Getting Your Ideas Out There with Alex Cespedes on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 15

Our guest for this first episode of season two of Hack the Process is Alex Cespedes, who hosts Wits About You, a topic-driven podcast for freelancers in their twenties and thirties about the soft skills in life that their parents and teachers may not have warned them they’d need in order to succeed. But the advice Alex shares is applicable to anyone facing the confusion and uncertainty of making their way in the current economy. Alex tells us how the idea for his show’s distinctively clean and crisp radio-like format was inspired by his own struggle to embrace, rather than overcome, one of his personal challenges. He’ll also tell us how he made his show appealing enough that sponsors started reaching out to him, and how he both both built and built upon his personal network to attract guests like Marketing guru Seth Godin.

Where to Find Alex Online


Wits About You:

Alex on Twitter:

Resources Alex Mentioned

The Nerdist:

Tim Ferriss Show:


Bob Lefsetz:

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield:

Alex Blumberg:

Ira Glass:

Seth Godin:

Welcome to Night Vale:


Al Pittampalli:

Luis Congdon:

An Evolving Lifestyle by Benjamin Tyler:

Jessica Hagy:

Season One Review for Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 14

The previous episode of Hack the Process marked the end of the first season. At this point, I thought it would be a good idea to take an episode to review what I’ve discussed with the different guests, and share a little more about what my motivation was to create this podcast and put it out into the world. I’ll also tell you a little bit about what I was expecting from this podcast, and compare it to what actually came out. (I’ll give you a hint: it was a delightful surprise.)

Thanks to all the Season One Guests

First of all, I want to thank all my guests from the first season: Tracy DeLuca, Adam Siddiq, Pace Smith, Paula Jenkins, Malek Banoun, Vinay Patankar, Alex De Simone, Andrew Nance, Ron Lichty, Ankit Shah, Hampton Catlin, Tara Byrne, and Ryan Waggoner. I don’t know if you fully understood what you were getting yourselves into when we started, but I appreciate each of you being so candid and open with our interviews. Your generosity and honesty made the season what it was.

What’s In This Episode?

One of the things I like to bring to my work no matter where I’m working or what type of project I take on is the notion that it’s valuable to reflect–on a regular basis–on what you’ve accomplished, and think about how you might want to move forward based on that. I’m taking this episode of Hack the Process as my opportunity to reflect on what I’ve done so far after one season, and what I hope I’ve been able to provide to listeners.

If you’ve been following the show, this episode will be an opportunity to learn how each of the guests on Hack the Process was selected, and remind yourself about the insights, stories, and ideas they shared. If you’re a new listener, this will be a chance to find out a little bit about the people we met in the previous episodes so you can decide if you want to subscribe and go back into the first season archives to take a listen to anyone in particular while the episodes are still available.

Either way, I hope you’ll enjoy hearing more about why I decided to do this, and what I’m learning along the way. If you feel motivated to share some of your own experiences with the show, please leave a comment below, or on iTunes.

Helping Yourself by Helping Others with Ryan Waggoner on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 13

Freelancing can be tough, but after nine years consulting as a mobile developer, Ryan Waggoner has learned some ways to make it more approachable from the start, and more profitable as your business grows. Ryan still consults with clients directly on mobile projects while also running, a curated daily lead service that helps other freelancers find new opportunities in design and development for web and mobile. In this interview he shares with us the patterns he’s built into his daily routine to make sure his top priorities are always addressed first, where to put the focus when planning a new project, and why he thinks charging by the hour is a disservice to both the client and the freelancer.

Where to Find Ryan:

Ryan’s website:

Mobile CTO site:


Resources Ryan Mentioned:

Let’s Make Apps (with a special bonus for Hack the Process listeners):

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie:

Never Eat Alone: by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz:




Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey:

Creating a Movement with Tara Byrne on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 12

Tara Byrne is a powerhouse in the field of social entrepreneurship, organizing events and helping to launch startups with a common theme of supporting both personal and professional development for people who want to make a positive difference in the world. Her inspiration to establish Under 30 Changemakers has become a worldwide movement, which she shepherds through her passion for collaborating, and the art of productive procrastination. In this show, Tara tells us the three keys she’s found to effective marketing, how she uses social Aikido to make sure everyone wins in any confrontation, and how liberating declaring a failure can be at the right time.

Where to find Tara online

Under 30 Changemakers:

Tara Byrne on Twitter:

Under 30 Changemakers on Twitter:

EarthConference on Twitter:

Tara’s conference planning template
Open it in Google Drive and download it for your word processor or make a copy to edit.

Resources Tara mentions in the show

Startup Weekend:

Campus Party in Utrecht:

Transformative Action Institute:

Wim Hof, aka the Iceman:

Eric Termuende, founder of Gen Y Inc:

Anita Wing Lee of Global Meditation Scope:

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield:

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert:

Antifragile by Nassim Taleb:

Help a Reporter Out:

Seth Godin:




Recognizing and Sharing Solutions with Hampton Catlin on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 11

In all likelihood you have visited a website built using techniques pioneered by my guest this week, Hampton Catlin. Among his other accomplishments, Hampton created the mobile site for Wikipedia, and invented web development languages such as Haml and Sass that revolutionized the way the modern web is built. Hampton credits his outsider perspective, growing up gay in Florida, for challenging him to see problems differently, and recognize solutions that seem obvious only in retrospect. And fair warning; Hampton uses a lot of jargon specific to the world of web development in this episode. If that squicks you, try to imagine he’s using terms from any other industry you understand where people work together to build something. That may help you relate to Hampton’s stories about the confidence to see how your own weird ideas can help real people, provide real value, and change the world.

Where to find Hampton online

Hampton’s website:



Resources Hampton Mentioned

Mobile Wikipedia: