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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...

Minibar Delivery’s insane advantage of entering a highly regulated space

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Jan 17, 2018
I’m shocked when I hear an entrepreneur is getting into a space with a lot of regulation. But there’s a lot of value in doing it. Not only is there a fortune to be made, you can also have a real impact on the world by going into a space many other people are afraid to enter. That’s what...

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...

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...

How Lawn Love brings a tech-enabled approach to lawn care industry

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Jul 6, 2015
Today we have the founder of a company that I've heard does over $1 million in sales, but we'll find out in this interview how far they've come...

How a side project turned a consulting company into an influencer marketplace

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Jun 8, 2015
The founder you're about to meet came up with an interesting business idea...

How two founders’ life-savings built Borrow Lenses

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May 25, 2015
I feel like the startup world celebrates two things. Either you have sites like TechCrunch that celebrate the fact that someone just raised $1 million or $50 million or...

How a booking agent put himself out of business by creating GigSalad

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May 18, 2015
I wanted to find out what it's like to build that business and, frankly, is it as easy as it seems to me from the outside? Is it easy money? We will find out today in this interview...

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 Ian Siegel built a better, faster way to recruit

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May 8, 2015
Joining me is a founder who had a problem hiring people...

How Benji Rogers is revolutionizing the music industry with PledgeMusic

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Apr 20, 2015
I was going to introduce today's guest as a founder of a company that's very similar to Kickstarter, but it's for music. Then I thought...

How Aaron Epstein launched and sold Creative Market in only 15 months

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Apr 8, 2015
One of the coolest benefits of launching a startup after you build a community is...

Why Couchsurfing founder Casey Fenton is unfazed by competitors like Airbnb

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Mar 30, 2015
Imagine in 2003 telling someone that there's a Web site you can use when you travel to find someone who'll let you sleep on their couch. The idea would have seemed absurd to most people, but not today's guest...

How to build an engaged community online

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Feb 6, 2015
Today we’ve got a long-time Mixergy fan who’s here to talk about how he built a community, a community...

How David Ciccarelli built a multi-million dollar online marketplace on a whiteboard

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Dec 1, 2014
One of the challenges that keep people from launching tech companies is that they can't code. Well today's guest build a multi-million dollar company by starting with...

How Sahil Lavingia built Gumroad, a company that allows people to sell directly to their audience

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Nov 5, 2014
Joining me is a Mixergy fan who used to listen to me when he was in college. By the time he quit college, he had already...

How a car salesman launched an export company out of his house (and is now doing $50M is sales)

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Oct 22, 2014
My whole goal here is to reach outside of Silicon Valley, outside of the stores that you already know and show you how other people...

How to grow a side project into a startup (with no funding or experience)

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Oct 10, 2014
You know when you want a pizza how there are so many sites that will help you find the right one and even give you user reviews? Well, what if...

How a born saleswoman created a recruiting company focused on startups

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Sep 8, 2014
Today the big question is, how does a one-person, home-based business become a multi-million dollar recruiting firm?

How a failed musician launched and sold a company in the music industry for $25M

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Aug 11, 2014
This is the story of Mark Montgomery a musician who came to Nashville with $800 and failed to make it big as a musician. Then he found the Internet...

How a company inspired by Oprah was built and sold in four years

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Aug 4, 2014
My guest says a TV show inspired her to follow her dreams and as a result, she built and sold a company...

How 99dresses failed (with three cofounders, funding, and a mentor)

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Jun 27, 2014
One of the things that I'm proudest of as an interviewer is that entrepreneurs feel comfortable coming here to talk not just about their successes, but about their failures...

Real lessons learned from a startup that took risks

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May 2, 2014
I love people who take risks. I love people who succeed after those risks, but people even who fail...

The story behind launching oDesk

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Mar 19, 2014
In 2005, two friends wanted to work together even though one of them was in the US and the other in Greece. They created...

Three years after our first interview, where is Storenvy now?

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Feb 17, 2014
Did you ever watch one of my interviews and think to yourself, "Interesting idea, but will it last?" Well, today we have a returning guest.

How to create opportunity by saying ‘No’ to new ideas

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Jan 27, 2014
Do you ever feel like you're taking on too many projects and can't cut back to just one?

Why having a cofounder can change everything

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Jan 22, 2014
I met today's guest at dinner a few months ago and his revenues were...

Grouper: How To Build An Online Business When Your Users Are Offline

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Nov 20, 2013
How do you build an online business when 95% of your users experience happens offline?

We found the lost Mixergy interview!

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Oct 28, 2013
I feel terrible about this. Somehow I...

Envato: How Do You Really Scale A Startup?

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Aug 26, 2013
How do you take a company that's a startup and scale it into a big business that can actually grow without you?

ApartmentList: $10M In Revenue After Only Four Years?

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Aug 16, 2013
How does a guy who got scammed when he tried to rent an apartment end up bootstrapping a profitable apartment listing site?

Hatchwise: Bootstrapping With No Coding Experience

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Jul 26, 2013
How does a guy who couldn't code and couldn't design, bootstrap a profitable site where thousands of people come to buy designs?

RedBeacon: From Idea To Acquisition (In Only Three Years)

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Jun 19, 2013
How does an idea on an overseas trip turn into a business that was sold to Home Depot?

Sonicbids: Solve The Headache Of Building A Marketplace

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Jun 10, 2013
If you build a marketplace you need both sides to come...

The Muse: How A Vision Rejected By Investors Reaches Three Million

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Jun 7, 2013
How does a woman who investors dismissed end up building a Web site that reaches three million job seekers?

This Is How Growth Hacking Got Udemy To A $6 Mil Run Rate

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Apr 3, 2013
Hit play on this interview and you'll see how a growth hacker figures out what product to create and...

OKCupid’s Founder Ripped Into Me Before We Even Started This Interview

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Mar 4, 2013
...And I love it. Even though it threw me off balance at first.

TopTal: How To Hire The Right Software Developers (The First Time)

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Feb 4, 2013
How does a founder who has trouble hiring end up building a multimillion dollar talent acquisition company?

SmartShoot: How Do You Create An Online Marketplace?

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Dec 26, 2012
Today's guest did it in an innovative way...

Maids In Black: An Entrepreneurial Dilemma (Tech Or Non-Tech?)

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Dec 5, 2012
What would happen if someone who knew & loved tech applied what he knew to an unsexy, non-tech business?

WyzAnt: Turning Part-Time Work Into A Full-Blown Company

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Oct 24, 2012
How does a math tutor turn his part-time work into a multi-million dollar business?

TechStars Series: Contently Founder On Creating A Publishing Machine

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Aug 20, 2012
How does a writer end up creating a publishing machine? Shane Snow is the co-founder of Contently, which is a marketplace where publishers can find writers. They also create...

OLX: Why Introverted Founders Need To Be Rejected (Repeatedly)

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Aug 10, 2012
How shy are you? Wait till you hear the gutsy thing today's guest did to deal with his shyness. And what does it feel like to hold the first big check from a pivotal customer? I'll ask today's guest about the $1/2 million dollar check that changed everything for him...

How BrandCrowd Ended Up In The Dead Pool

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Jun 29, 2012
Can credit card fraud destroy the company you built? And if your company goes into the dead pool, can it ever come back? Today's guest says it happened to him. Wait till you hear how Wes Wilson...

HybridLocate.com: A Car Salesman And Founder On Closing The Deal

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Apr 20, 2012
What can you and I learn about improving our online sales from a car salesman? I like to reach out to other industries occasionally to pull out their best ideas. To do that, I invited Matt Malone. He's a car salesman currently at Chrysler, and he's the founder of...

SkillPages: How The Biggest Marketplace You Never Heard Of Was Built

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Feb 27, 2012
How do you build a marketplace - where you need both buyers and sellers to show up at the same time?

Zaarly: How To Get 100,000 Subscribers In 3.5 Months

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Jan 2, 2012
Bo Fishback is the cofounder of Zaarly, a marketplace that changes the way people buy goods and services locally. In this interview you'll learn the story of how Zaarly started right out of the gate, balanced two markets, and got 100,000 subscribers in the first few months.

IndieGoGo: Helping Thousands Of People Raise Millions

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Dec 28, 2011
How do you help thousands of people raise millions of dollars to fund their dreams? Slava Rubin is the cofounder of IndieGoGo, the crowd funding platform where anyone can raise money for anything creative, entrepreneurial, or for a cause.

vWorker: A Company With “No Choice But To Be Profitable”

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Dec 22, 2011
How can a founder who says he had "no choice but to be profitable" build one of the web's largest marketplace of outsourcers? Ian Ippolito is the founder of vWorker, formerly called "Rent a Coder"), a virtual employment agency that...

Evolving A “Dead Horse Business” Into Revenue

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Dec 8, 2011
How does a founder build a company with nearly a quarter-million dollars in revenue each month? Louis Rix is the founder of Netcars, a used car classified website with the unique pay-per-click billing model. This is the story of how he overcame several setbacks on the road to building a hit company.

SpareFoot: Traction Using Clever Hacks & Little Money

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Nov 15, 2011
How does an entrepreneur with little money use clever hacks to build traction? Chuck Gordon is about to get very open with you and show you the tactics he used, including, calling up customers to sell things he didn't even have yet, publishing a site that didn't really work, and forgoing paying rent on a standalone office by parking himself in his advisor's office. (That last tactic came with a nice bonus, as you'll hear soon.)

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