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Founders tell their stories of how they got where they are today

Harrison Rose – Paddle

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In 2012 Harrison Rose co founded Paddle, a subscription platform for SaaS. He was 17. Last year, Paddle hired 100 staff and was one of the fastest growing software companies in the UK. Now at the grand old age of 25 he tells his story on the Founder Coffee podcast.  3 lessons… Believe in…

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From Getting Fired to Building a $10K a Month SaaS Business

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Fascinating story of how Reilly Chase built a SaaS to $10K a month without doing any customer validation. And he learnt to code on the fly.  A dose of determination and a bit of luck in this episode of The SaaS Podcast. 3 lessons… Reilly’s MVP was a WordPress site with a…

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Quick Chat with Harry Dry of Marketing Examples

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I’ve been following Harry Dry and his site, Marketing Examples, for a few months. He’s growing fast and doing an amazing job of documenting the journey. He’s also kindly sharing his tactics with others 🙌 This interview on Indie Hackers is a nice summary of what he’s done to get where he is. …

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Starting Your Own Business with Angelica Malin

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Another new podcast discovery. Focused on interviews with creative people / makers who have started building their own businesses. This episode of Creative Rebels features Angelica Malin, the founder of About Time magazine which she started straight after college.  There’s a lot packed into this podcast, touching on the many different challenges of…

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The Personal Journey Of a SaaS founder With Nathan Barry from ConvertKit

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Awesome interview with Nathan Barry (founder of ConvertKit) on Escape Velocity. He talks about the early days when ConvertKit was doing $2K MRR and increased to $90K MRR in the space of a year. Direct sales was the key to that growth and what he did is relevant to anyone starting…

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From Day Job to Productized Service to Fast-Growing SaaS as a Non-Technical Founder

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Craig Hewitt is a podcaster, founder of a productized service that produces and edits podcasts AND he built a SaaS that hosts podcasts and reports analytics 😲 In this interview on Startups For the Rest of Us, he talks about the bittersweet outcome of having a successful service business (ie more…

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Jonathan Perichon, Checkr

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Code Story is a new podcast interviewing technical founders about how they got started. Although there’s more tech chat than some other podcasts I recommend, the stories also zoom in on the business side of growing a startup. Worth listening to even if you don’t know much about how to code 😎…

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Why Passion Is Overrated When It Comes To Starting Companies, Why VC Is Overrated As A Financing Mechanism & Why You Should Never Sell Your Company

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Waseem Daher is the co founder and CEO of the bookkeeping startup Pilot. He’s a a serial entrepreneur with 15 years experience and 2 prior companies (exited) under his belt. In this interview on The Twenty Minute VC, Waseem shares his insights on entrepreneurship. 3 lessons… Passion for the thing (accounting…

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Shopify: Tobias Lütke

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Tobias Lütke is the co founder and CEO of Shopify, an ecommerce platform with over 800,000 customers and annual revenues of $1 billion.  In this interview on How I Built This, Tobias tells his story of programmer with a passion for snowboarding to building the “go to” ecommerce software. 3 lessons……

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How to Learn and Adapt As a Non-technical Founder With Darren Chait from Hugo

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We had Dan Martell in another recent issue so, if you’re not a fan, sorry! Escape Velocity is Dan’s new(ish) podcast that I discovered last week. He interviews Darren Chait from Hugo (connected meeting notes software) about the trigger for them to pivot and early stage growth. 3 lessons… Is there…

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