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Red Yellow Green: What Color is Your Money?

The survival manual for gig workers and consultants

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Many people want to escape the grind of a 9-5 job, but few people do. This book is a survival guide to escaping corporate America and embracing the gig lifestyle. Learn to avoid the predators and embrace the partners, all while making passive income.

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Noah Gift
Noah Gift

Noah Gift lectures at MSDS, at Northwestern, Duke MIDS Graduate Data Science Program, and the Graduate Data Science program at UC Berkeley and the UC Davis Graduate School of Management MSBA program, and UNC Charlotte Data Science Initiative. He is teaching and designing graduate machine learning, A.I., Data Science courses, and consulting on Machine Learning and Cloud Architecture for students and faculty. These responsibilities include leading a multi-cloud certification initiative for students. 

Noah is a Python Software Foundation Fellow.  He currently holds the following industry certifications for AWS:  AWS Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Machine LearningAWS Certified Solutions Architect, and AWS Certified Machine Learning SpecialistAWS Certified Big Data Specialist, AWS Academy Accredited Instructor, AWS Faculty Ambassador.  He also is certified on both the Google and Azure platform: Google Certified Professional Cloud ArchitectCertified Microsoft MTA on Python. He has published over 100 technical publications including multiple books on subjects ranging from Cloud Machine Learning to DevOps. Publications appear in Forbes, IBM, Red Hat, Microsoft, O'Reilly, Pearson, Udacity, Coursera,, and DataCamp. Workshops and Talks around the world for organizations including NASA, PayPal, PyCon, Strata, O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference, and FooCamp. As an SME on Machine Learning for AWS, he helped created the AWS Machine Learning certification.

He has worked in roles ranging from CTO, General Manager, Consulting CTO, Consulting Chief Data Scientist, and Cloud Architect. This experience has been with a wide variety of companies: ABC, Caltech, Sony Imageworks, Disney Feature Animation, Weta Digital, AT&T, Turner Studios, and Linden Lab, and industries: Television, Film, Games, SaaS, Sports, Telecommunications. He has film credits in many major motion pictures for technical work, including Avatar, Spider-Man 3, and Superman Returns.

He has been responsible for shipping many new products at multiple companies that generated millions of dollars of revenue and had a global scale. Currently, he is consulting startups and other companies, on Machine Learning, Cloud Architecture, and CTO level consulting as the founder of Pragmatic A.I. Labs.

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Matt Harrison
Matt Harrison

Matt Harrison has been using Python since 2000.

He runs MetaSnake, a Python and Data Science consultancy and corporate training shop.  In the past, he has worked across the domains

of search, build management and testing, business intelligence and


He has presented and taught tutorials at conferences such as Strata, SciPy, SCALE,

PyCON and OSCON as well as local user conferences. The structure and

content of this book is based off of first hand experience teaching

Python to many individuals.

He blogs at and occasionally tweets useful Python

related information at @__mharrison__.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Why I wrote this book
    • Your boss doesn’t want you to read this book
    • Don’t leave success in the hands of others
    • My Red, Yellow, Green numbers
    • Planning your escape
    • What success could look like
  • Chapter 1: Revenue Strategy
    • PEAR Revenue Model
    • Passive Income
    • Positive Experience
    • Autonomy
    • Exponential Potential
    • Rule of 25% When Consulting
    • How to be a good consultant
    • What is better than one job? Ten jobs
    • Work at Uber and Lyft
    • Create an MRR (Monthly Reoccurring Revenue) Money Lake
  • Chapter 2: Predator, Partner or Platform
    • Predator
    • Partner
    • Platform
    • Who should be your partner?
  • Chapter 3: Growth Hacking in the Social Media Age
    • How to grow your audience without tricks
    • Build your brand
    • Get Your First Consulting Client
  • Chapter 4: YAGNI (You Ain’t Gonna Need It)
    • Eliminating useless work
    • Productivity Hacks
    • Avoiding unproductive people
    • Warning Signs of a Dysfunctional Business Partnership
    • The Five Why’s Approach
  • Chapter 5: How to get paid as a consultant
    • Getting Paid
    • Setting Terms for Payment
  • Chapter 6: Remote Work
    • Setting up a remote office
    • Being a 10X worker for YOU
    • Do you need that expensive mortgage or rent?
  • Chapter 7: Passive Income with Publishing
    • Publishing Strategy
    • Publishing a Mainstream Book
    • Creating a Book with Leanpub
    • Publishing a Kindle Book
    • Creating a course on Udemy
    • Tools That Enhance Your Workflow
    • Creating a course with MOOCs: Udacity, DataCamp or Coursera
  • Chapter 8: Passive Income with Apps
    • Building an app for the Apple Store
  • Chapter 9: Passive Income with E-Commerce and SaaS
    • Creating revenue with Shopify
    • Additional Resources
  • Chapter 10: Passive Income with Investing
    • Index Funds
  • Chapter 11: College and High School Students
    • The Wounded Zebra Gambit
    • Make Money While You Are In School
  • Chapter 12: Optimizing the Company You Work At
    • Working for Venture Capitol Funded Companies
    • VC the VC

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