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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...

Jordan Harbinger tells me how he booked guests like Shaq and other podcasting techniques

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Mar 14, 2018
There are specific things that Jordan Harbinger did relentlessly that resulted in topping the charts of the podcasting world. I wanted to bring him on here to talk about how he did it with his previous podcast, Art of Charm. He’s now growing a second podcast called The Jordan Harbinger...

How 50 Cent, KISS, and Aerosmith are using Messenger marketing

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Feb 9, 2018
I am so frickin’ fascinated by chatbots and it’s because I recognized that reaching my audience via email was a losing proposition. No matter how much effort we were putting into better headlines, better copy, whatever, people just don’t love email. The benefit of Messenger is...

How a serial dabbler launched The Baby Bathwater Institute

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Jan 22, 2018
If you guys have been listening to me, you know that I’ve been jazzed about this event coming up called Baby Bathwater. Well, I was talking to the founder and I asked him what he was doing before and he told me he used to have a supplements company. I’ve always been intrigued by supplement...

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...

The model for building a business on social media

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Mar 10, 2017
I don’t think in 1000+ interviews I’ve seen someone use social media as well as today’s guests. These guys built up their business using influencers. That’s what they’re good at and it’s how they bootstrapped their business. I invited them here to talk about how they did it. Nik...

Two taboo topics with James Altucher

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Nov 21, 2016
I got an email from James Altucher, who I’ve had here on Mixergy several times, and he said, “Hey Andrew, just wanted to mention some things that have changed since I was last on your podcast.” Usually that’s kind of a boring email, but James had me. There were a lot of lines in there...

How Zee Ali went from selling cigarettes in the hood of Chicago to selling 1+ million products

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Aug 26, 2016
I’ve got someone who’s been a longtime Mixergy fan who I met in Chicago where I went to speak at Podcast Movement, a conference for podcasting. As I walked into the after party, I met this guy and after we talked for about a sentence or two, I said, “Let’s get out of...
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How to get your product into the hands of a celebrity

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May 17, 2016
If Oprah talks about a book, the author is instantly famous. Their book will fly off the shelves faster than it can be printed. And we have the same thing in the startup world, too. Only...

How an introverted developer built software to grow relationships

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May 6, 2016
I’ve got a buddy named Liston who does freelance work. He has to stay in touch with potential customers who are going to hire him to do copywriting and other marketing. Obviously just because you contact someone one day doesn’t mean they’re going to sign up. So he freaking...

How Jesse Itzler gets his foot into every door (and figures out the rest later)

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Apr 20, 2016
Have you ever met one of these entrepreneurs, the kind of people who, through charisma, confidence, and hutzpah build companies out of nowhere? I feel like the more I read about today’s guest, the more he is that kind of entrepreneur. He just seems to talk his way into building these...
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Become the connection hub (So you can have more impact)

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Apr 12, 2016
Have you ever shown up to a networking event... (After psyching yourself up to even get there in the first place...) Only to hug the wall and nurse your drink all night? Or worse, have...

How to craft the perfect pitch (and get backed)

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Mar 28, 2016
You guys don’t see my desk. I know most of you are listening to the podcast so you don’t see jack. But I will tell you that on my desk is this stack of mail that I still have to get through. That’s why I was so excited when a while back, I’d see these cars drive through...
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How to get customers (through LinkedIn)

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Mar 1, 2016
Remember LinkedIn? ;-) Sometimes it’s easy to forget about it. Most people in the startup world are on Facebook. And LinkedIn sorta seems like a place for 9-to-5ers to network and post...

Then and now—A never released interview with Sujan Patel

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Feb 29, 2016
I’m here with an apology, not to you, my listener, but to my guest here today. Joining me is a guy who I recorded an interview with four years ago and I didn’t publish it. It was a great interview and I’m so embarrassed that it wasn’t published. In fact, we were going to...

How to get blue chip partners (even if you’re outside Silicon Valley)

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Feb 12, 2016
Have you ever come up with an idea and realized it would take to much money to act on it? Today’s guest found the money. $57 million dollars. But then you realize that you don’t have connections. Today’s guest found a way to get those too. He got Componenet makers like Qualcomm...

How Nathaniel Pearlman used lean startup methods to get clients like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

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Jan 27, 2016
Today’s guest got launched his company from his attic and got his first clients through pure hustle. Nathaniel Pearlman is the founder of NGP VAN Inc., a company that helps progressive campaigns and organizations leverage technology to meet their goals. In this interview you’ll hear...

How to get the highest quality customers to your events

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Jan 25, 2016
Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 200-city community hosted in 60-countries that mentors entrepreneurs. But that community didn’t show up overnight. When Derek first started hosting events it was more like “a startup homeless shelter” instead of a community. One...

The ah-ha moments that led to $50,000,000 annual revenue

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Dec 23, 2015
In this interview you'll hear what led to today's guest quitting his job and...

How personal loss, job loss, and a cancer diagnoses changed Gail Tolstoi-Miller’s company processes

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Dec 16, 2015
In November 2009, Gail Tolsoi-Miller was called into her boss' office and her boss said...

How Dana Severson built a $100k business in six months for less than $100

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Jun 29, 2015
I don't want to give people the impression that today's guest is now sitting on a beach somewhere and life is easy. He's still in the hunt for bigger business...

What is “Head Trash” and how do you deal with it?

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Jun 26, 2015
Today's guest wants to focus less on what she does and more on how she got here...

How Chuck Blakeman sold one of his businesses to the largest consumer fulfillment company in America

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Feb 13, 2015
Joining me today is a serial entrepreneur who sold his last company and after taking time off...
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How to build relationships (So you never have to eat alone)

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Oct 14, 2014
In his Mixergy course, Keith shows you how to create deeper, more authentic relationships that will accelerate your career...

How a born saleswoman created a recruiting company focused on startups

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Sep 8, 2014
Today the big question is, how does a one-person, home-based business become a multi-million dollar recruiting firm?

How a former lawyer built a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills

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Aug 13, 2014
Jordan Harbinger is the co-founder of The Art of Charm, a company that teaches confidence and emotional intelligence.
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How to use cold emails (That make sales 90% of the time)

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May 6, 2014
Cold calling is a hard way to get sales. Half the time, you end up leaving voicemails that nobody listens to. And the other half, you're getting hung up on. In his Mixergy course, Bryan shows you how he uses cold email to close more sales.

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...
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How to Win People Over (Without Manipulation or Coercion)

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Jan 21, 2014
To close a sale, you just have to overcome every objection, right? Wrong...
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How to Work a Room (Especially if you’re not a natural)

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Jan 14, 2014
Networking events are intimidating, especially when you don’t know a single person in the room...

Convince & Convert: An Interview For Anyone Who Fears A Career Change

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Oct 18, 2013
How does a guy who started out working for the Dept. of Juvenile Corrections end up building a million dollar...

Tim Ferriss Thought You’d Want To Learn How Soma Went From Idea To Physical Product In 1 Year

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Sep 16, 2013
I've been noticing that more people in my audience are interested in building startups that create physical products, instead of web sites and apps...

Koombea: Want To Build Colombia’s Silicon Valley?

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Sep 6, 2013
A few years ago, I had a sponsor here at Mixergy and I did their ads....

CommitAction: Do You Know What Your Superpower Is?

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Aug 21, 2013
Today's guest says his career took off once he was able to articulate his...

Ajax Union: Snap Out Of Entrepreneurial Depression

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Apr 19, 2013
Do you need customers? Well, the first story in this interview reveals the kind of tactic that entrepreneurs don't feel comfortable revealing outside of Mixergy interviews...

Fresh Tilled Soil: How To Be A Networking Slut (To Get More Customers)

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Mar 29, 2013
Today's guest has a big grin on his face, and when I ask him about it, he's going to reveal something that he's never revealed in public...

TopTal: How To Hire The Right Software Developers (The First Time)

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Feb 4, 2013
How does a founder who has trouble hiring end up building a multimillion dollar talent acquisition company?

Whoosh Traffic: Launching A $1M Dollar Company With Birthday Money

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Oct 10, 2012
How does a founder who used her birthday money to launch a company end up selling it for over a million dollars?

Return On Influence: The Revolutionary Power of Klout, Social Scoring, and Influence Marketing

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Jun 18, 2012
How do you use influence marketing to increase sales? Mark Schaefer is the author of Return on Influence. In this program you'll see how to get influence online. You'll also hear how to attract more customers by showing that you already have a lot of customers...

How Startup America Is Helping Americans Become More Entrepreneurial

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May 21, 2012
How does the man who helped found Priceline go on to help America become more entrepreneurial? In the mid-90s, Scott Case was the founding CTO of Priceline, the "Name Your Own Price" company that reached a billion dollars in annual sales in less than 24 months. Currently he's the CEO of Startup America, which provides...

Mashable: How To Grow A Blog Into A Popular Brand

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Apr 30, 2012
How does content build one of the web's most popular brands? As a writer and then as Editor-at-Large of Mashable, Ben Parr helped turn the site from a little blog into the tech world's most popular news source, so I invited him to hear how it happened.

SoftTech: A Single Observation Leads To A Successful Business

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Mar 26, 2012
How does an interest in "intellectually interesting problems" turn a founder into a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist and a thought leader? Charles Hudson founded 3rd Power LLC, a conference business which he sold to WebMediaBrands (and I'll ask him to share the finances there). He also wrote industry-influencing reports at Inside Network. And today, he's...

How To Recruit A-Players

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Mar 1, 2012
How do you recruit A-Players who already have success in their DNA? Jeff Hyman was named the Matchmaker by Inc. Magazine. He directly hired and placed over 1000 employees. He ran four recruiting companies and built one of the first...

Vontu: Making Big Sales In One Of The Toughest Economies

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Feb 14, 2012
How do you turn an idea into a $350 million company? In 2002, Michael Wolfe co-founded Vontu, an enterprise security company. As you'll hear, he made big sales in some of the toughest economic times. Then he...

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.

The New Relationship Marketing: How To Build A Large, Loyal, Profitable Network Using The Social Web

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Jan 10, 2012
How do you use social media as a business tool, instead of a forum for empty chatter? Mari Smith was called one of the Top 10 Social Media Influencers by Forbes Magazine. She's the author of The New Relationship Marketing: How to...

Avvo: How To Build A Community For Busy People

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Nov 30, 2011
You know the problem right? you launch an online community…and nobody shows up. No users means your community is a failure. What do you do? That's what we're about to learn.

The Education Of Millionaires: It’s Not What You Think And It’s Not Too Late

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Oct 28, 2011
How do you earn money doing meaningful work that you love? Michael Ellsberg is a professional author whose latest book is The Education of Millionaires: It's Not What You Think and It's Not Too Late.

LinkedIn’s Co-Founder On Why It Took Off

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Oct 5, 2011
You’ll hear us mention in this program a lot of social networks that flopped. So why did LinkedIn take off when others couldn’t? It all started with a series of walks that Konstantin Guericke took with his future LinkedIn co-founder, Reid Hoffman. In those walks, they took turns suggesting...

AngelList: The Right Way To Use It To Raise Funding

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Sep 19, 2011
How can an entrepreneur use AngelList to raise money for a startup? Many founders who are in my audience are raising money using AngelList RIGHT NOW. Others have seen my interviews with entrepreneurs like Gagan Biyani who raised funding within a few weeks on AngelList. They asked me to do a session on how to...

Learn To Sell!

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Aug 18, 2011
David Bullock & I made this interview into a sales how-to session, which covers every kind of sale I can think my audience would want to make, including cold calling, landing pages, social media and even video. Learn from David, a man who built an industrial sales territory from $300K to $150 million.

Launching And Scaling In A Down Economy

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May 25, 2011
Bill Loumpouridis launched EDL Consulting in the dark days after the dotcom bubble burst. I invited him to talk about how he was able to get customers at a time when companies were cutting back or closing shop, and how he's grown in the 10+ years since then.

First-Time Founder Builds Two, $100+ Million Companies

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May 20, 2011
How does a first-time entrepreneur end up building two companies that each sell for over $100 million? John Georges did it, and I invited him to Mixergy to find out how.

How Polar Mobile Got Its Apps In 8 Million Hands

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Apr 20, 2011
How do you build a successful mobile app company? This is the story of how Michael Russo and his co-founders built hundreds of mobile apps that are used by over 8 million people. As you'll see in the interview, what put his company, Polar Mobile, on hyper-speed is partnering with top media brands like Time, Elle, CBS Sports and CNN. Wait till you hear how his team of founders got those brands to say, 'yes' to partnering.

LinkedIn’s Co-Founder On Why It Took Off

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Oct 29, 2010
You'll hear us mention in this program a lot of social networks that flopped. So why did LinkedIn take off when others couldn't? It all started with a series of walks that Konstantin Guericke took with his future LinkedIn co-founder, Reid Hoffman. In those walks, they...

How WeddingWire Got Elusive Local Vendors To Register For Its Site

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Oct 28, 2010
How can you recruit local businesses, which are notoriously elusive, to engage with your site? When Timothy Chi, Founder of WeddingWire, told me he got about 80,000 local vendors to actively register for its site, it I invited him to Mixergy to teach the techniques that worked for him.

The Man Who Sells Tech Companies

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Oct 18, 2010
How do you build a company that others are eager to buy? That's the big question for this interview. Joining me is Sandy Kory, Managing Director of Horizon Partners. It's a boutique investment bank that helps bootstrapped growing Internet and tech companies raise money and sell their businesses. Since he helps founders achieve their big exits, I invited him to talk about what he learned as he helped sell companies.

How Udemy’s First-Time Founder Raised $1 Million For His Startup

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Sep 15, 2010
Even if you have zero interest in raising money, you'll want to hear this interview for the same reason chess masters like to watch each other play. If you listen to this interview, you'll hear how a methodical thinker systematically knocks obstacles out his way and creates opportunities. Gagan Biyan had a lot working against him. He was a nobody in the startup scene who didn't know any investors and couldn't program. It didn't stop him. He...

Launching Startup Weekend And pick.im While Fighting Crowd-Sourced Design

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Aug 12, 2010
What I admire about Andrew Hyde is that he doesn't just complain that crowd-sourced design takes advantage of people who create without getting paid, he launched a business to create an alternative. pick.im, the marketplace he started, lets clients can find and hire freelancers. It's one of many startups that he launched, including...

What Seedcamp Learned From Sprouting Startups In Europe

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Jul 29, 2010
I get a lot of requests for interviews with companies outside the US. Reshma Sohoni, Seedcamp’s CEO, has helped launch 22 of them. I invited her to teach what she learned from the hits and misses

How To Click With People

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Jun 17, 2010
"We just clicked," is an answer that comes up repeatedly in my interviews when I ask people about why they do business together. It's amazing how many business decisions are made on a feeling that people have about each other. So I invited Ori Brafman, author of the new book "Click," to...

Instead Of Hanging On To An “Okay” Business, They Sold It And Launched The Fast-Growing SeatGeek

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Jun 8, 2010
How do you know if your business idea isn’t “the one”? And once you know, what do you do about it? I interviewed Russell D’Souza because he launched Scribnia, a site where users review online writers. He and his co-founder even got it funded by DreamIT. But then...

How The Founder Of YSN Bootstrapped A Business By Writing A Best Seller

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Apr 23, 2010
Jennifer Kushell wanted to build a multimedia company that helped young adults as they transitioned from home and school into the real world. But a tough economic climate meant she couldn't raise much money from investors. So she decided to write a book. In this interview you'll hear how she took the advance she got on her book and invested the money into making the book a best seller. The success of the book raised her profile and grew a community, which she used to launch her business.

How A Fed Up Employee Used A Few Hundred Dollars To Launch A $5+ Mil Per Year Business

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Apr 1, 2010
Ed's story is one that any entrepreneur (or aspiring entrepreneur) can relate to and learn from. He spent most of his life working for other people and felt "boxed in." His wife was tired of hearing him complain about it and pushed him to start a business.

The Making Of A Venrock Venture Capitalist

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Mar 25, 2010
Venrock is the pioneering venture capital firm that backed Apple, Intel, DoubleClick and other well-known success stories. I invited one of its newer partners, David Pakman, to find out how he went from working for Apple, to launching and running his own companies to becoming an investor. I also wanted to hear how a new venture capitalist gets to know people like you, the entrepreneurs and investors who read Mixergy.

How Australia’s Internet Pioneer Helped Get The Country Online

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Mar 10, 2010
Lloyd Ernst introduced Australians to the internet by getting the country's most tech savvy into hotel ballrooms and blowing them away by showing off how email worked. He was introducing them to the future. That's what he does. It started when he hooked up a computer in his garage to a phone and created a bulletin board called PowerUp....

An Open Casket For EventVue, The Startup That Raised $1/2 Million And Recently Closed

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Feb 15, 2010
If you want to meet one of the heros behind the work I do at Mixergy, watch this interview with Josh Fraser, the entrepreneur whose company recently folded. Why is he a hero? Because he's talking publicly about what he learned from his experience and helping you understand how you can build a stronger company. Anyone can brag about how smart they are after things go well, but the most useful business lessons often go down with the entrepreneurial ship. Not this time!

How Could Someone “Thoroughly Unqualified” Raise $2+ Mil And Launch A Startup?

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Jan 20, 2010
When she came up with the idea for Oneforty, the Twitter app store, Laura Fitton thought she was "thoroughly unqualified for the idea." She didn't know how to code up a site. She never raised money for a startup before. And she didn't even live in Silicon Valley. But she launched it anyway because she felt that a good idea is a gift and she owed it to herself to pursue it. As she got going...

How The Founder Of ChallengePost Got Apple’s Co-Founder As An Advisor

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Jan 8, 2010
One day, Brandon looked down at the list of people who volunteered to be street team members for an artist on his record label. The name Steve Wozniak stood out, so he emailed him to find out if it was "THE Woz," the guy who co-founded Apple. Turns out it was. Woz was a fan and he wanted to help out, so he volunteered. The record industry counts on street teams to do everything from posting fliers to getting artists on radio stations. And, as you can see from this example, street teams can...

When Harvard Teaches Networking, They Use Her As A Role Model

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Nov 19, 2009
The Harvard Business School Case Study on Heidi Roizen talks about the dinner parties she hosts for tech leaders like her personal friend, Bill Gates, and how people skills helped her build one of the most admired careers in Silicon Valley. I invited Heidi to Mixergy so we can learn how she builds relationships. I know you guys like specifics and examples, so this program is full of lessons you can use.

Your Big Vision Needs Dependable Advisers. Here’s How To Get Them.

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May 22, 2009
If your mission isn't big enough to need a team of supporters. It's too small. (And you don't belong on Mixergy.) But if your vision is large and important enough to leave a mark on the world, then the program I recorded for you with Keith Ferrazzi will help you get the team you need.

Techniques Direct Marketers Use To Ensure Success Before They Even Launch A Product. -With Chance Barnett

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May 21, 2009
While most online companies struggle to get hits to their sites, Chance Barnett is attracting customers and racking up sales. Most people don't know Chance. Direct marketers like him aren't covered by the cool bloggers because their businesses aren't as sexy as Twitter's. But spend a few minutes with Chance and you'll see that he's refined a system for dependably launching online products -- profitably.

How To Get Your Tribe’s First Members

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Jan 27, 2009
Once you launch your community, how do you get anyone to join and grow it? Jon Bischke built a robust community on eduFire, the online video learning site that he founded. So I asked him to teach us. Here’s a paraphrased transcript of what he said: I’d offer to pieces of advice: Find your network’s […]

How To Grow Your Business With Social Media And Not Have It Take Over Your Day

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Jan 8, 2009
Some social media techniques take too much of your time. So I asked Chris Winfield to teach us some easier techniques for using social media.

Simple Tips For Networking Into Your Dream Job

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Nov 18, 2008
Sloane Berrent has a job most people would kill for. She helps design her company’s future. She throws the hot parties. And she even gets to do good by helping her company support causes. You don’t get jobs like this by reading the help wanted section. Sloane became Director of...

Real Entrepreneurs Get Back Up

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Oct 15, 2008
I asked Mark Jeffrey for an interview because I knew he’d be open with me about the periods in entrepreneurship when things fall apart and you feel like there’s no way out. Mark helped launch 4 startups, including SuperSig, which was a disaster and Mahalo, a rising star.

5 Steps to Becoming a Networking Superstar

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Sep 24, 2008
If you want to know the value of having a good network, take a look at what it’s done for Peter Pham’s new company, BillShrink: Networking helped him find a co-founder who is a former venture capitalist. Networking helped him land a top creative director without having to pay a...

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