Company of One

Company of One
Company of One explores what happens when businesses challenge the idea that bigger is always better.

Introducing… Call Paul, a new podcast from me (and my friends at Mailchimp)
Apr 12 • 3 min
Introducing Call Paul, a new show where I talk with small business owners who are dealing with this pandemic, the hard choices they’re making, and how they’re finding light and hope when it feels like everything else is falling apart.
How to become a total sell-out
Jul 27, 2019 • 8 min
Shaunna is a sellout in an actually positive definition of the term: she paints how and what other people want from her. but this gives her the freedom to work from home, take time off and travel, and that is more valuable to her than just painting…
The magic of fostering business relationships
Jul 20, 2019 • 10 min
Ryan Oakes is a magician and mentalist who works with companies like Twitter, GE and Google. He’s been on Harry Connick Jr’s TV show and covered by Forbes and The New York Times and Wall St Journal. He’s also a smart business strategist who knows how to…
Using support to drive intentional growth
Jul 13, 2019 • 15 min
Support-Driven Growth is a business approach aimed at shifting the customer support channel from cost center to critical revenue driver, which makes sense, since support staff are in direct contact with customers, all day, every day. Mo McKibbon leads SDG…
How to build a business you accidentally hate
Jul 6, 2019 • 13 min
When happens when you create a profitable business, but in doing so, you realize it’s something you actually want to be a part of? Margo Aaron explains what happened for her, how she dealt with it, and how she’s going to avoid doing it again. There’s a…
The radical subversiveness of building a lifestyle business
Jun 29, 2019 • 10 min
Knowing what “enough” is for each of us, and for our work, is a very liberating thing. What happens when we push back against this dominant business narrative? Lauren Bacon explains.
You aren’t a legitimate entrepreneur if you haven’t raised money, right?
Jun 22, 2019 • 11 min
Whenever there’s a single narrative or single truth in business, it’s typically only truth for one group of people, to the exclusion of everyone else. Kate Kendall and I discuss.
Getting acquired by one of the biggest companies on the internet
Jun 15, 2019 • 9 min
Channing Allen runs a website called IndieHackers with his brother Courtland. They’re a two-person team who advocates staying small and intentional growth. Then, one day, they got an email from the billionaire CEO of one of the largest tech companies on…
A conversation with Cait Flanders, bestselling author and friend
Jun 8, 2019 • 40 min
On the Pinterest generation and debt, enoughness, marketing and the changing face of expertise online.
Finding space in business to niche
Jun 1, 2019 • 9 min
AJ is the enigmatic founder of Carrd. He runs a profitable software business that focuses on the space between business to consumer and business to niche.
Building a company that you manage vs building a business that manages you
May 25, 2019 • 9 min
Abby Walker is the CEO of Vivian Lou. She runs a multi-million dollar physical product company from her home wearing sweats (and high heels).
Company of One the book is now available!
Jan 17, 2019 • 1 min
Check out the book on Amazon or where ever you buy books, in digital, physical and audio formats. Visit for more details.
Laura Roeder is an open book
Oct 12, 2018 • 11 min
Today we’re going to hear from Laura Roeder, the CEO of MeetEdgar. It’s an online tool for folks to manage their social media content with more consistency and less time. Basically, it lets you queue up and schedule content for Twitter, LinkedIn and…
An excerpt from the Company of One Book
Oct 12, 2018 • 7 min
What if the real key to a richer and more fulfilling career was not to create and scale a new start-up, but rather, to be able to work for yourself, determine your own hours, and become a (highly profitable) and sustainable company of one? Suppose the…
Solopreneurism is a myth
Oct 12, 2018 • 6 min
It’s difficult for any one person to do all the things it takes to run a business, be an expert at all the things, and find time to actually get all the things done. It seems stressful to hold the belief that because you work for yourself, you should work…
Jason Fried on existing over exiting
Oct 12, 2018 • 5 min
In this episode I talk to Jason Fried, founder of Basecamp, about a common misconception that people have about the VC/Silicon Valley/Tech world. The reason this misconception exists is because popular media glamourizes and even fetishizes it to the point…
Enough already
Oct 12, 2018 • 9 min
Exterior mindfulness (some call it minimalism) only works when we solve for enough. It’s not just a matter of having less stuff or having nothing or having that one carefully arranged bohemian tchotchke on your live-edge cedar coffee table. (That’s only…
Spencer Fry and the benefits of venture-backed businesses
Oct 12, 2018 • 11 min
Today I’m talking to Spencer Fry, the founder of Podia and we’re duking it out (to the death) on the topic of venture capital. I figured the best way to share a more rounded view on this subject would be talk through taking funding with a friend whom I…
I don’t actually care about growth
Oct 12, 2018 • 8 min
It’s not that growing a company or hiring employees is evil or bad or wrong. It’s awesome and a great place to be in… for some people. But I know this about myself: I’m better at working than delegating work. And I don’t want to learn how to be better at…
Dan Provost scales sales volume
Oct 12, 2018 • 11 min
In this episode we’ll hear from Dan Provost, 50% of the Studio Neat team. They started in 2010 with a piece of hardware, called a Glif, that mounted a smartphone onto a standard camera tripod. They were aiming for $10k for the campaign and ended up…
A guide to running a minimalist business
Oct 12, 2018 • 10 min
Minimalism isn’t just for people who want to live out of a backpack or cram their life into a tiny house. So what is a minimalist business, and why should we have one? The ideas of being minimal can also easily apply to business – and I should know…
Danielle LaPorte and hungry ghosts
Oct 12, 2018 • 7 min
In this episode we’ll hear from Danielle LaPorte. She’s a bestselling author, podcaster and entrepreneur who’s also a member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100. What I love about Danielle is that she’s equal parts poet and business badass. Danielle has lived the…
Company of One — podcast trailer
Mar 14, 2018 • 2 min
I’m Paul Jarvis and this is a preview of Company of One, a new podcast that explores what happens when businesses challenge the traditional idea that bigger is always better. A show where I break from the idea that growth in revenue, customers and…