Bright & Early

Bright & Early

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A podcast for people building early-stage startups.


Amir Salihefendić: Remote Work at Doist
Mar 27 • 46 min
= Remote Work Series #9 = This episode is part of a series on Remote Work. I’m talking to leaders of remote companies about the pros and cons of working remotely, the most common challenges that remote-first teams face and how to overcome them. Issues…
Darren Murph: Remote Work at GitLab
Mar 4 • 51 min
= Remote Work Series #8 = This episode is part of a series on Remote Work. I’m talking to leaders of remote companies about the pros and cons of working remotely, the most common challenges that remote-first teams face and how to overcome them. Issues…
Josh Pigford: Remote Work at Baremetrics
Feb 28 • 47 min
= Remote Work Series #7 = This episode is part of a series on Remote Work. I’m talking to leaders of remote companies about the pros and cons of working remotely, the most common challenges that remote-first teams face and how to overcome them. Issues…
Joel Gascoigne: Remote Work at Buffer
Feb 19 • 55 min
= Remote Work Series #6 = Joel is the founder and CEO of Buffer, a platform to help build your brand on social media.
Tammy Bjelland: Remote Work at Workplaceless
Feb 5 • 62 min
This week I’m speaking to Tammy Bjelland. Tammy is the Founder and CEO of Workplaceless, a training company helping remote professionals, and the organizations that lead them, learn to thrive.
Morgan Legge: Remote Work at Convert
Jan 29 • 54 min
This week I’m speaking to Morgan Legge. Morgan is a remote work evangelist at Convert.com, a personalization and A/B testing tool for enterprises.
Marie Prokopets: Remote Work at FYI
Jan 22 • 65 min
This episode is part of a series on Remote Work. I’m talking to leaders of remote companies about the pros and cons of working remotely, the most common challenges that remote-first teams face and how to overcome them. Issues like communication, hiring,…
Josh Ho: Remote Work at Referral Rock
Jan 15 • 59 min
This episode is part of a series on Remote Work. I’m talking to leaders of remote companies about the pros and cons of working remotely, the most common challenges that remote-first teams face and how to overcome them. Issues like communication, hiring,…
Schöneck Shoaf: Remote Work at 1 Second Everyday
Jan 8 • 49 min
This episode is part of a series on Remote Work. I’m talking to leaders of remote companies about the pros and cons of working remotely, the most common challenges that remote-first teams face and how to overcome them. Issues like communication, hiring,…
Ben Orenstein: Building for a Picky Niche
Nov 27, 2019 • 61 min
I talk with Ben Orenstein of Tuple and co-host of the Art of Product Podcast about building a SaaS for a niche market with high standards.
John “Pliny” Eremic: Endcrawl’s Unconventional Approach
Nov 6, 2019 • 40 min
I’m joined by the cofounder of Endcrawl, John “Pliny” Eremic. We talk about the unconventional approaches they’ve taken to bootstrapping their niche business, which automates end credits for TV and film producers.
April Dunford: How to Position Your Product
Oct 30, 2019 • 55 min
My guest this week is April Dunford. April is the author of “Obviously Awesome”. She’s a positioning consultant, entrepreneur, board member, angel investor, and advisor. April was an executive at 7 successful tech startups and 3 global tech giants where…
Michele Hansen: Growing Geocodio
Oct 23, 2019 • 53 min
Michele is the co-founder of Geocodio, a bootstrapped SaaS that offers hassle-free geocoding for thousands of customers including the Associated Press, Amazon, Expedia, and more. We talk about their approach to delivering a great customer experience even…
Anne-Laure Le Cunff: Mindframing for Entrepreneurs
Oct 16, 2019 • 50 min
Anne-Laure is a founder, writer, and speaker. She studies neuroscience at King’s College London and also spends her time building products and writing about wellness, creativity, and culture at Ness Labs.
Sofia Quintero: Building EnjoyHQ
Oct 9, 2019 • 42 min
Sofia and I chat about the origins of EnjoyHQ and the challenges she’s overcome along the way.
Ryan Singer: Shipping Work that Matters with “Shape Up”
Oct 2, 2019 • 65 min
Listen in as Ryan Singer and I chat about his new book, “Shape Up”.
Rob Fitzpatrick: Conducting Better Customer Interviews with “The Mom Test”
Sep 11, 2019 • 55 min
Rob and I talk about common mistakes people make when conducting customers interviews and how to avoid them.
Jack McDade: Creating a Memorable Product
Sep 4, 2019 • 55 min
Jack McDade is the designer, developer, and creator of Statamic.
Tyler Tringas: Alternative Fundraising Options for Bootstrappers
Aug 28, 2019 • 58 min
Tyler is the founder and General Partner at Earnest Capital, where he makes seed-stage investments in bootstrappers, indie hackers, makers, and real businesses.
Natalie Nagele: Wildbit’s Rebellious Pragmatism
Aug 21, 2019 • 59 min
Natalie is the co-founder and CEO of Wildbit, the 18-year old bootstrapped software company behind Beanstalk, Postmark, and Conveyor. With 30 employees, 100,000+ customers, and millions in revenue, Natalie’s focus at the company is on culture and team…
Lianna Patch: Using Punchier Copywriting to Increase Conversion Rates
Aug 7, 2019 • 40 min
Can the lessons learned through improv and stand-up help you convert more of your visitors to customers?
Laura Roeder: Transitioning from Services to SaaS
Jul 31, 2019 • 37 min
Laura’s journey from social media training coach to CEO of a multi-million dollar SaaS.
Marie Poulin & Ben Borowski: Finding a Business Model that Works for You
Jul 24, 2019 • 51 min
I’m joined by Marie and Ben of Oki Doki. We chat about the pros and cons of Services and SaaS, the lessons they’ve learned building each kind of business model, and how to know which one might be right for you.
Applying JTBD to Make Products Customers Love – with Brian Rhea
Jul 18, 2019 • 35 min
I’ll be back with more interviews next week, so this week’s episode is an interview I did with Chad McAllister on his show The Everyday Innovator.
How to Provide What Your Customer Really Wants – with Brian Rhea
Jul 10, 2019 • 64 min
I’m taking a couple of weeks off, so I’ve got a bonus episode for you today. Earlier in the year, I spoke with Dominic Lawson on his podcast, “The Startup Life.” We talked JTBD, work-life balance, and mentorship.
Laura Elizabeth: Launching a Product by Scratching Your Own Itch
Jul 3, 2019 • 48 min
Laura is an entrepreneur and designer. She’s the founder of Client Portal, a product that helps creative agencies manage the client onboarding process. She also runs designacademy.io which helps developers conquer their fear of design.
Alli Blum: Converting More Customers with Better Onboarding
Jun 26, 2019 • 46 min
Alli is an expert in copywriting and onboarding optimization for SaaS products. She helps her clients understand why some users bail on their trial and others upgrade. If you’re struggling with high churn or low activation rates, Alli has some wisdom…
Asia Matos: Getting Your First 100 Customers
Jun 19, 2019 • 47 min
Join me as I chat with fellow art-major-turned-technologist Asia Matos about how the Empathy Gap and how to dig into your SaaS product to find ways to close the gap and get your first 100 customers.
Andrea Hill: Innovation and Ethical Design
Jun 12, 2019 • 51 min
Andrea Hill is a UX Researcher and Product Strategist. She has lead Innovation efforts at companies like LexisNexis, ReadyTalk, and through her own consultancy, Frameplay. Next up for her is a fellowship with Code for Canada, where she’ll be embedded…
Val Geisler: Writing Better Onboarding Emails
Jun 5, 2019 • 52 min
Val is the good kind of email marketer :) She helps companies write emails that people actually want to read and respond to. If email onboarding is an important part of your business, you don’t want to miss this episode.
Kelly Miller: Building Your Brand
May 29, 2019 • 42 min
Listen along as we tackle these questions: “How do I make people care about my company?” “How should I be thinking about brand and branding from day 1?” “Are there any companies or founders who you think are doing this really well?” “How do you advise us…
Georgiana Laudi: Positioning Your Company for Growth
May 22, 2019 • 46 min
Join Georgiana Laudi and I as we discuss the nuances of “product-market fit”, her early days at Unbounce where she helped grow the marketing team from 1 to 35, and how you should be investing your time and money to get the most out of your early-stage…
Janelle Allen: Creating an Online Course and Writing Killer Emails
May 15, 2019 • 45 min
Janelle and I talk about her killer email marketing process, improving your copy by knowing your customers, and the importance of setting a good hook.
Margaret Kelsey: Growth Marketing Doesn’t Have to Be Gross
May 2, 2019 • 45 min
Today I’m talking to Margaret Kelsey about Content Marketing in the early stages of your startup. Margaret heads up the Brand and Content team at Appcues where she helped to triple blog traffic in 9 months. She has also worked for InVision in Content…
Claire Suellentrop: The Importance of Knowing Your Customer
May 2, 2019 • 42 min
Claire shares her insights on how you can create more effective marketing campaigns, design better products, and increase revenue by spending more time getting to know your customers. Claire is a SaaS marketing & growth advisor, loves helping teams get…
Jane Portman: UI Design for Early-stage Startups
May 2, 2019 • 39 min
Today I’m speaking with Jane Portman. Jane is a UI/UX consultant in web application design, host of the very popular UI Breakfast Podcast, and co-founder of Userlist, a behavior-based email automation tool for Saas companies. We tackle a couple of…