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
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Paul Graham’s essay Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule  is a great read about different types of schedule that people in an organization may have. The essay is still relevant today as it was when it was first published it.

http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html

It is always good to refresh ourselves on these topics.


Patrick Farrar
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In Episode 15, I take a dive into the mailbox and do some Q&A from questions that we have received. We look at advice around the methodology of test driven development and how and when to have the startup equity talk.

Episode: Startup Equity Talk in Depth with Adam Yala http://www.opinionatedstance.com/episode-4-exploring-build-minimum-viable-product-adam-yala/


Patrick Farrar
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We talk with Adam Haun and dive deep into the topic of community building. We explore what it looks like to build community and how to get the most benefit out developing a thriving community.


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Our discussion this week features a lively discussion with Craig McCaw about how to find the right office space for your company. Craig is a seasoned corporate real estate executive who has worked with some the fastest growing firms in Chicago. We talk about how to get a space, what to look for when picking a space, how an office space can play a factor in developing and fostering company culture.


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In Episode 6 – Discovering Passion and Turning It Into Action, we explore what it means to find passion in life and how to turn that passion into action. My discussion with Nirav Amin (@ndamin) explores the ways and paths that we took to discover our true passions in life and what we do daily to keep living those dreams in action. We investigate some of the paths that we went down that may have been detrimental to experiencing full joy in our personal and professional lives.

We also highlights the topic of community and how developing a strong community will always help through difficult times. Nirav highlights some great efforts made by people in the Chicago startup community and other startup communities around the country who have turned passion into action.

We also talk about how to get involved in a local community. Inaction is the main excuse from joining a community and beginning to live a passion filled life.

It is also so fitting that Gary Vaynerchuk talks about a very similar topic in his DAILYVEE show.

Thank you again for listening and supporting the show. If you have any follow up questions feel free to reach out and we will do our best to help and connect.


Nirav Amin
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