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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...

How to build a remote recruitment agency

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Feb 28, 2018
This interview is about how to build an online recruitment agency, which enables businesses to find remote IT employees. What I’m trying to figure out is how today’s guest is competing in a world with so many recruitment companies that are so deeply venture backed. How is he getting...

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 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...

A founder faces pivoting or failure (8 separate times)

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Nov 17, 2017
I was invited to do an interview on stage of Podcast Movement, and soon after I got off the stage, this guy who looked like a rockstar came over to talked to me. He started telling me about his company, Proven, and how it’s hiring software for small businesses. I thought, “Does the...

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...

How a guy with no money launched a startup on Craigslist

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Sep 8, 2017
Imagine you’ve got no money, but you want to start a company. How would you do it? Well, today’s guest is a guy who was in that situation and decided he was going to start with nothing but a Craigslist ad. You’re about to hear how that took off. Michael Georgiou is the...

How to compete with giants (even if you don’t have a team)

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Aug 28, 2017
How does a guy who doesn’t have a team create a clothing company that’s going up against giants? And I’m talking about a crowded field, a mature industry. One of the things I remember learning from my business classes at NYU is when you’re in a mature industry,...

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 to cut the crap and simplify your messaging

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May 24, 2017
Today’s guest is the expert when it comes to creating great short videos. I’m really curious about the business behind creating those videos. Eric Hinson is the founder of Explainify which makes animated explainer videos for businesses. He’s has an upcoming book called Diamond...

How Latif Nanji turned roadmapping into a SaaS business

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May 19, 2017
I looked up today’s guest on Product Hunt before this interview and people were beating up on his product, beating up on him. I wasn’t really sure what to make of him. And then our producer talked to him and found out about the business. It’s just growing and growing for a company that...

How Jo Overline kept SwingDev from being a one hit wonder

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May 12, 2017
How does a startup founder keep his company from being a “one hit” wonder? A few years ago, five actually, I did an interview with today’s entrepreneur, Jo Overline of SwingDev. A few weeks ago, Jo emailed me and said, “Andrew, we did it! We used to be a two person...

The platform doing a quarter-billion in sales that you’ve never heard of

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May 5, 2017
Today’s guest says he has an ecommerce platform that did about a quarter-billion in sales and I’ve never freaking heard of it. How did I not hear about it and I’m the guy who’s deep in this stuff? George Palmer realized there wasn’t an easy way to sell digital...

How two rural Kentucky schoolteachers built a life-changing online business

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Mar 31, 2017
Software companies are the kind of businesses I’m usually excited to talk about. But if we don’t understand how other entrepreneurs work, we only have half a picture. What we want to do is pull in ideas from everywhere and bring them back to our companies. Which is why I invited t...

A conversation with Noah Kagan

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Mar 27, 2017
Today I have my friend here whose company I really admire and whose company has become ubiquitous. I remember when Noah Kagan first created a tool for Sumo I was excited and put it on my site. But I didn’t like it and I didn’t tell him why. But he continued to build the business and I want...

How Nick Gray created a $1M business by hacking museum tours

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Feb 24, 2017
I hate to admit it, but I hesitated when someone suggested today’s guest. And you’ll see why when I tell you what he does. Today’s guest is Nick Gray. He is the founder of Museum Hack, which encourages people to explore museums in a new way. I get how that would be fun but I wasn’t sure...

How TickPick is bootstrapping against competitors like StubHub

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Feb 6, 2017
What excites me about this guest is that he’s heard me interview two of his competitors. He knew going into his space that there were tons of competitors—so why did go into it? And how is he still standing? Brett Goldberg is the founder of TickPick which offers a no-fee ticket marketplace...

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...

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