Tommy McCubbin—advertising Creative Director, dad and podcaster—joins me on MATE to discuss why he thinks advertising sucks, how to avoid the #1 start-up mistake and share his thoughts on podcasting. We jump right into his controversial opinions about the advertising industry and why traditional ads don’t work. Tommy reveals the harsh truth behind why his start-up failed and the warning signs he ignored. And we also talk about exciting new technology, trends in podcasting and how to succeed with side projects.
Maneesh Sethi is a serial entrepreneur and a serial troublemaker. He’s the founder of Pavlok, a habit-changing wearable wristband which gives you electric shocks. His career is pervaded with shocking (no pun intended!) stories … like the time he bought his own private island; the story of how he wrote a best-selling book at 14 years-old; or when he had a heated argument with billionaire Mark Cuban on Shark Tank. Maneesh has spent time working with some of the all-time best business thinkers, and in this episode of MATE he shares the business advice he personally received from the likes of Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin and Richard Branson.
Maneesh Sethi is the founder of Pavlok, a behaviour company which helps people change their habits. They released the Pavlok wearable device, which helps people form good habits and break bad habits using operant and classical conditioning.
At 14 years-old, Maneesh wrote a best-selling book called Game Programming for Teens. The book took-off and became one of the top computer books in America and featured on the Amazon best-seller list. It even became a textbook in Poland (and was translated into 4 languages)!
“Everyone thinks that I’m trying to build [Pavlok] a product that really helps people. [They think], “I like that you’re testing it with other people and with yourself to see if you can help others.” And I’m like, “No, no, no … you don’t understand. I’m trying to build a product to get me to fucking get my shit done, so I’m testing it on all of you so that I know the perfect solution to solve it for me!”” ~ Maneesh Sethi
“Behaviour is really just a manifestation of all of our decisions. So the way you act is based on what’s going on in your head.” ~ Adam Jaffrey
Rory Aronson revolutionised agriculture when he created the coolest invention ever—FarmBot—an AI robot which farms your veggie patch. Seriously, this autonomous robot plants seeds, waters the garden, checks the soil nutrients and kills the weeds. In this episode of MATE, Rory explains how he built this precision agriculture machine and why it’s going to transform the agriculture industry. We also discuss how he hacked the product launch video to go viral and smash the goal on their crowdfunding campaign.
What is CNC farming and what are the benefits?
How FarmBot works and how to build one
Who FarmBot is created for
Why Rory decided to make FarmBot open-source
How FarmBot compares to traditional methods of agriculture
Plans to make FarmBot available for under $1,000
Kickstarter’s impact on launching the project
How to make your product launch video campaign go viral on social media
How Rory has dealt with the sudden media attention of becoming an instant celebrity
Ryan McLeod—designer and developer of Blackbox for iPhone—talks to me via Skype about how and why he came up with this crazy idea for an iPhone puzzle game. We talk about some of the design challenges he encountered while making Blackbox, and explore what life is like as an indie developer (when the hordes of fans come bashing on your door wanting new levels!). Ryan also discusses the principles of good design, and what it’s been like creating an interaction-heavy game without a formal design background. It’s a fascinating and hilarious chat!