The Side Project Accelerator

An online program for creative entrepreneurs.

Its 2016: Time to build your personal brand and get those side projects out there!

After working on Hacking UI as our side project for the past two and a half years, we were able to quit our jobs and do it full time.

Now it’s your turn, and we’ll help you get there!

“If you don’t build your dream,
someone else will hire you to build theirs.”
– Tony A. Gaskins

Join the waiting list for the next Batch

The program is currently underway and registration is closed. The Side Project Accelerator is a small, tight-knit community and it is important to us that it remains that way. Therefore seats are extremely limited.

We will start accepting new members for the second batch in early October, and then the program will begin on November 1st. If you’re interested in joining us, sign up for the waiting list below and you will get notified as soon as applications open.

Imagine the Success

Imagine you just quit your job.

You quit because your side project – a project that you’re passionate about – now makes you enough passive income so you know that you don’t need to work for someone else to be financially stable.Now… what do you have in life?

And the list goes on…

Time to realize your passion

After working on our side project for the past two and a half years, we were able to quit our jobs and do it full time. Now it’s your turn , and we want to help you get there!

In The Side Project Accelerator we will teach every single thing we learned while growing Hacking UI to a vary small batch of carefully selected, diverse students, who have demonstrated passion and the desire to change their lives with their side projects.

The Program

8 weeks. 8 Lessons. Over 30 different topics.

View the full syllabus

A new lesson every week

We will publish a new lesson in the form of an article / video on this week’s topic. There will also be an assignment related to the session.

Q&A sessions

Live ‘all-cards-on-the-table’ sessions where we’ll answer your questions, help you get through the assignments and be available for consultation.

We call this the cards-on-table session because we will share with you everything we know based on our experience. We mean everything! We, along with the rest of the community will also hold you accountable for staying on track and completing your assignments.

If you are unable to attend the live session, no problem. You can submit your questions beforehand, and the video will be published immediately after and available for the entire course.

A strong community to help you succeed

You’ll become part of an exclusive, closed Slack community only for members. There are 8 weeks of lessons, but membership to the community is forever. You will meet awesome entrepreneurs, who push you harder, give and share feedback and hold you accountable to your goals.

Private sessions with the most successful side project entrepreneurs in the world

We will have live streaming question and answer sessions with our mentors, some of the most successful people in the industry. These sessions will be closed to only you and the small community. You’ll have exclusive access to ask them anything you can dream of and find out the secrets to their success. They’re prepared and excited to tell all.

Bonus

In 8 weeks’ time, you will…

  • Be set with goals and benchmarks for working on your side projects.
  • Get your loved ones’ and colleagues’ approval for running your side projects.
  • Create a sustainable routine and set your pace
  • If you haven’t yet – you’ll have your first article online for the world to see and react to!
  • Have a network of diverse people that can help you out
  • Have and start growing your very own mailing list with best practices set.
  • Know how to sell anything like a slick cars salesperson (that ALONE is worth taking this program)
  • Experiment with new forms of content, and even record and publish your first podcast
  • Learn how to outsource the part of the work which you cannot do by yourself, and do it like a boss!

Is this Program for me?

This program is totally for you, if you…

How much does it cost?

The price for the program is $999.

We know that is not a small amount of money and that this is a big decision. We settled on this price for the course for a few reasons:

About Us

We’ve worked together for more than four years, first in a small startup, then in a large company, and now on our side project.

We are a designer and developer who know how to get shit done. We set targets, launch products and hit our goals.

David Tintner

David speaking

David is the development half of Hacking UI. He’s a full stack developer, who’s worked on projects (both in his day job and on the side) in every language from JavaScript to C#.

He’s an entrepreneur at heart and is always thinking up the next business idea. In 2012 he co-founded a competitive intelligence company called TapDog. TapDog was acquired by SimilarWeb, where he worked as a senior developer and team leader for the last two and half years.

He now lives in Tel Aviv, Israel and is an avid reader, traveler and music lover. If he’s not at his desk hacking away on the next side project, you can probably find him at some Burning Man festival.

Sagi Shrieber

Sagi speaking

Sagi is the design half of Hacking UI. He’s been in the industry for longer than he’d like to remember, working with large companies such as Fiverr and Ebay. He was a co-founder of TagDog, and when it was acquired he became the Head of Product Design at SimilarWeb, and has scaled the design team there from 0 to 6 designers.

Known in many circles as the originator of the side project, Sagi had his first taste of side project success in 2011 when he launched Pixel Perfect Magazine, the largest Israeli design blog and community to this day.

Today he is also a mentor at Google Campus in Tel Aviv, working with startups to improve their UX. He lives in Herzliya, Israel with his wife, two kids and dog. When he’s not up to his eyeballs in Sketch layers or writing about the next big productivity hack, he’s probably practicing Shaolin Kung Fu.

So how do I get started?

Our philosophy for side projects is centered around a concept we call “audience-driven product development”. We believe that the first thing you have to do is start building an audience. No matter what your side project idea is, if you don’t have an audience that wants to use it, it won’t be successful.

Don’t believe us? Think about your idea and how you would launch it. Now, what would happen if Jack Dorsey launched the same exact product. Who would be more successful?

Registration for the next batch of The Side Project Accelerator will begin in early October. If you’d like to join us, please sign up for the waiting list. This is a small community and seats are limited.

In the meantime, we put together a free 4-part email course to teach you how to begin building your personal brand and gathering an audience. In this course we will teach you how to write and publish an effective, impactful article online.

Our Amazing Mentors

We’re also bringing in the creators of some of the most successful side projects ever and giving you exclusive access to pick their brains.

Paul Jarvis
The hardest-working creative you’ll meet, Paul Jarvis is a designer, writer, teacher, software creator and podcaster. He’s written four books, and builds beautiful-yet-practical digital courses including Creative Class and Chimp Essentials. Paul also co-founded ofCourseBooks and hosts two podcasts about business, freelancing, creativity – and nerdy stuff like time travel and vampires.

Jeffrey Zeldman
“King of Web Standards”—Businessweek. Founder, A List Apart magazine and studio.zeldman, a design studio in NYC. Co-founded An Event Apart UX design conference. Publisher & co-founder, A Book Apart. Has written two books, notably Designing With Web Standards 3rd Edition.

Tobias van Schneider
Tobias was named Designer of the Year by net magazine and Art Director of the Year by Awwwards. He was the art director and lead product designer at Spotify, serves as a member on the Board of Directors at AIGA NYC and is an advisor and mentor to a variety of programs around the world. He also co-founded Semplice, a portfolio system and community used by thousands of the world’s leading designers.

Rachel Andrew
Rachel is a web developer, speaker and author. She is the founder of web development company edgeofmyseat.com where she mainly focuses nowadays on their ‘once a side project now turned full time’ – Perch – a CMS system.

Kathleen Shannon
Kathleen is a co-founder of Being Boss – an amazing podcast for creative entrepreneurs. She is also a co-founder of Braid Creative, personal branding for creative entrepreneurs who blend work and life – like designers, writers, artists, foodies, yogis and lifestyle professionals. AndKathleen.com is where she shares her own journey as a working creative, tackling fears and taking risks, whether trekking the foothills of Mt. Everest, starting a family, or starting a business.

Emily Thompson
Emily is a co-founder of Being Boss – an amazing podcast for creative entrepreneurs. She is the founder of Indie Shopography, a design and strategy web studio, where she and her team develop websites for creative entrepreneurs who want to rock their online presence. EmilyMThompson.com is where she shares “get-your-sh*t-together” advice and tactics for makers and doers, turning their dreams into a sustainable, profitable business.

Tal Florentin
Tal is a UX specialist & entrepreneur.
He’s the founder of UX Vision – a UX consultancy company. Tal wrote and published the first book in Hebrew about User Experience, called “User Experience – when users meet products“. In 2014 he also won the international UX Awards. Tal is now working on a super awesome product that will save you hours of reading time – http://www.summurai.com/

Lior Frenkel
Lior is CEO & Co-founder at the NuSchool. Mixing projects, people & technology both online and offline. He used to work as an engineer & project manager before jumping into the startup scene. Now he’s consulting, blogging & lecturing around the world.