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A founder faces pivoting or failure (8 separate times)

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Nov 17, 2017
I was invited to do an interview on stage of Podcast Movement, and soon after I got off the stage, this guy who looked like a rockstar came over to talked to me. He started telling me about his company, Proven, and how it’s hiring software for small businesses. I thought, “Does the...

How Snappa founder is so organized he has time for brunch…brunch!

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Oct 25, 2017
I’ve been told that I ask too many personal questions in my interviews. As much as I want to accommodate the audience and give them what they want, I’m never going to cut back on the personal questions. Personal questions aren’t just prying, they lead to a better understanding of the...

How Zumper founder created software to solve the pain of apartment hunting

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Oct 6, 2017
The process of renting apartments hasn’t changed since Craigslist was introduced. And frankly, the process is a pain in the ass. Well, today’s guest noticed that experience and wanted to improve it. He created a marketplace—which is tough—and he has to deal with landlords who aren’t...

SunFrog, the $100M dollar, bootstrapped t-shirt platform

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Sep 27, 2017
I’m involved in the tech world and I have never heard of today’s guest or his company. I was a little doubtful when I saw my team’s research. I said, “How can a company this big exist and I haven’t heard about them?” He’s had no outside funding as far...

How Testlio brought the power of a marketplace to the product testing space

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Sep 25, 2017
You’d think after 1,500 interviews I’d understand where all the interesting businesses are, where all the revenue is, but I still don’t. I’m still surprised by pockets of opportunity. Today’s guest is a perfect example. Joining me is Kristel Kruustuk. She’s...

Does the world need another freelancer marketplace? Freeeup founder says “Yes”

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Sep 22, 2017
If you’re an entrepreneur listening, chances are you’ve checked out some of the freelance sites looking for help with your website or app. In my case, I was looking for a researcher to get more info on my guests. You might have had the same experience that I did—the results I got back...

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 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...

How do you grow from a successful business to a mega successful business?

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Apr 7, 2017
I have an interview today with a founder whose company I profiled back in 2014. The company was big back then but it’s grown and I want to know how. Origin stories are always interesting but I want to hear about growth. David Ciccarelli is the founder of Voices.com, an online marketplace...

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...

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