In Episode 17, we had the extreme pleasure of speaking with Josh Holat about his experiences as the CTO of StageBloc (now Fullscreen Direct). We talk about how he and the StageBloc team built their software company by bootstrapping, growing in the company and going through the acquisition phase of the company. Josh talks about things that are great to consider while bootstrapping and things to avoid.

See what they have built here:
Fullscreen Direct – https://www.fullscreendirect.com/


Josh Holat
Twitter – @joshholat

Patrick Farrar
Twitter – @pfarrar1


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In Episode 12, I take a dive into the mailbox and do some Q&A from questions that we have received. We look at advice around beginning a podcast and also how to build a career in software.


Patrick Farrar
Twitter – @pfarrar1


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Episode 11 looks at the topics of mentorship and building out a work like balance that you can be excited for. My guest is Zack Gilbert (https://twitter.com/zackgilbert) a freelance software engineer who specializes in early stage product development. Zack has built his career into a mix of being able to work with new and exiting technologies while also maintaining a life where he travels the world experiencing new and exciting areas across the world.

We sat down to discuss the various varieties of mentorship we’ve experienced and practical approaches to building a freelancer career that has a promising work life balance. Zack’s background developing communities and career are a perfect treat for this topic and discussion.


Zack Gilbert
Twitter – @zackgilbert

Patrick Farrar
Twitter – @pfarrar1


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In the episode Finding the Right Development Talent, Building Highly Functional Development Teams, we look at what it takes to grow, build and retain a development team and how software developers identify product opportunities in the marketplace. Our guest Andy Abbott is technology entrepreneur in Chicago who has co-founded multiple startups including BookedOut, which was acquired this past fall the Chicago based firm Shiftgig. Andy is also the founder of the Chicago .NET Developers group (http://www.chicagodev.net).

Andy talks about his latest project Heretik (heretik.io) and how him and his team were able to identify opportunity in the marketplace and also shares his experiences of building out software teams for startups and enterprise firms.


Andy Abbott
Twitter – @asabbott

Patrick Farrar
Twitter – @pfarrar1


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In this episode, we look at what an MVP is and how it can be utilized when developing product and getting to market. We talk with our guest Adam Yala about techniques and things to consider when building out an MVP and common pitfalls to avoid when getting a new product to market.


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Adam Yala
Github – https://github.com/adamyala

Patrick Farrar
Twitter – @pfarrar1
Github – https://github.com/pfarrar1


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Welcome to Episode 2 for the Opinionated Stance Podcast. The response for the first episode was amazing and I am truly thankful for the support. Episode 2 of the show is a good one for people looking to broaden their knowledge of business development and SEO.

We talk about different strategies developer agencies and freelancers can be utilize in business development with Ryan Erwin (@ryanerwin33) of Internet Marketing Chicago. We also take a look at what SEO is and how search engine optimization can help businesses increase their web presence. We dive into potential problems and situations that need to be considered when developing and executing a search engine optimization strategy.


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Ryan Erwin
Twitter – @ryanerwin33

Patrick Farrar
Twitter – @pfarrar1


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