Yo! Podcast #008 – Adam Wathan – Tailwind CSS, Refactoring UI

Published by @RobHope in on November 12, 2019

Adam Wathan (@adamwathan) is 1 part metalhead, 2 parts online education juggernaut. Over the past few years, Adam has distilled his obsessive development research into several online courses and books, achieving millions of Dollars in sales. We rap about SaaS vs once-off payments, Pantera vs Slayer, why he uses Gumroad, the advantage of multi-tier pricing and of course his rapidly growing CSS Framework, Tailwind CSS.

The conversation topics, episode links and text transcription are found below – hope you enjoy the interview!

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Conversation Topics:

  • 00:58 – What on Earth is a Beavertail?
  • 01:28 – Do you think the university education system is broken?
  • 04:57 – Do you feel you make more impact than the average university lecturer?
  • 06:49 – Would you call yourself a builder or a teacher?
  • 07:01 – Intermission: No Context
  • 07:37 – Seeing Pantera and Slayer at the same show
  • 08:24 – Why are you using Gumroad for payment processing and product delivery?
  • 14:03 – Intermission: Yo! Podcast soundtrack now on Spotify
  • 14:29 – Would you recommend freemium pricing for online courses?
  • 17:25 – What is the best medium for online courses? Video? eBook?
  • 20:26 – Is it vital to have multiple pricing tiers?
  • 27:44 – Intermission: True, False, Maybe
  • 28:29 – Has the Refactoring UI book made more than a Million Dollars?
  • 28:49 – What makes a great partnership?
  • 30:25 – How do you decide what side projects to abandon?
  • 35:04 – Intermission: AJ water break
  • 35:18 – In a month period, how much do you work on your previous courses?
  • 36:22 – Whatโ€™s your work day look like?
  • 39:19 – What are the best resources to learn Tailwind CSS?
  • 41:08 – Do you think Tailwind CSS will catch up with Bootstrap CSS marketshare?
  • 42:50 – Is it still worth marketing on YouTube? Medium?
  • 46:04 – Intermission: Donate a Coffee
  • 46:19 – Is a Subscription Model right for all products?
  • 49:27 – What advice do you have for taking the leap?
  • 55:45 – Which was the best Batman?
  • 58:13 – Bonus: That one time I didnโ€™t check my email


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