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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...

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