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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...

I enter the ring with Empire Flippers founder Justin Cooke

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Jan 13, 2017
Today’s guest is Justin Cooke, the founder of a marketplace where people go and buy and sell websites. I spent 25 minutes talking to people in his industry to make sure that he wasn’t just a nice guy who happens to have been a long-term Mixergy listener who is going to take...

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 Groove built a better mousetrap in helpdesk software

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Jan 4, 2017
Today’s guest does not do a lot of interviews like this. This might be the first one he’s ever done, and I’m proud to have him on here to talk about how he built up his company. How did he do it? It started with blogging about his journey and talking about his company and how...

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 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 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...

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 an app built for Stripe lost its users

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Nov 2, 2015
One of the things I'm so proud of about Mixergy is that we don't just feature people who've built unicorns, billion-dollar businesses...

How Homehero brought tech to a $30B offline industry

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Oct 21, 2015
Mike is a founder who had a company that didn't do well and he ended up closing it down. Today his business is taking off and you'll learn what he's done differently...

How did Mac Cummings build a multimillion dollar company by engaging with influencers?

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Sep 2, 2015
There's a belief that the only way to start a successful online company is with incredible software. Today's guest did that. And it didn't go so well for him...

How Pascal Finette overcame the $2.5M failure of his first company

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Jul 27, 2015
My team and I were tried to find information about this company but couldn't. So Pascal is here to tell us what happened...

The truth about starting a company for the wrong reasons

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Jul 10, 2015
The biggest lesson from that business was...

How an intrapreneur bounced back from failure

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Mar 20, 2015
This is the story of a failed INTRApreneur who bounced back by starting a digital agency. I invited today's guest on because he knows how to get clients...

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.

First $100K Series: How did Scott Oldford go from $726k in debt to over $800k in revenue in one year?

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Feb 2, 2015
What's the most amount of debt that you've had? Today's guest says he had hundreds of thousands of dollars on his back. He was down. Then he...

How to get your blog, your voice, and your reputation out there

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Jan 21, 2015
Today I've got in interview for you with an entrepreneur, whose company failed. So he started...

How a homeless musician built a successful YouTube music licensing company, with Paul Anthony

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Jan 2, 2015
Today we've got an entrepreneur here who used to be homeless and ended up building...

How do you pivot a failing company?

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Nov 26, 2014
Imagine you buy a company and it fails. What do you do? Today's guest had to pivot, adjust and change until he pulled success out of the jaws of defeat.

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 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?

How a failed musician launched and sold a company in the music industry for $25M

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Aug 11, 2014
This is the story of Mark Montgomery a musician who came to Nashville with $800 and failed to make it big as a musician. Then he found the Internet...

A past Mixergy guest returns to open up about a recent failure

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Aug 6, 2014
You know how we're always told that founders should talk to customers before building out their businesses. Well today's guest did that. And his company still failed...

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...

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...

Don’t fail because you’re looking for a good idea

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May 21, 2014
This is the story of an entrepreneur who failed because he looked for good ideas. Then, things turned around for him when he decided to...

Real lessons learned from a startup that took risks

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May 2, 2014
I love people who take risks. I love people who succeed after those risks, but people even who fail...

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...

How to protect yourself from self-sabotage

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Feb 21, 2014
Jayson Gaignard says he used credit cards to build ticketscanada.com into a $3 million business. Then he did something to screw it up...

Forget using startup checklists and tools to grow your business. This company gives you the blueprint.

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Dec 30, 2013
I was checking my email and I got a message that said "StartupPlays is shutting down." I immediately...

The Bulletproof Executive: Why Today’s Guest Should Have Said “I Quit!”

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Nov 13, 2013
How does a founder who lost $6 million recover and built a profitable business?

How Did Dermaflage Generate $500K Selling Synthetic Skin?

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Nov 11, 2013
I was at a conference where today’s guest showed me the skin on his hand, and said, “See this? It’s not real skin. It’s synthetic. My company makes it.” I started asking him how he finds customers for synthetic skin. Which wasn’t at all what I expected. And...

How I, Andrew Warner, Failed With FoundersMix

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Nov 1, 2013
Today we have a role reversal. I'm going to be interviewed about one of my failed sites...

Fluidware: How To Make A Comeback After Failure

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Oct 21, 2013
Imagine having to lift up your hands and declare failure. That's what today's founder had to do. This is the story of why it happened and how he turned things around...

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...

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...

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...

Think Traffic: Why Does A Guy Whose Company Got Funded Prefer To Bootstrap?

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Jul 1, 2013
Today's guest is known as a successful blogger, but before that he raised $3 mil for a company that didn't work out as planned...
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How to innovate deliberately (Even if you’re afraid of failing)

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Jul 1, 2013
How do you come up with ideas for new products, or even a new blog post? Some people try a brainstorming session, but nothing comes from it.

Kera: How Too Many Users Too Early Can Hurt A Company

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Jun 21, 2013
I know I'm going to sound like a pollyanna, but...

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...

California Leadership: How To Recover After Losing Investors’ Money

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Feb 11, 2013
How does a founder who loses his investors' money end up being a successful executive coach?

This Is What Happens When A Founder Says I Can Ask Him Anything…And Means It

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Feb 8, 2013
One of the first things I wanted to know about Max Simon is what right he had to teach other people about how to run a business when his previous business failed. So I asked him. And I...

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...

JamLegend: A Postmortem On The Company That Zynga Bought

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Jul 2, 2012
Today we're featuring and interview with one of the first entrepreneurs that I ever interviewed. We're going to catch up with him and find out how he built his business. We're going to find out what happened after TechCrunch put his business in the dead pool and what happened when he moved on to...

Three Failed Partnerships, Bankruptcy, And A Major Comeback

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Apr 5, 2012
How does a guy who declares personal bankruptcy end up building two companies that generate over a million dollars in annual revenue? Chris Snook is the founding investor and board member of Parallel 6, a social mobile company that says it can grow its clients' sales with a phony mustache. He's also the editor-in-chief of No Limit Publishing Group, a publishing company with a new take on the written word.

What happened to speakergram? And what’s next?

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Feb 16, 2012
Why did a company that raised over a quarter million dollars shut down? Sam Rosen is the founder of Speakergram. His vision was to create a site which simplified the way speakers are hired to appear at events. It was accelerated by 500 Startups, the high-profile investment firm. It was backed by...

Wibiya: A Failure Becomes A $45 Mil Company

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Feb 6, 2012
How does a failed search engine turn into a toolbar company that sells for a reported $45 million? Dror Ceder is the co-founder of Wibiya, a platform for publishers to integrate applications into their site, through a web-based toolbar. In April 2011, he sold his company to Conduit, a company he met in a surprising way, as you'll hear soon.

Notifo’s Founder: “My Startup Is Dead.” See What He Learned

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Jan 24, 2012
What does a founder learn from launching and shutting down an unsuccessful startup? Chad Etzel is the founder of Notifo, a simple and affordable way to add notifications to a web app or project. I invited him here to talk about what happened with that business...

Sprouter.com: How Do You Recover From A Shutdown?

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Oct 31, 2011
What can you learn from a failed startup? Joining me is Sarah Prevette, the founder of Sprouter.com. Sprouter allows entrepreneurs to get curated answers to small business questions from people who know what they’re talking about. Recently the company announced a setback and had to close down. Then...

You Should Learn From Their $100K Failure. They Did.

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Oct 13, 2011
What can you learn from failure? Joining me are two founders, René J. Pinnell & Eric Katerman, who say they blew through $100,000 of investors money and burned 12 months of their lives when they created Hurricane Party, a mobile app for spontaneous get-togethers. The founders then...

AdVentures: Failure Leads To Success

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Sep 27, 2011
How does a 28-year-old who looks like he's 17 build one of the fastest growing private companies in the country? Brent Beshore is the founder of AdVentures, which creates and acquires companies. His holdings include...

How Do You Recover When Your Customers Get Angry?

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Jul 15, 2011
Elchonon and Yosef Hellinger are brothers who run a company that did nearly $1 mil in sales. Then had a huge setback. You'll hear about the setback and how they rebounded, in this interview.
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Mixergy How-To Guide: How to Bounce Back from Entrepreneurial Failure [Premium Access]

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Jun 23, 2011
Regular site visitors get this on a “pay with a tweet” basis, but I wanted to make sure you had instant access. Thanks for being a member.

Stockpickr: The Controversial Deal That Built A $10 Mil Company

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Jun 13, 2011
When James Altucher made a daring deal to give TheStreet.com 50% of his unlaunched business, a star employee was so shocked that he quit. The guy had no idea that this crazy-sounding deal would...

Fail Series: Good Salesman Goes Bankrupt

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Jun 10, 2011
For privacy reasons, Scott Barlow's interview can't be public right now. So I'm marking it for members only.

Fail Series: The $40 Million Company

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Jun 9, 2011
Dean Sourkeras co-founded and took ComputerGiants.com from a basement in Queens NY to a spot on Entrperneuer magazine's 100 fastest growing companies. Then he says he did what many other founders in his position would do, he grew it too fast with no controls in place. Grab this interview to find out how he got the business to $40 million in sales and what happened next...

Fail Series: Getting On BBC2 Was Easy, But Then…

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Jun 8, 2011
Mark Bowness had a vision. He was going to acquire an island. Then he'd invite the online world to visit, view and build it. Mark also had contagious confidence. When you watch him talk for 10 minutes you'll understand why he was able to make his vision happen. It was so interesting that Mark's vision become a BBC2 series. That's when he decided to go a step further...

Fail Series: Inaction

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Jun 8, 2011
Ryan Witt has the kind of openness that I wish every Mixergy interviewee brought to our conversations. Listen to him talk about the damage that inaction did to his non-profit and I bet you'll a part of yourself in it.

Fail Series: Even The Most Experienced Fail

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Jun 6, 2011
In 2010, the Grasshopper Group, a company with a proven tracker record of entrepreneurial success, launched a product that failed. Mike Arsenault, the man behind that product agreed to sit down with me and help me learn from his experience. The product is Spreadable, a word of mouth marketing tool that launched in 2010 and shut down a few months after.

Fail Series: Doing Too Much

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Jun 3, 2011
In school, Scott Gerber ran a production company and he was the guy who could get things done, like the time he landed a plum job to shoot behind the scenes video for Lil' Kim. So after he graduated, it was time to go big. That's when...

Fail Series: “I was losing $1 million every week”

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Jun 2, 2011
Don't read another word of this intro. Just download or watch this interview with James Altucher right now...

Ampush Media Is Crushing It With Facebook PPC

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May 19, 2011
A year ago they were nearly bankrupt. Last month they did over $1 million in revenue. But this isn't a rags-to-riches story that's supposed to inspire you and give you a happy feeling inside. That's more of Oprah's territory...

Turning a Failing Company Around in One Week

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May 5, 2011
Jerome Breche's video discussion company was in big trouble. It couldn't get a single paying customer. Then he and his team did one thing that changed everything...

Why RedTagCrazy Failed

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Apr 22, 2011
Most people will ignore this post because I used the word "failed" in the headline. Don't make the mistake that they'll make. If you only admire successful companies and don't examine the failed ones you won't get a complete understanding of what it takes to build a business. Eric Ingram gave one of the most insightful and useful startup postmortems that I've ever heard. If you listen to this interview, you'll hear how RedTagCrazy generated over $800,000...

How I Turned My Company Around When The Dot Com Bubble Burst

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Mar 28, 2011
While you may know Eric Kuhn as the creator of FoundersCard, a members-only community for leading entrepreneurs and innovators, I think you need to hear how he turned around his previous company. In 1997 Eric founded Varsity Books, and reached a height that few entrepreneurs achieve. He took the online college book seller company public. But soon after...

Tagged: How Focus Lead To 100 Million Members

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Mar 25, 2011
Greg Tseng's lack of focus started with a huge success. Even though he and his co-founder worked on CrushLink part time, they built the crush discovery site into a $2+ million cash cow. Since it didn't take much time to build one profitable company, they thought, why not incubate multiple companies and multiply their success? This is the story of why that approach didn't work. And why focusing on just one company helped them build Tagged into a profitable, 100 million member social network.

He Lost It All. Then He Built A Multimillion Dollar SEO Company

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Mar 3, 2011
Phil LaBoon was the wiz kid who got a lot of press for launching a company that sold breathalyzer keychains. From there he went on to build a real estate company that made millions. But a bad partnership led him to lose it all. That's when he...

Skype’s Early Investor: To Bankruptcy And Back

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Feb 23, 2011
How did Morten Lund go from a net worth that he estimated at $150 million to bankruptcy? More importantly, how did he build it up in the first place? The quick answer to both those questions is confidence. It's something that you'll notice in..

Pangea: The Danger Of Making Too Much Money

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Feb 22, 2011
You wouldn't think that earning too much money would be a danger for a young business, but as this interview shows, if you let it distract you from product development, your revenue could disappear. When Seth Lieberman's Pangea Media racked up over $10 million in annual revenue within 2 years in business, he says...

He Should Have Been Bankrupt. Gone. Then He Made One Dramatic Move

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Jan 28, 2011
Jonathan Benassaya built Connect’In Advertising as a way for brands to buy ads in video games. Then Microsoft, maker of pretty much the only game console that could run ads at the time, bought his competition and took over his market. He had 3 months of cash in the bank and his business was vaporized. That's when he made a dramatic move. Within days, he moved his company to China -- even though he had zero experience with the country -- and rebuilt it. Less than a year later, he sold it to NGI for...

Search-to-Phone’s Co-Founder On Why His Company Failed

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Jan 19, 2011
To help you learn from his experience, Sebastian Replanski did a very open interview about why his TechStars-backed company, Search-to-Phone, failed. One of the reasons I started Mixergy is that books on business success often cheerlead for the winners, but neglect to study failed companies. As a result, they give you only half of an understanding.

Sun Microsystems’ Pioneering Co-Founder Gives A Rare Interview

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Dec 21, 2010
Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystem's co-founder, hasn't given many interviews since his company's $7.4 billion sale to Oracle, but he agreed to spend an hour on Mixergy to talk about: - How he...

RedLaser: How A Company That Nearly Died Sold To eBay

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Dec 2, 2010
How could two guys whose company nearly died end up selling millions of apps and changing the way people use their mobile phones? Hear the stunning story of how they did it.

SlideDeck Founder How To Ensure Profits Before You Launch

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Nov 10, 2010
SlideDeck is a bootstrapped and profitable business that's helping web designers make their content beautiful and user-friendly so they can increase conversions. Chuck Longanecker, SlideDeck's founder, talked very candidly in this interview about why a few of his past products failed, and he explained how he ensured this one would be a hit before he even launched it. Before investing your time building a new product or feature, listen to how Chuck built SlideDeck.

Flowtown: How It Failed Then Succeeded At Creating A Product Customers Love

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Oct 25, 2010
Want to learn how to build a product or feature that customers will love? Learn from the man who got it wrong seven times before finally figuring out the right way to launch. When I interviewed Dan Martell of Flowtown, he told an incredibly useful story about how he kept failing and failing at product development before he finally figured out the right way to do it. I thought it was so helpful that I decided to edit it out of our interview and make it into its own program.

ZURB’s Hit Maker, On What He Learned From A Miss

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Sep 17, 2010
A shocking thing happened when I pre-interviewed Bryan Zmijewski. He talked openly about some mistakes he made with a product he built which failed. It's shocking because most entrepreneurs only want to brag about what's gone well, and it's very rare to find one who's willing to teach us what he learned from setbacks. Bryan is the founder of ZURB, which helped over a hundred start-ups use design and strategy to solve business problems...

Doba: How Shutting A Previous Startup Led To This Hit Business

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Sep 1, 2010
Jeremy Hanks dropped out of school to work on his big idea, which ended up failing. In this interview, you'll hear how that might have been the best thing that ever happened to him. ...

How The Founder Of buzzd Turned Failure Into Triumph At His First Startup

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Aug 30, 2010
In 1999, life seemed great for Nihal Mehta. He raised money for an internet-based city guide after doing little more than scribbling an idea for a dotcom on a napkin. Those were heady days in the business. But then...

How Wild Apricot Became A Hit Only After Its Founder Left Himself No Other Option

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Aug 13, 2010
Before he launched Wild Apricot, the membership platform that now generates $160,000 in monthly sales, Dmitry Buterin tried building another product, which failed. It failed, he says, because it was side-business, which meant couldn't get the attention it deserved. So he did something drastic....

How Line2’s Founder Recovered From A Big Setback And Launched A String Of Hits

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Aug 9, 2010
Today Peter Sisson is the founder of Line2, one of the hottest apps in the iPhone app store because it lets users skip AT&T, reduce their phone bills, and get incredible reception. The business seems to be the latest in a string of successes in Peter's career, including one business that he sold to Microsoft a few months after helping to co-found it. But his first startup suffered the...

VC Discusses His Many Hits, Plus One Miss

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Jul 27, 2010
Back when Starbucks was just a startup, Steven Dietz’s firm invested in it and helped it grow. It also backed Costco, PetSmart, Office Depot, Zany Brainy, Egghead, a number of other well-known brands. In this interview you’ll hear how he co-founded his firm, GRP Partners, and some of...

The Story Of Groupon: From Failure To An Industry-Changing, Profit Machine

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Jul 5, 2010
Andrew Mason dropped out of school when an investor offered to fund a business based on his idea for online collective action and fundraising. He used the money to launch The Point, which failed to get traction. So he pivoted and launched Groupon, which took his original idea for collection...

How The Founder Of Match.com Lost Her Business. (And Went On To Found TRUSTe)

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Jun 23, 2010
This is the story of the woman who launched one of the first online dating sites, back when most people thought the whole concept of online dating was weird. Fran Maier launched Match.com, helped change that perception and built what became one of the most recognized online brands. Then the company was taken away from her. It was ...

Riding The Startup Roller Coaster With The Former CEO of uBid

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Jun 7, 2010
He became a millionaire at 29 when he sold American Express the tech company he founded to modernize the travel industry. Then he helped launch one of the dotcom world's most successful companies, Priceline. He followed that up with Perfect YardSale, Priceline's failed attempt to bring its "name your own price" to yard sale items. The market was worried about internet companies and pushed Priceline to shed non-performing sites, so Perfect YardSale had to go. Later in his career, he...

Lessons From Investing $150,000 In A Site That Didn’t Take Off

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May 10, 2010
Why didn't Ask500People take off? His money was hard-earned, so Aaron Dragushan didn't casually toss $150,000 at his idea for a startup. And he wasn't naive about what it took to build a successful online company. Aaron has been building profitable internet companies since 1998. So what went wrong? The short answer is...

When You’re Ready To Get Past Clichés Like “Never Give Up,” Listen To This

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Apr 26, 2010
Listen around minute 9 of this interview and you'll understand why I think talking about failure is so important. You'll hear how one entrepreneur Brad invested in could have been a salve to the "never give up" cliché, but instead decided to build a successful business. And, since Brad is one of the most admired tech startup investors (Zynga, Return Path, Service Metrics, etc), we spent a lot of time talking about what it takes to build a hit company.

How KISSMetrics Uses The Lean Startup Philosophy

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Apr 22, 2010
Hiten Shah wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars on past business ideas (and you can in this video how painful those losses are to him). Then everything changed...

The Biography Of Union Square Ventures

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Apr 12, 2010
- You'll hear how he researched the thesis that Union Square was built on. - You'll see why he "dumbed down" his ideas when he raised money. - You'll learn how he found his partners. - You'll see how he finds the companies he backed. - And more.

He Raised $25 Million. The Startup Went Bust. He Started A New One. This Is His Story.

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Apr 7, 2010
I pride myself on the fact that Mixergy doesn't just study successful businesses. We also look at the ones that failed. I think it's the only way to get the complete picture of what it takes to build a thriving business. I invited Vahid Razavi to Mixergy because he raised...

How A Big Setback Helped Sunshine Suites Become Profitable

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Apr 2, 2010
The online gaming network he launched was losing money. "I made a lot of mistakes," Cheni Yerushalmi said in this interview. If you listen to it (or watch it, or read it), you'll hear what they were and what he learned from them. But in the setback, he and his partner found an opportunity. They...

How A Mensch Created The $100 Mil Noah’s Bagels After Bouncing Back From A Failure

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Mar 12, 2010
Noah Alper is open about his setbacks. His previous company, which aimed to sell giftware from Israel to born-again Christians, "was a total and absolute failure," he admits. But things change fast for entrepreneurs and just 6 months after he closed that business, he launched Noah's New York Bagels and "had a tiger by the tail."

An Open Casket For EventVue, The Startup That Raised $1/2 Million And Recently Closed

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Feb 15, 2010
If you want to meet one of the heros behind the work I do at Mixergy, watch this interview with Josh Fraser, the entrepreneur whose company recently folded. Why is he a hero? Because he's talking publicly about what he learned from his experience and helping you understand how you can build a stronger company. Anyone can brag about how smart they are after things go well, but the most useful business lessons often go down with the entrepreneurial ship. Not this time!

The “Gut Wrenching” Setbacks Webmail.us Overcame Before They Triumphed And Sold To Rackspace

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Feb 5, 2010
I asked Pat Matthews for an interview because he co-founded Webmail.us and sold it to Rackspace. I spent a lot of time talking about the setbacks along the way, because I knew that if all we talked about was how successful Pat was, I'd get emails thanking me for the motivating story, but it wouldn't be useful enough. I want Mixergy to give you interviews that will embed themselves in your mind and be there for you when you need them most. So I asked Pat to talk openly about the setbacks, about the...

Setback. Setback. Setback. Then (Finally) Success!

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Feb 3, 2010
How quickly would you give up? After one setback? Two? Three? Listen to Herman's experience. See how he got past multiple setbacks that cost him millions and how he finally got his big hit. Better still, learn from his straight-forward advice to you.

Biography Of OpenX, Which Serves Over 1/4 Trillion Ads Per Month

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Dec 15, 2009
Napoleon Hill said that every failure has the seed of an even greater success. We keep seeing that play out in Mixergy interviews. This one offers another great example. Scott Switzer told us how he had to close down a startup that he co-founded. Because he suddenly had free time, when a friend asked him to help find a way to lower his ad serving bills, Scott was able to look into it. That led to...

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