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How TickPick is bootstrapping against competitors like StubHub

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Feb 6, 2017
What excites me about this guest is that he’s heard me interview two of his competitors. He knew going into his space that there were tons of competitors—so why did go into it? And how is he still standing? Brett Goldberg is the founder of TickPick which offers a no-fee ticket marketplace...

I enter the ring with Empire Flippers founder Justin Cooke

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Jan 13, 2017
Today’s guest is Justin Cooke, the founder of a marketplace where people go and buy and sell websites. I spent 25 minutes talking to people in his industry to make sure that he wasn’t just a nice guy who happens to have been a long-term Mixergy listener who is going to take...

How Attractive World founder sold a “hard-to-exit” dating site

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Jan 11, 2017
A few weeks ago today’s guest sold his company but one of the fascinating things to me is that it was a dating company. Andrew Chen wrote an article about why investors don’t fund dating sites. They have built in churn because once you match someone they no longer need the site, dating has...

Have the guts to shut down a good business to build a great business

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Jan 9, 2017
Back in 2010, I interviewed a guy who was a Mixergy fan who had a good idea for a business that was doing well but wasn’t going to do great. So he did the gutsy thing and he scrapped that idea and he started a new company. I invited him to talk about how he did it and the guts involved in...

How Iconfinder founder Martin LeBlanc built a marketplace for icons

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Dec 14, 2016
There was a day where I needed an icon for Mixergy so I Googled how to find one and that’s when I saw Iconfinder. I bought the icon I needed and it was so freaking easy. And it was just $1. I finally realized I knew who the founder was—I had been emailing with him since 2009. Today I’m...

What changes after a $50,000,000 cash exit?

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Nov 23, 2016
Back in 2013 I got an email from Jason Nazar announcing that his company DocStoc was being acquired by Intuit. But what was interesting to me was how he started the company back in 2006 as a site that helped you embed your documents on other sites, like MySpace. But the world changed and...

Former SuperStats co-founder on his $30M daily deals site

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Oct 17, 2016
Today’s guest has been running a company that’s really big but I’d never heard of it. Once I did hear about I couldn’t stop looking into it. Today’s guest is Jeremy Young, founder of Tanga, which is an online deals site. For me, if the deal site includes electronics I just get...

How Chad Billmyer built a marketplace for communities of enthusiasts

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Sep 26, 2016
When I’m not just doing real business stuff, I’m still one of those people who goes online into different forums. Like I recently got into Soylent, so I went to the Soylent forum. When I got into the Apple Watch, I went into the Apple Watch forum. I’m one of those people. And...

How Jilliene Helman brought crowdsourcing to real estate investment

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Aug 24, 2016
When I was 17 years old, I saved up $20,000 from all the little jobs that I had, all the little businesses. I remember hearing that real estate was how you made it big, how you preserved wealth and grew it. So, I said, “Great, I’m going to get into real estate.” I started...

Former Apple Designer Now Works As A Pickle

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Jul 6, 2016
Russ Perry did this interview wearing the pickle costume that he often wears these days. He quit working at Apple because he wanted to spend more time with his daughter. To make money, he started a consulting company, which he hated. That’s when he came up with his big idea, Design Pickle....

DesignCrowd founder doesn’t do interviews (except for this one)

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Jun 20, 2016
A few months ago we had a sponsor named DesignCrowd that I talked about a couple of times in interviews. But in private, my team and I were saying, “Those guys are making bank.” But we couldn’t really figure out how big they were. The more we looked into it, the more impressed...

How to launch a two-sided marketplace from day one

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May 20, 2016
Get this, you know how hard it is to create a marketplace? Well, today’s guest found a way to make it easier for himself. Take a marketplace for hairstylists, for example. You’d have to get a whole lot of hairstylists in there or else you wouldn’t get the customers. But why...

How 99Designs founder builds marketplace businesses

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Apr 11, 2016
Joining me today is a guest who’s been on Mixergy three times before. We did the first interview when I used to record in a room in my house. I was just getting started back then. We’ve talked about all the other companies that he’s has run before. We talked about 99designs,...

BetterHelp founder on risking everything to bootstrap

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Mar 30, 2016
Listen to the nerve today’s guest had with his idea. He had this idea that maybe you wouldn’t want to go to a therapist’s office when you have an issue. Maybe in the world today, you don’t want to drive out and sit on a therapist’s couch and just talk, maybe you...

How Stephen Somers turned selling stuff on Amazon into an art form

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Jan 8, 2016
Stephen Somers is a co-founder of Marketplace SuperHeroes, which teaches anyone how to start an international eCommerce business selling on Amazon.

How to be competitive without lowering prices (Or cheapening a brand)

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Dec 18, 2015
In this interview you’ll hear what today’s guest did to survive the “Y Combinator Effect”...

How Ugallery cofounders used design to bring artists and buyers together online

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Dec 4, 2015
But how do you get potential customers to pull out their credit cards...

Brian Wong talks battle scars and the building of Kiip

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Nov 16, 2015
Six years after I got an email from Mixergy fan Brian Wong, he's here to tell us how he built his company...

How Homehero brought tech to a $30B offline industry

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Oct 21, 2015
Mike is a founder who had a company that didn't do well and he ended up closing it down. Today his business is taking off and you'll learn what he's done differently...

How SpinGo founder thinks bigger and bigger and bigger

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Sep 28, 2015
SpinGo started out as a business that offered a DVD & iPod guide to things to do around town. This was before everyone had an iPhone in their pockets. So he grew and developed a new business...

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