BizCraft Episode 11 – Conferences, side projects & changing your mind

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About the Show

This is BizCraft, the podcast about the business side of web design, recorded live almost every two weeks. Your hosts are Carl Smith (@carlsmith) of nGen Works and Gene Crawford (@genecrawford) of UnmatchedStyle.

Episode Overview

This was our first show back “in the studios”. Kinda weird not sitting next to each other after 3 shows at events. We discuss what conferences mean to us and how we get along with going to bunches of them, side projects and changing our minds a lot.

Discussion Topics

The main discussion we started with was about the “conference life”.
What does it mean to you?
What do you get out of it, personally or business wise?

The Highs and Lows of Side Projects

Side projects sound so appealing because they mitigate risk. They take something that’s traditionally very scary, starting a business, and make it seem less daunting. The fear of failure and personal finance woes fall away, because it’s just a side project.

Advice from Jeff Bezos:

He said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It’s perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today.

How do you deal with being in a slump?
How do you practice patience with your business?
Article reference for this line of discussion.

Beers from the end of the show

Carl: Intuition Ale Works I10 IPA
Gene: Newcastle Werewolf

Upcoming Stuff & Notes

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Gene Crawford

With over a decade of experience in the industry he has overseen the design and architecture of hundreds of web sites and applications. An active member in the design community, he's the editor & producer of, the ConvergeSE, ConvergeFL, ConvergeRVA and the Breaking Development conference series.