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  • #1793 How to bounce back after losing $100M (through leveraging relationships)

    Jul 15 2019

    Joining me today is an entrepreneur who says he went from rags to riches. Unfortunately, he went right back to rags in a really bad situation that helped him lose what he says is over $100 million. But through hard work, through patience, and through the belief of people around him the guy was able to get right back up to the top. David Meltzer is co-founder of Sports1Marketing, a global sports and entertainment marketing agency. We’ll talk about what that means and what his connection is...more

  • #1792 Marathon Series: Can Australian founders have success without guilt?

    Jul 13 2019

    Today I have an Australian founder which is usually a challenge because they are in a whole other time zone from my office in SF. But as part of my marathon series, I’m making these interviews happen. Dylan Baskind is the founder of Qwilr, which allows people to create beautiful proposals, sales and marketing documentation as web pages. We’re going to find out how well this business is doing and find out a little bit about Australian culture in this interview. Dylan Baskind is the fo...more

  • #1791 Samuel Morhaim’s Vantage IO: Giving entrepreneurs the development tools they need

    Jul 12 2019

    As an entrepreneur launching a company, getting a website or mobile app developed can be painful and out of reach. How do you get things done on a limited budget? Samuel Morhaim is Founder and CEO of Vantage IO which creates web/mobile applications, IoT solutions, voice skills and data analytics solutions in addition to consulting and advisory services. Samuel Morhaim saw the pain point of entrepreneurs needing development tools and launched Vantage IO to help deliver the software that entrepren...more

  • #1790 How Animoto found the customer segment that paid

    Jul 10 2019

    Before I was doing interviews, I was doing live events. I thought the best way for entrepreneurs to learn from each other is to come out to a live event to meet other entrepreneurs. The problem was that I had was really interesting people come and I wouldn’t know how to show people this. I took a bunch of pictures, but looking at a bunch of strangers wasn’t captivating enough. And somehow I discovered Animoto. Jason Hsiao is the founder of Animoto, an online video maker that makes ...more

  • #1789 Inside the $100M dollar scooter sharing startup Spin

    Jul 08 2019

    Today’s guest runs one of many companies that I think are not just changing my life, but changing the lives of many people. I remember when I first started to see electric scooters show up in San Francisco. It made so much more sense than waiting for a car to come pick you up. We’re living in a city with hardly any rain, hardly any terrible weather. And suddenly these electric scooters showed up all over the city. Today’s guest is the creator of one of the first scooters that...more

  • #1788 Marathon Series: The Australian product that’s solving most new parents’ biggest problem

    Jul 06 2019

    As part of my marathon series I want to get to know entrepreneurs and talk about entrepreneurship in different parts of the world. Today I’m in Sydney, Australia with Hana-Lia Krawchuk. Hana-Lia is the founder of Love To Dream, which makes swaddles & baby sleeping bags for any season. It’s a phenomenal business that has spawned other products like SleepSack, which I’m a big believer in. We’re going to find out about how she built up this business. Hana-Lia Krawchuk ...more

  • #1787 Case Study: Making a cofounder relationship work

    Jul 05 2019

    A few weeks ago, I interviewed Joel Hooks who created a site called Egghead which offered developer video training. And he grew it $250,000 a month in revenue, which is substantial. One of the things he told me during the interview was that he learned how to do it by joining this course called Stacking the Bricks. Today I have the founder of that program. Alex Hillman is founder of Stacking the Bricks which helps people make the shift from service businesses into products that they can sell ove...more

  • #1786 Marketing that enhances product reputation (and doesn’t overwhelm)

    Jul 03 2019

    My goal with this interview is to understand how today’s guest has grown his business through his phenomenal marketing. He’s very understated about it, which is good because I want this type of approach for my business. I want to grow through good marketing that I could feel proud of and that doesn’t overwhelm the product. I want marketing that actually enhances the reputation of the product. My guest today is Dave Rogenmoser, the co-founder of Proof, a SaaS that helps build ...more

  • #1785 A VC’s inside look at doing business in Latin America

    Jul 01 2019

    Nathan Lustig is the co-founder of Magma Partners, an early-stage investment firm that supports the best Latin American entrepreneurs to launch and scale in the US. Nathan literally wrote the book on what it’s like to do business in different parts of Latin America. It’s called “Crossing Borders: A Venture Capitalist’s Guide to Doing Business in Latin America.” I wish I had read it before I flew to Mexico City to do my first set of interviews because he really expl...more

  • #1784 Marathon Series: Jane Lu’s Showpo at $60M/yr in revenue with no outside funding

    Jun 29 2019

    How do you put systems in place when you are used to doing everything yourself? Jane Lu is the Founder of Showpo which is an online fashion company based in Sydney Australia. Jane Lu started Showpo doing everything herself back in 2010. Nine years later she now has a team of 150 people and is making $60M a year in revenue. Jane Lu is the Founder of Showpo which is an online fashion company based in Sydney Australia. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, To...more

  • #1783 Dan Franks Podcast Movement: Grassroots origins to 7 figures

    Jun 28 2019

    Today’s guest has come full circle from having me on his podcast to now running the annual Podcast Movement conference. Dan Franks is Co-Founder and President of Podcast Movement which is the worlds’ largest and longest running podcast conference. I find out from Dan how the conference’s growth has exploded over the years and what we can expect from this year’s conference. Dan Franks is Co-Founder and President of Podcast Movement which is the worlds’ largest and lo...more

  • #1782 Sean Byrnes sold Flurry to Yahoo and launched Outlier AI

    Jun 26 2019

    What do you do when you’ve sold the company that you’ve poured your blood, sweat and tears into? Launch another company, of course. Sean Byrnes is the CEO & Co-Founder of Outlier.ai which delivers automated business analysis for some of the largest consumer businesses in the world. Sean built Flurry into a successful analytics platform for mobile apps and sold it to Yahoo in 2014. He then launched Outlier.ai. Sean Byrnes is the CEO & Co-Founder of Outlier which delivers autom...more

  • #1781 Neil Patel: services businesses are better than software companies

    Jun 24 2019

    After launching Carzy Egg, KISSMetrics & other software companies, Neil Patel now says it’s too easy to create software. That means software makers can’t charge much. Listen to why his new service business, Neil Patel Digital, is doing so well. You’ll also hear if he really loves his wife, why KISSMetrics closed, why he’s copying paid software and giving it for free, why he had a roommate, and more. Neil Patel is a Co-Founder of Neil Patel Digital which offers digital marketing services. &n...more

  • #1780 Marathon Series: Matt Barrie’s Freelancer a global marketplace with $53M in revenue

    Jun 22 2019

    Where do you find inspiration for launching a company? Sometimes that inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places. Matt Barrie is Founder and CEO of Freelancer which is a global online freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace. When Matt was unable to enlist friends and family to help with a simple task when he was building his mom’s website, his simple job posting on a website looking for help netted immediate results and provided his “ah-ha” moment for launching Fre...more

  • #1779 Nicole Grinnell and Liz Goddard take CC: My Admin to over $1M/yr in two years

    Jun 21 2019

    What if your business doesn’t need to have full-time workers in the office? Not every business needs to have internal employees. Nicole Grinnell and Liz Goddard are the Founders of CC: My Admin which lets you hire more than just virtual assistants. Nicole and Liz recognized that not every business needed a full-time staff and that some tasks could be handled remotely on a part-time basis and thus the collaborated to create CC: My Admin. Nicole Grinnell and Liz Goddard are the Founders of C...more

  • #1778 Reboot: Jerry Colonna and the pursuit of lemon drops

    Jun 19 2019

    What do you do when you come to that realization in your life that your pursuits are leaving you with a sense of emptiness? Jerry Colonna is one of the founders of Reboot which offers coaching services for individuals, teams and entire organizations. Jerry’s ah-ha moment was when he realized he was always pursuing the feeling of having enough and that he never was reaching that goal. Now, he helps other founders and entrepreneurs find their fullest potential. Jerry Colonna is one of the fo...more

  • #1777 Garrett Mehrguth bootstrapped Directive to $10M/yr in revenue

    Jun 17 2019

    When the biggest consulting firms in the business won’t even let you get your foot in the door, how do you get experience to launch your own firm? Garrett Mehrguth is the founder of Directive which is a lead generation-based search marketing company for B2B enterprise with a focus on SaaS. Garrett lived on a food budget of $12 a day, cleaned toilets and bid jobs on Fiverr all the while learning about search and lead generation so he could launch Directive. Garrett Mehrguth is the founder o...more

  • #1776 Marathon Series: Rod Bishop’s Jayride is the e-commerce marketplace for traveler transportation

    Jun 15 2019

    Every traveler is different and every trip is different. There’s no one ground transportation solution to fit everyone. Where do you go to find the best solution for you? Rod Bishop is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Jayride which provides seamless transport experiences for travelers by allowing them to compare and book ground transfers around the world. Jayride reimagines ground transportation by offering an e-commerce marketplace solution for travelers where they can comparison shop ...more

  • #1775 Jason Macek’s Dollar Fulfillment disrupts the product fulfillment industry

    Jun 14 2019

    Companies looking for product fulfillment services can find themselves mired down by all of the fees involved from shipping to service fees. Does it have to be that complicated? Jason Macek is the Founder of Dollar Fulfillment which offers product fulfillment services for a dollar per order. Jason has bootstrapped Dollar Fulfillment to almost $10 million a year in revenue. Jason Macek is the Founder of Dollar Fulfillment which offers product fulfillment services for a dollar per order. Sponsored...more

  • #1774 How Julian Shapiro’s Bell Curve does marketing for some of the best tech companies in San Francisco

    Jun 12 2019

    How does a marketing agency stand out in the crowd and rise above the noise to work with some of the top names in the tech industry? Julian Shapiro is the Founder of Bell Curve which is a marketing agency and training program. Julian uses reverse engineering to determine the patterns that work for specific types of companies in order to develop a growth strategy quickly for the client. Julian Shapiro is the Founder of Bell Curve which is a marketing agency and training program. Sponsored byAhref...more

  • #1773 Trent Dyrsmid’s Flowster brings sexy to the SOP

    Jun 10 2019

    A lot of us have a love-hate relationship with Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) documents. Who wants to take the time to document every procedure in your company? Trent Dyrsmid is the Founder of Flowster which automates workflow for companies as a SOP Management Tool. Trent Dyrsmid created SOPs for his own business and when people started asking for their own, that’s when he knew he needed to create his own software and Flowster was born. Trent Dyrsmid is the Founder of Flowster which au...more

  • #1772 Marathon series: Tim Fung’s Airtasker is the TaskRabbit of Australia making $110M in revenue

    Jun 08 2019

    Finding someone to help you with tasks and errands whether big or small can be challenging. How do you find someone who is reliable? Tim Fung is Co-Founder and CEO of Airtasker which is a services marketplace allowing people to outsource chores and errands to people in their local community. After asking a friend to help him move, Tim was inspired to create Airtasker to create a marketplace for people to connect to have tasks done. Tim Fung is Co-Founder and CEO of Airtasker which is a services ...more

  • #1771 How Legion Beats doubled revenue by selling beats to “middle class” musicians

    Jun 07 2019

    What if your dream of “making it big” doesn’t pan out? Do you fold your cards and call it quits? Gabe Schillinger is the CEO, Producer and Engineer behind Legion Beats which offers quality beats and hooks, mixing and mastering and promo. Out of desperation when his musical aspirations seemed to hit the skids, Gabe started selling beats online and discovered a whole new breed of “middle class musicians”. Gabe Schillinger is the CEO, Producer and Engineer behind Legio...more

  • #1770 How Amy Porterfield does marketing without communicating like a marketer

    Jun 05 2019

    Developing a marketing strategy that is successful can be a painful and intimidating process. What’s the secret of successful marketing? Amy Porterfield teaches business owners, educators and entrepreneurs the profitable action steps for building a highly-engaged email list, creating online training courses, and using online marketing strategies to sell with ease. Amy is making $5M a year in revenue with her Digital Course Academy. Amy Porterfield teaches business owners, educators and ent...more

  • #1769 Max Makeev is fixing video conferencing for the remote employee with Owl Labs

    Jun 03 2019

    We all know that the video conferencing tools that are out there make video conferencing a painful experience. How do you make video conferencing a helpful, inclusive experience? Max Makeev is a Co-Founder of Owl Labs which offers a 360-degree smart video conferencing camera. Max Makeev and his Co-Founder, Mark Schnittman created a 360-degree all-in-one vieo conferencing device that centers virtual conferencing around remote participants. Max Makeev is a Co-Founder of Owl Labs which offers a 360...more

  • #1768 How ToutApp went from near-death to being acquired by Marketo

    May 31 2019

    Long before TK Kader sold ToutApp, the company almost died. What sent the company on the downward spiral and how did they recover? TK Kader is the Founder of the ToutApp which is a sales engagement software platform. After a board meeting where the members told TK to cut the company down to 15 people, TK refused to accept that ultimatum and ended up with the largest quarter in company history. TK Kader is the Founder of the ToutApp which is a sales engagement software platform. Sponsored byTopta...more

  • #1767 How Krish Subramanian’s Chargebee cures the headaches of subscription billing

    May 29 2019

    Figuring out the intricacies of allowing special offers with subscription billing is the stuff nightmares are made of. What do you do if you don’t have the time or the coding ability to figure that out? Krish Subramanian is a Co-Founder and CEO of Chargebee which is a subscription management and billing solutions system. Krish Subramanian and his three Co-Founders realized the need for simplifying subscription billing and set about solving it with the creation of Chargebee. Krish Subramani...more

  • #1766 Chris Ronzio streamlines the onboarding and training process with Trainual

    May 27 2019

    When a new employee joins your company, do you find the onboarding process to be cumbersome and time-consuming? Chris Ronzio is the CEO and Founder of Trainual, which is a modern training platform for fast growing businesses. Trainual takes the headache out of the onboarding process and puts it into a modern training platform and grew the company from $10k/month to $100k/month in just 7 months time.   Chris Ronzio is the CEO and Founder of Trainual, which is a modern training platform for f...more

  • #1765 How to kill the pitchfest (and still run a profitable event)

    May 24 2019

    A while back I flew to DC for a Mastermind Conference with Joe Soto. And what was interesting to me was that the event was profitable for him. It took a lot of strategizing to make sure the event wasn’t a loss. Well, today’s guest helped him with that. I want to find out how he does it. Andrew is the co-creator of The SAM Event which is is a 2 day event with speakers and entertainers talking about Sales, Advertising and Marketing. Andrew is the co-creator of The SAM Event which is is a ...more

  • #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

  • #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