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The Foundr Podcast with Nathan Chan

English, Finance, 1 season, 461 episodes, 2 days, 12 hours, 59 minutes
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We interview hard to reach entrepreneurs. (Mark Cuban, Tim Ferriss, Sophia Amoruso, Tony Robbins, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John & many more). Unlike most podcast interview series Nathan Chan literally started from knowing nothing. He was just an average guy working in a 9-5 job he utterly hated. He knew nothing about entrepreneurship, nothing about startups, nothing about marketing, and nothing about online or how to build a business. So from launching Foundr Magazine he's gone out and spoken to some of the most successful entrepreneurs and founders in the world to find out exactly what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, so YOU can learn from them. Why this podcast? Because we're asking the same questions you want to know as an entrepreneur on their journey to building an extremely successful business. We're on the front-lines facing the daily battles you are. How do I get more customers? How do I scale my business? I want to start a business, but just don't know where to start? How did this person get millions of customers and make millions of dollars and have a such a massive impact on the world? Some of these entrepreneurs are very well known, and some not known at all and that’s the cool part! Here we will share with you our best interviews from Foundr magazine showcasing this persons processes, failures, critical lessons learnt and actionable strategies showing YOU how to build a successful business. This is NOT your AVERAGE everyday entrepreneurship podcast.
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507: Wix Co-Founder Shares Website Tips from 250M+ Users | Avishai Abrahami

If you want to build a website for your business that stands out, Avishai Abrahami believes that you need to care about what your customers are trying to do. Avishai is the CEO and co-founder of the website platform Wix. Founded in 2006, under Abrahami's leadership, Wix has grown to 254M users in 191 countries and 22 languages and went public in 2013 with a $800M valuation. In this episode, Chan and Abrahami break down the fundamentals of business websites and how AI speeds up development for founders with limited resources. In this episode, you’ll learn: How to bring your personal story into your website Why great products focus on what the customer wants Why Abrahami doesn’t think a 12-hour working day is difficult His takes on AI and what it looks like in five years Why he only makes four decisions a quarter How AI makes a first version website better Why founders need to be obsessed What makes a great website for founders And much more founder and web design advice… Click here to start your business for $1. You’ll get all-access foundr+, where you’ll find more in-depth, proven strategies from founders like our guest today and support and advice from our global community of 30,000 founders. If you loved this conversation and learned something new, rate and review this episode. Stay in touch with us, follow foundr on your favorite platform: Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook X LinkedIn Magazine
4/12/202454 minutes, 12 seconds
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506: I Ignored Investors and Built a $975M Company | Joe Thomas

An investor told Joe Thomas and his co-founders that they could exit to Salesforce for millions if they made their video recording software for sales teams. Thomas and his co-founder said no. Instead, they built Loom into a globally used tool with five million users in 230+ countries. In November of 2023, Atlassian acquired Loom for $975 million. Learn how Thomas trusted his gut and made Loom a must-have for the digital workforce.  In this episode, you’ll learn:  The 8-year overnight success story of building Loom   Loom’s key differentiator in the market  How to not bury the lede of your product market fit  Why early-stage founders need to maximize their learnings The value of a weekly Sunday dinner About making a product customers will like and pay for The product-led growth trap  Why every 90 days are different as an entrepreneur  How Thomas monetization Loom  To create a max diff survey for product upselling Choosing the uncertain path  And much more product development advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. If you’re looking to start your own business, download our FREE 500 Winning Product Ideas Guide to kickstart your entrepreneurship dream.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook X LinkedIn Magazine
4/5/202444 minutes, 1 second
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505: “The Bear” Inspired Restaurant Owner on Anger as Fuel | Will Guidara

How do you go from dead last to the No. 1 restaurant in the world? By channeling your anger. Listen to Nathan Chan and restaurateur-founder Will Guidara discuss the strategy behind making Eleven Madison Park into an icon and the stories that inspired the hit television show The Bear.  In this episode, you’ll learn:  How Guidara went from restaurateur to consultant founder Why he gamified everything for his team About the fueling power of anger Why coming in last changed everything for Guidara To invest in unscalable things  The story that inspired an iconic TV scene Off-brand ideas will bring your customers joy Why hospitality is competition-proof  About an online business with impeccable hospitality The value of spending time with your customers About the “one push-up” mentality  And much more customer service advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr Podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
3/29/202445 minutes, 6 seconds
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504: The State of Email Marketing in 2024 | Email Expert Chase Dimond

Email is still the highest converting and cheapest marketing channel for ecommerce. But how can you scale your program, protect against unsubs, and stay engaged with your audience? Ecommerce email marketer Chase Dimond returns to the podcast for a state of email marketing in 2024, including what AI tools are helping brands reach their audience efficiently. Dimond is an ecommerce email marketer and partner at Structured. Since launching in June 2018, Structured has helped clients send over a billion emails, resulting in over $150 million in email-attributable revenue.  In this episode, you’ll learn: Why email accounts for up to half of ecommerce revenue  7 steps to set up your email marketing program  Why email only converts if you have good leads coming through How frequently you should send emails  Why a preference page will save unsubscribes  Frequency vs variety  Why you should allow people to self-select  About AI email tools  Dimond’s AI hacks for scaling content  What is predictive analytics  And more email marketing advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
3/22/202439 minutes, 47 seconds
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503: The Billion Views YouTuber You’ve Never Heard Of | Justin Flom

From the age of two, Justin Flom has performed magic tricks. But the trick he never expected to do was turn a performance career into a social entertainment empire. In 2020, the pandemic forced Flom to go all-in on the internet, and within three months, he hit six figures in revenue. In this episode, Flom reveals how he approaches his content creation, which has amassed 30 billion views on YouTube, Facebook, and TikTok. Surprisingly, his success started by making himself disappear.   In this interview, you’ll learn: Why Flom’s real job is a data analyst  How to make swipe-feed algorithm content  Why everything is about the opening shot  What does “barrier to exit” mean for social Why Flom is the #2 creator on YouTube behind Mr. Beast Why anonymity is Flom’s strategy  Views vs. reach  TikTok’s secret creator test  The importance of watch time percentage  How he lost his TikTok account twice  And much more short-form content strategy… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
3/15/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 32 seconds
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502: Stop Sending Thank You Cards with Products | Anaita Sarkar

Including thank you cards in your packaging could hurt your business. Find out why from Hero Packaging’s Anaita Sarkar as she discusses the myths around sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with Nathan Chan. Plus, she’ll share advice from starting two companies from scratch, covering TikTok marketing, packaging, demand generation, and more. Sarkar is the CEO and co-founder of Hero Packaging, author of Sell Anything Online, and ecommerce advisor.  In this episode, you’ll learn: Anaita’s backstory from accountant to eBay seller to founder  About her book, Sell Anything Online Anaita’s sales formula  Why TikTok is the best way to get brand awareness  Her 15-minute TikTok creation strategy  Why your bio link needs multiple pathways That you don’t need to show your face in content Why sustainable packaging is easier than it seems About the thank you card debate The importance of demand and cash flow How to not get overwhelmed with AI tools And much more small business advice…  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
3/8/202439 minutes, 54 seconds
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501: Neil Patel Thinks Free Products Are the Best Marketing Tactic

Marketing is expensive. But you can get your brand in front of people much cheaper–by giving something away for free. In Neil Patel’s return to the podcast, he’ll share lessons from years of marketing consulting and explain why free products are cheaper for your business in the long run. If you haven’t seen Patel on social media, he’s the co-founder of Crazy Egg and Hello Bar and helps companies like NBC, GM, HP, and Viacom grow their revenue. In this episode, you’ll learn: How to generate leads using referrals  Why Neil believes “growth at all costs” is wrong How to prioritize profitability in your business  That giving away a free product works  How to make marketing financially viable Patel’s AI tools for data and content production  Why AI isn’t a magic solution to business problems What’s difficult about implementing AI And much more marketing and AI advice…  *This interview was part of the Foundr Ecomm-AI Summit that took place October 23 - 25, 2023.  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
3/2/202437 minutes, 23 seconds
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500: Horror Stories and Surprises from 500 Interviews | Nathan Chan AMA

Forgetting to hit record, the power going out, meeting heroes, and gaining friends. 500 episodes in, and Nathan Chan is still hungry for the next open-book conversation. In a special 500th episode of the Foundr Podcast, Chan lays everything on the table for a special AMA (ask me anything) from his favorite founders–YOU!  In this episode, you’ll learn:  The workplace horror story that shaped Nathan The origin of the podcast  What makes the best and worst interview guest  About successful founders who’ve started from nothing  Awkward and funny moments from 500 podcast episodes The most common advice from guests  How Nathan got comfortable in front of the camera Nathan’s daily routine and habits  Ecommerce advice from Nathan And much more behind the scenes of the podcast… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
2/23/202442 minutes, 43 seconds
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498: He Lost Millions in Facebook Stock Then Built a $300M Tech Company | Noah Kagan

If Noah Kagan hadn’t gotten fired at Facebook, his stock would be worth millions. But he wouldn’t have it any other way. In his return to the podcast, Kagan and Nathan Chan commiserate over shared founder struggles, hot takes on entrepreneurship, and how to get out of the way of your own success.  Noah Kagan founded AppSumo, a digital marketplace where you can discover, buy, and sell the products you need to grow your business. He’s also the author of the book Million Dollar Weekend and runs a popular YouTube channel with a million subscribers.  In this interview you’ll learn:  Kagan’s notorious firing from Facebook Overcoming his fears as a CEO How to get a connection with anyone Why Kagan and Chan are jealous of Alex Hormozi How to make a business on a weekend Why sticking with a business is so hard The importance of three customers in 48 hours Examples of ripe industries to start a business And many more entrepreneurship hot takes… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
2/16/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 28 seconds
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497: He Used AI to Gain 100K Followers in 30 Days | Domenic Ashburn AKA Mr. Grateful

How do you go from zero to 100,000 followers in 30 days? By removing ego. After multiple failed business ideas, Domenic Ashburn ran an AI experiment to gain 100K social followers in 30 days. He did it in 22 days. By sharing his learnings, Ashburn developed a cult following and placed himself as an influencer in AI implementation. He is also the founder of Grateful Labs, an AI teaching platform. Nathan Chan talks with Ashburn, AKA Mr. Grateful, about embracing AI and using it to change your life.  In this interview, you’ll learn:  Why Domenic doesn’t think he has a job How he used AI to get 100,000 followers in 30 days His steps to build a million-dollar business using AI Why AI is the co-founder of his business Making $100,000 from FounderGPT Why humans are the problem with AI  The suite of AI tools Domenic uses Why listening to your own AI voice is better for learning Domenic’s takes on AI advancements  Why you should be grateful for this era  And much more AI advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
2/9/202443 minutes, 29 seconds
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496: Outthink Amazon with AI | Melisa Vong

Whether you like it or not, your competitors use AI to sell on Amazon. Melisa Fong says don’t get left behind. Vong is a founder, mentor, and investor in multiple 6-figure and 7-figure ecommerce brands. She’s also the instructor of our Infinite Amazon course. Vong returns to the podcast to teach how to incorporate AI into your Amazon strategy.  In this interview, you’ll learn: The state of Amazon selling in 2024  Why you have to build a brand to make money How to do a photoshoot for super cheap with AI Why being a small business is an advantage  AI tools to maximize your Amazon listings Why it will be easier than ever to launch a business Amazon AI prompts to help your business Why Bing is underrated  And many more Amazon tips and tricks… *This interview was part of the Foundr Ecomm-AI Summit that took place October 23 - 25, 2023. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
2/2/202429 minutes, 35 seconds
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495: Wild SEO Hacks to Boost Ecom Traffic in 2024 | Ronnie Teja

Ronnie Teja has a strong personality, and he knows it. That’s why he’s not afraid to give his opinions on the state of SEO. Teja returns to the podcast to break down how to use SEO to gain traffic and the AI tools to scale at speeds. He is a self-taught digital marketer, entrepreneur, and founder of Branzio watches, with a portfolio of 14 other brands. In this interview, you’ll learn:  The state of SEO marketing  Why Google is valuing old-school forums  To use Bing and ChatGPT to create SEO content  How to use a test site to learn what Google likes Ranking locally using pillar pages Why TikTok Shop is significantly cheaper than Amazon About Facebook’s Advantage+ shopping campaigns The basic AI tools you should be using And much more…  *This interview was part of the Foundr Ecomm-AI Summit that took place October 23 - 25, 2023. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
1/30/202437 minutes, 9 seconds
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494: Tales from a Crazy Decade on the Internet with Cody Ko and Noel Miller

How did two former co-workers turned content creators find themselves partying at Elon Musk’s house? Listen to find out. ​​ Cody Ko and Noel Miller are the creators of the Tiny Meat Gang Podcast as well as the production company TMG Studios. The duo first rose to internet fame on Vine. They’re now some of the most successful YouTubers in the world, with close to 12 million subscribers across their channels. We chatted with the content creators to learn how they navigated the past decade of internet entertainment to build a business on laughs.  In this interview, you’ll learn: How Cody and Noel started making videos on their lunch breaks The financial strategies to become a full-time content creator What brand partnerships are the best fit Why Cody and Noel started a podcast network  The technical challenges and benefits of a network  The business behind entertainment content  How Cody and Noel view data and trends  One crazy fan’s unusual gift  And much more content creator talk… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
1/19/202454 minutes, 33 seconds
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493: Media Buying Is Like Dating with Phoenix Ha of Ad Beacon

Phoenix Ha says media buying is like dating because there’s so much noise. So, how can you create an ad that makes the audience feel like they’ve found the one? Get ready for a media buying crash course. Phoenix Ha is the CEO of Ad Beacon, a leading data company that helps founders stop burning ad spend and start scaling faster in a post-iOS 14 environment. She’s also one of the new instructors of our updated course, How to Run Facebook Ads 2.0.  Listen to Nathan and Phoenix discuss: The trend of deep discounting  How to win in media buying Building up valuable first-party data  The differences in attribution and tracking tools  Find the quiet with ad creative  Why static is on the comeback  Ad variations and A/B testing  How to make ads outside the box  AI tools for paid media  Why we’ll never go back to ads before iOS 14 And much more media buying advice… *This interview was part of the Foundr Ecomm-AI Summit that took place October 23 - 25, 2023. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
1/12/202443 minutes, 49 seconds
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492: How Branding Reduces Acquisition Costs with Richard Li of July

We last chatted with Richard Li, the founder of the luggage brand July, right before the pandemic changed travel forever. In Li’s return to the podcast, we’ll hear how he survived the past three years and created a luxury brand coveted by travelers. He’ll also break down how to implement AI tools in your ecommerce business and why brand is your strongest competitive advantage.  Listen to Nathan and Li discuss:  Losing 100% of their revenue in 2020 Why retail is cheaper than digital ads  Nailing product color and style  Why July isn’t on Amazon  How branding can reduce acquisition costs  Using AI to build forecast models  Maintaining the personal touch of customer satisfaction  How do you make a great offer if you don’t discount? Why brand is the strongest competitive edge  And much more DTC branding advice… *This interview was part of the Foundr Ecomm-AI Summit that took place October 23 - 25, 2023.  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
1/5/202429 minutes, 31 seconds
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491: Build Better Ads Using AI with Nick Schakelford of Structured Social

Listener favorite Nick Shackelford returns to the podcast to share the current state of paid ads and how to incorporate AI in building them. Shackelford is the co-founder and managing partner at Structured Social, co-founder of Brez, and co-founder of Constant Creative. He’s spent the last ten years immersed in the performance marketing world. After working with legacy brands Pepsico and Apple, he quickly found his groove, going direct consumer with viral products like Fidget Spinners and Magnetic Eyelashes. Listen to Nick and Nathan discuss:  Nick’s origin story as a professional goalkeeper  Why Nick’s How to Run Facebook Ads course stands the test of time How Nick is walking the walk with his CDB beverage company, Brez The state of paid advertising  How Nick uses AI for his clients and business The four core areas of AI implementation  Using Canva and ChatGPT’s integration  What’s looming in 2024 for advertising  The challenges of transitioning from click to brick  How AI can help with customer service  And more AI tools for ad creation… *This interview was part of the Foundr Ecomm-AI Summit that took place October 23 - 25, 2023. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
12/22/202343 minutes, 40 seconds
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490: Why Trinny Woodall Still Replies to DMs

Trinny Woodall returns to the podcast for a deep dive into AI and how she’s evolving Trinny London in a changing DTC landscape. Woodall is confident, direct, ambitious, and fabulous before fabulous was cool. She knows what she’s doing because she knows her customers. After a 20-year career in television and styling, she established Trinny London as a brand that gives everyone the tools they need to feel their best. Since launching in 2017, Trinny London has had 120% year-over-year growth, sells in 180 countries, and has a team of 200 employees. Woodall’s long-term goal is to eventually exit as one of the largest beauty brands in the world.  Listen to Nathan and Trinny discuss Why she built a brand targeting women over 35 The origin of Trinny Tribes and encouraging an organic community Why customer retention is such an essential building block The changing landscape of retail and D2C brands  Tapping into TikTok to reach future customers  The pros and cons of being a celebrity founder  Why she still personally responds to DMs and comments Using AI to help customers make choices  How to start a beauty brand today And much more on DTC…  *This interview was part of the Foundr Ecomm-AI Summit that took place October 23 - 25, 2023.  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
12/15/202355 minutes, 45 seconds
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489: Creating Humanized Automations Using AI with Nat Choprasert of Future AI Lab

Nat Choprasert, founder of Brand Nat and Future AI Lab, is an AI and automation specialist for businesses on a mission to demystify AI. After starting and exiting her successful ecommerce tea business, she's now helping companies implement "Humanized Automation" to save time and grow revenue. Nat has 400,000 followers across her platforms.  Listen to Nathan and Nat discuss:  Starting her tea business and the loneliness of solopreneurship  Gaining organic momentum by sharing business advice on TikTok  How one of her videos on ChatGPT gained a million views Growing to 400,000 followers across social platforms  Using a 60/40 percentage mindset with using AI  How to add the human touch to AI work Implementing AI and automation for beginners   How to use ChatGPT as a business coach  Using Claude for marketing hooks and ad creative  The common challenges of using AI for business And more AI tool recs for ecommerce… *This interview was part of the Foundr Ecomm-AI Summit that took place October 23 - 25, 2023.  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
12/8/202351 minutes, 9 seconds
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488: Crafting Virality on TikTok with Talia Datt of The Social CliQ

Talia Datt returns to the podcast to share how her agency uses AI to produce viral content on TikTok. Talia Datt is the CEO and founder of The Social CliQ, a full-service digital marketing agency with a social media-first approach to online platforms. They leverage their group of 3,000 TikTok creators worldwide via their sister agency, The Content CliQ, to help plan, create, and execute so founders can easily harness the fastest-growing social media platform in the world. She’s also the instructor of a new Foundr course on creating a content marketing engine.    Listen to Nathan and Talia discuss: The TikTok algorithm’s AI foundation  Starting your strategy by consuming Proactive vs reactive content  The importance of using the native editor  Quality over quantity for content  Using AI for hooks and captions  Feeding ChatGPT for better outputs What tools her agency uses  Principles of a viral product video on TikTok ChatGPT email hacks  And more TikTok and AI strategies… *This interview was part of the Foundr Ecomm-AI Summit that took place October 23 - 25, 2023.  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
12/1/202338 minutes, 6 seconds
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487: Why Ambassadors are Better Than Ads with Brittany Stewart of BURST Oral Care

Brittany Stewart returns to the podcast to share how she’s building one of the fastest-growing ecommerce businesses in the United States using a stalwart ambassador program. Stewart co-founded BURST Oral Care, which sells double-digit millions on Amazon, has 30,000 ambassadors, and 800,000 members to their subscription program. Burst is currently stocked in 2,000 Walmarts and is launching in CVS this year. Listen to Nathan and Brittany discuss: How Brittany teamed up with her co-founder Hamish  Why their ambassador program is an R&D and acquisition channel  Launching their business at a dental convention  The ins and outs of building an authentic ambassador program How do you define the success of an ambassador  The difference between brand and financial results  Low-cost tools to get an ambassador program up and running Why AI is turning A players into A+ players What AI tools BURST is using And much more ambassador advice…  *This interview was part of the Foundr Ecomm-AI Summit that took place October 23 - 25, 2023. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
11/24/202336 minutes, 53 seconds
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486: What AI Will NOT Replace in Business with Michael Fenech of SKUdrop

Michael Fenech is ready to give back. After decades of building ecommerce businesses and getting mentorship from top executives, he’s passing on his wisdom to people like you. Fenech is an Australian entrepreneur, writer, startup advisor, and ecommerce expert. Fenech is the co-founder of SKUdrop, and VoiceByte, and an official member of the Fast Company executive board and Entrepreneur.com, where he writes about ecommerce and tech startups and shares his insights and experience for entrepreneurial success. Listen to Nathan and Michael discuss:  How SKUdrop helps founders save on supply chain costs  Improving bullet points and product descriptions with AI Using ChatGPT to turn negative reviews into positive reviews  Using the Merlin extension to create formulas for efficient spreadsheets Generative AI tools to edit, improve, and describe product images  Why you need to be inquisitive as an entrepreneur Using AI to start an ecomm business from scratch What AI will not replace in business The danger of launching a product based on taste  Why ecomm is like going through the gates of hell  And much more ecomm advice… *This interview was part of the Foundr Ecomm-AI Summit that took place October 23 - 25, 2023. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
11/17/202333 minutes, 11 seconds
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485: How to Use AI to Source Products Faster and Better with Kian Golzari

Sourcing specialist Kian Golzari returns to the podcast to share how to use AI tools when sourcing and developing products. Golzari has sourced over 3,000 products, and his global clients include the NBA, Olympics, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Tesco, Argos, and Aldi. He’s also an instructor on our foundr+ platform, teaching courses on product sourcing and product development.  Listen to Nathan and Kian discuss: The difference between innovating and imitating products  Sourcing products for the NBA, Steph Curry, and Neymar Jr.  How to use AI to scrape and summarize product reviews and pain points The necessary human element of product sourcing How to verify the top factories on Alibaba How not to get overwhelmed with the amount of AI tools Why relationships will always matter When to use and not use chatbots Why the Canton Fair is Disneyland for Kian And much more product sourcing advice... *This interview was part of the Foundr Ecomm-AI Summit that took place October 23 - 25, 2023.  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
11/10/202337 minutes, 41 seconds
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484: Replicating Ecommerce Success Using AI with Tony Matusiak of Velocity

Why start from scratch when you replicate what’s already working? Tony Matusiak is the founder of Velocity, an AI ecommerce savant with over a million followers on social media. Since dropping out of college in 2019, he’s built nearly a dozen ecommerce brands selling everything from TikTok lighting to eco-friendly straws. He’s also developed a method for using AI to quickly adapt, launch, and scale ecommerce businesses using AI.  Listen to Nathan and Tony discuss:  Dropping out of school to pursue entrepreneurship Building his first ecommerce business How to spot trends using AI tools  His adoption method with TiKTok creators  How to use short-form video to grow your business  Replicating and combining ideas that have already worked  Validating and researching products through TikTok  How to start a business using AI  Why AI won’t replace creativity And much more ecommerce advice…  *This interview was part of the Foundr Ecomm-AI Summit from October 2023. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
11/3/202340 minutes, 21 seconds
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483: How to Interrupt an Audience with Shark Tank’s Sabri Suby

Sabri Suby returns to the podcast to share what’s working in digital marketing right now and his advice for early-stage ecommerce founders taking the first steps in digital marketing. Suby is the founder of Australia’s fastest-growing digital marketing agency, King Kong, and a featured Shark on Australia’s Shark Tank. In 10 years, King Kong has generated over $7.8 Billion in sales for its clients in 136 different countries.  Listen to Nathan and Sabri discuss: How his humble upbringing gave him the entrepreneur bug The number one problem that all businesses face Why all marketing starts with storytelling Why content marketing is like cold calling  Why founder-led content is fundamental  What’s working in paid advertising for ecommerce  King Kong’s most successful ads Interruption based marketing The power of native content video  AI tools and the future of AI And much more ecommerce marketing advice...  *This interview was part of the Foundr Ecomm-AI Summit that took place October 23 - 25, 2023. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
10/27/202359 minutes, 16 seconds
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482: TikTok’s Royal Family: The D’Amelios

The D’Amelio family—Marc, Heidi, Dixie, and Charli — have taken their social media fame and passion for content creation and parlayed it into a lifestyle media empire. The family members have a combined Instagram following of 72.1 million and 228.7 million on TikTok (and counting). They recently launched their own venture and cross-platform company, D’Amelio Brands, with their first brand launch, D’Amelio Footwear, debuting in May with plans to launch a skincare line ZitsAllright soon.  Listen to Nathan and the D’Amelios discuss: Charli and Dixie’s rise to fame through TikTok  Why their family was primed for success on the platform The virality of being authentic   How to build a community on TikTok Being family and business partners Partnering with the right brands  Building their product business  What's next for the family And much more... Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
10/20/202349 minutes, 11 seconds
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481: Find the Right Partners, Influencers, and Co-founders

Today, instead of listening to one guest, you’re going to hear from multiple renowned founders about a specific challenge that we all face on our entrepreneurship journey. The guests will share their stories, solutions, and how you can learn to build your business better.  In this episode, we’re focusing on the challenge of finding the right business partners– everything from co-founders to influences–featuring:  Jean Oelwang, founding CEO and President of Virgin Unite and author of Partnering: Forge the Deep Connections That Make Great Things Happen. Emma Grede, co-founder of SKIMS, Good American, and Safely.  Nik Mirkovic and Alex Tomic, co-founders of Hismile.  David Lester, co-founder of OLIPOP.  Raina Penchansky, co-founder and CEO of Digital Brand Architects and co-founder of Dear Media Erin Deering, founder of Triangl swimwear.  Jess Hatzis, co-founder of frank body. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
10/13/202344 minutes, 31 seconds
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480: Co-Founders Formed on Friendship with Chris Savage and Brendan Schwartz of Wistia

If you’re young and looking to start a business with a friend, here’s the pathway to do it successfully. Chris Savage and Brendan Schwartz were friends at Brown University when they began dreaming about working together. After quitting their jobs, they created Wistia, a complete video marketing platform that helps teams create, host, and measure the impact of their videos — all in one place. Now, almost two decades into their business, Chris and Brendan still love working together and are just getting started.  Listen to Nathan chat with Chris and Brendan about: Why their college years formed their co-founding partnership The ingredients of starting a business with friends Profitability versus growth The trap of short-term focus  Why they bought out their investors Getting your team focused on the business details  The state of video marketing  And much more co-founder advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
10/6/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 9 seconds
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479: These Founders Failed. Learn How They Bounced Back.

Today, instead of listening to one guest, you’re going to hear from multiple renowned founders about a specific challenge that we all face on our entrepreneurship journey. The guests will share their stories, solutions, and how you can learn to build your business better.  In this episode, we’re focusing on the challenge of overcoming failure featuring:  Amy Porterfield, founder, author, and host of the Online Marketing Made Easy podcast. Jessica Rolph, co-founder and CEO of Lovevery.  Adrian Greiner co-founder of DuContra Ventures and Earth Speed Media. MaryRuth Ghiyam founder of MaryRuth Organics.  Evan Goldberg, founder of NetSuite.  Kendra Scott founder of Kendra Scott Jewelry.  And Jordy and Julia Kay, founders of Great Wrap. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
9/29/202348 minutes, 38 seconds
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478: Why Hope Is a Strategy with Brad Pedersen of Pela and Lomi

Brad Pedersen says the best gifts come wrapped in ugly paper. And he’s seen some ugly paper. From going bankrupt three times to getting fired from his company after a merger, Pedersen has persevered through eras of defeat. Now, he’s helping lead two startups tackling our world’s greatest challenge–climate change. So, if you’re facing rock bottom in your business, Pedersen knows how you feel. In this episode, he’ll share how he emerged stronger through the darkest moments of his career.  Listen to Nathan and Brad discuss:  Why his childhood business was perfect How he got through bankruptcy three times Learning from his mistakes to form anti-goals  The circle of control for founders  The 40/70 decision-making principle  Why AI won’t change human behavior  Why starting over is a good thing The courage flywheel  Why an airport delay led to Pela  Creating a $9 million crowdfunding campaign for Lomi  And much more advice on failure… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
9/22/202358 minutes, 50 seconds
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477: Why Consistency Beats Recessions with Evan Goldberg of Oracle and NetSuite

Evan Goldberg is the founder of the very first cloud software company, NetSuite. After his first failed attempt at a tech startup, he invested $2,000 into building a cloud accounting software that eventually transformed into the world's leading cloud-based business management software. Evan says his success in businesses through uncertain economic times and 25 years of tech evolution comes down to consistency.  Listen to Nathan and Evan discuss: 1998: The craziest year of his life His relationship with Oracle founder Larry Ellison The importance of consistency of vision Why mergers are like marrying a cousin Hiring people that you want to have lunch with  The tension of watching your competition  Entering a niche vs. a major market  The AI hype cycle  Getting through uncertain economic seasons And much more founder advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
9/15/202351 minutes, 2 seconds
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476: Design Slow to Go Fast with Phillip Fierlinger of Upstock

For over 25 years, Philip Fierlinger has created digital products and experiences that have set new design, business, and technology standards. He was embedded in the Silicon Valley community since it started, crossing paths with the people who created products synonymous with today. In 2006, he co-founded the ASX-listed online accounting platform Xero. Three years ago, he launched the food service marketplace Upstock, a B2B marketplace for the hospitality and food service industry. He shares his UX and design-thinking advice for early startup founders.  Listen to Nathan and Philip discuss: Working at the most important startup nobody’s heard of Co-founding ASX-listed online accounting platform Xero  How to get your first customers by validating your idea  Early-stage startup UX design advice  What it means to “go slow to go fast” Create your operating system by defining your values How Upstock is innovating in the dated food service industry Why launching Upstock during Covid-19 was perfect timing  How to convince customers in an old-school industry Identifying the first signal that your business is working. Why New Zealand entrepreneurs are special  And much more design thinking advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
9/8/202354 minutes, 22 seconds
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475: TikTok Content Recipe for Founders with Talia Datt

Are you camera shy? Talia Datt says if you’re a founder, you need to be in front of the camera because it’s the most effective way to build an audience is on social channels like TikTok. In her new foundr course, she’ll teach how to make a social media content strategy that leads to growth and profits. Datt is the CEO and founder of The Social CliQ, a full-service digital marketing agency with a social media-first approach to online platforms. They leverage their group of 3,000 TikTok creators worldwide via their sister agency, The Content CliQ, to help plan, create, and execute, so founders can easily harness the fastest-growing social media platform in the world. Listen to Nathan and Talia discuss:  Why engagement is more important than followers How to use low-barrier tools to scale your content  How to drive sales through TikTok  How to work with content creators  Proactive and reactive content strategy  Why the founder needs to be in front of the camera Why relatable content wins over aspirational  And more TikTok trends and tools for founders… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
9/1/202356 minutes, 9 seconds
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474: Why Market Uncertainty Is Good for Founders with Sebastian Siemiatkowski of Klarna

Sebastian Siemiatkowski says financial uncertainty is the best thing that can happen to you. Siemiatkowski is the CEO and co-founder of Klarna, the world’s biggest “buy now pay later” company, bringing consumers a low-cost and low-risk alternative to traditional high-cost credit. Sebastian came from humble beginnings and built Karna into a finance and banking industry disruptor that now has over 150 million users worldwide. Learn how he’s overcome negative public perception, co-founder breakups, and market lows to sustain Klarna’s influence in the industry.  Listen to Nathan and Sebastian discuss:  Starting a tech company with no coding skills Filling a gap of buy now pay for digital businesses Why profitability was their main focus early on  Why financial success ruined his co-founder relationships  What would he do differently with co-founders  Why banking is the perfect industry to disrupt  Dealing with negative public perception  Why economic uncertainty is good for entrepreneurs And much more founder advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
8/25/202357 minutes, 31 seconds
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473: From Internet Sensation to Category Contender with the Co-founders of HiSmile

In just nine years, Nik Mirkovic and Alex Tomic built their smile care brand into a category disruptor on track to earn over a billion in annual revenue by next year. Mirkovic and Tomic don’t want shortcuts, so they’ve remained bootstrapped since they started Hismile at ages 19 and 20. Hismile’s teeth-whitening kit has become an internet sensation, making the brand a favorite among influencers and celebrities. But the co-founders aren’t resting on success. They want to make Hismile a category champion and take on businesses with an extra century of experience. Listen to Nathan, Nik, and Alex discuss:  Why living on the Gold Coast keeps them focused Growing up together and having a passion for competition  Narrowing in on teeth whitening as a problem to solve Formulating their first product and its overnight success Bringing R&D in-house and shifting their business model Why character matters more than experience Taking on category giants like Colgate and Crest Why they have no plans to sell And much more product development advice... Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
8/18/20231 hour, 4 minutes
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472: Feel Worthy of Your Business with Amy Porterfield

Amy Porterfield’s first two years of starting her own business were brutal. She was burnt out, confused, and contemplating going back to her job working for Tony Robbins. 14 years later, her marketing business has earned more than $82 million in revenue, she’s served more than 50,000 students in her online courses, and her Online Marketing Made Easy Podcast receives over one million monthly downloads. Then she decided to write the book she wished she had after going off alone. In the New York Times bestselling book, Two Weeks Notice, Porterfield walks you through how to leave your 9 to 5 job and create a flourishing business.  Listen to Nathan and Amy discuss: How to “unboss” yourself and build boundaries  Why the death of an entrepreneur is starting from scratch Why your email list is the most important tool in your business Trending marketing tools like generative AI and DMs  Overcoming the fear of leaving your job  How she almost lost her business  Why you need a high capacity for zero How she learned to feel worthy of success  And much more entrepreneurial mindset advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazin
8/11/202348 minutes, 8 seconds
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471: Why Entrepreneurs Will Benefit from AI with Linden Tibbets of IFTTT

Linden Tibbets believes that with each new tech wave, problems will arise for entrepreneurs to solve. He says the recent AI frenzy will create opportunities for startups, creators, and early-stage businesses to differentiate and scale faster. In 2010, Tibbets rode the wave of API technology by creating IFTTT (if now, then later), an online platform that empowers you to do more with your favorite apps and smart devices by helping them automate and integrate so they can work together seamlessly. IFTTT is used by the world’s biggest brands, Google, Discord, Slack, Dropbox, Alexa, Fitbit, Stripe, Ring, and even foundr.  Listen to Nathan and Linden discuss:  How he started IFTTT with design-centric thinking The emerging gap in entrepreneurship opportunities Using AI to reach more audiences How to start an AI business Leading a tech company in tough economic climates How to reuse tools to develop a new business idea Why you should work with people who care And much more AI and automation advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
8/4/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 46 seconds
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470: Why Passion Is Your Advantage with Holly Thaggard of Supergoop!

Holly Thaggard is passionate about sun protection. That passion drove her to create her multimillion-dollar skincare company, Supergoop!, which started turning the world of suncare products on its end when it launched in 2007. Last year, Supergoop! reached $250 million in sales. She combined her sunscreen with a curriculum on the importance of sun protection, which she launched in private schools. At the same time, she kept building a luxurious yet fun brand that consumers really wanted to make a part of their morning routines—both for themselves and their children. Listen to Nathan and Holly discuss:  Her background in education Starting Supergoop! in response to her friend's cancer diagnosis Writing a curriculum instead of a business plan Speaking to the U.S. Congress about skin protection  Pitching her products door to door at private schools The unexpected partnership with Sephora Solving a problem for a customer that they didn’t know existed Having the founder of Burt's Bees as a mentor   Why you can't manufacture authenticity And much more beauty industry advice...  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
7/28/202358 minutes, 7 seconds
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469: How to Beat a Monopoly with James Chin Moody of Sendle

James Chin Moody became an entrepreneur by accident. While on sabbatical from his engineering career, he developed a donate marketplace inspired by trying to donate outgrown baby clothes to those in need. While optimizing local delivery logistics, he unintentionally created a model that rivaled the national post office. In 2014, out of that happy accident, Sendle was born, unlocking the power of big business delivery networks for small businesses to make delivery simple, reliable, and affordable. Moody is an expert and thought leader on the interface between sustainability and innovation and is the co-author of The Sixth Wave: How to Succeed in a Resource-Limited World. Listen to Nathan and James discuss:  The accidental origin story of Sendle Commercializing an untapped logistics solution  Value creation milestones Creating an eco-friendly business  Why Sendles can compete with delivery monopolies  The three levels of product market fit  The philosophy of one-way decisions The 5 “H’s” of Sendle’s virtues  “Hell yeah” recruiting  The competitive advantage of value-driven business And much more business innovation advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
7/21/20231 hour, 4 seconds
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468: How to Fall in Love with a Problem with Uri Levine of Waze

There are not many interviews where Nathan Chan is speechless, but this is one of them. If you want to learn how to find product market fit, build a successful team, and create a lasting business, then Uri Levine has the map. Levine is the co-founder of two unicorn startups–Waze and Moovit. He’s been a founder, investor, and chairman for more than ten successful startups focusing on solving big problems. His new book “Fall In Love with the Problem, Not the Solution-a Handbook for Entrepreneurs” was called “The Bible for entrepreneurs” by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.  Listen to Nathan and Uri discuss…or Nathan learn:  How to start with solving a problem Why it took four years to get Waze right  Why you need to learn how to fire before you hire Why value creation is the purpose of entrepreneurship How to measure product market fit Convincing the “holy grail” of customers  Why most startups fail Why there are only right decisions And much more product market fit wisdom… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
7/14/20231 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds
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467: Accelerate Your Marketing Efficiency with Manuel Mueller of Emma

Manuel Mueller started his first mattress company when he was 19 years old, and since then, he has never stopped iterating to create the perfect mattress. In 2013, he launched sleepwear company Emma, one of Europe’s fastest-growing sleep innovation companies, with mattresses, beds, and pillows sold in over 30 countries to 4 million customers. Learn the marketing strategies and mindset that allowed Emma to endure the DTC mattresses boom and continually have 30% year-over-year growth.  Listen to Nathan and Manuel discuss:  Starting his first mattress company at 19 years old  Finding product market fit by doing customer service  Standing out in the competitive DTC mattress boom Approaching product development research as a startup Why you shouldn’t raise money to raise money Advice on entering a new national market  Marketing attribution hacks for small businesses How your mindset can overcome your competition And much more DTC marketing advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
7/7/202343 minutes, 7 seconds
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466: Reshape Free Products into Revenue-Generators with Ali Ghosdi of Databricks

Ali Ghosdi was a reluctant founder. He planned to become an academic researcher and professor, not lead a successful tech startup. In 2013, alongside seven other co-founders, Ghosdi helped build an open-source data product called Apache Spark, a best-of-breed future predicting code. The research project eventually became a business called Databricks. In 2016, he was picked as CEO and helped transform the open-source startup into a technology enterprise with a $38 billion valuation. Databricks boasts investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Microsoft, and Amazon.  Nathan and Ali discuss: Being a reluctant startup co-founder Partnering with Andreessen Horowitz as their first investor The pros and cons of having co-founders The pressure of living up to early success Transforming an open-source startup into a revenue enterprise  The difference between professional and founder CEOs How startups and small businesses can use AI tools right now. Why product market fit is an art How to work backward in your business  Why you shouldn’t listen to the consensus  And much more data, AI, and product advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
6/30/202348 minutes, 57 seconds
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465: The State of Podcasting with Ex-Spotify Executive and Parcast Founder Max Cutler

If your business or brand has a podcast, listen up. In this episode, we’re diving into the current state of podcasting with Max Cutler, Parcast founder, Spotify’s former head of talk creator content, and The Hollywood Reporter’s most powerful people in podcasting. Cutler became a podcast pioneer when he bootstrapped his true crime network, which sold to Spotify in 2019 for $55 million. As a Spotify executive, he signed and produced the most popular podcasting personalities, including Alexandra Cooper, Joe Rogan, and Brené Brown. In the Spring of 2023, Cutler announced he was leaving Spotify to jump back into his first love–entrepreneurship. In this exclusive interview, Cutler reveals what it takes to create a successful podcast and what founders should focus on.  Listen to Nathan and Max discuss:  Launching and growing Parcast on simplicity  How the Spotify deal come about  Identifying and working with talent Knowing when it’s right to sell your business  Why he chose to leave Spotify  What differentiates a successful podcast? Pathways to building a business around podcasting What type of podcast he’d start in 2023 And much more podcasting and entrepreneur advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
6/23/202348 minutes, 28 seconds
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464: Silicon Valley Outsider Michelle Zatlyn on Building a Tech Disruptor

Michelle Zatlyn and her co-founders were outsiders when they moved to Silicon Valley to launch their web security startup. It was 2009, in the middle of a recession, but the team knew their visceral early-user feedback validated the need to be bold. In 2010, Cloudflare launched its first freemium product and hasn’t looked back. Today, Cloudflare has four million customers worldwide, surpassed a $1 billion revenue run rate, and employs 3,200 team members. Zatlyn currently serves as the publicly traded company’s president and CEO. She is one of the few women founders leading a public tech business.  Listen to Nathan and Michelle discuss:  A “made for TV” meeting with her co-founders Validating an idea with visceral feedback Being a Silicon Valley outsider Starting a tech business during a recession Launching a product MVP Six business reasons to have a freemium product  Being a female founder in the tech industry And much more tech founder advice…  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
6/17/202357 minutes, 1 second
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463: Why Small Customers Matter with ​​Immad Akhund of Mercury

Since 2006, Immad Akhund has been investing in and building startups. But he always struggled with working with traditional banks to run his startups, especially as a non-US resident. He figured someone else would solve it, but the issue was still on the table by the time he exited his fourth startup in 2017. So, he launched Mercury, a bank for startups that now is a fintech unicorn valued at $1.62 billion. On the side, Akhund also is an angel investor of 240-plus startups, many of which are unicorns.  Listen to Nathan and Immad discuss:  How failure hooked him onto entrepreneurship  The origins of Mercury as a fix for startup banking How he used Twitter to earn customers Why the journey is better than the end result  Where he invests in future-state startups What makes a strong entrepreneur  Why your small customers matter  Common mistakes startups make with banks And much more fintech advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
6/9/202343 minutes, 5 seconds
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462: Why Subscription Products Need Purpose with Jessica Rolph of Lovevery

Your first product won’t always be your best seller. Jessica Rolph’s organic baby food business Happy Family Organics failed twice before finding product market fit and scaling from $0 to $63M in sales. After exiting HappyFamily in 2016, Rolph launched Lovevery, a subscription brand that sells early-childhood development play kits and solutions. Lovevery has 300,000+ active subscribers and has been named one of Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies.”  Listen to Nathan and Jessica discuss:  How she discovered a market for Lovevery and Happy Family Why Happy Family failed twice before they even launched The bootstrapped early days living in New York City  Exiting to Danone and dreaming about Lovevery  Why ugly prototypes are the way to go How Happy Family’s best-seller came about by accident How to find product market fit for retail and DTC If you need a subscription product How to retain customers  And much more product advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
6/2/202357 minutes, 23 seconds
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461: Adrian Grenier’s Evolution from Movie Star to Social-Impact Entrepreneur

Adrian Grenier was a rebellious artist before he was known for his acting roles in Entourage, Devil Wears Prada, and Clickbait. Now he’s a rebellious entrepreneur, investor, and activist. Learn how Grenier’s disenchantment with fame and wealth led him to start and support social impact businesses through DuContra Ventures and Earth Speed Media with co-founder and co-CEO Bia Carminati.  Listen to Nathan and Adrian discuss: His trajectory from punk rebel artist to movie star How mortality drives our need to keep achieving  How to let go of your business to let it grow  Ba Minuzz, the business mind behind DuContra Ventures  Building trust with business partners  What he learned from his failed beer company Why sometimes you need to let go of a dream The mission of Earth Speed Media And much more social impact business advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
5/26/202339 minutes, 16 seconds
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460: 4 Stories. 4 Founders. 4 Lives Changed.

For ten years, we've interviewed hundreds of elite entrepreneurs who’ve started and grown the world's most successful businesses. The reason we connect with these dynamic founders is to break down their wisdom, experience, and inspirational stories to help accelerate your growth as an entrepreneur. In this episode of The Foundr Podcast, we're instead sharing the stories of everyday founders like you who are students in our foundr+ community. Foundr+ is our comprehensive platform designed to equip founders with everything they need to start and grow successful businesses. Listen to these student stories to learn:  How Maddison Danforth left her full-time job to start a social media agency servicing small businesses. How Mia Dickson used TikTok organically to build a loyal and diverse customer community.  How Mark Boxer's camera rig hack became a coveted product by content creators worldwide.  About Nicole Gaviria, the winner of the 2022 foundr startup challenge. And what Nathan Chan’s learned from a decade of student success stories at foundr. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
5/19/202339 minutes, 58 seconds
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459: Forging Meaningful Business Partnerships with Jean Oelwang of Virgin Unite

Partnerships can be tricky, especially when you’re starting a business. For ​​Jean Oelwang, creating meaningful partnerships has been her focus for nearly 30 years. Oelwang is the founding CEO and President of Virgin Unite, an entrepreneurial foundation that builds collectives, incubates ideas, and re-invents systems for a better world. She’s worked with partners like Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond and Leah Tutu, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Ben and Jerry, and the co-founders of AirBnB. In her new book Partnering: Forge the Deep Connections That Make Great Things Happen, she shares six principles that have forged 60 extraordinary partnerships and collaborations. Listen to Nathan and Jean discuss:  Pitching Richard Branson on the concept of Virgin Unite What’s it like to work with Richard Branson Why business partnerships fail How she chooses partners to invest into Why co-founders can provide joy  How to set up a board of advisors  The six principles of meaningful partnerships The fear of a partnership not working  Examples of meaningful partnerships And much more partnership advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
5/12/202357 minutes, 18 seconds
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458: Break One Rule and Break It Hard: David Lester of OLIPOP PBC

David Lester learned a lot from his first venture. After spending a decade in the beverage marketing industry, he teamed up with his co-founder Ben Goodwin to work on formulating a soda that’s good for you. After three years, they sold their first business but didn’t feel they’d gotten the product correct. So, they returned to their research for two years and discovered the right product market fit. In 2016, Lester and Goodwin launched OLIPOP PBC–a new kind of soda with the benefits of plant-based fiber and prebiotics. OLIPOP started in 24 independent stores in Northern California and now is stocked in 20,000 stores nationally and endorsed by celebrities like Camilla Cabello, Gweynth Paltrow, Nick Jonas, and Priyanka Chopra. Listen to Nathan and David discuss:  What he learned from his first venture Obi Probiotic Soda Starting over to make a better product in OLIPOP How humility can give you confidence as a founder Spending two years perfecting the formula with academic research The manufacturing process for beverage startups  Why you should start with independent retailers first The break one rule and break it hard method  Authentic connection with celebrity partnerships   Why product market fit is more important than marketing And much more beverage startup advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
5/5/202351 minutes, 19 seconds
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457: Why This Generation Will Be the Strongest Founders with David Shein of OHF Ventures

David Shein was an entrepreneur before it was in vogue. For over three decades, he’s founded, mentored, and invested in exceptional startups. He sold his first company, COMTECH, for over $1 billion–arguably Australia’s first tech unicorn. In 2021, he published his first book, The Dumbest Guy at the Table: How I Founded Australia’s First Unicorn, drawing on his experience and providing valuable advice to anyone looking to start a company. Listen to Nathan and David discuss: Leaving a stable job in 1987 to start a business  Why this current generation of founders will be the strongest The defining people in any business  Finding a pathway to profitability How to hire for attitude  Identifying the right business partners  Why your actions have to match your words How to make tough decisions Red flags when investing in startups And more lessons for founders… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
4/28/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 17 seconds
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456: How to Build an Unbeatable Business with Square Co-Founder Jim McKelvey

Jim McKelvey was a glassblower when he created the idea for the payment platform Square (now Block, Inc.). He was furious that he couldn’t accept certain credit cards as an artist and contacted a former colleague and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey to solve the problem. What took three weeks to build became a three-year journey of creating Square into a banking disruptor inspired by McKelvey’s frustrations. In the 15 years since McKelvey teamed up with Dorsey, Square has grown into a billion-dollar business and beat the world’s best company at absorbing startups—Amazon.  Listen to Nathan and Jim discuss: Hitting it off with Dorsey when he was his summer intern Realizing how many laws they were breaking with Square Convincing the banking industry to accept Square  Taking on Amazon and winning Researching unbeatable companies throughout history  Why he wrote the book The Innovation Stack How to pitch a product Why it’s better to copy than innovate His new foundr course Plus, excerpts from our live community event  And much more innovation advice... Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
4/21/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 52 seconds
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455: How to Use the Metaverse for Your Business with Kirin Sinha of Illumix

Kirin Sinha never wanted to run a startup. She was on a secure path in academics when her research into augmented reality (AR) showed her a vision of the future. So, at 25 years old, Sinha launched Illumix, an AR technology and media company focused on developing immersive experiences for mobile. To date, Illumix has secured $31M in venture capital funding, including investment from acclaimed director Michael Bay. In this episode, you’ll learn how to invest in the metaverse and lead a business with a vision toward the future.  Listen to Nathan and Kirin discuss:  Why Illumix is “metaverse insurance”  How Star Wars inspired her research  Getting accepted into Disney’s accelerator Creating a Fright Night at Freddy’s prototype  The hype cycle around the metaverse  Why you should invest in 3D assets over 2D How digital twins can help ecommerce businesses How director Michael Bay became an investor  Why she thinks of fundraising as dating Framing goal setting as learning  Why you should give your opinion last  And much more metaverse business advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
4/14/202348 minutes, 19 seconds
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454: How Founders Can Buy Back Time with Dan Martell of SaaS Academy

Have you felt the pain yet? Eventually, all founders face a battle with burnout or anxiety. So, where do you go when the momentum is drained? How do you stop treading water every day? In this episode, Nathan Chan and Dan Martell open up about the pain they’ve experienced trying to build successful businesses. Martell is an entrepreneur, angel investor, thought leader, and founder of SaaS Academy, the No. 1 coaching program for SaaS companies. He’ll teach you healthy strategies from his new book BUY BACK YOR TIME, so you can learn to integrate your work and life.  Nathan and Dan discuss: How a rehab program saved his life How he first got into SaaS  The three levels of time trades Work/life integration and ​​emotional shrapnel  How to build a perfect week How to work through burnout  The “buyback” principle and loop  4 ways to create leverage in your time  The 1-3-1 method  And much more advice on founder health... Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
4/7/202354 minutes, 1 second
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453: How to “Biohack” a Supplement Business with Roland Peralta of Nutrafol

Roland Peralta was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2010. So, he researched a botanical that could keep his symptoms at bay and inadvertently improved his hair quality. Over dinner, future co-founder and friend Giorgos Tseti shared his hair loss struggles and that he was looking for an organic solution. Their initial research turned into a 10-year relationship that’s built Nutrafol into the #1 dermatology-recommended hair growth supplement in America.  Listen to Nathan and Roland discuss:  The challenges of his businesses in fashion and beauty   What is “biohacking,” and using it for Nutrafol  How stress became the problem and solution for Nutrafol  Self-funding Nutrafol by eating beans and rice Why one vulnerable article 10x Nutrafol’s monthly sales Developing a seeding strategy with health professionals  Why conferences are the best place to get product endorsements  How to temper the expectations of the customers  Fiscal responsibility as a startup  And much more clinical product advice… This episode is powered by 99designs by Vista, a global creative platform that makes it easy for you to work with professional freelance designers from around the world.  Together with 99designs, we’re offering you a $30 discount on your first design contest. Head to 99designs.com/foundr to learn more or get started on your project today.  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
3/31/202345 minutes, 26 seconds
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452: Growing a Sustainable Business (and Relationship) with Great Wrap Co-Founders Jordy and Julia Kay

How can you build a sustainability-driven business? By solving a global problem. Jordy and Julia Kay’s former careers in winemaking and architecture led to recognizing plastic waste’s impact on the planet. In 2019, the couple launched Great Wrap, working with Monash University to create the only compostable stretch wrap made from food waste. In 2022, they received $24 million in series A funding to help reach their 10-year vision of a world where plastic doesn’t exist.  Listen to Nathan discuss with Jory and Julia about:  Falling hard into a personal and business relationship Partnering with a university for commercial product research  How licensing and partnering helped Great Wrap scale faster Building a pilot factory from scratch The benefits of being both a B2B and DTC business The risk and reward of being an impact-driven business Advice for going into business with a significant other How to raise funding as a manufacturing startup  And much more impact-driven business advice… This episode is powered by 99designs by Vista, a global creative platform that makes it easy for you to work with professional freelance designers from around the world.  Together with 99designs, we’re offering you a $30 discount on your first design contest. Head to 99designs.com/foundr to learn more or get started on your project today.  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
3/24/202358 minutes, 22 seconds
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451: Burnout, Scaling, and Going Global: Nathan Chan on Foundr's 10-Year Anniversary

Ten years ago, Nathan Chan started Foundr Magazine to discover what it takes to build a successful business. A decade on, he’s learned the sacrifice, victories, and obstacles that it takes to create a company of value for a global community of students. In this special episode, foundr’s contributing editor, Luke Ferris, puts Chan on the hot seat to reflect on the 10-year anniversary of foundr.  Listen to Luke and Nathan discuss:  Nathan’s childhood and first jobs The origins of foundr Discovering a feeling of euphoria with foundr How he overcame burnout Memorable interviews over the decade What he’s learned from foundr students  How he’s changed as a person and leader What’s next for foundr And more founder advice… This episode is powered by 99designs by Vista, a global creative platform that makes it easy for you to work with professional freelance designers from around the world.  Together with 99designs, we’re offering you a $30 discount on your first design contest. Head to 99designs.com/foundr to learn more or get started on your project today.  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
3/17/202355 minutes, 56 seconds
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450: Write Your Own Rules with Kathryn Finney of Genius Guild

Kathryn Finney started her first business at age nine, selling friendship bracelets to her older brother’s friends. She’s a Yale graduate and started and exited multiple media companies, including her groundbreaking The Budget Fashionista. Even with her resume of accolades, Finney faced prejudice in the startup world just because of her gender and race. So in 2020, she used her two decades of entrepreneurship experience to start Genius Guild. This venture fund invests in black entrepreneurs building scalable businesses that serve black communities and beyond. Finney is also the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Build the Damn Thing: How to Build a Successful Company When You’re Not a Rich White Guy. In addition, she was the first black woman business author at Portfolio/Penguin Books. Listen to Nathan and Kathryn discuss:  Making $75 per week selling bracelets as a 9-year-old What her rugby career taught her about building teams Building and exiting her fashion blog during web 1.0  How digitalundivided served as the MVP of Genius Guild How the pandemic and George Floyd’s death led to Genius Guild What she looks for in potential founders Building your own rules of entrepreneurship How to go through periods of adversity And much more advice for founders… This episode is powered by 99designs by Vista, a global creative platform that makes it easy for you to work with professional freelance designers from around the world.  Together with 99designs, we’re offering you a $30 discount on your first design contest. Head to 99designs.com/foundr to learn more or get started on your project today.  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
3/10/202342 minutes, 13 seconds
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449: Moving Beyond “That Brand on Instagram” with Jess Hatzis of frank body

Jess Hatzis is the co-founder of frank body, the world's leading coffee-based skincare company, and ad agency Willow & Blake. In 10 years, Jess has built frank body from “that brand on Instagram” to a global beauty brand with over 6 million customers. Learn the origins of the #frankeffect brand voice, starting a business with friends, and shifting from ecommerce to retail. Listen to Nathan and Jess discuss:  Quitting her job and starting Willow & Blake with her best friend Starting frank body as a case study Creating the first-person #frankeffect brand voice Does influencer marketing still work? The challenge of adapting to TikTok  Mixing business and friendships When Ariana Grande copied them Moving from the “Instagram brand” stereotype  Advice for working founder moms  Copywriting fundamentals And much more beauty business advice… This episode is powered by 99designs by Vista, a global creative platform that makes it easy for you to work with professional freelance designers from around the world.  Together with 99designs, we’re offering you a $30 discount on your first design contest. Head to 99designs.com/foundr to learn more or get started on your project today.  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
3/3/202359 minutes, 45 seconds
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448: Create a Brand People Can Trust with Brian Littlefield of JOCKO FUEL

Brian Littlefield is the co-founder and chief product officer of JOCKO FUEL, which creates nutritional supplements and beverages in partnership with retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink. Littlefield and his business partner first met Jocko through their business, Origin US, which was planning to launch a line of health supplements. Jocko wanted in. Learn how Littlefield led the product development process and created a standout supplement business around Willink’s powerful personal brand.  Listen to Nathan and Brian discuss: How obesity changed his life His first impressions of Jocko Willink  How to make business partnerships work Building a business around a personal brand Dealing with the crazy growth of Jacko Fuel  How to advertise health supplements  Why you shouldn’t put value in follower count  Why he embraced the “mad scientist” label Skills from jiu-jitsu that translates to business How to develop a strong mentality And much more product development advice…  This episode is powered by 99designs by Vista, a global creative platform that makes it easy for you to work with professional freelance designers from around the world.  Together with 99designs, we’re offering you a $30 discount on your first design contest. Head to 99designs.com/foundr to learn more or get started on your project today.  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
2/24/202349 minutes, 55 seconds
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447: How Suneera Madhani Trusted Her Intuition and Built Stax into a Unicorn Startup

Suneera Madhani is the CEO and founder of the all-in-platform transaction platform Stax. She’s listed on Fortune’s prestigious 40 Under 40 list, a recipient of EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, and host of CEO School, a top 25 entrepreneur podcast with a 300,000 female-listener community. Last year, Stax became a unicorn startup with a billion-dollar valuation. But for Madhani, it’s not about milestones–it’s the journey. Learn about her incredible journey from the daughter of immigrants to a CEO breaking barriers in a male-dominated fintech startup industry.  Listen to Nathan and Suneera discuss: Her upbringing with entrepreneurial immigrant parents  What she learned from working at her family businesses  Her subscription pitch getting rejected by her bosses  Starting a business with family and friend's capital  Proving out a hypothesis with a scrappy MVP Fundraising in a male-dominated fintech community  Her “3 minds” for decision making  Mentorship and building a trusted team  Starting her podcast and supporting female founders And much more fintech and startup advice… This episode is powered by 99designs by Vista, a global creative platform that makes it easy for you to work with professional freelance designers from around the world.  Together with 99designs, we’re offering you a $30 discount on your first design contest. Head to 99designs.com/foundr to learn more or get started on your project today.  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
2/17/202354 minutes
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446: How to Use SEO for Ecommerce with Ronnie Teja of Branzio

Is advertising spending sucking your business dry? Ronnie Teja knows the feeling. He is a self-taught digital marketer, entrepreneur, and founder of Branzio watches. In 2018, Teja lost $2 million because of a freeze on his advertising accounts. So, he quickly learned to divest his business and developed an organic SEO framework that, within 2 years, boosted website visitors from zero to 2 million per month.  Listen to Nathan and Ronnie discuss:  From picking blueberries to the managing ad campaigns The unexpected journey of starting Branzio watches When PayPal banned his accounts The 30-30-30 divestment strategy  Demystifying SEO for ecommerce  Why SEO strategy isn’t instant gratification  Why Reddit is a secret SEO tool Direct-response vs. brand marketing The importance of first-party data Burnout and imposter syndrome And much more SEO strategies… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
2/10/202345 minutes, 11 seconds
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445: How to Build a Phenomenal Team with Garie Dooley

Leadership doesn’t have to be complicated. Garie Dooley has over 15 years of experience helping founders and business leaders build phenomenal teams. After a career in education and corporate leadership, Garie discovered his passion for creating environments with high levels of trust and clarity of purpose that deliver sustainable success. He’s worked with Amazon, Redcape, Cricket NSW, AFL clubs, Foxtel, Johnson and Johnson, and our team at foundr. So if you’re looking for strategies to move your business from surviving to thriving, this episode is for you.  Listen to Nathan and Garie discuss:  The early days of his career leading business teams Working with sporting teams and corporations   Are great leaders naturally born?  Where to start if you want to become a leader What a phenomenal team looks like Winning deep, not shallow  How to build a high sense of trust  Identifying talent internally and externally Thinking differently about difficult conversations And much more leadership advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
2/3/202349 minutes, 54 seconds
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444: How to Become a Full-Time YouTube Creator with Aaron DeBevoise of Spotter, Inc.

Aaron DeBevoise used to count YouTube views by hand. Now he’s helping creators like Mr. Beast, Dude Perfect, and Jordan Matter have the financial freedom to grow their businesses. After a disappointing start to his career in investment banking, DeBevoise launched the programming brand Machinima during the early days of YouTube. In 8 years, he grew Machinima into one of the most successful gamer channels on the platform. But he saw an opportunity to help creators become enterprises, so in 2019, he created Spotter, Inc. to provide capital and knowledge to creators so they can change the world. Spotter tailors investments to meet the unique needs of each creator they partner with, giving them the freedom to create without compromise.  Listen to Nathan and Aaron discuss: The “starving artist” days of early YouTube The danger of doing too many things  Why YouTube creators need capital at scale Getting Spotter off the ground The investment model of Spotter The challenge of creating a new category Bringing together Mr. Beast and Dude Perfect How to become a full-time YouTube creator And much more YouTube creator advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
1/27/202355 minutes, 20 seconds
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443: Why Simon Sinek Says There’s No Winning in Business

Meet the business behind the name. In 2009, Simon Sinek gave a TED Talk that has since become one of the most-watched videos of all time on TED.com, with 37 million plus views. His talk spurred NY Times best-selling books, speaking engagements, consulting gigs with globally-recognized brands, a podcast, a publishing arm, and viral quotes shared across social media. And it all started with the question–why?  Listen to Nathan and Simon discuss: What he learned from growing up internationally  Why he fell out of love with his first business Finding his why concept and sharing it with others How his time with military leaders inspired Leaders Eat Last Why there’s no such thing as “winning business” Why optimism Building a business around a personal brand What’s the most important thing for an entrepreneur  And much more advice on purpose… To learn more about Sinek’s principles, check out his books, or visit simonsinek.com. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
1/20/202343 minutes, 29 seconds
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442: How to Lead a Mission-Driven Business with KeepCup Co-Founder Abigail Forsyth

After running a small cafe chain for over a decade, Abigail Forsyth experienced firsthand the amount of packaging waste used in the food and beverage industry. So, in 2008 she co-founded KeepCup and created the world’s first barista standard reusable cup. In the last 15 years, she built KeepUp into a multi-million dollar brand with reusable cups and bottles sold in 65 countries worldwide. Learn how she’s built a mission-driven business and adapted to the changing nature of sustainable products.  Listen to Nathan and Abigail discuss: Bringing KeepCup to life while running her cafes Getting her first B2B order using a shoebox Why behavioral change is the hardest thing to do The challenge of having B2B and B2C customers Scaling internationally and managing a growing team Becoming one of the first Australian B Corporations When a TV program doubled orders overnight The impact of Coivd-19 on the reusable industry  How to deal with copycats  And much more on mission-driven business… Enjoy 25% off KeepCup, available at www.keepcup.com with code FOUNDR25. The offer is valid until midnight 20th January 2023, and for purchases of up to 10 items, and excludes shipping. Please use ‘Foundr25’ code at checkout. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
1/12/202354 minutes, 37 seconds
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441: How to Build Life-Changing Business Relationships with Dr. Adam Bandelli

Do you want to be a great leader? Do you want to build life-changing relationships with your team, customers, and colleagues? Then this is the episode for you. Dr. Adam Bandelli is a business psychologist whose childhood love for athletics motivated him to study great teams and leaders. After earning his doctorate in industrial-organizational psychology, he spent 15 years consulting on succession plans, working with boards, and coaching CEOs. Then he started a firm in 2015 called Bandelli & Associates. His firm focuses on consulting with CEOs and senior executives on hiring and onboarding senior talent, executive coaching, and executive education and learning. Bandelli is also the author of two books Relational Intelligence and What Every Leader Needs.  Listen to Nathan and Adam discuss:  Industrial-organizational psychology The 4 differentiators of his firm 3 things that make leaders great 5 keys to building life-changing relationships The leadership “mirror test” The 5 Cs of building trust Emotional vs relational intelligence  The deposit mentality  What makes startup leaders effective Common mistakes by leaders And much more leadership advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
1/6/202337 minutes, 53 seconds
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440: Foundr's BEST of 2022

This past year, we've interviewed our most diverse selection of founders ever. So, as a special year-end treat, we're bringing together their best lessons, stories, and business advice in one final episode for 2022.  In this special episode, you'll hear valuable insights from:  Reid Hoffman and his learning experience with the PayPal mafia.  Emma Grede on developing SKIMS, Good American, and Safely.  Marc Lore and how he built a billion-dollar business in less than two years. Scooter Braun on discovering Justin Bieber. Toni Ko and how she became a self-made millionaire in her 20s.  Ed Mylett and his power of “one more” mindset. Jamie Kern Lima and why she believes in the power of authenticity.  Kendra Scott and how she built her makeup empire during a recession.  And much more... Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
12/23/202230 minutes, 39 seconds
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439: Why You Should Spend Decades on a Problem with Gusto Co-founder Josh Reeves

Josh Reeves and his fellow co-founders wanted to tackle a problem they could spend decades fixing. But they didn’t want to solve something for Silicon Valley–it had to affect the masses. In Reeves’ experience, the hassle of setting up payroll and benefits was the problem to tackle. So, in 2011, the three Ph.D. dropouts spent a year building a payroll system that eventually became Gusto, a modern, online people platform that helps small businesses take care of their teams. On top of full-service payroll, Gusto offers health insurance, 401(k)s, expert HR, and team management tools. Today, Gusto has offices across the U.S and serves over 200,000 businesses. Nathan and Josh discuss: How his parents influenced his entrepreneurial mindset  Studying at Stanford and falling in love with problem-solving Why his first business didn’t have a purpose  Learning how to write code and building a payroll platform  The experience of the Y Combinator accelerator  How word of mouth and referrals drove Gusto’s initial sales Investing in content marketing and partnerships  The network effects of Gusto’s growth  Why fundraising is like hiring  And much more problem-solving advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
12/14/202242 minutes, 55 seconds
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438: How Nick Mowbray Built ZURU into a Multibillion-Dollar Toy Company

Mowbray is the co-founder of ZURU Toy Co., ZURU Edge, ZURU Tech, and Rhodes Pet Science. In 2018, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in his home country, New Zealand, and he’s listed in the World Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. He and his siblings, co-founders Mat and Anna, are worth more than $3 billion, while the company revenue was north of $2 billion AUD in 2022. Despite their success, the siblings didn’t go into the toy business with a deep knowledge of business or manufacturing. In fact, they didn’t even know much about toys. They just had one hot air balloon model, a lot of hustle, and a willingness to learn from their mistakes. Listen to Nathan and Nick discuss: How a childhood hot air balloon model inspired the business Borrowing $20K from his parents to relocate to Hong Kong The growing pains of the early days and learning through failure  Their first toy megahits, Robo Fish and Bunch O Balloons Running a lean business using automation and no inventory The company’s 2% improvement philosophy  The brainstrust business practice  Working alongside his siblings And much more scrappy business growth advice... Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
12/10/202256 minutes, 20 seconds
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437: The Product Development Playbook with Kian Golzari

Sourcing specialist Kian Golzari returns to the podcast to discuss how to develop a product from research to launch. Golzari is one of the world’s top sourcing experts. He has manufactured products for top companies and NGOs, including Tesco, the United Nations, the 2012 Olympics, Google, and more. In all, he’s sourced more than 2,500 products and works with 100 of the top sellers on Amazon. Listen to Nathan and Kian discuss: Branding vs selling Choosing a customer avatar Researching the competition  How to pick your flagship product Branding your products  Choosing a supplier How to test and adapt products And much more product development advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
11/30/202245 minutes, 57 seconds
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436: Why It’s OK to Quit with GrubHub Founder Mike Evans

If you don’t know Mike Evans, you’ve probably used his first business when the craving for takeout hits you on a Saturday night. Evans started GrubHub in 2002 as a hobby and built it into one of the largest food delivery companies in the US, going public on the stock exchange in 2014. After exiting GrubHub, Evans took a break until he felt the pull to start a business that could benefit a community and customer base. In 2017, he started, Fixer, a “right now" home repair service that offers superior customer experiences while creating skilled employment paths in the building trades for men and women. Listen to Nathan and Mike discuss:  Starting GrubHub as a hobby website  Quitting his job and cashing out his retirement  How cofounder Matt Maloney helped scale the business Why creating value is more important than profit How delivery turned the business on its head His book Hangry and lessons on greed and empathy  Why quitting is okay Starting and building Fixer And much more founder advice… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
11/23/202252 minutes, 16 seconds
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435: How to Create High-Converting Webinars with Casey Zeman of EasyWebinar

If you've hosted a webinar or live event that fell flat, then this episode is for you. Casey Zeman is the CEO and founder of EasyWebinar, a live-stream platform and marketing automation tool. As a former actor and mortgage broker, Zeman was fed up with having little control over his success. So with the encouragement of a friend, he became a video marketing consultant focusing on YouTube. His work as a consultant tapped into the capability of live videos and webinars as a sales tool. So, in 2015 he reinvested his earnings as a consultant to develop a plugin called EasyWebinar, which allowed people to create a live webinar through their website. In 2018, he changed EasyWebinar's model to a SaaS business, offering full services to any online business looking to engage and convert its audience.  Listen to Nathan and Casey discuss: How the 2008 recession spurred his career in digital marketing Becoming a video marketing consultant before it was a thing Investing his consulting earnings into developing EasyWebinar Changing his business model from a plugin to SaaS  The fundamentals of a high-converting webinar  The differences between automated and live webinars Webinar funnels and how they can generate qualified leads Using webinars as a customer retention tool Why feeling like an idiot is the most common webinar mistake And much more webinar and live event advice… This episode was powered by EasyWebinar. To learn more about EasyWebinar, and how you can use it to scale your business, visit; https://bit.ly/foundreasywebinar Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
11/18/202256 minutes, 14 seconds
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434: Building a Beauty & Community Empire with Trinny Woodall

Following a 20-year career in media, Trinny Woodall established herself as the expert in all things style, skincare, and makeup. Inspired by her unique design of stackable makeup pots, she established Trinny London in 2017 with the mission to give everyone the tools they need to feel their best. In this episode, Trinny shares her experience in product development, funding, personal branding, and how to develop a diehard fan base and community.  Listen to Nathan and Trinny discuss:  One of her early businesses selling socks to trade investors  Her weekly fashion column in The Daily Telegraph  Why the dot-com bust was the lowest point of her career What she learned from 20 years of television and What Not to Wear Selling her clothing to raise funds for Trinny London Launching and building Trinny London without paid ads   The personalization experience of Match2Me Starting a brand around your personal brand Nurturing the Trinny Tribe community  And more beauty business advice…  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...  For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
11/10/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 58 seconds
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433: How to Create Momentum with Magnus Grimeland of Antler

After graduating from Harvard Business School alongside future tech giants like Mark Zuckerberg, Magnus Grimeland traveled the world as a consultant for McKinsey. After exploring Southeast Asia, he decided to lay down roots and leverage the region's enormous business potential. From 2013-2017, Grimeland built ZALORA into Southeast Asia's largest fashion ecommerce business. Now, he's supporting fellow founders through his latest business, Antler, a global early-stage venture capital firm that invests in the defining technology companies of tomorrow. In the last 2 years, Antler made 190 portfolio company investments and has opened offices in 14 cities across 6 continents.   Listen to Nathan and Magnus discuss:  The atmosphere at Harvard during the Facebook era His journey to Southeast Asia and seeing its potential  Creating the first cash and delivery system in the region  Building ZALORA from scratch  Why ZALORA was a breeding ground for entrepreneurs His 3 things to look for in good talent  What separates Antler from most VCs Why time is the most valuable resource for startups And much more early-stage founder advice…      Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
11/7/202251 minutes, 32 seconds
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431: Breaking Down Barriers Led to Billions with Alex Bouaziz of Deel

Some might say Alex Bouaziz, cofounder and CEO of Deel, was simply in the right place at the right time. Deel, an international payroll, compliance, and HR solution, launched in 2019 and, by May 2020, raised $14M in funding. Currently, they have 8000 customers worldwide, including Dropbox, Airtable, and Shopify. But good timing will only get you so far. To launch and grow a company as successful as Deel takes leadership with a clear mission and a solid infrastructure. The idea was simple: Create a company that matched employers and talented workers from anywhere in the world and give them the opportunity to work for the best companies without having to relocate.   Listen to Nathan and Alex discuss:  What Bouaziz learned from his first failed business How his work visa struggles inspired Deel  Taking the idea for Deel to Y Combinator The massive growth from the Covid-19 pandemic  Scaling through infrastructure and the customer Deel’s talent development strategy  A passion for unlocking talent beyond borders And much more talent leadership advice…         Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
10/28/202247 minutes, 4 seconds
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432: How “Recovering Accountant” Guy Pearson Built the Shopify for Services

At 24, Guy Pearson turned down a partnership to start an accounting firm. His early clients were digital companies, and Pearson was jealous that there wasn’t an online commerce system for his industry. So in 2013, he launched a new company called Ignition to simplify and speed up the transaction process for professionals like him. To date, Ignition helped facilitate more than 1M client engagements and over $2B in client payments. Ignition has offices in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, US, and the UK, with over 170 employees globally.   Listen to Nathan and Guy discuss:  How intrapreneurship transformed into entrepreneurship  The challenges of building the original software for Ignition  Expanding to new markets outside of Australia  Why he still sits in on candidate interviews  The heartbreaking moments of raising capital  Starting vs. scaling a business  The balance between an accounting brain and entrepreneurial heart  How to lead with an experimental mindset Transitioning from a founder to CEO And much more business growth advice...       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
10/26/202256 minutes, 6 seconds
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430: Not All Leads Are Created Equal with B2B Sales Maverick AJ Cassata

Does the word “sales” make you squeamish or intimidated? If so, then this episode is for you. AJ Cassata is a maverick B2B sales consultant who helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses fast with his straightforward, systematic, and scalable approach to sales growth. His company, Revenue Boost, helps clients create a system for lead generation instead of just winging it.    Listen to Nathan and AJ discuss:  Starting in door-to-door sales as a teenager  Persevering through failure in his first business  Starting Revenue Boost to focus on lead generation  Why not all leads are created equal  How to stand out amongst competitors Why cold emails are still powerful  Implementing a repeatable process to get clients  How to spend zero dollars on advertising  LinkedIn Navigator tips and tricks  Why subject lines should be a disguise  And much more B2B sales strategies...       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
10/14/202244 minutes, 46 seconds
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429: Why the Impossible Is Fun with Brian Scudamore of O2E Brands

33 years ago, Brian Scudamore was sitting in a McDonald’s drive-thru when he saw his future–a beat-up pickup truck filled with junk. Scudamore started a junk-hauling business to pay for college, but what was supposed to fund his education ended up inspiring him to drop out. Today, Scudamore’s transformed his junk hauling side hustle, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, into a North American franchise business worth $600M. People told Scudamore that it was impossible to franchise his business, but he’s proven them wrong by expanding his model into other brands like WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and Shack Shine.   Listen to Brian and Nathan discuss: Rebranding his business name to 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Transitioning from a corporate to a franchise business Expanding his model into WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and Shack Shine How “The CEO Whisperer” Cameron Herold helped scale the business The 3 types of entrepreneurship paths The compounding growth of franchise businesses His new book BYOB: Build Your Own Business, Be Your Own Boss What Shaq taught him about franchising  And much more franchise business advice…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
10/7/202249 minutes, 6 seconds
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428: Why Your Business Assumptions Are Wrong with Tim Fung of Airtasker

Airtasker is Australia's #1 marketplace for local services. Over the past decade, they've acquired more than 4.3M registered users, built a worth of $255M, created a $1.7B value of job opportunities, and went public. But founder Tim Fung still feels the pains from the first 3 years, when everything he assumed about the business was wrong. He's learned that through the victories and failures of scaling a startup, remaining focused on providing value over profit is what lasts.    Listen to Nathan and Tim discuss:  The importance of going all-in on a startup Starting a business with 2 marketplaces  The 90-day wakeup call for founders  Inspiring users to use your product Sharing problems with your team Not putting off hard decisions Building a feedback muscle within your business And much more startup advice…     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
9/28/202251 minutes, 14 seconds
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427: How to Pick a Winning Product with The Oodie Founder Davie Fogarty

Davie Fogarty created Australia's fastest-growing ecommerce brand, The Oodie, which sells wearable blankets and accessories. But success didn't happen overnight. After multiple failed businesses, at 24 years old, Davie had a chip on his shoulder to prove he could succeed. So in 2017, he started 2 ecommerce businesses, and they both took off immediately. In the past 4 years, Davie has grown his company of 5 major brands called the Davie Group to $400M in sales. In this episode, you'll learn exactly what it takes to build an incredible ecommerce brand in 2022 and some of the pitfalls to avoid.    Listen to Nathan and Davie discuss:  Davie's early failed business attempts  The pros and cons of having something to prove Why bootstrapped founders become a jack of all trades  What was special about The Oodie as a product and brand How to create and test ecommerce products  How competition affects your ads  Why good marketing instills trust  Attribution tools and the changes in advertising  And much more ecommerce advice…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
9/21/20221 hour, 1 minute, 38 seconds
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426: How to Open Talent Doors with Jen Proctor of Cultivated Entertainment

Jen Proctor loved being a performer. But when her dream to be a professional singer ended, she pledged to be a good person in the entertainment industry, something she knew wasn't a given. So in 2015, she launched her agency Cultivated Entertainment and works with clients like Meta, Pharrell, Drew Barrymore, the Obama Foundation, Stand Up for Cancer, and the Primetime Emmy Awards. She's built her agency based on the vision of seeing a need and filling it. So if you're interested in working with talent from actors to TikTok stars, this episode is for you.    Listen to Nathan and Jen discuss: Her early career as a field producer at Fox Why everything is an emergency in the entertainment industry Cultivating a superpower around talent Myths about working with celebrities and talent Why honesty is an essential part of relationship building Why she'll never forget an hour she had with Betty White  Working on the Dear Class of 2020 project with the Obama's  Negotiating and talent search tips   The three gatekeepers of celebrity talent Short-lead versus long-lead talent And much more talent relations strategies…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
9/14/202242 minutes, 38 seconds
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425: Why Kendra Scott Risked Everything on the Customer Experience

Kendra Scott started her self-titled billion-dollar jewelry business out of failure. Her first business failed after 5 years, and she started selling handmade jewelry door-to-door as a side hustle. Now, Kendra Scott Jewelry is a billion-dollar business with 100 retail locations across the US. But success didn't come quickly. Through personal struggles, recessions, and rejections, Scott built a fashion business driven by an unforgettable customer experience.    Listen to Nathan and Kendra discuss: What she learned from her failed business  Fundraising and dealing with rejection The best piece of business advice she still follows  Shifting her business model from wholesale to retail The nightclub atmosphere of Kendra Scott stores  How philanthropy creates customer loyalty  How to weather the storm as a founder  Her new entrepreneurial memoir Born to Shine And much more founder advice…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
9/7/202251 minutes, 21 seconds
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424: How Dragons' Den Star Michele Romanow is Removing Funding Barriers

Michele Romanow joined the cast of CBC's Dragons' Den in 2014 after successfully selling her digital coupon business SnapSaves to Groupon. At 28 years old, she was the youngest "dragon" on the show, but that didn't stop her from innovating. During her second episode, Michele decided to flip the traditional Dragons' Den pitch from equity to revenue.    The decision led to the creation of the investment company Clearco and the invention of the revenue-based financing category. The model helps fund ecommerce companies fast and affordable, where founders pay a set percentage only when they make revenue. To date, Clearco has invested $4B in 10,000 founders in 11 countries across the world.    Listen to Nathan and Michele discuss:  Why her first business was a caviar fishery  Acquiring customers through sidewalk chalk  Creating the Clearco model by shifting the Dragons' Den model Accepting rejection as part of the job Taking advice from people that you want to be How to build the relentless muscle  How data removes bias from funding decisions  Stories and lessons from Dragons' Den  And much more ecommerce funding advice… Foundr & Clearco have teamed up to help you increase cash flow & extend payment terms for your online business: https://clear.co/partner/bnpl/foundr/  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.  Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
9/1/202246 minutes, 48 seconds
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423: Making Work Work for Humans with Oyster’s Tony Jamous

After his first startup went public in 2016, Tony Jamous took time off to align what he does with what he believes in. In his previous company, Nexmo, he saw the power of distributed hiring worldwide and how it changed people’s lives. So in January of 2020, he started Oyster, a software company that helps make it possible for companies everywhere to hire people anywhere. The timing of Oyster was perfect, 2 months later, remote work changed forever. Oyster’s raised 230M in 2 years, and its network includes 100 nationalities distributed across 70 countries. The business grew 20x last year and is in the top 2% of all VC-backed companies in employee engagement.   Listen to Nathan and Tony discuss: Growing up during a civil war in Lebanon  What living in 10 different countries taught him about people Taking 10 flights to Casablanca to pay his first employee  Strategies for leading a global and remote business  The perfect timing of Oyster’s launch in 2020 The importance of risk management in decision making What he looks for in companies to invest into  And much more remote leadership advice…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
8/26/202251 minutes, 15 seconds
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422: How to Put Your Audience First with Lauryn Evarts Bosstick and Michael Bosstick of The Skinny Confidential

In 2011, Lauryn Evarts Bosstick was in college and looking for a community. When a sorority came knocking, Lauryn turned to blogging instead, asking herself the questions every entrepreneur asks: How can I create this and do it better? After 3 years of blogging 7 days a week, Lauryn built Skinny Confidential into a community and a full-time business.    Today, The Skinny Confidential brand garners more than 2 million monthly impressions, and the podcast currently boasts more than 90 million downloads. In addition, Lauryn, alongside her partner Michael, launched a podcast incubator called Dear Media, which focuses on women's voices and narratives.    Listen to Nathan discuss with Lauryn and Michael about: How Lauryn built a loyal following as a college student  The early days of podcasting and how it's evolved Launching the HIM & HER spinoff podcast Launching their first branded product  Strategies to focus on your core audience  Why they've never missed a bi-weekly show Lauryn's book The Skinny Confidential's Get the F*ck Out of the Sun Starting their podcast incubator and identifying talent  And much more media business advice…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
8/18/202256 minutes
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421: Why People Pay for Time Not Software with Rishi Mandal of Future

What's the secret to sustain healthy behaviors like exercise, diet, and stress management? Coaching.    Rishi Mandal discovered this while researching the challenges of America's health crisis. So, he started Future, an online coaching platform that connects everyday people to coaches to receive custom one-on-one health training. Since 2017, Rishi and his team have raised $120M in funding and built Future into the largest employer of coaches and trainers in America. Most importantly, they've garnered a retention rate unheard of in the health and exercise industry.    Listen to Nathan and Rishi discuss:  Why his childhood was all about inventing  Lessons from his first 2 businesses, Slide and Sosh  Getting the price point to work for Future Building the company in problem-solving phases  Why retention is the most critical factor for success  Why customers pay for people's time, not software The decision to vertically integrate with their coaches  And much more subscription business advice…     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
8/10/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 20 seconds
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420: Starting a Multi-Million Dollar Swimwear Movement with Erin Deering of Triangl

In 2014, Erin Deering gifted Triangl swimwear to relatively unknown legacy celebrities Hailey Bieber ( Baldwin) and Bella Hadid. Their friend, Kendall Jenner, loved the products and reached out to Erin directly to get Triangl samples. Then Jenner posted on Instagram and tagged Triangl–that’s when everything went mad.    But the success of Triangl didn’t come from just celebrity endorsements. It came from developing a product that looked and felt like nothing else before. In 2018, Erin exited the business, but that’s when she stepped back and learned more about who she is as an entrepreneur and person outside of the multi-million dollar brand she built.  Listen to Nathan and Erin discuss:  How Triangl started on a second date at the beach When their manufacturer stole their idea  Why businesses undervalue word of mouth  Their “one bikini sale a day” mindset  Connecting with Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid, and the Kardashians  Dealing with copycats and competitors  How they stayed lean amongst extreme growth  Her mental health challenges in coping with success  Coaching and mentoring women in business  And much more business and personal growth advice…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
8/4/202257 minutes, 48 seconds
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419: Why You Need TikTok Ads with Gerardo Perez of Marketing&

Are you ready to leverage the popularity of TikTok to grow your business? Gerardo Perez is the founder of Marketing&, one of the world's leading digital agencies focused on driving paid results on TikTok. Gerardo has 11.2M likes, 323,000 followers, and generated over 100M organic views. He's spent more than $2M in advertising on the platform and is ready to share his strategies with you.    Listen to Nathan and Gerardo deep-dive on: The rise of his marketing agency Marketing& Examples of dramatic results for his clients  Why it's a good time to start investing in TikTok ads  The unique language of TikTok content  Creating native content on TikTok  Producing creative entirely on mobile  TikTok's targeting capabilities  Why brands should still post organic content  TikTok trends and their attachment to audio  Researching the TikTok ad library Mix and match creative  And much more TikTok ad strategies…   Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
8/4/202247 minutes, 42 seconds
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418: Shopify President Harley Finkelstein on Building the World’s #1 Ecommerce Platform

Harley Finkelstein is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and president of Shopify. Harley was store #137 when he started on Shopify as a merchant in 2009. After law school, he joined the team at Shopify and helped build it into the world’s #1 ecommerce platform. In 2021, the Shopify ecosystem generated $440B in economic value. For Harley, the success of Shopify all comes down to a belief that entrepreneurship is the greatest equalizer on the planet.    Listen to Nathan and Harley discuss:  Starting his first business at 17  How he supported his family by selling t-shirts  Why he went to law school to be a better entrepreneur Meeting Tobias Lütke at a coffee shop in Ottawa  The early days of Shopify and the Build a Business Competition Why he started a tea business on Shopify store in 2021 Why he looks for obsessiveness when angel investing in companies  The importance of self-awareness as an entrepreneur And much more ecommerce wisdom…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
7/29/202254 minutes, 22 seconds
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417: Why Going Off-Script Led to a Billionaire Business with Jamie Kern Lima of IT Cosmetics

Jamie Kern Lima spent 2 years pitching QVC for a segment to promote her business, IT Cosmetics. She was about to go bankrupt when she finally got her shot on the network. But moments before going on air, she went off-script. The decision changed her business and the beauty industry forever. Jamie built IT Cosmetics into a multi-billion dollar empire centered on authenticity before it was a buzzword. She became the first woman CEO in L’Oréal’s history and has written a book, Believe IT: How to Go From Underestimated to Unstoppable, about her incredible journey from the brink of bankruptcy to billionaire CEO.    Listen to Nathan and Jamie discuss:  Creating IT Cosmetics as a solution for her skin condition rosacea Sketching out a business plan while on her honeymoon  How to dig deep into your “why”  Creating a brand around an approachable beauty image Going off-script on her first QVC segment  The importance of her authenticity as a spokesperson Transition planning and selling to L’Oréal  And more female founder inspiration…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
7/21/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 45 seconds
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416: The Power of One More with Author and Entrepreneur Ed Mylett

How did Ed Mylett gain 3 million social media followers without spending a dollar on ads? Authenticity. Ed is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, performance coach, and speaker. He landed on the Forbes 50 wealthiest under 50, and was recognized as one of the wealthiest self-made people in the world in his 30s. His recently published book, The Power of One More, will help you learn why you're closer to your dreams and goals than you think.    Listen to Nathan and Ed discuss: How to read people and listen intently  Learning the "power of one" philosophy from his father's sobriety journey Overcoming imposter syndrome and failure in the finance world Lessons from his new book, The Power of One More Becoming friends with his hero Tony Robbins Building a media empire from scratch  Balancing 17 different companies And much more business mindset advice…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
7/13/202258 minutes, 5 seconds
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415: Unplugging Fees and Amplifying Fans with Phil Hutcheon of Dice

Everyone kept telling Phil Hutcheon “that's just how it is” when it comes to the absurd processing fees for concert tickets. That's why Phil started Dice, a platform for fans to see the musicians they love in the most hassle-free way possible. Since its launch in 2013, Dice has raised over $100M in capital, has more than 380 workers, and is expanding its services globally. From testing the business idea with a fake company to phone calls with Kayne West, Hutcheon built Dice into a commerce engine for the music industry.   Listen to Nathan and Phil discuss:  Why he rejected a promotion to start a career in music  Building the Modular Records sound through legendary parties Bootstrapping his music management company Deadly People  Testing a ticketing model with a fake company Scoring the first contracts for Dice Why it took 3.5 years to build out Dice’s discovery feature Working with artists like Adele and Kayne West Raising over $100M in capital after a slow start And much more fundraising advice…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
7/6/202256 minutes, 16 seconds
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414: How BURST Oral Care Turned Dentists into Raving Fans with Cofounder Brittany Stewart

Brittany Stewart is the cofounder of BURST Oral Care, one of the fastest-growing ecommerce businesses in the United States. She met her cofounder, Hamish Khayat, through a mutual friend, and it was a match made in startup heaven. Hamish had a revolutionary toothbrush prototype, and Brittany had the skills to make it a business.    After 3 years of attending dental conventions across the country, Brittany built BURST into a community of 30K dental ambassadors. Her ultimate goal–put a BURST product in every bathroom in America.    Listen to Nathan and Brittany discuss:  Bringing Hamish’s electric toothbrush prototype to life Why they felt like rock stars at their first dental convention How showcasing their ambassadors in ads doubled their growth Why customer service is the most important part of their business Working with influencers like the Kardashians Why clarity is the most valuable leadership trait  Hiring people based on personality over skills Why the giving is an investment in the business  And much more subscription-based business advice…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now...    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
7/1/202250 minutes, 15 seconds
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413: How Shipt Founder Bill Smith is Serving a New Generation of Renters

Bill Smith asked for a briefcase on his 5th birthday, and it’s been all business since. After dropping out of school at age 16, Bill started, built, and sold 3 companies over the past 15 years. His last business, grocery delivery service Shipt, sold to Target in 2019 for half a billion dollars. But Bill didn’t rest on his success. The same year he exited Shipt, he started Landing, a flexible and furnished rental apartment service. So what’s next for this wunderkind turned startup mogul?    Listen to Nathan and Bill discuss Dropping out of school without his parents knowing Figuring out the prepaid technology business  Exiting his first company to Green Dot Corporation  His step-by-step process for proving a business idea Why he never takes breaks between businesses  Proving demand in the early days of Shipt  Selling Shipt to Target for half a billion dollars Why selling Shipt changed his philosophy of business His goal to build Landing into an enduring company And much more business scaling advice…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine  Speak with our friendly course experts to get clarity on the next steps for your idea, business or career. You will get tailored insights from results achieved by our proven practitioners as well as thousands of students. Book a call now... https://foundr.com/bookacallyt
6/22/202255 minutes, 17 seconds
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412: How Zeb Evans Faced Death and Built Clickup into Tech Disruptor

After multiple near-death experiences, Zeb Evans decided to build a business that was net positive on the world. However, he didn’t realize that a custom internal productivity tool would become the business he was searching for. In 2017, Evans cofounded ClickUp, an all-in-one productivity management tool now valued at $4 billion.    Listen to Nathan and Zeb discuss:  Selling Disney DVDs from his hospital bed How a home invasion motivated him to drop out of school Starting his first company Fast Followerz from customized social tools How an unexpected seizure pushed him to move to Silicon Valley  Building ClickUp as an internal tool and discovering its value The early days of ClickUp and living in a stereotypical startup house Why investors were shocked that ClickUp was profitable  Maintain culture while scaling at a rapid rate  Why Zeb takes a bath every evening And much more tech startup advice…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
6/15/202251 minutes, 48 seconds
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411: Dream and Data Fundraising with Marco Zappacosta of Thumbtack

Marco Zappacosta's only professional job has been the cofounder and CEO of Thumbtack. Marco started the home services matchmaking website straight out of university with a dream to find a better solution of hiring a plumber. Since 2009, Thumbtack has raised half a billion dollars in funding and gone from 2 to 1,000 employees. But Thumbtack's success came from years of struggle to discover their perfect market fit.    Listen to Nathan and Marco discuss:  Thumbtack's first users on both sides of the marketplace Enticing pros by creating stylized Craiglist ads The importance of telling the dream and data to investors Why investors are thinking about other investors Why getting a meeting is the easy part of fundraising  The difference between bootstrapped and VC businesses  Seeing values as the best version of your company  Creating "libraries" for their fully-remote workplace And much more VC and remote work advice…     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
6/9/202248 minutes, 23 seconds
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410: From Office Space Mushrooms to a Gardening Revolution with the Cofounders of Back to the Roots

Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez started Back to the Roots by asking the same question in their business class–how can you grow mushrooms from used coffee grounds? So instead of taking their jobs in investment baking, the 2 friends began their journey of building an organic gardening brand for the next generation.    Back to the Roots is America’s #1 organic gardening company and doubled its business 4 years in a row. They offer a wide range of grow kits, seeds, soil, and more to empower people to experience the magic of growing their food from inside their homes.    Listen to Nathan chat with Nikhil and Alejandro about:   Walking into a Whole Foods and pitching their first product  Growing their first mushrooms in a rented office space Hitting their first million in revenue off sources of waste Why going to a farmer’s market is the best lesson for business Transitioning from selling products to empowering growers  Navigating the accelerated growth of the industry during COVID-19 Their relationship as cofounders over the past decade  Working with retailers like Home Depot, Target, and Walmart Their “Grow One, Give One” initiative  And much more business scaling advice…     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
6/1/202254 minutes, 35 seconds
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409: Dying to Ego and Embracing Failure with Toni Ko of Bespoke Beauty Brands

Toni Ko's first beauty brand, NYX Cosmetics, made $4 million in year 1, and eventually exited to L'Oréal for $500 million. Craving a new purpose, she started a sunglasses business. It failed after 3.5 years—and Ko says it's one of the best things that ever happened to her. Ko's lessons from that "failure" empowered her to launch her third and current venture: Bespoke Beauty Brands, which partners with influencer entrepreneurs on everything from concept creation to product development, marketing, and fulfillment distribution.    Listen to Nathan and Ko discuss:    Being a third-generation entrepreneur of Korean immigrants  The early days of NYX Cosmetics, when she had 6 job titles Raking in $4 million in retail value in NYX's first year Why she's not good at sales  Selling NYX in 2014 for $500 million to L'Oréal Experiencing depression after exiting her business Starting a sunglasses business and failing  Launching Bespoke Beauty Brand  Working with celebrity influencers like Kim Chi and Jason Wu And much more influencer entrepreneur advice…        Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
5/25/202254 minutes, 35 seconds
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408: How to Build Your Personal Brand DNA with Rory Vaden of Brand Builders Group

Did you know that 74% of Americans say they are more likely to trust someone if they have an established personal brand? If you want to build a personal brand that will influence more people, this episode is for you. So strap in for a step-by-step personal branding crash course from Rory Vaden.    Rory is a speaker, business coach, NY Times best-selling author, and cofounder of Brand Builders Group. He’s worked with clients like Lewis Howes, Luvvie Ajayi, and Rose McGowan to discover what makes them unique and how they can serve others.    Listen to Nathan and Rory discuss: Brand Builders Group national research study on personal branding Why personal branding is the digitization of reputation Why 90% of their clients are people you’ve never heard of The 3 different types of content strategies  Why results x reach = reputation  The 5 ways to monetize a personal brand  How to discover your uniqueness And much more personal branding advice…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
5/18/202256 minutes, 1 second
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407: Overcoming Negative Self-Talk with Lisa Bilyeu of Impact Theory

Lisa Bilyeu and her husband built Quest Nutrition into a billion-dollar company, but she never expected to be an entrepreneur and business influencer. But, after years of telling herself that she could only be a stay-at-home wife, Lisa found her self-confidence to help create Quest Nutrition and start her media company, Impact Theory. She now hosts a weekly YouTube show, podcast, and released a book called Radical Confidence, focusing on empowering women in business.    Listen to Nathan and Lisa discuss:  The early days of Quest Nutrition and what worked How their PB&J flavored Quest Bar was created by accident  The decision to sell Quest and invest in Impact Theory How she overcame her fear of public speaking Why she dresses for battle like Wonder Woman Building Impact Theory from home  How to create a “no judgment journal" Tools to combat negative self-talk And much more business mindset advice…   Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
5/11/202255 minutes, 7 seconds
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406: How “What If?” Started a Product Revolution with Daniel Flynn of Thankyou

Daniel Flynn started his mission-driven business with the simple question of “what if?” 13 years later and $13M donated, Thankyou is changing the way suppliers and consumers select products. From the early days of getting “nos” to competing against the world’s biggest consumer brands, Thankyou is now evolving its model to serve more people at a scalable rate.    Listen to Daniel and Nathan discuss: The early days of Thankyou and the naivety of the business world Creating a viral campaign for a pitch meeting with 7/11  The difficulty of running a business that exists to give Launching into competitive product categories  Donating $10M in 2021 from their most profitable year ever Writing his book Chapter One: You Have the Power to Change Stuff  Getting interviewed by President Obama  Visiting Seth Godin’s house And much more mission and business lessons…   Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
5/4/202258 minutes, 39 seconds
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405: From $0 to $250K a MONTH in One Year | Dee Deng’s Story

Dee Deng, cofounder of Right Hook, returns to the podcast to discuss his new foundr course Ignite Your Digital Agency. In the new course, Dee will share his blueprints on how to serve a small group of high-paying and happy clients while being highly profitable at the same time.   Right Hook is a digital marketing agency that went from zero to $250,000 in profit in its first year of business. Now the agency has over 115 employees across the globe.    Listen to Dee and Nathan discuss:  Step-by-step advice to build your agency from scratch His “sales machine” that attracts quality clients daily His “client delight system” for making your clients love you How to scale your client load and revenue without “breaking” your business How you sign up for a free course taught by Dee And much more agency advice… Want to learn how to turn your 'One Person Shop' into a highly profitable & sustainable digital agency? Sign-up now, to take your business to the next level... https://foundr.com/iyda-fl-varb-sp/?sl=youtube_int_deedeng   Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
4/27/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 2 seconds
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404: How Scooter Braun Learned to Reclaim Himself

Scooter Braun is the music-business mind behind the world’s biggest music stars like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Demi Lovato. Now he’s opening up about his entrepreneurial journey and how he’s reclaimed himself.    Scooter's music career started as a party promoter in Atlanta. After dropping out of college, he worked at So So Def Recordings and eventually started SB Projects. He gave himself 12 months to make it, and that year discovered a 13-year-old Canadian artist named Justin Bieber.    Listen to Nathan and Scooter discuss: His decision to leave So So Def because of the power of social media Why Justin Bieber has made him a better man How Asher Roth’s “I Love College” saved his company from going under  Producing Justin Bieber’s My World EP through friendships and favors Why he works with trustworthy people over great people Why identifying talent like falling in love  How to deal with people disappointing you as a leader How a week at The Hoffman Process changed his life What Jeff Bezos told him he wants to do next And much more honest, entrepreneurial advice…       Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
4/21/202257 minutes, 31 seconds
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403: Princess Diana’s Former Trainer Talks Productizing Skills and Starting Body Fit Training

In a saturated and notoriously competitive industry, Cameron Falloon used his fitness training experience with celebrities and pro sports teams to start Body Fit Training. BFT's program uses the same fitness strategies Cameron used to train Princess Diana and athletes. Instead of “get fit quick” schemes, BFT uses science, technology, and community to drive positive outcomes at all fitness levels.    Within 5 years, BFT became one of Australia's largest franchises. It was recently acquired for $44M by Xponential Fitness, which is bringing Cameron's fitness philosophies worldwide.     Listen to Nathan and Cameron discuss:  His decision to leave professional sports and start his own business The difference between sports training and the commercial fitness industry  Why it took 2 years to build a proven model for BFT 3 areas of focus that differentiate BFT against the competition  How his former AFL players accidentally became the first BFT franchise owners Selling to publicly-traded Xponential Fitness in 4 weeks Advice on productizing your skills  And more franchise and fitness business advice…     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
4/6/202256 minutes, 1 second
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402: Earning $30M per Year from Temporary Tattoos with Tyler Handley of Inkbox

Tyler Handley and his brother started Inkbox to discover if they could make temporary tattoos better. After a research trip to Panama, a successful Kickstarter campaign, lots of chemistry, and 7 years of brand-building, Inkbox has become standard for semi-permanent tattoos generating $30M in revenue per year. Recently, Bic acquired the brand for $65M, which will help bring Inkbox to an international market and beyond.    Listen to Tyler and Nathan discuss:  How Inkbox started from $10K that a friend inherited Visiting Panamanian tribes who use fruit die in ceremonial body art Why they hired a chemist to extract a molecule The dynamic of working with his brother Braden How they raised $1.2M through a Kickstarter campaign Adding the tattoo customization and working with 650 different artists to create designs  Collaborations with BTS, Post Malone, and poet Rupi Kaur And much more direct-to-consumer startup advice…     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
3/30/202251 minutes, 6 seconds
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401: Streetwear Icon Bobby Hundreds on the Fear of NFTs and Building a Healthy Brand Culture

Bobby Hundreds started his entrepreneurial journey by creating a purpose and community through The Hundreds streetwear brand. Now, Bobby is taking his brand culture mindset to the world of NFTs with the project Adam Bomb Squad.    From writing his book This is Not a T-Shirt to building one of the most successful streetwear brands, Bobby continues to have an education-first mindset to his projects. Through Adam Bomb Squad, Bobby invites his community into NFTs with patience, trust, and understanding. So if you're new to (or scared) of crypto and the metaverse, don't worry. Bobby was in your shoes 2 years ago and is ready to bring you along the journey to understanding how NFTs can help elevate your brand.    Listen to Nathan and Bobby discuss:  The validation of seeing his first-ever hoodie worn at the mall Why the best brands act like the best of friends How one confusing Tweet led to an onboarding journey to NFT Why NFTs are the "Trojan Horse" of crypto adoption  Why Adam Bomb Squad launched with a 25,000 collection of NFTs instead of 10,000. Spending 4 months educating The Hundreds community about NFTs before launching their project The unforeseen challenges due to the fast-changing trends and pace of NFT culture  While you'll never have time to build if you don't stop and observe And much more brand and NFT advice...     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
3/23/202254 minutes, 47 seconds
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400: From $700K in Debt to $100M in Revenue with Mary Ruth Ghiyam of MaryRuth Organics

After her family's failed business left her in $700K in debt, Mary Ruth Ghiyam used client feedback from her private nutrition practice to develop a liquid morning multivitamin.    8 years and 130 products later, MaryRuth Organics has earned $100M in revenue and employs over 100 people. So, how'd she do it? By creating delicious products, providing excellent customer service, and time blocking.    Listen to Mary Ruth and Nathan discuss:  How MaryRuth Organics has remained profitable since day 1 The relationship decision that made her business possible  Why she's time blocked over 130,000 hours the past 8 years Why she didn't hire additional employees the first 4 years  Creating a negative cash flow conversion cycle  How MaryRuth Organics gained over 100,000 5-star reviews  How to retain employees by rewarding loyalty  And more time blocking advice for founders...     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
3/16/202250 minutes, 54 seconds
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399: Billionaire Marc Lore Chats Diapers, Buying the Timberwolves, and Creating the Next Generation of Restaurants

Marc Lore has been a successful entrepreneur since he sold baseball cards as a kid. Now he’s tackling society’s biggest challenges using the skill sets and vision forged in his business career.    Previously, Marc founded and sold innovative ecommerce platforms diapers.com and jet.com to Amazon and Walmart, respectively. Last year he launched Wonder, a startup creating an entirely new way to experience restaurant-quality food.    Listen to Nate and Marc discuss: Building diapers.com and selling to Amazon Starting and selling jet.com for $3.3 billion in 2 years Why Walmart gave his team the keys to scaling their ecommerce business Buying the Minnesota Timberwolves with Alex Rodriguez Creating the next generation of restaurants with the Wonder Group How Gwyneth Paltrow joined the Wonder board of directors  Why Marc is building a city from scratch called Telosa And much more business wisdom…     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
3/9/202250 minutes, 33 seconds
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398: Advanced Email and SMS Strategies with Dylan Kelley of Wavebreak

Ready to learn how email and SMS can grow your business?    Dylan Kelley started his career cold calling and building landing pages for direct-to-consumer brands. Then, in 2016, he saw the changes in the digital advertising industry and jumped on the opportunity to start his digital agency Wavebreak, which specializes in SMS and email marketing.    Wavebreak is now one of the leading agencies in the space, helping ecommerce brands like Casely, CaliWhite, PodSockets, and Ballsy grow their email and SMS programs.    Listen to Nathan and Dylan discuss:    How starting a podcast built momentum and credibility for Wavebreak Why automation is making digital agencies irrelevant  How you can double performance by having SMS and email work together How Wavebreak helped Ballsy increase their open rates by 30-40% Why segmentation doesn’t have to be super granular to be effective Why referrals are still the best mechanism for agency growth And much more SMS and email advice...     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
3/2/202241 minutes, 35 seconds
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397: Backed by Mark Cuban and Taking on Banks with Jason Wilk of Dave

After 125 failed pitch meetings in 6 months, Jason Wilk was almost out of funding and running on fumes. Then one investor wrote him a $10 million check because he believed Jason's team.    Jason Wilk is the cofounder of Dave, the largest financial wellness platform in the U.S. with over 10M users. After a lifelong career of building businesses, Jason is at the forefront of a company disrupting the traditional banking system.    Listen to Nathan and Jason chat about:  The business Jason started at age 20  Joining the YCombinator accelerator program  How Jason built confidence to take on the banking system  Why Mark Cuban became an initial shareholder in Dave  Dave's 1-for-1 tip model with Feeding America The importance of hiring people that can recruit talent  How Dave became a public company in less than 5 years Why you shouldn't chase ideas but pursue a passion And much more startup advice...     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
2/23/202243 minutes, 40 seconds
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396: How Erik Huberman Built the Fastest-Growing Marketing Agency in America

After working years as an entrepreneur and consultant, Erik Huberman realized that the entire marketing ecosystem was broken. So he started his agency called Hawke Media with a few of his most trusted marketing colleagues. They focused on providing no barriers for new clients with a month-to-month commitment.     8 years later, Hawke Media manages over 600 brands, has 270 full-time employees, and is one of the fastest-growing agencies in America.    Listen to Nathan and Erik discuss:  How he helped Ellie.com generate half a million in sales in one month Hawke Media’s no-barrier strategy and how they win over clients monthly Why marketers need to do great work and be great salespeople Launching The Hawke Method book featuring their proven strategies  Why audio is the next great engagement tool Why SMS is 10x more effective than an email campaign  Starting Hawke Z with TikTok stars Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson Why AI won’t replace creative people any time soon And much more marketing advice…     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
2/16/202249 minutes, 3 seconds
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395: Building a Ten-Figure Brand Empire with Emma Grede of Good American, Safely, and SKIMS.

Emma Grede is the marketing and business mind behind a global fashion and lifestyle brand empire. She’s the CEO and cofounder of the first fully inclusive fashion brand Good American, founding partner of shapewear brand SKIMS, and cofounder of plant-powered cleaning brand Safely.    Impressive resume, right?    Emma’s story started in East London as a child, where she was inspired to work in the fashion world. By focusing on her unique talents, she honed her skills in business and marketing to develop a career that she dreamed up from the beginning—to work with creative people and empower their collective vision. Listen to Nathan and Emma discuss:   How she first met and started working with Kris Jenner Pitching the Good American business idea to Khloe Kardashian ​​ The key to the Kardashian/Jenner staying power  Why the power of inclusivity led to the success of SKIMS Finding a better plant-based cleaning solution with Safely How she became a shark on ABC’s Shark Tank Her role as chairwoman of Fifteen Percent Pledge And much more marketing and product advice for founders…     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
2/10/20221 hour, 1 minute, 24 seconds
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394: Treating Businesses as Machines with Karl Alomar of M13

Success seems to follow Karl Alomar wherever he goes. He doesn’t attribute this to magic or luck but to identifying repeatable business patterns that lead to financial growth. After selling his second company, Karl helped build one of the fastest-growing cloud infrastructure companies from the ground up. Now he’s partnering with companies like Lyft, Ring, and SpaceX to help them financially and operationally reach success.    Listen to Nate and Karl discuss:    How he built China Export Finance to 9-figures in 4 years Being underwritten by AIG during the 2008 financial crisis How Digital Ocean went from an “operational disaster” to the “Best Place to Work” in New York City Why M13 works more hands-on with founders Why founder success leads to economic success Why the most valuable hire is a head of talent  Why does he refer to businesses as machines And much more advice for founders… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
2/2/202255 minutes, 2 seconds
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393: How to Start a Digital Agency with Dee Deng of Right Hook

Dee Deng believes that there's no better time to start a digital agency than now. After a failed startup sent him on a journey of discovery, Dee met his future cofounder in a Neil Patel Facebook group. Together they launched Red Hook, a digital marketing agency that partners with ecommerce brands. Red Hook went from zero to $250,000 in profit in their first year of business, and now it has over 115 employees across the globe.    Listen to Nathan and Dee discuss:  How Dee was able to get 10 clients in his first 6 weeks of business Why charging changes everything  How he got his first speaking gig by posting on an industry Facebook group  Why it's good to tell a client "bad news"  How Right Hook uses "growth clubs" for employee development  How to create "intrinsic motivators" within an organization And much more digital agency advice     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
1/26/202250 minutes, 27 seconds
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392: It’s Not Too Late for YouTube with Justin Brown of Primal Video

Justin Brown says it’s not too late to start and grow YouTube channel. Justin is a video strategist and, alongside his brother, built the YouTube channel Primal Video, which recently broke the 1 million subscriber mark. Justin shares his simple but effective strategies to grow a channel from zero and how framing your channel around solving problems can make a lasting impact on your business.    Listen to Nathan and Justin discuss:  Why YouTube rewards new and updated content  Why comparing metrics to other channels doesn’t matter  Understanding what people are searching for at 2 AM How to use keyword research to validate your video ideas Why you should create videos like nobody knows who you are And much more YouTube tips and strategies     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
1/19/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 17 seconds
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391: Reid Hoffman on The PayPal Mafia, Selling LinkedIn, and Master of Scale

Reid Hoffman needs little introduction. He’s the cofounder of LinkedIn, former PayPal executive, author, podcaster, mentor, and all-around standout personality in the entrepreneurial world. His podcast Masters of Scale is one of the most successful business podcasts on the planet and he’s recently launched a book of the same name which curates the hundreds of interviews from the show into practicable business wisdom.    In this episode, listen to Nathan chat with Reid about:  What inspired the Masters of Scale podcast and the book The importance of entrepreneurs to “always be learning”  Why balance is a mistaken goal for entrepreneurs What he thinks Elon Musk’s superpower is His intense period as an executive at the “PayPal Mafia”  Why he started LinkedIn instead of taking a year off And much more scaling and entrepreneurship advice…     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
1/12/202258 minutes, 26 seconds
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390: What Ankur Nagpal Looks for in a Startup Worth Investing In

We’re kicking off 2022 with one of our favorite returning guests, Ankur Nagpal, founder of Teachable and Vibe Capital. After selling Teachable last year for $150 million, Ankur created Vibe Capital, a global early-stage generalist fund. He promises to be the "least painful investor you have to deal with" because he knows how founders feel about investing.    Listen to Nathan and Ankur discuss:  Why founders prefer investing in other founders Defining IRR (internal rate of return) and why it's a key metric for modern-day investors Why he spends less than a week to decide to invest in a company Why speed is so important when it comes to investing The 3 most important things to look for when investing in a startup His “red flags” when reviewing potential companies to invest in And much more funding advice…   Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
1/5/202245 minutes, 54 seconds
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389: Foundr’s BEST of 2021

This year, we’ve conducted our best interviews EVER. In this epic roundup episode, we took our favorite moments from every interview this year and combined them to create: Foundr Best of 2021! That’s right, in this very special episode, you’ll hear valuable insights from:  Marc Randolph, Co-founder of Netflix, where he explains the surprising origins of the streaming giant. Tamara Mellon, Co-founder of Jimmy Choo reveals THE TRUTH around what it takes to build a global luxury label. Matt Pohlson, Co-founder of Omaze, on how his near death experience fuelled his outlook on life and business.   Joe Gebbia, Co-founder of Airbnb, on how they built one of the largest platforms in the world.    Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates on how punching his boss in the face led to the creation of the world’s largest hedge fund. Prerna Gupta, Co-founder of Hooked, on how going to #1 on the App store led to some of their biggest challenges in business.   Ann McFerran and Kevin Gould, founders of Glamnetic, on their advice for early-stage founders on doing things that DON’T scale! Tim Draper, Founder of Draper University on how he’s shaping the next generation of leaders, and what it takes to become the next Elon Musk or Steve Jobs. Verne Harnish, Author of ‘Scaling Up’ tell us about his experience in throwing a party for Steve Jobs, and how it led to the creation of the Entrepreneur’s Organization! Alex Hormozi, Co-founder of ‘Acquisition.com’, on why providing value is the key to his success- and how he’s building his path to $1B. Dany Garcia, Founder of The Garcia Companies, on how she manages her entire empire. Want to build an empire? Then you might want to start studying Dany Garcia- she’s co-owner of the XFL , produces blockbuster films with longtime business partner Dwayne Johnson, and recently launched a new fashion brand, GSTQ. Thank you all for such an incredible year- and make sure to leave a review if you got ANY value out of the last 52 episodes. Can’t wait to see you all in the new year, for a whole new season of incredible stories, lessons and wins. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine  
12/22/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 10 seconds
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388: How Dany Garcia Operates Her Multi-Industry Empire

Want to build an empire? Then start studying Dany Garcia.    The founder of The Garcia Companies is living proof that it’s possible to run multiple businesses—successfully—all at once. Her portfolio includes brands in entertainment, sports, food, business, and fitness. She’s co-owner of the XFL (making her the first woman in the U.S. to own an equal or majority stake in a professional sports league) and recently launched a new fashion brand, GSTQ. She also produces blockbuster films with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.    How does the consummate multi-hyphenate manage her empire?    Find out in this in-depth conversation. Garcia sat down with Foundr’s Nathan Chan to discuss:  The two factors she considers before embarking on any creative project  Why obsession is key to successful client relationships  How to bond with your audience through immersive experiences  How to integrate disparate brands and products under one roof  Why she’s committed to “firing herself” regularly How she finds time for self-care amidst her outrageously busy schedule     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
12/16/20211 hour, 23 seconds
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387: Why You Should Sell Less and Build an Undeniable Offer with Author and Entrepreneur Alex Hormozi

Get ready for a crash course in bootstrapped sales, investing, and crafting an undeniable offer.    Alex Hormozi sold everything and left a consulting job to work in the fitness industry—that’s when his love of business began.     Alex now has a portfolio of 7 businesses valued at $85 million a year, including acquisition.com, which helps service-based businesses scale and multiply profits. In his new book, $100M Offers: How To Make Offers So Good People Feel Stupid Saying No, Alex shares his lessons on crafting an offer to scale a business.    In this episode, Nathan and Alex discuss: Alex’s goal to become a billionaire in 10 years How he went from losing money in his business to making $36 for every $1 spent Why he and his partner are giving away everything once they die His tiny market, big money process of finding niche markets Why you should sell less than your ability to sell Why rushing is the biggest mistake by young entrepreneurs And much more entrepreneurial advice...   Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
12/8/202155 minutes, 30 seconds
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386: Scaling and Exiting an Amazon Brand with Melisa Vong and Bryce Alderson

Melisa Vong returns to the Foundr Podcast with her business partner Bryce Alderson to discuss Orphic Nutrition. Bryce is a former professional soccer player, and Melisa is a serial entrepreneur and cofounder of 2 multi-million dollar ecommerce brands.    Four years ago, a catch-up over coffee led to the idea of building a nutrition business together. Using Bryce’s knowledge in sports nutrition and Melisa’s Amazon experience with her first company, Namskara, they identified complementary skills that could be successful. Fast forward 3 years later, and they built Orphic Nutrition into a multi-million dollar supplement brand on Amazon and exited the company in December of 2020.    Listen to Nathan chat with Melisa and Bryce about:  Bryce’s transition from being a pro athlete to business owner The similarities of sport and business  How they reconnected and started Orphic Nutrition Using the location feature on Instagram to find microinfluencers  The importance of finding a cofounder you can rely on Mistakes and strategies navigating selling on Amazon The journey of exiting the company and finalizing the sale What’s next for the duo and much more... Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
12/1/202155 minutes, 28 seconds
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385: How to Build a Profitable Manufacturing Relationship with Sourcing Specialist Kian Golzari

Your relationship with a supplier is one of the most important aspects of running a business. That’s why we’re chatting with Kian Golzari, a sourcing specialist who has designed, developed, sourced, and manufactured over 2,500 products. Kian has manufactured products for the NBA, United Nations, Olympic Games, Ministry of Defense, and top athletes like Neymar Jr.    Listen to Nathan and Kian discuss:  How he sourced products for the 2012 Olympic Games in London  How to source a supplier on Alibaba Using whiskey and WeChat to build a personal relationship with a supplier What you should look for when visiting a factory  Why you should disassemble your product  Canton Fair, China’s international import and export fair Why you should have a universal specification sheet for negotiating with suppliers  How to imitate and innovate products that manufacturers have already made  And much more supplier and manufacturing tips...   Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
11/24/202149 minutes, 45 seconds
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384: How Melisa Vong Earned $1 Million in Her First Year Selling on Amazon

Melisa Vong believes that if you’re running an ecommerce business, you can’t ignore Amazon. Melisa started and sold 2 multi-million dollar brands using Amazon FBA’s infrastructure. Now she’s taking her successful strategies and sharing them on the Foundr platform with a new course on how to sell on Amazon.   Listen to Nathan and Melisa discuss:  How selling on Amazon changed her work/life balance Launching her first brand, Namskara, and earning $30,000 in the first month  Her PRIME Product Method for selecting products to sell on Amazon The importance of being adaptable as an Amazon seller  Why proper quality control can save you from expensive mistakes  And much more…  Sign up for Melisa's free training series to learn how to generate selling success on Amazon. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
11/17/202153 minutes, 40 seconds
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383: Collaborating with Mr. Beast and Creating a Winning YouTube Formula with Derral Eves

If you’ve never heard of Derral Eves, you’ve probably watched one of his hundreds of viral videos on YouTube. Derral currently owns 19 YouTube channels with “Gold Play Buttons” and collaborates with record-breaking YouTubers like Mr. Beast.    Eves is a lifelong learner and created VidSummit 8 years ago as a conference specialized for YouTube professionals. He also has a book called The YouTube Formula, which reveals the proven strategies that have made his YouTube videos successful.    Listen to Nathan and Derral discuss:  Discovering YouTube on Craigslist in 2005 Breaking the all-time TV and film crowdfunding record with The Chosen  Meeting YouTuber Mr. Beast and becoming collaborators Hot takes on Star Wars and how it applies to nurturing an audience Understanding the ideal viewer and how to increase retention rate Tactfully growing an audience instead of just being “on” the platform And much more...     Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
11/10/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 59 seconds
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382: Building a Community of Knowledge with Quora Cofounder Adam D’Angelo

Adam D'Angelo was on the frontlines of the internet-startup boom. A passion for programming, which began in middle school, led him to work at Facebook in 2005 and launch Quora in 2009. Quora is a question and answer site that has 300 million visitors a month. He's experienced the highs and lows of the ever-evolving industry but is still motivated to use his skill set to give back to the world.   In this episode, Nathan Chan chats with Adam about:  Going to high school with Mark Zuckerberg and becoming Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer Why the day after Halloween was the most challenging day for engineers at Facebook The decision-making process to leave Facebook and eventually start Quora  Reorienting Quora on reuse of answers rather than just ask and answer Building momentum from a community of the early-adopters  Why it’s important to invest and think long term Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
11/3/202148 minutes, 10 seconds
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381: From Producing Batman to Investing in AI with Thomas Tull of Legendary Pictures

Thomas Tull didn’t know anything about Hollywood when he started Legendary Pictures. However, he did know how to build a financial model and reach the untapped market of comic book fans. Legendary Pictures has produced films such as The Dark Knight, The Hangover, and 300. Under Thomas' leadership, they became a disruptor in the film industry by focusing on a global distribution strategy.    After selling Legendary in 2016, Thomas started Tulco LLC, a holding company that invests in artificial intelligence and technology solutions.    Listen to Nathan Chan chat with Thomas about:  His origin story as a local laundromat owner Raising half a billion dollars to launch Legendary Pictures Working with directors Christopher Nolan, Zack Synder, and Todd Phillips The portfolio theory of building a sustainable production company The feeling of creating a product that becomes part of the lexicon Behind the sale of Legendary Pictures to Chinese-company Wanda Group His strategy for selecting partners to invest in Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
10/27/202153 minutes, 21 seconds
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380: Believing in Your Community with JSHealth’s Jessica Sepel and Dean Steingold

JSHealth is one of the fastest-growing companies in Australia and sells a bottle of vitamins every 20 seconds. But for founder Jessica Sepel, JSHealth’s success is defined by how its products and philosophy change the lives of its customers.    JSHealth began as a health and recipe blog Jessica started at university while studying nutrition. The blog's success led to a book deal, content platform, and ecommerce business. Alongside her husband and CEO, Dean Steingold, Jessica is scaling her brand through vulnerability, honesty, and listening to JSHealth's powerful community.    Listen to Nathan Chan discuss with Jessica and Dean about: How 90% of their staff came from their community Creating the “JSHealthGirls” ambassador program Gaining 17,000 verified reviews on their product pages  Starting a UK office remotely during the pandemic  The pressure on female founders to perform in everything they do How to scale by overcoming challenges And much more...   Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
10/20/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 27 seconds
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379: Surviving a Flightless World with Brian Kidwell of Scott’s Cheap Flights

Running a travel company in the middle of a global pandemic is not something Brian Kidwell would suggest for aspiring entrepreneurs. But Brian and his team were able to endure by trusting their product market fit and member base.   Scott’s Cheap Flights started in 2015 when Brian teamed up with his cofounder, Scott Keyes, to build a flight-tracking travel website. What started as a side hustle now has become a technology platform with over 2 million subscribers.    In this interview, Nathan Chan talks with Brian about: How a backpacking trip in Europe inspired him to start a travel company Why he didn’t meet Scott in-person for over a year "Duct taping" the early platform together using WordPress, Zapier, and ActiveCampaign Why hunting down a reporter’s email changed their business How they were able to survive the pandemic without making staffing cuts  The craziest airline deal he’s ever had  And much more... Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
10/13/202147 minutes, 25 seconds
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378: Hosting Steve Jobs and Birthing Giants with Scaling Up’s Verne Harnish

After growing up around a failed family business, Verne Harnish was determined to use his experience to help young entrepreneurs succeed. 40 years later, he’s helped startups across the world scale to become multi-million dollar businesses and worked with some of the most famous entrepreneurs of our time.    Verne, known as the "Growth Guy,” founded the world-renowned Entrepreneurs' Organization, co-founded the Growth Institute, and has written 2 books including Scaling Up, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits.   Listen to Foundr CEO Nathan Chan discuss with Verne about:  Hosting Steve Jobs’ first public speech after being fired from Apple Why sales is still the best proven way to get to $1 million in revenue The traits of success he’s learned from entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban, Brad Feld, and Nate Blecharczyk  Remembering “the look” of Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell, and Steve Jobs Why cofounders scale further faster than single founders  Why every entrepreneur needs to be a little crazy And much more... Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
10/6/202145 minutes, 9 seconds
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377: Billionaire Investor Tim Draper on Bitcoin, Tesla, and Anticipating the Future

Tim Draper, one of the most successful venture capital investors on the planet, thinks all entrepreneurs should read science fiction. He believes anticipating what the world needs in 15 years is critical to creating an innovative business idea.    As the founder of Draper Associates, DFJ, and Draper University, Draper has been an early investor in Tesla, Skype, SpaceX, Twitter, Coinbase, and Twitch—just to name a few. The billionaire has also mentored well over 1,000 early-stage investors.   Foundr CEO Nathan Chan sat down with Draper to talk about:  The future-focused framework that will help you identify profitable opportunities  How traditional schools fail to prepare entrepreneurs for success  Why entrepreneurs must embrace mistakes Why the early stages of business should be like throwing a party  The value of focusing “a million miles deep and an inch wide”  The future of blockchain, Bitcoin, and entrepreneurship  And much more...   Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
9/29/202137 minutes, 11 seconds
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376: $1 Billion in Exits and Still Hungry with Catch of the Day’s Gabby Leibovich

Gabby started Catch of the Day in a garage with his brother in 2011. Within 4 years they were Australia’s most viewed online shopping site. Since then, Gabby and his brother have invested in 20 startups and are hungry for more opportunities.    In this interview, Foundr CEO Nathan Chan sits down with Gabby to discuss:    Starting his entrepreneurship journey at age 32 The explosive popularity of Catch of the Day The formula for creating “luck” How he identifies intrapreneurs within his team Replicating his business toolbox with other brands The 1+1=3 concept  And much more... Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
9/22/202154 minutes, 27 seconds
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375: How to Get a Million YouTube Subscribers with Alpha M’s Aaron Marino

After going bankrupt and losing his business, Aaron Marino launched a men’s lifestyle YouTube channel in 2008. Now he has over 6 million subscribers and is building his channel through sponsorships and ecommerce.    ​​Aaron is obsessed with optimizing his videos for YouTube and continues to test and tune to grow his audience. Now he’s ready to share what he’s learned.     ​​Aaron joined Foundr CEO Nathan Chan to talk about: Why thumbnails are the most important part of a YouTube video Why giving value up front keeps people watching  Why click-through-rate and watch time are the most important metrics for creators Why being a YouTube creator is like playing golf The worst mistake a creator can make  How Aaron became a more authentic version of himself on camera And much more...   Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
9/15/20211 hour, 50 seconds
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374: Finding the Glam “Gap” for Magnetic Eyelashes with Glamnetic’s Cofounders

Ann McFerran met Kevin Gould at a photoshoot in LA and immediately connected on his shared passion to start a brand. Together they launched Glamnetic in 2019, which sells magnetic and fake eyelash extensions. In their second year, they went from $1 million to $50 million in annual revenue.   In this episode of the Foundr podcast, learn how a seemingly “overnight” success was developed through years of commitment to creating an innovative product and a personal brand. Foundr’s CEO Nathan Chan interviews cofounders Ann and Kevin about:   How Ann used her artist background to create a unique product in the market Why it took a year of product development to create a quality magnetic eyelash  ​​How their magnetized liner “blew people’s minds” in the competitive beauty industry Being scrappy with product shots and finding free models on Bumble How Ann used Instagram Stories to share her brand journey and build a loyal customer base How they turned DMs into a sales prospecting channel Creating an ecosystem of marketing channels by testing and scaling  And much more… Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
9/8/20211 hour, 1 minute, 35 seconds
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373: Unlocking YouTube’s Audience with Ad Pro Tom Breeze

Want to create successful YouTube ad campaigns? Of course you do!  YouTube boasts an audience of two billion (yes, billion) monthly users. The right ads can help you reach a big audience, build relationships with prospects, and enjoy a stellar return on ad spend (ROAS).  If you need help getting started, this episode of the Foundr podcast will empower you to reap the benefits of YouTube advertising. Foundr’s Nathan Chan sat down with Tom Breeze, founder and CEO of the YouTube ads agency Viewability. Breeze has made a career out of crafting thousands of successful ad campaigns for high-profile clients. And he generously agreed to share his strategies with the Foundr community.  Breeze joined Nathan to talk about:  The “Four A’s” that you need to consider while crafting your YouTube ad strategy  The three key elements that make up a solid YouTube ad campaign  Why YouTube is more stable than other social media channels  Whether or not your video ads need to be big-budget productions  The key factors that will position your brand for lasting success on YouTube  Why he’s so excited about the future of YouTube ads   Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
9/1/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 36 seconds
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372: Biotech Billionaire Anne Wojcicki, Cofounder and CEO of 23andMe

You’ve heard data has the power to make or break a business. Nobody knows this more than Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of biotech giant 23andMe. After 15 years of leveraging data to build a game-changing company, Wojcicki made headlines this summer when she became the latest self-made billionaire in the United States.    In this episode of the Foundr podcast, learn how the newly minted billionaire built 23andMe from the ground up—plus what the company plans to do next with all that genomic data. Foundr’s Nathan Chan sat down to chat with Wojcicki about:    The moment that inspired her to pursue “the solution to life”  How she became the first woman to achieve billionaire status via a SPAC merger What it took to provide consumers with never-before-seen access to their genomic data  The marketing plan that inspired customers to buy a product they didn’t know they needed  How she grew her company from a tiny crew in a roof-less “office” to a team of more than 600  What 23andMe plans to do with the genomic data from 11.6 million people and counting  And much more… fdsa Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
8/25/202155 minutes, 20 seconds
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371: Straight Talk on Selling via Amazon with BuyBoxer’s Scott Needham

It’s time to get the facts straight on how you can make money selling on Amazon. Scott Needham, founder of SmartScout and co-founder of BuyBoxer, shares how he built a top 25 worldwide Amazon seller and what practical steps you can take to grow your business on the platform.    In this episode of the Foundr podcast, Nathan Chan chats with Scott to discuss: Why Scott says selling on Amazon is the “Easiest, hardest thing to do”  How he’s sold $250 million worth of products on Amazon How Scott selects a product or category to sell on Amazon A step-by-step case study on selling kids yoga mats Why customers are already searching for your brand on Amazon. The limitations of Amazon when it comes to customer data, upselling, and retargeting And much more... Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
8/18/202150 minutes, 46 seconds
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370: How to Build a Billion-User App

Prerna Gupta is a serial entrepreneur who entered the tech spotlight when her Songify app hit #1 in the app store. She’s gone on to co-found several startups focused on music, dating, and short stories, and in 2011 Fast Company named her one of the most influential women in technology. She hasn’t slowed down since.     Gupta is currently the CEO of Telepathic Inc., which developed the Hooked app. Hooked boasts a list of star-studded investors including Lebron James, Steph Curry, Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Fox, and more. They’re betting on Gupta to disrupt the entire story industry.    We chatted with Gupta about some of her biggest entrepreneurial lessons to date, including:    How capitalizing on your success may not look like the typical path Why taking an unexpected path could lead to your next innovation  How putting yourself out there can create life-changing opportunities Why you should use an inner barometer to measure the merit of your own ideas Why resilience is key to finding success in the founder life Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
8/11/202154 minutes, 47 seconds
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369: How Deputy is Scaling to Reach 1 Million Workplaces Spending $30k on a Website Domain: Ashik Ahmed of Deputy

Ashik Ahmed doesn’t like the term “tech unicorn.” As the CEO and cofounder of Deputy, a homegrown workforce management solution, Ashik’s priority is creating impact for their customers. To date, the company has partnered with 250,000 workplaces across 100 countries. Ashik is aiming for more.    In this episode of the Foundr podcast, Nathan Chan chats with Ashik to discuss: Why Deputy’s goal is to have 1 million on their platform by 2023 How to get investors to chase you Why founders are like LeBron James The biggest marketing expense in their first seven years  How Deputy bounced back from the pandemic and aims to grow their staff by 40-50%  And much more... Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine
8/4/202145 minutes, 57 seconds
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368: The Billion Dollar Blueprint: Ray Dalio

Labeled the “Steve Jobs of Investing”, Ray Dalio is easily one of the most successful investors of our time. The Principles: Work & Life author is the larger-than-life mentor we all need in our day-to-day life.    It’s incredible to learn that the founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world's biggest hedge fund firm which manages roughly $150 billion, began his investment journey at the age of 12 using his pocket money to buy stocks.   Listen as we delve deep with the living legend himself to hear first-hand accounts of Wall Street in the 70s and 80s, the cycle of Empires and Cryptocurrency, and Dalio’s Ocean X explorer traversing the ocean floor.    Listen to learn: What happens if you punch your boss in the face (Dalio has first-hand experience in this!)  Doing business in the 1980s and what it’s taught Dalio about today’s entrepreneur space Why losing everything and hitting rock bottom is one of the best experiences a person can have The inspiration behind Dalio’s book Principles: Life & Work  The secret formula to the ideal composition of a founding team  Decision-making frameworks that built a billionaire What transcendental meditation is and why Dalio meditates daily Reddit, Robinhood, Cryptocurrency, and the changing face of entrepreneurs  What Dalio is searching for on the ocean floor with Ocean X  Ray Dalio is the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, and is the author of the new book Principles: Life and Work. Get FREE, actionable advice from legitimate founders on starting and growing ANY Business… https://www.foundr.com/freetraining And… If you ARE enjoying the Foundr Podcast’, please leave us a 5-star review and let us know who you want to see next. Website: http://www.foundr.com Success Stories: https://foundr.com/success-stories Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundr/ YouTube: http://bit.ly/2uyvzdt  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foundr Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/foundr LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/foundr/ Podcast: http://www.foundr.com/podcast Magazine: http://www.foundr.com/magazine
7/28/202156 minutes, 28 seconds
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367: How to Hire Brilliant People & Other Rules for Business | Kayak’s Paul English

Full of wonderful ideas but don’t know how to make them a reality? Our next guest had the same problem…until he managed to turn them into MULTIPLE startups, most of which he’s sold. Paul English bought and sold his first business Boston Light Software for $33.5 million, within just 7 months of its founding. Paul went on to co-found the popular travel site Kayak, which he sold to Priceline for a whopping $1.8 billion. So what has Paul learned through all this? Well, we asked him. In this episode of the Foundr podcast, Nathan Chan sits down with Paul to discuss:    How you can recruit constantly to curate a team of only the most talented, energetic people How to get employees to bring their best absolute best How to validate your next winning business idea How to solve the biggest problems with your tech company The importance of vulnerability  How to maintain a balance of skills at your company to ensure the business stays on trackAnd so much more… If you’re an idealistic entrepreneur who wants to build a business of true worth, this interview is for you. Don't miss it. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode. Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine  
7/21/202156 minutes, 14 seconds
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366: Sock It to Me: How the Cofounders of Bombas Became eCommerce Millionaires

What do you get when you mix Daymond John, cozy toes, and a charitable mission?    Bombas.    That's right, you get the world's best sock company.    Foundr CEO Nathan Chan recently sat down with Randy Goldberg and David Heath to learn how Bombas went from a growing ecommerce business to a Shark Tank sensation.   Randy and David talk about growing Bombas from heel to toe, including:   Why they bootstrapped as long as possible How preparing for Shark Tank helped them boost their business—even before they got a little TV fame The best advice Daymond John has given them How an authentic, compelling mission inspires loyal customers and employees The biggest mistake ecommerce entrepreneurs make Why they're excited about the future of Bombas   If you're an ecommerce entrepreneur or just a sock-loving fan, this interview is a must.  Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine  
7/13/202155 minutes, 48 seconds
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365: How to Build a Community of Raving Fans with Radha Agrawal of Daybreaker

What does a savvy entrepreneur do when she sells her startup for $125 million? She starts another business, of course.   Radha Agrawal, cofounder of Thinx, has launched another passion project: Daybreaker.    Daybreaker is a wellness community that offers sober dance parties in 100 countries around the world. With events at the top of the World Trade Center, Sydney Opera House, and even the White House, Daybreaker is quite literally on top.    And now Daybreaker is offering virtual and hybrid options to increase accessibility to their events while the world navigates through the pandemic.   So how has Radha launched another wildly successful brand? Find out in the latest episode of the Foundr podcast. Who do you want to see next on the podcast? Comment and let us know! And don't forget to leave us a 5-star review if you loved this episode.   Wait, there's more… If you enjoy the Foundr podcast, check out our free trainings. Get exclusive, actionable advice from some of the world's best entrepreneurs.    For more Foundr content, follow us on your favorite platform:  Foundr.com Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Magazine  
7/6/20211 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds
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364: The $100B Cereal Entrepreneur: Joe Gebbia of Airbnb

How do you raise capital for your startup? Well, if you ask the co-founder of Airbnb Joe Gebbia, he’ll tell you what worked for him:    Cereal.    That’s right, the company that started with a single air mattress and grew to a $100 billion empire was kept afloat by selling custom cereal boxes.    It was bizarre but it worked. Gebbia muses in this episode of the Foundr podcast:   “We made $20,000 in breakfast cereal, and we're able to basically pay off our credit card debt...The cereal, funnily enough, was how we were able to help keep the options open for us until eventually, the invitation came for Y Combinator.”   In undoubtedly one of our most riveting episodes, Gebbia recounts his incredible journey from struggling to pay rent, to Airbnb’s first angel investor, to one of the biggest brands in the world and Gebbia’s incredible charity work.   Gebbia is candid about how he overcame countless rejections and problems. Listen in as he shares specific advice for entrepreneurs looking to create the next industry disrupter:    “You can see what’s hot. You can go after an emerging industry... Or you can solve a problem. Your own problem. Airbnb was our own problem. We had a rent check that we couldn’t pay. And it forced us to come up with a new way of making ends meet.” Get FREE, actionable advice from legitimate founders on starting and growing ANY Business… https://www.foundr.com/freetraining And… If you are enjoying the Foundr Podcast,, please leave us a 5-star review and let us know who you want to see next. Website: http://www.foundr.comSuccess Stories: https://foundr.com/success-stories Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundr/ YouTube: http://bit.ly/2uyvzdt  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foundr Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/foundr LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/foundr/ Podcast: http://www.foundr.com/podcast Magazine: http://www.foundr.com/magazine
6/29/202152 minutes, 40 seconds
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363: Everything I've Learned Spending $30M on YouTube Ads | Tommie Powers Interview

Tommie Powers is a legend in digital paid advertising. He's consulted on $100+ million in ad spend, including $30 million on YouTube ads alone.    So when Tommie talks about paid YouTube ad strategies, we listen.    In a recent interview on the Foundr podcast, Tommie talked with us about everything from diversifying ad spend to crafting a powerful message to calculating ROAS (spoiler: most people are calculating ROAS all wrong).    Check out the latest episode of the Foundr podcast as Tommie tells us how he taps into YouTube's 2 billion monthly active users to bring in his downright mind-blowing ROAS. Get FREE, actionable advice from legitimate founders on starting and growing ANY Business… https://www.foundr.com/freetraining And… If you are enjoying the Foundr Podcast’, please leave us a 5-star review and let us know who you want to see next. Website: http://www.foundr.comSuccess Stories: https://foundr.com/success-stories Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundr/ YouTube: http://bit.ly/2uyvzdt  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foundr Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/foundr LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/foundr/ Podcast: http://www.foundr.com/podcast Magazine: http://www.foundr.com/magazine
6/22/202155 minutes, 41 seconds
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362: How to Build a Brand People Love: Red Antler

Inc. Magazine called her the most important entrepreneur on the planet. Fast Company called her the "brand whisperer." Emily Heyward of Red Antler is a master at helping a brand stand out from the crowd. Heyward has elevated some of the biggest brands on the planet, including Casper, Yumi, Four Square, BirchBox, and All Birds. In this episode of the Foundr Podcast, she reveals her creative process and tells us how she got started in the industry.  If you want a new perspective on building a brand your customers will be obsessed with, listen in on our interview with Heyward. Get FREE, actionable advice from legitimate founders on starting and growing ANY Business… https://www.foundr.com/freetraining And… If you are enjoying the Foundr Podcast’, please leave us a 5-star review and let us know who you want to see next. Website: http://www.foundr.comSuccess Stories: https://foundr.com/success-stories Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundr/ YouTube: http://bit.ly/2uyvzdt  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foundr Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/foundr LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/foundr/ Podcast: http://www.foundr.com/podcast Magazine: http://www.foundr.com/magazine
6/15/202141 minutes, 29 seconds
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361: The Near-Death Experience That Fuelled Omaze’s Matt Pohlson

In this episode of the Foundr podcast, we speak with Omaze’s Matt Pohlson to discuss how a near-death experience taught him a powerful lesson about optimism—and how it changed his perspective on business forever.   Pohlson is cofounder and CEO of Omaze, an online fundraising platform that supports causes by offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Some of the experiences they offer include top-tier influential figures like Michelle Obama or George Clooney, or million-dollar prizes like cars and properties.    In this refreshingly candid interview, Pohlson discusses his unique business model, gate-crashing charity events to pitch to Bryan Cranston, and how he found himself at the Vatican with the Pope. Get FREE, actionable advice from legitimate founders on starting and growing ANY Business… https://www.foundr.com/freetraining And… If you ARE enjoying the Foundr Podcast’, please leave us a 5-star review and let us know who you want to see next. Website: http://www.foundr.comSuccess Stories: https://foundr.com/success-stories Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundr/ YouTube: http://bit.ly/2uyvzdt  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foundr Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/foundr LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/foundr/ Podcast: http://www.foundr.com/podcast Magazine: http://www.foundr.com/magazine
6/8/202155 minutes, 17 seconds
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360: A Proven Formula For Finding Trending HOT Products with Jeremy Gutsche from TrendHunter

As the CEO and founder of TrendHunter, Jeremy Gutsche is at the forefront of trendspotting, innovation, and creating the future. In this ground-breaking interview, the New York Times Bestselling author reveals everything he knows about entrepreneurship and ideas.    Gutsche’s TrendHunter is the world's largest, most popular trend spotting firm with billions of views, and over 10,000 projects for almost every major brand on the market, from Samsung and Disney, to RedBull and even NASA.    The ultimate TKTK interview for entrepreneurs looking for an idea, his 3 methods to identifying a product idea (assessing the market) and the 6 patterns that TrendHunter look for when creating and validating a product idea. Get FREE, actionable advice from legitimate founders on starting and growing ANY Business… https://www.foundr.com/freetraining And… If you ARE enjoying the Foundr Podcast’, please make sure to leave us a 5-star review, and let us know who you want to see next. Website: http://www.foundr.comSuccess Stories: https://foundr.com/success-stories Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundr/ YouTube: http://bit.ly/2uyvzdt  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foundr Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/foundr LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/foundr/ Podcast: http://www.foundr.com/podcast Magazine: http://www.foundr.com/magazine
6/1/202148 minutes, 35 seconds
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359: The Secret To Scaling Million Dollar Brands MULTIPLE TIMES: Harry’s Jeff Raider & Andy Katz-Mayfield

In this episode of the Foundr podcast, Nathan Chan speaks with Jeff Raider and Andy Katz-Mayfield to find out how they scaled Harry’s into a $20 million brand, and how they created other multiple million-dollar brands.    The idea for Harry’s came about after Katz-Mayfield had a disappointing late-night shopping experience at the chemists, and noticed that all the men’s razors were overpriced and overdesigned. Almost 8 years later, Raider and Katz-Mayfield have multiple channels, over 1000 employees, and several multi-million dollar brands.    Listen in as they discuss exactly how they successfully scaled their brands, how they identified potential gaps in the market, the dangers of launching something just to make money, and why they decided to pull the plug on their Harry’s brand of lip balm. Get FREE, actionable advice from legitimate founders on starting and growing ANY Business… https://www.foundr.com/freetraining And… If you ARE enjoying the Foundr Podcast’, please make sure to leave us a 5-star review, and let us know who you want to see next. Website: http://www.foundr.comSuccess Stories: https://foundr.com/success-stories Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundr/ YouTube: http://bit.ly/2uyvzdt  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foundr Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/foundr LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/foundr/ Podcast: http://www.foundr.com/podcast Magazine: http://www.foundr.com/magazine
5/26/202154 minutes, 2 seconds
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358: Pro-Product vs. Pro-Marketing: How Heidi Zak of ThirdLove Faced Off With Victoria’s Secret

Quitting her promising job at Google, Heidi Zak decided to take the plunge and launch ThirdLove, an ecommerce brand for women’s underwear. Today, thanks to Zak’s masterful approach to scaling, ThirdLove is the third biggest ecommerce lingerie brand in America with no signs of slowing down.    Zak’s journey into the entrepreneurial space began after she moved to the West coast and got swept up in the startup world. Launching as a small bootstrapped brand, she never thought that she one day be competing with titans like Victoria’s Secret.  Listen in as Zak discusses the ins and outs of the ecommerce world, navigating scaling, product vs. marketing, and why she believes successful entrepreneurialism is based on perspective.  Get FREE, actionable advice from legitimate founders on starting and growing ANY Business… https://www.foundr.com/freetraining And… If you ARE enjoying the Foundr Podcast’, please make sure to leave us a 5-star review, and let us know who you want to see next. Website: http://www.foundr.comSuccess Stories: https://foundr.com/success-stories Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundr/ YouTube: http://bit.ly/2uyvzdt  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foundr Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/foundr LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/foundr/ Podcast: http://www.foundr.com/podcast Magazine: http://www.foundr.com/magazine
5/18/202156 minutes, 41 seconds
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357: My Hobby Resulted In A 9-Figure Exit: Jaime Schmidt of Schmidt Naturals

This week’s podcast is a deep dive with Schmidt Natural’s co-founder, author, and investor Jaime Schmidt. Building her brand from a side hobby to a 7-figure annual income didn’t happen overnight, but Schmidt refused to let fear hold her back.    Although Schmidt says she has had 22 previous jobs, Schmidt Naturals was her very first business. Living off $35k joint-income with a new baby, Schmidt first started creating her all-natural products at home, selling them at farmer’s markets. After years of dedication and very little capital, Schmidt reflects on her 9-figure exit, her journey into investing, and writing her first book Supermaker: Crafting Business on Your Own Terms.    The perfect podcast for anyone who has a vision and a dream, Schmidt is an inspirational entrepreneur who continues to lift up others with her infectious positivity. Get FREE, actionable advice from legitimate founders on starting and growing ANY Business… https://www.foundr.com/freetraining And… If you ARE enjoying the Foundr Podcast’, please make sure to leave us a 5-star review, and let us know who you want to see next. Website: http://www.foundr.comSuccess Stories: https://foundr.com/success-stories Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundr/ YouTube: http://bit.ly/2uyvzdt  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foundr Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/foundr LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/foundr/ Podcast: http://www.foundr.com/podcast Magazine: http://www.foundr.com/magazine
5/11/202146 minutes, 21 seconds
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356: Why The Creator Economy Is The Next Big Movement: Joseph Einhorn of Loot

Joseph Einhorn is no stranger to entrepreneurialism. With almost 25 years of startup experience under his belt, Einhorn knows the ins and the outs of the game.    In this interview with Nathan Chan, Einhorn discusses his incredible journey from becoming a self-taught engineer for Capital IQ, launching and selling the global ecommerce phenomenon Fancy.com, and how his life-long love for comic books evolved into founding Loot.    With a penchant for satiating curiosity and deep respect for creators the world over, Einhorn will leave you inspired to chase your dream and to never give up. Get FREE, actionable advice from legitimate founders on starting and growing ANY Business… https://www.foundr.com/freetraining And… If you ARE enjoying the Foundr Podcast’, please make sure to leave us a 5-star review, and let us know who you want to see next. Website: http://www.foundr.com Success Stories: https://foundr.com/success-stories Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundr/ YouTube: http://bit.ly/2uyvzdt  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foundr Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/foundr LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/foundr/ Podcast: http://www.foundr.com/podcast Magazine: http://www.foundr.com/magazine  
5/4/202146 minutes, 44 seconds
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355: How Jimmy Choo Found Its Footing As A Global Disrupter: Tamara Mellon

As someone who always knew they had a passion for fashion, Tamara Mellon has come a long way from working in a PR firm. As founder of luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo, founder of a new direct-to-consumer brand bearing her own name, and author of In My Shoes, Mellon is a game-changer in the fashion industry.    In this interview, Nathan Chan sits down to speak with one of the most influential figures in the fashion industry to discuss every step of her journey in the fashion industry. Not only has Mellon displayed an uncanny knack for marketing and branding, but she’s also redefined the way we think about shopping.    A must-listen for anyone with a love for fashion, shoes, and disrupting the industry, Mellon gives a refreshingly wholesome insight into the world of entrepreneurialism.   Get FREE, actionable advice from legitimate founders on starting and growing ANY Business… https://www.foundr.com/freetraining And… If you ARE enjoying the Foundr Podcast’, please make sure to leave us a 5-star review, and let us know who you want to see next. Website: http://www.foundr.com Success Stories: https://foundr.com/success-stories Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundr/ YouTube: http://bit.ly/2uyvzdt  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foundr Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/foundr LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/foundr/ Podcast: http://www.foundr.com/podcast Magazine: http://www.foundr.com/magazine
4/27/202147 minutes, 9 seconds
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354: What Yoni Assia Of eToro Learned During Dinner with Warren Buffett

In this episode of the Foundr podcast, CEO and founder of eToro Yoni Assia sits down to discuss how he built his empire, getting dinner with Warren Buffett, and how he scaled the world's largest social media investment network.   As someone who has always been passionate about connecting finance and technology, Assia says that he was always someone who loved the intersection between technology and finance. As his second startup, eToro was created to simplify the user experience to make trading and investing something that is accessible for more people.   With a global company spanning 12 offices, over 1000 employees, and now reaching 20 million registered users, Assia’s ability to scale a business successfully is nothing short of incredible.
4/20/202151 minutes, 49 seconds
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353: Turning Your Side-Hustle Into A $1B Empire: Shutterstock’s Jon Oringer

After launching 9 companies, Jon Oringer didn’t really think that his 10th company Shutterstock would be the one to stand out from the crowd. Started as a side-hustle, Oringer launched the stock photography business with $10k. Today, his estimated net worth is sitting at $1.5B. Safe to say that Oringer’s journey has been pretty impressive.    Based out of New York, Shutterstock is a global provider of stock photography, stock footage, stock music, and editing tools used by the world over.    In this Foundr podcast episode, Nathan Chan sits down to speak with Oringer to discuss how he launched Shutterstock, creating the first pop-up blocker, and what he believes will be the future of Fintech and entrepreneurialism.
4/13/202141 minutes, 34 seconds
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352: The Music Industry Disrupter: How Ola Sars Helped Build A $3 Billion Start-Up

In this digital age, music streaming and subscriptions have quickly become the norm. This week at Foundr, we were lucky enough to speak to an entrepreneur who was there for the rise of streaming and the music-tech space: Ola Sars.     Before he was founder and CEO of the fastest growing B2B music streaming service, Soundtrack Your Brand, Ola was co-founder and COO of Beats Music, acquired by Apple and transformed into Apple Music, as well as the co-founder of Pacemaker, the world's first DJ driven music platform.   Foundr’s Nathan Chan sits down with Ola Sars to map out his incredible journey through one of the most complex industries in the modern world: the music industry.
4/6/202159 minutes, 46 seconds
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351: 0- $100m In 3 Years: How Gail Becker, Founder of CAULIPOWER Changed The Game

In this delicious interview, Nathan Chan sits down with CAULIPOWER founder Gail Becker to find out how she took her ecommerce company from $0 to $100M in just 3 years.    Becker takes us on her tasty food brand journey, from her experience in corporate life as a marketer, to branching into the unknown to create something she wanted to see on the market: more food options for celiacs.    Listen in as she discusses the process of getting her product into 25,000 stores on her first try and the future of Amazon.   This interview is perfect for anyone interested in entering the food industry, as Becker lays out everything she has learned along the way. And why in life, you should do something that you love.
3/30/202151 minutes, 40 seconds
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350: How Joe Foster of Reebok Raced His Brand In Front Of The Competition

Coming from a long line of shoemakers, it seemed only natural that Joe Foster follow in his family’s footsteps, but instead Foster decided to push his horizons even further and create a brand that would become a legacy. Listen in as Foster shares his incredible journey through generations of shoemakers to bring us the global brand we know today: Reebok.    Foster’s entrepreneurial journey is nothing short of inspiring, as he took the company through ups and downs, broke into competitive markets, and created a niche in the market for his brand. Acquired by Adidas in 2005 for a whopping $3.8 billion, Foster has since retired and authored a book: “Shoemaker: The Untold Story of the British Family Firm that Became a Global Brand”.   In this astounding interview, Nathan Chan and Foster discuss the entrepreneurial journey, and everything Foster has learned along the way when it comes to business and brand.
3/23/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 10 seconds
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349: 1 Billion Downloads, Kim Kardashian, and The Future Of AI: PicsArt’s Hovhannes Avoyan

When his 10 year old daughter was upset by negative comments posted about her artwork, Hovhannes Avoyan decided to do something about it. Almost a decade later, over 1 billion app downloads and 150 million active monthly, PicsArt has become a global movement.    Before founding PicsArt, Hovhannes Avoyan was already a successful entrepreneur with five startups that he sold to Lycos, Bertelsmann, GFI, TeamViewer, and HelpSystems. With a strong understanding of the market, scaling, and what it takes to build a viable business, it’s no wonder that PicsArt raised over $45m capital and now boasts partnerships with the world’s biggest influencers like Kim Kardashian.   In this inspiring interview hosted by Nathan Chan, Avoyan discusses the importance of creating a safe space for creative expression, why community matters for a business, the future of AI and its place in design and art, and why he believes failure is part of success.
3/16/202151 minutes, 11 seconds
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348: 15 Power Ups You Need To Build A Successful Business With Eric Siu Of Single Grain

Power up, level up, and get ready to take your business to the extreme, with this incredible interview with Single Grain’s Eric Siu.    A former pro-gamer, Siu has been on the quintessential entrepreneur’s journey. He’s faced scaling issues, failure, and trying to do too much at once, and now he is ready to reveal why he believes gamers make the best entrepreneurs.   In this electrified interview with Foundr, Siu discusses why every founder needs to have a good understanding of marketing, essential long-term skills you need to have, and why he predicts Clubhouse will be the ultimate training ground for entrepreneurs.
3/9/202145 minutes, 49 seconds
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347: Undaunted: How Kara Goldin Denied Self-Doubt To Launch A $200m Beverage Company

How does someone launch a $200 million beverage company with zero experience and four children under the age of six? Just ask super-mom, author, and Hint Water empire CEO and Founder, Kara Goldin.    Goldin was first inspired to launch her beverage company as an alternative to other unhealthy drinks on the market. Not only did Goldin manage to build a company that is now the largest privately owned non-alcoholic beverage company in America, but she placed Hint on the shelves of her local Whole Foods on the same day she went into the delivery room. Revealing all of the ups and downs of her journey in her new book, Undaunted: Overcoming Doubt And Doubters, Goldin speaks to Foundr’s Nathan Chan about relentless pursuit of your dreams, and overcoming fears and self-doubt along the way. Key Takeaways How Kara Goldin first began her mission of creating a healthier option for drinking water Facing challenges everyday, and Goldin’s commitment to learning all she could about an entirely new industry Why Goldin believes the best thing anyone can do for themselves is continue to learn and grow Dealing with naysayers and doubters, and how Goldin decided to instead use their feedback to hone her business vision
3/2/20211 hour, 1 minute, 27 seconds
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346: Why Ideas Don’t Count According To Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph

2/23/20211 hour, 1 minute, 31 seconds
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345: $15B Payments Processed A Year: GoCardless’ Hiroki Takeuchi

In 2011, Hiroki Takeuchi launched his first business GoCardless with his co-founders. Just under one decade later, they are processing over $15b in payments every year!   Takeuchi’s first business began as a service to help streamline the messy process of collecting payments informally. Over the next several years, funding, scaling, and pivoting led him to create a simple service that helped collect recurring and one-off payments from customers.    Takeuchi’s approach to business is inspiring. Not only was he a first-time entrepreneur scaling a global business without experience, but he also knows the pains of imposter syndrome and anxiety over hiring overqualified experts. This interview with Nathan Chan serves to remind us all that greatness isn’t just past experience, it’s the willingness to learn that makes someone a great entrepreneur. Key Takeaways How Takeuchi launched GoCardless in 2011 as his first business, and how he developed the idea Evolving the initial business idea from something that sought to solve the problem of collecting payments informally, to a global fintech empire The importance of having a complimentary co-founder, and how Takeuchi first began planning with his co-founders Why Takeuchi decided to leverage existing services in order to streamline launch Demo day, and overcoming getting 64 “no’s” before they got a “yes” The importance of focus on a singular product, especially in a global powerhouse like finances and payment How Takeuchi approached scaling, planning, and proactive growth in a high-demand industry The challenges faced by an international business and scaling How Takeuchi tackles imposter syndrome, and how he continues to focus on learnings The importance he places on his team and the people Takeuchi surrounds himself with What you need to ignore if you want to hire the best of the best for your business Why you should never underestimate the length of the journey ahead of you, and why you need to be ready for the challenge of being an entrepreneur
2/16/202150 minutes, 55 seconds
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344: How Colin Darretta Built A 1m Person Mailing List In 1 Year

Building partnerships and mailing lists as an entrepreneur can be one of the trickiest and most elusive parts of the game. Targetting the right people, understanding brand identity - it’s all a delicate ecosystem to navigate.  The good news is, when it comes to mailing lists and partnerships, we have all the answers you need from the mastermind and guru himself: Colin Darretta.  Co-founder of a number of successful companies including WellPath, a health and wellness plan) and DojoMojo, a software company that helps you build partnerships, Darretta has all the answers.  Not only has Darretta got decades of experience under his belt, but he also has the distinct honor of managing to build a 1million person email list in 1 year, and is the master of monetizing mailing lists.
2/9/202153 minutes, 28 seconds
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343: How To Find The Next Big Business Idea with Nextdoor Co-Founder Sarah Leary

For Sarah Leary, entrepreneurship has always been in her blood. Growing up in a household of small-business owners including her grandmother who was also an entrepreneur, she knew she would eventually be one, too. She remembers that even when she was working for Microsoft as part of the founding team for Microsoft Office, she knew that being a business owner was her future. From her development, launch, and successful scaling of Nextdoor into the world’s largest private social network for neighborhoods, Leary has experience in every aspect of entrepreneurialism. Her advice for budding entrepreneurs comes from years of experience in both scaling a business, building a community, and growing brands.  In this interview with Nathan Chan, Leary reveals the absolute essentials every new entrepreneur needs to tick off when they want to start something new. As a venture partner at Unusual Ventures, Leary has advice straight from the frontline of what she wants to see in a pitch. Key Takeaways How Leary grew up in a household of business owners and entrepreneurs and why that means she always knew she would be one too Finding herself in the early start-up culture of Silicon Valley in the 90s Her first business and how she faced failure, the decision to pivot, and a whole new frontier The beginning of Nextdoor, and it’s growth internationally over the past decade Joining Unusual Ventures, and why she wants to dedicate her time to helping others build companies from the ground up Why founders need to be comfortable validating their ideas and assumptions The two essential questions entrepreneurs need to ask themselves before starting How Leary developed Nextdoor through a combination of brainstorming, customer research, and why you need to consider customer painkillers Why every entrepreneur needs to learn to do extraordinary work for a narrow band of people, and then expand How Leary fuelled the Nextdoor community, and why networks need leaders Why Leary believes authenticity is the most important part of community strategy, and why you need to start with it Why Leary stepped down from Nextdoor, and how the team of Unusual Ventures is rolling up their sleeves to help new entrepreneurs  Leary’s reveals the secret to pitching ideas correctly, and what Unusual Ventures looks for in a new business idea  
2/2/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 19 seconds
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342: How Alli Webb Turned Drybar Into A $100m Empire

When Alli Webb founded Drybar in 2010, it started as one small salon in Brentwood, California that was designed to do one thing and do it well: blowouts.  Today, her brand has grown to over150 stores in 33 states, a hair care product line that she sold for over $250 million, her own podcast Raising The Bar, and a NY Times best-selling book Good Hair For All.  Best of all, Webb is Foundr magazine’s cover girl for issue 95 (check it out, it’s a good one!) Guess you could say that Alli Webb is an entrepreneurial genius.  This week’s interview gives you an insight into Webb’s journey from working as a receptionist in a hair salon during high school to the decision to chase her passion for hairstyling.  That decision to pursue her passion is what has led Webb to a $100m empire. Find out how she took the leap, and what advice she has for those looking to pursue their passion, too. Key Takeaways Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, and how that shaped Alli Webb’s idea of business Realised she had a passion for hair and styling, and worked as a receptionist in a hair salon where she became mesmorised by the craft Her journey through “a hot-minute” in college, to working in fashion in New York Starting her own business styling client’s hair at home, and growing her business How she started “Drybar” and what makes her brand unique Franchising Drybar, and learning to operate her business on a global scale How Webb developed her own product line, and how she sold it for $250m to beauty powerhouse, Helen of Troy. How Webb continues to raise the bar, launching her own podcast: Raising The Bar, and authoring NY Times Best Seller Good Hair For All Webb’s advice for all budding entrepreneurs, especially women in business, and why they need to follow their passion and what they love doing.
1/26/202154 minutes, 30 seconds
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341: Pushing Your Limits with Mental Toughness King and Spartan CEO Joe De Sena

If you want to start a business, you sure as hell better be made of the right stuff. Because Joe De Sena is here to tell you that in business, “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”, and you need to be mentally tough enough to handle it.  In this Foundr interview like no other, Nathan Chan speaks with Spartan Race creator, best-selling author, and badass CEO Joe De Sena on why you need manufactured adversity.  De Sena has faced mountains of failure in business and continues to rise, everything from losing someone during the first ever race and finding them marooned on a desert island a week later, to not turning a profit for 15 years. Nevertheless, this machine of a man bounces back and continues to rise. This interview is just a snapshot of what you can expect in Foundr’s newest course, Mental Toughness. Touted as the ultimate entrepreneurs field guide to building mental toughness, this is not one to be missed.  Find out why the Olympic wrestling teams are sent to De Sena shape up, why billionaires send their children to him to learn discipline, and why active military personnel flock to him to learn grit.
1/19/202139 minutes, 24 seconds
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340: How Gabi Lewis dominated a $40 billion industry

Gabi Lewis, Co-Founder, The Magic Spoon In this yummy episode, Gabi Lewis, Co-Founder of The Magic Spoon, sits down with Nathan Chan to discuss his journey from founding the revolutionary EXO protein snack made from crickets, to dominating the $40billion a year cereal industry.  Listen in as Lewis reveals how he managed to get Tim Ferris and Nas as angel-investors onboard for EXO snacks, his journey into the competitive world of cereal, and how Magic Spoon continues to stay ahead of the competition. In this deep-dive interview, you’ll find out why Lewis swears by agencies, the opportunities in influencer marketing, and why product-fit is an absolute essential for any founder.  Lewis’ incredible journey from crickets to cereal is a not-to-be-missed lesson in entrepreneurship and the importance of saying “no”. Key Takeaways How Lewis started Exo Protein, selling cricket protein bars Recognizing the paleo food trend and targeting that market How Lewis got angel investors such as Tim Ferris and Nas His decision to sell the company and launch Magic Spoon cereal Why Magic Spoon is a direct-to-consumer product and the advantages of ecommerce The successful launch of Magic Spoon and the power of influencers Why product-market fit is the most important aspect of launching a business  How Magic Spoon was affected by Covid and the evolution of hiring and scaling The decision to not sell Magic Spoon on Amazon, and the power of customer-brand loyalty  Why Lewis believes that a high-quality product is the most important aspect of any business Lewis’ advice to others that as a founder, you should never be distracted, and why your job is to say “no”
1/12/202157 minutes, 40 seconds
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339: How GT Dave Started A $1Billion Kombucha Empire From His Bedroom

In this interview, Nathan Chan sits down with GT Dave, Founder and CEO of GT's Living Foods. GT discusses how he built a $1B empire from his bedroom and his journey of being the first seller of Kombucha in the United States. In this interview, GT Dave discusses how he first began selling Kombucha, entering the market with a completely new category of product, and the challenges he faced in educating the market on what his product was.  GT Dave is a firm believer in passion before profit, and his integrity and commitment to health shine through as he discusses his childhood and nutrition, how Kombucha helped his mother through medical issues, and the proven benefits of Kombucha. With a personal net worth estimated at $1Billion, GT Dave’s journey will inspire you to follow your passion and begin building your future, today. Key Takeaways How GT Dave found an interest in Kombucha and how he began marketing it Launching his company from his bedroom, and selling his product using his Dad’s Amex card The challenge of entering the market with a new product and how he went about educating others on an unfamiliar health beverage How GT Dave helped Kombucha to become the global trend it is today GT Dave’s commitment to passion over profit, and what health means to him The importance of validating your product and communicating with consumers His key advice to those who are just getting started, and the questions you need to ask yourself
1/5/202153 minutes, 41 seconds
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338: Foundr BEST OF 2020

In this epic roundup episode, we took our favorite moments from every interview this year and combined them to create our most jam-packed episode yet: Foundr Best of 2020! That’s right, in this very special episode, you’ll hear valuable insights from:  Drew Houston, CEO and founder of DropBox: On problem-solving, his formula for success in business, and how he— as a billion-dollar CEO — still learns every single day.  Dylan Mullen, Founder, and Director of Happy Skin Co. Mullen reveals how he built a $20 million dollar company in 24 months, and how they’re acquiring their customers.  Alexa Von Tobel, Founder of Learnvest, & Inspire Capital: Why you shouldn’t spend a dollar on marketing, and what it takes to be a ‘good entrepreneur’.  Gretta Van Riel, 4x Multi-Milion Dollar Founder. Van Riel discusses why she would spend $500k on a post from Kylie Jenner, and her $1.3m manufacturing horror story.  Henrik Werderlin, founder and CEO of Barkbox, and the strategy that Apple and Amazon have used to build global, beloved brands.  You’re about to learn the mistake that every new entrepreneur makes, as discussed by Alex Osterwalder, the Swiss business theorist who developed the “business model canvas”.  Author Kamal Ravikant reveals why you don’t need a mentor (from someone who’s been down the road a few times). Christina Stembel, founder of Farmgirl Flowers on how she managed to turn $49,000 into almost a million dollars in 3 years— all thanks to the success of her company. Here’s Skillshare founder Malcolm Ong… who’s about to reveal the one word that will make you a better entrepreneur.  Thor Ernstsson, Founder of Strata. The 2 tips that every single entrepreneur needs to hear. One of the internet’s greatest pioneers, cofounder of WordPress Matt Mullenweg on what motivates him.  GT’s living foods founder, GT Dave. He reveals to us the key to staying on your path, and not losing your identity.  Andy Frisella, founder of 1st Phorm with one of the most fired up conversations of the year. Enjoy this snippet where he’s going to tell you why building a brand is important, and the issue with comparing yourself to Steve Jobs.
12/30/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 3 seconds
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337: What A Future Billion Dollar Business Looks Like: With Google’s Lead Investor, David Lawee

Ever wondered what traits and characteristics Google looks for in a founder? Wonder no more, because in this interview, Nathan Chan sits down with CapitalG Founder, David Lawee, to discuss the journey of finding the next $1B Unicorn Business. David is Google's Lead Investor, and has over 13 years of experience under his belt working for one of the largest companies on the planet.  Prior to joining Google, Lawee has been a serial entrepreneur. His biggest takeaway from the experience was how to successfully scale companies, and during the interview he finally reveals exactly how to do it.  Lawee shares what he believes it takes to create a billion-dollar company. Lawee reveals all the traits and characteristics he looks for in founders when it comes to investing billions of dollars, and exactly what the company needs to look like. Key Takeaways How David Lawee found himself working for Google, CapitalG, and what he learned during his time as a serial entrepreneur The characteristics and traits that he looks for when it comes to investing The difference between an ordinary company, and the billion dollar unicorn Lawee’s advice for those looking to open more doors  The change in the market, and an insider's view into Google investment world Lawee discusses how to align your company with investors’ needs
12/15/202044 minutes, 7 seconds
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336: Starting a Business During a Crisis with the founder of Alpha and Strata, Thor Ernstsson

Meet Thor Ernstsson. The founder of global giants such as Alpha, Strata, and lead architect for Zygna responsible for Farmville, Ernstsson knows business and products.  In this interview, Nathan sits down with Ernstsson to discuss his journey from Zynga game developer, to creating a company that serves half of the Fortune 500. Honest and candid, Ernstsson reveals his decision-making processes behind some of the company's largest pivots, changes, and challenges.   While most people would shy away from the idea of launching a business during a global crisis, Ernstsson is perhaps living proof that not only is it a good decision, it’s the best business decision one can make. Key Takeaways Thor Ernstsson discusses how he first began working at Zygna, and how he felt about the global success of Farmville His next business ventures, including Alpha and Strata Why he decided to pivot the company The importance of “now”, and why starting a business during a crisis is a good idea The decision to launch a business that aimed to connect people, while it was the start of the pandemic  How to change the world, and why you should always aim to solve a problem that won’t change The importance of customers and why they need to be invested in your business’ success
12/8/202055 minutes, 16 seconds
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335: From 0 to $65m: With Farmgirl Flowers' Christina Stembel

Faced with 104 rejections, zero-funding, and the prospect of launching a new business during an economic downturn, Christina Stembel has not only grown her company Farmgirl Flowers to a $65m empire, she has also done it completely bootstrapped.  Stembel’s journey from bootstrap to business mogul is nothing short of inspiring. What began as $46k savings and a 2-year window to achieve her goal, her ecommerce flower business saw 5x growth in the first 2 years. As Stembel says, “the fact that I was able to bootstrap without running out of money is the biggest accomplishment of my life” In this interview, listen in to discover how Stembel marketed and advertised her brand on a shoestring budget, the importance of word-of-mouth and how that helped her achieve her first million, and why she views FarmGirl Flowers as the workhorse among unicorns. Key Takeaways How Stembel started FarmGirl Flowers, and why she gave herself 2 years Marketing on a shoestring budget Complications she faced selling perishable products Why she views FarmGirl Flowers as a workhorse among unicorns The importance of product-quality, and why she believes that a good quality product will outsell any level of marketing The future of FarmGirl Flowers and reaching her first billion
12/1/20201 hour, 47 seconds
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334: What This Tech Pioneer Is Betting On Next | Matt Mullenweg Of Wordpress

As someone who has pioneered the tech industry with his open-source software, and boasts 38% of the internet using his product, Matt Mullenweg is still one of the most humble and inspiring entrepreneurs we’ve ever met.  In this insightful interview, Mullenweg discusses the biggest challenges faced by companies today, and the importance of looking after your team and people. As a company that has operated remotely since it’s beginnings, Mullenweg stresses the importance of team-building, and why he took his entire company to Disneyland.  Mullenweg touches on some key issues faced by entrepreneurs the worldover - chronic dissatisfaction in progress, and that whatever you do is never enough. He says instead of saying to yourself that it’s not enough, entrepreneurs need to say “it is enough, and there’s more to do!”  From the acquisition of powerhouses such as Tumblr, WooCommerce, and his dedication to supporting others, Mullenweg discusses his life’s plan to create as much open-source software as possible and encourage creativity across the globe.  This interview will leave a smile on your face and give you the motivation and drive to work towards a better future for all. Key Takeaways How Mullenweg founded WordPress, and operating as a remote-working business in the early 2000s Mullenweg’s beliefs on company culture and the importance of in-person team-building activities especially for remote workers The future of the office and why he believes it will be obsolete post-Covid Mullenweg reveals that as an angel investor, the key things he looks for in a business or founder The future of web development and WordPress The biggest challenges faced by companies today and the importance of looking after your team and people Chronic dissatisfaction as a founder and why needs to become a more positive drive  
11/24/202048 minutes, 29 seconds
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333: The Top Mistakes to Avoid when Managing Remote Teams with Fibre HR Foundr Lisa Spiden

In this week’s Foundr podcast interview, Nathan Chan sits down with Lisa Spiden, CEO of Workforce Analytics and Foundr of Fibre HR to discuss everything a team leader needs to embody in order to help their team do their best work.  Spiden discusses key tactics and methods that team leaders can adopt to help lead their teams through any crisis. Not only does this mean offering support for them during the work-from-home culture shift, but also taking the time to understand and adapt for each individual's needs and workflow.  With something for every team leader, this interview will help you to understand how to build a culture within your team, hiring strategies, and top-talent selection. Key Takeaways How Spiden found herself working in HR, and the origins of Fibre HR and Workforce Analytics Spiden discusses tactics to keep team morale high during forced WFH Why staff motivation is the key to staff retention Team standups, retros, and other remote team bonding exercises Addressing top-talent selection, and whether pro-culture or pro-skills is best for your business Building a great culture inside and office, and how to build on it strategically Understanding what your team wants, what drives them, what motivates them
11/17/202043 minutes, 24 seconds
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332: $16 million a month: The Secret To Success Using Facebook Ads with Nick Shackelford

Ever wondered how the elite pros do Facebook ads? This week’s interview with course instructor Nick Shackelford is just that: a no-holding back, all inclusive, step-by-step discussion on running successful Facebook ads.  Returning again to Foundr’s exclusive podcast, Shackelford discusses his learnings on media buying, running facebook ads that convert, and exactly what he learned from spending a ridiculous amount of money on fb ads.  This interview dives deep into the nitty-gritty of all the lessons Shackelford learned doing media buying for Apple, including the budgets he worked on for the launch of the iPhone 7, iPad Pro, and the Apple Watch (and we are talking huge budgets).  Shackelford also discusses how he single-handedly popularized the Fidget Spinner by using Facebook Ads, and how he started his own agency, Structured Social.  In this interview, not only will you discover why Shackelford’s Structured spends close to $20million per month on Facebook ads, you’ll also hear first-hand tips and strategies to success in FB ads within the hardest markets, across all GEOS, for every product or service.  This is an episode you cannot miss! Key Takeaways How Shackelford first found his way into the industry Working for Apple and what he learned from running $100 million Facebook ads The rise of the fidget spinner, $1m run rate in the first month, and the importance of opportunity How Shackelford has built Structure Social, and now spends close to $20million a month and has over 50 employees The biggest lessons he has learned over the years, including the intricacies of media buying, copywriting, positioning, and creative  Why you only have 3-seconds to make an impression with your ad Shackelford’s key advice for those looking to grow their business through Facebook ads
11/10/20201 hour, 6 minutes
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331: Mastering Your Mindset and Achieving Success with Andy Frisella of 1st Phorm

Mental toughness isn’t something you’re born with, it’s something you learn and practice and develop over time. And Andy Frisella is living proof of that.  The Founder of 1st Phorm, the “Real AF podcast host”, 75Hard program creator, and all around badass Andy Frisella knows discipline and mindset, and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.  It’s no secret that Foundr is a huge fan of Frisella’s work with developing mental toughness and discipline (in fact, most of our team has completed his 75Hard challenge!) and after listening to this interview, you’ll be a fan too.  Frisella is raw, real, and straight to the point with everything he believes in with mental health, building a brand, company values, and aspiring to become the best version of yourself possible. Key Takeaways Frisella discusses how he has always been an entrepreneur at heart Frisella reflects on how he began his first business, the struggles, the journey, and how he stayed focussed Company values and how Frisella recognises greatness and celebrates it within his team The importance of being a good leader and why you need to communicate values with your team Why Frisella still compares himself to others above him, and why this is a driving force in success The struggle of finding the right support at high-levels of success How to push through discipline blocks and shake off burnout The evolution of 75Hard and what Frisella is most excited for as a legacy
11/3/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 50 seconds
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330: The 4 Questions You Need To Be Asking To Make Better Decisions: Kickstarter Co-Founder and Author Yancey Strickler

Yancey Strickler, Author and Kickstarter Co-Founder In this inspiring podcast interview, Nathan Chan sits down with Kickstarter co-founder and author Yancey Strickler to discuss his 'Bento Box' method for making better decisions, how his company Kickstarter found it’s feet, and our unhealthy obsession with “financial maximization”.  Strickler was working as a music journalist in New York when a chance encounter with future co-founder Perry Chen in a restaurant led to the creation of Kickstarter, and crowdfunding as a category-defining player in a new field.  A writer at heart, Stickler used his time post-Kickstarter to write the groundbreaking This Could Be Our Future. An in-depth look at our current obsession with financial gain, and how society has conditioned us to always choose whatever will make the most money. Making the right choices in life is a mission close to Strickler’s heart. As such, he created the revolutionary “Bento Box” framework, an inspiring and humbling process for individuals and businesses alike to frame and structure their decisions. This podcast is one of our most inspiring insights into human nature and the importance of caring for our future selves and our future business. Learn from Strickler as he gives you the secret Bento Box method to help you make the right decisions in life. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss! Key Takeaways Strickler discusses how the idea for Kickstarter came about in 2005 while working in the music industry Why it took Strickler close to 4 years for the idea to be executed The conscious decision to frame Kickstarter as a funding method for passion projects and new ideas rather than a charity platform Why Kickstarter was originally called “Kickstartr” Pitching the idea of Kickstarter and the initial investors, and getting Andy Baio onboard with the project How they went from unpaid developers to profitability in 14 months The effect of being a category-defining player in a new field  Stepping down from his position at Kickstarter Strickler’s new book “This Could Be Our Future” and our current obsession with Financial Maximisation: whatever makes the most money is the right decision Strickler’s Bento Framework Now Me: profitability  Future Me: as a business, your values Now Us: stakeholders, employees, suppliers, etc. Future Us: the bigger idea of what you want to be Key Resources From Our Interview  https://www.ystrickler.com/book
10/27/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 42 seconds
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329: Why You Don't Need a Mentor & Key Traits EVERY Successful Founder Should Have with Kamal Ravikant

Kamal Ravikant, Author and Founder, Venture Capitalist In this special podcast interview, Nathan Chan sits down with renowned author and founder Kamal Ravikant to discuss his thoughts on mentorship, entrepreneurs, and everything in between.  Ravikant traces his journey back to a point in time most entrepreneurs face: he was doing too much and he was burnt out. In fact, it took losing everything for him to realize what he needed to change: his mindset. Throughout his journey, the ups and downs, the lows and highs, Ravikant is a master of maintaining a balance between persistence and open-mindedness in everything he does.  Listen in as Ravikant discloses the powerful reason he chose to write his bestselling book: 'Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It', and how the book developed from a self-published book to a global success spreading joy and love published in 16 languages.  This podcast is raw, honest, and a deep insight into personal growth. Learn from Ravikant as he discloses the universal importance of loving yourself, being humble, and caring deeply. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss! Key Takeaways Ravikant holds the honor of being the fourth ever podcast interview by Foundr back in 2014 His beginnings riding the wave of the internet boom  Why it took losing everything to realize he needed to change his mindset His ideology that you should build a business by identifying a problem and creating a solution first The power investors hold over entrepreneurs, and what drove him to become a doer Why he believes in having a strong entrepreneur mindset His re-launch of the global bestseller Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It published in 16 languages worldwide Ravikant discusses his upcoming projects and behind-the-scenes of funds Ravikant addresses the changes in Silicon Valley, and what advice he would give to upcoming entrepreneurs Why you need to be humble and care deeply, always.
10/20/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 14 seconds
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328: Building a $50M Underwear Empire off $20K with Joanna Griffiths from KNIX

Joanna Griffiths CEO Knixwear CEO of global intimates brand Knixwear Joanna Griffiths sits down with Nathan Chan to reveal how she took $20k to and made $50m in revenue last year.  In this wonderfully inspiring episode, Griffiths’ discusses how she became an “accidental entrepreneur” with Knixwear. Initially begun as a passion project to create high-quality leak-proof intimates, Griffiths’ put aside her initial goal to run her own media company and instead decided to take the plunge into entrepreneurship.    In school, her business plan won a competition, and she used the $20k prize to begin chasing her dream of solving a universal problem. After years of trials and errors, including a first-time sample order of 40,000 pairs of underwear, Knixwear quickly found it’s feet and is now a $50m a year company. Knixwear has 85 employees globally, and Griffiths’ still reels at the idea that her company sells an item every 6 seconds.  Listen in as Griffiths’ discusses the lows and the highs of being a first-time business owner, TV advertising, and why she always chooses the path of risk so she doesn’t look back and wonder “what if”.  Key Takeaways How Griffiths’ original plan to run her own media company led her to pursue her MBA How her intimates brand Knixwear began as high-quality leak-proof underwear Why Griffiths dedicated her time to solving this universal problem, and why she feels she is an accidental entrepreneur as a result Why she chose to take a chance rather than risk looking back with regret Griffiths’ discusses her initial business funding: she won a business plan competition at school and received $20k  How she used the $20k for product development, launching, and crowd-funding Griffiths’ reveals that the first order was the biggest mistake, but she values progress over perfection Knixwear has passed $50m annual revenue, and that they sell an item every 6 seconds Griffiths’ discusses the early days of wholesale business, and the struggles first-time entrepreneurs face How she identified her target market and shaped her product accordingly
10/13/202057 minutes, 51 seconds
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327: How to Outlearn ANYONE & Become the Best with Ulrich Boser of the Learning Agency

Ulrich Boser, CEO, The Learning Agency Founder and CEO of The Learning Agency, best-selling author, and Foundr course Instructor Ulrich Boser sits down for an in-depth discussion on becoming a better learner, the misinformation surrounding information, and the big secret to mastering any skill (and we mean any skill).  The ability to absorb and retain information effectively is often thought of as some sort of elusive skill that you’re born with, but Boser seeks to dispel this once and for all. The ability to learn effectively isn’t something assigned at birth, no one has a “set learning” style, and your ability to absorb information ultimately comes down to how you decide to approach everything. Author of the best-selling Learn Better, Boser reveals to Foundr’s Nathan Chan why he started his company, why feedback is crucial, and why he believes everyone should throw away their highlighters if they want to learn better.  In this conversation, Boser takes everything you thought you knew about learning and spins it on its head. If you have any questions about Boser’s upcoming course, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected].  Key Takeaways Boser discusses how his childhood sparked his passion to hone and master the ability to pick up skills effectively Why Boser began The Learning Agency Boser discusses the prevalence of learning myths Common learning myths and why they impact learning Why active learning will always overshadow passive learning How to engage with the material; quiz yourself, and identify gaps in your knowledge  Why previous knowledge on a topic will boost your learning The importance of feedback on your learning
10/6/202052 minutes, 5 seconds
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326: How Skillshare Co-Founder Malcolm Ong Has Transformed Multiple Industries—From Education To Media

Malcolm Ong has never shied away from change. In fact, his ability to adapt is what has given him a front-row seat to multiple business transformations—first as the co-founder of education platform Skillshare to now as the Head of Product at South China Morning Post. After launching Skillshare in 2010, Ong led the business through a significant pivot—from being a completely offline, in-person model to one that’s now membership-based and 100% online. In the process, he also witnessed the massive growth of the online education industry, which has only been sped up by the Covid-19 pandemic. After leaving Skillshare, Ong joined South China Morning Post, a global, English-language news media company owned by Alibaba. His job has been to transform this company from a traditional, local newspaper into a more modern, global media empire. A task that he has exceeded, as he’s grown their number of monthly active users from 4 million to over 50 million and significantly expanded the outlet’s readership beyond Asia. In this conversation, Ong gives us a deeper dive into these milestones throughout his fascinating career and shares his best recommendations on how to transform a business. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected].  Key Takeaways Why Ong decided to tackle the education industry How Skillshare launched as a 100% offline education platform  What contributed to Skillshare’s success The scalability issues that Skillshare faced, and how this led to the company transitioning online Ong’s advice when it comes to pivoting your business Why Ong eventually left Skillshare in 2016 What intrigued Ong about the job offer from South China Morning Post (SCMP) Ong’s experience living in Hong Kong, and how it has given him the front seat to many historical events How Ong has helped SCMP transform from being a traditional media company to a cutting-edge product and customer-focused business Ong’s advice to entrepreneurs about trying on different hats Key Resources From Our Interview With Malcom Ong Visit the SCMP website Follow Ong on LinkedIn and Twitter
9/29/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 58 seconds
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325: How Whole Foods Market Co-Founder and CEO John Mackey Leads By Example

John Mackey, Co-Founder and CEO, Whole Foods Market Right now, every company needs strong leadership to guide them through these challenging times. Thankfully, Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO John Mackey is well versed on the principles of leadership and is launching his latest book, Conscious Leadership, this month to help other founders put those ideas into practice.    In addition to the book, people can see Mackey’s approach to leadership in action with Whole Foods. While Mackey is grateful that his stores are still in full operation during Covid-19, he doesn’t try to hide the fact that circumstances have been extremely challenging—from rapidly scaling its supply chain to accommodate the sudden demands of customers to generating almost no revenue as a result of all the sanitation products the business has had to invest in.   But these obstacles don't bother Mackey. As a conscious leader, his priority is making sure that every single one of their 100,000 team members has access to the resources they need to stay safe at work. He has also raised every in-store worker’s pay by $2 per hour, provided two extra weeks of sick pay for those who have to quarantine, and is giving unlimited callouts during this time.    In this conversation, Mackey shares more about what it means to lead with love, how founders can attract and retain great talent in this challenging environment, and so much more. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected].  Key Takeaways An overview of Mackey’s best-selling book, Conscious Capitalism A sneak peek into Mackey’s latest book, Conscious Leadership, and what inspired him to write it The two most important pillars of leadership Why Mackey believes in leading with love  How Mackey is putting conscious leadership into action during the pandemic The challenges Whole Foods has been dealing with from a supply chain and revenue perspective  Why being an Amazon subsidiary adds a layer of complexity to the Whole Foods business How to attract and retain great people during these challenging times  What Mackey has done to support Whole Foods employees during Covid-19 Why Mackey believes in the win-win-win mindset, and how this attitude can guide your business decisions  The importance of leading by example  Key Resources From Our Interview With John Mackey Get your copy of Conscious Leadership here
9/22/202050 minutes, 53 seconds
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324: How Vital Proteins’ Kurt Seidensticker Generated Insane Consumer Demand For Collagen

Kurt Seidensticker, Former NASA Engineer & Founder and CEO, Vital Proteins How did Kurt Seidensticker go from being a NASA engineer to the founder of one of the biggest protein brands in the world? Believe it or not, his career path has been a perfect culmination of experiences—one that has led him to his current position as the CEO of Vital Proteins, a brand that was recently acquired by Nestlé and is expected to generate a quarter of a billion dollars in revenue this year.    Even when Seidensticker was working at NASA as an aerospace engineer, he was constantly running his entrepreneurial brain and thinking up new projects to undertake. After several years of working in a diverse array of industries—from cellular phone systems to high-speed internet—he decided to strike out on his own and started his own data center company and ecommerce platform.    Despite appearing to be completely unrelated businesses, these two companies served as the launching pad that allowed Seidensticker to start Vital Proteins in 2013. His ingestible collagen product took the protein market by the storm and saw over 300% YOY growth in its early days.   In this podcast episode, Seidensticker discusses what led to the incredible growth of Vital Proteins—from having first-mover advantage to finding negotiating power when dealing with retailers. He also shares his best recommendations when it comes to influencer marketing, moving fast, and so much more.    If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected].  Key Takeaways Why Seidensticker decided to become an aerospace engineer  The business ideas Seidensticker had while working at NASA and worked on space programs, underneath was entrepreneurial drive How Seidensticker came to work on pivotal projects in the cellular phone systems and high-speed internet space Why Seidensticker decided to strike out on his own How the data center company and ecommerce platform he built became a launching pad for Vital Proteins The experience that led Seidensticker to explore the world of protein, and how he created a whole new category around ingestible collagen How Seidenstricker and his team approach influencer marketing differently  Seidensticker’s school of thought when it comes to the power of product vs. marketing The benefits of operating under the radar and having first-mover advantage How Vital Proteins educated consumers and drove the market for collagen  Why Seidensticker recommends going online before retail, and how he gained negotiating leverage with retailers Details about Vital Proteins’ partial acquisition by Nestlé Why Seidensticker believes in progress over perfection Key Resources From Our Interview With Kurt Seidensticker Visit the Vital Proteins website Find Seidensticker on LinkedIn 
9/15/202048 minutes, 24 seconds
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323: How To Take A Profit-First Mindset During A Pandemic, According to Mike Michalowicz

Mike Michalowicz, Author & Co-Founder, Profit First Professionals Right now, every entrepreneur has the same question on their mind: how do I recover or maintain my company’s profit levels during Covid-19?   That’s why we were so eager to sit down with Mike Michalowicz, who is a serial entrepreneur, author, and creator of the Profit First system. Our own CEO and founder, Nathan, used Michalowicz’s teachings to completely change the way he manages Foundr’s finances. And now we want to bring you the same level of knowledge to help you through these challenging times.   In this conversation, Michalowicz shares his best recommendations on how to manage your cash flow, financial priorities, and more during a pandemic. If you have any questions on how to take a profit-first mindset right now, this episode is for you.    If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected]. Key Takeaways What Michalowicz learned from building and selling his first two businesses How going into bankruptcy changed the way that Michalowicz views entrepreneurship Michalowicz’s path to becoming a small business author, and how running two of his own companies contributes to his books What’s happening during “The Great Big Shift” How to manage cash flow during the pandemic The difference between sales issues vs. profit issues Michalowicz’s tips to organize your financial priorities during Covid-19 Why Michalowicz recommends pulling off the bandaid instead of chipping away when it comes to tough decisions An overview of the Profit First methodology and framework Parkinson’s Law, and how it applies to toothpaste Why Michalowicz recommends trusting wallets over words Key Resources From Our Interview With Mike Michalowicz Visit Michalowicz’s website
9/8/202031 minutes, 10 seconds
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322: The Rise Of Messenger Marketing, With ManyChat Co-Founder and CEO Mikael Yan

Mikael Yan, Co-Founder and CEO, ManyChat When Mikael Yan launched ManyChat in 2015, other messaging apps were trying to impress investors with their fancy AI and NLP technologies. But not him. Instead, he made it clear to investors that his app was solely meant to solve a business problem: helping companies better communicate with and market to their customers.    Investors who were initially interested in ManyChat immediately lost interest. But not for long. Even though Yan and his founding team initially had to bootstrap their product, investors eventually recognized the potential behind their vision and got on board.    Today, ManyChat has over one million Facebook pages connected to its platform in over 190 countries. The company also recently raised its Series A from Bessemer Venture Partners. Given that 2020 is the first time in history that the number of messaging app users will surpass the number of social media users, it’s clear that ManyChat is just getting started.   Listen to this interview to learn more about Yan’s thoughts on the future of messenger marketing, the global mobile industry, and the importance of mindset as an entrepreneur.    If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected].  Key Takeaways Why Yan, after years of dabbling in the consumer space, turned his eyes to B2B  How ManyChat made timely use of Telegram Messenger’s API in 2015 and introduced the world of messenger marketing The rise of private vs. public channels  Yan’s analysis on why China is so ahead when it comes to mobile and messaging apps Why Yan believes in being product obsessed and understanding the customer experience above everything else  How Yan avoided the trap of building a product for the “cool” factor (and initially lost investor interest as a result)  The power of self belief in entrepreneurship, and how to cultivate this mindset  Yan’s personal glass ceiling  A look into the future of ManyChat and what Yan is most excited about when it comes to the messenger app industry  Key Resources From Our Interview With Mikael Yan  Visit the ManyChat website Follow Yan on Instagram 
9/1/202058 minutes, 2 seconds
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321: Birchbox’s Katia Beauchamp On Scaling Relationships, Building Trust, And More

In 2010, only 2% of beauty products were being sold on the internet. When Katia Beauchamp and her Harvard Business School classmate, Hayley Barna, came across this statistic, they were floored. This seemed like a huge missed opportunity—so they decided to dig deeper. What they discovered was that people were overwhelmed by the prospect of shopping for beauty products. With this problem in mind, Birchbox was created as the simple solution. The monthly subscription box contained a wide variety of beauty samples, and customers could buy the full size of whichever product they liked. In short, Birchbox made the beauty shopping experience easy for the casual consumer. Since the brand’s launch in 2010, Birchbox has grown to a nine-figure business that now has access to thousands of products, offers over 100 types of boxes for consumers, and has expanded globally. Listen to this podcast episode to learn more about Beauchamp’s thoughts on scaling relationships, building a trustworthy brand, and appealing to your target customer. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected]. Key Takeaways Why people weren’t shopping for beauty products online in the mid-2000s How this problem inspired Beauchamp and co-founder Hayley Barna to launch their beauty subscription box, Birchbox The idea of the “casual consumer” and how this demographic became Birchbox’s target customer Why Beauchamp doesn’t view beauty stores like Sephora or department stores as competitors How Birchbox launched its beta test in 2010, and what it took to grow its customer base Beauchamp’s thoughts on scaling relationships and building a trustworthy brand What Beauchamp is most excited about when it comes to the future of Birchbox
8/25/202054 minutes, 58 seconds
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320: Why Hinge’s Justin McLeod Decided To Rebuild His Dating App From The Ground Up

It’s not easy to rebuild an entire company—especially when things are going well. But that’s exactly what Justin McLeod did with his dating app, Hinge. After Hinge first launched in 2012, it saw exponential growth. Despite this, McLeod made the risky decision to rebuild his app from scratch in 2016. Why? He felt that the company had strayed too from its original vision or helping people find and build meaningful connections. So instead of remaining the brand that connects “friends with friends,” it rebranded to become “the dating app designed to be deleted.” McLeod’s decision paid off. Today, Hinge is a subsidiary under Match.com, has seen huge growth on a global scale, and is setting up a date every three seconds globally. In this podcast episode, McLeod shares exactly what it took to get through this challenging transition and what’s in store for this beloved dating app in the near future.  If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected].  Key Takeaways McLeod’s own love story, and how it inspired the idea behind Hinge  Why, after years of success, McLeod decided to rebuild his dating app from scratch The reaction of Hinge’s board of directors and team in response to this change  How Hinge fulfills its mission of getting more people out on great dates The type of data that Hinge collects to set itself apart from competitors The power of word-of-mouth when it came to Hinge’s growth  What McLeod thinks are the mistakes he made while building Hinge for the first time (and how he fixed them the second time around)  Why McLeod decided to join forces with Match.com, and how this decision has helped the business scale globally  The type of research that’s happening at Hinge Labs  McLeod’s approach to user testing and product development with Hinge  Why McLeod recommends being firm about your vision but flexible about your tactics
8/18/202045 minutes, 38 seconds
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319: Chase Dimond Teaches You How To Crisis-Proof Your Email Marketing Strategy

Email marketing is one of the most powerful tools that brands can leverage during the pandemic. With face-to-face interactions still being limited and people spending most of their time at home, there has never been a better time to hit ‘send’ on those email campaigns and flows. To help guide you in the right direction, we sat down with Chase Dimond to get his best recommendations on how to crisis-proof your email marketing strategy. Why Dimond? Not only is he the co-founder of Boundless Labs, an email marketing agency that was recently acquired by Structured Social, but he has also helped his clients make over $40 million in email attributable revenue during his career.  In our conversation, Dimond shares specific examples of the most successful email messaging, campaigns, and flows that his clients have used during Covid-19. He also reveals fascinating data on the email marketing trends he’s noticed since the start of the pandemic. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started on your email marketing journey, you’re sure to learn something valuable in this interview.  If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected].  Key Takeaways Dimond’s agency merge with Structured Social  How Dimond is thinking about Covid-19 from a business perspective Examples of email messaging to use during the pandemic  Why Dimond is staying away from fear mongering and focusing on adding value The difference between email campaigns and email flows Which categories of email campaigns are working well for Dimond’s clients The importance of creating an email marketing calendar  Why Dimond recommends splitting your time between campaigns and flows Examples of successful email campaigns Dimond’s clients have run in the past Dimond’s thoughts on giveaways What Structured Social’s data is showing when it comes to open rates, mobile traffic, and the impact of stimulus checks on email marketing Dimond’s recommendations on getting emails prepared for the summer 
8/11/202052 minutes, 38 seconds
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318: Global SaaS Powerhouse ActiveCampaign CEO Jason VandeBoom Talks About the Importance of Following Your Instincts

Founder and CEO of ActiveCampaign Jason Vandeboom sits down with Foundr’s Nathan Chan to discuss his journey from launching a small part-time business to running a global SaaS empire. An email marketing, marketing-automation, and sales CRM platform, Jason owes the company’s success to its “customer first” approach and mindful framework. By throwing out the “product-first SaaS playbook” to a more customer-centric model, ActiveCampaign has evolved from an old-school on-premise contact management company to over 90,000 customers in 161 countries. Jason doesn’t believe in a time-box window for creation, and he discusses his belief that you can create innovation over time. He says that when it comes to building a business that is sustainable and long-term, you have to start with the right framework. With many small businesses facing uncertainty due to Covid-19, ActiveCampaign has made it their mission to provide support and security for their customers. Jason discusses how “there’s a former digital transformation that […] has become a necessity.” Above all, business is about trusting your instincts and trying to find a path that is a different shape to others. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email. Key Takeaways Jason discusses his belief in the importance of staying true to being a small business How ActiveCampaign found its footing as an on-premise contact management businesses Why Jason believes the key to a successful business is customer-first over product-first, and how this can shape creative innovation How ActiveCampaign slowly built its foundations in order to secure 100k paying-active companies and over $100 million in annual recurring revenue Why you should ignore the typical SaaS playbook that insists that in order to obtain growth you will need to upmarket Jason advises that you should always trust your instincts, and allow time for your company to grow. You only need passion, joy, and the strength to find our way through it all.
8/5/202048 minutes, 30 seconds
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317: Rich20Something’s Daniel DiPiazza On Why You Need To Start A Side Hustle

From working as a server at Longhorn Steakhouse, to multiple successful startups, making millions in his 20s, to publishing a best selling book, Daniel DiPiazza knows the entrepreneur's journey like the back of his hand. Here to discuss his upcoming "Start Your Side Hustle" course with Foundr, Daniel is all too familiar with the challenges and doubts faced by today's hustlers, and is here to teach you ways to overcome them. If you want to start a business but don't know where to begin, a low-risk side hustle by freelancing with your existing skills really is the gateway to entrepreneurship. It's extremely affordable with almost literally zero startup cost. In return, you can expect to make great profits with little to no overheads. Daniel has done this multiple times and has a unique method for helping you identify your skills, find clients, and getting them to pay you for your service. If there's any other type of content you'd like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don't hesitate to reach out to us via email. Key Takeaways Daniel discusses his first viral article: Hacking E-Lance, the infamous "butterball story," and how he dominated a job board website Taking the first step towards starting your own business with "sweat equity" Why service-based businesses are the gateway drug to entrepreneurship Why freelancing teaches you all the business essentials Taking the first step; how not to be afraid, what to focus on, and what the competition means for you The importance of building a skill inventory, defining your skill, and seeing where they align Gaining confidence in becoming an entrepreneur and why you don't have to be the best in the world at what you do The fastest way for you to get paid for your big idea
7/28/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 59 seconds
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316: Legendary Investor Ben Horowitz Talks Moving Culture, Enforcing Values, And His Favorite Rap Album

Ben Horowitz is one of the most widely recognized names in the world of entrepreneurship. Not only is he the co-founder of the famous venture capital fund, Andreessen Horowitz, but he's also a respected author and thinker with some of the most innovative ideas when it comes to the way companies are run. In our conversation with Horowitz, we dive deep into the topic of culture—how to create it, move it, and adhere to it. Horowitz also gives us a glimpse into his book, What You Do Is Who You Are, and shares fascinating stories and case studies from it (such as his learnings from prison gang leader, Shaka Senghor). This isn't a podcast episode you want to miss! Whether you're a fan of Horowitz himself or simply want to learn more about the art of crafting a company culture, you're sure to gain tons of insights in this interview. If there's any other type of content you'd like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don't hesitate to reach out to us via email. Key Takeaways The problem that Andreessen Horowitz set out to solve for technical founders  What compelled Horowitz to publish his book, What You Do Is Who You Are What it takes to move a culture  The importance of cohesion between culture and strategy Why you don’t need to establish your company culture on Day 1 What a prison gang leader taught Horowitz about culture and leadership The creative way that Andreessen Horowitz enforces their value to be respectful to entrepreneurs at the firm Horowitz’s thoughts on the culture of Netflix versus McDonald’s   The elements that go into creating a high-performance culture  Differentiating between high performance versus long hours  Why Horowitz looks for courage in founders  Bonus: Horowitz shares his favorite rap album from 2019
7/21/202052 minutes, 13 seconds
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315: From Elaborate Events to a Major Ski Resort: How the Summit Brand Expanded Into A Global Empire

In 2008, Jeff Rosenthal and his co-founders Elliott Bisnow and Brett Leve convinced 19 people they admired to go on a ski trip with them to Park City, Utah. They wanted to spend one-on-one time with this small group of thought leaders to learn from them and glean some knowledge. Little did they know that this was only the beginning of their long and successful entrepreneurial journey. What started off as a small event production company has morphed into a global behemoth that includes everything from nonprofits to funds to a major ski resort that all fall under the Summit brand. While the company is still primarily known for its famous invitation-only events, its biggest impact is its tight-knit community of innovative, creative individuals from around the world. In this podcast episode, Rosenthal talks about Summit’s explosive growth, what it takes to host a truly extraordinary event, and more entrepreneurial gold. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected]. Key Takeaways What inspired Rosenthal and his co-founders to start their event production company Summit in 2008 How Summit expanded into a family of companies, nonprofits, and funds over the last 12 years What makes a spectacular event, according to Rosenthal Why Rosenthal believes “keep it real” is terrible advice when it comes to events, and what he recommends instead The importance of leadership when it comes to event planning The correlation between creativity and capital How Rosenthal manages to lead the multiple entities under Summit The best advice on delegation Rosenthal received from his mentor Why profitability isn’t the only measure of an event’s success What it takes to attract top-notch speakers (and how to set them up for success) The way Rosenthal approaches balancing quality of experience and scaling
7/14/202058 minutes, 56 seconds
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314: From Stay-At-Home Mom to an $845M Acquisition: How Drunk Elephant’s Tiffany Masterson Made The Leap

When Tiffany Masterson was a stay-at-home mom, she was always looking for ways to make a little extra money. So when the opportunity came around to start selling a brand of bar cleanser as a side hustle, she didn’t think much of it. Little did she know that she would soon develop a passion for skincare, cultivate her own philosophy around what skincare should look like, and launch Drunk Elephant—a brand that was eventually sold to Shiseido in 2019 for a whopping $845 million. In this podcast episode, Masterson takes us through her unexpected journey as an entrepreneur—from having her brother-in-law as her first investor to snagging a partnership with Sephora, to building an incredible company culture. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected]. Key Takeaways How Masterson, a stay-at-home mom of four children, started selling bar cleanser as a side hustle Why she developed a fascination with the world of skincare Masterson’s skincare philosophy, and how she started to create her dream product on paper What it was like to have her brother-in-law as her first investor Why Masterson kept the launch of Drunk Elephant in 2013 as minimal as possible How Drunk Elephant caught the eye of Sephora The cost of formulating, producing, and packaging 5,000 units of six products The tough financial conversations Masterson had to have Why Masterson chose to take things day-by-day instead of looking too far into the future The biggest trap Masterson believes most founders fall into How Masterson has kept her turnover rate at less than 2% since 2013 The reason why people get excited about the Drunk Elephant brand Why Masterson doesn’t believe in trying to “outcompete” other brands
7/7/202051 minutes, 29 seconds
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313: Surviving a Failing Startup and Thriving in the Midst of Crisis, With Rippling Founder Parker Conrad

Parker Conrad is no stranger to hard times. His first startup, Wikinvest, failed to take off during the seven years he was with the company. He then had a falling out with his co-founder, which caused him to leave and start over. Conrad’s next venture, Zenefits, faced scrutiny while he served as the CEO. And now, his current company Rippling is feeling the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. But Conrad’s strength has always been approaching problems with a realistic and humble attitude. Despite the fact that Rippling’s existing customer base has shrunk since the pandemic hit, the company's top-of-funnel performance hasn’t been impacted. They’re setting up record numbers of demos and doubling down on product investment. Most importantly, Conrad is being strategic about finances and still has three years of runway left. In this podcast episode, Conrad shares his most honest thoughts on the challenges of Covid-19, what he’s been doing to get through this transition, and what he thinks other struggling founders should do. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected]. Key Takeaways Conrad’s most challenging chapter as an entrepreneur of a failing startup, and why he chose to stay for seven years The pain point that inspired the idea for Zenefits How Rippling provides an employee system that goes beyond HR How the pandemic impacted Rippling’s existing customer base Why Conrad is focused on burn, and what he’s doing to maintain runway The importance of acknowledging what’s not working while also looking toward a more promising future Why Conrad hates working from home, and how he got through the difficult transition Conrad’s unpopular advice for struggling founders
6/30/202040 minutes, 41 seconds
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312: How HubSpot’s Dharmesh Shah Challenged The Cold Call And Introduced An Entirely New Approach To Marketing

It’s not every day that an entrepreneur creates an entirely new industry category and a nine-figure company at the same time. But that’s exactly what Dharmesh Shah did when he started HubSpot. Before the company launched in 2006, marketing relied solely on outbound tactics such as cold calling, purchasing billboards, and buying email lists. Shah and his co-founder Brian Halligan saw an opportunity to completely change the game. Together, they founded the concept of inbound marketing, which is all about creating value for your audience to draw them into your company. Since then, HubSpot has quickly become the most respected and recognized brand within the marketing world—known not only for being the inventor and category king of inbound marketing, but also for adopting an incredible company culture. In this interview, Shah touches on all these topics and shares his biggest takeaways from serving as the co-founder and CTO of HubSpot. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected]. Key Takeaways How Shah and his co-founder Brian Halligan simultaneously came up with the idea for HubSpot and an entirely new category of marketing The biggest challenges of inbound marketing in the early days Why Shah decided not to trademark the term “inbound,” and how this decision helped the inbound marketing movement flourish The history behind HubSpot’s famous 128-slide Culture Code deck Shah’s tips for keeping culture consistent across a decentralized team Why Shah recommends approaching your company culture as a product What Shah and his team do to make sure their customers and employees stay happy How a maniacal obsession with your craft will help you find success
6/23/202043 minutes, 36 seconds
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311: How InCountry’s Peter Yared Turns Ideas Into Companies That Sell For Millions

Peter Yared has a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur. Not only has he built and sold six different B2B enterprise companies (making more than $500 million in exits), but he’s also lived through three different recessions and managed to stay afloat through them all. In this conversation with our CEO Nathan Chan, Yared dives deep into the world of software businesses and takes us through his process of coming up with an idea, turning it into a company, and successfully selling it. He also explains the most important lessons from the three previous recessions he’s lived through, as well as what he’s learned during the current pandemic. Whether you’re an engineer who wants to step into the world of entrepreneurship or a business owner who is struggling with the impact of Covid-19, this episode is jam-packed with helpful knowledge! If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected]. Key Takeaways How Yared initially fell in love with programming Yared’s journey to building and selling six B2B enterprise companies Why software businesses usually end up being bought out An overview of Yared’s most successful exits How Yared decides when to turn an idea into an actual company (and why he prefers to call them “projects”) The importance of being part of trends Why Yared’s last five projects started off self-funded Yared’s best advice for engineers The idea of push vs. pull selling Why Yared doesn’t believe the superior product always wins How to use an engineering perspective to successfully go to market How Yared managed the impact of Covid-19 for his global company Yared’s best advice based on his experience with multiple recessions, and how the current pandemic compares
6/22/202049 minutes, 33 seconds
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310: How To Convert Your Passion Into A Profitable Online Course, With Teachable’s Ankur Nagpal

What does it take to create, market, and sell a profitable online course? This question is likely on the minds of many people⁠, especially now that the pandemic is pushing people to turn to online courses as a way to level up their skill sets. Ankur Nagpal has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to this topic, from running his startup Teachable for the past six years to growing his online course platform to host 50,000 creators and reaching over 30 million people since its launch. Nagpal shares insights on everything from how to create a full-time income from an online course to best practices to follow as a beginner course creator. He also predicts what the future of the online course industry looks like. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected]. Key Takeaways How Nagpal got started with Teachable, the startup that converts passions into online courses The three factors that are contributing to the growth of the online course market How the pandemic has impacted Teachable What it takes to create a full-time income from an online course business The importance of an NPS, and how it distinguishes the top 1% of courses Nagpal’s best practices for online course creation, especially for first-timers Strategies to drive more sales How to overcome limiting self beliefs Nagpal’s best advice when it comes to niches, tools, and list building A look into the future of the online course industry What Teachable’s recent acquisition means for the future of the business
6/16/202056 minutes, 40 seconds
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309: Mighty Networks Founder is Fueling the Passion Economy by Creating Opportunities for Online Course Creators

Gina Bianchini has always loved working with creators. That’s why she co-founded Ning, an online platform for people and organizations to create custom social networks, with Marc Andreessen in 2005. Even after leaving Ning, she couldn’t stay away from the world of creators for long so she launched Mighty Networks in 2017. Since then, the team at Mighty Networks has been obsessed with serving “creators with a purpose.” The platform powers brands and businesses that bring people together via online courses, paid memberships, events, content, and community. In this podcast episode, Bianchini explains why she’s so passionate about providing more opportunities for creators. She also shares her best recommendations when it comes to creating successful online courses and communities, and how her team at Mighty Networks approaches these goals within their own platform. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected]. Key Takeaways Why Bianchini has always loved working with creators A brief history of Bianchini’s first company, Ning, and why she left in 2010 The three pillars that inspired the idea for Mighty Networks Why Bianchini believes in the power of small communities The reason why creators want to get away from Facebook Groups, and why it’s beneficial to encourage this migration The story of why Bianchini launched her own online course, and why it’s the best thing she’s ever done What makes a successful course The most important things to know about community building in 2020
6/10/202049 minutes, 13 seconds
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308: How Henrik Werdelin Built a 9-Figure Subscription Box Business for Dogs

Henrik Werdelin has never been about chasing money, power, or fame. Instead, his focus has always been on creating cool things with people he enjoys being around. That’s exactly how BarkBox, now one of many subsidiaries under BARK, came to be. Despite Werdelin’s non-material approach to BARK, the dog subscription box company has exploded in popularity since its launch in 2012. Today, it boasts hundreds of thousands of subscribers and it is a nine-figure business. In our conversation, Werdelin shares the most important learnings he’s collected as an entrepreneur—from finding the right funding option for your business to maintaining the right headspace during challenging times. Werdelin also gives us a glimpse into BARK’s incredible company culture and how he managed to build a quirky, kind, and smart team of people to pave the path for the organization. As a bonus, we also get a sneak peek into Werdelin’s book, “The Acorn Method” to understand how companies can grow in an ever-changing environment. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected]. Key Takeaways Why Werdelin and his co-founders decided to start creating cool stuff for dogs in 2012 The funny story of how Werdelin met one of his co-founders in a heart-shaped bed on a cruise ship What the pet industry was like when BarkBox first entered the market Werdelin’s advice on finding the right funding option for your business How BARK has dealt with the pandemic, and why the pet industry is recession proof The importance of staying in a good headspace during tough times How Werdelin and his co-founders approach leadership and decision-making Why BARK is an inside-out brand, and what that means A sneak peek into Werdelin’s new book, “The Acorn Method” and the advice it shares on how companies can continue growing during uncertain times Werdelin’s best advice for entrepreneurs who are struggling during the pandemic
6/9/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 46 seconds
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307: Basecamp’s David Heinemeier Hansson On What A Productive Workplace Should Look Like

As we start thinking about re-opening our businesses and offices after Covid-19, many people are wondering what the new “normal” will look like. While co-founder of Basecamp David Heinemeier Hansson doesn’t know for sure what the outcome will be, he certainly has an idea of what the new world of work should look like. As one of the biggest advocates of remote work, Hansson is hopeful that more and more companies will see the benefits of allowing employees to choose how and where they want to work. But his vision for work doesn’t stop there. Hansson is also passionate about creating an environment where employees can protect at least a few hours of their day to accomplish deep work. This means no daily stand ups, no open calendars, and no unnecessary distractions that take away from your ability to get s*** done—an approach that’s imbued in Basecamp’s own culture. If you’re fascinated by the topics of remote work and productivity, you don’t want to miss out on this conversation with Hansson. If there’s any other content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected]. Key Takeaways The email from Hansson to Jason Fried that eventually led to the birth of Basecamp Why it’s difficult to tell what the new “normal” for work will be after Covid-19 A look at the most common misconceptions about remote work, and how the pandemic has proven them to be false Why Hansson believes we need to focus less on the number of hours we work and more on the quality of those hours The reason why Basecamp isn’t renewing the lease for its Chicago office Why Hansson doesn’t believe in daily stand ups and open calendars How to maximize deep work Why Basecamp’s approach to work is less about productivity, and more about human health and happiness A sneak peek into Hansson’s upcoming project, HEY Why the phrase ASAP is overused What Hansson’s schedule looks like on most days
6/2/20201 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds
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306: From Myspace To Jam City: Chris DeWolfe Breaks Down His 25 Years Of Experience As An Entrepreneur

Chris DeWolfe excels at creating massive user bases—a skill he has demonstrated with two companies you’ll likely recognize: Myspace and Jam City. After DeWolfe launched the biggest social network of its time in 2003, it was only a matter of months before Myspace completely took off and attracted millions of users around the world. Only two years after the start of his company, DeWolfe sold the platform for $580 million. But he wasn’t done yet. When DeWolfe asked himself ‘what’s next?’ he found himself drawn to the world of gaming. Not only was it easy to scale, but he also believed the current trends pointed toward an explosion in gaming. He wasn’t wrong. Today, Jam City is known for famous mobile games like Cookie Jam and Pop! and Panda, and it’s still going strong to keep up with the growing demand of casual gamers. In this interview, DeWolfe discusses the hyper growth of his companies, how to stay focused when running such a behemoth of a company, and what it takes to build massive user bases. If there’s any other content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected]. Key Takeaways How DeWolfe built the largest website in the world and the biggest social network of its time, Myspace The trends in pop culture and technology that led to the launch of Myspace in 2003 A look into the rapid growth and eventual sale of Myspace in 2005 for $580 million How Myspace created a roadmap for companies like Spotify and YouTube The top three lessons DeWolfe learned from his journey with Myspace How DeWolfe figured out his next step into the world of mobile gaming Why Jam City targets an underserved audience for gamers The acquisition of Mindjolt How to be a great storyteller and create amazing games What’s exciting for DeWolfe in the future of the mobile gaming business What it takes to build large user bases Why DeWolfe recommends taking measured risks in the pursuit of innovation A sneak peek into Jam City’s latest upcoming mobile game
5/26/202054 minutes, 42 seconds
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305: Dropbox’s Drew Houston on Continuous Learning, Decision Making, and Fixing the Way We Work

By now, the story is legend. When Drew Houston boarded a bus from Boston to New York and discovered that he had—yet again—forgotten to bring his thumb drive, he was frustrated. So frustrated that he sat down and began writing the first lines of code of what would eventually become Dropbox. After over a decade of changing the way files are stored, synced, and shared, Houston is changing the way people work, once again. This time, to solve a problem that likely plagues every single knowledge worker today: our fragmented, overcomplicated workspaces. In this episode, you’ll learn more about Houston’s journey—from ideation to launch—with Dropbox Spaces, as well as the most important lessons he’s collected while building a multibillion-dollar company with over 500 million users. Key Takeaways The relatable experience that inspired Houston to come up with the idea for Dropbox Why Houston doesn’t believe there’s any “magic” involved in building a multibillion-dollar company The importance of decision making and learning continuously on the job How a conversation with a SpaceX engineer sparked the vision behind Dropbox Spaces Houston’s advice on “harvesting” versus “planting” when it comes to your business Why Houston is such a huge believer in intentionally designing your environment—at work and with your personal relationships
5/19/202043 minutes, 53 seconds
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304: Alex Osterwalder On Why Products, Technology, And Price Aren’t Enough To Keep Your Company Competitive

Alex Osterwalder is primarily known for developing the Business Model Canvas, a template that helps startups develop and document new or existing business models. In this interview, Osterwalder shares his best insights into the world of business models—ideas that are especially applicable now as entrepreneurs try to launch businesses during Covid-19. He explains why products, technology, and price alone aren’t enough to keep your company competitive. Osterwalder also breaks down the innovative models that Apple, Netflix, and Nintendo have used to become industry leaders (and why even these behemoths aren’t safe from disruption). We also get a sneak peek into Osterwalder’s latest book called “The Invincible Company.” Not only does it contain an entire library of business models for companies of all sizes, but it also provides guidance on how startups can continuously reinvent themselves to stay ahead of the curve. If there’s any other content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected]. Key Takeaways How Osterwalder came to study business models in graduate school Insight into Osterwalder’s latest book, “The Invincible Company” Why companies can’t compete on products, technology, and price alone (and why your business model can provide the ultimate competitive edge) The scalability of business models Why companies need to transcend industry boundaries The reason why Osterwalder urges entrepreneurs to test before they build How Apple, Netflix, and Nintendo are prime case studies of innovative business models in action—but why even they’re not safe from disruption Osterwalder’s stance on the “magic bullet” when it comes to business models (hint: there isn’t one)
5/19/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 56 seconds
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303: Ballsy’s Adam Hendle Talks Community Engagement, Customer Acquisition, And Leaning Into The Pandemic

Adam Hendle’s company, Ballsy, is eye-catching and humorous, which are some of the most defining characteristics of the brand. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t take his business seriously. On the contrary, Hendle is obsessed with producing the highest quality products and finding creative ways to take his company to the next level. This is exactly how he brought in over $10 million in sales in just two years. And now, during the Covid-19 pandemic, he is still finding opportunities to grow. In this podcast episode, Hendle discusses his unique approach to everything from community engagement to customer acquisition. He also opens up about his most challenging moments in business and explains how he finds opportunities in unexpected times and places (such as during a pandemic). This is a conversation you don’t want to miss! If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected]. Want some training on ecommerce? Check out our free masterclasses: FREE Masterclass: Start a Profitable Online Store (In 12 Weeks or Less) FREE Masterclass: Discover the “5 Core Drivers” Behind Today’s Fastest-Growing 7-Figure Stores Key Takeaways What’s changed with Ballsy since the last time we talked to Hendle An overview of Ballsy’s growth from a sales, marketing, and team perspective How Covid-19 gave Hendle’s brand an opportunity for growth The approach Hendle took to lean into customer demand for subscriptions and stocking up on products How Ballsy stays engaged with its community in fun and creative ways A deep dive into one of Ballsy’s most unique customer acquisition channels: podcast advertisements Why it’s important to test your assumptions Insight into some of the biggest business obstacles Hendle has had to face Why Hendle has Ballsy’s influencers on a monthly retainer The reason why product quality is paramount to the Ballsy brand
5/12/202055 minutes, 10 seconds
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302: Serial Ecommerce Entrepreneur Rory Boyle On How He Survived (And Thrived) During The Pandemic

All three of Rory Boyle’s ecommerce businesses were negatively impacted by Covid-19. But thanks to his strategic—and insanely fast—pivot, two of his companies are now making double the revenue they were before and one (which historically made most of its money through conferences) is still pulling in around 50% of what it used to make. How did Boyle recover so quickly from the pandemic? In this interview, we were lucky enough to get a detailed analysis around his thought process and strategic decisions. Boyle takes us through how he shifted his sales and marketing tactics (which still includes getting on the phone) and explains how he’s using this time as an opportunity to give back to his community and customers. He also shares tons of tips around scaling sales efforts, the art of cadence emails, and other tactics you can use to grow your revenue. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected] to let us know. If you need want some training on ecommerce, check out our Free Masterclasses: Learn How You Can Start a Profitable Online Store (In 12 Weeks or Less)Discover the “5 Core Drivers” Behind Today’s Fastest-Growing 7-Figure Stores Key Takeaways The origin stories of Hampers With Bite, Promotions Warehouse, and Snacks With Bite What Boyle means when he says to “control the controllables” How COVID-19 impacted all 3 of Boyle’s businesses—and how he pivoted all of them at breakneck speed The approach Boyle is taking to sales and marketing during the pandemic (and why his team is still hopping on the phone to talk to customers) Why Boyle believes every ecommerce entrepreneur needs to be thinking about the next step instead of focusing on current performance How Boyle is giving back to his community and customers How he’s planning around stocking challenges, especially for the upcoming holidays A super deep dive into Boyle’s best sales tactics and strategies Why Boyle would encourage entrepreneurs to launch their business in today’s climate
5/11/202059 minutes, 46 seconds
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301: 8-Figure Ecommerce Founder Reveals His Best Insights For Ecommerce Entrepreneurs Struggling Through Covid-19

Today, we’re excited to share another valuable interview to help you overcome business challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic. We had the opportunity to pick the brain of Ashwin Sokke, the founder of WOW Skin Science. His global 8-figure skincare and haircare business is extremely popular in India and across the U.S., and it has been a top-selling brand on Amazon for the last four years in those countries. In this interview, Sokke shares how his company dealt with the impact of Covid-19 which shut down half of his business for several weeks. For businesses who are going through similar pains, he provides incredible insights across many topics—from how to communicate with customers (he believes we should be sending them more emails and texts during this time) to getting creative with your marketing tactics (remember giveaways?). Sokke even digs down into the nitty gritty and breaks down his thoughts on subscription models, ad investments, and SKUs. We believe this conversation will be valuable for any entrepreneur to listen to, especially those with ecommerce businesses. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected] to let us know. If you need want some training on ecommerce, check out our Free Masterclasses: Learn How You Can Start a Profitable Online Store (In 12 Weeks or Less)Discover the “5 Core Drivers” Behind Today’s Fastest-Growing 7-Figure Stores Key Takeaways How Sokke got into the health and beauty space The path to growing WOW Skin Science in India and the U.S. and becoming a top-selling brand on Amazon Why Sokke develops all of his products from scratch A glimpse into the company’s incredible numbers: 8-figure revenue and 370% growth in the U.S. last year The impact that Covid-19 had on Sokke’s global company Why Sokke believes companies should be sending more emails during this time (and how to be strategic about it) Why giveaways have been a successful tactic during Covid-19 An overview on a winning stock keeping unit (SKU) Sokke’s thoughts on how to win with subscription models The best advice Sokke can offer to the community during Covid-19
5/5/202057 minutes, 22 seconds
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300: [Special 300th Episode] Rich20Something’s Daniel DiPiazza And Foundr’s Nathan Chan Dive Deep Into the World of Instagram

The latest installment of the Foundr podcast is a landmark—our 300th episode! So to mark the occasion, we’ve got something a little different for you today. Daniel DiPiazza, the founder of Rich20Something, was on the cover of Foundr Magazine last year, and today, he returns to Foundr to “reverse interview” our own CEO, Nathan Chan, ahead of the relaunch of Foundr’s beloved Instagram Domination course. Together, Nathan and Daniel share the details of how they each found success on Instagram for their respective brands. They also explore Instagram’s algorithms, how it compares to other social media platforms, and the right way to use this powerful tool during the Covid-19 pandemic. Plus, they swap stories about their friendly competition, their time in the “Motivation Mafia,” and more! If you want to learn more about our remastered Instagram Domination course when it launches, sign up for the Free VIP waitlist here (Get a FREE Lesson!). Key Takeaways The reason for this special “reverse interview” How Nathan and Daniel got started on Instagram and are still finding success with the platform today Why Instagram is the most powerful tool for both personal branding and ecommerce A glimpse into Instagram’s algorithms and metrics Why Instagram needs to be about more than just follower numbers How Instagram can be a powerful tool through the current pandemic A throwback story about the “Motivation Mafia” Why Nathan would still pick Instagram as his platform of choice if he were to start a new company today A comparison of Instagram vs. YouTube How Daniel’s Instagram account helped him seal a six-figure book deal The question that stumped Nathan (and why he prefers to focus on the present) Why Daniel owes Nathan a trip to San Sebastián
4/29/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 10 seconds
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299: From $0 To $20M In 2 Years: How Happy Skin Co. Founder Dylan Mullan Went Viral

Dylan Mullan took an extremely unconventional path to entrepreneurship. While he was in school, Mullan was convinced he wanted to be a lawyer, until he started taking classes at university and realized that he hated them. After that, he spontaneously took an acting course and spent almost five years as an actor. It was eventually a desire to have more control over his life that led him and his business partner to launch Happy Skin Co together. Through a mixture of hard work, strategic decisions, and a deep investment in understanding their target customer, Mullan managed to grow his at-home hair removal business from $0 to $20 million in just two years. In this interview, Mullan maps out exactly what this path to explosive growth looked like. He breaks down his approach to everything from market research to Facebook ads and explains why mindset is ultimately an entrepreneur’s most valuable tool. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected] to let us know. Key Takeaways The path from aspiring lawyer to aspiring actor, and how Mullan eventually wound up in the world of entrepreneurship A look into Happy Skin Co’s early days, from long nights of planning to packaging products in Mullan’s living room with friends and family The turning points that catapulted the company from $0 to $20 million in 2 years How Mullan approached market research and influencer marketing in the early days What the impact of Covid-19 has looked like for Mullan and his team, and the new opportunities it has opened up Mullan’s best advice when it comes to creating profitable Facebook ads An overview of the Happy Skin Co product development process and a sneak peek into what’s next How to deal with industry copycats Why Mullan is a huge advocate for visualization and believing in yourself
4/21/202057 minutes, 49 seconds
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298: Serial Entrepreneur Josh Snow’s Approach to Influencers, Recurring Revenue, and Paid Ads During a Pandemic

Josh Snow always finds ways to thrive in difficult situations. Growing up, his family didn’t have a lot of money, and he wanted to help them cover basic expenses. So Snow taught himself how to create websites at his local library, which is how he stumbled into entrepreneurship. He eventually took that knowledge and built a software company from the ground up, which he sold by the age of 21. Now Snow runs multiple successful businesses—with the most prominent one being his nine-figure teeth whitening business, Snow. And he’s still finding ways to overcome adversity. Just as most businesses have been impacted by COVID-19, Snow also took a huge hit in terms of sales, with its conversion rates cut in half when the pandemic first emerged. However, by making fast, strategic changes, Snow got his company through the temporary setback and is today seeing higher-than-average sales on its site. In this interview, Snow shares exactly how he made the necessary changes to his business. He also provides advice to other online businesses on how to get through this time by adjusting everything from your subscription model to your approach to influencer relations strategy. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected] to let us know. Key Takeaways How Snow stumbled into entrepreneurship through necessity The journey to selling his first software company at the age of 21 Why Snow believes adversity gives you the opportunity to pause and reprioritize The inspiration behind Snow, and how it grew to be a nine-figure business How the company has been affected by COVID-19, and the changes Snow made to help his business bounce back and make more sales than before the pandemic Snow’s recommendations on how to adjust your subscription products, influencer relations, and paid ads strategy during this time The importance of evolving and meeting your customer where they’re at Why Snow believes you have to be an “everything” person if you want a successful business Advice on using Shopify vs. funnels The choice between hunting rabbits vs. elephants (metaphorically)
4/15/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 48 seconds
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297: Steve Blank’s 3-Step Process to Help Businesses Cope With COVID-19

Steve Blank is a legend in Silicon Valley. In addition to launching eight startups in 21 years, he’s also a well-known author and educator at Stanford University, Columbia University, and the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Having worked in the realm of entrepreneurship for so long, Blank has survived some of the worst recessions in U.S. history and has first-hand experience of what it’s like to keep your business afloat under high-pressure circumstances—knowledge that’s directly applicable to the COVID-19 global health crisis. In this interview, Blank shares his three-step process for what every business needs to do right now to survive the pandemic. He breaks down everything from calculating your burn rate to reassessing the way you work with your team. Blank also shares his own personal experiences with the 2008 recession and dot-com bubble. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected] to let us know. Key Takeaways Why Blank believes today’s entrepreneurs should listen to the advice of seasoned founders The three-step process Blank recommends to understand where your business is headed, from calculating finances to reassessing business models The biggest lessons Blank learned during the 2008 recession and dot-com bubble Why Blank believes in planning for the morning after The importance of high-level execution during times like today How to think about recalibrating in terms of retaining staff and hiring The importance of setting expectations—whether in your marketing or management Why this pandemic could be an opportunity to re-evaluate how you want to spend your life
4/7/202059 minutes, 33 seconds
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296: How Invitation Homes CEO Dallas Tanner Scaled a Multibillion-Dollar Home Rental Company at Breakneck Speed

CEO Dallas Tanner on the breakneck creation and growth of multibillion-dollar home rental company Invitation Homes. Like a lot of successful businesses, Invitation Homes was a seemingly overnight hit that had been in the making for many years. “We bought the first 30,000 homes in the first 18 months,” says CEO Dallas Tanner, of the single-family home rental company. Based on that burst of early success, it might seem as though Tanner did the impossible—come up with a brilliant idea, instantly get buy-in from an investor, and reap immediate rewards. But long before Invitation Homes launched in 2012, Tanner had already cut his teeth in the home rental business. During college, he bought a couple of houses with his dad and managed them while going to class. He later founded the Treehouse Group Companies, which focused on workforce housing in the Southwest. So, when Tanner set out to start Invitation Homes, he did so with a large body of experience, knowledge, and accomplishments in his chosen field. That could have had something to do with the quick traction he got at Blackstone, his early capital partner and provider of funds for those 30,000 homes. “High speed, low drag,” Tanner says of their initial goal. There was an intense focus on getting out there, scaling up, and achieving meaningful gain in as short a time as possible. Were they worried, though, that the swift pace might blind them to any turbulence ahead? “If you’re building an airplane while flying it, there’s always a risk that you may miss a step. We were lucky to have no major issues and that’s because we were comfortable in the area we were building. We knew it and understood it.” That early work and knowledge of the industry paid off. In 2017, Invitation Homes went public with an initial share price of $20. Two years later, it hovers between $29-30 per share, a 48% increase. Blackstone sold its remaining shares (11%) of the company in November 2019 for $1.7 billion, bringing Blackstone’s total profit from IH to $7 billion. “As we think about our business, we’ve gotten more and more efficient here in year seven,” he says. “We’re focused on the kinds of things that deliver a really good customer experience but make us as optimized as possible.” For example, the inaugural days of the business found technicians switching out locks each time a home got a new resident. New tech eventually provided the option of electronic entry, which Invitation incorporated into its homes. Now, when a resident moves out and a new one moves in, only the code needs to be changed. This made the move-in experience that much smoother for new residents and saved time for the team. Remember, though, that the quest for good systems shouldn’t overwhelm everything. “You’ve got to spend your time being as efficient as possible, but driving growth at the same time,” Tanner says. “It’s always a balancing act.” He acknowledges that it also takes some luck and good timing. “But, the only way those things go your way is if you’re head down and going hard.” Interview by Nathan Chan, feature article reprinted from Foundr Magazine, by Rebeca Seitz
3/31/202044 minutes, 30 seconds
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295: How 12RND Fitness Founder Tim West Beat His Competitors to the Punch

Believe it or not, there are many parallels between the world of boxing and the world of entrepreneurship. Tim West is familiar with both. As the founder of the fastest-growing global boxing franchise, 12RND Fitness, West has had his feet squarely planted in both realms for many years. He started his journey working in brick-and-mortar fitness centers before jumping into tech entrepreneurship, and eventually launched 12RND Fitness in 2014, which quickly exploded across Australia and is now expanding globally. In fact, West is in the process of opening up their first locations in New Zealand, Singapore, London, and Los Angeles this year. In this interview, West dives deep into his thoughts on the franchising model, his biggest lessons from working in tech, and his approach to overcoming obstacles. Check out the full conversation below! Key Takeaways How West worked his way up the rungs of the fitness ladder—from aspiring professional athlete to strength and conditioning coach Why he jumped at the opportunity to open up one of the first franchises for Jetts Fitness, the first 24-hour gym in Australia West’s first foray into tech, and the most important lessons he picked up along the way Why West decided to return to brick-and-mortar fitness, and how he came up with the MVP for 12RND Fitness How West pressure-tested his business model across Australia The reason West tested his business for two whole years before opening up to franchisees A sneak peek into West’s data-driven approach to working with franchisees Why West is grateful for his struggles
3/25/20201 hour, 42 seconds
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294: Responding to COVID-19: What Entrepreneurs Should Be Doing Right Now

As a founder, you’re likely feeling a lot of stress and anxiety around the current situation with COVID-19. While we hope your business isn’t being too heavily impacted, we want to let you know that we’re always here for you and want to help in any way we can. We’ve been mulling over how we could be the most useful to the Foundr community and decided it would be incredibly valuable to sit down and talk to Steve McLeod. McLeod is uniquely equipped to share advice about the current circumstances for many reasons: he’s a business coach that has guided thousands of organizations through challenging situations (including Foundr); he founded his own company called Fire And Safety, which is now a $20 million business; and he’s a former firefighter who dealt with many disasters during his eight-year tenure. In this interview, we touch on many topics—from managing cash flow reserves to communicating with customers to adjusting your mindset—that we hope you’ll find helpful as we navigate this unfamiliar territory together. Whether you’re getting ready to launch a new business or are already running a seven-figure company, the contents of this interview should be applicable for entrepreneurs at every stage. If there’s any other type content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected] to let us know. Key Takeaways How McLeod’s background as a firefighter, founder, and mentor is allowing him to guide businesses today through the COVID-19 pandemic The importance of understanding where your business is today: positioned for growth or in survival mode? Why you need to be transparent with your teams, regardless of your current situation McLeod’s advice: cut costs but don’t stop your sales and marketing efforts Why you need to focus on your existing customers and how you can help them How to keep your mindset clear during this stressful time Why connection, discipline, and alignment are more critical than ever before An overview of cash flow reserves, and how much you should have in the bank now The reason why McLeod doesn’t believe it’s the right time for work-life balance How to be a good leader in unprecedented circumstances Why leaders need to be asking themselves the tough questions today more than ever McLeod’s advice for businesses that are thinking about launching soon
3/21/20201 hour, 1 minute, 54 seconds
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291: X Prize Founder Peter Diamandis Talks About Creating a Blueprint For The Future

When Peter Diamandis was a kid, there were two life-changing moments that shaped him into the person he is today: the launch of the Apollo space program and the release of Star Trek. These two events inspired Diamandis’ love of space and taught him to always keep his eyes on the future. It’s no surprise then that Diamandis went on launch over 20 companies in the areas of space, longevity, venture capital, and education. Diamandis has also dedicated himself to supporting others who make an impact on the world, which is why he founded the venture fund BOLD Capital Partners, the X Prize Foundation, and Singularity University—all organizations focused on promoting technologies that have the potential to improve society. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on what it takes to build a sustainable business, his predictions for industries like education and healthcare, and what he’s most excited about in terms of future innovations. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss! Key Takeaways Why Diamandis ended up going to medical school, despite his love of space How Diamandis carved out his own life path, which led to him starting 20+ companies in the areas of space, longevity, venture capital, and education His predictions on which industries will transition from a scarcity to an abundance mindset The golden rule Diamandis always follows whenever he prioritizes what to work on next Why Diamandis believes a person’s mindset is the most valuable asset they own The inspiration behind Diamandis’ latest book, The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives What excites Diamandis most about the future, and why he feels optimistic about what’s to come
3/3/202057 minutes, 9 seconds
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288: Catena Media’s Erik Bergman Talks IPOs, Affiliate Marketing, And Finding Meaning In Life

Erik Bergman’s entrepreneurial journey started with trading hockey cards on the playground. When Bergman realized that owning coveted sports memorabilia made him feel valued and won him friends, he became obsessed. As he got older, his focus eventually shifted from trading cards to making cash. After a brief stint as a professional gambler, Bergman co-founded a website consultancy firm called Catena Media in 2012. The affiliate-based marketing company focused on the online gambling industry and eventually IPOd at €160 million. Despite achieving the wealth Bergman had relentlessly chased since his youth, he was still unhappy. So he set out to learn the true path to fulfillment and eventually found deeper meaning in his life through charity work with his latest project, Great.com. Check out this interview to learn more about Bergman’s journey to finding happiness and the most important lessons he learned along the way. Key Takeaways How trading hockey cards instilled a sense of entrepreneurship in Bergman from a young age Bergman’s brief stint as a professional poker player Why Bergman and his best friend Emil Thidell launched a gambling-focused website consultancy agency From making side-hustle money to officially launching Catena Media How strategic website acquisitions helped Catena Media skyrocket The long and difficult road to IPO Why Bergman found himself in a dark place, despite his newfound wealth How Bergman became involved in charity work and discovered his “splash of color” The inspiration behind Great.com
2/12/202058 minutes, 44 seconds
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287: How July Founder Richard Li Grew His Luggage Company From $0 to $5 Million in 1 Year

Richard Li puts customer service above all when it comes to his luggage company, July. This unfaltering commitment is why he personally makes house calls to address complaints and why he recently hand-delivered packages after realizing that some customers wouldn’t receive the luggage they ordered in time for the holidays. But this high level of service is only a small piece of Li’s success story with July. Li, who has previous entrepreneurial experience from his furniture company Brosa, has also figured out a “magic” formula for manufacturing, marketing, and selling physical products. He used this knowledge to grow July from $0 to $5 million in revenue in just a year. And now he’s looking forward to opening up additional retail stores, introducing more products, allowing for more luggage personalization, and expanding into international markets in 2020. If you want to learn more about what it takes to launch and scale a business that revolves around a physical product, be sure to give our interview a listen! Also be sure to check out our latest online course, Ecommerce Masters, where Richard Li is one of the five instructors teaching advanced ecommerce skills. ATTENTION: We're excited to announce that Richard Li has partnered with Foundr to teach one of the modules in our course, Ecommerce Masters. Get on the Free VIP Waitlist to be notified when we open enrollment! Get a FREE Lesson from Our Course: Ecommerce Masters! Learn the FASTEST Path to a Million-Dollar Store Key Takeaways The opportunity Li saw in Australia’s furniture market that led him to launch Brosa Why he stepped back from Brosa after five years to focus completely on his new direct-to-consumer luggage company, July An overview of July’s funding journey, go-to-market strategy, and first sale The journey from $0 to $5 million in one year How to find a manufacturer that can grow with your company Why Li offers July customers a 100-day trial and lifetime warranty The rules of product development that Li follows Why Li decided to follow the direct-to-consumer trend of opening up a physical store July’s four growth pillars for 2020 Li’s best advice for entrepreneurs building a business around a physical product
2/4/202058 minutes, 27 seconds
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286: How Annex Products Co-Founder Rob Ward Used the Power of Prediction to Build a Multimillion-Dollar Company

Rob Ward always seems to be one step ahead. Before Kickstarter took off, Ward and his co-founder Chris Peters launched two successful campaigns on the platform, funding Opena and Quad Lock—the two products that led to the founding of Annex Products. Then Ward was early to the Shopify game, which he successfully used to sell his products for several years. Ward was also quick to see the potential of Facebook Ads and has used them to scale Annex to a multimillion-dollar business. This ability to spot trends, paired with his finely-tuned approach to product development, has helped Ward find tremendous success as an entrepreneur. While Opena is no longer active, Quad Lock has become a leading device mount and accessory company, serving a wide variety of users—car commuters, motorcyclists, kayakers, even hang gliders. As a result, Quad Lock sells hundreds of thousands of units each year in over 100 countries. We’re now thrilled to have Rob Ward as one of the five instructors of our latest online course, Ecommerce Masters, teaching advanced ecommerce strategies. If you’re curious to learn more about Ward’s approach to trendspotting, product development, and more, we highly recommend you check out this episode! ATTENTION: We’re excited to announce that Rob Ward has partnered with Foundr to teach one of the modules in our course, Ecommerce Masters. Get on the Free VIP Waitlist to be notified when we open enrollment! Get a FREE Lesson from Our Course: Ecommerce Masters! Learn the FASTEST Path to a Million-Dollar Store Key Takeaways An overview of Ward’s prior entrepreneurial experiences with everything from laser machines to 3D printers, and how they helped him get to where he is today How he and his co-founder, Chris Peters, founded Annex Products in 2012, building on two successful Kickstarter campaigns Why the duo decided to eventually focus their resources on Quad Lock How Ward stays on the cutting edge and predicts trends Insight into Ward’s approach to the product development process—when to start thinking about the next product, the iterative process, and more Why Ward isn’t too worried about Quad Lock copycats Why Ward doesn’t believe in following other people’s blueprints for success A sneak peek into the module Ward will be teaching for Ecommerce Masters
1/28/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 20 seconds
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285: The Art of Mind-Blowing Open Rates, Email Flows, and Authentic Email Marketing, With Boundless Labs’ Chase Dimond

At 27, Chase Dimond is already considered a marketing veteran. In addition to overseeing the marketing teams of various companies, Dimond has also founded many of his own ventures, such as Soundjuice and ZenPup. His most recent company is Boundless Labs, an agency that focuses on email marketing for ecommerce—with a special focus on CBD companies. Thanks to its modern and human-centered approach to emails, Boundless Labs acquired 30 clients with six- to eight-figure revenues in a little over a year. Dimond has also secured mind-blowing results for those clients, such as sending emails with 40% to 70% open rates (compared to the industry average of 20% to 25%) and helping companies generate 20% to 30% of their total revenue with emails. If you’re looking to master the art of email marketing, this podcast episode with Dimond is a great place to start! He gives us a sneak peek into the best practices he uses with his own clients at Boundless Labs, along with other helpful insights. Key Takeaways How Dimond got his start in marketing, growth, and acquisitions An overview of Dimond’s ventures, from CBD pet products to a social media platform for musicians Why Dimond decided to launch his email marketing agency, Boundless Labs, and how he scaled from zero to 30 clients in a year How design sets Boundless Labs apart from the rest Dimond’s perspective on email marketing as a source of revenue for his clients The importance of the human touch when it comes to customer retention and acquisition How Dimond achieves a 40-70% open rate on customer thank-you emails
1/22/202056 minutes, 14 seconds
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284: Mastering the Art of Paid Media: Spending Over $85M on Facebook, With Structured Social Co-Founder Nick Shackelford

Nick Shackelford used to be a goalie for the American pro soccer team, LA Galaxy II. So how did he end up being an expert in the online ad space? After leaving the soccer league at the end of 2015, Shackelford felt limited by his career options—either training people or playing in a low soccer division—and decided to take the road less traveled instead. He gained experience in paid social media through an internship at PepsiCo. and a stint at a digital marketing agency. Shackelford used the knowledge he gained to start his own fidget spinner business called Fidgetly. This was where he further cemented his paid marketing know-how and also mastered the art of scaling quickly without breaking the bank. Even after the close of Fidgetly, Shackelford continues to put his knowledge to good use by helping brands through his online marketing, branding and consulting company, Structured Social. Whether you’re looking to learn more about scaling, media buying, or paid advertisements, Shackelford is your guy. Make sure to check out his interview to take a deeper dive into these fascinating topics! Key Takeaways How Shackelford went from pro soccer player to intern at PepsiCo. His experience working on paid social media campaigns for the iPhone 7, iPad Pro, and the Apple Watch The rise of fidget spinners, and how this trend helped launch his own business Fidgetly The discovery of Shackelford’s superpower: scaling via paid marketing An overview of Shackelford’s work with various brands after closing Fidgetly How he helped one company clear $10.7 million in sales in 35 days using online ads Shackelford’s best advice for 6-figure businesses that want to accelerate growth The traits of a good media buyer A sneak peek from Shackelford into the new Foundr course he’s teaching
1/15/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 23 seconds
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281: Spartan Race’s Joe De Sena on Being in the Industry of Barbed Wire, Blood, and Bruises

Joe De Sena, like many of us, is a fitness fanatic. But his approach to fitness is a bit more...intense than most. De Sena used to participate in countless obstacle course races, Ironman events, and marathons around the world. But even those weren’t challenging enough for this hardcore athlete. That’s why, after wrapping up a decade-long career on Wall Street, De Sena decided to start his own adventure racing company. The first race De Sena hosted was on the British Virgin Islands, and it didn’t go very smoothly. That race cost De Sena half a million dollars and resulted in a participant getting lost at sea for several days. Thankfully, the races have evolved a bit since then—although are no less challenging—and are known today as the Death Race and Spartan Race, which are collectively a $60 million business that has revolutionized the world of obstacle racing. Check out this interview to learn more about De Sena’s financial, mental, and physical journey to popularizing this global franchise. Key Takeaways De Sena’s decade-long stint on Wall Street, and how it helped fund his next venture Why De Sena decided to start his own adventure racing company How the very first race De Sena hosted on the British Virgin Islands went terribly wrong for one participant The birth of Death Race and Spartan Race Why De Sena never gave up on his company, despite losing $8 million in the process over a span of 15 years How the network effect eventually helped the obstacle course races gain traction The expansion of Death Race and Spartan Race to 45 countries De Sena’s honest thoughts on work-life balance and what it takes to be an entrepreneur A sneak peek into his latest book, The Spartan Way
12/18/201933 minutes, 44 seconds
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280: From Online Poker Affiliate to Referral Marketing Mogul: Ambassador’s Jeff Epstein Shares His Journey

Jeff Epstein paid off his law school student loans in an unconventional way. When he and a couple of friends noticed the booming online poker sites in the mid 2000s, they created an affiliate company to refer traffic to them and get paid in return. The business did well enough that Epstein was able to sell his stake to his partners for a nice profit that helped him pay off his debt. Epstein ultimately decided not to pursue law, but his entrepreneurial experience stuck with him. In particular, he recognized the power of referrals to help businesses gain more customers. As a result, Epstein eventually founded Ambassador, a referral marketing software that enables brands to build and scale referral, affiliate, partner, and influencer programs. While the journey to growing Ambassador was far from a smooth ride, Epstein picked up many valuable lessons along the way that helped him grow as both a person and an entrepreneur. Eventually, Ambassador became successful enough that it was acquired by a large corporation. Check out this interview to learn more about Epstein’s journey and hear him open up about his biggest mistakes, regrets, and lessons learned. Key Takeaways How Epstein used his poker affiliate business to pay off law school debt What he learned about the power of referrals in the process Why Epstein regrets acquiring his first SEO company, and what ultimately led to its demise How this failure informed the idea for referral marketing software, Ambassador Why it took six months for Ambassador to get a repeat paying customer What it was like to run a “fat” startup How Ambassador’s acceptance into Techstars helped the company take off The growth of Ambassador and its stressful acquisition by West Corporation
12/10/201950 minutes, 19 seconds
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271: Fighting Food Waste and Growing Fast, With Ben Chesler of Imperfect Foods

Ben Simon showed up at his college classmate Ben Chesler’s door with a giant, ugly sweet potato, plopped it down in front of him, and declared, “This is the future.” Chesler believed him. Simon had visited multiple farms in California, and discovered that 20% of the state’s produce was being thrown out, which amounted to around 3 billion pounds of unnecessary waste. Together, with their friend Ron Clark, the trio launched a service in 2015 that would save ugly, unwanted fruits and vegetables and deliver them to consumers at low prices. They called it Imperfect Foods. Thanks to an admirable mission and relatively untouched market, Imperfect Foods took off. Four years after the launch, the company now boasts six fulfillment centers in over 20 cities and more than 1,000 employees. The team is also expanding their offerings in order to fight food waste across the entire system, now offering dairy, dry goods, and canned foods to their customers as well. Learn more about food waste, the power of customer interactions, and the importance of giving employees a stake in a company in this interview with Chesler. Key Takeaways How Chesler and Simon got their start tackling food waste in the nonprofit world The giant, ugly sweet potato that became the catalyst for Imperfect Foods The hilarious story of how Reddit brought in more customers for Imperfect Foods than The New York Times Why the original founding team’s first hires were a bunch of teenagers A look into Imperfect Foods’ massive growth over just four years Why product-market fit wasn’t on the team’s mind until six months after the company’s launch The brilliant marketing strategy that helped Imperfect Foods take off The power of customer interactions Why Chesler and the founding team make sure every single employee works in the warehouse at least once—and has access to stock options The biggest challenges Imperfect Foods faces Chesler’s reasoning for hiring people you have no business hiring, early on
10/9/201946 minutes, 8 seconds
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270: Using Licensing To Make Billions in Sales, With Beanstalk Co-Founder Michael Stone

If you’ve ever bought a bottle of Jack Daniels BBQ sauce or Febreze kitty litter, you’ve seen Michael Stone’s powerful approach to brand licensing in action. This attorney-turned-entrepreneur pioneered the form of corporate licensing that makes such products possible and wildly successful. Stone made his first foray into the world of licensing with the launch of his company, Beanstalk, in the mid-1990s. The firm quickly became the go-to resource for prominent brands like Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, and AT&T—all corporations that were eager to expand their reach into different product categories and strengthen their relationships with consumers. In 2018, Stone and his company were responsible for generating over $7 billion in retail sales of licensed product. While he stepped down as the CEO a few years ago, Stone still serves as the chairman of Beanstalk and is committed to innovation in this industry. Check out this interview to learn more about the ins and outs of licensing and to hear about Stone’s experience writing his book The Power of Licensing: Harnessing Brand Equity. Key Takeaways Why Stone switched lanes from practicing law to pioneering brand licensing The uncharted territory Stone noticed, and how it led to the launch of Beanstalk The necessary components for successful corporate brand licensing How Beanstalk became the go-to resource for prominent brands An explanation of why Febreeze is a better candidate for expansion via licensing than Citibank Handing over the reins of a business that was responsible for over $7 billion in sales in 2018 Why Stone decided to stick with his existing niche instead of starting multiple new businesses Stone’s honest warning for aspiring entrepreneurs
10/1/20191 hour, 24 seconds
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267: How TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie Blazed a Trail for Social Entrepreneurs

Blake Mycoskie had a number of hits and misses as a young entrepreneur, but it was a trip to Argentina that inspired the idea that would become his mission—and end up having a huge impact on the business world. Mycoskie wanted to find a way to help the children he encountered who didn’t have proper footwear, but he wanted to do it in a for-profit, self-sustaining way. That’s how TOMS came to life. From there, Mycoskie blazed a trail in the way companies think about social good, by popularizing the one-for-one giving model and building the beloved brand that still exists today. TOMS generates hundreds of millions in sales and still stays true to its mission of giving back to communities around the world. Check out this episode to learn more about Mycoskie’s advice for those who want to pursue social entrepreneurship, the business model that led to his success, and the expansion of TOMS into other types of products. Key Takeaways Why the idea of a “job” was foreign to Mycoskie growing up How Mycoskie’s entrepreneurial spirit led to him founding everything from a laundry service to a reality cable television channel The trip to Latin America that inspired the idea for TOMS Shoes How Mycoskie changed the social entrepreneurship game with his one-for-one model Why social good isn’t necessarily the right path for every business Mycoskie’s personal reasons for selling half of TOMS to Bain Capital How TOMS was able to grow completely organically through social media when it launched in 2006 The journey to achieving millions in revenue and donations The reasons behind TOMS’ expansion into eyewear, coffee shops, and more How Mycoskie continues to innovate despite a lack of background in apparel design Mycoskie’s best advice on choosing the right partners and building a sustainable business
9/10/201933 minutes, 15 seconds
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263: From Food Writer to Digital Entrepreneur: Ed Levine’s Journey to Launching an Award-Winning Culinary Website

In business, everyone wants to win. But sometimes it’s the people who refuse to lose who end up finding success. This is the mindset that food writer, author, and founder of the website Serious Eats carried with him throughout the ups and downs of his career. This tumultuous journey is also the primary focus of his latest book Serious Eater: A Food Lover’s Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption. In this interview, Levine shares the details of how he got into food writing, experimented with media platforms to diversify the way he told stories about food, and ultimately bootstrapped the money needed to launch Serious Eats. From struggling with being profitable to testing his tolerance for risk, Levine shares the sacrifices he had to make to keep his company alive for the eight years leading up to its sale. If you want an unflinching look at the challenges of entrepreneurship, this is your chance. Levine speaks with candor about the toughest aspects of launching a startup and dispels the most common myths around starting a business. Key Takeaways Why Levine published his first book, New York Eats, while working his day job at an ad agency How the book kickstarted Levine’s career as a food writer The various media platforms, from TV to radio, he experimented with to expand the way he told stories about food How Levine’s desire to control his own fate creatively and financially inspired him to launch his first blog in 2005 The journey to bootstrapping enough money to launch Serious Eats Levine’s struggles with making Serious Eats consistently profitable Why knowing the limits of your (and your partner’s) tolerance for risk is critical The financial and emotional costs associated with bootstrapping a business How Levine’s childhood experiences contributed to his “refuse-to-lose” mentality with Serious Eats How Serious Eats organically attracted up to 8 million unique visitors per month and was eventually sold in 2015 Why the startup mantra of “fail early and often” didn’t apply to this 52-year-old digital entrepreneur A sneak peek into Levine’s book Serious Eater: A Food Lover’s Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption, which captures the unspoken side of starting a business Why Levine believes the most important business lessons can’t be learned without starting a business How Levine defines success Final thoughts on what it took to build a tribe of people who are passionate about food
8/14/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 36 seconds
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262: A Deep Dive Into What Makes or Breaks Habits, With Nir Eyal

When Nir Eyal has a burning question (which he frequently does), he goes on the hunt for an insightful answer. That curiosity is what led Eyal to publish his first and wildly popular book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. He was inspired to delve into this topic after launching a startup in the advertising and gaming industry, where he observed that product design had the powerful ability to change human behavior. Eyal wondered why some companies were so good at it while others failed. In this fascinating interview, we chat with Eyal about his early days as an entrepreneur, the behavioral model behind forming habits and get a sneak peek into Eyal’s upcoming book Indistractable: Mastering the Skill of the Century. Plus, Eyal uses Nathan as a live case study and shares his best tips for breaking bad habits! Whether you’re an entrepreneur who wants to better understand the link between product design and human behavior, or you’re an individual looking for tangible ways to build better habits, this is an episode you don’t want to miss. Key Takeaways The story behind Eyal’s successful startups in the solar power, advertising, and gaming industries How observing the behavior change through product design led to a burning question in Eyal’s mind Eyal’s journey to understanding the deeper psychology behind how products are designed to be habit forming The principles behind the Hook Model, and how the Bible is a perfect example How Eyal’s own book inadvertently helped him improve his physical fitness How his desire to control his attention inspired Eyal’s upcoming book Indistractable: Mastering the Skill of the Century A sneak peek into techniques from Eyal’s new book to help people overcome internal triggers A live case study with Nathan to help him address the habits he wants to break Why high levels of distraction at a company are usually symptoms of a bigger problem
8/6/201950 minutes, 52 seconds
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254: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at How Foundr CEO Nathan Chan Built A Global Brand

Success doesn’t happen overnight. This is something Foundr CEO Nathan Chan knows all too well. Before he started his business, Nathan was in a common predicament: he hated his job and he had no idea what career path to take. It took many steps to plant the seed that eventually became Foundr. Even then, it wasn’t an easy path forward. He stayed in his job long after starting Foundr, and at one point, Nathan even launched a webinar from his parents’ basement. There was no magic involved—only hard work, strategic decisions, and many lessons learned. In this video interview, Dave Hobson, our Head of Growth and Marketing and one of the first to join the Foundr team, has a raw conversation with Nathan about his journey to building a global brand. Nathan opens up about what it took to get Foundr off the ground, shares the key takeaways he picked up along the way, and reveals the nitty gritty details around how he turned a webinar presentation he hacked together into a multimillion-dollar product. This episode is chock-full of sage advice, life lessons, and even an embarrassing story or two from our CEO’s humble beginnings that you’ll definitely want to hear. Key Takeaways How Nathan went from working at an IT job he hated to launching a digital magazine The steps Nathan followed to turn a webinar presentation to a multimillion-dollar digital product How falling into the trap of seeking perfection will prevent you from reaching your goals The difference between “painkiller” and “vitamin” products Why it’s so critical to build an audience and test your ideas first How to use concepts like “a thousand true fans” and the “Oprah strategy” to create a successful business
6/12/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 20 seconds
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253: How Refinery29 Defied Critics and Became a Digital Media Pioneer, With Co-Founders Christene Barberich and Piera Gelardi

“I think about how little we knew, but how—I believe—how courageous we were,” says Christene Barberich, reflecting on the early days of Refinery29. Before she and co-founder Piera Gelardi were the women at the helm of one of the fastest-growing digital media companies in the world, they were new entrepreneurs working tirelessly on a vision (first sketched on a napkin) that outsiders failed to understand. The Refinery29 founding team formed in 2004, and in those early days (before Twitter had even launched), people struggled to grasp even the concept of digital media. The co-founders’ pitches were met with skepticism. “We would go talk to people, and they would act like we were trying to sell them a carpet or something,” Gelardi says. “They thought it was a scam.” Potential advertisers and brand partners also didn’t think customers would ever want to buy something online. “I just remember thinking, like, ‘I don’t think that’s true,’” Barberich says. That skepticism gave them an advantage, though: It gave Refinery29 the freedom to operate and experiment without the pressure of competition. Today, Refinery29 has an international audience of 550 million and has earned multiple distinctions, including Webby awards and Inc. 500 list mentions. Key Takeaways How the two met and influenced each other’s decision to go all in on Refinery29 The early days at Refinery29 when wireframes were hand-drawn The freedom of operating under the radar when digital media was still the Wild West The critics who doubted the business model and thought it was a scam What they lose sleep over How they approach content creation What they look for when hiring The advice they would give to entrepreneurs who want to use content to grow their businesses How they define quality content
6/4/201951 minutes, 10 seconds
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243: The 5 Traits That Help Founders Go From Dreamer to Doer, With Kim Perell of Amobee

When Kim Perell landed a job at a hot new internet startup in 1998, she thought she had hit the jackpot. She loved her job and learned a lot, but when the dot-com bubble burst, the startup went bankrupt. What was once a dream company that she recruited many friends to join had become a nightmare when she had to lay off those friends, and then lose her own job too. “In an instant, someone pushed delete on my life, and my future, my identity,” she says. “My multimillion-dollar stock went up in flames and was worth nothing.” Perell turned to the one person she thought might give her a loan to start over: her grandmother. And sure enough, even though Nanny didn’t know what the internet was, she loaned her granddaughter $10,000, which Perell spent on a computer, a GoDaddy account for a website, and a one-way ticket to Hawaii to live with her boyfriend rent-free. Perell launched Frontline Direct, a digital marketing company pairing brands with online advertising. Scarred from the bankruptcy, she was eager to work for herself and get back to basics, which meant focusing on profitability and growth. In 2008, Frontline Direct was acquired for $30 million, and again by Amobee, where Perell now serves as CEO. Through all the ups and downs, Perell has learned many lessons, which she passes on to fellow entrepreneurs in her latest book, The Execution Factor: The One Skill That Drives Success. After investing in over 70 startups, she noticed one thing stood out in particular for those who succeeded: they focused on execution more than anyone else did. For her, writing The Execution Factor was a way to pay it forward. “If I could shortcut the system and share, based on my own experiences, what is important as an entrepreneur, that was really meaningful to me,” Perell says. “And I just felt like my grandma made a bet on me, and I was going to pay that back.” In addition to the book, she established The Execution Factor Fund to provide seed stage funding to execution-driven startups. One hundred percent of the proceeds from her book are contributed to this fund. (And in case you were wondering: Perell paid back the loan to her grandma.) Key Takeaways The rock bottom moment when the internet startup she worked for went bankrupt in the dot-com bubble burst What she did with a $10,000 loan from her grandmother Founding Frontline Direct, a digital marketing company, while living rent-free in Hawaii Frontline Direct’s multimillion-dollar acquisition Her new book, The Execution Factor Why vision, though important, is not enough The five traits you need to master execution How to attract and retain great talent What she looks for when investing in businesses Thoughts on branding versus direct response On if she felt a loss of identity after selling her business
3/26/201948 minutes, 1 second
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240: How to Use Excellent Customer Support to Stand Out in a Crowded Market, With Ross Paquette of Maropost

When Ross Andrew Paquette founded email service provider Maropost in 2011, he never expected it to take off. “The plan was to have 10 customers and maybe sit by the pool a little more often than not,” he says with a laugh. But since then, he’s scaled the company to nine figures, with an impressive customer list that includes DigitalMarketer, Livestrong, and The New York Post. And beyond email marketing, Maropost has expanded into customer acquisition and ecommerce solutions. These are extremely crowded markets, but at the core of the company’s success is its strong commitment to excellent customer service, with heavy emphasis on a 24-hour in-app live chat and five-minute support response times. We chatted with Paquette to learn the strategies he used to so impressively grow his SaaS company in a short amount of time. Key Takeaways How Maropost got started The crazy story behind how Paquette met his co-founder How Maropost has expanded from email marketing to customer lead acquisition, mobile push notifications, CRM, and more How long it took to build the first version of Maropost What makes Maropost different from other ESPs The strong customer support focus of the business Why they focus on building a great organization, not just hitting numbers and growth Where he sees the SaaS market moving in the future Why he’s focused on building a legacy with his business What exciting projects are in store for Maropost
3/5/201955 minutes, 21 seconds
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239: The Importance of Being Bold in Business, With Real Estate Mogul Dottie Herman

You don’t become the richest self-made woman in American real estate by playing it safe. Dottie Herman has proved time and time again that bold moves pay off. In the 1980s, in a maneuver that solidified her path to the top in real estate, Herman flew to California and convinced Merrill Lynch to hire her to help the company expand into the real estate market. In 1990, when Prudential decided to sell its regional holdings, Herman then persuaded the company to lend her $9 million to purchase its own Long Island real estate offices. And in 2003, Herman expanded her empire into New York City with the nearly $72 million purchase of the most prominent Manhattan real estate company, Douglas Elliman (again convincing Prudential to finance the deal). “If you don't ask, you don't know,” Herman says. “And the worst that can ever happen is someone says no.” Key Takeaways How Dottie Herman got into real estate Her bold move that convinced Prudential to lend her money to purchase one of its own companies How she weathered a recession while running her business The story behind acquiring Douglas Elliman, a prestigious real estate company in Manhattan Why she wanted to expand her real estate empire into New York City Her thoughts on branding How she maintains a good working relationship with her employees What she hopes to do next
2/25/201945 minutes, 29 seconds
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237: Find Your ‘Talk Trigger’ to Spark Powerful Word-of-Mouth, With Jay Baer of Convince & Convert

Jay Baer was born to be in business. As a seventh-generation entrepreneur, he always knew he’d start his own company one day. Over the years, his ventures have run the gamut—from an early internet company to a design firm to his popular marketing consulting firm, Convince & Convert. His clients have included Hilton, Cisco, Nike, and Oracle, just to name a few. And if that weren’t enough, Baer is a New York Times-bestselling author, with six books under his belt. His latest, Talk Triggers—co-authored by marketing expert Daniel Lemin—dives into the power of word-of-mouth marketing and how to use it in your own business. What is a talk trigger? According to Baer, it’s a “strategic, operational choice that creates conversations.” Take DoubleTree, for example. Their talk trigger is the warm chocolate chip cookie given to every guest who checks in. Baer and Lemin interviewed 1,000 DoubleTree customers for this book, and that’s just for one of the 30+ case studies you’ll find inside. If you want to acquire customers faster and cheaper, listen in as Jay Baer shares his marketing know-how to help you identify your business’s talk trigger. Key Takeaways The origin story of Convince & Convert How he came to work for an internet company before he even knew what the internet was How he sold the Budweiser.com domain name to Anheuser-Busch for 50 cases of beer His latest book, Talk Triggers, and why word-of-mouth marketing is so powerful How to create a word-of-mouth strategy that will win over customers DoubleTree’s genius strategy of giving a warm chocolate chip cookie for free to every guest (their talk trigger) Why small businesses are perfectly primed for a talk trigger UberConference’s on-hold music talk trigger example How to (and how NOT to) find your talk trigger Why Baer invests in several companies How to use content marketing and inbound marketing to grow your business
2/12/201956 minutes, 15 seconds
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236: Bootstrapping a $300M Cinema Company, With Grant Petty of Blackmagic Design

“I don’t think CEOs should be able to be CEOs if they can’t code,” says Grant Petty, founder and CEO of Blackmagic Design. That’s a bold statement, but Petty is a bold guy. Working as an engineer in the television industry, he realized the technology was overpriced. So he started a company that cut costs and put power into the hands of creators. “Really what I was doing was a protest against the way the TV industry was,” he says. And soon, Petty began to challenge the status quo of business in general. He runs his company a little differently: There are no spreadsheets, very little planning, and to him, metrics hardly matter. “In the Western world, business culture becomes so rigid and so inflexible,” he says. “If you’re a creative person, you can get destroyed by that because they don’t allow you to exist.” Today, Blackmagic Design boasts nearly $300 million in annual revenue and is still 100% bootstrapped. Its technology is used by 80% of modern day feature films. We sat down with Petty to discuss what he’s learned about how to run a meaningful business in the face of opposition. Key Takeaways How his frustrations with the TV industry inspired him to start Blackmagic The story behind Blackmagic’s first product and how he got it off the ground The challenges with getting funding and the struggles he faced when he decided to self-fund The “wave of hatred” that can come when you try to disrupt an industry How long it took to become an industry leader How to know when it’s the right time to add a new product to your line Balancing his creative side with the operational duties of being CEO One common thing that’s destroying creativity in businesses Blackmagic’s culture and how it fosters creativity What’s next for the company
2/5/20191 hour, 46 seconds
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235: Sell Like Crazy: Psychology, Sales Funnels, and Paid Ads, With Sabri Suby of King Kong

These days, Sabri Suby reigns supreme as the founder of King Kong, Australia’s fastest-growing digital marketing agency. But he’s come a long way since his first job, selling ink cartridges over the phone, which he describes as a “cold, hard slap to the face.” “I sucked incredibly badly at doing that in the beginning,” he says. Soon enough, thanks to mastering the art of sales and persuasion, he became the top producer in that role, went on to travel the world, and eventually, forged his path as an entrepreneur. For all of his companies, he realized he was asking the same fundamental question: “How do we get more customers?” His obsession with answering that question has helped him perfect his selling skills and scale King Kong from zero to $10 million in annual revenue in just four years. In his latest book, Sell Like Crazy, Suby reveals the selling system he’s created and honed over the years, including things like the Magic Lantern Technique and the Halo Strategy. He says he’s deployed this system in more than 167 different niches and markets—and it’s worked every time. With Sell Like Crazy, he shares the steps you need to take, regardless of what stage you’re in, to level up your business. Key Takeaways Where to begin if you want to succeed in selling online Psychology vs. technology and why the traffic channel doesn’t matter The biggest mistake online businesses are making regarding sales Why you shouldn’t start a business by looking only at your interests How to identify a gap in the market that you can fill Using automation and a funnel to convert sales Why skepticism online is at an all-time high—and how to overcome it How to know when to ask for the sale How to get over the fear of selling Why you’re doing the world a disservice by not trying to sell Why paid advertising is key to growth
1/30/201945 minutes, 56 seconds
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232: Create a Company Culture That’s Healthy and Profitable, With David Heinemeier Hansson of Basecamp

Eighteen years ago, David Heinemeier Hansson was a college student sitting in his little apartment in Copenhagen when he stumbled across a blog post by 37signals (which would later become Basecamp), a Chicago-based design company he had long admired. In the post, co-founder Jason Fried posted a question on some aspect of programming. Hansson knew the answer, so he contacted Fried. Several emails later, Fried was asking Hansson to work with him. “Jason decided it was easier just to hire me than to learn how to program,” Hansson says, “and that's how we started working together.” That was the beginning of a now-legendary tech startup team, and an illustrious career for Hansson. In Hansson’s early days at Basecamp, he famously created Ruby on Rails, an open-source web development framework once used by Twitter, and still in use by GitHub, Shopify, and many more. We were excited to talk shop with Hansson (often known as DHH) because, in an industry dominated by breakneck Silicon Valley culture, Basecamp stands out in many ways: It’s been profitable every year since its inception in 1999, it doesn’t chase growth, and it doesn’t even set numerical goals. With their latest book, It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work, Hansson and Fried are hoping to challenge the prevailing narrative about chaotic work culture by sharing the unique way they run their company. This is Part 2 of our Basecamp co-founder interviews. To hear Part 1, check out our podcast interview with Basecamp co-founder Jason Fried. Key Takeaways The blog post 18 years ago that brought Hansson together with co-founder Jason Fried, and what compelled Fried to hire him How Hansson invented revolutionary web development framework Ruby on Rails Why it’s never too late to learn how to program The story behind how Jeff Bezos bought a minority, no-control stake in Basecamp in 2006—and how Hansson feels about it today Basecamp’s philosophy on growth His latest book, It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work, and why he hopes to challenge the prevailing narrative about entrepreneurship and growth How Basecamp defines success, even though it doesn’t set goals The disadvantages of large companies How to maintain a strong company culture when your team is remote
1/10/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 11 seconds
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230: Startup Legends Talk Hiring, Branding, and Core Values, With Oli Gardner of Unbounce and Ryan Deiss of DigitalMarketer

Most of Foundr’s podcast episodes are one-on-one chats, usually focusing on a particular foundr or their business. This time around, we were fortunate enough to sit down, in person, with two startup icons, and explore some of the most important facets of running a business. Oli Gardner and Ryan Deiss are both digital marketing pioneers who have grown their online businesses to millions in revenue. Gardner, the instructor of our Landing Page Formula course, co-founded landing page builder Unbounce in 2009. Deiss, a serial entrepreneur, founded DigitalMarketer in 2011. Not surprisingly, this turned out to be a fascinating conversation, in which Gardner and Deiss share both similar and differing opinions on everything from branding to hiring. For example, both founders insist that creating core values is an important business practice that will inform your branding and your decisions. “I have had more businesses come close to failure because of too much opportunity,” says Deiss, who adds that having a mission makes it easier to know when to say no. In addition, as both Unbounce and DigitalMarketer grow, Gardner and Deiss have each honed their strategies for hiring top talent. The details might surprise you, as one of the two companies doesn’t even allow candidates to submit a resume (it’ll get thrown out). Listen in as Gardner and Deiss join Foundr for this lively chat in Barcelona, where they share their hard-learned lessons from growing online businesses and the sacrifices they’ve made along the way. Key Takeaways How to build a great brand The one thing that keeps your customers coming back again and again Why creating core values for your company isn’t just a nice thing to do, but a necessity The latest interaction and design trends—and which ones you should steer clear of Why community is the new brand and how to build a community that boosts your business The biggest opportunity in ecommerce right now How to stay relevant in a changing content marketing landscape Sure-fire tactics for hiring and vetting top talent The big sacrifices they’ve had to make as founders
12/18/201854 minutes, 8 seconds
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229: Mastering Copywriting and Finding Your Flow With Arman Assadi of Project EVO

NEW COURSE ALERT: Entrepreneur, we wanted you to be the first to know that we’ve collaborated with Arman Assadi to bring you our brand new copywriting course. Learn the copywriting secrets behind 11 seven-figure product launches, taught by Arman himself. Arman’s broken it down into a 10-step framework that he’s proven with his clients time and time again. He’s even going to give you templates, formulas, and how-to guides so you can start converting customers like crazy. If you’re tired of seeing ZERO sales for all the hard work you’ve put into your amazing product—then you NEED to learn the power of copywriting. We’re opening the doors to this course soon for a limited time only, and we want to see you there. Be sure to get on the FREE waitlist so you don’t miss it! Key Takeaways The “crisis of meaning” that drove Assadi to leave his job at Google, book a trip to Cuba, and pursue freedom as a solopreneur How Assadi became a self-taught copywriter and began working with the likes of Neil Patel, Lewis Howes, Jason Silva, and Lori Harder What you should (and shouldn’t) do if you want to find your unique voice as a copywriter The key to writing high-converting copy and why every entrepreneur should learn the basics The story behind Assadi’s latest business and how it created the most-funded planner in crowdfunding history: EVO Planner What’s next for Project EVO and how it’s helping entrepreneurs and creatives find fulfillment in their work
12/11/20181 hour, 11 minutes, 32 seconds
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228: A Serial Founder’s Fight for Mass Adoption of Cryptocurrencies, With Alex Mashinsky of Celsius

Serial founder and VOIP pioneer Alex Mashinsky has founded eight companies and raised more than a billion dollars in collective funding since his entrepreneurial start in the 1990s—and he is showing no signs of slowing down. Mashinsky is the founder of Celsius, which allows users to earn interest on and borrow dollars against cryptocurrencies. While Mashinsky wants his company to succeed, he sees much more at stake here than just his entrepreneurial resume. Mashinsky is devoting his latest startup to taking on the world’s financial systems and driving the mass adoption of cryptocurrencies. Subverting the “big guys” has been a common theme throughout Mashinsky’s career, starting with helping AT&T develop some of the first international VOIP systems, and now fighting to decentralize the world’s banking systems. According to Mashinsky, “This is the biggest battle that I’ve fought in my life. I fought with the phone companies…in the 90s. This is 10 times worse.” Listen in as Mashinsky reveals the details of his entrepreneurial journey's highs and lows, his dedication to educate the world about cryptocurrencies, and entrepreneurial lessons only an eight-time founder can teach. Key Takeaways How the 2008 recession took down his ride-share company (that was more popular than Uber at the time) Why Mashinsky is so passionate about educating the world on cryptocurrencies 4 entrepreneurial lessons to guide your business journey The mindset shift that led Mashinsky to focus on mass adoption of cryptocurrencies
12/4/20181 hour, 13 seconds
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227: From a $20M Business to Starting Over With a New Vision, with Erika Geraerts of Fluff

Frank Body co-founder Erika Geraerts left her $20 million coffee scrub company to invent a new category within the beauty industry. She's now on a mission to empower young girls everywhere to feel more comfortable with themselves. According to this forward-thinking founder, the world has enough makeup products, and what the industry really needs is better products with better brand messages. Geraerts thinks makeup should be fun, not a necessity or a chore, which is one reason she called her company Fluff. But there's nothing frivolous about her approach to business. Geraerts is filling a void in the cosmetics industry and raising up the self-esteem of women globally in the process. In this compelling video interview, Geraerts reveals why she decided to leave her booming skin care company, and what she sees on the horizon for Fluff. She also talks about her strict manufacturing process, her focus on sustainable products, her unique customer development process, and the distinct way the company creates online content. Key Takeaways How Geraerts chooses manufacturers to create her products The company’s unique customer development process for finding out what types of products solve her customers’ problems Why she won’t be focusing on traditional influencer marketing to promote her products Fluff’s unique website launch strategy and how they work with their customers and freelancers to curate all of their content
11/27/201848 minutes, 37 seconds
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225: New Founders Doubled Business and Hit Their First $10K Month (Consulting Empire Spotlight: Part 2)

Welcome to part two of our two-part podcast series that’s shining the spotlight on successful entrepreneurs who hail right from our very own Foundr community! If you haven’t listened to part one featuring Gavin Symes, you can check it out right here. Today, we talk with Danielle Roberts and Shea Kucenski, courageous entrepreneurs who started a marketing agency while working full-time jobs. Roberts and Kucenski took all the action steps laid out in the Consulting Empire course and in two months took their business from slow and stagnant to closing 20% of all proposals, doubling their earnings, and reaching their first $10,000 month. In this inspiring interview, you will hear about Roberts and Kucenski’s journey to success, how they overcame their perfectionism and fear of failure, and how they land high-paying clients while managing busy schedules. We are extremely proud of Danielle and Shea’s achievements and we are happy to share their amazing story with you! ATTENTION: If you want to learn how to start and scale a service-based business like Danielle and Shea, whether you are a consultant, coach, or freelancer, agency founder Sabri Suby reveals all of his golden strategies (the exact ones he used to scale from zero to $10 million) in our Consulting Empire online course. We only open enrollment a couple of times a year for a limited time, and it's open for just one more day this week! Check out the Consulting Empire course before we close the doors again. Key Takeaways How to push past the fear of failure and start moving the needle for your client-services business Roberts and Kucenski's main focus that helps them seal the deal when they prospect for clients How they manage their busy schedules (they both have full-time jobs) and keep the business running smoothly How to get started consulting or freelancing and get your first client
11/13/201836 minutes, 3 seconds
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224: Gavin Symes Scales His Consulting Business to $50K/Month in 3 Months (Consulting Empire Spotlight: Part 1)

The Foundr community is full of passionate people from all walks of life, in the trenches daily doing what it takes to make their startup dreams a reality. In this week’s podcast, we want to highlight one of these entrepreneurs we’re especially proud of—Gavin Symes of The Foundry Group. In part one of this two-part podcast series, we talked with Consulting Empire student Gavin Symes, who advanced his business growth and management skills to create a profitable consulting business. Symes took all the action steps laid out in the Consulting Empire course—from validating his service to developing a lead-gen machine—and built his consulting business from scratch. Three-and-a-half months into the course, he closed 10 clients and generated over $50,000 of monthly revenue. He plans on scaling to $1 million this year and then to $10 million in three years. In this inspiring interview, you will hear about Symes’ own journey to success, the biggest problems most businesses face when scaling, and how to set up processes to overcome common business growth challenges. We are extremely proud of Gavin’s achievements and we are happy to share his amazing story with you! ATTENTION: If you want to learn how to start and scale a service-based business like Gavin, whether you are a consultant, coach or freelancer, agency founder Sabri Suby reveals all of his golden strategies (the exact ones he used to scale from zero to $10 million) in our Consulting Empire online course. We only open enrollment a couple of times a year for a limited time.  Get on the free VIP waitlist here to be one of the first we notify when we re-open! Key Takeaways The top problems most entrepreneurs face as they scale their businesses The one thing that can derail your business if you let it (it has nothing to do with sales or customers) The very first thing to do if you want to start a freelance or consulting business How to create business playbooks to fast-track your growth
11/7/201840 minutes, 26 seconds
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223: How WPBeginner’s Syed Balkhi Rocketed to Success, Aiding Millions of Wordpress Users

New to the US from Pakistan, Syed Balkhi was a lonely and isolated 12-year-old. Unable to speak English fluently, he took to communicating with new friends—computers—and quickly found comfort interacting with these non-human companions. Soon Balkhi was learning how to code and build websites, and that very same year he made his first dollar from a website he created. Now 27, Balkhi is the founder of WPBeginner, the first and largest WordPress resource website in the world, and co-founder of many accompanying businesses. He was also named a top entrepreneur under the age of 30 by the United Nations, his websites receive millions of monthly pageviews each month, and his software runs on nearly 8 million sites serving billions of monthly impressions. Listen in as Balkhi takes you through the early years of his entrepreneurial journey and how, brick by brick, he built his empire. Key Takeaways How Balkhi decides which versions of existing software to acquire and improve Why managing four products independently helps his team increase focus and output How to build a business, one small step at a time The key factor behind his companies' explosive growth
10/30/201848 minutes, 6 seconds
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222: From Canines to Co-Working: Tobi Skovron’s Journey to Creating Two Revolutionary Products

 Tobi Skovron, Founder, CreativeCubes.co Dog toilets and co-working spaces? An unlikely pairing. But if you talk to Tobi Skovron, you'll find they have one thing in common—they inspired him to create two passion-filled businesses and realize his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. Skovron walked away from a promising career in medicine to pursue entrepreneurship, even though he had no idea what business he wanted to run. It wasn’t until Skovron got a dog that he came upon an idea that would take Australia by storm—an indoor dog toilet called Pet Loo. Piggybacking off of the success in Australia, Skovron decided to expand into the US market. He quickly faced a lot of challenges, however, since he made the move right as the 2008 recession hit. Skovron lost half his money right away. Starting over in Los Angeles, he realized the spare bedroom in his Venice Beach apartment was not the ideal environment for him to breathe life into his US expansion, so he joined a co-working space to rekindle his inspiration. There, Skovron realized a new passion for this collaborative environment, which ultimately led him to his next project. Skovron sold Pet Loo and started CreativeCubes.co, a hotel-like co-working environment that houses a curated community of passionate people. We here at Foundr have even used CreativeCubes.co to shoot many of our course videos! These days, Skovron's less interested in financial return, and more interested in providing quality experiences and fostering an environment of positivity and creativity. Listen in and get inspired by this journey from aspiring entrepreneur to two-time founder. Key Takeaways How the idea for Pet Loo became a reality (it was his wife's idea) The 10-year journey of designing, manufacturing, marketing, and selling Pet Loo How Skovron’s love of the co-working landscape led to the creation of his second successful product Why Skovron won’t scale his business for the sake of scaling
10/22/20181 hour, 4 minutes, 29 seconds
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221: Zero to $9 Million in 4 years: How Chris Peters & Rob Ward Built Quad Lock From a Kickstarter Campaign

Welcome to our newest podcast format, video interviews! You can expect more of this format in the coming months. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here to be notified when we publish new videos. Today I had the pleasure of sitting down with the co-founders of Quad Lock, a mounting device to securely attach your smartphone to your bike, car, motorcycle, arm or in any situation where you need a hands-free moment. These guys are killing it with $9 million in yearly earnings in only four years! This was a phenomenal interview, as Peters and Ward gave us 45 minutes of pure gold on how they built a strong brand reputation and high-quality product, how they manufacture their products in China, how they got started as a simple Kickstarter project, and so much more. They also discuss brand longevity, how to become trendsetters, and how they overcame their biggest scaling challenges. If you want to learn how to build a long-lasting brand and scale your physical-products business, this is an interview you don’t want to miss! Key Takeaways What you need to build a physical-products brand with a strong reputation Why Kickstarter is a good way to introduce your brand to the market, as long as you do it right How to get started and maintain manufacturing out of China Quad Lock's biggest challenges around scaling, and how they have overcome them Quad Lock’s philosophy on hiring A-players
10/16/20181 hour, 8 minutes, 25 seconds
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220: Building Community as the Foundation for a Successful Content Business, With Carly Zakin & Danielle Weisberg of theSkimm

Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg started their business as good friends on a couch, with nothing but their laptops and a healthy dose of hustle. Today, their millennial women-focused media company theSkimm serves seven million daily subscribers, employs 70 people, and boasts more than 30,000 enthusiastic brand ambassadors. The company also just closed a round of Series C funding led by GV (formerly Google Ventures) and a group of mainly female investors—including the likes of Shonda Rhimes, Tyra Banks, and Spanx founder Sara Blakely. Weisberg and Zakin have maintained a close friendship and strong collaboration throughout their six years in business. This dynamic forms the backbone of their company and sets the tone for daily operations, which is largely focused on supporting and empowering women. In this interview, learn about the early days of theSkimm, the power of community and connection, and how the brand monetizes its content to build a sustainable media business. The company publishes news that fits into the daily routines of its members, continually nodding to its mission statement of making it easier for people to live smarter, more connected lives. But if you ask us, these powerful founders are the smart ones, effectively proving the mantra, “We are all stronger when we work together.” Key Takeaways How and why they waited two and a half years to monetize their community of loyal followers How they monetize their content with multiple income streams to build a sustainable, well-rounded business Details of the Skimm’bassadors program and why it has grown so rapidly Zakin and Weisberg’s top tips for growing a content-based business
10/9/201838 minutes, 2 seconds
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219: From Bankrupt to Bestseller: How Mike Michalowicz Used His Own Failures to Empower Other Entrepreneurs

Mike Michalowicz appeared to have everything an entrepreneur could want—big companies and lots of revenue coming in. But things aren’t always as they seem. As Michalowicz was high on fleeting indicators of success, his businesses were leaking profits. “I got caught up in the vanity metrics…how big my business was revenue-wise and how big my business was people-wise,” Michalowicz says. After feeling the sting of and two failed investments and losing millions, Michalowicz found himself struggling with depression—along with a realization that ignorance and arrogance were a deadly combination. Thankfully, with support from friends and a rekindling of his love of writing, Michalowicz was able to pull himself out of the ashes and rebuild his career—this time with heart and soul. Michalowicz used writing as a way to find solutions to all of the biggest challenges he faced as a founder. His books Profit First, Pumpkin Plan, and Clockwork tackle managing cash, business growth, and automating a company, respectively. His next book will focus on how entrepreneurs can serve a greater purpose and make an impact on the world. Listen in and get inspired as Michalowicz gets brutally honest about his own struggles, and shares years of lessons learned to empower other entrepreneurs. Key Takeaways The actions that led Michalowicz to lose millions and hit rock bottom How Michalowicz found his niche and rebuilt his career after 10 failed companies Why working too hard can signal a lack of efficiency How to manage cash and avoid spending money you don’t have
10/2/201848 minutes, 30 seconds
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218: Slow Growth and Risk Aversion Wins the Entrepreneurial Race, With Aytekin Tank of JotForm

“It took me 10 years [to create my own business], because I didn’t have the courage to start. But I still had this belief that one day I would start it.” Fortunately for Aytekin Tank and 3.7 million happy users, he ultimately did start that business—JotForm, a profitable online form builder that houses 12 million forms; integrates with Paypal, Salesforce, and Dropbox; and spans two continents. It took Tank a decade to build that business, but he couldn't care less. In an entrepreneurial climate where rapid growth and risk-taking are worn as badges of honor, Tank considers his slow growth the reason for his strong company culture and long-term success. Concerned that your wariness or risk aversion hinders your ability to become an entrepreneur? Listen in and get inspired by Tank’s journey. Anything is possible if you just take the plunge and then keep moving forward—no matter the pace. Key Takeaways How Tank has been able to grow consistently even though he started with zero management experience The friendly company culture Tank built and why it has become so successful Why Tank believes his slow and steady approach to growth has led to so much success Tank’s three steps to slow and sustainable growth
9/25/201850 minutes, 19 seconds
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217: Mastering the Messy Middle and Finishing Strong, With Scott Belsky of Behance

Scott Belsky, Behance founder, investor, and author of the new book The Messy Middle, is a strong believer in putting in the hard work and then finishing strong. His nine-figure exit from Behance is a testament to this tenacity and determination. Behance came with its own set of challenges, but Belsky learned over the years that when it seems like things are falling apart, it could mean victory is right around the corner. Your near-meltdown might just be your “messy middle," and sometimes being successful simply means sticking together as a team long enough to figure it out. A labor of love will often work out in the end, even if it's not how you expect. In this thought-provoking interview, Belsky shares his own “messy middle" from his time with Behance, and some of his best wisdom on product-market fit, perseverance, and startup culture. We were thrilled to get the chance to talk to Scott. There’s a ton of gold in this interview, so don’t miss it! Key Takeaways Two guiding principles on whether to stick it out or shut it down Why Belsky is wary of the MVP craze, and how to balance perfectionism with action Three tips for finding true product-market fit How to create a startup culture that attracts and retains the right people Why Belsky started Behance and what inspired his progress
9/18/201835 minutes, 55 seconds
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216: The Art of Creating High-Converting Landing Pages, With Oli Gardner, Co-Founder of Unbounce

“Ninety-eight percent of landing pages are just plain bad.” This is what Unbounce founder Oli Gardner declared when he began his public speaking circuit four years ago. A bold statement, but he would know. As co-founder of the landing page software builder, which pulls in $20 million in annual revenue, Gardner confidently claims he has seen more landing pages than anyone on the planet—nearly 100,000 to be exact. These days, he's leveraging his immense knowledge on the topic to help businesses drive more leads and revenue, through Unbounce and as a speaker. In this interview, learn about the history of Unbounce, Gardner’s top tips for becoming a better marketer, and his golden advice on how to create a landing page that gets his seal of approval. ATTENTION: We are excited to announce that Oli has partnered with the Foundr School of Entrepreneurship to teach a powerful course, Landing Page Formula. If you want to learn the principles of conversion-center design and get a step-by-step blueprint on how to construct a high-converting landing page (templates included), Oli reveals his proven framework in this in-depth course. We only offer open enrollment a couple of times a year, for a limited time. Get on the FREE VIP waitlist here to be one of the first we notify when we open. Key Takeaways The history of Unbounce and how the company rose to prominence How to make a landing page that impresses Oli Gardner Gardner’s top three tips to becoming a better marketer
9/11/20181 hour, 1 minute, 18 seconds
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215: Navigating the Unpredictable Journey From Failure to Triumph, With Stuart McKeown, Co-Founder of Gleam

Stuart McKeown started his entrepreneurial career as a college dropout, had a short-lived stint as a DJ, and then lost thousands of dollars on his first startup attempt. But he's nothing if not persistent. McKeown is now a growth marketing and list-building master and the co-founder of Gleam.io, a growth-focused platform used by more than 20,000 brands a month. The secret to McKeown’s success? He never believed failure was something to be feared, but rather a means to gather the information he needed to grow. In this interview, learn how McKeown overcame his setbacks to build a powerful platform and brand, how he establishes work/life balance for himself and his employees, and his top four tips for running a viral competition. McKeown may not have become a world famous DJ, but by staying true to himself and striking out fearlessly despite unforeseen obstacles, he has built a brand to be proud of—a gleaming beacon of success. ATTENTION: We are also excited to announce that Stuart has partnered with Foundr to teach an epic course, List-Building Mastery. If you want a step-by-step strategy on how to explode your email list from scratch, get your first 10,000+ subscribers, and scale to 60,000 and more, Stuart reveals all of his proven strategies in this in-depth, tactical course. We only open enrollment a couple of times a year for a limited time. Get on the FREE VIP waitlist here to be one of the first we notify when we open. Key Takeaways: Four tips for running a viral competition Why building a product that relies on someone else’s infrastructure can spell disaster McKeown’s low-key and casual philosophy on work/life balance How and why failure is necessary for success
9/5/20181 hour, 6 minutes, 18 seconds
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214: Nailing Product-Market Fit and Building a Successful Startup, With Legendary VC and Wealthfront CEO Andy Rachleff

Andy Rachleff is not just a product expert; he literally coined the term “product-market fit.” Wealthfront CEO, former VC backing companies such as eBay, Uber, and Twitter, and technology entrepreneurship instructor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Rachleff has a wealth of knowledge on creating and scaling powerful companies. I was excited to have the chance to pick his brain on everything from product-market fit, to how he started his company Wealthfront, to how he hires the best of the best to join his team. In this interview, you will gain access to a true master, who has enjoyed a long career of investing in legendary companies and now gives back to today’s entrepreneurs and investors. Rachleff started his company Wealthfront, an automated investment service that manages $11 billion in assets, as a way to perform a social good by democratizing sophisticated financial advice. In our discussion, he was kind enough to divulge some of his wins and losses and top lessons learned in his storied entrepreneurial career. Enjoy! Key Takeaways How to know when you’ve reached product-market fit The process Rachleff follows every time he builds a new product How to know when it’s the right time to launch a new product (or let go of a failing one) How to maintain a close-knit startup culture as the company grows Why perseverance does not lead to success in technology (and what does) What type of people he looks for and the three biggest things that make people to want to join his team Key Resources From Our Interview With Andy Rachleff Follow Andy on Twitter Learn more about Wealthfront here
8/30/201853 minutes, 9 seconds
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213: Overcoming Depression and Starting Over: Behind the Scenes With Rand Fishkin, Moz Founder

You may know former Moz CEO Rand Fishkin from his characteristic curly mustache, Whiteboard Friday videos, or his SEO mastery. But this interview isn’t about linking, Google rankings, or gray-hat practices. Or mustaches. In our chat with Fishkin, he opens up about his battle with depression and how it has shaped his past decisions and guided his current ventures. He sympathizes with the many entrepreneurs who have also succumbed to loneliness and wondered why their business success wasn’t enough to make them happy. Fishkin also talks about his new book, Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World. In it, he shares the conversations entrepreneurs have about their challenges and hardships, whether personal or in their businesses. Fishkin also shares details on his new software project and why he decided to venture into another startup. If you want to be inspired, encouraged, and take away some great advice from a long-time founder, don’t miss this interview. We hope you find it as moving as we did! Key Takeaways Why striving to emulate Silicon Valley startup culture can negatively affect your business growth How and why Moz’s customer acquisition costs went down after laying off half of his marketing team How to know when to sacrifice profit for growth The dark side of entrepreneurial leadership
8/22/201845 minutes, 9 seconds
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212: Behind the Scenes With 3 Start & Scale Ecommerce Success Stories

We are always blown away by the success stories within the Foundr community, and we take every opportunity we can to shine the spotlight on them. In today's podcast, I am thrilled to present to you three of our Start & Scale ecommerce course students who are absolutely crushing it! I got to sit down with each one and ask them how they got started with their businesses, what challenges they faced, and what successes they are now enjoying. You will hear from: Adam Hendle Adam is the founder of men’s personal care product line, Ball Wash. Adam started his ecommerce journey only eight short months ago and has already made more than $1 million in revenue. Shamanth Pereira Shamanth is a busy mother who created a new leggings product, and put it to the test with a pre-sale Kickstarter campaign. In a short time, she received nearly £50,000 from more than 1,500 backers. Shamanth is in the process of fulfilling those orders and putting her shop online full time. Monique and Chevalo Wilsondebriano Monique and Chevalo run Charleston Gourmet Burger, which was already a $200,000-per-month business, but had yet to reach its potential in online sales. Their goal was turn their website into an online store so they could generate more sales. In two months, they earned nearly $22,000 and attracted 9,110 visits to their website. We couldn’t be happier for these guys and are proud to be part of their journeys. Please join me in congratulating them. Way to go! Key Takeaways Go behind the scenes to learn how three ecommerce stores became successful Discover the two primary marketing channels Ball Wash leveraged that allowed them to scale so fast How Shamanth conceptualized and developed her winning product idea The learning curve for Chevalo and Monique as they transitioned their product to sell online
8/16/20181 hour, 35 minutes, 39 seconds
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211: Contently’s Shane Snow on Building a Content Empire and Then Returning to His Writing Roots

While he always had a passion for entrepreneurship, Shane Snow started his career as a freelance journalist, and during that time noticed how many of his peers were struggling to market themselves and find work. This frustration fueled his desire to develop the global content marketing platform, Contently. Contently is a unified content marketing solution for the world’s biggest enterprise brands, and it’s also a tremendous source of income for creative freelancers. By Snow’s best estimates, Contently has paid out more than $46 million (and counting) to freelancers around the globe. As successful as his time at Contently has been, Snow never stopped being a writer at heart, and now he's back at it. He recently hired a CMO for Contently and became “founder-at-large,” relieving himself of the day-to-day management and freeing up his time to reunite with his first career love. Today, you can find Snow promoting his soon-to-be-published book, Dream Teams, and otherwise sharing his expertise on team building and storytelling for founders. In this interview, Snow shares his journey to the top of the entrepreneurial mountain and back home again, along with his best advice learned from a seven-year reign at Contently. Key Takeaways The two realizations Snow had that sparked the idea for Contently How Snow transitioned out of his role as founder and returned back to his former love of journalism Snow's counterintuitive advice on team building and how it relates to innovation One of the most important things we can do as leaders and team members to build relationships Key Resources From Our Interview With Shane Snow Find out more about Shane Snow here Follow Shane on Twitter Learn more about Contently
8/9/201854 minutes, 50 seconds
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210: How to Create a Multimillion-Dollar Software Product the Market Actually Wants, With Crazy Egg’s Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah has a killer track record when comes to creating software products. He and his co-founders have built several multimillion-dollar releases, including Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics, and many of their features were the first of their kind to hit the industry. It might seem like Shah has stumbled onto a secret formula for software-building success. But to him, it’s simply a matter of creating what his audience wants. Solving a problem is the biggest determinant of a software’s success, and Shah builds this methodology into every new piece he creates. In this informative interview, Shah shares the details behind his process, from planning the software build and ensuring a market fit, to hiring the right people to bring it to life. As an avid mentor and advisor, Shah also answers our own, real world questions about future software builds for Foundr. Listen in and get inspired! Key Takeaways Learn about Shah’s newest software products to hit the market The secret to building a profitable software product (it starts long before the first line of code is written) How to avoid building something nobody wants When to hire internally and when to outsource when building a SaaS product Where most product managers go wrong during development How to prevent your software tool from getting too bloated and overcomplicated Key Resources Sign up for Shah's newsletter here
8/1/201856 minutes, 20 seconds
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209: How Two Fintech Entrepreneurs Found Stable Ground in a Volatile Space, With CoinJar’s Asher Tan and Ryan Zhou

It only took six hours for Asher Tan and Ryan Zhou to put together the incubator pitch for CoinJar, a vision for a next-gen personal finance account that would capitalize on the growing interest in bitcoin and other digital currencies. Five years later, CoinJar is a leading digital currency platform in Australia and the self-proclaimed “fastest way to access your money from anywhere in the world.” CoinJar’s users can spend, send, and trade their bitcoins, dollars, and pounds globally. Despite the major challenges that come with scaling in a global market, the company has been profitable for the past three years. In this insightful interview, these brave founders share how they overcome scaling challenges, their next products to hit the market, and their top tips for entrepreneurs interested in creating fintech startups. Enjoy! Key Takeaways The specific challenges that come with scaling in a volatile market Why prioritizing word-of-mouth marketing wins over other advertising channels in this industry The duo's next products to hit the market Tan and Zhou’s top tips for fintech startups
7/25/201839 minutes, 14 seconds
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208: How a Charitable Mission and Influencer Marketing Sparked Massive Growth, With Griffin Thall of Pura Vida

For Pura Vida co-founders Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman, a chance meeting with two Native jewelry artisans on a beach in Costa Rica sparked an idea that would forever change their lives. They're now running a rapidly growing brand that not only inspires tremendous customer loyalty, but also promotes products that give back in a big way. Pura Vida (which means “pure life” in Spanish) has grown rapidly since its inception, but this isn’t the brand’s most appealing aspect. Customers also love the company, because it has provided sustainable jobs to 350+ jewelry artisans worldwide, and donated more than $1.5 million to charities using proceeds from its products. In this inspiring interview, learn how Pura Vida has leveraged influencer marketing and social media to spread its brand message and create a global movement of loyal customers. Matching creative social strategies with a passionate mission has made this brand a massive success and we are proud to feature them. Way to go Pura Vida! Key Takeaways The company's unique micro-infuencer marketing program that forms the backbone of their promotional marketing campaigns The monthly subscription club that is the fastest-growing part of the business The strategies behind the company’s high customer engagement How Pura Vida creates a culture and lasting experiences that contribute to customer loyalty
7/19/201848 minutes, 24 seconds
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207: BigCommerce Co-Founder Talks Scaling to $100M While Minimizing Risk and Stress

I’m excited to share a very special interview with you today! Mitchell Harper has been my long-time mentor and coach and a driving force behind Foundr’s success. I’m thrilled to share his story with you so you can glean some entrepreneurial gold from his experience. Harper started his entrepreneurial journey as a software developer, building games as early as 12 years old. He built his first businesses in his teens and sold his first company around the time he graduated high school. Partnering with another developer in 2003, Harper created Interspire, a suite of software tools for businesses, and grew it to $10 million in revenue in four years. The company eventually became BigCommerce, now one of the web's premier shopping cart platforms. BigCommerce has raised $250 million in its short lifetime, recently hit $100 million in annual recurring revenue, and the company is still growing. While his big career wins might suggest otherwise, Harper says he is risk-averse and doesn’t believe entrepreneurs need to be big risk takers to achieve high levels of success. He prefers taking the safe route and reveals his strategies for building high impact, low-risk businesses. In this inspiring interview, Harper also shares how he battled with depression and what his journey to wholeness taught him about work/life balance. I’m so privileged and lucky to have Mitch as a mentor and to introduce him to our Foundr family. Please listen in and get inspired by the man who has been an integral part of Foundr’s success! Key Takeaways Why timing is critical when securing investors, from seizing the opportunity early on to waiting long enough to mitigate risk Mitch’s top book recommendation for entrepreneurs looking to raise capital Why entrepreneurs don’t need to “risk it all” to become successful Mitch’s battle with depression and how he altered his life to avoid burnout and achieve work/life balance The power of an A-player team to grow companies
7/11/201855 minutes, 31 seconds
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206: From Animator to Tech Educator, Lynda Weinman Reflects on a $1.5B Exit and Her New Career

Lynda Weinman sold her 20-year company Lynda.com to LinkedIn for $1.5 billion. What is she doing now? She is reinventing herself and enjoying her new role as a champion of independent film. Weinman is no stranger to the concept of reinvention. In fact, it's that very spirit of constant evolution that led her to become a trailblazer in the online education space, and to ultimately make a massive exit. Her journey started with a career in animation and special effects, of all things, and even included running a punk store on L.A.’s Sunset Strip. She continued to pivot, until her creative endeavors eventually led her to education, and a business model that allowed her to teach thousands of laypeople about complex tech topics. The company started as a brick-and-mortar classroom, but after the economic decline that followed the tragic terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Weinman was forced to take Lynda in a new direction. To weather the economic storm, she transitioned to the online subscription business model of Lynda.com. Lynda.com’s growth was slow going until social media gained ground in 2006, a movement that helped catapult her company's revenue to $40 million and beyond. Even though Weinman never thought about selling, when the offer came in, she knew she had to pull the trigger. Working relentlessly on Lynda for the past 20 years and now in her early 60s, Weinman has set her sights on a new course. She's now the president of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and invests in independent filmmakers using charitable grants. In this interview, Weinman shares the journey that led to her $1.5 billion exit, how and why she has continued reinventing herself, and her top advice for entrepreneurs. Key Takeaways The emotions that accompany the process of letting go of a 20-year company in three short months Why it may not be wise to focus on churn rate and what to focus on instead Why getting investors can be a wise choice if you are planning on selling your company Lynda Weinman’s three top tips for entrepreneurs
7/5/201855 minutes, 1 second
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205: Finding a Mission and Making the World a Healthier Place, With Munjal Shah of Health IQ

A health crisis that landed Munjal Shah in the ER turned out to be the catalyst for his next mission: making the world a healthier place. On the day Munjal Shah started running a 10K race back in 2010, he was on top of the world. Just the day before, he had sold his company to Google, marking his second successful exit. Then the chest pains started. Shah wound up in the ER, and while it didn’t end up being a heart attack, the incident was a sobering reminder that his own father had had one while in his 40s. It was a wake-up call for Shah, who was 37 at the time. He started focusing on his health, lost 40 pounds, and decided his next entrepreneurial endeavor would make the world a healthier place. “People always say, ‘Go find your mission,’” Shah says. He’s now the founder of a new and growing insurance startup called Health IQ, which encourages healthy behavior by taking a data-driven approach to its coverage. “I would say my mission found me.” Key Takeaways The journey that led to two successful exits (one was with Google) The unconventional, non-scalable hiring methods that led Shah to build A-player teams How Shah discovered his mission and how this fuels his startup’s success Shah’s top advice for founders looking to raise a round of financing When and how to pivot: the key to Shah’s successful track record Shah’s top tips for busy entrepreneurs (it has nothing to do with meetings, investors, or customers)
6/28/20181 hour, 3 minutes, 7 seconds
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204: Taking the Road Less Traveled to Build the Business of Your Dreams, With Mike Dillard of Self Made Man

In business, in life, and even behind the wheel of his actual race car, Mike Dillard goes from zero to 60 in the blink of an eye. In stark contrast to his calm voice and introverted nature, Dillard is a pioneer willing to crash through boundaries and challenge common wisdom. He just prefers to do it through the written word, rather than grand speeches or face-to-face encounters. The core principle driving Dillard’s pedal-to-the-metal attitude? He deeply believes in the power of one person to change their community, their industry, and maybe even the world. “I approach life with a core belief that anyone can accomplish anything,” his website bio reads. “That not only can one man or woman make a difference, but that it’s one man or woman who always makes the difference.” Key Takeaways How Dillard leveraged his introverted nature to find success in an extrovert-driven world The biggest crash of Dillard’s career, which cost him $12 million in revenue overnight The one thing Dillard needs to build a business (it has nothing to do with money) The mission and purpose that has guided Dillard (through the bad times) to build the business of his dreams
6/21/20181 hour, 2 minutes, 25 seconds
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203: The One-Two Punch for Sustainable, Consistent Startup Growth, With Dmitry Dragilev of JustReachOut

Dmitry Dragilev has a typical entrepreneurial story, but maybe a little more extreme. Bored in his dead-end, corporate job, he was fearful of ending up like his older, unsatisfied peers. One day, Dragilev read in a magazine about what was going on in Silicon Valley, and up and quit. He sold everything he owned, hopped in his car, and made his way to California. Equipped only with a knowledge of coding and a drive to succeed, Dragilev had made a decision that changed the rest of his life. Key Takeaways: Dragilev's unique growth marketing approach for building sustainable, consistent traffic How to build quality relationships with journalists to increase your brand's exposure How Dragilev helped two companies skyrocket sales with two PR strategies The quick website fix that resulted in a two-second improvement in user session time
6/14/201852 minutes, 17 seconds
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201: Zero to $10 Million in 4 Years: How King Kong’s Sabri Suby Went from Work-at-Home Consultant to Booming Agency Founder

To Sabri Suby, business is a jungle and only the strong survive. To be successful, you need to dominate the digital landscape and crush the competition into a fine powder. That fierce attitude has served Suby, and his clients, very well over the years. Suby is the founder of King Kong, the fastest-growing digital marketing agency in Australia. Last year, King Kong raked in $7 million in revenue from its digital marketing campaigns, over $200 million in sales for its clients, and this year, is aiming to top that. Hustling since he was a teen, Suby learned how to sell early on. Making a whole lot of cold calls over the course of his life, he never let up. Starting King Kong in his bedroom on his girlfriend's laptop, Suby preferred to jump into the trenches and get his hands dirty instead of wasting time reading business books and attending events. That unrelenting approach definitely paid off. Listen in as Suby discusses why his agency scaled to millions in revenue so quickly, how to dominate direct response marketing, and why a service-based business should be the top choice for entrepreneurs. ATTENTION: Suby has partnered with Foundr to teach an epic new course, "Consulting Empire.” If you want to learn how to start and scale a service-based business, whether you are a consultant, coach or freelancer, Suby reveals all of his golden strategies (the exact ones he used to scale from zero to $10 million) in this new course. It’s just about ready so get on the free VIP waitlist here to be one of the first we notify when it launches!
5/30/20181 hour, 5 minutes, 44 seconds
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200: Foundr’s Story: How a Humble Side Project Became a Global Brand, with CEO Nathan Chan [Special 200th Episode]

I refuse to lose.” It's the mantra that has guided Foundr CEO Nathan Chan through the highs and lows of becoming an entrepreneur. It helped him resist the naysayers, and confront deep insecurities and self-doubt, to build the business he fell in love with right away. That sense of determination and drive continues to fuel Foundr’s big goal of impacting tens of millions of entrepreneurs around the globe with world-class resources and training. In this inspiring interview, Nathan gets up close and personal and takes us behind the scenes of what it was like starting Foundr—the good and not so good—and the many lessons he learned along the way. Interviewed by Dave Hobson, our head of product and business development and one of the first to join the Foundr team, the two reminisce about the early days, the first goals the company set, and the memorable moments that transformed the company from a side hustle to global presence. Pull up a chair and a drink (Does Nathan prefer wine or beer? Find out in this interview!) and learn more about Foundr, how the company started, and where it is headed in the near future. Nathan shares it all in this special 200th podcast episode. We promise you this is an interview that will inspire you for many years to come. Key Takeaways How Nathan transitioned from his day job to full-time entrepreneur and why the timing was critical to his success What separates the entrepreneurial success stories from those who never make it happen How to minimize risk where you can while still making huge strides for your business The importance of knowing your strengths and weaknesses and getting the right advice from mentors. This is one of the keys to Foundr’s growth.
5/23/20181 hour, 17 minutes, 33 seconds
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199: From Passion To Profit: How Payal Kadakia Tur