101: TZ Discussion – Right Voice, Wrong Face

Justin and Jason discuss life with kids, the Calacanis interview, the mismatch between Jason’s voice and face, the status of Appignite and the inherit complexity of the problem, how Justin increased Pluggio’s customer conversion rates and why his localization effort was a waste of time, hypothese driven development, the top ten mistakes in behavior change, the lessons learned from TechCrunch’s bad review of MinuteBox, the story of how Jason sold his 300 ZX, howΒ Reddit grew 230% in 2010, the lessons learned from Quora, seed stage valuations,Β Β Gabriel Wienberg‘s latest micro opportunity and startup advice from Tim Ferris.

  1. Bopinder Abu Morpalinder Singh says:

    The broad smiles are great! Nice πŸ™‚

  2. Bopinder Abu Morpalinder Singh says:

    For translation, I use something like tr("These %s are spicy!",things). It works pretty well and translation proceeds just fine. Then you have a script which picks up the first argument of tr().

  3. Bopinder Abu Morpalinder Singh says:

    Growth rate: if anyone is getting monthly revenue going like 1K,3,5,7,9,15, they should tell the investors to go to hell.

  4. @Jason,
    Why not using some global array $lang['SOME_STRING_HERE'];
    or lang("SOME_STRING_HERE"); to translation? it much clearer and quite effective.

  5. Sorry, of course I meant @Justin πŸ™‚

  6. Justin says:

    Shrek. Lord Farquaad. The resemblance is astonishing! πŸ˜‰

  7. Justin says:

    @Udi Mosayev – Yup. I should prolly do that. But I’m going to rip it out anyways πŸ˜‰

  8. Nethy says:

    I can definitely see the resemblance.

  9. Justin says:

    Halloween. Pumpkin. The resemblance is astonishing! πŸ˜‰

  10. Neville says:

    17 push-ups by my count… #AppIgnite

  11. Hi guys,

    I’m a long time listener, commenting for the first time. Came to the site to see what Jason actually looks like – nothing like what I imagined. My wife thinks that he looks like a UFC fighter πŸ™‚

    Anyway, thanks for a great podcast – it’s gotten much better over time. I like panel format a lot, like the recent one with Gabriel and Peter.

    Btw, kudos to Justin for doing a great job on audio. Techzing has better sound than Jason Calacanis’ show “This Week in Startups” . I think this aspect of the show is not appreciated enough πŸ™‚



  12. Jason says:

    @Telman Yusupov – I look like a UFC fighter?! Wow, that’s not good. πŸ˜‰ Well, I have broken my nose three times, so maybe that’s why.

  13. Jason says:

    @Neville – Done! With the push-ups that is. πŸ˜‰

  14. Josh Liu says:

    Hey guys,

    Thanks for your mention and appreciate the feedback.

    I got the TechCrunch review years ago (May2008) when we launched our first version website, which is far before your review.

    And, we are now not fully live yet.

    We totally agree with you that Bowing-bin strategy to tackle some key verticals first and then expand is the way to go. We initially are focusing on tech and social media communities and engaging heavily with the those communities in London, where we are based. We have other plan to make sure that we can accommodate different verticals and create a healthy eco-system. We now just need to push our minimal viable product out first.

    Once we are ready to go, mind giving us another look?



  15. Justin says:

    @Josh Liu – Of course. Apologies for the mix-up re the date. Thx for clearing it up.

  16. Justin says:

    @Telman Yusupov – Thanks very much for the audio compliment. Makes it all worth while to get nice feedback πŸ™‚

  17. @Justin – my pleasure, praise well deserved.

    @Jason – re AppIgnite. You are probably aware of these products that were also meant to make Web app development very easy:

    WaveMaker (nee ActiveGrid) – http://www.wavemaker.com/
    Oracle Apex (HTMLdb long time ago) – http://apex.oracle.com (this only works on Oracle database)

    Both of these products probably have a lot of history that you can learn from to avoid repeating their mistakes and customer base to steal from πŸ˜‰

  18. Jason says:

    @Telman Yusupov – Thanks, I had never heard of WaveMaker before. Very interesting…

  19. William says:

    Great show! Have you guys considered a donation drive for a transcription service (mixergy uses speechpad)? I’d contribute.


  20. Jason says:

    @William – Yeah, we have, but it would cost a lot of money and donations are very limited at this point. I think that for the time being we’d prefer to allocate any donated funds towards improving the the design of the website, etc. At 90 minutes per show and 8 shows per month, the transcription costs would probably run us $350 per month at a minimum ($0.50 / minute).

  21. Justin says:

    @Jason, @William – Not to mention we have 5.2 days worth of recorded material at the moment!