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#1500 How Testlio brought the power of a marketplace to the product testing space

9/25/2017
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You’d think after 1,500 interviews I’d understand where all the interesting businesses are, where all the revenue is, but I still don’t. I’m still surprised by pockets of opportunity. Today’s guest is a perfect example. Joining me is Kristel Kruustuk. She’s the founder of Testlio, which tests your products to uncover issues before your customers do. The part that surprises me is there’s a marketplace of testers. I’m surprised the demand for testers is so big it’s one of the hottest, fastest...

Duration: 01:08:55


#1499 Does the world need another freelancer marketplace? Freeeup founder says “Yes”

9/22/2017
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If you’re an entrepreneur listening, chances are you’ve checked out some of the freelance sites looking for help with your website or app. In my case, I was looking for a researcher to get more info on my guests. You might have had the same experience that I did—the results I got back were crap. Today’s guest recognized that problem and came up with a brand new freelancer marketplace, one where he and his team pre-screens so users don’t have a crappy experience. Nathan Hirsch is the...

Duration: 01:02:27


#1499 Does the world need another freelancer marketplace? Freeeup founder says “Yes”

9/22/2017
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If you’re an entrepreneur listening, chances are you’ve checked out some of the freelance sites looking for help with your website or app. In my case, I was looking for a researcher to get more info on my guests. You might have had the same experience that I did—the results I got back were crap. Today’s guest recognized that problem and came up with a brand new freelancer marketplace, one where he and his team pre-screens so users don’t have a crappy experience. Nathan Hirsch is the...

Duration: 01:02:27


#1496 Can content really be profitable?

9/15/2017
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I’m about to do an interview with a founder whose company you don’t know, but I assure you it’s a massively successful site. Once you get to know this company, you’re going to realize that you’ve actually seen a lot of the stories that they’ve broken but probably didn’t realize it. Today’s guest is Fred Mwangaguhunga. The company is MediaTakeOut, an online gossip site. I want to understand if content can really be profitable in a world where it’s tough to get anyone to come to your site...

Duration: 01:08:14


#1496 Can content really be profitable?

9/15/2017
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I’m about to do an interview with a founder whose company you don’t know, but I assure you it’s a massively successful site. Once you get to know this company, you’re going to realize that you’ve actually seen a lot of the stories that they’ve broken but probably didn’t realize it. Today’s guest is Fred Mwangaguhunga. The company is MediaTakeOut, an online gossip site. I want to understand if content can really be profitable in a world where it’s tough to get anyone to come to your site...

Duration: 01:08:14


#1252 How to work a room (of 3 people or 3,000) – with Ed O’Keefe

1/15/2016
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Joining me today is a guy who had a business where he did it all. He was the face of it and he was the superstar of it. And it felt great until it didn’t. Then he decided he wanted a product that sold without him. He wanted a business that ran even if he wasn’t there to be the face and the energy of it. And that’s what he got. His name is Ed O’Keefe. He is the founder of Marine Essentials. They make supplements designed to help people live longer and feel better. It’s not usually the kind...

#1250 How a sewing class led to a former actress’s million dollar business – with Cynthia Jamin

1/11/2016
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Almost all the founders we have on Mixergy are tech entrepreneurs, like the founders of Airbnb, Y Combinator, etc. But I’ve found that when I have non-tech founders on, the audience really connects with them. So today I have for you an actress who started a clothing line. I want to find out how she went from being on Friends, Will & Grace and Just Shoot Me to launching and growing a company. She’s turned it into a brand and even got into The Wall Street Journal recently. Cynthia Jamin is...

#1249 How Stephen Somers turned selling stuff on Amazon into an art form

1/8/2016
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Today I’m talking to a Mixergy fan and Premium member. Stephen Somers is a co-founder of Marketplace SuperHeroes, an information product that teaches anyone how to start an international eCommerce business selling on Amazon. He’s here to teach us how he drastically grew his margins by teaching others to do what he’s been doing–selling stuff on Amazon. Stephen Somers is a co-founder of Marketplace SuperHeroes, an information product that teaches anyone how to start an international...

#1248 How Nasim Pakmanesh is charging double what his competitors charge (and customers love him for it)

1/6/2016
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What’s incredible about today’s business is this–they sell roses. But that’s not all. When I saw what they’re charging for their roses, and saw what the competition is charging, it’s more than double. We’re not talking about some little dinky site you have to know about because your friend told you could get a good rate. We’re talking about the big names are charging less than half. It’s a part of Nasim Pakmanesh’s strategy. Nasim is the founder of Roseshire, a luxury brand of roses. Nasim...

Duration: 01:06:53


#1247 How Sean D’Souza went from drawing cartoons to drawing in $3M a year

12/28/2015
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Sean D’Souza is the creator of a company called Psychotactics, which teaches people why customers buy and why they don’t. I invited him here to talk about how he built his businesses. That’s frankly what I’m about here at Mixergy–talking to entrepreneurs about what they did to grow their companies. Check out Sean’s story here. Sean D’Souza is the creator of PsychoTactics which teaches why customers buy and why they don’t. Sponsored byCloudSponge – CloudSponge helps companies like Airbnb,...

#1246 The ah-ha moments that led to $50,000,000 annual revenue – with Jim Yu

12/23/2015
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When is the right time to leave your job and start a company? In this interview you’ll hear what led to today’s guest quitting his job at SalesForce and how he built the $50 million dollar a year company that you’ve probably never heard of. We’re going to talk to Jim Yu. He’s the founder of BrightEdge, the leading enterprise content performance marketing. They help enterprises get organic, real traffic to their sites. Jim Yu is the founder of BrightEdge, the leading enterprise content...

#1245 Would you refuse to launch with venture capital? – with Gleb Budman

12/21/2015
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I first discovered today’s guest because he was doing something that just seemed crazy to me. At the time his company did online backup, so it seemed natural that he would use one of the cloud storage systems that are available, like Amazon. Instead of doing that, he created his own freaking hardware. I remember thinking, “Isn’t this going to fail? What happens if he loses his data?” Today it feels like all those questions that I had are gone. He’s proven. Gleb Budman is the Co-Founder of...

#1244 How to be competitive without lowering prices (Or cheapening a brand) – with Jeffrey Shaw

12/18/2015
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In this interview you’ll hear what today’s guest did to survive the “Y Combinator Effect,” the unsustainable bump that lead to unreal investor expectations. Jeffrey Shaw is the founder of Underground Cellar,astartupthatconnects wineries with new online consumers. Jeffrey is solvingtwopains–one for both buyers and sellers in the wine space–and bringing the wine industry online without cheapening it. Jeffrey Shaw is the founder of Underground Cellar which is an internet technology startup...

#1243 How personal loss, job loss, and a cancer diagnoses changed Gail Tolstoi-Miller’s company processes

12/16/2015
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In November 2009, Gail Tolsoi-Miller was called into her boss’ office and her boss said,“Due to the downturn of the economy, we have no work left and I’m sorry, I’m going to have to let you go. Thank you for your service.” Wait until you hear what happened to today’s guest after that day. You’ll hearhowthat experience (and many other obstacles) led to where she is today. Gail Tolstoi-Miller is the founder of ConsultNetworx which is a national staffing and consulting firm. Gail Tolstoi-Miller...

#1242 How Adina Mangubat built a software company for analyzing DNA (with no programming skills)

12/14/2015
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In this interview, I’ve got the antidote to the kind of email I get from time to time, including one that I got this morning. A member told me, “Andrew, I want to start a new company, but I don’t know how to program. I’m not a developer. Is that going to be a problem? It seems like lately you’ve been interviewing people who are all developers.” Well, the antidote is today’s interview because today you’re about to meet a woman who created a genetics company with no background in programming....

#1241 How to launch a platform for an industry in transition – with Matt Barba

12/11/2015
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Today’s interview is going to be a little bit different. Usually I introduce my guest and then we start going into the story behind how the person built their business. But I liked how the conversation with today’s guest unfolded before the interview, so instead of doing a formal intro I’m going to do something different. I’m just going to let you hear the whole conversation, as he and I had it on Skype. A little unusual, but frankly that’s what podcasting is all about. So here it is from...

#1240 The startup challenges even a PROVEN entrepreneur faces – with Richard Titus

12/9/2015
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Today we have Richard Titus who, in 1996, launched Tag Media, a company that he sold just two years later. There was a company called Schematic which we’ll talk about. Needless to say, Richard is a proven founder. Today he’s here to talk about his newest company and what he did to keep customers engaged while they improved. You’ll also hear how there’s no substitute for customer research and how to avoid some of the bigger mistakes even a seasoned entrepreneur can make. Richard is the CEO...

#1239 How Alex Ilkon used YouTube to build a 7 figure business

12/7/2015
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In this interview, we are going to break free from misconceptions. Today we’re going to hear how Alex Ikonn built his company differently than what seems to be popular in San Francisco. Alex is the cofounder of Luxy Hair, which offers affordable hair extensions. Alex Ilkonn is the co-founder of Luxy Hair which offers affordable hair extensions. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what...

#1238 How Ugallery cofounders used design to bring artists and buyers together online – with Stephen Tanenbaum

12/4/2015
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Stephen Tanenbaum is the cofounder of UGallery,a curated online art gallery. But how do you get potential customers to pull out their credit cards for a product like original art? In today’s interview Stephen talks about creating a marketplace, how site design changes buying habits and how Ugallery got their first customer. Check it out. Stephen Tanenbaum is the cofounder of UGallery,a curated online art gallery. Sponsored byToptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a...

#1237 How to run with giants like Bill Gates and Elon Musk – with Michael Serbinis

12/2/2015
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Today I’ve got a guest for you who’s gone up against giants and done really well for himself. This interview is going to focus on one of the companies that he helped build. The company is called Kobo and it is an early eBook reader. In fact, it’s still available now in the App Store and it’s got tons of raving fans. It’s a company that he launched, and he built, he sold. I invited him here to talk about that and about what he’s working on now. Michael Serbinis is the founder and CEO of...
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