A shocking thing happened when Brian Pipa and his friend launched Teenormous, a search engine for tshirts. Social media juggernaut Gary Vaynerchuk launched a similar site with his brother AJ, and the two of them got links from mega-blogs. Meanwhile, Teenormous was either ignored or seemed like a copycat.
Despite the competition, Brian and his co-founder kept working on Teenormous. Good thing they did, because today the site is doing over $750,000 in annual sales, and…
How do you generate massive press by making yourself an expert?
That’s what I asked Lauren Berger, founder of Intern Queen, a site where students can find internship listings and learn how to make the most of their opportunities. By doing her own publicity Lauren generated over 100 articles since 2008, including in The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and Yahoo Business. In this program, she teaches how she did it.
A few listeners told me that they can’t stand when I “waste” their time by asking interviewees about the companies they started as teenagers. But I keep asking because it’s interesting to see what an entrepreneur can do…
In 1995, Cynthia Typaldos launched GolfWeb, a site that offered reader reviews and social networking. She sold that company to CBS Sportsline and followed it up with RealCommunities, a platform for social networking.
Today she runs Kachingle, a site that helps readers give voluntary contributions for digital stuff that they love.
Adam Edmunds says when an investor first heard him present his idea at a business plan competition, the investor “came running up to me, and I still remember he was so adamant about how crappy my idea was, he had like spit coming out of his mouth and just going off about how this was not going to work.”
In 2004, Michael Evans jotted a business idea on a mustard-stained napkin. He wanted to build a web site to connect hungry customers with local restaurants that delivered. This year, GrubHub, the company he launched, will do $70 million in food orders.
In this program, you’ll hear how he got traction for his business by going door to door and selling his idea to local restaurants during the day, and then heading home to build his site at night. You’ll also hear…
When you’re building a new business, “it is hard enough to fight an IBM or a Google or a Microsoft or a YouTube” says Fred Destin. You shouldn’t also have to “fight the jargon of the people who are funding you. So what I’m trying to do is help entrepreneurs get inside the mind of the VC so they understand how funds are managed, what investors look for, and how not to get screwed.”
That’s exactly what he did in this interview. Fred is a venture capitalist with Atlas Venture.
How did Tynt convince 600,000 web sites to rethink two of the oldest computer actions, copy and paste?
That’s what I invited the company’s founder, Derek Ball to talk about. You’ve seen Tynt in action if you ever pasted text that you copied from a web site and noticed that an attribution link somehow ended up after the text you pasted. If you’re trying to get traction and grow a new idea, listen to how Derek did it….
My aim with this program is to cover the basics of venture capital, including questions like “How does a VC earn money?” and “What are the different roles inside a VC firm?”
Joining me is Jeffrey Bussgang, a VC with Flybridge Capital Partners and the author of Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms. Previously, Jeff was an entrepreneur whose accomplishments include co-founding Upromise, which was acquired by Sallie Mae.
What do successful online companies have in common? That’s the question that I addressed in this interview with Bryan Zmijewski, the Founder of ZURB. ZURB, has helped over 100 startups use design and strategy to solve business problems.
Maybe I open up too much in this one. In this program you’re going to find out why being a teenage loser helped drive me to outwork other people, and how I forced myself to build a hit company.
Because I don’t have a guest scheduled for today, instead of my usual program where I interview others, I am posting an interview with a viewer named Owen McGab Enaohwo, who asked to interview me for his site, which helps people who want to hire a virtual assistant.
How do you build a community that people are willing to get on a plane and fly out to be a part of? Every March, over 14,000 smartphone-carrying, web-site building hipsters (like me) flood Austin Texas for SXSW Interactive.
They come to to talk business, to hear about the future of tech from people who help shape it, and to drink. Hugh Forrest is the event director for sxsw interactive. I invited him here to find how the event grew to be so big and influential.