The Courage to Start Your Business with Kate Swoboda on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 27

Ask Kate Swoboda what it takes to start a business and she’ll tell you it takes courage. In fact, courage is such a central element in her message that she often goes by the name Kate Courageous. Kate went from college English professor to life coach several years ago, and now trains life coaches to move through their own doubts and fears and accept the challenges they come up against. In this episode of Hack the Process, Kate will discuss how she realized that life coaching was her next calling, why chasing motivation can be a distraction from getting things done, and how one common core fear keeps many of us from pursuing our dreams.

Where to Find Kate Online

Your Courageous Life:

Training Program:



Resources Kate Mentioned

Brene Brown:



Carl Rogers:

Marie Forleo:



Paula Jenkins:

Katie Campbell:

The Courage Club:

The E-Myth Revisited:

Danielle LaPorte:

Pema Chodron:

When Things Fall Apart:


Cheri Huber:

Freelancing and Business Consulting Success with Brennan Dunn on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 26

Brennan Dunn is on a mission to get freelancers to start thinking of themselves as business consultants. His company, Double Your Freelancing, grew out of his own experiences moving from independent developer to running his own agency, launching and selling a software-as-a-service product, and eventually publishing books and classes and running conferences designed to help other people selling their services learn the tricks he discovered along the way. In this episode Brennan will explain how he benefitted from joining a $2,000 a month mastermind group, why he prices his conferences to break even rather than doing them for profit, and why he would never again start a business by launching a software-as-a-service product.

Where to find Brennan online

Double Your Freelancing:


Resources Brennan mentioned


Amy Hoy:

30×500: https://30×

Xander Castro:

Patrick McKenzie:




Mentoring Mentors and Small Sharing with Andi Galpern on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 25

Andi Galpern is the founder of the San Francisco based Design community Cascade SF, who open-sourced her own Design education by inviting experts to teach the subjects she wanted to learn. Andi also hosts events she describes as speed dating for mentoring, which give designers the opportunity to share their knowledge and learn from each other without the overhead of giving a presentation to a large group. But small sharing can lead to larger sharing, and Andi talks about how the mentors in her program come to realize that they actually know more than they thought through these interactions, and move on to become leaders in their own areas of expertise. Andi discusses how learning to delegate expanded her potential, and the importance of putting ideas out there and sharing them with more people, to build a brand and develop confidence

Where to find Andi online:

Andi’s webiste:

Andi on Twitter:

Cascade SF website:

Cascade SF on Meetup:

Resources Andi mentioned

Meditation Studio:







Chloe Bregman:

Adam Ruf:

George Komoto:

Writing as a Sustainable Career with Jon Dykstra on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 24

A lot of us might say we want to be writers. The trick is doing it sustainably, and in a way that can help sustain us. Jon Dykstra has managed to turn his desire to write into a career running profitable niche authority websites that serve the needs of people who share his own interests. He also blogs and teaches on the side, helping others who might want to follow in his footsteps. In this episode Jon will tell us how he was originally inspired by exposure to early blogging platforms while working as a lawyer, how he developed and adapted his process as the industry grew and changed around him, and how being true to his own interests keeps him motivated as he works with a team of writers and editors to build and run his publications.

Where to find Jon online

Website & Blog:


Resources Jon mentioned





Text Broker:

Writer Access:




Adobe Fireworks:




Site Build It:


Respecting the Power of Good Product Management with Rich Mironov on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 23

Quick, explain the differences among Sales, Marketing, Engineering, and Product Management. If you work in a company with one or more of these organizations and the answer doesn’t trip easily off your tongue, then you might want to listen to Rich Mironov. Rich is a Product Management expert who helps companies understand and respect the differences, and improve how these groups work together. Rich makes the case that “Product is not in charge of shipping on time, but Product is in charge of shipping the right thing that customers need and will pay for.” In this episode, Rich discusses exactly how he builds and maintains his strong social network, explains how leading workshops helps him stay on top of his industry, and points out the importance of defining a problem/solution set that will allow you to sell a benefit that addresses a problem your customers actually have.

Where to find Rich online

Website and blog:


LinkedIn Articles:

LinkedIn Profile:


Resources Rich mentioned


Tristan Kromer:

Laura Klein:




Myers-Briggs Test:





Teresa Torres: