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Episode Info: In this episode, we kick it with Owen Williams, most recognized for his previous work as an editor at The Next Web and maker of the well-regarded technology newsletter re:Charged. From his broad experience as a journalist and software engineer, we’re going to discuss his latest product launch, Write Together.We cover a broad range of topics including:the evolution of content creationwhy it's important to write every dayPHP frameworkshis super nifty Slack hackand much moreLean more about Makers Weekly and what we're working on here.Notable MentionsVanmoof (2:45) - awesome futuristic smart bikesProduct Hunt (3:19) - a daily list of new products around the webRyan Hoover (11:47) - founder of Product HuntMedium (6:25) - a modern, social blogging platformGithub streaks (8:10) - a visual indicator of the frequency a developer commits code to a projectLean Startup (12:30) - a product development methodology (and book) that focuses on rapid prototyping and constant product iteration with the goal to capture learnings cheap, fast, and often.React (14:35) - a modern Javascript framework for developing web interfaces. See ReactNative for mobileLaravel and their billing framework, Cashier (14:50)Getstream (15:39) - out of the box social networking features, like news feeds and timelines.Stripe (16:10) - credit card processor for internet productsSegment (16:11) - data analytics platformChart Mogul (16:17) - out of the box operations portal for SaaS businessesBear Metrics (16:27) - similar to Chart Mogul but a bit more robust and more expensiveGoogle's Startup Program (16:43) - free cloud hosting!!Sentry (17:15) - Error tracking, Owen integrates with Slack for alertsSlack (17:16) - Owen routes all of his alerts into a Slack via their API, check out all slack integrationsMailChimp (23:00) - email distribution and marketing platformGoogle Reader (23:16) - RIPExtra ExtraHow do you become a better writer? Well, you need to write. This is the premise of the Write Together product. Here's a great article (and interesting story) about how consistent writing can provide meaningful benefits over time; it has over 20k claps on Medium. I specifically enjoyed the sections called "Be Prolific" and "Learn to Recognize Patterns."Network effects (23:16) - in the product development world, this is a term that refers to features that incrementally get better (or provide greater value) the more they're used. If you're working on a product, this is a must-know concept. Here's the perfect resource to learn all about network effects (check out the slide deck at the bottom).It's with tons of love that I ask you... if you find this interesting at all and want to support this project, please pass this along to a few friends. Thank you and enjoy!...
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