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How Zumper founder created software to solve the pain of apartment hunting

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Oct 6, 2017
The process of renting apartments hasn’t changed since Craigslist was introduced. And frankly, the process is a pain in the ass. Well, today’s guest noticed that experience and wanted to improve it. He created a marketplace—which is tough—and he has to deal with landlords who aren’t...

How Testlio brought the power of a marketplace to the product testing space

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Sep 25, 2017
You’d think after 1,500 interviews I’d understand where all the interesting businesses are, where all the revenue is, but I still don’t. I’m still surprised by pockets of opportunity. Today’s guest is a perfect example. Joining me is Kristel Kruustuk. She’s...

How Victor Levitin fixed one of eBay’s biggest problems

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Sep 18, 2017
Joining me is an avid listener who, like me, noticed that eBay is great but eBay listings are ugly. They’re not just ugly; they’re a bit confusing. Well, today’s guest said it doesn’t have to be that way. He came up with a tool that allows anyone who sells on eBay to...

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 to bootstrap from a Tier-2 city in India

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Aug 9, 2017
Today I have an interview with an entrepreneur whose revenues are not as high as the others I’ve interviewed. But to me this interview is more important than the others and here’s why… Just by living in San Francisco I have access to phenomenal entrepreneurs but if I only...

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 did Adii Pienaar launch Conversio and generate $2M in revenue in 2 years?

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Jul 28, 2017
What if you could build on your customer relationships simply by offering more attractive and functional email receipts? Adii Pienaar is the founder of Conversio which is an all-in-one marketing dashboard for eCommerce stores. Conversio helps eCommerce sites improve their relationships with...

How Roman Kirsch sold Casacanda 9 months after launch and turned around and built an even bigger company with Lesara

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Jul 17, 2017
How Roman Kirsch sold Casacanda 9 months after launch and turned around and built an even bigger company with Lesara. Roman Kirsch is the founder of Lesara, which is an ecommerce site that sells clothes at a deep discount. Roman Krisch created Lesara back in 2013 and within three years had over...

How a simple bike classifieds site evolved into Marketplacer

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Jun 16, 2017
I thought when it came to online shopping, the Amazons of the world got all the business. But what I found while researching today’s guest is that there are niche marketplaces where people drive their tribe. Because people only want to buy from those sites, these marketplaces are thriving....

Can popcorn really be a $10 million dollar business?

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May 31, 2017
If you had come to me and said, “Andrew, I’ve got a new idea for a business. We’re going to make popcorn, sell it in grocery stores and we’re going to make millions.” I would have said to you, “Anyone can make it at home. How are you going to get anyone to buy...

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 Doron Reuveni turned app testing into a $100M dollar business

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Apr 26, 2017
As a user, do you ever try a new app and come across a problem? What do you do? You probably give up on the app and go with one the competitors instead. Well, today’s guest founded a company that helps app makers identify those problems before that can happen. Doron Reuveni is the founder of...

The story behind the company that built TechCrunch’s bot

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Apr 19, 2017
I am obsessed with chatbots so the last time I had today’s guest on I asked him about chatbots instead of about his company. We even disagreed about the future of chatbots. But today I want to get into how he built his platform, Chatfuel. It’s the most popular platform for creating...

How to persuade potential customers into becoming customers

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Mar 24, 2017
You’re about to hear from a woman who has built up a business in a part of the world that you wouldn’t expect. Bushra Azhar is the founder of The Persuasion Revolution, where small businesses make big bucks using the psychology of persuasion. I want to find out how she built her business...

Why you don’t need a million dollar idea to leave corporate life

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Mar 15, 2017
Today we’re talking to an entrepreneur who built a business helping bloggers get more readers. Dino Dogan is the co-founder of Triberr, which enables content creators to get more shares. More recently he bought MadeInNYC.com, a science lab to run business projects. It’s a virtual incubator...

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...

How Michael Acton Smith built profitable meditation site Calm.com

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Mar 8, 2017
I’m really proud to have today’s guest on. Partially because he has this calm sense of being I want to understand. But partially because he cofounded Calm.com and the numbers he shared with me are unbelievable. But he also has a long history of successes. We’ll dive into those in this...

How Diego Saez Gil built a smart luggage company into a multi-million dollar company

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Mar 6, 2017
Imagine you’re a venture capitalist looking at investments all day long and this guy from Argentina walks into your office and says, “I’ve got this great idea. It’s luggage.” Luggage? Really? Well, if you continued that conversation–and didn’t run...

How Sam Ovens is helping everyday people start their own consulting businesses

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Mar 3, 2017
I’ll be honest with you. I felt guilt about an interview that I did years ago with today’s guest. This was back in, let me see here, 2013. I interviewed Sam Ovens about how he built up this consulting business and was teaching people how to do consulting. I thought maybe I got taken...

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...

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