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  • #1713 How Gumroad rebounded after burning $350K a month (Mixergy’s first in-person interview)

    Feb 15 2019

    Today I’m bringing you for the first time EVER a LIVE Mixergy interview. Sahil Lavingnia, 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 Gumroa...more

  • #1712 How Nathan Latka Went from Podcast Nobody to $1m in Sponsorships, 10m Downloads

    Feb 13 2019

    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 Campaig...more

  • #1711 Be like the founder of Nomorobo. Don’t overthink entrepreneurship

    Feb 11 2019

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

  • #1710 Behind the co-founder breakup at Kajabi

    Feb 08 2019

    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. Sponsored byTop...more

  • #1709 How Rachel Kersten helped me grow Mixergy

    Feb 06 2019

    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 founde...more

  • #1708 Sachin Rekhi of Notejoy

    Feb 04 2019

    From the outside it looks like today’s guest has had a string of successes. I want to find out if that’s true from the inside. Sachin Rekhi is the founder of Notejoy, a collaborative notes app for teams. We’re going to hear about the CRM he built which was acquired by LinkedIn and his new company, Notejoy. I want to know why he got into the same space as Evernote. Sachin Rekhi is the founder of Notejoy, a collaborative notes app for teams. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re havin...more

  • #1707 Challenges of building a hardware AND software company simultaneously

    Feb 01 2019

    Today’s guest is Greg Marsh, the founder of Key.me, an app which allows people to copy their keys at robotic kiosks. I want to talk to him about the issues he faced building a hardware and software company simultaneously. I heard there were many. I also want to talk to him about the competition. We’ll get into revenue—all that coming up in this interview. Greg Marsh is the founder of Key.me, an app which allows people to copy their keys at robotic kiosks. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to...more

  • #1706 Why is this founder breaking things on purpose?

    Jan 30 2019

    Sometimes entrepreneurs feel that if they take a real job they are failing their true self. I think that’s bullshit. Joining me today is an entrepreneur who worked at Amazon and Netflix. He solved big problems for those companies. He took that experience and started a company to solve the same problems for companies that weren’t as big as Amazon and Netflix. Kolton Andrus is the co-founder of Gremlin, an on-call Chaos Engineering software platform. We’ll talk about what that means in this inte...more

  • #1705 Live with Russell Brunson: My favorite interview of 2018

    Jan 28 2019

    I got the chance to interview Russell Brunson live a while back. I can’t say enough about how much I love about our conversation. Feel free to fast-forward my long intro and get right into it. Russell Brunson is the founder of ClickFunnels which provides you a way to market, sell and deliver your products online. Russell Brunson is the founder of ClickFunnels which provides you a way to market, sell and deliver your products online. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having troub...more

  • #1704 How StyleKick co-founder had the confidence to switch from fashion to insurtech startup Cover

    Jan 25 2019

    Joining me today is a guest who said before we started the interview: “Push my buttons.” He doesn’t want a weak interview. Karn Saroya is the co-Founder of Cover, a nationally licensed insurance brokerage that offers coverage for just about anything you can capture on camera. You’ll hear us get right into it in this interview. Karn Saroya is the co-Founder of Cover, a nationally licensed insurance brokerage that offers coverage for just about anything you can capture on camera. Sponsored ...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