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  • #1678 How to scale your startup from 10 to 10,000 people

    Nov 19 2018

    Today I have one of my longterm listener whose business I have admire for years. Elad Gil has founded several companies. He’s written a book called High Growth Handbook. I invited him here to talk about his career and how he built so many phenomenal companies. Elad Gil has worked with high growth tech companies like Airbnb, Twitter, Google, Instacart, Coinbase, Stripe, and Square as they’ve grown from small companies into global brands. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having...more

  • #1677 Skully founder opens up about failure (and tells me what he learned)

    Nov 16 2018

    How many times have you seen a motorcyclist with his phone strapped to his bike? Well today’s guest thought that was too distracting and knew there had to be a better way. Marcus Weller is the founder of Skully Technologies, an Augmented Reality motorcycle helmet. He raised a bunch of money on IndieGoGo and he was really good at marketing. But he got into some trouble and we’re going to get into all of that in this interview. Marcus Weller is the founder of Skully Technologies, an Augmen...more

  • #1676 What Seth Godin wants you to know about marketing

    Nov 14 2018

    One of my first interviewees was Seth Godin who I interviewed about his book Tribes. Today, every time I see someone like Elon Musk motivate his tribe with a single Tweet, I know that Seth Godin was right when he talked about tribes. I invited him back to talk about his new book This is Marketing. I want to find out how people like me and people like you can apply the principles from the book. Seth Godin is the author of This is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See Seth Godin is t...more

  • #1675 This founder built a profitable bot company from Siberia

    Nov 12 2018

    Today I have a guest for you who has managed to build a chat bot company from Siberia! Alex Kistenev is the co-founder of Standuply which is a bot that runs meetings for you within Slack. I want to find out how he’s built this company without any funding and the clever way he’s getting users to sign up for it. Alex Kistenev is the co-founder of Standuply which is a bot that runs meetings for you within Slack. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level...more

  • #1674 How to manufacture virality for your brand (without gimmicks)

    Nov 09 2018

    I usually focus on revenue in these interviews but I do care about other indicators of size. So when I heard that Michael Krivicka from Thinkmodo was available to do an interview I wanted to get him on here. What Michael does is create viral videos. A lot of people use that term for videos that are popular but he had created truly viral content. I want to talk to him about how he does it. Michael Krivicka is the co-Founder of Thinkmodo which has created some of the most watched and shared vira...more

  • #1673 How to build your business through relationships and social sales

    Nov 07 2018

    When you’re building a business it’s easier to grow faster if you connect with larger businesses that already exist. Today’s guest did that. Jon Ferrara is the founder of Nimble which is a social sales, and marketing CRM for individuals and teams. He connected to LinkedIn and he connected with Facebook. Life was good. And then what happened to him was the danger of building your business on top of others. He got shut off. He had to rebuild and the way he did it was through relationships. I wan...more

  • #1672 How to make your content site addictive

    Nov 05 2018

    There was a while where content sites were becoming less successful than SaaS and other platforms. Well, today’s guest created an addictive experience with a content site and turned it into a real business. Evan Varsamis is the founder of The Gadget Flow which is a product discovery platform that helps you discover, save, and buy awesome products. I want to find out it’s profitable and how he did it. Evan Varsamis is the founder of The Gadget Flow which is a product discovery platf...more

  • #1671 Case Study: How to launch a successful music startup

    Nov 02 2018

    Joining me today is a former music industry executive who said, “The world is changing. Artists are starting to record in their bedrooms and find their audiences on YouTube and Spotify.” He knew the music industry had to understand how to work with them in a new way and he came up with that way. Conrad Withey is the founder of Instrumental, an online talent discover specialist which focuses on the music industry. Frankly, I feel there are so many music startups and I want to find out how he’s ...more

  • #1670 The e-commerce method that can give you an edge of Amazon

    Oct 31 2018

    One of the things I love about entrepreneurs is that they are not afraid to take on big competition. Today’s guest is someone I’ve admired for not only taking on a behemoth but also doing it well. Jerry Hum is the co-founder of Touch of Modern which is focused on discovery of unique and noteworthy products. I invited him here to find out how he’s continued to grow and how he’s getting all these sales. Jerry Hum is the co-founder of Touch of Modern which is focused on discovery of u...more

  • #1669 Authentication as a service: the company behind the companies you use

    Oct 29 2018

    Most of us are in tech so it’s not a surprise that when we go to websites to create an account often times the login process and account management is outsourced to someone else. And many times that outsourced company is Auth0. They are the company behind the companies you use. Eugenio Pace is the co-founder of Auth0 which is a universal authentication and authorization platform for developers, web, mobile and legacy applications. I invited him here to find out where he came up with the idea, h...more

  • #1559 Cameron Herold coaches me on hiring (so I don’t collapse at my desk)

    Feb 14 2018

    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...more

  • #1524 When does a startup founder need a COO?

    Nov 22 2017

    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, &#...more

  • #1453 The future of chat (and interacting with your customers)

    May 26 2017

    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.” ...more

  • #1417 How Sam Ovens is helping everyday people start their own consulting businesses

    Mar 03 2017

    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. ...more

  • #1049 How a former lawyer built a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills – with Jordan Harbinger

    Aug 13 2014

    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.   Sponsored byLead Pages – Lead Pa...more

  • #1000 The 1,000 interview celebration

    Apr 09 2014

    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 he...more

  • #989 Andrew’s process for overcoming entrepreneurial depression – with Samantha Alford

    Mar 10 2014

    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.   Sponsored byWalker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their compani...more

  • #714 HearAndPlay.com: Turning $70 Into A Multimillion Dollar Instruction Web Site – with Jermaine Griggs

    Apr 23 2012

    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 m...more

  • #709 iContact Founder Returns To Mixergy After $169M Sale – with Ryan Allis

    Apr 09 2012

    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 ...more

  • #401 Reddit Founder: “I Wish I Still Owned Reddit Now” – with Steve Huffman

    Oct 20 2010

    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 abou...more

  • #216 How Clever Entrepreneurs Turned 3 Air Mattresses Into Airbnb, The Site That Makes Any Home A Bed And Breakfast – with Brian and Joe

    Jan 28 2010

    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 e...more

  • #214 How To Produce Like A Linchpin By Understanding Your Lizard Brain – with Seth Godin

    Jan 25 2010

    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....more