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Blockchain today

17:23 | Mar 21st

The constant fluctuations of the Bitcoin market. One minute it’s going to the moon, the next it’s tanking and will never come back. This isn’t a story all about Bitcoin, because as Bitcoin and it’s siblings Litecoin, Etherium and the thousands of ot...Show More

Welcome to Blockland

14:47 | Mar 14th

Something is happening in Cleveland, Ohio. A movement, unlike anything it's seen before, has taken over the city. Cleveland’s top business leaders, civic leaders, politicians and lawmakers, people running educational institutions have all dedicated t...Show More

Blockland: Season 6 Trailer

00:45 | Mar 13th

Something is happening in Cleveland, Ohio. A movement, unlike anything it's seen before, has taken over the city. Cleveland’s top business leaders, civic leaders, politicians and lawmakers, people running educational institutions have all dedicated t...Show More

Building a killer product team

25:45 | Mar 7th

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 high performing product managers and product leaders are doing inside of their organizations to manag...Show More

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

28:41 | Mar 1st

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 content management in the ente...Show More

Interview: Teresa Torres of Product Talk on Continuous Discovery

24:52 | Feb 22nd

Teresa Torres helps digital product teams adopt continuous product discovery practices including a regular cadence of customer interviews, rapid prototyping, and assumption testing. She emphasizes strong critical thinking a strong connection between ...Show More

Disruption vs Innovation

26:10 | Feb 15th

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 difference between Disruption and ...Show More

Why do you love the products you love?

27:35 | Feb 7th

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 discuss why they love the p...Show More

Storytelling for Product People

20:01 | Jan 31st

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 storytelling itself.

Meetings Suck

18:01 | Jan 24th

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 from Mamie Kanfer Stewart of Meeteor, Charlie O'Donnell of Brooklyn Bridge Ventur...Show More

A Job To Be Done: Building Products People Want

17:53 | Jan 17th

Jobs to be done will change the way you think about a 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 thinking in our time, so today we're...Show More

The Untold Story of Books.com [Part 2]

17:46 | Jan 15th

In the second and final episode of our look at Books.com, we discover what happens when Charlie Stack is faced with competition from Amazon.com and a multi-million dollar buy out offer on the table. We also learn more about what Charlie is up to curr...Show More

The Untold Story of Books.com [Part 1]

25:02 | Jan 15th

The year was 1992. The location… Cleveland, Ohio. The birthplace of online commerce. That’s right. Cleveland Ohio. Not Silicon Valley, Not San Francisco. Not even Seattle Washington. This is the story of Books.com, the internet’s very first e-commerc...Show More

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

33:50 | Jan 4th

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 manager, but she got her start publ...Show More

Interview: Vidya Dinamani on Conducting Effective Customer Interviews

17:51 | Dec 27th, 2018

Vidya Dinamani has a passion for coaching product leaders and teams. Vidya has over 18 years of experience specializing in business & technology strategy development and product design, development and management.

Interview: Seth Godin on Achieving Greatness

29:17 | Dec 20th, 2018

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 success.  After leaving Spinnaker in 1986, he used $20,000 in savings to found Seth Godin Productions,...Show More

Interview: Andy Rachleff of Wealthfront on finding product market fit

22:08 | Dec 13th, 2018

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, Equinix and Juniper Networks.

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

18:34 | Dec 4th, 2018

Scott is a serial entrepreneur who has launched multiple technology product companies. He is the winner of the Ernst & Young Emerging Technology Entrepreneurs Of The Year 2016, and in this episode, Scott is sharing his experience around transforming ...Show More

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

18:20 | Nov 29th, 2018

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 Audible and even an emergency support system on 9/11, today we bring you mistakes Product Mangers made, ...Show More

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

25:54 | Nov 26th, 2018

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 of Rally's proven Agile ALM platform for enabling software and product-driven enterprises to deliver...Show More

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

24:44 | Nov 19th, 2018

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 is. Straight out of college lo...Show More

Interview: Claire Vo of Optimizely on Product Testing and Experimentation

15:34 | Oct 30th, 2018

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 your team thinking about what and how they should be testing.

Chapter 10: Finale

18:38 | Oct 15th, 2018

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.

Chapter 9: The Launch

11:02 | Sep 28th, 2018

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 make more sales. He also sets some ambitious goals for new customer acquisition.

Chapter 8: Pre-Launch

17:09 | Sep 21st, 2018

In today's episode, we learn the name of Lee's two new products as he gets closer to launch, listen in our a planning session for the launch of Revenue Story and follow Gonto to an Auth0 executive offsite for planning their quarterly OKRs.

Chapter 7: Relationships

15:36 | Sep 14th, 2018

On today's episode, we explore the important top of relationships. We follow Krish, Gonto, and Lee and look beyond business for just one week to see how they balance family, friends, girlfriends and work/life balance while pushing for greatness, and ...Show More

Chapter 6: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

16:45 | Sep 7th, 2018

In this episode, we hear from Lee Tengum about his first customer interview for his new project and new project directions. It may or may not send him spiraling in a new direction. We also catch up with him about the other side projects that he is su...Show More

Interview: Latif Nanji of Roadmunk

19:18 | Aug 30th, 2018

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.

Chapter 5: First Steps

23:46 | Aug 24th, 2018

In today's episode, we learn more about the projects that Krish, Gonto and Lee will pursue for the next 2 months. You'll hear about them directly from them and their team as they discuss and plan the initial phases of each project.

Sprint Week: Day 4 "User Testing"

23:12 | Aug 10th, 2018

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 prototyped their way to this point in the ...Show More

Sprint Week Bonus: Day 4 Retrospective with Michael Smart

20:30 | Aug 10th, 2018

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 after the full day of user testing to find out what they found and more about how they think about us...Show More

Sprint Week Bonus: Day 3 Retrospective with Michael Smart

12:39 | Aug 9th, 2018

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 testable prototype and what could go wr...Show More

Sprint Week: Day 3 "Prototyping"

19:09 | Aug 9th, 2018

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 in under 8 hours. There is no room for failure. The user tests are scheduled so a prototype must be comp...Show More

Sprint Week Bonus: Day 2 Retrospective with Michael Smart

18:08 | Aug 8th, 2018

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.

Sprint Week: Day 2 "Storyboarding"

17:54 | Aug 8th, 2018

Today is all about storyboarding. Listen as the team from AJ&Smart take the ideas generated on day one and start to solidify them. The goal is to sketch an actual UI showing how a user would move through this part of the story — where they click, wha...Show More

Sprint Week Bonus: Day 1 Retrospective with Michael Smart

14:03 | Aug 7th, 2018

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 everything stays on track each day.

Sprint Week: Day 1 "Gathering Ideas"

20:27 | Aug 7th, 2018

In this episode, we drop a microphone into the first day of Zero apps Sprint with design agency AJ&Smart.  Everyone involved in a sprint has different perspectives and different information about the problem they're trying to solve. The goal of the ...Show More

Sprint Week: Getting Ready to Sprint

15:41 | Aug 6th, 2018

Follow along as each day this week we take you behind the scenes of an entire design sprint for Kevin Rose's app Zero led by Design Agency AJ&Smart.

Next week is Sprint Week!

01:12 | Aug 3rd, 2018

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 exclusively on helping companies innov...Show More

Chapter 4: Krish goes to Paris

17:10 | Jul 31st, 2018

In Chapter 4, we learn about the origins of Krish's love for travel and discovery. This curiosity has manifested itself in a philosophy he takes into his company and product, Chargebee. We learn how Krish's first trip outside of India opened up his w...Show More

Chapter 3: 5am in Cranbrook, BC

15:46 | Jul 25th, 2018

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 his time anyway he'd like to.

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

27:30 | Jul 17th, 2018

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 discussions.

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

21:05 | Jul 10th, 2018

Welcome to 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, product conversations, executive dinners and customer interviews.

Interview: Teresa Torres of Product Talk

20:56 | Jul 10th, 2018

Teresa Torres helps digital product teams adopt continuous product discovery practices including a regular cadence of customer interviews, rapid prototyping, and assumption testing. She emphasizes strong critical thinking a strong connection between ...Show More

Interview: Eric Boduch of Pendo

12:34 | Jun 28th, 2018

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

Season 5 Trailer

01:47 | Jun 1st, 2018

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

Bonus: "The Full Moesta" Pt 2

38:11 | May 24th, 2018

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 interview with Matt Ragland of ConvertKit on why he attended INDUSTRY 2017.

Bonus: "The Full Moesta"

34:31 | May 23rd, 2018

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 ConvertKit on why he attended INDUSTRY 2017.

Two Steps Forward, One Look Back: Season 4 Finale

26:19 | Apr 11th, 2018

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, inspiration or insight.

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

21:48 | Mar 14th, 2018

In this episode, we dive into the strategies that managers use to lead their teams successfully. It's not easy and we're not all Steve Jobs (although most of us think we are from time to time) so what do high performing managers from Facebook and Box...Show More

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

24:37 | Mar 9th, 2018

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 content management in the enter...Show More

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

17:34 | Mar 7th, 2018

One of the most import roles as a product owner is building the right product team. In this two-part mini-series, we take a look at what high performing product managers and product leaders are doing inside of their organizations to hiring and lead a...Show More

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

35:02 | Mar 2nd, 2018

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

Interview: Laird Hamilton on Big Risks and Big Rewards

39:52 | Feb 28th, 2018

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.

Interview: Blair Reeves of SAS on Enterprise Product Management

26:07 | Feb 16th, 2018

We welcome Blair Reeves to the show to discuss Enterprise Product Management tips and techniques from over 15 years working in product.

Mastering Jobs To Be Done Interviews: The Results

21:06 | Feb 14th, 2018

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 and did they learn about their product?

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

32:21 | Feb 9th, 2018

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

Mastering Jobs To Be Done Interviews: The Interview

18:54 | Feb 7th, 2018

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 Job does Industry serve for it’s ...Show More

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

24:29 | Feb 6th, 2018

Melissa Perri is the CEO of Produx Labs and the creator of the online product management school ProductInstitute.com. Her mission is to help make Product Managers and their organizations awesome.

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

21:23 | Feb 2nd, 2018

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).

Mastering Jobs To Be Done Interviews: The Preparation

15:38 | Jan 31st, 2018

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 - what Job does Industry serve for...Show More

Interview: Dan Olsen on The Lean Product Playbook

19:59 | Jan 30th, 2018

Dan Olsen is an entrepreneur, consultant, author, speaker, and expert in product management and Lean Startup. At Olsen Solutions, he works with CEOs and product leaders to help them build great products and strong product teams, often as interim VP o...Show More

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

23:25 | Jan 26th, 2018

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.

Disruption vs Innovation

22:11 | Jan 24th, 2018

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.

Persona Alchemy: What we learned bringing user personas to life

20:18 | Jan 17th, 2018

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

Interview: Oli Gardner of Unbounce on Product Awareness Month

22:54 | Jan 12th, 2018

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 what's next.

How to tell compelling product stories

16:12 | Jan 10th, 2018

From screenwriter Michael Jamin to Product Manager and former Technial Director at Pixar, Josh Anon, we show you how you can use basic story writing techniques to better convey product ideas, innitiatives and marketing.

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

24:57 | Jan 9th, 2018

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.

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

29:45 | Jan 5th, 2018

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.

Product Poetry: The secret to perfect product descriptions

14:34 | Jan 3rd, 2018

The subtle art of describing your product in a way that excites everyone around this. This isn’t just for entrepreneurs pitching investors, this is for product managers and product leaders to inspire their teams to push themselves to build the best p...Show More

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

29:51 | Jan 2nd, 2018

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.

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

23:42 | Dec 20th, 2017

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.

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

24:13 | Dec 18th, 2017

Blade Kotelly is a senior lecturer at MIT and the leader of the advanced concepts lab at Sonos.

We F*cked Up: Stories about Product Mistakes

18:11 | Dec 13th, 2017

We all make them. From a food delivery startup who's users couldn't find their menu, to Amazon's redesign of Audible and even an emergency support system on 9/11, today we bring you mistakes Product Mangers made, and how, in some cases, they fixed th...Show More

Interview: Seth Godin on Achieving Greatness

27:03 | Dec 11th, 2017

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 success.

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

21:41 | Dec 8th, 2017

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.

A Job To Be Done: Building Products People Want

13:54 | Dec 6th, 2017

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.

Interview: Ellen Chisa on Product Management Lessons from Microsoft

16:23 | Dec 5th, 2017

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 management.

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

39:18 | Dec 1st, 2017

His journey wasn’t always easy. At 17, Taylor, he was forced to live out of his car – which didn’t even run.

The (Abbreviated) History of Product Management

17:26 | Nov 29th, 2017

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.

Interview: Ash Maurya of Lean Canvas on Scaling Lean

26:07 | Nov 28th, 2017

Today we talk with Ash Maurya, the creator of the Lean Canvas and most recently the author of Scaling Lean.

The Strange Origin of Growth Hacking [Rebroadcast]

17:21 | Oct 18th, 2017

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). We'll break down the term Growth Hacking to better understand the origins o...Show More

Interview: Laura Roeder Of Edgar [Rebroadcast]

25:05 | Oct 16th, 2017

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 before looking broader. She al...Show More

The History of SaaS [Rebroadcast]

19:26 | Oct 13th, 2017

We explore the history of SaaS, and how it evolved from ASP's ashes to become one of the largest and most profitable business formats. We talk with SaaS expert Rick Chapman as he discusses the history and keys to why the SaaS framework became (and re...Show More

The Exit - This New Economy

27:45 | Aug 30th, 2017

The Exit. Liquidity. Acquihire. Merger. No matter the name, it’s a milestone in any entrepreneurs life. Today we take a look at the real stories behind acquisitions, when people aren’t always “killing it” and when the outcome isn’t quite what you ...Show More

Diversity in Tech (Pt 2)

32:32 | Aug 23rd, 2017

In Part Two of our look at Diversity in Tech we hear from how Stripe increased their percentage of underrepresented candidates in their internship program from 10% to 40% in one year. How Crowdfunder fixed their gender pay gap problem and how VC Arla...Show More

Diversity in Tech (pt 1) - This New Economy

21:57 | Aug 16th, 2017

Diversity can be a difficult issue to discuss, but the truth is the tech industry has a problem. Even a brief look at the data collected by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reveals huge racial disparities in the tech workforce compared ...Show More

The Napster Effect - This New Economy

43:56 | Aug 9th, 2017

We look at the changing music industry and how it's effecting the most important people involved, artists. We bring you three stories today, from Denver Colorado's the Simulators, Soundcloud darling Oliver Tank and Jazz & Funk legend Galt MacDermot...Show More

The Weird World of Fantasy Sports (Part 2) - This New Economy

24:15 | Aug 2nd, 2017

In the second part of our look at the weird world of fantasy sports, we dive deep into the journey's of Draft Kings and FanDuel, two of the biggest DFP apps on the market today. If you thought Fantasy Sports was high stakes, wait till you throw ventu...Show More

The Weird World of Fantasy Sports (Part 1) - This New Economy

23:16 | Jul 25th, 2017

It’s draft day.  The day when even the most miserable sports teams have a glimmer of hope.  Make the right pick for your team — and you can turn around the entire franchise.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve gone winless the entire year and can never seem...Show More

Achieving Greatness (w/ Laird Hamilton) [Part 2] - This New Economy

31:08 | Jul 19th, 2017

Laird Hamilton is known as one of the greatest big wave surfers in the world. He's the co-inventor of tow-in surfing, and an occasional fashion and action-sports model. In this episode we dive into the circumstances in his life that allowed him to ac...Show More

Achieving Greatness (w/ Seth Godin & Dennis Crowley) [Part 1] - This New Economy

32:36 | Jul 12th, 2017

We would all love to achieve greatness, if only in one skill in our entire life. Most of us will fall into the realm of expert in something in our lifetime – but what differentiates the good from the great? The experts for the masters? In his book...Show More

The Untold Story of Books.com [Part 2] - This New Economy

21:21 | Jul 5th, 2017

In the second and final episode of our look at Books.com, we discover what happens when Charlie Stack is faced with competition from Amazon.com and a multi-million dollar buy out offer on the table. We also learn more about what Charlie is up to cur...Show More

The Untold Story of Books.com [Part 1] - This New Economy

30:27 | Jun 28th, 2017

The year was 1992. The location… Cleveland, Ohio. The birthplace of online commerce. That’s right. Cleveland Ohio. Not Silicon Valley, Not San Francisco. Not even Seattle Washington. This is the story of Books.com, the internet’s very first e-commerc...Show More

Can Basic Income Save Us? [Part 2] - This New Economy

28:39 | Jun 21st, 2017

Basic Income is the idea that we should provide a base level of support for our nations poorest and most exposed. This the second episode we take a look at the benefits of lifting up the poor and what it would take to fund such a program. We talk...Show More

Can Basic Income Save Us? [Part 1] - This New Economy

23:39 | Jun 14th, 2017

What is one thing that the left and right can agree upon? Not much these days, but Basic Income is one of the few ideas with the ability to reach across the aisle. We have some big dilemmas facing us as a society, with the rise of AI and automatio...Show More

Productivity Ep 5: Meetings Suck

18:02 | Feb 10th, 2017

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 from Mamie Kanfer Stewart of Mee...Show More

Tuesday Interview: Mamie Kanfer Stewart of Meeteor

26:26 | Feb 7th, 2017

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 higher quality work done as a result of that meeting. We all spend hours a week in meetings, and there ar...Show More

Productivity Ep 4: Achieving Deep Work

17:24 | Feb 1st, 2017

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 increasingly more difficult to achieve. Today we outline some helpful practices that you can do to int...Show More

Tuesday Interview: Ron Wiener on the science of working while walking

57:10 | Jan 31st, 2017

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 during your work day. SPONS...Show More

Tuesday Interview: Matt Hunckler of Verge

27:40 | Jan 24th, 2017

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 communities and shares with us so...Show More

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

24:05 | Jan 19th, 2017

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 do we deal with this distract...Show More

Tuesday Interview: Natalie Nagele of Wildbit

27:14 | Jan 17th, 2017

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 about productivity and how they've built it into the culture at Wildbit. SPONSORS: Todoist he...Show More

Productivity Ep 2: The Future of Workspace Design

25:38 | Jan 13th, 2017

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, and sitting vs. standing (and ...Show More

Tuesday Interview: Amir Salihefendic of Todoist

26:22 | Jan 10th, 2017

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 as well as how he's empowered ...Show More

Productivity Ep 1: Why are we obsessed with productivity?

21:11 | Jan 5th, 2017

“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 Grandchildren” in 1930. Over the next c...Show More

Growth Ep 5: Powering your growth engine

26:59 | Jan 3rd, 2017

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 & SellHack. We talk about some ...Show More

Sunday Interview: Ryan O'Donnell of Sellhack

39:33 | Jan 1st, 2017

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 so stay tuned! SPONSOR: P...Show More

Growth Ep 4: Finding Traction

21:18 | Dec 22nd, 2016

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 for your business. With 19 chan...Show More

Sunday Interview: Ash Maurya creator of the Lean Canvas

27:27 | Dec 18th, 2016

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 insights with you on scaling t...Show More

Growth Ep 3: A look inside two high-growth Startups

17:18 | Dec 15th, 2016

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 high growth company hires too f...Show More

Sunday Interview: Teju Owoye on viral loops and growth hacks

32:15 | Dec 11th, 2016

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. Today on the show we interview Teju and find out what exactly are her steps to achieving high growth f...Show More

Sunday Interview: Casey Winters of Pinterest

31:47 | Dec 4th, 2016

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 marketing, and M&A with an emp...Show More

Sunday Interview: Dmitry Dragilev of Just Reach Out

45:37 | Dec 4th, 2016

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, to earn over 100k in 9 months. He's now the founder of Just Reach Out, a PR startup to help small b...Show More

Sunday Interview: Justin Mares author of Traction on his newest acquisition Fomo

25:42 | Nov 20th, 2016

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. SPONSOR: Prezi Business. If you're tired of selling to your customers using the sam...Show More

Growth Ep 2: Growths Guiding Light

24:54 | Nov 17th, 2016

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, & Andrew Chen. Michael Sacca and Mike Belsito also discuss some of the growth efforts they've been e...Show More

Growth Ep 1: The Strange Origin of Growth Hacking

18:28 | Nov 14th, 2016

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). We'll break down the term Growth...Show More

Sunday Interview: Andrew Chen of Uber on Growth

24:27 | Nov 13th, 2016

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 some of the important metrics you ...Show More

Bonus Interview: John Warrillow Founder of The Value Builder System

21:17 | Nov 9th, 2016

John Warrillow, founder of the Value Builder System, talks with us about the optimizations companies need to make in order to maximize their value and get the best multiples when they try to sell their businesses. We discuss LTV to CAC ratio, the imp...Show More

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

19:38 | Nov 6th, 2016

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 based on his observations of ...Show More

SaaS Ep 5: Scaling SaaS

26:25 | Nov 5th, 2016

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 as well as methods to not get ...Show More

Sunday Interview: Ed Shelley on SaaS Pricing Models

24:53 | Oct 31st, 2016

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 the benefits of having a free demo version of your product, common thoughts behind different pricing m...Show More

SaaS Ep 4: Winning the Market

19:08 | Oct 27th, 2016

On today's episode we talk about what it takes to win the market, 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 amazing work - without having to micromanage every dec...Show More

Sunday Interview: Bobby Martin on the 4 stages of SaaS growth

19:23 | Oct 24th, 2016

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 each phase, and shares some real-life examples. The big lesson: stick with it. Our expectation of spee...Show More

SaaS Ep 3: What the CAC?!

21:34 | Oct 20th, 2016

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 with "Built to Sell" au...Show More

Sunday Interview: Clay Collins on Perfecting Your Pricing Model

30:39 | Oct 16th, 2016

Clay Collins, founder of Leadpages, talks with us about the pricing journey that his company has gone through. He talks about the importance of nailing down the right pricing model for your company, and shares how his company approaches their own pri...Show More

SaaS Ep 2: Building a pricing model that works

32:35 | Oct 13th, 2016

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 generally, but how do you determine the value of your product and what metric or features do you based ...Show More

SaaS Ep 1: The History of SaaS

23:05 | Oct 6th, 2016

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 profitable business formats. We talk with SaaS expert Rick Chapman as he discusses the history and k...Show More

Sunday Interview: Laura Roeder Of Edgar

28:20 | Sep 18th, 2016

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 before looking broader. She al...Show More

Product Ep 5: Leading with a Vision

20:43 | Sep 14th, 2016

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 restraint. Don't just build because you can, or because technology allows, but because you're advancing...Show More

Sunday Interview: Ryan Singer of Basecamp

29:18 | Sep 11th, 2016

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 establish clarity when deciding the...Show More

Product Ep 4: In Bezos we Trust

21:07 | Sep 7th, 2016

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 great story that few know, wit...Show More

Sunday Interview: Benjamin Gilbert on Continuous Experimentation

32:12 | Sep 4th, 2016

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 and how using customer feedbac...Show More

Product Ep 3: Building Better products through data

26:36 | Aug 31st, 2016

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 then joins in with the idea it's n...Show More

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

32:54 | Aug 28th, 2016

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 successful. Bob then shares with us fro...Show More

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

27:15 | Aug 25th, 2016

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 condominiums. We then take a look at...Show More

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

30:48 | Aug 21st, 2016

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 achieve higher results. He shares some tools that he uses to keep things organized and on track such as the...Show More

Product Ep 1: The Evolution of the Baseball Cap

24:56 | Aug 16th, 2016

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 at how a few key people and decisions caused a once non-existent product to bloom into a two billion...Show More

Sunday Interview: George Santino from Microsoft

29:03 | Aug 15th, 2016

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 and hard work to maneuver through multiple career changes to eventually end up as a Microsoft partner....Show More

Sunday Interview: Raghav Bahl of Quintype on Partnerships

28:02 | Aug 10th, 2016

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 part in bringing in multiple networks such as CNBC to India. He then discusses four keys on how to es...Show More

Sunday Interview: Author Eliot Peper on Data Privacy

31:26 | Aug 9th, 2016

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 questions we should be asking before signing the dotted line. Eliot also compares his fiction book Cumulu...Show More

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

23:29 | Aug 3rd, 2016

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 solution to stop giving big companies...Show More

Sunday Interview: Author JR Little on data for brands

28:13 | Aug 1st, 2016

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 importance of using data points to ...Show More

Data Ep 5: Unique and interesting ways companies are using data

26:26 | Jul 27th, 2016

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 depending on the current weather...Show More

Sunday Interview: Derrick Harris of Mesophere

25:26 | Jul 24th, 2016

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 experiences and develop competiti...Show More

Data Ep 4: Achieve big, ambitious goals with OKRs

22:23 | Jul 20th, 2016

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 to use OKRs to achieve large, ambitious company goals, while keeping everyone on track at the team an...Show More

Sunday Interview: Author SC Moatti of Facebook on Mobile Data

25:36 | Jul 18th, 2016

SC Moatti, author of Mobilized, talks with us about what the mobile revolution really means both for companies and for consumers. She shares insights about the rapid changes of an industry that is bridging the gap between technology, physical spaces,...Show More

Data Ep 3: How to build a systematic growth engine

30:44 | Jul 13th, 2016

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 elements they use to drive systematic ...Show More

Sunday Interview: Amr Awadalla of Cloudera

29:46 | Jul 10th, 2016

Amr Awadalla, co-founder of Cloudera, talks with us about how they originally thought their customers would just be tech/web/telecom/financial industries, but the advent of the "internet of things" completely changed the game. Their technology is now...Show More

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

20:45 | Jul 6th, 2016

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 data”. The emergence of Hadoop represents perhaps the single most important development in our lifeti...Show More

Sunday Interview: Vas Natarajan of Accel Ventures on VC Data

26:24 | Jul 3rd, 2016

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 move given the new access to col...Show More

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

29:46 | Jun 29th, 2016

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.

Sunday Interview: Author Danielle Tate

21:42 | Jun 26th, 2016

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 the way as well as some great a...Show More

Sunday Interview: Brett Hagler of New Story on Strategic Partnerships

31:14 | Jun 22nd, 2016

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 operating a non-profit sustainably...Show More

Sunday Interview: Jason Lankow of Visage

26:03 | Jun 20th, 2016

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 belt he has some great advice for finding your voice, keeping it authentic, and developing a healthy per...Show More

Sales Ep 5: Why you're never done selling

19:40 | Jun 15th, 2016

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. Nurturing the relationship, encouraging engagement, and following through on your initial promise is sti...Show More

Sunday Interview: The most important sales tactic you’re probably not doing with Andy Paul of Zero Time Selling (Sales)

31:58 | Jun 14th, 2016

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 shares game changing tactics that will make you rethink your sales efforts, including sharing the one...Show More

Sales Ep 4: Closing the Deal

20:02 | Jun 8th, 2016

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 make a close, and how to gracefull...Show More

Sunday Interview: Building a Sales-Driven Company with Mel Gordon of Tap Hunter (Sales)

25:30 | Jun 6th, 2016

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.

Sales Ep 3: The Art of the Pitch

28:45 | Jun 1st, 2016

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 resilient. We even run through an ...Show More

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

25:03 | May 29th, 2016

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 moving leads through your funnel. W...Show More

Sales Ep 2: The secrets to building a sales pipeline

23:49 | May 25th, 2016

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 sure you're on the right track? With expert tips from the people who live this stuff day in and day ...Show More

Sunday Interview: Scaling a SaaS with strategic financial partners with Joel Holland

31:43 | May 23rd, 2016

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 toward a subscription sales model, and how he's been able to scale up volume. He also shares his pers...Show More

Sales Ep 1: Sales is not a dirty word

21:24 | May 18th, 2016

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 scratch the surface on the qualti...Show More

Sunday Interview: Sales tactics for small teams with big ambitions with Timo Rein of Pipedrive

27:40 | May 16th, 2016

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 built pipedrive from zero to cas...Show More

Funding Ep 4: The State of Venture Capital Today

19:25 | May 4th, 2016

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 valuations are getting slashed. But what...Show More

Funding Ep 3: Generating Returns – Liquidity Basics for Startups

25:04 | Apr 27th, 2016

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 type of business you want to bui...Show More

Funding Ep 2: The First Silicon Valley Venture Deal

15:57 | Apr 20th, 2016

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 share the story that kicked it all off.

Funding Ep 1: What does a funding round mean anyway?

25:10 | Apr 13th, 2016

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 when it comes to raising a round.

Sunday Interview: The Secrets of How, What, and Who to Pitch with John Livesay (Funding)

22:46 | Apr 11th, 2016

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 the right investors based on you...Show More

Sunday Interview: Negotiating an Investment Deal with John Shumate

27:27 | Apr 11th, 2016

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 for everyone involved.

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

25:54 | Apr 9th, 2016

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.

Sunday Interview: How Indie.vc is Changing the Game for Seed Stage Investment with Bryce Roberts (Funding Interview)

23:46 | Apr 9th, 2016

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 of funding, his new model encou...Show More

Building Entrepreneurial Communities

34:37 | Feb 10th, 2016

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 city, mention this episode of t...Show More

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

33:50 | Jan 26th, 2016

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!

Going the Distance: How to Stick Around for the Long Run

39:51 | Jan 21st, 2016

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 habits to the most impactful ways to iterate, he shares some incredible insights in this episode.

Emotional Alchemy: Taking Sh*t and Turning it Into Gold

32:25 | Jan 19th, 2016

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 the difference between dedicati...Show More

Stop Procrastinating, Build a Business, and Do Work That Matters

33:23 | Jan 15th, 2016

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 book to share the most impactful ...Show More

The New Era of Affiliate Marketing

31:17 | Jan 12th, 2016

Jeff Epstein, founder of Ambassador, talks with us about three distinct umbrellas of affiliate marketing, and how each can help boost your business. He shares some insights into their sales processes and culture, as well as how they use their own pro...Show More

Shopping by the Numbers

24:10 | Jan 7th, 2016

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.

Prioritizing Culture to Fuel Growth

32:04 | Jan 5th, 2016

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 to grow and win in the marketplace.

Entrepreneurial Selling vs. Professional Selling

40:29 | Dec 22nd, 2015

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 differences between high perfo...Show More

Prioritizing Customer Success/Onboarding as a Growth Strategy

33:42 | Dec 17th, 2015

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 his learnings from focusing on...Show More

How to Structure Your Story

38:45 | Dec 15th, 2015

Michael Jamin, long-time Hollywood screenwriter for shows such as Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill, and most currently, Maron, talks with us about what a story really is. He walks us through key structural elements that you can use to help tell ...Show More

Back to Basics, Building a Business the Old-School Way

27:58 | Dec 10th, 2015

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 short, he wants to help fuel growt...Show More

Waiting for the Market to Catch Up

38:35 | Dec 8th, 2015

Paul Bradley, founder of Eventric, shares his story of bootstrapping for 10 years before raising money and shifting their business model. He talks about how changes in the industry has completely changed the way their business and offerings create va...Show More

Get the Most out of Your A/B Tests

25:06 | Dec 3rd, 2015

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. Everything from the most impactful changes you can make to a page to how to determine the proper sample s...Show More

Stepping Up Your Cold-Email Game

24:27 | Dec 1st, 2015

Alex Berman, Chief Marketing Sumo at InspireBeats, talks with us about how they’ve built their business by sending over a million targeted, personalized cold emails. He shares some great tips for improving your emailing efforts and closing more deals...Show More

How to Design for the Motivation of Your Customers

26:02 | Nov 24th, 2015

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 for the intentions of the user. F...Show More

Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurship

33:09 | Nov 19th, 2015

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 meaningful and impactful is somethin...Show More

The Value of Marketing to Current Customers

28:05 | Nov 17th, 2015

David Cancel, founder of Driftt, 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 customers and keeping them engaged and...Show More

Using Micro Transactions to Try and Create the Next Big Social Network

31:50 | Nov 12th, 2015

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 talks about their next big move o...Show More

Don’t Worry About Getting Ready, Get Started

27:08 | Nov 10th, 2015

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 figuring it out as he goes, and jumping right in the deep end. He's build a large tribe of free users ...Show More

Supply before Demand - How to Grow a Marketplace

31:38 | Nov 5th, 2015

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 bring both sides to the table. He also shares his experience setting up the proper relationships with ...Show More

Entrepreneurship for Couples

37:00 | Nov 3rd, 2015

Thomas Knoll, serial entrepreneur and personal advisor, talks with us about his new venture, Knoll Consulting. He teamed up with his wife, a licensed psychotherapist to create a 6-week course designed to help entrepreneurs and their partners find a v...Show More

Putting Venture Capital to Work on a Good Cause

33:55 | Oct 29th, 2015

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 investors.

Moving the Karaoke Industry into this Century

33:00 | Oct 27th, 2015

Michael Amburgey, Founder and CEO of hiVolume Media Co. and KaraoQ, talks with us about rolling out their karaoke app and replacing old, tedious processes with new technology. He talks about the value props not only to the venues, but to the KJs and ...Show More

How to Build Something People Want to Buy

37:28 | Oct 22nd, 2015

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 you’re solving and creating some...Show More

Why You Should Tackle the Hardest Problems First

29:59 | Oct 20th, 2015

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 Nashville’s music accelerator, Projec...Show More

How to Experiment with, Measure, and Optimize Marketing Channels

26:19 | Oct 15th, 2015

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 in various areas (SEO, PR, PPC) ...Show More

Iterating Your Way to Product-Market-Fit

31:41 | Oct 13th, 2015

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 toward making new users as successfu...Show More

How to Embed Giving Back into Your Company

30:38 | Oct 8th, 2015

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 organizations can give back to...Show More

Identifying the Right Pivot Opportunity, and Seizing It

28:21 | Oct 6th, 2015

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 pivoted to a new approach, and shares...Show More

How to Find, Test, and Double Down on Scalable Growth Channels

31:28 | Oct 1st, 2015

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 changed over time. And he also shares what it's been like using a publisher for the second edition.

How to Prospect and Close 50% of Your Deals

31:06 | Sep 29th, 2015

Brian Trauschold, Co-Founder of Ambition, talks with us about their entire approach to sales. He covers the importance of identifying the right person at the right company to talk to, and shares various techniques for cold reachouts and followups.

How to Use Growth Experiments to Accelerate Your Startup

33:52 | Sep 24th, 2015

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 company culture, Florian covers t...Show More

Building a Business that Makes You Happy

27:06 | Sep 22nd, 2015

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 runs and operates his business.

How to Strengthen Culture During Rapid Growth Spurts

29:20 | Sep 17th, 2015

Ben Uretsky, CEO of Digital Ocean, talks with us about maintaining a strong and positive culture through explosive growth (they went from 40 employees to over 120 in less than a year). He shares things that have helped everybody stay in alignment on ...Show More

The New Landscape of Seed Funding

22:32 | Sep 15th, 2015

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 company valuations. This has a whole new impact for the companies raising money in this new landscape and t...Show More

How To Grow a Massive Tribe on Instagram

28:01 | Sep 10th, 2015

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 drastically more engaging (and profitable) than any other social outlet.

5x-ing Growth Through Traditional Channels

24:25 | Sep 8th, 2015

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 traditional channels and shares some r...Show More

Getting off the Ground Without a Designer

24:03 | Sep 3rd, 2015

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 bootstrapped companies can’t afford ...Show More

The Incredible Marketing Machine Behind the Cleveland Cavaliers

46:30 | Sep 1st, 2015

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 personal experience for fans both inside and outside of the stadium, including ways to keep them engaged ...Show More

Building a Truly Authentic Business

34:04 | Aug 27th, 2015

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 the grain of what everyone else s...Show More

Starting Up in Southeast Asia

29:44 | Aug 25th, 2015

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 advantage of. She also shares some ...Show More

Fake it Until You Make it...Perception is Everything

29:23 | Aug 20th, 2015

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 is fantastic for anyon...Show More

A Different Approach to Scaling a Product Business

40:07 | Aug 18th, 2015

JD Graffam, Founder of Simple Focus, an agency which also acquires SaaS products like Ballpark and Pulse App, talked with us about his product acquisition process. From financing, to improving product, to managing risk, JD gives you everything you ne...Show More

How to Build a Content Growth Engine

31:15 | Aug 13th, 2015

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 heavily leveraged content to fue...Show More

How Mailchimp Adds Process Without Sacrificing Culture

30:25 | Aug 11th, 2015

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 over 400 people. She shares how everything is values-oriented and geared toward making sure everyone...Show More

Crafting a Value-Based Sales Funnel

27:10 | Aug 6th, 2015

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 content), before even trying to...Show More

The Hidden Costs of Building a Feature

29:52 | Aug 4th, 2015

Ankur Nagpal, founder of Fedora, talks with us about growing his marketplace. He shares ways he helps make customers successful, how he leverages Product Hunt to drive traffic back to the Fedora platform, and lessons he learned building too many feat...Show More

Building a Foundation Optimized to Scale

24:08 | Jul 30th, 2015

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 aspects of the business (including...Show More

Avoiding False Positives in the Pursuit of Product-Market Fit

34:52 | Jul 28th, 2015

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 company, and how they were hours a...Show More

Using Behavioral Analytics to Drive Product Direction

28:01 | Jul 23rd, 2015

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 instincts, and how this changes as com...Show More

Scaling a Focused & Productive Engineering Team

35:29 | Jul 21st, 2015

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 no-brainer. He also shares how they...Show More

Your Strategy is Your Story

35:38 | Jul 16th, 2015

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 shares some fantastic strategies ...Show More

Why Transparency is More Urgent than Ever

42:36 | Jul 14th, 2015

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 conversation of transparency and equality in the workplace, specifically in regards to equal pay.

Using a Distribution Partner to Scale Revenue

15:59 | Jul 13th, 2015

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.

The 6-Step Process to Conflict Resolution

35:22 | Jul 9th, 2015

Susan Steinbrecher, executive coach and mediator, talks with us about key elements to conflict resolution. She illustrates the types of conversations you need to have around values alignment, mutual expectations, and clearly defined roles. These same...Show More

How Saying "No" Kept this Startup on Track

27:32 | Jul 7th, 2015

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 right thing for them in the long...Show More

Building a Company That’s Set up to Scale

34:55 | Jul 2nd, 2015

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 without sinking a ton of time ...Show More

How to Prepare for an Exit

22:36 | Jun 30th, 2015

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.

The Impact of Acquiring Qualified Beta Users

25:00 | Jun 25th, 2015

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 that designers really don’t need t...Show More

The Four Core Areas You Should Focus on When Raising

28:06 | Jun 23rd, 2015

Peter Wilkins, Managing Director of Hyde Park Angels, talks with us about how entrepreneurs determine if they really should go for a round of capital. And if they go for it, the key things they should consider across any industry - including value cr...Show More

Use Your Core Values to Differentiate Your App

37:48 | Jun 18th, 2015

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 intentions in the app and the UI, and creating limitations to differentiate the app from others in the ...Show More

Why You Need to Develop Your Non-Technical Skills

28:36 | Jun 16th, 2015

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 and how that's becoming increasi...Show More

The Very Near Future of Robotics

25:16 | Jun 11th, 2015

Ryan Kuder, Managing Director of the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, talks with us about making robotics more accessible. He also talks about the difficulties in defining exactly (or philosophically) what a robot is.

The Two Early Pivots of Segment

27:21 | Jun 9th, 2015

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 team automates internal proces...Show More

Friends Don't Let Friends Start Stupid Startups

32:35 | Jun 4th, 2015

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. He shares benchmark metrics as w...Show More

Scaling Globally with an Inbound Model

21:43 | Jun 2nd, 2015

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 dream of a global entrepreneursh...Show More

Why You Need to Diversify Your Team

23:09 | May 28th, 2015

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 together more diversified teams...Show More

Why You Need to Leverage Your Local Ecosystem's Relationships

19:32 | May 26th, 2015

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 relationships, no matter where in t...Show More

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

33:34 | May 24th, 2015

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 Techstars Ventures, where she hits on the main points of how to absolutely nail your pitch. More than t...Show More

Designing Software for Everyday Life

39:08 | May 21st, 2015

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 design for the best possible e...Show More

The Product Strategy Behind Intercom

26:54 | May 19th, 2015

Des Traynor, co-founder of Intercom, talks with us about how they make difficult product decisions in respect to adding and removing features, changing pricing, and packaging the product. He talks about how he sees others struggle with weighing feedb...Show More

The Technical Hacks Your Marketing Team Needs to Learn

31:55 | May 14th, 2015

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 opportunities that open up when a non-technical marketer learns just enough to be dangerous. There’s so muc...Show More

Bringing Automated Investing to the Masses

27:52 | May 12th, 2015

Herbert Moore and Vicki Zhou, co-founders of WiseBanyan, talked with us about the barriers to entry of the financial/investment space and the regulatory red tape they’ve had to navigate. They also talk about the benefits of automating the investment ...Show More

How to Monetize an Open Source Project

34:12 | May 7th, 2015

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

Scaling a Marketplace Through Quality Curation

25:09 | May 5th, 2015

Liz Wessel, co-founder of Campus Job, 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 Combinator and how they're...Show More

Life After Fratire

31:54 | Apr 30th, 2015

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 moving on from the “fratire” type...Show More

So You Want to Build a Hardware Company

33:16 | Apr 28th, 2015

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.

How to be Deliberate and Reach Your 5-Year Goal

31:18 | Apr 23rd, 2015

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 you want to be in 5 years (career...Show More

The Winning Formula for Viral Content

39:11 | Apr 21st, 2015

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.

SEO Techniques to Get the Most Out of Your Content

33:11 | Apr 16th, 2015

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 also shares some uniquely easy wa...Show More

Unconventional Ways to Scale a Marketplace Product

29:49 | Apr 14th, 2015

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 value in the product beyond brin...Show More

A Complete Guide to Startup Sales Tools

41:07 | Apr 9th, 2015

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 certain tools are necessary at different stages, and differences between similar software. Incredibly ...Show More

The Marketing Strategy that Made Dots #1 Worldwide

29:35 | Apr 7th, 2015

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 games.

Customer Interviews Done Right

24:30 | Apr 2nd, 2015

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 calls.

Gaining Early Adoption Within the Enterprise

16:59 | Mar 31st, 2015

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.

Two Ways BuzzFeed’s Design Team Collaborates. (The Second One Will Blow Your Mind.)

30:35 | Mar 26th, 2015

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, and more.

Letting Metrics Determine When to Kill and When to Grow Your Startup

35:44 | Mar 24th, 2015

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 use a formula of metrics to be...Show More

Easy SEO Strategies for Startups

24:48 | Mar 19th, 2015

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.

The Pipeline Tactics of Mattermark’s Sales Team

29:38 | Mar 17th, 2015

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 customer discovery and gain a deep understanding of what people need, as well as some tactical points o...Show More

Startup Seed Funding for the Rest of Us

32:47 | Mar 12th, 2015

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 raising capital, and spending it wi...Show More

Navigating the Dynamics of Co-founder Relationships

31:45 | Mar 10th, 2015

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 with the right person for you.

How to Build Your Content Strategy

22:20 | Mar 5th, 2015

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 his sales strategies differ fro...Show More

How to Know When to Invest in Your Company

23:21 | Mar 3rd, 2015

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 idea, even when there aren’t c...Show More

Why the Internet is Broken

30:11 | Feb 26th, 2015

Andrew Keen, author of The Internet is Not the Answer, talks with us about how he believes the [free] business model of the internet is "broken". The rise of big data companies and the increasing attempts to monetize almost every human activity has l...Show More

How to Know You’re Not the Right CEO

28:27 | Feb 24th, 2015

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 talks about the qualities of a good CEO, and how difficult it is to find.

The Secret That Changed One Entrepreneur’s Life

24:29 | Feb 19th, 2015

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 important lessons he’s learned about...Show More

Cracking Into the Old Boys Club

23:45 | Feb 17th, 2015

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 he made that went against conve...Show More

How to Build a Sales Team from the Ground Up

30:01 | Feb 12th, 2015

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 close more deals, to focusing on...Show More

Prioritizing Product Features Based on OKRs

28:21 | Feb 10th, 2015

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 identify features that improve th...Show More

Managing a Million Dollar Company on the Side

23:06 | Feb 6th, 2015

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 the age of 17 he started Laleo, which quickly grew to be a Million+ dollar business. He attributes mu...Show More

The 3rd Exit: Dan Martell's Thoughts on Selling Clarity

37:09 | Feb 3rd, 2015

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.

Follow Up or Die: Why "Maybe" is Killing Your Business

30:11 | Jan 29th, 2015

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 no. He talks about what holds us back from following through on potential deals, and tactics for closi...Show More

The Shark Tank Effect

25:26 | Jan 27th, 2015

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 really interesting look into the ...Show More

Navigating the Highly Competitive Payment Space

30:25 | Jan 22nd, 2015

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 few years.

Pioneering the Rails Community with Engine Yard

28:12 | Jan 20th, 2015

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.

How to Raise "Smart" Money

24:08 | Jan 15th, 2015

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.

Company Culture is More Than a Ping Pong Table

24:32 | Jan 13th, 2015

Chuck Longanecker, Founder of Digital Telepathy, talks with us about how they’ve built one of the absolute coolest cultures around. He’s completely open about the effort it takes and the tactics that help them build, maintain, and evolve their cultur...Show More

The Truth about Work/Life Balance

23:20 | Jan 8th, 2015

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 was so refreshing to hear his c...Show More

The Advantages of an Invitation-Only SaaS Onboarding Flow

23:43 | Jan 6th, 2015

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) customers and refine Edgar along the...Show More

The Most Important Part of Your UX isn’t in Your App

20:50 | Jan 1st, 2015

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 and develop the kinds of relation...Show More

User Onboarding: The Canary in the Coal Mine

25:57 | Dec 30th, 2014

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 book release, lessons learned, and plans for the future. He also takes us through the most common miscon...Show More

Offline Strategies for Building a Customer Base in a Non-Technical Space

22:58 | Dec 23rd, 2014

Janine Holsinger, Founder of NextChapter, talks with us about the challenges of getting started in the legal tech space. She shares her strategies for getting out in front of bankruptcy lawyers who aren’t technical and don’t seek out software product...Show More

Staying Motivated While Juggling Multiple Projects

27:23 | Dec 18th, 2014

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 about motivation and why he cho...Show More

Stop Pitching and Close More Deals

23:09 | Dec 16th, 2014

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 his techniques for research, de...Show More

Post-Honeymoon Marketing

19:43 | Dec 11th, 2014

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 hear about. He also shares some o...Show More

Fantastic Techniques to Motivate Your Team

41:46 | Dec 9th, 2014

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 everyone to take away from this epi...Show More

Disrupting the Publishing Industry

29:23 | Dec 4th, 2014

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 Medium, one chapter at a time, to ...Show More

Making Sense of Any Mess

25:40 | Dec 2nd, 2014

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 our lives. In regards to business, she discusses how the concepts of ontology, taxonomy, and choreogra...Show More

Storytelling for Startups

25:55 | Nov 27th, 2014

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 replicate to help better tell the story...Show More

Leveraging Business Development for Early Growth

22:23 | Nov 25th, 2014

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, touching on how powerful it can be f...Show More

Growing a Startup One City at a Time

24:51 | Nov 20th, 2014

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 a manual process that previousl...Show More

Find and Leverage Your Unfair Advantage

20:38 | Nov 18th, 2014

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 examples and great perspective on ...Show More

Why You Should Charge from Day One

26:59 | Nov 13th, 2014

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 few years later and are now wh...Show More

Tools and Techniques for Optimizing Your Acquisition Channels

21:51 | Nov 11th, 2014

Mattan Griffel, growth expert and founder and CEO of OneMonth, talks about customer acquisition and activation. He discusses what metrics you should be tracking and tweaking, and common mistakes he sees people make time and time again.

Treehouse's Approach to Changing the World Starts from Within

29:07 | Nov 6th, 2014

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 he was able to restructure his company into a flat organization with no managers or executives.

Digging Your Way Out of the Trough of Sorrow

26:44 | Nov 4th, 2014

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 in silicon valley and the opport...Show More

The Risks and Rewards of Bitcoin Startups

30:21 | Oct 30th, 2014

Chris Shepherd, Founder of HashRabbit, talks all about a building a startup around Bitcoin. He’s facing some really interesting challenges and shares unique insights into the whole Bitcoin movement and what it’ll take to reach mass adoption.