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Terracycle founder on why purpose isn’t enough for social entrepreneurship

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Apr 18, 2018
You might recognize today’s guest because he was on Mixergy back in the early days of Mixergy Interviews. I learned so much from that interview. One of the best lessons was when he said, “Everybody says to work your way up to the big guys. Screw that. I want to go after Walmart,...

GroupMe founder on his $80M exit (and why he’s building his new company differently)

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Dec 6, 2017
I’m so excited about today’s guest. Years ago he created a software that allowed a group of people to talk to one another over text. It was called GroupMe and it felt like as soon as I even heard about the company it was sold in a life-changing exit. I always admired how they did it....

Chat bots: How to get clients

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Oct 13, 2017
I’m so freaking obsessed with chat bots because I think it’s the future of online engagement. We’re spending more time in chat apps than we are in email and even social media. The guest I have for you today was running a successful businesses but he too became so obsessed with chat bots...

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...

How a partner at Sequoia thinks about startups

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Aug 16, 2017
This is what I love about San Francisco: I was out with my son and I met another father who was a founder. He was telling me about his new startup but what amazed me was the way he thought about it and how he thought about entrepreneurship in general. Today’s guest is a guy who thinks the...

Jason Calacanis, Angel

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Jul 24, 2017
For years, I've wanted to ask Jason Calacanis a few things. Like, how is it that after his company, Mahalo, took a ton of painful hits he still kept acting like each new idea he had was sure to be the one? Was it an act?

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?

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