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1094 How he bought 15 people off cap table, hit $9m in ARR in workflow space
Brian Reale is a serial entrepreneur. Prior to founding ProcessMaker Brian founded and later sold Unete Telecom, a long distance voice and data carrier in South America. Brian graduated from Duke University in 1993 and was a Fulbright scholar in linguistics in Ecuador 1994.
1093 If you're under 30, is agency/coaching a good way to make money?
Being one of Forbes' & Influencive.com's Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30, Jeremy C. Adams is not timid to climb the ladder of ultimate success. Armed with an impressive background in sales & digital marketing, at 22 years old, Jeremy went on to become the founder of Prestige Food Trucks, along with launching many other successful businesses including one with Kevin Harrington, a past investor from Shark Tank. Today Jeremy is focused on an exciting new venture with his close friend, Maxwell Finn, called Unicorn IQ.
1092 Why Chef Creator Raised $30m to Replace Walkie Talkies
1091 Founded in 1999, How He's Managed a 20+ Year "Overnight Success"
A serial entrepreneur, CEO and public company senior executive with 20 years of experience inInternet technology, VoIP, online marketing, eCommerce and mobile applications.
1090 CEO Eating Own Dog Food for $25m Revenue, $5.5m Gross Profit, $3m Net
Chris Ingham Brooke is the founder and CEO of Pub Ocean, a venture-backed technology company that helps digital publishing become profitable. Our mission is to provide publishers with the toolkit to automate and simplify audience development and ad operations, ultimately creating better content and building more sustainable companies.
1089 Workato CEO: "We're Enterprise Version" of Zapier, Segment, Elastoic
Vijay has led the creation of market leading integration technologies for over 25 years. Prior to Workato, he was the CEO of Qik, a consumer video communications company acquired by Skype. Before Qik, he helped create two multi-billion dollar integration products. He was part of the team that created world's first middleware platform, TIB (The Information Bus) at Teknekron Software Systems, which was acquired by Reuters Plc, in 1994. He was also on the founding team and SVP, Engineering of TIBCO through its IPO. As Chief Strategy Officer, he then helped launch Oracle's Fusion Middleware platform in 2005.
1088 How Ex-Salesforce Leader Launched Video for Salespeople Growing 100% YoY
Sati is a seasoned entrepreneur who loves building product, growing people and delivering customer value. He has both enterprise and start-up experience that enables him to transform an idea into a scalable company. He founded Zenkraft (the leading shipping platform for Salesforce), Eversauce (CRM for PR industry) and most recently OneMob, which has earned the support of Salesforce Ventures and was awarded Gartner Cool Vendor and Aragon Hot Vendor. OneMob makes video recording, sending and tracking easy for any professional, with powerful integrations into platforms like Salesforce, Cisco Spark, LinkedIn and more. Before starting OneMob, Sati spent 8 years at salesforce.com, where he built and grew the AppExchange from an idea to 2000 apps.
1087 Yeah I'd sell (Live negotiation)
Designer and entrepreneur who loves solving problems using technology.
1086 Sales outreach tool hits $1.2m ARR, would you sell for $4m? No!
1085 We're #1 In Salesforce for Call Routing, Tech with $10m+ in ARR
Joshua Tillman began building DialSource in 2005, while studying at the University of California, Davis, to seal the gap between business and consumers through analytics and automation. The engineering firm has since changed the way modern enterprises communicate, earning Product of the Year honors in 2016 and 2017. Tillman received the Sacramento Business Journal '40 Under 40' award in 2016.
1084 Bulgarian company spends $45k of $65k MRR on paid spend, working!
Murry founded Metrilo in 2014 to help eCommerce store owners grow their businesses. Other than spending lots of time with his customers and his team, he love to do trail running in the beautiful Vitosha mountain.
1083 How she 2x ARR yoy in mobile testing space to $6m in ARR
I'm the CEO of Apptimize! We're probably installed on your phone right now because we work with top 10 apps in every category in 100+ countries. Prior to co-founding Apptimize, I led the Fixed Income Quantitative Strategies team at GETCO after studying Math with CS at MIT.
1082 Why Public Sizmek Went Private to Fuel Growth via M&A in Buy Side Programmatic Space
Mark Grether is CEO of Sizmek. He focuses on guiding the company, and accelerating the growth of the business. Before Sizmek, Mark was cofounder and global COO of Xaxis. Under his leadership, Xaxis grew into the world's largest programmatic media company, with over $1 billion in revenue in five years.
1081 With $2m in ARR and $16m Valuation for 7+ Years, Do You Feel Stuck?
Eric Frankel is an innovative business leader with a proven track record in both traditional media and new-and-emerging technologies. He is the CEO and founder of AdGreetz, the industry's leading SaaS video personalization platform that is disrupting the $560b advertising marketplace by empowering brands worldwide to build stronger relationships with customers and exponentially increase engagement, activation and revenue by deploying billions of never-before-available, hyper-relevant, one-to-one, personalized video and display ads and messages, utilizing brand, social, third-party, geo/browser, publisher and user-generated data, delivered on the Internet and mobile via 18 channels. Prior to AdGreetz, spent 20-plus years at Warner Bros., most recently serving as President of Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution (2000-2008). There he created new strategic architecture in the broadcast, cable and pay-TV landscapes, as well as advancements in new technologies including: VOD, HD and the internet. Frankel made numerous record-breaking sales and ground-breaking deals at WB.
1080 15,000 Customers at $35 ARPU is $500k+ in MRR right? "No"
1079 How He's Pivoted 3 Times Since 1996, Moving to Cloud Based SaaS w/ $10m in ARR
CEO & Co-Founder of CoreMedia. Recipient of the German Fairness Prize 2009. Co-Editor of eEnterprise 2.0 - The Art of Letting Go. Married, father of 4
1078 How agile content marketing solution Turtl hit $125k/mo
1077 We Bootstrapped Our Way to $2m in ARR, Now $10m ARR
Collin Holmes, founder and CEO, started chatmeter in August, 2009. Prior to chatmeter, Mr. Holmes was VP of Product Management and Marketing at V-Enable (now xAD). His extensive experience in the local search industry, both online and mobile, provides a solid foundation for the direction of the company. He has worked in leadership roles at several other startup companies and held other notable positions in product and marketing roles at Akamai Technologies and AT&T Wireless. He earned his MBA from San Diego State University and a BA from UC Riverside.
1076 We pivoted to pure play SaaS, now $1m in ARR growing 100% yoy
1075 LogicBay CEO: Love Venture Debt! Helped us pass $10m in ARR
As CEO of LogicBay, John works with leading companies to develop and implement strategies for scaling indirect sales channels using a combination of services and technology that LogicBay offers. He is also the co-founder of VetToCEO, a non-profit focused on helping veterans transition into being entrepreneurs.
1074 I left Wall Street trenches to do Email Business Intelligence
Michael Johnston is founder of Notablist.com, a competitive intelligence platform for email marketers. Prior to Notablist, Michael was VP of Technology at Critical Mention, where he led development of the firm's broadcast monitoring platform. Prior to his involvement with startups, Michael spent a decade in the Wall Street trenches.
1073 Are 5 Companies at Once Too Many?
Dr. Foroutan is a parallel entrepreneur and philanthropist with over 30 years of experience in Information Technology, Software Design and Entertainment industries. He is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Contest Factory, Classitech, ZipTech Media, Virtual NGO and Invitation Records. He holds multiple US patents on Online Contest Systems.
1072 Boston CEO: "I'd think hard about selling for 2-3x ARR"
Matt Benati is CEO and Co-founder of LeadGnome, the market-leading Reply Email Mining web service that generates account-specific contacts, enhances existing leads, and identifies sales trigger events. Matt believes sales and marketing alignment, transparency, and communication optimize revenue generation, and he champions this philosophy in his teams and writings.
1071 His AI Tool Tells You How To Price Realtime
Adam is the CEO/founder of Arjuna Solutions, an artificial intelligence company. He invented and patented numerous AI technologies used today. At Arjuna, Adam is productizing specific applications of AI, starting with pricing. Adam is also a professor of Business Analytics at Johns Hopkins University and speaker on AI/predictive analytics for businesses.
1070 Navy Vet Makes Loads Via Lifetime Fitness, Now Digital Asset Management
Mike is the founder, Chief Enthusiasm Officer and inventor of the patented FISION digital asset management/ sales enablement platform. He attributes his experience serving as a US Navy Submariner and US Navy diver as the foundation to his success as a corporate executive and entrepreneur.
1069 Elastic CEO: We're A More Professional Zapier
Co-Founder and CEO of elastic.io
1068 SiteCake: We Rely on Whitelabel Partners With Unique Kickback Structure
1067 Vero CEO: "We're API Driven Email Marketing" with $150k+ in MRR
1066 Optimove CEO: "Conditions Were Right To Stop Bootstrapping w/ $20m Raise"
Pini Yakuel is founder and CEO of Optimove, provider of the science-first Relationship Marketing Hub. Pini's extensive experience in analytics-driven customer marketing, business consulting and sales, along with his innovative approaches to entrepreneurship, business-building and marketing, have earned him recognition as a thought leader.
1065 He should sell for $300k. You agree?
Ep 478: Fans Pay $500K To Keep Favorite Shows, Will This Kill Netflix with CEO Ben Dobyns
Ben Dobyns, CEO and founder of Zombie Orpheus Entertainment. He’s started giving the company’s films away for free ever when he started the company—a tradition he’s proud to continue today. Famous Five: Favorite Book? – The Art of Game Design What CEO do you follow? – Jamie Wilkinson Favorite online tool? — Slack Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— Yes If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Take the time to pursue the dream. Shortcuts will disempower you and empower other people” Time Stamped Show Notes: 01:33 – Nathan introduces Ben to the show 01:57 – Ben had a terrible experience with Hollywood distribution in 2008 02:10 – Ben didn’t get paid for the film they made 02:18 – The company owed Ben $ 30,000 03:23 – “Independent films will lose your money if you invest in them” 03:34 – Ben launched his new company in 2010 and paid their investors back after a year 03:47 – Zombie Orpheus Entertainment was launched in 2010 03:59 – “We’re going to give people free films and share them” 04:10 – Ben had a realization that each film will be a form of advertising 04:33 – At the end of every episode, there’s a message that will lead viewers to give Zombie Orpheus Entertainment money 05:08 – Journey Quest series on Youtube 05:45 – Ben will let the viewers choose if they want to continue watching or not 06:04 – Based purely on fan contribution, Ben and his team are able to continue the show 06:16 – They made $ 30,000 for season 1 and from Kickstarter is $ 112,000 which funded season 2 06:28 – Zombie Orpheus Entertainment is now out of the investment cycle 07:07 – Zombie Orpheus Entertainment built a fan base on Facebook and Youtube 07:36 – Zombie Orpheus Entertainment had 1,117 unique backers for Journey Quest 07:57 – On Kickstarter, average contribution is $ 97 per backer 08:33 – The fan base is big for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment 09:01 – Ben done 3 Kickstarters this year 09:18 – Attack in the Darkness – raised $ 25,000 09:28 – The Gamers – raised $ 174,000 09:49 – Raised $575,000 for the 3 seasons of Journey Quest 10:04 – Ben setup a pre-funding page with public metrics for journey Quest 10:14 – 4,200 people added their names in the email list 10:29 – They launched with 4,600 names in their list on day 1 10:45 – Kickstarter attracted more people 11:06 – RenewJourneyQuest.com is the pre-funding page 12:00 – Ben has one of the best Kickstarter planning sheet 12:20 – The sheet is not currently for public use 12:36 – With Journey quest, the needed budget was $ 325,000 for the production 12:55 – Ben didn’t aim for profit for this Kickstarter 13:10 – Season 3 of Journey Quest will be moved to BackerKit for pledge management 13:55 – Ben isn’t looking for an exit or an IPO 15:00 – What Ben is doing is similar to a SaaS business model 15:50 – Ben has been offered venture capital but he won’t accept it 16:55 – Ben is going to release their world bible and their intellectual property to allow their commercial derivatives 17:45 – Ben uses Kickstarter to have a merchandise fusion with a reward program 17:55 – Ben is really picky with merchandise quality 18:25 – Keep Zombie Orpheus Entertainment’s shows alive by dropping a dollar or $ 5 at Patreon 21:07 – The Famous Five 3 Key Points: Use bad experiences as education and motivation. Venture capital is not always an option. Take the time to pursue the dream. Shortcuts will disempower you and empower other people. Resources Mentioned: Toptal – Nathan found his development team using Toptal for his new business Send Later. He was able to keep 100% equity and didn’t have to hire a co-founder due to the quality of Toptal developers. Host Gator – The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible. Freshbooks – The site Nathan uses to manage his invoices and accounts. Leadpages – The drag and drop tool Nathan uses to quickly create his webinar landing pages which convert at 35%+ Audible – Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books. Assistant.to – The site Nathan uses to book meetings with one email. Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments Drip – Nathan uses Drip’s email automation platform and visual campaign builder to build his sales funnel. Patreon – Ben’s pledge page Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives
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