You probably never heard of Fanpop and you don’t know how big it is. That’s because Dave Lu and his co-founders are too busy working to talk up their success. Besides, tech entrepreneurs like you aren’t their target demographic and, as a four-man team, they don’t have the time to court your attention.
But this is a story you need to hear because these scrappy founders grew Fanpop to 100 million monthly page views and over $1 million annual profits. There’s a lot to learn from how they did it.
How do you build a profitable business selling themes? That’s what I invited Andy Miller, founder of RocketTheme, to learn.
RocketTheme sells themes on a subscription basis, is bootstrapped and generates over $2 million in annual sales. While it’s known for its Joomla! themes, RocketTheme also has a robust collection of themes for other publishing platforms, like WordPress.
Should you partner instead of building your own team?
When Mok Oh, the co-founder of EveryScape, told me about the issues his company had building out a sales team, I invited him to do this interview and talk candidly about what happened and how partnering with an outside sales team helped him take a giant leap forward.
Every time I try to describe why you should grab Dan Shapiro’s interview, I realize that my writing skills don’t do this story justice.
So I’m going to remind about all those times when you told me, “Andrew, you have too many interviews on Mixergy. Can’t you just tell me which ones I should listen to?” I’m telling you now. Listen to this one.
Dan is the co-founder of Ontela, a mobile photo site that he merged with Photobucket. Today…
Collis Ta’eed of Envato comes up with a lot of business ideas. This is the story of how he built a profitable business by thinking through each of those idea’s potential on a Moleskine notebook and turning those notes into active web sites.
He wouldn’t reveal just how profitable his privately held, unfunded business is, but he confirmed that it generates over a million dollars in annual revenue and…
How does an upstart compete in an industry that’s over 100 years old?
In this interview you’ll hear Tommy McClung, co-founder of CarWoo, talk about how his company got attention at a time when it had more determination than money. From driving cupcakes to local car dealers to…
I would have totally missed this interview if not for MJ DeMarco’s readers, who emailed me frequently to tell me how much his business advice has influenced their lives. (You’ll hear in the interview why I was so slow to ask for this interview, but for now I’ll tell you I was wrong.)
MJ DeMarco launched Limos.com and sold it in 2000. He then bought it back at a discount and resold it for…
The blasphemous part of this interview comes when David Heinemeier Hansson blasts many of the ideas that entrepreneurs hold sacred. Suffering isn’t the heroic way to work. It’s a sign you might be working on the wrong thing. Charging and profiting don’t make you evil or short-sighted. They ensure you can grow. It’s inspiring, and it’s why I invited David of 37signals to do this interview.