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#1628 Do the worst employees make the best founders? (Jul 25th, 2018)

Today’s guest was fired and he told our producer he was actually proud of it. He said he deserved it.
As a result he went on to start his own company. His business has a lot of competitors, many of whom I’ve interviewed before.
I want to understand how he’s doing as well as he is with all the competition he has.
Fred Stevens-Smith is a Co-Founder and CEO of RainforestQA which offers modern testing for web and mobile apps.

Fred Stevens-Smith is a Co-Founder and CEO of RainforestQA which offers ...

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#1627 PopSockets Case Study: Creating a product people freaking love (Jul 23rd, 2018)

A while back I got the iPhone 7 Plus because I wanted the big screen. The problem was it was so big it was difficult to use.
I started doing research to see what cases I could get to make it easier to use. And then I found the Popsocket.
Well, today I have the founder of the company that created a product I freaking love. David Barnett is the founder of Popsockets, which makes expanding device grips and mounts.
I want to find out how he did it and how he got what seems like every celebrity to ...

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#1626 Respect-based marketing explained (Jul 20th, 2018)

Today’s guest is someone I originally turned down for an interview. Well, he emailed me back and told me how he was building respect-based sales funnels.
I like respect. I like funnels. So I invited him here to tell me how he’s doing it.
Bastian Ernst is the founder of Wild Audience, which offers respect-based funnels.

Bastian Ernst is the founder of Wild Audience, which offers respect-based funnels.


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#1625 Is there room for a competitor in the home-sharing industry? (Jul 18th, 2018)

The entrepreneur you about to meet is Parker Stanberry. He is the founder of Oasis which is a competitor to Airbnb in the home-sharing industry.
Instead of looking for the cheapest place or the nicest place on one of these cheap sites for home sharing, he has a highly curated marketplace for short-term rentals. They actually will do excursion booking for you; they will fully stock your fridge; They will find your local restaurant. Companies are using it and high net worth individuals are using...

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#1624 The new way of raising capital: equity crowdfunding (Jul 16th, 2018)

A while back we had a sponsor called StartEngine and I was really excited about it. The reason was because it was a new way to raise money.
But what really got my attention was the bio section of the founder. His background was fascinating.
I invited him here to talk about the revolutionary way his company is enabling entrepreneurs to raise money as well as his previous companies.
Howard Marks is the CEO and Co-Founder of StartEngine which is an equity crowdfunding platform, connecting inves...

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#1623 iFart creator Joel Comm tells me I need to chill out and have more fun (Jul 13th, 2018)

Today’s guest created an app that got my attention years ago. It was called iFart. I’m not really into fart humor but the reason I downloaded it is because everyone else was freaking downloading it and I wanted to see what it was.
I tried it a couple of times and it felt inauthentic to me but I admired how this little app got to the top of the charts.
I took a look at the founder and his name was Joel Comm and this wasn’t his first success. He’s a guy who had an online game site that he sold ...

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#1622 Can the headache of outsourcing be solved? (Jul 11th, 2018)

Today’s guest runs a company called The Virtual Hub, outsourcing simplified. Here’s why outsourcing needs to be simplified. Like many of the people who I’ve interviewed, I read “The 4-hour Workweek” where Tim Ferriss talks about how to hire outsourcers. And he makes it sound like such a revolutionary concept that I had to go and use one of the companies he mentioned.
And, man, it was frustrating. It was so frustrating. They didn’t get anything done. Well, today’s guest had the same problem an...

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#1621 The business behind online reputations (Jul 9th, 2018)

Today’s guest is someone who had an experience with a client and it changed his life. I’ll let him tell you what happened in this interview that led him to create a company.
Jason Dolle is the founder of Testimonial Tree, which helps businesses get positive online reviews and collect customer satisfaction surveys.
I invited him here to talk about how he did it and how he got clients. I know working with businesses can be challenging so I want to understand how he did it.

Jason Dolle is the foun...

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#1620 How a bootstrapper pivots against obsolescence (Jul 6th, 2018)

I’ve got Macs all over my office and they all come with Keynote for creating presentations FOR FREE!
And still, today’s guest decided he wanted to get into the space even though he’s be competing with one of the best software creators in the world.
Payman Taei is the founder of Visme, a visual design tool that allows users to create presentations, infographics and other visual content.
His business is going strong so I invited him here to find out how he’s competing so well with the big guys. ...

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#1619 How Open Listings is becoming the Instagram for real estate (Jul 4th, 2018)

Today’s guest was looking to buy a house. And when he did, he looked at his broker and thought, “What the hell do I need him for?”
That realization gave him an idea for a new business. He built it and it’s now changing the way people buy homes. Within three years, he’s done over $10M in sales.
Judd Schoenholtz is the founder of Open Listings, an online real estate brokerage, focused exclusively on representing buyers.

Judd Schoenholtz is the founder of Open Listings, an online real estate broker...

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#1618 The story of how Typeform was built (Jul 2nd, 2018)

I noticed something happening online a few years ago. Instead of people using the old forms that were out there, instead of embedding a form on their sites, people just went to Typeform. I started noticing it more and more and I thought it was interesting.
The forms were one line, one question at a time, very conversational and very simple. It didn’t even feel like a form. I thought it was a really interesting company.
David Okuniev is the founder of Typeform, a tool to build conversational f...

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#1617 How Skybell founder defeated his counter mind. (Jun 29th, 2018)

I am especially excited about today’s guest. The reason is that he’s a guy who admits to having depression, admits to having what I’ve called a counter mind.
But he has accomplished so much by breaking free of those limitations. I want to talk about how he did it. Andrew Thomas is the co-founder of SkyBell. SkyBell is a smart Wi-Fi enabled doorbell that allows you to answer your door from a smartphone and allows you to see who’s at your door.
There are several huge competitors in the space. I ...

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#1616 Scott Gerber of YEC returns to Mixergy (Jun 27th, 2018)

I’m constantly worried about my own reputation, and here’s what scared me about today’s guesy. Scott Gerber sent me this sizzle reel that made him look so good.
I go, “This is a guy who’s really good at being on the news, but I don’t even fricking know his company.” I had him on for an interview. And then he contacted me at some point afterwards, and he said, “I started this new thing that’s called Young Entrepreneurs Council.”
Here’s why I invited him back. Community building is a pain in the ...

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#1615 The company you’ve never heard of whose software you’re probably using (Jun 25th, 2018)

You won’t recognize the company we’re talking about in today’s interview but you will recognize many of the apps that use their software to get more insight on their users.
Today’s guest is Gil Dudkiewicz. Gil is the founder of StartApp which builds solutions for app developers to help them monetize their apps.

Gil Dudkiewicz is the founder of StartApp which builds solutions for app developers to help them monetize their apps.


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#1614 Case Study: A business idea that could only exist in the chat space (Jun 22nd, 2018)

I’ve been looking for a big success in the chat space to bring on Mixergy. I asked Nir Eyal about it and he said, “What about Swelly?”
Nir introduced me to the founder and he agreed to do an interview.
Today’s guest came up with an idea that couldn’t exist outside of chat. Peter Buchroithner is the founder of Swelly, which allows users to get the opinions of their friends.
I want to find out how he did it, what’s working in chat, and what’s not.

Peter Buchroithner is the founder of Swelly, whi...

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#1613 The completely scrappy way to build a two-sided marketplace (Jun 20th, 2018)

Today’s guest caught a Mixergy interview, sent the transcript to a friend, and that’s what informed them how to start the business we’re going to talk about today. That’s the circle of Mixergy.
Mark Hughes is the cofounder of Tutorful, a marketplace where users can find and book tutors.
I want to find out how he he built a notoriously difficult two-sided marketplace.

Mark Hughes is the cofounder of Tutorful, a marketplace where users can find and book tutors.


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#1612 Rand Fishkin’s Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World (Jun 18th, 2018)

Today I’ve got Rand Fishkin, the co-founder of Moz. He’s also the author of a book that I’ve really been enjoying “Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World.”
Rand is known for giving people really actionable, useful, effective advice on marketing. He’s known for creating software that helps people market online. He’s also known for being the guy who’s talked about depression.
I’m going to ask him about all of it in this interview.

Rand Fishkin is the co-founder of ...

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#1611 Opening up about cofounder issues (Jun 15th, 2018)

Today we’re going to talk about something that I’ve never been able to get another founder to talk about. Cofounder issues. We’ve seen it break up so many companies.
We’re going to talk about it in this interview.
Ben Fox is the cofounder of Site5, a hosting company built for designers and developers.

Ben Fox is the cofounder of Site5, a hosting company built for designers and developers.


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#1610 How to be ballsy to create opportunity (even if you have no experience) (Jun 13th, 2018)

I am not about to build a shoe company; I am not about to do anything like today’s guest has done but I’m still in awe of what he’s been able to do.
He’s created dress shoes that are as comfortable as sneakers and a business that he’s built from scratch.
Justin Schneider is the founder of Wolf and Shepherd, makers of dress shoes as comfortable as sneakers.

Justin Schneider is the founder of Wolf and Shepherd, makers of dress shoes as comfortable as sneakers.


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#1609 How Codementor is connecting developers with mentors (Jun 11th, 2018)

I remember when today’s guest posted on Hacker News that he has launched this new thing. It’s called Codementor, instant one-on-one mentoring.
If you’re a developer or someone learning to code, you want a pro to just look over your shoulder and give you feedback. And so, I thought, “This guy’s brilliant, whoever came up with this. No wonder it’s doing so well.”
But it turns out it wasn’t a big business at the time, it was just some dude, some guy who had a lot of entrepreneurial experience who ...

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