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Losing it all, suicide, depression, comeback

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Jan 10, 2018
We didn’t talk about anything I expected to talk about in this interview. Instead we talked about suicide, alcoholism, and the illusory nature of startup goals. I’ll interview today’s guest again about how he built his business but this interview is about the inner struggles of...

How did Gary Nealon go from bankruptcy to building a company that will make a projected $40M this year?

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Jul 7, 2017
How did Gary Nealon go from bankruptcy to building a company that will make a projected $40M this year? Gary Nealon is the founder of RTA Cabinets, which offers consumers the ability to purchase ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets online. Gary Nealon’s first venture into entrepreneurship...

What didn’t kill Colin Hodge made him stronger

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Jun 30, 2017
In 2013 Colin Hodge was one of the most written about startup founders, because of his company’s suggestive name, Bang with Friends, and because of his masterful use of PR. Then Zynga sued him. Apple banned his app. And he had to lay off everyone on his team. This is the story of how he...

How Craig Malloy built and sold Lifesize for $405M (and then bought it back)

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Apr 12, 2017
Joining my today is a man who started a company, sold it, and is now running it again. Craig Malloy is the founder of Lifesize which provides enterprise and business class audio, video and web conferencing solutions. I invited him here to tell me how he built it and why it succeeded.

How an app built for Stripe lost its users

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Nov 2, 2015
One of the things I'm so proud of about Mixergy is that we don't just feature people who've built unicorns, billion-dollar businesses...

First $100K Series: How did Scott Oldford go from $726k in debt to over $800k in revenue in one year?

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Feb 2, 2015
What's the most amount of debt that you've had? Today's guest says he had hundreds of thousands of dollars on his back. He was down. Then he...

How to break through and get traction

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Dec 5, 2014
What do you do if you create a great product and people still aren't using it? Today's guest says that's what happened to him....

How do you pivot a failing company?

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Nov 26, 2014
Imagine you buy a company and it fails. What do you do? Today's guest had to pivot, adjust and change until he pulled success out of the jaws of defeat.

How to stand up to investors who rejected your idea

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Oct 24, 2014
Today I've got a Mixergy fan who had an idea that investors rejected because it was too much like vanilla. They said it was just too plain. But now...

How do you know when to let an idea go?

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Aug 20, 2014
What happens when you realize your original idea won't work?

How to protect yourself from self-sabotage

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Feb 21, 2014
Jayson Gaignard says he used credit cards to build ticketscanada.com into a $3 million business. Then he did something to screw it up...

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.

Conscious Millionaire: Broke At 23, Millionaire By 25

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Dec 6, 2013
Today's guest says he went from being broke at 23 to a millionaire by 25...

The Bulletproof Executive: Why Today’s Guest Should Have Said “I Quit!”

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Nov 13, 2013
How does a founder who lost $6 million recover and built a profitable business?

Fitocracy: Recovering From A Worst-Case Scenario

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Nov 8, 2013
How close have you come to closing your company?

How MindValley Founder Built A $40M Company With Only $700

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Oct 30, 2013
Today's interviewee is a guy who called himself a mediocre entrepreneur...

Fluidware: How To Make A Comeback After Failure

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Oct 21, 2013
Imagine having to lift up your hands and declare failure. That's what today's founder had to do. This is the story of why it happened and how he turned things around...

From Broke MMA Fighter To Profitable Ad-Buying Entrepreneur

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Jul 3, 2013
How did a mixed marshall arts fighter build a profitable business that buys ads for its clients?

California Leadership: How To Recover After Losing Investors’ Money

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Feb 11, 2013
How does a founder who loses his investors' money end up being a successful executive coach?

Get Satisfaction: Bouncing Back After The Economy Goes Bust

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Oct 5, 2012
Imagine the economy goes bust and you have to sell your company at a liquidation price. How do you come back after that? Well, that's what happened to...

HarQen: From $5M In Debt To A Hit Business

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Jul 11, 2012
How does a founder have multiple setbacks and still go on to build a hit business? Kelly Fitzsimmons once found herself on the hook for $5 million in debt. She did something painful to get out from under it...

Oneforty: What Happens When You Build Your Business On Someone Else’s Platform

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Jul 9, 2012
What happens when you build your business on someone else's platform and the platform changes? Laura Fitton is the founder of Oneforty, an app store that was built for Twitter. It was acquired in 2011 by HubSpot where she's now...

.CO Internet: One Founder’s Surprising Recovery After Going Belly Up

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Jun 6, 2012
How does a founder whose company goes belly up, recover and launch a business that powers over a million Web sites? Juan Diego Calle is the founder of .CO Internet, the registry operator for the .CO top level domain. His company is behind Twitter's URL shortener, T.co, and Overstock's new URL, O.co, and...

Three Failed Partnerships, Bankruptcy, And A Major Comeback

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Apr 5, 2012
How does a guy who declares personal bankruptcy end up building two companies that generate over a million dollars in annual revenue? Chris Snook is the founding investor and board member of Parallel 6, a social mobile company that says it can grow its clients' sales with a phony mustache. He's also the editor-in-chief of No Limit Publishing Group, a publishing company with a new take on the written word.

Wibiya: A Failure Becomes A $45 Mil Company

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Feb 6, 2012
How does a failed search engine turn into a toolbar company that sells for a reported $45 million? Dror Ceder is the co-founder of Wibiya, a platform for publishers to integrate applications into their site, through a web-based toolbar. In April 2011, he sold his company to Conduit, a company he met in a surprising way, as you'll hear soon.

Sprouter.com: How Do You Recover From A Shutdown?

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Oct 31, 2011
What can you learn from a failed startup? Joining me is Sarah Prevette, the founder of Sprouter.com. Sprouter allows entrepreneurs to get curated answers to small business questions from people who know what they’re talking about. Recently the company announced a setback and had to close down. Then...

Empire Apps: Pulling Off A Comeback In A Brand New Market – Chad Mureta

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Aug 22, 2011
Imagine you get into a terrible car accident and find yourself in the hospital. What do you do? Today's guest, Chad Mureta, decided to build his first iPhone App. His app was called Fingerprint Security - Pro and went on to do over $100K in sales. Chad says he has since gone on to earn millions...

Startups.com’s Founder Will Inspire You

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Aug 12, 2011
Gonzo Arzuaga grew up in a tiny city in Argentina. This is the story how books opened his eyes to opportunities he wouldn't have known existed before and enabled him to launch several successful tech companies. You'll hear how he launched GauchoNet, an internet portal for Latin America, which he sold to Terra-Lycos in 1999. You'll hear about the stunning setback he had after after. You'll hear how he recovered by launching KillerStartups, a directory of new companies. And how he went on to launch Startups.com, a deal site for startup founders.

How Do You Recover When Your Customers Get Angry?

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Jul 15, 2011
Elchonon and Yosef Hellinger are brothers who run a company that did nearly $1 mil in sales. Then had a huge setback. You'll hear about the setback and how they rebounded, in this interview.
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Mixergy How-To Guide: How to Bounce Back from Entrepreneurial Failure [Premium Access]

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Jun 23, 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.

Fail Series: “I was losing $1 million every week”

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Jun 2, 2011
Don't read another word of this intro. Just download or watch this interview with James Altucher right now...

Ampush Media Is Crushing It With Facebook PPC

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May 19, 2011
A year ago they were nearly bankrupt. Last month they did over $1 million in revenue. But this isn't a rags-to-riches story that's supposed to inspire you and give you a happy feeling inside. That's more of Oprah's territory...

Turning a Failing Company Around in One Week

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May 5, 2011
Jerome Breche's video discussion company was in big trouble. It couldn't get a single paying customer. Then he and his team did one thing that changed everything...

Coming Back

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Apr 15, 2011
Of the hundreds of interviews I've done, do you know which one I keep referring back to mentally? My original interview with Luke Burgis. He talked so openly about the closure of his previous company that the message behind is stories stuck: don't do too much. Well Luke is back with a new company, ActivPrayer, a faith-based fitness program. I...

How I Turned My Company Around When The Dot Com Bubble Burst

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Mar 28, 2011
While you may know Eric Kuhn as the creator of FoundersCard, a members-only community for leading entrepreneurs and innovators, I think you need to hear how he turned around his previous company. In 1997 Eric founded Varsity Books, and reached a height that few entrepreneurs achieve. He took the online college book seller company public. But soon after...

He Lost It All. Then He Built A Multimillion Dollar SEO Company

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Mar 3, 2011
Phil LaBoon was the wiz kid who got a lot of press for launching a company that sold breathalyzer keychains. From there he went on to build a real estate company that made millions. But a bad partnership led him to lose it all. That's when he...

Skype’s Early Investor: To Bankruptcy And Back

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Feb 23, 2011
How did Morten Lund go from a net worth that he estimated at $150 million to bankruptcy? More importantly, how did he build it up in the first place? The quick answer to both those questions is confidence. It's something that you'll notice in..

He Should Have Been Bankrupt. Gone. Then He Made One Dramatic Move

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Jan 28, 2011
Jonathan Benassaya built Connect’In Advertising as a way for brands to buy ads in video games. Then Microsoft, maker of pretty much the only game console that could run ads at the time, bought his competition and took over his market. He had 3 months of cash in the bank and his business was vaporized. That's when he made a dramatic move. Within days, he moved his company to China -- even though he had zero experience with the country -- and rebuilt it. Less than a year later, he sold it to NGI for...

AdParlor: How It Stays Profitable As The Facebook Platform It’s Built On Keep Changing

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Jan 24, 2011
Have you ever had an outside force change completely and nearly wipe your business out? How do you regain your balance in a situation like that? How do you even sleep at night? To find out, I invited Hussein Fazal, co-founder of AdParlor, an ad network built on the Facebook platform. Remember the time Facebook decided it...

overstockArt: How Focus Turned This Business Around

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Dec 16, 2010
David Sasson was exhausted from holding down a full-time job while running overstockArt, his online store for discount artwork. Then, in 2009, the bad economy hit his company hard and it was in trouble and he wasn't sure he could pay his employees. That's when he did something unexpected.

RedLaser: How A Company That Nearly Died Sold To eBay

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Dec 2, 2010
How could two guys whose company nearly died end up selling millions of apps and changing the way people use their mobile phones? Hear the stunning story of how they did it.

Doba: How Shutting A Previous Startup Led To This Hit Business

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Sep 1, 2010
Jeremy Hanks dropped out of school to work on his big idea, which ended up failing. In this interview, you'll hear how that might have been the best thing that ever happened to him. ...

How The Founder Of buzzd Turned Failure Into Triumph At His First Startup

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Aug 30, 2010
In 1999, life seemed great for Nihal Mehta. He raised money for an internet-based city guide after doing little more than scribbling an idea for a dotcom on a napkin. Those were heady days in the business. But then...

How Line2’s Founder Recovered From A Big Setback And Launched A String Of Hits

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Aug 9, 2010
Today Peter Sisson is the founder of Line2, one of the hottest apps in the iPhone app store because it lets users skip AT&T, reduce their phone bills, and get incredible reception. The business seems to be the latest in a string of successes in Peter's career, including one business that he sold to Microsoft a few months after helping to co-found it. But his first startup suffered the...

The Story Of Groupon: From Failure To An Industry-Changing, Profit Machine

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Jul 5, 2010
Andrew Mason dropped out of school when an investor offered to fund a business based on his idea for online collective action and fundraising. He used the money to launch The Point, which failed to get traction. So he pivoted and launched Groupon, which took his original idea for collection...

How SEOmoz’s Founder Went From Deep Debt To $4+ Mil Per Year

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Jun 30, 2010
It got so bad that a collections company actually showed up in Rand Fishkin's office trying to collect its part of the half-million dollar debt that he somehow accumulated. He couldn't face the agent and pretended that he wasn't Rand Fishkin. In this interview, you'll see how to get out of that kind of hole by listening to how Rand did it. Today, Rand's company, SEOMoz, is one of the most respected names in search engine optimization. Its revenue comes from subscription-based access to online software and educational products...

How The Founder Of Match.com Lost Her Business. (And Went On To Found TRUSTe)

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Jun 23, 2010
This is the story of the woman who launched one of the first online dating sites, back when most people thought the whole concept of online dating was weird. Fran Maier launched Match.com, helped change that perception and built what became one of the most recognized online brands. Then the company was taken away from her. It was ...

He Raised $25 Million. The Startup Went Bust. He Started A New One. This Is His Story.

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Apr 7, 2010
I pride myself on the fact that Mixergy doesn't just study successful businesses. We also look at the ones that failed. I think it's the only way to get the complete picture of what it takes to build a thriving business. I invited Vahid Razavi to Mixergy because he raised...

How A Mensch Created The $100 Mil Noah’s Bagels After Bouncing Back From A Failure

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Mar 12, 2010
Noah Alper is open about his setbacks. His previous company, which aimed to sell giftware from Israel to born-again Christians, "was a total and absolute failure," he admits. But things change fast for entrepreneurs and just 6 months after he closed that business, he launched Noah's New York Bagels and "had a tiger by the tail."

The “Gut Wrenching” Setbacks Webmail.us Overcame Before They Triumphed And Sold To Rackspace

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Feb 5, 2010
I asked Pat Matthews for an interview because he co-founded Webmail.us and sold it to Rackspace. I spent a lot of time talking about the setbacks along the way, because I knew that if all we talked about was how successful Pat was, I'd get emails thanking me for the motivating story, but it wouldn't be useful enough. I want Mixergy to give you interviews that will embed themselves in your mind and be there for you when you need them most. So I asked Pat to talk openly about the setbacks, about the...

Setback. Setback. Setback. Then (Finally) Success!

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Feb 3, 2010
How quickly would you give up? After one setback? Two? Three? Listen to Herman's experience. See how he got past multiple setbacks that cost him millions and how he finally got his big hit. Better still, learn from his straight-forward advice to you.

This Entrepreneur Went From $78 Million To Nothing. Now He’s Back In The Ring

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Dec 2, 2009
Keith Smith started an internet company at 27 years old, built it up to $78 million in sales, but later ended up having to close the company. Then he...

Meet The Entrepreneur Whose Company Is Inventing The Future

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Nov 10, 2009
I invited Dennis Crowley to Mixergy because I think he sees the future and then invents it. After he and his friends lost their jobs, he co-founded Dodgeball as way for them to tell each other where they were so they could meet in person. Back in the days before everyone had a smartphone he found a way to make it work. It was ahead of its time, which is why Google bought it. But Google let the project die, so he created foursquare....

The JibJab Story. Maybe The Most Inspiring Mixergy Interview Ever!

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Jul 29, 2009
This is the story of two brothers who took on the established entertainment industry, succeeded for a while -- and then almost went out of business when the dot com market crashed. And it's the story of how they rebuilt their business and became one of the most celebrated digital entertainment studios. It's the story of JibJab. Co-founder Gregg Spiridellis came to Mixergy to tell you how he and his brother Evan built their company

How To Save Your Business From Near Disaster In A Down Market

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Apr 30, 2009
Verne is CEO of Gazelles, Inc., Founder of Entrepreneurs' Organization, and the author of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Fast Growth Firm. He's also the author of these business articles, which we talked about in the program. In this interview, Verne Harnish opened up his dark days in business, how he snapped back, and how you can too.

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