Your creativity makes you strong, independent and free.

Hi, I’m Justin. I make stuff for makers. I want to help you reach more people with the things you create.

Justin Jackson, Canadian product person and maker. Not a basketball player.

I just published Marketing for Developers, and I’m working on a new project called MegaMaker.

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Business is all about luck

You’re lucky

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A few people on the internet just have it made. They had a head start. They got the fame. They got the opportunities. And finally, they collected the riches. We look at those people and think: “They’re lucky.”
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Launch strategies

Three simple launch tactics

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I just released my new book, Marketing for Developers. The experience is still fresh in my mind, and I wanted to share three simple tactics that worked for me that you can use for your next launch.
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Final mile: Justin Jackson biking in Vernon BC

The last mile

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The last mile is always the hardest. I’m soaked from the rain. My tires spit with every spin, speckling my face with mud. I turn right on 43rd, and start pedalling up the hill. And it gets steeper. Steeper than I like. Cranks groan with every push, and so do my knees. I’m tired.
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Start a new chapter

Start a new chapter

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Yesterday was my birthday. I turned 35. BTW: does this make me older than you? We measure our time on earth in birth years, which feels more significant to me than New Years. Each year that passes reminds me: I don’t have infinite years on this planet. My development to this point is what I’ve been able to accomplish in 35 years. How can improve myself in my 36th year?
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Keep making stuff

Keep making things

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Secretly, we’re all scared of being rejected. Whether it’s unrequited love, an unappreciated gift, or making something that people don’t want. We’re scared.
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Ultimate validation

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One of the first products I built was CRM software for non-profits. It was about 2001, and I was 21 years old. Every day after work I’d spend hours and hours customizing each screen and interaction. Nervously, I approached a local charity and asked if I could demo it for them. They were impressed! The Director invited me to come to their conference, and show it to other non-profits from across the country. Man I…
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Brothers: Walt and Roy O. Disney

You need help

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You’ve heard of Walt Disney, the affable showman who founded The Walt Disney Company. He’s an American icon with a great legacy. You may not have heard of his older brother, Roy.
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End of an era

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Yesterday, I published the last episode of Build & Launch‘s first season. It’s been an incredible ride.
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Do people still read blogs?

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Marco Arment is wondering why his blog traffic is going down. His theory is that mobile apps and “bite-sized social content” are taking readers away: