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How a direct-to-customer brand competes with Amazon

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Apr 24, 2017
Ecommerce and direct to customer opportunities have made it possible for companies to build things and sell things we couldn’t have done before the earliest days of the Internet. That’s why I’m excited to bring on today’s guest. Josh Meyer founded a men’s brand, a...

How grassroot parties grew into the non-profit Pencils of Promise

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Apr 21, 2017
I keep seeing Pencils of Promise everywhere. What is this organization and how do they get everywhere? I have the creator here today to find out. Pencils of Promise is the non-profit created by Adam Braun. It helps build schools and increase access to education in developing countries. Adam...

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...

How a food lover launched a new kind of snack

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Apr 5, 2017
I want to find out how today’s guest got a new kind of snack into people’s homes. In this interview you’ll also hear what he did to get into Whole Foods. Vincent Kitirattragarn is the founder of Dang Foods, which makes coconut chips and other whole-food based snacks.

How two rural Kentucky schoolteachers built a life-changing online business

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Mar 31, 2017
Software companies are the kind of businesses I’m usually excited to talk about. But if we don’t understand how other entrepreneurs work, we only have half a picture. What we want to do is pull in ideas from everywhere and bring them back to our companies. Which is why I invited t...

How a former Amazon employee launched an aromatherapy company

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Mar 29, 2017
Today’s guest is a Mixergy listener who sent me an email saying he had built his business and was ready to come on to tell his story. Peter Friis is the founder of ESSIO, which makes the world’s first aromatherapy diffuser for the shower. We’ll talk about what that means and how he did...

How to persuade potential customers into becoming customers

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Mar 24, 2017
You’re about to hear from a woman who has built up a business in a part of the world that you wouldn’t expect. Bushra Azhar is the founder of The Persuasion Revolution, where small businesses make big bucks using the psychology of persuasion. I want to find out how she built her business...

How Shep Gordon turned clients like Alice Cooper into stars

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Mar 22, 2017
You guys are about to meet one of my heroes. I’ve watched his documentary 30 times because I love his creativity so much. Shep Gordon is an American talent manager, Hollywood film agent, and producer. In this interview we’ll talk about he turned clients like Alice Cooper and Luther...

The model for building a business on social media

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Mar 10, 2017
I don’t think in 1000+ interviews I’ve seen someone use social media as well as today’s guests. These guys built up their business using influencers. That’s what they’re good at and it’s how they bootstrapped their business. I invited them here to talk about how they did it. Nik...

How Diego Saez Gil built a smart luggage company into a multi-million dollar company

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Mar 6, 2017
Imagine you’re a venture capitalist looking at investments all day long and this guy from Argentina walks into your office and says, “I’ve got this great idea. It’s luggage.” Luggage? Really? Well, if you continued that conversation–and didn’t run...

How Warby Parker founder built a unicorn

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Mar 1, 2017
Long before starting Mixergy, I lived in New York, where I grew up. I remember going to Austin Street in Queens to buy glasses back when I wore glasses. I thought that by going into the local store and picking out the different brands and shelling out hundreds of dollars. I thought that I was...

How Nick Gray created a $1M business by hacking museum tours

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Feb 24, 2017
I hate to admit it, but I hesitated when someone suggested today’s guest. And you’ll see why when I tell you what he does. Today’s guest is Nick Gray. He is the founder of Museum Hack, which encourages people to explore museums in a new way. I get how that would be fun but I wasn’t sure...

How Lori Taylor is building her company for an exit from day one

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Feb 22, 2017
Today I have an interview with a former sales rep for a printing company who created an commerce company that sells dog food and dog supplements. It’s doing really well so invited her here to talk about how she did it and why we need another site that sells pet food. Lori Taylor is the founder...

Shark Tank’s Daymond John

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Feb 17, 2017
Joining me is Daymond John. He’s one of the stars of Shark Tank, the incredibly popular show where entrepreneurs try to raise money from him and other investors. I heard of Daymond back when I worked for my dad’s store as kid in Brooklynn. One day this guy walked into the store wearing a...

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...

How to get your offline business to grow beyond local

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Jan 18, 2017
I got an email from a listener in the audience who said she had a yoga studio and wanted to know how she could grow it. She wanted to know how to use online ads, and social media like Instagram. My response to her was that maybe those platforms are hard to use for a reason. I thought her market...

The launch story behind The Honest Company

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Nov 14, 2016
Recently I had my second child which means I’ve been chugging soda because I’m up all night. After you have kids there’s this conversation that has never happened before about things like the kind of detergent are you using. My wife told me that we have to use this certain detergent from...

How Kimra Luna built a Facebook group while on welfare and turned a community into a million dollar business

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Oct 3, 2016
I have to be honest with you that today’s guest was someone that was scheduled to do an interview before but I backed out. I backed out because I was a little nervous. I said info marketing or selling education is really tough. We’re about tech, we’re about software. We should...

How a husband and wife turned proofreading into million dollar idea

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Sep 23, 2016
My focus is tech and software entrepreneurs who have big revenues or big exits. Today I’ve got an entrepreneur who’s not exactly tech, but I read about her story in a Business Insider article that was published about a year ago, how she and her husband were traveling through South...

Bouqs will overtake 800-Flowers and FTD

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Sep 14, 2016
If you think that headline is an exaggeration, you should know The Bouqs Company is already doing 10s of millions in annual sales. [insert founder’s name], the flower company’s founder, says his advantage is shipping diredirectly from flower farms to customers. Meanwhile, the...

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...

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...

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...

How flipping one house led to a multi-million dollar company building luxury homes

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Aug 8, 2016
Today I’ve got a non-tech interview for you. I heard about a woman who started flipping homes. She flipped one home–I don’t even know if it was intentional–but she sold it and that got her started on a career that led to her running a company that builds custom homes....

The story behind one of the biggest exits in Spain in 2015

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Jul 15, 2016
Joining me today is an entrepreneur who tried to order some food and it didn’t work out so well. He had very few options, it wasn’t a good experience, and he decided he could do it better. And he did. He did way better. Jose del Barrio started a company called La Nevera Roja—“The Red...

How Jeff Booth went from builder to tech builder with BuildDirect

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Jun 13, 2016
Often what we see are entrepreneurs who find this deep pain that a customer has, sometimes their own, and they find a solution for the problem that causes the pain. That’s what we’ve got here today, an entrepreneur who did just that. His name is Jeff Booth. He’s the founder of...

How Dollar Beard Club is hitting $8M in its first 8 months

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May 25, 2016
I was so skeptical of today’s guest’s revenue that I asked him to show me his Stripe data. He did and as you’ll see in this interview, I was SHOCKED when I saw the numbers. Chris Stoikos says he was the kind of guy who always had trouble focusing on one thing. At the time he...

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 to Become the Leader Your Team is Waiting For”

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May 9, 2016
I get really excited about systems. In fact, we’ve done a series of interviews around systems because frankly I needed it. I needed to organize my company. I just wanted a process. When I was thinking about how to do it, I remembered back to my entrepreneurship class where Professor Craig...

How to use SEO hacks to get proof of concept

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Apr 27, 2016
Joining me today is a Mixergy fan was working at Amazon and had this crazy idea—why not create a product and sell it on Amazon? So he ran a test—which I think is really interesting—and when the test was successful he went for it. He built the business and now Joerg Kundrath is the...

The leaner approach to testing before launching (from a proven outsider)

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Apr 22, 2016
I hate to admit it but I feel like I have this mindset that focuses on the same types of companies over and over again. Meanwhile, I know that there are these big companies that are growing in sectors that I don’t pay any attention to and because I don’t pay any attention to them I’m not...

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 Nick Kullin created a $70,000/month business practically overnight

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Apr 13, 2016
The way I started this interview is just by asking the guest a few questions, the kind of questions I would ask to warm him up to get to know him and to start things off in the right path, a path where my guest is ready to be fully open. I usually do this before the interview official starts...

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 Mark Podolsky built a 7 figure business flipping vacant land

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Mar 4, 2016
We don’t usually cover this topic here on Mixergy, where I usually focus on tech startups. But I’m interested in what today’s guest has built. Mark Podolsky is The Land Geek and offers a course on flipping vacant land. I have to admit, I don’t know that much about buying...

Then and now—A never released interview with Sujan Patel

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Feb 29, 2016
I’m here with an apology, not to you, my listener, but to my guest here today. Joining me is a guy who I recorded an interview with four years ago and I didn’t publish it. It was a great interview and I’m so embarrassed that it wasn’t published. In fact, we were going to...

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...

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 a small denim company got visibility among hundreds of competitors

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Feb 19, 2016
Emilie Whitaker is the co-founder of Beija-Flor, a jeans company that makes jeans for women by women. In this interview you’ll hear how a gift from Emilie’s mom led to a denim company that solved a specific problem for women. The two launched the company from a living room and...

How a sewing class led to a former actress’s successful clothing business

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Jan 11, 2016
Almost all the founders we have on Mixergy are tech entrepreneurs, like the founders of Airbnb, Y Combinator, etc. But I’ve found that when I have non-tech founders on, the audience really connects with them. So today I have for you an actress who started a clothing line. I want to find out...

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