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Mantry: A food subscription case study

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May 1, 2017
I never would have imagined that sending food to customers on a regular basis could be a business that would support more than one person. But I’ve been doing these interviews long enough to have talked to several entrepreneurs who send food out as subscription and actualy grow it into a real...

How physical products convert to online continuity membership sales

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Apr 10, 2017
Today’s guest sells things like flashlights but apparently the big revenue doesn’t come from the flashlights but the continuity service he sells afterwards. So, you buy a flashlight and you sign yourself up for some kind of membership where he charges you on a regular basis for content he...

Can a print newsletter be profitable?

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Aug 19, 2016
This interview I’m going to be talking to someone who I’ve been hearing so much about internally at Mixergy, especially from my mentor, who’s a huge fan and a subscriber.

How simplicity helped Joel Holland grow Video Blocks to $20,000,000+

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Jul 11, 2016
Here is an entrepreneur who started shooting video and realizing that he was at a disadvantage… The reason that a lot of video we watch online and on television so interesting is that they have all these different shots. They don’t just start off with a scene. They start off with...

Former Apple Designer Now Works As A Pickle

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Jul 6, 2016
Russ Perry did this interview wearing the pickle costume that he often wears these days. He quit working at Apple because he wanted to spend more time with his daughter. To make money, he started a consulting company, which he hated. That’s when he came up with his big idea, Design Pickle....
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How to grow your audience (Using an Ambassador Program)

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May 3, 2016
  Mixergy Premium members, you know that this is completely different from how I usually create courses for you. I’m sure you’ve noticed: I’m obsessed with the substance of...

How a guy used hardcore couponing to build a lifestyle biz

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Apr 29, 2016
When I met today’s guest on a podcasting cruise, he told me, “Andrew, I did this thing where I built up a business getting a lot of press.” I was curious. How does a guy that I’ve never heard of get so much press? After he told me I said, “Dude, you’ve got...

LeadPages founder on why you should be embarrassed by your first launch

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Apr 25, 2016
Joining me today is Clay Collins. He’s a guy who, back in 2012, came on to say that listening to Mixergy interviews inspired him to go from creating information products to creating software. At the time he only had two pieces of software that weren’t even connected into a company but he...

How to go from 0 to 75K subscribers in 6 months

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Feb 26, 2016
I’ll let you guys in on a little secret–one of the reasons why I ask great questions here on Mixergy is before I get the guest on, I often ask their friends, I ask their competitors, I ask people in the audience “What do you want to know about this guy? What should I be...
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Create predictable revenue (By adopting the subscription model)

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Oct 27, 2015
In his Mixergy course, John gives you his complete, step-by-step system...

How to launch your startup in seven days

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Oct 12, 2015
Today's guest has been trying to be a successful founder for years. He almost ran out of money and decided to do something drastic...

How SimplerTrading quadrupled membership

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Aug 14, 2015
Joining me is a guy who saw an investor newsletter and said to himself, "I could create and sell something like this..."

How Steve Chou built an auto-responder that was so successful his wife could quit her job

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Aug 3, 2015
Steve Chou runs a site called My Wife Quit Her Job, where he talks about the entrepreneurial story he's gone through...

How Dana Severson built a $100k business in six months for less than $100

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Jun 29, 2015
I don't want to give people the impression that today's guest is now sitting on a beach somewhere and life is easy. He's still in the hunt for bigger business...
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How to Grow your membership

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May 19, 2015
All the software companies are doing it. Companies who make physical products are doing it, too. So are consultants and coaches. Heck, even local small businesses like florists and hairdressers are starting to do this. And it’s what Mixergy is based on...

Why Couchsurfing founder Casey Fenton is unfazed by competitors like Airbnb

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Mar 30, 2015
Imagine in 2003 telling someone that there's a Web site you can use when you travel to find someone who'll let you sleep on their couch. The idea would have seemed absurd to most people, but not today's guest...

How Scribd evolved into a new opportunity by listening to users

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Feb 9, 2015
Last time I did an interview with a cofounder of Scribd, the company was...

How talking to customers can turn a company around

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Jan 28, 2015
Today's guest ran a company that was based on the wrong idea and it wasn't working. Then he did one thing...
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Generate 200% more traffic (Through referral campaigns)

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Jan 20, 2015
If your business is pulling six figures every month, you have to be on the right track, right?

How a 4th grade teacher built a $20K/mo blog

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Sep 29, 2014
This interview is about how a 4th grade teacher who wasn't really into reading blogs ended up building a profitable blog herself...

Danielle Morrill opens up about how she built Mattermark

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Sep 26, 2014
I've been trying to do this interview for a long time because frankly I've been hearing a lot about...

How a Mixergy fan built a profitable e-commerce site

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Sep 10, 2014
Jordan Gal built and sold YCA Shops, a collection of stores that sold niche products like solar lights and hammocks. Today he runs...

How a reluctant entrepreneur gained 500k users and instant profitability

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Aug 25, 2014
Joining me is an entrepreneur who says that he didn't start out wanting to become an entrepreneur but he ended up...

How John Gallagher went from food stamps to building a successful business

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Aug 8, 2014
This interview is part of my series of interviews with entrepreneurs who have...

How a non-tech founder launched an online business selling the simplest product imaginable

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Jul 7, 2014
I'm known for interviewing the founders of cutting edge tech companies, like Dropbox, Airbnb & SendGrid, but today....

How to sell a physical product on a subscription basis

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Jun 25, 2014
In all interviews that I've done, if I talk to an entrepreneur who has a subscription based business, it's almost always a subscription that sells content or software, but...

How to validate your idea by finding your own pain

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Jun 2, 2014
This is the story of a founder who built a profitable company which he sold, and he did it all because he discovered ...

Membership Series: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

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May 28, 2014
This interview is part of my series of conversations with entrepreneurs who built membership sites...

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...
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How to grow sales (By using database marketing)

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Apr 1, 2014
Dan shows you how to use database marketing to turn prospects into customers, make existing customers feel special, and find partners to continue bringing value to your best customers...

Membership Series: How to create a membership site for Internet marketing

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Mar 28, 2014
After talking to the audience, I think there are a few people who want to build membership sites and improve them. Even those of you who...

Membership Series: How to build a membership site right

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Mar 17, 2014
When I decided to build my business and focus my life on membership sites, I knew that if I was going to create content, I'd have to...

CEO Burnout. Why Moz Might Get a New Leader

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Dec 16, 2013
Part way through the interview, I noticed something in Rand Fishkin's voice, so I asked him...

FurtherEd: “Going After Professionals Who Have Money And A BIG Need”

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Jul 8, 2013
How does a founder build a multimillion dollar business that sells education online?

Common Craft: Weaning A Business That’s Totally Dependent On Its Founder

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Apr 24, 2013
I want to find out how Lee went from running a business that depended on his voice, time, and presence to...

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?

Dyrand: What Would You Do If Your Employees Turned On You?

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Nov 28, 2012
What would you do if your employees turned on you? Today's guest says it happened to him, and you won't believe what he did next...

Bluefire Poker: Getting (And Keeping) Customers Who Love To Pay For Their Membership

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Sep 12, 2012
You're not well known, but you need star power to get people to pay attention to your product. What do you do? Today's guest found an interesting solution to it that just might apply to you...

KATG: How Does A Podcast Charge For Content That Used To Be Free?

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Mar 5, 2012
In a world that believes that information wants to be free, how does a comedy duo have the nerve to charge?! Chemda is the co-host of Keith and the Girl, a comedy podcast. Five months ago, the show added a paid membership component, which FORCES its fans to pay...

SkillPages: How The Biggest Marketplace You Never Heard Of Was Built

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Feb 27, 2012
How do you build a marketplace - where you need both buyers and sellers to show up at the same time?

Zaarly: How To Get 100,000 Subscribers In 3.5 Months

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Jan 2, 2012
Bo Fishback is the cofounder of Zaarly, a marketplace that changes the way people buy goods and services locally. In this interview you'll learn the story of how Zaarly started right out of the gate, balanced two markets, and got 100,000 subscribers in the first few months.

HelloWallet: 0 to 300,000 Paid Subscribers In 5 Months

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Nov 29, 2011
How does a financial guidance application get over 300,000 paid subscribers? Matt Fellowes is the founder of HelloWallet, which helps workers track and manage their personal finances. It's aim is to be...

Increase Your Conversions. Get Recurring Revenue. Sell Your Business.

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Oct 25, 2011
If you watch any of my hundreds of interviews you know that I usually have one big goal for the interview and then we spend an hour on it. But I can’t do that this time. I’ve got Anne Holland with me, the woman who...
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Maximizing Retention

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Oct 10, 2011
Noah Fleming heard that website members usually leave after just three months, so he learned how to hold onto members long-term and helped more than 500 online marketers improve their membership retention and profits. It was all done by maximizing membership retention, so we invited him to teach you how to do it.

Graph Paper Press: Know When Not To Go Freemium

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Aug 29, 2011
How does a theme maker bootstrap to over $1 million in sales? Joining me is Thad Allender, founder of Graph Paper Press, which develops website designs for creatives using WordPress. I invited him to tell the story of how he built his company.

MapMyFitness: Structuring A Company To Last 30+ Years

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Jul 26, 2011
Robin Thurston has a vision to create a history for MapMyFitness users with the fitness data they've shared over the decades. Here's the story of how he built a revenue model focused on longevity and how he reconciled that model in spite of short sighted competitors popping up and diverting users...
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Building Membership Sites from the Ground Up

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Jun 21, 2011
Daniel Himel knew that membership websites flop if they don’t attract paying members, so he created a popular community and signed 800 members each paying $100 a month. It was all done by building a paid community, so we invited him to teach you how to do it.
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Mixergy How-To Guide: Get Your First 100,000 Email Subscribers

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May 26, 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.

Kajabi: How A Smart Launch Rocketed This Membership Platform

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May 25, 2011
How does a software company go from $0 to $1 million in 5 months? The guys behind Kajabi did it by laying out a clever marketing strategy that...

How Did ZippyKid Do $250k In Its First Year Of WordPress Hosting?

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May 24, 2011
How did Vid Luther get his bootstrapped startup to generate $250,000 within in its first year? By doing anything his customers wanted. Even...
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Mixergy Premium: Membership Sites

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May 19, 2011
Stu McLaren, creator of the hugely successful WishList Member membership software and the founder of a few highly profitable membership sites himself on top of that, shares his strategies and techniques for growing your membership site.

LivingSocial’s Founder: A Multimillion Dollar Hit Is Not Enough

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May 12, 2011
Did you know that Tim O’Shaughnessy ran a startup that did 7-figures a month and he sacrificed it? Before LivingSocial was the popular discount site you see today, it was a successful business that built apps on the Facebook platform. "So," I asked him, "why did you push that business aside?" Because he...

How Carbonite Got Over 1 Million Paying Backup Customers

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Apr 29, 2011
How do you pioneer a new category and grow to over 1 million customers? Joining me in this interview is David Friend, co-founder of Carbonite, the cloud-based backup solution that works automatically. I invited him to Mixergy to hear how he built the business.

Liberate Yourself By Building A Company That’s “Built To Sell”

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Apr 28, 2011
How do you make sure that you're building a real business instead of just creating an overwhelming full-time job for yourself? John Warrillow says build your business with its sale in mind. John used that mindset to transform his company, Warrillow & Co, from boutique consultancy into a...

RocketTheme: Over $2 Mil Per Year Selling Themes

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Apr 12, 2011
How do you build a profitable business selling themes? That's what I invited Andy Miller, founder of RocketTheme, to learn. RocketTheme sells themes on a subscription basis, is bootstrapped and generates over $2 million in annual sales. While it's known for its Joomla! themes, RocketTheme also has a robust collection of themes for other publishing platforms, like WordPress.

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.

Rent The Runway: From Idea to 750,000 Members

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Mar 15, 2011
How do you take an idea that no one's ever heard of before and make it into a business with 750,000 members? I invited Jennifer Hyman & Jennifer Fleiss of Rent The Runway to Mixergy so we could learn they did it. Their innovative idea was to create a site that lets its members rent dresses and accessories at a fraction of the price of purchasing them. This is the story of how they tested, built and grew their vision.

CityVoter: Using Voting To Get 2+ Mil Members

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Feb 24, 2011
How do you grow your site's membership without blowing tons of money on marketing? Josh Walker came up with a clever idea that I think you can learn a lot from. Listen to this interview to see how he used voting (and smart partnerships with well-known media outlets) to make CityVoter into a directory of local businesses that has over 2 million members.

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...

Care2: How A Do-Gooder Site Got 14 Million Members

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Feb 1, 2011
14 million sounds like just another number. To really understand the size of Care2's membership base, compare it to the number of members your site has. Now, if you're the typical Mixergy fan, you're probably wondering, how can I make my membership as large as Care2's? That's the focus of this interview.

How StartupDigest Got 100k Email Subscribers in One Year

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Jan 26, 2011
Getting average internet users to give up their email addresses is easy. You just offer a free ring tone or Brintney Spears computer wallpaper and they hand over their addresses. With tech founders, on the other hand, you have to earn every ounce of trust and work hard for every single email. Which is why I think it's so impressive that StartupDigest, an upstart that's been around for about a year, managed to grow its email list to 100,000 subscriptions.

How aSmallWorld’s Founder Built A Curated Community

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Jan 5, 2011
Most entrepreneurs who launch communities can hardly get anyone to join them. When Erik Wachtmeister launched aSmallWorld, the opposite happened. More people wanted to join than he was willing to let in. I invited him to teach how he built such a sought-after community, and how...

JackThreads: Bootstrapped, Profitable & Sold

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Dec 31, 2010
How does a bootstrapped entrepreneur hustle to build a profitable company? That's what you'll find out in this interview with Jason Ross, founder of JackThreads, a members-only shopping club that he sold to Thrillist in May. Frankly, even the fact that he...

Unbounce’s Founder On How To Increase Your Landing Page Conversions

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Dec 8, 2010
My goal for this program is to show you how to convert more of your site's users into members or paid customers. To do that, I invited Rick Perreault, co-founder of Unbounce, a tool that makes it dead easy to create and test landing pages.

Praetorian: How It Created 25 Profitable (Very) Exclusive Community Sites

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Nov 30, 2010
I couldn't even get full access to Alex Ford's sites to research this interview. If you don't fall within Praetorian's niches, you don't get full access. Period. Read on to see how they grow each niche site and make it profitable.

Threadless: Growing A Design Community. Selling Millions Of Tshirts

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Nov 18, 2010
Threadless sells tshirts, but if you call it a "tshirt company," you're missing the point. The important part of the business is that it's all community-driven. Community members submit design ideas. Community members vote on those designs. And, after Threadless makes the highest-rated designs into T-shirts, community members buy them. I invited Jake Nickell, the company's founder, to talk about how he built this community and to tell me about his new book, which is also called "Threadless."

How Hacker News Helped Manpacks Take Off

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Nov 1, 2010
Ken Johnson launched Manpacks as a way for men who hate to shop to get underwear by subscription. Good idea, but his site just sat there, unused and unnoticed. Then someone submitted it to Hacker News, the social news site for entrepreneurs, and suddenly "it got us tons of hits on the site," Ken says. The Hacker News audience wasn't a sales windfall for Manpacks, but it gave the site enough traffic to test different marketing ideas and see what increased conversions and it led to coverage in other media...

How Global Personals Limited Bootstrapped To $31 Mil Per Year

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Sep 22, 2010
As you'll hear in this program, Ross Williams bootstrapped his company using credit cards and slowly built it to where it is today, a $31 million per year business whose pool of over 4 million daters gives an instant community to thousands of online dating sites.

How Vital Juice Is Making Email Newsletters Into A Hot Business

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Sep 2, 2010
Remember when I interviewed the founder of Ideal Bite about about how she sold her email newsletter business for a reported $20 million? Jason Baptiste saw it and told me that Vital Juice is backed by the same investor (Pilot Group) and already has a bigger mailing list. So I invited Vital Juice's co-founder Amanda Freeman to do an interview and teach how she built her business and why you should consider giving email more attention.

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