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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...

How the Contently marketplace found super-growth by adding software

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May 8, 2017
Today I have the story of a founder who built a marketplace, but what makes this guest so interesting is that his company added software in addition to the marketplace. And it was the software that helped his company grow 10x. Joe Coleman is the founder of Contently which empowers brands to...

How do you grow from a successful business to a mega successful business?

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Apr 7, 2017
I have an interview today with a founder whose company I profiled back in 2014. The company was big back then but it’s grown and I want to know how. Origin stories are always interesting but I want to hear about growth. David Ciccarelli is the founder of Voices.com, an online marketplace...

How getting burned by a developer inspired SD Squared Labs

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Feb 21, 2017
Joining me today is Sachin Dev Duggal. I know him as the guy who created Nivio, a company that actually let you get Windows apps on your freaking iPad, and it was all legal. It was this beautiful thing. People loved it. And he sold it. I thought we were going to do an interview about that and...

How Nikolay Piriankov turned custom engagement rings into an online business

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Feb 10, 2017
Today I’ve got a guest who tried to get rich fast and instead, he lost a bunch of money. It’s one of those things that’s easier to smile about in retrospect, but at the time was painful. But today he’s running a company where he’s trying to get rich and the speed is...

How to get your offline business to grow beyond local

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Jan 18, 2017
I got an email from a listener in the audience who said she had a yoga studio and wanted to know how she could grow it. She wanted to know how to use online ads, and social media like Instagram. My response to her was that maybe those platforms are hard to use for a reason. I thought her market...

Have the guts to shut down a good business to build a great business

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Jan 9, 2017
Back in 2010, I interviewed a guy who was a Mixergy fan who had a good idea for a business that was doing well but wasn’t going to do great. So he did the gutsy thing and he scrapped that idea and he started a new company. I invited him to talk about how he did it and the guts involved in...

How a list nerd grew Ranker.com to 27,000,000 monthly visitors

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Jan 6, 2017
I was a jerk to today’s guest years ago. Here’s what happened. About six years ago, Clark Benson came on to do an interview with me and was really excited about this company he had just launched. It was called Ranker, but I didn’t want to talk to you about it. What I wanted to...

How Groove built a better mousetrap in helpdesk software

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Jan 4, 2017
Today’s guest does not do a lot of interviews like this. This might be the first one he’s ever done, and I’m proud to have him on here to talk about how he built up his company. How did he do it? It started with blogging about his journey and talking about his company and how...

How to grow a company beyond JUST YOU

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Dec 28, 2016
When I was at school at NYU there was one professor who I especially loved. He was a guy who had started his own company and was now teaching entrepreneurship. He gave us a book recommendation that, to this day, changed the way I do business. It was called The E-Myth Revisited. It was about...

How Iconfinder founder Martin LeBlanc built a marketplace for icons

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Dec 14, 2016
There was a day where I needed an icon for Mixergy so I Googled how to find one and that’s when I saw Iconfinder. I bought the icon I needed and it was so freaking easy. And it was just $1. I finally realized I knew who the founder was—I had been emailing with him since 2009. Today I’m...

Zapier founder on how to grow from your first user to your millionth user

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Nov 30, 2016
This interview is about how a company has grown. A few years ago I was contacted by this guy who barely had a business. But he said, Hey Andrew, I saw a problem that you have online and I have an idea for solving it. And he solved it for me. But he solved it in a pretty weird way but it was...

Why Alex Osenenko thinks your service business is scalable

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Sep 28, 2016
A while back I got an email from today’s guest, who said, “Hi Andrew. I’m listening to your July 25th interview with Glenn Elliott and I can’t help but write you this note. One of the first things that Glenn said was the digital marketing company that he founded trapped...
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Create products people want (By building in increments)

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Sep 6, 2016
“We were throwing things against the wall,” says Justin Kan, founder of Justin.tv, Twitch, Exec, Socialcam, and now a Y Combinator partner. (He’s also a power-user on Snapchat, where he’s...

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