99: TZ Panel – Gabriel Weinberg & Peter Cooper

Justin, Jason and panel guests Peter Cooper and Gabriel Weinberg discuss the weaknesses of Google search and the opportunities thatΒ existΒ for upstart competitors, how to recognize the early signs of exponential growth, the importance of maintaining psychological resilience as a solo entrepreneur, dispelling the myth that ideas are worthless, the two primary habits of creative people, recent changes made to Pluggio’s user journey, pricing and signup process, Peter’s e-book project and the potential growth in e-book readers, the tools they use, the technologies they’re most excited about and what they wish they knew better.

  1. Ruben says:

    Hi guys, just listened to this week’s show and I wanted to make a correction to numbers Justin mentioned regarding conversion rates for trials to paid when you pre-qualify. Currently, I’m seeing 50-60% of my trial accounts convert to paid. Still, 50-60% trials converting is much better than the 1% I previously was seeing when I had my free plan.

    Also, Justin: an important thing to take into consideration when trying to forecast growth is your churn. As your user base increases, your churn likely stays the same, so unless if you’re experiencing linear growth in signups/conversions, you’ll plateau at some point.

  2. Keats says:

    Guys, just a tiny request, please include the current date or the episode number in the filenames for the shows, some podcast players (I’m using the Podcatcher addon for Foobar2k) get confused by the ‘download.mp3’s in the feed.

    Thanks, really-really love the show, keep up the great work! πŸ™‚

  3. We can’t donate money for the 100th show? πŸ™

  4. Justin says:

    I’m talking to soundcloud about it. Hopefully they can fix it!

  5. Justin says:

    @Udi Mosayev well Jason was supposed to set that up πŸ˜‰ I guess I’ll have to!

  6. Which is the comment posted by Peter on Hacker News that kicked of his self-promotion book?

  7. I liked the round table format of this, especially the near the end when everyone covered the tools they use, weaknesses, and upcoming tech. I agree with the selection of NodeJS, very cool stuff that is fun to develop with (when it’s not crashing with obscure/meaningless error codes).

    While NodeJS and CouchDB both use JS and are very cool projects they have very little else in common.

  8. Justin says:

    @Udi Mosayev – Ok I’ve setup the donation page. It’s working again! And this time for good πŸ™‚ http://techzinglive.com/donate

  9. Fun and enjoyable panel discussion show with Gabe and Peter – maybe they could come back every couple months or so! πŸ˜‰

    @Jason, I nearly choked when you said that you assumed that the Rails community was the same as the Ruby community. Although I really like Rails and use it, I also do quite a bit of standard Ruby as well as using other Ruby-based frameworks like Camping.

    I’m going to try DuckDuckGo more regularly now that I added it to my Firefox search engine list.

    @Peter, I really like Ruby Weekly and I did not know about JS weekly. I’m subscribing now!

    Like everybody else I’d like to try NodeJS. The bummer part is that you need Cygwin if you want to use it on Windows, or use a hosted option.

    On the tools topic, I was surprised about the low reliance on debuggers. They can make you so productive. Also another complementary approach is to run automated test suites in parallel of development tasks.

  10. William says:

    I’ll try this tomorrow–but for node.js, why can’t you try a vm (I really don’t like cygwin–I use mys/mingw when I need a tiny build environment…)? For work, I’m platform agnostic, so I test things for Mac, Windows and Linux–for linux,I tend to use VMware and run Ubuntu in the VM….

  11. Keats says:

    Justin, thank you for the quick fix on the filename issue!

    Also, congratulations on the 100th episode, I’m pretty sure a lot of people around here would agree with me when I say I’m feeling more and more grateful to you for making this awesome show each and every week!!!

  12. I’ve found the comment of Peter. It’s here


  13. Jason says:

    @Keats – Thanks so much. We’re having a great time doing the show and learning a lot ourselves, so it’s very nice hear that you guys are enjoying it as well. πŸ˜‰

  14. Jason says:

    @Philippe Monnet – Our plan is to do a panel show every second or third weekend, so I’m glad that people seem to be enjoying them. I think panel shows help to consolidate things a bit and also it’s just a lot of fun to have guys like Peter and Gabe on the show. The problem now is whom to invite to the next panel because there are just so many great options. πŸ˜‰

  15. tomeast says:

    Love the podcast – especially the discussion shows. I think it was Peter that recommended the Linux book he was reading. Any chance you could add a link to it? Thanks & keep up the good work.

  16. tomeast says:

    Went ahead and scanned back through this episode – the book Peter recommends is The Linux Programming Interface: http://nostarch.com/tlpi

  17. Donovan says:

    Having moved to a Mac recently myself, I am trying out Coda as a web development platform. The handiest feature I reckon is it’s “Publish All” option.

    Anyone else used this and found it handy? Would you integrate it into a version control system or how do you use it to manage websites?

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