Gabriel Weinberg, founder and CEO of DuckDuckGo, talks about his guide to building sustainable and lasting traction throughout the lifetime of a business, and how you can be testing traction channels even before you launch. He also shared his story behind the billboard he bought for DuckDuckGo right in Google’s backyard that landed them a story in USA Today.
Rob Walling, Founder of Drip, Co-Host of Startups for the Rest of Us, and Co-Creator of MicroConf, talks all about how they’ve used their podcast and conference to build an incredibly loyal audience, and how that has affected his product at various stages of development and growth. He weighs in on whether it’s necessary or not to have an audience in order to grow and scale your product. You may be surprised at his answer!
Manuel Weiss, Co-Founder and CMO of Codeship, shares how they apply the scientific method to everything they do, particularly in their marketing pipeline. He shares examples of experiments and how they iterate over time until they’ve optimized an assumption, and also talks through their new framework and building blocks for deploying and maximizing their marketing materials.
Lee Jacobson, CEO of Apmetrix, talks with us about getting past the “power through it” mentality and opening yourself up to pivoting. By trusting in (and listing to) the data you collect, you can follow various paths to revenue. He also talks about their method of lead-scoring so they can make the most of their sales cycle.
Ryan Singer, Product Manager at Basecamp, talked with us about stripping away pre-defined product categories and focusing on the niche you’re filling and the problem you’re solving. He shares lessons learned with Basecamp, as well as how they use Jobs-To-Be-Done to help them when they get lost.
Cat Noone, Co-Founder of Liberio, talks with us about their journey raising a seed round in Berlin. She shares strategies they’ve discovered in building their pitch deck, meetings with VCs, and the thought behind raising money in the first place.
Sean Ellis, Founder and CEO of Qualaroo and GrowthHackers talks about how he massively increased growth at Qualaroo just by changing up their pricing model. He also talks about his motivations behind creating and growing the community at GrowthHackers.com and the external benefits it brings to marketers.
Owais Peer, Co-Founder of Global App Testing, talks about his unique productivity hacks he uses with his entire team. We also discuss his bottom up approach to management and how they use the Pomodoro technique to measure just about everything on their to-do list.
Brian Zuecher, Founder and CEO of Seen, talks about the challenges of building a SaaS app for large-scale brands to help promote their social marketing channels through powerful influencers and brand advocates.
Melanie Gordon, Co-Founder and CEO of TapHunter, shares the cold-calling and sales techniques they’ve used to scale to profitability within a year of taking a seed round of funding. She also talks about the challenges of selling a SaaS product to non-technical, brick-and-mortar businesses and how they’ve overcome them.
Carolyn Kopprasch, Chief Happiness Officer at Buffer, talks with us about how they’ve kept up quality as they’ve grown their support team, and the unconventional ways they’ve scaled. She also shared super actionable tips on how they use HelpScout to process hundreds of job applications every single month and how they find good culture fits for the team.
Robert Williams, Founder of LetsWorkshop.com, talks about how he focused on solving a huge pain point that he personally experienced, and grew it into a super successful startup. He shares his learnings from the 30x500 course and how he’s been able to grow so quickly by staying focused on helping his customers succeed.
Alex Moore, Founder and CEO of Boomerang, talks with us about viral tactics he used to grow a product that most people didn’t want others to know they were using. He also shares a hilarious story of how he got his first investor, Dave McClure.
Elliot Schneier, COO of Fundable, talks with us about the key factors that investors look for when deciding to invest in you. He shared incredibly thorough insights on topics ranging from idea to traction to funding. He also talked with us about their strategies behind acquiring companies like LaunchRock and what makes them opt to build something in-house.
Christine Lu, Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity China speaks out about mental health and founder depression. She not only shares her own personal story, but her perspective on why depression is so prominent among startup founders.
Conrad Egusa, former Venture Beat writer and founder of Publicize, shares his incredibly effective process for getting press in big publications. None of it requires hiring a pr firm, having existing relationships with journalists, or any other myths you thought to be true. Super actionable advice in this episode.
Garrett Dimon, founder of Sifter, talks about some of the silliest excuses people make to not start their own company (including his own). He also shares the unexpected benefits that came down the line from running his own business.
Nick O’Neill, Founder of Startup Stats, talks with us about event planning. He shares his process for deciding what kind of event to plan, lining up speakers and ticket sales. There’s an amazing amount of similarities to launching a product.
Jesse Mecham and Taylor Brown of You Need a Budget share their strategies for taking a product with broad appeal and segmenting it down to market to different verticals. They also talk about being deliberate in their hiring process and company culture, especially with a distributed team.
Colin Nederkoorn, Founder and CEO of Customer.io, talks about the tactics he used to build early traction and how they converted that traction to an unconventional round of funding that rocketed them to profitability.
Scot Chisholm, Co-Founder and CEO of StayClassy, talks with us about his unusual route to raising 1.5 million seed funding over the course of 2 years and how mentors and advisors helped them grow into one of the biggest non-profit donation platforms in the world.
Paul Farnell, Co-Founder and CEO of Litmus, talks about their early growth and how they were able to reach profitability without ever raising “traditional” rounds of funding. He shares the creative ways they funded themselves, including selling pre-orders of their product before it was ready, exclusive “patron accounts”, and more.
Ben Sardella, sales guru and co-founder of Datanyze, talks about specific sales tactics like personalized emails, social media outreach and more. He shares his “6-touch-point process” and digs into the mistakes he sees companies make over and over again.
Nick Francis, co-founder and CEO of Help Scout, brings a unique, middle-ground, perspective on funding and growth. He also talks about how going through TechStars Boston had a huge impact on their trajectory.
Aaron Ross, best-selling author of Predictable Revenue, talks with us about how he build an outbound sales program at Salesforce that increased recurring revenues by over 100 million dollars. We talked all about his tips and tricks for cold-calling and how to reach people by getting out from behind your computer screen.
David Sherry, Founder of Death to the Stock Photo, talks about the importance of authenticity. He shared his techniques for keeping high-touch engagement at the forefront of all their community-building efforts and how they’re able to grow their list by 10,000 subscribers a month.
John Sheehan, Co-Founder and CEO of Runscope, talks about how to market to developers. He shares how they've both aqcuired and built an arsenal of free tools, and how those tools have become the primary source of qualified lead generation for Runscope.
Mark Roberge, Chief Revenue Officer of HubSpot, talks about really easy ways to turn your company into a content machine and drive more inbound leads. He also dives deep into HubSpot’s sales process and the metrics-driven approach that worked so well for them, even in the early days.
Jason Cohen, Founder and CTO of WP Engine, talks about why you shouldn’t be afraid to make ambitious changes to your strategy or pricing, and what those enhancements may look like. He also talks about the realities between raising money to grow your company vs. self-funding all the way.
Drew Strojny, former NFL player and Founder of The Theme Foundry and Memberful, talks about how Memberful was built internally out of necessity and later opened to the public. He also talks about how to stay positive and hungry, despite moving slower than your competition when you have a tiny team.
Thomas Schranz, Co-Founder & CEO of Blossom.io talks about how he thinks differently about product management. He doesn’t blindly follow standard agile practices - he picks the right tool for the job and avoids unnecessary process. He digs into Jobs-To-Be-Done and the concept of Minimum Marketable Features.
Danielle Morrill, Co-Founder and CEO of Mattermark, talks all about funding - when companies should consider seeking it, and the metrics you should be monitoring to know if/when the time is right. She also shares some lessons learned along the way as a startup founder (she’s covered A LOT of ground in the past few years).
Hiten Shah, Founder of CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics, talked about the pros and cons of funding vs. self-funding, and the impact each can have on your focus and early-stage strategy. Hiten also talked about mistakes he sees early-stage companies making time and time again.
Cat Noone, Co-Founder and lead designer for Liberio, talks with us about leaving San Francisco to start a startup in Berlin. She shares some really interesting stories about the experience, both from the social perspective as well as the fundraising side.
Perri Blake Gorman, Founder of Archive.ly and one of the Co-Founders of Unroll.me, talks about how she went from being a head-hunter on Wall Street to a solo, non-technical startup founder. She also shares her process for creating meaningful relationships that pay off in the long-term.
Brendan Schwartz, Co-Founder and CTO of Wistia, shares some hilarious stories about his journey going from bootstrapped to raising a round of funding, to not making sale for months after raising that money. He touches on early product pivots, sales, pricing, and more.
Andrew Torba, co-founder and CEO of Kuhcoon, tells us about how he’s been able to grow a large audience just by writing on Medium, and what it is about his content that really resonates with people. He also talks about how he uses his own product to sell…his own product.
Steve Young, host of Mobile App Chat, talks with us about leaving his cush job in the Bay Area to build his own revenue streams through iOS applications, podcast sponsors, and a membership site. He shares how he booked his first sponsor before hitting viability, and how he’s able to release 3 episodes a week in his ‘spare’ time.
In this episode we talked with Brant Cooper, author of The Lean Entrepreneur, he talks about the common misconceptions around the Lean Startup and how to use early customer interviews to discover the emotional connection that people can have with your product.
Today we talked with Yashar Ahmadpour, founder of CrowdClock. He talks about his B2B style approach to what’s really a marketplace app. He also opens up with us about what drives him as an entrepreneur and a problem solver.
Oli Gardner, co-founder of Unbounce, talks about the marketing and integrations they did in the early stages to grow their product, and about the transition that he’s making from being Creative Director of the company to more of a public speaking role.
TK, founder of ToutApp, talks about leaving his six figure job to pursue his startup dream, and how he kept trying to build the wrong product—even when the right one was staring him in the face. He also talks about the long, slow road of SaaS, and his transition from bootstrapped to funded.
We talked with Mo Plassnig, co-founder and CEO of Codeship. He talked about how their passion for education is baked into who they are as a company. He also shared how creating a “wow” factor for people in the first couple minutes of using their product has been huge in moving the needle.
We talked with Gregory Ciotti, the man behind Help Scout’s inbound marketing. He breaks down his process for producing his unique, research-backed content, and he also talks about the recent decision to pull down the email wall to all their guides, letting them live out in the open.
In this episode we talked with Mark Fidelman, Forbes columnist and founder of Raynforest. He shared some incredible tips for how to get content published and your company promoted in big publications like Forbes. They’re techniques that anyone can use. Great, actionable stuff in this interview.
Brennan Dunn, founder of PlanScope, author of Double Your Freelancing Rate and a number of other books and courses, talks with us about how he uses one list to market all of his products. Among other benefits, this leaves the door open to sell any number of future products or services. We learned A LOT.
In this episode, Adii Pienaar, founder of WooThemes and Public Beta, talked with us about launching a completely new venture from scratch and some of the controversial techniques he used when validating his idea. He also opened up with us about creating a more sustainable work/life balance and his plans for the future.
In this episode, Jeremiah Gardner, author of The Lean Brand, shares his techniques for helping companies get to the root of what they're really about (not just what they're selling). He talks about how having the right conversations in the beginning is hugely powerful when it comes to finding your product/market fit.
In this episode, Mikael Cho, founder of Ooomf talks with us about how they've used "tool marketing" (aka built a few simple, free tools) to help solve problems for their target audience and build a bridge to their main service. His unique approach has paid off big time.
In this episode, Dan Norris, founder of Informly and WP Curve, talks about how he and his partner have learned to "fail fast" and how they pay closer attention to people's behavior than verbal feedback.
In this episode, Chris Hexton, founder of Vero talks about how he was able to grow Vero over the past 18 months. He also shares his 3 simple tips for anyone who's just starting out building their list and not sure how to begin with email marketing.
Ryan shares how he and his partner, Nathan Bashaw, realased the smallest possible version of their product, Product Hunt, in less than a week. You'll also learn his strategies for getting content published on sites like PandoDaily and Fast Company.