Founder Stories

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

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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Transforming Poop Into Purpose: A Conversation with Suzy Batiz (The Founder of Poo~Pourri)

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You’ve probably seen a viral ad from Poo~Pourri and thought, “funny video, can’t be a real product though…?”  Except it’s a now $500M business. That’s a lot of scented oil. Some different thinking on how a company runs in this interview with Suzy Batiz on I Love Marketing. 3 lessons… Suzy’s…

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Coffee Shop To 1.5 Million Subscribers For This Side Hustle

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Hustle to Freedom Scott Keyes is the founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights – an email alert for, not surprisingly, cheap flights. But not a tiny discount. Huge once in a lifetime discounts for those dream trips. He started the service as a business in 2015 (previously doing it for friends…

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From a convict to 5-time SaaS entrepreneur: the story of Dan Martell

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the SaaS Revolution Show When a guest on a podcast starts his origin story talking about being high, drunk driving and chased by the police with a handgun in his bag, you know it’s worth a listen. Dan Martell is a driven entrepreneur who, after turning his life around, has…

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Finding Success by Working on Things That Matter with Hiten Shah

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Indie Hackers Hiten Shah is a prolific creator of products – more than 30 to date. And 5 of them have been multimillion dollar successes. He’s also had a few failures on the way. That all adds up to a lot of experience of what to do and what not…

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Here’s How Rick Barker Launched Taylor Swift’s Music Career on Social

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Perpetual Traffic Bit of a curveball. But I enjoyed listening to this interview with Rick Barker on Perpetual Traffic. Rick has gone from being homeless and strung out on crack cocaine, to launching Taylor Swift’s career, to now teaching digital marketing to the music industry. My favorite podcast episode this week.…

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The Power of Paid Social: How Buffy.co Blew Up

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Ecommerce Influence If you use social media in the US, you’ve probably seen an advert from Buffy. They sell eco friendly comforters (kinda like duvets) and have grown to a multi million dollar business in the last 2 years. This interview on Ecommerce Influence with co founder Shoaib Kobani gives the lowdown…

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MasterClass Co-founder & CEO David Rogier on shaping the future of online learning

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This Week In Startups You’ve probably seen a MasterClass advert. For a while on Facebook it was every other ad on my feed. Despite their best targeting efforts, I’ve never signed up – surprising, because I’m a sucker for online courses 😄 But, I’ve always been intrigued by who founded this business and…

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