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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#1499 Does the world need another freelancer marketplace? Freeeup founder says “Yes”

Sep 22, 2017 - 00:00:00

If you’re an entrepreneur listening, chances are you’ve checked out some of the freelance sites looking for help with your website or app. In my case, I was looking for a researcher to get more info on my guests. You might have had the same experience that I did—the results I got back were crap. Today’s guest recognized that problem and came up with a brand new freelancer marketplace, one where he and his team pre-screens so users don’t have a crappy experience. Nathan Hirsch is the founder of Freeeup, which connects businesses with the top 1% of freelancers in eCommerce, digital marketing, virtual assistance, and web development. Nathan Hirsch is the founder of Freeeup, which connects businesses with the top 1% of freelancers in eCommerce, digital marketing, virtual assistance, and web development. Sponsored byFormstack – Formstack is a versatile online form solution that streamlines processes for capturing and managing information. Easily create and use online forms to automate repetitive business processes and gain rich insights. With Formstack, embed forms directly onto your site and social media profiles to capture leads, as well as use online forms to collect payments, gather feedback, and streamline internal workflows. 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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#1498 How to bring an old tech (like journals) online

Sep 20, 2017 - 00:00:00

Today’s guests have had a runaway success with a journal, a freaking journal! Technology that has existed forever. Cathryn Lavery and Allen Brouwer are the cofounders of BestSelf, which develops physical products for high achievers and entrepreneurs. I’ll let them tell you how much revenue they’ve made. They’ve expanded and expanded, and today they even have software, a Chrome extension that’s coming out. It’s called Win the Day. When you open up a new tab on your Chrome browser, imagine seeing a clear goal you have for the day and the three things you need to do to achieve that goal. Cathryn Lavery and Allen Brouwer are the cofounders of BestSelf, which develops physical products for high achievers and entrepreneurs. 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. 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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#1497 How Victor Levitin fixed one of eBay’s biggest problems

Sep 18, 2017 - 00:00:00

Joining me is an avid listener who, like me, noticed that eBay is great but eBay listings are ugly. They’re not just ugly; they’re a bit confusing. Well, today’s guest said it doesn’t have to be that way. He came up with a tool that allows anyone who sells on eBay to actually make their listing look good, make it easy for their potential customers to find the things they’re looking for and increase sales. I invited him here to talk about how he did it and to find out what revenue you can get by fixing what I think is one of eBay’s biggest problems. Victor Levitin is the cofounder of CrazyLister which helps you create professional eBay listings in minutes. Victor Levitin is the cofounder of CrazyLister which helps you create professional eBay listings in minutes. 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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#1496 Can content really be profitable?

Sep 15, 2017 - 00:00:00

I’m about to do an interview with a founder whose company you don’t know, but I assure you it’s a massively successful site. Once you get to know this company, you’re going to realize that you’ve actually seen a lot of the stories that they’ve broken but probably didn’t realize it. Today’s guest is Fred Mwangaguhunga. The company is MediaTakeOut, an online gossip site. I want to understand if content can really be profitable in a world where it’s tough to get anyone to come to your site because everyone seems to be on social networks. Fred Mwangaguhunga is the founder of MediaTakeOut, an online gossip site. 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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#1495 Building a food company with tech startup methods

Sep 13, 2017 - 00:00:00

Today’s guest took all the ideas that have made tech companies into phenomenal, fast-growing businesses–things like minimum viable product and customer development–and he applied them to the food industry. He created a brand that I see in stores all the time. Jon Sebastiani is the founder of KRAVE, a high-end gourmet jerky. We’re going to talk to him about how he came up with the idea and how he used the Lean Startup methods and other software company ideas to grow it. I also want to find out why he sold it and what he’s up to today. His new company is called Smashmallow, America’s first snackable marshmallow made from the best all-natural ingredients. Jon Sebastiani is the founder of KRAVE, a high-end gourmet jerky. 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 is your one-stop shop for all things web hosting. From design and marketing services to easy-to-use website builders, they are with you every step of the way. Thanks to their 24/7 – 365 days a year live support – which you can get via chat, phone and email – any and all questions you have can be answered in no time at all. HostGator offers unlimited disk space and bandwidth, an easy to use control panel, one click WordPress installs and more. More interviews -> https://mixergy.com/moreint Rate this interview -> https://mixergy.com/rateint

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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#1494 How to put your life ahead of your company

Sep 11, 2017 - 00:00:00

You’re about to meet a founder who says that he puts his life ahead of his company. In fact, he told our team that he never works more than 35 hours a week and yet his company continues to grow. I t grows even when he works on new projects, like the one that he’s got right now. Today’s guest is Drew Little. He is the founder of Red Giant, which develops special effects tools. His new project is called KnewHealth, an online healthcare company. I invited him here to talk about how he did it. Drew Little is the founder of Red Giant, which develops special effects tools. 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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#1493 How a guy with no money launched a startup on Craigslist

Sep 8, 2017 - 00:00:00

Imagine you’ve got no money, but you want to start a company. How would you do it? Well, today’s guest is a guy who was in that situation and decided he was going to start with nothing but a Craigslist ad. You’re about to hear how that took off. Michael Georgiou is the founder of Imaginovation, which builds enterprise-level web and mobile applications. Michael Georgiou is the founder of Imaginovation, which builds enterprise-level web and mobile applications. 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. 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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#1492 Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days

Sep 6, 2017 - 00:00:00

As a result of having done this so long, I get to see guests multiple times and see how their businesses have evolved. Today, I’ve got a three-time interviewee. His name is Chris Guillebeau. When I first had Chris on we talked about his blogging business The Art of Non-Conformity. I was in awe of how his mission was both open to different ideas and also very clear. He knew his audience. They were travelers. They were people who were trying to get out of the 9:00 to 5:00. Now, his business has changed. For some reason, he’s not focused on the guides, which did really well. He’s now got something called Side Hustle School. I want to find out about that and his new book coming out, “Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days.” Chris Guillebeau is the founder of Side Hustle School, everything you need to create a new source of income without quitting your day job. 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. 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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#1491 The story behind ShipMonk

Sep 1, 2017 - 00:00:00

Jan Bednar is the founder of ShipMonk, which is revolutionizing order fulfillment services for eCommerce businesses everywhere. I invited him here to find out how he grew it from $1M to $4M to a $10M run rate in three years. Jan Bednar is the founder of ShipMonk, which is revolutionizing order fulfillment services for eCommerce businesses everywhere. Sponsored byHostGator is your one-stop shop for all things web hosting. From design and marketing services to easy-to-use website builders, they are with you every step of the way. Thanks to their 24/7 – 365 days a year live support – which you can get via chat, phone and email – any and all questions you have can be answered in no time at all. HostGator offers unlimited disk space and bandwidth, an easy to use control panel, one click WordPress installs and more. 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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#1490 What happened to one of the most hated entrepreneurs on “Shark Tank?”

Aug 30, 2017 - 00:00:00

Today’s guest is an entrepreneur who was a little hated by Mark Cuban. In fact, the sharks on “Shark Tank” did not seem to like him. I think one of them said that he was the worst entrepreneur he ever met. His name is Mark Aramli and he’s the creator and founder of BedJet. Do you ever go to bed and think, “It’s still too cold?” You want to feel nice and toasty but you don’t want to bundle up. Well, his BedJet product will allow you to make your side of the bed really warm. If you’re sleeping next to someone who doesn’t want it nice and toasty, BedJet will allow that person to cool their side of the bed. That’s what BedJet is does. We’re going to find out how the business did after Mark’s appearance on “Shark Tank.” Mark Aramil is the creator of Bedjet, which allows you to adjusts your bed temperature in seconds and fits any bed. 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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#1000 The 1,000 interview celebration

Apr 9, 2014 - 00:00:00

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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#1049 How a former lawyer built a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills – with Jordan Harbinger

Aug 13, 2014 - 00:00:00

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.   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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#714 HearAndPlay.com: Turning $70 Into A Multimillion Dollar Instruction Web Site – with Jermaine Griggs

Apr 23, 2012 - 00:00:00

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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#989 Andrew’s process for overcoming entrepreneurial depression – with Samantha Alford

Mar 10, 2014 - 00:00:00

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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#214 How To Produce Like A Linchpin By Understanding Your Lizard Brain – with Seth Godin

Jan 25, 2010 - 00:00:00

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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#709 iContact Founder Returns To Mixergy After $169M Sale – with Ryan Allis

Apr 9, 2012 - 00:00:00

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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#216 How Clever Entrepreneurs Turned 3 Air Mattresses Into Airbnb, The Site That Makes Any Home A Bed And Breakfast – with Brian and Joe

Jan 28, 2010 - 00:00:00

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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#401 Reddit Founder: “I Wish I Still Owned Reddit Now” – with Steve Huffman

Oct 20, 2010 - 00:00:00

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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By Andrew Warner, a fan of This American Life, Serial, Tim Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Richard Branson, Y Combinator, Elon Musk & you
#1417 How Sam Ovens is helping everyday people start their own consulting businesses

Mar 3, 2017 - 00:00:00

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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#606 - Randall Carlson

Feb 4, 2015 - 3:09:16

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