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How to persuade potential customers into becoming customers

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Mar 24, 2017
You’re about to hear from a woman who has built up a business in a part of the world that you wouldn’t expect. Bushra Azhar is the founder of The Persuasion Revolution, where small businesses make big bucks using the psychology of persuasion. I want to find out how she built her business...

How Shep Gordon turned clients like Alice Cooper into stars

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Mar 22, 2017
You guys are about to meet one of my heroes. I’ve watched his documentary 30 times because I love his creativity so much. Shep Gordon is an American talent manager, Hollywood film agent, and producer. In this interview we’ll talk about he turned clients like Alice Cooper and Luther...

Digging into the brilliant model behind CreativeLive

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Mar 20, 2017
Today’s entrepreneur is someone whose business model makes so much freaking sense. I wish I had done it. His name is Chase Jarvis and he’s the founder of CreativeLive, the world’s largest live-streaming education company. The thing that’s amazing about it is that he has celebrity...

“How I took on $100s of millions of VC-funded competitors & won”

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Mar 17, 2017
A few years ago it seemed like every venture capitalist tried to create the “Uber of cleaning services.” Why did so many of them fail? Why did Michael Scharf’s MyClean service continue to grow? Catch the interview to find out.

Why you don’t need a million dollar idea to leave corporate life

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Mar 15, 2017
Today we’re talking to an entrepreneur who built a business helping bloggers get more readers. Dino Dogan is the co-founder of Triberr, which enables content creators to get more shares. More recently he bought MadeInNYC.com, a science lab to run business projects. It’s a virtual incubator...

Alex Blumberg, Startup Podcast, Gimlet, Chris Sacca

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Mar 13, 2017
At one point I snuck the keywords “Alex Blumberg” & “Startup Podcast” into the title tags of my interviews. I wanted people to find my podcast when they searched for Alex’s. The guy had a top business show, so I was trying to appeal to his audience. It worked,...

The model for building a business on social media

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Mar 10, 2017
I don’t think in 1000+ interviews I’ve seen someone use social media as well as today’s guests. These guys built up their business using influencers. That’s what they’re good at and it’s how they bootstrapped their business. I invited them here to talk about how they did it. Nik...

How Michael Acton Smith built profitable meditation site Calm.com

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Mar 8, 2017
I’m really proud to have today’s guest on. Partially because he has this calm sense of being I want to understand. But partially because he cofounded Calm.com and the numbers he shared with me are unbelievable. But he also has a long history of successes. We’ll dive into those in this...

How Diego Saez Gil built a smart luggage company into a multi-million dollar company

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Mar 6, 2017
Imagine you’re a venture capitalist looking at investments all day long and this guy from Argentina walks into your office and says, “I’ve got this great idea. It’s luggage.” Luggage? Really? Well, if you continued that conversation–and didn’t run...

How Sam Ovens is helping everyday people start their own consulting businesses

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Mar 3, 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...

How Warby Parker founder built a unicorn

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Mar 1, 2017
Long before starting Mixergy, I lived in New York, where I grew up. I remember going to Austin Street in Queens to buy glasses back when I wore glasses. I thought that by going into the local store and picking out the different brands and shelling out hundreds of dollars. I thought that I was...

The company behind Silicon Valley’s dirty little secret

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Feb 27, 2017
There’s a dirty little secret in tech, in Silicon Valley, and I bought into it. The idea is that you use an app to take a photo of a receipt and it magically gets transcribed into the expense app you’re using. It feels like a machine but it’s not. The magic is that it’s actually people...

How Nick Gray created a $1M business by hacking museum tours

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Feb 24, 2017
I hate to admit it, but I hesitated when someone suggested today’s guest. And you’ll see why when I tell you what he does. Today’s guest is Nick Gray. He is the founder of Museum Hack, which encourages people to explore museums in a new way. I get how that would be fun but I wasn’t sure...

How Lori Taylor is building her company for an exit from day one

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Feb 22, 2017
Today I have an interview with a former sales rep for a printing company who created an commerce company that sells dog food and dog supplements. It’s doing really well so invited her here to talk about how she did it and why we need another site that sells pet food. Lori Taylor is the founder...

How getting burned by a developer inspired SD Squared Labs

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Feb 21, 2017
Joining me today is Sachin Dev Duggal. I know him as the guy who created Nivio, a company that actually let you get Windows apps on your freaking iPad, and it was all legal. It was this beautiful thing. People loved it. And he sold it. I thought we were going to do an interview about that and...

Shark Tank’s Daymond John

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Feb 17, 2017
Joining me is Daymond John. He’s one of the stars of Shark Tank, the incredibly popular show where entrepreneurs try to raise money from him and other investors. I heard of Daymond back when I worked for my dad’s store as kid in Brooklynn. One day this guy walked into the store wearing a...

Andy Rachleff on founding Benchmark & Wealthfront

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Feb 15, 2017
Joining me today is a man who founded one of the legendary firms in all of tech. He is the cofounder of Benchmark, the venture capital firm that has invested in companies such as Uber and Snap. Historically they’ve been known to have successes that go back to Ebay and here he is on Mixergy....

How being called a “software weenie” by an employer turned Curtis Hite into an entrepreneur

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Feb 13, 2017
Today I’ve got the story of an entrepreneur who was happily working for a company and things were going well until someone said something to him that sent him in a totally different direction. It was one of those moments in his life that became a turning point. We’re here to talk about the...

How Nikolay Piriankov turned custom engagement rings into an online business

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Feb 10, 2017
Today I’ve got a guest who tried to get rich fast and instead, he lost a bunch of money. It’s one of those things that’s easier to smile about in retrospect, but at the time was painful. But today he’s running a company where he’s trying to get rich and the speed is...

Chatbot?! with Dmitry Dumik of ChatFuel

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Feb 8, 2017
Instead of an interview, this ended up being a conversation about the future of chatbots. I got so passionate about how messaging bots will change business that my voice became a bit hoarse. My guest, Dmitry Dumik is the founder of ChatFuel, the platform for building chatbots. I’ll have...

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