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How to look at the data behind your startup

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Dec 4, 2017
My hesitation for you about this interview is once you find out what today’s guest does, you’re kind of going to feel a little bit like my mom did the first time I took her to an Apple Store. She was completely intimidated by the technology. Sometimes the things we’re a little...

Case Study: Bringing a bootstrapped European software to the U.S. market

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Nov 29, 2017
Accounting software is just a pain in the butt. As much as they modernize it, it still feels centuries old much more complicated than it needs to be. Well, today’s guest said, “I’m a simplifier. I’m going to jump in and create new software that will actually make it...

Magento founder Yoav Kutner on open-source products

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Nov 3, 2017
Today’s guest and his team created Mageneto, a commerce software so many of my guests say they used to build their sites. They sold to eBay and Yoav, who’s here today, wrote a nasty post about eBay which he later removed. I want to find out about that. I also want to find out how he went...

Born in Belarus, now building software in San Francisco

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Oct 20, 2017
Today’s guest used to sell berries and now he sells software. Mikita Mikado is the founder of Pandadoc, an all-in-one solution to automate your contracts, proposals, quotes and more. I invited him here to talk about how he started and grew his business.

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 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...

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...

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...

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 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...

Chatbot?! with Dmitry Dumik of ChatFuel

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Feb 8, 2017
Instead of an interview, this ended up being a conversation about the future of chatbots. I got so passionate about how messaging bots will change business that my voice became a bit hoarse. My guest, Dmitry Dumik is the founder of ChatFuel, the platform for building chatbots. I’ll have...

Proven marketing tactics from Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula

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Jan 25, 2017
Today I’ve got an author which may seem a little different but it’s really not. I used to think that authors don’t actually make money from their books. I thought they built up a reputation and make money selling consulting services but that the books are kind of a loss. And then I met...

How Attractive World founder sold a “hard-to-exit” dating site

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Jan 11, 2017
A few weeks ago today’s guest sold his company but one of the fascinating things to me is that it was a dating company. Andrew Chen wrote an article about why investors don’t fund dating sites. They have built in churn because once you match someone they no longer need the site, dating has...

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