The re-launch of Marketing for Developers is fast approaching.

I recently bought a new camera for video. Nothing fancy: a Logitech Pro Webcam. In the USA it’s listed at $129.99. Here in Canada it was $169.

I can’t afford a DSLR right now, but I wanted something that would create a better look than my built-in iSight camera on my Macbook Pro.

Really impressed with the results so far.

Hey friends – Keenan Kirk (the artist behind the MegaMaker logo) has a new album out with his band Forester.

It’s f’ing killer. ?

I introduced it to my friend Justin Abrahms, and he fell in love. ❤️

Please listen + stream + buy + review it! I want to see it go ?.

Listen to it on iTunes here.

Here’s my review: ★★★★★

Good from the first drop!

Forester is a perfect mix: they’re energetic AND they’re great writers.

It’s agressive, smart, piano rock.

This is the album you can listen to at work, but it’s also perfect for the gym.

If you’re looking for some new jams, but you want to hear something with layers of substance, this whole album is for you.

It’s launched! With over 550 pre-orders, this launch is already going well. You can get your copy here:

Buy now

Want more info? Go here.

Episode 25 of MegaMaker

Show notes

Two tactics for getting out of the dumps

  1. Help someone else.
  2. Make something small. Anything! It will help get you unstuck.

“I think making something will cure almost anything. It always makes me feel better” – Casey Neistat

Current project: Remote Workers Clubs

www.remoteworkers.club

One thing we’ve learned is that momentum is everything. Keep making decisions, so you keep moving forward. Blockers don’t just stop work; they kill your motivation.

Just bought Amistad’s new EP: “Talk Peace to Wolf.”

Love seeing great music come out of Vernon, BC. Give these fellas a listen!

Buy it on iTunes →

MegaMaker episode 24: do things, tell people

Yesterday two strangers sent me this photo from Cologne, Germany.

MegaMaker listeners in Germany

Here’s the story: they were both attending Lean Camp in Cologne. Sammy (the fellow on the right) recognized Ben’s MegaMaker shirt. The two connected, and snapped this photo for me. Ben later described the whole meeting like this:

MegaMaker product hunt

Ben and Sammy reminded me of why I created MegaMaker in the first place. In August 2015, before I’d started the podcast, I wrote my friend Sacha Greif an email explaining the idea. Here are some excerpts:

MegaMaker is a podcast for people who identify as “makers” (both digital and physical). There should be an air of mystery around it.

This next part is even more eerie:

I miss creating physical things like hats, t-shirts, etc… Physical goods can draw people together. I’m looking to create things that help people feel part of the club, part of the movement. I want people to wear the shirts at conferences and recognize each other.

Writing those words 9 months ago, and seeing them come to fruition now is incredibly satisfying.

MegaMaker was a huge personal risk for me. I decided to quit doing full-time Product Marketing work, and focus on this weird idea of making 100 things in a year.

I’ve been calling it my “creative sabbatical.”

There were a lot of folks who told me I was making a mistake. I’d just finished launching my book on product marketing, had spoken at a conference in Europe on the topic, and was getting good job offers. A few friends messaged me and said:

You’re just starting to be known as the “product marketing guy.” This opportunity might not come again! You should stay focused on that.

But after 14 years of working full-time I needed a break. Specifically I wanted to explore three things:

  1. Community: there’s nothing better than people connecting on a human level. When community works it creates solidarity, encouragement, and collaboration.
  2. Creativity: “Life is better when you make stuff” – Levi Allen
  3. Curiosity: What’s it like to try this? Let’s test the rules. Let’s break some rules!

Why am I telling you all this?

I don’t know. 😉 I’m not even sure if I’ll click “publish” on this one.

Part of me just wanted to share the story.

And a big part of me wanted to say thank you. Thanks to all of you who have listened to the show, joined the Maker Challenge, and supported this creative journey.

Cheers,
Justin Jackson
@mijustin

PS: if you’d like to get your own shirt, you can order one here! (I just added a new “Season 2” themed version as well). Also, huge thanks to Becca for sending me these great gallery images of her wearing the Standard Women’s Tee.

Bruce from City Woodworks makes these cool markerboards, chalkboards, and mirrors that look like old windows.

IMG_0502

Andrés Salazar is making these cool guitar pedals. Here’s his current prototype:

JLH

We have an awesome new patron: Creation Crate!

Creation Crate is tech education in-a-box. Learn how to make electronics with projects delivered to you each month.

Get an awesome new electronics project every month

Asked the MegaMaker SMS list (200 people) yesterday: “In one word, describe your last interaction with a vending machine.”

Over 100 people replied.

Describe your last interaction with vending machine

Want to be a part of the next mission?

Just text “hi” to +1-424-247-5762.

MegaMaker episode 18

And… Marty and Justin announce their second software project.

The 5 lessons I’ve learned from Iron Maiden:

  1. Figure out what people want.
  2. Create things that are well-made.
  3. Be unique, surprising, and unexpected.
  4. Keep shipping more stuff.
  5. Be persistent and adaptable.

Sponsor: Balsamiq.com

Today our friends at Balsamiq asked us not to talk about their awesome wireframing tool that all of you should be using already, but instead share with you 3 makers that they love and they think you’ll love too. You should look them up on YouTube:

  • Colin Furze, an insane British maker that builds rocket-powered toilets and other crazy things.
  • James from XRobots.co.uk, another British maker that 3D-prints life-sized, working Star Wars droid and Iron man suits
  • Chris from ClickSpring, an Australian watch-maker whose videos are just totally addictive.

Discount code: use code MEGAMAKER to get $10 off Balsamiq Mockups 3 for Desktop (normally $89). Code Expires May 1st.