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How a salesperson turned founder (by solving a pain for other salespeople)

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Nov 24, 2017
Today’s guest was a salesperson who was working in the field–he was driving around, talking to customers. And he noticed a pain. He was having trouble finding out where people were, how to get to the right people at the right time, and said, “You know what? There ought to be a...

How a partner at Sequoia thinks about startups

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Aug 16, 2017
This is what I love about San Francisco: I was out with my son and I met another father who was a founder. He was telling me about his new startup but what amazed me was the way he thought about it and how he thought about entrepreneurship in general. Today’s guest is a guy who thinks the...

How Master of Code is building chatbots for heavy-hitter clients

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Aug 11, 2017
I’ve been really obsessed with chatbots—I think it’s the future of company-to-human interaction. The more curious I got about the space the more I found out about the company Master of Code. At first I just thought of them as chatbot makers for heavy-hitter brands, but they do way more...

How Nowait modernized the restaurant waitlist (and sold to Yelp for $40M)

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Aug 2, 2017
I hate when I go to restaurants and I get one of those little plastic things that vibrates when my table is ready. I hate them because they don’t fit in my pocket, and I have to stand outside like a schmuck holding this thing in my hand. So when I heard that someone allowed restaurant...

How did a former emu rancher build a successful mobile app development company and sell it?

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Jul 21, 2017
How did a former emu rancher build a successful mobile app development company and sell it? Jordan Bryant is the Founder of ChamberDS which is a mobile app development company. Jordan Bryant went from being an emu rancher to helping customers build mobile apps despite not being a pro developer...

What didn’t kill Colin Hodge made him stronger

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Jun 30, 2017
In 2013 Colin Hodge was one of the most written about startup founders, because of his company’s suggestive name, Bang with Friends, and because of his masterful use of PR. Then Zynga sued him. Apple banned his app. And he had to lay off everyone on his team. This is the story of how he...

How Jo Overline kept SwingDev from being a one hit wonder

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May 12, 2017
How does a startup founder keep his company from being a “one hit” wonder? A few years ago, five actually, I did an interview with today’s entrepreneur, Jo Overline of SwingDev. A few weeks ago, Jo emailed me and said, “Andrew, we did it! We used to be a two person...

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...

Is a startup that’s trying to “boil the ocean” destined to fail?

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Oct 28, 2016
Today’s guest is a guy who had a grand vision. If you’re listening to me, you might also have one—but his seems even bigger. So big in fact, that his investors though he might have been high. They said he was trying to boil the ocean. Do way too much. Well, it turns out that it actually...

How a 17-year-old dropped out of high school to “burn his ships” and become an entrepreneur

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Oct 7, 2016
Seventeen minutes of my life were spent looking at the financials of today’s guest before this interview. His story seemed a little too good to be true. His name Chris Kelsey and he’s the founder of Appsitude, an app and web development firm. His revenue for the first also seemed too good...

How list-making app Workflowy got 1,000,000 registered users

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Feb 1, 2016
I recently got an email from a Mixergy fan named Utsab Saha that said, “You’ve got to check out the founder of this company. Back when he was in high school, he created this neat little business.” Then Utsab told me that this founder is now working on a company called...

How to run with giants like Bill Gates and Elon Musk

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Dec 2, 2015
I invited him here to talk about that and about what he's working on now...

Brian Wong talks battle scars and the building of Kiip

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Nov 16, 2015
Six years after I got an email from Mixergy fan Brian Wong, he's here to tell us how he built his company...

How an app built for Stripe lost its users

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Nov 2, 2015
One of the things I'm so proud of about Mixergy is that we don't just feature people who've built unicorns, billion-dollar businesses...

Hardcore bootstrapping tactics from the founder of Eversnap

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Sep 16, 2015
Joining me today is a hustler, an entrepreneur who shared a futon with another guy while he was bootstrapping his company...

How is Blinkist making $120K/mo summarizing non-fiction books?

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Aug 12, 2015
Imagine I told you that there was a business that takes nonfiction books...

How two brothers created a million dollar mobile app

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Apr 3, 2015
Today we have the founder of eTips, an app that makes incredibly beautiful and helpful travel guides.

How Alexandra Keating built “a WordPress for mobile phones”

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Apr 1, 2015
Joining me is Alexandra Keating, a founder who raised money for charity and found a big problem...

Why programming isn’t a pre-requisite to launch a tech startup

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Jan 30, 2015
One of the surprising things I learned is that some of the well-known tech companies, don't do all of their own...

How Tony Karrer revolutionized how startups transform their ideas into smart mobile apps

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Jan 9, 2015
Joining me is a CTO who realized that a lot of the companies he worked for hit a point where they just didn't need him any more. Instead of seeing it as a problem, he saw it as an opportunity. Tony Karrer is an entrepreneur who created...

Facebook won, right? Then why are so many joining Ello?

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Nov 24, 2014
3 million people flocked to Ello within 2 months. How many sites do you know that grew that fast? Paul Budnitz says that's because...

This is the story behind Shazam

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Nov 3, 2014
This is the story of how Chris Barton and three buddies built an app that no one thought they could...

How a teenage “widget mogul” made over $1M building Facebook quizzes

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Jul 9, 2014
Facebook quizzes, like "Dr. Phil's personality test," which Dr. Phil wasn't happy about. And mobile apps--but wait till you hear how he cranked them out.

How Look.io was acquired by LivePerson after just 9 months

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Jun 18, 2014
Grant Miller had a good job, but he wanted to be an entrepreneur. So he worked nights and weekends at a co-working space, working on side projects...

The App development tactics in this interview are not for everyone (but definitely worth hearing)

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May 9, 2014
Today I'm featuring the kind of mobile app entrepreneur that you don't usually see interviewed. Instead of working hard to create an app that takes off...

The guy who sold a company for $56M explains the secret of raising money

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Mar 5, 2014
In 2002, Seth Goldstein founded Majestic Research. About 8 years later, he sold it for...

Get the confidence to charge more for your product

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Jan 20, 2014
Garrett went from making $8/hr to $300/hr--just because he had the confidence to asked for it...

How being chained to a cubicle made this woman into an entrepreneur

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Jan 13, 2014
If you have an idea but are nervous about quitting your job, wait until you hear...
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How to launch top-ranking products online (Even if you’re intimidated by iOS, Kindle Store, and Google Play)

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Dec 17, 2013
Abel shows you how to top the iOS App Store, Google Play, and the Kindle store...

Baby Einstein: One Female Entrepreneur Taking On Several Businesses

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Nov 22, 2013
Julie Clark is the founder of The Baby Einstein Company, which....

Fitocracy: Recovering From A Worst-Case Scenario

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Nov 8, 2013
How close have you come to closing your company?

We found the lost Mixergy interview!

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Oct 28, 2013
I feel terrible about this. Somehow I...

Bang With Friends: How A Free App Can Become A Business

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Jul 29, 2013
Colin Hodge is the co-founder of Bang with Friends, which lets people find friends with benefits...
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How to find a niche for mobile apps (Even if you don’t have the perfect app idea)

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Jun 24, 2013
There’s a secret ingredient for building a profitable app...

Input Factory, Inc.: The Loss Behind Selling A Company

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Apr 29, 2013
Did today's guest say that the lowest point was selling his company to Twitter after nine months? Wait till you hear why...

Pixable: What’s Going To Spark Your Next Big Idea?

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Sep 10, 2012
If your business doesn't seem as glamorous as all the startups you read about in the news, today's guest has an important message for you: It's normal. Listen to his raw, open story.,,

How A Goal-Oriented Bootstrapper Who Mortgaged His House Ended Up Fathering Flash

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Aug 31, 2012
What do you do when you're in a brand new industry doing things you've never done before without a mentor? That happened to today's guest and I asked him how he dealt with it. His response is one that could influence your life...

SnapInspect: How To Find A Software Idea And Pre-Sell It Before It’s Built (Without Any Coding Skills Or Capital)

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Aug 13, 2012
In this interview you'll discover the secret tactics that Sam used to get his company quickly off the ground, profitable and with no risk...

Ugly Meter: How To Make $1/2 Mil Destroying Kids’ Self-Esteem

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Apr 16, 2012
I met today's guest because the other night I was looking through the App Store just see what was new and what was going on. I saw one app was dominating the entertainment section of the App Store. So, I invited the founder to Mixergy to talk about how he built the app that got so many users and even more press.

MyPad: How A Mobile App Contended With A Giant Like Facebook

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Apr 4, 2012
How does an entrepreneur get 10 million users to download his Facebook app? (And what happens when Facebook competes with him?!) Since it took Facebook a long, long time to launch its own iPad app, today's guest created...
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The stunning way to get publicity for your app so it sells (Even if you don’t know jack about marketing.)

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Mar 20, 2012
After failing to monetize his blog, Andreas Kambanis launched an app that got featured by Apple and appeared generated online and offline press and earned a few thousand dollars within 30 days. It was all done using his tactics for a successful mobile app launch, so we invited him to teach you how to do it.

Tether: Rejected By Apple But Still A Multimillion Dollar App Company

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Jan 13, 2012
How does a founder whose app got rejected by Apple build a multimillion dollar mobile app business? When I saw that Apple rejected Patrick Hankinson's app after letting it into the app store for just a few hours, I sent him a note and asked him to do an interview.

Holler: How To Light 300 Grand On Fire & Walk Away Smiling

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Jan 5, 2012
You'd think getting another hit would be a breeze for an entrepreneur who sold his previous company for millions. It didn't turn out that way for Nick O'Neill and he's shockingly open about what happened. This is the story of...

FIPLAB: Bootstrapping An App Startup With No Programming Experience

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Nov 9, 2011
How does someone with no programming experience bootstrap a $30k / month app startup? Rishi Modha & Anirudh Sharma are the co-founders of FIPLAB, an application development studio that specializes in creating viral, high quality mobile applications. I invited them here to talk honestly about how they did it.
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Outsourcing Mobile Apps

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Nov 5, 2011
After getting burned when a freelancer didn’t deliver the three projects he promised, Mike Moon and Quoc Bui figured out how to find great freelancers to create mobile apps that have been downloaded over 35 million times. It was all done through outsourcing, so we invited them to teach you how to do it.

You Should Learn From Their $100K Failure. They Did.

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Oct 13, 2011
What can you learn from failure? Joining me are two founders, René J. Pinnell & Eric Katerman, who say they blew through $100,000 of investors money and burned 12 months of their lives when they created Hurricane Party, a mobile app for spontaneous get-togethers. The founders then...

Bottle Rocket Apps: How To Win Over The Toughest Crowd

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Sep 9, 2011
If you've ever read the reviews in the Apple apps store, you know that users love to criticize. So how does a company build dozens of apps that make it to Apple's top 100 apps list in such a tough environment? Calvin Carter, the founder of Bottle Rocket Apps, is here to tell us...

Epocrates: Winning Half Of America’s Doctors

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Aug 22, 2011
How does an entrepreneur win half of America's doctors with a mobile app? Joining me is Jeff Tangney, who founded Epocrates, the maker of smartphone apps that lets doctors look up information on drug dosing, drug interaction and insurance coverage while they're talking to patients. After exiting that company, Jeff went on to...

Empire Apps: Pulling Off A Comeback In A Brand New Market – Chad Mureta

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Aug 22, 2011
Imagine you get into a terrible car accident and find yourself in the hospital. What do you do? Today's guest, Chad Mureta, decided to build his first iPhone App. His app was called Fingerprint Security - Pro and went on to do over $100K in sales. Chad says he has since gone on to earn millions...
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Mobile App Design

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Aug 4, 2011
Jen Gordon knew creating mobile apps was a complicated process, so she made it simple to make killer apps that sell. It was all done using her mobile app design system, so we invited her to teach you how to do it.

Grapple Mobile: Growing Friendships To Grow A Business

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Jun 14, 2011
I asked Alistair Crane how he won XBox as a client so soon after he launched Grapple Mobile, his mobile app creation business. The details are in the interview...

GOGII, JAMDAT And The Unknown Heavyweight

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May 13, 2011
While the tech media celebrates every startup with a Twillio account, a round of funding and a dream to make it big in a group messaging space, Scott Lahman is quietly building a giant...
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Mixergy Premium: Mobile Apps

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May 5, 2011
Complete and comprehensive, start to finish, soup to nuts, A to Z (how much more comprehensive can it get?) master class on creating a mobile app for your business with true master Ken Yarmosh.

Don’t Give Up

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Apr 21, 2011
How does an upstart with no money become a giant in the mobile space. The short answer is persistence. For the longer, more meaningful answer, listen to this interview. You'll hear the story of how Ty Morse's persistence helped him make Songwhale into a company that turns users with mobile phones into viral marketing machines.

How Polar Mobile Got Its Apps In 8 Million Hands

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Apr 20, 2011
How do you build a successful mobile app company? This is the story of how Michael Russo and his co-founders built hundreds of mobile apps that are used by over 8 million people. As you'll see in the interview, what put his company, Polar Mobile, on hyper-speed is partnering with top media brands like Time, Elle, CBS Sports and CNN. Wait till you hear how his team of founders got those brands to say, 'yes' to partnering.

Just Watch This Interview. Trust Me. It’s Good.

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Apr 7, 2011
Every time I try to describe why you should grab Dan Shapiro's interview, I realize that my writing skills don't do this story justice. So I'm going to remind about all those times when you told me, "Andrew, you have too many interviews on Mixergy. Can't you just tell me which ones I should listen to?" I'm telling you now. Listen to this one. Dan is the co-founder of Ontela, a mobile photo site that he merged with Photobucket. Today...

How AppsFire Is Conquering The Mobile Apps Marketplace

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Apr 1, 2011
How do you get 1.5 million users after your company nearly hit the wall? That's what I asked Ouriel Ohayon, co-founder of AppsFire, a discovery service for mobile apps. You'll hear how he did that, as well as how he launched TechCrunch France and ISAI, the French entrepreneurs' investment firm.

How Fusionapps Goes From Idea To Product

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Mar 14, 2011
How do you convert your product vision into an actual product? Joining me for this program to help answer that question I invited Jess Pugsle of Fusionapps, because he's the guy I call up when I'm trying to figure out how to use software to solve my audience's problems.

Turning The Page On A Startup

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Feb 10, 2011
Jose daVeiga did this interview as a way of turning the page on his startup, KlickSports, a mobile game that fans could play while watching live sports. In this interview we covered how things went sideways after roughly 10 years from the birth of an idea, filing of a patent, deciding to build a business, getting traction, raising capital, and its final ramp down.

RedLaser: How A Company That Nearly Died Sold To eBay

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Dec 2, 2010
How could two guys whose company nearly died end up selling millions of apps and changing the way people use their mobile phones? Hear the stunning story of how they did it.

Shut Up And Ship

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Nov 29, 2010
I’ve invited Sahil Lavingia to do an interview because he's a college student who keeps launching apps and websites. I wanted to find out how he keeps cranking out products while so many others only talk about launching their first site. His products include Dayta, that’s a data tracking application for iPhone, and Rmmbr, a note-taking web app that doesn’t require registration.

ScrollMotion: The Giant App Maker You Never Heard Of

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Nov 19, 2010
ScrollMotion has over 10,000 apps in the Apple app store. If you never heard of the company, you certainly know the brands that it built apps for. Those brands include Esquire, Oprah Magazine, John Grisham, Kaplan and Sesame Street. This is the story of how co-founders Josh Koppel and John Lema imagined the future of mobile technology even before Apple built its app store and how they quietly made their startup into a mobile giant.

Samba: The Ambitious Brazilian

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Nov 16, 2010
Gustavo Caetano didn't have it as easy as his American counterparts. Maybe that's why he did so well. This is the story of how he made Samba into a leading South American platform for games and videos by hustling to get customers to take his calls, finding revenue in a business where others didn't think it existed and capitalizing on foreign companies' underestimation of his part of the world.

$80,000 A Month In App Sales By Outsourcing EVERYTHING

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Nov 4, 2010
When Mike Moon and Quoc Bui heard how profitable iPhone fart apps were, they decided to launch their own app business. Because they were inspired by the ideas in The Four Hour Work Week, they also decides to completely outsource their business. Their apps would be developed, designed and even promoted by people they found on outsourcing sites. As a result, their first app cost them only $2,000 to launch, but it brought about $100,000 in revenue. Listen to this program to hear how they built that app, and over a dozen others.

How Non-Developers Can Get Apps Made And Into The App Store

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Oct 26, 2010
I did this interview with a specific kind of person in mind: someone has an idea for an app, but doesn't have enough development experience to build it alone. If that's you, you're going to love this program with Ken Yarmosh, author of AppSavvy and creator of multiple mobile apps. Ken is an incredibly methodical teacher....

How The Founder Of buzzd Turned Failure Into Triumph At His First Startup

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Aug 30, 2010
In 1999, life seemed great for Nihal Mehta. He raised money for an internet-based city guide after doing little more than scribbling an idea for a dotcom on a napkin. Those were heady days in the business. But then...

RunKeeper: How A Non-Programmer Launched A Huge Software-Based Business

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Aug 27, 2010
There's a shocking moment towards the end of this interview when I ask Jason Jacobs what kind of internet connection he's on, and he says he's "technically illiterate" and doesn't know. The guy founded RunKeeper whose app has been installed on millions of mobile phones because it automagically lets runners track and share their runs. How did he do it if he's technically illiterate and can't code?

How Line2’s Founder Recovered From A Big Setback And Launched A String Of Hits

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Aug 9, 2010
Today Peter Sisson is the founder of Line2, one of the hottest apps in the iPhone app store because it lets users skip AT&T, reduce their phone bills, and get incredible reception. The business seems to be the latest in a string of successes in Peter's career, including one business that he sold to Microsoft a few months after helping to co-found it. But his first startup suffered the...

iTeleport: How A Weekend Hobby Turned Into $1 Mil In Annual Sales

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Jul 23, 2010
Jahanzeb Sherwani just wanted an easy way to control his computer from the couch using his iPhone. What he launched was pretty basic, but it touched a nerve. Turns out there were lots of other people who wanted to do the same. Actually, they didn't just want to control their computers, they wanted to see their computers from their iPhones. And they had other ideas too. So J, as he's often called, started...

How A First-Time Entrepreneur Sold His Company For $17+ Mil Then Launched IngBoo

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Jun 10, 2010
Before launching his mobile startup, Ellipsus Systems, Rikard Kjellberg spent most of his adult life as an employee of Swedish Space Corporation and a company it spun off. But in the late 90s, he saw the opportunity for mobile apps, so he left the corporate world to pursue it. It was a tough economic climate for a startup and his first approach was off, but he and his cofounder adjusted, found the right partners and sold it for over $17 million.

Internet Pioneer Is Back With Pana.ma

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May 31, 2010
David Hayden launched one of the internet's pioneering search engines, Magellan. After selling the company, he invested the proceeds in his next company Critical Path, whose stock price skyrocketed, along with his net worth. But because his Critical Path shares weren't hedged, the stock's drop wiped him out. This is the story of how it all happened. It's also the story of Pana.ma, his new startup which is like text messaging, but with voice.

Setback. Setback. Setback. Then (Finally) Success!

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Feb 3, 2010
How quickly would you give up? After one setback? Two? Three? Listen to Herman's experience. See how he got past multiple setbacks that cost him millions and how he finally got his big hit. Better still, learn from his straight-forward advice to you.

Specific Promotion Techniques That Made Free Books A Top Paid iPhone App

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Dec 21, 2009
Last week, I looked at the top paid book apps on the iPhone’s app store and saw “Free Books” in #1 spot. So I asked Colin Plamondon, the app’s co-founder to teach the Mixergy audience specifically what he did to promote the app. And (of course) I asked him how much money...

Meet The Entrepreneur Whose Company Is Inventing The Future

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Nov 10, 2009
I invited Dennis Crowley to Mixergy because I think he sees the future and then invents it. After he and his friends lost their jobs, he co-founded Dodgeball as way for them to tell each other where they were so they could meet in person. Back in the days before everyone had a smartphone he found a way to make it work. It was ahead of its time, which is why Google bought it. But Google let the project die, so he created foursquare....

What It Really Takes To Get Your App Into iTunes

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Mar 6, 2009
Apple may not love it, but Alex Shah is willing to talk about what it’s really like to get an app through Apple’s bureaucracy and onto people’s iPhones. He’s the founder of FaceDouble, an app that lets users discover which celebrity they most resemble.

MySpace App Developer Teaches How To Build A Social Network Application

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Nov 20, 2008
If you want to grow your company’s audience by adding a social media app (on MySpace, Facebook and similar sites), listen to this interview first. I interviewed Jason Kiesel because MySpace believed in him enough to hire his company to build IMe, an instant messenger app that lets users...

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