Friends in town vacation!
Sun 18th Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • On-going vacation with family who are over from Ireland
Tue 20th Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Renewing nugget.one SSL
Wed 21st Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Commissioned a new HIT to get more startup ideas for this place
  • Posted today's nugget.
Thu 22nd Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More vaycay
Sat 24th Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Launching new Academy batch
Sun 25th Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • My guests have gone home so now I have a week to do some work before another set of guests come for 10 days
Tue 27th Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Ugh, took car in for service and other work.
  • Some coding work with drip to clean up the Nugget email list.
  • More API documentation for Speak.
Wed 28th Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Ack. Working on everything except my side project Speak.
Fri 30th Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Kid is sick so watching him today
  • Posted today's nugget.
Sat 31st Aug, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day!
  • 7.5 hours until Academy enrollment is closed down
Sun 1st Sep, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Academy enrollment window now closed
  • Some work on a project for the wife
Mon 2nd Sep, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Starting work on the Speak API
Wed 4th Sep, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on Speak API docs
Sat 7th Sep, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • On vacation in Vegas
Sun 15th Sep, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Still in Vegas baby!
Mon 16th Sep, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • In Denver for business meetings
Thu 19th Sep, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Spending the day working in a co-working space (rather than at home). It's a new concept for me!
Wed 25th Sep, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Lot's to do for the day job and other life stuff so not very much progress on Speak for me right now.
Mon 30th Sep, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Talking to Merott
  • I'm not able to work on Speak too much due to family and day job commitments right now
Fri 11th Oct, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on lot's of stuff behind the scenes
Fri 18th Oct, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Wife's birthday!
Sat 19th Oct, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on HTML/CSS step journey
Sun 20th Oct, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Building out a CSS/HTML framework
Fri 25th Oct, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on frontend html/css
Sat 26th Oct, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on html/css stuff
Mon 28th Oct, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Completed HTML/CSS now ready to start creating schema
Sat 9th Nov, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Not writing too much here but lots going on as always!
  • Posted today's nugget.
Wed 20th Nov, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • As always a lot going on. The main thing that is taking up time these days is buying a new house.

@jsh Where you go?!

Fri 13th Dec, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • 2020 might be the year of Nugget. I have plans on how to get lots of people to join us here.
Wed 25th Dec, 2019
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Closed on the new house now working out how to move there and all the other fun stuff like setup wifi etc
Fri 3rd Jan, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0

Lot's going on. Now moved into the new house. Frantically working on the day job. Planning on what to do with Nugget next.

Fri 24th Jan, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Launched new batches for the current COVID-19 situation.
  • Am going to enable users to be able to checkin momentum directly from slack.
Tue 7th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Going to level up to the same momentum as @theill part of that will be by adding momentum checkins directly from to slack using /momentum My update etc.
  • This is the first momentum check-in directly from slack using the /momentum command
Wed 8th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Finished up work on the momentum tracker allowing all academy members the capability to check-in momentum updates directly via Slack.

  • Replied to various folks emails reaching out about Nugget

  • Created a giant shopping list for the next 1-2 weeks of living during CV

  • Now auto adding bullet point to Slack momentum checkin

  • Added plus icon to Taskflow ready to make adding tasks work for real

Thu 9th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Came up a with a new strategy to promote Nugget by creating a free course with 7 lessons something like “Foundation of Business for Indihackers”. This comes off the back of a few different discussions, meetings, discussions in my new podcast, and thinking about the final nugget module and other serendipitous goings on.
  • New batch apollo7-jets filling up nicely
  • Played 1h of Roblox Adventure Up & Naval Warfare with my kid
Fri 10th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Shoveled a mountain of snow so that we could get deliveries in and the car out
  • Working on mockups for the day job
Sat 11th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day with the kid plus a little bit of mocking up for the day job
Sun 12th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Added T&Cs checkbox to checkout journey for day job
  • Playing Roblox with my kid
Mon 13th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Starting work on Taskflow add task popup
  • More work on dayjob mockups
Tue 14th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Recorded episode of reactor podcast
  • Meeting with day job about the direction of mockups
  • Created a static html based todo list inside Taskflow that lists the tasks that are the fastest path to creating a real database driven todo list! So, ironically still working within the context of a big ass text file to manage my tasks ;)

Wed 15th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Installed an SSL cert for an old client that I seem to keep doing support for even though I built the website about 5 years ago wink
  • Played game of Roblox Naval Warefare with the kid and his buddy in Ireland
  • Worked on mockups for day job
  • Signed up to the latest batch apollo7-jets as myself (with a REAl cc no less) because I am going to dogfood nugget and experience it as a student while I work on Taskflow. I'm especially interested in rounding out the final modules.
Thu 16th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Tweaked nugget sales funnel to better represent activity going on here
  • Updated login icon on Taskflow
  • Can now add tasks to for real to the database in Taskflow
Fri 17th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • I have been having a fair amount of discussion with founders via email answering questions about the Academy
  • In other news, the current batch is almost full, 2 spots of 15 left. Also I now think that 15 is the perfect size per batch. Just enough to create a sense of community but not too much to be impersonal.
  • Hacking on trying to make a dogfood version of Taskflow work for me, didn’t get too far
Sat 18th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Added some refinements to Nugget enroll journey
  • Re writing the lesson for success in Nugget
  • Showing Georgie how momentum works when posting from Slack
  • Working on Taskflow snapshot page
  • Changed the concept of "status" to the concept of "when" in Taskflow

Sun 19th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0

Taskflow

  • Now auto compiling multiple module js files into single js file
  • Can now change task status by clicking a status icon. Exciting!
  • Make “timer” icon work
  • Now able to use Taskflow as rudimentary task manager
  • Think of a way to slice and dice entire system by project (aha, context)!
  • Add way to edit the title of a task
  • When set status to "done" push to top of done list
  • List tasks by bullets on start view
  • Fix input box on add task tool

Mon 20th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Thinking through the new Nugget startup bootcamp
  • Great to see so many folks checking in their momentum
  • Completed a large chunk of the new nugget bootcamp

Note: Still using big ass text file for task management until Taskflow becomes a little more sophisticated

Tue 21st Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Dang it, can't believe I missed a checkin day and I've only been going for 2 weeks. How in the heck do you do it @theill !!
  • Got the home page template ready for the new bootcamp
  • Finished up 1st pass sales copy for new bootcamp landing page
Thu 23rd Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Mocked up final screen for the day job, hoping to start dev on Monday
  • Great call with @laura about the new bootcamp
Fri 24th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day!
Sat 25th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Another family day but did get a chance to think about the new bootcamp content
Sun 26th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on the bootcamp. Outlining thinking about it from 1st principles perspective.
Mon 27th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
Tue 28th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Had a great call with @laura about the bootcamp she really helped me get my head clear!
Wed 29th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Finally got a complete draft for the intro page of the bootcamp, this is going to be good!
  • list
Thu 30th Apr, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0

Feeling like the bootcamp intro needs some tweaks as have shown it to a few folks and I don’t think it is instantly landing in the way I want it to.

  • Happy to get a momentum of 6. I sort of wish it was out of 0-100 instead of 0-7.
Fri 1st May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • In preparation for the new Indie Founder Bootcamp I created a new single source of truth bio page - https://nugget.one/jv
Sat 2nd May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • I think I finally finished the indie founder bootcamp intro page, again
Sun 3rd May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Showed the bootcamp intro v2.0 to a few founders and @laura and I think I've got it now. Next up moving on to lesson 1.
Mon 4th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on lesson 2 "context" in the bootcamp
Tue 5th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Still working on lesson 2 of the bootcamp - context
Wed 6th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Continuing to working on lesson 2 of the bootcamp
Fri 8th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on lesson 2 of the bootcamp. With this much time sink, it better be good!
Sat 9th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on bootcamp!
Sun 10th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More bootcamp
Mon 11th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Hoping to finish up lesson 2 of the bootcamp!
  • Now on Page 3 (of 9) of the bootcamp
Tue 12th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Yet more work on the bootcamp! I Started this thing on the 23rd of Apr. and am now 20 days in, and still only 2.5 pages in (of 9). My current goal is to try to get the review version ready by next wed. 20th.
Wed 13th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Finishing up page 3, lesson 2 of the bootcamp
Thu 14th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Well, you probably already guessed, i'll be working on the.... bootcamp.
  • Spent about 4 hours building a carrot farm in Roblox > Sky Blok with my kid!

Fri 15th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sat 16th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sun 17th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Day jobs
Wed 20th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Bootcamp
Thu 21st May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on the house painting and such
Sat 23rd May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on the bootcamp lesson 3 - "MARKET: Pick a market you can reach and sell to" split the lesson into 3 parts. Just finished part 1.
Mon 25th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Putting out fires in the day job
Tue 26th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on bootcamp really want to get this thing done!
Wed 27th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Sigh, more bootcamp. Taking way longer than expected.
Thu 28th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • All over the map. Bootcamp and other stuff.
Fri 29th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Boooootttcammmpppp
Sat 30th May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • skiddly-diddly-bootcamp
Sun 31st May, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • BC
Tue 2nd Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More bootcamp
Thu 4th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Finally making some better progress on the bootcamp
Sat 6th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Bootcamp on make something people want
Sun 7th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Hi this is a demo
Mon 8th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on the bootcamp
Tue 9th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Recorded Reactor podcast
  • My buddy is making this Nugget branded backpack for me as present for fixing his server.

  • Call with @laura to discuss the bootcamp. As always, she helped my thinking sooo much.
Wed 10th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Just 2 more lessons to go! (and an exit page)
  • 2 lessons left!
Fri 12th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • I just have 1 more lesson to go on the bootcamp (and the exit page)
Sat 13th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sun 14th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on last lesson of bootcamp
  • Finished the bootcamp! Now I just need to create an exit page and make it easy to get into the bootcamp from everywhere inside nugget.
Mon 15th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Lots of work on the bootcamp. Plugging in Speak to every lesson.
Thu 18th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Created 9 "buttons" that will open a Speak at the end of each lesson. Some examples:

Thu 18th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Worked on the wife's site for the past two days. We released an on demand version of her Play Therapy Certificate. Completely automated the giving out certificates in accordance with various regulatory authority guidelines. https://playstronginstitute.com/certificate

Sat 20th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Fathers day
Sun 21st Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Bootcamp written lessons are finished!
  • Starting to work on the Speak audio for each lesson.
Tue 23rd Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Changed the name of "Momentum Tracker" to "Momentum Blog"
  • Made the Momentum feature free for all Nugget members - to give @theill a run for his money ;) - and also to give people something to do after they finish the bootcamp
  • Re-worded the verbiage around the momentum feature to be "Hustle" based.
  • Momentum is now 0-100 because 100 is a BIG number f*** yeah!
  • I should probably be cranking on the final part of the bootcamp right now but at this point I feel like having a break :o
Wed 24th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Thinking about Roblox and the idea of making a game to make some cash a side side side project.
  • Man I really have to record the audio for each bootcamp lesson but for some reason I am finding it hard to get motivated.
  • Ok. I have now recorded 3 of 9 "tapes" for the bootcamp.
Thu 25th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Hired a Roblox dev and started talking to him about building a small first test game to see what the land is like.
Fri 26th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Recorded 7 of 9 speaks for the bootcamp. I have technically finished #8 as well but I don't feel happy about it so will probably re-work it.
  • I'm enjoying that the momentum number is 0-100. It feels much better to have a momentum of 75 than 5 and feels more reflective of the effort I'm putting in.
  • I could work for the next few hours but feeling like just taking a break and vegging in front of the TV.
Sun 28th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Reworked the audio tape for the marketing section
  • Started playing with Roblox studio just as an experiment but now I think I have the beginnings of a game
Tue 30th Jun, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Feeling great because I am so close to launching the bootcamp!
Wed 1st Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Bootcamp ready to go! I just need some female founders to review it. Have been working hard to make that happen, but it is harder than it sounds!
Thu 2nd Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Well, my sister reviewed the bootcamp and it turns out it's NOT ready. She really liked lessons 1-4 and then I lost her from 5-8 because it was too developer focused. So I need to re-work to include digital product people as well as coders. Also need to keep the same flow/quirk. Ultimately this will also have an impact on the whole academy. /cc @laura
  • I tested a game motion mechanic to my Roblox game and it made both my kid and myself feel sick. So, not going to do THAT then.
Sat 4th Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day +
  • Thinking about how to fix the bootcamp
  • Thinking about game mechanics for my Roblox game
  • Switched out 3 light fixtures in the house
Sun 5th Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Bootcamp edits. Need to make the last 4 lessons as good as the first 3.
Mon 6th Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on bootcamp edits.
Tue 7th Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Reworking the price point lesson in the bootcamp. Found an actual golden toilet that was sold for $10,000.

Wed 8th Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Finished "Set a price point that fits YOUR goals".
Thu 9th Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Yayy! Bootcamp "content" is finished! Now I need to think through how the whole journey works.
Sat 11th Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sun 12th Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Finally finished (and paid) tax.
Mon 13th Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0

heart I’m liking my new Mac Book Pro

Thu 16th Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on new Nugget site for bootcamp release
Fri 17th Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0

Finding it hard to get my head in the game today. Just one of those days I guess.

Mon 20th Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Back at it after a week off at Grandma’s!
Mon 27th Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Been working on my roblox game but circling back to releasing the new bootcamp
Thu 30th Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • I must confess I have the madness about my Roblox game and I am finding it super hard to complete the Nugget work.
Fri 31st Jul, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on the game
Sat 1st Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on the new Nugget journey. Setting up the home page as being the bootcamp and simplifying Nugget if you are new.
Tue 4th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on releasing the bootcamp
Mon 10th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on the bootcamp for real. Getting very close to pushing the new nugget.
Tue 11th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More procrastinating on the bootcamp ;)
Wed 12th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • The Indie Founder Bootcamp is now soft launched!
  • I will be testing and tweaking in production over the next few days
Thu 13th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Monitoring the launch of the new bootcamp and checking it's all working behind the scenes.
Fri 14th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Monitoring bootcamp tech
Sat 15th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Continuing to monitor Nugget bootcamp tech
Sun 16th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Continuing to monitor bootcamp and get a sense of how to improve the journey for new folks coming in
Mon 17th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More monitoring of bootcamp. Getting closer to sending out to my list,.
Tue 18th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Getting ready to release the bootcamp for real. Just need to ask some academy members to make a short testimonial video.
Wed 19th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Inviting founders to record video for the bootcamp!
Thu 20th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on final part of bootcamp / academy journey
Fri 21st Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Created an intro for the reactor podcast
Sun 23rd Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Tweaked the bootcamp landing page and also initial emails.
Mon 24th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Changed my mind about the way I will create nugget testimonial will be using a zoom for an interview instead
Tue 25th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Getting ready to send an intro email out to alumni members
Wed 26th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More tweaks to the bootcamp journey
Thu 27th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Set a Bootcamp launch email to go out to 4,500 people on Sun morning. It's a very cold list so a good result might be 100 folks clicking into the bootcamp.
Fri 28th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on Slider
Sat 29th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Pushed out bootcamp to mailing list
  • Happy for my momentum to be at 75 closest I've had it to 100 in a while :)
Sun 30th Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Refactored all the code in my Roblox game, now it looks much more like the kind of code framework I'm used to!
Mon 31st Aug, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Watching how the bootcamp unfolds
Tue 1st Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Fixed some scaling issues for one of my day jobs
Wed 2nd Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
Thu 3rd Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on the roblox game
  • More watching what is happening in the bootcamp
  • Also a family day
Sat 5th Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sun 6th Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Having unexpected discussions that might lead to unexpected things
Tue 8th Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Refactored roblox game code
  • Starting to work on server side of roblox game
  • A lot more people going through the bootcamp
  • Bootcamp to academy conversions not working so need to make it better
Wed 9th Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Now I've had 300 people start the bootcamp I'm getting a good idea of completion rates. The industry standard is 5% and the bootcamp is currently 11%. But I know for a fact I can get it much higher since the academy is about 50% completion rate. I'll be working on that over the next week before any more major pushes.
  • Nugget how has 6,930 users
Thu 10th Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Monitoring the bootcamp. Continuing to think about how to get more folks to finish it.
  • More work on slider backend
Fri 11th Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sat 12th Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sun 13th Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on slider roblox game
Mon 14th Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Created an awesome XP added effect in Slider
Fri 18th Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family is staying with us so lots of kids age 2-6 in our house right now! Let's just say it's kinda hard ot get any work done ;)
Sat 19th Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Created an awesome effect in slider for after you complete a challenge and collect XP
Mon 21st Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on more slider stuff. Should be able to start posting videos of the game pretty soon.
Tue 22nd Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on slider
Wed 23rd Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on Slider
Fri 25th Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sat 26th Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day again!
Sun 27th Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Worked up an intro idea for Slider
Mon 28th Sep, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0

Got some nice exposure for the bootcamp thanks to this nice Tweet by Indie Hackers -https://twitter.com/IndieHackers/status/1311749733791260672

Fri 2nd Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Some great progress made on the Roblox game. Now it stores and displays your main score as you complete challenges.
  • Same for XP and also started on the timer function.
Sat 3rd Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • 399 people started the bootcamp.... will there be one more by the end of today?
Sun 4th Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Next up is to build out an awesome level up animation for slider.
Mon 5th Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Got data storage, pills, power, level up working in Slider

https://www.loom.com/share/ed1d4a5f4fdd43ba8e9f7ae9b6ca8449

  • Added flowers and grass to Slider

https://www.loom.com/share/bb4e7c0d5eb74aae8d0357f3331d0171

  • Added Emperor Zorg to Slider

Wed 7th Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on Slider, now saving challenge keys ready for display and use to unlock challenge gates
Thu 8th Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Started building slider inventory system
Sat 10th Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Got the level unlocking working for real in Slider
Mon 12th Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Polishing Slider ready for the grand finale
Mon 12th Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Lots of work on Slider, and I forgot to say that the last few days as well
Sat 17th Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day
Sun 18th Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • On a trip to Grandma's. Not really getting any side project stuff done. Need to use spare time for the day job.
Tue 20th Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Still at Grandma's
Wed 21st Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Setup ROJO so I can edit Roblox files in my regular text editor (Atom)
Sat 24th Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Refactoring Slider and turning it from a linear game into a systemic one
  • Got Slider ready to plugin analytics
Wed 28th Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Plugging in analytics to slider
Sat 31st Oct, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • More work on slider stats
  • Created slider icon
Sun 1st Nov, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Plugging in analytics to slider.
Mon 2nd Nov, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Slider is live and being promoted via ads. I've plugged in analytics too. based on 1,000 play sessions I'll decide where to go next.
Tue 3rd Nov, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • I tried Twitch for the first time and streamed myself coding Slider.

Here's a clip:

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/792558635

Thu 5th Nov, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Lots of work on Slider
Wed 11th Nov, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Lots of work on Slider
Fri 13th Nov, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Not sure where to start. Have done so much with Slider!
  • 2,278 folks have played it now
  • Top 10% have played from 20mins to 6 hours in game
  • Added new scoring mechanics
  • Fixed a lot of bugs that were breaking things for player types on different device types
  • Currently working on a player rounds (race starting in 30 seconds) mechanic
Sun 15th Nov, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Removed weld scripts on Slider
Tue 17th Nov, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Currently building a rounds based system for slider after much analysis of player behavior
  • Going to try to check in here more often being inspired by @andyd
Tue 1st Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • It’s been more complicated than I imagined creating the group race functionality in slider. That said I think I am 85% of the way there at this point.
Wed 2nd Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • I think I got the core logic of group races working. Now I just need to present the results to users after each race.
Thu 3rd Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Soo close with Slider challenges. Stuff always takes longer than I want and I always have less time than I need ;)
Fri 4th Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Released the first version of group races for slider!
Sat 5th Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Lot’s to do on slider but going to take a family day
Sun 6th Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Taking a break from all side project stuff for a few days. Lot's of things to do with the house and day job.
Tue 8th Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Taking a break from Slider for a week!
Wed 9th Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Taking a break from Slider until next Wed I think. Catching up on day job stuff.
  • There are now 600 people enrolled in the bootcamp BTW
Thu 10th Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Continuing to tale a break!
Fri 11th Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Family day!
Sat 12th Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • All caught up on the day job. Still feel like laying of Slider for a few day to prepare myself to get into "the zone".
Sun 13th Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Recorded a podcast with Adam Wathan
Tue 15th Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Making some nice waves with TechZing
Thu 17th Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Bootcamp is filling up. Almost at 800 people :)
Fri 18th Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • 789 in the bootcamp, can't wait to hit 800!
Sat 19th Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Boom, we hit 800 in the bootcamp!
Sun 20th Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Thinking through a pivot for Nugget
Mon 21st Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Made a decision to rebrand Nugget to IndieFounder
Tue 22nd Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Working on new book idea
Wed 30th Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • Almost 900 folks in the bootcamp now.

  • I have clarity about my direction for the new year. I will be stopping work on the game Slider and starting to re-brand Nugget to IndieFounder.

  • The first part of that re-branding will be to write a book (an enhanced version of the bootcamp) see brand and book below:

Thu 31st Dec, 2020
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • I have started writing the new book IndieFounder!
Fri 1st Jan, 2021
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • I have finished a first pass of the preface and the intro for the book done. Next up I will write a chapter "your path starts here" and give a broad over view of the different possible ways indie founders can make money online.
Sat 2nd Jan, 2021
justin K:1079 / M:0
  • I am making headway with this IndieFounder book. Currently on chapter 3.
Sun 3rd Jan, 2021
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  • Working on the chapter "Get Unstuck" of the book IndieFounder
Tue 5th Jan, 2021
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  • Have created a first pass framework of the new book content (pre TOC). Sent it to some beta readers, waiting for feedback!
Fri 8th Jan, 2021
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  • Working on a 1st pass table of contents for the new book
  • Created a 1st pass at a table of contents. Sent it to 14 beta readers and shared it with some folks in Nugget.
  • I'll be honest, it's really late and I have no idea if anyone I sent it to will like it... AND that's the reason why you send it to people BEFORE you write the book. ;)
Sat 9th Jan, 2021
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  • Last night's table of contents has gone through quite lot of iterations, I am feeling much happier with it today. Getting close to closing the iterations and to start writing.
Sun 10th Jan, 2021
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  • So I'm feeling pretty good about the TOC now I'm moving on to write the main outline.
Mon 11th Jan, 2021
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  • No book work today, just too much other stuff to do
Wed 13th Jan, 2021
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  • Started writing again. Just working on the intro for this second version that is just about free traffic.
Sat 16th Jan, 2021
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  • I finally completed the intro to the book. This took a few days with each session lasting a couple of hours. I always find that these things start of slow and then get faster as I get further into the project.
Sun 17th Jan, 2021
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  • Written first part of next section "Why I'm a relevant source of advice"
Mon 18th Jan, 2021
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  • Spoke with Rob Fitzpatrick writer of The Mom Test. It is looking like we might do some kind of partnership on the first IndieFounder book.
Wed 20th Jan, 2021
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  • Working on book and also helping on my wife's side project
Sun 24th Jan, 2021
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  • Too much going on. Need to get focused and will then report.
Thu 28th Jan, 2021
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