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The Foundr Magazine Podcast is a weekly podcast where we upload our best interviews with successful entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, Tim Ferris, Arianna Huffington and many more. Filled with tons of actionable advice for every entrepreneur.

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166: How to Build a Billion Dollar Mobile Gaming Company From Scratch, with Holly Liu of Kabam
<p>Ask yourself, just how many hours have you sunk into that palm-sized rectangle of plastic, metal, and glass known as the smartphone?</p> <p>As the co-founder of Kabam, one of the world's leading companies in mobile games, Holly Liu might be able to provide an answer to that, and it would likely be a huge number. But luckily for us, and our listeners, she's far more interested in talking about how she managed to build a billion-dollar company from scratch by giving away her products for free.</p> <p>If you don't know Kabam already, you've probably heard of the company's hugely popular games, such as <em>Kingdoms of Camelot</em>, <em>The Godfather</em>, and Marvel's <em>Contest of Champions,</em> just to name a few. Each one operates on a "freemium" model, where users can download and play games for free.</p> <p>This might sound crazy, but it's actually a ludicrously lucrative business model, with Kabam making the bulk of their revenue through in-game currency and advertising revenue. <em>Kingdoms of Camelot</em> alone has, to date, grossed over $250 million.</p> <p>The secret behind Liu's success is simple, she just asks herself:</p> <p>"Where are the people?"</p> <p>That question led to Kabam's successful pivot into building a Facebook game and tapping into the power of viral marketing, to even partnering with the major studios in Hollywood to build games for upcoming movies and franchises.</p> <p>For Liu, there's so much more to surviving in the mobile gaming industry than building a successful product, especially when great products exist on almost every corner. It takes an equal amount of dedication to marketing, finding the right partnerships, and, as always, understanding where your customers are.</p> <p>In this episode you'll learn:</p> <ul> <li>What opportunities lie within the mobile gaming industry</li> <li>How to take your business where the customers are</li> <li>How to pivot when your first, second, and even third ideas fail</li> <li>What goes into making a product as viral as possible</li> <li>Why you should look to grow your company through the power of partnerships</li> <li>How to make being social your competitive advantage</li> <li>& so much more!</li> </ul>
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165: Marketing Guru Neil Patel on Why Building a Personal Brand Was His Biggest Mistake

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164: Why You Need More Swiss Army Knives and Paratroopers on Your Startup Team, says Ryan Holmes of Hootsuite
<p>What separates the companies that make millions of dollars from those that never make it?</p> <p>It's not the vision, or the product, or even the founder, it's the <em>people</em>. You can't build a successful business, let alone grow it, without having the right people by your side.</p> <p>It's a lesson that Ryan Holmes, CEO and founder of <a href= "http://hootsuite.com" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">Hootsuite</a>, is intimately familiar with. Today, Holmes finds himself at the helm of one of the fastest-growing companies around. Hootsuite is a mega-popular social media tool that boasts over 16 million customers and 5 million messages powered by its service every single day. As of 2013, Hootsuite has raised an impressive $165 million in funding from some of the biggest VC firms in the world and continued to dominate the social media landscape.</p> <p>In this episode, Holmes advises founders that when it comes to finding your first batch of employees, you're looking for the "Swiss Army knives" and "paratroopers" of the world. People who have the ability to take the smallest instruction and make their own way. It can be tempting to want to hire specialists in the early days, but as Holmes explains, they're more likely to hold your business back in the early days.</p> <p>Finding the right people is as much about timing as it is finding the right skillset. And according to Holmes, the number one reason Hootsuite managed to grow so fast is that he had the right people by his side from day one.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Why having first-mover advantage means nothing in the startup world</li> <li>What the number one focus of any startup should be in the early stages</li> <li>Building virality into your product. Why, and most importantly, how.</li> <li>Where to find and deploy the "shock troops" of your team</li> <li>Why you should actually stay away from Silicon Valley when looking for A-players</li> <li>& so much more!</li> </ul>
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163: How to Create One of The Most Visited Websites in the World With Steve Huffman of Reddit
<p>Change is inevitable in the startup world, and only the best entrepreneurs stay on top of the game by evolving with it. Steve Huffman, co-founder and CEO of Reddit, knows this all too well, and in this episode of the podcast, Huffman explains how he's ushering the social media giant to the next level.</p> <p>Huffman was there in the very beginning, when he and roommate Alexis Ohanian first pitched the idea for Reddit to Y Combinator, and he's at the helm again today as the company strives to reach new heights.</p> <p>On the surface, nothing much has changed about Reddit since it was first created in their college dorm room 12 years ago. The layout, font, and even the logo remain relatively the same. But over the years, it's grown into a massive and highly influential web of online communities.</p> <p>Today, Reddit is one of the largest websites in the word, with over 250 million active users and 300 million visitors a month. Beyond boasting impressive traffic numbers and a $1.8 billion valuation, Reddit is home to over half a million active online communities, where users can find anything from a laugh to help with addiction or relationships. The company's now making some serious changes under the hood, even to its appearance.</p> <p>How things have changed.</p> <p>"It's important to realize that there was never a point in which there was an idea for Reddit the way it exists today. There was just the idea we started with, to build a place where people can find interesting stuff every day. Not anything in particular, just interesting stuff," Huffman says.</p> <p>In the early days, no one really knew what they were doing, and Reddit has experienced numerous stumbles and challenges along the way. But Huffman's managed to stay on top, and he's learned a tremendous amount along the way. He shares with us what it was like to create one of the largest sensations of the internet, and how to stay ahead in an ever-changing industry.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Why you should focus on content instead of marketing</li> <li>The difference between customers and users, and why you need to know what separates the two</li> <li>How to build an online community that rivals the population of most countries</li> <li>Picking your battles—when to take a step back and when to step up</li> <li>What Huffman's</li> </ul>
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162: Investors, Crowdfunding, or Shark Tank? Maneesh Sethi's Done It All and Reveals His Funding Strategies
<p>"How can I solve a problem in the fastest way?"</p> <p>It's a question that Maneesh Sethi asks himself almost every day, and it's been the main driver behind who he is as a person, and as an entrepreneur. You see, Sethi lives a life of what you might call extreme productivity, and he wants to help you do the same.</p> <p>The question has manifested in a variety of ways throughout Sethi's life, including starting his own productivity blog, <a href="http://hackthesystem.com/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><em>Hack the System</em></a><em>, </em>where he examines how people can be more productive and focused in their lives by looking for unconventional solutions. Then there was the time he paid someone to follow him around and slap him in the face every time he was being unproductive.</p> <p>Sethi's latest endeavor is par for the course in his never-ending quest to become as productive as he possibly can. As the founder and CEO of <a href="https://pavlok.com/" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">Pavlok</a>, a wearable device designed to help you build better habits by literally shocking the bad ones out of you, Sethi is determined to help people transforms their lives. Even if it means giving them a zap every now and then.</p> <p>Sethi knows a thing or two about the power of a little negative reinforcement, as evidenced by the aforementioned slapping, and the way having your back against the wall can bring out your best ideas.</p> <p>"Our company has been a consistent sufferer of almost-death, followed by me figuring out something to help us survive, followed by learning a lot from that experience," Sethi says.</p> <p>To save his company from bankruptcy, Sethi has turned to investors, crowdfunding, and even appeared on the hit show <em>Shark Tank</em> to keep his company alive. Through it all, he's developed a knack for finding the best way out, no matter what life throws at him.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Fool-proof tactics on how to become more focused and increase your overall productivity</li> <li>How to build and successfully iterate a physical product for market</li> <li>What to do if you find yourself on national TV</li> <li>Where to go when you need funding for your idea, Sethi's answer might surprise you!</li> <li>How making more sales can actually bankrupt your business, and Sethi's solution</li> <li>Hacks to supercharge your crowdfunding gain and blow past your fundraising goal</li> <li>& so much more!</li> </ul>
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161: How Jodie Fox Turned Her Passion for Shoes Into a Successful Online Business in 2 Months
<p>Jodie Fox <em>loves</em> her shoes.</p> <p>But unlike your average shoe lover, Fox was able to turn that love first into a living room-based passion project, and then a multimillion-dollar online business. She's the co-founder and CEO of <a href="https://www.shoesofprey.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Shoes of Prey,</a> a popular online store that allows customers to design and customize their own shoes.</p> <p>Shoes of Prey recently raised $25 million in funding as part of its Series B round, and while that's impressive enough on its own, Fox managed to validate, launch, and break even on her very first business within <em>two</em> months. That's mind-bogglingly fast, even by startup standards.</p> <p>The former lawyer also skilfully scaled her business with a powerful mix of influencer marketing and deals with wholesale giants like Nordstrom, to the point that over 5 million shoes have been designed on the platform. Not bad for a first-time entrepreneur.</p> <p>"I think a founder's job when you start a business is just to do everything that you haven't hired anyone to do just yet," Fox says.</p> <p>Together with her co-founders, Fox followed her passion, validated her idea, built her first online store, and from there the wins kept on coming.</p> <p>We are very lucky to have the opportunity to interview her and receive step-by-step instructions on how this first-time entrepreneur managed to build herself a worldwide business with million of customers at lightning-fast speeds.</p> <p>In this episode you'll learn:</p> <ul> <li>Why you need to tap into the power of micro-influencers to quickly grow your brand</li> <li>How to ink deals with the top brands in your niche</li> <li>Exactly when to look for funding, and when to keep on bootstrapping</li> <li>How to conceive, validate, and launch your idea in as fast as two months</li> <li>What holds most online businesses back from being successful, and how to overcome them</li> <li>& so much more!</li> </ul>
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160: The Not-So Obvious, But Ridiculously Successful Strategy on Building a Business with Brian Clark of Copyblogger
<p>"The truth is I didn't like working for somebody else."</p> <p>Most entrepreneurs start their own business because they want to take charge of their own destiny, and for Brian Clark, the CEO and founder of <a href="http://rainmakerdigital.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rainmaker Digital</a>, Copyblogger, StudioPress, and the Rainmaker Platform, his story doesn't start off any different. It doesn't matter if you haven't heard of Clark before, but if you've been anywhere near the startup space in the past 15 years or so, you've undoubtedly felt his influence.</p> <p>With his first successful business he stuck with what he knew, taking his four years of experience in law and starting his own small law firm. He quickly set himself apart from the rest of the competition with his natural marketing instincts and his ability to build an audience.</p> <p>"What most young attorneys can't do is develop clients, and I figured out how to do that. And in that moment an entrepreneur was born. I was just so amazed that I could develop a business by myself with just an email newsletter. No one understood what I was doing at the time, they thought I was crazy, but it worked!" Clark says.</p> <p>A few years, and a couple more businesses later, Clark began working on a small blog that would come to be known as Copyblogger, one of the most influential content marketing blogs in the industry. Some of the world's top content marketers can fondly remember turning to Copyblogger early in their careers to learn how to write better headlines and become better writers.</p> <p>Clark helped blaze the trail for this new style of marketing, and to this day, he's still pushing the boundaries of what is possible.</p> <p>While most people are still trying to figure out whether to focus on building the perfect product or growing their audience, Clark has devised a strategy that's allowed him to do both at the same time, all while growing his multiple businesses at warp speed.</p> <p>It should really come as no surprise that, here at Foundr, much of our own business model and content marketing efforts have been directly inspired by Clark and his successes. This is why we're very excited to present to you this eye-opening interview with the one and only Brian Clark.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The chicken or the egg? Settling the startup debate between which comes first: building the perfect product <em>or</em> building your audience</li> <li>What are you good at? How Clark finds co-founders who complement his strengths and weaknesses</li> <li>The unique business model of combining content, SaaS, digital and physical products for maximum profit</li> <li>Clark's step-by-step instructions on how to build the perfect product</li> <li>Why people aren't paying attention to your brand and what you can do about it</li> <li>& so much more!</li> </ul>
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159: A Lifelong Founder Teaches Critical Lessons for New Entrepreneurs on Products, Investors, and Selling with Jonathan Siegel
<p>Jonathan Siegel has started close to a dozen different companies—some have been hugely successful, others didn't quite go as planned, and for one, he sold his shares after a falling out with his co-founders. Siegel has been a serial startup founder since he was just 12 years old. Now at 40, he has seen it all, and he's sharing his lessons—on products, investors, and selling a business—with Foundr.</p> <p>"It doesn't feel like a job, as much as it just feels like I'm getting paid to do something for fun," Siegel says, about his love for the entrepreneurial life.</p> <p>Siegel has had a knack for entrepreneurship since he was putting together and selling computers all the way back in 1989. From there, he's had a lifelong passion for creating something <em>new</em> every chance he got. Whether it was starting his own businesses, constantly creating new products, or building products for other people.</p> <p>For Siegel, entrepreneurship isn't so much a money-making exercise or a career, but a lifestyle that constantly allows him to strive forward and look into the future.</p> <p>"If you do something as a creative outlet, the amount of money is not the goal. And I don't believe that every entrepreneur is running around thinking about how much money they have in their accounts. I think that every entrepreneur runs around thinking, 'Hey I want to bring this thing to life. I want to create something bigger than myself. I want to see the thing that I create influence other people in the way that they work and the way that they live,'" Siegel says.</p> <p>This passion has helped Siegel learn many valuable lessons on his own journey, not just about himself, but about what entrepreneurship is all about.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to turn entrepreneurship from a career to a creative outlet</li> <li>Understanding the difference between a startup that's successful on paper, and one that works in real life</li> <li>How to handle disputes between co-founders</li> <li>Why it's so important to understand your motivation as an entrepreneur</li> <li>The lifecycle of building companies that you intend to sell</li> <li>& so much more!</li> </ul>
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158: How to Build a Worldwide Iconic Brand with Brian Smith of UGG
<p>In the late 1970s, Brian Smith was a young Australian surfer looking for the next big thing. Little did he know that while flipping through a magazine, he would stumble upon an idea that would grow into one of the world's most iconic brands. With more than $1 billion in sales worldwide, you can find the <a href="http://www.ugg.com/">UGG</a> brand in millions of households.</p> <p>What does it take to build such an iconic brand?</p> <p>Smith openly admits that, at the time, he had no idea. He struggled to get people interested in his product, and even when they were interested, he found it difficult to turn them into customers. In fact, after his first season of sales, Smith had sold only 28 pairs of boots. The outlook was not good for his fledgling brand.</p> <p>While many entrepreneurs would become disheartened and give up, Smith realized that no company becomes successful overnight.</p> <p>"You can't give birth to adults," Smith says.</p> <p>Smith believed that every successful business in the world has to go through a period of infancy, where almost nothing happens, and only then can you start getting the traction and momentum you need to explode your business.</p> <p>For UGG, that infancy stage would go on for another four years until that lightbulb moment came and Smith figure out what he had to do. What happened next turned sales from only $15,000 to $200,000 almost overnight.</p> <p>In the years that followed, Smith would find his sheepskin boots on the feet of young surfers, snowboarders, and eventually A-list celebrities.</p> <p>In this episode you'll learn:</p> <ul> <li>The stages of building a global brand and how to move through each one as quickly as possible</li> <li>When to hold em' and when to fold em', Smith details how to recognize when the moment is right to sell your business</li> <li>How to use grassroots events to build your early customer base</li> <li>Why the most important element of your brand is not what you think</li> <li>& so much more!</li> </ul>
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157: Grow to 400,000 Users In Just Three Years by Mastering B2B Sales With Andrew Barnes of GO1
<p>Andrew Barnes's company  <a href= "https://www.go1.com/">GO1</a> is a Y-Combinator alum that's raised over $4 million in funding, grown to over 400,000 users, and is currently the world's largest onboarding, compliance, and professional development learning platform. If that weren't impressive enough, Barnes hit those benchmarks in under three years. The secret weapon? An airtight B2B, or business to business, sales process.</p> <p>In our interview with Barnes, he shares with us how the Australian-startup-that-could found its path to achieving explosive growth and influence, eventually ranked as one of the 100 most disruptive startups in the world. He also tells us how he and his team mastered B2B sales, a huge arena of entrepreneurship today.</p> <p>"I remember in YC we were up late just basically cold-calling trying to generate interest and see whether they'd take us, we'd try Google Adwords and spent a fortune on that, we tried a whole host of different options. And what we eventually stumbled on is a model with sales development reps that identify people that match our criteria," Barnes says.</p> <p>Then it's just a matter of knowing the right person to contact, what to say, and when to say it. It's a process that Barnes has mapped out to a T, with a ton of little tricks and hacks along the way to get the job done. Barnes, much to our benefit, shares this sales process to Foundr and our audience, along with the many lessons he's learned as a lifelong digital entrepreneur.</p> <p>In this episode you'll learn:</p> <ul> <li>One simple hack to turn your cold calls into success stories</li> <li>How to find and secure high-profile investors for your startup, locally and internationally</li> <li>How to find A-players for your team no matter where you are</li> <li>The keys to running a distributed team and keeping everyone on track</li> <li>Why doing less can actually make you a better entrepreneur</li> <li>& so much more!</li> </ul>
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156: Lessons Learnt From Building a $300 Million Dollar Business From the Original #GirlBoss Sophia Amoruso
<p>Sophia Amoruso was a community college dropout, working a variety of odd jobs to support herself, when she set up a humble eBay store called Nasty Gal Vintage. The rapid growth that followed has become the stuff of startup legend, and in this episode of the podcast, Amoruso shares what she learned from the roller-coaster ride of Nasty Gal, and tells us about her new endeavor, Girlboss Media.</p> <p>Over the course of a decade, Amoruso had a meteoric rise, during which she became the head of a retail empire, and was named one of the richest self-made women by Forbes in 2016. She also became a symbol of brash millennial entrepreneurs and a trailblazing icon for female entrepreneurs especially, following the release of her <em>New York Times</em> bestseller <em>#GirlBoss</em>.</p> <p>Then, the same year Netflix developed a scripted comedy loosely based on the book, Nasty Gal found itself filing for bankruptcy. In those 10 years, Amoruso had bigger highs and lows than many entrepreneurs experience in a lifetime, but the story isn't over yet.</p> <p>Today, Amoruso has moved on and is working on continuing the momentum of her book and the devoted following she built around her story. Nasty Gal Media is as focused as ever on helping women around the world launch their entrepreneurial careers.</p> <p>We were very fortunate to be able to interview Amoruso amid her hectic schedule of growing a new business. She shared with us the many lessons she's learned from her exciting and colorful career, along with fascinating insight into what makes a brand explode, and how to come out on top in today's tumultuous startup world.</p> <p><strong>In this week's episode you will learn:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Amoruso's guide to creating a brand that leaves a mark on customers and investors alike</li> <li>Key lessons learned from the rise and fall of a nine-figure business</li> <li>Customer services mistakes that can kill any business</li> <li>How to create products that are inherently sharable and immediately recognizable</li> <li>& so much more!</li> </ul>
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155: Everything You Know About Content Marketing is Wrong, with Des Traynor of Intercom
<p>In 2011, four lads from Dublin were running a successful business that let programers and engineers know when a user encountered a problem with their program. The problem was that none of them were particularly interested in the world of programming errors.</p> <p>Instead, they found their passions centered on why it was so difficult for online businesses to talk to customers. They didn't know it at the time, but they were about to reinvent the concept of content marketing.</p> <p>So Des Traynor and his three co-founders sold their successful business, packed their bags, and moved to sunny California.</p> <p>"We were four Irish founders and basically our previous company, we had already done the bootstrapping thing. ... When we were going through this change of business and this change of approach, we said, 'What's the opposite of running a bootstrapped business off the north side of Dublin?' Well that's come to Silicon Valley and raise a million dollars, and that's what we did," Traynor says.</p> <p>It turned out to be the right move, as the company that now known as <a href= "https://www.intercom.com">Intercom</a> raised more than $160 million in the past six years, building a customer base of over 17,000 customers, and making over $50 million in revenue. Their mission was simple: to make online businesses feel less like talking to a robot and feel more personal instead.</p> <p>The solution to that was to help businesses talk to their customers through their own websites and apps instead of the usual mish-mash of emails, texts, and phone calls. Intercom built its reputation and customer base through the power of content marketing, but in a way that might surprise you.</p> <p>Instead of following the traditional strategy of hiring a content team, focusing on SEO and backlinks, and churning out at as much content as possible, Intercom went in the completely opposite direction and developed a unique content strategy that led their business to go viral within the startup community, while building a beloved brand.</p> <p>"We're not one of those people that do all that black hat stuff. I really, really hate that. We had a recommendation recently to go post on discussions.apple.com and write a piece that links back to your site, and it was just so puke-worthy. I could never get excited about gamifying the Google algorithm and building the business on such a messy, fragile house of cards," Traynor says.</p> <p>Traynor goes in-depth with us in this episode about why the conventional content marketing strategy doesn't work anymore, and how to really get your message across.</p> <p><strong>In this week's episode you will learn:</strong></p> <ul> <li>How to move quickly and stay lean while managing an international team</li> <li>Where to find top-tier talent for your startup, no matter where you are</li> <li>A sly way to make your business go viral</li> <li>No to SEO! The biggest mistakes marketers make when using SEO</li> <li>Why you <em>don't</em> need a content marketing team to get half a million page views per post</li> <li>& so much more!</li> </ul>
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154: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Marketing Strategies of Multi-million Dollar Companies with Clate Mask of Infusionsoft
<p>Every entrepreneur at some point faces the dilemma of simply not being able to pour any more hours of work into their company. As a result, they get stuck.</p> <p>That's where Clate Mask, CEO of Infusionsoft, comes in. In the 10 years <a href= "http://infusionsoft.com">Infusionsoft</a> has been operating, Mask has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs use the power of email marketing to double their growth, triple their leads, even quadruple overall revenue.</p> <p>For Mask, automated email marketing is the secret weapon for any business that's trying to scale. In today's podcast episode, he dishes on how to do it right.</p> <p>"What happens in an entrepreneurial business, when you're running a small company, it's very, very difficult to follow up effectively with all your leads and customers, and things slip through the cracks," he says. "You're wearing 10 different hats trying to run the business, and ... you just can't keep it all straight when the business starts to grow and when you start to have some success."</p> <p>At that point, you can either hire more people to handle the workload, which can be costly, or learn how to automate your business.</p> <p>Mask has helped Infusionsoft's 125,000-plus users create their own automation campaigns by mapping out customer lifecycles, and pinpointing the best times and messages to engage customers and get as much of a return as possible.</p> <p>In this week's episode, Mask tells us what the marketing strategies of his best users look like, and how you can incorporate them into your own business.</p> <h3><strong>In this episode you will learn:</strong></h3> <ul> <li>The one thing that most business owners don't recognize is stopping them from growing</li> <li>A battle-tested, tried and true guide to getting the biggest return possible on every single customer</li> <li>The three most critical points in the customer lifecycle and why ignoring them puts your business at risk</li> <li>An exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the email marketing strategies of Infusionsoft's top clients</li> <li>How to combine automation and authenticity into one winning combination</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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153: How to Survive Entrepreneurial Failure with Steve Olsher of liquor.com
<p>In his lifetime as an entrepreneur, Steve Olsher has crashed, burned, and reinvented himself in the face of tremendous failure. But for Olsher, there was never any other path. If you can relate, he's got some indispensable wisdom to offer.</p> <p>"I've been an entrepreneur pretty much since I've been old enough to pick up a rake and move some leaves around, or grab a shovel and do some snow-shoveling and clear some sidewalks, driveways, that sort of thing. We're all naturally wired to excel in very specific ways, and for me, I've always just been wired to rub a couple of dimes together to make that quarter," Olsher says.</p> <p>Olsher has spent his entire life as an entrepreneur, and with it has experienced all the highs and lows, from starting a widely successful business that was prepared to go public within a year, to losing it all and walking away from a company he spent nine years of his life building.</p> <p>But if success is defined by how well you can bounce back from failure, Olsher is one of the most successful people on the planet. Taking the knocks in stride, and embracing the lessons they taught him, Olsher went on to pursue other entrepreneurial ventures over the next six years, before reclaiming his original business and domain name, <a href= "http://liquor.com">Liquor.com</a>, and building his business from the ground up again.</p> <p>In the years since, Olsher has distilled a lifetime of experience and lessons into helping others figure out what their passion and their purpose are. Today, he is now a <em>New York Times-</em>bestselling author, and is all about helping people reinvent themselves into who they truly want to be.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Hard truths you need to know when bringing on investors</li> <li>The importance of needing good advisors and mentors you can turn to when you need it</li> <li>When you should and shouldn't listen to your gut as an entrepreneur</li> <li>How to find out what your "what" is, and how to figure out what your purpose is</li> <li>Where to find your winning business idea</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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152: How to Build a Business You Care About More Than Paying Your Own Bills with Adam Braun of MissionU
<p>Getting rich is for amateurs. A real entrepreneur, one with serious guts and vision, wants to make the world a better place.</p> <p>If that's you, it's time to enter the world of social enterprise—business that seeks to make both a profit and a positive impact, on anything from education to world hunger. This is a tall order, but it's possible and an increasingly popular form of entrepreneurship. So today's podcast is going to show you exactly how to make money, while also making a difference.</p> <p>Unlike your traditional businesses, social enterprises have a much harder time securing funding and even staff. The legal frameworks and business models can also be much trickier. Lucky for us, we were able to sit down with Adam Braun, founder of <a href="http://pencilsofpromise.com">Pencils of Promise</a> and <a href="http://missionu.com">MissionU</a>. He shared with us how he managed to raise over $50 million in contributions, build hundreds of schools, and grow a worldwide staff of more than 125 employees as a social enterprise.</p> <p>As he turned 25, Braun only had $25 in his bank account, but was still determined to build a school for the less fortunate. Before crowdsourcing was even a thing, Braun turned to strangers to help him fund his first project. He used social media and event marketing to attract people to his cause, relying on influencer and word-of-mouth to secure the funding he needed.</p> <p>"You start scrappy and understand that maybe one day you'll have the resources to hire full-time staff and work with capital at hand, but most people don't start that way, and I certainly didn't," Braun says.</p> <p>Starting with this grassroots marketing strategy and an all-volunteer staff, he built Pencils of Promise into a huge success. Today, more than 400 schools have been built as a result, and Braun's turned his sights to education in the United States with his new project MissionU.</p> <p>In this episode you'll learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to use event marketing to build your brand and attract investors</li> <li>What makes a story "newsworthy" and how to use it to build an audience</li> <li>Braun's methodology for attracting A-players to work toward his vision</li> <li>Social media marketing tactics to reach your target audience without paid advertising</li> <li>The right way to go about asking for money, whether it's for crowdfunding or from investors</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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151: How to Build a Cult Following Tribe Resulting in 10's of Millions of Annual Recurring Revenue Russell Brunson
<p>Russell Brunson knows a ton about building effective marketing funnels. It's a skill he learned after spending nearly 10 years making money online by building funnels for all sorts of things, from potato guns to coupons. Now as the CEO and co-founder of <a href="http://clickfunnels.com">ClickFunnels</a>, Brunson heads one of the fastest-growing bootstrapped companies in the world.</p> <p>"We're growing faster than any VC-backed company that I know of, and we do it because we had to do it smarter, and we do it through the funnels that we practice and we preach, and it works," Brunson says.</p> <p>In a mere two-and-a-half years Brunson has grown ClickFunnels to more than 36,000 active customers and, even more impressively, he's been able to turn those customers into a passionate community of evangelists loyal to the brand. He's since taken his talent and knowledge for building effective sales funnels and has distilled it all into an incredibly easy tool that anyone can use, as well as a number of bestselling books.</p> <p>But it hasn't been an easy road and it's taken a heap of knowhow, expertise, and foresight to get there. Luckily for us, he's sharing his best advice with the Foundr audience.</p> <p>In this week's episode you'll learn:</p> <ul> <li>The key to building an effective sales funnel</li> <li>How to inspire and build a community around your brand</li> <li>What qualities you need to be a leader who inspires</li> <li>Why the best way to understand your market is to be your own customer</li> <li>How to find and keep A-players on your team</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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150: Becoming Masterful with Money with Tony Robbins
<p>Tony Robbins advises billion-dollar CEOs, celebrities, even heads of state, but today, he's going to show <em>you</em> how to become a master of money.</p> <p>The <em>New York Times-</em>bestselling author has once again topped the charts with his latest book <em><a href= "https://www.unshakeable.com/">Unshakeable</a></em>, and to date, the world-renowned speaker has inspired tens of millions of people all over the globe. Successful people from Bill Clinton to Oprah have sung his praises, and he's had sit downs with the likes of Nelson Mandela.</p> <p>What you might not know, however, is that before it all, Tony was a penniless kid growing up in Azusa, California. After leaving home at 17, Robbins decided to skip college so he could start working, which at first meant sweeping the floors as a janitor. But he constantly strove to continue learning and feed his voracious curiosity.</p> <p>Every millionaire finds their start somewhere, and for Robbins it was in the pages of endless books that he found himself glued to. He was determined to be a millionaire, and he wasn't going to let a lack of formal education be a barrier, eventually working his way to the top.</p> <p>Today, he's the one writing the books, sharing all the wisdom he's collected over all those years. And his latest topic of obsession is finance—how to master money and become truly free from worries about wealth.</p> <p>Robbins has decades of experience in business and investing himself, but in recent years, he's been questioning the world's greatest financial minds to get to the bottom of that question. Many of the answers are in his new book, but fortunately for Foundr fans, Tony Robbins joins us today to share some of his most important lessons.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The secret to living well, no matter how much money you have</li> <li>How to spot a million-dollar opportunity</li> <li>The simple strategy that has led Robbins, and millions of his followers, to financial freedom</li> <li>Financial advice specifically targeted at startup founders</li> <li>Hidden principles of finance Robbins has discovered in his research</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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149: How to Use Influencer Marketing to Generate Millions with Gretta Rose van Riel of SkinnyMeTea
<p>In 2012, Gretta Rose van Riel, like most aspiring entrepreneurs, found herself spending all of her free time building a business. It was nothing more than a passion project at the time, something to do in her spare time when she wasn't working at her day job.</p> <p>Despite the fact that she had no real plans to become a full-time entrepreneur with her own business, it wasn't long before that passion project grew into something bigger. She soon knew that this was something she just had to devote all of her time and energy to.</p> <p>"Basically, I had an idea that resonated with me so strongly, I just knew that it was something that I had to pursue," van Riel says.</p> <p>The result was a multimillion-dollar ecommerce business called <a href="https://www.skinnymetea.com.au/">SkinnyMe Tea</a>, the world's first teatox using the natural benefits of tea to help you achieve your health, fitness, and nutrition goals. That alone is impressive enough, but what really separates van Riel from the rest of the pack is that she didn't just build one multimillion-dollar business, she's built <em>many</em>.</p> <p>In five years, Van Riel has transformed herself from just another employee to serial entrepreneur, with multiple ecommerce businesses under her belt. She's effectively cracked the code on how to successfully build a business online, including coming up with the perfect idea, the best way to market it, and how to rapidly scale.</p> <p>In this week's episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to build an incredibly loyal customer base through social media</li> <li>The easiest way to hack into the power of influencer marketing to build your brand</li> <li>Gretta's method to developing the perfect product from idea, to validation, to selling</li> <li>Why Instagram should be your number one channel for customers and sales</li> <li>The foolproof marketing formula guaranteed to double your revenue</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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148: How to Build a Successful E-commerce Business - The Foundr Incubator (Business Breakdown) with Tom Bilyeu of Quest Nutrition & Jake Mckeon of Coconutbowls.com
<p>In this very special episode of the Foundr Podcast, we answer all the questions you've ever had about building an ecommerce business and more!</p> <p>The first installment in what we're calling the Foundr Incubator series, we recorded a live coaching session between one ambitious Foundr community member and the head of a billion-dollar company.</p> <p>We organized a call with Jake McKeon, the up-and-coming founder of multiple ecommerce businesses, to receive one-on-one coaching from Tom Bilyeu, co-founder of unicorn startup Quest Nutrition. Like so many other entrepreneurs out there, McKeon was doing well, but looking to grow and not sure how. That's where Bilyeu, with his years of experience and wisdom, stepped in.</p> <p>The result is a fascinating and honest conversation in which Jake asks just about every question an entrepreneur might have about how to grow, how to market yourself, and generally how to take an online business to the next level. Tom doesn't hold back and answers all of these questions and more, sharing his insights on what it takes to create a successful ecommerce business and a thriving community around your brand.</p> <p>This is an episode you definitely do not want to miss, with so much gold being shared that you can't help but feel empowered and inspired after listening.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to stay relevant in your market and stay ahead of the competition</li> <li>Why you need influencers on your side and how to find them</li> <li>The metrics you need to focus on to grow your sales</li> <li>Where to find A-players when you're growing your team</li> <li>The three things you need to focus on to build a successful e-commerce business</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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147: Lessons from the Master Growth Hacker of Dropbox, LogmeIn, Eventbrite & Many more with Sean Ellis of Growthhackers.com
<p>Sean Ellis is not just another marketer. In fact, he's something entirely different. He's the world's first growth hacker.</p> <p>Originally selling advertising in the print industry in Budapest, Ellis found his calling when a friend began building a new company on this relatively new thing called the internet. Despite not knowing that much about it, Ellis immediately recognized the opportunities that online marketing presented.</p> <p>"Nobody knew much about the internet at the time. But because I was selling advertising, I really liked the idea of being able to target specific ad messages to specific people," Ellis says.</p> <p>In the years that followed, Ellis continued to stay ahead of the curve. While the rest of the world was still trying to grow their startups the traditional way, by pounding the pavement and paying for advertising with little understanding of the results they were getting, Ellis was already breaking the rules and experimenting with every possibility that the internet offered.</p> <p>Instead of just focusing on marketing as something separate from the product that was being built, Ellis wanted to experiment and see if he could combine both product and marketing together. The result was a method he called "growth hacking," a term he coined in 2010 that would come to revolutionize how startups looked at marketing, and eventually become the name of his company <a href="http://growthhackers.com">Growth Hackers</a>.</p> <p>He tested his methodology over the years and played a key role in successfully growing companies like Dropbox, Lookout, and Xobni, eventually becoming the go-to guy in all of Silicon Valley for startups looking to grow as fast as possible. Today, you'll be hard pressed to find anyone with more experience, knowledge, or passion about the power of growth hacking.</p> <p>In this week's episode, you'll learn:</p> <ul> <li>The definition of growth hacking</li> <li>Ellis's early experiments with growth hacking and how they still work today</li> <li>A behind-the-scenes look at what powered the rise of companies like Dropbox and Lookout</li> <li>The framework Ellis uses for growing any business</li> <li>How to identify the right strategies for you to become a fast-growth startup</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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146: How to Secure Guest Posts on Big Publications (Time, Fast Company, Huffington Post & Many More!) with Daniel DiPiazza of Rich20something.com
<p>At 20 years old, Daniel DiPiazza was comfortable.</p> <p>He wasn't making millions of dollars at his hourly wage job, but he wasn't struggling for money either. Like a lot of people in their early 20s, he just didn't know what he wanted to do. While the life he led was fine, it was a never ending cycle of making enough money to pay the bills, and that was about it. It wasn't exciting, more than anything it was dissatisfying, and after a few years, DiPiazza found himself restless and wanting more out of life.</p> <p>"It got to this point where I showed up at work one day and I was intensely irritated. It wasn't anything specifically that happened that day, it was just a culmination of a few years of doing things that were just ... very annoying. I made a decision that day that I was going to make a change," DiPiazza says.</p> <p>From that point on, it was like a switch had been flipped inside him. Instead of looking at all the things that held him back, DiPiazza began looking for opportunities. If no one was going to give him a job doing what he wanted, the next logical step was to simply find a way to give himself a job where he could follow his passion.</p> <p>It started simply enough, with a little freelancing on the side helping college students prepare for their exams, which soon grew into a self-perpetuating machine that eventually led to owning his own company, <a href= "http://rich20something.com/">Rich20Something</a>.</p> <p>Today DiPiazza is a bestselling author and uses his own experience to inspire others in his generation, teaching them how they too can build their own businesses and start carving that bit of financial freedom and independence for themselves. Not bad for a kid who had no idea what he was doing in his early 20s.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The best content marketing tactics to use to promote yourself</li> <li>How to never run out of clients as a freelancer</li> <li>Where to go to start skilling yourself up as an entrepreneur</li> <li>How to come up with and validate your business ideas with a few simple steps</li> <li>Strategies to build up your personal brand and influence</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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145: The Importance of Building a Culture for Growth with Mike McDerment of Freshbooks
<p>One of the best ways for an entrepreneur to come up with a great business idea is by scratching their own itch. If something's giving you trouble, it's likely that other people out there are feeling the same way.</p> <p>That's how it all started for Mike McDerment, back when he created <a href="http://freshbooks.com/foundrmag">FreshBooks</a>. At the time, McDerment wasn't looking to create a new business, or invent some sort of revolutionary product to sell. He was just trying to solve his own problem—he was tired of using Microsoft Excel as a way to create and send invoices to clients.</p> <p>It originally started off as simple digital product to make his own life easier, but it wasn't long before others started taking an interest in McDerment's new tool. Instead of selling a complete software package, the common approach at the time, McDerment decided to try out a new business model that was relatively unheard of at the time.</p> <p>"The truth is, we were SaaS before there was SaaS. We were cloud before there was cloud," he says.</p> <p>While most people were selling software as licenses, McDerment was determined to build a product that would guarantee a predictable, recurring revenue. It was a new idea, and one that many consultants and others in their space advised against. And it's true that things didn't look great for McDerment and his co-founders after two years of developing and selling the product.</p> <p>"We had only 10 paying customers paying about 10 dollars a month each. To be making a hundred dollars month after that many human years of effort is by all accounts a failure. And we stuck with it because we really loved what we were doing and our customers were telling us that it was great. It was a little more colorful in the early days," McDerment says.</p> <p>Refusing to give up, McDerment and his co-founders pushed on, and in the years since, they've served more than 10 million customers, and grown into a company with over 250 employees. Today, FreshBooks is one of the most widely used and preferred methods of accounting and invoicing for small businesses everywhere, and it all began with a simple idea, the passion to never give up, and some interesting strategies for growth.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Why you shouldn't necessarily follow best practices</li> <li>How to grow and adapt as a leader</li> <li>Why the best leaders never need to have all the answers</li> <li>The importance of instilling the right values within your team and company culture</li> <li>What "guardrails" you need in order to have your company grow as fast as possible</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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144: Body Language Hacks with Vanessa Van Edwards from the Science of People
<p>Many of us have a secret desire to make a living by following our passions, but not all of us have a passion quite like Vanessa Van Edwards'. Back in college, she loved reading academic and scientific journals. She tore through them.</p> <p>That might lead you to believe that she wanted to become an academic or work in a lab somewhere, but Van Edwards also had the soul of an entrepreneur. Even as a young adult, she had several successful businesses under her belt. Listening to that entrepreneurial spirit within her, she wondered if there was a way to link up her two loves—business and science.</p> <p>"All these researchers spend years and years doing this research, and they publish 20-page papers and they get read by, if they're lucky, a hundred people. And I wondered, is there a way to make a business out of this science research? Is there a way to turn science into business?" Van Edwards says.</p> <p>In 2012, she started the <a href= "http://www.scienceofpeople.com/">Science of People</a>, a human behavior research lab dedicated to understanding the science behind what makes people tick. Whether it's unraveling the building blocks of a charismatic personality, decoding body language, or just delving deeper into the psychology of relationships, she built a business around her passion for science, with a focus on translating dense academic language into something that everyone can understand.</p> <p>In her writing, including her latest book, Van Edwards takes the latest research and uses it to explain how to read faster, make excellent small talk, and easily capture the attention of an entire room of people with nothing but your words.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to use content marketing as a way to validate your business idea</li> <li>What qualities make a person a charismatic</li> <li>How to connect with influencers and get the "yes" you want</li> <li>Hacks to improve your networking, communication, and leadership</li> <li>Tricks to dealing with difficult people and how to spot them a mile away</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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143: How to Learn Faster & Unlock Your Superpower with Jim Kwik
<p>When Jim Kwik was in kindergarten, he suffered a terrible fall that resulted in head trauma and a brain injury. This would come to define the rest of Kwik's early life as he grew up suffering from learning difficulties. He constantly struggled to keep up with the rest of his peers and never quite found the ability to focus enough and learn fast enough, all of which was exacerbated by the fact that he didn't even have a fully functioning memory.</p> <p>"I was the boy with the broken brain," Kwik says.</p> <p>And yet, today Kwik is considered an expert on memory, learning, and the brain. He teaches thousands of people how they can hack their brains, just like he has with his own, in order to drastically expand their potential to learn and process new information. Kwik can count some of the most influential people in the world as his students, including Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, Richard Branson, and Oprah Winfrey, just to name a few.</p> <p>"Every single person can also do it, you just weren't taught how. If anything, you were taught a lie, a lie that your intelligence, your potential, your memory, is fixed like your shoe size. And we know from just the past couple of decades of research in the brain sciences that's just not true," Kwik says.</p> <p>So how did the boy with the broken brain become the master of memory?</p> <p>While most people spend their lives being told <em>what</em> to learn, Kwik has spent the majority of his life finding out everything he can about <em>how</em> to learn.</p> <p>Kwik has devoted countless hours over years of study into how exactly the human brain works and all the different ways you can teach yourself to not only have a better memory, but to read faster, learn faster, and in general turn your brain into a superpower.</p> <p>In this week's episode, you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Why the power of your mind is the most important weapon as an entrepreneur</li> <li>How to stop being a passive learner and start being an active learner</li> <li>How to unlock your brain's vast potential for memory</li> <li>How the most influential people in the world use their brains</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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142: The Breakdown of How Gerard Adams Sold EliteDaily.com for $50 million
<p>At 18, Gerard Adams dropped out of college after one semester. That semester was all it took to confirm what Adams knew all along. Like all entrepreneurs, he just wasn't built to follow the rules. The idea of getting a degree, to eventually get a job, to eventually retire, wasn't going to be the life for him.</p> <p>"That's when I made the decision to ... really put the pressure on myself to learn how to build businesses on my own," Adams says.</p> <p>While most people would go out and look for mentors by joining a community of some sort, Adams brought the community to him. In order to pursue his interest in investing and stocks, Adams built an online community for stock traders and investors, growing it to more than 10,000 active voices, and allowing him to learn from the best of the best.</p> <p>From there, he had his share of wins and losses, from getting a job where he helped build a company to 18,000 shareholders, to having the product demonstration fail in a live demonstration. He then built his own marketing agency and started generating hundreds of thousands of dollars, which he then invested heavily into the stock market, only for the 2008 recession to hit.</p> <p>No matter what, though, Adams was always learning.</p> <p>Taking everything that he learned from his experiences, together with his co-founder, Adams built <a href= "http://elitedaily.com">Elite Daily</a>, a news site for millennials, a place where Generation Y could be given a voice to talk about everything from economics to health. Over the next three-and-a-half years, they grew their Wordpress site to a company with more than 200 employees, with 80 million unique visitors to the site per month, and 80 to 100 articles a day. The eventually sold Elite Daily to the Daily Mail for $50 million.</p> <p>That was two years ago, and since then Adams has invested in multiple startups and mentored many young entrepreneurs by sharing his years of experience.</p> <p>In this week's episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The blessing and the curse of raising capital and what it means</li> <li>Adams' amazing story of going from college dropout to the voice of a generation</li> <li>What it takes to build a media company that reaches millions</li> <li>How to judge a company through brand equity versus revenue</li> <li>The true cost of being a founder and what it means to be a leader who inspires</li> <li>& so much more!</li> </ul> <p><strong>This podcast episode was brought to you by <a href= "http://freshbooks.com/foundrmag" target= "_blank">FreshBooks</a></strong>.</p> <p>When it comes to finding the perfect service to help you manage and track your invoices, time, and expenses, you can’t overlook <a href= "http://freshbooks.com/foundrmag">FreshBooks</a>. Designed for small businesses and entrepreneurs who don’t need full-blown, double-entry programming, but still want to keep their finances in check, you can’t go back once you start using it!</p>
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141: Managing People as a Fast Growth Startup with Katelyn Gleason of Eligible.com
<p>At 23, Katelyn Gleason faced, like many people in their early 20s, an existential crisis. She just didn't know what she wanted to do.</p> <p>"I started thinking about jobs. I was like 'God if I'm going to have to do this for the rest of my life it better be something I really care about, that can be my life's work, that I can really invest all of my time and all my energy into,'" Gleason says.</p> <p>Her first step was to start reading the biographies of some of the greatest individuals in human history—Marie Curie, Jane Austen, Abraham Lincoln, anything she could get her hands on. Gleason's goal was to learn as much as she could about these great people and how they managed to leave such a large legacy and imprint on humankind today.</p> <p>It wasn't long before Gleason found herself immersed in the world of healthcare, technology, and startups. It was there she found her purpose. Gleason noticed a problem in the medical industry that no one seemed to be talking about or trying to solve. Doctors and patients alike were getting bogged down with paperwork that was often confusing, and as a result, many were dealing with huge costs simply by filling out the wrong forms.</p> <p>The next nine months were spent at her kitchen table, furiously working on a solution to this problem. That solution would end up becoming <a href="http://eligible.com">Eligible</a>, a medical billing startup designed to make it as simple as possible for doctors and insurance companies to work together and save everyone money, patients, doctors, insurance companies alike.</p> <p>As a two-time alumni of Y-Combinator, Gleason led Eligible from quietly testing and validating its product to becoming an explosive fast-growth company. Today, Eligible processes 14 million transactions per month, with a projected 50 million transactions by the end of the year, and has raised more than $25 million in funding.</p> <p>In this week's episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Every step you need to take as the founder of a startup, from validating to raising capital</li> <li>How to gain proof of concept as quickly as possible</li> <li>Where to find co-founders to complement your own skills and talents</li> <li>What strategies you can use to build a fast-growth company</li> <li>How to manage the people around you and keep them focused on your goal</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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140: Explosive Startup Growth with Andy Fang of Doordash
<p>If it seems like entrepreneurs are getting younger every year, it's because they are. More millennials are turning toward entrepreneurship as a fulfilling career choice, passing on the traditional route of finding employment with some company.</p> <p>As the co-founder of <a href="http://doordash.com">DoorDash</a>, Andy Fang is no different, part of the new school of entrepreneurs getting into the startup world while still in college. In 2013, Fang and his three co-founders were still students in Stanford when they had an idea—to create an on-demand delivery service in their area for restaurants that didn't have their own.</p> <p>It wasn't long after that DoorDash found itself backed by Y Combinator, and has since expanded to several major cities within the US and Canada, recently raising $127 million in funding. Not bad for a student entrepreneur who was once the only delivery driver the company had.</p> <p>DoorDash is but one of many startups in an ever-growing food delivery market. In order to stay one step ahead of the competition at all times, Fang has had to learn how to adapt quickly to challenges thrown his way, and how to prioritize growth at all times.</p> <p>In this week's episode you'll learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to put together a team of co-founders based on mutual trust and respect</li> <li>The key to adapting quickly and executing even faster</li> <li>Why it's so important to have a clear vision and the guts to stick to it</li> <li>The logistics behind running a food-based startup</li> <li>Challenges and solutions when it comes to expanding and entering new markets</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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139: How to Become a Master Networker to Increase Your Income, Happiness and Startup Success
<p>Jordan Harbinger is one of the most influential people in entrepreneurship today, thanks to his popular podcast <a href="https://theartofcharm.com/">The Art of Charm</a>. His show recently hit its 10th anniversary, and Harbinger has interviewed some of the greatest minds and personalities in the startup space and more.</p> <p>Starting off as a law school graduate who landed a job as a financial attorney on Wall Street, it didn't take long for Harbinger to become quickly disillusioned with the life that being a big shot attorney offered. Within a year, he left his job to work full-time the Art of Charm podcast, but not before taking with him some key lessons from his stint on Wall Street.</p> <p>During that time, Harbinger learned of "the third path" to success that no one seemed to talk about. The one that wasn't about working long hours, or even being the smartest person in the room, but instead was all about networking. He found that the key to success was all about sharpening your social skills in order to develop the key relationships you need in order to succeed.</p> <p>That lesson turned Harbinger's life around and opened up a whole world of possibilities that he never thought possible.</p> <p>In this week's episode:</p> <ul> <li>How to develop and master the social skills you need to succeed</li> <li>The competitive advantage behind networking and building relationships</li> <li>Why podcasting changed the game and how you can harness its power</li> <li>How to become a highly influential person</li> <li>The secret to creating a successful podcast</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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138: The Power of Community & Free Challenges with Jen Hansard & Jadah Selnah of Simple Green Smoothies
<p>The inspiring story behind <a href= "http://simplegreensmoothies.com/" target="_blank">Simple Green Smoothies</a> started on a playground, with two mothers watching their kids play together.</p> <p>At the time, Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner were both first-time mothers, and they shared a desire to get back into the workforce. But they decided they were going to do it on their own terms and by following their passions.</p> <p>In 2007, they officially made the jump from being playdate partners to professional collaborators when they began working together on a parenting blog. Not long after they were working on more projects together, with Simple Green Smoothies being one of them.</p> <p>What initially started off as a side-hustle turned into a full-fledged business, getting some serious traction after they discovered Instagram in 2012. Through a mixture of follower challenges, influencer marketing, and a whole ton of heart, they started building a multimillion-dollar business.</p> <p>Their key tactic? Focusing on community, first and foremost.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We listen to our community, we poll them all the time asking, 'What do you want from us?' 'What do you need?' 'What’s your biggest struggle right now?'," Hansard says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Find ways to really nurture that tribe and get to know them, just like you would in a real romantic relationship, so that you can serve them to the best of your ability," Sellner says.</span></p> <p>From being stay-at-home mothers working multiple jobs in order to keep their families afloat, to being the co-founders of a multimillion-dollar business with thousands of customers, the story of Simple Green Smoothies is a must-listen for any entrepreneur.</p> <p>In this week's episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Why it's all about building a community first</li> <li>How to reach out to influencers to help promote your product</li> <li>What social media platform you should use and how to figure out what works for you</li> <li>How to generate new leads by providing a free experience</li> <li>Why you need to focus on one core message when you're just starting out</li> <li>& so much more!</li> </ul> <p><strong>This podcast episode was brought to you by <a href= "https://www.siteground.com/" target= "_blank">SiteGround</a>.</strong></p> <p>Thinking about building your own website? Get started with the best web-hosting service around with <a href= "https://www.siteground.com/" target="_blank">SiteGround</a>, with their 24/7 support, unbreakable security, and dedication to providing the best experience possible for you and your audience. You can't go wrong with SiteGround.</p>
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137: How to Build a Large Startup NOT in Silicon Valley with Girish Mathrubootham of Freshdesk
<p>Back in 2010, Girish Mathrubootham was a pretty successful tech guy, having risen up the ranks of a company to VP of Product Management. But that didn't mean he was immune to bad customer service.</p> <p>After spending months and months going back and forth with a company on an insurance claim, in the end, all that was achieved was Mathrubootham feeling helpless and frustrated. He took to a popular online forum to air his frustrations, and that was when he got his first taste of what it means to harness social power. His post went viral, with others airing their own frustrations at the same company, to the point where the president of the company stepped in to personally apologize to Mathrubootham.</p> <p>He began to understand just how antiquated the systems for customer service were, and just how important social media had become in giving a voice to customers who previously had nowhere else to go. He realized that modern companies needed a help desk that not only tracked complaints through traditional channels like email and phone, but also those that came through on social media channels.</p> <p>The result was <a href= "https://freshdesk.com">Freshdesk</a>, a company that now employs more than 950 people around the world, and has raised more than $150 million in capital from top VC firms. One more super-impressive thing about the story of Freshdesk—it started out as a tiny company based in India, and Mathrubootham had to overcome the challenge of gaining a foothold in the US.</p> <p>That seven-year journey had its own share of setbacks, but Mathrubootham has managed to rise above each one that the cutthroat tech world has thrown his way, through a mixture of knowing exactly the right kind of person to hire and his own tenacity and savvy for PR.</p> <p>In this week's episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What it means to truly harness social power</li> <li>What to look out for when you're studying your competitors</li> <li>How to turn an attack into the best PR move you'll ever make</li> <li>The key to raising millions of dollars from the top VR firms in Silicon Valley</li> <li>Why you need to hire based on potential and not on academic credentials</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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136: The Power of Building the Best Product in Your Market with Tenko Nikolov of Siteground
<p>For as long as he can remember, Tenko Nikolov has been obsessed with computers. From his very first computer at the age of 7, he fell in love with the simple green and black screen and was fascinated with all that this technology could offer.</p> <p>Of course, he also got into some trouble, even accidentally hacking into a large US corporation's network with a friend at the age of 13. After a few days of fun messing with their systems and bragging to their friends, the duo eventually sent an email to the company letting them know what they did and how they did it.</p> <p>The next few days were agonizing as they waited for a response, petrified that an FBI agent would be showing up to his doorstep in Bulgaria. To his surprise, however, the company reached out, thanked them for finding a security loophole and even asked them how much they'd like to be paid for finding it in the first place.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I realized that I can actually be paid for the thing that I love to do most," Nikolov says.</span></p> <p>Instead of asking for payment, Nikolov asked for his own server that he could play around with. After getting his first taste of entrepreneurship, he began seeing how far he could push the limits of computer technology. Looking back at it now, Nikolov pinpoints this as the exact moment that led him to develop <a href= "https://www.siteground.com/">SiteGround</a>, a web-hosting server and provider.</p> <p>But what makes SiteGround stand out from the thousands of competitors out there, is Nikolov's dedication to innovating.</p> <p>In this week's episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to build a product that not only learns from its customers, but also continuously improves</li> <li>When to give up on perfection and focus instead on shipping</li> <li>How to survive as a bootstrapped company for 13 years straight</li> <li>How to read the trends and stay one step ahead of your competitors</li> <li>What it takes to go from a company that nobody's ever heard of to a major player in your industry</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul> <p><strong>This podcast episode was brought to you by <a href= "http://freshbooks.com/foundrmag" target= "_blank">FreshBooks</a></strong>.</p> <p>When it comes to finding the perfect service to help you manage and track your invoices, time, and expenses, you can’t overlook <a href= "http://freshbooks.com/foundrmag">FreshBooks</a>. Designed for small businesses and entrepreneurs who don’t need full-blown, double-entry programming, but still want to keep their finances in check, you can’t go back once you start using it!</p>
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135: How to Fight Global Poverty with Technology with Leila Janah of Sama Group
<p>A lot of people can recognize an opportunity, but what separates an entrepreneur from the rest of us is the ambition and courage to seize on that opportunity.</p> <p>The opportunity Leila Janah recognized was enormous. Lucky for her, and the rest of us, she had the ambition to match it. Her goal? Fighting world poverty.</p> <p>Ever since founding <a href= "https://www.samasource.org/">Samasource</a> in 2008, Janah has impacted the lives of more than 30,000 people, raising thousands up from the poorest parts in India, Haiti, Uganda, and more. Janah has been internationally recognized for her work, with accolades coming from the world's most prestigious universities and publications like the <em>New York Times</em>, <em>Fortune</em>, and <em>Entrepreneur</em>.</p> <p>The opportunity Janah saw was a simple one. There was a trend in the globalizing economy of companies looking to outsource their work, and she wanted to tap into that trend by giving people living in extreme poverty the training and skills needed to fill these jobs. With the idea that by providing people with the right skills could help them rise out of poverty, Janah managed to pioneer a unique and inspiring social enterprise.</p> <p>In taking on such a massive problem, Janah has faced virtually every hurdle that can be faced in her eight-year journey as a social entrepreneur, and it looks like nothing is going to keep that bold ambition in check.</p> <p>In this week's episode you'll learn:</p> <ul> <li>The business of tackling the world's largest problems</li> <li>How to find and instill passion into the people who work around you</li> <li>The strategy of divide and conquer when it comes to nonprofits</li> <li>How to keep it simple with project management and personal goals</li> <li>What you can accomplish as a social entrepreneur if you put your mind to it</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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134: A Blueprint on How to Become a Sales Master with Matthew Kimberley
<p>At his very core, <a href= "http://www.matthewkimberley.com/">Matthew Kimberley</a> is a salesman.</p> <p>Whether it's something he was born with, or a trait he picked up while growing up, Kimberley understands the art of the sale. Starting at the young age of 13, Kimberley took to the street as a young street performer. Juggling his way into his first few dollars, and finding within himself that perfect combination of charm, drive, and ambition that make up the best salespeople.</p> <p>Fast forward to his 20s, Kimberley had built himself an highly lucrative company earning a cool 7-figures a year, and yet, he was unhappy. He just didn't believe in what he was doing, and couldn't find the passion to keep on going. Taking a step back as a founder, he went back to what he knew best: selling.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I realized what I liked to do is sell and teach people how to sell. So what I did was become a self-employed sales trainer, and I haven’t looked back since.”</span></p> <p>To Kimberley, there is no other skill that is as important as knowing how to sell.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Here’s why sales are important. When you can sell, you don’t need any other skills. When you can sell, you don’t need to be a creator. When you can sell, you don’t need to be a manager. When you can sell, you don’t need to be a writer, you don’t need to be a speaker, you don’t need to be a talker, you don’t have to have a business idea. You don’t have to be a particularly good executor. You don’t have to be good at doing anything, other than asking, persuading, convincing,” Kimberley says.</span></p> <p>Today, Kimberley has honed his skills to the point of being one of the go-to gurus when it comes to the art of selling. He's taught hundreds of people and businesses how to not only grow, but double and even triple their profit margins by teaching them his practical system on how to sell hard, and sell fast.</p> <p>In this week's episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Kimberley's 16 principles of professional persuasion</li> <li>The best place to learn and hone your skills as a salesperson</li> <li>Why learning how to sell is the most important skill for an entrepreneur</li> <li>How to follow your passion while maximizing your profits</li> <li>The importance of having a mentor and where to find one</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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133: Building a Fertile Future For All Women with Piraye Beim of Celmatix
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The phrase “game-changing” gets bandied about a lot in entrepreneurial circles. And certainly, in this era of landmark technological change, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to people and products that have changed the way we live.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We’re about to introduce you to a woman who raises that bar to life-changing. Someone who is paving the way for millions of women to have more personalized, accurate fertility care. One who has truly moved the medical sciences needle. (Pun intended).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Piraye Beim, is indeed a rare woman. A mother to two, soon-to-be three, a world-leading genetic scientist and Founder/CEO at</span> <a href= "http://celmatix.com/"><em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Celmatix</span></em></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">– the New York biotech firm putting big data through its paces with some remarkable results.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since launching in 2009,</span> <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Celmatix</span></em> <span style="font-weight: 400;">has released two world-first products. The first is</span> <em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Polaris,</span></em> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">a cloud-based platform that uses big data to optimize the treatment of fertility patients. Its creation was what Beim refers to as a “happy accident” on the way to solving their number one goal –  building the first genetic test for reproductive health.</span> <em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Fertilome</span></em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">, the realization of that mission, was released early this year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Today,</span> <em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Celmatix</span></em> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">are well on their way to empowering an entire generation of women to proactively manage their fertility. And Piraye Beim is just getting started.</span></p> <p>In this week's episode:</p> <ul> <li>How critical it is to your success to be a part of a shared community</li> <li>What the business of medicine is like</li> <li>The importance of understanding the story of your customers</li> <li>How Piraye settles the debate between growth and profitability</li> <li>How to find the time to be both a parent and a game-changing entrepreneur</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul> <p><strong>This podcast episode was brought to you by <a href= "https://www.pipedrive.com/">Pipedrive</a>.</strong></p> <p>Made by marketers for marketers and with over 30,000 users worldwide, <a href= "https://www.pipedrive.com/">Pipedrive</a> is one of the best CRM tools in the business. Keep track of all your sales, customers, and leads with their incredibly intuitive dashboard and simple design. Don't try any other CRM tool until you've used Pipedrive first!</p>
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132: The Importance of Leadership for a Fast Growth Company with Timo Rein of Pipedrive
<p>Before heading to San Fransisco to devote himself fully as the CEO of the wildly popular customer relationship management (CRM) tool <a href="http://pipedrive.com">Pipedrive</a>, Timo Rein was a sales consultant back in his home country of Estonia. With a knack for making sales and closing deals, Rein found himself successfully working as one of the best salesmen in his country for over 12 years.</p> <p>Despite loving the industry he was in, Rein knew that there was much more he could offer the world beyond just one-on-one consultation and training sessions. There had to be a way for him to apply his years of experience and distill them into a product that could help thousands of salespeople he knew must be frustrated with the exact problems he was facing.</p> <p>In Rein's own words:</p> <p>"We should either find a product like this, or build a product like this. We didn't find exactly what we were looking for so we decided to build it."</p> <p>Leaving the company that he called home for 12 years, he began to build his very first tech product.</p> <p>The product that would become known as Pipedrive struck a chord. Ever since launching in 2010, Pipedrive has grown to more than 30,000 customers who can be found on every continent on the globe, and impressively raised $9 million in its first round of funding.</p> <p>Rein shows no sign of stopping as he seeks to continue to grow Pipedrive in his own impressive fashion.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to choose between building a service-based or a product-based business</li> <li>Rein's own tips on how to improve your own sales regardless of the niche</li> <li>How to find and develop your own leadership style</li> <li>What types of people you need around you to launch and grow a successful startup</li> <li>The key to continue moving quickly and efficiently as you grow</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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131: Running 4000+ People Events & Building a Fast Growth Media Company with Michael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner
<p>After being unceremoniously tossed out of the corporate world 20 years ago, Michael Stelzner took a chance and turned toward entrepreneurship. In the years that followed, Stelzner began building a reputation as an influencer with a huge network of writers and marketers.</p> <p>It all culminated in 2009 when, after noticing more and more people talking about social media, he decided to run an experimental project: see if he could build a following by creating a blog with detailed articles about social media. Grabbing the name <a href="http://socialmediaexaminer.com" target= "_blank">Social Media Examiner</a>, he got to work.</p> <p>His goal was simple. Instead of being one of the hundreds of bloggers already out there writing about what they didn't like about social media or simply covering the latest news in that industry, Stelzner wanted to create a blog where he would get the best writers to craft articles that would help the average person and marketer understand <em>how to use</em> social media.</p> <p>To say that his experiment paid off would be an understatement. Social Media Examiner is one of the biggest business blogs in the world, and is widely considered <em>the</em> authority on all things social media.</p> <p>Beyond having an incredibly successful blog, Stelzner has expanded the brand to include a top-ranking podcast and an annual event that attracts the best marketers and entrepreneurs in the world.</p> <p>Seven years into his entrepreneurial journey, Stelzner helms one of the fastest-growing and most respected media companies on the planet.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His secrets to success? A powerful mixture of marketing know-how, a strong business model, and understanding how to get the most out of your network.</span></p> <p>In this week's episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to land interviews with some of the biggest names in your industry</li> <li>The value in giving away your best stuff for free</li> <li>What it takes to become the most influential authority in your space</li> <li>How to market effectively and connect with thousands of people</li> <li>The magic behind networking and how to harness it</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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130: How to Start a Social Enterprise with Scott Harrison of charity: water
<p>For the past 10 years, Scott Harrison has made charity his business, and he's managed to raise $250 million and bring clean drinking water in people in more than 24 countries since he began his nonprofit <a href= "https://www.charitywater.org/">charity: water</a>.</p> <p>Ever since learning the majority of diseases suffered by the poor were caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation, he has made it his life's mission to bring clean drinking water to those who need it the most. It's been an amazing journey since he first started and his organization has not only affected millions of lives around the world, but he's also inspired hundreds of others to take the path of social entrepreneurship.</p> <p>But in the beginning, there really weren't many social enterprises quite like charity: water.</p> <p>"My advice to people is 'go find someone who's doing what you want to do and join them instead of starting something.' In my case, I just couldn't find anyone else doing what I wanted to do, doing what I had the vision for," says Harrison.</p> <p>Sleeping on the floor of a friend's closet and using the living room as an office, Harrison began to build something that would offer a solution to what he considered the greatest problem facing the world. Taking it upon himself to build an organization that he could believe in, Harrison created a fresh take on how nonprofits could run and worked to rebuild trust in the power of charity.</p> <p>In this week's episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The art of storytelling and why it's so important for any social enterprise</li> <li>How to craft a story that everyone can relate to</li> <li>How to build and run a worldwide enterprise through nonprofit philosophies</li> <li>How to inspire and build a team of thousands of volunteers who believe in your vision</li> <li>How to build a brand that inspires</li> <li>& so much more!</li> </ul> <p><strong>This podcast episode was brought to you by <a href= "http://infusionsoftnow.com/foundr" target= "_blank">Infusionsoft</a></strong></p> <p>Anyone looking for the gold standard in sales and marketing solutions should turn to <a href= "http://infusionsoftnow.com/foundr">Infusionsoft</a>. The complete package for small businesses of all types, save yourself some time and let Infusionsoft do all the work for you by automating huge parts of your business.</p>
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129: How Lootcrate Became the No.1 Fastest Growing Company in America with Matthew Arevalo
<p>Many of us have been to one of those startup events where you're divided up into teams and have to whip up a company in the span of a weekend. You make great connections and have some fun, but typically the business idea you were working on for past 48 hours is gone by the time your head hits the pillow.</p> <p>But Matthew Arevalo and his new friend, and soon-to-be co-founder, realized they were onto something special. While most people went back to their daily lives, Arevalo began dedicating all of his time and energy into this new business. The result was a company called <a href="http://lootcrate.com">Loot Crate</a>, a subscription service that ships a mystery box of items made for geeks by geeks.</p> <p>"Subscription boxes had been around, and had existed in the past. But a lot of the focus had been on sampling. It had been on trying to get samples of products into a box and get them out to folks," says Arevalo. "Loot Crate really was the first company to work directly and say, 'We're going to put full-sized apparel, figures, collectibles, and items that pop culture fans gravitate towards and have an emotional connection to.'"</p> <p>Since that fateful weekend in 2012, the fledgling startup has grown into a powerhouse company with more than 650,000 subscribers, making it the fastest-growing company in the US.</p> <p>But earning such an accolade took a lot of experimenting, perseverance, and a couple of setbacks along the way, all of which Arevalo was more than happy to share with the Foundr audience.</p> <p>In this week's episode, you'll learn:</p> <ul> <li>The secret to tapping into a niche and creating a true emotional connection with your audience</li> <li>What your number one focus should be in the early stage of a fast-growing startup</li> <li>Why it's important to always be looking for feedback from your customers</li> <li>How to turn failure into a learning experience</li> <li>The difference between running a physical business and a digital one</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul> <p><strong>This podcast episode was brought to you by <a href= "http://freshdesk.com" target="_blank">Fresh Desk</a>.</strong></p> <p>Make bad customer service a thing of the past with <a href= "http://freshdesk.com">Fresh Desk</a>. Whether it's with their live chat feature, their easy-to-use ticketing system, or their multi-channel customer support system, treat your customer to an experience like no other and keep them coming back.</p>
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128: The Godfather of Blogging Shares How to Create Content People Love - Darren Rowse of Problogger
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The internet marketing scene is not exactly known for being grounded and humble. It's often as bombastic and self-inflated as a hip-hop rap battle. That’s why it comes as such a surprise to find that Darren Rowse, one of the world’s most successful bloggers, is so …</span> <em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">normal</span></em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His down-to-earth nature is only the first thing that will surprise you. The second is where he's from—Rowse isn’t from Silicon Valley, or even the United States as many assume. Rather, he hails from from Melbourne in Australia’s southeastern corner.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rowse currently has two active blogs. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">ProBlogger needs little introduction, as it’s been the internet’s go-to place for everything blog-related for more than a decade now</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. And his second blog, Digital Photography School, has long been a content darling of photographers worldwide. Both of these blogs boast readerships so large, they put national media outlets to shame. In the words of Ron Burgundy, he’s kind of a big deal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before every second person decided to set up a space to blog about their special interests, however mundane, there was Darren Rowse. </span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">He planted his flag deep into blogging soil before any of us knew it was a thing, and has since grown to become one of the world's leading authorities on blogging. A</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">s one of the world’s premiere bloggers, he’s breathing the rarefied air that comes with 5 million-plus monthly readers.</span></p> <p>In this week's episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The secrets behind effective content marketing and how it can improve your business</li> <li>How to understand who your reader is and what kind of content they're looking for</li> <li>Why you need to network and the best way to do it</li> <li>What the best practices for SEO are</li> <li>The key to growing a business beyond yourself</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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127: The Psychological Triggers to Make Someone Buy with Sean D'Souza of Psychotactics
<p>If you're interesting in learning how to market more effectively and land more sales, a quick Google search will bring up thousands of results, each one promising that their specific tip will be the one that changes your business forever. The trouble is sorting the wheat from the chaff. What's the stuff that'll actually work for you, and what's the stuff that's just clickbait?</p> <p>According to Sean D'Souza, the secret to marketing is actually surprisingly easy to understand. At their very core, all marketing strategies follow the exact same model, D'Souza says. He has cracked the code, and he can prove it.</p> <p>"What I do is I break down things into little pieces, and when I break them down into little pieces it becomes scientific. That's really what science is. Science is taking something very complex and breaking them down into little pieces and reconstructing it so that anyone can do it," D'Souza says.</p> <p>Originally working as a freelance cartoonist, D'Souza somehow found himself indulging his talent for marketing and understanding consumer psychology by helping out others with their marketing efforts. It wasn't long before he started writing about his own experiences with marketing and slowly but surely, he began to gather an audience hungry to learn more.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The psychological triggers behind turning someone from a prospect and into a customer</li> <li>Why growing your company might not be the best move</li> <li>Sean's most effective marketing tactics and strategies</li> <li>The myth behind innate talent and why it's all about the hustle</li> <li>What the perfect marketer look and sounds like</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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126: Learn How Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan Quit Her Job to Launch One of America's Fastest-Growing Businesses
<p>There are many reasons people choose to become entrepreneurs. Some want to make money, others want the freedom of owning their own businesses, and some, like <a href= "http://foundrmag.com/kamakshi-sivaramakrishnan-drawbridge/" target="_blank">Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan</a>, want to make an impact. For Sivaramakrishnan, a self-described accidental entrepreneur, she never intended to become the founder of one of the fastest-growing companies in the world. It just so happened to be that it was only by doing so could she affect the change she wanted to see in the world.</p> <p>Originally intending to pursue a career in academia, by the time Sivaramakrishnan graduated from Stanford with a PhD in information theory, she realized that this was merely a milestone on a journey to something greater. After graduating she headed for Silicon Valley and found herself one of the original engineers of a soon-to-be successful startup.</p> <p>"I felt like here was a place where I could create an impact," Sivaramakrishnan says.</p> <p>By the time that startup was acquired by Google in 2009, Sivaramakrishnan had developed a taste for the intricacies of the startup world and soon began her own venture called <a href= "http://drawbridge.com" target="_blank">Drawbridge</a>. The company was all about helping other companies of all kinds understand their customers and their buying habits across multiple devices.</p> <p>Impressively, since she's launched, Drawbridge now has over 150 employees and is considered one of the fastest-growing companies in the world. Growing by almost 2000% in just the past year alone, in regards to size and the amount of revenue it generates.</p> <p>Not bad for an accidental entrepreneur.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Where mobile advertising is at now, and what the future holds</li> <li>How to find data solutions to marketing problems</li> <li>Why it's so important to find people who share your vision</li> <li>Who you need to hire as your company starts to grow</li> <li>The unavoidable, and the avoidable, pitfalls of running a fast-growing startup</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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125: How to Build a Distributed Team for Fast Growth with Wade Foster of Zapier
<p>You can't talk about fast-growing SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) companies without mentioning <a href="http://zapier.com" target= "_blank">Zapier</a>. In about five years, they've amassed a customer base of over 1.5 million registered users, and grown their team from just three founders to 60 people. But perhaps what's most impressive and unique about Zapier, is the fact that those 60 people can be found all over the world.</p> <p>While Wade Foster and his co-founders reside in San Fransisco, he is quick to mention that does not mean Zapier's headquarters are in San Fransisco. Not just employees, but also members of the executive team can be found on almost every continent, working remotely. Zapier is living proof that entrepreneurs and startups are no longer strictly bound by location, and that there is a whole world of talent out there.</p> <p>"The internet feels like our true home," Foster says.</p> <p>You might think that having such a team would be a detriment to a fast-growth company but, according to Foster, having such a large, distributed team is precisely the reason behind Zapier's impressive success. When it comes to managing and leading such a scattered team, all while building a fast-growing SaaS company, Foster is a master.</p> <p>In this week's episode you'll learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to validate your idea and find your first customer at the same time</li> <li>The pros and cons of managing a distributed team of over 60 people</li> <li>What a high-performing distributed team looks like</li> <li>Keys to building a B2B company as quickly as possible</li> <li>Wade's favorite apps and tools</li> <li>& so much more!</li> </ul> <p><strong>This podcast episode was brought to you by <a href= "http://infusionsoft.com" target= "_blank">Infusionsoft</a></strong></p> <p>Anyone looking for the gold standard in sales and marketing solutions should turn to <a href="http://infusionsoft.com" target="_blank">Infusionsoft</a>. The complete package for small businesses of all types, save yourself some time and let Infusionsoft do all the work for you by automating huge parts of your business.</p>
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124: What it Takes to Grow Multiple 7 Figure Online Businesses with Sol Orwell
<p>Over the past 20 years or so, the common understanding of what an "entrepreneur" is has undergone some massive changes.</p> <p>It used to be that an entrepreneur was someone who wore a proper suit, courted investors over fancy lunches and dinners, and ultimately cornered entire industries. Then the term started to shift.</p> <p>These days when you think of an entrepreneur, you're more likely to conjure some hip whiz kid, much more likely to wear jeans and a hoodie than a suit. The attitude has changed as well, with entrepreneurs these days less concerned about building Fortune 500 businesses, and instead wanting to take on creative pursuits that can fuel their lifestyles of travel, leisure, and adventure.</p> <p>You'd be hard-pressed to find a person who fits that 21st century entrepreneur archetype better than Sol Orwell. At only 32, he has already bought and sold multiple online businesses, co-founded a 7-figure business by the name of <a href= "http://examine.com">Examine.com</a>, and finds himself globetrotting three to four months out of the year for fun. So how does he do it?</p> <p>Orwell is no stranger to the entrepreneurship life, having started his first online business of buying and selling virtual currency at the age of 14. Ever since, he's been in love with starting businesses, and everything that the online world can offer. As a tried and true digital nomad, Orwell knows exactly what it takes to build up the perfect business for anyone wanting to be a lifestyle entrepreneur.</p> <p>In this week's episode:</p> <ul> <li>How to find your niche in the online world</li> <li>The importance of putting the business first before your ego</li> <li>Why building evergreen content will always work better than anything viral</li> <li>Orwell's no-nonsense guide to building a self-sustaining online business</li> <li>The wonders of building a segmented audience and why you need to do it right now</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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123: Startup Growth Pains, Marketing Strategies, Buying & Selling Companies with Wil Schroter
<p>Wil Schroter never set out to become an entrepreneur. In fact, he didn't have that much interest in business in the first place. But in 1995, he found himself in the office of his college guidance counselor saying that he was dropping out to start an internet company.</p> <p>The question she asked wasn't why Schroter was quitting college, but what was this "internet" he was talking about.</p> <p>A 19 years old, Schroter was one of the first handful of people in the world building successful businesses based on this world-changing piece of technology. While dropping out of college to pursue a career in entrepreneurship is pretty run-of-the-mill today, back in 1995 it was practically unheard of. Everyone around Schroter told him it was insane, that it'd be suicide, that he'd never make it.</p> <p>Fast forward a little over 20 years, he now finds himself as the founder of several multimillion-dollar companies, including <a href="http://fundable.com">Fundable</a>, the world's largest business crowdfunding platform, and the internationally renowned startup launchpad <a href="http://startups.co">startups.co</a>. It's been a successful journey since that guidance counselor's office.</p> <p>Throughout his entrepreneurial career, Schroter has not only witnessed, but also participated in many of the world-changing impacts the internet has had. He's pretty much seen it all.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to survive a business with less than zero business experience</li> <li>The things you need to know on how to close more deals</li> <li>Learn how to build a community</li> <li>How to deal with growth pains effectively</li> <li>Tips on what it takes to build a successful company</li> <li>& more!</li> </ul>
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122: How Timbuktu Labs Created the Most Successful Publishing Kickstarter Campaign in History (Crowdfunding Series Part 6)
<p>After working in the children's media industry for over five years, there was something that was bothering Francesca Cavallo. She found herself asking the question: "Why does almost every princess in every classical fairy tale needs a prince to save her?"</p> <p>It was something she didn't particularly care for. But the reality was that there just weren't that many fairy tales where the princess was the hero, and not just the damsel-in-distress. So Cavallo did what any other entrepreneur would do in her situation. If there wasn't a solution to the problem, then she was going to create one.</p> <p>The result was a book called <a href= "https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/timbuktu/good-night-stories-for-rebel-girls-100-tales-to-dr" target="_blank"><em>Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls</em></a>, a collection of 100 stories about great female artists, athletes, politicians, and scientists. Instead of hearing fairy tales like <em>Cinderella</em> or <em>Sleeping Beauty</em>, children everywhere could instead listen to the stories of extraordinary women like Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth the First, and Serena Williams.</p> <p>In order to bring her idea into reality, Cavallo, co-founder of <a href="http://www.timbuktu.me/">Timbuktu Labs</a>, took to Kickstarter to reach her goal of $40,000 in order to print the first 1,000 copies.</p> <p>The book was a smash hit. Within 24 hours, Cavallo's campaign raised half of its goal, and by the end of the month she had raised over $650,000 in funds and was the creator of the most successful publishing campaign in Kickstarter history.</p> <p>It was a dream come true, but it was far from being a lucky break. Months before the campaign even started, Cavallo had begun planning. In our interview, she walks us through step-by-step how she engineered the massive success of one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns to date.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to validate your idea before you even try crowdfunding</li> <li>Why the video is the most important part of any crowdfunding campaign</li> <li>How to establish trust in both your campaign and yourself</li> <li>The tools you can use to ensure your campaign's success</li> <li>Step-by-step instructions for what to do before, during, and after your crowdfunding campaign</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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121: How Willi Footwear Raised $36,232 to End Flip Flop Blowouts (Crowdfunding Series Part 5)
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A unique product snags attention. A boring product does not.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brad Munro says crowdfunding is most successful when you have the former—something innovative like Willi Footwear’s improved flip flops.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The kind of people that are contributing to your crowdfunding campaign, especially if they’re buying a product, they’re doing so because they can’t buy it anywhere else,” he says. “They’re not going to jump on and grab something that they can go down to the shop and get, that’s just as good or the exact same thing.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But they didn't rely on their product's uniqueness. By shoveling time into their campaign, both the preparation and execution, the team at Willi Footwear was able to integrate consistent messaging with outreach to people they knew, which earned them the money they needed to ensure the success of their fledgling company.</span></p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Why Indiegogo might be a better platform for crowdfunders</li> <li>How to strike the right tone for your campaign video</li> <li>What connections you can immediately leverage to ensure your campaign is a success</li> <li>The elements behind a high-converting project page</li> <li>What you need to start planning for once you decide to start crowdfunding</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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120: The Master of Systems (Michael Gerber) Shares How to Scale Your Business
<p>Thirty years ago, Michael Gerber released a book called <em><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Myth-Most-Businesses-Dont-About/dp/0887303625">The E-Myth: Why Most Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About it</a>.</em></p> <p>It carried within it lessons on what it means to be an entrepreneur, the importance of systems in building a scalable business, even the different types of people who start their own businesses. It laid out the common pitfalls that happen to most novice entrepreneurs and gave practical advice on how to avoid them.</p> <p>The best-selling book has since inspired millions of people to start their own businesses, and is still considered to be a must-read for entrepreneurs everywhere. Startup thought leaders like Tim Ferriss and Seth Godin have heaped praise on the lessons outlined in this book.</p> <p>But before Gerber began changing the lives of a whole generation of business owners, he explains, he never intended to become an entrepreneur. It was only through a chance meeting with a distraught business owner that Gerber found himself with his first client and in the position to help someone grow a business.</p> <p>"I discovered something I'd never known before, and that is the conclusion I've come to over the years—that despite the obvious differences between industries, between vertical markets, between kinds of companies, what I began to discover was that from a business development perspective, they're not different at all."</p> <p>Despite all the technological changes that have happened since that first client, Gerber asserts that the key principles behind building a business have remained the same.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What exactly it is that makes an entrepreneur different from everyone else</li> <li>How to be a dreamer, a thinker, a storyteller, and a leader</li> <li>The difference between strategic and tactical thinking, and which one you should be doing</li> <li>Why everyone should start thinking about building a business</li> <li>How to make your business unique, even if your product isn't</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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119: How Who Gives a Crap Raised $66,000 by Sitting on a Toilet (Crowdfunding Series Part 4)
<p>Simon Griffiths sat down for what he believed in and, it turned out, parking it on a toilet was an epic marketing win for a good cause.</p> <p>Griffiths and the team behind Who Gives a Crap toilet paper employed a clever stunt in which they livestreamed their co-founder sitting on a toilet until they reached their crowdfunding goal, and it worked. The company gives half of its profits to charity to increase access to toilets and sanitation in developing countries.</p> <p>But it takes more than a good cause and a good marketing ploy to have a successful crowdfunding campaign. The team also relied on thorough preparation and consistent messaging to blow away their goal.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Griffiths and his co-founder Jehan Ratnatunga did a first take on their video in January 2012, hoping to launch soon after. But they realized that it wasn’t quite what they wanted, so they went back and tried again, even taking the time to get advice from an ad firm in Melbourne.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The video wasn’t the only thing they had to prepare. The team wanted to be sure that their campaign would be a coherent, quality whole, and if that meant delaying the launch so that they would have time to refine things, that was OK.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We thought we’d go live in February or March, and then it just kept on getting continuously pushed back, and then it wasn’t until July that the campaign did go live,” Griffiths says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They were only working on the campaign part-time during the preparation phase, and it ended up taking six months for all of their ideas to come together in a way that they were happy with. Preparing an effective campaign isn’t like heating up a microwave dinner. It’s more like cooking a multi-course feast. It takes time.</span></p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What makes your campaign newsworthy and why people should care</li> <li>How to make your campaign as shareable as possible</li> <li>Why the first 24 hours are the most important in any crowdfunding campaign</li> <li>Kickstarter or Indiegogo. How to pick the one that works for you</li> <li>How to keep your message consistent across every media channels</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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118: How Canary Raised 20x it's $100,000 Goal on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Series Part 3)
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Canary team didn’t start their company with crowdfunding. In fact, they had been working on the idea for roughly a year before turning to Indiegogo.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We decided that crowdfunding would be a great way for us to validate the market a little bit,” says Jon Troutman, co-founder of the company, which offers networked home security systems.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It took the team about a month and a half to plan and prepare the campaign, but Troutman notes that they had already developed a voice for their brand and a story for their product. They didn’t devote as much time to preparation as some campaigns because they could already picture the puzzle. They just had to fit the pieces together.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And getting users involved in the process would be key to doing so. After working on Canary for a whole year, they needed an outside view. “What we’re building is so much about filling a need for people, that it felt weird to go too far into product development without bringing more people into the process,” Troutman says.</span></p> <p>One of the great things about crowdfunding is that it lets the market decide in real time whether or not to validate your idea. In Canary’s case, it did.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The right way to communicate your message to your audience</li> <li>Where to go when you're looking for expert help</li> <li>How to analyse the competition and what you can learn from doing so</li> <li>What questions you need to ask yourself before you launch your campaign</li> <li>How much time you need to devote to your campaign in order for it to be successful</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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117: How the Oto-Tip Campaign Raised $77,000 to Disrupt the Cotton Swab Industry (Crowdfunding Series Part 2)
<p>A team of doctors and engineers wanted a safer alternative to Q-Tips, so they created it. By understanding where potential users were coming from and staying on point with the idea that their product could alleviate those pains, the Oto-Tip gained the funding it needed to go big.</p> <p>The lesson from Oto-Tip is, before you start any crowdfunding campaign, you must know how your project will improve people’s lives, and you must explain it in a way that resonates emotionally with potential backers. In this week's episode, Lily Truong, co-founder of Oto-Tip and manager of its crowdfunding campaign, explains how they did it.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My key question I wanted to ask myself was … ‘Why would someone need this? Why would backers resonate with the story? What pain point are you really solving?’” Crowdfunding campaigns can reach their goals when they offer a clear way to deal with common struggles people experience.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the case of Truong’s campaign, Q-tips, cotton swabs, ear sticks, they all shove wax deeper into your ear, make you itch, and can even puncture your eardrum. The Oto-Tip offers another, far less irritating approach to earwax.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It all goes back to that pitch: Look, there’s a problem, but here’s a way to fix it. Find out how your own campaign can tap into people’s emotions and offer a solution.</span></p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The importance of getting feedback before you even entertain the thought of crowdfunding something</li> <li>How to figure out the best media platforms to reach your audience</li> <li>Why you need a strong story and how to create one that works for you</li> <li>The good, the bad, and the ugly when working with PR firms</li> <li>Awesome hacks you can do with LinkedIn to boost your Kickstarter campaign</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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116: How Eskil Nordhaug Raised $123,000 to Change Mobile Video (Crowdfunding Series Part 1)
<p>The problem Eskil Nordhaug wanted to solve for people was simple. Videos taken with smartphones or small cameras are notoriously shaky.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So he simply looked at the needs. He asked himself what it would take to build a company selling a mechanical video stabilizer that exceeded expectations—the kind of product consumers needed, the amount of money he would need, the coverage help press outlets needed, the info his project page would need.</span><strong> </strong></p> <p>The result was StayblCam, and it was precisely this needs-focused approach that led to a smash-hit Kickstarter campaign and the successful company that followed.</p> <p>Nordhaug says that the same principle can guide the way for any great crowdfunding campaign. “The most successful ones, generally speaking, are the ones that, there’s a need for it,” he says. “It solves a problem. It’s not just some fancy, weird thing that’s made for the sake of being made.”</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Crowdfunding appeals to ordinary people with limited funds, so they can’t back every project that breezes by. When people see your product, you don’t want them to shrug and think it’s neat. You want them to whip out their credit card and ask, “When can I get one?” If your product solves a problem that’s long-pestered people, they’re likely to do that.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t make something that people will want in on—make something that people need in on. Nordhaug shared with Foundr this golden piece of advice, and so many more related to running a successful fundraising campaign.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s about creating value for users,” Nordhaug says.</span></p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Why you need to start working on your campaign months before you even launch</li> <li>The correct way to figure out what funding goal you should aim for</li> <li>The best way to contact press outlets and start getting media mentions</li> <li>Paids ads. How and why you should use them</li> <li>What a great Kickstarter landing page looks like</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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115: How to Build a Millennial Brand with 10M Monthly Visitors with Derek Flanzraich from greatist.com
<p>There's a common thread in a lot of entrepreneurs' stories: They were facing a problem, couldn't find the solution they were looking for, so went ahead and built it themselves.</p> <p>That's exactly what Derek Flanzraich did when he started <a href="http://greatist.com">Greatist</a>, a digital media startup that's all about health and fitness, without all the fluff and in-your-face marketing. As someone who has struggled with his weight his entire life, Flanzraich wanted to find a brand that would talk to him on a personal level and not as another client.</p> <p>Frustrated by the fact that the world was becoming more health conscious, yet at the time seemed to be more interested in shaming those who wanted to get in shape, Flanzraich set out to stake his own claim in an oversaturated market. The key difference, though, was that instead of making his audience feel bad, he would make them feel welcome.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It wasn't actually about the quality of what we're doing, which we felt that was gonna be best in class or whatever. It was actually the voice that really stuck out," Flanzraich says.</span></p> <p>It was a simple change in language, but its message connected with an underserved audience that would eventually translate into 10 million unique visitors every month.</p> <p>In an era where it seems like every media company is striving for page views above all else, and pumping out nothing but clickbait articles with little substance in order to attract them, Greatist takes a different approach.</p> <p>"We don't think quantity is a metric that matters. Just like I don't think, increasingly, uniques and page views is a metric that matters. All of these things can be gained and aren't inherently valuable on their own," he says.</p> <p>Greatist is now one of the world's most trusted brands when it comes to anything about health, fitness, and happiness. It's commitment to keeping a friendly and personal tone in all of its content has resonated with millennials throughout the world. With such a commitment to quality over quantity over everything else, Flanzraich has built from the ground up the kind of branding and engagement that most companies would kill for.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Why you'll never be ready to be an entrepreneur, and why that's okay</li> <li>How to find a voice and tone that resonates with your audience</li> <li>How to calculate your long-term brand value</li> <li>Flanzraich's unique approach to content and how it holds up against the SEO-focused practices of others</li> <li>What it means to build a powerhouse brand and how to do it</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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114: What it Takes to Build America's Largest Wine Brand (Barefoot Wine) with Michael Houlihan & Bonnie Harvey
<p>When you think about wine, you most likely imagine stern-faced sommeliers, or parties where tuxedos and hors d'oeuvres on silver platters are the norm.</p> <p>Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey do not fit the stereotype. You probably wouldn't even expect them to be wine-lovers, let alone the co-founders of <a href="https://www.barefootwine.com/" target= "_blank">Barefoot Wine</a>, the largest wine brand in the world. But according to them, the reason they're so successful is precisely because they knew nothing about the industry going in.</p> <p>Houlihan and Harvey never planned on going into the wine business, but when the opportunity presented itself, they jumped on it.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"If we had known then what we know now, there would be no Barefoot Wine. It's now the largest wine brand in the world, but it would not exist if we had a clue," Houlihan says.</span></p> <p>Not having a clue turned out to be their secret ingredient. Instead of being influenced by years of tradition and trying to fit the mold of the wine industry, they decided to do something different and make wine fun and accessible to the average person.</p> <p>Despite the backlash and criticism they received, despite the fact that they had no established brand or marketing presence, they found a strategy that led them to become one of the fastest-growing wine brands in the nation. To make it even more impressive, it was all achieved without paid advertising.</p> <p>"It was by contributing to the community, by supporting the same issues that our shoppers were interested in, that we were able to sell our product. Because we weren't paying for advertising, this became our form of advertising. It's what we called 'Worthy Cause Marketing,' and that's what we used throughout the nation when we started to spread the word and grow and expand," Harvey says.</p> <p>Barefoot Wine has come a long way since its inception in 1986, when Houlihan and Harvey naively thought they would make a profit within four years. Now they're a little older and a little wiser, but they still possess that lively spark that led them to create one of the most popular wine brands in the world.</p> <p>In this episode, you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Why ignorance and naiveté might be your strongest weapons in disrupting an industry</li> <li>What "Worthy Cause Marketing" is and how you can use it to build your brand</li> <li>The painful lessons in logistics and distribution Houlihan and Harvey had to learn from selling a physical product</li> <li>Where to go to learn the lessons you need to succeed</li> <li>How to stay true to your vision and not let anyone else hold you back</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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113: Learn How to Build the Largest Car Company in The World with Robin Chase of Zipcar
<p>When <a href="http://zipcar.com">Zipcar</a> first started it was nothing more than a green Volkswagen beetle named "Betsy." It was parked outside of Robin Chase's house and the key was hidden underneath a pillow on her porch. Inside the glove box was a piece of paper where you would write down the time you rented the car and the time you brought it back. That was it.</p> <p>These days, Zipcar is the largest car sharing service in the world, with more than 13,000 cars spread across almost every major city in the world.</p> <p>The first time Chase encountered her idea with Zipcar was when her co-founder came back from a vacation in Berlin. Among her many stories about her vacation, she told Chase about a peculiar business she had witnessed where she saw multiple people sharing a single car. Taken with the idea, Chase immediately began setting out to build a better version.</p> <p>"It's an idea that we didn't even invent. We just executed it way better than other people," Chase says.</p> <p>Zipcar launched within six months, with a founder who was a mother of three and had no technical experience. It was 1996, when the internet was still new and very different from what we know today. Nevertheless, Chase was determined to make her startup a reality.</p> <p>We had the pleasure to speak with Robin Chase about her incredible journey as an entrepreneur, a disruptor and a world-changer, and all the lessons she learned in her inspiring career.</p> <p>In this interview, you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What it means to create a true minimum viable product to validate your idea</li> <li>Why the best ideas come from solving your own problems</li> <li>Advice on who to hire when you're a struggling startup</li> <li>What qualities you should be looking for when bringing in new people to your team</li> <li>The importance of user feedback and always listening to your customer</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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112: The Crazy Origin Story of Couchsurfing.com with Casey Fenton
<p>Casey Fenton, like many of us in our 20s, wasn't entirely sure where he would go in life.</p> <p>Growing up in a small town in Maine, he started to think about this entire world that existed beyond the borders of his hometown, and all the experiences he had yet to have. One thing he knew for sure was that his small hometown wasn't going to be offering him any of the new experiences he was looking for.</p> <p>"That got me to start buying random plane tickets to anywhere in the world," he says.</p> <p>From there it was traveling from place to place, mingling with locals and getting a backstage pass to the world's greatest cities. It was then that Fenton formed an idea for a business that would end up spanning the globe.</p> <p>Today, <a href="http://couchsurfing.com" target= "_blank">Couchsurfing.com</a> has more than 10 million members in over 20,000 cities around the world. When it launched in 2003, Couchsurfing was a revolutionary concept. It was one of the first businesses to truly harness the power of a sharing economy. Instead of spending money at hotels and backpacker hostels, travelers were instead offered a choice to stay in the homes of hospitable locals free of charge.</p> <p>Since then, Fenton's business model has been replicated a thousand times over by the likes of Uber and Airbnb, just to name a few.</p> <p>We had the chance to talk with Fenton about his entrepreneurial journey, starting with being a backpacker to becoming the founder of a multimillion-dollar company with a reach that spans every corner of the globe.</p> <p>In this interview you'll learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to go through the hardships of starting your own business</li> <li>How to figure out which tasks to delegate and which tasks you need to prioritize as a leader</li> <li>Tips on creating and maintaining a massive and engaged community</li> <li>How to build an international reputation that people trust</li> <li>The most powerful drivers that'll get you to scale your business</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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111: Why You Should Never Give up on Your Dreams as an Entrepreneur with Eugene Woo of Venngage
<p>For most entrepreneurs, the real test isn't whether or not you can grow a successful business, but how well you can bounce back from failure. For some, this will prove to be too much and they'll hang up the gloves and never try again. For the true entrepreneurs, though, they'll find a way to jump back into the ring no matter what.</p> <p>That is exactly what Eugene Woo, co-founder of <a href= "http://venngage.com" target="_blank">Venngage</a>, did.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I had like a taste of failure, but I still went ahead anyway and did it again,” Woo says.</span></p> <p>After his first startup went under, Woo found himself back in the corporate world feeling like a failure. Despite it all though, he dusted himself off, took it all as a learning experience and refused to give up.</p> <p>Armed with nothing but a nagging idea about helping job applicants by turning their resumes into beautiful infographics, Woo went ahead and pitched his idea at Startup Weekend in Toronto and, to his surprise, he won. One thing led to another and he found himself quitting his job once again to work on his startup full time.</p> <p>The startup known as <a href="http://Visiualize.me" target= "_blank">Visiualize.me</a> blew up, getting featured in places like <em>Mashable</em> and <em>Tech Crunch</em> and gaining more than 200,000 signups before the product was even properly released.</p> <p>But, once again, it was anything but smooth sailing for Woo.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I made a lot of the classic mistakes. One of the main ones was I started a company with people I didn’t know very well.”</span></p> <p>Within a few months, founders started leaving the company, with one even refusing to turn up to an interview with Y Combinator and leaving shortly after. Stung by failure again, Woo didn't know what to do and ended up selling his company. Despite it all, he knew he had a good idea on his hands. He charged right back into the startup world, this time with Venngage, a tool that allows you to easily make your own infographics, and armed with lessons he learned from his previous failures, he was determined to make Venngage a success.</p> <p>Today, Venngage has tripled in size with over a thousand new leads to their site every day, and over half a million users per month.</p> <p>We talk with Woo about the invaluable lessons he learned on his journey to success and ask him to share his best advice on how entrepreneurs can overcome their fear of failure, and the best marketing tactics to quickly grow your startup.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to know when to give up or keep on going with your startup</li> <li>Why so many startups are doing content marketing wrong</li> <li>The secret to getting your company to start ranking high in SEO as soon as possible</li> <li>How and why you should do blogger outreach</li> <li>What the most important metrics are for growing your brand's exposure and visibility</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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110: The Secret to Creating & Mastering Content at Scale with Sujan Patel of ContentMarketer.io
<p>Every morning of every day, Sujan Patel starts his day by getting out all of his creative energy onto paper.</p> <p>The process is relatively simple. He starts by recording himself talking about whatever topic he wants to write about as a way to order his thoughts. He'll then send this recording to a transcriptionist and when he gets it back he'll spend around an hour cranking out a 1,500-2,000 word blog post. For Sujan, this is the secret to being one of the world's best and most prolific content marketers today.</p> <p>Just 10 years ago, content marketing just wasn't a thing. Sure, blogs existed but they were rarely used in marketing. Today, content marketing is one of the go-to strategies for businesses everywhere. But with everyone eagerly jumping onto the content marketing bandwagon, simply having a high-quality blog just doesn't cut it anymore.</p> <p>In order to really harness the power of content marketing and see some tangible results, you're going to need a little out-of-the-box thinking.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Everyone's writing content for their customers, their existing customers, or who they think their customers are. What I like to do is, I don't even talk about any of that stuff. I talk about content circles. And what a content circles is, is [the] content that circles your industry."</span></p> <p>As the founder of <a href="http://ContentMarketer.io" target= "_blank">ContentMarketer.io</a>, the ultimate tool for content marketers, Sujan is one of the most knowledgable people around, and he shared a ton of his wisdom on the subject with us.</p> <p>In this week's episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The best way to generate ideas for articles that your audience will love</li> <li>Just why content marketing is so powerful and why everyone is using it</li> <li>How to create content that generates you leads and customers</li> <li>What to do when you find yourself with writer's block</li> <li>How you too can start writing for places like Forbes, Inc. and Fast Company</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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109: Inside the Mind of the Elvis of Advertising - Alex Bogusky
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">During a creative career filled with awards and recognition, it took Alex Bogusky a while to realize that none of it mattered unless he loved the work.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You could win the Grand Prix at Cannes—the next day you’re going to go into your office and look at the same dude across the office and try to think of something. It doesn’t feel any better; it didn’t make you any smarter; it doesn’t make anything any easier,” Bogusky says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He did, in fact, win the most prestigious award at Cannes Advertising. Actually, under his leadership, the firm Crispin Porter + Bogusky won in all five categories, and became the world’s most awarded advertising agency. Bogusky himself was named Creative Director of the Decade by</span> <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adweek</span></em> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">magazine, and</span> <em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Fast Company</span></em> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">has called him both the Steve Jobs and the Elvis of advertising.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Looking over his many endeavors, Bogusky is a hard person to pin down. There’s a friendly, surfery quality about him, but he’s also gained a reputation as a perfectionist and ferocious supervisor. He’s worked for both car companies and Al Gore’s climate change initiative. He’s overseen iconic ad campaigns for junk food, and the most successful youth-focused anti-smoking campaign in U.S. history. Having left the agency six years ago, he’s now focusing on work with a social responsibility component, supporting multiple creative agencies and a startup accelerator.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But for all of the goals he’s achieved, Bogusky says the happiness he’s found in his career comes from loving the journey—that practice of sitting down with other people and thinking really hard to solve a problem.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve found that I had to learn to love the process and forget all the goals. Because the goals, as you achieved them, they didn’t really change anything.”</span></p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to embrace change and use it to fuel your creativity</li> <li>Why you need to listen to voices outside your startup and what it could mean for you</li> <li>When and where advertising and branding comes in for a business</li> <li>How to find opportunities to upset the status quo</li> <li>How you can start loving the journey regardless of its highs and lows</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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108: The Key Elements to Building a Successful Media Company (The Next Web) with Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The future of media, if not the present, probably looks a lot like <a href= "http://thenextweb.com">The Next Web</a>, which is odd considering co-founder Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten says it’s not even really a media company.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Next Web instead thinks of itself as a tech company, firing on multiple cylinders at once, including international conferences, ecommerce, online courses, and of course, one of the most influential and trafficked news sites on the web. Soon they’re even opening up a brick and mortar space in Amsterdam that will serve as hub for technology startups.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For some people it’s sort of weird, ‘What, you’ve got a conference and a website and now you’re opening a space? That’s a totally different thing,’” Veldhuijzen van Zanten told</span> <em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Foundr</span></em> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">(we’ll just call him Boris from now on).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For us, it’s a logical next step, instead of losing focus or branching out into different areas. They’re all connected by the brand and a curiosity in technology and the future of technology.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Next Web actually started as a conference host. Its annual event in Amsterdam draws some 20,000 international attendees.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the company is probably best known for its tech news site. That branch of the business is staggering, drawing up to 8 million visitors a month. But with its conferences expanding, its growing online marketplace, and Boris and his partners always looking for the next opportunity, the most impressive thing about The Next Web is how it merges such a wide range of services to meet the needs of its loyal community. And they do it all with a relatively small staff and a squad of remote contributors.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Everything is part of a circle that is growing stronger over time,” Boris says. “Part of our revenue comes from advertising on the sites with all the traffic we have, an important part is the conference, and now the ecommerce part is growing stronger.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Next could be research, consulting, video, anything within reason that the people who have come to love and trust the company might want. And that’s the secret to The Next Web’s success. It’s not a company that makes a product—it’s a network of people.</span></p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The subtle details behind what makes a great event that everyone loves</li> <li>How to conduct the best interviews with notable influencers</li> <li>Boris's number one tip on generating amazing content</li> <li>The tools that every startup should start using</li> <li>The key to keeping everyone in your company aligned to the same vision</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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107: Mastering PR & Why Ego is Your Worst Enemy with Ryan Holiday
<p>No one ever "gives" an entrepreneur a job, they make one for themselves.</p> <p>Entrepreneurs don't ask for permission, they just do. And no one exemplifies this better than <a href="http://ryanholiday.net" target="_blank">Ryan Holiday</a> who has made an entire career out of refusing to play by the rules.</p> <p>As a writer he started off by dropping out of college to apprentice under Robert Greene as a research assistant. To date he's published 5 bestselling books, his first book now being taught in colleges around the world. As a marketer he got his first job as the Director of Marketing at American Apparel by starting off as a marketing consultant and catching the eye of founder Dov Charney.</p> <p>Today, he works as a world-renowned media strategist he can count among his list of clients the likes of Tim Ferriss, Tucker Max and Linkin Park just to name a few. So how did he manage to achieve so much all before turning 30?</p> <p>For Holiday it's a mastery of two things: the media and your own self-development.</p> <p>"<span style="font-weight: 400;">I found that the more that I go out and learn stuff on my own, the more opportunities I create through me, then the better I am at my job," he said.</span></p> <p>We speak with Ryan as where we talk everything from his process to media strategy to his advice on how to always keep learning in order to be successful.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The secret to getting driving attention to your business with social proof</li> <li>How to pitch journalists, bloggers and reports from major media channels</li> <li>The importance of self-reflection and humility in order to succeed</li> <li>What works and doesn't work when it comes to successful PR</li> <li>Where to go and what to do when you need a mentor</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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106: Giving People The Power to Fund Anything with James Beshara of Tilt
<p>In 2012 James Beshara and his co-founder officially launched <a href="http://tilt.com" target="_blank">Tilt</a>, a platform that aimed to make crowdfunding not only more personal but to make the process as easy as possible. But if you ask the Y-Combinator alum himself, he'll say that Tilt was created years before it even launched.</p> <p>Originally starting off as an offshoot of an earlier startup that he was working on, he soon found himself working on Tilt more and more. It was then he realised he was onto something.</p> <p>"<span style="font-weight: 400;">For every young entrepreneur out there, starting, or building, or founding something. It always sounds like it just starts one day in February or starts one afternoon when you get hit with inspiration. When in truth I think it is the amalgamation</span><strong> </strong><span style= "font-weight: 400;">of just always starting things, doing things, trying out ideas and one of them just starts to get pulled from you, and you start to spend more time on it."</span></p> <p>Ever since it's inception Tilt has been on a tear.</p> <p>In just four short years Tilt is now valued at $500 million and has crowdfunded some of the world's most memorable campaigns in recent memory. Like sending the Jamaican bobsled team to the Sochi Olympics to raising over $180 thousand for several campaigns providing relief to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.</p> <p>Along the way though James has learnt some very valuable lessons on what it means to be the CEO and co-founder of a fast-growing startup. We chat with James today and he reveals his personal methods and strategies on how to build a startup that not only scales, but scales quick.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The importance of waiting for the right co-founder</li> <li>How to get out of your own head and move fast, all while developing the best product possible</li> <li>Why the smartest people in the room might not necessarily give you the best advice</li> <li>How to design and build a product to grow as fast as possible</li> <li>The two key things every entrepreneurs needs to focus on if they want to succeed</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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105: Disrupting the Transportation Industry with Millions of Users in 4 years with Polina Raygorodskaya from Wanderu
<p>Something that most entrepreneurs struggle with the most is coming up with an idea for a startup. They'll study business forecasts and look at unique trends trying to find the next big thing. What most entrepreneurs forget though is that the most disruptive startups in the world were created to solve a single problem.</p> <p>Which is what exactly Polina Raygorodskaya was looking to do when she founded <a href="http://wanderu.com" target= "_blank">Wanderu</a>, a platform that allows you to find, compare and book bus and train tickets anywhere within the United States. In just 4 years Wanderu have grown their database to over 5 million users. It turns out there were other people that were facing the same problem as Polina.</p> <p>A long time entrepreneur Polina came across the idea for WanderU while constantly commuting back and forth in New York. Often having to travel by bus or train she quickly found out, to her surprise, that there was no single database to allow commuters to easily find and book bus and train tickets.</p> <p>Sensing a startup opportunity she closed down her PR firm and began to build Wanderu.</p> <p>Despite having little experience in the travel industry Polina was undeterred and together with her co-founder they built North America's leading ground travel search platform. Today, Wanderu is now partnered and works together with the leaders of their industry like Greyhound, Megabus, and Peter Pan Bus just to name a few.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Tips on how to get started in the travel industry, even if you don't have any experience</li> <li>Importance of finding the right team that shares your vision</li> <li>How to find and connect with the best advisers and influencers to help you build your startup</li> <li>When to sacrifice profit for growth</li> <li>Secrets to creating a valuable network that'll sustain your business in the long run</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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104: How to Use Webinars to Grow & Scale Your Startup with Dave Hobson
<p>There are no shortcuts when it comes to good online marketing, something that Dave Hobson knows all too well.</p> <p>As the resident expert on all things marketing at Foundr we give you a very special episode today about Dave from how he came to be at Foundr to his thoughts on successful online marketing.</p> <p>Funnily enough, it is entirely possible that Foundr would not be around if Dave had not cold-called Nathan nearly four years ago. At the time Nathan had only just started Foundr and Dave was at a job where he had to cold-call people and try to make a sale over the phone. Instead of making the sale the founder of Foundr and Dave got to chatting and they eventually became friends.</p> <p>In order to understand why Foundr may have never existed without Dave Hobson you first must understand his role at Foundr. Essentially he's Nathan right-hand man, the go-to guy whenever a discussion needs to be had about marketing, strategy or the future of Foundr. Even before he started officially working at Foundr, Dave has always been in the background helping Foundr out with his advice.</p> <p>Today we're very lucky to count him as one of our own and as Foundr's Business Development and Product manager.</p> <p>In today's episode we show you a little of what's going on behind-the-scenes at Foundr, but more importantly we have Dave divulge the tactics and strategies behind one of our best sale channels: webinars.</p> <p>Webinars are an amazing tool and they've become a staple in the online marketing world and no one knows that better than Dave Hobson, who knows all the ins and out behind what makes a successful webinar.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Dave's story and how he came to work at Foundr</li> <li>Why webinars are so powerful and why almost every business in the world can use them</li> <li>All the tools you'll need to start doing a successful webinar</li> <li>The structure every great webinar needs if you want to make sales</li> <li>How to choose the right webinar topic for you and your audience</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul> <p>If you want to learn more about webinars, then check out our FREE guide on webinars at <a href= "https://foundrmag.com/webinarguide">https://foundrmag.com/webinarguide</a>!!</p>
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103: Growing a Unicorn Company 57,000% in three years with Tom Bilyeu of Quest Nutrition
<p>The term "unicorn company" describes a startup valued at over $1 billion that managed to get there in a relatively short period of time. Usually when we talk about unicorn companies, we're dealing with Silicon Valley and the cutting edge of the tech scene. Companies that are disruptive in the sense that they've created something totally new.</p> <p>Rarely, however, do we find a unicorn company that started out in an overcrowded and declining market. Yet somehow, despite the odds, Tom Bilyeu, co-founder of <a href= "http://www.questnutrition.com/">Quest Nutrition</a>, turned a fledgling startup into a powerhouse in just six years.</p> <p>When Quest Nutrition first hit the scene with their protein bars, they were told by almost every expert in the space that it was insane and that it was guaranteed to fail. Yet Bilyeu and his co-founders persevered and tackled the problem in a way that no one else had thought of before.</p> <p>First they focused on their customers, to empower them and actually help them make healthy and positive changes in their lives. In short, they treated their customers differently than their competitors.</p> <p>The result was explosive, growing by 57,000% in their first three years and cracking the $1 billion mark three years later.</p> <p>We were lucky to sit down with Bilyeu and have him give us the breakdown and strategy behind Quest Nutrition and how they became the unicorn company they are today.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The challenges of managing a hyper-growth company and how to overcome them</li> <li>How to navigate the classic entrepreneurial debate of profit vs. growth</li> <li>Why you need to evangelize to your customer whenever you can</li> <li>How to build brand loyalty and have your audience believe in your vision</li> <li>How to crack the notoriously difficult and crowded health and nutrition market</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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102: How to Get up Early and Overcome Extreme Adversity with Hal Elrod
<p>When Hal Elrod was 19 he was involved in a car accident with a drunk driver that left him with brain damage, 11 broken bones, and doctors telling him that he'd never walk again. While many people would understandably give into grief or anger or any other whirlwind of emotions that come after such a traumatic event, Elrod instead made the conscious choice to be at peace with himself.</p> <p>He knew there was nothing he could control about his situation, but he could control how the situation affected him. While he accepted the fact that he might never be able to use his legs again and was at peace with it, he was also determined to find a way to walk again.</p> <p>“I’m going accept the worst-case scenario, while I focus on the best case scenario.”</p> <p>Three weeks later, defying all odds and expectations, he began to walk again.</p> <p>Since then, he's called upon his life story and lessons he's learned along the way to become a highly sought-after motivational speaker and bestselling author of the book <em><a href="http://www.miraclemorning.com/">The Miracle Morning</a></em>. Through his book, Elrod has touched the lives of millions of people with his simple philosophy and has guided them to become more productive, happier, less stressed, and at peace with themselves.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How you too can start becoming a better entrepreneur, and a better person overall, every single morning</li> <li>Why the most successful people in the world take their mornings very seriously</li> <li>When to accept the worst and how to turn that into a weapon</li> <li>What your potential is and how to reach it</li> <li>What it truly means to put mind over matter and how to do it</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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101: How to Build a Service Based Business Empire with Brian Scudamore
<p>Brian Scudamore of <a href="http://www.o2ebrands.com/">O2E brands</a> knew all along that he wanted to be an entrepreneur. Relying on that sense of determination, he's built up a sprawling multimillion-dollar business empire, with franchises all over the world. But it all began with junk.</p> <p>To be specific, it all started in a McDonalds drive-thru, with Scudamore sitting in his car trying to figure out how he would pay for college. What he saw was an old pick-up truck filled to the brim with junk, and he immediately knew that this would be his ticket to chase his entrepreneurial dream.</p> <p>"A week later, I had a business hauling away junk, and that was the way into my job and a career path that's now been 27 years of pure entrepreneurial passion," he says.</p> <p>The first business he founded was <a href= "http://www.1800gotjunk.com/">1-800-Got-Junk</a>, which has since turned into multiple franchises all around the world and spun off into three more business in the home services niche. Altogether they generate a revenue of $250 million per year!</p> <p>But it hasn't been smooth sailing over the past 27 years, with many ups and downs along the way and some valuable lessons learned. We're very lucky to learn those lessons directly from Brian today through this week's podcast episode.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to get your first round of customers within your first day of business</li> <li>The secrets to building a successful international franchise</li> <li>What the franchise business model looks like and how you can make it work for you</li> <li>Why you need to always hire for culture and fit rather than skill</li> <li>Traps and pitfalls to look out for when running such a large international conglomerate</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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100: 100th Episode Switch up! Nathan Chan of Foundr Magazine is interviewed by Dan Norris on the Future of Foundr, Lessons Learned & the Direction of The Company
<p>On November 9, 2013, I  released the first episode of the Foundr Podcast. It was with Fabio Rosati, then-CEO of Elance. To be completely honest, I wasn't quite sure what I was trying to achieve by releasing a podcast. At the time, it was just another way for us to give to our community, by releasing the audio of our interviews for free.</p> <p>Fast-forward to today and I can't believe we're at our 100th episode! It's flown by and so much has changed since. But the entire time I've kept in mind this piece of advice from my friend Daniel DiPiazza:</p> <p>"Keep producing content on a consistent basis every single week, keep getting next-level epic interviews, and people will come.”</p> <p>He was totally right. In the years since that first episode, we've managed to become one of the top 10 podcasts for business, we have over 70,000 downloads a month, and it's done wonders for our business.</p> <p>So to mark this occasion, we decided to do something a little different in this episode. Instead of me asking all the questions, I'll be the one getting interviewed for a change! My good friend Dan Norris of WP Curve took over as host, and we took a look back at how Foundr started three years ago and how far we've come since then.</p> <p>I'm going to share with you the story behind Foundr, how it all started, and the strategies I used to start the company on the path it's on today. I also took a crack at some predictions about where we'll be by our 200th episode.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The story behind Foundr and how it all started</li> <li>Who my biggest sources of inspiration are and how they shaped Foundr's vision</li> <li>My strategy for pitching and landing interviews with the best entrepreneurs in the world</li> <li>Why you need to focus on design if you want to be successful</li> <li>What's going on behind-the-scenes at Foundr and what's coming next!</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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99: Building a Product that People LOVE with Janna Bastow of ProdPad
<p>As much as entrepreneurs can go on extolling the virtues of a great marketing strategy or knowing your target customer, at the end of the day, it's all about having something worth selling. No matter how great your advertising campaign may be, if you don't have something that people want to buy then you simply don't have a business.</p> <p>And yet, entrepreneurs all too often tend to gloss over this fact. They'll focus on everything else, but somehow forget to question whether or not their product is a winner, or even if it's a good idea in the first place.</p> <p>This is where Janna Bastow of ProdPad steps in, because she, more than anyone else in the world, knows exactly why effective product management is so instrumental to your startup's success.</p> <p>For Bastow, effective product management is when you're able to find that delicate balance between what's technically feasible, valuable for the customer, and profitable for the business, and define a roadmap on that basis.</p> <p>Ever since launching ProdPad in 2012, a tool that lets startup teams formally gather ideas, pick out the best ones and turn them into profitable products, Bastow has helped hundreds of startups and entrepreneurs in finding out what their perfect product is. More than anyone else, she knows how just difficult this process can be and why you shouldn't take it for granted.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What a product manager is and why you need one as part of your startup</li> <li>The best way to talk to customers and figure out what they actually want</li> <li>Step-by-step instructions on how to design a product roadmap</li> <li>Why you need a user story and what it means</li> <li>How to manage a remote team as a bootstrapped startup</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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98: Robert Herjevac - Lessons on Selling, Investing, Marketing & Building Your Company
<p>Today you might recognize Robert Herjavec as "the nice shark" on ABC's <em>Shark Tank</em>. With a pleasant smile and a reassuring tone of voice, he may seem like an odd fit in the highly competitive world of business and investing.</p> <p>But don't let that fool you, because behind those kind eyes lies a strength of character and iron will that every great entrepreneur needs to achieve success.</p> <p>When Herjavec was a young man, he actually wanted to be a filmmaker. In fact, he was a producer for the Winter Olympics in Canada in 1984 while only 22 years old. It was a promising start to his dream of moving to Hollywood and becoming a big-time director. The trouble was, no one was hiring.</p> <p>With a degree in English literature, a passion for filmmaking, and zero experience or knowledge in computer science, it might seem odd that he would eventually go on to found the Herjavec Group in 2003, one of the top cybersecurity firms in the world. The company grew from $400K to a whopping $140 million in sales annually in just over 12 years.</p> <p>So how did he do it?</p> <p>He literally called up the head of the company and, despite having no background in the field whatsoever, offered to work for them for free. With nothing but grit he managed to work his way up the ladder and, despite some setbacks here and there, become the success story he is today.</p> <p>When not focusing on his own business, Herjavec is all about buying, selling, investing and building great startups, subjects we were very lucky to talk to him about.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Tips and advice from the Shark himself on how to pitch to potential investors</li> <li>Different ways to build a company culture that's always striving for greatness</li> <li>How to scale your business quickly without sacrificing quality</li> <li>What goes into selling and how to create a story that will get people hooked</li> <li>Why you need to focus on growth as a business</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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97: Learn Step by Step How to Build & Sell Your Company From Scratch with Nathan Latka
<p>When you think of the word "entrepreneur," the image you're likely to conjure up in your head is one of a fast-talking, brash millennial with personality and ego to spare. That's exactly the kind of entrepreneur Nathan Latka is.</p> <p>At only 26 years old, Latka has managed to do more in five years as an entrepreneur than most people double his age!</p> <p>While there may be entrepreneurs out there who wring their hands and refuse to make a move until everything is perfect, Latka instead drives forward like a runaway train and grabs each and every opportunity that comes his way.</p> <p>This attitude is perfectly showcased when, as a college student, Latka began his first multimillion-dollar business in his dorm room ... while in his underwear. Despite knowing nothing about coding, he began cold-calling and began pre-selling Facebook fan pages at $7,000 a pop. When it came time to deliver the goods he took to YouTube, taught himself everything he needed to know, and started making money.</p> <p>Before you knew it he had a multimillion-dollar business called Heyo which allowed it's users to create sophisticated Facebook marketing campaigns with an incredibly easy-to-understand interface. Despite having absolutely no experience or knowledge in the area or the startup space, this architecture student doubled down on his hustle and achieved what most entrepreneurs would kill for.</p> <p>It's this attitude, along with some slick marketing chops, that has allowed Latka to achieve all the success he has today.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to start thinking more creatively as an entrepreneur</li> <li>The best way you can attract and work with top-level influencers</li> <li>Different ways you can start selling even if you have no product</li> <li>The power of the webinar and how to harness it</li> <li>His personal growth hacking techniques and sales process</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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96: How to Build a House Hold Well Known Brand (The North Face) with Hap Klopp
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the late 1960s, when Kenneth "Hap" Klopp traded in his corporate aspirations for the life of an entrepreneur, the support network for such endeavors was not nearly what it is today. But Klopp knew he had what it took to run a successful company, and he was right.</span></p> <p>After taking over from co-founders Douglas and Susie Tompkins in 1968, Klopp spent the following 20 years as CEO using pre-Internet disruption and brand-building wizardry to turn The North Face into a global outdoor gear brand. Under his leadership, the company played a role in the growth of the outdoor recreation industry itself, and his journey as an entrepreneur is full of timeless wisdom that only comes from decades in the trenches.</p> <p>Klopp got his start when he took over the family business, following the death of his father, while finishing his undergraduate degree at Stanford. He then went on to complete his MBA while orchestrating the sale of the company. After graduation, he went out to interview for positions, only to find that no one was willing to hire him to run something—they all wanted him to start at the bottom and work his way up— which sounded pretty boring.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hap’s focus was on consumer goods, marketing, sales and branding, which landed him an interview at Proctor and Gamble. During the course of the interview, he was introduced to the corporate mores that have pushed so many of us to pursue the life of an entrepreneur. In short, P&G expected each employee to wear a white shirt and tie every day, to refrain from the use of nicknames and to dutifully mind their post until an opportunity for advancement was presented. It was settled, Klopp</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was not cut out to work for anyone else.</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"> “I didn’t want any part of it…I didn’t fit into to it.” </span></p> <p>As we know, it’s not enough to simply want to break free from the corporate world—you must have a plan or at least a product. Klopp decided to pursue his passion for the great outdoors and acquired The North Face, at the time just two stores in Northern California beloved by a devoted niche of climbers and otherwise outdoorsy folks.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The importance of making quality a part of your brand</li> <li>How to grow and manage a team of over a thousand employees</li> <li>How to use the power of storytelling</li> <li>How to build your brand into a globally recognized one</li> <li>How to overcome the challenges that life throws at you</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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95: What Makes or Breaks a Startup with Jessica Livingston of YCombinator
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dubbed "the world's most powerful startup incubator" by</span> <em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Fast Company</span></em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">, Y Combinator (YC) has been plucking startups from garages, dorm rooms, coffee shops, and assorted founder hangouts for over a decade.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With a combined valuation of more than $65 billion among its alumni, a list that reads like a who’s who of startup fame—think AirBNB, Reddit, Dropbox, Instacart, Scribd, Weebly—YC has become a Silicon Valley institution. It is described as an elite founders boot camp, a place where ideas are incubated, annihilated, refined, and polished for a period of three months, ready to be served up to a bevy of hungry investors.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As co-founder of this entrepreneurial playground, Jessica Livingston has seen it all: the tears, the tantrums, and the triumphs, while getting a bird’s eye view of some of the startup world’s biggest success stories.</span></p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to close the gap between a failed startup and a wildly successful one</li> <li>What Y Combinator is looking for when they take on new startups</li> <li>The exact process that Y Combinator puts startups through in order to ensure success</li> <li>The key traits and qualities shared by ever successful founder</li> <li>What signs to look out for that your startup may be doomed</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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94: Building a Multi-Million Dollar Business Around Your Hobby with Alborz Fallah
<p>All entrepreneurs and startups are underdogs in one way or another. After all, in order to be an entrepreneur you're already going against the grain, and in order to be successful you must be willing to challenge the status quo no matter how large or small.</p> <p>But it's not everyday you find someone who manages to completely disrupt a billion-dollar industry with nothing more than a blog, some hustle, and a keen sense for marketing.</p> <p>In this modern day tale of David and Goliath, we speak with Alborz Fallah, who armed only with a blog managed to take on the centuries-old automotive industry and come out on top. Today his blog brings in millions of dollars in advertising revenue and challenges some of the biggest media companies in the world.</p> <p>But it didn't happen overnight. It took some grit and a great understanding of marketing and branding to get to where he is today. Something that he readily shares with us in today's interview.</p> <p>In this week's episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Tips on finding the right audience and niche for your product</li> <li>All you'll ever need to know on how to successfully build your brand through trust and customer satisfaction</li> <li>What it means to have a good reputation in your industry</li> <li>Where to go when you're looking for resources to grow your company</li> <li>The best way to foster your brand's community</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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93: Founder of AOL Steve Case Reveals How he Became a Billionaire & Changed The Internet as We Know it Today
<p>To be a great entrepreneur, you need to have a great vision. Case in point:</p> <p>Back in the 80s, we were just entering the internet age. At the time, it didn't really exist beyond a few government think tanks and laboratories, and we were only just beginning to understand what was possible. It was during that time that massive companies like IBM, Sears, Microsoft and Citigroup began investing millions of dollars into figuring out this internet business.</p> <p>Despite all of the competition, in 1985, Steve Case and the team behind a fledgling startup named AOL rolled up their sleeves and helped shaped the internet into what we know it as today.</p> <p>"When we started AOL in the United States, only 3% of people were online and those 3% were online only one hour a week. So it really was early days in terms of, it was still a niche hobbyist kind of market. I believed that someday it'd be a mass market, someday it'd be a mainstream market, someday it'd change how people got information, communicate, bought products and so forth."</p> <p>It was that vision that they were building something for tomorrow that turned AOL from a small startup into the giant we know it as today.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Why focusing on community is the best move a startup can make</li> <li>How to build for the future instead of building for what's happening today</li> <li>What it means to develop curiosity and why you need it to be a successful entrepreneur</li> <li>Exclusive insight into the early days of AOL and how they built a global brand</li> <li>How Steve judges a startup's disruptive potential when looking to invest</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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92: A Mastery Lesson on the Process of Selling ANYTHING! with Ben Chaib
<p>One of the greatest misconceptions you'll encounter in the startup world is the one about age. You'll hear would-be entrepreneurs constantly telling themselves that they're too young, or that they're too old, or that they're just waiting for that right moment to finally become an entrepreneur.</p> <p>That's ridiculous.</p> <p>There is no perfect moment waiting around the corner for you, because the perfect moment only comes to those who actually go out there and create it.</p> <p>Ben Chaib, founder of Sell and Succeed, is the perfect example of that. After working in the corporate world for 25 years, he decided that enough was enough. He had the skills and ability to generate millions in revenue, but he wasn't getting the return that we wanted. So he set out and created his own business, and today he's consulting hundreds of other aspiring entrepreneurs on how to market for success.</p> <p>"<span class="s1">We are great at doing things for others, but we are not great at doing it for ourselves. B</span><span class= "s1">ut we deserve it more than others," he says.</span></p> <p>While relatively new to entrepreneurship, Ben is no slouch when it comes to knowing how to make a business work.</p> <p>In our interview with Ben, we get invaluable insight from one of the top business coaches in the world as he breaks down his sales process and shows us what it means to be a great marketer.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Ben's 8-step process of marketing and making sales</li> <li>The advantages of having a business coach and good mentors to help you start your own business</li> <li>Tips on how to make a sales process that is authentically you</li> <li>How to find clients and target audiences through Facebook marketing</li> <li>Why you need to get your customers to connect and feel comfortable talking about their business with you</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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91: How to Rapidly Boost Conversions and Stop Losing Customers with Brian Moran of SamCart
<p>As the dominance of technology keeps on gaining steam, some non-techy, would-be entrepreneurs are made to feel discouraged. How can they compete with all the slick coders starting businesses in this virtual world?</p> <p>That didn’t stop non-coder Brian Moran from making serious money online, and ultimately making it big in the competitive niche of Software as a Service (SaaS).</p> <p>No programming geek, Moran was a marketing major, but primarily a baseball player, in college. He had hoped to continue his baseball career after graduating, but an injury forced him out of the ballpark and into the office.</p> <p>His office job was stable, well-paid, low-stress … and intolerable.</p> <p>“I was just bored out of my mind. I was getting paid well, great benefits, I had just gotten married,” says Moran. “But someone else was controlling every aspect of my life.”</p> <p>Six years and a newborn later, Moran is now the founder of the successful SamCart checkout service, which counts <em>Foundr</em> as one of its many customers. In the time between, Moran was consistently hitting it out of the park with multiple online businesses.</p> <p>Get ready, Moran’s story isn’t your average ball game.</p> <div class= "wpb_text_column wpb_content_element vc_custom_1462867942529"> <div class="wpb_wrapper"> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> </div> </div> <div class="q_icon_list"> <ul> <li>How to build a SaaS company even if you don't have the technical skills</li> <li>The 7 key elements of a checkout page that actually converts</li> <li>Brian's marketing tactics that's led him to build multiple successful companies</li> <li>What you need to make it as an SaaS startup</li> <li>How to reduce churn and create loyal customers for life</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul> </div>
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90: Bootstrapping Vs Raising Capital with Ankur Nagpal of Teachable
<p>The closest thing Ankur Nagpal has ever had to a job was a summer internship at Amazon when he was 18. Ever since then, he's been his own boss at companies that he's built. Outside of that brief fling as an employee, Nagpal has wholly dedicated his life to being a serial entrepreneur.</p> <p>In his early years as an entrepreneur, he entered the highly competitive startup scene in Silicon Valley as a very successful Facebook app developer. Only he didn't make individual apps. Instead what he was selling was the platform that everyone used to create their own apps. From there, he bowed out with a cool seven figures to his name when that company had run its course.</p> <p>Just as the real winners of the gold rush weren't those who found gold but the entrepreneurs who sold the tools, Nagpal has made a living as the one people turn to when they're looking for development tools.</p> <p>Fast-forward to today and he is now the founder and CEO of Teachable, a business that teaches and trains other entrepreneurs on how to create their own online courses with his easy-to-use platform and teaching methods. What once started as a fun side project has now turned into a multimillion-dollar business with more than a million students!</p> <p>With years of experience in the startup capital of the world, Ankur lets us in on how he became the powerhouse entrepreneur he is today.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What to do to turn your side project into business succcess</li> <li>The things you need to know about creating a successful online course</li> <li>How to create a successful business based on empowering others</li> <li>Tips to finding paying customers if you've just launched</li> <li>Where to go to find the best investor for you and what that means</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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89: The Power of Vulnerability as an Entrepreneur with Brene Brown
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brene Brown was a meandering youth in her 20s, doing more traveling and bartending than she was building a business or focusing on school. As a result, she didn't graduate college until she was 30. Nonetheless, after finishing her bachelor’s in social work, she quickly gained her masters and PhD and started a career as an academic at the University of Houston.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But something was rustling beneath the surface for Brown—being a quiet academic and publishing papers wasn’t enough for her. That something was entrepreneurship. Brene Brown started publishing books and doing talks and coaching for executives and successful entrepreneurs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But Brown is best known for her unique message, calling for entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs alike to open their hearts and minds to vulnerability. What many avoid and even look down upon, Brene Brown insists is a key to success, real intimacy, and happiness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brown is a thought leader of our time. In an entrepreneurship community dominated by masculine values and "tough guy" attitudes, she breaks the noise with her message to accept and even embrance discomfort. And she isn’t just preaching: throughout her works, and her now famous TEDx talk, Brown exposes her own vulnerability. This refreshing, data-based take on life and success has resonated with millions of people who have watched her TED Talk, and the many successful entrepreneurs she currently works with. It also informs the way she runs her own business, and was in full display during her interview with Foundr.</span></p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Why vulnerability doesn't have to be a weakness and how you can turn it into your strongest weapon</li> <li>Where to find the strength to get back up when you've fallen further than ever before</li> <li>The right way to deal with all the pressures of being an entrepreneur</li> <li>How to take the data you have and turn it into a profitable business</li> <li>What it truly means to be vulnerable</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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88: How 5x Founder David Cancel Builds & Sells Companies at Record Speeds - Founder of Drift
<p>As the son of hardworking immigrants, David Cancel saw his parents working seven days a week to support their family. As an adult, he realized that not all people worked the way his parents did, which sparked in him a desire to make a living without getting a “job.”</p> <p>Cancel always knew that he wanted to be an entrepreneur, even if he wasn’t quite sure what that meant. As a kid, he found that flipping through the pages of <em>Inc. Magazine</em> and other early entrepreneurial publications didn’t offer much insight. He saw ads for get-rich-quick schemes and stories of businessmen who had reached amazing heights. Although he wasn’t quite sure what it meant to be an entrepreneur, he knew he wanted in.</p> <p>The term “serial entrepreneur” gets thrown around a lot, but few have lived a life that defines it as well as David Cancel. Building and selling companies has become a way of life; his obsessions around ideas or problems quickly snowball into companies. He has started and exited five companies in the past 16 years and is currently an advisor, investor, and/or consultant to several more, including BigCommerce, HelpScout, Rapportive, and Yieldbot.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What it takes to create a successful product</li> <li>How to listen to your customer and what you can learn from it</li> <li>What kind of feedback you should listen to and what you should ignore</li> <li>The secret to iterating effectively and how you can start improving your own products</li> <li>Where to find the right audience and what it means to serve them</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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87: What it Takes to Sell Your Company to Amazon for $970m with Justin Kan from Twitch.tv
<p>Justin Kan doesn’t come off as the type who lives for the spotlight. Which is funny, because at one point he live-streamed his life, 24/7 for the whole world to see, for months.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That may seem like an unlikely path to a billion-dollar sale, but in fact, the early experiment in the world of live video got Kan and his partner Emmett Shear part of the way there. That unconventional level of dedication and curiosity is a testament to how these two have been willing to dive into the opportunities before them, leading them through a flurry of tech business successes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kan’s CV speaks for itself: He co-founded hit companies Twitch, Justin.tv, Socialcam, Exec, and is now a partner at startup incubator Y Combinator, which invests millions annually into tech companies.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A native of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Kan was not an obvious candidate for someone who would succeed in tech. He has a certain natural charisma, but studied physics and philosophy at Yale, neither of which is necessarily a match for a career in startups. However, he received a crash course in entrepreneurship from an early age by watching his mother run her own real estate business, and it seems to have stuck.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From there, Kan experienced his share of losses and ridiculously spectacular wins, developing a series of products that define the chapters of his fascinating career in tech startups.</span></p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The exact process of coming up with, developing and selling your startup idea</li> <li>When to pivot and the signs to look out for</li> <li>What startup accelerators like Y Combinator are looking out for</li> <li>How to hustle harder than everyone else around you and gain the competitive advantage</li> <li>Why you should bet on the founders and not the startup itself and the wins that come with it</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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86: The Secret on How Triple Your Leads, and Close 90% of Sales with Gary Tramer of LeadChat
<p>From a very young age, it was clear that selling was encoded in Gary Tramer’s DNA.</p> <p>His aptitude for sales emerged early when he was a scrappy little kid riding his bike around the neighborhood with his friends. He and his gang would steal their neighbors’ plants, re-pot them into yogurt containers, and sell them back to the same neighbors. With the money they made, Tramer and company would indulge in Fizz Wiz, Warheads, and other junk from the candy shop.</p> <blockquote> <p>“We were crafting our humble entrepreneurial beginnings,” Tramer says.</p> </blockquote> <p>From these humble beginnings, Tramer has evolved to start and run several successful sales-focused businesses, up to today’s LeadChat company, where revenues reach over $1 million. He’s become a true master, with roots in face-to-face selling that he adapted and scaled up using cutting-edge digital tools. And he dished all of his secrets for us in this interview.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>From start to finish, what goes into making and closing leads</li> <li>Dozens of helpful tools you can start using today for your own sales strategy</li> <li>The different ways you can test your ads without breaking the bank</li> <li>The process of utilizing traditional marketing techniques in a digital setting</li> <li>What it takes to train your salespeople with no experience into becoming absolute sales machines</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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85: Creating a $100m+ Marketplace that Dominates Your Industry with Martin Hosking of Redbubble
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Lean Startup” has become a popular concept in the world of entrepreneurship. All founders and founders-to-be have phrases like “pivot” and “fail fast” on the tips of their tongues.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But for Martin Hosking, lean isn’t just a fashionable trend. He’s lived it. And after applying and experiencing lean methods over decades of launching and running tech startups, the methodology has gained a more sophisticated meaning in Hosking’s mind. It is not just a clever strategy for testing markets, but rather staying nimble to truly fulfill the needs of the customer, something that drives him today.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What I really like about lean is it puts the customer at the center,” Hosking says, adding a caveat. “You need to have lean, but you need to have a good strategic orientation. The customer doesn’t always know what they want."</span></p> <p>Hosking’s nuanced understanding of lean startup methodology highlights the deep expertise he’s developed over the course his career. And it’s paid off. After experiencing more than his share of 1990s dot-com boom and bust, Hosking is now CEO of Redbubble, an Etsy-like online marketplace for artists that’s become highly successful.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But as any successful entrepreneur will tell you, it’s not just smarts and experience that get you there.</span></p> <p>Passion is the vital ingredient that needs to be present to keep a company going during the hard times and bring it out of the shadows to phenomenal success. It’s a kind of passion that can’t be reeled in or held back. It comes out immediately when you meet a true entrepreneur. Martin Hosking is a prime example; the passion and dedication he has for his work spills out from his fast and excited manner of speaking.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What it really means to go lean and how to get there</li> <li>The secrets to developing a passionate group of users</li> <li>How to be prepared when the unexpected arises</li> <li>The processes that Martin goes through in order to make sure that his business is always running in top shape</li> <li>What goes into building a successful online business</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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84: How to Build a Successful Business without Startup Funding with Rob Walling of Drip
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As a full time software developer working for a large company, Rob Walling dreamt of becoming an entrepreneur – and more than a decade later he has obtained serial entrepreneur status.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rob Walling is many things…as a serial entrepreneur he has been at the helm of several tech companies including Drip, Micropreneur, HitTail and DotNetNovice. His personal brand is supported by regular posts to his blog which he forayed into a book, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Start Small and Stay Small: A Developer’s Guide to Launching a Startup. </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">In his spare time, he wears the hat of a podcaster, conference host, teacher, angel investor and audio book junkie.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When the entrepreneurial itch first infiltrated Rob’s being, he left his full time job and began consulting and freelancing. The move was great at first but he soon found that freelancing and consulting was a lot like working for someone else – which was seriously uncool.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His new dream was products – build something that people will buy on his own terms without the watchful gaze of a boss. But, it didn’t work like that…instead; Rob’s second transition came when he acquired a small software application and tasted true freedom. As Rob puts it, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My goal was to cobble together enough of a portfolio so that I could stop consulting.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His acquisitions ran the gamut from a site that sold beach towels (but ranked high on Google) to a book on bonsai trees but eventually, he was able to give up consulting completely. He developed a strategy built on incremental progress - a solid stair stepping approach that has made every acquisition, his biggest acquisition.</span></p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What to do when you want to bootstrap and how to make it work</li> <li>The secrets to keeping yourself in check and managing expectations</li> <li>The secrets to self-confidence in the startup world</li> <li>How to build yourself a top mastermind group</li> <li>What it takes to ensure that you have a proven product that people will love</li> <li>&  much more!</li> </ul>
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83: From Bankruptcy to $20m exit with Tim Fargo of Tweet Jukebox
<p>It's not easy to admit when you're wrong, but you'll rarely find a better time than when you're filing for personal bankruptcy.</p> <p>That's what Tim Fargo of Tweet Jukebox had to do when he was a young man in 1991 and found himself a little too in over his head. But today he's the founder of one of the most exciting and innovative social media automation engines in the world, right after selling his previous company for $20 million.</p> <p>So how does someone go from bankruptcy to $20 million?</p> <p>Well you do it by paying attention and learning from your mistakes, which is exactly why Tim is where he is today. He's experienced both the lowest and highest points any entrepreneur can go through and he's walked away a better businessman and all the wiser for it.</p> <p>We're very lucky to share with you today this episode of the Foundr podcast, in which he talks openly about the lessons he's learned throughout his career and all the different pitfalls and traps you need to avoid.</p> <p>If you ever wanted to learn from someone with over 25 years of highs and lows in the world of entrepreneurship, you don't want to miss this one.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What it's like to file for bankruptcy and how to recover from it</li> <li>The do's and dont's of cash flow management</li> <li>How to keep yourself in check and on the right track when starting a business</li> <li>The key steps to growing your business rapidly</li> <li>What you can learn from going broke</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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82: The Secrets to Success & Hustle with Gary Vaynerchuk of Vayner Media
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gary Vaynerchuk is a</span> <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">bona fide</span></em> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Internet celebrity. At last count, he was sitting pretty at 1.21 million Twitter followers, and 226,000 Instagram followers. He’s appeared in the</span> <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wall Street Journal</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">,</span> <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Time Magazine</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, on</span> <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Late Night with Jimmy Fallon</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">,</span> <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Conan O’Brien</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">,</span> <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ellen</span></em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">, CNN, and MSNBC. He’s now the CEO of VaynerMedia, a digital agency with more than 600 staff. Vaynerchuk is an entrepreneur, investor,</span> <em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">New York Times</span></em> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">best-selling author, speaker, and, hailing from greater New York City, a fervent Jets fan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But his success all started with Wine Library TV, a video blog he started when YouTube was still a 1-year-old Internet debutante. From the start of his career, Vaynerchuk has mastered social media to draw attention to his online persona GaryVee, and since then has leveraged his fame to build success with over a decade of shrewd planning and execution. But there’s one secret to success that Vaynerchuk always comes back to.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The reason that I’m speaking to you is that I’ve worked harder than you.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These brazen words were uttered by Vaynerchuk during one of his many training videos. While it’s impossible to know just how true that is, this is a belief central to Vaynerchuk’s life. Hard work is everything.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When discussing his success, the word hustle frequently bobs to the surface. “My hustle is better than everybody else’s,” he says, “so I have to bet on it. I bet on my strengths.” And despite living in an age of lifehacks and shortcuts, Vaynerchuk remains a staunch advocate of simple hard work. Armed with little more than his ball-of-fire personality and a will to succeed, he’s built an attention-hungry business empire worth millions.</span></p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The best strategies to leverage social media for your business</li> <li>What to look out for when it comes to creating the perfect social media strategy</li> <li>The secrets to creating valuable content and why it works</li> <li>How to take care of your employees and build long-lasting and loyal relationships</li> <li>The secrets behind each social media platform and how to take advantage of each one</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul> <p><strong>This podcast episode was brought to you by <a href= "http://freshbooks.com/foundrmag" target= "_blank">FreshBooks</a></strong>.</p> <p>When it comes to finding the perfect service to help you manage and track your invoices, time and expenses then you can't go past FreshBooks. Designed for the small businesses and entrepreneurs who don't need full-blown double-entry programming but still want to keep their finances in check, you can't go back once you start using it!</p> <p>Better yet, FreshBooks is offering <a href= "http://freshbooks.com/foundrmag" target="_blank">a month of unrestricted use to all of Foundr listeners ­ totally free right now</a> and you don’t need a credit card for the trial!</p> <p>To claim your free month, go to <a href= "http://freshbooks.com/foundrmag" target= "_blank">FreshBooks.com/FoundrMag</a> and enter FoundrMag in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section to get started today!</p>
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81: 15 Million+ Followers on Instagram & Counting! Interview with The Instagram Queen Greta Rose van Riel
<div class="wpb_text_column wpb_content_element vc_custom_1456985215914"> <div class="wpb_wrapper"> <p>Every day there’s an entrepreneur out there who believes that they’ve found the golden ticket. The one idea that is so revolutionary that it’s going to change the landscape of their niche and bring them huge success.</p> <p>Unfortunately, no matter how great of an idea it may be, nothing happens unless you have a brilliant plan to execute it.</p> <p>So where to start in this crazy startup world?</p> <p>Well, according to Greta Rose Van Riel, it starts off with finding not just the right product idea but the <em>perfect</em> one. By using a bit of research, and a little bit more patience, she was able to find the type of product that took her to over 600k in revenue in just under a year!</p> <p>By utilising Instagram she managed to spread her brand’s message and exposure, growing to over 15 million followers in just a few years! It is very rare you’ll find anyone else as savvy as the founder of SkinnyMe Tea when it comes to the world of e-commerce.</p> <p>In this interview with Foundr Greta breaks down for us the nitty gritty details of the e-commerce world and shows us just what it takes to make it as a 21st century entrepreneur.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> </div> </div> <div class="q_icon_list"> <ul> <li>Learn the easiest and cheapest way to build a website for your business</li> </ul> </div> <div class="q_icon_list"> <ul> <li>Important Insights on how to use Instagram to help start, grow and build up your brand account</li> </ul> </div> <div class="q_icon_list"> <ul> <li>Learn how to identify trends and physical products that you can successfully sell online</li> </ul> </div> <div class="q_icon_list"> <ul> <li>How to get your perfect funnel for you to start selling immediately</li> </ul> </div> <div class="q_icon_list"> <ul> <li>The do's and don'ts of E-commerce</li> </ul> </div> <div class="q_icon_list"> <p>& much more!</p> </div>
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80: How to Explode Your Local Business Using Instagram with Ramy Georgy
<p>One type of entrepreneur we don't give enough credit to is the local business owner. While it seems that everyone in the startup world these days is trying to come up with the latest app, or next revolutionary SaaS, we often forget about that entrepreneur looking to create something on the ground.</p> <p>One of the biggest struggles for local business owners is finding a way to get their business out there. When you're running a brick-and-mortar business it can often feel like your options are limited when it comes to marketing and brand exposure.</p> <p>Ramy Georgy is about to change to way you think about local business.</p> <p>Ramy is a local dentist in Foundr's home base of Melbourne, Australia and today he runs one of Australia's most recognized and sought-after teeth-whitening clinics. The most impressive part? He achieved all of this within his first year of operation.</p> <p>By thinking creatively and using the power of Instagram and celebrity influence, Ramy has managed to turn his local business into an international one, proving once and for all that traditional and digital businesses don't have to live in separate worlds. In fact, when used together, you can produce some phenomenal results.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How Instagram works in turning your followers into actual clients for a local business</li> <li>Tips on how to sell your local product and increase your business internationally at the same</li> <li>The importance of having influencers on your side when taking on the global market</li> <li>Ways to start a business and be recognized in the dental industry</li> <li>Tips on choosing the right influencers to work with</li> <li>&amp; much more!</li> </ul>
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79: How to use Instagram to Generate Millions of Dollars in Your Niche with Deonna Monique
<p>One common trait among successful entrepreneurs is a sense of urgency—spotting a need and responding without hesitation in order to address and capitalize on it, even when that means taking a risk.</p> <p>Deonna Monique is a prime example. As a consumer of hair extensions, she had long struggled with finding the right product, and what she saw as a lack of authenticity in the market. But when she realized through social media that the problem was much bigger than her own, she started a company.</p> <p>“I thought I was on to something,” Monique tells Foundr. “So a week after I opened my business, I quit my job. I just went for it.”</p> <p>Despite some serious tests of faith along the way, Monique stuck with her company Boho Exotic Studio, and ended up earning seven figures in that first year, she says. Now approaching three years in business, and she has a strong foothold, all with her chief channel of marketing being social media platforms like Instagram.</p> <p>Monique’s lack of hesitation, no-nonsense approach to connecting with her customers, and faith in the quality of her product and service, have added up to a stunningly fast ascent, all in the face of serious business and personal hurdles.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to let your customer be the face of your company</li> <li>What to do when it feels like you've hit rock bottom as an entrepreneur</li> <li>The best ways to hack social media marketing to further your brand and grow your audience</li> <li>The perils and benefits of diving straight into building a business as a new entrepreneur</li> <li>The importance of looking past all the doubters and believing in yourself and your dreams</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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78: Dominating Your Customer Acquisition Channel (SEO) with Raj Sheth
<p>No matter how you crunch the numbers, starting your own business is expensive.</p> <p>In fact one of the first crossroads moments you'll encounter as an entrepreneur, among many, is trying to figure where you're going to get that funding. Do you self-invest and bootstrap it? Or do you start talking to investors?</p> <p>Raj Sheth goes deep on that issue in our interview today, as he openly talks about how he and his co-founders funded their way to the top with Recruiterbox.</p> <p>Nearly five years since its launch, Recruiterbox is used by more than 1,500 customers, with next-level businesses like Groupon, Couchsurfing, and Crunchbase praising the SaaS that Sheth has created.</p> <p>In one of our most insightful interviews to date, Sheth talks about the lessons he's learned throughout his entrepreneurial journey, from being the founder of two failed startups, to using SEO as a source of customer acquisition.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Bootstrapping 101: How to start a software business on a tight budget</li> <li>The importance of having a well-rounded founding team</li> <li>Do's and don'ts of building any kind of software product</li> <li>Top strategies on how to utilise SEO with the right kind of content</li> <li>What to do to get your name out there and have top-level influencers and companies use your platform</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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77: How to Own Your Story & Level Up Your Life with Steve Kamb
<p>In just a few short years Steve Kamb has successfully created a multimillion dollar business by orchestrating one of the most intriguing communities online.</p> <p>As the founder of Nerd Fitness Kamb has positively influenced and empowered thousands of people in the world into living a healthier lifestyle. By looking past the stereotypes and the norm, Kamb has managed to break through the highly competitive fitness market and find a niche that was looking for the answer that only he could provide.</p> <p>However the key to his success?</p> <p>Being able to speak the language of his target market, in this case geeks and nerds. The average joes and desk jockeys who want to look like Captain America but aren't sure where to start.</p> <p>By putting his community first and realising that there's more to fitness than the latest bodyweight exercise, or the different flavours of protein, Kamb has managed to gamify fitness and, in doing so, win the loyalty of every member of his community.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to start a multimillion dollar business in the online fitness industry</li> <li>Strategies on writing successful articles to target a specific market of readers and culture</li> <li>Not only the importance of an engaged community but the secrets to building one</li> <li>Ideas on how to start on writing and publishing your own self-help book</li> <li>Important health tips for the busy entrepreneur</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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76: 8 Million Users, $233m Valuation & Rockstar Investors all in 2 Years? The Canva Story with Melanie Perkins
<p>Finding the right startup idea is difficult even for lifelong entrepreneurs. But when it comes down to it, the best approach is to take a long hard look at what you're passionate about and try to figure out a way to share that with the world.</p> <p>By sharing her passion for graphic design to anyone who was interested, Melanie Perkins was able to become a certified tour de force in the entrepreneurial world.</p> <p>Seemingly coming out of nowhere, in just under two years her company has grown to 8 million users, is now valued at $233 million dollars, and has the backing of heavyweight investors like Guy Kawasaki, Bill Tai, and Lars Rasmussen, just to name a few.</p> <p>As the CEO and founder of Canva, Perkins knew that everyone had a little bit of an artist's streak inside them. The trouble was, the tools to bring that out were either too expensive or too clunky to learn. So she did what every good entrepreneur does. She made a product that took the complex and made it simple.</p> <p>Responding to the rapid expansion of social media and the growing importance of being able to communicate visually, Perkins has made it possible for anyone to pick up her product and start making visually striking images.</p> <p>With an eye for even loftier heights along with her keen eye for design, Perkins shares with us her lessons on how to turn your passion into a multi-million dollar success story.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The tools that you need to kickstart your own graphics design company</li> <li>The importance of finding and empowering the right people on your team for maximum results</li> <li>Why you need to fundamentally believe in what you're trying to achieve with your startup</li> <li>How to get people to use your platform and software in a crowded market</li> <li>What you need to do develop your team's focus, decision making, and leadership skills so your business works for you</li> <li>& much more.</li> </ul> <p> </p>
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75: How to Build & Grow A Successful Blog for Your Startup with Yaro Starak
<p>For some, being an entrepreneur is the only life to live, and it means essentially not having a job. For others, working for yourself, always hustling and without a dependable paycheck, sounds insane.</p> <p>Today's guest is firmly in the former camp, and very proud to say that he's never had a job in his life. There have been some part-time gigs, some casual work here and there, but Yaro Starak has only ever seen one side of the fence, and it's always been green.</p> <p>While there are those out there who will insist that you're unlikely to turn your passion or hobby into a successful business, they've never met Starak, the quintessential lifestyle entrepreneur. Armed with a truly entrepreneurial spirit, Starak has managed to turn almost each and every one of his hobbies into an immensely profitable business.</p> <p>While it may be impressive to say that you've made it big in the e-commerce field, it's truly impressive if you can say you've been doing it for <em>more than 10 years</em>!</p> <p>As one of the original dot-com entrepreneurs, Starak has made a living working from nothing but just a laptop and an Internet connection. While others crashed when the market folded, Starak simply adapted.</p> <p>But the one constant throughout his experiences with e-commerce has been the power of blogging. With his blog, Starak has generated millions of dollars in revenue whether sitting at home or traveling the world.</p> <p>And here's how he did it.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Everything you ever needed to know about the importance and power behind blogging in the e-commerce world</li> <li>What to look for when you want to capitalize on any niche</li> <li>How to quickly grow and monetize your email list</li> <li>The ins and outs of internet marketing and how to crush it</li> <li>Secrets being building an epic sales funnel online</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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74: Building one of the Largest Adventure Travel Companies in the World with Darrell Wade from Intrepid Travel
<p>Anyone can have a great idea, any entrepreneur can get lucky and make it big, but it takes something really special to turn your startup into something that <em>lasts</em>.</p> <p>For the past 27 years that's exactly what Darrell Wade has done with IntrepidTravel. It all started in 1988 when two friends went on a trip to Africa and came back with an idea, something that would revolutionize the travel industry forever.</p> <p>Despite the lack of confidence from the banks and everyone telling them otherwise, Wade and his cofounder knew that there was a market being underserviced out there. So channeling his own passion for traveling, he created a startup where, for more than four years, his salary was only a third of his previous job.</p> <p>Since then, IntrepidTravel has turned into a $300 million business and has successfully transported 350,000 travelers around the globe in the previous year alone!</p> <p>Despite hardships, Wade vigorously reinvested back into his business, focusing on building the best product he could possibly offer, and creating a company with staying power to support it all.</p> <p>Today IntrepidTravel is one of the premiere travel agencies in the world and it all started with a passion and desire to change.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">How to start a business in the travel industry</span></p> </li> <li> <p class="p1">How to make your business grow on a tight budget and learn about the risks that you have to take for your startup travelling business</p> </li> <li> <p class="p2">The advantages of re-investing to make your business grow</p> </li> <li> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Unique ideas and Actions items to get a lot of travellers book with your agency</span></p> </li> <li> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The importance of mutual respect when it comes to leadership and your organization</span></p> </li> <li> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">How to identify the leverage points where you can scale up in your business</span></p> </li> <li><span class="s1">& much more!</span></li> </ul>
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73: How to Build a Super Successful Online Business with John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire
<p>There is a quintessential moment that every entrepreneur will face at some point in his or her life. It doesn’t matter what kind of business you’re running, or what kind of niche you’re in, there's a particular experience unique to those who dare to try their hands at entrepreneurship.</p> <p>It’s the moment when you look in the mirror and realize that you’re not happy doing whatever it is you’re doing. You decide that the system doesn’t work for you, so instead you’re going to go out there and create something for yourself.</p> <p>For John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire, that didn’t happen until he was 32 years old.</p> <p>“I gave myself my own job and that's what I kind of love about it, because I've been asking, begging, pleading for jobs really for the first 32 years of my life,” Dumas says. “I said, ‘You know what? It's time to get out there and create my own job, a job that I want, that I'm actually excited and passionate about.’”</p> <p>You’ll likely know Dumas as the founder and host of Entrepreneur on Fire, a podcast in which, for the past four years, he’s been interviewing the top entrepreneurs in the world and in the process building a multimillion dollar business.</p> <p>Today, Entrepreneur on Fire boasts 1.3 million listens a month, making it one of the most popular business podcasts in the world. But it took more than 10 years of trial and error for Dumas to get to where he is today.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to create a business podcast from scratch.</li> <li>The importance of seeking out courses and communities that will teach you what you want to learn.</li> <li>Learn how to take methods and strategies from experienced entrepreneurs and learn what works for you.</li> <li>Why it is good to be authentic and transparent as possible to your podcast audience.</li> <li>Learn about the marketing concept on how to build and retain a loyal audience and following.</li> </ul>
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72: Internet Marketing Mastery with Los Silva
<p>Carlos "Los" Silva is rightfully considered today one of the top business marketing trainers in the world.</p> <p>After a 10-year entrepreneurial journey, he finds himself at the helm of multiple, million-dollar businesses that aim to teach other entrepreneurs different ways they can achieve startup success. His advice is sought after by master entrepreneurs in their own right, with his client list boasting names like Disney, Ryan Deiss, Kent Clothier, and many more.</p> <p>Which is why we're super excited to be sharing this interview with you today, and delivering his secrets on Internet marketing and what it takes to build a local customer base and successful startup.</p> <p>And alas, Foundr family, this will be our final post for 2015 as we head into the holidays. We'll be taking a much needed break during the next week to spend some precious time with our own families, and we hope you do the same. We'll be back in a week with more amazing content.</p> <p>See you all in 2016, and until then, enjoy the interview!</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How E-commerce helps on your startup and how to identify opportunities on the e-commerce space.</li> <li>Why social media plays a huge role in selling your digital products.</li> <li>The different tools that you need to help grow your business online.</li> <li>The importance of building good relationships and business partnerships that can help support your system.</li> <li>The process to increase your email list and get more people to join your webinar and Techniques in Educating buyers about your products.</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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71: Mastering Social Media & Evangelism with Guy Kawasaki
<p>During one of Guy Kawasaki’s first marketing assignments in the early 1980s, he would knock on the doors of startup software companies across Silicon Valley armed with a stack of non-disclosure agreements and a prototype computer in a bag. “We would say, ‘If you sign this, we’ll show you what’s in the bag,’” he says. The prototype, Kawasaki explains, was a top secret project that, if knowledge of it was widespread, would cannibalize sales of their main computer hardware product. It’s name? Macintosh—a project run by a team of developers at Apple, headed up by Jef Raskin and a then 29-year-old Steve Jobs. As far as marketing a computer is concerned, “it was hand-to-hand combat.”</p> <p>Of course, Kawasaki was successful in his efforts marketing the Macintosh, and the rest is history. Today, Guy Kawasaki is a famed tech startup guru who notoriously spearheaded the marketing cause for Apple in 1984, before going on to work on a number of startups, a venture capital firm, and a stint at Google.</p> <p>It’s a title that stands out, because when you think evangelist, the image that often pops into mind is that of a middle-aged man with slick hair, a pink suit and a Texan accent on late-night television, prancing about on a stage and shouting about the bible. In Kawasaki’s case, that couldn’t be further from the mark.</p> <p>At 61, Guy Kawasaki comes off as a truly decent human being, affable, humble and easy-going. The sort of guy you’d be happy chatting with at a friend’s barbecue for hours without having to fake a bathroom visit to get away.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to inspire and convert your audience.</li> <li>Learn the importance of Visual Marketing.</li> <li>The importance of building your brand's social media platform.</li> <li>Techniques on how you can evangelize for your startup without a huge budget.</li> <li>Learn about the Two simple ‘tests’ to apply to any content your company shares on social media to ensure that it has maximum traction online and has the maximum benefit for your business.</li> </ul>
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70: How to Manufacture a Disruptive Product (Without Selling a Kidney) with Lisa Fetterman of Nomiku
<p>There’s a simple rule that all entrepreneurs live by: Aim for disruptive change. Everything you need to know about being an entrepreneur lies in that beautifully simple rule. Yet, as many entrepreneurs will tell you, it’s easier said than done.</p> <p>But that’s exactly what Lisa Q. Fetterman went ahead and did as the co-founder and CEO of Nomiku.</p> <p>Nomiku takes it name from “nomikuii” a Japanese word which means to eat and drink- a perfect name for the revolutionary kitchen appliance that’s finding homes in professional and personal kitchens worldwide, creating disruptive change as it simplifies the science of gastronomy for food-lovers everywhere.</p> <p>Lamenting the fact that she couldn’t create restaurant quality food at home because of the lack of a sous vide machine, she sought to change that.</p> <p>Ever since that simple idea in 2010, Nomiku has amassed over $1 million between their two Kickstarter campaigns. Gaining the distinction of having raised the highest amount of money for any product within their category with just their first campaign alone, they raised nearly $600,000 within 30 days. They then went on to break their own record by raising $750,000 with their next project. Today the Nomiku sees itself in kitchens from the White House to Michelin starred restaurants around the world.</p> <p>Nomiku is an entrepreneurial success story that can only exist within the 21st century. Fetterman has tapped into the power of hackerspaces, accelerator programs and crowdfunding in order to be invited to the White House as a “White House Honored Maker”, listed on Zagat’s 2014 “30 under 30”, and listed again as “30 under 30” in 2015, this time on Forbes.</p> <ul> <li>Why it's important to love what you do.</li> <li>How to utilize social media, blogger and word-of-mouth to generate buzz and excitement for your product.</li> <li>The important strategies in launching a crowdfunding campaign.</li> <li>The resources that you need when investors aren't listening.</li> <li>How to have a product development strategy to overcome the struggles of manufacturing.</li> </ul>
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69: How to Launch Your Startup in 7 Days and Build a $1m Business with Dan Norris of WPCurve
<p>Building a startup is hard, from generating an idea, to developing an MVP, to launching a product, and eventually growing a business. It's just really hard.</p> <p>But what if I told you that it's entirely possible to launch a startup in 7 days and build a profitable business almost instantaneously? Sounds crazy right?</p> <p>Well tell that to Dan Norriss of WP Curve who went ahead and did just that.</p> <p>After seven years of trying his hand at various business, it wasn't until 2013 that Dan struck gold with WP Curve. A worldwide team of Wordpress developers providing constant support for small business of every kind 24/7. Today he impressively manages a worldwide team and just started his craft beer brewery, and there's no sign of slowing down.</p> <p>He shares with us the lessons he's learned through his career as a serial entrepreneur and as an award-winning content marketer. Teaching us everything from the importance of content marketing in today's world of startups to managing a remote team and what it's like to be in the modern tech industry.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">How to start your own website from scratch</span></p> </li> <li> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The importance of getting all the opportunities to get press release in launching your ideas</span></p> </li> <li> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">How to manage a huge remote team around the world using different online tools</span></p> </li> <li> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">What content marketing is and how to build and grow a business with it</span></p> </li> <li> <p class="p1">Why you should be producing awesome evergreen content</p> </li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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68: Building The Best Workplace in The World with Vishen Lakhiani of Mindvalley
<p>How can you attract top talent, and create a workforce that goes the extra mile for the company? The answer – surprisingly – isn’t salary, perks or bonuses. It’s culture.</p> <p>Making the effort to build and invest in a positive business culture can drain time, resources and money. But research suggests that the ROI on a happy workforce can be measured in dollars as well as satisfied, secure staff.</p> <p>According to The Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, good culture-building activities successfully cultivate a companywide commitment to satisfying customers. Other benefits include enhanced performance, reduced staff turnover, increased job satisfaction, greater employee engagement, fewer errors and the enviable status as a workplace of choice.</p> <p>The jury is officially in: happy and healthy employees cost companies less. A 2011 academic study through the London School of Economics found that for costs spent promoting well-being in the workplace represented a substantial annual return on investment of more than 9 to 1, with increased productivity and reduced absenteeism. And it doesn’t just happen. If you’re a business owner, creating culture is up to you, with former MIT professor Edgar Schein once commenting that the only thing of real importance that leaders do is to create and manage culture.</p> <p>So how do you create good workplace culture? CEO of Mindvalley, Vishen Lakhiani, is the man officially standing at the intersection of mindfulness and business and has workplace culture down to a fine art.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to turn the power of meditation into your superpower</li> <li>What it takes to build a great company culture and keep top talent</li> <li>The benefits of having a great looking office and how it can double your employee's performance</li> <li>How to strip back the perks but still keep an amazing company culture</li> <li>The process Vishen uses when it comes to hiring A-players</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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67: The Secret to Getting Ridiculous Amounts of Press for Your Business with Scott Jordan of SCOTTeVEST
<p>Scott Jordan is no wall flower. He is a force to be reckoned with – and when he became frustrated with carrying devices and wanted something better than a man bag or a fanny pack he quit his job as a lawyer at a startup and launched SCOTTeVEST– a travel clothier that specializes in multi-pocket clothing specifically built around the tech gear we all carry.</p> <p>That decision, fourteen years ago, was made based on a philosophy that has guided much of his entrepreneurial journey – anything worth doing is worth doing now.</p> <p>Scott Jordan’s first product, the eVest 1.0, has morphed into a full line of clothing for men and women and a company that has landed on Inc.’s Fastest Growing Companies List three consecutive years. With global sales exceeding $10 million and Board of Advisors that includes Steve Wozniak (yes, the Steve Wozniak) and Kenneth “Hap” Klopp (co-founder of North Face), SCOTTeVEST has traversed the startup desert and reached the land milk and money.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to use the power of storytelling to sell a product no one's ever heard of</li> <li>The power of PR and spin, how to make the best out of a bad situation and come out on top</li> <li>What is controversy and why it isn't always a bad thing</li> <li>Answer to the question of whether or not you should bootstrap or go after investors</li> <li>The strategies that Scott used to get his name and his business on the map</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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66: How to Raise Capital for Your Startup with Brad Feld of Techstars & Foundry Group
<p>Brad Feld is blunt: “The glamorization of being an entrepreneur I put in the category of total bullshit.”</p> <p>However great it is, entrepreneurship is hard. It can mean disappointment. It can mean exhaustion. It can mean frustration. It can mean failure. Starting a business is less smooth sailing and more stormy seas, often with waves of worry even as you tack toward horizons glowing with promise.</p> <p>“If you’re obsessed about this product that you want to bring to life, this business that you want to create, you’ll get through it,” Feld says. “If you’re not, you won’t.”</p> <p>He would know. Feld has been open about grappling with depression and dealing with the difficulties of a demanding job, yet he’s worked obsessively over dozens of years to get to where he is today.</p> <p>In 1987, he built a profitable software consulting company. Six years later, he sold it. He soon began investing money in other startups, a path that would lead him to co-found two venture capital firms, including Foundry Group, where he works today. He also co-founded Techstars, a massive startup accelerator.</p> <p>Feld has heard pitch after pitch—both successful and not. He has invested in company after company—including Harmonix, Zynga, and Fitbit. Pair those facts with his first-hand experience running a business, and it becomes clear that Feld knows how to get things done.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What makes, and breaks, an true entrepreneur</li> <li>The importance of finding balance when it comes to work and your personal life</li> <li>What to do when you hit those roadblocks and feel like giving up</li> <li>The key to rockstar pitches and how to impress investors</li> <li>How to blend short-term and long-term thinking in order to become a successful entrepreneur</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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65: How to Write Copy That Converts Like Crazy with Joanna Wiebe
<p>Joanna Wiebe isn't someone that's focused on money, a statement that some of entrepreneurs would be horrified by. However what she is passionate about is words, the power of them, and their ability to inspire, convince, and persuade.</p> <p>It's this passion for writing that has led her to create one of the most premiere copywriting services in the world where her skill as a wordsmith is sought after by hundreds of businesses. She doesn't do this by making good copy, she does it by making GREAT copy.</p> <p>If you've ever wanted to learn how to separate yourself from the pack and have your voice get noticed then you need yourself some great copy.</p> <p>Which is why you'll absolutely love this episode where Joanna takes us through the ins and outs of how to make great copy, and how you can use it to convert like crazy.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>The building blocks of what makes great copy</li> <li>How to use the power of words to instantly grab someone's interest, turn then into a friend, and make them a customer</li> <li>The power of using the right words, how to find out what your customers are saying and take advantage of it</li> <li>Why you the last thing you want to be is just like everyone else</li> <li>A full breakdown of how Foundr's own copy stacks up from the master!</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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64: 8 Startups, 4 IPO's, Lost $35m of Investors Money to Paying Them Back $1b Each! Startup Lessons From Steve Blank
<p>If you’re new to the startup space, Steve Blank is the biggest name in</p> <p>tech you haven’t heard of. A serial entrepreneur turned educator, in</p> <p>entrepreneurial circles he’s referred to as one of the “Godfathers of Silicon</p> <p>Valley.” A master of the startup, he was involved in or founded ’s started eight</p> <p>venture-backed Silicon Valley companies, including software company</p> <p>E.piphany, which alone raised $66 million prior to going public in 1999, before</p> <p>being acquired by a larger corporation for $329 million in 2005. Basically, he’s</p> <p>a Silicon Valley pioneer who was killing it in the startup space when the rest of</p> <p>us were watching Muppet Babies.</p> <p> </p> <p>Drop his name around the offices of Facebook, Apple, Google, et cetera, and</p> <p>you’ll get knowing and approving nods. Follow him around Palo Alto and you’ll</p> <p>see him get asked for autographs. It seems in the way startups operate today,</p> <p>everyone owes a debt to this man. If you’ve heard of the Lean Startup, you’re</p> <p>familiar with his work already.</p> <p> </p> <p>Today, Blank actively lectures at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and the joint</p> <p>Berkeley/Columbia MBA program, NYU and UCSF, as well as the</p> <p>National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, through</p> <p>the Innovation Corps program he developed. The Harvard Business</p> <p>Review named him one of 12 Masters of Innovation in 2012. CNBC</p> <p>recognized him as one of the 11 Notable Entrepreneurs Teaching the Next</p> <p>Generation. In 2013, Forbes listed Blank as one of the 30 most influential</p> <p>people in Tech. Blank’s books, blog, and interviews are often featured in world</p> <p>news publications such as The New York Times, Forbes, Inc, TechCrunch</p> <p>and The Wall Street Journal. His teaching commonly focuses on the</p> <p>Customer Development methodology that he developed throughout his</p> <p>accolade-rich career.</p> <p> </p> <p>His 2003 book The Four Steps to the Epiphany launched the Lean Startup</p> <p>movement. And a decade later, the sequel The Startup’s Owner’s Manual</p> <p>cemented his place on all entrepreneurial required reading lists. Not bad for a</p> <p>man who’s technically been retired for over a decade.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What it takes to become entrepreneur, all without going to business school!</li> <li>The secrets to building a fully-functioning lean startup</li> <li>What is takes to become a leading player in Silicon Valley</li> <li>The unexpected highs and lows of entrepreneurship, the harsh truths and positive realities</li> <li>What it takes to get ahead, and stay ahead</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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63: The Secret Weapon to Success is No Longer a Secret with Tony Stubblebine from Coach.me
<p>Tony Stubblebine was not one of those 22-year-old tech startup CEOs, wearing hoodies and distributing profane business cards. He got his start as a sharp programmer, working alongside people like Ev Williams and Biz Stone, and has been steadily climbing his way up the ladder since.</p> <p>The path to becoming a successful CEO involved a lot of growth and personal development for him, almost like an athlete in training. One thing he could have used much earlier is a good coach.</p> <p>“I didn’t get my first coach until it was way too late. Why didn’t I have an exec coach grooming me to be an executive, to be a CEO?”</p> <p>Follow Stubblebine's journey as he took, what others perceived to be, his weaknesses and turned them into strengths that made him a force to be reckoned with.</p> <p>Stubblebine shows just what it takes to become a great leader and a CEO of a multimillion dollar business.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>A full breakdown of all the elements that make up a great leader and CEO</li> <li>The secrets to utilizing meditation in order to stay grounded and tackle any and all challenges</li> <li>Why you don't need to be a jerk, and there's nothing wrong with being the 'nice guy'</li> <li>The process of building a great product that drives social change</li> <li>How to bring out that 'elite performance' mindset from yourself and achieve it</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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62: The $100 Million Dollar Man, Chris Strode from Invoice2go
<p>All the most successful ideas in the world were when entrepreneurs realized that there was something about their current life that they wished could be done a little easier. The only difference between entrepreneurs and regular people though, is instead of just complaining, they go ahead and built it.</p> <p> </p> <p>For founder Chris Strode it all began because he wanted make the lives of small business owners a little easier back in 2002. Today Invoice2go is one of the highest grossing business app on the market, and the number one invoicing app worldwide for small businesses.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Exactly what it takes to bootstrap your way to $100 Million</li> <li>How to create a brilliant product by identifying a personal problem</li> <li>The importance of finding, and defining, your perfect customer</li> <li>How to grow a business as a one-man startup</li> <li>The key to persevering when the odds seem stacked against you</li> </ul>
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61: The Power of Email Marketing Automation & Why You're Missing Out Big Time if You Don't Have it in Your Business with Micah Mitchell
<p>Today's episode is a little different than most, but as always it is one not to be missed.</p> <p> </p> <p>If you've ever wondered how to harness the power of Email Marketing, this one will not only be an massive eye opener of what's possible, but also a sure fire way for you to quickly understand what you need to do, to sell your products/services on automation with Email Marketing.</p> <p> </p> <p>We sit down with Micah Mitchell who is an Infusionsoft master, co-founder of a popular Membership SaaS (Memberium), and also knows a lot about creating and profiting with online courses.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>- What is Email Automation and how it can EXPLODE your business</p> <p>- How to create profitable online courses</p> <p>- An intro into how to nurture leads, and convert prospective customers into sales with Email marketing</p> <p>- How membership sites work and how you can tap into this multi-billion dollar educational industry</p> <p>- Email Marketing and funnels</p> <p>- What to do when someone steals your business idea</p> <p>- What is Fear/Loss/ & Greed when nurturing leads</p> <p>- How to create a profitable SaaS</p> <p>- & So much more!</p> <p> </p>
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60: How to Become Financially Free with Tony Robbins
<p>Tony Robbins talks fast. Conversing with him is like riding Space Mountain: You get in, you hang on, and before you know it, it’s over and you’re left feeling bewildered, slightly euphoric, and wanting to smooth your hair.</p> <p>Robbins has become a household name as the man who popularized life coaching. Imagine your client list including Oprah, Princess Diana, and Bill Clinton—all before you hit your mid- 30s. He’s spoken to more than 50 million people in 100 countries. To call Tony Robbins just a self-help guru would be like calling Muhammad Ali just a boxer. It doesn’t quite cut it. He is a force of nature, an industry, and a global brand. His advice is still sought by the likes of professional athletes, CEOs, movie stars, rappers and world leaders.</p> <p>When Foundr interrupted Robbins’ schedule for an interview, he was 40 miles from the Arctic Circle, racing Lamborghinis across a frozen ice lake. As you do. “I was eaten up by my crazy schedule, going to 15 countries a year, so I decided, ‘I’m going to find a little time to play,’ and this was on my list. So it’s nice to be able to experience it.”</p> <p>It’s a fitting vacation. Robbins is best known for his high-intensity seminars. To say he’s bursting with enthusiasm is an understatement. It seems as though he’s sitting atop an erupting volcano of energy and optimism. His voice is booming, with its trademark rasp. He makes each point with the force of an artillery bombardment.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to deduce your market to the metrics that matter</li> <li>The steps you need to take in order to be financially free</li> <li>Turning past pain into pure motivation and a hunger for success</li> <li>Tony's ethos in living for impact, and how the money will follow</li> <li>How to serve your client in the best possible way</li> <li>& more more!</li> </ul>
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59: How to Create an EPIC Physical Product (PAX) which is sold over 500,000+ times with James Monsees
<p>PAX Labs is changing the way we look at smoking. The beautiful elegance of the product is restoring luxury to the vaping world. But, developing a product that essentially sold itself for the first two years required an innovative approach to need finding.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What goes into developing a product so innovative that it is its own category</li> <li>The T-Shaped principle when it comes to building an effective and harmonious team</li> <li>How to use personal experience to develop a product that achieves immediate market response</li> <li>Secrets in finding that sweet spot between the product and market to achieve epic growth</li> <li>The "lights out" approach to mass-producing with affordability, scalability, and expertise</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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58: 1 Billion YouTube Views & Counting With Michelle Phan
<p>Michelle Phan wears many hats. Or more perhaps more aptly; lipstick hues. </p> <p>YouTube pioneer, mega brand boardroom heavyweight, company founder, creative director, global beauty queen. </p> <p>Phan has makeup tricks that will make your eyes pop. But the numbers behind her success could make them water. Approaching 8 million YouTube followers, 1.1 billion video views, and over 1 million subscribers to her online beauty community and sampling service, ipsy.</p> <p>Not bad for a 28-year-old who started touting the perfect pout online as a hobby during university. </p> <p>But don’t be mistaken, Phan’s success is not a story of luck but one of awesome internet savvy, authenticity and getting there first to opportunity.</p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to develop fresh angles and stories that your audience will love</li> <li>Key tips on developing your own personal brand</li> <li>The importance of good storytelling, whether it's video, audio, or written</li> <li>How to stay creative and be constantly inspired</li> <li>What exactly YouTube is for marketers and the best way to utilise it</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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57: How to Make Your App go Viral with Rameet Chawla
<p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Founder of Fueled and the Fueled Collective, Rameet Chawla, explains what it takes to consistently build the finest mobile apps, defines the Viral Coefficient and reveals how his need to be creative and independent lead him to leave the world of corporate finance to create a job for himself, which started by building his dream company.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;"><span style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">What goes into making and developing the right MVP</span></span></li> <li style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;"><span style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">The secrets to getting the best kind of user feedback, when to listen, and when not to listen</span></span></li> <li style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;"><span style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">How to develop the right technological triggers needed to click with users</span></span></li> <li style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;"><span style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">The right and wrong way to network and build professional relationships</span></span></li> <li style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;"><span style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">The analytics tools and metrics that Ramee relies on to track the success of his apps</span></span></li> <li style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;"><span style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">& much more!</span></span></li> </ul>
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56: The Foundr Incubator (Business Breakdown) with Derric Haynie & Mathew Michalewicz
<p style="border: 0px; margin: 20px 0px 22px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; color: #5b5e61; font-family: 'Droid Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 33px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"> couple of months ago we sent an invitation to all the readers of our weekly newsletter. We asked if there was anyone who would like to have a one-on-one with tried and true entrepreneurial professionals.</p> <p style="border: 0px; margin: 20px 0px 22px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; color: #5b5e61; font-family: 'Droid Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 33px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Out of the hundreds of responses we received we picked out Derric Haynie former professional poker player and today the founder and CEO of Splash. An online marketing consultancy based in San Diego.</p> <p style="border: 0px; margin: 20px 0px 22px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; color: #5b5e61; font-family: 'Droid Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 33px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">He sat down with Foundr’s own CEO, Nathan Chan, and Mathew Michalewicz, author of <em style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; background: transparent;">Life in Half a Second</em> and entrepreneurial genius to talk strategy. You might remember <a style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; color: #303030; text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer; background: transparent;" href="http://foundrmag.com/fp017-the-science-of-success-how-to-become-a-super-successful-entrepreneur-before-its-too-late-with-matthew-michalewicz/" target="_blank">our previous interview with Matthew</a> where we talked about the science of success, and his journey in building 4 incredibly successful businesses.</p> <p style="border: 0px; margin: 20px 0px 22px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; color: #5b5e61; font-family: 'Droid Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 33px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">What happened was a full breakdown of Derric Haynie’s business, his goals, what he wanted to achieve, and the steps he needed to take in order to get there.</p> <p style="border: 0px; margin: 20px 0px 22px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; color: #5b5e61; font-family: 'Droid Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 33px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">There has never been an episode before where we’ve given away so much actionable advice and strategy, invaluable guidance, and lessons in entrepreneurship.</p> <p style="border: 0px; margin: 20px 0px 22px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; color: #5b5e61; font-family: 'Droid Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 33px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">We’ve also included a special deal for the first 50 listeners of this episode! If you wish to access it go to - <a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/mattm" target="_blank">www.foundrmag.com/mattm</a></p> <p style="border: 0px; margin: 20px 0px 22px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; color: #5b5e61; font-family: 'Droid Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 33px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">This is an episode you definitely don’t want to miss.</p> <p style="border: 0px; margin: 20px 0px 22px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; color: #5b5e61; font-family: 'Droid Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 33px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">In this interview you will learn:</p> <ul> <li style="border: 0px; margin: 20px 0px 22px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; color: #5b5e61; font-family: 'Droid Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 33px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Invaluable insight on how to exponentially scale your business with the goals pyramid</li> <li style="border: 0px; margin: 20px 0px 22px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; color: #5b5e61; font-family: 'Droid Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 33px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">The best way to pitch potential clients and investors</li> <li style="border: 0px; margin: 20px 0px 22px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; color: #5b5e61; font-family: 'Droid Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 33px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">How to generate the right leads</li> <li style="border: 0px; margin: 20px 0px 22px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; color: #5b5e61; font-family: 'Droid Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 33px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">The steps you can take today to become a successful entrepreneur</li> <li style="border: 0px; margin: 20px 0px 22px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; color: #5b5e61; font-family: 'Droid Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 33px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Multiple marketing strategies for online, cold calls and emails, referals</li> <li style="border: 0px; margin: 20px 0px 22px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: 0px; color: #5b5e61; font-family: 'Droid Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 33px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">& much more!</li> </ul>
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55: Branding 101 and What it Means to Lose it All with Daymond John of Fubu
<p>In the 1990s, the FUBU brand was everywhere, including on the backs of A-List celebrities like Will Smith, Janet Jackson, and LL Cool J. Like most trends, it seemed to come out of nowhere.</p> <p>But in the case of FUBU, it sort of did. When Daymond John started the company with his longtime friends, they only had about 10 shirts. They’d sneak into a hip hop video set, put a shirt on one rapper, then take the shirt back and go do the same at another video set.</p> <p>“Before you knew it people started to think of us as a huge clothing company, when we literally still had 10 shirts in a basement,” says John, now a celebrity investor on the hit reality show Shark Tank. </p> <p>Daymond John’s talent for building hype didn’t hurt, but that was only the beginning. While today John can regularly be seen on TV in flawless suits, closing six-figure deals, the rise of his game-changing streetwear company was a tumultuous one. The branding icon gained his financial chops the hard way, with lots of stumbles, and a constant learning process that continues today.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>Marketing hacks to grow your business</li> <li>The key components of what makes a successful business</li> <li>How to bring confidence to the table when negotiating</li> <li>The importance of education and mentorship</li> <li>How to build an unwavering drive to succeed</li> <li>& much more!</li> </ul>
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54: What I Learnt From Interviewing Richard Branson
<p>In this weeks episode, Nathan goes through in detail the steps he took to interview Sir Richard Branson for a Foundr Magazine front cover story and what he learnt from the whole process.</p> <p> </p> <p>If you would like to check this interview out, you can download Foundr Magazine on any Tablet or Mobile device on the iTunes and Android stores.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">iTunes - www.foundrmag.com/itunes</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/android">Android - www.foundrmag.com/android</a></p> <p> </p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>- The key things Nathan took away from Interviewing Richard Branson</p> <p>- How to get in touch with hard to reach people</p> <p>- The secret strategy to convince influencers to be interviewed for your magazine / show</p> <p>- Why this interview was game changing for Foundr Magazine</p> <p>- & So Much More!</p>
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53: From Monk to Transforming the Lives of Millions Through Meditation, The Headspace Story with Andy Puddicombe
<p>The trials of starting a business—even if you forget, for a moment, the typical travails of day-to-day living—often overwhelm entrepreneurs. Late nights, endless work, big choices, and extreme uncertainty can swirl together to form a raging twister that ravages the landscape of life, shredding business hopes and ideas along the way. But the forecast is much better for some, including Andy Puddicombe.</p> <p>Puddicombe is one of the minds behind Headspace, a guided meditation app that’s reaching new users every day. He can also say something that few entrepreneurs can: he’s rarely overwhelmed.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What is Mindful Meditation and how to use it effectively</li> <li>The importance of when, and when not, to listen to customer feedback</li> <li>How to improve your product by living in the present</li> <li>How Andy inspires and leads a worldwide movement for meditation and peace</li> <li>Key tips on how to avoid burnout</li> <li>& So much more!</li> </ul>
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52: $20m in Sales in 1 Year Using Instagram? - The Frank Body Story
<p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU;">Two years ago, the owner of a local coffee shop, Steve Rowley, was asked by a regular customer for coffee grounds to be used as an exfoliate. This simple act was the catalyst for a brand that has experienced amazing growth driven heavily by Instagram.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU;">Frank Body creates coffee scrubs formulated with minerals and essential oils and is set to bring in more than $20 million this year. The Frank Body founding team included Bree Johnson, Erika Geraerts and Jess Hatzis of Willow & Blake.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span lang="EN-US">In this episode you will learn:</span></p> <ul> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span lang="EN-US">How to find your voice and personify your brand</span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span lang="EN-US">How to turn influencers into brand ambassadors</span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span lang="EN-US">Key tips on speaking to your target market</span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span lang="EN-US">The best ways to generate content for Instagram</span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span lang="EN-US">Hacks to scale your business to epic proportions</span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;">& much more!</li> </ul>
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51: How to Start Your Own Social Enterprise and Make a Big Impact with StartSomeGood's founder Tom Dawkins
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">He was told it couldn’t be done. Social good was meant for nonprofits. Businesses were for making money. But Tom Dawkins always felt like there was a puzzle to be solved, that he could put the pieces together and run a profitable business that created change in the world.</span></p> <p> </p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">A serial entrepreneur from a young age, Dawkins worked in both nonprofits and tech startups before finally  solving it. The result was StartSomeGood, a crowd-funding platform for anyone—nonprofit, for profit, or individual—with an idea to make positive change in the world.</span></p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">In this episode you will learn:</span></p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">- How to start your own social enterprise</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">- How to measure your impact and why</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">- The true definition of social entrepreneurship</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">- How find a problem that needs solving</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">- Budgeting 101 with a for profit social enterprise</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">- & So much more!</span></p> <p class="p1"> </p>
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50: An Inside Look Into Foundr's EPIC Design with Karan Jain Behind The Scenes with Foundr Magazine's Art Director
<p>In this episode we go behind the curtain and shine the spotlight on someone part of the Foundr Magazine team that is an absolute superstar designer, entrepreneur and ruckas maker.</p> <p> </p> <p>Enter Karan Jain.</p> <p> </p> <p>You wouldn't probably know this, but Foundr Magazine wouldn't be where it is today if it wasn't for Karan. <br /><br />Karan taught me the power of design and branding. This bold move that we've made with the level of Foundr's design has allowed to build great reputation in the entrepreneurial space. Not just as brand itself, but also as an influencer in the entrepreneurial space.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>- What it takes to have epic design and branding in your startup</p> <p>- The untold foundr story you wouldn't know</p> <p>- Behind the scenes on the creation process of Foundr Magazine</p> <p>- Key lessons from Karan on how to choose a design agency</p> <p>- & So much more!</p>
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49: Changing the World (Wide Web) with Dan Tocchini founder of the Grid.io
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Dan Tocchini wants to change how we use the web. His website design startup The Grid have had almost 50,000 founding members and they might just pull it off.</span></p> <p class="p1">For all of the advances in how we use the Internet in recent years, the options for the average person who needs to make a website can still be simultaneously dizzying and uninspiring. It usually comes down to either paying someone a bunch of money, learning to do it yourself, or buying a template.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Dan Tocchini wants to change that. His startup The Grid poses the questions: What if having your own unique website was as easy as posting to Facebook? What if you could just supply the content, and a program just did the rest for you?</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The answer he and his team came up with is an automated alternative to services like Wordpress or Squarespace. And if Tocchini’s right, it might just change how people view the web. While the company hasn’t gone live yet, the team has racked up two hit Kickstarters, two rounds of funding, more than 31,000 preorders, and an offer from Facebook (they turned it down).</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">So what’s all the fuss about? Well, the corners of the Internet that are thriving these days have developed fancy algorithms and design features that make it as simple as possible to connect and share information (think of the curated Facebook feed or Twitter’s 140 characters). They take the flurry of anxiety-inducing decisions away from the average person (see Barry Schwartz’s <a href="http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_the_paradox_of_choice?language=en"><span class="s2">The Paradox of Choice</span></a>). But website creation has been sort of left behind, Tocchini says, and relatively few Internet users have their own sites. For those who do, it’s kind of a pain.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“Websites are like the atomic building block of the web, and they’ve been completely ignored by the big tech companies,” Tocchini says.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">He thinks the web can do better. His team has spent the past few years creating a platform that starts with content and uses software to automatically turn it into a website. Think of it as having your own web designer that makes all of the decisions for you, except that web designer is artificial intelligence.</span></p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">If you would like to becoming a founding member of the grid, make sure you go to <a href="https://thegrid.io/">https://thegrid.io/</a> to sign up now :)</span></p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">In this interview you will learn:</span></p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">- Why you would turn down a buyout offer from facebook</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">- Leadership 101</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">- How to come up with an epic idea</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">- How Dan's vision is going to revolutionize the web</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">- The problem with websites right now and how the Grid plans to solve this massive problem</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">- What it truly takes to become a successful entrepreneur</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">- & So much more</span></p> <p class="p1">   </p>
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48: How to Make $1m in 1 Week Online, The Secrets of a Product Launch with Ed Dale
<p>It is with great pleasure we bring you this interview with the one and only Ed Dale.</p> <p> </p> <p>If it wasn't for this man, Foundr wouldn't exist. I've been lucky enough to learn a lot of my marketing and online business chops from Ed Dale, so I thought what better reason to bring him on the show to share with us the infamous secrets to doing a $1 million launch.</p> <p> </p> <p>Ed Dale is the creator of The Challenge and co-founder of MagCast. He's helped over 300,000 entrepreneurs start online businesses and is a world re-knowned online marketer.</p> <p> </p> <p>The best place to find Ed is at eddale.co</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>- The processes that Ed goes through to prepare for a $1m launch</p> <p>- What is good will, and why it matters when it comes to doing a $1m launch</p> <p>- The secrets to getting other people to promote your products/services when it comes to getting affiliates</p> <p>- What it takes to create a successful digital product</p> <p>- & So much more!</p>
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47: The Art of Asking For it with Amanda Palmer
<p class="p1">In business, in music, or in life, there are few people you will meet as unapologetically honest as Amanda Palmer. Or as you may know her from the title of her recent tour, Amanda Fucking Palmer. </p> <p class="p1">A lifelong nonconformist, Palmer has evolved from living statue to award-winning musician—as one half of cabaret rock duo Dresden Dolls and soon to hit the stage opening for Morrissey and Blondie—from TED-talker to esteemed author<span class="s1">,</span> and now thought leader<span class="s1">.</span></p> <p class="p1">Palmer’s Twitter bio colorfully advertises a performer, writer, giver, taker, yeller, listener, love-lover and rule-hater to her one million-plus follower base. And from our own conversation with Palmer, all of these qualities seem fairly apt. </p> <p class="p1">But there’s one thing this self-account fails to capture, and that is how authentic she is. Palmer has built legions of passionate fans—and certainly her share of detractors—by having a unique voice that is louder than her music ever could be. And by simply asking. </p> <p class="p1">And the answer for many is a loud and resounding YES.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Ask, Don’t Tell</strong></p> <p class="p1">Being a born storyteller has perhaps taken Palmer in directions even she did not foresee. As an arts graduate Palmer began her professional life as the Eight-Foot Bride on the streets of Cambridge, Mass. During this time she honed a deep curiosity for genuine human connection that has been the underlying theme of all her achievements. </p> <p class="p1">It is this story that Palmer shared on the global TED stage in 2013, when she spoke of the profound encounters she experienced with people from all walks, often people who Palmer sensed were very alone. In her recollection, they would momentarily enjoy very intense eye contact and “fall in love a bit.”</p> <p> </p> <p class="p1">In seeking this connection with others, Palmer and her Dresden Dollsbandmate Brian Viglione made a habit of always spending time “signing and hugging” with fans after each concert, and from here, the story takes off. In the past decade<span class="s1">,</span> Palmer has couch surfed the globe several times, sourced music, food, instruments and a hundred other forms of support from her loyal fan base, crowdfunded a cool $1.1 million to produce an album<span class="s1">,</span> and whipped up a good deal of controversy along the way.</p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1">In this interview you will learn:</p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1">- How to embrace your audience</p> <p class="p1">- How to endure criticism and become a revolutionary in your industry</p> <p class="p1">- The importance of asking for help</p> <p class="p1">- How to build an extremely strong community</p> <p class="p1">- Breaking the rules and why they were created</p> <p class="p1">- & So much more</p>
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46: Seth Godin on Why You Shouldn't do What You're Told
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mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Calibri; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p>Marketing guru and multiple New York Times bestselling author Seth Godin explains why you should focus less on doing what you're told and more on doing work that's worth doing. In order to take advantage of the unique opportunuties afforded by our times, some rules just have to be broken.</p> <p>Some people just get it. They grasp the spirit of the times in ways that ordinary people don't. They understand the patterns and progression of history, and can interpret current events and trends with rare wisdom and insight. Seth Godin is one such person.</p> <p>You might say his knowledge about the world of business borders on the prophetic. You could also safely say Seth Goden is a man who sees the world not for what it is, but for what it could be. He's in the business of change: predicting it, implementing it, and watching it unfold.</p> <p>You've probably seen his TED talks, his books, his blog, his podcast; he's the one of those characters who are grounded, yet somehow still larger than life. For those late to the Godin party, he's a marketing guru, founder of Squidoo.com and world-renowned author of 17 business bestsellers including Linchpin, Unleashing the Ideavirus, Tribes, and Purple Cow. For a man who understands tribes, he has proved time and again that he can walk the talk, building, in the process, a legion of raving fans-people who thrive on his entertaining blend of business and sociology.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;">In this interview you will learn:</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;">- How to when to ship a project and when its ready to be released into the world   </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;">- Why perfect doesn't exist</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;">- The best analogy we have ever heard for good marketing</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;">- Seth's failures</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;">- Why it's YOUR turn! </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;">- The importance of blogging every day</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;">- & So MUCH MORE!</p>
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45: Our Top 7 Instagram Hacks To Generate 100's of Thousands of Followers
<p>So we've decided to mix things up a little with this podcast episode.</p> <p> </p> <p>This one is a short bite-sized episode, detailing our top 7 hacks for Instagram. You're probably not aware, but in the past 8 months we've been quietly building up a very strong community on <a href="instagram.com/foundrmagazine">Instagram</a>, and within the space of 8 months our Instagram account is 197,000+ followers from the time of writing this.</p> <p> </p> <p>So often our community is asking us how we did it, so I wanted to share with you our top tips and tricks on how to gain a massive following on Instagram fast.</p> <p><br />In this episode you will learn the following tips:</p> <p> </p> <p>- The importance of posting content regularly</p> <p>- How to create epic content and why</p> <p>- Why you should have a CTA (call to action after every post)</p> <p>- The importance of optimizing your bio and account</p> <p>- How to use hashtags and a secret hack to increase your engagement in 30 seconds</p> <p>- What an S4S is, and why it's super important</p> <p>- Why you should be commenting on other pages.</p> <p> </p> <p>If you would like to learn more on how to take advantage of Instagram for your business make sure you sign up to find out more about our course that we're launching soon called 'Instagram Domination'. You can do so here - <a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/getig" target="_blank">www.foundrmag.com/getig</a></p>
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44: How to Become a Lifestyle Entrepreneur & The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes
<p>If, like me, you think the job Lifestyle Entrepreneur seems completely made up, you’d be right.</p> <p>Lewis Howes’ title, like everything else about his career, is completely self-styled and made into reality on his own terms.</p> <p>The popular School of Greatness podcast host, who is also an accomplished author and former Arena League football player, quite possibly achieves more before breakfast than most of us do in a week. And it’s all because he took the time to design the life he really wanted. In part, the job description includes overseeing his <a href="https://theschoolofgreatness.leadpages.net/sogaoptin/">School of Greatness Academy</a>, a resource for entrepreneurs that gives people access to tools, a community, and accountability coaching to bring their business and lifestyle to the next level.</p> <p>We sat down with this marketing guru, lifestyle coach and all-round nice guy to learn how he went from couch-surfing to being one of the most sought after online thought-leaders. We also picked up a bunch of expert advice on how one achieves the level of greatness that would warrant such a slick, albeit made-up title.</p> <p>Wander the halls of the School of Greatness and you’ll find them stocked with high-achieving alumni, each with a unique story in their chosen field or industry but who share the commonality of success. 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43: Inside the Mind of a Billion Dollar Startup Founder - Rod Drury of Xero Accounting
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If there’s one thing he’s picked up in his many years as an entrepreneur, it’s that having a certain velocity can make all the difference.</p> <p>“Biggest thing I’ve learned in business is actually making things happen. So picking up the phone, asking why, why aren’t we doing it now, why’s it going to take a week, let’s go do it today,” Drury says. “Just driving urgency, and getting things done puts you so far ahead of most other businesses that you can win in a really significant way.”    </p> <p>It’s the kind of attitude you’d expect from the cofounder and CEO of a company that went public on day one, raising $15 million out of the gate with only about 100 customers. (“I think they were all blood relatives.”)</p> <p> </p> <p>Since that early IPO in 2007, Drury’s accounting software company Xero has been essentially building a startup in the public eye, and that very sense of urgency has translated to some pretty incredible momentum. 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42: What does Snoop Dogg, Disney, Scarlett Johansson and Kevin Durant Have in Common With Shaun Neff?
<p>Beanies, caps, eyewear, tees and tops, watches, snow accessories, backpacks, hot tub shorts. You name it, Neff rocks it.</p> <p>So how did Shaun Neff, founder and namesake of the California-based clothing company, skyrocket this global apparel giant from his humble backpack into the big time? By keeping it real, staying rad and being an insanely astute businessman.</p> <p>On the surface, Shaun Neff might seem like just another hip, down-to-earth cat — but don’t be fooled. The 35-year-old Californian native is as sharp as they come. He’s also a lifetime opportunist and networking powerhouse. As the founder and CEO of Neff Headwear, he also bears the lofty responsibility of serving up trends to the world’s most sort-after audience — the youth market.</p> <p>The tale of how Neff got to where he is today, at the helm of a multi-million dollar brand selling in 50 countries, is particularly intriguing. 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Since high school I had dreamed of starting a surf, skate, snow-inspired brand that reached out to youth. So when I was up at college in Utah, snowboarding every day, I thought, ‘Alright it’s go time,’ and just went for it.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">In this interview you will learn:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">- How the find the secret sauce to connect with influencers</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- Branding 101 and the 3 simple principles Shaun has used to turn Neff into a 100m+ empire</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- The power of authenticity and why it can make or break you in business</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- How to know when to "take some of your chips off the table" and sell some of your company</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- Key entrepreneurship lessons for starting out</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- & Much more</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <div style="color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;"> <div>I Need Your Help!</div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><!--?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?--></p> <div> <div style="widows: auto;"> </div> <div style="widows: auto;">If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. 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41: How to Hack Time with Tim Ferriss (not to be missed)
<p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;">We’ve all been curious about the best way to get better at languages, sports, cooking, fitness, and of course, how to start a business. Using a grand total of four hours per week, Tim Ferriss showed us how. Ferriss needs no introduction. Multiple New York Times best-selling author. Entrepreneur. Self-help guru. Investor. Celebrity. And now star of his own television show.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;">Even if you know nothing of entrepreneurialism, you probably know the work of Tim Ferriss. The 4-hour Workweek ring any bells? Chances are, it’s that book your roommate is always gushing about. A #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller, it has seeped into the zeitgeist and changed more lives than its detractors would like to admit. The 4-Hour Workweek was on the New York Times best-seller list for four-and-a-half years straight and stayed on other lists for seven consecutive years. Released in 2007, this seductive and seminal book was about escaping the workaholic lifestyle to “find your muse.” For the uninitiated, that means a business that takes up little time, yet turns over enough revenue for you to enjoy a sort of freedom from the office bullpen.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;">If it weren’t for Tim Ferriss and The 4-Hour Workweek, a lot of us wouldn’t be where we are today. I know I wouldn't! So it's with great pleasure I bring you the man, the myth and the legend Tim Ferriss.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;">P.S. If you would like to check out Tim's new TV show, 'The Tim Ferriss Experiment' which we highly recommend! You can visit - <a href="http://www.itunes.com/timferriss"><span style="color: blue;">www.itunes.com/timferriss</span></a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;">In this interview you will learn:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;">- Tim's strategies on how he exploded the 4-hour work week brand (the early days)</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;">- How he builds solid relationships with influencers and doesn't use the hard sell</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;">- The no.1 marketing strategy he uses for approaching any project and making it explode</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;">- The top 5 productivity tools that are changing the game for Tim right now that allow him to hack the hell out his time and get insane amounts of work done (gamechanger)</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;">- Tim's new epic TV show and the secret to learning any skill FAST</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;">- An extremely humbling story of how Tim got his first customers for his first business, and what it's like for every single person when they first start out on their entrepreneurial journey</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;">- & So much more of course :)</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; 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40: The Power of Transparency & Creating a Raving Community with Pat Flynn
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background: white;">Getting laid off is enough to make anyone want to crawl into a hole and hide. But Pat Flynn went the other direction. He took the opportunity to open himself up, and put his experience in the spotlight. And that very openness became the key to his success, as his Smart Passive Income Community has now reached millions of entrepreneurs.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">It<span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Arial Unicode MS';">’</span>s not every day that you have the chance to become an overnight sensation, but for Pat Flynn, the stars seemed to align perfectly for him on a gloomy day in 2008. After landing the job of his dreams and working passionately at it for many years, the mid-2008 recession hit him harder than he<span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Arial Unicode MS';">’</span>d ever imagined. 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39: Life in the Shark Tank with Barbara Corcoran
<p class="MsoNormal">Barbara Corcoran doesn’t look far past the family tree for inspiration. While many entrepreneurs seek seasoned businesspeople to learn from, Corcoran’s mentor was her mother, not because her mother managed a company—she didn’t—but because she managed a family.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“She ran our little, tiny two-bedroom flat like a corporation,” Corcoran recalls. Everything was organized, and everything had a system. Her mother did a phenomenal job motivating each of the children, helping them do what they did best. “If she had been in business, she would’ve been a tycoon,” Corcoran says. “I wouldn’t have wanted to compete with her.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Common sense was one of her mother’s virtues, and it’s a trait that Corcoran says is vital in business. “I think you have to trust your natural instinct,” she says to aspiring entrepreneurs. Business is about street smarts. 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The show’s run includes six seasons, and she’s been along for the whole ride.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">In this interview you will learn:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">- Barbara's story on how she rose to success</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- The critical elements she believes it takes to become a successful entrepreneur</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- A super productivity hack to get the most of your day</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- Real estate investing tips</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- What it takes to get your idea funded</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- What Barbara looks for in an entrepreneur and the companies she invests in</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- & Much more</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <div style="widows: auto; font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;"> <div>I Need Your Help!</div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <div> <div style="widows: auto;"> </div> <div style="widows: auto;">If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. 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38: Growth Hacking 101 and Creating Epic Courses with Mattan Griffel
<p class="MsoNormal"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span lang="EN-US">Mattan Griffel wasn’t prepared for his first job.</span></strong><span lang="EN-US"> After he graduated college, a startup company asked him to be their marketer, but he didn’t know how to be a marketer. Mattan had studied philosophy and finance, but despite years of delving into the life of the mind and the management of money, he couldn’t snag a job in the financial sector. So he sat there, tasked with an entirely different field: marketing. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Griffel really wasn’t prepared, so he decided to fix that. He charged into the challenge, devouring books on marketing, consuming online classes, doing everything he could to eat up as much knowledge as possible. In just a year and a half, he says, he learned more about marketing than four years at university taught him about finance.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span lang="EN-US">Learn voraciously. A passion for new skills can expand your opportunities and multiply your successes. </span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Griffel’s drive to be good at whatever he did gave him the ability to successfully manage a marketing budget of half a million dollars. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Now, that same drive has put Griffel at the helm of One Month, a Y Combinator-backed education startup aiming to provide what he calls a “no-bullshit first month of learning.” The company has created a contingent of lightweight courses that each teach the basics of a topic—ranging from Ruby on Rails to HTML to growth hacking and more—in 15 minutes per day for 30 days. </span></p> <p><!-- [if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <!-- [if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> 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37: How Justin Gold Turned His Kitchen Hobby Into a Multi-Million Dollar Peanut Butter Powerhouse
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Some people thought entrepreneur Justin Gold was nuts for trying to disrupt the peanut butter market. A decade later, he’s been recognized by <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Inc.</em> and Ernst & Young as one of the food and beverage sector’s rising stars.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial; color: #222222; background: white;">Originally from Pennsylvania, Gold is one of the Boulder, Colorado startup community’s big success stories, having moved to the mountain town after becoming disillusioned with his original career plan to become a lawyer. The keen outdoorsman made the most of the biking and skiing lifestyle while waiting tables to support himself, and found himself frequently chowing down on peanut and almond butter for the protein benefits. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial; color: #222222; background: white;">Gold decided to start making his own at home, experimenting by adding everything from maple syrup to berries in his concoctions. They proved a big hit with his roommates, who ate everything he whipped up, so Gold started labeling the jars “Justin’s,” at first just to keep them away.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial; color: #222222; background: white;">“At that point it changed from a kitchen experiment to a project,” he says. 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He knew overnight success was unlikely — his own mentor Steve Demos, the creator of milk alternative Silk, struggled for nearly 30 years selling tofu first. Being a “little naive and a little stubborn” kept him going, he says, with the idea that they would figure it out eventually.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; text-align: justify;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial; color: #222222; background: white;">In this interview you will learn:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; text-align: justify;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial; color: #222222; background: white;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px; line-height: 15.3333320617676px;">- When, and how to know how much equity of your business you should give you</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial; color: #222222; background: white;">- The importanance of starting your business idea</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial; color: #222222; background: white;">- Why curiosity can be an amazing trait as an entrepreneur</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial; color: #222222; background: white;">- How Justin turned his idea peanut butter idea into a multi-million dollar empire</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial; color: #222222; background: white;">- Key leadership skills to build a solid team</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial; color: #222222; background: white;">- How to scale a business when you recieve rapid growth</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial; color: #222222; background: white;">- When, and how to know how much equity of your business you should give up</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial; color: #222222; background: white;">- A key concept to keep your employees super motivated</span></p>
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36: How to Find Mentors and Overcome Adversity with Sean Stephenson
<p class="MsoNormal">Bleeding brain. Fractured skull. Concussion.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">These were the effects. The event was just as sudden. One Thursday in late July, Sean Stephenson took his dog for a stroll. Then he fell — ripped from his wheelchair, Stephenson crashed onto the concrete ground, a traumatic impact that landed him in the hospital and left him for some time without short-term memory.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But he had dodged death, and not for the first time. When Stephenson was born, he was diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta, an uncommon disease that brings stunted growth and fragile bones. Doctors predicted he would quickly perish.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Instead, he lived, growing up to become a motivational speaker and businessman. After traveling for years, speaking to audiences far and wide, Stephenson has cut down on the airplane flights and shifted to holding seminars in one location in Arizona. His success hasn’t been easy, but he says that only a fraction of his challenges stem from disability. The rest have to do with the sorts of things most people struggle with in various ways: friends and money and marriage.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Stephenson’s story shows that entrepreneurship — no, life itself — is laced with challenges.</strong> Sometimes, you’re buffeted by events that you can’t control. He recommends that in those instances, when you really can’t control the outcome, you stop trying to. If you can change your circumstances, do so, but if you can’t, don’t stress for no reason.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“I know that if I’m willing to let go of control, it’s going to be a lot easier process than trying to fight for the control with some invisible force out there,” he says. “Call it God, call it universe, call it law of attraction, call it science, call it whatever makes you comfortable, but there are powers that play outside of us that are much bigger than us.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As he recovered from his July accident, Stephenson felt out of his depth, so he did what made sense to him: he sat back and had to laugh, waiting to see where it would all go.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">As much sense as relinquishing control sometimes makes, it’s not an everyday play. In most areas, Stephenson doesn’t passively await his fate. 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It really started with discrimination,” he says.</strong> At age 17, Stephenson applied to a number of jobs, all of which he believes rejected him because of his disability.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">In this interview you will learn:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">- How Sean has overcome his challenges in life and business as an entrepreneur</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- How to find mentors</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- Key factors and insights on what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- Marketing 101 the Sean way!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- & Much more!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <div style="widows: auto; font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;"> <div>I Need Your Help!</div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <div> <div style="widows: auto;"> </div> <div style="widows: auto;">If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. 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35: Cold Hard Business Advice & How to Dominate Your Goals with Multi-Millionaire Steve Mehr
<p>This is not your typical interview where I interview someone well known in the entrepreneurial space.</p> <p> </p> <p>Steve Mehr is an entrepreneur, businessman, all round hustler and the founder of an Ad Agency called Webshark 360 in Southern California. I met Steve through Instagram via his extremely popular account (@agentsteven) and we have been great friends since. Overtime Steve has actually taught me a lot about life and business, so I thought why not get him on the show to share with everyone how he has built a multi-million dollar empire.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you are going to learn:</p> <p>-How Steve built his empire and fortune from the ground up</p> <p>-How to achieve scale with businesses and grow them at a rapid pace</p> <p>-Key mindsets required to not stay successful in business and life once you have attained "success" in the eyes of society</p> <p>-Hiring and Recruitment 101</p> <p>-Managing a team</p> <p>-Setting goals and why it's Steve's secret to success</p> <p>-Instagram and the Importance of it</p> <p>-The importance of measuring</p> <p> </p> <p>If you want to learn how to dominate your goals, make sure you check out Steve's book here, fantastic read and I highly recommend it! - <a href="http://stevemehr.com/">http://stevemehr.com/</a></p> <p> </p> <div style="widows: auto; font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;"> <div>I Need Your Help!</div> </div> <p> </p> <div> <div style="widows: auto;"> </div> <div style="widows: auto;">If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div style="widows: auto;"> </div> <div style="widows: auto;"><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
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34: Epic Marketing Strategies & Customer Development 101 With Rob Rebholz of Spaceways
<p>A very long time ago before I even considered starting a business, I once read that the self storage industry was a brilliant business model, and a booming industry.</p> <p><br />Little did I know 4-5 years later I would be speaking to a disrupter of this industry.</p> <p><br />Enter Rob Rebholz, Co-founder of Spaceways whom are currently turning the self storage industry on it's head at a rapid pace, with the kind of growth that most startups would dream of.</p> <p> </p> <p>Rob is an extremely savvy and interesting entrepreneur and in this interview he shares with us:</p> <p> </p> <p>- The story behind spaceways, how the idea was conceieved</p> <p>- Customer Development, and how to find out what your customers truly want</p> <p>- Marketing 101 and the power it can bring to your business if you done properly</p> <p>- His experiences being backed by Rocket Internet</p> <p>- Top web apps and tools that they are using to help manage a rapidly growing business and team</p> <p>- & Much more</p> <p> </p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">I need your help!</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p> </p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/cast">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></p>
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33: Marie Forleo Reveals How to Build an 8 Figure Business with Heart
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:9.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:9.0pt; margin-left:0cm;line-height:130%"><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">In the brave new world of business that has arisen with the growth of the web, there are many types of entrepreneurs. There is the planner, who plots every move from the beginning, never a scandal in sight. There is the accidental entrepreneur, who falls into a business and makes it work. There is the enfant terrible, such as Mark Zuckerberg, who was likely always going to be successful, but couldn't have anticipated the impact Facebook would have on the world.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:9.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:9.0pt; margin-left:0cm;line-height:130%"><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">And nestled neatly within the pack there is the visionary, the type of entrepreneur that could just as easily pass for a seer such is their knack for knowing what to do and when to do it.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:9.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:9.0pt; margin-left:0cm;line-height:130%"><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">Marie Forleo, the founder of Marie Forleo International, is nothing if not a visionary. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:9.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:9.0pt; margin-left:0cm;line-height:130%"><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">Forleo's first rule of business is to lead with your heart, and it is safe to say that in 2015, with 14 years of entrepreneurship under her belt and an eight-figure business, Forleo's heart has served her well. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background:white">Marie was named by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation and one of Inc’s 500 fastest growing companies of 2014. She reaches over 275,000 readers in 193 countries worldwide and leads dynamic training programs that teach individuals to succeed in business and life. She’s the creator of the award-winning show MarieTV and has been </span>featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Glamour Magazine, Self Magazine, Forbes.com and The New York Times among others. Marie<span style="background:white"> has been interviewed by Tony Robbins as one of the world’s leading lifestyle and online marketing experts and mentored young business owners at Richard Branson’s Centre of Entrepreneurship in South Africa. Her bestselling book</span>, Make Every Man Want You: How To Be So Irresistible You’ll Barely Keep from Dating Yourself <span style="background:white">is published in 13 languages. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>Through her Change Your Life, Change The World® initiative, each for profit training program is tied to a non-profit partner who supports women, the environment and entrepreneurship.</span><br style="mso-special-character:line-break" /> <!-- [if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><br style="mso-special-character:line-break" /> <!--[endif]--></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:9.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:9.0pt; margin-left:0cm;line-height:130%"><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">Choosing whether to follow her heart or listen to her head, however, hasn't always been easy. 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32: Creating Beer that No One Will Like & One of The Largest Breweries (Stone Brewing Co) in the US with Greg Koch
<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">Greg Koch doesn’t care if you don’t like Stone Brewing’s Co.’s beer. Case in point, the label on a bottle of Arrogant Bastard Ale:</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"><em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory…</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">Koch, Stone’s CEO and cofounder, insists that when he wrote that caption back in 1997 when they first released the beer, it wasn’t a marketing gimmick. He really didn’t want people who prefer “fizzy yellow beer” to buy this hoppy, high-alcohol monster without fair warning. Of course, he did have some fun with it, reveling in the mocking tone of the Arrogant Bastard.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">“That’s a tone of voice that I attribute to the beer and not to myself. Although maybe there is a little bit of me in there,” says Koch, who with partner Steve Wagner started in 1996 what would become one of the largest and most beloved craft breweries in the United States.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">That little bit of arrogance — although you might swap that descriptor out with optimism, passion, or persistence — is in large part what has made Stone the giant success it is today.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">Stone Brewing started early in the craft beer revolution, when the market had little interest in bitter, heavy brews, but Koch and Wagner had strong and unwavering opinions about good beer. 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and best-reviewed breweries.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">In this interview you will learn:</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">- Why Greg has never had to ever pay for advertisement for Stone Brewing Co</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">- How to develop a cult following </p> <p 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31: Buying Your Time Back With Outsourcing Guru Chris Ducker
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">37,000 feet high in the air. Hurtling forward at hundreds of miles per hour. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">This was it. This was the scene. This was where Chris Ducker sat when he wrote his resignation letter – a step that helped his career take off and reach new heights.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">“I got my job because I ultimately become unemployable,” he says. His current job: CEO. But as he sat aboard that plane to Hong Kong in 2006, Chris wasn't the boss – he was being bossed around. He says that the head of the company he worked for was “such a pain-in-the-butt boss, just a micromanaging boss.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">Living in the Philippines, Chris worked for a Florida-based infomercial company. But his work earned the company half a million dollars per month in sales, which was far more than his salary. <strong>Throw that fact on top of the fraught feelings he bore towards his boss's management methods, and Chris was itching for something different.</strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">So he crafted his resignation letter on an airplane flight to Hong Kong. When the plane landed, he sent the email, officially resigning. He didn't intend to return to the world of work as someone else's employee, so he entered entrepreneurship. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">Having been involved in the Philippine call center market for several years, Chris decided that the niche could support a new company. He launched with seven staff and a lot of courage.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">Eight years on, Chris still works as CEO for his Live2Sell group of companies. Composing the group is a call center, a business to help people find virtual staff, and a co-working space. 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He poured time and effort into his companies, striving to build them up to where they are today. And he pulled it off.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">In this interview you will learn</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">- How to attain virtual freedom</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">- Chris's strategies and tactics on buying your time back as a business owner</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">- Productivity hacks</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">- How to outsource & train overseas staff</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">- Chris's best advice for entrepreneurs right now trying to grow their business</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">- The 3 lists you need to create to attain freedom</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">- & Much more!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;"> <div>I Need Your Help!</div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"> </p> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. 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30: Developing One of the Largest Marketplaces Online with Collis Ta'eed
<p><strong>This episode is proudly sponsored by <a href="http://www.designhill.com/">DesignHill</a> - The World's #1 Marketplace for Custom Designs. If you go to <a href="http://designhill.com/promo/foundrmag" target="_blank">designhill.com/promo/foundrmag</a>, foundr listeners will get $40 off the contest posting fee and $50 worth power upgrade of services for free. </strong><br /><br />There aren’t too many startups on the planet that regularly make millionaires of their community members. Or who have doubled user, traffic, and revenue numbers consistently for the better part of a decade.</p> <p>The story of Envato going from a modest Flash design resource to a multi-site, multi-million dollar, online heavy-hitteris the essence of startup success. In fact, as a case study, it should probably be taught in business school. Except for the small fact that the journey of CEO and Cofounder Collis Ta’eed has been anything but textbook.</p> <p>Since its inception in 2006, Envato has boomed. Actually, you would have to say it has BOOMED. One and a half million active buyers, eight thriving marketplaces, 250 employees and over $215 million paid out to authors to date — all born from an idea to start a business that could support the travel aspirations of Ta’eed and his wife Cyan.</p> <p>“We had just got married and we had a lot of freelance clients. It was beginning to feel like a drag! Cyan said, ‘Let’s go traveling!’ I had always wanted to start a business and we had some ideas about how it would work, so we just thought, let’s go for it. 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mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Calibri;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p>Since Envato launched FlashDen, its first digital marketplace that sells content created with Adobe Flash, the company has grown to include eight online marketplaces. There’s a good chance you’ve heard of at least one of them. The Largest of the Marketplaces is ThemeForest, which sells website themes and plug-ins. ThemeForest, is to digital creatives what Home Depot is to DIYers, The Envato Market also includes GraphicRiver, CodeCanyon, VideoGive, PhotoDune, 3DOcean, AudioJungle and ActiveDen (formerly FlashDen), while the broader Envato group is also home to freelance hub Studio and learning platform, Tuts+. Phew.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>- How Collis validates his business ideas for marketplaces and how he chooses the right ones to pursue amongst the hundreds</p> <p>- How he has rapidly grown Envato</p> <p>- Raising capital vs Boostrapping</p> <p>- How he got his first 1000 customers</p> <p>- Marketing tactics and strategies for growth</p> <p>- What it takes to manage a large team and becoming a leader</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;"> <div>I Need Your Help!</div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <div> <div style="color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"> </div> <div style="color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div style="color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"> </div> <div style="color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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29: Nathan Answers Your 5 Most Popular Questions That Entrepreneurs Are Struggling With Right Now
<p>This is a short episode of around 20 minutes. In this episode I answer your top 5 most popular questions.</p> <p><br />As I'm hearing from so many of you in our community, I'm finding a lot of commanlities in the questions that I'm being asked. Since I'm on this journey with you as an entrepreneur working towards building a successful business, I thought it would be fun to share with you what I'm learning and how I can further help you tackle these common problems and mix things up from our regular schedule.</p> <p> </p> <p>Please let me know if you would like me to do more of these kind of episodes by emailing me at nathan@foundrmag.com</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;"> <div>I Need Your Help!</div> </div> <p> </p> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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28: The Future of Content Marketing with Chris Brogan
<p>“What's the relationship-minded way that we can make cool stuff happen on the web?”</p> <p>“How do we use all these digital tools to be human at a distance?”</p> <p>“How do we make people feel like they're cared for and treated well, and how does that translate into revenue for companies?”</p> <p>Chris Brogan has big questions. He also has answers for those questions – answers that inform his own business endeavors and the efforts of companies that he has consulted for. This isn't middle-tier dabbling. Brogan has worked with big names like Disney, Motorola, Coke, Pepsico, Microsoft, and Google. Yeah, he's a big deal.</p> <p> </p> <p>But Brogan’s company, Human Business Works, doesn't just serve corporate juggernauts. It also helps small businesses and solo entrepreneurs act on a community-centered approach to boost business. His company offers publications, online courses, and in-person training. He doesn't just have answers. He has proven solutions that could work for you.</p> <p>That's what has propelled Brogan to the top of the online blogging and entrepreneurial space. Besides working as CEO and president of Human Businesses Works, he publishes Owner magazine and delivers anticipated keynote speeches at conferences worldwide. With a massive following, Brogan has earned the respect and admiration of entrepreneurs everywhere.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p>- Content marketing and the future of blogging</p> <p>- What it really means to develop deep relationships with your customers and how?</p> <p>- What influences Chris's business decisions</p> <p>- Community building 101</p> <p>- How Chris has become an extremely influential marketer, blogger & entrepreneur online</p> <p> </p> <h2>I Need Your Help!</h2> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div>
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27: Curing Stress & Anxiety as an Entrepreneur with Charlie Hoehn
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><strong><span lang="EN-US">Eight years ago, Charlie Hoehn had no job.</span></strong><span lang="EN-US"> He submitted application after application to no avail. Only two companies offered him employment. His choices? “Back-breaking labor and a pyramid scheme,” he says.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><strong><span lang="EN-US">Today, Charlie turns down work.</span></strong><span lang="EN-US"> He is a speaker, an author, and a marketing strategist. His recently-released book is <a name="fbt_x_title"></a><em>Play It Away: A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety</em>. At one point, the former unemployed man worked so much that it burned him out – but he triumphed over that, too, and wrote a book about curing stress. The turnaround is dramatic, and Charlie attributes his successful employment to his signature strategy: work for free. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">He didn't figure it out immediately. Charlie graduated in Colorado State University's Class of 2008 and soon faced a job market mired in recession. Bleak. Job-seeking millennials know it well.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">“I was just blasting out my resume to all these companies for jobs that I didn't really even want …<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>because that's what everyone was doing,” Charlie says. “All my friends were doing that and that's what I was told would work.” </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">Conventional wisdom wasn't working. 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style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">He looks back to his days of blasting out job applications and sees a mistake. Life isn't a sprint, he says: it's a marathon. There's no need to rush for a mediocre position that doesn't interest you. He found this out firsthand – his work-for-free strategy required patience, but it took him from being an unemployed college grad to working for Ramit Sethi of <em>I Will Teach You To Be Rich</em>. He later landed jobs with Tucker Max and Tim Ferriss.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">In this interview you will learn:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">- Tactics and strategies for curing stress and anxiety</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">- Why we work so hard and how to slow down</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">- Ways to connect with highly influential people</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">- What Charlie learnt from working with world re-knowned entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin & Ramit Sethi</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">- How to become a recession proof graduate</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">- What Charlie believes it takes to become a successful entrepreneur</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US">- & Much more of course!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"> </p> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"> </p>
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26: The Eventbrite Story - Building a $1 Billion Startup with Julia Hartz
<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US">Meet Kevin and Julia Hartz.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US">In 2003, Kevin and Julia were sat next to each other at the Santa Barbara wedding of mutual friends. They hit it off, and the rest, as they say, is history. In 2006, they celebrated their own wedding, and in 2008, they welcomed the first children.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US">You would be forgiven if you think this story sounds familiar, like the stuff Hollywood movies are made of. But rest assured: this story is anything but familiar.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US">Along the way, the duo also founded Eventbrite, a self service ticketing platform for event organizers valued at $1 billion as reported by <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> and Dow Jones VentureSource.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US">But let's start at the beginning.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US">When Kevin and Julia first met, Kevin was a serial entrepreneur working on his second startup, the Silicon Valley-based money transfer company XOOM, which he had cofounded in 2001. Julia, meanwhile, was working in television development for FX Networks in Los Angeles.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US">Their chance encounter at the wedding of mutual friends brought them together, but for a few years at least, their respective careers kept them geographically apart, navigating the murky waters of a long-distance relationship. </span></p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US">Eventually, that had to change, so Julia decided to "make the leap and move to the Bay Area."</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US">In this interview you will learn:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US">-Growth secrets to eventbrites success</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-US">-The birth of eventbrite</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;">-Sticking points and how they leveraged them</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;">-How to understand your DNA as a founder</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;">-How and why you need to seek great advisors</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;">-Building a great culture in your workplace</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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25: How to Get more Traffic, Users, Sales & Conversions with Derek Halpern from Social Triggers
<p>Forget social media. When it comes to marketing techniques, newer isn’t always better, according to marketing wunderkind Derek Halpern. </p> <p> </p> <p>You just started your blog. And now you’re ready to set the fiber-optic cables on fire with your wisdom and start raking in sales. In doing so, most likely you’ll be staring into a blue glowing screen until the early hours, cobbling together posts that your growing list of readers will find both valuable and compelling. </p> <p> </p> <p>Starting from scratch, how do you build an audience and debut a digital product? What’s more, how can you convince people to buy it? Among the several schools of thought, the predominant is you could just let the product to speak for itself, provided it’s good enough. Or, as some of the more savvy marketers have found, you could get just better at selling. </p> <p> </p> <p>The soft sell is out, and according to expert marketer Derek Halpern from New York, the hard sell is back. In a world of new fandangled sales techniques and buzz jargon, Halpern demonstrates that an adherence to the time-honored traditional sales process with a psychological spin is enough to cut through the noise to reach the modern-day consumer. </p> <p> </p> <p>There’s been a rise in the number of books on the forces affecting buyer behavior, including Adam Alter’s seminal Drunk Tank Pink. Yet the motivating factors behind buyer behavior still, for many, remains elusive. Why do some people buy and not others? What are the triggers that will get someone to purchase your product over someone else’s?</p> <p> </p> <p>Derek Halpern is founder of Social Triggers, a blog and podcast about effective internet marketing strategy. There since 2011, he has provided information on marketing to 140,000 subscribers. What’s more, the Social Trigger’s podcast recently hit #1 in the business section on iTunes, beating the likes of the Harvard Business Review, and the Wall Street Journal.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>- How to master sales</p> <p>- Next level Conversion strategies</p> <p>- Derek's amazing story</p> <p>- Content strategies</p> <p>- The buying process and the psychology behind it</p> <p>- Creating sales funnels</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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24: Andy Sheats -The $100 Million Founder Who Didn’t Want to Start a Business
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Forget everything you know, and everything you think you know, about starting a startup.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">If Andy Sheats' success with health.com.au tells us anything — and let's be clear, when you're bringing in $100 million in revenue within three years of launch, you're a success — it's that to be an entrepreneur, you need to think of yourself as everything <em>but</em> an entrepreneur.</span></p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Sure, an Internet search of the phrase "how to start a business" would tell you otherwise. But the numbers speak for themselves. Doing things the Andy Sheats way might just be the path to victory that every startup founder is looking to find. So just what is the Andy Sheats way?</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">In this interview you will learn:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">- The secret to Andy's success with health.com.au</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">- How to evaluate your startup idea</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">- Achieving rapid growth on a mass scale</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">- How to handle growth (quality problem to have)</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">- The key questions you need to ask yourself when starting a business</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- & Much more!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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23: Telling Your Boss to go F**K Himself to Become a Remarkable Misfit & Travel The World with AJ Leon
<p>AJ Leon walks backs to his corner office on the 28th floor. He closes the door behind him and walks past his $8,200 mahogany desk to his window. He surveys the stark Manhattan skyline in the winter morning sunshine. The Chrysler building, the Empire State. Without warning, tears begin to drip down his cheeks. In his boss’s office, right next to his own, he’d just been offered a promotion. His six-figure salary would track up to seven-figures. All before his twenty-sixth birthday. It dawns on him that he has to do something radical: walk away. </p> <p> </p> <p>Have you ever had the sensation of living someone else’s life, or that you didn’t choose the path you’re on? Most people experience this, including AJ Leon. </p> <p> </p> <p>AJ Leon is no stranger to striding halls of financial power. “One thing led to another until I became a financial executive in New York,” AJ says. When he graduated college with a degree in finance and accounting, he took “the biggest offer at the largest firm that I could find. I really didn’t care what I would be doing for them or where I’d be.” In his mid-twenties, he’d ascended the corporate ladder until he boasted a corner office in Manhattan. AJ was making “an absurd amount of money, with big bonuses. I didn’t even work a ton of hours. I was kind of at the top.” Yet he was crestfallen. The problem, he confesses, was: “I hated my life. I was completely and utterly passionless about what I was doing and always had been.”</p> <p> </p> <p>When he was presented with the dream promotion, he was working on Wall Street. It was December 31, 2007, the month that saw the beginning of the global financial crisis and US recession. AJ Leon was offered a job that promised a salary double his previous one. Imagine while the world begins to crumble, you are selected to be groomed to make partner in one of the most successful firms in New York city. “[My boss] said basically you’re going to make twice as much money as you do. You’re effectively going to be number three in the company.” AJ realized he was just offered something that he would never be able to walk away from. “I got truly depressed to the point where I was crying, alone, in my office.” </p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>- AJ's inspiring story on what it means to give up societys perfect life that is mapped out for you</p> <p>- How to become a corporate misfit</p> <p>- The secret to creating a movement that people can really get behind</p> <p>- What it takes to turn your idea into reality</p> <p>- How to obtain Freedom</p> <p>- What it truly means to do work that matters and change the world one step a time</p> <p>- How to live a life of adventure and fun!</p> <p>- & So much more!</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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22: My Startup Failed & Here is What You Can Learn From it with Nikki Durkin
<p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">This is a story not to be missed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So often in the startup world, we only hear about the successes, the acquisitions, and how much money this person is making.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">But how about the real story of entrepreneurs? The struggles? The failures?</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Enter Nikki Durkin.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Nikki Durkin founded 99dresses, a company that allowed women to trade fashion items with other users.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">99dresses was a Y-comibnator backed startup that had thousands of users and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for it, but recently had to shut down.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">In this interview you will learn:</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">•How Nikki started her business</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">•What her biggest lessons and realizations were as an entrepreneur and what you can learn from her mistakes</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">•The best way to approach launching a startup</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">•Why you have nothing to lose when starting a business</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">•How to overcome the fear of failure</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">•Why she has no regrets what so ever</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">•The power of vulnerability</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">•How the media really thinks and glamorizes success</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">•Biggest takeaways a startup founder</span></p> <p>•Future plans for her next startup</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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21: True Hospitality in the Hamptons - What it Takes to Build a top Bed & Breakfast in the Hamptons with Gary Muller
<p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">A life in the Hamptons, running a picturesque inn perched at the end of Long Island, sharing fine food and drink with visitors from around the world. Sounds like a version of heaven to many.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">Without a doubt, Gary Muller — chef and co-owner with his wife Sylvia of the high-end bed and breakfast <a href="http://www.millhouseinn.com/index.html"><span style="color: blue;">The Mill House Inn</span></a> — certainly does enjoy his work. But for Muller, it’s the joy of the business and the people he gets to interact with that truly make him happy. Hearing Muller talk about his work, it’s unmistakable how much he loves taking care of people.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">“The reason they’re coming back isn’t the room. It isn’t about the accommodations. It’s because there’s people there who care about them,” Muller says of his guests. That attitude is a necessity in this line of entrepreneurship.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">That’s because, as anyone who has worked in hospitality, even as a server or a line cook will tell you, it can be an extremely difficult business, as challenging and chaotic as it is rewarding. It can be a life of wax and wane, feast and famine, fortune and misfortune.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">While there are certainly aspects of running an inn in the Hamptons that are unique to that line of work, at the end of the day, the business lessons Muller has learned are universal. He’s navigated the rough waters of entrepreneurship using a mix of confidence in his craft, quick-but-prudent decision-making, and perhaps most of all, good listening. Muller has learned the most important lesson, and it applies to any business.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"> </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">“I think it’s all people. I don’t think I ever sold food, and I know I certainly don’t sell rooms right now. But I know the one thing that’s for sure — it’s people. It’s all about the people. <strong>The only real asset you ever have is your team, your staff. You fail immediately without them and you succeed so well with them.”</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">In this interview you will learn:</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"><strong>-</strong> Gary's amazing insights on what he has learnt from some of the most successful business man and women that have stayed at his B&B</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">- His fascinating journey on developing one of the top bed and breakfasts in the hamptons</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">- What it means to truly care</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">- How to provide value</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">- How create an experience that will last with you for ever</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">- Hospitality 101</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;">- What true customer service really means</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 120%; tab-stops: 36.0pt 72.0pt 108.0pt 144.0pt 180.0pt 216.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. 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20: How Danae Ringelmann and Indiegogo Helped Start a Funding Revolution
<p>You can fund your baby on the Internet. That’s the world we live in. One in which a couple who wanted a child but could not conceive naturally were able to turn to strangers on the web to raise money for in vitro fertilization. A new life, crowdfunded.</p> <p>The couple’s campaign for a bundle of joy might seem odd — it’s certainly not ordinary — but it is a triumph of technology and humanity. It’s a story made possible through crowdfunding, a method of raising money for ideas online by seeking small contributions from a large numbers of backers, who usually receive perks in return for their support. The couple in question acquired funds to conceive their child by running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, which, along with the New York-based Kickstarter, is one of the world’s preeminent crowdfunding platforms.</p> <p>Danae Ringelmann often recounts the couple’s story, because it conveys the extraordinary potential of crowdfunding. Few ideas lie outside the bounds of what can be funded (within the law, that is) — you just need to convince people that an idea has merit. Crowdfunding gives ordinary people, including budding entrepreneurs, a door to financial backing that once stood closed to all but the well connected. </p> <p>Ringelmann, Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer of Indiegogo, says that the platform’s users have funded “ideas from businesses to urban gardens to schools to medical cures to babies to films and music tours to you name it.”</p> <p>She has firsthand knowledge of how to succeed with crowdfunding, but also an even more unique insight into the development of Indiegogo and the very advent of crowdfunding itself.<br /><br />In this interview you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>- How crowdfunding started, and how Danae conceptulized the idea of democratizing finance</p> <p>- What it takes to disrupt an industry</p> <p>- Gold advice on crowdfunding and how to get your campaign fully funded</p> <p>- What Danae believes it takes to build a successful business</p> <p>- Tips on bootstrapping</p> <p>- The indiegogo story</p> <p>- & much more!</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a> </p>
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19: The Real Battle Scars of an Entrepreneur - The Brent Grundy Story
<p>Brent Grundy was a man with a simple business idea who built his empire from the ground up, and became living proof that someone can go from flat broke to running a business that turns over $32 million per year, in just 18 months.  But Grundy’s road to success has been anything but smooth. An unfortunate but often present component of any success story is that of hardship or failure; and Brent Grundy’s story is no exception.</p> <p> </p> <p>After a major business setback, Grundy found himself in the unenviable position of helplessly watching on as his money, home and dreams disappeared before his eyes. With barely enough money to fill a fuel tank, he prepared himself to break the devastating news to his young family that they wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas that year; the down and out businessman had hit rock bottom.</p> <p> </p> <p>With nothing left to lose, he decided to accept his losses and turn his life around. With a renewed focus, Grundy was sitting in a play centre one day when staff told one of the older children that she was too big to play on the equipment. It was then that an idea came to him; to fill a gap in the entertainment market that caters to adults and children alike.</p> <p> </p> <p>Today, Grundy is the Founder and Chief Executive of Australia’s first and largest Trampolining franchise business, Flip Out, and his story continues on its way into the history books. Since opening 18 months ago Brent’s business has enjoyed unprecedented success. Flip Out has expanded to a whopping twenty-one sites across the country, employing over 350 people and drawing thousands of customers through its doors each day.</p> <p> </p> <p>Grundy’s accountant has said that in his 22 years of being in business, he has never witnessed an opportunity that allows the franchisee to recoup their initial investment within four to five months.</p> <p> </p> <p>The zealous businessman now has his sights set on global domination; currently building centres in Dubai, Brent expects to open in 13 more countries in the next year. He also plans to use profits to donate centres to Afghanistan and Cambodia by year’s end.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:<br /><br /></p> <p>- What it feels like to have your company sold underneth you and come back even bigger and better</p> <p>- The importanace of systems and how to develop them in your business</p> <p>- What it takes to become a successful entrepreneur</p> <p>- How to develop a rock solid mindset where you can't lose</p> <p>- The franchising business, how it works and how to start</p> <p>- Secret growth strategies</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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18: The Life of a Bulletproof Executive - Dave Asprey Shares GOLD on Bio-Hacking, Upgrading Yourself, Entrepreneurialism and Becoming The First Human to Sell Anything Using Ecommerce
<p>It’s 4pm. You’re slumped in your chair, your eyelids are drooping, your head is sagging. You’re at work, and any mental activity feels like you’re wading through a swamp of molasses. Have you ever stopped to wonder why you’re so tired, or why some days you just don’t get anything done? For even the most successful people in the world, this is not a rare sensation. If you’ve ever felt a little more sluggish, more lethargic, more tired, and less productive than you want to be, you’re not alone. And the good news is, thanks to Dave Asprey’s inroads in the field of bio-hacking, you won’t have to feel that way for much longer. </p> <p> </p> <p>When we spoke with the affable Dave Asprey, he was the font of all knowledge on productivity, e-commerce, and entrepreneurial innovation. A millionaire by the age of 26, Dave Asprey is a Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur who invented the juggernaut of ecommerce. Oh, and he’s also a pioneer in self-directed transhumanism. Simply put, he’s a bio-hacker. He’s spent fifteen years and a quarter of a million dollars hacking his own biology. He's ‘upgraded’ his brain by more than 20 IQ points, lowered his biological age, and lost over a hundred pounds in weight with minimal exercise. His goal? To maximize the performance of the human body and mind, transcending traditional limits. And his results are startling to say the least. </p> <p> </p> <p>Dave’s journey began when he was the first person to sell something over the internet. When asked as to whether he was one of the first, Dave corrects: “I don't think I was one of ‘the first', I think I was the first person to do ecommerce.” Quite a claim, but one that is supported. Dave modestly asserts this wasn’t out of sheer Steve Jobs-like genius or insight. He maintains that his experiments in the formation of ecommerce were out of necessity. As a student working at ice-cream retailer Baskin Robbins, Dave’s college increased the cost of his computer science tuition by 1500%. “I realized I couldn't afford to go to school so I had to do something”, he says. His answer? Start a T-shirt company. “I sold ‘caffeine’ T-shirts to twelve countries out of my dorm room,” he says. “There was no web browser, so this was on a part of the Internet called Usenet.” Asprey claims it was “just a different way of thinking about the whole problem of connecting with your community.” But if you think T-shirts is how this aspirational computer scientist cracked his first mil, you’d be mistaken. “I would have loved that if the T-shirts made me a million dollars,” he says. “They didn't come anywhere close to it. But they did pay for my school.” At the time, Asprey had an inkling that the Internet was going to be the next big thing. So he followed his gut and went to the global hub of all things technological: Silicon Valley. </p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p>-Dave'slife as an entrepreneur and how he got started - how he became a millionaire by the time he was 26 - first person to sell something online</p> <p>-bio-hacking - how it all started</p> <p>-Lessons learnt, as an advisor to extremely successful companies and startups</p> <p>-Super charging your body, upgrading your brain</p> <p>-How do you manage your time so effectively</p> <p>-Biggest breakthrough in all Dave's testing and hacking, biggest bio hack wow moment</p> <p>-Craziest thing Dave has done in his experimentation</p> <p>-The bullet proof life -The diet, how to obtain the best mental performance</p> <p>-limitless sleeping, and increasing your creativity</p> <p>-how did bullet proof coffee come about</p> <p>-How to become a more powerful entrepreneur by upgrading your biology</p> <p>-smart drugs, and tools used</p> <p>-First steps of action entrepreneurs can take today to increase their productivity - top 3 tools / hacks</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a> </p> <p> </p>
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17: The Science of Success & How to Become a Super Successful Entrepreneur Before It's Too Late with Matthew Michalewicz
<p>Where do you see yourself in ten years? And more importantly, is that where you want to be? Without a doubt, you've spent an unproductive afternoon at your desk staring listlessly out the window, listening to the chatter of co-workers, staring at piles of reports, puzzled on how you ended up there. What happened to the life you dreamed about when you were in high-school? If you’re feeling a little unfulfilled, the good news is, you're not the only one. According to Harvard studies, a whopping 74% of people are unhappy in their work. Job satisfaction in the USA recently fell to its lowest level in 22 years and continues to show a consistent downward trend. There's a reason why three-quarters of employees don’t walk away and cash in their chips, and instead opt to stay unfulfilled. To find out why, we spoke with Matthew Michalewicz. </p> <p> </p> <p>Michalewicz is an international expert in entrepreneurship, innovation, and success psychology. He has established boards that include former heads of state, Nobel Peace Prize winners, and Fortune 500 CEOs, and has a track record of starting businesses from scratch and selling them for tens of millions of dollars. His work has been featured in numerous television shows and publications, including Time Magazine, Newsweek, and Forbes. </p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>- How to pitch Rockstars like Bill Gates</p> <p>- Learn the science behind what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur</p> <p>- The secret sauce on the most successful entrepreneurs in the world</p> <p>- How Matthew Has built 4 extremely successful businesses</p> <p>- Key mindsets for becomming a super successful entrepreneur</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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16: Supercharge Your Business with James Schramko - Learn How to Build a 7 Figure Business and Have Systems in Place that Allows You to Work a 25 Hour Week
<p>Employed by Mercedes-Benz, pulling in $300,000 a year … By a lot of standards, James Schramko was doing pretty well for himself. Yet he felt stifled. He was relying on one source of income, which although high, he felt was capped, and didn't have creative control. As he tells Foundr, he wanted to be the primary beneficiary of his own efforts, rather than have his employer reap the rewards. </p> <p> </p> <p>The upside was that it prepared him well to strike out on his own, as he did six years ago. “Running a multimillion dollar business for someone else … really gave me the solid training to be able to run a business,” he says.</p> <p> </p> <p>He admits it was gruelling juggling his job with a budding business to the tune of an extra four hours every day, but now he works about the same amount, minus the 9-5, that is. He aims for a 25-hour week with time for at least one surf session a day – fitting work around the tide charts.</p> <p> </p> <p>Schramko's thing is internet marketing and coaching. It's a field littered with snake oil and empty promises but he stresses that “a website is not a business” and “internet marketing is not about sitting in your underpants scamming people with a bullshit promise that they're going to get rich”. Rather, he wants to help others build their businesses and avoid the gauntlet that he ran himself in the early days. Having done the yards and made it through, he's distilled that knowledge and is sharing it online.</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div> <p> </p>
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15: Mari Smith - Social Media 101 With One of the World's Most Influential People on Social Media
<p>Becoming one of the world’s most influential people on social media is no small feat. Author and entrepreneur Mari Smith explains that it comes down to a love of technology, and above all, a love of people.</p> <p> </p> <p>Challenging traditional notions of marketing, author and entrepreneur Mari Smith explains that relationship marketing is based around creating trusting associations with customers that last a lifetime.</p> <p> </p> <p>It’d be an understatement to say that social media has fundamentally changed how we communicate and ultimately do business around the world. Some people have a natural flair for it, others have to be trained. Mari Smith is one of the former. Widely recognized as the top Facebook marketing expert in the world, Mari Smith is the coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day and lead author of The Relationship Age, a collection of strategies from leading social media experts to help users navigate the world of social media. Smith is a relationship marketing specialist among the world’s foremost experts on using Facebook as a marketing channel. </p> <p>She is a Forbes top 10 Social Media Influencer and travels the world to deliver keynote speeches and trains businesses on how to use social media. Speaking exclusively with Foundr, it’s easy to see how Mari Smith has thrived on social media: her warm personality and her value of people underpins her every sentence. </p> <p>  </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>- Timeless Facebook tactics that are proven to work</p> <p>- Relationship marketing</p> <p>- How to develop a deep connection with your audience over social</p> <p>- What it takes to build a thriving business via social media marketing</p> <p>- Some of the coolest tools and resources for making your social accounts explode</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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14: The Art of Rejection: 100 Days of Rejection Therapy and Overcoming The Fear of Faliure with Jia Jiang
<p>Fists clenched, hidden iPhone filming from his shirt pocket, Jia Jiang stands in a glossy-tiled shopping mall in east Texas. And, as if tugged by a magnet, he ambles towards a seated security guard. With beads of sweat gathering at his temples, Jia plants his feet. The guard glances up. Jia swallows. “Can I have a hundred dollars?” This is Jia Jiang’s first foray into the world of deliberate rejection. And he will continue deliberately seeking rejection for one hundred days.  </p> <p> </p> <p>Have you ever walked up to ask someone for something, and been terrified of the response? Maybe it was asking for a raise. Maybe a bank loan. Maybe it was asking someone on a date. You feel your chest tighten, heart rate increase. And all of a sudden your little request starts looking more like Everest the closer you get. The fact is, the fear of rejection paralyzes us all.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>- Jia's inspiring story of how he overcame the fear of rejection</p> <p>- Tactics and strategies of how you can overcome rejection too</p> <p>- One of the coolest stories you will hear</p> <p>- What it takes to become a successful entrepreneur</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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13: How Houzz Built a Community of 450,000 active professionals and 25M Unique Visitors a Month with Adi Tatarko
<p>Adi Tatarko, co-founder of online home design platform Houzz, began her journey by purchasing her dream home built in 1955 – a fixer-upper – and then setting about renovating it. “Unfortunately the process itself wasn't so dreamy… it was pretty much a nightmare,” Tatarko says. “So we ended up building Houzz in order to make the whole process better.” </p> <p> </p> <p>The cliché holds – a picture paints a thousand words – and in order to best communicate the vision of their dream home to their architect, Tatarko and her husband Alon Cohen started a humble website displaying images of home interiors. </p> <p> </p> <p>It was Silicon Valley, 2009. In that environment, the journey from personal project to company is a natural progression. They created an online platform to showcase the work of architects, so home renovators could access endless images to inspire the vision of their own dream home.</p> <p> </p> <p>The couple then asked local Bay Area architects to upload their portfolios. Their initial community was made up from “twenty local homeowners, mainly our friends, and a group of professionals from the Bay Area.” What started as a trickle of design portfolios soon became a flood. </p> <p> </p> <p>Tatarko is a veteran of the tech startup space and this comes across in her delivery. A sharp and articulate businessperson, Tatarko coolly communicates a vision splendid for the company. “We really wanted to help people learn more about the [remodeling] process, about design, about what's possible, and about different materials to help them make the right decision. And help them be more knowledgeable when they start their project.”</p> <p> </p> <p>Now Houzz is an online hub that not only hosts a plethora of images but displays the portfolios of “450,000 active professionals from all over the world” and receives 25 million monthly unique visitors. In five years, the site has become the biggest residential remodeling community online. </p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>-What it takes to create and build massive community</p> <p>-Startup 101 product development tactics that helped Houzz grow so fast</p> <p>-Challenges faced that Adi had as an entrepreneur</p> <p>-Investing and how to know when you need an investor</p> <p>-The key mindsets to building a successful startup</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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12: Building a Car From Scratch and Selling it - The Tom Car Story
<p>David Brim never meant to get into the car manufacturing business. He initially planned to import and sell the Tomcar Australia — an Israeli military vehicle — in Australia, but as things snowballed he found himself running a full-fledged business selling highly customized ATVs to defense, agriculture, mining, emergency services and the odd individual.</p> <p> </p> <p>“Once we’d started we loved it. Nine years later we’re selling cars across Australia and people are loving it.”</p> <p> </p> <p>Speaking to Foundr along with Tomcar Australia CMO Steve Sammartino, he says they were just a couple of car fans who stumbled into a staid industry. The pair met at a startup event — a “profitability party” of all things — where Sammartino was suitably impressed by the fact that Brim’s startup made real tangible products, and one thing led to another.</p> <p> </p> <p>“Sammartino here gives a fantastic talk … To start a car company in Australia you need two things. You need no idea what you’re doing, ‘cause if you did you wouldn't do it. You need no money, ‘cause if you did have money you wouldn’t spend it on starting a car company,” he laughs.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>-How to develop a strong story for your startup and make it "newsworthy"</p> <p>-The importantance of product development and how to create something people love</p> <p>-How to sell a $30,000 ticket item online</p> <p>-How to make people fall in love with your brand and develop a community</p> <p>-What it takes to build a car from scratch</p> <p>-Disrupting an industry</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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11: How to Use Growth Hacking to Rapidly Scale and Grow Your Business with Bronson Taylor from Growthhacker.tv
<p>Growth Hacker TV launched on May 1st of last year and has taken the entrepreneurial world by storm. Co-founder Bronson Taylor has suddenly provided a place where experts on startup growth reveal their secrets and we are eating it up!</p> <p>But Bronson, ever humble, shares his remarkable success as the tale of two brothers with a dream: “About four years ago, I guess, my brother and I decided to start a company. So we started a company called Dumb Punk and it was a web development shop,” he says. “But we were a couple of nobodies with no track record. Nobody knew about us.”</p> <p>Bronson and his brother began their initial business driving around, visiting local businesses with poorly-made websites, selling web development services completely cold.</p> <p>“That’s how we started,” admits Bronson, “which is kind of ridiculous, but we finally got enough clients that we were able to create a little business out of that and then we got more and more into products and then eventually some of the stuff that you see now with Growth Hacker TV.”</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>- Some of the best growth hacking tools out there right now</p> <p>-Top strategies and tactics for growth</p> <p>-What it takes to become a successful entrepreneur</p> <p>-How to get insane amounts of PR for your startup</p> <p>-How to capture gold user feedback</p> <p>-How to create a launch loop to make your launch go viral</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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10: Creating a Social Movement & Doing Work That Truly Matters with Dan Flynn - The Thankyou Group Story
<p>Nine hundred million people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water. Globally, consumers spend $60 billion on bottled water each year. In the face of these stark mathematics, most might give a resigned shrug and consider it someone else’s problem. Thank you Water Founder Daniel Flynn was 19 when he discovered the alarming facts about the world’s water. His response? Make it his business to change the world. </p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you are going to learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>-What it takes to create a social enterprise</p> <p>-How to do work that truly matters</p> <p>-The interesting struggles that an entrepreneur has when starting</p> <p>-How to build momentum</p> <p>-How to create movement</p> <p>-& Much more</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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09: Leading a Billion Dollar Company (SurveyMonkey) to Success - Entrepreneurship 101 with Dave Goldberg
<p>Obstacles, opportunities, and the ability to operate amid them: that's the business of business. Dave Goldberg knows. He does it every day.</p> <p>After post-college stints in management consulting and the music industry, Goldberg wanted to lead. He had one problem — his young age. But he turned that obstacle into an opportunity.</p> <p>“I needed to try running something, and no one, at [my] age of 26, was going to let me run anything,” he says. “So I decided to start my own company.”</p> <p>That company, LAUNCH Media, was such a success that Goldberg ultimately sold it to Yahoo. He went on to become the CEO of a small company called SurveyMonkey, which has grown in size and profit under his leadership. With more than 20 million users, the company is reportedly worth more than $1 billion. In his personal life, Goldberg has two kids and is married to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>- Leadership 101</p> <p>- A key secret that Dave applies to his life that has held him in very good stead</p> <p>- How to build a great team</p> <p>- Why the SurveyMonkey business model is so successful</p> <p>- What it takes for a startup to succeed</p> <p>- & Much more!</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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08: The Making of a Young Millionaire - The Neil Patel Story on marketing, content , startups and musings of a successful entrepreneur
<p>Neil Patel is the cofounder of two well-known and highly successful analytics companies: Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics. He is based in Seattle, Washington and wears many hats including that of an entrepreneur, analytics expert, blogger (www.quicksprout.com) and angel investor.</p> <p> </p> <p>Neil’s story is interesting with lots of takeaways because of how he attained his success. For example, he started selling $1,600 vacuums at the age of 16. From the outside looking in, this venture was a failure. Of all the doors he knocked on, only one person said yes. However, that person would later return their $1,600 vacuum and ask for a refund. He did learn some key lessons from this venture that would serve him well in the future. Namely, be aggressive, be persistent and never give up.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p>-Neil's secrets to driving traffic</p> <p>-What good marketing is, and how to do it</p> <p>-Thoughts on content marketing and the future</p> <p>-Start up tactics for growing and scaling</p> <p>-Key entrepreneurship lessons that Neil learnt from losing millions of dollars with his first business</p> <p>- & Much more!</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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07: Reverse gears - Yaro Starak Interviews Nathan on the Story behind Foundr and creating a successful media startup
<p>In this episode of the Foundr Podcast gears are reversed and Nathan invites his good friend Yaro Starak to interview him for the show.</p> <p> </p> <p>Yaro Starak is an entrepreneur, blogger and internet marketer from Entrepreneur’s Journey <a href="http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com" target="_blank">(www.entrepreneurs-journey.com</a>). Yaro is a well-known internet marketer and entrepreneur that has grown several ventures and has a pretty popular blog on how to grow your business.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview Yaro and Nathan Discuss:</p> <p> </p> <p>- Nathan's Journey and how he started Foundr</p> <p>- Nathan's Key lessons learnt from a first time entrepreneur</p> <p>- How Nathan interviewed Richard Branson and got in touch with him</p> <p>- Nathan's vision for the magazine and the digital publishing space</p> <p>- & Much more!</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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06: The Productivity Master Ari Miesel - Learn the latest tools, tricks and hacks from a productivity guru
<p>Well before sunrise each day, Ari Meisel wakes up.</p> <p> </p> <p>The 30-year-old serial entrepreneur, husband, and father rises at 5:30 each morning to get started on the day's work. Along with business and blogging, he helps to take care of his three young children.</p> <p> </p> <p>Ari has a lot to juggle. But that doesn't faze him – after starting a series of successful businesses and even battling Crohn's disease, he holds a perspective of relentless optimism and a drive to help others. In an interview, Foundr publisher Nathan Chan asked him, “Do you ever feel overwhelmed?”</p> <p> </p> <p>“No,” Ari replied. “No, I never feel overwhelmed – ever.”</p> <p> </p> <p>Balancing his personal and professional lives, Ari is a productivity expert and writes on the subject at his blog, The Art of Less Doing.</p> <p> </p> <p>“The Art of Less Doing was born of this desire to help people free up as much time as they could possibly free up in order to reclaim their own minds and do the things that they want to do,” Ari says. “So I basically have been helping people optimize, automate, and outsource everything in their lives.”</p> <p> </p> <p>Ari has a deep understanding of how to put those words into action. Entrepreneurial ambition and medical challenges have fed his knowledge and led him to develop practical productivity strategies for overcoming the obstacles that stand in his way – as well as those that block others.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview you will learn:</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>- The latest tools Ari uses to automate his life and business</p> <p> </p> <p>- Life hacks that you need to apply straight away to save massive amounts of time</p> <p> </p> <p>- How Ari Miesel overcame Crohns disease</p> <p> </p> <p>- Success mindsets</p> <p> </p> <p>- Entrepreneurial tips</p> <p> </p> <p>- & Much more</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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05: The Life of Chris Guillebeau - Visiting Every Country in the World While Building a Startup with $100, a High Traffic Blog, and Making a Difference
<p>“Writer. Traveler. Fighter of the status-quo.” This is how Chris Guillebeau describes himself on his website. Besides that, he is also a practical and logical guy. He couldn’t have otherwise accomplished his dream of traveling to every country in the world, 193 in total, by the time he turned 35.</p> <p>Mind you, he didn’t wander aimlessly. Fascinated by discovery and exploration, the travel hacker had thoroughly planned his adventure step by step to make it feasible. </p> <p>He analyzed the challenges of traveling to certain countries, costs, visa issues and such. Speaking of costs, one would think he was filthy rich to be able to afford his trips, but he only spent an achievable amount of money - $30,000.</p> <p>When asked to define his “job” Guillebeau recalls: “I discovered when I was about 19-20 years old that I was unemployable.” For 10 years he started different entrepreneurial ventures to support and allow himself to do what he loved doing. That included travelling, playing music, and volunteering.</p> <p>He spent four years in West Africa as an aid worker having no specialized skills. But he was in his element: “I felt like I was tangibly making a difference, carrying medical supplies into a village in Sierra Leone that’s emerged from a civil war. If I didn’t bring those medical supplies, they wouldn’t have any at the clinic. It was a very direct relation as opposed to writing a check and hoping something good will happen with it.” That experience changed him.</p> <p>In 2008 Guillebeau started his writing career and launched his blog The Art of Non-Conformity (TAON) so he could document his travel adventures, sharing information that would help others. That blog turned into a business and a community of its own, and became the driver of writing his first book. That led further to his $100 Startup NYT bestseller and founding the World Domination Summit (WDS).</p> <p> </p> <p>In this interview with Chris we cover:</p> <p> </p> <p>- How to start a business with $100</p> <p>- How to build a high traffic blog</p> <p>- Tactics he uses to push his comfort zone</p> <p>- What he believes it takes to become a successful entrepreneur</p> <p>- How find purpose and meaning with your life</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a> </p>
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04: Finding Investors & Purpose for Your Startup with Kamal Ravikant
<p class="normal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;">“My company fell apart. My relationships fell apart. My health fell apart,” Kamal Ravikant says. It was one of the darkest times in his life. “I was just locked in my bedroom, miserable out of my mind.”</p> <p class="normal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;">As a tech entrepreneur, Ravikant had his share of success. He also failed. In fact, the failure of his last company struck him down. But he got up. His embrace of one simple concept — loving himself — ended up saving him emotionally and then financially, as his writing on the subject allowed him to bounce back and become a venture capital investor. He's eager to share his experience through two books he wrote about his own epiphanies: Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It and Live Your Truth.</p> <p class="normal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"> </p> <p class="normal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;">In this interview we go through with Kamal:</p> <p class="normal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;"> </p> <p class="normal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;">-How to find an investor</p> <p class="normal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;">-How to find purpose in life and your startup</p> <p class="normal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;">-Why persistence doesn't always pay off</p> <p class="normal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;">-His best selling books (Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on it, and Live Your Truth)</p> <p class="normal" style="margin-bottom: 10.8pt;">- & much more!</p> <p>“If you come from a place where you're just giving, and you are worthy, and the world responds, that's amazing. That is success,” he says, “because if you still have the self-worth issues, no matter how much you make, it'll never be enough.” If you define your own goals, allowing success to stem from inside, then outside troubles can never shackle you.</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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03: Marianne Cantwell Shares with us Step by Step How to Escape the 9-5 and Build a Business and Life You Love Online
<p>Ever wondered how you ended up working the job you’re doing? Ever felt like you sort of just, fell in to it? Ever wondered how to escape ‘the corporate cage’? Finding out what you are good at, what drives you as a person, and then finding suitable work based upon that should be a keystone of our society, but unfortunately, it is not.</p> <p> </p> <p>Entrepreneur Marianne Cantwell aims to change all that.</p> <p> </p> <p>Marianne Cantwell works in helping people find their driving passion, breaking free from the corporate cage and creating “free-range” careers. She runs a successful business called free-range-humans and explains that your interests should be a key driver behind your actions, not the blind pursuit of riches.</p> <p> </p> <p>Marianne Cantwell explains that living a dream is simple, it’s possible, and takes guts.  As a woman who has thrown away the security of the 9 to 5 quite early in her career to chase down projects she loves, she is an authority on the subject. Put simply, she broke away from the corporate life and has succeeded doing what the rest of us dream about, which is running her online business from anywhere on the planet.  </p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a></div> </div>
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02: Learn How to Master Any Skill with Robert Greene
<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;">Let’s say that through some miscarriage of justice, you find yourself locked in prison tomorrow. Browsing through the prison library, you find there is one book that is constantly requested, but hard to get your hands on. What would you think that book was? Legal case studies? Lock-picking manuals? The Bible perhaps? Close, but no cigar. It’s none other than Robert Greene’s bestselling The 48 Laws of Power, which has sold over 1.2 million copies worldwide. Greene’s books are famously the most requested in correctional facilities across the United States, an achievement he bears with pride. (The author has a folder dedicated to the fan mail he receives from inmates). However, it’s not just convicts who have taken to Greene’s works. His books are a favourite of Wall Street executives, movie moguls and hip hop superstars. Some of his more notable fans include rappers Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, Jay Z, and Kanye West. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;">With five international bestsellers on strategy power and seduction, Greene is the hero of schemers, manipulators and the power hungry; from the Hollywood elite to the lowliest criminal. If the subject matter of his books is anything to go by, you’d think he would present like a character from Game of Thrones, cold and conniving. Yet for all his accolades, Greene seems astonishingly normal. A native of Los Angeles, Robert Greene currently lives a quiet life in a Spanish-style villa in the suburb of Los Feliz. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a> </p>
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01: Elance-oDesk CEO Fabio Rosati on How to Disrupt an Industry
<p>How to Disrupt an Industry - The Age of working Differently. </p> <p>The Elance Story with Fabio Rosati </p> <p> </p> <p>It’s not every day you change the way the world works. But with Elance, Fabio Rosati did just this, altering the way global labor markets operate for the foreseeable future. It’s no small task, but by providing an easy and secure way for businesses to find, hire, manage and pay freelancers, Elance’s online staffing platform has revolutionized the freelancing economy. And it’s one of the fastest growing companies in the industry, expanding at a rate of 50% per year. As of 2013, Elance has over 3 million users, with 800,000 businesses hiring from a pool of 2.8 million registered freelancers, earning over $300 million yearly. </p> <p> </p> <p>Today's Guest - Fabio Rosati</p> <p> </p> <p>Hailing from Florence, Italy, Elance CEO Fabio Rosati is polite and softly-spoken. Conversing with him, you wouldn’t pick that in the last five years he had become one of the most influential individuals in the entrepreneurial space globally. A thought leader on work, the freelance economy and online staffing, Rosati’s views on the burgeoning online labor market have appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., and The New York Times. It’s no small wonder then that in 2013, Rosati was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 21px;">I Need Your Help!</div> <div> <div> </div> <div>If you haven’t already, I would love if you could be awesome and take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It’s the most amazing way to help the show grow and reach more people!</div> <div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.foundrmag.com/itunes">Leave a review for the Foundr Podcast!</a> </p>
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