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The Builders

35 EpisodesProduced by Matt LevenhagenWebsite

"The Builders" Podcast is designed for those that are 'building' stuff on the web. Whether that's building a business, an agency, building teams, building products, services.. or building websites.. if it's related to building something, it's fair game. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-b… read more

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Mohammad Nafisi - His Journey, Business, Startups, Community & More!

September 15th, 2021

51:07

In this episode we're joined by Mohammad Nafisi.  Him and I met a number of years ago while he was going to a school in my hometown of Beaver Dam at

Wilson Mattos - Biz Lessons, Climbing the Corporate Ladder to Becoming an Entrepreneur

September 8th, 2021

59:58

In this episode we have Wilson Mattos joining us.  He co-founded Rapid Crush and serves as it's current CEO.  Wilson and I first met many years ago at a seminar I spoke at (in 2009).  We remained friends and have had a …

Vova Feldman - His Personal Story, How He Built Freemius & a Discussion About Business!

September 1st, 2021

53:23

Today Vova Feldman, owner of the popular WordPress Platform, Freemius, joins me to talk about his journey and business.  We start out having him dig …

The Truth About Quitting.. When It's OK!

August 25th, 2021

23:14

Quitting gets a bad rap.  Some people will tell you quitting is never a good thing.  But is that true?  The truth is there are different types of 'quitting'.  There's a spectrum.  And if you quit something it doesn't …

Meet Stephen Wilson Downey: His Journey & Developing an AI-based WordPress Plugin

August 16th, 2021

39:00

Join me for a discussion with Stephen Wilson Downey; our first guest from Ireland! Stephen and I first met on LinkedIn.  We got on a call and talked about his product (an AI-based WordPress plugin) and what he was doing …

Creating Systems & Processes to Achieve Better Results

August 9th, 2021

22:16

In this solo episode, I'm back at it telling stories from my past. This is the story of how I first learned the power of systems and processes as a …

Doland White on Team Building: Elasticity, Growth & Scaling

August 2nd, 2021

44:56

Doland White is back with another great conversation around building teams. If you're run a business or agency for any length of time, you may find …

Discovering Your Competitive Advantage & Defining What You Do

July 26th, 2021

19:56

In this solo episode I dig into two topics that, when combined, form a powerful foundation for your marketing and getting more business.  The first …

What is Matt & Unified Web Design Up To?

July 19th, 2021

18:48

If you're building an agency or business, this episode is for you. Besides revealing my 5-10 year vision for my agency, I delve into how my web design business has developed. Any time we release a service or product it …

Meet Widmaer (Wid) Telisma: An Inspiring Story that Leads to Building a Successful Agency

July 12th, 2021

1:04:08

I'm joined by Widmaer Telisma in this episode.  Wid, as we call him, currently runs a successful web marketing agency in Montreal (Canada).  Him and …

Building Your Business via Good Storytelling

July 5th, 2021

25:03

In this solo episode I dig into telling stories to sell your personal brand, services and more.  Learn how I incorporate stories into my business.. …

Building Websites with Advanced Custom Fields!

June 28th, 2021

21:39

I get to be a nerd today and get excited about a WordPress plugin!  I've grown to love Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) over the past few years running my web design agency.  In the past I didn't want 'another plugin' and I …

Meet Matthew Biggar | Social Media & Leveraging Video in Your Business

June 21st, 2021

53:40

I'm joined by Matthew Biggar in this episode.  Listen in as we discuss video, social media, building brand, audiences and more!  Are you interested in how you can leverage video in your business?  Then this IS the …

Building a Podcast | What I've Learned & the Benefits I've Uncovered So Far!

June 14th, 2021

27:14

An episode about building a podcast on The Builders Podcast...  need I say more?  As with all the content we talk about on this podcast, I'm talking from the trenches; talking to what I'm doing and have experience with. …

Get to Know Jennifer Denney | Virtual Teams & Building a Business

June 7th, 2021

42:55

Join me for a discussion with Jenney Denney.  She's been doing digital marketing for over 15 years, runs an agency and has a lot experience and knowledge to share!  We get to know more about her, the journey and how she …

Get to Know Shoumo (Saumya Ganguly), Business Consultant | Business Models

June 1st, 2021

1:03:31

Join me for a discussion with Shoumo Ganguly.  Shoumo is a business consultant and expert on the topic of business models.  With a long and storied …

How to Choose and Move to a Better Web Server

May 24th, 2021

25:43

This episode is for freelancers or agencies that would like to hear a perspective from someone that sets up and manages hosting for clients.  OR it's …

How to Expand & Contract Depending on Your Volume of Business

May 17th, 2021

11:58

In this episode I talk about how to infuse flexibility in your business in that you can handle spikes in your volume without hiring a huge team off …

A Conversation with 2 Web Developers: Ryan & Danielle

May 10th, 2021

53:52

In this episode I'm having a conversation with 2 other web developers.  We start by diving into their backgrounds and journey.  Ryan's been a web developer for over 15 years.  Danielle's been at it for around 9 years. …

Generating Product or Service Ideas .. And Letting them Simmer.

May 3rd, 2021

16:23

In this episode I talk about generating ideas and brainstorming.  This something I take very seriously in my own business.  It's a never ending process...  and often ideas simmer for long periods so I can develop them. …

WooCommerce to the Rescue

April 26th, 2021

19:51

This episode digs into the awesomeness of WooCommerce - a WordPress eCommerce plugin.  I have been using and developing with WooCommerce for years. …

Getting Started with a New Developer

April 19th, 2021

24:12

If you're an agency that needs to or is trying to hire good web developers or have some other reason you need to find good people to do work for you, …

Just Launch It

April 12th, 2021

19:05

This episode will take us on a journey into my past.  I reference a thread I participated in on the Warrior Forum back in 2003-04.  When I was active there.

We're talking about just getting something launched and not …

A Conversation with Doland White

April 5th, 2021

51:57

This is a conversation with the one and only Doland White.

Doland and I met while working at the same company a few years ago.. he was the CEO and I …

Web Page Walk Thru: Team Pages!

March 29th, 2021

15:46

This is a new type of segment for the Builders Crew! I’ve chosen a specific type of page on a website (the Team Page) and we’re going to go through a project from start to finish. This will be great for anyone that has …

Should I learn “Insert Language or Framework”?

March 22nd, 2021

14:57

It's a question you've heard or seen a million times if you've spent time in web development communities online.   Should I learn this or what should …

The Role of ‘Testing’ while Building Your Business

March 15th, 2021

14:18

Introducing a new segment! The “Builders News Minute”. A minute I share what’s new since the last podcast. 

But more importantly, we get into the business of testing in business. Where testing is applied and how it …

Leverage WordPress to Do More for Your Clients!

March 5th, 2021

16:12

If you are starting an agency or are established, heads up!  This is a great episode. ESPECIALLY if you don't currently sell web design services but have clients asking.. "can you provide web design services or do you …

Let Your Users or Clients Guide You

February 26th, 2021

13:27

I find the evolution of products and services fascinating.  In so many cases the ideas we start with evolve into something else or we focus in on …

We're BACK! Web Design Biz Update!

February 19th, 2021

13:37

Last summer I needed to pause the podcast to focus on the business.  This episode ushers in a new go at it.. I talk about what we've been up to, how the business is doing and the future of this podcast (new'ish format.. …

Pricing - Starting Low to Get to the High

July 17th, 2020

27:04

While a lot of people or gurus today preach charging high from day 1, that's not exactly the path I took.  While a lot of gurus or internet experts preach value pricing over hourly, I'm not a purest in that regard …

Developing a Profit Impacting Specialization

July 3rd, 2020

21:41

Building a business is tough.  There are a lot of moving parts.  But something that I have always gravitated to from day 1 is defining what my speciality will be.  A specialty in your chosen field, business or career …

Creating Your Own Secret Sauce with Bootstrap

June 26th, 2020

19:11

Bootstrap has been a major part of my web development toolkit since 2014.  Back then I had created a custom WordPress theme framework with Bootstrap …

Start Your Business with a Rock Solid Identity

June 10th, 2020

14:48

In this episode I touch on 3 things that form a great starting point for any business.  By doing these 3 simple things it can help you form an identity you can leverage in a number of ways.  We'll touch on the …

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