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The accidental $250B trampoline park company

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May 16, 2018
When I looked at the list of upcoming guests for this month and I saw that we had someone who ran a trampoline business I said, “Trampoline?” It turns out this is a story of a guy who created something in the real world that works like businesses have always worked, except much...

How does a guy who has no attachment to money make so much money?

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Apr 30, 2018
Today’s guest is someone who said, “I have no attachment to money.” And still, when I look at his revenue online, he’s doing tens of millions of dollars in revenue, and he did it by bootstrapping his company. So how does a guy who says he has no attachment to money make...

NetGenesis, Yesware, JumpCloud founder on what makes a business worth starting

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Apr 27, 2018
When a PR agency contacted me and said, “Hey, Andrew, do you want to interview the author of a new startup book?” I said, “No.” To be honest, I didn’t even look at. And they said, “Wait, this is the startup playbook by two authors. One of them is Rajat...

How a certified Infusionsoft consultant bootstrapped his own membership software

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Apr 13, 2018
I’m excited to have today’s guest on because I kept hearing about the membership software he created. As someone who has a membership site myself, I should have had him on a long time ago. Micah Mitchell is the founder of Memberium which allows anyone to build powerful, automated...

How car-sharing GoGet was bootstrapped to $30M

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Mar 12, 2018
You guys are going to recognize the business model today’s guest created. It’s not laughable the way it was when he started out. People in the U.S. raised millions for that idea, he did not. It had to be bootstrapped. He built it from scratch and kept growing and growing and growing...

Ryan Carson of Treehouse: from startup founder to seasoned CEO

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Mar 5, 2018
Ryan Carson was so good at telling the world why his unconventional way of doing business was right & others were wrong. Other companies worked 5 days a week. Treehouse worked 4. Others had managers. Treehouse had a more self-directed team. Others…well, I could go on, but you get the...

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 to systemize idea validation

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Dec 27, 2017
If you want to launch a new product but you want to figure out if it will even work before you launch it, today’s guest has found a way to help. Thor Ernstsson is the founder of Alpha which helps teams make better decisions based on users, products, and new markets. Here’s what that...

The pivot that saved Skillshare

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Dec 13, 2017
I love learning from business and learning from how they grow. One of the companies I’ve watched over the years is Skillshare. They started with in-person events which I thought would give them an advantage over all the similar businesses teaching online. But then they pivoted, which told me...

When does a startup founder need a COO?

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Nov 22, 2017
A topic we don’t talk about on Mixergy is how to actually manage a company. I remember when I was in NYU as an undergrad I loved all my business classes, but management just didn’t feel like me. I always thought of the guys in Dilbert but entrepreneurs were the ones who were...

How do you scale company culture?

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Nov 6, 2017
Today I have Jeff Epstein, the founder of Ambassador, who I interviewed about four years ago. Since I last had him on Ambassador has grown 5x. I want to find out how he’s grown and scaled his team. I want to spend a lot of time talking about company culture for a business that has grown so...

Magento founder Yoav Kutner on open-source products

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Nov 3, 2017
Today’s guest and his team created Mageneto, a commerce software so many of my guests say they used to build their sites. They sold to eBay and Yoav, who’s here today, wrote a nasty post about eBay which he later removed. I want to find out about that. I also want to find out how he went...

How childhood homelessness and the military made Jake Hare a better founder

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Oct 30, 2017
There are a few things that make today’s guest unique. He’s an entrepreneur building a consulting agency catering to unfunded startups. He was also homeless at one point and I want to find out how that influenced how he thinks about money and business. Lastly, I want to know how he...

SunFrog, the $100M dollar, bootstrapped t-shirt platform

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Sep 27, 2017
I’m involved in the tech world and I have never heard of today’s guest or his company. I was a little doubtful when I saw my team’s research. I said, “How can a company this big exist and I haven’t heard about them?” He’s had no outside funding as far...

Case Study: Hiring a salesperson

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Aug 25, 2017
There’s a pattern that I noticed and I want to understand it a little bit better. The pattern is that successful entrepreneurs start out by understanding a specific customer pain, often by experiencing that pain themselves. Then they create a solution in the form of software that solves...

Can’t find a pain point? There’s another way to find your biz idea…

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Aug 18, 2017
I’ve noticed entrepreneurs will see a big problem in the world and they’ll create a business to address the pain point and capitalize on it. Today’s guest says he explicitly did not do that. He put down a list of criteria for what he wanted in a business and started thinking...

How did a global company grow without systemizing?

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Aug 7, 2017
I’ve been emailing back and forth with a Mixergy fan who said his revenues were over $10M. He told me in private how much pain he was in because the systems that ran his business weren’t working like they should have. Mario Nawfal is the founder of Athena Group, a collection of companies...

How Influenster is on pace to hit $18M seven years after launch

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Jul 26, 2017
How did a review site grow so fast that it will hit $18M seven years after launching? Elizabeth Scherle and Aydin Acar are the founders of Influenster which is an app that has millions of product reviews that allow people to like learn and talk about products. Influenster had $11M in revenue in...

How YouSendIt evolved to Hightail to adapt to a changing world

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Jun 9, 2017
I get shivers as I think about today’s guest, because I remember when I first used his software to send files before I even started Mixergy. The company did really well but they really needed to evolve because the world changed. It became easier and easier to send large files. Big companies...

How Jesse Genet launched a packaging company that got the attention of YC

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Jun 7, 2017
Why did Y Combinator, the backers of Airbnb and Reddit and Dropbox and Stripe, invest in a packaging company? That’s what I want to find out in today’s interview. Joining me today is Jesse Genet, the founder of Lumi. Lumi streamlines the supply chain by finding the best packaging...

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