When I started Flowtown, a marketing Saas product I built in San Francisco, over a decade ago... there was one thing I knew we had to do right: Content marketing. So I built out this epic content strategy that grew to 350,000 unique views per month. What a difference that made! Then I did it all over again with Clarity.fm… and again with my current coaching business. After doing it so many times - from scratch - I’ve learned a
A few months ago I gave a talk at a local high school here in Moncton. I shared my journey, went deep in the challenges I overcame, and gave my ALL to help inspire these kids live a bigger life. But during the Q&A, the tables got turned. And it was this kid in the front row. Someone I’ve never met before. Who with ONE question, hit me right at my core.
What's the first thing you need to do when starting a business? (A lot of entrepreneurs get this part wrong.) Now, I know... everything starts with "there's a problem that needs solving and I can solve it." Then, if things go right, you reach a point where you have 25+ people... and all of a sudden, they're making decisions against the values your business stands behind - the core of the company. Meaning, the first thing you should set in
I recently shared an uber with my buddy, Kevin, when the topic of naming his new startup came up. And when you think about it… There’s SO much pressure in getting this right. Not only is the name of your startup gonna be front and center for the next few years (or decades) of your life… … but it’s gonna be one of the FIRST things that potential customers use to judge you and your company. Meaning, before you even
"Why are you here? … What are you doing here?" Those are the 2 questions Brian asked me. … Brian. Brian was one of the guards in the Saint John Regional Correctional Facility where I was doing an eleven-month sentence for the severity of my crimes. I was 16… And Brian was the guard who got me out of the room where I spent 3 days in solitary confinement (aka The Hole), because of a fight.
Do you know what it takes to buy a private jet? Have you thought about why you would want a private jet? These are questions that pop in the minds of a lot of business owners and for good reason, because they symbolize a form and level of success. Not only that... the private jet allows you to buy back time.
A few weeks ago, I hosted a meetup with my SaaS Academy clients in Boston (including a private sit down with the Hubspot product team). Most of my clients are non-technical founders who noticed a gap in the marketplace and went all in to capitalize on the opportunity. And while product management tends to be a major blind spot for most non-technical founders, this group walked away armed with the best practices from some of the world’s top SaaS companies
I recently spoke at Traffic & Conversion in San Diego when the topic of product demos came up. And what I realized was quite simple but profound: Everyone has a demo problem. I mean… ev-ery-one. And I’m willing to bet that if you were to look at your own business right now, you’re either lacking enough demos to really make a dent in your growth…
Imagine a 12-year-old high-schooler who just came to the US, all the way from Pakistan. He barely speaks English and spends most of his time in the library. Basically, he's a total geek... all he wants to do is play computer games, but the library computers have their proxies blocked (because school's not meant to be fun!). So what does he do?
Should I exit or should I stay the course? It’s THE single biggest question that nearly every successful founder will eventually be met with. And after taking my coaching clients for a private sit down with Chris Savage at Wistia… … it got us all thinking about the best ways to evaluate whether or not it’s time to exit and start fresh... or buckle in and continue down the path.