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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.






170: Building a Multimillion-Dollar Startup on Amazon Sales, with Jungle Scout’s Greg Mercer

Greg Mercer built an entire lifestyle business without having to build his own products, distribution network, or even an online store. Instead of creating his first business from scratch, Mercer took advantage of the tools around him and started selling products on Amazon. It worked, to the point that he and his wife were both able to quit their jobs and start traveling the world. He had achieved the dream that so many of us are working toward, all by cleverly riffing on an industry...

Duration: 00:51:55

169: Billionaire Business Lessons with Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban is a very busy man. As one of the star judges of the hit show Shark Tank, Cuban has invested in nearly a hundred different startups that have appeared on the program. That's not even mentioning the investments he makes outside of the show, and the dozens of other businesses he's founded or manages himself. So how does a single person manage to keep so many plates spinning at the same time? His secret: Hiring the right people. Cuban is always making sure he has the best people...

Duration: 00:27:56

168: How Owning Less Can Reward You With More. Redefining Success With Joshua Fields Millburn

Often as entrepreneurs, we envision success as owning more objects, like a fancy watch, a big house, or a fast car. But what if there were a more authentic, more enriching version of success? One that involves less? That's the question that Joshua Fields Millburn seeks to answer, as one half of the duo who call themselves The Minimalists. Millburn and partner Ryan Nicodemus have built an entire brand around how to live a better life by having less. Millburn runs a website with an annual...

Duration: 00:46:28

167: How Entrepreneurs Can Change the World, with Leila Janah of Samasource

Great entrepreneurs have that rare ability to take risks that others find crazy, coupled with a single-minded determination that allows them to bring their visions to life. But some of us want to do much more with that talent than simply create a profitable company. Some of us want to change the world for the better. If that sounds like you, you're going to want to hear what Samasource founder Leila Janah has to say in this episode, as that's exactly what she's done during her incredible...

Duration: 00:36:36

166: How to Build a Billion Dollar Mobile Gaming Company From Scratch, with Holly Liu of Kabam

Ask yourself, just how many hours have you sunk into that palm-sized rectangle of plastic, metal, and glass known as the smartphone? As the co-founder of Kabam, one of the world's leading companies in mobile games, Holly Liu might be able to provide an answer to that, and it would likely be a huge number. But luckily for us, and our listeners, she's far more interested in talking about how she managed to build a billion-dollar company from scratch by giving away her products for free. If...

Duration: 00:40:04

164: Why You Need More Swiss Army Knives and Paratroopers on Your Startup Team, says Ryan Holmes of Hootsuite

What separates the companies that make millions of dollars from those that never make it? It's not the vision, or the product, or even the founder, it's the people. You can't build a successful business, let alone grow it, without having the right people by your side. It's a lesson that Ryan Holmes, CEO and founder of Hootsuite, is intimately familiar with. Today, Holmes finds himself at the helm of one of the fastest-growing companies around. Hootsuite is a mega-popular social media...

Duration: 00:26:03

163: How to Create One of The Most Visited Websites in the World With Steve Huffman of Reddit

Change is inevitable in the startup world, and only the best entrepreneurs stay on top of the game by evolving with it. Steve Huffman, co-founder and CEO of Reddit, knows this all too well, and in this episode of the podcast, Huffman explains how he's ushering the social media giant to the next level. Huffman was there in the very beginning, when he and roommate Alexis Ohanian first pitched the idea for Reddit to Y Combinator, and he's at the helm again today as the company strives to...

Duration: 00:29:44

162: Investors, Crowdfunding, or Shark Tank? Maneesh Sethi's Done It All and Reveals His Funding Strategies

"How can I solve a problem in the fastest way?" It's a question that Maneesh Sethi asks himself almost every day, and it's been the main driver behind who he is as a person, and as an entrepreneur. You see, Sethi lives a life of what you might call extreme productivity, and he wants to help you do the same. The question has manifested in a variety of ways throughout Sethi's life, including starting his own productivity blog, Hack the System, where he examines how people can be more...

Duration: 00:42:39

161: How Jodie Fox Turned Her Passion for Shoes Into a Successful Online Business in 2 Months

Jodie Fox loves her shoes. But unlike your average shoe lover, Fox was able to turn that love first into a living room-based passion project, and then a multimillion-dollar online business. She's the co-founder and CEO of Shoes of Prey, a popular online store that allows customers to design and customize their own shoes. Shoes of Prey recently raised $25 million in funding as part of its Series B round, and while that's impressive enough on its own, Fox managed to validate, launch, and...

Duration: 00:48:31

160: The Not-So Obvious, But Ridiculously Successful Strategy on Building a Business with Brian Clark of Copyblogger

"The truth is I didn't like working for somebody else." Most entrepreneurs start their own business because they want to take charge of their own destiny, and for Brian Clark, the CEO and founder of Rainmaker Digital, Copyblogger, StudioPress, and the Rainmaker Platform, his story doesn't start off any different. It doesn't matter if you haven't heard of Clark before, but if you've been anywhere near the startup space in the past 15 years or so, you've undoubtedly felt his...

Duration: 00:51:38

159: A Lifelong Founder Teaches Critical Lessons for New Entrepreneurs on Products, Investors, and Selling with Jonathan Siegel

Jonathan Siegel has started close to a dozen different companies—some have been hugely successful, others didn't quite go as planned, and for one, he sold his shares after a falling out with his co-founders. Siegel has been a serial startup founder since he was just 12 years old. Now at 40, he has seen it all, and he's sharing his lessons—on products, investors, and selling a business—with Foundr. "It doesn't feel like a job, as much as it just feels like I'm getting paid to do something...

Duration: 00:46:42

158: How to Build a Worldwide Iconic Brand with Brian Smith of UGG

In the late 1970s, Brian Smith was a young Australian surfer looking for the next big thing. Little did he know that while flipping through a magazine, he would stumble upon an idea that would grow into one of the world's most iconic brands. With more than $1 billion in sales worldwide, you can find the UGG brand in millions of households. What does it take to build such an iconic brand? Smith openly admits that, at the time, he had no idea. He struggled to get people interested in his...

Duration: 00:46:18

157: Grow to 400,000 Users In Just Three Years by Mastering B2B Sales With Andrew Barnes of GO1

Andrew Barnes's company GO1 is a Y-Combinator alum that's raised over $4 million in funding, grown to over 400,000 users, and is currently the world's largest onboarding, compliance, and professional development learning platform. If that weren't impressive enough, Barnes hit those benchmarks in under three years. The secret weapon? An airtight B2B, or business to business, sales process. In our interview with Barnes, he shares with us how the Australian-startup-that-could found its path...

Duration: 00:38:31

156: Lessons Learnt From Building a $300 Million Dollar Business From the Original #GirlBoss Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso was a community college dropout, working a variety of odd jobs to support herself, when she set up a humble eBay store called Nasty Gal Vintage. The rapid growth that followed has become the stuff of startup legend, and in this episode of the podcast, Amoruso shares what she learned from the roller-coaster ride of Nasty Gal, and tells us about her new endeavor, Girlboss Media. Over the course of a decade, Amoruso had a meteoric rise, during which she became the head of a...

Duration: 00:25:41

155: Everything You Know About Content Marketing is Wrong, with Des Traynor of Intercom

In 2011, four lads from Dublin were running a successful business that let programers and engineers know when a user encountered a problem with their program. The problem was that none of them were particularly interested in the world of programming errors. Instead, they found their passions centered on why it was so difficult for online businesses to talk to customers. They didn't know it at the time, but they were about to reinvent the concept of content marketing. So Des Traynor and...

Duration: 00:39:52

154: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Marketing Strategies of Multi-million Dollar Companies with Clate Mask of Infusionsoft

Every entrepreneur at some point faces the dilemma of simply not being able to pour any more hours of work into their company. As a result, they get stuck. That's where Clate Mask, CEO of Infusionsoft, comes in. In the 10 years Infusionsoft has been operating, Mask has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs use the power of email marketing to double their growth, triple their leads, even quadruple overall revenue. For Mask, automated email marketing is the secret weapon for any business that's...

Duration: 00:36:52

153: How to Survive Entrepreneurial Failure with Steve Olsher of

In his lifetime as an entrepreneur, Steve Olsher has crashed, burned, and reinvented himself in the face of tremendous failure. But for Olsher, there was never any other path. If you can relate, he's got some indispensable wisdom to offer. "I've been an entrepreneur pretty much since I've been old enough to pick up a rake and move some leaves around, or grab a shovel and do some snow-shoveling and clear some sidewalks, driveways, that sort of thing. We're all naturally wired to excel in...

Duration: 00:46:49

152: How to Build a Business You Care About More Than Paying Your Own Bills with Adam Braun of MissionU

Getting rich is for amateurs. A real entrepreneur, one with serious guts and vision, wants to make the world a better place. If that's you, it's time to enter the world of social enterprise—business that seeks to make both a profit and a positive impact, on anything from education to world hunger. This is a tall order, but it's possible and an increasingly popular form of entrepreneurship. So today's podcast is going to show you exactly how to make money, while also making a...

Duration: 00:42:27

151: How to Build a Cult Following Tribe Resulting in 10's of Millions of Annual Recurring Revenue Russell Brunson

Russell Brunson knows a ton about building effective marketing funnels. It's a skill he learned after spending nearly 10 years making money online by building funnels for all sorts of things, from potato guns to coupons. Now as the CEO and co-founder of ClickFunnels, Brunson heads one of the fastest-growing bootstrapped companies in the world. "We're growing faster than any VC-backed company that I know of, and we do it because we had to do it smarter, and we do it through the funnels...

Duration: 00:33:03

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