Topics in ‘interviews’

“I had a product. But having a product wasn’t enough to be a success.”

Jim Gay is a busy dad. A REALLY busy dad, with 4 kids. He started thinking about switching from consulting to a product business so he could spend more time with his family…because he was tired of working endless, stressful hours to pay the bills. He built a product – the obvious next step for… Read more »

From Pain into a Product, a real live coaching session

Five years ago, we launched the very first class that would become 30×500. For the last 3 three years, Alex and I have played the role of heartless gatekeepers: Wanna take 30×500? Great, you have to apply. Not a designer, or a developer? Sorry, friend, but we can’t accept your application at this time. We… Read more »

What a Japanese organizing expert can teach you about your startup

Preamble: When my husband sync’d his Kindle with mine and saw, for the first time, just how many (heretfore invisible) Kindle titles I owned… he literally sputtered. Then he tweeted a screenshot of the ridiculousness. We just enabled Kindle Family Library. I didn’t know that @amyhoy’s book addiction was that bad.— Thomas Fuchs (@thomasfuchs)… Read more »

I used to suck at shipping.

Are you a procrastinator? Do you have a list of unfinished (or unstarted) projects as long as your arm? Don’t feel bad about it. Do something about it. People often marvel at the amount of shit I manage to get done. Me! With a part-time effort, because I am so often ill and juggling two… Read more »

From Zero to $3k MRR in 10 days — the story of launching RubySteps

Less than 2 weeks ago, Ruby developer Pat Maddox‘s rent was due. He had quit his job some time before. He had no audience or mailing list, no products… But he did have one thing: He had a pile of hard-earned Sales Safari research, thanks to his time in our 30×500 Product Launch Class. So… Read more

Jelly! Talk Video from SXSW

While at SXSW, Thomas & I were invited to share a Jelly! talk with Naveen of FourSquare. Jelly! talks are put on by Yahoo! and Jelly!, the casual coworking movement. This one was held in the lovely Austin coworking space of Conjunctured. Here’s a link to the video. The first half is Naveen talking about […]

Me ranting about "excellence" at RailsConf 08

Greg Pollack, of the incredibly awesome RailsEnvy (you have to watch these funny videos), cornered me briefly in the speaker’s lounge at RailsConf and asked what I’d rant about. The answer, apparently, is “excellence.” Amy Hoy at Railsconf 2008 from Gregg Pollack on Vimeo. This whole thing reminds me that I want to see a […]

Slash7 Interviews: Ryan Norbauer

It’s taken a longass time, but Slash7 Interviews are soooo totally back. My first willing victi—I mean, guest—is Ryan Norbauer. Ryan’s a hard person to peg in one sentence: he’s got an academic background in the social sciences, became a web application developer for himself out of frustration, started a company trying to change the […]

Interview With Marcel Molina of 37Signals

It’s about that time again—time for another Slash7 interview, that is. My previous interview with Tobi Luetke was a great success, and many of you expressed an interest in further interviews. I hadn’t forgotten that, but it has been on the shelf. Until now, anyway. This time my interviewee is Marcel Molina, of 37signals, formerly […]

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