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Entrepreneur and Startup Founder Success Stories & Actionable Case Studies from Proven Entrepreneurs. Learn the processes and behind the scenes on what it takes to build a successful startup directly from the best entrepreneurship brands and founders.

Entrepreneur and Startup Founder Success Stories & Actionable Case Studies from Proven Entrepreneurs. Learn the processes and behind the scenes on what it takes to build a successful startup directly from the best entrepreneurship brands and founders.
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Entrepreneur and Startup Founder Success Stories & Actionable Case Studies from Proven Entrepreneurs. Learn the processes and behind the scenes on what it takes to build a successful startup directly from the best entrepreneurship brands and founders.

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Episodes

225: New Founders Doubled Business and Hit Their First $10K Month (Consulting Empire Spotlight: Part 2)

11/13/2018
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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...

Duration:00:28:59

224: Gavin Symes Scales His Consulting Business to $50K/Month in 3 Months (Consulting Empire Spotlight: Part 1)

11/7/2018
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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...

Duration:00:33:35

223: How WPBeginner’s Syed Balkhi Rocketed to Success, Aiding Millions of Wordpress Users

10/30/2018
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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...

Duration:00:41:00

222: From Canines to Co-Working: Tobi Skovron’s Journey to Creating Two Revolutionary Products

10/22/2018
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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...

Duration:00:57:21

221: Zero to $9 Million in 4 years: How Chris Peters & Rob Ward Built Quad Lock From a Kickstarter Campaign

10/16/2018
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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...

Duration:01:01:16

220: Building Community as the Foundation for a Successful Content Business, With Carly Zakin & Danielle Weisberg of theSkimm

10/9/2018
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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...

Duration:00:30:57

219: From Bankrupt to Bestseller: How Mike Michalowicz Used His Own Failures to Empower Other Entrepreneurs

10/2/2018
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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...

Duration:00:46:24

218: Slow Growth and Risk Aversion Wins the Entrepreneurial Race, With Aytekin Tank of JotForm

9/25/2018
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“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...

Duration:00:49:22

217: Mastering the Messy Middle and Finishing Strong, With Scott Belsky of Behance

9/18/2018
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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...

Duration:00:33:50

216: The Art of Creating High-Converting Landing Pages, With Oli Gardner, Co-Founder of Unbounce

9/11/2018
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“Ninety-eight percent of landing pages suck.” This is exactly 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...

Duration:00:54:10

215: Navigating the Unpredictable Journey From Failure to Triumph, With Stuart McKeown, Co-Founder of Gleam

9/5/2018
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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...

Duration:00:59:09

214: Nailing Product-Market Fit and Building a Successful Startup, With Legendary VC and Wealthfront CEO Andy Rachleff

8/30/2018
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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...

Duration:00:46:03

213: Overcoming Depression and Starting Over: Behind the Scenes With Rand Fishkin, Moz Founder

8/22/2018
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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...

Duration:00:38:03

212: Behind the Scenes With 3 Start & Scale Ecommerce Success Stories

8/15/2018
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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...

Duration:01:28:27

211: Contently’s Shane Snow on Building a Content Empire and Then Returning to His Writing Roots

8/9/2018
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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,...

Duration:00:47:44

210: How to Create a Multimillion-Dollar Software Product the Market Actually Wants, With Crazy Egg’s Hiten Shah

8/1/2018
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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,...

Duration:00:49:13

209: How Two Fintech Entrepreneurs Found Stable Ground in a Volatile Space, With CoinJar’s Asher Tan and Ryan Zhou

7/25/2018
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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...

Duration:00:32:10

208: How a Charitable Mission and Influencer Marketing Sparked Massive Growth, With Griffin Thall of Pura Vida

7/18/2018
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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...

Duration:00:41:19

207: BigCommerce Co-Founder Talks Scaling to $100M While Minimizing Risk and Stress

7/11/2018
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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...

Duration:00:53:24

206: From Animator to Tech Educator, Lynda Weinman Reflects on a $1.5B Exit and Her New Career

7/5/2018
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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...

Duration:00:47:54