218: TZ Discussion – Red Helium

Justin and Jason talk about Justin’s idea for doing a catch-up show, foosball and table tennis, why Justin renamed $$ as Jefferson, the push and pull between product designers and developers, Jason’s new travel hack and his recent trip to San Francisco, the talk he gave at Catalyst Class and his tour of Cambrian Genomics, why Jason is introducing robots into Catalyst, the progress being made by the kids and the possibility of having them program virtual battle bots, how John Humphrey helped Jason secure an expiring domain name, Colby’s backflip off a swinghow SpaceX was awarded their first military contract, why Jason thinks single founders can succeed and the fallacies about the advertising business model, the idea of getting more people to recruit experts for AnyFu, Justin’s experience working with Udi Mosayev and Bill Gross, and why the show must go on.

  1. tolga says:

    Oh, Justin,
    You actually put some sound effects to the show already 🙂 More than three times i had to take off the headset “hey wtf!”

  2. Justin says:

    For some reason there was an awful, very loud, ground buzz on my vocal track so I needed to remove that with noise removers… otherwise the show would have not been useable. That’s why my audio sounds odd and has weird moments. 🙂

  3. Instead of an “intro to techzing” show, what about doing a 5 – 10 minute recap of one episode each week to encourage people to dig into the back catalog?

  4. Matt S says:

    I don’t know about going through each episode – there are some “story lines” that are over. A new listener probably doesn’t need to know about e.g. Swarm, Jason’s stolen screenplay to understand recent shows.

    Seems like a rundown of: who you two are, how the podcast started, a brief history of each of your “tech histories”, then summaries of Pluggio, AppIgnite, AnyFu would be sufficient.

    Either way, happy holidays and keep up the good work 🙂

  5. Bill Durling says:

    Did Justin sell Swarm? The website is till up but the link is broken, and there is another Swarm app that looks similar: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/swarm-strategy-board-game/id559032900?mt=8

    Great show as always.

  6. Richard says:

    I agree with Matt S that an overview of major current/recent projects would be better than going through each episode. The recap show is a good idea though, even for regular listeners it would be interesting to hear about projects that get an occasional mention recently e.g. SkyBoard, Pluggio and various apps.

    Maybe you should set a time limit for each story so you can get through them all!

  7. nethy says:

    Re: airline websites

    They do remember how many times you check a flight. If they see you monitoring it, they will raise the price by a few dollars to make you feel some urgency. In some cases, I’ve heard they they actually remove the cheaper tickets.

    Deleting cookies reverses it so it’s possible to catch them out.

    I think RyanAir started this. IF you want to try this, just check a flight on their site and go back to it a few times.

  8. I think Amazon.com were one of the first websites to do this (and got caught) – Amazon Controversies.

  9. Justin says:

    @Bill Durling – I didn’t sell Swarm but I was told to pull it down from the app store due to copyright. I need to rename and re submit it. It’s another on of those things that need to be done…

  10. Hi, I know Jason has invested a lot of programming time on the catalyst class, But I recently discovered an option that seems so ideal that I think you guys should know: Minecraft.

    Specifically, there’s a mod called ComputerCraft that lets you program a little “turtle” to do work for you in the minecraft world. Minecraft would no doubt raise the kids enthusiasm. And you can teach them so much more than programming since it provide mechanisms to build digital logic stuff (from gates all the way up to processors).

    Anyway, love your podcast!

  11. Jason says:

    @Daniel Duan – Most of the Catalyst kids are what you might describe as “Craft” addicts, so if this is what I think it is, then it would be an awesome tool to add to the arsenal! I’ll be researching this tonight.

    Thanks so much for the link. 😉

  12. Just wondering if John Humphrey asked you guys before catching anyfoo.com on your behalf.

    I recently caught a .com for a well known engineer who has built a thriving community around a .org and offered to give it to him for free. I was stunned when (today) he said no thanks. I would not have been surprised if he wanted to keep the .org and simply forward from the .com (which I am doing), but now I’m a bit embarrassed that I spent so much money doing a favor for someone who doesn’t even want it.

    Any ideas why someone would refuse a domain in this case? I didn’t ask for money, in fact, I included the auth code in my message.

  13. Jason says:

    @Micah Alcorn – Wow, that’s really strange that he would turn down a gift like that, unless … I guess he thought there might be some weird strings attached. I don’t know, … some people are weird, and others are even weirder, but I wouldn’t let it bother you too much. I’ve given a couple of domains away myself, and the recipients were always appreciative. In fact, I gave TechGrouch.com to John C. Dvorak, which he kindly accepted, but it looks like he’s since let it lapse.

    Anyway, yeah, John Humphrey just grabbed AnyFoo.com for us without asking, which I considered to be an extremely nice thing to do and for which I’ve thanked him several time.

    By the way, I’d LOVE to know the domain and entrepreneur in question if you’d be willing to share via email. I promise to keep it confidential, except I suppose I’d have to tell Justin since he’s on the podcast and all. 😉

  14. Ken says:

    Hey Jason,

    In regards to your HTML5 app, you may want to checkout jqMobi and jqUI. It’s a javascript framework specifically designed for mobile devices and outperforms jquerymobile, sencha touch, zepto, etc… http://www.jqmobi.com/

    Personally I find it much easier and more natural to use then jquery mobile.

    Here are some tests that show the performance compared to the other frameworks.



  15. Jason says:

    @Ken – jqMobi looks promising and I will definitely check it out. Thanks so much for the info!

    Another benefit of the show. I become smarter with every comment! Well, … almost every comment. 😉