podcast cover
Enterpreneurship

Rocketship.fm

Rocketship LLC

+9 FANS
Essential listening for entrepreneurs, product managers and anyone working in tech today. We break down the concepts you need to know, from Product Management to Growth, Sales to Funding, we'll bring you stories that will inspire and insights that wi...Show More
Best
Newest
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.
Achieving Deep Work

20:08 | Aug 8th

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 for staying focused and...Show More
In Bezos we trust

23:02 | Aug 1st

Today 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 very different product approaches. There's a winner, a loser and lots of product lessons in-between. We'll also sha...Show More
Mental Models for Product Managers

30:45 | Jul 25th

A mental model is any concept that helps explain, analyze, or navigate the world. As product managers, our mental models drive our decision-making, the way we communicate and collaborate with others, and how we prioritize.Today we explore some essent...Show More
Charlie Munger's Mental Models

24:07 | Jul 18th

Mental models are how we understand the world. Not only do they shape what we think and how we understand but they shape the connections and opportunities that we see. Mental models are how we simplify complexity, why we consider some things more rel...Show More
Data Driven Product Development

27:54 | Jul 11th

Data is powerful because it is concrete. For many entrepreneurs and product people, empirical data can trump everything else – and it’s been an important tool in helping startups solve problems in new and innovative ways.In today's episode we talk wi...Show More
Build vs Buy

17:01 | Jul 4th

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of where of those projects where you just go, I wish we’d seen how this would end at the beginning of the project? Often times this is the result of a build vs buy decision gone wrong. Today we discuss recog...Show More
The History of Product Management

21:57 | Jun 27th

Today we explore the history of the Product Manager from it's early ideation by Neil McElroy to it's growth at Hewlett-Packard thru it's maturation at Microsoft and into today. We talk with former Microsoft Project Manager, Ellen Chisa, Former Micros...Show More
Storytelling for Product People with Connie Kwan

22:57 | Jun 20th

Connie Kwan walks us through her philosophy on storytelling for Product people, teaches us the essential elements of product storytelling and gives relatable use cases. This episode is brought to you by Gusto, making payroll, benefits, and HR easy fo...Show More
How Adobe transformed itself into a $135 billion dollar SASS company

21:18 | Jun 13th

Adobe's transition into a SASS company wasn't easy. It took two painful years of losses to transition their entire business from one-time upfront pricing to a monthly subscription. For a publically traded company, this could have been the death of th...Show More
PM to VC with Hunter Walk

21:29 | Jun 6th

Today we got a chance to sit down with Hunter Walk and discuss his career, what he looks for in founders and products that he’s investing in and, perhaps the most interesting, how he analysis someone’s career path when looking to invest in them… and ...Show More
Creating Loyal Customers with Dheerja Kaur of theSkimm

26:54 | May 30th

What’s the best kind of customer? A loyal customer.Today with breakdown how theSkimm has built and maintained am excited audience of dedicated fans. Dheerja Kaur is the Chief Product Officer at theSkimm and walks us through how they keep their audien...Show More
How to tell meaningful product stories

22:44 | May 23rd

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. Jack and beanstalk may not be part of your everyday s...Show More
Making Time

23:09 | May 16th

Nobody ever looked at an empty calendar and said, The best way to spend this time is by cramming it full of meetings! or got to work in the morning and thought, Today I'll spend hours on Facebook! Yet that's exactly what we do. Why? In a world where ...Show More
Product People vs Product Leaders

20:09 | May 9th

Today, we’re going to dive into the concept of Product Leadership, and specifically the differences between Product People and Product Leaders. We'll go over proven methods to move up inside of an organization and common pitfalls to watch out for onc...Show More
Interview: Ash Maurya of Lean Canvas on Scaling Lean

28:17 | May 3rd

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 th...Show More
The Downsides of Data

21:02 | Apr 24th

On today's show we talk with Clive Thompson, the author of "Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World." We discuss why Coders were such a focus for him, and given all the recent news about Facebook and our personal data, it wasn...Show More
Moving Forward (Season Finale)

15:12 | Apr 18th

Well, we’ve taken quite a trip these past few weeks, haven’t we? This whole Blockland journey took us to quite a few places.  Starting outside of Cleveland, in places like Miami, Puerto Rico and Las Vegas. Then into the boardrooms of Cleveland’s c...Show More
Finding Bernie Moreno

16:13 | Apr 16th

As we drive along this nondescript suburban street -- dotted with your standard fare of KFC’s and Pizza Hut’s and CVS Pharmacies, it seems like most other main suburban neighborhood thoroughfares here in Northeast Ohio.   But as we pull in to the ...Show More
Naysayers

20:24 | Apr 11th

Today we’re going to let the skeptics speak. Today we’re going to hear from people who are doubting the initiative.  People who have questions. People who may not be buying into all that Blockland has to sell.
The Blockland Conference

18:27 | Apr 9th

As we're sitting here taking in the first ever Blockland Solutions conference, it’s pretty wild to see what’s unfolding.  To many, it might not be that mind-blowing. It really seems like… plenty of other professional conferences. It’s in a nice conve...Show More
Blockchaining Cleveland, Ohio

19:35 | Apr 4th

In the first few episodes of the Blockland series, we learned a bit about what the Blockland initiative was all about, why it started and who started it, and even rewound a bit to learn a bit more about Blockchain in general… and its impact on busine...Show More
Interview: Wikipedia Co-Founder Larry Sanger on Building an Encyclopedia on a Blockchain

27:07 | Apr 2nd

Everpedia is the world's largest encyclopedia on the blockchain. It's decentralized, democratic, censorship-resistant and offers a financial incentive for those participating in creating and editing content.  It also has a secret weapon. Wikipedia...Show More
A Brief History of Blockchain

13:14 | Mar 28th

Blockchain is a system in which a record of transactions that are maintained across several computers that are linked in a peer-to-peer network.
Blockchain today

17:24 | 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

14:46 | 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

00:46 | 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

28:42 | 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

26:11 | 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

20:02 | 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

18:02 | 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]

17:47 | 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]

25:03 | 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

29:18 | 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: Scott Harper of Dialexa on Transforming your Companies Product Practices

18:35 | 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

25:55 | 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

24:45 | 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

15:35 | 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

18:39 | 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

17:10 | 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

16:46 | 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

19:19 | 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

20:31 | 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

15:42 | 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

17:11 | 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

15:47 | 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

27:31 | 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...

21:06 | 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

20:57 | 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

12:36 | 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 3

19:55 | May 25th, 2018

In part three we discuss what Mike Belsito learned from this JTBD interview and what they've changed because of it.
Bonus: "The Full Moesta" Pt 2

38:21 | 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"

34:33 | 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

26:22 | 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

21:50 | 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

24:46 | 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

17:36 | 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

35:12 | 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

39:56 | 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

26:09 | 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

21:08 | 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

32:23 | 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

18:56 | 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

24:31 | 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

21:25 | 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

15:40 | 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

20:02 | 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

23:27 | 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

22:13 | 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

20:20 | 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

22:56 | 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

16:14 | 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

24:59 | 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

29:47 | 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

14:36 | 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

29:53 | 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?

23:44 | 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

24:15 | 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

18:13 | 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

27:06 | 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

21:43 | 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

13:56 | 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

16:25 | 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

17:28 | 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
Meetings Suck (Productivity Ep 5)

16:22 | 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
Interview: Mamie Kanfer Stewart of Meeteor on how to do meetings better

23:53 | 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
Achieving Deep Work (Productivity Ep 4)

16:02 | 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...
Interview: Ron Wiener of Thermogenesis Group on the science of working while walking

54:37 | 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
Interview: Matt Hunckler of Verge

25:06 | 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
Email is dead! Long live email! (Productivity Ep 3)

22:41 | 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
Interview: Natalie Nagele of Wildbit

24:40 | 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
The Future of Workspace Design (Productivity Ep 2)

24:08 | 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
Interview: Amir Salihefendic of Todoist

25:03 | 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
Why are we obsessed with productivity? (Productivity Ep 1)

19:50 | 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
Powering your growth engine (Growth Ep 5)

25:39 | 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
Interview: Ryan O'Donnell of Sellhack

38:20 | 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
Finding Traction (Growth Ep 4)

20:05 | 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
Interview: Ash Maurya creator of the Lean Canvas

26:12 | 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
A look inside two high-growth Startups (Growth Ep 3)

16:05 | 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
Interview: Teju Owoye on viral loops and growth hacks

31:02 | 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
Interview: Casey Winters of Pinterest

30:34 | 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
Interview: Dmitry Dragilev of Just Reach Out

44:23 | 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
Interview: Justin Mares author of Traction / Fomo

24:29 | 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
Growths Guiding Light (Growth Ep 2)

23:39 | 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
The Strange Origin of Growth Hacking (Growth Ep 1)

17:10 | 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
Interview: Andrew Chen of Uber on Growth

23:14 | 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
Interview: John Warrillow Founder of The Value Builder System

20:20 | 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
Interview: Kyle Poyar of OpenView Partners on a simple framework for pricing your SaaS product

18:41 | 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
Scaling SaaS (SaaS Ep 5)

23:46 | 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
Interview: Ed Shelley on SaaS Pricing Models

24:16 | 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
Winning the Market (SaaS Ep 4)

16:28 | 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
Interview: Bobby Martin on the 4 stages of SaaS growth

18:28 | 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
What the CAC?! (SaaS Ep 3)

18:41 | 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
Interview: Clay Collins on Perfecting Your Pricing Model

29:45 | 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
Building a pricing model that works (SaaS Ep 2)

28:34 | 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
The History of SaaS (SaaS Ep 1)

19:15 | 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
Interview: Laura Roeder Of Edgar

24:54 | 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
Leading with a Vision (Product Ep 5)

17:26 | 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
Interview: Ryan Singer of Basecamp

25:51 | 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
In Bezos we Trust (Product Ep 4)

18:02 | 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
Interview: Benjamin Gilbert on Continuous Experimentation

28:59 | 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
Building Better products through data (Product Ep 3)

23:30 | 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
Interview: Bob Moesta on Jobs-to-be-done

30:04 | 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
It's more than a Milkshake #jtbd (Product Ep 2)

24:00 | 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
Interview: John Vars, Chief Product Officer at TaskRabbit, on Product Vision

27:57 | 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
The Evolution of the Baseball Cap (Product Ep 1)

21:43 | 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
Interview: George Santino from Microsoft

28:45 | 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
Interview: Raghav Bahl of Quintype on Partnerships

27:47 | 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
Interview: Author Eliot Peper on Data Privacy

29:17 | 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
Big data, privacy and the implications of the surveillance economy (Data Ep 6)

21:35 | 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
Interview: Author JR Little on data for brands

25:54 | 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
Unique and interesting ways companies are using data (Data Ep 5)

24:34 | 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
Interview: Derrick Harris of Mesophere

23:26 | 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
Achieve big, ambitious goals with OKRs (Data Ep 4)

20:33 | 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
Interview: Author SC Moatti of Facebook on Mobile Data

23:15 | 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
How to build a systematic growth engine (Data Ep 3)

28:47 | 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
Interview: Amr Awadalla of Cloudera

27:40 | 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
The History of Hadoop and the incredible evolution of big data (Data Ep 2)

18:47 | 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
Interview: Vas Natarajan of Accel Ventures on VC Data

24:09 | 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
What are organizations doing with all this 'big data' anyway?! (Data Ep 1)

28:14 | 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.
Interview: Elegant Entrepreneur author Danielle Tate

21:43 | 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
Interview: Brett Hagler of New Story on Strategic Partnerships

30:45 | 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
Interview: Jason Lankow of Visage

25:17 | 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
Why you're never done selling (Sales Ep 5)

18:32 | 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
Interview: Andy Paul author of Zero-Time Selling

31:12 | 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
Closing the Deal (Sales Ep 4)

18:56 | 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
Interview: Mel Gordon of Tap Hunter on Building a Sales-Driven Company

24:46 | 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.
The Art of the Pitch (Sales Ep 3)

27:39 | 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
Interview: Ryan O'Donnell of Sellhack on How to Become a Prospecting Machine

24:19 | 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
The secrets to building a sales pipeline (Sales Ep 2)

22:41 | 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
Interview: Joel Holland, founder of Video Blocks

11:15 | 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 is not a dirty word (Sales Ep 1)

20:16 | 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
Interview: Timo Rein, CEO of Pipedrive

27:41 | 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
The State of Venture Capital Today (Funding Ep 4)

18:02 | 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
Generating Returns – Liquidity Basics for Startups (Funding Ep 3)

23:47 | 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
The First Silicon Valley Venture Deal (Funding Ep 2)

14:33 | 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.
What does a funding round mean anyway? (Funding Ep 1)

25:11 | 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.
Interview: John Shumate on Negotiating an Investment Deal

26:20 | 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.
Interview: John Livesay on The Secrets of How, What, and Who to Pitch with

21:41 | 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
Interview: Andy White on The State of Venture Capital Inside (and outside of) Slicon Valley

24:45 | 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.
Interview: Bryce Roberts of Indie.vc

22:37 | 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
Interview: Jay Chernikoff on Building Entrepreneurial Communities

34:38 | 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

33:51 | 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!
Interview: Jason Fried of Basecamp on 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.
Interview: Steli Efti of Close.io on 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
Interview: Jon Nastor of Hack the Entrepreneur on 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
Interview: Jeff Epstein of Ambassador on 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
Interview: Will Hench of ThreadLab on 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.
Interview: Gregg Parise of Events.com on 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.
Interview: Craig Wortmann of Sales Engine on 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
Interview: Rob Walling of Drip on Prioritizing Customer Success/Onboarding as a Growth Strategy

33:43 | 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
Interview: Michael Jamin on 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
Interview: David Hauser of Grasshopper on Back to Basics, Building a Business the Old-School Way

27:59 | 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
Interview: Paul Bradley of Eventric on 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
Interview: Nick Disabato of Draft on Get the Most out of Your A/B Tests

25:07 | 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
Interview: Alex Berman of InspireBeats on Stepping Up Your Cold-Email Game

24:28 | 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
Interview: Adam Saint of Bench on How to Design for the Motivation of Your Customers

26:03 | 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
Interview: Dave Munson of Saddleback Leather on 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
Interview: David Cancel of Drift on The Value of Marketing to Current Customers

28:06 | 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
Interview: Matt Schlict of ZapChain on Using Micro Transactions to Try and Create the Next Big Social Network

31:51 | 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
Interview: Tim Fargo of Tweet Jukebox on Don’t Worry About Getting Ready, Get Started

27:09 | 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
Interview: Jonathan Eppers of RadPad on 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
Interview: Thomas Knoll on 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
Interview: Brett Hagler of New Story on 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.
Interview: Michael Amburgey of hiVolume Media on Moving the Karaoke Industry into this Century

33:07 | 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
Interview: Ian Crosby of Bench on 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
Interview: Chris McMurtry of Dart Music on Why You Should Tackle the Hardest Problems First

30:05 | 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