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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,...

The future of chat (and interacting with your customers)

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May 26, 2017
About a year ago I realized that no matter how much effort we’ve put into my email list, I could never double the response rate. We kept growing it, but people were not using email much. So I started looking around for solutions and I started looking at bots. Bots are basically software...

How to cut the crap and simplify your messaging

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May 24, 2017
Today’s guest is the expert when it comes to creating great short videos. I’m really curious about the business behind creating those videos. Eric Hinson is the founder of Explainify which makes animated explainer videos for businesses. He’s has an upcoming book called Diamond...

How Latif Nanji turned roadmapping into a SaaS business

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May 19, 2017
I looked up today’s guest on Product Hunt before this interview and people were beating up on his product, beating up on him. I wasn’t really sure what to make of him. And then our producer talked to him and found out about the business. It’s just growing and growing for a company that...

How the Contently marketplace found super-growth by adding software

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May 8, 2017
Today I have the story of a founder who built a marketplace, but what makes this guest so interesting is that his company added software in addition to the marketplace. And it was the software that helped his company grow 10x. Joe Coleman is the founder of Contently which empowers brands to...

Case Study: Chat bot grows sales

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Apr 28, 2017
Wait till you see how Ezra Firestone uses chat bots to get real sales for his cosmetics company, Boom by Cindy Joseph.

How a direct-to-customer brand competes with Amazon

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Apr 24, 2017
Ecommerce and direct to customer opportunities have made it possible for companies to build things and sell things we couldn’t have done before the earliest days of the Internet. That’s why I’m excited to bring on today’s guest. Josh Meyer founded a men’s brand, a...

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 to recover from a cashflow crisis without mortgaging your home

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Apr 14, 2017
Nathan Barry is back and I’m going to be honest about why. Awhile back Nathan was in a situation where he needed money to keep his company going. He was even considering mortgaging his house. Since then he’s built up his company on such sturdy ground and I have to find out how he did it....

How Craig Malloy built and sold Lifesize for $405M (and then bought it back)

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Apr 12, 2017
Joining my today is a man who started a company, sold it, and is now running it again. Craig Malloy is the founder of Lifesize which provides enterprise and business class audio, video and web conferencing solutions. I invited him here to tell me how he built it and why it succeeded.

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 Shep Gordon turned clients like Alice Cooper into stars

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Mar 22, 2017
You guys are about to meet one of my heroes. I’ve watched his documentary 30 times because I love his creativity so much. Shep Gordon is an American talent manager, Hollywood film agent, and producer. In this interview we’ll talk about he turned clients like Alice Cooper and Luther...

Digging into the brilliant model behind CreativeLive

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Mar 20, 2017
Today’s entrepreneur is someone whose business model makes so much freaking sense. I wish I had done it. His name is Chase Jarvis and he’s the founder of CreativeLive, the world’s largest live-streaming education company. The thing that’s amazing about it is that he has celebrity...

Why you don’t need a million dollar idea to leave corporate life

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Mar 15, 2017
Today we’re talking to an entrepreneur who built a business helping bloggers get more readers. Dino Dogan is the co-founder of Triberr, which enables content creators to get more shares. More recently he bought MadeInNYC.com, a science lab to run business projects. It’s a virtual incubator...

The company behind Silicon Valley’s dirty little secret

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Feb 27, 2017
There’s a dirty little secret in tech, in Silicon Valley, and I bought into it. The idea is that you use an app to take a photo of a receipt and it magically gets transcribed into the expense app you’re using. It feels like a machine but it’s not. The magic is that it’s actually people...

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...

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...

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 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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