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  • #1897 How to be a leader without being a jerk

    Feb 26 2020

    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 psycho...more

  • #1896 How Grant Baldwin turned public speaking into recurring revenue off stage

    Feb 24 2020

    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. Sponsored byHostGator R...more

  • #1895 How Pagely was built by husband and wife

    Feb 21 2020

    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. Sponsored byToptal –...more

  • #1894 How to build a platform tangentially to cryptocurrency

    Feb 19 2020

    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. Sponsored byToptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on d...more

  • #1893 Case Study: Software built for Instagram (that brings in recurring revenue)

    Feb 17 2020

    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 foun...more

  • #1892 The restaurant upstart doing so well I had to interview the founder

    Feb 14 2020

    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. Sponsored byToptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale ...more

  • #1891 How can you make your content come alive?

    Feb 12 2020

    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 y...more

  • #1890 What should you know before buying or selling a software business?

    Feb 10 2020

    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. Sponsored byToptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, desig...more

  • #1889 This founder’s tweetstorm got my attention (and it’s one that every founder should read)

    Feb 07 2020

    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...more

  • #1888 How to score an internship with one of your heroes (like Gary V)–before launching your startup

    Feb 05 2020

    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&...more

  • #1887 Inside Google from startup stage to IPO

    Feb 03 2020

    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 ca...more

  • #1886 The unbelievable story behind California Closets

    Jan 31 2020

    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...more

  • #1885 Software that improves user experience (and grows your email list)

    Jan 29 2020

    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 a...more

  • #1884 Selling for $85M pre-launch? Here’s the story

    Jan 27 2020

    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 us...more

  • #1883 The $100M enterprise tech we should be talking about

    Jan 24 2020

    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. Sponsored byToptal – Toptal is a global network of t...more

  • #1882 How an Amazon book flipper turned software founder

    Jan 22 2020

    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 t...more

  • #1881 If you’re building an industry marketplace, listen to this

    Jan 20 2020

    I’ve been fascinated by marketplace sites, partially because they’re so tough to create. And partially because I wonder how they still exist in the world today. You would think that people could just go to Google, search for what they’re looking for. Well, today’s guest started a marketplace and it’s working. John Doherty is the founder of Credo which allows you to find and hire the best SEO, PPC, Facebook ads or other digital marketing providers. John Doherty is th...more

  • #1880 New York City upstarts with Michael Dorf

    Jan 17 2020

    I was excited to have today’s guest on because I remember being a kid in New York City and hearing about The Knitting Factory, a place where all the cool kids hung out. Well, Michael Dorf is the founder of that company. I wash surprised to learn about his second business that is doing even better. We’ll talk about that in this interview. Michael is also the founder of City Winery, New York’s first winery, restaurant, music venue and a private event space. Michael Dorf is the founde...more

  • #1879 How to get into an agency mindset (and learn to love the chaos)

    Jan 15 2020

    Many people I talk to hate running agencies. They can’t scale them up and they can’t wait to create software that will allow them to stop the agency model. Well today’s guest found a way to make the agency model work long term. I want to find out how he did it. Johnathan Dane is the founder of KlientBoost, a creative pay-per-click and landing page/conversion rate optimization agency. Johnathan Dane is the founder of KlientBoost, a creative pay-per-click and landing page/conve...more

  • #1878 Superhuman: Creating an app people can’t stop talking about

    Jan 13 2020

    Today’s guest has got the app that Silicon Valley can’t freaking stop yapping about. There are few apps that people will not stop talking about. He’s got one that has been high on that list for years now. I want to find out how he built it. Rahul Vohra is the founder of Superhuman, an e-mail service for professionals and power users. Rahul Vohra is the founder of Superhuman, an e-mail service for professionals and power users. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having t...more

  • #1877 How do you know an idea is worth pursuing?

    Jan 10 2020

    Joining me is a listener who has been a part of the Mixergy community since 2008. He is someone who worked for Mozilla and discovered a pain point there. But when he applied to YC with a solution, he didn’t get in. We’ll talk about what happened that day in this interview. And also about what he changed in his pitch after that painful experience. Greg Koberger is the founder of ReadMe which gives teams the tools they need to create and manage beautiful documentation with ease, monitor their A...more

  • #1876 A software founder’s story of addiction and recovery

    Jan 08 2020

    Joining me is an entrepreneur who worked for several companies over the years and finally found his own hit software company which he launched. I want to talk to him about how he found it. I want to talk to him a little bit about addiction. I want to talk to him about how he’s building his software and the interesting way he went about launching it. The guy who we’re going to get to know is Dan Uyemura. He is the founder of PushPress, a gym management software. Dan Uyemura is the fou...more

  • #1875 Running a content creation agency (without going nuts)

    Jan 06 2020

    Today’s guest is Nat Eliason, the founder of Growth Machine. Growth Machine offers a done-for-you content and SEO solution, which means that he’s getting paid by customers to create content for them Content is something people are very personal about. So Nat has to create something that’s in their voice, that represents their brand, etc. On top of that, he’s got to do SEO for them, which means he needs to drive traffic and prove that his content is converting into sales. ...more

  • #1874 How Sunil Patro created SignEasy while living in hostels

    Jan 03 2020

    Today’s guest is a guy who discovered a problem he thought he could solve. Nearly 10 years ago, someone sent him a document but because of his location, he wasn’t able to sign it. So he said, “There might be a bigger solution here.” I’m surprised to learn that his business is bootstrapped considering how successful it is. I want to find out how he did it and how he found a sweet spot in SMBs and individual proprietors. Sunil Patro is the founder of SignEasy, a cloud-based eSignature solution f...more

  • #1873 Case Study: Leaving an impressive corporate career to launch a data startup

    Dec 30 2019

    Joining me is an entrepreneur from Italy who wanted to start a business so bad that he was doing it even as a child. But he went on to a very safe corporate job that made his friends envious and his parents proud. And then he left. He risked it to start a company. Simone Di Somma is the founder of Askdata, a natural language data access platform that simplifies data access. Simone Di Somma is the founder of Askdata, a natural language data access platform that simplifies data access. Sponsored...more

  • #1872 How to create not one but two software hits

    Dec 27 2019

    There aren’t a lot of breakout hits out there–software that really takes off. Well, today’s guest says that he’s the co-founder of a company that created two of them. The first was Meerkat, a software that allowed people to broadcast on Twitter and it freaking exploded. But then there was an issue which forced him to either pivot or start from scratch. Then he created something called Houseparty. And even though it took off also, it’s not setting the world on fire...more

  • #1871 Marathon Series: How to surprise and delight your employees

    Dec 23 2019

    One of my goals for my marathon series is to connect with founders that I couldn’t connect with otherwise. For South African founders, the big challenge is the time zone and internet connection. Well, today I’m here in person to talk to the founder of CWDi. Lesley Waterkeyn is the founder of CWDi, a strategic brand experience agency. I want to find out the strategies she’s using to help her clients. Lesley Waterkeyn is the founder of CWDi, a strategic brand experience agency. ...more

  • #1870 How to grow your software company through enterprise customers

    Dec 20 2019

    Today’s guest is actually not a founder, he’s a CEO. I’m very interested in how he got control of his company, Brain.fm. I want to talk about that and I want to talk about how he’s growing his business through enterprise customers. Dan Clark is CEO at Brain.fm, functional music to help people focus, relax and sleep better. Dan Clark is CEO at Brain.fm, functional music to help people focus, relax and sleep better. Sponsored byClickFunnels – Anyone in my audience ...more

  • #1869 Understanding churn and how to reduce it

    Dec 18 2019

    Sometimes it feels like everybody in the entrepreneur and the SaaS space, including myself, asks “How do you get more customers? Well today’s guest noticed that and said, “Why aren’t we paying attention to how many customers are leaving?” So he came up with a software that will not only help you realize that you’re losing paying users, but also help you reduce churn and learn from it. We’re going to find out how he built his company, whether it’s ...more

  • #1868 Marathon Series: How the co-founder of WooThemes monetized a free plugin

    Dec 16 2019

    Joining me is a Mixergy listener. I’ve interviewed his co-founder and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to interview him in South Africa. Mark Forrester is someone who created a plugin for WordPress. It turned a platform for blogging into an online store. For free. I want to find out how the company was built and eventually sold to the company that created WordPress. Mark Forrester is a co-founder of WooThemes, a WordPress premium theme and plug-in provider. Sponsored byToptal – If ...more

  • #1867 How to forge relationships with other proven founders

    Dec 13 2019

    The company today’s guest started has gotten a lot of attention for its partnership with Kobe Bryant. I want to learn how he forged not only that relationship but also Brian Lee of The Honest Company. Matthias Metternich is the co-founder of Art of Sport, which offers high performance skin care products. I want to find out how he survived hemorrhaging cash while he found his customers and how he formed meaningful partnerships with other amazing entrepreneurs. Matthias Metternich is the c...more

  • #1866 Where do you find packaging for your product?

    Dec 11 2019

    I’m especially excited to talk to today’s guest because he’s creating a solution for anyone I’ve interviewed who is selling a physical product. I’m talking about packaging. I ask about it in my interviews but I feel like I never get a satisfying answer. Well, Raine Mahdi is the founder of Hawk Packaging which offers flexible packaging solutions. I want to find out where the idea came from, how he got customers, and how he grew it. Raine Mahdi is the founder of Hawk Packaging which offers flexib...more

  • #1865 The launch story behind this online course platform

    Dec 09 2019

    Joining me is an entrepreneur who started teaching creative software in person. Then he had a disaster of a teaching experience. It rocked his world but led to a breakthrough. We’ll find out what happened. Daniel Scott is the founder of InstructorHQ, a teaching platform for software like Adobe. Daniel Scott is the founder of InstructorHQ, a teaching platform for creative software like Adobe. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time ...more

  • #1864 Creating a solution around the rise of video content

    Dec 06 2019

    I’m noticing that more and more content is consumed through video instead of blogs. Well, today’s guest is a guy who saw this transition happening. I want to understand how he saw it coming and created a solution for it. Alex Collmer is the founder of VidMob, a creative tech platform. We’re going to find out how he built it and how he’s helping brands dramatically scale the amount video that they’re creating. Alex Collmer is the founder of VidMob, a creative tech pl...more

  • #1863 Marathon Series: Entrepreneurship in South Africa after centuries of apartheid

    Dec 04 2019

    I’m excited to talk to today’s guest for a lot of reasons. I’m excited about her background and about how she is inspiring other entrepreneurs. I want to find out what’s possible in entrepreneurship in South Africa and how today’s guest is making it happen. Aisha Pandor is the founder of SweepSouth, where customers can book a home cleaning online. Aisha Pandor is the founder of SweepSouth, where customers can book a home cleaning online. Sponsored byClickFunnels – Anyone in my audience w...more

  • #1862 Catching up with Sachin Duggal post pivot to Builder.ai

    Dec 02 2019

    Joining me is a founder who I’ve had on the program before. He’s someone who said, “You know what? Most software apps are the same. If I create software for one company I could probably use it to build the next company and not start from scratch.” He told our producer that he’s so busy that he asked his team to schedule bathroom breaks for him. I want to find out what’s going on with his business today that has him so busy. Sachin Duggal is the founder of Builder.ai which makes making tailor m...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

  • #1050 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

  • #1001 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

  • #990 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

  • #715 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

  • #710 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

  • #400 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