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How to nurture brand loyalty through Amazon

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Mar 7, 2018
I usually interview tech entrepreneurs about how they built their software companies. Today’s guest tried that and it didn’t work. Now he’s selling the opposite of technology. He’s selling hand grinders. Raj Jana is the founder of JavaPresse, a coffee company dedicated to...

Is wine app Vivino going to be a unicorn?

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Jan 29, 2018
Today’s guest had an experience with wine that left him feeling stupid. Instead of feeling defeated by the experience he decided it was something he wanted to fix. And he did fix it. He created a solution called Vivino. It’s what many analysts are now calling a unicorn. Heini Zachariassen...

How deodorant sold at Farmer’s Markets grew into a company sold to Unilever

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Jan 26, 2018
Today’s guest has had some big news since we booked this interview. She’s sold her company! Jaime Schmidt is the founder of Schmidt’s Natural, plant-powered odor protection with ingredients like charcoal, rose, and jasmine. I want to find out how she built it from a product only available...

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...

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...

Your Chinese manufacturing questions answered

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Nov 27, 2017
If you’ve heard me do interviews, you know I ask my guests personal questions. And people open up about them, no issues. But there’s one question that makes founders squirm or put up resistance because they don’t want me to know. It’s when I ask them where they had their...

How to use infoproduct marketing tactics to sell physical products

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Nov 13, 2017
A lot of the first-time entrepreneurs that I interview here are often just out of school, sometimes even have built their businesses in dorm rooms, but today’s guest is not like that. He started his company in his late forties. Steven Sashen is the founder of Xero Shoes, which creates...

How to create a brand (Not just a product)

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Nov 1, 2017
It used to be really hard to create a brand. But I’m seeing now with Instagram and other social media platforms businesses are able to do it. That’s what today’s guest has done. Rachael McCrary is the founder of Jewel Toned, a lingerie and shapeware company. I want to know how she...

Why a Thiel Fellow is living in an RV on the side the road

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Oct 16, 2017
Today’s guest is Ben Yu and he’s the founder of multiple companies. The one you’re probably most familiar with is Sprayable, a topical energy spray. I want to know how he overcame depression and built a company I want to know why he’s living in an RV even though he has a successful...

How Method created a product so good it changed people’s buying habits

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Oct 11, 2017
Eric Ryan is the cofounder of Method, naturally-derived, biodegradable, non-toxic household cleaners, laundry supplies, personal care + soap.

How to bring an old tech (like journals) online

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Sep 20, 2017
Today’s guests have had a runaway success with a journal, a freaking journal! Technology that has existed forever. Cathryn Lavery and Allen Brouwer are the cofounders of BestSelf, which develops physical products for high achievers and entrepreneurs. I’ll let them tell you how much...

What happened to one of the most hated entrepreneurs on “Shark Tank?”

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Aug 30, 2017
Today’s guest is an entrepreneur who was a little hated by Mark Cuban. In fact, the sharks on “Shark Tank” did not seem to like him. I think one of them said that he was the worst entrepreneur he ever met. His name is Mark Aramli and he’s the creator and founder of...

How did a global company grow without systemizing?

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Aug 7, 2017
I’ve been emailing back and forth with a Mixergy fan who said his revenues were over $10M. He told me in private how much pain he was in because the systems that ran his business weren’t working like they should have. Mario Nawfal is the founder of Athena Group, a collection of companies...

How did Martin Rawls-Meehan take on the mattress industry and bootstrap Reverie to a $100M company?

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Jul 14, 2017
How did Martin Rawls-Meehan take on the mattress industry and bootstrap Reverie to a $100M company? Martin Rawls-Meehan is the Founder of Reverie, which is a company that offers custom-made sleep systems. Martin was only 23 when he decided to create a company that builds better sleep systems and...

How did Gary Nealon go from bankruptcy to building a company that will make a projected $40M this year?

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Jul 7, 2017
How did Gary Nealon go from bankruptcy to building a company that will make a projected $40M this year? Gary Nealon is the founder of RTA Cabinets, which offers consumers the ability to purchase ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets online. Gary Nealon’s first venture into entrepreneurship...

How did Rhythm Superfoods top $10M in sales in less than 10 years?

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Jul 5, 2017
How did Rhythm Superfoods crush the healthy snack food market and top $10M in sales in less than 10 years? Scott Jensen is a Co-Founder of Rhythm Superfoods which is a healthy snack food brand that offers vegetarian, vegan, non-GMO and organic superfoods. Rhythm Superfoods was launched in 2009...

Physical Product Case Study: How two guys are competing with Yeti

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Jun 19, 2017
I’m noticing there’s a revolution happening in online entrepreneurship. It’s happening with physical goods the same way it happened with companies like Airbnb before anyone even realized it was a revolution. Entrepreneurs get an idea for a physical product and very often they’ll go to...

How a simple bike classifieds site evolved into Marketplacer

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Jun 16, 2017
I thought when it came to online shopping, the Amazons of the world got all the business. But what I found while researching today’s guest is that there are niche marketplaces where people drive their tribe. Because people only want to buy from those sites, these marketplaces are thriving....

How independent brands like Myles Apparel are growing in a world of Nike and other giants

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Jun 12, 2017
Today’s guest is Ryan Moses, the cofounder of Myles Apparel. They make things like that jacket you heard me talk about with Noah Kagan in this interview. They make a specialty line of menswear and activewear and we’ll find out why the world needs another line of activewear. I also...

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