Recession-Proof Startups - Mixergy

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Andrew Warner interviews startup entrepreneurs


#1956 How Revry became the Netflix for the queer community
Jul 10
Today’s guest is someone who thinks big. She launched a freaking cable channel! But it’s bigger than cable because it’s being broadcasted on so many different platforms. Alia Daniels is the co-founder of Revry, a global queer digital media network. I…
#1955 How a Mixergy listener went from 0 to $2M in ARR in 2 years
Jul 8
Joining me is a Mixergy listener who quit his job to start blogging. He only made €82 euros in his first month but he didn’t stop. The next month he made a little more and then a little more. Eventually he moved into SaaS which he could offer to the…
#1954 How this virtual assistant turned ONE client into a company that scales
Jul 6
Today’s guest started a virtual assistant company that I find especially interesting for a few reasons. One, she is a military spouse and she discovered an untapped resource in military spouses. They make ideal assistants and we’ll get into why in this…
#1953 Case Study: Distillery turns craft hand sanitizer to meet local demand
Jul 3
Joining me is a Mixergy listener who has been distilling spirits in Huntington Beach. The distillery was doing so well that earlier this year they were hiring and starting construction on a bigger facility. Then COVID hit and everything came to a halt.…
#1952 How Microshare spunout contact tracing for b2b
Jul 1
Today’s guest created software that kept track of things like how often the janitor cleaned a bathroom in an office building. When COVID hit, his customers began cutting back. He could have really freaked out, but he realized his technology could help…
#1951 Snappa founder on staying optimistic through a rut (and how he’s keeping perspective)
Jun 29
Today’s guest is an entrepreneur who bootstrapped a company that enables non-designers to create designs quickly. He bootstrapped it outside of the San Francisco Bay area and the software works beautifully. His story is the kind I want more of in order to…
#1950 A new way for content creators to share their favorite products (and remain ad-free)
Jun 26
My guest today has a background in working with influencers. He’s not a developer but he built software that allows user to share and discover the products they love. Enric Gabarró is the co-founder of Picker.me, where you can share your favorite products…
#1949 How to survive COVID shutdown when your customers are hotels, venues, and restaurants
Jun 24
Today’s guest is a Mixergy listener who runs a company that manages sales and operations for hotels and venues. I want to find out what a business like his is doing to stay afloat when hotels and venues are closed during COVID. Bob Graham is the founder…
#1948 How to teach your kids to build their own businesses
Jun 22
Joining me as somebody who I’ve been talking to via email for a while, and I’ve wanted to have on here and I’m so excited that he said yes to an interview. So many entrepreneurs that I’ve interviewed had little businesses when they were kids. They’re…
#1947 Hey.com’s founder reinvents email & battles Apple
Jun 18
This interview covers how Jason Fried’s company created Hey.com without user feedback, and why he says he’ll never give Apple a cut of its sales….even if Apple follows through on a threat to boot its iPhone app. Jason Fried is the founder of Basecamp…
#1946 How Bizzy Coffee was born from consumer data and raised on Amazon
Jun 17
Joining me is a guy who worked for General Mills, but he wanted to start his own company. He started doing research and one of the things he did was go to Google Trends. He said, “Hey, I drink cold brew coffee and it looks like people are searching for…
#1945 How a horrific accident gave this founder a personal mission
Jun 15
Joining me as someone who listened and actually sent me a thank you note in 2014 that I still have. I want to talk about why he did that and what the result of gestures like that did for his business. We’ve stayed in touch over the years and I’ve watched…
#1944 A conversation with David Kidder (on fear and entrepreneurship)
Jun 12
Joining me today is an entrepreneur who started several companies and did really well for himself. But he said, “These bigger companies want a piece of this startup action and innovation. So he co-founded a company called Bionic, which seeds and launches…
#1943 You’re a founder and you get COVID-19. Now what?
Jun 10
I was supposed to do this interview weeks and weeks ago. But the day of the interview, I talked to Thomas and he told me that he had COVID-19. I had never heard of anyone who had COVID-19. I got really worried for him and we stayed in touch. Eventually he…
#1942 She almost gave her idea away 8 times (then she bootstrapped it herself)
Jun 8
Joining me today is someone who is taking on merchant processing, an industry that has been around for YEARS. Well, she came up with a brand new model and she nearly gave her idea away 8 times. She finally realized she had to go build it herself. If…
#1941 Racism and business
Jun 5
Trust me. Just listen. Not what you expect. Wil Reynolds is the founder of SEER Interactive, a digital design agency powered by big data. Sponsored byToptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables…
#1940 This tool struggled for years prior COVID–then everyone started working remotely and needed it
Jun 3
How do you sketch out ideas and collaborate in this world where we’re working remotely? You’re about to meet an entrepreneur who had an idea for a solution years ago. He created it way too early and struggled for a long time. Today the world has caught up…
#1939 Why you shouldn’t feel guilty about getting into the PPE space
Jun 1
I have to be honest, even me, someone who loves entrepreneurs, had mixed feelings when I saw founders capitalizing on COVID in the early days. For example, I saw someone pivot to start selling hand sanitizer. I thought it was a slimey move until I NEEDED…
#1938 The REALLY big problem with being an early employee at a startup (and how to fix it)
May 29
I remember talking to a friend in San Francisco who told me he was running into a problem with his employees that is never really talked about. Well, today’s guest recognized this problem too and he came up with a really unique solution to deal with it.…
#1937 How this live events company pivoted in a time of COVID (and is having its best year yet)
May 27
Obviously you can’t do live in person events right now. Well, the founder you’re going to hear about today managed to pivot from live, in-person events to completely virtual in a matter of weeks. The way they did it is extraordinary. The company is…
#1936 How Aaron Marino built a multi-million online personality (Starting with a YouTube Channel)
May 25
I try hard. I try hard all the freaking time. But joining me today is a guy who’s not trying all that hard and the guy is killing it. His name is Aaron Marino and the whole thing started out for him with a YouTube channel. It’s called Alpha M and he…
#1935 Timing is everything–here’s how regular people can have incredible success
May 22
Joining me is an entrepreneur said, “I created a good product, but if you’re going against trends, you’re rolling a boulder up a mountain.” But if you’re capitalizing on a topic or you happen to be in a topic that people are excited by, suddenly…
#1934 E-commerce is alive and growing. So are the tools that support it.
May 20
I don’t think we’re in a place where we can say, “Here’s the way to build a successful company in the new economy today.” We just don’t know what the new economy is. But I’m looking to find the spots of hope that give us an idea of what’s possible.…
#1933 Case Study: TOMS Shoes and the One for One model
May 18
Today’s guest is Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS shoes. He made the slip on shoes that got everyone’s attention because every time somebody bought a pair, he donated a pair to somebody in need. The company has donated 86 million pairs of shoes over…
#1932 Meet the entrepreneur who got the GIF keyboard on your iPhone
May 15
One of the things that today’s guests noticed was how people were communicating visually with the introduction of the iPhone. I’m talking about GIFs. Well, today’s guest said, “This is a new way for people to express themselves.” And he created a company…
#1931 A deep look inside the business of homeschooling
May 13
I am beyond the the guy who created mixergy. I’m now also passionate and curious about homeschooling after my kids were told that they couldn’t go to school because of COVID-19. I think that the world is changing. I think there are many people like me who…
#1930 Regular guy launches hand sanitizer company
May 11
When covid hit, Andy started Googling. Is there a way for a “regular guy” to create hand sanitizer? The big guys couldn’t keep up with demand. Maybe he could make & sell some. He had a full-time job, doing marketing for Basecamp, the project management…
#1929 Local gym can’t open. Founder goes online
May 8
She’s not a techie, like you and me. When New York told its citizens to stay home, Heather Gunn Rivera had to learn fast. During this corona lockdown her Grassroots Fitness Project gym is 100% virtual. When the lockdown is over, her gym will have a new,…
#1928 Case Study: A bedding company with a sense of humor
May 6
Today I have a guest who seems to enjoy the fact that he’s got this business that sells sheets in a market where people have no way of differentiating sheets and no interest in trying. Instead, he decided to go all in with personality. Colin McIntosh is…
#1927 An uplifting conversation with a founder helping businesses sell more online
May 4
I went on Twitter a few weeks ago and asked, “Who is doing well right now?” The response I got was surprising. In today’s interview, I want to share one of the stories that I heard. Vishal Kothari is the founder of Tyche Softwares, which provides a…
#1926 Drinking on corona lockdown grew Brumate’s sales
May 1
Dylan Jacob tried lots of hustles over the years, selling phone parts, cars, weed, whatever. He finally found his love with Brumate, where he makes and sells insulated containers for alcohol. Then the coronavirus recession hit. At first, his revenues got…
#1925 Etsy bought his marketplace for $275 million
Apr 29
eBay sucked for selling guitars and other musical instruments. So Yan Pritzker created an alternative marketplace, Reverb. Yan Pritzker is the co-founder of Reverb which allows customers to buy and sell music gear online. Sponsored byClickFunnels – Anyone…
#1924 How to offer products your online customers really want
Apr 27
Joining me is someone who didn’t think of himself as an entrepreneur. He was working at a company where he saw a problem and he developed a solution. For a long time he didn’t recognize that the thing he created was actually a standalone business. It…
#1923 How a mom of 6 turned handmade hairbows into a $6M business
Apr 24
We might be going through a bad economic crisis but joining me is a founder who grew up in an economic crisis. Her family had financial issues since the day she was born. And then, to escape a financial difficulty, she ends up creating a company back in…
#1922 Looking ahead: The woman who is humanizing technology with Emotional AI
Apr 22
I’m excited about today’s guest because I think in the future, when computers can actually understand our emotions, we’re going to be thanking today’s guest. Rana el Kaliouby is the CEO and Co-Founder of Affectiva which creates facial and vocal emotion AI…
#1921 How this betting site is surviving its second economic meltdown
Apr 19
Joining me is an entrepreneur who launched his company back in 2007. Within a year, we hit that 2008 economic meltdown and the world changed. And I asked him about it and said, you know, truthfully, I’m in betting so I think things would have been hard…
#1920 This crisis turned Mercato into a billion dollar company
Apr 17
Nobody cared about local grocers like Bobby’s dad, the New York pork grocer. Then the coronavirus hit the world. Bobby Brannigan created Mercato to give local grocers like his dad an easy way to sell online. It was a nice goal, he’s a good son, but Amazon…
#1919 How Sprig lost over $50 million
Apr 15
Why is Gagan Biyani still smiling? He raised a reported $56.7 million from investors, and lost most of it. This is the story of Sprig, the startup that made and delivered food. It’s also the story of Gagan, the founder who reached the success and…
#1559 Cameron Herold coaches me on hiring (so I don’t collapse at my desk)
Feb 14, 2018
Hiring has been a huge issue for me. And in a past interview with Cameron Herold, I brought it up because he’s the founder of the COO Alliance, the world’s leading network for the second in command. I don’t get embarrassed by a lot of stuff. If you heard…
#1524 When does a startup founder need a COO?
Nov 22, 2017
A topic we don’t talk about on Mixergy is how to actually manage a company. I remember when I was in NYU as an undergrad I loved all my business classes, but management just didn’t feel like me. I always thought of the guys in Dilbert but entrepreneurs…
#1453 The future of chat (and interacting with your customers)
May 26, 2017
About a year ago I realized that no matter how much effort we’ve put into my email list, I could never double the response rate. We kept growing it, but people were not using email much. So I started looking around for solutions and I started looking at…
#1417 How Sam Ovens is helping everyday people start their own consulting businesses
Mar 3, 2017
I’ll be honest with you. I felt guilt about an interview that I did years ago with today’s guest. This was back in, let me see here, 2013. I interviewed Sam Ovens about how he built up this consulting business and was teaching people how to do consulting.…
#1050 How a former lawyer built a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills – with Jordan Harbinger
Aug 13, 2014
How does a former lawyer build a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills. Jordan Harbinger is the co-founder of The Art of Charm, a company that teaches confidence and emotional intelligence. Jordan Harbinger is the co-founder of The Art…
#1001 The 1,000 interview celebration
Apr 9, 2014
On August 4, 2008, I posted a video up on Mixergy where I looked up into the web cam on my computer and I said “I failed.” And I said that I was going to shut down my invitation business and start doing interviews with entrepreneurs and people in general…
#990 Andrew’s process for overcoming entrepreneurial stagnation – with Samantha Alford
Mar 10, 2014
A few weeks ago, Andrew was interviewed about his inner doubt by Samantha Alford of WomeninBusinesspodcast.com. I (Arie Saint) thought it was too good not to share with our audience, so I’m publishing it on Mixergy. Check it out and let’s talk about it in…
#715 HearAndPlay.com: Turning $70 Into A Multimillion Dollar Instruction Web Site – with Jermaine Griggs
Apr 23, 2012
Update: based on the comments we’re getting, Jermaine sent this PDF about Automation. How does a high school senior from the inner city turn $70 into a multimillion dollar instruction web site? Jermaine Griggs is the founder of HearAndPlay.com, which…
#710 iContact Founder Returns To Mixergy After $169M Sale – with Ryan Allis
Apr 9, 2012
How does a wristband help a founder build a $169 million company? Ryan Allis is the founder of iContact, a provider of email marketing tools for small businesses. And a company that was recently sold for $169 million to Vocus. Here’s a quote from the last…
#400 Reddit Founder: “I Wish I Still Owned Reddit Now” – with Steve Huffman
Oct 20, 2010
Many founders I interviewed on Mixergy told me about how their companies virtually disappeared after they sold them. But 4 years after selling Reddit to Conde Nast, Steve Huffman is so proud of how much its grown that he’d be happy to still own it. I…
#216 How Clever Entrepreneurs Turned 3 Air Mattresses Into Airbnb, The Site That Makes Any Home A Bed And Breakfast – with Brian and Joe
Jan 28, 2010
The founders of Airbnb are guys who couldn’t make rent a few years ago, but they kept turning desperation into creative solutions. In October 2007, eager to make extra money, they noticed that local hotels were booked up because of a conference. So they…
#214 How To Produce Like A Linchpin By Understanding Your Lizard Brain – with Seth Godin
Jan 25, 2010
You listen to my programs because I don’t do the cute “let’s get to know the author” interviews that others are known for. I hunt down information that you can use because I’m passionate about helping you build a business that your great-great-grandkids…