Fri, 8 July 2016
Jason Carter is a software engineer with a PhD in computer science. While going through The Foundation Process, Jason dabbled with a few different niches. Once he started seeing results, he focused on the path of least resistance. Through consistent action and reflection, he learned what he what he was doing wrong in his process, then made adjustments to set his system right. In just eight months he was able to generate $115k all from using cold email.
In this interview, Jason tells us what he’s learned from mistakes he’s made when he first started cold emailing people, and what he changed in his subsequent emails. He also shares why he deviated from developing a software for multiple customers in one niche (like most Foundation students have done), to developing software on a per-project, one-off basis.
In This Interview I Ask:
4:41 - What was going on in your life before the Foundation, and what was the impetus for you to decide to go through [the program]?
6:01 - Have you ever been out there selling to the customer?
7:42 - How did you kick off your first project?
10:24 - How passionate are you about dentistry?
13:50 - What was the call to action in the [initial] emails [you sent] that made it seem like you were asking for too much for a cold email?
14:39 - What did you change when you [started] cold contacting the list of dentists you had an affiliation with?
12:52 - Take us through the story of the first person you started working with. What was that like?
15:27 - Why did you decide to build a software for one dentist as opposed to many dentists with the same problem (what students typically do in The Foundation)?
16:50 - So what did you make on this first project? What did you quote it?
18:20 - What was the time frame from the time you sent the first email to the time you started getting paid by your first client?
19:50 - If I were to go out there and pick a list of 100 people, what are some of the mistakes that I would make as a novice?
25:00 - What have been the outcomes of cold email in your life?
22:47 – Have you ever really done anything [related to] a sales career?
23:12 - How uncomfortable was it for you to do this?
23:29 - When you get that voice in the back of your head, how did you get through that?
24:33 - From the time that you did your first project, how many other consulting projects have you brought on as a result of this cold email outreach?
24:49 - You want to tell the Vegas story?
27:50 - Where are you going to take all of this?
28:38 - If I were just the middleman entrepreneur who went in and discovered the problem and then hired a developer to complete that deliverable , out of the $115k, what would I actually keep in my pocket?
31:40 - What is the biggest takeaway for you over the last eight months?
The Foundation Process
How to Pick a Market
You can pick a market that you’re passionate about, but it would be better to pick a market that actively spends money and invests in their growth. “What you need to fall in love with is the process of starting businesses rather than the specific niche or passion.” - Frank Mocerino
Tips for Cold Emailing
Mistakes to Avoid When Cold Emailing
Example: Jason was too focused on himself and what he wanted from the email
recipient rather than what he could do to help them. “I was focused on ‘This is
who I am and this is what I want’ instead of ‘This is who I am, how can I help
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