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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...
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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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Mixergy How-To Guide: How to Raise $1 Million from Investors [Premium Access]

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Jun 15, 2011
Regular site visitors get this on a “pay with a tweet” basis, but I wanted to make sure you had instant access. Thanks for being a member.

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 Iranian Exile Who Made It Big In Silicon Valley

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Mar 8, 2011
Imagine leaving your country to go to school and suddenly there's a revolution that prevents you from going back home. How would you rebuild your life? That's what happened to Saeed Amidi after the Iranian revolution. This is the story of how he hustled and built himself up, and how he went on to help hundreds of tech startups grow, including PayPal, which leased office space from him and became one of his first angel investments.

Venture Hacks & The Angel Who Gives Founders The Upper-Hand

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Dec 28, 2010
How does Naval Ravikant, co-founder of Venture Hacks and AngelList, help first-time entrepreneurs turn the funding process upside down so they gain the upper-hand over investors? And why would he, an angel who invested in hits like Twitter, bother helping them? And, most curiously, why would he ...

LearnBoost: The “Party Round” Funding Case Study

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Nov 5, 2010
Rafael Corrales coined the term "Party Round," to describe the way he raised money for his company from multiple venture capital firms and multiple angels. I invited him to Mixergy to teach how he did it. Rafael is the co-founder of LearnBoost, a free online gradebook and classroom management tool for teachers.

Founding Mondus, Truephone, Empora And More

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Oct 19, 2010
After years of persevering through rejection when he called on customers and investors Alexander Straub funded his company, Mondus, a business to business marketplace, by winning an entrepreneurship contest. A year later, he exited after selling 40.7% of the company. Alexander went on to invest and launch other businesses, including, most recently, Truphone, which uses VoIP technology to revolutionize mobile communication, Empora, a fashion search engine and Straub Ventures, a venture capital firm.

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