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Keith Teare on TechCrunch, ambition, and the early Internet

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Oct 23, 2015
I've seen so many interesting things that today's guest has said over the years about wanting to build something big. And I've watched him do it...

How Acenda founder brought a family business online

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Sep 18, 2015
For about $6,000 in 1995 Gavin Mandelbaum turned his family's infant product store into...

How Will Bunker bootstrapped and sold the Internet’s first major dating site

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May 15, 2015
When I first went online, I remember talking to someone and saying, "I see your website but how are you making any money?"

How ACT! was born out of desperation and a “Hail Mary pass”

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May 1, 2015
One of the first things I noticed when I was working for Dale Carnegie and Associates was that everyone had a software called ACT!. I had never heard of it before...

The father of social networking

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Dec 3, 2014
Joining me today is the father of social networking. In 1996, Andrew Weinreich founded SixDegrees, a social network that pre-dated Facebook by about 7 years. He even got the first patent on social networking...

How Paula Long co-founded a storage startup that was acquired for $1.4B

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Nov 14, 2014
When the deal was announced, it was the largest ever cash purchase of a private venture backed technology company...

iAcquire: A Back-to-Back Interview For Back-to-Back Successes

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Jan 25, 2013
In 1998, after searching for their business idea, Joe Griffin and his father hit on an idea...

Submitawebsite: “How I Launched A $3 Mil Business On A Single Geocities Page”

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Jan 23, 2013
How does a teenager who puts up tons of business ideas finally find his big hit company?

Dyrand: What Would You Do If Your Employees Turned On You?

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Nov 28, 2012
What would you do if your employees turned on you? Today's guest says it happened to him, and you won't believe what he did next...

Ciplex: The $5 Million Dollar Payoff For Not Going The Corporate Path

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Oct 19, 2012
How does a guy who starts off building web sites for a few hundred dollars end up building...

Whoosh Traffic: Launching A $1M Dollar Company With Birthday Money

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Oct 10, 2012
How does a founder who used her birthday money to launch a company end up selling it for over a million dollars?

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...

How Startup America Is Helping Americans Become More Entrepreneurial

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May 21, 2012
How does the man who helped found Priceline go on to help America become more entrepreneurial? In the mid-90s, Scott Case was the founding CTO of Priceline, the "Name Your Own Price" company that reached a billion dollars in annual sales in less than 24 months. Currently he's the CEO of Startup America, which provides...

MustHaveMenus’ Founder Had A Big Hit You Probably Never Heard Of

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Jan 20, 2012
Today Jim Williams is known as the founder of MustHaveMenus, a menu management system for print and digital menus, but in the late 90's Jim built a company that he sold for $15 million. This is the story of how he did it.

TheServerSide.com: One Man In A Booth To $6M In Revenue

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Aug 31, 2011
How does a training and consulting company generate $6 million in annual revenue? Joining me is Ed Roman, founder of TheServerSide.com, a community web site for programmers. He sold that company in 2002. I invited him to tell the story behind that business and...

Get Rich Click!: Dominate Domains (And Business In General)

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Aug 26, 2011
How much is a good dot-com domain name worth? Joining me is a founder who sold a single domain, Business.com, for $7.5 million in 1999 which he had bought for $150,000. He is Marc Ostrofsky and today he teaches business skills online and in his book Get Rich Click! He's here to talk about how to make it, and more importantly...

Startups.com’s Founder Will Inspire You

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Aug 12, 2011
Gonzo Arzuaga grew up in a tiny city in Argentina. This is the story how books opened his eyes to opportunities he wouldn't have known existed before and enabled him to launch several successful tech companies. You'll hear how he launched GauchoNet, an internet portal for Latin America, which he sold to Terra-Lycos in 1999. You'll hear about the stunning setback he had after after. You'll hear how he recovered by launching KillerStartups, a directory of new companies. And how he went on to launch Startups.com, a deal site for startup founders.

Looking for Success Patterns with Founder of DoubleClick & FindTheBest

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May 17, 2011
I started this interview with the kind of focus you've come to expect from me, but then I found out what book Kevin O'Connor was reading and I ended up having a more philosophical discussion. So you'll get the "how he did it" story in this interview and find out how Kevin launched a company in his basement that ended up leading an industry. In...

The Founder Who Sold Limos.com. Twice.

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Mar 31, 2011
I would have totally missed this interview if not for MJ DeMarco's readers, who emailed me frequently to tell me how much his business advice has influenced their lives. (You'll hear in the interview why I was so slow to ask for this interview, but for now I'll tell you I was wrong.) MJ DeMarco launched Limos.com and sold it in 2000. He then bought it back at a discount and resold it for...

How I Turned My Company Around When The Dot Com Bubble Burst

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Mar 28, 2011
While you may know Eric Kuhn as the creator of FoundersCard, a members-only community for leading entrepreneurs and innovators, I think you need to hear how he turned around his previous company. In 1997 Eric founded Varsity Books, and reached a height that few entrepreneurs achieve. He took the online college book seller company public. But soon after...

Concur: From Apartment, To IPO, To $3 Bil Valuation

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Mar 24, 2011
This is the story of Concur, a company that was birthed in Rajeev Singh's apartment. You'll see him hold up the first product that he and his co-founders created, a shrink-wrapped box of software that helped businesspeople keep track of their expenses. How could such a simple start lead to a company that's worth about $3 billion on the public market today? Listen to the interview to hear Rajeev tell you his story.

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.

ClickTime: When A Side Business Becomes The Main Business

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Feb 9, 2011
Alex Mann and his brother were working on a consulting business when they decided to take a software project they were building for a client and turn it into software that other companies could use. The result of that decision is ClickTime, software that makes tracking time and expenses easy. It generates about $3 million in annual sales. This is the story of how the idea grew into a business.

MediaMind: From Idea To Launch To IPO

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Dec 24, 2010
This is the story of how an idea emerges, pivots, evolves and matures into a profitable company whose shares trade on the NASDAQ exchange.

Directi: A Bootstrap Launched By A Teenager. Now Worth $300 Mil

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Dec 20, 2010
After his previous business failed, Bhavin Turakhia set out to find a better way to capitalize on the growth of the internet in his country, India. His vision was to create a company that would help other businesses get online. He wanted to help them register their domain names, host their sites and build their online brands. Today the company he launched, Directi Group, is still in the same business, but does so much more. And Bhavin says it's worth $300 million.

The Making Of Monster.com (By A DJ Entrepreneur)

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Dec 15, 2010
Have you ever had an idea that you considered revolutionary but the rest of the world was blah about? Jeffrey Taylor's big idea came to him at 4:30 AM and he was so moved by it that he rushed to a coffee shop to flesh it out. His idea became Monster.com, the largest job search engine in the world. This is the story of how an entrepreneur can execute on a vision, even when his supporters and other businesspeople just don't get it.

She Launched A Dotcom Before Most People Knew What The Internet Was

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Oct 11, 2010
In 1995, Cynthia Typaldos launched GolfWeb, a site that offered reader reviews and social networking. She sold that company to CBS Sportsline and followed it up with RealCommunities, a platform for social networking. Today she runs Kachingle, a site that helps readers give voluntary contributions for digital stuff that they love.

The MP3.com Story

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Sep 14, 2010
In the late 90s, Greg Flores ran a search engine and noticed that his users were looking for online music. This is the story of how that discovery led to the launch of MP3.com, a pioneering site that connected musicians and their fans. You'll hear how a few clues helped MP3.com's founders predict the future of online music, and how they built a business to help create that future. You'll also hear about how the music industry worked to derail MP3.com's efforts.

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...

The Dotcom Visionary Who Got Out At The Top And Now Enjoys Life As A Writer

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Aug 17, 2010
Andy Kessler co-founded Velocity Capital Management where he turned $100 million into $1 billion by investing in cutting edge internet companies. Then he did something unusual, he moved on. He sold his shares. Gave his investors their money. And made himself into bestselling author. In this interview you'll get...

How The Founder Of Match.com Lost Her Business. (And Went On To Found TRUSTe)

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Jun 23, 2010
This is the story of the woman who launched one of the first online dating sites, back when most people thought the whole concept of online dating was weird. Fran Maier launched Match.com, helped change that perception and built what became one of the most recognized online brands. Then the company was taken away from her. It was ...

Where In The World Is Web 1.0’s “Glamor Girl”?

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Jun 21, 2010
I remember Katrina Garnett being a big source of conversation in the tech industry during the 90’s. As the founder of CrossWorlds Software, she somehow managed to keep getting the industry spotlight on herself and on her startup. When she wore a black dress in one her company’s ads...

The Man Who Survived eTour, Grew Ask.com And Launched Clicker

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Jun 11, 2010
I met Jim Lanzone over 10 years ago and I was sure he would quickly IPO his startup, eTour, which was a web discovery site similar to Stumbleupon. He raised over $50 million in funding, had top backers and generated a lot of buzz. Then the internet went through what past Mixergy interviewees called a "nuclear winter," and the company lost its stability. I watched others disappear from the industry, but Jim ended up...

Riding The Startup Roller Coaster With The Former CEO of uBid

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Jun 7, 2010
He became a millionaire at 29 when he sold American Express the tech company he founded to modernize the travel industry. Then he helped launch one of the dotcom world's most successful companies, Priceline. He followed that up with Perfect YardSale, Priceline's failed attempt to bring its "name your own price" to yard sale items. The market was worried about internet companies and pushed Priceline to shed non-performing sites, so Perfect YardSale had to go. Later in his career, he...

How The Founder Of Internships.com Launches, Builds And Exits Companies

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Jun 1, 2010
Before launching Internships.com, Robin Richards headed 5 companies that were sold for over $40 million, including MP3.com which had the largest IPO for an independent Internet company at that time. In this interview, you'll hear the stories behind some of those businesses and how he thinks through business opportunities.

Lessons From Investing $150,000 In A Site That Didn’t Take Off

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May 10, 2010
Why didn't Ask500People take off? His money was hard-earned, so Aaron Dragushan didn't casually toss $150,000 at his idea for a startup. And he wasn't naive about what it took to build a successful online company. Aaron has been building profitable internet companies since 1998. So what went wrong? The short answer is...

The Entrepreneur Who Built An Online Casino On A Sunny Oasis

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Apr 14, 2010
He was a first time entrepreneur, but in 1996 Curt Dalton saw the opportunity in the online gaming business. So raised $200,000 from people he worked for when he was still in school, and along with 3 friends, he launched Oasis Casino and Sportsbook. This is the story of how they built their business on an island called "Curacao," which is off the coast of Venezuela. I think you'll like Curt because he's open with his numbers (the business made $10 million in profit at its height) and with...

How Australia’s Internet Pioneer Helped Get The Country Online

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Mar 10, 2010
Lloyd Ernst introduced Australians to the internet by getting the country's most tech savvy into hotel ballrooms and blowing them away by showing off how email worked. He was introducing them to the future. That's what he does. It started when he hooked up a computer in his garage to a phone and created a bulletin board called PowerUp....

The Spanish Entrepreneur Who Launched And Sold Viajar

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Feb 17, 2010
Back in the early days of the internet, Juan Dominguez had an idea for an online travel agency. Before he launched Viajar.com to seize his idea, he sold it to Ya.com, a site that hadn't launched either did have financing. His vision was validated when Viajar became one of Spain's largest travel sites and he was able to cash in his shares of Ya.com after it went public, but the experience wasn't as easy at it sounds. So I invited Juan to Mixergy to talk about...

How Coupons.com Quietly Became A Top 50 Site By Operating Like A Real Business

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Feb 8, 2010
When I asked him how he got his early customers, Steven Boal, founder of Coupons.com, didn't say that he courted the digerati or threw a launch party. Instead, he told me stories of how he convinced packaged goods companies to try digital coupons by waiting in their lobbies longer than most people would have been willing to or jumping a redeye to get a prospect to run a small test campaign with him. I implied that what was describing didn't sound like a sexy business....

How A Student With $1,100, Launched WhitePages, A $57 Mil A Year Business

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Feb 2, 2010
How did a student with just $1,100 to his name create one of the 50 most visited web sites and launch a company that brings in $57 million a year? What does he wish he knew when he started? And what advice does he have for you? Click over to see.

Why Evite Lost Its MoJo — But Still Grew Sales To $21 Mil

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Jan 21, 2010
Harry Lin is giving me a gift with this interview. In 2006, when he became Evite's SVP and General Manager, he helped the company grow annual sales from $13 million to $21 million. The gift he gave me (and you) is to come to Mixergy and peel back that success to show us Evite's vulnerabilities so we ambitious upstarts can learn what's inside the minds of big companies like Evite, and how we can take them on...

How A Couple Of Freshmen Built CollegeHumor Into A Profitable Cultural Phenomenon

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Dec 16, 2009
When he was a college freshman, Josh Abramson and his buddy heard about a humor web site that was making $20,000 in ad revenue. So they got a copy of FrontPage, Microsfot's simple web site maker, and launched CollegeHumor, a site dedicated to the goofy things that college kids find funny. In this interview, you'll hear the story of how he promoted the site, generated revenue from it, and eventually sold 51% of it for a reported $20 million.

When Harvard Teaches Networking, They Use Her As A Role Model

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Nov 19, 2009
The Harvard Business School Case Study on Heidi Roizen talks about the dinner parties she hosts for tech leaders like her personal friend, Bill Gates, and how people skills helped her build one of the most admired careers in Silicon Valley. I invited Heidi to Mixergy so we can learn how she builds relationships. I know you guys like specifics and examples, so this program is full of lessons you can use.

The JibJab Story. Maybe The Most Inspiring Mixergy Interview Ever!

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Jul 29, 2009
This is the story of two brothers who took on the established entertainment industry, succeeded for a while -- and then almost went out of business when the dot com market crashed. And it's the story of how they rebuilt their business and became one of the most celebrated digital entertainment studios. It's the story of JibJab. Co-founder Gregg Spiridellis came to Mixergy to tell you how he and his brother Evan built their company

5 Essential Survival Lessons From The Dot-Com Bubble

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Jan 28, 2009
What can you learn from the first wave of Internet companies? In the late 1990’s, irrational exuberance led to a bubble in the values of internet companies. After that bubble burst, Professor David Kirsch of the University of Maryland studied what happened so future entrepreneurs can learn...

Are You Selling Online Yet? Here’s how to do it

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Jan 20, 2009
The full program This is an audio program. Listen and/or download here. A few lessons from this program // Scott Sanfilippo has been selling online since 1994, when he created FerretStore.com. Today he runs Solid Cactus, a company he co-founded to help businesses launch ecommerce sites. Here are some of his tips to help you […]

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