The Gold List: 10 Must-See Interviews of 2014
Here they are, Mixergy’s top 10 MOST VIEWED interviews of 2014. In case you missed them… -AW
How much did Tim Sykes make last year?
with Timothy Sykes
When Tim Sykes was on Mixergy in 2013, the most voted-up comment on his interview said, “This guy seems like such a prick. I feel like Mixergy got a little slimy just from doing this interview.” There were a lot of comments like that, but Tim’s interview was the most listened to interview in all of 2013, and he’s done it again with this year’s interview. I wanted to find out what he’s been up to, what he does to get people so worked up, and whether it converts into sales or it’s just fun.
How selling a simple Excel spreadsheet led to a $4M dollar company
with Jesse Mecham
Most people want to create sophisticated products that work perfectly. But one of the big lessons from the 1000+ interviews on Mixergy is the power of starting with the simplest thing you can possibly create. Jesse Mecham is a founder who created a multi-million dollar software company, and he started by creating and selling a copy of an Excel spreadsheet.
When I started blogging, I went to Copyblogger to learn how to write headlines. I thought that the way that Brian and his company provided education was inspiring, as opposed to so many others at the time, who were just teaching people how to make money quickly by shoving as many affiliate programs in their site as possible. Since then, Copyblogger has added software and service products. Here’s how Brian grew a blog into a multimillion-dollar company.
How 99dresses failed (with three co-founders, funding, and a mentor)
with Nikki Durkin
You know how some women wear outfits a few times and then the outfits just sit in their closet? Well Nikki Durkin founded 99dresses, a company that allowed women to trade fashion items with other users. The site drew thousands of users and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for it, but had to shut down. I invited her to talk about what happened and what she learned from the experience.
How a frat boy who got sued for his first business, built a $3M company selling snacks
with Joseph Winke
Get this. Here’s the idea behind Joseph Winke’s business: You help a healthy person who cares about the ingredients in their food. How? They sign up for a subscription, and Joseph ships them a “surprise” box of healthy snacks. He also has another group of customers: corporate buyers give out those boxes as gifts. I invited him here to tell us how he got his first customer and how he’s grown it to $50,000 a month in revenue.
How a husband and wife grew a self-funded, part-time business to over $8,000,000
with Angie Stocklin
Angie Stocklin is the co-founder of One Click Ventures, which owns a network of online stores. They own Readers.com, which sells reading glasses, Sunglass Warehouse, which sells, as you might’ve guessed, sunglasses. And they own a collection of other sites which includes Scarves.net, Handbag Heaven, ABC Neckties.com. This is the story of a part-time business that turned into a multimillion dollar company.
How to get over the startup fear, and just get started
with Andy Wilkerson
I happened to chat with the founder of ThemeForest, and he told me that quite a few of his designers are making over a million in sales. I asked him to intro me so I could learn from them, and that’s how I met this guest. Andy Wilkerson is the founder of Parallelus, which makes and sells WordPress themes.
How did a 23-year-old manage more than $400K in revenue with his self-published books?
with Nathan Barry
In this interview we found out how an entrepreneur with a habit of not finishing things actually ended up writing and finishing a book. And more importantly, how he turned that book into a real business that produces hundreds of thousands of dollars.
How a 4th grade teacher built a $20K/mo blog
with Lindsay Ostrom
This interview is about how a 4th grade teacher who wasn’t really into reading blogs ended up building a profitable blog herself. Lindsay Ostrom is the founder of Pinch of Yum, a food site that features delicious recipes accompanied by stunning photos. The site is monetized through ads, affiliate programs, and a membership site which her husband runs. We found out how she did it.
How a non-tech founder launched an online business selling the simplest product imaginable
with Brecht Palombo
I’m known for interviewing the founders of cutting edge tech companies like Dropbox, Airbnb, and SendGrid. But this is the story of a non-tech founder who had to find a way to launch an online business. Wait till you see the simple thing he sold when he got started, since he couldn’t code. Brecht Palombo is the founder of Distressedpro.com and the creator of bank prospector is sales intelligence software and shows investors how to acquire the real estate or debt from the banks.