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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...

How TickPick is bootstrapping against competitors like StubHub

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Feb 6, 2017
What excites me about this guest is that he’s heard me interview two of his competitors. He knew going into his space that there were tons of competitors—so why did go into it? And how is he still standing? Brett Goldberg is the founder of TickPick which offers a no-fee ticket marketplace...

Valuing creativity over profit

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Feb 3, 2017
There is one proven method I’ve noticed from interviewing successful founders. It’s a process that starts with understanding a customer’s pain and then addressing that pain. That’s what today’s guest did. He started a consulting company, found a problem his clients had and then...

Use the science of nonverbal communication to increase your sales

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Feb 1, 2017
I’m doing this interview because there’s a person on my team who’s been pestering me about this woman. Apparently he took a 3-day course through CreativeLive and it was revolutionary for him. He said it was going to help him grow sales. He said the person who taught the course, Vanessa...

How Mark Sisson grew a loyal tribe before launching a niche health food line

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Jan 30, 2017
Today I have the founder of Primal Kitchen, a Paleo health foods line by Mark Sisson. They make avocado oil, protein powder, dark chocolate and more. We’re going to talk about how he built this company by starting with a blog. Mark is also the author of multiple books including Primal...

How to Master Productivity, Discipline and Focus in 100 Days

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Jan 27, 2017
How do you sell something that is old technology in a modern world and get people to love it and to keep buying it? About a year ago, this guy who I’d known for years emailed me and he said that he was coming out with a book, which I thought, “Great. I can’t wait to get it on...

Proven marketing tactics from Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula

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Jan 25, 2017
Today I’ve got an author which may seem a little different but it’s really not. I used to think that authors don’t actually make money from their books. I thought they built up a reputation and make money selling consulting services but that the books are kind of a loss. And then I met...

A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade

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Jan 23, 2017
A few weeks ago I interviewed a founder and I couldn’t figure out why his company was so successful. His software was the same as his competition. The founder told me his company was using influence techniques in the way they create their content. I said, “Wow, that reminds me of this book...

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...

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