Ben Tossell, Makerpad // No Code + Paid Learning Communities


💻 Who is Ben Tossell?

Ben Tossell is the founder of Makerpad, the leading online community for No Code. His company was recently acquired by Zapier, a $5bil+ tech company.

Ben is also an educator + investor in the no code space.

Let us know what you think on Twitter, I’m @bzaidi and he’s @bentossell


🧠 What You’ll Learn

After listening to this conversation, you’ll understand:

– what it was like to get acquired by Zapier
– developing the maker muscle by starting + launching projects
– what it takes to build a paid learning community + knowing when to monetize
– 80/20 of learning no code
– evolution of learning + membership models


⏳Time Stamps (YouTube)

0:00:00​ – Start
0:00:40​ – Ben Intro + Time In China
0:05:01​ – Getting Acquired By Zapier
0:11:46​ – Before Makerpad – 50+ Projects
0:15:51​ – Knowing When To Move On From Projects
0:20:06​ – Role Of Fear
0:23:41​ – Motivation, Parents + Buying A Yacht
0:27:59​ – Zapier – Expectation vs Reality
0:31:42​ – Working With Someone Who Built A $5bil Company (Wade)
0:34:40​ – No Code + Paid Learning Communities
0:38:37​ – Size Of Makerpad + 10k Community Success Stories
0:44:52​ – Reforge & Membership Models
0:47:01​ – Evolution Of Learning
0:49:24​ – Shishir (Coda) + unbundling
0:50:38​ – Masterclass, Edutainment + Netflix
0:52:43​ – Paid Products – Make You Money Or Save You Time
1:01:15​ – Knowing When To Charge
1:02:55​ – Other Projects Ben Considered
1:05:55​ – Types of entrepreneurs
1:14:49​ – 80/20 of growing Makerpad
1:17:46​ – Paid Acquisition
1:18:24​ – Hiring Good People
1:20:56​ – Working In vs On The Business
1:23:49​ – Starting In 2021 – What Would You Do Differently
1:24:44​ – “Hope No Code Isn’t A Thing In 5yrs”
1:28:54​ – 80/20 of learning no code
1:32:11​ – What’s Missing In No Code


⏳Time Stamps (Podcast)

0:00:00 – Snippet + What We Cover
0:01:12 – Sponsor Break
0:02:00 – Ben Intro + Time In China
0:06:21 – Getting Acquired By Zapier
0:13:06 – Before Makerpad – 50+ Projects
0:17:11 – Knowing When To Move On From Projects
0:21:26 – Role Of Fear
0:25:02 – Motivation, Parents + Buying A Yacht
0:29:20 – Zapier – Expectation vs Reality
0:33:02 – Working With Someone Who Built A $5bil Company (Wade)
0:36:00 – No Code + Paid Learning Communities
0:39:57 – Size Of Makerpad + 10k Community Success Stories
0:46:12 – Reforge & Membership Models
0:48:21 – Evolution Of Learning
0:50:44 – Shishir (Coda) + Unbundling
0:51:58 – Masterclass, Edutainment + Netflix
0:54:03 – Paid Products – Make You Money Or Save You Time
1:02:36 – Knowing When To Charge
1:04:16 – Other Projects Ben Considered
1:07:16 – Types of entrepreneurs
1:16:09 – 80/20 of growing Makerpad
1:19:06 – Paid Acquisition
1:19:44 – Hiring Good People
1:22:17 – Working In vs On The Business
1:25:09 – Starting In 2021 – What Would You Do Differently
1:26:05 – “Hope No Code Isn’t A Thing In 5yrs”
1:30:15 – 80/20 of learning no code
1:33:31 – What’s Missing In No Code


Sponsors

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