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Sprint Week Bonus: Day 2 Retrospective with Michael Smart

Episode description

In this bonus episode, you'll hear more from Michael Smart of AJ&Smart about how he and the team think or organize storyboarding sessions. All week they're working with the Zero App team to determine what their next 6 to 24 month roadmap could be. 

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Interview: Andy Rachleff of Wealthfront on finding product market fit

December 13th, 2018

22:08

Rachleff co-founded Benchmark Capital, a venture capital firm, in 1995. The firm invested in companies including eBay, OpenTable, Snapchat, Twitter and Uber. Rachleff personally led investments in Blue Coat Systems, …

Interview: Scott Harper of Dialexa on Transforming your Companies Product Practices

December 4th, 2018

18:34

Scott is a serial entrepreneur who has launched multiple technology product companies. He is the winner of the Ernst & Young Emerging Technology …

Rebroadcast: We F*cked Up: Stories about Product Mistakes

November 29th, 2018

18:20

Mistakes. We all make them. We all learn from them.

From a food delivery startup who's users couldn't find their menu, to Amazon's redesign of …

Interview: Todd Olson of Pendo on the 5 key metrics you should paying attention to

November 26th, 2018

25:54

Todd Olson is Founder and CEO of Pendo.io. Olson served as Vice President of Products at Rally Software Development Corp. where he lead the evolution …

Interview: Jackie Bavaro of Asana on Cracking the Product Management Interview

November 19th, 2018

24:44

We talk to Jackie Bavaro about cracking the Product Manager interview, or any interview for that matter. Jackie has amazing tips from the hirers perspective on how you can make a big impact no matter what your situation …

Interview: Claire Vo of Optimizely on Product Testing and Experimentation

October 30th, 2018

15:34

This week to chat with Claire about Product Experimentation, how to advocate for it in your organization and how to ask the right questions to get …

Chapter 10: Finale

October 15th, 2018

18:38

In today's episode, we say farewell to Lee, Gonto, and Krish after checking in with the one last time on the progress of their launches. 

Krish heads to Salt Lake City, Gonto gives us the initial feedback on their A/B …

Chapter 9: The Launch

September 28th, 2018

11:02

This week we follow Lee as he launches leadproof.app and starts to face the tough reality that he's going to need to get on the phone in order to …

Chapter 8: Pre-Launch

September 21st, 2018

17:09

In today's episode, we follow Lee, Krish and Gonto as they finalize their pre-launch plans. We learn the name of Lee's two new products as he gets …

Chapter 7: Relationships

September 14th, 2018

15:36

On today's episode, we explore the important topic of relationships. We follow Krish, Gonto, and Lee and look beyond business for just one week to …

Chapter 6: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

September 7th, 2018

16:45

In this episode, we hear from Lee Tengum about his first customer interview for his new project and new project direction. It may or may not send him spiraling in a new direction. We also catch up with him about the …

Interview: Latif Nanji of Roadmunk

August 30th, 2018

19:18

Latif Nanji is the co-founder and CEO of Roadmunk, the road mapping software that helps companies create and share their products strategy and roadmaps.

Roadmunk is a roadmapping enterprise SaaS platform serving over …

Chapter 5: First Steps

August 24th, 2018

23:46

In today's episode, we learn more about the projects that Krish CEO of Chargebee, Gonto VP of Growth at Auth0 and Lee of 7am.ca will pursue for the next 2 months. You'll hear about them directly from them and their team …

Sprint Week: Day 4 "User Testing"

August 10th, 2018

23:12

In our final episode of our Sprint Week Series we listen in as Michael Smart and the AJ&Smart team test their prototype with real users. Over the past week, they have ideated, lightening demoed, sketched and …

Sprint Week Bonus: Day 4 Retrospective with Michael Smart

August 10th, 2018

20:30

In our final episode of this Sprint Week series, we follow along as the team tests their prototypes with real users. We caught up with Michael Smart …

Sprint Week Bonus: Day 3 Retrospective with Michael Smart

August 9th, 2018

12:39

Go behind the scenes as we catch up with Michael Smart of AJ&Smart after their day of Prototyping Kevin Rose's fasting app, Zero. Michael talks with us about how they approach prototyping, what to look for in a …

Sprint Week: Day 3 "Prototyping"

August 9th, 2018

19:09

Follow along as we bring you behind the scenes as AJ&Smart prototypes the next version of Zero, Keven Rose's fasting app, to test with real users …

Sprint Week: Day 2 "Storyboarding"

August 8th, 2018

17:54

Join us for day two of Zero apps design sprint with AJ&Smart. 

Today is all about storyboarding. Listen as the team from AJ&Smart take the …

Sprint Week Bonus: Day 1 Retrospective with Michael Smart

August 7th, 2018

14:03

At the end of day 1, we caught up with Michael Smart, co-founder of AJ&Smart, to get his inside take on how the first day went.  We learn more about how he thinks about Design Sprints and their process for ensuring …

Sprint Week: Day 1 "Gathering Ideas"

August 7th, 2018

20:27

In this episode, we drop a microphone into the first day of Zero, Kevin Rose's Intermittent fasting app, design sprint with agency AJ&Smart. 

The goal of the first day is to encourage everyone to share what they …

Sprint Week: Getting Ready to Sprint

August 6th, 2018

15:41

Next week is Sprint Week!

August 3rd, 2018

1:12

Every day next week we will be going behind the scenes of a design sprint for the intermittent fasting app, Zero, which was founded by Kevin Rose. The design sprint is lead by AJ&Smart, the design agency focused …

Chapter 4: Krish goes to Paris

July 31st, 2018

17:10

In Chapter 4, we learn about the origins of Krish Subramanian, Co-founder and CEO of Chargebee's, love for travel and discovery.

This curiosity has manifested itself in a philosophy he takes into his company and …

Chapter 3: 5am in Cranbrook, BC

July 25th, 2018

15:46

It's 5 am in Cranbrook, BC and Lee Tengum is already making his way into the office. The catch is, he'll be done by 10 am, free to use the rest of …

Chapter 2: 380 people take over a small town in Panama

July 17th, 2018

27:30

We take you behind the scenes to Auth0's 2018 offsite where there 380 employees converge on a small town in Panama and take over the Westin hotel for three days of presentations, team bonding activities and deep product …

Chapter 1: An engineer, a CEO and a VP of Growth walk into a bar...

July 10th, 2018

21:05

In season 5 of Rocketship.fm we will be following the lives of three entrepreneurs and product people, going behind the scenes to the team off-sites, …

Interview: Teresa Torres of Product Talk

July 10th, 2018

20:56

Teresa Torres helps digital product teams adopt continuous product discovery practices including a regular cadence of customer interviews, rapid …

Interview: Eric Boduch of Pendo

June 28th, 2018

12:36

Eric Boduch is the Chief Evangelist and co-founder of Pendo.io. Boduch was formerly the Vice President of Marketing.

Pendo delivers a complete platform for product teams that helps companies create products that …

Season 5 Trailer

June 1st, 2018

1:47

In Season 5 of Rocketship.fm, we'll to be profiling three product people at various stages in their business.

Lee Tengum, a solo-entrepreneur, with a …

Bonus: "The Full Moesta" Pt 3

May 25th, 2018

19:54

We go behind the scenes as Bob Moesta, the co-creator of the Jobs to Be Done (JTBD) Framework completes a full interview with Matt Ragland of …

Bonus: "The Full Moesta" Pt 2

May 24th, 2018

38:20

Part two of our JTBD Bonus content. We go behind the scenes as Bob Moesta, the co-creator of the Jobs to Be Done (JTBD) Framework completes a full …

Bonus: "The Full Moesta"

May 23rd, 2018

34:33

We go behind the scenes as Bob Moesta, the co-creator of the Jobs to Be Done (JTBD) Framework completes a full interview with Matt Ragland of …

Two Steps Forward, One Look Back: Season 4 Finale

April 11th, 2018

26:21

In our Season 4 finale, we revisit some of our favorite stories from Audibles product redesign debacle to interviewing people who confessed their love for a product on Twitter. Season 4 was not short on stories, …

Building a killer product team: How great managers lead their team to success

March 14th, 2018

21:49

One of the most import roles as a product owner is building the right product team. In part two of this two-part mini-series, we take a look at what …

Interview: Jeetu Patel of Box on leadership and strategy in the new age of enterprise product

March 9th, 2018

24:46

We welcome Jeetu Patel, the Chief Product Officer, and Chief Strategy officer at Box to the show today.  He leads the company's overall product and platform strategy, driving Box's long-term roadmap and vision for cloud …

Building a killer product team: pipeline tips from high-performing managers

March 7th, 2018

17:36

Have you ever wondered how VP's at Facebook, Directors at Nike or Product Managers at Asana approach hiring? We did too. So we hit the streets to …

Interview: Austin Bales of Facebook on Building and Managing Product Teams

March 2nd, 2018

35:11

Today we welcome Austin Bales, Director of Product Design at Facebook, to talk about leading product teams, building trust with your teammates andgives us poignant tips on how to interpret data through real product …

Interview: Laird Hamilton on Big Risks and Big Rewards

February 28th, 2018

39:55

Today on the show we welcome the infamous big wave surfer, Laird Hamilton. We talk to Laird about his journey to greatness, the struggles along the way and what it’s like to take huge risks, for huge rewards.

Laird …

Interview: Blair Reeves of SAS on Enterprise Product Management

February 16th, 2018

26:09
We welcome Blair Reeves to the show to discuss Enterprise Product Management tips and techniques from over 15 years working in product.    Blair Reeves is a Principal Product Manager at SAS Software, and has …

Mastering Jobs To Be Done Interviews: The Results

February 14th, 2018

21:08

In part three of our mini-series on Jobs To Be Done we dive into the results of the interviews. What did Mike ands Paul end up changing as a result …

Interview: Alison Go of Facebook on product mistakes and the disciplines that make up strong product teams

February 9th, 2018

32:22

Alison Go is a season Product Manger currently working at Facebook and formerly of Amazon where she worked on Audible.

Alison shares with us the recipe for a perfect product team. What disciples do you need to bring …

Mastering Jobs To Be Done Interviews: The Interview

February 7th, 2018

18:55

Part two of our mini-series on Jobs To Be Done today. We welcome back Bob Moesta who spent hours with us recording real interviews with Industry attendees and unpacking the conversations to answer the question - what …

Interview: Melissa Perri of Product Institute on Managing Up and other Essentials Strategies for PMs

February 6th, 2018

24:30

Interview: Brent Tworetzky of The Knot on The Product Manager Superpower User Science

February 2nd, 2018

21:25

Brent Tworetzky is the Executive Vice President at the XO Group (The Know, The Bump) where he leads XO Group's 50 person product group (product mgmt, design, user research).

Today we talk with Brent about User Science.

Mastering Jobs To Be Done Interviews: The Preparation

January 31st, 2018

15:39

There is no substitute to the real thing. Today on the show we welcome back Bob Moesta who spent hours with us recording real interviews with Industry attendees and unpacking the conversations to answer the question - …

Interview: Dan Olsen on The Lean Product Playbook

January 30th, 2018

20:01

Dan Olsen is an entrepreneur, consultant, author, speaker, and expert in product management and Lean Startup. At Olsen Solutions, he works with CEOs …

Interview: Noah Kagan of Sumo on product mistakes and playing the long game

January 26th, 2018

23:27

Today we talk with Noah Kagan, the founder and CEO of Sumo. Noah has a long a long career working in startups and he shares some of his mistakes, and how he quickly turned things around. 

In late 2005, Kagan …

Disruption vs Innovation

January 24th, 2018

22:13

It seems like all we hear about today is disruption, disruption, disruption. Everybody is disrupting something -- from Transportation to Hospitality -- all anyone wants to do is blow everything up.

So what is the …

Persona Alchemy: What we learned bringing user personas to life

January 17th, 2018

20:19

user persona is a fictional representation of your ideal customer. Today, we take two of those fictional representations and bring them to life.  

Mike Belsito has ventured out to find several real life personas, …

Interview: Oli Gardner of Unbounce on Product Awareness Month

January 12th, 2018

22:56

Oli Gardner has dedicated this Janurary to writing 30 articles in 30 days, all about Product, Product Marketing and Unbounce. We caught with him to see how this all got started, what he was hoping to get out of it and …

How to tell compelling product stories

January 10th, 2018

16:14

You may be tired of writing product stories and pitching product ideas that fall flat.  Here we break down how to tell compelling product stories by understanding the basic of story telling itself. 

Jack and and …

Interview: Dennis Crowley of Foursquare on Startups, Achieving Greatness and the Early Days of Foursquare

January 9th, 2018

24:59

We sat down with Dennis Crowley of Foursquare to talk about the early days of Foursquare, what really happened after their historic SXSW launch and the sacrifices it takes to achieve greatness. 

In 2003, Crowley …

Interview: Sam Goertler of Kickstarter on Leading Product Teams, Navigating Redesigns and Building Teams from Scratch

January 5th, 2018

29:47

Sam Goertler has led product teams at Yammer, Asana and now Kickstarter. She talks with us about what she's learned leading teams through product redesigns and new platforms. She also talks to us about building product …

Product Poetry: The secret to perfect product descriptions

January 3rd, 2018

14:35

Product Poetry. The subtle art of describing your product in a way that excites everyone around you. This isn’t just for entrepreneurs pitching investors, this is for product managers and product leaders to inspire …

Interview: Arlan Hamilton of Backstage Capital on Diversity, Hustle and Playing to Win

January 2nd, 2018

29:52

We talked with Arlan Hamilton, theFounder & Managing Partner of Backstage Capital. Backstage Capital has invested more than $2M in 50+ companies led by underrepresented founders. 

Arlan is a venture capital fund …

Twitter Product Confessions: Why do you love the products you love?

December 20th, 2017

23:43

Love isn’t rational. It doesn’t always make sense. But when love is in the air, nothing can come between you and a public tweet.

Today we talk to people who’ve professed their love, publicly, for products they love. We …

Interview: Blade Kotelly of Sonos on Design Thinking and Product Poetry

December 18th, 2017

24:14

Blade Kotelly is a senior lecturer at MIT and the leader of the advanced concepts lab at Sonos. We talk with Blade about how he defines the problem …

We F*cked Up: Stories about Product Mistakes

December 13th, 2017

18:12

Mistakes. We all make them. We all learn from them.

From a food delivery startup who's users couldn't find their menu, to Amazon's redesign of …

Interview: Seth Godin on Achieving Greatness

December 11th, 2017

27:05

We talk with Seth Godin about his view of the 10,000 hour rule, his own concept behind achieving greatness, The Dip, and his personal journey to …

Interview: Ty Ahmad-Taylor of Facebook on lessons from the VP of Product-Marketing at Facebook

December 8th, 2017

21:42

Ty Ahmad-Taylor is the VP of Product Marketing at Facebook. Ty has worked in product for over 20 years and has two acquisitions under his belt. At THX, he led the media and consumer-electronics company into new sectors. …

A Job To Be Done: Building Products People Want

December 6th, 2017

13:55

Jobs to be done will change the way you think about product. It will change the way you approach user personas and influence your product decision process. It is one of the most important developments in product …

Interview: Ellen Chisa on Product Management Lessons from Microsoft

December 5th, 2017

16:24

Ellen Chisa, a former Product Manager at Microsoft and current CEO of a stealth product focused startup, talks to us about the history of product …

Interview: Everette Taylor of GrowthHackers on going from homeless to Forbes 30 under 30

December 1st, 2017

39:18

Marketing executive and serial entrepreneur, Everette Taylor, talks to us about being homeless in high school to becoming one of the most sought …

The (Abbreviated) History of Product Management

November 29th, 2017

17:27

We're Back!

Today we explore the history of the Product Manager from it's early ideation by Neil McElroy to it's growth at Hewlett-Packard thru it's maturation at Microsoft and into today. We talk with former Microsoft …

Interview: Ash Maurya of Lean Canvas on Scaling Lean

November 28th, 2017

26:07

Today we talk with Ash Maurya, the creator of the Lean Canvas and most recently the author of Scaling Lean. His posts and advice have been featured in Inc., Forbes, and Fortune and we're incredibly excited to share his …

Meetings Suck (Productivity Ep 5)

February 10th, 2017

16:22

In our final episode of this productivity series we take a deep dive into how to prepare for and run better meetings, and some tricks to make sure that what was discussed at the meeting, actually gets done. We'll hear …

Interview: Mamie Kanfer Stewart of Meeteor on how to do meetings better

February 7th, 2017

23:52

Mamie Kanfer Stewart, founder of Meeteor, talks with us about how to do meetings better. It's not just about being productive, but about getting …

Achieving Deep Work (Productivity Ep 4)

February 1st, 2017

16:02

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill, because of our modern times, that is becoming …

Interview: Ron Wiener of Thermogenesis Group on the science of working while walking

January 31st, 2017

54:36

Ron Wiener, the CEO of the Thermogenesis Group who runs the site Workingwhilewalking.com talks with us about the benefits of standing desks and walking desks and the science behind what happens when you get on the move …

Interview: Matt Hunckler of Verge

January 24th, 2017

25:05

Matt Hunckler is the founder and CEO of Verge, an event company that helps startup communities produce pitch events in their local towns. Matt spent the better part of 2016 on the road building his company and these …

Email is dead! Long live email! (Productivity Ep 3)

January 19th, 2017

22:41

Slack, Hipchat, Campfire - Chat applications have taken over our modern work communication. While they have certainly reduced our need for internal email they have caused their own set of productivity distractions. How …

Interview: Natalie Nagele of Wildbit

January 17th, 2017

24:39

Today we talk with Natalie Nagel Co-founder and CEO of Wildbit. Wildbit is known for it's popular products Beanstalk, Postmark and Deploybot. We talk …

The Future of Workspace Design (Productivity Ep 2)

January 13th, 2017

24:08

In the second episode of our productivity series we dive into what makes a productive workspace. Spoiler alert - there’s no single answer. We get different perspectives on open vs. closed offices, clean vs. messy desks, …

Interview: Amir Salihefendic of Todoist

January 10th, 2017

25:03

Amir Salihefendic talks with us about his inspiration for creating Todoist, a productivity apps for individuals and teams. he walks us through some of his personal habits that help him stay sharp, focused and productive …

Why are we obsessed with productivity? (Productivity Ep 1)

January 5th, 2017

19:50

“How will we all keep busy when we only have to work 15 hours a week?” That was the question that actually worried the economist John Maynard Keynes when he wrote his short essay “Economic Possibilities for Our …

Powering your growth engine (Growth Ep 5)

January 3rd, 2017

25:39

In this episode we break down our talks with Casey Winters, Andrew Chen, Dmitry Dragilev and Ryan O'Donnell about what it was like to be a one person growth team and how they grew the teams at Grubhub, Pinterest, Zurb …

Interview: Ryan O'Donnell of Sellhack

January 1st, 2017

38:20

Mike Belsito (@belsito) talks with Ryan O'Donnell about being a CEO focused on growth and how he prioritizes growth and growth experiments at his company. Ryan also has a special announcement for Rocketship.fm listeners …

Finding Traction (Growth Ep 4)

December 22nd, 2016

20:04

Today we break down how to find traction with none other than Duck Duck Go's Gabriel Weinberg. Gabriel wrote the book on Traction (literally) and today we're going to explore how you can use his method to find Traction …

Interview: Ash Maurya creator of the Lean Canvas

December 18th, 2016

26:11

Today we talk with Ash Maurya, the creator of the Lean Canvas and most recently the author of Scaling Lean. His posts and advice have been featured in Inc., Forbes, and Fortune and we're incredibly excited to share his …

A look inside two high-growth Startups (Growth Ep 3)

December 15th, 2016

16:04

Casey Winters and Joel Gascoigne have created massive growth for their respective companies. Today we take a look at what it was like on the marketing team during the early days of Grubhub and what it looks like when a …

Interview: Teju Owoye on viral loops and growth hacks

December 11th, 2016

31:01

Teju Owoye of the Sulte Group built a million dollar business in under six months by utilizing her own principals of viral loops and growth hacks. …

Interview: Casey Winters of Pinterest

December 4th, 2016

30:34

Casey Winters was the first marketing hire at GrubHub. He helped the company grow from three cities to over 500, and created and implemented strategies for SEM, SEO, email marketing, conversion, mobile, loyalty, offline …

Interview: Dmitry Dragilev of Just Reach Out

December 4th, 2016

44:22

Dmitry is known as one of the most prolific growth hackers today. He was the first growth hire at Zurb. He's grown his own blog, criminally prolific, …

Interview: Justin Mares author of Traction / Fomo

November 20th, 2016

24:29

Justin Mares talks about acquiring (and changing the name of) his latest venture, the Shopify app, Fomo. He talks about taking what growth looks like from here.

Growths Guiding Light (Growth Ep 2)

November 17th, 2016

23:39

Today on the show we look into two main concepts of growth, the guiding light and your products magic moment. We hear from Alex Shultz, Tim Draper, …

The Strange Origin of Growth Hacking (Growth Ep 1)

November 14th, 2016

17:09

In the first episode of our Growth series we dive into the history of Growth and Growth Hacking with clips from Sean Ellis (who coined the phrase) and Andrew Chen (who wrote one of the seminal articles on the topic). …

Interview: Andrew Chen of Uber on Growth

November 13th, 2016

23:14

Andrew Chen, who wrote one of the seminal articles on growth, "Growth in the new VP of Marketing," talks with us about the early days of the growth community, what he's currently focused on and measuring at Uber and …

Interview: John Warrillow Founder of The Value Builder System

November 9th, 2016

20:20

John Warrillow, founder of the Value Builder System, talks with us about the optimizations companies need to make in order to maximize their value …

Interview: Kyle Poyar of OpenView Partners on a simple framework for pricing your SaaS product

November 6th, 2016

18:40

Today Mike Belsito talks with Kyle Poyar about SaaS Pricing and his simple framework for determining your product pricing. Kyle is a market strategies for OpenView Venture Partners and put together this simple framework …

Scaling SaaS (SaaS Ep 5)

November 5th, 2016

23:46

In our fifth and final episode we dive into scaling a SaaS business with clips from talks by Jason Cohen of WPEngine and Gail Goodman of Constant Contact. We'll discuss the emotional side of scaling and managing a team …

Interview: Ed Shelley on SaaS Pricing Models

October 31st, 2016

24:15

Ed Shelley of ChartMogul talks with us about different aspects of SaaS pricing, and what the current trends in the industry look like. Ed discusses …

Winning the Market (SaaS Ep 4)

October 27th, 2016

16:27

On today's episode we talk about what it takes to win the market as a SaaS company, and what it takes might not be what you think. We dive into hiring a diverse team, retaining that team and empowering them to do …

Interview: Bobby Martin on the 4 stages of SaaS growth

October 24th, 2016

18:28

Bobby Martin, author of The Hockey Stick Principles, talks with us about the 4 stages of growth. He gets real with what you really should expect at …

What the CAC?! (SaaS Ep 3)

October 20th, 2016

18:40

We take a look at SaaS metrics that actually matter. LTV, ARR, CPA, CPC, CAC and help you break them down so you know what to focus on. We have clips from Dave Mclure's famous talk on "Pirate Metrics" as well as our …

Interview: Clay Collins on Perfecting Your Pricing Model

October 16th, 2016

29:44

Clay Collins, founder of Leadpages, talks with us about the pricing journey that his company has gone through. He talks about the importance of …

Building a pricing model that works (SaaS Ep 2)

October 13th, 2016

28:33

In the second episode of our SaaS series, we discuss the ever evolving topic of SaaS pricing. Now we know it happens recurring, monthly or yearly …

The History of SaaS (SaaS Ep 1)

October 6th, 2016

19:14

In the first episode of this SaaS series we talk about the history of SaaS, and how it evolved from ASP's ashes to become one of the largest and most …

Interview: Laura Roeder Of Edgar

September 18th, 2016

24:53

Laura Roeder, founder of Edgar, talks with us about what it's like to build a product-driven company. She discusses the strategies her team uses to build a simple, clear road map that focuses on saturating a core market …

Leading with a Vision (Product Ep 5)

September 14th, 2016

17:26

In our final episode of the product series we explore what it really means to be a product-driven company. More than anything, it's an exercise in …

Interview: Ryan Singer of Basecamp

September 11th, 2016

25:50

Ryan Singer the Product Manager at Basecamp, talks with us today about what the process looked like when designing and then releasing the newest version of Basecamp. He talks about how he used the JTBD framework to …

In Bezos we Trust (Product Ep 4)

September 7th, 2016

18:02

In the fourth episode of our product series we bring you the story of eBay and Amazon in the early 2000s, and how their fierce competition for market share came down to two different, specific product approaches. It's a …

Interview: Benjamin Gilbert on Continuous Experimentation

September 4th, 2016

28:59

Benjamin Gilbert Co-Founder of Pioneer Square Labs, talks with us about what it is like to be apart of a company that constantly creates, tweaks, and publishes products. He digs into the process of building his products …

Building Better products through data (Product Ep 3)

August 31st, 2016

23:29

In this third episode of our Product series, Ben Foster and Bob Moesta share stories and insights about how the key to gathering customer feedback is through the deeper, often unstudied observations. Leslie Bradshaw …

Interview: Bob Moesta on Jobs-to-be-done

August 28th, 2016

30:04

Bob Moesta President of The ReWired Group and one of the architect's of the JTBD framework, talks with us about how the Job's To Be Done framework was developed, and how he has used it throughout his work to be …

It's more than a Milkshake #jtbd (Product Ep 2)

August 25th, 2016

24:00

In this second episode of the Product series, we dive into some practical examples of the Job's To Be Done (JTBD) framework. With Eric White we look into how Bob Moesta was able to transform the selling ability of …

Interview: John Vars, Chief Product Officer at TaskRabbit, on Product Vision

August 21st, 2016

27:57

John Vars a project manager at TaskRabbit, talks with us about he has was able to come into a relatively new company and create a structure to …

The Evolution of the Baseball Cap (Product Ep 1)

August 16th, 2016

21:42

In this first episode of our Product series we track the start, evolution and explosion of growth that occurred in the baseball cap industry. We look …

Interview: George Santino from Microsoft

August 15th, 2016

28:45

George Santino musician and author of Get Back Up: From the Streets to Microsoft Suites, shares with us his story and how he used his street smarts …

Interview: Raghav Bahl of Quintype on Partnerships

August 10th, 2016

27:46

Raghav Bahl, Co-Founder of Quintype and The Quint, talks with us about how he launched himself into the TV and Media market which made him a crucial …

Interview: Author Eliot Peper on Data Privacy

August 9th, 2016

29:17

Eliot Peper author of Neon Fever Dream and Cumulus, talks with us about how we are signing over our data in exchange for free services, and what …

Big data, privacy and the implications of the surveillance economy (Data Ep 6)

August 3rd, 2016

21:35

In this final episode, we summarize how big companies are using our data as a new currency. With companies such as Google and Facebook we are trading our data in exchange for the benefits of their product. Is the …

Interview: Author JR Little on data for brands

August 1st, 2016

25:53

JR Little, author of Listening Brands, and is the Global Head of Innovation at Carat, talks with us about how brands can leverage social data to increase the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. He also shares the …

Unique and interesting ways companies are using data (Data Ep 5)

July 27th, 2016

24:34

In this fifth episode of the data series we look into some examples of companies using big data in unique ways. Yelp is using modern search terms to find the perfect restaurant, businesses are changing their marketing …

Interview: Derrick Harris of Mesophere

July 24th, 2016

23:25

Derrick Harris of Mesosphere talks with us about how data is changing the way businesses operate. The ability to capture data at quantity and analyze it at speed has enabled companies to create much more personalized …

Achieve big, ambitious goals with OKRs (Data Ep 4)

July 20th, 2016

20:32

In this episode we take a deep dive into OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) and why you should consider setting them up at your company. We learn how …

Interview: Author SC Moatti of Facebook on Mobile Data

July 18th, 2016

23:14

SC Moatti, author of Mobilized, talks with us about what the mobile revolution really means both for companies and for consumers. She shares insights …

How to build a systematic growth engine (Data Ep 3)

July 13th, 2016

28:46

In part three of our series on data, we explore how three incredible companies, Hubspot, Codeship, and Shopify, leverage data to inform growth. We'll take you through each of their stories and break down the key …

Interview: Amr Awadalla of Cloudera

July 10th, 2016

27:39

Amr Awadalla, co-founder of Cloudera, talks with us about how they originally thought their customers would just be tech/web/telecom/financial …

The History of Hadoop and the incredible evolution of big data (Data Ep 2)

July 6th, 2016

18:46

In the second part of our series on data we talk about the origins of Hadoop, the technology that formed the very foundation of what we know as “big …

Interview: Vas Natarajan of Accel Ventures on VC Data

July 3rd, 2016

24:08

Vas Natarajan, Partner at Accel Ventures, talked with us about how data has impacted not only their industry, but businesses of every size all over the globe. He talks about the speed at which seed stage companies can …

What are organizations doing with all this 'big data' anyway?! (Data Ep 1)

June 29th, 2016

28:14

We dive into two case studies, one on how the Cleveland Cavs use big data to keep in touch with their fans and how Mirum, a global marketing agency, helped one startup implement some data tracking anyone can do today.

Interview: Elegant Entrepreneur author Danielle Tate

June 26th, 2016

21:42

Danielle Tate, founder of MissNowMrs and author of Elegant Entrepreneur, talks with us about why more women need the skills to confidently start and scale a business of their own. She shares lessons she's learned along …

Interview: Brett Hagler of New Story on Strategic Partnerships

June 22nd, 2016

30:44

Brett Hagler, founder of New Story, talks with us about keeping focus on the things they're really good at, and choosing strategic partners to help them achieve a larger vision. He also talks about the challenges of …

Interview: Jason Lankow of Visage

June 20th, 2016

25:17

Jason Lankow, founder of Visage and Column Five, talks with us about finding your own personal style to sales. With years of experience under his …

Why you're never done selling (Sales Ep 5)

June 15th, 2016

18:32

In the final episode of our sales series we talk about the notion that you’re never really done selling. Sales doesn’t end when you close a deal. …

Interview: Andy Paul author of Zero-Time Selling

June 14th, 2016

31:12

Andy Paul, author of Zero-Time Selling and Amp Up Your Sales, talks with us about how it doesn't matter what you're selling, but how you sell it. He …

Closing the Deal (Sales Ep 4)

June 8th, 2016

18:56

In part four of our sales series we talk about the art of actually closing the deal you've worked so hard to nurture. We cover the questions you need to ask in order to get the key pieces of information necessary to …

Interview: Mel Gordon of Tap Hunter on Building a Sales-Driven Company

June 6th, 2016

24:45

Mel Gordon, co-founder of TapHunter, talks about what it takes to build a sales-driven company. From building a pipeline, to perfecting your pitch, handling objections, and hiring great salespeople—we cover it all.

The Art of the Pitch (Sales Ep 3)

June 1st, 2016

27:39

In part three of our sales series we dive deep into the techniques that separate good sales pitches from great ones. We walk through the traits of great sales people, from how they handle objections to how they stay …

Interview: Ryan O'Donnell of Sellhack on How to Become a Prospecting Machine

May 29th, 2016

24:19

Ryan O'Donnell, co-founder of Sellhack, shares his tactics for setting up a pipeline of qualified sales prospects. He covers everything from building strong segments to developing an automated outreach strategy and …

The secrets to building a sales pipeline (Sales Ep 2)

May 25th, 2016

22:41

In part two of our sales series we talk about pipelines. What is a pipeline? How do you build one? What tools and techniques can you leverage to make …

Interview: Joel Holland, founder of Video Blocks

May 23rd, 2016

11:14

Joel Holland, founder of Video Blocks, talks with us about building his idea into a $25 million business. He walks us through decisions about moving …

Sales is not a dirty word (Sales Ep 1)

May 18th, 2016

20:16

In part one of our series on sales we dive into the variety of ways you may approach sales (inside sales, outside sales, inbound leads, etc.), and how to identify what type of pipeline might be right for you. We also …

Interview: Timo Rein, CEO of Pipedrive

May 16th, 2016

27:40

Timo Rein, CEO of Pipedrive, talks with us about what small teams can do to to make a big difference in their sales through a couple key tactics.  Timo is an entrepreneur and founder with a background in sales and has …

The State of Venture Capital Today (Funding Ep 4)

May 4th, 2016

18:02

You've probably heard the growing sentiment coming out of Silicon Valley that there is a bubble about to burst. We just had one of the lowest quarters of startup funding in the last year and a half and unicorn …

Generating Returns – Liquidity Basics for Startups (Funding Ep 3)

April 27th, 2016

23:47

In today's market there are lots of ways to liquidate returns for your investors. In this episode we talk through some of the more common ways companies are doing this, and what route you may consider depending on the …

The First Silicon Valley Venture Deal (Funding Ep 2)

April 20th, 2016

14:33

Ever wonder how Silicon Valley became the venture capital and technology capital of the world? In this episode we'll take you back to the 1950s and …

What does a funding round mean anyway? (Funding Ep 1)

April 13th, 2016

25:10

In part one of our series on funding, we explore the various ways in which startups raise, sources of financing, and the terminology you need to know …

Interview: John Livesay on The Secrets of How, What, and Who to Pitch with

April 11th, 2016

21:40

John Livesay, funding strategist, talks with us about the things you need to consider when it comes to pitching your product. Beyond covering the elements of a great pitch, he shares advice on how to find and approach …

Interview: John Shumate on Negotiating an Investment Deal

April 11th, 2016

26:19

John Shumate, CEO of Venture First, talks with us about how to navigate the negotiation process when you're raising a round. He highlights terms to be on the lookout for, and basic strategies for leveraging a good deal …

Interview: Andy White on The State of Venture Capital Inside (and outside of) Slicon Valley

April 9th, 2016

24:45

Andy White discusses the state of venture capital and how it's changing inside and outside of Silicon Valley and what he has brewing in San Diego currently.

Interview: Bryce Roberts of Indie.vc

April 9th, 2016

22:36

Bryce Roberts, founder of OATV and Indie.vc, talks with us about their new model for investing in seed stage companies. Rather than shooting straight for an acquisition or an IPO and focusing on securing the next found …

Interview: Jay Chernikoff on Building Entrepreneurial Communities

February 10th, 2016

34:37

Jay Chernikoff, founder of co-working space(s), DeskHub, talks with us about building entrepreneurial communities and changing the way even established, large organizations work. **If there's a DeskHub location in your …

200 Episodes! Reflections, Lessons, and What's Next

January 26th, 2016

33:50

After two years and 200 episodes, we take a step back and reflect on some of our favorite lessons learned, surprising conversations, and what we're working on next. Enjoy!

Interview: Jason Fried of Basecamp on Going the Distance: How to Stick Around for the Long Run

January 21st, 2016

39:51

Jason Fried, founder of Basecamp, talks with us about what it takes for a company to stay around for the long run. From the importance of early …

Interview: Steli Efti of Close.io on Emotional Alchemy: Taking Sh*t and Turning it Into Gold

January 19th, 2016

32:25

Steli Efti, founder of Close.io and co-host of The Startup Chat podcast, talks with us about the emotional side of entrepreneurship and sales, and how he overcomes failures, rejections, and slumps. He talks a lot about …

Interview: Jon Nastor of Hack the Entrepreneur on Stop Procrastinating, Build a Business, and Do Work That Matters

January 15th, 2016

33:23

Jon Nastor, host of Hack the Entrepreneur and author of How to Stop Procrastinating, Build a Business, and Do Work That Matters, talks with us about the experience of interviewing over 170 entrepreneurs and writing a …

Interview: Jeff Epstein of Ambassador on The New Era of Affiliate Marketing

January 12th, 2016

31:17

Jeff Epstein, founder of Ambassador, talks with us about three distinct umbrellas of affiliate marketing, and how each can help boost your business. …

Interview: Will Hench of ThreadLab on Shopping by the Numbers

January 7th, 2016

24:10

Will Hench, founder of ThreadLab, talks with us about their unique approach to ecommerce selling, designed to reduce the buyer's cognitive load by making choices for them, and using data to guide these choices.

Interview: Gregg Parise of Events.com on Prioritizing Culture to Fuel Growth

January 5th, 2016

32:04

Gregg Parise, CEO of Events.com, talks with us about how they’ve prioritized culture above all else, and how impactful that has been on their ability …

Interview: Craig Wortmann of Sales Engine on Entrepreneurial Selling vs. Professional Selling

December 22nd, 2015

40:29

Craig Wortmann, founder of Sales Engine and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago, talks with us about the difference between professional selling and entrepreneurial selling. He breaks down the key …

Interview: Rob Walling of Drip on Prioritizing Customer Success/Onboarding as a Growth Strategy

December 17th, 2015

33:42

Rob Walling, founder of Drip, talks with us about his recent focus on customer success. He believes there is a middle-ground between 100% self-serve, and high-touch onboarding, and he's hired help to find it. Rob shares …

Interview: Michael Jamin on How to Structure Your Story

December 15th, 2015

38:45

Michael Jamin, long-time Hollywood screenwriter for shows such as Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill, and most currently, Maron, talks with us …

Interview: David Hauser of Grasshopper on Back to Basics, Building a Business the Old-School Way

December 10th, 2015

27:58

David Hauser, Founder of Grasshopper, talks with us about his angel investing philosophy. They don’t invest in companies without at least $500k-$1 million annual revenue and no intention of raising another round. In …

Interview: Paul Bradley of Eventric on Waiting for the Market to Catch Up

December 8th, 2015

38:35

Paul Bradley, founder of Eventric, shares his story of bootstrapping for 10 years before raising money and shifting their business model. He talks …

Interview: Nick Disabato of Draft on Get the Most out of Your A/B Tests

December 3rd, 2015

25:06

Nick Disabato, founder of Draft and author of Cadence & Slang, talks with us about the intricacies of A/B testing that he uses with his clients. …

Interview: Alex Berman of InspireBeats on Stepping Up Your Cold-Email Game

December 1st, 2015

24:27

Alex Berman, Chief Marketing Sumo at InspireBeats, talks with us about how they’ve built their business by sending over a million targeted, …

Interview: Adam Saint of Bench on How to Design for the Motivation of Your Customers

November 24th, 2015

26:02

Adam Saint, co-founder and VP of Design at Bench, talks with us about what design really means to him. It’s far beyond how something looks, and much more about the function of a system, and how that system works best …

Interview: Dave Munson of Saddleback Leather on Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurship

November 19th, 2015

33:09

Dave Munson, founder of Saddleback Leather, talked with us about the importance of having a purpose behind whatever it is that you do. Finding a way to leverage your business into a means to achieve something more …

Interview: David Cancel of Drift on The Value of Marketing to Current Customers

November 17th, 2015

28:05

David Cancel, founder of Drift, shares the fears and excitement of starting his 5th startup, and lessons he's carried with him from one to the next. He also talks with us about the value of marketing to current …

Interview: Matt Schlict of ZapChain on Using Micro Transactions to Try and Create the Next Big Social Network

November 12th, 2015

31:50

Matt Schlict, founder of ZapChain, talks with us about building a new kind of social network of communities, where bitcoin is exchanged, or 'tipped out' as a way of acknowledging great content and commentary. He also …

Interview: Tim Fargo of Tweet Jukebox on Don’t Worry About Getting Ready, Get Started

November 10th, 2015

27:08

Tim Fargo, founder of Tweet Jukebox, talks with us about starting over in the SaaS space after a $20 million dollar exit in the service space. He's …

Interview: Jonathan Eppers of RadPad on Supply before Demand - How to Grow a Marketplace

November 5th, 2015

31:38

Jonathan Eppers, CEO of RadPad, talks with us about the unique tactics they’ve used to approach growing a marketplace, where it can be difficult to …

Interview: Thomas Knoll on Entrepreneurship for Couples

November 3rd, 2015

37:00

Thomas Knoll, serial entrepreneur and personal advisor, talks with us about his new venture, Knoll Consulting. He teamed up with his wife, a licensed …

Interview: Brett Hagler of New Story on Putting Venture Capital to Work on a Good Cause

October 29th, 2015

33:55

Brett Hagler, Co-Founder and CEO of New Story, and his team have built a unique donation model, with 100% of donated funds being put to work building homes in Haiti, and with operational costs being funded by their …

Interview: Michael Amburgey of hiVolume Media on Moving the Karaoke Industry into this Century

October 27th, 2015

33:06

Michael Amburgey, Founder and CEO of hiVolume Media Co. and KaraoQ, talks with us about rolling out their karaoke app and replacing old, tedious …

Interview: Ian Crosby of Bench on How to Build Something People Want to Buy

October 22nd, 2015

37:28

Ian Crosby, co-founder and CEO of Bench, talks with us about their journey from a totally manual process to something vastly more efficient and scalable. He also talks about how to think differently about the problems …

Interview: Chris McMurtry of Dart Music on Why You Should Tackle the Hardest Problems First

October 20th, 2015

30:05

Chris McMurtry, founder of Dart Music, talks with us about the problems they’re tackling in the metadata and distribution of classical music, and how the genre is growing. He shares their experience going through …

Interview: Chris Lucas of Formstack on How to Experiment with, Measure, and Optimize Marketing Channels

October 15th, 2015

26:25

Chris Lucas, VP of Marketing at Formstack, talks with us about how they experiment with, measure, and optimize various marketing channels. He also talks about how the’ve built out their marketing team with specialists …

Interview: Jason Amunwa of Filament on Iterating Your Way to Product-Market-Fit

October 13th, 2015

31:41

Jason Amunwa, Director of Product for Filament, talks with us about their process for iterating their way to product market fit. He talks a lot about things they’ve learned from beta users, and how they’re working …

Interview: Ken Davenport of Mission Edge on How to Embed Giving Back into Your Company

October 8th, 2015

30:38

Ken Davenport, CEO of Mission Edge, talks with us about how they’re helping non-profits run the business side of their organizations. He talks about how millennials enjoy giving back in a much more hands on way, and how …

Interview: Andrei Soroker of Sameroom on Identifying the Right Pivot Opportunity, and Seizing It

October 6th, 2015

28:21

Andrei Soroker, CEO of Sameroom, talks with us about the early days of their chat app and what it was like competing with Slack and other early players in the space. He shared how they found a big opportunity and …

Interview: Gabriel Weinberg of Traction on How to Find, Test, and Double Down on Scalable Growth Channels

October 1st, 2015

31:40

Gabriel Weinberg, Co-Author of Traction, shares what's changed since the first release of his book. He covers the Bullseye Framework and how it's …

Interview: Brian Trauschold of Ambition on How to Prospect and Close 50% of Your Deals

September 29th, 2015

31:12

Brian Trauschold, Co-Founder of Ambition, talks with us about their entire approach to sales. He covers the importance of identifying the right …

Interview: Florian Dorfbauer of UsersnapHow on to Use Growth Experiments to Accelerate Your Startup

September 24th, 2015

33:52

Florian Dorfbauer, Co-Founder and CEO of Usersnap, shares their internal process around using growth experiments to methodically scale their customer base. From the effects on revenue to the positive changes in their …

Interview: Jason Zook of Buymyfuture.com on Building a Business that Makes You Happy

September 22nd, 2015

27:11

Jason Zook, creator of Buymyfuture.com, talks with us about lessons he’s learned over the past decade of entrepreneurship. His perspectives and goals have changed a lot during that time, and have affected the way he …

Interview: Ben Uretsky of Digital Ocean on How to Strengthen Culture During Rapid Growth Spurts

September 17th, 2015

29:20

Ben Uretsky, CEO of Digital Ocean, talks with us about maintaining a strong and positive culture through explosive growth (they went from 40 …

Interview: Greg Beaufait of Dundee Venture Capital on The New Landscape of Seed Funding

September 15th, 2015

22:32

Greg Beaufait of Dundee Venture Capital talks with us about the trend of seed rounds becoming more like traditional A rounds in size and early …

Interview: Nathan Chan of FoundrMag on How To Grow a Massive Tribe on Instagram

September 10th, 2015

28:01

Nathan Chan, creator of FoundrMag, talks with us about how they’ve grown their Instagram following to over 300,000 followers, and how the channel is …

Interview: Allie O’Connell of Bellhops on 5x-ing Growth Through Traditional Channels

September 8th, 2015

24:25

Allie O’Connell, Director of Marketing for Bellhops, talks with us about how they’ve 5x-ed their revenue since last year, with a focus on PR, TV, Print, and word-of-mouth. She's found significant success through …

Interview: Jane Portman of UI Breakfast on Getting off the Ground Without a Designer

September 3rd, 2015

24:03

Jane Portman, creator of UI Breakfast and author of The UI Audit, talked with us about common mistakes founders make when they approach design and feature integration with their app. She knows most early-stage and …

Interview: Michael Conley of The Cleveland Cavaliers on The Incredible Marketing Machine Behind the Cleveland Cavaliers

September 1st, 2015

46:30

Michael Conley, VP of Digital at The Cleveland Cavaliers, talked with us about the kinds of digital campaigns they're running to create an ultra …

Interview: Cynthia Jamin of TwirlyGirl on Building a Truly Authentic Business

August 27th, 2015

34:04

Cynthia Jamin, Founder of TwirlyGirl, talked with us about the very personal reasons for starting the business. She shares how she’s remained true to her purpose at every step along the way, even when it went against …

Interview: Ai Ching Goh of Piktochart on Starting Up in Southeast Asia

August 25th, 2015

29:44

Ai Ching Goh, Co-Founder of Piktochart, talks with us about what it’s been like starting the company in Southeast Asia. From the support of the government to finding talent, there are a ton of opportunities to take …

Interview: Aman Mann of Procurify on Fake it Until You Make it...Perception is Everything

August 20th, 2015

29:23

Aman Mann, Co-Founder/CEO of Procurify, shares stories from their early days and the relentless hustle that got them off the ground. From finding product-market fit to letting momentum and perception drive sales, this …

Interview: JD Graffam of Simple Focus on A Different Approach to Scaling a Product Business

August 18th, 2015

40:07

JD Graffam, Founder of Simple Focus, an agency which also acquires SaaS products like Ballpark and Pulse App, talked with us about his product …

Interview: Mitch Wainer of DigitalOcean on How to Build a Content Growth Engine

August 13th, 2015

31:15

Mitch Wainer, co-founder and CMO of DigitalOcean, talks with us about how they’ve grown to over 150 people and the one of the top hosting providers, second only to AWS, in just a few short years. He shares how they’ve …

Interview: Marti Wolf of Mailchimp on How Mailchimp Adds Process Without Sacrificing Culture

August 11th, 2015

30:25

Marti Wolf, the Chief Culture Officer at Mailchimp, talks with us about how they’ve maintained their culture of fun and weirdness as they’ve grown to …

Interview: Jeremy Reeves on Crafting a Value-Based Sales Funnel

August 6th, 2015

27:10

Jeremy Reeves, direct response copywriter, talks with us about how to methodically put together a sales funnel that provides real value to your potential customers. He starts by delivering value (usually in the form of …

Interview: Ankur Nagpal of Fedora on The Hidden Costs of Building a Feature

August 4th, 2015

29:52

Ankur Nagpal, founder of Fedora, talks with us about growing his marketplace. He shares ways he helps make customers successful, how he leverages …

Interview: Ryan Negri of Laicos on Building a Foundation Optimized to Scale

July 30th, 2015

24:08

Ryan Negri, co-founder of Laicos, talks with us about his first company, Negri Electronics, and how he learned the importance of working with the right people and being able to delegate. He spent time working in all …

Interview: Tom Leung of Poachable on Avoiding False Positives in the Pursuit of Product-Market Fit

July 28th, 2015

34:52

Tom Leung, co-founder of Poachable, talked with us about how Poachable got started out of a pivot from a previous company. He opened up about false positives that led them to fail a little too slow with the previous …

Interview: Richard White of UserVoice on Using Behavioral Analytics to Drive Product Direction

July 23rd, 2015

28:01

Richard White, CEO of UserVoice, talks with us about using behavioral data to help drive product decisions and feature iterations. He talks about finding the balance between looking at data and trusting your gut …

Interview: Flo Motlik of Codeship on Scaling a Focused & Productive Engineering Team

July 21st, 2015

35:29

Flo Motlik, co-founder of Codeship, talked with us about focus and productivity within their engineering team. Wherever there’s an opportunity to remove a task pay for another piece of software to handle it, it’s a …

Interview: Eliot Peper of Uncommon Stock on Your Strategy is Your Story

July 16th, 2015

35:38

Eliot Peper, author of the Uncommon Stock fiction series, talks with us about the critical importance of nailing your story. From communicating with customers, to investors, to employees, your story has to matter. He …

Interview: Saadia Muzaffar on Why Transparency is More Urgent than Ever

July 14th, 2015

42:36

Saadia Muzaffar discusses with us her recent article, "I Told a Dude How Much I Made and it Changed My Life.". She shares her take on the larger …

Interview: Jonathan Schor of CodeMonkey on Using a Distribution Partner to Scale Revenue

July 13th, 2015

15:59

Jonathan Schor, founder of CodeMonkey, talks with us about scaling their distribution through strategic partnerships. He talks about the ed-tech space and the interesting challenges of starting this company in Israel.

Interview: Susan Steinbrecher on The 6-Step Process to Conflict Resolution

July 9th, 2015

35:22

Susan Steinbrecher, executive coach and mediator, talks with us about key elements to conflict resolution. She illustrates the types of conversations …

Interview: Khaled Naim of OnFleet on How Saying "No" Kept this Startup on Track

July 7th, 2015

27:32

Khaled Naim, CEO of OnFleet, talks with us about their long-term approach to building their business. He shares why they choose to turn away eager customers, even handing them over to the competition, and why it’s the …

Interview: David Ciccarelli of Voices.com on Building a Company That’s Set up to Scale

July 2nd, 2015

34:55

David Ciccarelli, CEO of Voices.com and weekly contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur.com, and others, talks with us about building a company that's systems-oriented, and making sure you're set up to scale …

Interview: Jock Purtle of DigitalExits on How to Prepare for an Exit

June 30th, 2015

22:36

Jock Purtle, owner of DigitalExits, talks with us about value investing and how companies are valued before a sale. He also talks about some basics you need to be prepared for before going through the sales process.

Interview: Kat Bobbitt of Stand In on The Impact of Acquiring Qualified Beta Users

June 25th, 2015

25:00

Kat Bobbitt, Co-founder and CEO of Stand In, talks with us about acquiring beta users and qualifying their feedback. She also talks about the importance and impact of adding prototyping to your workflow and the fact …

The Four Core Areas You Should Focus on When Raising

June 23rd, 2015

28:06
Peter Wilkins, Managing Director of Hyde Park Angels, talks with us about how entrepreneurs determine if they really should go for a round of …

Interview: Onno Faber of Taptalk on Use Your Core Values to Differentiate Your App

June 18th, 2015

37:48

Onno Faber, founder of Taptalk, shared his story of how Taptalk evolved into it’s current form. He talked a lot about baking their core values and …

Interview: John Sonmez of Simple Programmer on Why You Need to Develop Your Non-Technical Skills

June 16th, 2015

28:36

John Sonmez, creator of Simple Programmer, talks with us about the importance of having a specialty as a developer and finding ways to stand out from the crowd. He also talks about developing your non-technical skills …

Interview: Ryan Kuder of TechStars on The Very Near Future of Robotics

June 11th, 2015

25:16

Ryan Kuder, Managing Director of the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, talks with us about making robotics more accessible. He …

Interview: Peter Reinhardt of Segment on The Two Early Pivots of Segment

June 9th, 2015

27:21

Peter Reinhardt, co-founder and CEO of Segment, talks about the early days and finding their way to the current iteration of Segment. It’s a great lesson in testing your ideas in the market. He also shares some ways his …

Interview: Sean Wise of The Naked Entrepreneur on Friends Don't Let Friends Start Stupid Startups

June 4th, 2015

32:35

Sean Wise, co-author of "Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job" and host of The Naked Entrepreneur, talks with us about questions entrepreneurs need to ask before diving head first into a startup idea. …

Interview: Dilawar Syed of Freshdesk on Scaling Globally with an Inbound Model

June 2nd, 2015

21:43

Dilawar Syed, President of Freshdesk, talked with us about how they've scaled globally form their headquarters in Chennai, India. He shares his personal passion for helping people outside of Silicon Valley achieve the …

Interview: Joelle Emerson of Paradigm on Why You Need to Diversify Your Team

May 28th, 2015

23:09

Joelle Emerson, co-founder of Paradigm and former women’s rights attorney, talks with us about their approach to helping companies recruit and nurture more diverse talent, and the studies behind the benefits of putting …

Interview: Carlos Eduardo Espinal of Seedcamp on Why You Need to Leverage Your Local Ecosystem's Relationships

May 26th, 2015

19:32

Carlos Eduardo Espinal, partner at Seedcamp talks with us about the state of tech, what they're looking for in companies, and what he's looking forward to in the future. He stresses the importance of building local …

How to Nail the Perfect Pitch (and more conf. highlights)

May 24th, 2015

33:34

In this special episode we bring you some of our favorite parts of CollisionConf. In particular, we break down a talk by Nicole Glaros, Partner at …

Interview: Benedikt Lehnert of Wunderlist on Designing Software for Everyday Life

May 21st, 2015

39:08

Benedikt Lehnert, Chief Design Officer at Wunderlist, talked with us about how they approach design. They consistently go back to consider the thing they're replacing (in the case of Wunderlist, it's pen and paper), and …

Interview: Des Traynor of Intercom on The Product Strategy Behind Intercom

May 19th, 2015

26:54

Des Traynor, co-founder of Intercom, talks with us about how they make difficult product decisions in respect to adding and removing features, …

Interview: Justin Mares of Traction on The Technical Hacks Your Marketing Team Needs to Learn

May 14th, 2015

31:55

Justin Mares, co-author of Traction and creator of SQL for Marketers and Programming for Marketers, talks with us about the whole new world of …

Interview: Herbert Moore and Vicki Zhou of WiseBanyan on Bringing Automated Investing to the Masses

May 12th, 2015

27:52

Herbert Moore and Vicki Zhou, co-founders of WiseBanyan, talked with us about the barriers to entry of the financial/investment space and the …

Interview: Maciej Zawadziński of Piwik on How to Monetize an Open Source Project

May 7th, 2015

34:12

Maciej Zawadziński, CEO at Piwik, talks with us about how they turned Piwik, an originally open source product, into a full-fledged enterprise …

Interview: Liz Wessel of WayUp on Scaling a Marketplace Through Quality Curation

May 5th, 2015

25:09

Liz Wessel, co-founder ofWayUp, talked about how they're growing both sides of their marketplace - appealing to both students and companies looking for part-time employees. She shares what they learned coming out of Y …

Interview: Tucker Max on Life After Fratire

April 30th, 2015

31:54

Tucker Max, bestselling author of "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell", and founder of Book in a Box, talks with us about how he and his team help entrepreneurs tell their stories in publishable form. He also talks about …

Interview: Sara Chipps of JewelBots on So You Want to Build a Hardware Company

April 28th, 2015

33:16

Sara Chipps, co-founder of JewelBots, talks with us about the endeavor into building a hardware company, after spending so many years just focused on the software side.

Interview: Kate Matsudaira of PopForms on How to be Deliberate and Reach Your 5-Year Goal

April 23rd, 2015

31:18

Kate Matsudaira, founder of PopForms, Spark Notebook, and keynote speaker at this year’s Future Insights Conference, talks with us about taking ownership over your future. She talks about working backwards from where …

Interview: Matt Schlicht of ZapChain on The Winning Formula for Viral Content

April 21st, 2015

39:11

Matt Schlicht, founder of ZapChain, talked with us about growing a community and keeping the quality of participation high. He also breaks down his uniquely effective, and usually funny, content strategy.

Interview: Geoffrey Radcliffe of Post Launch on SEO Techniques to Get the Most Out of Your Content

April 16th, 2015

33:11

Geoffrey Radcliffe, co-founder of Post Launch, walks us through their content strategy process that they use with clients, and teaches us easy ways to get the most SEO juice out of each and every piece of writing. He …

Interview: Amit Viswanathan of Doctible on Unconventional Ways to Scale a Marketplace Product

April 14th, 2015

29:49

Amit Viswanathan, co-founder of Doctible, talks with us about how their approach to a marketplace product. He shares how they’re able to generate sales on the supply side, and how they’ve come up with ways to generate …

Interview: Mike Brown Jr. of Bowery Capital on A Complete Guide to Startup Sales Tools

April 9th, 2015

41:07

Mike Brown Jr., partner at Bowery Capital, talks through his comprehensive list of SaaS tools for every stage of the sales funnel. He discusses why …

Interview: Paul Murphy of Dots on The Marketing Strategy that Made Dots #1 Worldwide

April 7th, 2015

29:35

Paul Murphy, co-founder and CEO of the #1 game Dots, talks with us about the strategies and processes they follow when creating and launching new …

Interview: Willis Jackson of Dev CoPilot on Customer Interviews Done Right

April 2nd, 2015

24:30

Willis Jackson, Founder and CEO of Dev CoPilot, talked with us about validation techniques for early-stage companies. He walks us through a sample sales call and illustrates key points to hit on business development …

Interview: Michael Selepec of Pick on Gaining Early Adoption Within the Enterprise

March 31st, 2015

16:59

Michael Selepec, co-founder of Pick, talks with us about their strategies to infiltrate enterprise companies and gain adoption among employees. He shares sales tactics and lessons learned from his early years at Yammer.

Interview: Cap Watkins of BuzzFeed on Two Ways BuzzFeed’s Design Team Collaborates. (The Second One Will Blow Your Mind.)

March 26th, 2015

30:35

Cap Watkins, VP of Design at BuzzFeed, talks with us about how they're trying to bridge the design and communication gap between the many departments of BuzzFeed, from the editorial side to marketing, branding, social, …

Ryan Bettencourt of Cursive Labs on Letting Metrics Determine When to Kill and When to Grow Your Startup

March 24th, 2015

35:44

Ryan Bettencourt, managing director of Cursive Labs, talks with us about their venture model and evergreen strategy to running their studio. He outlines their three phases (Ideation, Incubation, and Growth) and how they …

Interview: Dave Nevogt of Hubstaff on Easy SEO Strategies for Startups

March 19th, 2015

24:48

Dave Nevogt, cofounder of Hubstaff, talked with us about their heavy focus on SEO. He shares their techniques and some easy wins to help get the most juice out of all your content.

Interview: Andy Sparks of Mattermark on The Pipeline Tactics of Mattermark’s Sales Team

March 17th, 2015

29:41

Andy Sparks, co-founder of Mattermark, talks about Mattermark's sales strategy and culture of their sales team. He shares how they heavily rely on …

Interview: Mike Belsito of Startup Seed Funding for the Rest of Us on Startup Seed Funding for the Rest of Us

March 12th, 2015

32:47

Mike Belsito, author of Startup Seed Funding for the Rest of Us, talks about his experiences raising over $1 million in Ohio. He also shares the story of his first startup, eFuneral and the lessons he learned about …

Interview: George Diab of WorkingOn on Navigating the Dynamics of Co-founder Relationships

March 10th, 2015

31:45

George Diab, cofounder of WorkingOn, talks with us about the importance of communication in cofounder (and team) relationships. Specifically, he focuses on techniques you can do up front to make sure you’re partnering …

Interview: Neil Patel of KISSMetrics on How to Build Your Content Strategy

March 5th, 2015

22:20

Neil Patel, co-founder of Crazy Egg, KISSMetrics, and Quick Sprout, talks with us about all things marketing and sales. He shares his approach to content strategy, his recent experiments in Lifestyle Marketing, and how …

Interview: Nathan Barry of ConvertKit on How to Know When to Invest in Your Company

March 3rd, 2015

23:21

Nathan Barry, founder of ConvertKit and author of Authority, talked with us about the struggles of getting a SaaS app off the ground. He focused on the hard decision of knowing when to invest both time and money into an …

Interview: Semyon Dukach of TechStars Boston on How to Know You’re Not the Right CEO

February 24th, 2015

28:27

Semyon Dukach, managing director of TechStars Boston, talks with us about what they look for in founders that are applying to the program. He also …

Interview: Jon Nastor of Hack the Entrepreneur on The Secret That Changed One Entrepreneur’s Life

February 19th, 2015

24:29

Jon Nastor, host of the Hack the Entrepreneur Podcast, talks with us about his journey as an entrepreneur and what he's learned interviewing some incredible people. He shares his struggles, successes, and the most …

Interview: George Eiskamp of GroundMetrics on Cracking Into the Old Boys Club

February 17th, 2015

23:45

George Eiskamp, CEO of GroundMetrics, talked with us about the struggles of breaking into the Oil and Gas industry. He shares how he was able to build some key relationships early on, and some of the business decisions …

How to Build a Sales Team from the Ground Up

February 12th, 2015

30:01
Tony Cappaert, co-founder of Contactually, talks with us about how they methodically grew their sales team and refined their sales process over the past few years. From getting more qualified leads and learning how to …

Interview: Sahil Lavinia of Gumroad on Prioritizing Product Features Based on OKRs

February 10th, 2015

28:21

Sahil Lavinia, founder and CEO of Gumroad, talks with us about their philosophy for product development and creating something that serves a variety of verticals well without niching down too much. He shares how they …

Interview: Jordan Gutierez of Wishpond on Managing a Million Dollar Company on the Side

February 6th, 2015

23:06

Jordan Gutierez, founder of Laleo and COO of Wishpond, talks with us about his entrepreneurial adventures, starting when he was just 4 years old. At …

Interview: Dan Martell of Clarity.fm on The 3rd Exit

February 3rd, 2015

37:09

Dan Martell, Founder of Clarity.fm, talks with us about his incredible journey to entrepreneurship. He also shares his latest big news with us...the sale of his third company, Clarity, to the Fundable team.

Interview: Steli Efti of Close.io on Follow Up or Die: Why "Maybe" is Killing Your Business

January 29th, 2015

30:11

Steli Efti, founder of Close.io, talks with us about his philosophy for sales. He believes in following up indefinitely until you get a hard yes or …

Interview: Evan Mendelsohn of TipsyElves on The Shark Tank Effect

January 27th, 2015

25:26

Evan Mendelsohn, Founder of TipsyElves, talks with us about his experience appearing on the show Shark Tank. From the effects on his business to the relationships developed with their investor Robert Herjavec, it's a …

Interview: Lance Walley of Chargify on Navigating the Highly Competitive Payment Space

January 22nd, 2015

30:22

In part two of our two-part interview with Lance Walley, CEO of Chargify, we talk about his early days with the company. He talks about what the payment space was like in 2009 and how things have changed over the past …

Interview: Lance Walley of Chargify on Pioneering the Rails Community with Engine Yard

January 20th, 2015

28:12

In part one of our two-part interview with Lance Walley, CEO of Chargify and former CEO of Engine Yard, we talk about the early days of Engine Yard, pioneering the RoR movement, and lessons learned about hiring friends.

Interview: Thomas Schneider of Kxter on How to Raise "Smart" Money

January 15th, 2015

24:08

Thomas Schneider, serial entrepreneur and founder of Kxter, talks about his approach to helping entrepreneurs raise money from the right people for the right reasons.

Interview: Chuck Longanecker of Digital Telepathy on Company Culture is More Than a Ping Pong Table

January 13th, 2015

24:32

Chuck Longanecker, Founder of Digital Telepathy, talks with us about how they’ve built one of the absolute coolest cultures around. He’s completely …

Interview: Allan Branch of LessAccounting on The Truth about Work/Life Balance

January 8th, 2015

23:20

Allan Branch, Founder of LessAccounting, talks with us about the myth of work/life balance and what he’s done to create the best combination of the business he wants to run and the family life he strives to protect. It …

Interview: Laura Roeder of Edgar on The Advantages of an Invitation-Only SaaS Onboarding Flow

January 6th, 2015

23:43

Laura Roeder, founder of Edgar, talks with us about limiting early-access to your product in order to build demand. Laura has combined invitation-only access, and drip marketing emails, to attract initial (paying) …

Interview: Zack Onisko of Creative Market on The Most Important Part of Your UX isn’t in Your App

January 1st, 2015

20:50

Zack Onisko, Chief Growth Officer at Creative Market, talks with us about his favorite non-scalable growth tactics. He’s a huge believer in putting in the personal time and hustle to really get to know your customers …

Interview: Samuel Hulick of UserOnboard on User Onboarding: The Canary in the Coal Mine

December 30th, 2014

25:57

Samuel Hulick, creator of UserOnboard and author of The Elements of User Onboarding, joins us a second time to discuss the aftermath of his first …

Interview: Janine Holsinger of NextChapter on Offline Strategies for Building a Customer Base in a Non-Technical Space

December 23rd, 2014

22:58

Janine Holsinger, Founder of NextChapter, talks with us about the challenges of getting started in the legal tech space. She shares her strategies …

Interview: Sam Soffes on Staying Motivated While Juggling Multiple Projects

December 18th, 2014

27:23

Sam Soffes, founder of many awesome apps such as Cheddar, Roon, Whiskey, and Shares, talks with us about how he splits his time between freelancing and all his other projects. He's incredibly honest and really opens up …

Stop Pitching and Close More Deals

December 16th, 2014

23:15

Josh Braun, VP of Biz Dev at Jellyvision, talks with us about getting into the mindset of being a good salesman, which is really being a good servant. His process is all about treating people like people, and he shares …

Interview: Abhi Lokesh of Fracture on Post-Honeymoon Marketing

December 11th, 2014

19:43

Abhi Lokesh, Co-Founder and CEO of Fracture, talks with us about the struggles of starting up a company that makes a physical product. The early days of prototyping and finding a market were incredibly interesting to …

Interview: Al Bsharah on Fantastic Techniques to Motivate Your Team

December 9th, 2014

41:46

In this special compilation episode, we talk with the founders of three very different companies about the unique (and effective) ways they motivate their teams. No matter your stage, there's something valuable for …

Interview: Eliot Peper of Uncommon Stock on Disrupting the Publishing Industry

December 4th, 2014

29:23

Eliot Peper, author of Uncommon Stock and the newly released sequel Power Play, talks with us about his unconventional approaches to marketing and selling his second book. From giving the first book away for free on …

Interview: Abby Covert of How to Make Sense of Any Mess on Making Sense of Any Mess

December 2nd, 2014

25:40

Abby Covert, Information Architect and Author of "How to Make Sense of Any Mess", talks with us about the integral role IA plays in every aspect of …

Interview: Josh Anon of Visioneer Studios on Storytelling for Startups

November 27th, 2014

25:55

Josh Anon, Founder of Visioneer Studios, talks with us about the importance and the impact of storytelling. He takes something that often seems abstract and breaks it down into tangible elements that anyone can …

Interview: Andrew Dumont of Betaworks on Leveraging Business Development for Early Growth

November 25th, 2014

22:23

Andrew Dumont, EIR at Betaworks, talks with us about his experiences building and selling Stride CRM, all while running business development at Moz. He shares his views on the difference between biz dev and sales, …

Interview: Stefan Martinovic of Create.io on Growing a Startup One City at a Time

November 20th, 2014

24:51

Stefan Martinovic, Co-Founder of Create.io, talks with us about automating the very time intensive, archaic process of pricing projects and estimating the economic outcome of real estate development projects. They took …

Interview: Rob Meadows of Originate on Find and Leverage Your Unfair Advantage

November 18th, 2014

20:38

Rob Meadows, CEO of Originate, talks about how the barrier to entry to starting a new venture has never been lower, and why finding the one thing that’s unique to you is more important than ever. He gives some great …

Interview: Robert Mueller of FastMail on Why You Should Charge from Day One

November 13th, 2014

26:59

Robert Mueller, Co-Founder of FastMail, talks with us about growing the company since 1999 and surviving the first dot com bust. During this 15-year journey they were acquired, but subsequently bought the company back a …

Interview: Mattan Griffel of OneMonth Tools and Techniques for Optimizing Your Acquisition Channels

November 11th, 2014

21:51

Mattan Griffel, growth expert and founder and CEO of OneMonth, talks about customer acquisition and activation. He discusses what metrics you should …

Interview: Ryan Carson of Treehouse on Treehouse's Approach to Changing the World Starts from Within

November 6th, 2014

29:07

Ryan Carson, Co-Founder and CEO of Treehouse, talks with us about following his passion and the drive to do something big. He also shares with us how …

Interview: Adda Birni of Skillcrush on Digging Your Way Out of the Trough of Sorrow

November 4th, 2014

26:44

Adda Birni, Founder and CEO of Skillcrush, talks with us about the “trough of sorrow” and how she fought and clawed her way to significant month over month growth in revenue. We also chat about the blind spots of tech …

Interview: Chris Shepherd of HashRabbit on The Risks and Rewards of Bitcoin Startups

October 30th, 2014

30:21

Chris Shepherd, Founder of HashRabbit, talks all about a building a startup around Bitcoin. He’s facing some really interesting challenges and shares …

Interview: Thomas Knoll of PrimeLoop on Why Your Company Should Ban Email

October 28th, 2014

23:20

Thomas Knoll, Founder of PrimeLoop, talks about why he’s baked the “no internal email” rule into his company. He talks about the insane benefits to …

Interview: Ian Heidt of Housecall on Hustling for Traction and Doing Things That Don't Scale

October 23rd, 2014

29:41

Ian Heidt, Co-Founder and CEO of Housecall, talks about the extreme lengths they’ve gone to build early traction in their local market. From dressing …

Interview: Eliot Peper of Uncommon Stock on Looking Beyond the Blog Entry

October 21st, 2014

27:52

Eliot Peper, author of tech startup fiction thriller Uncommon Stock, talks with us about the carry-over lessons between tech startups and publishing a novel. We learned a ton about the new publishing options available, …

Interview: Leslie Bradshaw of Made by Many on Test Early, Test Often: The Power of Qualitative Data

October 16th, 2014

27:13

Leslie Bradshaw, Managing Partner at Made by Many NY, talks about how they capture and use both qualitative and quantitative data to make key product decisions, like what features to build. She talks about finding …

Interview: Brian Balfour of HubSpot on How to Methodically Build a Growth Machine

October 14th, 2014

27:42

Brian Balfour, VP of Growth at HubSpot and author of the Coelevate blog, talks with us in-depth about his process for building a growth machine. He walks us through each step of their experiments and how they determine …

Developing Stronger, Smarter Startup Communities

October 9th, 2014

30:12

We attended Tech Cocktail's Celebrate Conference in Downtown Las Vegas and put together an absolutely killer episode with the very best highlights of …

Interview: Jeff Berg of Planning Center on Three Principles of Success From a Killer Self-Funded Company

October 7th, 2014

24:00

Jeff Berg, Founder and Developer at Planning Center, talks about how he's grown his self-funded company to over 30 employees and over 3 million users across their suite of apps. He shares his 3 principles for success …

Interview: Rob Mallery of Originate on Attracting Top Quality Talent in the Early Stages

October 2nd, 2014

29:32

Rob Mallery, VP of Talent at Originate, talks with us about attracting top-notch technical and creative talent. He describes how his company is attempting to disrupt the investment space by investing talent rather than …

Interview: Pieter Levels of Levels.io on How to Pull Off 12 (Well Executed) Startups in 12 Months

September 30th, 2014

24:23

Pieter Levels, Founder of Levels.io, talks about how he’s building 12 startups in 12 months. Not only do we cover how he’s able to pull that off (and …

Interview: Gordon Wintrob of StackLead on How to Increase Activation Through Awesome Onboarding

September 25th, 2014

24:23

Gordon Wintrob, Co-Founder of StackLead, talks about their unique approach to onboarding and activation. He walks us through their flow and shares the effectiveness of different techniques. He also shares some of the …

Interview: Jason Roberts of Uber on How to Screw Up a Google Acquisition

September 23rd, 2014

26:11

Jason Roberts, serial entrepreneur, one of the first developers at Uber and host of the TechZing podcast shares some great stories about his experiences on both sides of the funding table. He also talks about how he …

Interview: Scott Nixon of Happy Herbivore on Retargeting Tactics That Unlocked $40,000 in Revenue

September 18th, 2014

33:42

Scott Nixon, Co-Founder and CTO of Happy Herbivore, talks about the incredible growth he and his wife have seen over the past few years. He dives deep into the strategies and benefits of retargeting, and shares some …

Interview: Kosta Gara of Vionic on Physical Goods vs. Software: The Key Differences That Will Change Your Strategy

September 16th, 2014

27:54

Kosta Gara , Founder & CEO of Vionic, talks about the differences between a traditional consumer-product environment (like cosmetics or energy drinks) versus a B2B software company. We cover everything from product …

Interview: Navid Alipour of Analytics Ventures on What Investors Really Look For in Founders

September 11th, 2014

33:31

Navid Alipour, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Analytics Ventures, talks with us about the changing landscape of investment, and how the emergence …

Interview: Brad Flora of Perfect Audience on Lessons Learned From a $25 Million Dollar Acquisition

September 9th, 2014

30:00

Brad Flora, Founder and CEO of Perfect Audience, talks about the recent acquisition of his company. He shares the ups and downs of the entire process, the unexpected points along the way, and how things have changed …

Interview: Josh Long on How to Go Beyond Simple Execution and Go After a Huge Opportunity

September 4th, 2014

22:15

Josh Long, designer, writer, and creator of many awesome products, talks with us about his balance between multiple projects and income streams, and …

Interview: David Warren of LIA on Things You Never Considered About Enterprise Sales

September 2nd, 2014

22:35

David Warren, Founder and CEO of LIA, talks with us about his endeavors in the enterprise sales space. He shares some amazingly intuitive advice and some great stories.

Interview: Zach Holman of Github on How GitHub Scaled Past Dunbar's Number Without Losing Their Culture

August 28th, 2014

26:55

Zach Holman, one of the first engineers at GitHub talks about how their culture and process have changed as they’ve grown from about 10 employees to …

Interview: Gabriel Weinberg of DuckDuckGo on Getting Past Your Biases to Unlock Unimaginable Growth Channels

August 26th, 2014

36:02

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 …

Interview: Rob Walling of Drip on When to Stop Focusing on Building an Audience and Start Pounding the Pavement

August 21st, 2014

24:33

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 …

Interview: Manuel Weiss of Codeship on How to Make, Test, and Iterate on Marketing Assumptions

August 19th, 2014

28:03

Manuel Weiss, Co-Founder and CMO of Codeship, shares how they apply the scientific method to everything they do, particularly in their marketing …

Interview: Lee Jacobson of Apmetrix on When to Stop “Powering Through” and Pivot

August 14th, 2014

24:41

Lee Jacobson, CEO of Apmetrix, talked with us about getting past the “power through it” mentality and opening yourself up to pivoting. By trusting in …

Interview: Ryan Singer of Basecamp on Why You Should Forget Pre-Defined Product Categories

August 12th, 2014

32:14

Ryan Singer, Product Manager at Basecamp, talked with us about stripping away pre-defined product categories and focusing on the niche you’re filling …

Interview: Cat Noone of Liberio on How to Raise Money Outside of San Francisco

August 7th, 2014

36:23

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 …

Interview: Sean Ellis of Qualaroo on How to Find Unique Growth Channels Beyond Content

August 5th, 2014

26:59

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 …

Interview: Owais Peer of Global App Testing on Time Management Tips to Make Your Team Insanely Productive

July 31st, 2014

22:22

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 …

Interview: Brian Zeurcher of Seen on Attracting Enterprise Customers Through Inbound Leads

July 29th, 2014

26:00

Brian Zeurcher, Founder and CEO of Seen, talks about the challenges of building a SaaS app for large-scale brands to help promote their social …

Interview: Melanie Gordon of TapHunter on Bulletproof Sales Techniques That Scale

July 24th, 2014

24:20

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 …

Interview: Carolyn Kopprasch of Buffer on Buffer's Secret to Killer Customer Service and Strategic Hiring

July 22nd, 2014

31:56

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 …

Interview: Robert Williams of LetsWorkshop.com on How to Identify a Pain Worth Solving and Turn It Into a Profitable Business

July 17th, 2014

22:51

Robert Williams, Founder of LetsWorkshop.com, talks about how he focused on solving a huge pain point that he personally experienced, and grew it …

Interview: Alex Moore of Boomerang on The Ultra-Creative Viral Hooks Boomerang Used to Scale

July 15th, 2014

22:31

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 …

Interview: Elliot Schneier of Fundable on What Investors Consider When Deciding To Invest In You

July 10th, 2014

26:20

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 …

Interview: Christine Lu of Affinity China on Christine Lu Speaks Out About Startup Founder Depression

July 8th, 2014

33:20

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 …

Interview: Conrad Egusa of Publicize on How To Get Featured in VentureBeat, TechCrunch, and More

July 3rd, 2014

20:00

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 …

Interview: Garrett Dimon of Sifter on Getting Over the Fear of Starting a Business

July 1st, 2014

26:46

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 …

Interview: Nick O’Neill of Startup Stats on Marketing Your Products through Event Planning

June 26th, 2014

32:20

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 …

Interview: Jesse Mecham of YNAB on Vertical Marketing Strategies and Designing a Company Culture

June 24th, 2014

37:15

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 …

Interview: Colin Nederkoorn of Customer.io on “Fundstrapping” Your Way to Profitability

June 19th, 2014

21:44

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 …

Interview: Scot Chisholm of StayClassy on Raising outside of San Fran and Leveraging The Right Mix of Advisors

June 17th, 2014

36:43

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 …

Interview: Paul Farnell of Litmus on Creative Funding Strategies For Early Growth

June 12th, 2014

29:55

Paul Farnell, Co-Founder and CEO of Litmus, talks about their early growth and how they were able to reach profitability without ever raising …

Interview: Ben Sardella of Datanyze on Sales Tactics That Actually Work

June 10th, 2014

28:52

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 …

Interview: Nick Francis of Help Scout on How to Fundraise without Venture Capital

June 5th, 2014

26:24

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.

Interview: Aaron Ross Predictable Revenue on Sales Tactics Aimed at Tripling Revenue

June 3rd, 2014

35:43

Aaron Ross, best-selling author of Predictable Revenue, talks with us about how he build an outbound sales program at Salesforce that increased …

Interview: David Sherry of Death to the Stock Photo on The Power of Authenticity

May 29th, 2014

24:38

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 …

Interview: Nathan Gilmore of TeamGantt on Streamlined Planning for Small Teams

May 27th, 2014

19:37

Nathan Gilmore, Co-Founder of TeamGantt, shares how they bootstrapped their way to thousands of monthly customers. He also talked to Michael about …

Interview: John Sheehan of Runscope on Marketing to Developers and Releasing Free Tools for Lead Generation

May 22nd, 2014

28:22

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 …

Interview: Mark Roberge of HubSpot on How to Setup a Painless Content Production Processes

May 20th, 2014

27:47

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 …

Interview: Jason Cohen of WP Engine on Growth, Pricing, and the Realities of Funding

May 15th, 2014

42:10

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 …

Interview: Drew Strojny of The Theme Foundry on The Importance of Getting Sh*t Done vs. Striving For Perfection

May 13th, 2014

30:32

Drew Strojny, former NFL player and Founder of The Theme Foundry and Memberful, talks about how Memberful was built internally out of necessity and …

Interview: Thomas Schranz of Blossom.io on Product Philosophy: JTBD & Minimum Marketable Features

May 8th, 2014

31:27

Thomas Schranz, Co-Founder & CEO of Blossom.io talks about how he thinks differently about product management. He doesn’t blindly follow standard …

Interview: Danielle Morrill of Mattermark on Fundraising, Metrics, and Phenomenal Twitter Rants

May 6th, 2014

35:00

Danielle Morrill, Co-Founder and CEO of Mattermark, talks all about funding - when companies should consider seeking it, and the metrics you should …

Interview: Hiten Shah of KISSmetrics on Early-Stage Growth Tactics and Finding Your Focus

May 1st, 2014

23:41

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 …

Interview: Cat Noone of Liberio on Leaving the Valley to Start Up in Berlin

April 29th, 2014

27:49

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 …

Interview: Perri Blake Gorman of Archive.ly on Relationship Building, The Art of Sales, and Balinese Gurus

April 24th, 2014

26:52

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 …

Interview: Brendan Schwartz of Wistia on The Rollercoaster Journey of Wistia

April 22nd, 2014

49:55

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 …

Interview: Steve Young of Mobile App Chat on Building (and Balancing) Multiple Revenue Streams

April 15th, 2014

24:50

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 …

Interview: Brant Cooper of The Lean Entrepreneur on Market Disruption and Getting Your First Customer

April 10th, 2014

24:30

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 …

Interview: Yashar Ahmadpour of CrowdClock on Taking a B2B Approach to a Marketplace App

April 8th, 2014

22:03

Today we talked with Yashar Ahmadpour, founder of CrowdClock. He talks about his B2B style approach to what’s really a marketplace app, and how he's leveraging partnerships like never before. He also opens up with us …

Interview: Oli Gardner of Unbounce on From 0 to 100,000 Users

April 3rd, 2014

25:41

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 …

Interview: Tawheed Kader of ToutApp on Quitting a 6-Figure Job to Bootstrap a Startup

April 1st, 2014

24:25

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 …

Interview: Moritz Plassnig on Creating "Wow" Moments and the Impact on Engagement

March 27th, 2014

29:59

We talked with Moritz Plassnig, co-founder and CEO of Codeship. He talked about how their passion for education, teaching through video and blog posts, is baked into who they are as a company. He also touched on how …

Interview: Gregory Ciotti of Help Scout on Leveraging Content Marketing Materials (Even at Scale)

March 25th, 2014

23:03

Today we talked with Gregory Ciotti, the man behind Help Scout’s inbound marketing. He breaks down his process for producing his unique, …

Interview: Mark Fidelman of Raynforest on How to Get Content Published in the Majors

March 20th, 2014

22:42

In this episode we talked with Mark Fidelman, Forbes columnist and founder of Raynforest. He shared some incredible tips for how to get content …

Interview: Brennan Dunn, founder of Double Your Freelancing Rate on An Eye-Opening New Take on Email Lists

March 18th, 2014

25:40

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 …

Interview: Adii Pienaar on Taking on New Ventures and Establishing a New Life Balance

March 13th, 2014

26:35

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 …

Interview: Jeremiah Gardner of The Lean Brand on How to Use Lean Branding to Find Product Market Fit

March 11th, 2014

26:21

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 …

Interview: Mikael Cho of Crew on The Unexpected Power of "Tool Marketing"

March 6th, 2014

20:30

Mikael Cho, founder of Crew, talks with us about how they've used "tool marketing" (aka built a few simple, free tools) to help solve problems for …

Interview: Dan Norris of WP Curve on The Failures that Led to the Success of WP Curve

March 4th, 2014

34:38

Dan Norris, founder of Informly and WP Curve talks about mistakes he's made in the past, and how he and his partner have learned to "fail fast" and pay closer attention to behavior than verbal feedback.

Interview: Ruben Gamez of Bidsketch on The Power of Integrating Your SaaS With Other Apps

February 27th, 2014

23:41

Ruben Gamez, founder of Bidsketch, shares how he was able to leverage integrations with other apps into promotional opportunities that skyrocketed Bidsketch’s early growth.

Interview: Chris Hexton of Vero on 3 Simple Rules For Early-Stage Email Lists

February 25th, 2014

26:46

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 …

Interview: Todd Garland of BuySellAds on The David & Goliath Story of BuySellAds

February 5th, 2014

24:30

Todd Garland, founder of BuySellAds talked with us about how you don't need to be the first to market, and about how old fashioned hustle and …

Interview: Samuel Hulick of UserOnboard.com on Growing an Audience from 0 to 3,000 in Less than 2 Months

February 5th, 2014

17:44

Samuel Hulick, curator of UserOnboard.com shared how he was able to grow his audience from 0 to over 3000 in less than 2 months, just by creating his …

Interview: Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt on How Product Hunt was Launched in Less than 1 Week

January 25th, 2014

27:23

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 secrets for getting content published on sites like …

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