Launch a 3D Printer Product on MakerShop.co

If you are a 3D printer designer and want to launch a 3D printer product, then MakerShop is the place for you. Awesome 3D printable models are available on the site and new products are being launched every week. This past week Fantasygraph release Kiss Me.

MakerShop recently released its new 3D printer shop pricing details. 3D printer entrepreneurs can start an online shop for free, build up a fan base and start charging for their work. I recommend you read more about different 3D printer business models for designers.

JavaScript Superset Language TypeScript Gets Update

The JavaScript superset language TypeScript .9 can now be downloaded.

JavaScript superset languages, like TypeScript, will become more important because they allow larger JavaScript apps to be written. Larger JavaScript apps are possible because the superset languages are higher level languages and increase maintainability of code. They also get compiled down to standard JavaScript when sent to the web browser. TypeScript is a developer’s tool to increase productivity.

You can read all of the TypeScript .9 enhancements to the language on the MSDN blog. Some improvements are:

  • Generics
  • Overloading on Constants
  • Export=
  • Enums
  • Declaration Merging
  • TypeScript 0.9 Compiler

How To Monetize 3D Printing Designs

Are you a 3D printer designer? Maybe you have used a tool like TinkerCAD to make useful innovative designs that will help someone get some specialized task done faster. Or, maybe you make beautiful 3D printer artwork like Fantasygraph does.

My 3D printer website for designers, MakerShop, has just published a new blog post on how to monetize 3D printing designs. It offers some practical things to try to turn your designs into money. The www.makershop.co website is a powerful platform for designers that they can use to be flexible and try all these different techniques for making money.

Building Software Cathedrals

My work as a software developer at different companies has made me appreciate the need to visualize the software systems I build. A lot of times building software can turn more into each silo doing their work and briefly meeting to verbally say what their silo is doing or what the other verticals within the organization need to be doing.

The typical software development process I’ve participated in is mainly having a requirements document, a ticket system for work to be assigned and developers coding against the requirements. A few times I feel like we have done it the right way and were better off for it. The right way, for high-performance teams, is for the team members to focus on building the cathedral as Peter Drucker described.

Focusing on building the cathedral when developing software apps, Software-as-a-Service or other information systems means:

  • Visualize the system collaboratively. Sit down in the same room with a white board and a list of the user stories and requirements and different people stand up and draw what they see while others pressure test it, re-arrange things and add to it.
  • Work together, don’t just meet together. Produce work, writings, drawings, debate, flesh out contradictions and progress through work together. Do not just meet together with one or two people talking most of the time while others passively listen.
  • Write, do not just read or listen. Reading the requirements in a meeting, in a ticket or listening to requirements read verbally is not seeing the cathedral. Those are for analysis, a description of the desired system, it’s not a synthesis of what is going to be built or how.
  • Share writing, do not keep it private. The team needs to share their writings and not keep them private. Otherwise people will eventually splinter into their own rabbit hole and justify it by the notes they took. Even though it may seem too simplistic or obvious at first, without constant sharing and reinforcing then people will lose site of the cathedral and start focusing only on the proverbial stone cutting.
  • Have less meetings, but work more collaboratively. Getting together to work on the cathedral is not a meeting. Do not justify working together less by saying that meetings are a waste of time. Every time 2 or more people get together does not mean it’s a meeting and just because you are not coding 100% of the time does not mean you are not building software.
  • Progress as a team and address targets publicly. The team is needed to build the cathedral. Team members who constantly go off on irrelevant tangents or who take 30 minutes of team time to talk about screen resolution or irrelevant topics should be told publicly what they are doing and to refocus. This way, after a couple of times, they will self-focus and remain a participant with their valuable insights. If they are lost to attrition by team members leaving them off team time so “work can get done” then the team will be weaker over time, not stronger.

 

61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books

I read Steve Scott’s book 61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books and came away with actionable steps to take to help my info-product business and steps that are transferrable to help me with my blog.

Scott describes his books as “Proven Internet Business Strategies for the Price of a Coffee.” Below is a brief overview of the book.

Key Strategies Covered

  • 10 Pillars of a Rock-Solid Kindle Business
  • Create an Author Platform
  • Cross-Promote
  • Using Amazon’s tools effectively, like Author Central

Key Features

  • 61 specific ways to sell more nonfiction kindle books. Scott shares specific strategies, tactics and how-to steps.
  • Actionable. This is a guide with specific how-to instructions.
  • Proven Practices. Learn from Scott’s experience.

Chapters at a Glance

  • Your Free Gift
  • Want to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books?
  • 10 Pillars of a Rock-Solid Kindle Business (Strategies #1 to #10)
  • 4 Rules of Internal Book Marketing (Strategies #11 to #14)
  • Maximize Your Amazon Book Listing (Strategies #15 to #21)
  • Using the Author Page to Sell More Books (Strategies #22 to #27)
  • Increase Book Sales with Free KDP Select Promotions (Strategies #28 to #32)
  • How Pricing Affects Your Total Book Sales (Strategies #33 to #37)
  • How to Build a Loyal Audience with an Author Platform (Strategies #38 to #41)
  • Why an Email List is the Ultimate Author Platform (Strategies #42 to #46)
  • Advanced Book Sales Techniques (Strategies #47 to #52)
  • Follow “White-Hat” Kindle Practices (Strategies #53 to #58)
  • Closing Thoughts
  • Book Excerpt (How to Write a Nonfiction eBook in 21 Days – that Readers Love!)
  • More Kindle eBooks by Steve
  • Thank You
  • One Last Thing

Do Not Apply for a Job, Connect With and Extend a Platform

A friend sent me a TechCrunch article After Your Job Is Gone. Instead of looking backward to a previous economy, I think it’s more empowering to look forward to the developing economy. Below are my thoughts.

Today’s successes are mainly platforms for other entrepreneurs, infopreneurs and the like. The successes of today (Twitter, Facebook, 3D printing, robot automation companies) are providing platforms not jobs. This means that people need to look to connecting with and exploiting those platforms to offer value, rather than applying for jobs and exploiting an employer. The classic employee applies for a job in a department in a company. The new job owner is someone who finds a platform, connects with it and extends it. The platform could be a WordPress blog and Amazon Affiliate program. The platform could be the App Store or Windows Store. This is what I have done with my small business, SpiveyWorks. So far I have used the WordPress, Twitter, LinkedIn, Windows Phone Marketplace, Windows Store, Windows Azure and web platforms to make apps, promote using blog posts, and make websites.

I definitely think the value is being spread horizontally instead of deep verticals controlled by a company. A huge success today (Twitter, Facebook, etc…) only have a couple of hundred or at most a few thousands employees. GM or GE needed hundreds of thousands of employees when they were successful. This horizontal, long tail, economy means that people have to move into more niches inside of markets I think. Just because it’s a niche does not mean that it has a market, but entrepreneurs need to find a niche inside a market.

JD Meier has a great blog and website. One of the best articles he has on the new economy is 50 Ways NOT To Make Money Online. This list reveals what you need to know to actually make money online, using the web platform, building out a platform using blogs, Twitter and more. But first, you have to change your psychology and toolset. Otherwise, you are going to be applying for jobs that are in ever decreasing availability and miss out on the ever expanding number of platforms.