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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?
1064 AirPR Says "Growing Fast" but won't share revenue #'s, are they?
Sharam Fouladgar-Mercer is the Co-founder and CEO of AirPR, a technology solution to measure the impact of PR. He was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Shasta Ventures focused on consumer internet and the social graph. Prior to joining Shasta, Sharam was a Senior Associate at Sierra Ventures focused on consumer internet, enterprise software (cloud computing / virtualization), and mobile. He served on the Board at Makara (sold to RedHat) and TouchCommerce (sold to Nuance). Sharam began his career as a technologist at Appian, a BPM software startup where he managed the first enterprise-wide tracking system for the Department of Homeland Security. Sharam has lectured at universities, events and conferences, and judged business plan competitions at Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, and Syracuse. He is also an advisor and mentor to eLab (Princeton University's Accelerator), Dorm Room Fund (First Round Capital's Accelerator), and Acceleprise (Enterprise Technology Accelerator). Sharam graduated with honors with a BS in Computer Science from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He played NCAA D 1 ice hockey and is fluent in Farsi. Follow him on twitter @sharamfm.
1063 How We Spent $7m To Spin Crunchbase Out of AOL
Santi is a General Partner at Emergence Capital. Prior to joining Emergence, Santi founded, AXG Tecnonexo, a SaaS e-learning company in Latin America. He expanded the company to 150+ employees with operations across Latin America and the US. Santi is also a founding board member of Puente Labs, an organization that finds and selects the best founders of high potential growth companies from Latin America and helps them scale their businesses globally. Santi currently serves on the Boards of Civitas Learning, CrunchBase, High Alpha, Quasar, Restorando, Tophat, Xapo and Zoom. Santi received an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and holds a BS in Economics from St. Andrew's University in Argentina. He is Kauffman Fellow and an Endeavor Entrepreneur. Outside of work Santi is passionate about traveling internationally. He spent 6 months backpacking around the world and continues to work on a personal goal of visiting at least 50% of the world countries. He is an avid opera and classical music follower and, like almost every Argentine, he is passionate about soccer.
Phone Cleaner Will Do $5m-$10m This Year, Launched in 2012 at CES, EP 274: Jason Greenspan
Jason Greenspan, the founder and CEO of Whoosh!, a screen-cleaning product that’s on track to make over $5 million in sales this year. Listen as Jason and Nathan talk about creating a start-up with a physical product, what good margins look like, and how to convince people they have a problem. Famous 5 Favorite Book? – Purple Cow What CEO do you follow? — Kevin Plank What is your favorite online tool? — Pipedrive Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— Definitely not If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be? — To start a business then! It’s much easier before you have responsibilities. Time Stamped Show Notes: 01:20 – Nathan’s introduction 01:44 – Welcoming Jason to the show 01:54 – Whoosh! is a best-selling screen-cleaning spray and wipe 03:05 – Was on the Canadian version of Dragon’s Den 03:40 – Founded in 2009 03:50 – Pivoted in 2012 from making car-cleaning products 04:05 – Knocked a cleaning product onto his iPad by mistake 04:30 – Filled one-ounce bottles and handed them out at CES - never looked back 04:55 – Entirely self-funded and currently profitable 05:10 – Looking to raise $5 million this spring to fund growth 05:30 – Wiped over 1.5 million screens over the last year 06:30 – Total revenue in 2012 just under $1 million 06:39 – Total revenue in 2016 will be $5-10 million 07:00 – The formula is proprietary - they manage a supply chain 07:40 – The Whoosh! Go sells for $10 - what are the margins on that? 07:55 – Retailer takes a 25-50% gross margin 08:20 – A good gross margin on a physical product is 40-50% 09:02 – A good net margin is around 5% 09:35 – Spending very little on acquisitions 10:00 – We’re building through the wholesale channel - probably 90% of sales 10:24 – 10 full-time employees 10:40 – How do you value a product company? 10:50 – Valuation is on topline revenue and growth 12:30 – Whoosh! is a sticky product once people try it 13:20 – Biggest growth opportunity is convincing the market that there’s a problem 15:40 – Famous Five 3 Key Points: Grab opportunities when you see them. Whoosh! was founded by capitalising on an accident. Start your business now. Waiting longer isn’t going to make it easier. If you’re dealing with physical products, you should be making better than 5% margins. Resources Mentioned: Freshbooks - The site Nathan uses to manage his invoices and accounts. Host Gator – The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for cheapest price possible. 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. Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives
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