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How a Tinder Hack inspired a networking startup for women

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May 8, 2018
Today’s guest started out as a reporter when a Tinder hack led to a business idea for connecting women. She’s a pro at getting media attention and I want to learn how she does it. Pamela Newenham is the cofounder of GirlCrew, a platform for women to make new friends.

How stress affects a founder’s performance

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Apr 2, 2018
Today’s guest hit on an interesting issue. You’ve probably felt it but most of us don’t know what to do about it. Stress. Jane Smorodnikova is the founder of Welltory, an app that lets you measure your stress and be more aware of what’s going on in your body so you can understand...

How deodorant sold at Farmer’s Markets grew into a company sold to Unilever

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Jan 26, 2018
Today’s guest has had some big news since we booked this interview. She’s sold her company! Jaime Schmidt is the founder of Schmidt’s Natural, plant-powered odor protection with ingredients like charcoal, rose, and jasmine. I want to find out how she built it from a product only available...

Minibar Delivery’s insane advantage of entering a highly regulated space

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Jan 17, 2018
I’m shocked when I hear an entrepreneur is getting into a space with a lot of regulation. But there’s a lot of value in doing it. Not only is there a fortune to be made, you can also have a real impact on the world by going into a space many other people are afraid to enter. That’s what...

Solving the problem of community organization

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Dec 29, 2017
Today’s guest is a San Francisco entrepreneur who discovered a problem that maybe you have. I know when I go to conferences, sometimes they want to do add me to a Slack group for everyone at the conference. It’s fun for the first day, and then it becomes a distraction from the other...

The parts of entrepreneurship no one wants to talk about

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Nov 15, 2017
Before we started, I was talking today’s guest about how so many entrepreneurs, even close friends of mine, will just hide whenever something goes wrong and not talk about it. As a result, we get this impression that everyone is doing well because when they’re not doing well we...

How to create a brand (Not just a product)

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Nov 1, 2017
It used to be really hard to create a brand. But I’m seeing now with Instagram and other social media platforms businesses are able to do it. That’s what today’s guest has done. Rachael McCrary is the founder of Jewel Toned, a lingerie and shapeware company. I want to know how she...

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 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 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...

Use the science of nonverbal communication to increase your sales

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Feb 1, 2017
I’m doing this interview because there’s a person on my team who’s been pestering me about this woman. Apparently he took a 3-day course through CreativeLive and it was revolutionary for him. He said it was going to help him grow sales. He said the person who taught the course, Vanessa...

How Kimra Luna built a Facebook group while on welfare and turned a community into a million dollar business

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Oct 3, 2016
I have to be honest with you that today’s guest was someone that was scheduled to do an interview before but I backed out. I backed out because I was a little nervous. I said info marketing or selling education is really tough. We’re about tech, we’re about software. We should...

How a husband and wife turned proofreading into million dollar idea

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Sep 23, 2016
My focus is tech and software entrepreneurs who have big revenues or big exits. Today I’ve got an entrepreneur who’s not exactly tech, but I read about her story in a Business Insider article that was published about a year ago, how she and her husband were traveling through South...

How a killer Kickstarter campaign and a “Shark Tank” appearance got BetterBack to $3M in year ONE

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Sep 12, 2016
You might remember hearing about an app years ago called Everest. It was an app for ambitious people and I kept hearing about it. It was designed to give driven people a way to set big goals for themselves and achieve it. Peter Thiel–Peter freaking Thiel–invested in the company and...

How a hippie raised in the woods of Maine coded (and sold) Infoactive

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Sep 2, 2016
Joining me today is an entrepreneur who really did not have a tech background. She had a hippie background that I’m so excited to talk about. But what’s even more interesting is the thing that she did to get into tech world and the startup world. It was something that shows what she’s...

Burned out on corporate bureaucracy, Elizabeth Dukes built a software to help companies run better

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Aug 29, 2016
My goal at Mixergy is to go outside of the Silicon Valley stuff that you hear over and over again, the same companies that you hear and see, and talk about. I want to introduce you to companies that you wouldn’t have known about otherwise, so that you can open your eyes to a new way of...

How Jilliene Helman brought crowdsourcing to real estate investment

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Aug 24, 2016
When I was 17 years old, I saved up $20,000 from all the little jobs that I had, all the little businesses. I remember hearing that real estate was how you made it big, how you preserved wealth and grew it. So, I said, “Great, I’m going to get into real estate.” I started...

How to use community to grow a physical product (even in a crowded market)

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Aug 10, 2016
Because I do these interviews I get invited to speak at conferences. Well, a few months ago I was at a speaker dinner for a conference and the organizer said to me, “Andrew, you’ve got to come meet this woman. She just launched this bag company.” Bag company? What’s so exciting about...

How flipping one house led to a multi-million dollar company building luxury homes

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Aug 8, 2016
Today I’ve got a non-tech interview for you. I heard about a woman who started flipping homes. She flipped one home–I don’t even know if it was intentional–but she sold it and that got her started on a career that led to her running a company that builds custom homes....

How Robin Smith turned an offline headache into the online platform WeGoLook

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Jun 17, 2016
I’ve got someone whose story who you’ve probably never seen on major media, but you should because it’s exciting and inspiring. Today’s guest grew up on a farm. To me, having grown up in New York, it feels like the middle of nowhere, and she had a bunch of setbacks which...

How Caren Merrick started WebMethods in her basement and helped build it to a public company that sold for $546 million

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Jun 8, 2016
A few weeks ago, I got an email back from one of our fans who said, “I heard this interview you did and I thought maybe I should volunteer to do an interview.” As I read her backstory, I couldn’t believe how much she’d done and I said to the team, “Find a way....
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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 Ellen Rubin’s CloudSwitch got big businesses to adopt the cloud

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Apr 6, 2016
Do you remember back in 2008 when you were all excited about the cloud? Well back then the founder you’re about to meet, Ellen Rubin, noticed that big businesses were intrigued by the cloud. They were curious about it, but they couldn’t jump in the way that you and I could when we...

How Laura Roeder used her tribe to pivot to $2.5M in just 18 months

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Apr 1, 2016
Joining me today is a repeat guest. Back in 2011 I got an email from Laura Roeder that said, “Hey, Andrew, you should interview me.” I liked how simply she built her business. She showed us how she did social media, how she was willing to do a webinar even if hardly anyone was watching. One...
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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...

How a small denim company got visibility among hundreds of competitors

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Feb 19, 2016
Emilie Whitaker is the co-founder of Beija-Flor, a jeans company that makes jeans for women by women. In this interview you’ll hear how a gift from Emilie’s mom led to a denim company that solved a specific problem for women. The two launched the company from a living room and...

How to get your product into celebrity hands (and recover from every possible mistake)

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Feb 8, 2016
As I read the bio for today’s guest, I thought, “Wait, is she really going to talk about that?” It was a bio full of incredible accomplishments but also disasters that most people don’t want to talk about outside of dinner at my house or a scotch night. Sarah Shaw is the...

How a sewing class led to a former actress’s successful clothing business

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Jan 11, 2016
Almost all the founders we have on Mixergy are tech entrepreneurs, like the founders of Airbnb, Y Combinator, etc. But I’ve found that when I have non-tech founders on, the audience really connects with them. So today I have for you an actress who started a clothing line. I want to find out...

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 Adina Mangubat built a software company for analyzing DNA (with no programming skills)

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Dec 14, 2015
In this interview, I've got the antidote to the kind of email I get from time to time, including one that I got this morning...
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How to protect your online business (Legally)

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Nov 3, 2015
Should you create an LLC, an S-Corp, or a C-Corp?

How StickerJunkie is selling over 20 Million stickers a year

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Sep 23, 2015
In this interview you'll find out how Andrea worked on multiple companies simultaneously, using profit from one company to bootstrap another...

How Sara Ledterman is changing online magazines with shoppable content

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Aug 10, 2015
Frankly, I wasn't sure if we should even do this interview because the company is so new. But after a private conversation with Sara...

How to use the media to grow your business

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Aug 7, 2015
Andreea Ayers is the founder of Tees for Change, a t-shirt company which she built through media...

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 to charge Premium prices from day one (Even if you’re an unknown)

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May 4, 2015
What's interesting about today's guest is that she seemed to come out of nowhere. She charged premium pricing. And she grew her revenue fast.

Amy didn’t show up to do this interview

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Apr 14, 2015
She sent her husband. That's fine. But when I couldn't get anything more meaningful than...

How your next frustrating experience could lead to your next business

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Apr 6, 2015
Have you ever gotten one of those robot calls from your bank about a problem with your account? Today's guest got a call like that and hated the experience. So she created a company...

How Alexandra Keating built “a WordPress for mobile phones”

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Apr 1, 2015
Joining me is Alexandra Keating, a founder who raised money for charity and found a big problem...

How do you come up with a good idea?

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Mar 27, 2015
Over and over on Mixergy we hear that it starts with finding a pain. Because if you find a big enough pain, customers will be eager to pay...

How Juliette Brindak’s social site got funding and a $15M valuation before she was 17

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Mar 10, 2015
I read an article about a teenage girl who created a site that's worth $15 million...

How do you launch a physical product from an idea?

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Feb 23, 2015
A few days ago, I talked to a Mixergy Premium member about what he thought was missing from the site. He said...

How to start a movement (and get traffic doing it)

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Feb 11, 2015
My original goal with today's interview is to find out how a blogger is getting so much traffic to her site. But today's guest is more than a blogger...

How a Premium Member got to $1.4M in sales (without a ton of traffic)

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Jan 26, 2015
A few weeks ago, someone joined Mixergy Premium and when we asked her why she joined, she said...

How Paula Long co-founded a storage startup that was acquired for $1.4B

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Nov 14, 2014
When the deal was announced, it was the largest ever cash purchase of a private venture backed technology company...

Demystifying the sophomore slump for entrepreneurs

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Nov 12, 2014
You have a great success and then afterwards you have a big, stunning setback. That's the story the media often tells us. But the truth is often different....

Raven + Lily, turning bullets into jewelry

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Oct 17, 2014
After this interview, I bought my wife a beautiful Raven + Lily necklace that's made out of discarded bullets. It was created by Ethiopian women who were ostracized by their communities because they have HIV/AIDS. When...

How finding the right business partner turned a stay-at-home mom with a great idea into a full-blown entrepreneur

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Oct 6, 2014
In the startup world, people often talk about the 20-something-year-old guy who makes apps for other 20-something-year-old guys until they sell their companies for billions of dollars. But those stories aren’t the only ones worth telling...

How a 4th grade teacher built a $20K/mo blog

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Sep 29, 2014
This interview is about how a 4th grade teacher who wasn't really into reading blogs ended up building a profitable blog herself...

Danielle Morrill opens up about how she built Mattermark

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Sep 26, 2014
I've been trying to do this interview for a long time because frankly I've been hearing a lot about...

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 to turn an idea into a physical product (Even if that idea has never been done before)

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Sep 3, 2014
One of my interviewees is back! Last time Gauri Nanda was on Mixergy she talked about how she created...

How a company inspired by Oprah was built and sold in four years

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Aug 4, 2014
My guest says a TV show inspired her to follow her dreams and as a result, she built and sold a company...

How 99dresses failed (with three cofounders, funding, and a mentor)

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Jun 27, 2014
One of the things that I'm proudest of as an interviewer is that entrepreneurs feel comfortable coming here to talk not just about their successes, but about their failures...

Don’t drink the VC Kool-Aid–You don’t need funding to be an entrepreneur

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Jun 20, 2014
Everyone says, "Do what you love and don't give up." In this interview, you'll meet a guest who says, "Well, maybe not." She gave it everything she had, including a house. She listened to venture capitalists...

How Sarah Bird is stepping into Rand Fishkin’s shoes as Moz’s new CEO

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Jun 13, 2014
Some of you guys may know that I had a business earlier on in my life that did fairly well, but what you don't know is that I had a challenge growing it. So I figured if we are really going to talk about the entrepreneurial experience, we can't just...

How a Peace Corps volunteer found the right co-founder (and sold the company to Rackspace)

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May 26, 2014
This is the story of a woman who couldn't even use Twitter, but ended up working with a co-founder who changed her life...

How a husband and wife grew a self-funded, part-time business to over $8,000,000

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May 16, 2014
This is the story of a part-time business that turned into a multi-million dollar company. One Click Ventures owns a network of online stores that sell reading glasses, sunglasses, scarves and handbags....

How to start a company WITHOUT coming up with an idea OR getting it off the ground

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Apr 28, 2014
When it comes to entrepreneurship, we tend to think that there's only one way to start: The founder comes up with an idea and launches. But today you're going to meet a woman who took a different approach...

How a runner with no money hustled her exercise product into hundreds of stores

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Mar 21, 2014
If you had an idea for a new exercise product, how would you manufacture it? How would you get stores to sell it?

How a stay-at-home mom monetized her YouTube channel

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Feb 26, 2014
This is the story of a stay-at-home mom who built a profitable business by...

How being chained to a cubicle made this woman into an entrepreneur

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Jan 13, 2014
If you have an idea but are nervous about quitting your job, wait until you hear...

Baby Einstein: One Female Entrepreneur Taking On Several Businesses

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Nov 22, 2013
Julie Clark is the founder of The Baby Einstein Company, which....

How Orbit Baby Founder Re-Imagined A Necessity And Turned It Into A Business

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Nov 18, 2013
One of the reasons why I moved here to San Francisco is that I wanted to meet people....

ContextMedia: How One Female Entrepreneur Is Killing It

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Oct 23, 2013
How did a former news reporter launch a video company that brings its programming directly into waiting rooms?

University Parent: Finding Their Pain (And Solving It)

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Sep 13, 2013
How does a student who notices a parent's pain bootstrap a profitable university guide?

Loudpixel: How A Founder Who’s Afraid Of Risk Built A Profitable Company

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Aug 19, 2013
How does an entrepreneur who's afraid of risk build a profitable business?

This Could Be The Most Shockingly Open Entrepreneur On This Whole Freakin’ Site

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Jul 5, 2013
This is the story of a lawyer who quit practicing law and went on to build a multi-million dollar licensing business. And the shocking thing that happened after that...

The Muse: How A Vision Rejected By Investors Reaches Three Million

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Jun 7, 2013
How does a woman who investors dismissed end up building a Web site that reaches three million job seekers?

Honeyfund: Don’t Want To Climb The Corporate Ladder?

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May 22, 2013
How did a woman who didn't want to climb the corporate ladder bootstrap a profitable company?

How Gmaids Brought Online Tactics To An Industry Stuck Offline

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May 3, 2013
How did a husband & wife who used to clean houses build a profitable online cleaning business?

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