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Minibar’s insane advantage of entering a highly regulated space

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Jan 17, 2018
I’m shocked when I hear an entrepreneur is getting into a space with a lot of regulation. But there’s a lot of value in doing it. Not only is there a fortune to be made, you can also have a real impact on the world by going into a space many other people are afraid to enter. That’s what...

How a chain of gyms inspired a software company

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Jan 15, 2018
Today’s guest had a job and came across a problem that was so painful he decided to solve it. As a result, Mike Brown is the founder of FISION which is sales enablement and marketing asset management tool. It gives salespeople all the digital assets they need to close more sales. He went all...

Solving the problem of lifecycle engagement

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Jan 12, 2018
It’s not that hard to get downloads for your app. What is hard is to get people to remember to keep coming back and using your it. The retention is so hard. Today’s guest is an entrepreneur who understood that pain long before other app makers and digital brands understood it. He created a...

Losing it all, suicide, depression, comeback

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Jan 10, 2018
We didn’t talk about anything I expected to talk about in this interview. Instead we talked about suicide, alcoholism, and the illusory nature of startup goals. I’ll interview today’s guest again about how he built his business but this interview is about the inner struggles of...

A food delivery lifestyle business pivots to solve a bigger problem for grocery stores

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Jan 8, 2018
About six years ago I interviewed the entrepreneur you’re about to meet. He started a snack delivery service called Madtown Munchies and he built it up from one guy with a bicycle to a $380k business. We stayed in touch after that interview but recently I’ve been wondering what happened to...

The business behind hosting companies

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Jan 5, 2018
Today’s guest is an entrepreneur who had a hosting company. They had a challenge with hosting videos on their site and they thought, “Let’s create a product that solves it.” And they did. And then it failed. But then they kept talking to their customers and understanding...

How is Hack Reactor still standing when other coding schools are in the dead pool?

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Jan 3, 2018
Since the interview I did with Hack Reactor, they have been on a roll buying companies. Well, today we’re going to meet one of the founders of a company they bought. Harsh Patel is the founder of MakersSquare, a network of coding schools which is now part of Hack Reactor. Something happened...

Building a company for legacy instead of exit

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Jan 1, 2018
Personally I think the importance on how fast a company can exit is the wrong way to think about business. More valuable than the exit is the legacy you leave behind and the impact your company has on the world. That’s why I’m so proud to have today’s guest on. He started back in the days...

Solving the problem of community organization

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Dec 29, 2017
Today’s guest is a San Francisco entrepreneur who discovered a problem that maybe you have. I know when I go to conferences, sometimes they want to do add me to a Slack group for everyone at the conference. It’s fun for the first day, and then it becomes a distraction from the other...

How to systemize idea validation

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Dec 27, 2017
If you want to launch a new product but you want to figure out if it will even work before you launch it, today’s guest has found a way to help. Thor Ernstsson is the founder of Alpha which helps teams make better decisions based on users, products, and new markets. Here’s what that...

Case Study: How to get customer insights

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Dec 22, 2017
When I heard that the founders of LessAccounting sold their company I was completely surprised. They sold to another accounting software company that I’d never even heard of. Well, today I have founder of that company. Uday Koorella is the founder of Qount, which provides accounting...

How a digital agency found its niche in crowdfunding

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Dec 20, 2017
One thing I’ve noticed is that when there’s a shift in the world of technology, new players come in and really grow fast. One shift I’ve seen in online sales is crowdfunding. People aren’t creating products, putting them in stores and hoping that the products sell. They are getting...

Podcasting for your business

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Dec 18, 2017
I’m about to interview someone who emailed me years ago and said, “Hey, Andrew. I’m having audio problems with my podcast. And how do I make sure that the recording comes out right?” And we went back and forth a couple of times. Well, I didn’t know what he did with...

How to turn your consultancy into a SaaS

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Dec 15, 2017
You know from these interviews that founders who address a deep pain for their customers are the ones who create the most dependable successes. Today’s guest was doing consulting work when he and his team uncovered an issue that his clients had. Well, that issue lead him to create a software...

The pivot that saved Skillshare

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Dec 13, 2017
I love learning from business and learning from how they grow. One of the companies I’ve watched over the years is Skillshare. They started with in-person events which I thought would give them an advantage over all the similar businesses teaching online. But then they pivoted, which told me...

Three startup myths debunked by a founder selling meat online

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Dec 11, 2017
We’re going to shatter some myths in this interview. The first myth is if you’re going to be a startup entrepreneur, you need to be a software entrepreneur. Today’s guest sells meat online. Meat! A product that’s existed and that people have consumed about as long as...

How Flux Chargers got traction

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Dec 8, 2017
When I work remotely I don’t like bringing my laptop; I prefer to work on my phone. But my biggest problem with using my phone is that it would kill my battery so fast. I was constantly upgrading to the latest phone and I STILL couldn’t do more than 4-5 hours of work with it. Well, last...

GroupMe founder on his $80M exit (and why he’s building his new company differently)

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Dec 6, 2017
I’m so excited about today’s guest. Years ago he created a software that allowed a group of people to talk to one another over text. It was called GroupMe and it felt like as soon as I even heard about the company it was sold in a life-changing exit. I always admired how they did it....

How to look at the data behind your startup

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Dec 4, 2017
My hesitation for you about this interview is once you find out what today’s guest does, you’re kind of going to feel a little bit like my mom did the first time I took her to an Apple Store. She was completely intimidated by the technology. Sometimes the things we’re a little...

What we can learn from the world of infomercials and MLM

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Dec 1, 2017
I have to admit that I have a passion for infomercials. I love how they find a way to capture me and convert me to buy products I otherwise have no interest in. I’m telling you this because today’s guest markets things like dietary supplements, testosterone, and other products and he does it...

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