Danny Wen of Harvest

This is the story of how a frustration led to a bootstrapped company that does over a million in annual revenue.

In 2005, Danny Wen and his friend Shawn Liu ran a consulting company that had trouble tracking time and invoicing clients. They figured other businesses had the same issue, so they set out to build a web-based solution. Four months later, they launched Harvest. Within a year, it was so successful that they were able to transition away from consulting work to focus completely on products.

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Jeff Lawson

My goal for this interview is to help you learn how to recruit all kinds of partnerships for your business by learning how Twilio teamed up with a massive number of developers.

When I heard that Twilio recruited 20,000 partners I invited the company’s founder, Jeff Lawson, to teach us how he did it. Twilio provides a web-service API for businesses to build killer apps that interact with phones.

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I’m giving the keynote talk at StartupRiot, a 1-day conference in Atlanta, GA on February 16. I want to use it as an opportunity to meet you in person.

StartupRiot features 3-minute pitches from 50 startups. If you’re applying to present, name drop “Mixergy.” I have to believe that if the conference organizer thought enough of my work to ask me to keynote his conference he’ll pay extra attention to my readers’ startups.

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Matt Lauzon

Even though he can’t program and had zero previous experience in the jewelry business, Matt Lauzon, Gemvara’s founder, is disrupting the industry and generating millions in sales.

Part of the reason for his success is that he had a great idea: let people custom jewelry online. Not only does that model give customers exactly the design they want, it also has some search engine optimization and marketing advantages — as you’ll hear in the interview.

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Rom Rossi

If you click around on Mixergy you’ll see that it’s full of interviews with entrepreneurs who generate millions in sales or who sold their companies for millions.

In this program he’ll hear from a founder who says that’s not all entrepreneurship needs to be about. He’s Tom Rossi, founder of Molehill, which makes three web apps — Tick, msites and Buzzsprout. Each app is profitable, but…

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Robert Greene

Robert Greene, whose books include The 48 Laws of Power, is the author who inspires and guides ambtious upstarts like American Apparel founder Dov Charney, and rapper 50 Cent. (After reading his book, Dov brought him on American Apparel’s board of directors and 50 Cent co-authored The 50th Law with him.)

Like a modern Machiavelli, he explains the dynamics of power in blunt terms, with chapter titles like, “Crush Your Enemy Totally,” and “Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker.”

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Adam Strum

How did Adam Strum take Wine Enthusiast from a company that sold cork screws from his attic to a $100 million per year business?

He says much of the success comes from riding the growth of wine consumption. Even in recessions, the wine industry does well. But if you listen to the interview, I think you’ll see there’s more to it than that. Like the way he…

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