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Case Study: Building to sell

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May 4, 2018
A few years ago I interviewed today’s guest about his martial arts business Science of Skill. And I’m going to be honest with you, I thought the site just looked OK. But Dan Faggella, the founder, told me privately how I didn’t understand marketing automation at all. He...

How VinSolutions was built and sold to Autotrader for $150,000,000

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Apr 11, 2018
Matt Watson is the founder of Stackify which helps developers improve their applications.

Mark Cummins couldn’t get a job at Google…so he built a search engine so good that they acquired it

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Apr 4, 2018
Today we’ve got an entrepreneur who created a search engine and sold it to Google about 18 months later. He took some time off and in his off time he invested in some companies, learned the other side of the entrepreneurial journey, and now he is back with a brand new business. The...

How to spinoff a technology from an agency (successfully)

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Mar 30, 2018
Wait until you hear the story my guest today has to tell. I can’t believe that I didn’t know about this. Brandon Evans is a guy who started a company and sold it. Frankly, that alone would make for an interesting interview. But then started another company and was fired from it....

AppDynamics from idea to a $3.7 billion company

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Mar 28, 2018
It all started with a realization. Two, actually. Jyoti Bansal noticed that more of the software that controls our lives will be in the cloud, and that it would all eventually break. So he decided to create a company to help the people who make software understand what was going wrong so they...

La Biblia Reina Valera case study: How to build and sell a profitable app

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Mar 9, 2018
One of the things that I noticed living in San Francisco is every app seems to be built for the same group of people in Silicon Valley who all seem to be the same. But I also believe that there are fortunes to be made outside of the Silicon Valley mindset that the rest of the world might...

Enterprise sales done right

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Feb 26, 2018
Today’s guest helps executives and CEOs drive more predictable execution at their company. I want talk to him about that. I also want to talk to him about also NetQoS, which is the company that he founded. It was a developer of network and application performance management software which...

How Mark Goldenson brought therapy online

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Feb 12, 2018
The guy you’re about to meet in today’s interview started an online therapy business, which years ago I would have said, “Who wants to do that? That seems a little bit impersonal.” But over the years I realized that therapy stinks. Every therapist that I’ve been to...

Bots for Business (and my big announcement)

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Feb 7, 2018
This interview is completely different from any other interview on Mixergy. Here’s why–A couple years ago, I invested in a company called Assist that went through a bunch of different iterations, but eventually, it became one of the first Facebook Messenger chatbot makers. I loved...

How deodorant sold at Farmer’s Markets grew into a company sold to Unilever

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Jan 26, 2018
Today’s guest has had some big news since we booked this interview. She’s sold her company! Jaime Schmidt is the founder of Schmidt’s Natural, plant-powered odor protection with ingredients like charcoal, rose, and jasmine. I want to find out how she built it from a product only available...

How is Hack Reactor still standing when other coding schools are in the dead pool?

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Jan 3, 2018
Since the interview I did with Hack Reactor, they have been on a roll buying companies. Well, today we’re going to meet one of the founders of a company they bought. Harsh Patel is the founder of MakersSquare, a network of coding schools which is now part of Hack Reactor. Something happened...

Case Study: How to get customer insights

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Dec 22, 2017
When I heard that the founders of LessAccounting sold their company I was completely surprised. They sold to another accounting software company that I’d never even heard of. Well, today I have founder of that company. Uday Koorella is the founder of Qount, which provides accounting...

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....

How to look at the data behind your startup

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Dec 4, 2017
My hesitation for you about this interview is once you find out what today’s guest does, you’re kind of going to feel a little bit like my mom did the first time I took her to an Apple Store. She was completely intimidated by the technology. Sometimes the things we’re a little...

How William Moore built a company so good Ross Perot wanted to buy it

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Oct 27, 2017
Today’s guest created a company and sold it to Ross Perot—Ross Perot! It’s called Rothwell International. It’s a contract programming company focused on object technology and, of course, we’re going to talk a little bit about the company that he’s got now. William...

Building a food company with tech startup methods

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Sep 13, 2017
Today’s guest took all the ideas that have made tech companies into phenomenal, fast-growing businesses–things like minimum viable product and customer development–and he applied them to the food industry. He created a brand that I see in stores all the time. Jon Sebastiani is...

How Nowait modernized the restaurant waitlist (and sold to Yelp for $40M)

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Aug 2, 2017
I hate when I go to restaurants and I get one of those little plastic things that vibrates when my table is ready. I hate them because they don’t fit in my pocket, and I have to stand outside like a schmuck holding this thing in my hand. So when I heard that someone allowed restaurant...

Why sell a profitable company to take a risk on a new one?

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Jul 31, 2017
David Rogenmoser finally had a profitable business. PayFunnels, which allowed businesses to offer hassle free, fast, online payments. How did he do it? And, more strangely, why did he sell it take a risk on a new company, Proof? Proof allows you to boost your website conversions with intelligent...

How Roman Kirsch sold Casacanda 9 months after launch and turned around and built an even bigger company with Lesara

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Jul 17, 2017
How Roman Kirsch sold Casacanda 9 months after launch and turned around and built an even bigger company with Lesara. Roman Kirsch is the founder of Lesara, which is an ecommerce site that sells clothes at a deep discount. Roman Krisch created Lesara back in 2013 and within three years had over...

How did Rhythm Superfoods top $10M in sales in less than 10 years?

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Jul 5, 2017
How did Rhythm Superfoods crush the healthy snack food market and top $10M in sales in less than 10 years? Scott Jensen is a Co-Founder of Rhythm Superfoods which is a healthy snack food brand that offers vegetarian, vegan, non-GMO and organic superfoods. Rhythm Superfoods was launched in 2009...

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