Bright & Early

17 EpisodesProduced by Brian RheaWebsite

A podcast for people building early-stage startups. Join me each week as I talk to entrepreneurs, product people, designers, and marketing pros about their experiences during the early days of their startup.

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Wildbit's Rebellious Pragmatism with CEO & Co-founder Natalie Nagele

August 21st, 2019


Natalie and I discuss the balance between creativity and pragmatism in running a business, facilitating deep work, and the benefits of taking a walk …

Using Punchier Copywriting to Increase Conversion Rates with Lianna Patch

August 7th, 2019


Lianna helps SaaS businesses write funny, personality-filled copy at and She’s written for Freshbooks, Manly Bands, GhostBed, and The Contract Shop, among others, and she’s here to share …

Transitioning from Services to SaaS with Laura Roeder of MeetEdgar

July 31st, 2019


Laura Roeder is the founder and CEO of MeetEdgar, a social media automation tool she launched in 2014 to help marketers share their best evergreen …

Finding a Business Model that Works for You with Marie Poulin & Ben Borowski

July 24th, 2019


Marie Poulin and Ben Borowski are the creative force behind the digital services agency, Oki Doki. They are also the creators of Doki, a product that …

Applying JTBD to Make Products Customers Love – with Brian Rhea

July 18th, 2019


I'll be back with more interviews next week, so this week's episode is an interview I did with Chad McAllister on his show The Everyday Innovator.

Launching a Product by Scratching Your Own Itch with Laura Elizabeth

July 3rd, 2019


Laura is an entrepreneur and designer. She’s the founder of Client Portal, a product that helps creative agencies manage the client onboarding process. She also runs which helps developers conquer their …

Converting More Customers with Better Onboarding with Alli Blum

June 26th, 2019


Alli is an expert in copywriting and onboarding optimization for SaaS products. She helps her clients understand why some users bail on their trial and others upgrade. If you’re struggling with high churn or low …

Getting Your First 100 Customers with Asia Matos

June 19th, 2019


Asia helps SaaS companies and founders with marketing and growth. She’s the founder of DemandMaven and you can find out more about her there at …

Innovation and Ethical Design with Andrea Hill

June 12th, 2019

If you’ve got a complex problem in need of an elegant solution, Andrea is someone you'll want to listen to.

Andrea is a UX Researcher and Product …

Writing Better Onboarding Emails with Val Geisler

June 5th, 2019

Val is the good kind of email marketer :) She helps companies write emails that people actually want to read and respond to. 

If email onboarding is an important part of your business, you don't want to miss this episode.

Building Your Brand with Kelly Miller

May 29th, 2019


Kelly is the author of “Get Attention: Brand Building for Startups.” She’s also the communications lead for Women Who Code DC, and Co-organizer of …

Positioning Your Company for Growth with Georgiana Laudi

May 22nd, 2019

Georgiana Laudi is a SaaS marketing & growth advisor. She has a long career in marketing but in 2009, switched her focus entirely to SaaS, working with companies like Unbounce, Appcues and Sprout Social. In addition …

Creating an Online Course and Writing Killer Emails with Janelle Allen

May 15th, 2019

My guest today is Janelle Allen.
Janelle an expert in Learning Design and is the founder of Zen Courses, where she helps business owners create …

Growth Marketing Doesn't Have to Be Gross with Margaret Kelsey of Appcues

May 2nd, 2019


Today I'm talking to Margaret Kelsey about Content Marketing in the early stages of your startup. Margaret heads up the Brand and Content team at Appcues where she helped to triple blog traffic in 9 months. She has also …

The Importance of Knowing Your Customer with Claire Suellentrop

May 2nd, 2019

Claire shares her insights on how you can create more effective marketing campaigns, design better products, and increase revenue by spending more time getting to know your customers.

Claire is a SaaS marketing & …

UI Design for Early-stage Startups with Jane Portman

May 2nd, 2019

Today I'm speaking with Jane Portman. Jane is a UI/UX consultant in web application design, host of the very popular UI Breakfast Podcast, and …
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