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Building a food company with tech startup methods

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Sep 13, 2017
Today’s guest took all the ideas that have made tech companies into phenomenal, fast-growing businesses–things like minimum viable product and customer development–and he applied them to the food industry. He created a brand that I see in stores all the time. Jon Sebastiani is...

How Nowait modernized the restaurant waitlist (and sold to Yelp for $40M)

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Aug 2, 2017
I hate when I go to restaurants and I get one of those little plastic things that vibrates when my table is ready. I hate them because they don’t fit in my pocket, and I have to stand outside like a schmuck holding this thing in my hand. So when I heard that someone allowed restaurant...

Why sell a profitable company to take a risk on a new one?

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Jul 31, 2017
David Rogenmoser finally had a profitable business. PayFunnels, which allowed businesses to offer hassle free, fast, online payments. How did he do it? And, more strangely, why did he sell it take a risk on a new company, Proof? Proof allows you to boost your website conversions with intelligent...

How Roman Kirsch sold Casacanda 9 months after launch and turned around and built an even bigger company with Lesara

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Jul 17, 2017
How Roman Kirsch sold Casacanda 9 months after launch and turned around and built an even bigger company with Lesara. Roman Kirsch is the founder of Lesara, which is an ecommerce site that sells clothes at a deep discount. Roman Krisch created Lesara back in 2013 and within three years had over...

How did Rhythm Superfoods top $10M in sales in less than 10 years?

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Jul 5, 2017
How did Rhythm Superfoods crush the healthy snack food market and top $10M in sales in less than 10 years? Scott Jensen is a Co-Founder of Rhythm Superfoods which is a healthy snack food brand that offers vegetarian, vegan, non-GMO and organic superfoods. Rhythm Superfoods was launched in 2009...

What didn’t kill Colin Hodge made him stronger

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Jun 30, 2017
In 2013 Colin Hodge was one of the most written about startup founders, because of his company’s suggestive name, Bang with Friends, and because of his masterful use of PR. Then Zynga sued him. Apple banned his app. And he had to lay off everyone on his team. This is the story of how he...

Elite Daily acquired this week. Founder is on Mixergy now.

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Apr 17, 2017
How do you make a real business out of content? I can see how it can help advance a mission but as far as a real business, it seems like software is better way to go. So I’m always shocked when I hear someone has built a successful media company. Today’s guest is Gerard Adams. In 2011 he...

How Craig Malloy built and sold Lifesize for $405M (and then bought it back)

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Apr 12, 2017
Joining my today is a man who started a company, sold it, and is now running it again. Craig Malloy is the founder of Lifesize which provides enterprise and business class audio, video and web conferencing solutions. I invited him here to tell me how he built it and why it succeeded.

How getting burned by a developer inspired SD Squared Labs

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Feb 21, 2017
Joining me today is Sachin Dev Duggal. I know him as the guy who created Nivio, a company that actually let you get Windows apps on your freaking iPad, and it was all legal. It was this beautiful thing. People loved it. And he sold it. I thought we were going to do an interview about that and...

How a jerky founder learned to lead with emotional intelligence

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Jan 16, 2017
Today’s guest says that at one point in his life, he was a real ass. He says he was pushy and insistent on his approach until he discovered a better way. I initially invited him here just to talk about his business but I had no idea he’d be open to talking about that and the issues he had...

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...

How Attractive World founder sold a “hard-to-exit” dating site

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Jan 11, 2017
A few weeks ago today’s guest sold his company but one of the fascinating things to me is that it was a dating company. Andrew Chen wrote an article about why investors don’t fund dating sites. They have built in churn because once you match someone they no longer need the site, dating has...

How Chip Baker got into the business of marijuana

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Dec 12, 2016
Before I tell you about today’s guest, I want to tell you that I was watching the election results and saw that marijuana was legalized in California. I didn’t sit back and say, “Great, now I can smoke.” I said, “Great. I wonder who is building a business that is going to profit from...

What changes after a $50,000,000 cash exit?

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Nov 23, 2016
Back in 2013 I got an email from Jason Nazar announcing that his company DocStoc was being acquired by Intuit. But what was interesting to me was how he started the company back in 2006 as a site that helped you embed your documents on other sites, like MySpace. But the world changed and...

How Kit became a pioneer in the bot revolution

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Nov 18, 2016
Check out this scenario for today’s interview. Imagine you have a Shopify store and you want to sell more of your product. So you grab your phone, but instead of opening up an app, you actually text Kit. And you’ll get a response with a few options: Market a new or existing product, run a...

How Drip started as a widget and was acquired by Leadpages for a life-changing sum

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Nov 2, 2016
I’m really excited to have today’s guest on. This is a guy who has started things like MicroConf and Micropreneur Academy and he’s just been plugging away, bootstrapping from his house. The stuff he creates is high quality, the people he works with love him and have life-changing...

How to stay competitive when Elon Musk and Peter Thiel are gunning for you

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Oct 31, 2016
Matt Gillin, the guy you’re about to meet, started a business and very quickly had two big competitors—people who you already know. Elon Musk and Peter Thiel. And both of those guys came gunning for him. The way he dealt with that onslaught and the way he created his company allowed him to...

Sam Altman on Y Combinator, Loopt & Work Habits

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Oct 24, 2016
Sam Altman is the President of YC Group, which oversees Y Combinator, the seed investment firm that has funded 1,500 startups with a combined value of $80 billion. (Late applications accepted here.) Before that, Sam founded Loopt, a location-based software company. My goals for this interview...

How a hippie raised in the woods of Maine coded (and sold) Infoactive

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Sep 2, 2016
Joining me today is an entrepreneur who really did not have a tech background. She had a hippie background that I’m so excited to talk about. But what’s even more interesting is the thing that she did to get into tech world and the startup world. It was something that shows what she’s...

Growth systems used by churches that you can apply to your business

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Aug 15, 2016
What’s interesting to me is that I keep thinking of businesses as serving the same groups of customers. And maybe that feeling inside me has been exaggerated since I moved to San Francisco where it feels like everyone is trying to create a consumer-based business for the same group of...

Three companies, three successes. Here’s how…

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Aug 5, 2016
Starting a company is really hard. Succeeding at a company is really hard. So when I find someone who’s done it three times, built three successful companies, I want to understand how he did it. That’s exactly what Travis Schneider did. Travis is the guy who first founded StarBrand...

How Caren Merrick started WebMethods in her basement and helped build it to a public company that sold for $546 million

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Jun 8, 2016
A few weeks ago, I got an email back from one of our fans who said, “I heard this interview you did and I thought maybe I should volunteer to do an interview.” As I read her backstory, I couldn’t believe how much she’d done and I said to the team, “Find a way....

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 to sell something other than your time

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May 2, 2016
If you’ve been listening to Mixergy for long enough, you probably know today’s guest came on a while back to teach a course. Just before we recorded the course, he said, “Andrew, this is private but I sold my company.” But he swore me to secrecy and I take that stuff very...

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...

How Dan Engel built FastSpring with $30K

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Apr 15, 2016
Back in 2011 I was doing this and I interviewed an entrepreneur who bootstrapped his company. At the time his revenue was $45 million–a lot of hustle, a lot of phone calls, a lot of posts online and he got it to $45 million in sales. And today he’s back. He grew the company bigger. I...

How to find a qualified niche (so you can sell without the hardsell)

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Apr 8, 2016
Today’s guest is a guy who used to sell door to door until he started his own company from scratch. He later sold that company for $16.8 million and decided to teach people to sell without hard selling. Matthew Pollard is The Rapid Growth Guy where he helps you find a business niche and...

How Ellen Rubin’s CloudSwitch got big businesses to adopt the cloud

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Apr 6, 2016
Do you remember back in 2008 when you were all excited about the cloud? Well back then the founder you’re about to meet, Ellen Rubin, noticed that big businesses were intrigued by the cloud. They were curious about it, but they couldn’t jump in the way that you and I could when we...

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 Gizmodo creator Peter Rojas left to launch Engadget with Jason Calacanis

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Mar 16, 2016
There was a period where I was turning my back on technoloIy, on the internet and I just felt like, “Ah, who cares?” I was living in Venice Beach and just enjoying life. Then I started reading these gadget blogs. Engadget was my favorite. I couldn’t stop hitting refresh on the...

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....

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...

GetApp’s business solution was so good that Google copied it

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Jan 18, 2016
Today’s guest realized that you could create a directory of software that businesses need. You could have ratings and reviews—and business would make buying decisions based on it. That’s it! There’s his business. Christophe Primault started the business in 2010 with a cofounder and 2015...

The startup challenges even a PROVEN entrepreneur faces

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Dec 9, 2015
In this interview you'll hear what Prompt.ly did to keep customers....

How a legendary entrepreneur sold his superstore to Barnes and Noble for $40M

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Nov 23, 2015
In 1982 today's guest pioneered the book superstore when he founded Bookstop...

How a 24-year-old sold his INC 5000 company and became an “anti-entreprenuer” – Jonathan Levi

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Oct 5, 2015
Today's guest wanted to buy auto parts online and couldn't do it properly. The process really stunk. So, he created...

How Jim Fowler sold his company to Salesforce for $175M

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Jun 12, 2015
When I started doing interviews, if there was someone I wanted to reach out to and didn't know them, I was either out of luck or...

How Will Bunker bootstrapped and sold the Internet’s first major dating site

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May 15, 2015
When I first went online, I remember talking to someone and saying, "I see your website but how are you making any money?"

How Aaron Epstein launched and sold Creative Market in only 15 months

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Apr 8, 2015
One of the coolest benefits of launching a startup after you build a community is...

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