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How Raj Jeyakumar built Skillbridge and sold it to Toptal

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Jan 20, 2017
A few weeks ago I talked to a guy who sold his company to one of my sponsors. The company was Skillbridge and he sold it to Toptal. I wanted to get a sense of how Toptal was growing. While I was on the phone with Skillbridge’s founder I couldn’t believe how interesting his story was. I had...

How to get your offline business to grow beyond local

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Jan 18, 2017
I got an email from a listener in the audience who said she had a yoga studio and wanted to know how she could grow it. She wanted to know how to use online ads, and social media like Instagram. My response to her was that maybe those platforms are hard to use for a reason. I thought her market...

How a jerky founder learned to lead with emotional intelligence

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Jan 16, 2017
Today’s guest says that at one point in his life, he was a real ass. He says he was pushy and insistent on his approach until he discovered a better way. I initially invited him here just to talk about his business but I had no idea he’d be open to talking about that and the issues he had...

I enter the ring with Empire Flippers founder Justin Cooke

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Jan 13, 2017
Today’s guest is Justin Cooke, the founder of a marketplace where people go and buy and sell websites. I spent 25 minutes talking to people in his industry to make sure that he wasn’t just a nice guy who happens to have been a long-term Mixergy listener who is going to take...

How Attractive World founder sold a “hard-to-exit” dating site

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Jan 11, 2017
A few weeks ago today’s guest sold his company but one of the fascinating things to me is that it was a dating company. Andrew Chen wrote an article about why investors don’t fund dating sites. They have built in churn because once you match someone they no longer need the site, dating has...

Have the guts to shut down a good business to build a great business

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Jan 9, 2017
Back in 2010, I interviewed a guy who was a Mixergy fan who had a good idea for a business that was doing well but wasn’t going to do great. So he did the gutsy thing and he scrapped that idea and he started a new company. I invited him to talk about how he did it and the guts involved in...

How a list nerd grew Ranker.com to 27,000,000 monthly visitors

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Jan 6, 2017
I was a jerk to today’s guest years ago. Here’s what happened. About six years ago, Clark Benson came on to do an interview with me and was really excited about this company he had just launched. It was called Ranker, but I didn’t want to talk to you about it. What I wanted to...

How Groove built a better mousetrap in helpdesk software

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Jan 4, 2017
Today’s guest does not do a lot of interviews like this. This might be the first one he’s ever done, and I’m proud to have him on here to talk about how he built up his company. How did he do it? It started with blogging about his journey and talking about his company and how...

How to run a done-for-you service company without going crazy

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Dec 30, 2016
What today’s guest does is say to companies, Look, you hate handling all these email systems, landing page platforms, right? His company handles it all for them. I know everyone like me who uses marketing automation has a different goal and different set of software. Well, the company that...

How to grow a company beyond JUST YOU

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Dec 28, 2016
When I was at school at NYU there was one professor who I especially loved. He was a guy who had started his own company and was now teaching entrepreneurship. He gave us a book recommendation that, to this day, changed the way I do business. It was called The E-Myth Revisited. It was about...

How The Penny Hoarder became a $20M dollar blog

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Dec 21, 2016
I’m afraid people might skip this interview because the company is called The Penny Hoarder and they want to hear about a big tech company like Zapier. But those people will be making a huge mistake. The company you’re about to hear about is doing phenomenally well and it’s simply a...

How to land partnerships with big national brands

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Dec 19, 2016
Today’s guest had a problem. He wanted to give a card. He wanted to pay for a friend’s dinner remotely. He couldn’t do it and said, “I think there’s a solution here. I think I can build it.” And he built it up and my team of researchers talked to him. We...

How to run an engaged, organized and useful Facebook community

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Dec 16, 2016
This is a different interview than I usually do. Usually I ask my guests about how they built their companies. This one I want to know how I can build mine better. Naveen Dittakavi is the founder of NextVacay, which offers amazing travel deals sent to your inbox. But the real reason that...

How Iconfinder founder Martin LeBlanc built a marketplace for icons

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Dec 14, 2016
There was a day where I needed an icon for Mixergy so I Googled how to find one and that’s when I saw Iconfinder. I bought the icon I needed and it was so freaking easy. And it was just $1. I finally realized I knew who the founder was—I had been emailing with him since 2009. Today I’m...

How Chip Baker got into the business of marijuana

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Dec 12, 2016
Before I tell you about today’s guest, I want to tell you that I was watching the election results and saw that marijuana was legalized in California. I didn’t sit back and say, “Great, now I can smoke.” I said, “Great. I wonder who is building a business that is going to profit from...

How getting turned away at NY clubs led to a brilliant software

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Dec 9, 2016
There is a pattern that often comes up in these interviews. And the pattern is finding a problem and then creating a solution by starting a business or product to address that the problem. Well, today’s guest did that right off the bat. He had a problem himself. He was making good money and...

How to master your life (from the master of time management)

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Dec 7, 2016
I mostly interview founders in the tech and software space but as you can see today, I sometimes venture outside that space when a guest is especially interesting. Today I’ve got Brian Tracy. He is the Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and...

How navigation app Skobbler beat Google Maps to the market

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Dec 5, 2016
The guest you’re going to meet today had this idea for a map company and the company, in many ways, beat Google Maps. You’ll hear how Google came in and became a harsh competitor. You’ll hear how today’s guest still ended up doing so well the company ended up being acquired. It’s an...

Behind-the-scenes SEO and backlink strategies

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Dec 2, 2016
I’ve got an entrepreneur here who–man, this guy’s had so many ups and downs. He worked on this business for so long that he physically experienced pain, all kinds of issues with his body, with his hands, with everything because he was trying to build this business up. I love...

Zapier founder on how to grow from your first user to your millionth user

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Nov 30, 2016
This interview is about how a company has grown. A few years ago I was contacted by this guy who barely had a business. But he said, Hey Andrew, I saw a problem that you have online and I have an idea for solving it. And he solved it for me. But he solved it in a pretty weird way but it was...

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