The book launch is 2 days away and I have lots to do.

Marketing for Product People launches on Feb 10th. I still need to:

Do final exports of the ebook files + upload them to Gumroad
– Do final rendering + export of video tutorials
– Update homepage (on launch day) with links to “buy now”
Write “launches tomorrow” email
– Write launch day email

“I love making the stuff, that’s sort of the core of it. I love creating the stuff. It’s so satisfying to get from the beginning to the end, from a shaky nothing idea to something that’s well formed and the audience really likes. It’s like a drug: You keep trying to do it again and again and again. I’ve learned from experience that if you work harder at it, and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get a better result. It comes from the work”

Louis C.K

Great quote via Darian

– Ozzie is building Outflow: an app that tracks your recurring subscriptions.
– Allie is working on a horror movie a day blog.
– Valon is working on his web agency.
– Rhythm is building India’s first 100% transparent donations platform
– John is working on a Rasberry Pi magic mirror (more here)
– Andrei is building
– Andrew is building a new Open Source mechanical keyboard project, called the K Type
– Annette just made a DIY Jewelry Display and a Little Free Library!
– Brian is currently writing here and doing a podcast here.
– Tyler just invented a simple, thin, laptop cover and WordPress security service.
– Jonas just launched a really well designed weather app!
– Tah just baked some snicker-doodle cookies from scratch. ? She’s also doing some interior design.
– Thomas is working on a new way to discover music through a community
– Ciler is about to launch Smart Moderation
– Brandon is writing 500 words per day at
– Kerry is documenting his journey into Data Science from scratch
– Nathan just announced his team’s new project on BetaList
– Dave is working on Get Tech Friends
– Justin is making his own bed
– Corey is working on Leet a platform to share gameplay highlights
– Peter is working on his travel site
– Sofia is working on NomNom (best name ever)
– Emily is writing maker updates on her blog
– Pablo is making Spanish Dato2 game tutorials
– Pedro just hosted a Restart Party in Lagos
– Marcella is writing her book: Make
– Sammy is working on Thangs
– Ryan is working on The ADHD nerd
– Keenan Kirk (the amazing talent who designed the MegaMaker logo) is building a website for his band, Forester
– Nick and Jae revived a 1950s kitchen knife company
– Alex is working on the The Plunge podcast
– Corey is working on a Kanban board for WordPress
– Marcus wants to encourage more creatives to make apps with a positive impact on people’s lives
– Dylan is working on the next version of FoundersKit.
– Bart is working on a food magazine for cities.
– Richard is launching lunchspark – a platform to help connect creatives, entrepreneurs and business folks in personal and meaningful ways over casual lunches.

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Our outlook in life is largely informed by the pain (and success) we’ve experienced in the past.

Good to think about when we’re doling out advice, or reacting to other people.

Just published a new episode!

Play episode 6 of MegaMaker

Millions of shirts are made every year; but how can we make t-shirts that people actually want to wear?

Learn how to make your own t-shirts, and watch Justin as he launches his own t-shirt brand.

Show notes


  • Leading Snowflakes – a book by Oren Ellenbogen, “Become the leader your engineers need.”

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Thank you:

Here are the text messages between myself and my designer friend (Keenan Kirk):

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I also created this mood board on Pinterest:


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So since I can’t pitch this to you in person and explain it I’ll give you a short little write up. Alright. Here you go:


After checking out everything you sent me I noticed a lot of grungy, metal, typographic, (and like you said) subversive influence. I tried to create something reminiscent of the community in “join the collective” mixed with artwork from a lead single of Striker’s next album. The letters are all drawn incredibly tight together like a well thought out idea. No need for second guessing. No room for error. But still a seamless fit. Almost like it came together with ease. Though “Maker” may be a little difficult to read (I don’t think it’s bad at all) the strength of the letters as one unit is far more important to me than immediate legibility. If you can make something eye catching and interesting that people want to figure out, that a few more seconds they’ll spend on your site or on your company. The logo was also built to work as a stencil too. Just an idea for down the road.

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Wow. Just thought of this post while drinking coffee, and decided to just write it and publish it. All in about 15 minutes.

Dragline: Why you got to go and say fifty eggs for? Why not thirty-five or thirty-nine?

Luke: I thought it was a nice round number.