Rogue Startups

Technology Podcasts

The Rogue Startups podcast features two bootstrapped startup founders as they grow their businesses. We feature experts in the fields of sales, marketing, and product development to hear how they're growth hacking their productized services, WordPress plugins, and SaaS products. If you're on the journey of an entrepreneur then tune and hear how we're tackling some of the same obstacles you may be facing, and how we're winning in the game of business. Listeners of Startups for the Rest of Us, Mixergy, Zero to Scale, Bootstrapped Web, The Startup Chat, and Rhodium Podcast will love checking out our show.

Location:

United States

Description:

The Rogue Startups podcast features two bootstrapped startup founders as they grow their businesses. We feature experts in the fields of sales, marketing, and product development to hear how they're growth hacking their productized services, WordPress plugins, and SaaS products. If you're on the journey of an entrepreneur then tune and hear how we're tackling some of the same obstacles you may be facing, and how we're winning in the game of business. Listeners of Startups for the Rest of Us, Mixergy, Zero to Scale, Bootstrapped Web, The Startup Chat, and Rhodium Podcast will love checking out our show.

Language:

English


Episodes

RS274: Chat GPT, The Economy, and New Realities

2/2/2023
ChatGPT seems to be on the tips of everyone’s tongues these days, so today we’re talking about what it means for social media, web content, and the podcasting industry. Not to mention, Dave just can’t quit Twitter and Craig tries to develop his personal brand. They chat about the current state of the economy, title ... Read more

Duration:00:35:15

RS273: Relentless Focus

1/12/2023
It’s a new year which means that businesses all over are going through the OKR process and the annual planning phase for EOS. In this episode, Dave and Craig talk about how the processes are different for them this year. How do you say no to everything except what you need to do? How do ... Read more

Duration:00:34:13

RS272: A Few Year-End Reflections

1/5/2023
It’s the beginning of 2023, which means it’s time to reflect on what we learned from last year. Craig shares his hot take on the recession and Gumroad. Dave compares this recession to the previous ones they have lived through. They analyze trends from Q4 and look forward to what 2023 could bring. Not to ... Read more

Duration:00:47:05

RS271: Long time, no podcast

12/8/2022
What is going on with these VC companies? How do you weed out the riff-raff when you offer free trials? Are you a SaaS owner and have you done an audit on your expenditures? Has it really been a couple of months since our last update? Dave and Craig are back with company updates and industry ... Read more

Duration:00:44:12

RS270: How ecommerce aggregators are winning the SaaS game

9/22/2022
Dave flies solo today, talking with Jim Breese of AppHub.com, an ecommerce app aggregator. Jim discusses the business model of aggregation in the ecommerce space, and together, Dave and Jim riff on some email marketing tactics that are uncommonly effective (and still underused by 95% of all SaaS and ecommerce marketers according to Dave). Do ... Read more

Duration:00:33:10

RS269: Been a while…updates and positioning

8/11/2022
Who are you? Who is your company? Who does your company serve? Positioning is important for a number of reasons. It gives you and your company a sense of purpose and direction. But finding your niche isn’t as easy as it may seem. Dave and Craig are back! Today they’re talking about all of the ... Read more

Duration:00:46:58

RS268: Lessons Learned Hiring Standout Developers

6/2/2022
What is the difference between a CEO’s mindset and an operator’s mindset? What are lessons you’ve learned about hiring good developers? How do you do a technical evaluation for possible developers? As Dave nears his one-year reunion as a full-time entrepreneur with Recapture, he shares some of the lessons and realizations he had learned in ... Read more

Duration:00:37:30

RS267: Hazards of Growing a SaaS from Scratch

5/19/2022
How do you take your SaaS idea and turn it into a successful business? How do you build a SaaS business from scratch? In this episode of Rogue Startups, Dave is chatting with email marketing guru, Chase Dimond. Today, he joins Dave to talk about his new platform, EmailUp. EmailUp is Canva for email. He ... Read more

Duration:00:42:45

RS266: MicroConf 2022 Recap

4/28/2022
Did you attend MicroConf 2022? What is it like to go to a convention after the pandemic? On today’s episode of Rogue Startups, Dave and Craig break down their experiences at MicroConf 2022. After a few years of attending the conference, their priorities and perspectives have changed when it comes to what they’re looking for ... Read more

Duration:00:26:31

RS265: The Customer Interview Trap

4/2/2022
In this episode, after a hiatus that was waay too long, Craig and Dave talk about Dave’s recent experience with customer interviews. There’s always a balance between taking customers’ input into your product process and having that founder level intuition to drive the product (and business) forward. Craig gives updates on his bigger picture goals ... Read more

Duration:00:28:56

RS264: From Freelancer to Founder: Chase Clymer’s Journey to Successful Shopify Agency Owner

1/20/2022
Today Dave chats with Chase Clymer about Chase’s journey from being in a band to running Electric Eye, a successful Shopify strategic consulting agency. In addition to role clarification, Chase discovered a lot about himself when he transitioned from freelancer to the head of his own agency. Chase talks about his struggles, his mistakes, and ... Read more

Duration:00:31:49

RS263: New Years Planning

1/13/2022
What do you look for when you’re searching for a developer? Which is more stressful: building a new house or moving to a different country? Are you working on the business or in the business? Dave and Craig are back after a holiday hiatus. Between Dave’s household being bombarded with sickness and Craig moving back ... Read more

Duration:00:33:40

RS262: QA and Moving

12/9/2021
Dave and Craig talk about cold calling, AWS outages, steady growth during the winter, and the hiring-process struggle bus. What are your thoughts about living overseas? What are your thoughts on full-time QA people? Do you have any tips on finding gems on Upwork? Do you agree that the half-life of your marketing strategy is ... Read more

Duration:00:33:46

RS261: Optimizing Speed vs. Quality

11/11/2021
How does quality control testing work in e-commerce? In the podcasting world and with abandoned cart recovery, it can be a hassle for smaller companies. In this episode of the Rogue Startups podcast, Dave and Craig talk about what they do to overcome the challenge of optimizing quality versus releasing updates and features in a ... Read more

Duration:00:28:14

RS260: 13 Truths about SaaS

10/28/2021
How do you define execution? What are you doing differently than your competitors? Do you think growth stacks and compounds? On today’s episode of Rogue Startups, Dave and Craig are going over Asia Orangio’s essay, “13 Brutal truths about growth I wish every SaaS founder knew.” They go over a few highlights that stuck out ... Read more

Duration:00:39:28

RS258: Crafting a better Product Process with Craig Zingerline

10/21/2021
How do you play product offense? In the decision-making process, how can you tell the differences between elective decisions and core features? Customer retention. Customer experience. Team priorities. Everything is affected by the product process. Today, host Craig Hewitt is talking with Craig Zingerline about the product process, which is a process both Craigs feel ... Read more

Duration:00:42:52

RS257: Entrepreneurial Endgame

9/30/2021
There have been a number of WordPress acquisitions this year. Today’s hot button topic is all about the Sandhills Development acquisition. It’s brought questions to the minds of everyone in the SaaS community. What are the alternatives to selling at certain points? Why not stay and go public? When do you sell your business? What ... Read more

Duration:00:38:03

RS256: Sales onboarding and eCommerce headwinds

9/2/2021
Dave and Craig are back behind the mic to talk about refreshing their own personal brands, virtual versus in-person conferences, and goals. Dave goes over the bleak trends and headwinds for eCommerce. In more upbeat news, they also chat about Craig’s newest team members, how customer service and sales affect one another, and OKRs (objectives ... Read more

Duration:00:35:44

RS255: Sales and Busted Funnels

8/19/2021
Dave and Craig are behind the mic again. After a brief discussion about vaccines, regulations, and balancing personal and professional issues, they dive deep into sales. Craig talks about new hires and about being at an exciting but nerve-wracking place in his business. Dave shares his marketing woes and a little insight on what it ... Read more

Duration:00:33:32

RS254: Summer vacation and sales updates

8/5/2021
What is the ultimate test of your business’ infrastructure? Have you been doing anything to relax and unwind this summer? What is a healthy balance of “weird” and “sustainable” in terms of work schedules? Today is all about summer vacations, schedules, and sales. Dave and Craig talk about soccer camps, recharging their batteries, camping, and ... Read more

Duration:00:34:29