#082 – Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Bootstrapping with Rob Walling of Drip and TinySeed
At first, Rob Walling (@robwalling) didn't know what he wanted to create — he just knew that he was tired of working for other people. After he spent his savings to buy an online business, however, he found himself in a do-or-die situation. In this episode Rob tells the story behind how he dove into the deep end of what would become almost twenty years of building online businesses, culminating in the 8-figure sale of his email marketing company Drip. We also discuss Rob's latest project, TinySeed, the first startup accelerator designed for bootstrappers, and why he believes now is a better time than ever to start an online business.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/082-rob-walling-of-drip-and-tinyseed
A Thriving Startup Community? In This Economy?
Anything is possible if you just believe...and create multi-channel diversified revenue streams while avoiding the many trappings of venture capital. Right? Right. Just ask Alex Lieberman and Austin Rief, Morning Brew’s cofounders.That’s what we’re doing on this episode of Business Casual—taking an introspective look at the last quarter in business through the eyes of a small but growing startup.In the episode, Alex and Austin walk us through the ins and outs of surviving (maybe even thriving…?) as a bootstrapped company in the midst of a recession. You’ll get the inside scoop on how Morning Brew’s strategizes on the daily, plus…You’ll hear Alex and Austin’s biggest predictions for the startup community next quarter and beyond. Take a sip every time you hear the words “subscription” or “community.”You’ll understand the pillars of innovation that a recession like this one builds.And you’ll get two founders’ perspectives on whether we’re closer to the end or the beginning of this recession.And since no conversation about Morning Brew is complete without a mug... we're giving away five of them. Follow @bizcasualpod on Twitter, email a screenshot with proof you follow to email@example.com and you'll be entered in the giveaway. Ends 7/1.Listen now if you’re curious about what comes next.
#80 Huckberry With Andy Forch and Richard Greiner
Today I talk with Andy Forch and Richard Greiner, the co-founders of the men's online store Huckberry. If you're a business owner or have thought about starting your own business, this podcast is for you. I ask Andy and Rich to share how they bootstrapped a business they started into their apartment and turned it into one of the largest men's e-commerce stores on the web. As a business that's in the business of curating men's lifestyle products, Andy and Rich have seen first-hand what separates a successful men's product from an unsuccessful one and what you can do to standout from the crowded "artisanal" men's products.
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96. From My Kitchen to Whole Foods: How I Built a Multi-Million Dollar Feminine Hygiene Company With The Honey Pot Co. Founder, Beatrice Dixon
Have you ever had a dream for a business idea or solution to a problem? Today’s special guest is Beatrice Dixon, Founder of The Honey Pot Company, a plant-based feminine care brand. Launched in 2014, Beatrice has built The Honey Pot Co. into a multimillion-dollar business and has won the 2020 ESSENCE Best in Black Beauty Award. Tune in to hear how a life-changing dream inspired both a solution for bacterial vaginosis and multi-million dollar business idea. Having suffered from bacterial vaginosis for months, Beatrice was visited by an ancestor in a dream where she was given the ingredients to heal herself. From that insightful dream, Beatrice created a formula for an all-natural, clean feminine wash that not only worked for her but also, many other women suffering from the same affliction. Today, The Honey Pot Company empowers women to take control of their feminine hygiene by providing natural feminine care products. Join us as we discuss Beatrice’s biggest lessons in business - from how she bootstrapped her company, launched her products, and got stocked in retailers nationwide. We’ll also dive deep into how Beatrice cultivated self-love and a positive mindset to create success and wealth even in the face of adversity. Join Online Launch School, a 12-week program designed to take the guesswork out of sold-out launches, whether you’re looking to start an online business or scale one. https://bossbabe.com/ols Learn more about our partnership with ELLE, iconic lifestyle brand and the world’s largest women’s fashion magazine. https://bossbabe.com/elle
380: Blake Mycoskie | Made for Entrepreneurship
Blake Mycoskie (@BlakeMycoskie) is the philanthropic founder of TOMS Shoes, author of Start Something That Matters, and co-founder of wellness subscription box service Madefor (get 20 percent off by using code MFJORDAN if you feel like checking it out).
What We Discuss with Blake Mycoskie:
What Blake's new Madefor startup can do to make you better (and how you can get 20 percent off by using code MFJORDAN if you feel like checking it out).
Why entrepreneurship is more than just saying "I don't want a boss" -- it's seeking to remedy a problem the world needs to have solved.
The benefits of cultivating the "beginner's mind" of a Buddhist.
Why Blake advises founders in the early stages of a startup to bootstrap resources rather than seek investment dollars.
What Blake sees as emerging business trends in a COVID-19 world and beyond.
And much more...
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20VC: 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 with Waseem Daher, Founder & CEO @ Pilot
Waseem Daher is the Founder and CEO @ Pilot, the startup that takes care of your bookkeeping from start to finish so you can focus 100% on making your business succeed. To date, Waseem has raised over $58m in funding from some of the very best firms and people in the business including Index, Stripe, Okta's Frederic Kerrest, Gusto's Josh Reeves, Stripe's Patrick and John Collison and Lola's Paul English, just to name a few. As for Waseem, Pilot is the 3rd business he has founded with his co-founders, the first being Ksplice and the second Zulip, which was acquired by Dropbox in 2014. He has also enjoyed spells with the likes of Oracle and Dropbox in the interims. In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How Waseem made his way into the world of startups over 15 years ago and how that lead to his founding of Pilot today, changing the world of accounting? Does Waseem agree with Joel Fernandez at JoyMode that "serial entrepreneurship is overrated? What has Waseem done differently this time as a result of his 2 prior founding experiences? 2.) Why does Waseem believe that "passion is overrated when it comes to starting companies"? If passion is not fundamental, what does Waseem believe is fundamental to ensuring one sticks the course? How does Waseem think about the craft of company building as a passion in itself? 3.) What is it about Waseem's relationship with his 2 co-founders that makes it so successful for the third time around this time? What do they do to ensure that unity and trust remains? Where do they have weaknesses and flaws in the co-founding relationship as a result of it's maturity? What advice does Waseem give to newer co-founding partners? 4.) Waseem has previously said that "VC is overrated". What does he mean by this? How does Waseem think about the decision to bootstrap vs to raise VC? What are Waseem's biggest lessons when it comes to investor selection? How much of a role does brand play? What core questions should the founders ask the VC? 5.) What does Waseem mean when he says, "never sell your company"? What were his biggest lessons from exiting two companies to Oracle and Dropbox? How did it shape his thinking on M&A; and exits? How has Waseem seen his role scale and develop as a leader and as CEO? What are the biggest challenges he has found in his personal scaling? Items Mentioned In Today’s Show: Waseem’s Fave Book: Harry Potter As always you can follow Harry, The Twenty Minute VC and Waseem on Twitter here! Likewise, you can follow Harry on Instagram here for mojito madness and all things 20VC. Smart executives and business owners know that harnessing the power of AI, embracing the cloud, and prioritizing cybersecurity are the cornerstones of growth. Every day, Wrike helps thousands of companies worldwide do this by revolutionizing how they approach work. Our secure, automated,cloud-based work management tool helps businesses future proof their cultures and evolve fast. How? Wrike ‘s award-winning, collaborative, all-company platform keeps everything in one easily-accessible space. Time to embrace next-gen work management at the executive level and encourage lean thinking from the top down. With Wrike, crushing your objectives and mitigating risks at scale is a cinch. Give Wrike a try for free.