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It’s the end of 2021, so today we look forward to 2022 and what we hope to achieve. Joe talks about the upcoming inflection point he faces with his current long-term contract, and Charles discusses his marketing and technical goals for the upcoming year. Mailing List Every month there are more great articles and content about the business of Mac an…
 
Today we continue with our look at how we did living up to the goals that we set for ourselves in 2021. Last week we focused on Joe. This week it’s Charles’ chance to be in the hot seat as we evaluate his progress in 2021. Mailing List Every month there are more great articles and content about the business of Mac and iOS development than we have t…
 
As is our tradition, today we start taking a look at how we did living up to the goals that we set for ourselves in 2021. In this episode we review Joe’s goals and get caught up on how he did this year. Mailing List Every month there are more great articles and content about the business of Mac and iOS development than we have time to discuss on th…
 
Today we discuss Charles’ ad campaigns in 2021 and look forward to 2022. We talk about why RelaNet’s final advertisement in 2021 was rejected, risks that this cancellation have revealed in RelaNet’s marketing plan, and RelaNet’s advertising plan for 2022. Mailing List Every month there are more great articles and content about the business of Mac a…
 
Today Charles takes his turn on the couch and talks to Joe about some problems he’s been dealing with. We talk about a feature update that has taken much longer than expected, how to push a contractor to make more progress, and a newly discovered issue with Charles’ e-signature tool that could be catastrophic if it is not quickly fixed. Mailing Lis…
 
Today we are again discussing the Apple vs Epic lawsuit. This time we talk about the recent court order that denied Apples motion to delay removal of the App Store anti-steering provisions, what Apple’s next move might be, and we read the tea leaves a bit to try to better understand how the court might respond to some of the ways Apple might implem…
 
Today we talk about the recent Apple Event and the new line of laptops that Apple announced. We discuss the new technology in Apple’s new CPUs, the return of ports on MacBook Pros, and why Joe isn’t as thrilled with the announced changes as everyone else seems to be. Mailing List Every month there are more great articles and content about the busin…
 
We are joined again today by Jonathan Rhyne, CEO and Co-Founder of PSPDFKit. We invited Jonathan on the show again because PSPDFKit just raised its first round of funding. Today Jonathan continues addressing the question Charles and Joe were both asking: “Why take funding now, after so many years of bootstrapping?” Mailing List Every month there ar…
 
Today we continue the discussion about website design that we began last week. We talk about how to select great fonts for your website, being careful with contrast, and some considerations to keep in mind when looking at stock photography for your website. Mailing List Every month there are more great articles and content about […]…
 
Today we talk about the latest fuss to overtake our technology community: 1Password and its decision to use Electron for the next version of its password manager rather than native technologies. We discuss the background of the change, why people are upset, and why this is probably the right move for 1Password despite the controversy. […]…
 
Today we catch up with Charles and the email advertising campaign that he recently ran for RelaNet. Charles shares some numbers on the performance of the campaign, and he expresses frustration about his inability to run promotions more frequently. We talk about growth bottlenecks, automation, finding contractors you can trust, and more. Mailing Lis…
 
Today we’re talking about an article from Justin Harter that really resonated with us. It’s a story of someone who owned his own services business, struggled to make it work, found some success, and burned himself out. We talk about feeding “the hungry ghost”, the danger of your indie/bootstrapped business turning into “a successful failure”, […]…
 
We’re joined today by Curtis Herbert, developer of Slopes, to discuss the WWDC keynote and how the announcements that Apple made will affect the businesses of iOS and Mac developers. We talk about new Swift language features, how Apple’s focus on privacy will affect marketing efforts, changes coming to the App Store, developing and deploying […]…
 
Charles is preparing for another round of cold email marketing, so today we continue our discussion about email marketing. We talk about doing the pre-work that’s necessary to make sure your pitch is relevant to the recipient, developing a willingness to step outside your comfort zone to market your business, and exploring alternate real-world chan…
 
Charles is preparing for another round of cold email marketing, so today we discuss some of the considerations that go into a cold email campaign. We talk about getting over the uncomfortable feeling that you’re bothering people with your advertising, strategies for targeting higher value customers, and the importance of developing trust when selli…
 
In this episode we continue talking about Charles’ plan for marketing RelaNet in 2021. Today we discuss Charles’ plan to start an affiliate program and focus on state-level organizations. We talk about affiliate rates, the affiliate software that Charles is using to manage the program, and all the supporting documentation and web pages that had […]…
 
Today we continue talking about the changes that Charles is making to RelaNet pricing tiers. In particular, today we discuss how to handle customers whose pricing would be different under the new pricing plans. Should these customers be grandfathered and allowed to keep their current pricing? Should they be forced to change plans, either immediatel…
 
Today Charles talks about his plan to change his pricing tiers for RelaNet. We talk about RelaNet’s current pricing tiers, the problems he’s found with this current pricing, the changes he has in mind, and how to best present information about these new pricing tiers. Mailing List Every month there are more great articles and […]…
 
Today we continue our conversation with Dermot Daly, founder of Tapadoo, one of the premier iOS client services outfits in Dublin, Ireland. In this episode, we talk about how the pandemic has affected Tapadoo’s customer pipeline, changes he’s noticed in potential contracting clients over the years, the role of indie iOS development in today’s overa…
 
In today’s episode, we talk about creating product roadmaps, each from our own perspective. Charles discusses prioritizing what comes next in the context of a one-man operation, and Joe tackles the issue from the perspective of someone working with a team. Mailing List Every month there are more great articles and content about the business […]…
 
Today we talk about the imminent demise of the iOS Identifier for Advertisers (or “IDFA”), and how we expect to be affected by this change scheduled to be introduced in iOS 14.5. Joe shares how the project he’s contracting to is adapting to the change, and Charles talks about how this change is affecting his […]…
 
Today we continue our conversation about a refresh of the RelaNet website that Charles recently completed. In this episode we talk about favicons, updating website content, comparing RelaNet to competitors, and why Charles finally broke down and added a blog. Mailing List Every month there are more great articles and content about the business of […
 
Today we talk to Joe about a new role that he’s taken in the contracting team he’s been working with: sole iOS developer. We talk to Joe about how this came about, how his responsibilities are changing, and how this new role has required a new way of thinking about the work he’s doing. Mailing […]By Charles Perry and Joe Cieplinski
 
Charles has reached an inflection point where he either needs to purchase several licenses to the e-signature solution he’s using, or he needs to purchase the entire product outright. Today Joe helps Charles think through the pros and cons of this potential business opportunity. (This episode was recorded on December 30, 2020.) Mailing List Every […
 
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