You might not know my story yet, but... I’ve come a long, long way. I wasn’t born into success. I was a very troubled teenager, big-time. In and out of jail a few times. Rehab too. But I pulled myself out from some bad places, took responsibility for my life, taught myself to code, and started building software companies. I really struggled, until at 28 a US firm acquired my business and I found a real taste of success.
Have you asked anyone working a normal job about their workflow? If you get in the details of their processes, you'll immediately see the optimization opportunities. Just think of all the excel sheet management that goes on in the professional world… This is one of the main reasons why there can never be enough SaaS businesses. There are just countless niches that can deliver great profits.
Years ago I attempted to raise money for my first company, Flowtown, with my co-founder Ethan. You know what we did? We cold emailed investors. We figured “We have a startup, they invest in startups... so surely they want to hear from us”, and hoped our confidence would cut through the noise. It didn’t work. Obviously. They didn’t even bother to reply. So we hunted for advice and came across Naval from AngelList. Everything he said about fundraising just… clicked.
Health is wealth. It’s a mantra I repeat to myself a dozen times a day anytime my brain wants to slack off on training, or reach for those nachos. It’s also a belief I share with many of my entrepreneurial friends, like David Hauser. I first met David (co-founder GrassHopper.com / Chargify.com and many others) 10 years ago when I cold emailed him for an interview on my blog (recorded with a Flipcam :). Since then we’ve spent a lot
I love speaking at live events and conferences. But at what cost? For about 4 years I was regularly invited to talk on stage and found myself getting more and more frustrated when I wasn’t getting enough results to justify it. I’d spend time away from home, away from my family and away from the business work that needed to be done…
Building a tech startup and pricing it right can feel like being lost in a jungle. You don’t know where to turn, what path is gonna get you out, and all you do is wake up in survival mode. Don’t worry, I’m here to help. I’ve personally gone through every pricing and product pivot you can imagine. Going freemium. Selling to Enterprise. Even trying hybrid approaches (e.g. marketplace with a monthly subscription). But today, I'm joined by THE guy that
In my career, I’ve hired dozens of salespeople… and I made some big mistakes when I did. Expensive mistakes. In my 20s I hired a guy and paid him $80k salary and all he did was talk about how he was going to close big deals… without ever doing it! For a whole year, this guy promised me the world and delivered absolutely zero value. And I actually paid him for it! Compare that to now: Last week I hired
A few years back I had the privilege of hanging out with Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter and Square, while we were on a speaking tour in Canada. This guy is a machine. He’s running 2 x Billion dollar businesses with a combined employee count of over 5000… at the same time. So I figured a guy with a net worth of $5.7 Billion (yes… billion) might know a thing or two about leadership for scaling businesses. ...I was
Another episode of Escape Velocity, and another opportunity to level up your game as an entrepreneur! We are jumping right into a topic of major importance for your business - POSITIONING! Getting your positioning super tight and specific can be the holy grail of growth… and many of the major players in the SaaS space are proof of that! It all comes down to picking the low-hanging fruit… get to know your BEST CUSTOMERS - the ones who love your
How do you get invited to spend a week at Richard Branson’s house in Switzerland? Or for guys like Mark Cuban and Travis Kalanick (founder of Uber) to happily invest in your company? Or to get invited to travel to 8 European cities on a private jet? These all happened to me... and I believe it’s a natural result of one thing I did right: Investing In Relationships. I began figuring this out in my mid-twenties and WOW did it