Recession-Proof Startups - Mixergy

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#1940 This tool struggled for years prior COVID–then everyone started working remotely and needed it
How do you sketch out ideas and collaborate in this world where we’re working remotely? You’re about to meet an entrepreneur who had an idea for a solution years ago. He created it way too early and struggled for a long time. Today the world has caught up with him. Mariano Suarez-Battan is the founder of MURAL, a digital workplace for visual collaboration.

Mariano Suarez Battan is the founder of MURAL, a digital workplace for visual collaboration.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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Jun 03, 2020
#1939 Why you shouldn’t feel guilty about getting into the PPE space
I have to be honest, even me, someone who loves entrepreneurs, had mixed feelings when I saw founders capitalizing on COVID in the early days. For example, I saw someone pivot to start selling hand sanitizer. I thought it was a slimey move until I NEEDED hand sanitizer. It made me realize that these people who were filling in the gaps where the big companies fell short were really doing us a service. Well that’s what today’s guest did as early as February. Robby Berthume is the founder of Berthume & Co, which sells hard-to-find items to deal with the COVID-19 crisis including face masks, hand sanitizer, PPE, and social distancing decals.

Robby Berthume is the founder of Berthume & Co, which sells hard-to-find items to deal with the COVID-19 crisis including face masks, hand sanitizer, PPE, and social distancing decals.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.

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Jun 01, 2020
#1938 The REALLY big problem with being an early employee at a startup (and how to fix it)
I remember talking to a friend in San Francisco who told me he was running into a problem with his employees that is never really talked about. Well, today’s guest recognized this problem too and he came up with a really unique solution to deal with it. Oren Barzilai is the founder of EquityBee, which helps startup employees get the money they need to exercise their stock options before they expire.

Oren Barzilai is the founder of EquityBee, which helps startup employees get the money they need to exercise their stock options before they expire.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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May 29, 2020
#1937 How this live events company pivoted in a time of COVID (and is having its best year yet)
Obviously you can’t do live in person events right now. Well, the founder you’re going to hear about today managed to pivot from live, in-person events to completely virtual in a matter of weeks. The way they did it is extraordinary. The company is actually doing better post-COVID. We’ll talk about how and why in this interview. Bari Baumgardner is the founder of Sage Event Management, which helps you to manage a profitable live event or create a successful online video launch.

Bari Baumgardner is the founder of Sage Event Management, which helps you to manage a profitable live event or create a successful online video launch.

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May 27, 2020
#1936 How Aaron Marino built a multi-million online personality (Starting with a YouTube Channel)
I try hard. I try hard all the freaking time. But joining me today is a guy who’s not trying all that hard and the guy is killing it. His name is Aaron Marino and the whole thing started out for him with a YouTube channel. It’s called Alpha M and he covers life, style, grooming, and fitness. There’s a long list of businesses. I want to find out how he did it.

Aaron Marino is the founder of Pete and Pedro, a mens grooming line.

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May 25, 2020
#1935 Timing is everything–here’s how regular people can have incredible success
Joining me is an entrepreneur said, “I created a good product, but if you’re going against trends, you’re rolling a boulder up a mountain.” But if you’re capitalizing on a topic or you happen to be in a topic that people are excited by, suddenly everything seems easy. So today’s entrepreneur is someone who decided I have to make it easy for people to find these trends. I want to make it easy for myself to do it. His name is Joshua Howarth, he is the founder of Exploding Topics which makes it easy for you to surface rapidly growing topics before they take off. I invited him here to talk about how he came up with the idea, what happens when you do jump on a trend.

Josh Howarth is the founder of Trennd.co which is an app that monitors Google Trends.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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May 22, 2020
#1934 E-commerce is alive and growing. So are the tools that support it.
I don’t think we’re in a place where we can say, “Here’s the way to build a successful company in the new economy today.” We just don’t know what the new economy is. But I’m looking to find the spots of hope that give us an idea of what’s possible. Today’s guest is an example of that. Jesse Lakes is the founder of Geniuslink which makes localizing, tracking, and managing smart links simple. I want to find out how he’s doing better this year than last year.

Jesse Lakes is the founder of Geniuslink which makes localizing, tracking, and managing smart links simple.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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May 20, 2020
#1933 Case Study: TOMS Shoes and the One for One model
Today’s guest is Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS shoes. He made the slip on shoes that got everyone’s attention because every time somebody bought a pair, he donated a pair to somebody in need. The company has donated 86 million pairs of shoes over the years. They’ve added other products, also using the one for one model. They helped restore eyesight for 600,000 people. They’ve provided over 600,000 weeks of safe drinking water, and supported safe births for 25,000 mothers. He sold a portion of the company at the time when it was valued at $625 million. I want to find out how he did it.

Blake Mycoskie is the founder of TOMS Shoes, which designs shoes — as well as eyewear, coffee, apparel and handbags. Blake launched his newest venture, Madefor.  Madefor is a ten-month program that applies the principles of modern neuroscience, psychology and physiology to make your brain and body better.

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May 18, 2020
#1932 Meet the entrepreneur who got the GIF keyboard on your iPhone
One of the things that today’s guests noticed was how people were communicating visually with the introduction of the iPhone. I’m talking about GIFs. Well, today’s guest said, “This is a new way for people to express themselves.” And he created a company whose goal is to enable us to use gifs to express ourselves on the platforms that we love. His name is David McIntosh and the company he created was Tenor. He eventually sold the GIF search engine and database to Google. I invited him here to talk about how we did it.

David McIntosh is the CEO and founder of Tenor which is an online GIF search engine and database which was sold to Google.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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May 15, 2020
#1931 A deep look inside the business of homeschooling
I am beyond the the guy who created mixergy. I’m now also passionate and curious about homeschooling after my kids were told that they couldn’t go to school because of COVID-19. I think that the world is changing. I think there are many people like me who are in the in the world of homeschooling who are saying, I gotta take it on. I have to take it on. I’ll figure it out. Well, today’s guest is the co-founder of Elephant Learning, a gamification of a proven curriculum. I’m curious about how the pandemic is impacting his business. So I invited him here to talk about it.

Aditya Nagrath is the co-founder of Elephant Learning, a gamification of a proven curriculum.

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May 13, 2020
#1930 Regular guy launches hand sanitizer company
When covid hit, Andy started Googling. Is there a way for a “regular guy” to create hand sanitizer? The big guys couldn’t keep up with demand. Maybe he could make & sell some. He had a full-time job, doing marketing for Basecamp, the project management company. But in his spare time, he found the ingredients he needed and created The Detroit Sanitizer Company. This is his story.

Andy Didorosi is the founder of Detroit Sanitizer Co., medical-grade hand sanitizer manufactured to World Health Organization standards.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


ClickFunnels – Anyone in my audience who goes to clickfunnels.com/mixergy will get a couple of things that I’m excited about. Number one is a free trial so you can actually try it and use it. Number two, you’ll get the funnels that we created to build our business. Use it as a template which you can improve for your business. Go to ClickFunnels.com/mixergy to get started.

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May 11, 2020
#1929 Local gym can’t open. Founder goes online
She’s not a techie, like you and me. When New York told its citizens to stay home, Heather Gunn Rivera had to learn fast. During this corona lockdown her Grassroots Fitness Project gym is 100% virtual. When the lockdown is over, her gym will have a new, online revenue source.

Heather Gunn Rivera is the cofounder of Grassroots Fitness Project.

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May 08, 2020
#1928 Case Study: A bedding company with a sense of humor
Today I have a guest who seems to enjoy the fact that he’s got this business that sells sheets in a market where people have no way of differentiating sheets and no interest in trying. Instead, he decided to go all in with personality. Colin McIntosh is the founder of Sheets and Giggles, eco-friendly eucalyptus lyocell bedding. I invited him here to talk about how he’s built it and what happened with his previous business. I also want to find out what he’s going to do now that the world is changing.

Colin McIntosh is the founder of Sheets and Giggles, eco-friendly eucalyptus lyocell bedding.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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May 06, 2020
#1927 An uplifting conversation with a founder helping businesses sell more online
I went on Twitter a few weeks ago and asked, “Who is doing well right now?” The response I got was surprising. In today’s interview, I want to share one of the stories that I heard. Vishal Kothari is the founder of Tyche Softwares, which provides a variety of premium plugins for WooCommerce.

Vishal Kothari is the founder of Tyche Softwares, which provides a variety of premium plugins for WooCommerce.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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May 04, 2020
#1926 Drinking on corona lockdown grew Brumate’s sales
Dylan Jacob tried lots of hustles over the years, selling phone parts, cars, weed, whatever. He finally found his love with Brumate, where he makes and sells insulated containers for alcohol. Then the coronavirus recession hit. At first, his revenues got clobbered, but check out what happened next.

Dylan Jacob is the founder of Brumate which designs products for beer and wine drinkers.

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May 01, 2020
#1925 Etsy bought his marketplace for $275 million
eBay sucked for selling guitars and other musical instruments. So Yan Pritzker created an alternative marketplace, Reverb.

Yan Pritzker is the co-founder of Reverb which allows customers to buy and sell music gear online.

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Apr 29, 2020
#1924 How to offer products your online customers really want
Joining me is someone who didn’t think of himself as an entrepreneur. He was working at a company where he saw a problem and he developed a solution. For a long time he didn’t recognize that the thing he created was actually a standalone business. It slowly evolved into that—we’ll find out how. Hans-Kristian Bjerregaard is the founder of Clerk.io, an e-commerce personalisation platform.

Hans-Kristian Bjerregaard is the founder of Clerk.io, an e-commerce personalisation platform.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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Apr 27, 2020
#1923 How a mom of 6 turned handmade hairbows into a $6M business
We might be going through a bad economic crisis but joining me is a founder who grew up in an economic crisis. Her family had financial issues since the day she was born. And then, to escape a financial difficulty, she ends up creating a company back in 2008, at a time when we thought the world was falling apart. That company is called Bailey’s Blossoms and today’s guest is Erin Hooley. She started out just making hair clips for girls. The business has expanded so much since then. Their tagline is affordable, made beautiful, which I think will resonate in today’s world. I invited her here to talk about the business that she built.

Erin Hooley is the co-founder of Bailey’s Blossoms, an ecommerce clothing and accessories business.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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Apr 24, 2020
#1922 Looking ahead: The woman who is humanizing technology with Emotional AI
I’m excited about today’s guest because I think in the future, when computers can actually understand our emotions, we’re going to be thanking today’s guest. Rana el Kaliouby is the CEO and Co-Founder of Affectiva which creates facial and vocal emotion AI platforms. I invited her here to talk about how she’s giving companies the power to understand people as well as the practical implications.

Rana el Kaliouby is the CEO and Co-Founder of Affectiva which creates facial and vocal emotion AI platforms.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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Apr 22, 2020
#1921 How this betting site is surviving its second economic meltdown
Joining me is an entrepreneur who launched his company back in 2007. Within a year, we hit that 2008 economic meltdown and the world changed. And I asked him about it and said, you know, truthfully, I’m in betting so I think things would have been hard for us no matter what. But there’s no doubt that the combination of the two factors really made things difficult for him. In this interview he talks to me about how it influenced his business and made him into a better entrepreneur. Jason Trost is the founder of Smarkets, an online betting exchange.

Jason Trost is the founder of Smarkets, an online betting exchange.

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Apr 19, 2020
#1920 This crisis turned Mercato into a billion dollar company
Nobody cared about local grocers like Bobby’s dad, the New York pork grocer. Then the coronavirus hit the world. Bobby Brannigan created Mercato to give local grocers like his dad an easy way to sell online. It was a nice goal, he’s a good son, but Amazon was still beating him. Then covid hit. Everything changed and consumers were open to trying new food. His 25-person company is on track to do a billion dollars this year.

Bobby Brannigan is the founder of Mercato, an online marketplace for independent grocery stores.

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Apr 17, 2020
#1919 How Sprig lost over $50 million
Why is Gagan Biyani still smiling? He raised a reported $56.7 million from investors, and lost most of it. This is the story of Sprig, the startup that made and delivered food. It’s also the story of Gagan, the founder who reached the success and happiness that we all aspire to.

Gagan Biyani is the co-founder of Udemy, an online learning and teaching marketplace.

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Apr 15, 2020
#1918 Recession Proof: How Teachable got 2,000 new customers last month
This is part of my series of interviews to understand what’s working in business during this difficult time. Ankur Nagpal is the founder of Teachable, which allows creators to launch and sell online courses. Teachable is a fast-growing company, but you won’t believe the metrics they’ve seen in the last few weeks.

Ankur Nagpal is the founder of Teachable, which allows creators to launch and sell online courses.

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Apr 13, 2020
#1917 Recession Proof: How to snap back from sudden financial loss
Today’s guest is exactly what I was looking for when I put out a call on Twitter saying, “Is there anyone who’s doing well despite what’s going on with Coronavirus?” Well, Michael Alexis is the inspiration I think we need. Just before this whole thing hit the guy bought Museum Hack, a company that takes you and your loved ones into museums. First of all, you can’t even get into museums right now–but you also can’t get next to your loved ones or anyone else. How does someone suddenly running this business deal with the situation? He found a way to turn things around. He went online and created a business second business. It’s called Team building.com. They provide team building activities that your people will love, but it’s all done online.

Michael Alexis is the founder of TeamBuilding.com, Virtual Team Building Activities & Online Games for Remote Teams.

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Delighted – Delighted is a turnkey customer experience platform, built for startups. It’s so easy to set up, you’ll have customer feedback in minutes. Start gathering actionable feedback from your customers today at Delighted.com/mixergy. No technical knowledge required. Pus, Mixergy listeners can claim a free lifetime Delighted account, complete with a complimentary advisory session with a Delighted Concierge to make sure you get set up right (>$1k value), at Delighted.com/mixergy

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Apr 10, 2020
#1916 KeVita Case Study: The kombucha beverage company launched in a recession (that PepsiCo bought for $230,000,000)
Joining me today is an entrepreneur who created a beverage company and sold it to PepsiCo. I want to find out how he sold his company but I also want to tear into this story, especially considering what’s going on in the world today. His name is Bill Moses. The company I’d like to spend a lot of time talking about is called KeVita. If you don’t recognize the name, you’d probably recognize the bottle. I want to find out how he launched it, how he grew it and why he’s coming back and doing an alcoholic beverage now.

Bill Moses is the co-founder of Flying Embers, Organic Hard Kombucha with live probiotics and botanical adaptogens.

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Apr 08, 2020
#1915 Recession Proof: Traffic Secrets for a Bad Economy
I invited Russell Brunson, the founder of ClickFunnels, to talk about how his business has been impacted the current economic situation. I also want to talk to him about his latest book, Traffic Secrets and where he sees the opportunities for business right now. Russell is also the founder of ClickFunnels, software that lets you design and create sales pages, landing pages and it lets you manage your entire sales funnel.

Russell Brunson is the founder of ClickFunnels, software that lets you design and create sales pages, landing pages and it lets you manage your entire sales funnel.

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Apr 06, 2020
#1914 Recession Proof: How to create a survival plan (so you can maintain confidence)
I was feeling a little bit down about what’s going on in the world today. There’s the virus, but there’s also the economy that is taking businesses down and it’s hard to separate the two. The interesting thing is that Noah is so freaking upbeat about this. He sees it as more than a situation that we need to get through. I want to get some hope from that. But the other thing that’s coming through with Noah is that he’s got this pumped up confidence that I’m also hoping we can absorb from him. Noah Kagan is the founder of AppSumo, a daily deals website for digitally distributed goods and online services.

Noah Kagan is the founder of AppSumo, a daily deals website for digitally distributed goods and online services.

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Apr 03, 2020
#1913 Recession Proof: Gumroad is growing
I assumed all businesses were leveled and I got depressed. Then I started hearing about a few companies who are doing well. I wanted to understand why and revive my optimism. In this interview you’ll hear how the sudden economic hit and the forced home isolation led would-be creators to finally start creating. They’re using Gumroad to sell their work online.

Sahil Lavingia is the founder of Gumroad which helps creators sell products online.

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Apr 01, 2020
#1912 Recession Proof: An open conversation about working remotely
Joining me is an entrepreneur who has built a company that is doing well in this current crisis. I want to ask him about that. He is also someone who happens to run a remote company. Liam Martin is the founder of Time Doctor, time-tracking for remote teams. I want to ask him how the crisis impacted his annual conference which was set for April and how he’s helping people work remotely.

Liam Martin is the founder of Time Doctor, time-tracking for remote teams.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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Mar 30, 2020
#1911 Why did Hunt Club do well in March 2020?
When I see that some businesses are doing well despite the difficult times it gives me hope for my business. I asked on Twitter to find out what companies continued to grow in the month of March and if their founders would be willing to share their stories to give us all hope. Nick Cromydas is the founder of Hunt Club which allows customers to hire with trusted referrals from 10,000 experts

Nick Cromydas is the founder of Hunt Club which allows customers to hire with trusted referrals from 10,000 experts

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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Mar 27, 2020
#1910 Would you take your product off store shelves to sell direct to consumer?
There’s a lot of talk about direct to consumer businesses, but as I walk through Target and other stores, I see what used to be direct to consumer products on the shelves. Like Harry’s, for example. They used to ship directly to you, that’s how they could give you such a low price, but now you could just walk through Target and pick it up. Well, today’s guest did the opposite. She got into stores, she got all the attention and the legitimacy that comes with being in stores, and she said, “Actually, that doesn’t make sense. I’m taking my stuff off the shelves. I’m going direct to consumer.” I invited her here to talk about how she’s doing it, why she’s doing it, and how she built her business. Paula Blankenship is Founder of Heirloom Traditions Paints which is a paint with a built in bonding primer and built in wax.

Paula Blankenship is Founder of Heirloom Traditions Paints which is a paint with a built in bonding primer and built in wax.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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Mar 25, 2020
#1909 How to recover from bad advice from an investor
Joining me is an entrepreneur from Turkey. He raised money in Turkey, but his investor said, “You’ve got to just go business-to-business.” And so he shifted his business model and went b2b. But it didn’t work. And the reason he says it didn’t work is because he failed to address a customer problem. Instead, he was just listening to his investors. We’ll find out how he got through that painful period and how he turned things around by solving a particular problem. Burc Tanir is the founder of Prisync, pricing software for e-commerce.

Burc Tanir is the founder of Prisync, pricing software for e-commerce.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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Mar 23, 2020
#1908 A digital agency story that you’ve never heard before
Joining me today is an entrepreneur who for years, 10 years, in fact, says that his business couldn’t break a million dollars. And then he got good at content, he got good at digital marketing, he got good at opening up and telling people what’s going on behind the business and his business took off. His name is Zachary Gregg. He is the founder of Vital Design. They are a digital marketing agency. I invited him here to talk about how their business blew up.

Zachary Gregg is the founder of Vital Design, a website and design firm.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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Mar 20, 2020
#1907 Is Mixergy ignoring the virus?
I’m going to include conversations about the coronavirus in upcoming interviews, but I’m intentionally limiting it. To explain why, I recorded this story about what happened to me as a podcast listener when I listened to a day’s worth of corona talk. I want Mixergy to be an island of relief and personal growth, in the middle of a very real crisis.

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Mar 19, 2020
#1906 How an executive assistant turned her job into an agency
Joining me is someone who was the executive assistant for people like Michael Hyatt and Amy Porterfield. I want to find out how she went from doing a job herself to relatively quickly building up this big agency. Trivinia Barber is the founder of Priority VA, an Executive VA service.

Trivinia Barber is the founder of Priority VA, an Executive VA service.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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Mar 18, 2020
#1905 How to exit a “sleepy” business 10 years in (with zero regrets)
Today’s guest is someone who, in the 1990s, felt that car auctions could be brought online. It was a rollercoaster which we’ll get into in this interview. But he sold the company 10 years in for $250M. I want to hear the whole story. Peter Kelly is the co-founder of OPENLANE (now KAR Global) which is a wholesale automotive auction site.

Peter Kelly is the co-founder of OPENLANE (now KAR Global) which is a wholesale automotive auction site.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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Mar 16, 2020
#1904 How to make leadership decisions based on gut-feeling
There comes a time when a company faces big issues that really reflect the way they want to speak to their audience. For example, are you a company that says, “Hey, guys,” or should ‘guys’ be considered a sexist term and that’s the company stance. How does the team know? It might be in a style guide somewhere but it’s not used. That’s the problem today’s guest recognized and she created a company to solve it. May Habib is the co-founder of Qordoba, an AI that helps everyone at a company write with the same style, terminology, and brand voice.

May Habib is the co-founder of Qordoba, an AI that helps everyone at a company write with the same style, terminology, and brand voice.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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Mar 13, 2020
#1903 How Acuity Scheduling grew 5X in 3 years (and was acquired by Squarespace)
Joining me is someone who was a Mixergy listener and whose software runs our entire booking process for guests. I love what he built for so many reasons but about a year ago I read that he sold it to Squarespace! He bootstrapped the company so I want to find out his motivations for exiting. I asked him to come back to the podcast to tell me how he grew since the last time we talked, how the sale went down, and how his life has changed after the sale.

Gavin Zuchlinski is the founder of Acuity Scheduling, online appointment scheduling software.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


Qordoba – Qordoba is the leading AI writing assistant built specifically for business needs in mind. These days, everyone within a company writes content, and because of this, it’s hard for everyone to stay aligned and maintain consistency.

With Qordoba, you can customize writing guidelines to your unique brand and get everyone at your company to write with the same style, terminology, and brand voice. For Mixergy listeners, Qordoba is providing a 25% discount off the first year of their Starter plan. You can sign up for a free trial and get this offer by visiting Qordoba.com/mixergy

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Mar 11, 2020
#1902 How Riot Games founder Marc Merrill overcame massive hurdles to build League of Legends
Joining me is a legend himself. His name is Marc Merrill and he is the co-founder of Riot Games. Riot Games makes League of Legends, an incredibly successful multiplayer online battle arena video game. I invited him here because I’m curious about how he grew this company. And we’re going to talk about some of the challenges. We’re going to talk about how big it is, including a stat that I want to bring up in the beginning of the interview.

Marc Merrill is the co-founder of Riot Games which is the creator of the online battle game, League of Legends.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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Mar 09, 2020
#1901 Total failures, base hits, and big successes: a serial entrepreneur story
Joining me is a guy who has started more companies than I can keep track of. He had such a fire inside him while in school that he had to go out and do it. So he dropped out of school, started a company, and it didn’t work out well. But he kept going. Andrew Vasylyk is the founder of StartupSoft which helps startups scale a remote team.

Andrew Vasylyk is the founder of StartupSoft which helps startups scale a remote team.

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Mar 06, 2020
#1900 How this founder built a niche marketplace connecting businesses with scientists
Joining me is an entrepreneur who discovered there was no easy way to hire a scientist. If you have a company and you need a specific expertise, there’s no clear path for contacting these experts. To create a solution, she launched a marketplace where anyone could hire PhD level experts and scientists. I invited her to Mixergy to tell me how she did it. Ashmita Das is the co-founder of Kolabtree, a freelance platform for scientists.

Ashmita Das is the co-founder of Kolabtree, a freelance platform for scientists.

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Mar 04, 2020
#1899 How this insurance agent escaped commission-based income and scaled his agency
Joining me is an entrepreneur and longtime Mixergy listener. About 10 years ago he wanted to sell insurance more efficient but the market wasn’t ready for it. He went on to sell in more traditional methods until his clients started asking him if they could go through the process online. Sa El is the founder of Simply Insurance. He is a licensed insurance agent and blogger/consultant for those in the insurance industry.

Sa El is the founder of Simply Insurance. He is a licensed insurance agent and blogger/consultant for those in the insurance industry.

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Mar 02, 2020
#1898 Dane Maxwell wants you to experience true freedom (even if you have zero ideas, cash, experience, or confidence)
Nine years ago I interviewed the entrepreneur you’re about to meet. At the time of that conversation, he was building a lifestyle business when everyone else was seeking venture funding. Dane Maxwell is the founder of Paperless Pipeline, the real estate transaction and commission management system that agents and brokers actually enjoy using. I’ve watched his business grow over the years and now it’s essentially running without him. He’s out with a new book that teaches other entrepreneurs to get the freedom he was able to create.

Dane Maxwell is the founder of Paperless Pipeline, the real estate transaction and commission management system that agents and brokers actually enjoy using.

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Feb 28, 2020
#1897 How to be a leader without being a jerk
Today’s guest made a pivot from selling shoes to selling psychological services. I want to find out how he did that. Cameron Yarbrough is the co-founder of Torch.io, a leadership development company built on principles of psychology and management best practices. I was afraid his company was too touchy-feely and not big enough. But it’s huge! We’ll find out how big in this interview.

Cameron Yarbrough is the co-founder of Torch.io, a leadership development company built on principles of psychology and management best practices.

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Feb 26, 2020
#1896 How Grant Baldwin turned public speaking into recurring revenue off stage
I’ve interviewed today’s guest in the past because I was fascinated by how he made a living traveling and speaking to audiences. He’s back today because I want to find out how he turned his onstage reputation into a profitable business offstage. Grant Baldwin is the founder of The Speaker Lab which helps clients find and book speaking engagements.

Grant Baldwin is the founder of The Speaker Lab which helps clients find and book speaking engagements.

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Feb 24, 2020
#1895 How Pagely was built by husband and wife
Today’s guest is Sally Strebel, the founder of Pagely. They’re a managed WordPress hosting company. I remember first meeting her and her husband, Joshua, at South by Southwest about a decade ago. I started talking to them and I found out what Pagely does, which is make hosting websites easier. I want to find out about the crazy hours they worked to make this business happen.

Sally Strebel is the co-founder of Pagely which offers managed WordPress hosting.

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Feb 21, 2020
#1894 How to build a platform tangentially to cryptocurrency
Joining me is a founder I might have scared off because of my suspicion of cryptocurrency. Dan Novaes is the founder of Current, an award-based streaming ecosystem. I’m going to keep an open mind. I want to find out how he built a business tangentially to crypto.

Dan Novaes is the founder of Current, an award-based streaming ecosystem.

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Feb 19, 2020
#1893 Case Study: Software built for Instagram (that brings in recurring revenue)
I was speaking at a conference about 2 years ago when I met a woman who was telling me about this software she built. She told me it was Instagram Management software that allows her customers to edit their grid and plan posts. But get this: she does all the support through Instagram DM. I had never heard of that. Christy Laurence is the founder of Plann which is an Instagram Management Suite. I want to find out how she coded this app when she’s not a developer.

Christy Laurence is founder of Plann which is an Instagram Management Suite.

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Feb 17, 2020
#1892 The restaurant upstart doing so well I had to interview the founder
Joining me is Jeff Fenster. Jeff is the founder of Everbowl, a chain of smoothie restaurants. He’s someone who started in the digital marketing space. He was a friend of Neil Patel and worked with him. I want to know how he moved from digital marketing to having physical stores.

Jeff Fenster is the founder of Everbowl which is a chain of smoothie restaurants.

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Feb 14, 2020
#1891 How can you make your content come alive?
Today’s guest is someone who wondered why websites weren’t creating content as compelling as Instagram. Why do we still have to scroll down to read text instead of being told a story through video? I want to find out how he is changing the user experience and if it’s a business that is working. Moti Cohen is the founder of Apester which allows you to blend visual stories into your content to make it come alive.

Moti Cohen is the founder of Apester which allows you to blend visual stories into your content to make it come alive.

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Feb 12, 2020
#1890 What should you know before buying or selling a software business?
A few of the founders I have interviewed have either bought or sold businesses through today’s guest. Thomas Smale is the founder of FE International, a website broker. They started with small deals but are now brokering $50M deals. I want to ask him about growing this type of company as well as his process for evaluating a company’s worth.

Thomas Smale is the founder of FE International, a website broker.

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Feb 10, 2020
#1889 This founder’s tweetstorm got my attention (and it’s one that every founder should read)
Joining me is a Mixergy listener whom I’ve known a bit about over the years. Recently, he put out this tweetstorm that really moved me and anyone who runs a company should be exposed to them. I’ll read a few excerpts in this interview and ask him about what led up to writing them. Matt Mireless is the founder of several companies but most recently he is the founder of Stealth AI, which helps people understand, communicate and be present with each other.

Matt Mireles is the founder of Stealth AI, which helps people understand, communicate and be present with each other.

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Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.


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Feb 07, 2020
#1888 How to score an internship with one of your heroes (like Gary V)–before launching your startup
I love stories of success, but I’m also one of the few people who’s fascinated by stories of failure. Joining me today is an entrepreneur who’s had both. He had a company that didn’t work out so well, so he gave up everything, which turns out wasn’t that much. And then he said, “You know what? I’m just going to travel.” He ended up in India and he’s now teaching Indian developers how to code and then helping them get work. And get this, they’re not paying him to learn until he places them in a job. I want to find out how he built this company. Andrew Linfoot is co-founder of Pesto, an intensive training program to help software entrepreneurs in India break into international tech careers.

Andrew Linfoot is co-founder of Pesto, an intensive training program to help software entrepreneurs in India break into international tech careers.

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Feb 05, 2020
#1887 Inside Google from startup stage to IPO
Today’s guest was one of the first 500 hires at Google. She stayed with Google for 10 years—all the way to IPO. But while she was there she experienced a problem while selling her car. So she and her co-founder developed a company to make that process easier. Minnie Ingersoll is the co-founder of Shift Technologies, a platform that makes buying and selling cars fun, fair and accessible to all.

Minnie Ingersoll is the co-founder of Shift Technologies, a platform that makes buying and selling cars fun, fair and accessible to all.

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Feb 03, 2020
#1886 The unbelievable story behind California Closets
Today’s guest was working for a company called California Closets which was an unbelievable entrepreneurial story. It was created by a 17 years old kid who ended up on Oprah talking about how successful he was. He ultimately sold the company to Williams-Sonoma and I remember reading a bunch of articles about how it didn’t do so well for them. Well, today’s guest ended up buying it from Williams-Sonoma and turning the company around. We’ll hear that story in this interview.

Anthony Vidergauz was CEO of California Closets which provides custom closets and home storage systems.

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Jan 31, 2020
#1885 Software that improves user experience (and grows your email list)
When I first started Mixergy, digital marketers were using pop-ups on their sites. It might have created a bad user experience but it did lead to more email subscribers. Well. today’s guest says you can still get those results without using 2004 tactics. You can be proud of the way you collect email addresses and have it actually improve the user experience. Mogens Moller is the co-founder at Sleeknote, a tool to guide visitors on online stores to become leads and customers with personalized and targeted onsite messages. I invited him here to talk about how he came up with the idea and what he did when a competitor popped up in the space.

Mogens Moller is the co-founder at Sleeknote, a tool to guide visitors on online stores to become leads and customers with personalized and targeted onsite messages.

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Jan 29, 2020
#1884 Selling for $85M pre-launch? Here’s the story
I am so excited to talk to today’s guest. Brad Chisum is the founder of Lumedyne Tech, a company that built MEMS sensors that are found in cell phones and used in research for driverless cars. Sold to Google in 2015 for $85M. His new company is Launch Factory. I want to hear about the day he signed the term sheet with Google and the unique way he is launching companies today.

Brad Chisum is the founder of Lumedyne Tech, a company that built MEMS sensors that are found in cell phones and used in research for driverless cars. Sold to Google in 2015 for $85M. His new company is Launch Factory.

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Jan 27, 2020
#1883 The $100M enterprise tech we should be talking about
I’m someone who wakes up every day and reads tech news. Yet somehow I had no idea about the company my guest today has built. And it’s a unicorn! It’s not being covered in the news. They are doing phenomenally well. I want to find out how. Jaspreet Singh is founder of Druva which offers Cloud Data Protection & Information Management.

Jaspreet Singh is founder of Druva which offers Cloud Data Protection & Information Management.

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Jan 24, 2020
#1882 How an Amazon book flipper turned software founder
Today’s guest is a Mixergy listener who I invited to share his story. Caleb Roth is someone who might not think of himself as an entrepreneur—in fact, he went pretty high up the corporate ladder at Johnson & Johnson. But all along he was doing things on the side. Finally, he took the risk of going all-in on his side project and we’ll find out what happened in this interview. Caleb Roth is the founder of eFLIP Software and ScoutIQ. eFLIP helps Amazon booksellers scale their businesses in the U.S. and abroad.

Caleb Roth is the founder of eFLIP Software and ScoutIQ. eFLIP helps Amazon booksellers scale their businesses in the U.S. and abroad.

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Jan 22, 2020
#1755 How Peter Rex’s vision for helping the world brought forth Trustwork
How do you go from losing everything you’ve built up and sleeping on the floor to using that experience to creating a company that has a global-wide impact? Peter Rex is the founder of Trustwork, which allows you to find jobs, hire professionals, buy and sell goods, network and collaborate. Trustwork launched two years ago and already has over 400 employees.

Peter Rex is the founder of Trustwork, which allows you to find jobs, hire professionals, buy and sell goods, network and collaborate.

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May 06, 2019
#1754 Marathon Series: GroupRaise making $1M/month and donating a percentage to charity
Is it possible to have a business model that is not only profitable but donates a percentage of revenue to charity? Devin Baptiste is a Co-Founder of GroupRaise which is a company that allows groups to book events in restaurants across the US. GroupRaise helps companies find restaurants to hold events and allows the companies to donate a percentage of the profits to the charity of their choice.

Devin Baptiste is a C0-Founder of GroupRaise which is a company that allows groups to book events in restaurants across the US.

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May 04, 2019
#1753 How a major mistake almost cost Ryan Fyfe his company
How do you recover from a huge mistake that has the potential of sinking your company? Ryan Fyfe is the Founder of Humanity, which is an easy-to-use online employee scheduling and workforce management software. Ryan Fyfe was about to close a big funding round for Humanity when he discovered unethical practices that were going on that affected the company’s sales metrics.

Ryan Fyfe is the Founder of Humanity, which is an easy-to-use online employee scheduling and workforce management software.

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May 03, 2019
#1752 Ryan Levesque changed lead-gen. Wants to change entrepreneurship
I didn’t know whether to trust Ryan Levesque last time he was on. He claimed to have a set of sites that turned email subscribers into customers using registration forms that asked questions which helped him segment subscribers. Then I met (and interviewed) founders who used what he called the Ask Method and I realized how effective his approach was. I even started copying it. Now he has a book about entrepreneurship, called Choose. I interviewed him about it. And I was still skeptical. But a bit less than last time. Enjoy.

Ryan Levesque is the CEO of The ASK Method Company and the author of the best-selling book, ASK and has just launched his new book, Choose.

 

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Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.

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May 01, 2019
#1751 Tomas Gorny started from scratch to build Nextiva to $170M in revenue
How do you go from experiencing phenomenal success to huge loss and have enough confidence to start from scratch? Tomas Gorny is the Founder and CEO of Nextiva which is a business VoIP service solution. Nextiva was entirely bootstrapped and in 2019 is set to hit $170 million in revenue.

Tomas Gorny is the Founder and CEO of Nextiva which is a business VoIP service solution.

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Apr 29, 2019
#1750 Marathon Series: The Intern Group went from zero funding to hitting $15M in revenue in 8 years
How did The Intern Group grow from a horrible looking WordPress site to a company set to hit over 15 million in revenue this year? David Lloyd is Co-Founder and CEO of The Intern Group which is an international education company that specializes in internship programs. The Intern Group was born from David’s desire to connect interns with businesses.

David Lloyd is Co-Founder and CEO of The Intern Group which is an international education company that specializes in internship programs.

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Apr 27, 2019
#1749 Chris Ducker: Youpreneur
Why is Chris Ducker teaching entrepreneurship at Youpreneur? He has 2 companies that are doing well. Why get distracted? And, speaking of his companies, how did he create 2 successful companies? That’s what this interview is about.

Chris Ducker is the Founder of Youpreneur which is an online academy that has experts that share their expertise on how to build your business and become the go-to consultant in your industry.

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Apr 26, 2019
#1748 Acuity Scheduling was JUST acquired by Squarespace and here’s their origin story
Acuity Scheduling was in the news because they were acquired by Squarespace. We’re reposting this older interview to show you how Gavin Zuchlinski grew his company with spectacular customer support. Gavin Zuchlinski is the founder of Acuity Scheduling, a 13-year-old calendar scheduling service.

Gavin Zuchlinski is the founder of Acuity Scheduling, a calendar scheduling service.

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Apr 25, 2019
#1747 A pain point for Etsy sellers inspired Isaac Oates to create Justworks
Do you dread the process of hiring people because managing the payment process is such a huge headache? Isaac Oates recognized that paint point and as a result he created Justworks to help entrepreneurs and businesses by giving them access to big-company benefits, automated payroll, HR tools and compliance support in an easy-to-use platform. Six years later, Justworks is one of the fastest growing HR technology platforms with revenue in the tens of millions.    

Isaac Oates is the Founder of Justworks, which helps entrepreneurs and businesses by giving them access to big-company benefits, automated payroll, HR tools and compliance support in an easy-to-use platform.

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Apr 24, 2019
#1746 How innovation is the ‘Secret Sauce’ behind the success of Sylvain Labs
How does a company overcome innovation stagnation to bring a new product to the marketplace? Alain Sylvain is the Founder of Sylvain Labs which is an innovation and brand design consultancy. Companies are able to outsource their innovation issues to Sylvain Labs where they help businesses to identify unmet consumer needs and in turn, create new products to meet those needs.

Alain Sylvain is the Founder of Sylvain Labs which is an innovation and brand design consultancy.

 

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The James Altucher Show – James Altucher has started and ran more than 20 companies and is currently an investor in and advisor to over 30, but at one point, James lost everything. In a matter of months, his account drained from $15 million to $143. Depressed and on the floor, James realized the only way to be truly successful and fulfilled is to “choose yourself.” Now, James Altucher is a bestselling author, successful entrepreneur, angel investor, chess master, & host of The James Altucher Show podcast. Text ANDREW to 50445 to receive James Altucher’s free Ultimate Guide to Self-Publishing

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Apr 22, 2019
#1745 How did SixthContinent experience massive revenue growth from $7M to $60M in one year?
How do you react when you are told you can’t do something? Do you rise to the occasion and prove the haters wrong or pack up your toys and go home? Francesca Roveda is Co-Founder of SixthContinent which is an e-commerce platform. Francesca was told she couldn’t break into the male-dominated finance industry so she set out to prove she could and SixthContinent was born to give people more purchasing power.

Francesca Roveda is Co-Founder of SixthContinent which is an e-commerce platform.

 

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Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.

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Apr 19, 2019
#1744 How Erik Bergman’s passion for online gambling turned into a public company
How does an entrepreneur overcome insecurities and complete failure to refocus and launch a successful company? Erik Bergman is the founder of the online marketing companies Catena Media and Great.com If February 2016, Catena Media went public on the Swedish stock exchange and is valued at $400M USD. Today he is running his new venture Great.com, a similar business as Catena Media but where 100% of the profits will be donated to charity.

Erik Bergman is the founder of the online marketing companies Catena Media and Great.com

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Apr 17, 2019
#1743 How loss of focus and a lawsuit brought about the slow growth and loss of momentum of KISSmetrics
How did a loss of focus and a lawsuit ultimately bring about the demise of KISSmetrics? Hiten Shah is the co-founder of numerous successful SaaS companies, including FYI, CrazyEgg, Product Habits and KISSmetrics. Hiten opens up about how the perfect storm of screwing up product direction and loss of focus along with a lawsuit resulted in the inevitable loss of market share for KISSmetrics.

Hiten Shah is the co-founder of numerous successful SaaS companies, including FYI, CrazyEgg, Product Habits and KISSmetrics.

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Apr 15, 2019
#1742 How to build a hosting company that stands apart from the competition
Joining me is a guy who doesn’t really think of themselves as an entrepreneur. He’s more of a techie, but nevertheless, while working a full-time job, he decided I’m going to start this thing on the side. What he started on the side has grown really big. From what I can see, they are doing well over $20 million a year, profitable, and growing. Chris Wells is the founder of Nexcess, a cloud hosting platform. There are tons of hosting companies out there so I want to find out how he’s stood out from all the competition.

Chris Wells is the founder of Nexcess, a cloud hosting platform.

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Apr 12, 2019
#1741 Why becoming a first-time entrepreneur after age 50 can be a big advantage
Joining me today is an entrepreneur who was on a path to being an accountant, which is a respectable plan for life. You’re not likely to go hungry if you’ve got a good accounting job. And still there was an entrepreneurial yearning inside of him. Even though he’s not a developer, he found a way to develop an app that’s unlike anything before it. And I thought it was interesting how he interviewed developers to figure out who he could make it work. Allan Sutherland is the founder of In-telligent, a platform that issues emergency messages that are delivered immediately regardless of cell phone settings. We’re going to go into a story of how he built his company.

Allan Sutherland is the founder of In-telligent, a platform that issues emergency messages that are delivered immediately regardless of cell phone settings.

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Apr 10, 2019
#1740 How a Mixergy listener built SocialBee
I’m not going to pretend that I’m impartial in this interview. I really love today’s guest and I’ve known him for a long time because he’s a part of the Mixergy community. I even remember when he was thinking through the idea for today’s startup. Wait until you hear how simply and effectively he built this thing. I love how much he’s grown his company up. And I just like him as a person. I got to know him here when we flew him out to San Francisco and the two of us spent the day in Napa just talking through stuff. Ovi Negrean is a co-founder of SocialBee.io which offers social media management tools, training and teams. I’ve watched SocialBee grow and I’m looking forward to finding out the details behind the scenes of how he did it. If you’re at all a bootstrapper or a hustler or somebody who wants to build a company while you’re working somewhere else, this is the interview for you.

Ovi Negrean is a co-founder of SocialBee.io which offers social media management tools, training and teams.

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Apr 08, 2019
#1739 X.ai Case Study: Artificial intelligence that actually improves your life and business
I interview entrepreneurs about how they built their businesses for an audience of real entrepreneurs. In fact, as proof of it, one of our listeners is joining me here today. His name is Dennis Mortensen and he created x.ai. Any time people say automation doesn’t work, one exception seems to be the software Dennis created. Here’s an example of what it does: You want to book a meeting with somebody so you end up going back and forth to find a time that works. When you settle on a time, you realize you’re in different time zones so you have to start the whole process over again. Your business isn’t going down because of this pain point, but your focus is definitely being split by it, your professionalism with your contacts, with your clients, with the people you do business with is suffering because of it. Well, Dennis had this bright idea to say, “You know, I think this is where artificial intelligence can actually help. I want to find out how he did it.

Dennis Mortensen is the founder of x.ai, AI software that solves the hassle of meeting scheduling.

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Apr 05, 2019
#1738 Case Study: NatureBox and the viability of the subscription model
One of the big milestones for me was actually able to charge a subscription service for Mixergy. Before that point, I was doing these interviews for free and I was breaking my back doing it. All because there’s an idea out there that information wants to be free. But I saw that newspapers like The New York Times were charging. That’s why I’m excited about today’s interview. I think it will validate what I’ve always believed, which is everything should be on a subscription basis. But as you’ll hear in this interview, it doesn’t always work as well as I thought. Gautam Gupta is the co-founder of NatureBox, a subscription service for high quality, delicious snacks. I want to find out what happened to the business, how he started, how he’s growing it, how he’s got sales that really are amazing before and after he made this change from subscription.

Gautam Gupta is the co-founder of NatureBox, a subscription service for high quality, delicious snacks.

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Apr 03, 2019
#1737 The company making Amazon arbitrage sexy
Joining me today is an entrepreneur who created a company called Zinc, which builds tools for entrepreneurs–especially those who are competing against the big guys. In his words, he says, “Look, we’re here creating software for anyone who wants to level the playing field against Amazon.” We’ll get into exactly what that means and how you can apply it to your business. Max Kolysh is the founder of Zinc.io, a software that builds list creation, inventory management, repricing and fulfillment.

Max Kolysh is the founder of Zinc.io, a software that builds list creation, inventory management, repricing and fulfillment.

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Apr 01, 2019
#1736 I interview EasyBroker founder as we walk around and explore Mexico City
I usually interview founders from my office in San Francisco but this year I want to interview entrepreneurs all over the world in their own countries. So here’s what I did: I flew to Texas, ran 26.2 miles over the border into Mexico and I’m here interviewing entrepreneurs including Eric Northam who I know from when we were both living in Argentina. He’s got a company called EasyBroker which is a management and collaboration platform for real estate agents.

Eric Northam is the founder of EasyBroker, a management and collaboration platform that enables you to easily create market studies and share your listings with your clients.

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Mar 30, 2019
#1735 Jason Davis sold his company to Etsy. Here’s how working there gave him the next big idea
Joining me today is someone I remember reading about on TechCrunch when he sold his company to Etsy. Well he had another idea which partially came from his time at Etsy and seeing how much data they had to manage. He came up with a new company that would help companies like Etsy make use of all their data and better serve customers. I invited him here to talk about how he did it. Jason Davis is the co-founder of Simon Data, which builds data tools for modern marketing.

Jason Davis is the co-founder of Simon Data, which builds data tools for modern marketing.

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Scroll – There’s never been so many channels and tactics to get in front of your customers. However, customers aren’t paying attention anymore. Companies that can tell compelling narratives win because customers become a part of your story. Scroll Studio creates Longform Narratives by combining story, animated graphics, audio + video that spark action.

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Mar 29, 2019
#1734 A marketing company designed for local businesses
Today’s guest is so non-technical that he had issues plugging in the mic we sent him. He discovered online marketing a few years back and gave it a shot but it didn’t work out. But instead of quitting he paid attention to what his customers were saying and adjusted his approach. Matt Buchanan is the co-founder of Service Direct, which offers online advertising, local lead generation and call tracking.

Matt Buchanan is the co-founder of Service Direct, which offers online advertising, local lead generation and call tracking.

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Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.


Scroll – There’s never been so many channels and tactics to get in front of your customers. However, customers aren’t paying attention anymore. Companies that can tell compelling narratives win because customers become a part of your story. Scroll Studio creates Longform Narratives by combining story, animated graphics, audio + video that spark action.

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Mar 27, 2019
#1733 How do you resuscitate a solid business when it becomes obsolete overnight?
Joining me today is an entrepreneur from Pakistan. I want more international founders so I’m excited to talk to him. He recognized that companies needed more developers. Well, he had access to talented developers in Pakistan so he created a company focused on Social zoos. But all at once, social went away and the company took a big hit. I want to find out how he turned the business around when it dried up seemingly overnight. Salman Lakhani is the co-founder of Cubix, a digital products and mobile app development company.

Salman Lakhani is the co-founder of Cubix, a digital products and mobile app development company.

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Scroll – There’s never been so many channels and tactics to get in front of your customers. However, customers aren’t paying attention anymore. Companies that can tell compelling narratives win because customers become a part of your story. Scroll Studio creates Longform Narratives by combining story, animated graphics, audio + video that spark action.

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Mar 25, 2019
#1732 Marathon Series: What happens after a mission-driven company closes?
I came to Mexico because I want to understand entrepreneurship in this country. And for some freaking reason, even though I’ve been doing interviews for over 10 years now, I don’t think I’ve interviewed a single entrepreneur from Mexico. So if they’re not coming to me, I’m coming to them. And the person sitting at the table with me he is Santiago Cepeda. He is a founder of a company that was called Lokald. They did online retail, a range of products, clothes, furniture, jewelry, that kind of thing. And unfortunately, the company is no longer. I came here to understand what happened, how he built it up, why it closed down, what we could understand about entrepreneurship in general from this experience, and maybe a little bit of color about what entrepreneurship is like in Mexico City.

Santiago Cepeda was the founder of a company called Lokald, which sold a range of products online, including clothes, furniture, and jewelry.

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Mar 23, 2019
#1731 How to organize your company’s processes so you can go on vacation
Today we are turning things around. My guest is going to interview me. You guys know I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of landing pages. I’ve interviewed founders about how they built companies that optimize them. I’ve created courses around building better landing pages. The problem is that everyone out there is doing landing pages. It’s become hard to stand out. Well Brian Augsburger said he has something that’s brand new. It’s called Scroll, a company that creates longform content as a replacement for landing pages. Today he’s asking me about how I organized Mixergy so I could finally take a vacation. He’s going to turn what we talked about into a longform story.

Brian Augsburger is the founder of Scroll, which creates longform stories for businesses.

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ActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales processes by upgrading to an automated platform. Start sending follow-up that adapts to your customers’ behavior so you are sending the perfect message at the perfect time. You’ll have happier customers and higher conversions. See why over 150,000 marketers use ActiveCampaign to create intelligent marketing that gets better results.

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Mar 22, 2019
#1730 How does a founder balance new projects without distracting from the company
Joining me is a repeat guest. Josh Pigford is the founder of Baremetrics which provides subscription analytics and insights. I want to find out why he keeps launching other companies. Is it a huge distraction or does it add to his main company?

Josh Pigford is the founder of Baremetrics which provides subscription analytics and insights.

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ActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales processes by upgrading to an automated platform. Start sending follow-up that adapts to your customers’ behavior so you are sending the perfect message at the perfect time. You’ll have happier customers and higher conversions. See why over 150,000 marketers use ActiveCampaign to create intelligent marketing that gets better results.

If you’re with one of their confusing competitors and you want something new, you owe it to your business to check out ActiveCampaign.

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Mar 20, 2019
#1729 The Gmail plugin that’s bringing in $140K/month
Joining me today is an entrepreneur whose post went viral on Indie Hackers. Ajay Goel is founder of Gmass.co which allows you to send mass customized emails within Gmail. I invited him here to talk about how he turned it into a business. I also want to know why this was the right followup business to his previous company.

Ajay Goel is founder of Gmass.co which allows you to send mass email campaigns within Gmail.

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ActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales processes by upgrading to an automated platform. Start sending follow-up that adapts to your customers’ behavior so you are sending the perfect message at the perfect time. You’ll have happier customers and higher conversions. See why over 150,000 marketers use ActiveCampaign to create intelligent marketing that gets better results.

If you’re with one of their confusing competitors and you want something new, you owe it to your business to check out ActiveCampaign.

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Mar 18, 2019
#1728 Marathon Series: A conversation 500 Startups VC Santiago Zavala
I don’t typically interview VCs because I’m not that interested in the financing of companies. But even people who today’s guest hasn’t funded have told me that he’s the guy who is helping to grow companies in the Latin America. I want to understand how he’s doing it and also how he built two companies himself from scratch. Today’s guest is Santiago Zavala and he is the founder of 500 Startups in Latin America.

Santiago Zavala is the founder of 500 Startups in Latin America, which invests in entrepreneurs.

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Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.


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Mar 16, 2019
#1727 How Bubble is keeping software startups relevant in an age of Instagram stars
When I first started Mixergy, the entrepreneurial dream was to start a software company. Today people care more about being the next Instagram star because it’s just easier than learning how to code. That’s why I’m interested in what today’s returning guest is doing. Emmanuel Strasch is a founder of Bubble, which is a visual programming language for web and mobile applications whose goal is to make code obsolete. It’s a breed of new companies that say: You can still build a tech company even though you don’t know how to code.

Emmanuel Strasch is a Co-Founder of Bubble.is, which is a visual programming language for web and mobile applications whose goal is to make code obsolete.

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Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.


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Mar 15, 2019
#1726 How an Indie Hacker bootstrapped egghead.io to $250K/mo revenue
Joel Hooks is an Indie Hacker who decided he wanted to put coding lessons online for other developers to learn from. He started with videos and opened the platform up for other developers to record and teach. He started charging a membership and sharing the revenue with the contributors. I want to find out how he took it to the next level. Anyone in the audience who teaches online and is wanting to sell memberships should check out this interview. Joel Hooks is the founder of egghead.io which offers free & paid video tutorials for web developers.

Joel Hooks is the founder of egghead.io which offers free & paid video tutorials for web developers.

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Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.


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Mar 13, 2019
#1725 From hustling on Coney Island at age 10 to building a $45M memorabilia business
Joining me today is an entrepreneur I met at a conference. He was speaking about his book, You Gotta Have Balls. I heard he was in memorabilia which I thought was interesting. He talked about how he came from nothing and built a phenomenal business that sold things like dirt to collectors. I invited him on to talk about how he built his business.

Brandon Steiner is a sports marketer and the founder of Steiner Sports Marketing.

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If you’re with one of their confusing competitors and you want something new, you owe it to your business to check out ActiveCampaign.


Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.

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Mar 11, 2019
#1724 How Craigslist helped Eden get early traction
Joining me is Joe Du Bey, a founder who pivoted his way to finding success. He started out doing tech support and ended up doing something completely different. Today he runs a company called Eden. Imagine you have a big office for your company and now you need a custodian service. It’s up to you to manage the building now. Well Eden helps with that and many other office services.

Joe Du Bey is a founder of Eden which provides office cleaning, IT support, handymen, and more to make it easy to run your workplace.

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Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.


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Mar 08, 2019
#1723 How Nathan Latka Turned a Spreadsheet MVP into $20k/mo in 100 Days
Nathan Latka came out with a book that I’m so fascinated by that I’m interviewing him twice. Nathan is known for starting Heyo, a software company that he sold. If you want to find out more about that sale you can hear about it our other interview. He followed up that acquisition with a podcast where he interviews other entrepreneurs. He turned that podcast into a database which is creating revenue for him. In his book, How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital, he talks about how he took failing software companies and turned them into revenue producing assets.

Nathan Latka is the founder of Heyo, which creates Sweepstakes, Contests, and Campaign apps that publish to Mobile, Facebook, and anywhere on the web.

Currently, he’s the founder of Get Latka, an online database that other companies pay to access.

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Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.


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Mar 06, 2019
#1722 Are we pushing ourselves too hard?
My guests today believe we’re pushing ourselves too hard. I don’t agree that we’re trying to achieve too much. Chad Mureta and Arman Assadi are the co-founders of Project EVO, a personalized journal that will help you unlock your focus and flow. I invited them here to find out how they’re selling a physical product.

Chad Murata and Arman Assadi are the co-founders of Project EVO, a personalized journal that will help you unlock your focus and flow.

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Mar 04, 2019
#1721 Marathon Series: I interview one of Mexico City’s top entrepreneurs (in-person)
Today I’ve got one of the top entrepreneurs in Mexico City, somebody who is so highly talked about that I have to admit I was intimidated from the moment I heard that we were going to do an interview with him. And the more research I did on him, the more I understood why people talked about him. His name is Hector Cardenas. He is the founder of Conekta, a service that allows users to send and receive money easily. I invited Hector to talk about how he built this business. I also want to find out why he moved back to Mexico after being in Canada. We’ll also find out about Mexico’s local economy and how it’s growing.

Hector Cardenas is the founder of Conekta, a service that allows users to send and receive money easily.

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Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.


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Mar 02, 2019
#1720 How Suuchi is turning small batch manufacturing into big revenue
Today I have a founder who not only is in physical products, she manufactures physical products. Suuchi Ramesh is founder of Suuchi, a technology company that designs and manufactures clothing for fortune 1000 brands and emerging labels. I want to find out how she bootstrapped and pivoted it to find where the revenue was for this business.

Suuchi Ramesh is founder of Suuchi, a technology company that designs and manufactures clothing for fortune 1000 brands and emerging labels.

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Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.


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Mar 01, 2019
#1719 Why a failed fighter pilot made a better founder (and took a company public)
Joining me is a founder who has been in the security space for years. He launched and sold one company. He launched and took another company public. Now he wants people to learn from his experiences and he’s investing in other entrepreneurs. I want to find out specifically how he tool a company public. Ron Gula is the founder of Tenable, tech vulnerability management company.

Ron Gula is the founder of Tenable, tech vulnerability management company.

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Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.


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Feb 27, 2019
#1718 How to manage a team of engineers (even if you’re a founder who doesn’t know code)
Today’s guest is Natalie Nagele. EIGHT years ago, her husband was on Mixergy to talk about this little company called Wildbit. At the time, they had just launched Postmark and it was doing over $1M in sales. I want to see where they are now after nearly 10 years of bootstrapping. Natalie Nagele is the co-Founder of Wildbit, a software company that builds web apps to help software developers collaborate better.

Natalie Nagele is the co-Founder of Wildbit, a software company that builds web apps to help software developers collaborate better.

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Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.


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Feb 25, 2019
#1717 From being diluted out of first company, to passing out in the street, to waking up to $10M+ deposit after eBay acquisition
Most people still don’t know what affiliate marketing is. Well today’s guest understood it so well that he created a business that would allow anyone to start an affiliate program. Greg Shepard is the founder of AffiliateTraction (renamed Pepperjam) which is a multinational affiliate marketing agency and was acquired by eBay. I want to find out why he thought of himself as a failure and why he actually might have been one for a while.

Greg Shepard is the founder of AffiliateTraction (renamed Pepperjam) which is a multinational affiliate marketing agency and was acquired by eBay.

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If you’re with one of their confusing competitors and you want something new, you owe it to your business to check out ActiveCampaign.


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Feb 22, 2019
#1716 Greatist was JUST acquired but here’s how the digital publisher got its first 1M visitors
Greatist was in the news because it was just sold to Healthline. You can read about the acquisition here. And here’s what Derek said about the sale on Facebook. We’re reposting this older interview to show you how Derek grew a WordPress site to 1M visitors in this origin story. Derek Flanzraich is the founder of Greatist which is a health and media startup dedicated to inspiring and informing the world to make one healthier choice per week.

Derek Flanzraich is the founder of Greatist which is a health and media startup dedicated to inspiring and informing the world to make one healthier choice per week.

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Feb 21, 2019
#1715 The mockup software that’s improving the chat bot experience for users
If you’ve been listening to me for a while, you know that I’m fascinated by chat bots. When you’re creating chat bots, you want to see the flow of messages—which is hard to do without actually creating a chat bot and testing it. Well today’s guest created a company that allows someone to create a mockup of the chat experience before users see it. Obaid Ahmed is the founder of Botmock which lets you create conversation flows and interactive prototypes from a simple drag and drop editor.

Obaid Ahmed is the founder of Botmock which lets you create conversation flows and interactive prototypes from a simple drag and drop editor.

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Feb 20, 2019
#1714 How a ClickFunnels superfan turned funnel creation into his own consultancy
Today I’m interviewing Jeff Banek about how he built a consulting company based on what he learned from Russell Brunson. Jeff is so into ClickFunnels that he has TWO tattoos about it. In this interview you’ll hear about the rough situation he was able to pull himself out of by creating funnels for other people. Jeff Banek is a clickfunnel guru and founder of FunnelDoc, a consulting company that builds funnels, bots and emails that lead to sales.

Jeff Banek is a clickfunnel guru and founder of FunnelDoc, a consulting company that builds funnels, bots and emails that lead to sales.

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Feb 18, 2019
#1713 How Gumroad rebounded after burning $350K a month (Mixergy’s first in-person interview)
Today I’m bringing you for the first time EVER a LIVE Mixergy interview. Sahil Lavingia, who I’ve interviewed in the past, posted on Twitter recently about his revenue for Gumroad. I thought his business was dead! Turned out it wasn’t dead. Gumroad is doing well but I want to understand what happened when he had to lay off his entire team and turn things around. Sahil is the Founder of Gumroad which is a simple ecommerce and audience-building software.

Sahil Lavingia is the Founder of Gumroad which is a simple ecommerce and audience-building software.

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Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.


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Feb 15, 2019
#1712 How Nathan Latka Went from Podcast Nobody to $1m in Sponsorships, 10m Downloads
Nathan Latka is the founder of Heyo, which creates Sweepstakes, Contests, and Campaign apps that publish to Mobile, Facebook, and anywhere on the web. He sold that company and we’ll find out for how much. He went on to start a podcast but that’s not all. He’s taken all the data from his business podcast and created a database. I want to find out how he’s turned a podcast into a business.

Nathan Latka is the founder of Heyo, which creates Sweepstakes, Contests, and Campaign apps that publish to Mobile, Facebook, and anywhere on the web.

Currently, he’s the founder of Get Latka, an online database that other companies pay to access.

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Feb 13, 2019
#1711 Be like the founder of Nomorobo. Don’t overthink entrepreneurship
Today’s guest made a lot of mistakes with a lot of different companies he started. But he learned A LOT. And luckily for me and my audience, he’s willing to be open about all of it. Aaron Foss is the creator of Nomorobo which stops annoying robocalls from telemarketers.

Aaron Foss is the creator of Nomorobo which stops annoying robocalls from telemarketers.

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Feb 11, 2019
#1710 Behind the co-founder breakup at Kajabi
I had today’s guest on the podcast back in 2011. He appeared with his cofounder and they both appeared so happy. I was skeptical about the business but in the last 7 years it has really taken off. Well, today Travis Rosser is back but without his cofounder. I want to find out why. Travis is the co-founder of Kajabi which is an all-in-one online membership and course platform.

Travis Rosser is the co-founder of Kajabi which is an all-in-one online membership and course platform.

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Feb 08, 2019
#1709 How Rachel Kersten helped me grow Mixergy
From time to time I want to bring someone on who’s been working in the Mixergy inner circle. I want to show the audience how I built my company. Rachel Kersten is someone I met at an event and since then she’s been helping me launch products, charge people and really grow. One of the things she taught me is how to run a company-wide meeting. Her consulting company is Quantifying, where she helps entrepreneurs launch products and scale their businesses.

Rachel Kersten is the founder of Quantifying, which helps entrepreneurs launch products and scale their businesses.

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Feb 06, 2019
#1559 Cameron Herold coaches me on hiring (so I don’t collapse at my desk)
Hiring has been a huge issue for me. And in a past interview with Cameron Herold, I brought it up because he’s the founder of the COO Alliance, the world’s leading network for the second in command. I don’t get embarrassed by a lot of stuff. If you heard my interviews, you hear me get pretty frank about my flaws, my mistakes. But this issue is something I was embarrassed about. I think if I don’t hire somebody to be the second in command at Mixergy, I am probably going to collapse. So, that’s what today is about. It’s not so much an interview as it is a coaching call with the guy who knows hiring better than anyone else. You’ll get to hear what I learned and my hope is that you benefit from it too.

Cameron Herold is the founder of the COO Alliance, the world’s leading network for the second in command.

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Feb 14, 2018
#1524 When does a startup founder need a COO?
A topic we don’t talk about on Mixergy is how to actually manage a company. I remember when I was in NYU as an undergrad I loved all my business classes, but management just didn’t feel like me. I always thought of the guys in Dilbert but entrepreneurs were the ones who were creating, the ones who were doing. Mixergy’s grown and I’ve been running it, but I have to be honest, I’m not doing a great job of running it. So earlier in the year, the Mixergy team said, “Andrew, go get a COO.” They kept challenging me. One of things that they told me to do was to talk to Cameron Herold. Cameron Herold was Chief Operating Officer at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? He is also the founder of the COO Alliance, the world’s only organization for those who are second in command.

Cameron Herold was Chief Operating Officer at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? He is also the founder of the COO Alliance, the world’s only organization for those who are second in command.

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Nov 22, 2017
#1453 The future of chat (and interacting with your customers)
About a year ago I realized that no matter how much effort we’ve put into my email list, I could never double the response rate. We kept growing it, but people were not using email much. So I started looking around for solutions and I started looking at bots. Bots are basically software that communicates with humans via a chat app. I came across one company that looked too good to be true. It’s called ManyChat. And I said, “I’ve got to find out who the founder is.” And today, Mikael Yang is the founder of ManyChat. Not only does the software work, but the intelligence behind the scenes of dripping out content, tagging people, interacting with people is brilliant. This whole space is still pretty young but it’s important to have this conversation because he’s gotten very far and because I want you to see the future of chat as a way of interacting with your customers.

Mikael Yang is the founder of ManyChat, a visual bot builder for Facebook Messenger with broadcasts, analytics, scheduled posting and many other features.

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May 26, 2017
#1417 How Sam Ovens is helping everyday people start their own consulting businesses
I’ll be honest with you. I felt guilt about an interview that I did years ago with today’s guest. This was back in, let me see here, 2013. I interviewed Sam Ovens about how he built up this consulting business and was teaching people how to do consulting. I thought maybe I got taken for a ride. It was too good to be true. Then I started hearing people who were in his program talk about how big the program is. Then I started hearing more and more people say they were in the program. I realized, “Actually maybe I underestimated the guy.” And the more research I did into it, the more I realized that was true. Then I went hat in hand and said, “Hey, Sam, can I interview you again on Mixergy?” Sam Ovens is the founder of Consulting.com, it offers online training programs to help everyday people start their own consulting businesses.

Sam Ovens is the founder of Consulting.com, it offers online training programs to help everyday people start their own consulting businesses. Sam’s hosting a free webinar which shows you in detail how to start your own consulting business, click here to register for the free training.

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Pipedrive is a sales management tool for small teams with big ambitions. It visualizes one’s sales pipeline and helps to make sure important activities and conversations won’t get dropped. Salespeople really like it because it’s easy to use and intuitive. Managers like it because they don’t need to nag their team to use their CRM. It also sports built-in forecasting, integrations with other software such as Google Apps, MailChimp and Zapier and a powerful API.

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Mar 03, 2017
#1050 How a former lawyer built a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills – with Jordan Harbinger
How does a former lawyer build a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills. Jordan Harbinger is the co-founder of The Art of Charm, a company that teaches confidence and emotional intelligence.

Jordan Harbinger is the co-founder of The Art of Charm, a company that teaches confidence and emotional intelligence, and the host of The Jordan Harbinger Show, which interviews top performers, from legendary musicians to intelligence operatives.

 

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Aug 13, 2014
#1001 The 1,000 interview celebration
On August 4, 2008, I posted a video up on Mixergy where I looked up into the web cam on my computer and I said “I failed.” And I said that I was going to shut down my invitation business and start doing interviews with entrepreneurs and people in general who I admire so I can learn from them and take back what I’ve learned from them to build a more successful company in the future. And I said that along the way you’d get to watch and learn as I learned directly from my heroes. We did it. A thousand interviews later here I am today bringing back some of the most memorable and most influential interviewees. People who helped me both on camera here with you and off. I invited them on to a Google Hangout to talk about the old days, to ask them some new questions and to do short interviews with them all for you. That’s what this is all about. My goal when I started out was to build a successful company. I think Mixergy is that company. But I wanted to be even more successful. My goal is that I started to talk in interviews afterwards evolved into saying that I would like someone who is watching these interviews to learn from them, to use what they’ve learned and then build a successful company so they can come back and do an interview themselves.

I am the founder of Mixergy, home of the ambitious upstart. And this is my 1,000th interview.

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Apr 09, 2014
#990 Andrew’s process for overcoming entrepreneurial stagnation – with Samantha Alford
A few weeks ago, Andrew was interviewed about his inner doubt by Samantha Alford of WomeninBusinesspodcast.com. I (Arie Saint) thought it was too good not to share with our audience, so I’m publishing it on Mixergy. Check it out and let’s talk about it in the comments.

Samantha Alford, the founder of the Women in Business Podcast.

 

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Mar 10, 2014
#715 HearAndPlay.com: Turning $70 Into A Multimillion Dollar Instruction Web Site – with Jermaine Griggs
Update: based on the comments we’re getting, Jermaine sent this PDF about Automation. How does a high school senior from the inner city turn $70 into a multimillion dollar instruction web site? Jermaine Griggs is the founder of HearAndPlay.com, which trains musicians to play by ear, trains them to play by ear with online music lessons and piano video tutorials.

Jermaine Griggs is the founder of HearAndPlay.com, which trains musicians to play by ear, trains them to play by ear with online music lessons and piano video tutorials.

 

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Apr 23, 2012
#710 iContact Founder Returns To Mixergy After $169M Sale – with Ryan Allis
How does a wristband help a founder build a $169 million company? Ryan Allis is the founder of iContact, a provider of email marketing tools for small businesses. And a company that was recently sold for $169 million to Vocus. Here’s a quote from the last time I interviewed him, “we incorporated in July ’03, lived in the office, slept on futons, cooked on a George Foreman grill, did whatever we had to do to keep expenses low, while we built up revenue and customers, and improved the product.” Those are the challenges for a startup and it was inspiring to hear his story from those days. This time, I want to ask him about the challenges of going from a successful startup to a company that generates tens of millions a year.

Ryan Allis is the Co-Founder of iContact, a provider of email marketing tools for small businesses.

 

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Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him.

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Apr 09, 2012
#400 Reddit Founder: “I Wish I Still Owned Reddit Now” – with Steve Huffman
Many founders I interviewed on Mixergy told me about how their companies virtually disappeared after they sold them. But 4 years after selling Reddit to Conde Nast, Steve Huffman is so proud of how much its grown that he’d be happy to still own it. I asked him to teach me how he grew his community, why some Y Combinator-backed founders, like him, succeed while others don’t get any traction and why he never resented his co-founder for getting so much attention. I also asked Steve about Hipmunk, the travel site he launched which replaces the spreadsheet-like search results that most travel sites use with a more useful design.

Steve Huffman graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Computer Science in 2005. Immediately after leaving Virginia, he founded reddit.com with his college roommate, Alexis Ohanian.

 

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Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him.

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Oct 20, 2010
#216 How Clever Entrepreneurs Turned 3 Air Mattresses Into Airbnb, The Site That Makes Any Home A Bed And Breakfast – with Brian and Joe
The founders of Airbnb are guys who couldn’t make rent a few years ago, but they kept turning desperation into creative solutions. In October 2007, eager to make extra money, they noticed that local hotels were booked up because of a conference. So they pumped up some inflatable mattresses and listed their place online as an “air bed and breakfast.” It was quirky and it worked. That little act of creativity became Airbnb, the (profitable) site that allows anyone to list their extra space for rent. This interview is full of examples of that kind of hustle, like how they created and sold cereal called “Obama O’s.” That idea brought in a much-needed $30,000, but more importantly, it impressed investor Paul Graham of Y Combinator, who backed them. They jumped on that opportunity too, seizing every chance they could find to get Graham’s advice. His mentorship helped their company become profitable. Along the way, they got impressive media hits by crafting interesting stories, improved their design by sleeping in their users’ homes and kept changing their product based on feedback. In this interview, they teach you how they did it.

Brian Chesky & Joe Gebbia are two of the co-founders of Airbnb. (The third co-founder is Nathan Blecharczyk.) Airbnb is a marketplace for renting space. Their open platform accommodates a ‘couch to a castle’, including vacation rentals, bed and breakfast, private rooms, and entire apartments. Travelers typically save money and get a local experience, while hosts have an easy way to earn extra cash and meet new people.

 

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Jan 28, 2010
#214 How To Produce Like A Linchpin By Understanding Your Lizard Brain – with Seth Godin
You listen to my programs because I don’t do the cute “let’s get to know the author” interviews that others are known for. I hunt down information that you can use because I’m passionate about helping you build a business that your great-great-grandkids would admire you for. That’s why I kept digging in this interview. I want you (and me too, frankly) to be able to produce the kind of hits that Seth Godin keeps cranking out, seemingly without breaking a sweat. Not only has Seth created 2 big hit businesses, but he’s a writer who keeps introducing ideas that shape the way people think. In his new book, Linchpin, Seth talks about how to be this prolific. As you’ll hear in my interview, much of it is based on opening up your creativity and learning how to confront your fears, which he says come from your “lizard brain.” Imagine what you could accomplish if you were able to do that. Listen to the full program to find out how.

Seth Godin’s latest book is Linchpin. You can buy it here or see what others say about it on this Squidoo lens. He also writes the world’s most popular marketing blog. And is the founder of Squidoo.

 

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Jan 25, 2010