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The completely scrappy way to build a two-sided marketplace

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Jun 20, 2018
Today’s guest caught a Mixergy interview, sent the transcript to a friend, and that’s what informed them how to start the business we’re going to talk about today. That’s the circle of Mixergy. Mark Hughes is the cofounder of Tutorful, a marketplace where users can find and book tutors....

Case Study: Selling on Amazon

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May 18, 2018
Today’s guest is making millions by buying from Walmart and selling on Amazon. I grilled him before this interview started to see if this was a real business and turns out that it is. He’s selling online really well so I invited him here to find out what’s working for him. Ryan Grant is...

How opportunity works and where to find it.

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May 2, 2018
Today’s guest started out as a long-haired musician. He then became a real estate guy and then moved on to where he really got his reputation, the dating-advice space. I feel like he conquered it, became one of the biggest names in the space. His name is Eben Pagan and he now teaches...

How BenchPrep brought technology to standardized test prep

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Apr 23, 2018
Before Mixergy, I was a student like many of you. And in my car on the way to school, I would listen to SAT word recordings. I loved it. The problem is those books are such a pain in the butt to carry around. And I hate to sound like somebody who’d care about this stuff. But you look a...

Ryan Carson of Treehouse: from startup founder to seasoned CEO

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Mar 5, 2018
Ryan Carson was so good at telling the world why his unconventional way of doing business was right & others were wrong. Other companies worked 5 days a week. Treehouse worked 4. Others had managers. Treehouse had a more self-directed team. Others…well, I could go on, but you get the...

Trevor Chapman talks money, family, religion

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Feb 23, 2018
Trevor Chapman is the founder of Summit Bourne Limited which owned a collection of websites, including e-commerce sites and online education sites. I’m really curious about how this guy who came out of nowhere ended up creating a bunch of successful sites that sell, sell, sell? I want to...

Bots for Business (and my big announcement)

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Feb 7, 2018
This interview is completely different from any other interview on Mixergy. Here’s why–A couple years ago, I invested in a company called Assist that went through a bunch of different iterations, but eventually, it became one of the first Facebook Messenger chatbot makers. I loved...

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...

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...

I dig deep into DropshipLifestyle

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Nov 8, 2017
A part of me is skeptical that today’s guest is just ANOTHER guy with a website teaching people how to drop ship and get rich quick. But the other part of me knows there’s something I can learn from him. Whether it’s how he’s getting customers, how he communicates his product and his...

How William Moore built a company so good Ross Perot wanted to buy it

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Oct 27, 2017
Today’s guest created a company and sold it to Ross Perot—Ross Perot! It’s called Rothwell International. It’s a contract programming company focused on object technology and, of course, we’re going to talk a little bit about the company that he’s got now. William...

Awkward conversation with the founder of Princeton Review

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Sep 29, 2017
The awkwardness you'll hear at the end of this interview is completely my fault, but I stand by the questions I asked. I do wish, however, that I wasn't so abrasive.

Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days

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Sep 6, 2017
As a result of having done this so long, I get to see guests multiple times and see how their businesses have evolved. Today, I’ve got a three-time interviewee. His name is Chris Guillebeau. When I first had Chris on we talked about his blogging business The Art of Non-Conformity. I was in...

How I launched, validated and got customers for Bot Academy

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Jun 21, 2017
I was just interviewed by another entrepreneur for another podcast where I was asked what you’re probably wondering…Why am I launching this thing called Bot Academy and what’s with this bot obsession? If you want to understand how I launched my business, validated it, and got my early...

How David Siteman Garland made me into an awesome webinar host

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Jun 5, 2017
After seeing founders I interview use webinars to teach and sell their products, I decided to jump in and do webinars too. Then I got a little scared. I didn’t want to screw up. So I asked around and heard that David Siteman Garland is the best webinar teacher, so I learned from him. If...

Is Daniel DiPiazza angry at me?

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May 3, 2017
He wrote Rich20Something, a book to help millennials start & grow their businesses. Even though he has a profitable & growing business that I’ve known about for years, my team and I put him through Mixergy’s rigorous screening process. Plus I couldn’t promise...

How grassroot parties grew into the non-profit Pencils of Promise

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Apr 21, 2017
I keep seeing Pencils of Promise everywhere. What is this organization and how do they get everywhere? I have the creator here today to find out. Pencils of Promise is the non-profit created by Adam Braun. It helps build schools and increase access to education in developing countries. Adam...

How two rural Kentucky schoolteachers built a life-changing online business

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Mar 31, 2017
Software companies are the kind of businesses I’m usually excited to talk about. But if we don’t understand how other entrepreneurs work, we only have half a picture. What we want to do is pull in ideas from everywhere and bring them back to our companies. Which is why I invited t...

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...

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