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  • #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 if 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 & sa...more

  • #1724 How Craigslist helped Eden get early traction

    Mar 08 2019

    Joining me is Joe Du Bey, a founder who pivoted his way to finding success. He started out doing tech support and ended up doing something completely different. Today he runs a company called Eden. Imagine you have a big office for your company and now you need a custodian service. It’s up to you to manage the building now. Well Eden helps with that and many other office services. Joe Du Bey is a founder of Eden which provides office cleaning, IT support, handymen, and more to make it easy to ru...more

  • #1723 How Nathan Latka Turned a Spreadsheet MVP into $20k/mo in 100 Days

    Mar 06 2019

    Nathan Latka came out with a book that I’m so fascinated by that I’m interviewing him twice. Nathan is known for starting Heyo, a software company that he sold. If you want to find out more about that sale you can hear about it our other interview. He followed up that acquisition with a podcast where he interviews other entrepreneurs. He turned that podcast into a database which is creating revenue for him. In his book, How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital, he talks about how he took fai...more

  • #1722 Are we pushing ourselves too hard?

    Mar 04 2019

    My guests today believe we’re pushing ourselves too hard. I don’t agree that we’re trying to achieve too much. Chad Mureta and Arman Assadi are the co-founders of Project EVO, a personalized journal that will help you unlock your focus and flow. I invited them here to find out how they’re selling a physical product. Chad Murata and Arman Assadi are the co-founders of Project EVO, a personalized journal that will help you unlock your focus and flow. Sponsored byIf you need anything designed–...more

  • #1721 Marathon Series: I interview one of Mexico City’s top entrepreneurs (in-person)

    Mar 02 2019

    Today I’ve got one of the top entrepreneurs in Mexico City, somebody who is so highly talked about that I have to admit I was intimidated from the moment I heard that we were going to do an interview with him. And the more research I did on him, the more I understood why people talked about him. His name is Hector Cardenas. He is the founder of Conekta, a service that allows users to send and receive money easily. I invited Hector to talk about how he built this business. I also want to fi...more

  • #1720 How Suuchi is turning small batch manufacturing into big revenue

    Mar 01 2019

    Today I have a founder who not only is in physical products, she manufactures physical products. Suuchi Ramesh is founder of Suuchi, a technology company that designs and manufactures clothing for fortune 1000 brands and emerging labels. I want to find out how she bootstrapped and pivoted it to find where the revenue was for this business. Suuchi Ramesh is founder of Suuchi, a technology company that designs and manufactures clothing for fortune 1000 brands and emerging labels. Sponsored byTop...more

  • #1719 Why a failed fighter pilot made a better founder (and took a company public)

    Feb 27 2019

    Joining me is a founder who has been in the security space for years. He launched and sold one company. He launched and took another company public. Now he wants people to learn from his experiences and he’s investing in other entrepreneurs. I want to find out specifically how he tool a company public. Ron Gula is the founder of Tenable, tech vulnerability management company. Ron Gula is the founder of Tenable, tech vulnerability management company. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re h...more

  • #1718 How to manage a team of engineers (even if you’re a founder who doesn’t know code)

    Feb 25 2019

    Today’s guest is Natalie Nagele. EIGHT years ago, her husband was on Mixergy to talk about this little company called Wildbit. At the time, they had just launched Postmark and it was doing over $1M in sales. I want to see where they are now after nearly 10 years of bootstrapping. Natalie Nagele is the co-Founder of Wildbit, a software company that builds web apps to help software developers collaborate better. Natalie Nagele is the co-Founder of Wildbit, a software company that builds web apps...more

  • #1717 From being diluted out of first company, to passing out in the street, to waking up to $10M+ deposit after eBay acquisition

    Feb 22 2019

    Most people still don’t know what affiliate marketing is. Well today’s guest understood it so well that he created a business that would allow anyone to start an affiliate program. Greg Shepard is the founder of AffiliateTraction (renamed Pepperjam) which is a multinational affiliate marketing agency and was acquired by eBay. I want to find out why he thought of himself as a failure and why he actually might have been one for a while. Greg Shepard is the founder of AffiliateTraction (renamed P...more

  • #1716 Greatist was JUST acquired but here’s how the digital publisher got its first 1M visitors

    Feb 21 2019

    Greatist was in the news because it was just sold to Healthline. You can read about the acquisition here. And here’s what Derek said about the sale on Facebook. We’re reposting this older interview to show you how Derek grew a WordPress site to 1M visitors in this origin story. Derek Flanzraich is the founder of Greatist which is a health and media startup dedicated to inspiring and informing the world to make one healthier choice per week. Derek Flanzraich is the founder of Greatist whic...more

  • #1715 The mockup software that’s improving the chat bot experience for users

    Feb 20 2019

    If you’ve been listening to me for a while, you know that I’m fascinated by chat bots. When you’re creating chat bots, you want to see the flow of messages—which is hard to do without actually creating a chat bot and testing it. Well today’s guest created a company that allows someone to create a mockup of the chat experience before users see it. Obaid Ahmed is the founder of Botmock which lets you create conversation flows and interactive prototypes from a simple drag and drop editor. Obaid ...more

  • #1714 How a ClickFunnels superfan turned funnel creation into his own consultancy

    Feb 18 2019

    Today I’m interviewing Jeff Banek about how he built a consulting company based on what he learned from Russell Brunson. Jeff is so into ClickFunnels that he has TWO tattoos about it. In this interview you’ll hear about the rough situation he was able to pull himself out of by creating funnels for other people. Jeff Banek is a clickfunnel guru and founder of FunnelDoc, a consulting company that builds funnels, bots and emails that lead to sales. Jeff Banek is a clickfunnel guru and founder of ...more

  • #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

  • #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