300: TZ Interview – Jason Roberts & Justin Vincent

Rob Walling guest hosts this seminal episode to walk Jason and Justin down memory lane during which they discuss how Rob wouldn’t allow Jason to invest in Drip, Appignite, Pluggio, AnyFu, Uber, the interview wth Travis Kalanick, Nugget, the madness, luck surface area, entreporn, blog posts as lead gen and how to make yourself into expert on the web, Jason’s prescience on Tesla and Bitcoin, the interview with Patrick Collison, how they got started doing the podcast and what they’ve gotten out of it, the meaning of some of the funnier show titles, Operation Superhero, the failure that was Justin’s treadmill desk and how the show has evolved over the years.

  1. Awesome episode, so glad to hear you guys reach 300.
    Look forward to every episode.

  2. Anthony Galvin says:

    “That stupid f*cking walking desk…” – Great recap. Funny as hell. Here’s to the next 300.

  3. Ivan Marinkovic says:

    Justin and Jason congratulation on your 300th episode the show was epic it truly was a trip down memory lane.

    Rob did a great job as host touching on major events over the years.

    May the next 300 be as funny and interesting as the first ones. Maybe in the future you could interview some of the people that are building apps based on the Justin’s nuggets it could help more people hear about the service from a user perspective.

  4. Jonathan Wheat says:

    Hey guys,
    Loved. That. Show. It was a great idea to have Rob on and cover all those moments from the past. Your reactions to some of the topics was so funny. Cheers to you both and I hope you keep at it.


  5. Hi guys!
    Great show, great 300 run ! Can’t believe it’s been sooooooo many episodes so far 🙂
    All the best to you and your families !

  6. Danilo Celic says:

    Jason to Rob: “your friendship has been enough through the years” immediately thought Sad Trombone 🙂

    The coverage of all of the various projects and concepts and memes I’ve listened to over the years has been quite the walk down memory lane. Thanks for much for your time Jason and Justin that you’ve put into making the podcast, and thanks to Rob for joining in as the interviewer and sharing your thoughts.

    I’m looking forward to the next 300!

  7. Hi guys,

    I’ve listened religiously to techzing since about episode 100, never posted a comment but just love every single episode! Can’t believe you only have 2000 listeners, here’s to the late surge!

    To the next 300.5!

  8. rdbhost says:

    Do you have a link for ‘Air fare’, as mentioned in the podcast?


  9. Stuart Hinson says:

    @rdbhost with a ‘P’, airpair.com

  10. Stuart Hinson says:

    Loved this episode, great to revisit the old topics. Also, second Ivan’s idea of interviewing Nugget customers — I had the same thought while listening to the episode.

  11. Jason says:

    @All – Thanks so much for all of the positive feedback! Hearing from listeners who enjoy our podcast is a big reason we’ve kept doing it despite how overscheduled our respective lives are. I have to admit that I’ve seriously considered making #300 our last show, but now I think I’m leaning the other way. Like I said on this episode, my recorded conversations with Justin are consistently among the most interesting conversations that I tend have, so I might as well keep going with it for that reason alone. 😉

    We really appreciate you sticking with us all for all of these years. It has been quite a ride!

  12. Great episode.

    @Jason I had a similar issue to you with the Algorithmic Trading article. If you search for “decoding captcahas” in any search engine an article I wrote years ago is the number one result. I used to get an email a day asking for more details and questions about it. After about 2 years of this I collected all my responses, a small amount of additional content and packaged it up as a book. I have no received an email since (which was the goal), but I also make $39 every month in passive income or so from those buying it.

    Depends on how much effort it is and what sort of traffic you get but I would suggest just making a small info package with whatever you have responded and put a small price on it. It worked for me.

  13. Jason says:

    @Ben Boyter – I don’t know. That sounds like an awful lot of work. 😉 But it IS a good idea.

  14. Great episode. Had a great time listening to you reminisce and reminiscing along with you.

    The thing which I always remember from the early days was the daily episodes experiment. That nearly finished me off. I’ll take fortnightly 2 hour episodes over that any day thanks!

    One thing which I think stands out from all those episodes over the years is that is has never got dull. I originally got into the podast because of the bootstrapping thread which was running through episodes for a long time. As that has changed it has always remained enlightening, entertaining, and perhaps got even better. I think beause of that it is one of the few podcasts I listen to where I can discuss some of it with my wife (although I don’t she’d be any more receptive than either of yours to a full episodes worth of discussion 🙂 )

    Thanks for the last 300 (ish) and here’s to the next one and beyond


  15. Woohoo, a nameless name-check for me in episode 300!

    I followed Jason’s advice on documenting self-learning on a blog a few years ago. I was writing about Node, MongoDB and Mongoose. From that my first book “Mongoose for Application Development” was commissioned, and my second book “Getting MEAN” also happened because of the blog.

    Through “Getting MEAN” I met my business partner and we’ve set up Full Stack Training. Good times.

    Thanks Jason & Justin, keep it up. The topics have changed over the years as your interests change and endeavours take you in different directions. I love the current level of enthusiasm you guys both have about your projects. It’s very infectious, and with Math Academy being essentially non-tech, it’s a great reminder to keep your options and mind open.

  16. Jason says:

    @Simon Holmes – I’m SO sorry for blanking on your name! That was pretty embarrassing. I’ll remedy that in the next show and give a shout-out to your new book.

  17. Jason says:

    @(Other) Robin – I agree, the daily show was certainly a failed experiment. But at least we tried. 😉

    Also, I’m glad you feel the show hasn’t become repetitive or dull over the years. After all, the only sin in entertainment is to be boring. 😉

  18. Bob says:

    Great show, Congrats on Episode 300!

    It was a plug on a Nov 2012 episode of Startups For The Rest Of Us that brought me to techzing. I’ve been a loyal listener ever since.

    Heres to 300 more!

  19. Seh Hui "Felix" Leong says:

    Congratulations for the 300th show! 😀

    Although I kind of fallen off the release schedule, listening to this episode w/ Rob hosting feels like I’m back home again enjoying all the great moments and conversations.

    Hopefully would be back on the TechZing bandwagon and looking forward to the next 300! :3