AutomationTown

Jason Staats & Chad Davis

Welcome to AutomationTown! A podcast about regular people, building automations for the problems we all share. First time here? Start with S02E01 "For When You Need A Chatbot" What are the things you do each day that you'd rather forget? Chad & Jason explore common pain points for knowledge workers, and track down the people & tools necessary to automate trivial to-do's. read less
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S03E10 | For When The App Won’t Integrate
Mar 4 2023
S03E10 | For When The App Won’t Integrate
It all just hit the fan in AutomationTown. Jake McCringleberry got something into the water supply and, well, it’s a zombie episode. We’ve got zombies. But we’ve also got integrations! What do you do when that app you have just...doesn’t integrate? Workarounds, back doors, hacks. This week we’re hacking your integrations, on this, the season finale of AutomationTown.Music Licensing Information:Get Mad World by Michael Andrews, Gary Jules and over 1M + mainstream tracks here https://go.lickd.co/MusicLicense ID: gq3KJO6zAn8 https://lickd.lnk.to/s3b2FiID!Jason_CPASHOW NOTES:—------------------------------------------RPA Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9URSbTOE4YI&list=PLEiEAq2VkUUIMai0l1LiX_ZgU51MkM5opWebhooks Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NojgGx9B3Bw Postgres: https://www.postgresql.org/ Xano: https://www.xano.com/IFTTT: https://ifttt.com/Zapier: https://zapier.com/ S01E08 - For When You Keep Refreshing That Page: https://www.automationtown.fm/episode/S01E08AUTOMATIONTOWN SOCIALS:—------------------------------------------Twitter: https://t.jo.my/twitterWeb: https://t.jo.my/automationtownRSS Feed: https://t.jo.my/rssABOUT HOSTS:—------------------------------------------Jason StaatsTwitter: https://t.jo.my/jstaats-twitterYoutube: https://t.jo.my/jason-youtubeChad DavisTwitter: https://t.jo.my/chad-twitterLinkedIn: https://t.jo.my/chad-linkedinAUDIO PRODUCTION:—------------------------------------------Paul O'Mara - https://t.jo.my/paulomaraSPONSORS:—------------------------------------------LiveFlow: https://jo.my/liveflowSynder: www.synder.comWant to sponsor an event, character, local sports team? Contact us at https://t.jo.my/sponsorcontact
S03E09 | For When You Need to Crunch Some Numbers
Feb 25 2023
S03E09 | For When You Need to Crunch Some Numbers
Well it’s happening again. What’s Jake McCringleberry up to now with this water pipeline that connects the two towns? This feels an awful lot like a build-up to a dramatic season finale.Also..Data processing! What do you do when you gotta crunch some numbers, or take data that’s in one format, and convert it to a different format? Let's automate that, on this week’s episode of AutomationTown.SHOW NOTES:—------------------------------------------Parabola: https://parabola.io/recipes/combine-your-dataMake/Google Drive: https://www.make.com/en/help/app/google-drive#create-a-file-from-textMake Functions: https://www.make.com/en/help/functions Formatter by Zapier: https://zapier.com/blog/zapier-formatter-guide/Code by Zapier: https://zapier.com/blog/code-by-zapier-guide/1SaaS: https://www.1saas.co/saas-collection/javascriptChatGPT: https://www.ai.comPostgreSQL: https://www.postgresql.org/Retool: https://retool.com/Simple ML for Sheets: https://workspace.google.com/marketplace/app/simple_ml_for_sheets/685936641092AUTOMATIONTOWN SOCIALS:—------------------------------------------Twitter: https://t.jo.my/twitterWeb: https://t.jo.my/automationtownRSS Feed: https://t.jo.my/rssABOUT HOSTS:—------------------------------------------Jason StaatsTwitter: https://t.jo.my/jstaats-twitterYoutube: https://t.jo.my/jason-youtubeChad DavisTwitter: https://t.jo.my/chad-twitterLinkedIn: https://t.jo.my/chad-linkedinAUDIO PRODUCTION:—------------------------------------------Paul O'Mara - https://t.jo.my/paulomaraSPONSORS:—------------------------------------------LiveFlow: https://jo.my/liveflowSynder: www.synder.comWant to sponsor an event, character, local sports team? Contact us at https://t.jo.my/sponsorcontact
S03E08 | For When You Need A Webhook
Feb 18 2023
S03E08 | For When You Need A Webhook
This week, who’s the man behind the madness, Jake McCringleberry? There’s two sides to every coin, and Chad & Jake will meet for the first time. And we’re talking WEBHOOKS! The swiss army knife of integrations - how to get your head around webhooks to bridge the apps you use that won’t integrate, and start thinking like a developer by building your automations in a more modular way.SHOW NOTES:—------------------------------------------Webhook Overview by Twilio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLjSNfoJCYcZapier Sub-Zaps: https://zapier.com/apps/sub-zap-by-zapier/integrations Webhooks by Zaper: https://zapier.com/features/webhooks Make Webhooks: https://www.make.com/en/help/tools/webhooks Make HTTP: https://www.make.com/en/help/tools/http IFTTT Webhooks: https://ifttt.com/maker_webhooks Stripe Webhooks: https://stripe.com/docs/webhooksAUTOMATIONTOWN SOCIALS:—------------------------------------------Twitter: https://t.jo.my/twitterWeb: https://t.jo.my/automationtownRSS Feed: https://t.jo.my/rssABOUT HOSTS:—------------------------------------------Jason StaatsTwitter: https://t.jo.my/jstaats-twitterYoutube: https://t.jo.my/jason-youtubeChad DavisTwitter: https://t.jo.my/chad-twitterLinkedIn: https://t.jo.my/chad-linkedinAUDIO PRODUCTION:—------------------------------------------Paul O'Mara - https://t.jo.my/paulomaraSPONSORS:—------------------------------------------LiveFlow: https://jo.my/liveflowWant to sponsor an event, character, local sports team? Contact us at https://t.jo.my/sponsorcontact
S03E07 | For When You Freelance
Feb 11 2023
S03E07 | For When You Freelance
Oh it’s all happening now! Cue the montage! Paul & Amelia, it’s officially a thing.Chad’s elected mayor of AutomationTown, and.. how do you.. sell an automation? We talk about the business of automating, how & when to productize your expertise and what the landscape of contract automation experts looks like today. All of that on a heartwarming installment of AutomationTown.Music Licensing Information:Get Paul by Big Thief and over 1M + mainstream tracks here https://go.lickd.co/MusicLicense ID: qa1WLWNZkXz https://lickd.lnk.to/QXmV8EID!Jason_CPASHOW NOTES:—------------------------------------------Caller 1: Side hustle automation pricingCaller 2: Side hustle products vs. servicesCaller 3: Finding your first automation customersCaller 4: Generalist vs. specialist?AUTOMATIONTOWN SOCIALS:—------------------------------------------Twitter: https://t.jo.my/twitterWeb: https://t.jo.my/automationtownRSS Feed: https://t.jo.my/rssABOUT HOSTS:—------------------------------------------Jason StaatsTwitter: https://t.jo.my/jstaats-twitterYoutube: https://t.jo.my/jason-youtubeChad DavisTwitter: https://t.jo.my/chad-twitterLinkedIn: https://t.jo.my/chad-linkedinAUDIO PRODUCTION:—------------------------------------------Paul O'Mara - https://t.jo.my/paulomaraSPONSORS:—------------------------------------------LiveFlow: https://jo.my/liveflowSynder: www.synder.comWant to sponsor an event, character, local sports team? Contact us at https://t.jo.my/sponsorcontact
S03E05 | For When You Can’t Find the Perfect App
Jan 28 2023
S03E05 | For When You Can’t Find the Perfect App
This week the most talked about love story of the year takes a new twist, and app builders!It’s one thing to connect the apps you already use with automation… but to build your own app from scratch? It’s a think! And it’s easier than you might think. We’ll talk through when it’s a good idea, and when you should leave it to the experts.Music Licensing Information:Get A Movie Script Ending by Death Cab For Cutie and over 1M + mainstream tracks here https://go.lickd.co/MusicLicense ID: 2YZ6dQKpm1g https://lickd.lnk.to/sq0R12ID!Jason_CPASHOW NOTES:—------------------------------------------Glide: https://www.glideapps.com/Airtable: https://airtable.com/FlutterFlow: https://flutterflow.io/Adalo: https://www.adalo.com/Wized: https://www.wized.com/Bubble: https://bubble.io/BILDR: https://www.bildr.com/Framer: https://www.framer.com/Retool: https://retool.com/AUTOMATIONTOWN SOCIALS:—------------------------------------------Twitter: https://t.jo.my/twitterWeb: https://t.jo.my/automationtownRSS Feed: https://t.jo.my/rssABOUT HOSTS:—------------------------------------------Jason StaatsTwitter: https://t.jo.my/jstaats-twitterYoutube: https://t.jo.my/jason-youtubeChad DavisTwitter: https://t.jo.my/chad-twitterLinkedIn: https://t.jo.my/chad-linkedinAUDIO PRODUCTION:—------------------------------------------Paul O'Mara - https://t.jo.my/paulomaraSPONSORS:—------------------------------------------LiveFlow: https://jo.my/liveflowSynder: https://jo.my/synderWant to sponsor an event, character, local sports team? Contact us at https://t.jo.my/sponsorcontact
S03E04 | For When You Automate Your Small Business
Jan 21 2023
S03E04 | For When You Automate Your Small Business
Automation in small businesses is like the… peanut butter and jelly of.. automation.. applications. This week, special guest Mitchell Baldridge shares how he automates his small businesses, Now Jake McCringleberry? Being named Mayor of AutomationTown? This isn’t good. In fact it’s very bad. The crew explores what’s next for AutomationTown, and how to unwind this mess.SHOW NOTES:—------------------------------------------Olivia Look (Zapier Expert): https://twitter.com/0h_lookZapier OpenAI: https://zapier.com/apps/openai/integrationsMitchell Baldridge: https://twitter.com/baldridgecpaBetter Bookkeeping: https://www.betterbookkeeping.com/Noloco: https://noloco.io/Airtable: https://airtable.com/Stacker: https://www.stackerhq.com/Softr: https://www.softr.io/Zapier Apps: https://zapier.com/appsAUTOMATIONTOWN SOCIALS:—------------------------------------------Twitter: https://t.jo.my/twitterWeb: https://t.jo.my/automationtownRSS Feed: https://t.jo.my/rssABOUT HOSTS:—------------------------------------------Jason StaatsTwitter: https://t.jo.my/jstaats-twitterYoutube: https://t.jo.my/jason-youtubeChad DavisTwitter: https://t.jo.my/chad-twitterLinkedIn: https://t.jo.my/chad-linkedinAUDIO PRODUCTION:—------------------------------------------Paul O'Mara - https://t.jo.my/paulomaraSPONSORS:—------------------------------------------LiveFlow: https://jo.my/liveflowWant to sponsor an event, character, local sports team? Contact us at https://t.jo.my/sponsorcontact
S03E03 | For When AI Takes Over
Jan 14 2023
S03E03 | For When AI Takes Over
You ever think about whether this is all just, a simulation? This week the boys give up RV life to get back to...something closer to normal, and we’re talking AI! What does it mean? Is it going to steal my job? And what are the toolsets out there today that could actually make you more productive.Music Licensing Information:Get Easy by Son Lux and over 1M + mainstream tracks here https://go.lickd.co/MusicLicense ID: OaKN4bn8X9g https://lickd.lnk.to/idrtimID!Jason_CPASHOW NOTES:—------------------------------------------chatGPT: https://chat.openai.com/chatMake.com Filters: https://www.make.com/en/help/scenarios/filteringAI vs. Machine Learning: https://ai.engineering.columbia.edu/ai-vs-machine-learning/AI Capability Overhang: https://lepaya.com/en/ai-overhang-means-our-soft-skills-will-be-groundbreaking/Midjourney Showcase: https://www.midjourney.com/showcase/recent/Deepmind: https://www.deepmind.com/Jasper.ai: https://www.jasper.ai/Google App Scripts written by AI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQo86-qgLgo DALL-E Outpainting: https://openai.com/blog/dall-e-introducing-outpainting/ChatSonic: https://writesonic.com/chatAUTOMATIONTOWN SOCIALS:—------------------------------------------Twitter: https://t.jo.my/twitterWeb: https://t.jo.my/automationtownRSS Feed: https://t.jo.my/rssABOUT HOSTS:—------------------------------------------Jason StaatsTwitter: https://t.jo.my/jstaats-twitterYoutube: https://t.jo.my/jason-youtubeChad DavisTwitter: https://t.jo.my/chad-twitterLinkedIn: https://t.jo.my/chad-linkedinAUDIO PRODUCTION:—------------------------------------------Paul O'Mara - https://t.jo.my/paulomaraSPONSORS:—------------------------------------------LiveFlow: https://jo.my/liveflowWant to sponsor an event, character, local sports team? Contact us at https://t.jo.my/sponsorcontact
S03E02 | For When You Need Them To Hear You
Jan 7 2023
S03E02 | For When You Need Them To Hear You
The boys are on the run. They go into hiding in Chad’s RV, work out how to get back at the evil powers that be, and…Podcasts! Do you ever listen to podcasts? Of course you do! This week we’re talking podcasting. How to get started, how to automate the production process, and how to build your podcasting tech stack, for when you have an important message that people need to hear.Music licensing information:Get Using by Sorority Noise and over 1M + mainstream tracks here https://go.lickd.co/MusicLicense ID: nYZOyz5aXbg https://lickd.lnk.to/uP0sRvID!Jason_CPASHOW NOTES:—------------------------------------------Anchor: https://anchor.fm/Simplecast: https://www.simplecast.com/ Buzzsprout: https://www.buzzsprout.com/Lipson: https://libsyn.com/Transistor: https://transistor.fm/Shure SM7B: https://www.shure.com/en-US/products/microphones/sm7b?variant=SM7BCloudlifter: https://www.cloudmicrophones.com/cloudlifter-cl-1Shure MV7: https://www.shure.com/en-US/products/microphones/mv7?variant=MV7-KYeti: https://www.bluemic.com/en-us/products/yeti/Adobe Audition: https://www.adobe.com/products/audition.htmlGarageBand: https://www.apple.com/garageband/Audacity: https://www.audacityteam.org/Zapier: https://zapier.com/Transistor API: https://www.transistor.fm/docs/api/introductionAUTOMATIONTOWN SOCIALS:—------------------------------------------Twitter: https://t.jo.my/twitterWeb: https://t.jo.my/automationtownRSS Feed: https://t.jo.my/rssABOUT HOSTS:—------------------------------------------Jason StaatsTwitter: https://t.jo.my/jstaats-twitterYoutube: https://t.jo.my/jason-youtubeChad DavisTwitter: https://t.jo.my/chad-twitterLinkedIn: https://t.jo.my/chad-linkedinAUDIO PRODUCTION:—------------------------------------------Paul O'Mara - https://t.jo.my/paulomaraSPONSORS:—------------------------------------------LiveFlow: https://jo.my/liveflowWant to sponsor an event, character, local sports team? Contact us at https://t.jo.my/sponsorcontact
S03E01 | For When You Waste Time on Email
Dec 31 2022
S03E01 | For When You Waste Time on Email
Trapped beneath the rubble of the Grumley center, Chad, Jason, Paul & Amelia bumble through AutomationTown’s abandoned subway tunnels in search of answers.This week’s all about email, and how to automate it. Aliases, inbox rules, help desk tools, where do apps like Zapier come into play. Let’s take the pain out of the very worst part of work.**Music Licensing Information:**Get Budapest by GEORGE EZRA and over 1M + mainstream tracks here [https://go.lickd.co/Music](https://go.lickd.co/Music)License ID: Xlxn0Nknw2OSHOW NOTES:—------------------------------------------Superhuman: https://superhuman.com/Google Alias: https://support.google.com/a/answer/33327?product_name=UnuFlow&hl=en&visit_id=638080253952156397-1607474765&rd=1&src=supportwidget0&hl=enGoogle Email Hacks Blog: https://www.lifewire.com/easy-gmail-address-hacks-1616186Teamwork Desk: https://www.teamwork.com/desk/Zapier: https://zapier.com/ClickUp: https://clickup.com/AUTOMATIONTOWN SOCIALS:—------------------------------------------Twitter: https://t.jo.my/twitterWeb: https://t.jo.my/automationtownRSS Feed: https://t.jo.my/rssABOUT HOSTS:—------------------------------------------Jason StaatsTwitter: https://t.jo.my/jstaats-twitterYoutube: https://t.jo.my/jason-youtubeChad DavisTwitter: https://t.jo.my/chad-twitterLinkedIn: https://t.jo.my/chad-linkedinAUDIO PRODUCTION:—------------------------------------------Paul O'Mara - https://t.jo.my/paulomaraSPONSORS:—------------------------------------------LiveFlow: https://jo.my/liveflowWant to sponsor an event, character, local sports team? Contact us at https://t.jo.my/sponsorcontact
S02E05 | For When You Need A QR Code
Sep 3 2022
S02E05 | For When You Need A QR Code
Okay okay okay hear me out: printing automation. No come back, it’ll be good, I swear.Instead of covering something people want to talk about, Chad & Jason cover printers, and how to build them into your cloud Zapier or Make workflows. Why is that a thing that exists? Why is it a tool you should still have in your toolbelt? Why are you 5 sentences deep into a podcast episode description?The boys also meet Buzz McTompkins, the head of 104.3 TheBuzz, Stuart from Radio Shack calls in with another embarrassing question and we automate a preschool.SHOW NOTES:—------------------------------------------Scott Stratten (QR Codes Kill Kittens): https://jo.my/qrcodeskillkittensQR Code Monkey: https://jo.my/qrcodemonkeyAli Pay: https://jo.my/alipayGO QR: https://jo.my/goqrBeanconStac: https://jo.my/beaconstacJotURL: https://jo.my/joturlqrLitter Robot: https://jo.my/litter-robotIFTTT: https://jo.my/iftttN8N: https://jo.my/n8nAUTOMATIONTOWN SOCIALS:—------------------------------------------Twitter: https://t.jo.my/twitterWeb: https://t.jo.my/automationtownRSS Feed: https://t.jo.my/rssABOUT HOSTS:—------------------------------------------Chad DavisTwitter: https://t.jo.my/chad-twitterLinkedIn: https://t.jo.my/chad-linkedinJason StaatsTwitter: https://t.jo.my/jstaats-twitterYoutube: https://t.jo.my/jason-youtubeAUDIO PRODUCTION:—------------------------------------------Paul O'Mara - https://t.jo.my/paulomaraSPONSORS:—------------------------------------------Want to sponsor an episode? Contact us at https://t.jo.my/sponsorcontact
S02E04 | For When You Need To Print
Aug 27 2022
S02E04 | For When You Need To Print
Okay okay okay hear me out: printing automation. No come back, it’ll be good, I swear.Instead of covering something people want to talk about, Chad & Jason cover printers, and how to build them into your cloud Zapier or Make workflows. Why is that a thing that exists? Why is it a tool you should still have in your toolbelt? Why are you 5 sentences deep into a podcast episode description?The boys also meet Buzz McTompkins, the head of 104.3 TheBuzz, Stuart from Radio Shack calls in with another embarrassing question and we automate a preschool.SHOW NOTES:—------------------------------------------Make: https://t.jo.my/integromat-makeZapier: https://t.jo.my/zapierIFTTT: https://jo.my/iftttGoogle Cloud Print: https://jo.my/googleprint PrintNode: https://jo.my/printnodePrintify: https://jo.my/printifySellIntegro: https://jo.my/sellintegroiBeacon: https://jo.my/ibeaconPhilips Hue App: https://jo.my/phueTypeform: https://jo.my/typeformAUTOMATIONTOWN SOCIALS:—------------------------------------------Twitter: https://t.jo.my/twitterWeb: https://t.jo.my/automationtownRSS Feed: https://t.jo.my/rssABOUT HOSTS:—------------------------------------------Chad DavisTwitter: https://t.jo.my/chad-twitterLinkedIn: https://t.jo.my/chad-linkedinJason StaatsTwitter: https://t.jo.my/jstaats-twitterYoutube: https://t.jo.my/jason-youtubeAUDIO PRODUCTION:—------------------------------------------Paul O'Mara - https://t.jo.my/paulomaraSPONSORS:—------------------------------------------Want to sponsor an episode? Contact us at https://t.jo.my/sponsorcontact