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In the third installment of our "Offend Everyone" series - we explore what happens when maybe the idea isn't ready to die.

Continuing the discussion from last week, and the darkness, we discuss how you go about ending a project.

Brett and Andrew explore the new concept they coined - Minimum Viable Momentum (MVM)

94: Keep It Rolling

May 24, 2018

Andrew and Brett take lessons on how to be successful from Will Smith and a Billionaire.

In this not-so-great-audio version, Brett and Andrew discuss Texas and moving as well as office spaces and interruptions.

Workspaces, workspaces, workspaces!

Does not having a job make you more wealthy?

90: Investment vs. Cost

April 26, 2018

In the last LIVE episode (until Andrew is back in town and they do a live episode again) Andrew and Brett talk about weddings playlists, moving plans and the difference between investments and costs.

88: The Puck Stops Here

April 12, 2018

Sometimes you have to go to the third string - but business owners have to make it happen!

We have to be honest, there is a lot of talk about poop. But we relate it to business.

86: Margins of Stress

March 29, 2018

Managing stress as a freelancer involves giving yourself some slack.

85: Dear, Google

March 22, 2018

Andrew's moving to Texas and is increasingly disappointed in Evernote.

Brett and Andrew are joined by two special guests: Bethany and Melinda. We’re talking business.

Brett rediscovers Google as a business service and finds out it doesn't suck.

79: Go Union!

February 8, 2018

Andrew tries to convince Brett to join his union. He declines.

We revisit Profit First, the book Andrew hated. Turns out it isn't that bad.

77: Working Well With Others

January 25, 2018

In today's episode of Orthogonal Brett and Andrew talk about how to work with people.

Ecosystems, Siri and Alexa, OH MY!

75: Economics As Pie

January 11, 2018

Andrew explain economics to Brett

74: Bread and Fairness

December 21, 2017

This week, Brett and Andrew discuss the idea of fairness and why it's an absurd pursuit in life and business.

This week, Andrew discusses why he kinda hates the book _Profit First_.

A continuation of last week's episode, some great ideas on being a great leader.

Special treat today - we talk with Leadership expert Dave Stachowiak about how leadership works in general and for freelancers

70: Andrew Knows His Hardware

November 23, 2017

Andrew and Brett talk about hardware. Despite his protestations, Brett is the tech guy.

69: More Words

November 16, 2017

Brett and Andrew discuss how to ask good questions and when you do hire an advisor.

It’s not that conferences are bad, it’s just that Brett hates them.

67: Pricing Is Hard

November 2, 2017

In this episode, Andrew tries to apply his high-minded economics to pricing a product. Brett fixes it.

Your friends spend a little time discussing their multitude of tools and how they use them.

Plans, financial or otherwise, produce happiness.

64: Goals vs. Systems

October 12, 2017

Goals vs. Systems (and why one of them wins)

Andrew & Brett have their very special guest and friend Chris DeCaro - we talk about multiple income streams and how to diversify.

This entire episode is an asterisk - the footnote to the concept of "faking it until you make it".

Andrew and Brett talk about how the best way to make money in business is to put profit first. Also, why most people miss their opportunity for free money.

60: Computer Smarts

September 14, 2017

The last episode that Brett and Andrew talk about programming, we promise.

59: Death to Voicemail

September 7, 2017

The evil that is voice mail and Andrew's new multi-phone lifestyle.

Why business owners and freelancers have serious trouble taking time off

57: Shelf of Plan Bs

August 10, 2017

Creativity and problem solving - Why beginning with the end mind is a thing.

We venture into coding. It ends badly. (Andrew loves it).

Why all the money is made being a small business owner and not just a hired gun.

54: Step Away

July 20, 2017

Bonus double episode! Topics include separating work from life + Andrew's fancy web app

Scarcity mindset vs. abundance mindset

Part two of Brett's conversation with guest host, Jon Kelly

Paying Tony Robbins and buying your way to capability.

Special Guest Natasha tells us the story of starting not one, but two businesses.

Sales, sales, sales.

Brett and Andrew welcome Bethany Michaels, freelance social media strategist.

46: Unicorn Eyeroll

May 25, 2017

Andrew describes how tiny companies can get investors

44: Buckets of Ideas

May 11, 2017

Brett and Andrew take cues from *The Profit* in evaluating Brett's new business.

How to approach your business like a business - and why we don't let emotions make business decisions.

The dynamic duo get tattoos. Also, we talk dreams and shattering the business dreams.

41: Buff Qualifications

April 20, 2017

We all want to read more, right? But how?

40: Smart Pounds

April 13, 2017

Money. Specifically, the process involved in taking money from customers.

39: Morass of Maybe

April 6, 2017

Remaining productive and on top of things when your world is crashing down around you.

38: Brainstorms and Such

March 30, 2017

We discuss noise and the results and impacts of it on your business.

An interview with Shawn Blanc wherein Shawn and Brett sound really terrible.

Your valiant steeds take you on a jaunt through skill acquisition.

35: Work/Life Liturgy

March 9, 2017

What the rituals of a church teach us about work.

Further discussion on information as the antidote to anxiety.

33: Choose Your Own Emergency

February 23, 2017

Anxiety, uncertainty, and money.

32: No Money, No Problems

February 16, 2017

Tools, tools, tools!

31: Rent a Brain

February 9, 2017

Today we celebrate our 31st episode anniversary by discussing who should be in your go-to network

30: Stress Level Coin Toss

February 2, 2017

How stress can, and does, ruin your life.

29: Hover Car Market Share

January 26, 2017

This week, Brett and Andrew discuss uncertainty and stress in business. Mostly uncertainty.

28: Irreverent Monk

January 19, 2017

This week, the dynamic duo discuss Just In Time Inventory (and how it's making inroads from businesses to our homes).

Orthogonal BOOK CLUB! We talk about the book Deep Work by Cal Newport. We mostly talk about how Andrew is doing everything wrong.

What's better than one interview? Another interview. This week, it's our pal Christopher DeCaro.

25: Year End Couch Crunch

December 22, 2016

We discuss year-end feelings and people moving slowly. We also think of a domain. And Andrew owns it now. And Joy delivers, what we call, the goods.

Holy Guests Batman! This week we trick the immutably awesome David Sparks to telling us all the secrets of the legal world.

23: Privilege Pants

December 8, 2016

This week, Brett and Andrew talk about tools, how they work, and why we feel entitled to perfection when using them.

Brett and Andrew ring in the holiday season with this double episode.

Coworking spaces and kegerators.

20: Expect The Unexpected

November 17, 2016

Andrew explains the financial implications of electing a less-than-popular President.

19: Big Boy Pants Stuff

November 10, 2016

This week, we dive into the bottom half of the inverted traffic cone: personal finance.

18: Who Wants This Pencil?

November 3, 2016

Owning attention can be the most valuable product you have.

17: Not My Bucket

October 27, 2016

Trying to be all things to all people makes you no one's anything.

16: Dog Crap Pancakes

October 20, 2016

We're all about business growth this week. Join us.

The ideal freelancer set-up - does it include a knuckle tattoo?

14: Nut 20

October 6, 2016

Want to grow your small business in a way that sounds weird at first? We've got you covered.

13: Humble Pie: Take & Bake

September 29, 2016

Your dynamic duo unpack the agony and the ecstasy of launching a new product or business.

12: Smart Past, Dumb Now

September 22, 2016

Your boys discuss managing time and projects — what it takes and what it costs.

11: Freestyler Business Person

September 15, 2016

Your boys discuss The Three H's of Business Success.

10: Details, Schmetails

September 8, 2016

Your favorite dynamic duo are back and discussing education, books, and learning in general for freelancers and entrepreneurs.

The main point is that Andrew loves charcuterie and thinks everybody else does, too.

How smart freelancers and entrepreneurs deal with taxes.

Networking, marketing, and vegan cinnamon rolls.

Brett and Andrew unpack the process of moving from a "regular" job to a freelance, independent career.

05: Habit Problems

August 4, 2016

A continuation of the automation discussion and why Andrew's wife is his Brother.

04: Automated Sniff Test

July 28, 2016

Andrew and Brett address important business issues like specialization, automation, and chihuahua enthusiasts.

Brett and Andrew discuss what it means to be an independent worker and business owner.

02: Website Office Lobby

July 14, 2016

Workspaces, workspaces, workspaces!

We talk about the specialization of jobs and what it means for business. Andrew shifts Brett's listener paradigm. Brett falls asleep while Andrew lectures him on economics. Brett saves the world from a pet peeve rant.

00: Pamphlet Pros

July 4, 2016

Test, test. This is the intro. We'll talk a little bit about us, what we do, and why we started this podcast in the first place. If you have any comments for us or want to ask questions check us out at the Spec Network Slack: in the #orthogonal channel.

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