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  • #1764 Rand Fishkin on how to amplify authentic promotion

    May 22 2019

    I’ve interviewed Rand Fishkin several times and I’ve been beating myself up about a question I asked. I’ve got to bring it up in this interview. Rand Fishkin is the founder of SparkToro which allows you to discover all the sources that influence your audience. I invited him here to talk about marketing because he’s so good at it. Rand Fishkin is the founder of SparkToro which allows you to discover all the sources that influence your audience. Sponsored byPilot – You didn’t start a busin...more

  • #1763 How Ryan Deiss turned Traffic and Conversion Summit (and digital marketing) into a real business

    May 20 2019

    Ryan Deiss is the founder of a Traffic & Conversion, a conference for digital marketers. He is also the founder of DigitalMarketer which offers tools and training for digital marketers. A few years ago I went to the Traffic & Conversion Summit for the first time. I bought a ticket not expecting to go to any of the sessions, but I bought a ticket wanting to meet people there. But I underestimated the size of the business and the legitimacy of digital marketing at the time. I want to ...more

  • #1762 Marathon Series: Cuponatic sets out to be the Groupon of Chile

    May 18 2019

    Entrepreneurship requires a driving passion but what happens when your company is taken to the brink of bankruptcy? Christian Real Bernouin is a Co-Founder of Cuponatic which is an e-commerce marketplace that offers different daily deals on products, services, and getaways. In 2012, Cuponatic was faced with the prospect of bankruptcy. Now, in 2019, it is hitting $5M in revenue annually. Christian Real Bernouin is a Co-Founder of Cuponatic which is an e-commerce marketplace that offers different ...more

  • #1761 Whispli: Born from Sylvain Mansotte’s experience of blowing the whistle on $20M fraud

    May 17 2019

    How do you provide a way for employees to anonymously report misconduct or wrongdoing without fear of retribution? Sylvain Mansotte is a Co-Founder of Whispli which is a secure, anonymous, cost-effective whistleblowing platform. In 2012, Sylvain uncovered $20M in fraud within the company that he had recently joined. His experience led to the creation of Whispli. Sylvain Mansotte is a Co-Founder of Whispli which is a secure, anonymous, cost-effective whistleblowing platform.   Sponsored byHo...more

  • #1760 How John Akhoian relied on grassroots marketing techniques to bring Rooter Hero to $50M in revenue

    May 15 2019

    How do you build a brick and mortar business like plumbing into a $50M a year business? John Akhoian is the Founder of Rooter Hero which is a plumbing and rooter service company. John Akhoian built Rooter Hero from the ground up relying heavily on old-fashion marketing techniques and now has 12 locations across California and Arizona.     John Akhoian is the Founder of Rooter Hero which is a plumbing and rooter service company. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website t...more

  • #1759 Why did David Hauser sell Grasshopper for $170M?

    May 13 2019

    How did David Hauser manage to sell Grasshopper for such an enormous sum without any hoopla and turn his focus to nut butter? David Hauser is the Founder of Grasshopper, which is a virtual phone company and author of Unstoppable. David sold Grasshopper back in 2015 for $170 and decided to completely switch direction from running an SaaS company to creating nut butter with his company SuperFat. David Hauser is the Founder of Grasshopper, which is a virtual phone company and author of Unstoppable....more

  • #1758 Marathon Series: Maria Paz Gillet’s Jooycar is the sexy new version of car insurance in Chile

    May 11 2019

    How do you get customers on board for a revolutionary product before you have even created the product? Maria Paz Gillet is the Founder of Jooycar which gives clients the ability to get real-time data from vehicles. Maria saw the need for “pay for usage” car insurance in Chile and sold the idea to customers before creating Jooycar. Maria Paz Gillet is the Founder of Jooycar which gives clients the ability to get real-time data from vehicles. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to tak...more

  • #1757 Why Dan Reich fired himself so he could launch Troops.ai

    May 10 2019

    What do you do when you realize you’re not the best fit for the company that you helped to launch? Dan Reich is CEO and Co-Founder of Troops.ai which is software that makes sales a team sport by empowering people, automating workflows and supercharging sales performance. After realizing he wasn’t the best person for running the daily business of TULA, Dan found someone else for the job so he could launch Troops.ai. Dan Reich is CEO and Co-Founder of Troops.ai which is software that m...more

  • #1756 Copywriter Ray Edwards trades in a 100 hour workweek to run a million dollar company

    May 08 2019

    How does a copywriter who was spending 100 hours a week writing copy for clients transition to running a successful copywriting company? Ray Edwards is a copywriter and communication strategist for some of the top names in business and the author of the book, How to Write Copy That Sells. Author and copywriter, Ray Edwards’ copywriting course and certification program is bringing in over a million dollars a year. Ray Edwards is a copywriter and communication strategist for some of the top ...more

  • #1755 How Peter Rex’s vision for helping the world brought forth Trustwork

    May 06 2019

    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...more

  • #1754 Marathon Series: GroupRaise making $1M/month and donating a percentage to charity

    May 04 2019

    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 Co-Founder of GroupRaise which is a company that allows groups to book events in r...more

  • #1753 How a major mistake almost cost Ryan Fyfe his company

    May 03 2019

    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 softwa...more

  • #1752 Ryan Levesque changed lead-gen. Wants to change entrepreneurship

    May 01 2019

    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 bi...more

  • #1751 Tomas Gorny started from scratch to build Nextiva to $170M in revenue

    Apr 29 2019

    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. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted softw...more

  • #1750 Marathon Series: The Intern Group went from zero funding to hitting $15M in revenue in 8 years

    Apr 27 2019

    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. Spo...more

  • #1749 Chris Ducker: Youpreneur

    Apr 26 2019

    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. Sponsored byActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales proce...more

  • #1748 Acuity Scheduling was JUST acquired by Squarespace and here’s their origin story

    Apr 25 2019

    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. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint

  • #1747 A pain point for Etsy sellers inspired Isaac Oates to create Justworks

    Apr 24 2019

    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 Foun...more

  • #1746 How innovation is the ‘Secret Sauce’ behind the success of Sylvain Labs

    Apr 22 2019

    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.   Sponsored byToptal...more

  • #1745 How did SixthContinent experience massive revenue growth from $7M to $60M in one year?

    Apr 19 2019

    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 platfor...more

  • #1744 How Erik Bergman’s passion for online gambling turned into a public company

    Apr 17 2019

    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 compan...more

  • #1743 How loss of focus and a lawsuit brought about the slow growth and loss of momentum of KISSmetrics

    Apr 15 2019

    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...more

  • #1742 How to build a hosting company that stands apart from the competition

    Apr 12 2019

    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 ho...more

  • #1741 Why becoming a first-time entrepreneur after age 50 can be a big advantage

    Apr 10 2019

    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 th...more

  • #1740 How a Mixergy listener built SocialBee

    Apr 08 2019

    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 t...more

  • #1739 X.ai Case Study: Artificial intelligence that actually improves your life and business

    Apr 05 2019

    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...more

  • #1738 Case Study: NatureBox and the viability of the subscription model

    Apr 03 2019

    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 subs...more

  • #1737 The company making Amazon arbitrage sexy

    Apr 01 2019

    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, r...more

  • #1736 I interview EasyBroker founder as we walk around and explore Mexico City

    Mar 30 2019

    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 ...more

  • #1735 Jason Davis sold his company to Etsy. Here’s how working there gave him the next big idea

    Mar 29 2019

    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-f...more

  • #1734 A marketing company designed for local businesses

    Mar 27 2019

    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 lea...more

  • #1733 How do you resuscitate a solid business when it becomes obsolete overnight?

    Mar 25 2019

    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 m...more

  • #1732 Marathon Series: What happens after a mission-driven company closes?

    Mar 23 2019

    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, furni...more

  • #1731 How to organize your company’s processes so you can go on vacation

    Mar 22 2019

    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 replace...more

  • #1730 How does a founder balance new projects without distracting from the company

    Mar 20 2019

    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. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what...more

  • #1729 The Gmail plugin that’s bringing in $140K/month

    Mar 18 2019

    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. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whethe...more

  • #1728 Marathon Series: A conversation 500 Startups VC Santiago Zavala

    Mar 16 2019

    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 ...more

  • #1727 How Bubble is keeping software startups relevant in an age of Instagram stars

    Mar 15 2019

    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...more

  • #1726 How an Indie Hacker bootstrapped egghead.io to $250K/mo revenue

    Mar 13 2019

    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 of...more

  • #1725 From hustling on Coney Island at age 10 to building a $45M memorabilia business

    Mar 11 2019

    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. Sponsored byActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales...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 stagnation – 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