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June 22, 2019
#1780 Marathon Series: Matt Barrie’s Freelancer a global marketplace with $53M in revenued
Where do you find inspiration for launching a company? Sometimes that inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places. Matt Barrie is Founder and CEO of Freelancer which is a global online freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace. When Matt was unable to enlist friends and family to help with a simple task when he was building his mom’s website, his simple job posting on a website looking for help netted immediate results and provided his “ah-ha” moment for launching Freelancer. Matt Barrie is Founder and CEO of Freelancer which is a global online freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. ActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales processes by upgrading to an automated platform. Start sending follow-up that adapts to your customers’ behavior so you are sending the perfect message at the perfect time. You’ll have happier customers and higher conversions. See why over 150,000 marketers use ActiveCampaign to create intelligent marketing that gets better results. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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June 21, 2019
#1779 Nicole Grinnell and Liz Goddard take CC: My Admin to over $1M/yr in two years
What if your business doesn’t need to have full-time workers in the office? Not every business needs to have internal employees. Nicole Grinnell and Liz Goddard are the Founders of CC: My Admin which lets you hire more than just virtual assistants. Nicole and Liz recognized that not every business needed a full-time staff and that some tasks could be handled remotely on a part-time basis and thus the collaborated to create CC: My Admin. Nicole Grinnell and Liz Goddard are the Founders of CC: My Admin which lets you hire more than just virtual assistants. Sponsored byActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales processes by upgrading to an automated platform. Start sending follow-up that adapts to your customers’ behavior so you are sending the perfect message at the perfect time. You’ll have happier customers and higher conversions. See why over 150,000 marketers use ActiveCampaign to create intelligent marketing that gets better results. If you’re with one of their confusing competitors and you want something new, you owe it to your business to check out ActiveCampaign. HostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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June 19, 2019
#1778 Reboot: Jerry Colonna and the pursuit of lemon drops
What do you do when you come to that realization in your life that your pursuits are leaving you with a sense of emptiness? Jerry Colonna is one of the founders of Reboot which offers coaching services for individuals, teams and entire organizations. Jerry’s ah-ha moment was when he realized he was always pursuing the feeling of having enough and that he never was reaching that goal. Now, he helps other founders and entrepreneurs find their fullest potential. Jerry Colonna is one of the founders of Reboot which offers coaching services for individuals, teams and entire organizations. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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June 17, 2019
#1777 Garrett Mehrguth bootstrapped Directive to $10M/yr in revenue
When the biggest consulting firms in the business won’t even let you get your foot in the door, how do you get experience to launch your own firm? Garrett Mehrguth is the founder of Directive which is a lead generation-based search marketing company for B2B enterprise with a focus on SaaS. Garrett lived on a food budget of $12 a day, cleaned toilets and bid jobs on Fiverr all the while learning about search and lead generation so he could launch Directive. Garrett Mehrguth is the founder of Directive which is a lead generation-based search marketing company for B2B enterprise with a focus on SaaS. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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June 15, 2019
#1776 Marathon Series: Rod Bishop’s Jayride is the e-commerce marketplace for traveler transportation
Every traveler is different and every trip is different. There’s no one ground transportation solution to fit everyone. Where do you go to find the best solution for you? Rod Bishop is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Jayride which provides seamless transport experiences for travelers by allowing them to compare and book ground transfers around the world. Jayride reimagines ground transportation by offering an e-commerce marketplace solution for travelers where they can comparison shop just like they do for flights and hotels. Rod Bishop is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Jayride which provides seamless transport experiences for travelers by allowing them to compare and book ground transfers around the world. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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June 14, 2019
#1775 Jason Macek’s Dollar Fulfillment disrupts the product fulfillment industry
Companies looking for product fulfillment services can find themselves mired down by all of the fees involved from shipping to service fees. Does it have to be that complicated? Jason Macek is the Founder of Dollar Fulfillment which offers product fulfillment services for a dollar per order. Jason has bootstrapped Dollar Fulfillment to almost $10 million a year in revenue. Jason Macek is the Founder of Dollar Fulfillment which offers product fulfillment services for a dollar per order. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. HostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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June 12, 2019
#1774 How Julian Shapiro’s Bell Curve does marketing for some of the best tech companies in San Francisco
How does a marketing agency stand out in the crowd and rise above the noise to work with some of the top names in the tech industry? Julian Shapiro is the Founder of Bell Curve which is a marketing agency and training program. Julian uses reverse engineering to determine the patterns that work for specific types of companies in order to develop a growth strategy quickly for the client. Julian Shapiro is the Founder of Bell Curve which is a marketing agency and training program. Sponsored byAhrefs Ahrefs is a full-suite SEO toolset that helps you grow your search traffic, research your competitors and monitor your niche – powered by the best and most complete data in the industry. Sign up for our paid trial at $7 for 7 days Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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June 10, 2019
#1773 Trent Dyrsmid’s Flowster brings sexy to the SOP
A lot of us have a love-hate relationship with Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) documents. Who wants to take the time to document every procedure in your company? Trent Dyrsmid is the Founder of Flowster which automates workflow for companies as a SOP Management Tool. Trent Dyrsmid created SOPs for his own business and when people started asking for their own, that’s when he knew he needed to create his own software and Flowster was born. Trent Dyrsmid is the Founder of Flowster which automates workflow for companies as a SOP Management Tool. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. Pilot – You didn’t start a business to track financial statements or make cash flow spreadsheets. Using Pilot for bookkeeping gives you back the freedom to focus on your business. Pilot does accrual basis bookkeeping in QuickBooks Online, so you’re never locked into a proprietary platform. Plus, you’ll work with the same person each month, so you can rely on them to become an expert in your business. Mixergy listeners get 20% off Pilot Core for 6 months at pilot.com/producthunt. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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June 8, 2019
#1772 Marathon series: Tim Fung’s Airtasker is the TaskRabbit of Australia making $110M in revenue
Finding someone to help you with tasks and errands whether big or small can be challenging. How do you find someone who is reliable? Tim Fung is Co-Founder and CEO of Airtasker which is a services marketplace allowing people to outsource chores and errands to people in their local community. After asking a friend to help him move, Tim was inspired to create Airtasker to create a marketplace for people to connect to have tasks done. Tim Fung is Co-Founder and CEO of Airtasker which is a services marketplace allowing people to outsource chores and errands to people in their local community. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. HostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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June 7, 2019
#1771 How Legion Beats doubled revenue by selling beats to “middle class” musicians
What if your dream of “making it big” doesn’t pan out? Do you fold your cards and call it quits? Gabe Schillinger is the CEO, Producer and Engineer behind Legion Beats which offers quality beats and hooks, mixing and mastering and promo. Out of desperation when his musical aspirations seemed to hit the skids, Gabe started selling beats online and discovered a whole new breed of “middle class musicians”. Gabe Schillinger is the CEO, Producer and Engineer behind Legion Beats which offers quality beats and hooks, mixing and mastering and promo. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. Pilot – You didn’t start a business to track financial statements or make cash flow spreadsheets. Using Pilot for bookkeeping gives you back the freedom to focus on your business. Pilot does accrual basis bookkeeping in QuickBooks Online, so you’re never locked into a proprietary platform. Plus, you’ll work with the same person each month, so you can rely on them to become an expert in your business. Mixergy listeners get 20% off Pilot Core for 6 months at pilot.com/producthunt. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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June 5, 2019
#1770 How Amy Porterfield does marketing without communicating like a marketer
Developing a marketing strategy that is successful can be a painful and intimidating process. What’s the secret of successful marketing? Amy Porterfield teaches business owners, educators and entrepreneurs the profitable action steps for building a highly-engaged email list, creating online training courses, and using online marketing strategies to sell with ease. Amy is making $5M a year in revenue with her Digital Course Academy. Amy Porterfield teaches business owners, educators and entrepreneurs the profitable action steps for building a highly-engaged email list, creating online training courses, and using online marketing strategies to sell with ease. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. HostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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June 3, 2019
#1769 Max Makeev is fixing video conferencing for the remote employee with Owl Labs
We all know that the video conferencing tools that are out there make video conferencing a painful experience. How do you make video conferencing a helpful, inclusive experience? Max Makeev is a Co-Founder of Owl Labs which offers a 360-degree smart video conferencing camera. Max Makeev and his Co-Founder, Mark Schnittman created a 360-degree all-in-one vieo conferencing device that centers virtual conferencing around remote participants. Max Makeev is a Co-Founder of Owl Labs which offers a 360-degree smart video conferencing camera. Sponsored byPilot – You didn’t start a business to track financial statements or make cash flow spreadsheets. Using Pilot for bookkeeping gives you back the freedom to focus on your business. Pilot does accrual basis bookkeeping in QuickBooks Online, so you’re never locked into a proprietary platform. Plus, you’ll work with the same person each month, so you can rely on them to become an expert in your business. Mixergy listeners get 20% off Pilot Core for 6 months at pilot.com/producthunt. Ahrefs Ahrefs is a full-suite SEO toolset that helps you grow your search traffic, research your competitors and monitor your niche – powered by the best and most complete data in the industry. Sign up for our paid trial at $7 for 7 days More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 31, 2019
#1768 How ToutApp went from near-death to being acquired by Marketo
Long before TK Kader sold ToutApp, the company almost died. What sent the company on the downward spiral and how did they recover? TK Kader is the Founder of the ToutApp which is a sales engagement software platform. After a board meeting where the members told TK to cut the company down to 15 people, TK refused to accept that ultimatum and ended up with the largest quarter in company history. TK Kader is the Founder of the ToutApp which is a sales engagement software platform. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. Pilot – You didn’t start a business to track financial statements or make cash flow spreadsheets. Using Pilot for bookkeeping gives you back the freedom to focus on your business. Pilot does accrual basis bookkeeping in QuickBooks Online, so you’re never locked into a proprietary platform. Plus, you’ll work with the same person each month, so you can rely on them to become an expert in your business. Mixergy listeners get 20% off Pilot Core for 6 months at pilot.com/producthunt. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 29, 2019
#1767 How Krish Subramanian’s Chargebee cures the headaches of subscription billing
Figuring out the intricacies of allowing special offers with subscription billing is the stuff nightmares are made of. What do you do if you don’t have the time or the coding ability to figure that out? Krish Subramanian is a Co-Founder and CEO of Chargebee which is a subscription management and billing solutions system. Krish Subramanian and his three Co-Founders realized the need for simplifying subscription billing and set about solving it with the creation of Chargebee. Krish Subramanian is a Co-Founder and CEO of Chargebee which is a subscription management and billing solutions system. Sponsored byAhrefs Ahrefs is a full-suite SEO toolset that helps you grow your search traffic, research your competitors and monitor your niche – powered by the best and most complete data in the industry. Sign up for our paid trial at $7 for 7 days Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 27, 2019
#1766 Chris Ronzio streamlines the onboarding and training process with Trainual
When a new employee joins your company, do you find the onboarding process to be cumbersome and time-consuming? Chris Ronzio is the CEO and Founder of Trainual, which is a modern training platform for fast growing businesses. Trainual takes the headache out of the onboarding process and puts it into a modern training platform and grew the company from $10k/month to $100k/month in just 7 months time. Chris Ronzio is the CEO and Founder of Trainual, which is a modern training platform for fast growing businesses. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. Ahrefs Ahrefs is a full-suite SEO toolset that helps you grow your search traffic, research your competitors and monitor your niche – powered by the best and most complete data in the industry. Sign up for our paid trial at $7 for 7 days More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 24, 2019
#1765 How to kill the pitchfest (and still run a profitable event)
A while back I flew to DC for a Mastermind Conference with Joe Soto. And what was interesting to me was that the event was profitable for him. It took a lot of strategizing to make sure the event wasn’t a loss. Well, today’s guest helped him with that. I want to find out how he does it. Andrew is the co-creator of The SAM Event which is is a 2 day event with speakers and entertainers talking about Sales, Advertising and Marketing. Andrew is the co-creator of The SAM Event which is is a 2 day event with speakers and entertainers talking about Sales, Advertising and Marketing. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. ActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales processes by upgrading to an automated platform. Start sending follow-up that adapts to your customers’ behavior so you are sending the perfect message at the perfect time. You’ll have happier customers and higher conversions. See why over 150,000 marketers use ActiveCampaign to create intelligent marketing that gets better results. If you’re with one of their confusing competitors and you want something new, you owe it to your business to check out ActiveCampaign. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 22, 2019
#1764 Rand Fishkin on how to amplify authentic promotion
I’ve interviewed Rand Fishkin several times and I’ve been beating myself up about a question I asked. I’ve got to bring it up in this interview. Rand Fishkin is the founder of SparkToro which allows you to discover all the sources that influence your audience. I invited him here to talk about marketing because he’s so good at it. Rand Fishkin is the founder of SparkToro which allows you to discover all the sources that influence your audience. Sponsored byPilot – You didn’t start a business to track financial statements or make cash flow spreadsheets. Using Pilot for bookkeeping gives you back the freedom to focus on your business. Pilot does accrual basis bookkeeping in QuickBooks Online, so you’re never locked into a proprietary platform. Plus, you’ll work with the same person each month, so you can rely on them to become an expert in your business. Mixergy listeners get 20% off Pilot Core for 6 months at pilot.com/producthunt. Ahrefs – Ahrefs is a full-suite SEO toolset that helps you grow your search traffic, research your competitors and monitor your niche – powered by the best and most complete data in the industry. Sign up for our paid trial at $7 for 7 days More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 20, 2019
#1763 How Ryan Deiss turned Traffic and Conversion Summit (and digital marketing) into a real business
Ryan Deiss is the founder of a Traffic & Conversion, a conference for digital marketers. He is also the founder of DigitalMarketer which offers tools and training for digital marketers. A few years ago I went to the Traffic & Conversion Summit for the first time. I bought a ticket not expecting to go to any of the sessions, but I bought a ticket wanting to meet people there. But I underestimated the size of the business and the legitimacy of digital marketing at the time. I want to undo that assumption today and learn how Ryan became one of the best marketers out there. Ryan Deiss is the founder of a Traffic & Conversion, a conference for digital marketers. He is also the founder of DigitalMarketer which offers tools and training for digital marketers. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. Pilot – You didn’t start a business to track financial statements or make cash flow spreadsheets. Using Pilot for bookkeeping gives you back the freedom to focus on your business. Pilot does accrual basis bookkeeping in QuickBooks Online, so you’re never locked into a proprietary platform. Plus, you’ll work with the same person each month, so you can rely on them to become an expert in your business. Mixergy listeners get 20% off Pilot Core for 6 months at pilot.com/producthunt. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 18, 2019
#1762 Marathon Series: Cuponatic sets out to be the Groupon of Chile
Entrepreneurship requires a driving passion but what happens when your company is taken to the brink of bankruptcy? Christian Real Bernouin is a Co-Founder of Cuponatic which is an e-commerce marketplace that offers different daily deals on products, services, and getaways. In 2012, Cuponatic was faced with the prospect of bankruptcy. Now, in 2019, it is hitting $5M in revenue annually. Christian Real Bernouin is a Co-Founder of Cuponatic which is an e-commerce marketplace that offers different daily deals on products, services, and getaways. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 17, 2019
#1761 Whispli: Born from Sylvain Mansotte’s experience of blowing the whistle on $20M fraud
How do you provide a way for employees to anonymously report misconduct or wrongdoing without fear of retribution? Sylvain Mansotte is a Co-Founder of Whispli which is a secure, anonymous, cost-effective whistleblowing platform. In 2012, Sylvain uncovered $20M in fraud within the company that he had recently joined. His experience led to the creation of Whispli. Sylvain Mansotte is a Co-Founder of Whispli which is a secure, anonymous, cost-effective whistleblowing platform. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 15, 2019
#1760 How John Akhoian relied on grassroots marketing techniques to bring Rooter Hero to $50M in revenue
How do you build a brick and mortar business like plumbing into a $50M a year business? John Akhoian is the Founder of Rooter Hero which is a plumbing and rooter service company. John Akhoian built Rooter Hero from the ground up relying heavily on old-fashion marketing techniques and now has 12 locations across California and Arizona.   John Akhoian is the Founder of Rooter Hero which is a plumbing and rooter service company. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 13, 2019
#1759 Why did David Hauser sell Grasshopper for $170M?
How did David Hauser manage to sell Grasshopper for such an enormous sum without any hoopla and turn his focus to nut butter? David Hauser is the Founder of Grasshopper, which is a virtual phone company and author of Unstoppable. David sold Grasshopper back in 2015 for $170 and decided to completely switch direction from running an SaaS company to creating nut butter with his company SuperFat. David Hauser is the Founder of Grasshopper, which is a virtual phone company and author of Unstoppable. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. ActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales processes by upgrading to an automated platform. Start sending follow-up that adapts to your customers’ behavior so you are sending the perfect message at the perfect time. You’ll have happier customers and higher conversions. See why over 150,000 marketers use ActiveCampaign to create intelligent marketing that gets better results. If you’re with one of their confusing competitors and you want something new, you owe it to your business to check out ActiveCampaign. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 11, 2019
#1758 Marathon Series: Maria Paz Gillet’s Jooycar is the sexy new version of car insurance in Chile
How do you get customers on board for a revolutionary product before you have even created the product? Maria Paz Gillet is the Founder of Jooycar which gives clients the ability to get real-time data from vehicles. Maria saw the need for “pay for usage” car insurance in Chile and sold the idea to customers before creating Jooycar. Maria Paz Gillet is the Founder of Jooycar which gives clients the ability to get real-time data from vehicles. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 10, 2019
#1757 Why Dan Reich fired himself so he could launch Troops.ai
What do you do when you realize you’re not the best fit for the company that you helped to launch? Dan Reich is CEO and Co-Founder of Troops.ai which is software that makes sales a team sport by empowering people, automating workflows and supercharging sales performance. After realizing he wasn’t the best person for running the daily business of TULA, Dan found someone else for the job so he could launch Troops.ai. Dan Reich is CEO and Co-Founder of Troops.ai which is software that makes sales a team sport by empowering people, automating workflows and supercharging sales performance. Sponsored byActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales processes by upgrading to an automated platform. Start sending follow-up that adapts to your customers’ behavior so you are sending the perfect message at the perfect time. You’ll have happier customers and higher conversions. See why over 150,000 marketers use ActiveCampaign to create intelligent marketing that gets better results. If you’re with one of their confusing competitors and you want something new, you owe it to your business to check out ActiveCampaign. HostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 8, 2019
#1756 Copywriter Ray Edwards trades in a 100 hour workweek to run a million dollar company
How does a copywriter who was spending 100 hours a week writing copy for clients transition to running a successful copywriting company? Ray Edwards is a copywriter and communication strategist for some of the top names in business and the author of the book, How to Write Copy That Sells. Author and copywriter, Ray Edwards’ copywriting course and certification program is bringing in over a million dollars a year. Ray Edwards is a copywriter and communication strategist for some of the top names in business and the author of the book, How to Write Copy That Sells. Sponsored byActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales processes by upgrading to an automated platform. Start sending follow-up that adapts to your customers’ behavior so you are sending the perfect message at the perfect time. You’ll have happier customers and higher conversions. See why over 150,000 marketers use ActiveCampaign to create intelligent marketing that gets better results. If you’re with one of their confusing competitors and you want something new, you owe it to your business to check out ActiveCampaign. HostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 6, 2019
#1755 How Peter Rex’s vision for helping the world brought forth Trustwork
How do you go from losing everything you’ve built up and sleeping on the floor to using that experience to creating a company that has a global-wide impact? Peter Rex is the founder of Trustwork, which allows you to find jobs, hire professionals, buy and sell goods, network and collaborate. Trustwork launched two years ago and already has over 400 employees. Peter Rex is the founder of Trustwork, which allows you to find jobs, hire professionals, buy and sell goods, network and collaborate. Sponsored byThe James Altucher Show – James Altucher has started and ran more than 20 companies and is currently an investor in and advisor to over 30, but at one point, James lost everything. In a matter of months, his account drained from $15 million to $143. Depressed and on the floor, James realized the only way to be truly successful and fulfilled is to “choose yourself.” Now, James Altucher is a bestselling author, successful entrepreneur, angel investor, chess master, & host of The James Altucher Show podcast. Text ANDREW to 50445 to receive James Altucher’s free Ultimate Guide to Self-Publishing HostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 4, 2019
#1754 Marathon Series: GroupRaise making $1M/month and donating a percentage to charity
Is it possible to have a business model that is not only profitable but donates a percentage of revenue to charity? Devin Baptiste is a Co-Founder of GroupRaise which is a company that allows groups to book events in restaurants across the US. GroupRaise helps companies find restaurants to hold events and allows the companies to donate a percentage of the profits to the charity of their choice. Devin Baptiste is a Co-Founder of GroupRaise which is a company that allows groups to book events in restaurants across the US. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 3, 2019
#1753 How a major mistake almost cost Ryan Fyfe his company
How do you recover from a huge mistake that has the potential of sinking your company? Ryan Fyfe is the Founder of Humanity, which is an easy-to-use online employee scheduling and workforce management software. Ryan Fyfe was about to close a big funding round for Humanity when he discovered unethical practices that were going on that affected the company’s sales metrics. Ryan Fyfe is the Founder of Humanity, which is an easy-to-use online employee scheduling and workforce management software. Sponsored byActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales processes by upgrading to an automated platform. Start sending follow-up that adapts to your customers’ behavior so you are sending the perfect message at the perfect time. You’ll have happier customers and higher conversions. See why over 150,000 marketers use ActiveCampaign to create intelligent marketing that gets better results. If you’re with one of their confusing competitors and you want something new, you owe it to your business to check out ActiveCampaign. Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 1, 2019
#1752 Ryan Levesque changed lead-gen. Wants to change entrepreneurship
I didn’t know whether to trust Ryan Levesque last time he was on. He claimed to have a set of sites that turned email subscribers into customers using registration forms that asked questions which helped him segment subscribers. Then I met (and interviewed) founders who used what he called the Ask Method and I realized how effective his approach was. I even started copying it. Now he has a book about entrepreneurship, called Choose. I interviewed him about it. And I was still skeptical. But a bit less than last time. Enjoy. Ryan Levesque is the CEO of The ASK Method Company and the author of the best-selling book, ASK and has just launched his new book, Choose. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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April 29, 2019
#1751 Tomas Gorny started from scratch to build Nextiva to $170M in revenue
How do you go from experiencing phenomenal success to huge loss and have enough confidence to start from scratch? Tomas Gorny is the Founder and CEO of Nextiva which is a business VoIP service solution. Nextiva was entirely bootstrapped and in 2019 is set to hit $170 million in revenue. Tomas Gorny is the Founder and CEO of Nextiva which is a business VoIP service solution. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. HostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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April 27, 2019
#1750 Marathon Series: The Intern Group went from zero funding to hitting $15M in revenue in 8 years
How did The Intern Group grow from a horrible looking WordPress site to a company set to hit over 15 million in revenue this year? David Lloyd is Co-Founder and CEO of The Intern Group which is an international education company that specializes in internship programs. The Intern Group was born from David’s desire to connect interns with businesses. David Lloyd is Co-Founder and CEO of The Intern Group which is an international education company that specializes in internship programs. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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April 26, 2019
#1749 Chris Ducker: Youpreneur
Why is Chris Ducker teaching entrepreneurship at Youpreneur? He has 2 companies that are doing well. Why get distracted? And, speaking of his companies, how did he create 2 successful companies? That’s what this interview is about. Chris Ducker is the Founder of Youpreneur which is an online academy that has experts that share their expertise on how to build your business and become the go-to consultant in your industry. Sponsored byActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales processes by upgrading to an automated platform. Start sending follow-up that adapts to your customers’ behavior so you are sending the perfect message at the perfect time. You’ll have happier customers and higher conversions. See why over 150,000 marketers use ActiveCampaign to create intelligent marketing that gets better results. If you’re with one of their confusing competitors and you want something new, you owe it to your business to check out ActiveCampaign. HostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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April 25, 2019
#1748 Acuity Scheduling was JUST acquired by Squarespace and here’s their origin story
Acuity Scheduling was in the news because they were acquired by Squarespace. We’re reposting this older interview to show you how Gavin Zuchlinski grew his company with spectacular customer support. Gavin Zuchlinski is the founder of Acuity Scheduling, a 13-year-old calendar scheduling service. Gavin Zuchlinski is the founder of Acuity Scheduling, a calendar scheduling service. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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April 24, 2019
#1747 A pain point for Etsy sellers inspired Isaac Oates to create Justworks
Do you dread the process of hiring people because managing the payment process is such a huge headache? Isaac Oates recognized that paint point and as a result he created Justworks to help entrepreneurs and businesses by giving them access to big-company benefits, automated payroll, HR tools and compliance support in an easy-to-use platform. Six years later, Justworks is one of the fastest growing HR technology platforms with revenue in the tens of millions.   Isaac Oates is the Founder of Justworks, which helps entrepreneurs and businesses by giving them access to big-company benefits, automated payroll, HR tools and compliance support in an easy-to-use platform. Sponsored byActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales processes by upgrading to an automated platform. Start sending follow-up that adapts to your customers’ behavior so you are sending the perfect message at the perfect time. You’ll have happier customers and higher conversions. See why over 150,000 marketers use ActiveCampaign to create intelligent marketing that gets better results. If you’re with one of their confusing competitors and you want something new, you owe it to your business to check out ActiveCampaign. HostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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April 22, 2019
#1746 How innovation is the ‘Secret Sauce’ behind the success of Sylvain Labs
How does a company overcome innovation stagnation to bring a new product to the marketplace? Alain Sylvain is the Founder of Sylvain Labs which is an innovation and brand design consultancy. Companies are able to outsource their innovation issues to Sylvain Labs where they help businesses to identify unmet consumer needs and in turn, create new products to meet those needs. Alain Sylvain is the Founder of Sylvain Labs which is an innovation and brand design consultancy. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. The James Altucher Show – James Altucher has started and ran more than 20 companies and is currently an investor in and advisor to over 30, but at one point, James lost everything. In a matter of months, his account drained from $15 million to $143. Depressed and on the floor, James realized the only way to be truly successful and fulfilled is to “choose yourself.” Now, James Altucher is a bestselling author, successful entrepreneur, angel investor, chess master, & host of The James Altucher Show podcast. Text ANDREW to 50445 to receive James Altucher’s free Ultimate Guide to Self-Publishing More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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April 19, 2019
#1745 How did SixthContinent experience massive revenue growth from $7M to $60M in one year?
How do you react when you are told you can’t do something? Do you rise to the occasion and prove the haters wrong or pack up your toys and go home? Francesca Roveda is Co-Founder of SixthContinent which is an e-commerce platform. Francesca was told she couldn’t break into the male-dominated finance industry so she set out to prove she could and SixthContinent was born to give people more purchasing power. Francesca Roveda is Co-Founder of SixthContinent which is an e-commerce platform. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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April 17, 2019
#1744 How Erik Bergman’s passion for online gambling turned into a public company
How does an entrepreneur overcome insecurities and complete failure to refocus and launch a successful company? Erik Bergman is the founder of the online marketing companies Catena Media and Great.com If February 2016, Catena Media went public on the Swedish stock exchange and is valued at $400M USD. Today he is running his new venture Great.com, a similar business as Catena Media but where 100% of the profits will be donated to charity. Erik Bergman is the founder of the online marketing companies Catena Media and Great.com Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. ActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales processes by upgrading to an automated platform. Start sending follow-up that adapts to your customers’ behavior so you are sending the perfect message at the perfect time. You’ll have happier customers and higher conversions. See why over 150,000 marketers use ActiveCampaign to create intelligent marketing that gets better results. If you’re with one of their confusing competitors and you want something new, you owe it to your business to check out ActiveCampaign. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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April 15, 2019
#1743 How loss of focus and a lawsuit brought about the slow growth and loss of momentum of KISSmetrics
How did a loss of focus and a lawsuit ultimately bring about the demise of KISSmetrics? Hiten Shah is the co-founder of numerous successful SaaS companies, including FYI, CrazyEgg, Product Habits and KISSmetrics. Hiten opens up about how the perfect storm of screwing up product direction and loss of focus along with a lawsuit resulted in the inevitable loss of market share for KISSmetrics. Hiten Shah is the co-founder of numerous successful SaaS companies, including FYI, CrazyEgg, Product Habits and KISSmetrics. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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April 12, 2019
#1742 How to build a hosting company that stands apart from the competition
Joining me is a guy who doesn’t really think of themselves as an entrepreneur. He’s more of a techie, but nevertheless, while working a full-time job, he decided I’m going to start this thing on the side. What he started on the side has grown really big. From what I can see, they are doing well over $20 million a year, profitable, and growing. Chris Wells is the founder of Nexcess, a cloud hosting platform. There are tons of hosting companies out there so I want to find out how he’s stood out from all the competition. Chris Wells is the founder of Nexcess, a cloud hosting platform. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. ActiveCampaign – Improve your marketing & sales processes by upgrading to an automated platform. Start sending follow-up that adapts to your customers’ behavior so you are sending the perfect message at the perfect time. You’ll have happier customers and higher conversions. See why over 150,000 marketers use ActiveCampaign to create intelligent marketing that gets better results. If you’re with one of their confusing competitors and you want something new, you owe it to your business to check out ActiveCampaign. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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April 10, 2019
#1741 Why becoming a first-time entrepreneur after age 50 can be a big advantage
Joining me today is an entrepreneur who was on a path to being an accountant, which is a respectable plan for life. You’re not likely to go hungry if you’ve got a good accounting job. And still there was an entrepreneurial yearning inside of him. Even though he’s not a developer, he found a way to develop an app that’s unlike anything before it. And I thought it was interesting how he interviewed developers to figure out who he could make it work. Allan Sutherland is the founder of In-telligent, a platform that issues emergency messages that are delivered immediately regardless of cell phone settings. We’re going to go into a story of how he built his company. Allan Sutherland is the founder of In-telligent, a platform that issues emergency messages that are delivered immediately regardless of cell phone settings. Sponsored byHostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit www.hostgator.com/mixergy to see what HostGator can do for your website. Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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February 14, 2018
#1559 Cameron Herold coaches me on hiring (so I don’t collapse at my desk)
Hiring has been a huge issue for me. And in a past interview with Cameron Herold, I brought it up because he’s the founder of the COO Alliance, the world’s leading network for the second in command. I don’t get embarrassed by a lot of stuff. If you heard my interviews, you hear me get pretty frank about my flaws, my mistakes. But this issue is something I was embarrassed about. I think if I don’t hire somebody to be the second in command at Mixergy, I am probably going to collapse. So, that’s what today is about. It’s not so much an interview as it is a coaching call with the guy who knows hiring better than anyone else. You’ll get to hear what I learned and my hope is that you benefit from it too. Cameron Herold is the founder of the COO Alliance, the world’s leading network for the second in command. Sponsored byWith Bench, you get a professional bookkeeping team to do your books for you and our simple, elegant software to review your finances. It’s everything you need to forget about your bookkeeping, without actually forgetting about your bookkeeping. Sign up at Bench and get 20% off for your first 6 months. Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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November 22, 2017
#1524 When does a startup founder need a COO?
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 creating, the ones who were doing. Mixergy’s grown and I’ve been running it, but I have to be honest, I’m not doing a great job of running it. So earlier in the year, the Mixergy team said, “Andrew, go get a COO.” They kept challenging me. One of things that they told me to do was to talk to Cameron Herold. Cameron Herold was Chief Operating Officer at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? He is also the founder of the COO Alliance, the world’s only organization for those who are second in command. Cameron Herold was Chief Operating Officer at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? He is also the founder of the COO Alliance, the world’s only organization for those who are second in command. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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May 26, 2017
#1453 The future of chat (and interacting with your customers)
About a year ago I realized that no matter how much effort we’ve put into my email list, I could never double the response rate. We kept growing it, but people were not using email much. So I started looking around for solutions and I started looking at bots. Bots are basically software that communicates with humans via a chat app. I came across one company that looked too good to be true. It’s called ManyChat. And I said, “I’ve got to find out who the founder is.” And today, Mikael Yang is the founder of ManyChat. Not only does the software work, but the intelligence behind the scenes of dripping out content, tagging people, interacting with people is brilliant. This whole space is still pretty young but it’s important to have this conversation because he’s gotten very far and because I want you to see the future of chat as a way of interacting with your customers. Mikael Yang is the founder of ManyChat, a visual bot builder for Facebook Messenger with broadcasts, analytics, scheduled posting and many other features. Sponsored byAcuity Scheduling – Acuity Scheduling helps businesses offer and manage their appointments online. With this tool, you’ll be able to automate your client bookings, cancellations, reminders & even payments without sacrificing you soul. Plus, automated reminders and follow-ups eliminate your no-shows, and incentivize repeat bookings. Get an exclusive 45-day trial at AcuityScheduling.com/mixergy Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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March 3, 2017
#1417 How Sam Ovens is helping everyday people start their own consulting businesses
I’ll be honest with you. I felt guilt about an interview that I did years ago with today’s guest. This was back in, let me see here, 2013. I interviewed Sam Ovens about how he built up this consulting business and was teaching people how to do consulting. I thought maybe I got taken for a ride. It was too good to be true. Then I started hearing people who were in his program talk about how big the program is. Then I started hearing more and more people say they were in the program. I realized, “Actually maybe I underestimated the guy.” And the more research I did into it, the more I realized that was true. Then I went hat in hand and said, “Hey, Sam, can I interview you again on Mixergy?” Sam Ovens is the founder of Consulting.com, it offers online training programs to help everyday people start their own consulting businesses. Sam Ovens is the founder of Consulting.com, it offers online training programs to help everyday people start their own consulting businesses. Sam’s hosting a free webinar which shows you in detail how to start your own consulting business, click here to register for the free training. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now. Pipedrive is a sales management tool for small teams with big ambitions. It visualizes one’s sales pipeline and helps to make sure important activities and conversations won’t get dropped. Salespeople really like it because it’s easy to use and intuitive. Managers like it because they don’t need to nag their team to use their CRM. It also sports built-in forecasting, integrations with other software such as Google Apps, MailChimp and Zapier and a powerful API. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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August 13, 2014
#1049 How a former lawyer built a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills – with Jordan Harbinger
How does a former lawyer build a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills. Jordan Harbinger is the co-founder of The Art of Charm, a company that teaches confidence and emotional intelligence. Jordan Harbinger is the co-founder of The Art of Charm, a company that teaches confidence and emotional intelligence, and the host of The Jordan Harbinger Show, which interviews top performers, from legendary musicians to intelligence operatives. Sponsored byLead Pages – Lead Pages took my most successful page and turned it into a product that you can use—which magically converts strangers into leads. So if you want to use the page that I use to collect email addresses, check out AndrewsWelcomeGate.com. It will work on your site no matter what your site is built on. Even if you have no site, you can use this URL to collect email addresses for your business. It’s AndrewsWelcomeGate.com. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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April 9, 2014
#1000 The 1,000 interview celebration
On August 4, 2008, I posted a video up on Mixergy where I looked up into the web cam on my computer and I said “I failed.” And I said that I was going to shut down my invitation business and start doing interviews with entrepreneurs and people in general who I admire so I can learn from them and take back what I’ve learned from them to build a more successful company in the future. And I said that along the way you’d get to watch and learn as I learned directly from my heroes. We did it. A thousand interviews later here I am today bringing back some of the most memorable and most influential interviewees. People who helped me both on camera here with you and off. I invited them on to a Google Hangout to talk about the old days, to ask them some new questions and to do short interviews with them all for you. That’s what this is all about. My goal when I started out was to build a successful company. I think Mixergy is that company. But I wanted to be even more successful. My goal is that I started to talk in interviews afterwards evolved into saying that I would like someone who is watching these interviews to learn from them, to use what they’ve learned and then build a successful company so they can come back and do an interview themselves. I am the founder of Mixergy, home of the ambitious upstart. And this is my 1,000th interview. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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March 10, 2014
#989 Andrew’s process for overcoming entrepreneurial stagnation – with Samantha Alford
A few weeks ago, Andrew was interviewed about his inner doubt by Samantha Alford of WomeninBusinesspodcast.com. I (Arie Saint) thought it was too good not to share with our audience, so I’m publishing it on Mixergy. Check it out and let’s talk about it in the comments. Samantha Alford, the founder of the Women in Business Podcast. Sponsored byWalker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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April 23, 2012
#714 HearAndPlay.com: Turning $70 Into A Multimillion Dollar Instruction Web Site – with Jermaine Griggs
Update: based on the comments we’re getting, Jermaine sent this PDF about Automation. How does a high school senior from the inner city turn $70 into a multimillion dollar instruction web site? Jermaine Griggs is the founder of HearAndPlay.com, which trains musicians to play by ear, trains them to play by ear with online music lessons and piano video tutorials. Jermaine Griggs is the founder of HearAndPlay.com, which trains musicians to play by ear, trains them to play by ear with online music lessons and piano video tutorials. Sponsored byWalker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. Grasshopper – Don’t make the mistake of comparing Grasshopper with other phone services. Check out their features and you’ll see why Grasshopper isn’t just a phone number, it’s the virtual phone system that entrepreneurs (like me) love. Revolution Productions – Do you have a great product, but people aren’t trying it? You might have too much text on your site. Video, more than text, helps people understand what you’ve created and convinces them to buy it. I recommend you go to Revolution-Productions.com. When you do, talk directly to the founder, Anish Patel, and tell him I sent you. He’ll make sure you have a great video that convinces people to buy your product. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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April 9, 2012
#709 iContact Founder Returns To Mixergy After $169M Sale – with Ryan Allis
How does a wristband help a founder build a $169 million company? Ryan Allis is the founder of iContact, a provider of email marketing tools for small businesses. And a company that was recently sold for $169 million to Vocus. Here’s a quote from the last time I interviewed him, “we incorporated in July ’03, lived in the office, slept on futons, cooked on a George Foreman grill, did whatever we had to do to keep expenses low, while we built up revenue and customers, and improved the product.” Those are the challenges for a startup and it was inspiring to hear his story from those days. This time, I want to ask him about the challenges of going from a successful startup to a company that generates tens of millions a year. Ryan Allis is the Co-Founder of iContact, a provider of email marketing tools for small businesses. Sponsored byRevolution Productions – Do you have a great product, but people aren’t trying it? You might have too much text on your site. Video, more than text, helps people understand what you’ve created and convinces them to buy it. I recommend you go to Revolution-Productions.com. When you do, talk directly to the founder, Anish Patel, and tell him I sent you. He’ll make sure you have a great video that convinces people to buy your product. Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. Grasshopper – Don’t make the mistake of comparing Grasshopper with other phone services. Check out their features and you’ll see why Grasshopper isn’t just a phone number, it’s the virtual phone system that entrepreneurs (like me) love. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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October 20, 2010
#401 Reddit Founder: “I Wish I Still Owned Reddit Now” – with Steve Huffman
Many founders I interviewed on Mixergy told me about how their companies virtually disappeared after they sold them. But 4 years after selling Reddit to Conde Nast, Steve Huffman is so proud of how much its grown that he’d be happy to still own it. I asked him to teach me how he grew his community, why some Y Combinator-backed founders, like him, succeed while others don’t get any traction and why he never resented his co-founder for getting so much attention. I also asked Steve about Hipmunk, the travel site he launched which replaces the spreadsheet-like search results that most travel sites use with a more useful design. Steve Huffman graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Computer Science in 2005. Immediately after leaving Virginia, he founded reddit.com with his college roommate, Alexis Ohanian. Sponsored byShopify – Remember the interview I did about how the founder of DODOCase sold about $1 mil worth of iPad cases in a few months? He used Shopify. It’s dead simple and very effective. Grasshopper – Don’t make the mistake of comparing Grasshopper with other phone services. Check out their features and you’ll see why Grasshopper isn’t just a phone number, it’s the virtual phone system that entrepreneurs (like me) love. Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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January 28, 2010
#216 How Clever Entrepreneurs Turned 3 Air Mattresses Into Airbnb, The Site That Makes Any Home A Bed And Breakfast – with Brian and Joe
The founders of Airbnb are guys who couldn’t make rent a few years ago, but they kept turning desperation into creative solutions. In October 2007, eager to make extra money, they noticed that local hotels were booked up because of a conference. So they pumped up some inflatable mattresses and listed their place online as an “air bed and breakfast.” It was quirky and it worked. That little act of creativity became Airbnb, the (profitable) site that allows anyone to list their extra space for rent. This interview is full of examples of that kind of hustle, like how they created and sold cereal called “Obama O’s.” That idea brought in a much-needed $30,000, but more importantly, it impressed investor Paul Graham of Y Combinator, who backed them. They jumped on that opportunity too, seizing every chance they could find to get Graham’s advice. His mentorship helped their company become profitable. Along the way, they got impressive media hits by crafting interesting stories, improved their design by sleeping in their users’ homes and kept changing their product based on feedback. In this interview, they teach you how they did it. Brian Chesky & Joe Gebbia are two of the co-founders of Airbnb. (The third co-founder is Nathan Blecharczyk.) Airbnb is a marketplace for renting space. Their open platform accommodates a ‘couch to a castle’, including vacation rentals, bed and breakfast, private rooms, and entire apartments. Travelers typically save money and get a local experience, while hosts have an easy way to earn extra cash and meet new people. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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January 25, 2010
#214 How To Produce Like A Linchpin By Understanding Your Lizard Brain – with Seth Godin
You listen to my programs because I don’t do the cute “let’s get to know the author” interviews that others are known for. I hunt down information that you can use because I’m passionate about helping you build a business that your great-great-grandkids would admire you for. That’s why I kept digging in this interview. I want you (and me too, frankly) to be able to produce the kind of hits that Seth Godin keeps cranking out, seemingly without breaking a sweat. Not only has Seth created 2 big hit businesses, but he’s a writer who keeps introducing ideas that shape the way people think. In his new book, Linchpin, Seth talks about how to be this prolific. As you’ll hear in my interview, much of it is based on opening up your creativity and learning how to confront your fears, which he says come from your “lizard brain.” Imagine what you could accomplish if you were able to do that. Listen to the full program to find out how. Seth Godin’s latest book is Linchpin. You can buy it here or see what others say about it on this Squidoo lens. He also writes the world’s most popular marketing blog. And is the founder of Squidoo. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint
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