Kent Fenwick (@kentf) and Nick Shim (@nim342) talk about their side projects, their day jobs, technology, the future, philosophy, 90s action movies, and much much more.
August 31st, 2018 | 1 hr 39 mins
airbnb, silicon valley, startup, tech, tilt, vc
Today Nick picks Kent's brain about his time at Tilt and life at a VC backed startup in Silicon Valley.
Tilt allowed users to pool funds for objectives in a simple, social, and frictionless way online. At it's zenith it was valued at almost a billion dollars and has since been acquired by Airbnb.
August 21st, 2018 | 1 hr 44 mins
dropshipping, e-commerce, facebook ads, google ads, marketing, revenue, shopify, side hustle
Kent got into the Mission this week, and Nick has some questions. Most of the episode centers around the article Kent wrote about how to start an e-commerce store that doesn't dropship. It goes into the weeds around starting a business, finding and pricing products, Google vs. Facebook marketing and more. Nick also confronts Kent on the question of whether this was all an elaborate piece of content marketing
August 10th, 2018 | 1 hr 39 mins
app, builder, consulting, craft, diy, estimation
If you make stuff I'm sure you've been approached about an idea for app or website or video or movie. We talk through our thought process and considerations when taking on other people's projects.
August 2nd, 2018 | 49 mins 43 secs
blog, book, editing, publishing, writing
Nick gets his writing edited by Michelle Brown! They discuss how this could translate into a book. She goes over bigger on-going themes, framing devices, structure, language. It's a fun listen for anyone who has been following along with my blog or for anyone who writes!
Michelle's book, Safe Words: https://www.amazon.ca/Safe-Words-Michelle-Brown/dp/1926794729
July 23rd, 2018 | 1 hr 23 mins
advertising, freemium, google, payment, payments
Kent and Nick talk about paying for software vs. ad based payment models. They discuss how much they would pay for services like Google, and Facebook and speculate on what the future of these payment models look like.
June 24th, 2018 | 53 mins 29 secs
goals, project update, wwdc
Nick is back from Apple's worldwide developer conference (WWDC) and answers Kent's questions about it. Before that Nick and Kent talk about their progress towards the goals, they set a few weeks ago for their side projects. Nick is doing well, Kent isn't.
June 6th, 2018 | 1 hr 30 mins
books, e-commerce, hustle, podcasts, projects, side-projects, startup
We hit a dip in our projects! Kent's e-commerce store, Nick's book project, even the podcast. It's starting to feel like work and not like fun. We talk through it all and we hope you can relate!
Episode 31: Running an e-commerce store, cash flow, debt and financing, buying products, managing suppliers, calculating margins and more... A deep retail dive.
May 28th, 2018 | 58 mins 51 secs
Kent recently appeared as a guest on This Commerce Life, a podcast about all things retail, and gets to ask Phil and Kenny, two industry veterans a ton of questions about Able Cells. They cover inventory, managing suppliers, cash flow, margins, debt and financing and more.
Episode 30: Is Google sentient? How do we build side projects in the age of strong AI? Plus some WWDC predictions.
May 21st, 2018 | 1 hr 27 mins
ai, google, sentient, strong ai, turing test
Nick and Kent discuss the Google Assistant demo where an AI places a call and books a reservation. Is this software sentient? No. And how does this shape ambition when building side projects? Are certain industries dead? Plus some WWDC predictions.
May 13th, 2018 | 48 mins 20 secs
coffee, espresso, interview, side-projects, startup
Experimenting with a new episode type, Nick chats with Sameer - owner of Fahrenheit coffee. Incredible coffee, amazing dude. This episode is about passion, about craft, and about relationships. It'll also really make you want to drink coffee! Enjoy!
May 8th, 2018 | 1 hr 33 mins
apps, conversation, ideas, marketing, product, tech
Kent and Nick chat about a product idea: A social podcasting app. Really interesting idea and lots of different directions it can go. Let's jam!
April 30th, 2018 | 1 hr 51 mins
marketing, product, side projects
Nick and Kent give their perspective on the age old debate between product and marketing. Where does product end and marketing begin, what should product people know about marketing? What should good marketers know about the product? How can you apply all of this to your side projects?
This is our most edited episode, please forgive the audio at points.
April 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 18 mins
family, life, side-projects, startup, work
Kent and Nick have a conversation around balancing Work, Family and Side Projects.
April 13th, 2018 | 1 hr 5 mins
dads, outsourcing, startups, tech, technology
We open with some project updates (ablecells.com, medium.com/fatherhood) followed by some Q&A from fans (I can't believe people still listen to this!).
Episode 24: How morals and ethics affects startups, building ethics into your side project, and deleting Facebook
April 2nd, 2018 | 1 hr 13 mins
ethics, facebook. privacy, morals, politics
Nick asks Kent if he plans to delete Facebook, this leads to a discussion about Facebook's recent drama, how ethics and morals play into business, and how you can build good ethics into your side project or company.
March 26th, 2018 | 1 hr 48 mins
hustle, side projects, startup, work
Kent and Nick talk about Hero Worship and Self-Doubt. They ruminate about when/if they'd go all in on something and the secret to winning at side projects. Bonus Parent Corner content at the very end. Enjoy!