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Slow & Steady

30 EpisodesProduced by Brian Rhea & Benedikt DeickeWebsite

Join us as we share what it's like to build and launch a bootstrapped startup while working for yourself full-time. Benedikt is working on Userlist with two other co-founders and Brian is running solo on a product to combat loneliness on remote teams.

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Margins Are Good

February 26th, 2020

31:46
FemtoConf is, in fact, sold out and Benedikt is working on the finishing touches of in-app messaging. Brian shares the big news that he's going to …

Is FemtoConf sold out?

February 20th, 2020

38:02

Benedikt shares some updates about the tickets and the line-up of FemtoConf 2020. Brian is worried about sounding like a broken record and is …

The Joel Test for Remote Teams

February 13th, 2020

43:08

Benedikt is happily integrating in-app messaging into Userlist and the sample application! Brian shares some struggles with getting the consulting …

Feature Audit is Dead, Long Live Feature Audit

February 6th, 2020

33:35

Brian talks about the end of his involvement in Feature Audit and its (hopefully) bright future. Benedikt shares a bit of the struggles that they …

“I Love You on LinkedIn!”

January 30th, 2020

32:56

Encouraging networking updates from Brian and a push to be more active on LinkedIn. Benedikt is getting into a good rhythm with working full-time on …

All Over the Place

January 23rd, 2020

32:58

Brian and Benedikt talk about a lot of things this week, including Brian's new resources page for remote workers, customer support, and about the …

Packaging Headaches

January 16th, 2020

42:00
This week, Brian explores some ways to create overlap between his consulting work and Headlamp, while Benedikt continues researching email providers …

You’ve Got the Compass!

January 9th, 2020

37:56
Brian and Benedikt are back after taking a break over Christmas and New Year's. They talk about some of their answers to the questions in the Year Compass and provide quick updates on what's going on with Headlamp and …

Feelin' it

December 19th, 2019

43:51

Benedikt shares some stress-related struggles and how he is hoping to address them in the future. Brian is reflecting on the year and rethinking …

Die Eier von Satan

December 12th, 2019

36:37

Brian and Benedikt discuss recent developments in their businesses which include spammers, pre-sales, podcasts about remote work, and metal bands …

We Should Get More Sleep

December 5th, 2019

24:50
Benedikt has shipped In-App Messaging behind a feature flag and it wasn't as painful as he thought it would be! Brian is sluggishly getting back into …

Project Headlamp

November 28th, 2019

37:49

Brian's "Remote work doesn't have to be lonely" project is picking up momentum and has a name and website. Meanwhile, Benedikt is happy about …

Grand Decisions

November 21st, 2019

35:41

Brian is back from a week in the Grand Canyon and Benedikt has some exciting news about his time commitment to Userlist.


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Building Branch with Special Guest Peter Suhm

November 14th, 2019

41:31

Brian is on vacation this week, so Benedikt is joined by Peter Suhm of Branch. Peter and Benedikt talk about the history of Branch, how Peter got into building software products, as well as his experiences with Tiny …

Trial & Error

November 7th, 2019

26:10

Brian is inching toward being ready to start pitching his prototype to customers and Benedikt is feeling a bit uneasy about Userlist's trial …

Domain Expertise

October 31st, 2019

34:00
Benedikt is excited about an expensive purchase while Brian is ironing out the last kinks in the onboarding flow of his new product. 

Sleepless in Croatia

October 24th, 2019

38:26

Benedikt gives an update on his time at MicroConf Europe and Brian thinks there's a similarity in bootstrappers' perception of markets and our …

Getting in Shape

October 17th, 2019

37:10

After giving a short update on their past week, Brian and Benedikt talk about Ryan Singer's book Shape Up. 

Mountains, Calendars, and Slackbots

October 10th, 2019

35:28

Benedikt is back from vacation and Brian is closing in on finalizing the functionality for his "Remote Work Doesn't Have to Be Lonely" prototype.

Pros & Cons of Building in Public with Special Guest Derrick Reimer

October 3rd, 2019

37:34

Brian is joined by special guest Derrick Reimer while Benedikt is on vacation. Brian & Derrick get meta and talk about the pros and cons of doing …

Keeping up with the Bootstrappers

September 26th, 2019

46:14

Brian makes good progress on his new product and Benedikt is finally done with researching how to implement in-app messages for Userlist. Inspired by Brian Casel, we also wonder how to make the podcast more interesting …

Tiny Tasks & Big Insights

September 19th, 2019

43:10
Benedikt is feeling overwhelmed by a big list of small tasks. Brian continues to look for insights to address the problem of isolation and loneliness …

Remote Work Doesn't Have to Be Lonely

September 5th, 2019

35:59
Big news from Brian about his plans for Feature Audit and Benedikt talks through his struggles with analysis paralysis.

Webmaster of Puppets

August 27th, 2019

43:22
Benedikt's experience at a Metallica concert leads us to reminisce about building band websites in the old (and not so old) days. We also talk about …

Microminds & MasterConf

August 22nd, 2019

34:27

Brian's still exploring the formation of a Mastermind group and Benedikt upgraded Userlist to Rails 6 before going out sick for a few days. We also …

It's dangerous to go alone!

August 16th, 2019

42:19

Benedikt's calendar exploded following Userlist's launch. Brian had an encouraging week after a code pairing session with a friend. We talk about the …

First Day of School

August 9th, 2019

41:33
Benedikt celebrates the successful launch of Userlist and some stressful hiccups that happened in the days prior. Brian gets some advice on …

CodeFreeze_Final_FINAL

August 1st, 2019

41:23
Benedikt and Userlist have an official launch date and a Code Freeze. Brian struggles to find time for Feature Audit between client proposals and …

Hello World

August 1st, 2019

30:51

Brian and Benedikt talk about how the idea for the show came about and what they're hoping to share along the way.

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