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LIVE and incredibly personal

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May 11, 2018
Last year, I was invited to something called Fireside Conf, a retreat with no Internet, no distractions for entrepreneurs. While I was there I interviewed the conference founder’s cousin, Jeff Pulver. They never sent me the recording and I thought it was because my questions were rude and...

Brandon Evans is heart-led. Andrew Warner is heartless.

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May 7, 2018
I invited Brandon Evans back on Mixergy to talk about how losing his company & his wife led him down what he might call a “heart-led path.” In the process I think we all realized a few things about me.

How does a guy who has no attachment to money make so much money?

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Apr 30, 2018
Today’s guest is someone who said, “I have no attachment to money.” And still, when I look at his revenue online, he’s doing tens of millions of dollars in revenue, and he did it by bootstrapping his company. So how does a guy who says he has no attachment to money make...

How stress affects a founder’s performance

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Apr 2, 2018
Today’s guest hit on an interesting issue. You’ve probably felt it but most of us don’t know what to do about it. Stress. Jane Smorodnikova is the founder of Welltory, an app that lets you measure your stress and be more aware of what’s going on in your body so you can understand...

Keeping your shit together as a founder

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Mar 16, 2018
Usually, I have entrepreneurs on to talk about how they built their businesses. Today’s guest is not going to be doing that. Sherry Walling is the founder of ZenFounder, which helps founders handle the mental side of their work. Her new book is The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping...

Jordan Harbinger tells me how he booked guests like Shaq and other podcasting techniques

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Mar 14, 2018
There are specific things that Jordan Harbinger did relentlessly that resulted in topping the charts of the podcasting world. I wanted to bring him on here to talk about how he did it with his previous podcast, Art of Charm. He’s now growing a second podcast called The Jordan Harbinger...

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...

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...

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...

The parts of entrepreneurship no one wants to talk about

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Nov 15, 2017
Before we started, I was talking today’s guest about how so many entrepreneurs, even close friends of mine, will just hide whenever something goes wrong and not talk about it. As a result, we get this impression that everyone is doing well because when they’re not doing well we...

How childhood homelessness and the military made Jake Hare a better founder

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Oct 30, 2017
There are a few things that make today’s guest unique. He’s an entrepreneur building a consulting agency catering to unfunded startups. He was also homeless at one point and I want to find out how that influenced how he thinks about money and business. Lastly, I want to know how he...

Joe De Sena’s Spartan Race is soooooo much bigger than I thought

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Oct 9, 2017
When I first heard I could have Joe De Sena, founder of Spartan Race as a guest I almost passed. I thought it was a small, novelty obstacle race, not a real business. I may never have been more wrong in the history of Mixergy. The Spartan business generates over $100 million per year. And the...

Sherry Walling of ZenFounder interviews me about my mental health and inner entrepreneur

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Aug 4, 2017
I usually interview entrepreneurs about how they built their businesses but today I have something a little different. If you’re an entrepreneur who wants to understand the inner entrepreneur, this will be a good interview. In this episode Sherry Walling, a clinical psychologist,...

Jason Calacanis, Angel

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Jul 24, 2017
For years, I've wanted to ask Jason Calacanis a few things. Like, how is it that after his company, Mahalo, took a ton of painful hits he still kept acting like each new idea he had was sure to be the one? Was it an act?

How Kyle Racki persevered with building Proposify even when he didn’t have enough money to pay a toll

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Jul 19, 2017
How did Kyle Racki persevere with building Proposify even when he didn’t have enough money to pay a toll? Kyle Racki is the Founder of Proposify, which allows companies to make better proposals faster to win more business. Kyle Racki launched Proposify in 2013 and he and his co-founders...

Case Study: How to survive when partnerships go sour

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Jun 2, 2017
I’ve been sitting on this story for years and would have taken it to the grave if today’s guest hadn’t told me we could tell it. Imagine you start a business and pour yourself into it and then it’s taken away from you. That’s what happened to Doug Kaufman, founder of Spring Metrics,...

How a former DJ and club owner built a profitable medical software company

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May 10, 2017
We’ve got weapon sales coming up in this interview. We’ve got entrepreneurial depression that nearly led to suicide. We’ve got partner issues that listeners in my audience need to know about. We’ve also got a real business with millions in sales. The guest you’re about to meet is Saud...

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...

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...

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