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How a former Amazon employee launched an aromatherapy company

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Mar 29, 2017
Today’s guest is a Mixergy listener who sent me an email saying he had built his business and was ready to come on to tell his story. Peter Friis is the founder of ESSIO, which makes the world’s first aromatherapy diffuser for the shower. We’ll talk about what that means and how he did...

“How I took on $100s of millions of VC-funded competitors & won”

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Mar 17, 2017
A few years ago it seemed like every venture capitalist tried to create the “Uber of cleaning services.” Why did so many of them fail? Why did Michael Scharf’s MyClean service continue to grow? Catch the interview to find out.

Alex Blumberg, Startup Podcast, Gimlet, Chris Sacca

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Mar 13, 2017
At one point I snuck the keywords “Alex Blumberg” & “Startup Podcast” into the title tags of my interviews. I wanted people to find my podcast when they searched for Alex’s. The guy had a top business show, so I was trying to appeal to his audience. It worked,...

How Diego Saez Gil built a smart luggage company into a multi-million dollar company

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Mar 6, 2017
Imagine you’re a venture capitalist looking at investments all day long and this guy from Argentina walks into your office and says, “I’ve got this great idea. It’s luggage.” Luggage? Really? Well, if you continued that conversation–and didn’t run...

Shark Tank’s Daymond John

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Feb 17, 2017
Joining me is Daymond John. He’s one of the stars of Shark Tank, the incredibly popular show where entrepreneurs try to raise money from him and other investors. I heard of Daymond back when I worked for my dad’s store as kid in Brooklynn. One day this guy walked into the store wearing a...

Andy Rachleff on founding Benchmark & Wealthfront

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Feb 15, 2017
Joining me today is a man who founded one of the legendary firms in all of tech. He is the cofounder of Benchmark, the venture capital firm that has invested in companies such as Uber and Snap. Historically they’ve been known to have successes that go back to Ebay and here he is on Mixergy....

Sam Altman on Y Combinator, Loopt & Work Habits

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Oct 24, 2016
Sam Altman is the President of YC Group, which oversees Y Combinator, the seed investment firm that has funded 1,500 startups with a combined value of $80 billion. (Late applications accepted here.) Before that, Sam founded Loopt, a location-based software company. My goals for this interview...

Would you refuse to launch with venture capital?

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Dec 21, 2015
I first discovered today's guest because he was doing something that just seemed crazy to me...

Why is Dave McClure throwing balls at founders’ heads?

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Apr 24, 2015
The first question I asked Dave McClure was about why he throws balls at entrepreneurs. The initial 33 words of his answer might make you...

Danielle Morrill opens up about how she built Mattermark

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Sep 26, 2014
I've been trying to do this interview for a long time because frankly I've been hearing a lot about...

Don’t drink the VC Kool-Aid–You don’t need funding to be an entrepreneur

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Jun 20, 2014
Everyone says, "Do what you love and don't give up." In this interview, you'll meet a guest who says, "Well, maybe not." She gave it everything she had, including a house. She listened to venture capitalists...

Torrenegra Labs: How To Get The Attention Of A Venture Capitalist

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Nov 4, 2013
Wait till you see what today's guest did to a venture capitalist to get his attention.

LearnBoost: Can You Really Build A Business “Selling” Free Software?

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Jul 15, 2013
What obstacles do you run into when trying to "sell" free software and is it possible to build a business based on free software?

Chateau Mcely: Find A Balance Between Life And Business

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May 8, 2013
How does an idea that Exxon didn't want turn into nearly a billion dollar business?

SoftTech: A Single Observation Leads To A Successful Business

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Mar 26, 2012
How does an interest in "intellectually interesting problems" turn a founder into a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist and a thought leader? Charles Hudson founded 3rd Power LLC, a conference business which he sold to WebMediaBrands (and I'll ask him to share the finances there). He also wrote industry-influencing reports at Inside Network. And today, he's...

How Do You Grow A Hard-To-Explain Business?

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Dec 1, 2011
This is the story of a woman who launched multiple successful tech companies and a venture capital firm. In 1997, Maria Cirino co-founded i-Cube, which (2 years later) sold to Razorfish for $677 million. She followed that up in 2000 with Guardent, which (3 years after that) sold to VeriSign for $135 million. In 2006, she...

Fortify.vc: Founders Funding Founders

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Nov 7, 2011
How does an employee turn himself into a hit-making entrepreneur and investor? After spending years in sales and engineering at UUNET and other companies, Jonathon Perrelli founded Plesk, The Shadow Group, eTantrum, SecureSoftware, & SecureForce. As an investor, he backed Plaxo, FormSpring, FormStack, and other companies. Then he launched Fortify.vc, where founders fund founders.

AdVentures: Failure Leads To Success

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Sep 27, 2011
How does a 28-year-old who looks like he's 17 build one of the fastest growing private companies in the country? Brent Beshore is the founder of AdVentures, which creates and acquires companies. His holdings include...

AngelList: The Right Way To Use It To Raise Funding

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Sep 19, 2011
How can an entrepreneur use AngelList to raise money for a startup? Many founders who are in my audience are raising money using AngelList RIGHT NOW. Others have seen my interviews with entrepreneurs like Gagan Biyani who raised funding within a few weeks on AngelList. They asked me to do a session on how to...
Master Class Course

Raising Capital

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Aug 30, 2011
Oren Klaff saw that entrepreneurs who make lame pitches can’t raise capital, so he used his experience helping to place over $400 million in capital to write a book about how to pitch. It was all done with effective pitching strategies, so we invited him to teach you how to do it.

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