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Using software to improve an antiquated business process

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Jun 8, 2018
One thing that I haven’t really explored in these interviews is that it’s not just finding a pain but often finding new technology to address the pain. There’s a reason why the pain hadn’t been addressed in the past, and often it’s the technology wasn’t there...

How a bot solved the pain of scheduling

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May 30, 2018
Today’s guest started a company with the understanding that it’s hard for people to schedule meetings with each other. So he did what many people did before, which is he created an app. And like many people before him, the app that he created didn’t do so well. Then he turned...

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.

Mark Cummins couldn’t get a job at Google…so he built a search engine so good that they acquired it

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Apr 4, 2018
Today we’ve got an entrepreneur who created a search engine and sold it to Google about 18 months later. He took some time off and in his off time he invested in some companies, learned the other side of the entrepreneurial journey, and now he is back with a brand new business. The...

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 Bubble founders are making coding obsolete

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Mar 23, 2018
Today’s guest says that his company is going to make coding obsolete. If anything, they’re going to probably be building or teaching people how to build using his creation. Emmanuel Straschnov is the cofounder of Bubble, a visual programming language for web and mobile...

Meet the founder who’s taking on Shopify

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Mar 2, 2018
Today’s guest is a guy who has software that allows people to create online stores. The minute I heard about this idea, I said, “Whoa, he’s going to get crushed.” There are competitors already in the space who are really, really big. I’m talking about Amazon and...

How to build a translation company

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Feb 16, 2018
The article Matei wrote on Startup Grind: https://www.startupgrind.com/blog/how-to-4x-your-revenue-with-one-inexpensive-hack/

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...

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