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How to systemize idea validation

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Dec 27, 2017
If you want to launch a new product but you want to figure out if it will even work before you launch it, today’s guest has found a way to help. Thor Ernstsson is the founder of Alpha which helps teams make better decisions based on users, products, and new markets. Here’s what that...

The pivot that saved Skillshare

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Dec 13, 2017
I love learning from business and learning from how they grow. One of the companies I’ve watched over the years is Skillshare. They started with in-person events which I thought would give them an advantage over all the similar businesses teaching online. But then they pivoted, which told me...

When does a startup founder need a COO?

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Nov 22, 2017
A topic we don’t talk about on Mixergy is how to actually manage a company. I remember when I was in NYU as an undergrad I loved all my business classes, but management just didn’t feel like me. I always thought of the guys in Dilbert but entrepreneurs were the ones who were...

How do you scale company culture?

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Nov 6, 2017
Today I have Jeff Epstein, the founder of Ambassador, who I interviewed about four years ago. Since I last had him on Ambassador has grown 5x. I want to find out how he’s grown and scaled his team. I want to spend a lot of time talking about company culture for a business that has grown so...

Magento founder Yoav Kutner on open-source products

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Nov 3, 2017
Today’s guest and his team created Mageneto, a commerce software so many of my guests say they used to build their sites. They sold to eBay and Yoav, who’s here today, wrote a nasty post about eBay which he later removed. I want to find out about that. I also want to find out how he went...

How childhood homelessness and the military made Jake Hare a better founder

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Oct 30, 2017
There are a few things that make today’s guest unique. He’s an entrepreneur building a consulting agency catering to unfunded startups. He was also homeless at one point and I want to find out how that influenced how he thinks about money and business. Lastly, I want to know how he...

SunFrog, the $100M dollar, bootstrapped t-shirt platform

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Sep 27, 2017
I’m involved in the tech world and I have never heard of today’s guest or his company. I was a little doubtful when I saw my team’s research. I said, “How can a company this big exist and I haven’t heard about them?” He’s had no outside funding as far...

Case Study: Hiring a salesperson

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Aug 25, 2017
There’s a pattern that I noticed and I want to understand it a little bit better. The pattern is that successful entrepreneurs start out by understanding a specific customer pain, often by experiencing that pain themselves. Then they create a solution in the form of software that solves...

Can’t find a pain point? There’s another way to find your biz idea…

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Aug 18, 2017
I’ve noticed entrepreneurs will see a big problem in the world and they’ll create a business to address the pain point and capitalize on it. Today’s guest says he explicitly did not do that. He put down a list of criteria for what he wanted in a business and started thinking...

How did a global company grow without systemizing?

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Aug 7, 2017
I’ve been emailing back and forth with a Mixergy fan who said his revenues were over $10M. He told me in private how much pain he was in because the systems that ran his business weren’t working like they should have. Mario Nawfal is the founder of Athena Group, a collection of companies...

How Influenster is on pace to hit $18M seven years after launch

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Jul 26, 2017
How did a review site grow so fast that it will hit $18M seven years after launching? Elizabeth Scherle and Aydin Acar are the founders of Influenster which is an app that has millions of product reviews that allow people to like learn and talk about products. Influenster had $11M in revenue in...

How YouSendIt evolved to Hightail to adapt to a changing world

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Jun 9, 2017
I get shivers as I think about today’s guest, because I remember when I first used his software to send files before I even started Mixergy. The company did really well but they really needed to evolve because the world changed. It became easier and easier to send large files. Big companies...

How Jesse Genet launched a packaging company that got the attention of YC

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Jun 7, 2017
Why did Y Combinator, the backers of Airbnb and Reddit and Dropbox and Stripe, invest in a packaging company? That’s what I want to find out in today’s interview. Joining me today is Jesse Genet, the founder of Lumi. Lumi streamlines the supply chain by finding the best packaging...

How the Contently marketplace found super-growth by adding software

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May 8, 2017
Today I have the story of a founder who built a marketplace, but what makes this guest so interesting is that his company added software in addition to the marketplace. And it was the software that helped his company grow 10x. Joe Coleman is the founder of Contently which empowers brands to...

How do you grow from a successful business to a mega successful business?

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Apr 7, 2017
I have an interview today with a founder whose company I profiled back in 2014. The company was big back then but it’s grown and I want to know how. Origin stories are always interesting but I want to hear about growth. David Ciccarelli is the founder of Voices.com, an online marketplace...

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 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...

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...

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 a list nerd grew Ranker.com to 27,000,000 monthly visitors

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Jan 6, 2017
I was a jerk to today’s guest years ago. Here’s what happened. About six years ago, Clark Benson came on to do an interview with me and was really excited about this company he had just launched. It was called Ranker, but I didn’t want to talk to you about it. What I wanted to...

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