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Case Study: How to survive when partnerships go sour

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Jun 2, 2017
I’ve been sitting on this story for years and would have taken it to the grave if today’s guest hadn’t told me we could tell it. Imagine you start a business and pour yourself into it and then it’s taken away from you. That’s what happened to Doug Kaufman, founder of Spring Metrics,...

How a former DJ and club owner built a profitable medical software company

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May 10, 2017
We’ve got weapon sales coming up in this interview. We’ve got entrepreneurial depression that nearly led to suicide. We’ve got partner issues that listeners in my audience need to know about. We’ve also got a real business with millions in sales. The guest you’re about to meet is Saud...

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...

Valuing creativity over profit

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Feb 3, 2017
There is one proven method I’ve noticed from interviewing successful founders. It’s a process that starts with understanding a customer’s pain and then addressing that pain. That’s what today’s guest did. He started a consulting company, found a problem his clients had and then...

How to Master Productivity, Discipline and Focus in 100 Days

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Jan 27, 2017
How do you sell something that is old technology in a modern world and get people to love it and to keep buying it? About a year ago, this guy who I’d known for years emailed me and he said that he was coming out with a book, which I thought, “Great. I can’t wait to get it on...

A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade

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Jan 23, 2017
A few weeks ago I interviewed a founder and I couldn’t figure out why his company was so successful. His software was the same as his competition. The founder told me his company was using influence techniques in the way they create their content. I said, “Wow, that reminds me of this book...

Have the guts to shut down a good business to build a great business

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Jan 9, 2017
Back in 2010, I interviewed a guy who was a Mixergy fan who had a good idea for a business that was doing well but wasn’t going to do great. So he did the gutsy thing and he scrapped that idea and he started a new company. I invited him to talk about how he did it and the guts involved in...

How navigation app Skobbler beat Google Maps to the market

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Dec 5, 2016
The guest you’re going to meet today had this idea for a map company and the company, in many ways, beat Google Maps. You’ll hear how Google came in and became a harsh competitor. You’ll hear how today’s guest still ended up doing so well the company ended up being acquired. It’s an...

Behind-the-scenes SEO and backlink strategies

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Dec 2, 2016
I’ve got an entrepreneur here who–man, this guy’s had so many ups and downs. He worked on this business for so long that he physically experienced pain, all kinds of issues with his body, with his hands, with everything because he was trying to build this business up. I love...

How Kosta Gara survived an Iranian prison at age 13 and became a multimillionaire by 33

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Sep 7, 2016
I’ve got an interview here that I’m going to be honest with you, I can’t really wrap my head around it. There’s so much going on. I’m not sure what to make of it. Here’s the way that my team put it together here. I ask everyone on my team when they suggest a...

How Zee Ali went from selling cigarettes in the hood of Chicago to selling 1+ million products

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Aug 26, 2016
I’ve got someone who’s been a longtime Mixergy fan who I met in Chicago where I went to speak at Podcast Movement, a conference for podcasting. As I walked into the after party, I met this guy and after we talked for about a sentence or two, I said, “Let’s get out of...

How Robby Berthume survived a business partner fallout, embezzlement, tax audits, and divorce

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Aug 22, 2016
A weeks ago I got an email from someone I’ve interviewed in the past, a guy named Robby Berthume. I want to share part of that email for you so you know why I’m doing this interview. He wrote, “It’s been a while since we last spoke and quite a bit has changed. As you know I became a...

How married co-founders deal with anxiety while running a business

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Aug 17, 2016
My hope is that as you’re building your company, you’re listening to this. Or maybe as you’re running into work, or as you’re driving into work, you’re listening to this and you use it to build a company. I hope that you’ll give me the honor of letting me...

How a techie dad built SellHack (while battling a life-changing diagnosis)

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Jul 18, 2016
We’ve got with us Ryan O’Donnell. He’s a guy who says that he and his cofounder are two techie dads who prefer to spend a coffee break in the middle of the day with their kids than with coworkers. They want to build the kind of company that they enjoy working in and that...

An open discussion on improving Mixergy with the founder of Ties.com

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Jul 1, 2016
I was at a conference a few weeks ago and this guy comes up to me and he says, “Hey, it’s Omar.” And I recognized him because he and I have been emailing since 2010–about six years now. He says, “You know, Andrew, I think you could be doing a better job on...

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 a former prisoner launched Pigeonly, a startup for inmates

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May 27, 2016
A few months ago I was in Las Vegas and I met this guy, Steven, who’s been listening to Mixergy for a long time. He walks up to me and says, “Andrew, you should interview the founder of my company.” I said, “What’s the company?” He said,...

Working 80hrs/wk? No time to launch a company? Watch this interview

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May 16, 2016
Joining me today is a guy who I’m really proud to introduce to my audience. He’s a hard worker–and when I say hard worker, wait until you hear what this guy did. When you go to AP, and so many other sources, it feels like a human being wrote an article that’s interesting...

How a founder’s mindset got Quest Nutrition to $400,000,000

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May 13, 2016
Every ten days or so, I get a box of these delivered to the office. It’s Quest Protein bars. Actually, this one I just discovered recently, a chocolate version of the Quest bar. For a long time, I just kind of assumed the company behind it was some big manufacturing company that was maybe...

How Jesse Itzler gets his foot into every door (and figures out the rest later)

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Apr 20, 2016
Have you ever met one of these entrepreneurs, the kind of people who, through charisma, confidence, and hutzpah build companies out of nowhere? I feel like the more I read about today’s guest, the more he is that kind of entrepreneur. He just seems to talk his way into building these...

BetterHelp founder on risking everything to bootstrap

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Mar 30, 2016
Listen to the nerve today’s guest had with his idea. He had this idea that maybe you wouldn’t want to go to a therapist’s office when you have an issue. Maybe in the world today, you don’t want to drive out and sit on a therapist’s couch and just talk, maybe you...

How crippling shyness led to a business helping guys get confidence

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Feb 24, 2016
Joining me today is a guy who, at 25 years old, says he only kissed two girls. Then he read the book “The Game” about the pickup artist world. He started using the things that he’d learned, started teaching his own process. Richard L Ruina is now a dating coach and teaches how...

How the guy who retired at age 26 wishes he hadn’t been motivated by money

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Feb 17, 2016
There’s a goal to all this isn’t there? Today’s guest hit that goal. Jon Carder built and sold a company for so much that he was able to retire at age 26. But after three months, he got bored. Bored. Imagine that. Everything we’re working to achieve ends up being boring....

How to get blue chip partners (even if you’re outside Silicon Valley)

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Feb 12, 2016
Have you ever come up with an idea and realized it would take to much money to act on it? Today’s guest found the money. $57 million dollars. But then you realize that you don’t have connections. Today’s guest found a way to get those too. He got Componenet makers like Qualcomm...

Imagine getting $35,000,000.00 wired to you (Here’s how it happened to a Mixergy fan)

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Feb 3, 2016
Today’s guest started a video ad business, came close to bankruptcy. He eventually persevered and sold the business. I invited him here to talk about how he did it, to find out what he sold it for, to find out what he learned from all that process. Jay Gould was the founder of Yashi which...

An uncomfortably revealing interview with John Lee Dumas of EOFire (Live from Podcasters Paradise)

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Jan 4, 2016
I asked John to reveal stuff that most people wouldn't feel comfortable revealing about his relationship, about his mentor, and about....

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 to launch a platform for an industry in transition

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Dec 11, 2015
Today's interview is going to be a little bit different....

Brian Wong talks battle scars and the building of Kiip

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Nov 16, 2015
Six years after I got an email from Mixergy fan Brian Wong, he's here to tell us how he built his company...
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How to remember names (So you can build better relationships)

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Nov 10, 2015
“A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

How to achieve a massive upgrade in productivity

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Oct 28, 2015
Have you ever felt like you were in a state of almost perfect decision-making? Want to know how to get there more often?

How to survive a breakup with your business partner

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Sep 14, 2015
Today's guest is a guy who I got to know here at Mixergy headquarters when our producer, Jeremy Weisz, put together a mastermind...
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How to overcome burnout (And stop it from coming back)

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Sep 1, 2015
Charlie Hoehn was going down in flames. “I’d been spending days on my computer, indoors, and drinking tons of coffee,” says Charlie...

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 does Tim Ferriss achieve so much when he has all these inner doubts?

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Apr 28, 2015
When I interviewed Tim Ferriss at a live Mixergy event in San Francisco, I expected to have to warm him up with some easy questions before asking him to talk about his inner doubts, but he just went for it...

The power of FOCUS

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Apr 15, 2015
Today's guest runs a company that does what loads of other businesses do, digital marketing for businesses so they get more customers. But he focuses on just 1 kind of customer...
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How to become rejection-proof (And turn “no” into “yes”)

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Apr 13, 2015
In his Mixergy course, Jia shows you how to become rejection-proof and how to turn a no into a yes. Here are three highlights from the course...

FundersClub Series: How Taro Fukuyama went from sleeping in a minivan to launching AnyPerk

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Mar 18, 2015
You think you have it bad? Today's guest had to sleep in his car outside of a Taco Bell...
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How to boost your productivity (By journaling)

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Mar 17, 2015
UJ Ramdas was stuck in a system. But he was an entrepreneur at heart and wanted to go his own way. The way he got through it and reached his goal: Journaling.
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How to find your calling

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Mar 11, 2015
Jeff Goins felt like something was missing. “I was a marketing director for this international non-profit,” says Jeff, the author of The Art of Work. “But I had this feeling that I think a lot of people get, like there was something more that I was missing out on.”

How Cheezburger founder’s inner chatter affected his company (before he turned things around)

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Feb 20, 2015
If you're stuck or you feel like you're failing to achieve one of your big goals and can't figure out why, this interview is for you.

How to overcome the imposter syndrome and build a 6-figure consulting business, with Noah Fleming

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Jan 12, 2015
Joining me today is a founder who built a thriving consulting company. I invited him to tell his story, so you can learn how to do it yourself...

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....

If one startup fails TWICE, is it over?

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Nov 7, 2014
Before the interview started, I said to my guest, "I'm not sure we should do this interview...

How to stand up to investors who rejected your idea

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Oct 24, 2014
Today I've got a Mixergy fan who had an idea that investors rejected because it was too much like vanilla. They said it was just too plain. But now...
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How to find and go on a quest (that will bring meaning and fulfillment to your life)

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Sep 9, 2014
Chris Guillebeau says that life is more fun when you're on a quest. “I thought it would be awesome if one day in my life, I could say I've been to 100 countries, says Chris, founder of The...

How do you know when to let an idea go?

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Aug 20, 2014
What happens when you realize your original idea won't work?

What to do when a business gets too big for a DIY founder

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Jul 30, 2014
This interview is with an entrepreneur who says that things were good at first and he was able to do much of the work himself. But, eventually...

How to tough it out when your partners try to hold you back

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Jul 23, 2014
This is the story of a serial entrepreneur who couldn’t get a company to take off–until he hit on the company that he’s here to talk about today...

How did a struggling online marketer create a profitable software company?

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Jul 21, 2014
Today's guest is here to talk about how he bootstrapped his company--and turned it around after things weren't going as planned...

How a founder whose great ideas kept failing finally hit a $120M payday

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Jun 11, 2014
This is the story of a bright entrepreneur with great ideas, who kept failing. And what he did that finally led him to create a company that he sold for a $120 million...
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The obstacle is the way (How to turn trials into triumphs)

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May 27, 2014
Every founder deals with their share of hurdles and roadblocks. There’s not enough money, a developer suddenly quits, an idea fizzles out. In this course, Ryan shows you how to see objectively and then crush your obstacles...

How launching the “worst version” of a site led to 40,000,000 monthly users

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May 7, 2014
This is a story of an entrepreneur who took less than six hours to build a site that now attracts 40,000,000...

First $10K Series: How Dwight Peters created a lead generation platform for Kickstarter campaign creators

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Apr 14, 2014
How desperate are you to make it? Today's guest is a Mixergy fan who had a failed company and was living on his friend's couch...

$10K Series: How Bryan Harris breaks down tough concepts into short mottos to live by

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Mar 26, 2014
This is a series of interviews with entrepreneurs about their first $10,000 in sales. And today's guest, like some of the others, has blown past $10,000...

He did $2.6M in sales, so why was he so anxious?

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Mar 24, 2014
Not only did Charlie Hoehn help develop an App Creation course which generated $2.6 million in sales, but the guy got to apprentice for his heroes...
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How to profitably launch a web app (Even if you want to start small)

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Feb 11, 2014
There was a time when Rob Walling struggled to successfully launch a product...

Get the confidence to charge more for your product

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Jan 20, 2014
Garrett went from making $8/hr to $300/hr--just because he had the confidence to asked for it...

How to get over the startup fear, and just get started

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Jan 6, 2014
Today you're going to meet a guy who was afraid to start a business and now...

How a tech-savvy immigrant built a $100 million company (After being $270,000 in debt)

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Dec 18, 2013
This veteran of the .com crash went from $270,000 in debt to a reported $100 million sale...

Conscious Millionaire: Broke At 23, Millionaire By 25

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Dec 6, 2013
Today's guest says he went from being broke at 23 to a millionaire by 25...

Blue Steel: How To Go From Questionable To Legitimate

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Nov 15, 2013
How did a guy who sold questionable Rolexes end up building a profitable, legitimate jewelry e-commerce site?

Fitocracy: Recovering From A Worst-Case Scenario

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Nov 8, 2013
How close have you come to closing your company?

How MindValley Founder Built A $40M Company With Only $700

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Oct 30, 2013
Today's interviewee is a guy who called himself a mediocre entrepreneur...

Convince & Convert: An Interview For Anyone Who Fears A Career Change

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Oct 18, 2013
How does a guy who started out working for the Dept. of Juvenile Corrections end up building a million dollar...

Glasses: How A Guy Who Kept Getting Fired Created A Profitable Company

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Oct 4, 2013
William Shaker grossed millions selling sunglasses online. This is the story of how he did it, and the big setback that we can all learn from...

Everbadge: Can A Family Man Build A Business Without Risking His Family?

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Oct 2, 2013
How does a family man with three kids build a profitable business without risking his family's financial well-being?

Ecko Unltd: How An Uncool Kid Built A Billion Dollar Urban Fashion Brand

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Sep 4, 2013
How did an uncool, chubby kid grow up to build one of the hottest fashion brands in the world?

Mafia Wars: Success After Trying Everything

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Aug 28, 2013
After his previous company failed, Roger Dickey tried multiple product ideas before finding his hit...

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?

Choose Yourself: A Successful Entrepreneur On Negative Inner Chatter

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Aug 12, 2013
Do you admit to yourself that you have negative inner chatter? You know, thoughts like, "What if my company fails...

LearnBoost: Can You Really Build A Business “Selling” Free Software?

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Jul 15, 2013
What obstacles do you run into when trying to "sell" free software and is it possible to build a business based on free software?

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...

Sonicbids: Solve The Headache Of Building A Marketplace

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Jun 10, 2013
If you build a marketplace you need both sides to come...

Solid Cactus: The Exit That Caused A Founder’s Nervous Breakdown

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May 29, 2013
Today's guest says selling his business to a public company helped give him a breakdown...

Bizo: Do You Have To Start Off On Your Own?

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May 6, 2013
If you have a business idea, do you have to start off on your own?
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How to love what you do (Even if you don’t know what that is yet)

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May 6, 2013
In his famous Stanford commencement speech, Steve Jobs said the formula success is “to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking...

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?

Ajax Union: Snap Out Of Entrepreneurial Depression

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Apr 19, 2013
Do you need customers? Well, the first story in this interview reveals the kind of tactic that entrepreneurs don't feel comfortable revealing outside of Mixergy interviews...

Allied Business Network: The Disadvantage (And Solution) To Being A “Worrier”

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Apr 15, 2013
How could working for someone else lead to your best business idea?

Finally. An Interview With A Successful Founder Who Talks About His Inner Critic

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Apr 12, 2013
A few weeks ago I said that I couldn’t get a founder to talk me about his inner-critic...

Art Of Manliness: Making A Hobby Profitable

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Mar 18, 2013
How does a hobby turn into a profitable business that teaches men how to be men?

Frokost: Knowing When To Quit A Job…

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Feb 25, 2013
How does a founder who's miserable at his job create a multimillion dollar company?

Mercantile Capital: How Does A No-Name Upstart Compete?

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Feb 20, 2013
In 2002, Christopher Hurn launched Mercantile Capital Corp, a commercial real estate lending company. He wanted to build one of the fastest growing companies...

Razorfish Chairman Talks About Setbacks and Triumphs

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Feb 13, 2013
One aspect of Mixergy that I'm especially proud of is that entrepreneurs are willing to talk about their setbacks, not just their triumphs. In this interview the chairman of one of the most respected agencies is here to talk about both...

Safety Service Company: Finally Quitting Your Job (Even When Your Boss Says You’ll Fail)

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Feb 1, 2013
Imagine you quit your job to start a company and your boss laughs and says, "I'll bet you you'll fail."

Submittable: How To Find The Pain That Creates Paying Customers

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Jan 30, 2013
If you've heard me say that entrepreneurs should start by finding the pain, wait till you hear the first thing today's guest did...

Greenlots: What If Your First Idea Doesn’t Work?

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Jan 18, 2013
Today's guest said that rather than fighting the reality of being wrong, he pivoted. Then, when the next idea didn't work, he had to do it again...

The Story Behind Pixar

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Nov 12, 2012
How does an engineer and painter launched the pioneering animation studio Pixar? It all started in 1974 in a New York garage...
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How to land paying customers (By calling them instead of waiting for them to come to you)

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Nov 12, 2012
James Kennedy made the same mistake for almost a decade. James, cofounder of Piehole.tv, would work as a contractor for six months, then quit to launch his own product. When he couldn’t get any sales, he’d...

Get Satisfaction: Bouncing Back After The Economy Goes Bust

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Oct 5, 2012
Imagine the economy goes bust and you have to sell your company at a liquidation price. How do you come back after that? Well, that's what happened to...

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