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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...

Keeping your shit together as a founder

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Mar 16, 2018
Usually, I have entrepreneurs on to talk about how they built their businesses. Today’s guest is not going to be doing that. Sherry Walling is the founder of ZenFounder, which helps founders handle the mental side of their work. Her new book is The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping...

Jordan Harbinger tells me how he booked guests like Shaq and other podcasting techniques

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Mar 14, 2018
There are specific things that Jordan Harbinger did relentlessly that resulted in topping the charts of the podcasting world. I wanted to bring him on here to talk about how he did it with his previous podcast, Art of Charm. He’s now growing a second podcast called The Jordan Harbinger...

Ryan Carson of Treehouse: from startup founder to seasoned CEO

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Mar 5, 2018
Ryan Carson was so good at telling the world why his unconventional way of doing business was right & others were wrong. Other companies worked 5 days a week. Treehouse worked 4. Others had managers. Treehouse had a more self-directed team. Others…well, I could go on, but you get the...

Trevor Chapman talks money, family, religion

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Feb 23, 2018
Trevor Chapman is the founder of Summit Bourne Limited which owned a collection of websites, including e-commerce sites and online education sites. I’m really curious about how this guy who came out of nowhere ended up creating a bunch of successful sites that sell, sell, sell? I want to...

Losing it all, suicide, depression, comeback

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Jan 10, 2018
We didn’t talk about anything I expected to talk about in this interview. Instead we talked about suicide, alcoholism, and the illusory nature of startup goals. I’ll interview today’s guest again about how he built his business but this interview is about the inner struggles of...

Three startup myths debunked by a founder selling meat online

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Dec 11, 2017
We’re going to shatter some myths in this interview. The first myth is if you’re going to be a startup entrepreneur, you need to be a software entrepreneur. Today’s guest sells meat online. Meat! A product that’s existed and that people have consumed about as long as...

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 childhood homelessness and the military made Jake Hare a better founder

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Oct 30, 2017
There are a few things that make today’s guest unique. He’s an entrepreneur building a consulting agency catering to unfunded startups. He was also homeless at one point and I want to find out how that influenced how he thinks about money and business. Lastly, I want to know how he...

Joe De Sena’s Spartan Race is soooooo much bigger than I thought

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Oct 9, 2017
When I first heard I could have Joe De Sena, founder of Spartan Race as a guest I almost passed. I thought it was a small, novelty obstacle race, not a real business. I may never have been more wrong in the history of Mixergy. The Spartan business generates over $100 million per year. And the...

Sherry Walling of ZenFounder interviews me about my mental health and inner entrepreneur

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Aug 4, 2017
I usually interview entrepreneurs about how they built their businesses but today I have something a little different. If you’re an entrepreneur who wants to understand the inner entrepreneur, this will be a good interview. In this episode Sherry Walling, a clinical psychologist,...

Jason Calacanis, Angel

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Jul 24, 2017
For years, I've wanted to ask Jason Calacanis a few things. Like, how is it that after his company, Mahalo, took a ton of painful hits he still kept acting like each new idea he had was sure to be the one? Was it an act?

How Kyle Racki persevered with building Proposify even when he didn’t have enough money to pay a toll

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Jul 19, 2017
How did Kyle Racki persevere with building Proposify even when he didn’t have enough money to pay a toll? Kyle Racki is the Founder of Proposify, which allows companies to make better proposals faster to win more business. Kyle Racki launched Proposify in 2013 and he and his co-founders...

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...

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