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Let's Talk Serious Startups: The Nuts & Bolts

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Let's Talk Serious Startups: The Nuts & Bolts

John Maddox - Serial Entrepreneur, Consultant, Advisor, Investor In Startups

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5 days a week Let's Talk Serious Startups is all about the nuts and bolts of what goes into going from a startup idea to success. We interview angel investors, venture capitalists, startup founders, crowdfunding experts, journalists, and marketing professionals that share their knowledge and experience on what it takes to become a Serious Startup! Show notes and more content can be accessed at Serious Startups.com
 
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For episode 20 of the EU-Startups Podcast we interviewed Refurbed Co-founder Peter Windischhofer. Headquartered in Vienna and founded in 2017, Refurbed is one of the world’s fastest growing online marketplaces for refurbished products.For episode 20 of the EU-Startups Podcast we interviewed Refurbed Co-founder Peter Windischhofer. Headquartered in …
 
Joshua Scigala knows a lot about crypto (thus this is a LONG episode!). He was there when Satoshi first released Bitcoin and he was unfortunately there as well when the first major exchange, Mt. Gox, collapsed. Today Joshua is leading a new Defi project called TheStandard, a decentralized lending platform run by a DAO that focuses on hard and soft …
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about taking a break to restart. The biggest fear founders have is what happens to the business when they take a much needed break. The fear that things might go wrong, the right decisions aren’t being made, or there’s simply too much to do that taking a break may sound hilarious. But guess what…
 
For episode 19 of the EU-Startups Podcast we interviewed Evernote and mmhmm founder Phil LibinFor episode 19 of the EU-Startups Podcast we interviewed serial entrepreneur and investor Phil Libin. Among other companies, Phil founded Evernote, and more recently mmhmm (All Turtels). Born in the Soviet Union, Phil grew up in the US, and today is one of…
 
In today’s episode, we get to listen again to Joe and Christie’s conversation about switching from project-based work to subscription-based model. They also discussed how WordPress developers doing freelance work can focus on creating prototypes of productized services, how engaging in competitor research can help identify flaws in your own product…
 
Collis Ta'eed with his wife Cyan started out with an idea -- they wanted to create a marketplace where digital media producers could sell their creations to customers. They began with the then popular Flash file format and later expanded into things like WordPress themes, music, video and code. Each type of media had a marketplace, including Themef…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about honest optimism. What if you have this strong conviction that what you’re building will lead to success? What if you have this strong sense of positivity and optimism? Will it be enough to gain people’s trust and continue to pour more money into your company? But what if it’s just blind op…
 
Gabriele Musella is a well-educated, well-traveled, co-founder of Coinrule.com, a company where you can build or copy sets of rules for automatically trading cryptocurrencies. The company recently raised $3M+ from MKB Bank, Urban Innovation Fund, Zilliqa and many Business Angels (Kayak Co-founder, EightSleep Founder). Before that they also successf…
 
Kison Patel is the founder of DealRoom.net, a SAAS platform for managing the lifecycle of mergers and acquisitions. Kison spent ten years of his life running his own boutique M&A advisory firm, participting in some way with 363 asset sales. During this career, Kison noted how many processes of deals were handled with very 'old' technology, for exam…
 
In today’s episode, we get to listen again to Joe’s chat with Chris Lema, Liquid Web's Vice President of Products and General Manager at LearnDash. He is a well-known blogger and public speaker, and leads the product teams to develop and launch Managed WordPress and Managed WooCommerce product lines. Chris enthusiastically talks about the concept b…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about the 100-hour work week. The adrenaline to overexert and overwork yourself so you can get more things done is a hustle that no founder should be investing into. Here’s why. You can only get things done at your peak hours. No one gets productive a hundred hours a week. It’s an awful burnout.…
 
Russ Heddleston is the co-founder and former CEO of DocSend, which was acquired by Dropbox for $165 Million in early 2021. Russ currently works at Dropbox continuing the vision he had for DocSend. During this interview we hear how Russ went from studying at Stanford, to working at a startup called Greystripe, then as an intern at Dropbox, and then …
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Hristo Pandjarov, Manager of WordPress Initiatives at SiteGround - a web hosting company founded in 2004 that provides hosting for about 2,000,000 domains worldwide. Some of the services offered include shared hosting, cloud hosting, enterprise solutions, and domain registration. Hristo shares what the roles and res…
 
Sara Mauskopf is the co-founder and CEO of Winnie.com, a marketplace platform that connects parents looking for childcare and preschool providers with over 250,000 centres around the USA. To date, Sara and her team have raised $15.5 Million in venture funding over three rounds, with the most recent $9 million series being led by Rethink Impact. In …
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about a founder’s social circle. Wherever you may be, you’ll always meet another founder. Surprisingly, your Startup is helping you build these connections, a space where you can meet and create relationships with people who share the same experience as you and probably have similar views as wel…
 
I'm resurfacing this interview from 2016 because recently (2021) the team at MacGyver HQ has been sharing this interview on their social media, so I thought it would be a great time to share it with those new to Vested Capital. It was quite a thrill to see the actual MacGyver twitter account tweet out this podcast, especially as I was a kid who gre…
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Lucas Prigge, the Head of Sales at Kinsta - a hosting platform by developers, for developers. Kinsta has combined the fastest network and platform in the world (Google Cloud), and paired it with the best engineering team and the most experienced WordPress developers in the industry. The MyKinsta dashboard was built …
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about being the best at what you do. Oftentimes, founders are stuck in the idea that they need to add more features to make their product appealing and saleable. That it’s the added features that will reel in more customers without realizing that the focus should be on the core value of their pr…
 
It’s finally here! The WPMRR Virtual Summit 2021 is about to start! Joe shares today’s schedule and some exciting news to look forward to. Big shout out to all our sponsors this year. Some of our legacy sponsors include: GoDaddy Pro, WP Remote, GreenGeeks, Weglot, and Cloudways. Hop into the WPMRR Community and join our speakers as they discuss rel…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about moving to a major city. Years ago, when a business needed to expand, they often moved to a big city, brought key employees in, and raised funding to cope with a much higher cost of living. But times have changed. A lot of founders can now settle anywhere without the need to drag their empl…
 
It's hard to summarize all the success of Wil Schroter. He's founded so many companies. Today he's founder of Startups.com, a business education site and suite of tools and resources for entrepreneurs, some of which were previous startups by Wil (Fundable, Bizplan) and some were acquired (Zirtual, Clarity). Wil got his start early online, initially…
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Miriam Schwab, the co-Founder and CEO of Strattic - an all-in-one static site generation and hosting platform that instantly optimizes WordPress by converting it to a static architecture. Content managers and marketers can continue to manage content in WordPress as usual, while developers get to bask in the glory (a…
 
Tim Ferriss needs no introduction. Author, lifestyle design pioneer, angel investor (Wealthfront, Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Alibaba, Shopify, Duolingo), peak performance bio hacker, accelerated learning leader and of course, podcast host. Tim first appeared on my original podcast all the way back in 2007 when few people knew his name and he was talk…
 
In today’s episode, we bring back Joe’s chat with the Founder and Director of Design TLC, Tara Claeys. As a seasoned website designer and developer with a marketing background going back over 25 years, she provides custom website and graphic design services, with a focus on creating effective, customized, user-friendly communication platforms for s…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about optimism. An optimistic leader creates an optimistic environment. Despite the onslaught of negativities and failures, and success seemingly slipping away, when a Founder remains optimistic, he can always redirect his focus on what to do next. Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www…
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Gary Gaspar, the co-founder and CEO of Marker.io - a platform that encourages a simple way to report bugs on live websites and collect client feedback along the way. This 6-member team with over 2M feedback reported and 1,500 plus customers, continue to make it easier for people to report live website issues in real…
 
Sonya Petcavich is the founder and CEO of Meowtel.com, an 'Uber for cat sitting' service where a vetted cat sitter will come to your house and look after your kitties for as long as you need them to. Full disclosure: I am an angel investor in Meowtel and Sonya via the Jason Calacanis syndicate. When I first had the opportunity to invest in Meowtel …
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about dumb ideas. It’s no surprise that most of the successful Startups today started off as a completely bad idea. As it turns out, when given the time to evolve, the market to mature, and the target audience to be open about it, the dumbest idea can become the most profitable company. Sign up …
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about how some founders can’t flaunt their money. Founders worked for it, sacrificed their health and time, and at some point, even settled for less compensation for the company to grow. They earned it, and yet some people find it appalling just because they don’t have it. Sign up for the Startu…
 
Paul Biggar got started as a computer engineer early in life. He became a specialist in the field of compilers (software engineers use compilers to test code to see if it works or not). He liked compilers so much he completed a PhD on the topic. Paul had a few false starts as an entrepreneur, including a stint in the Y-Combinator program, but nothi…
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Iain Poulson and Alex Denning of FlipWP, a private marketplace for buying and selling WordPress businesses. Buyers get vetted listings emailed directly to them, while sellers get access to quality buyers who understand their product and the opportunity they’re offering. Iain and Alex explain how FlipWP offers a uniq…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about what happens when you leave your Startup. You can’t simply assume that you’ll still be compensated for the equity without continuously providing value to the company’s growth. It’s a simplified Math problem. If you don’t work, you don’t get paid. If you’re not adding value, you won’t be co…
 
In episode 8 of Vested Capital I featured an interview with VC and entrepreneur Elizabeth Yin. During that interview Elizabeth shared the story of how she founded LaunchBit and later sold the business to Todd Garland, the founder of BuySellAds.com . This happened in 2013. In 2012, I had Todd Garland on my podcast, where he explained how he came up …
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about the kind of culture you as a founder can create within your own organization. Everything you do has implications and if you let instigators of negativity be, you’re allowing a nasty culture to spread. Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter Resources: Startu…
 
For episode 18 of the EU-Startups Podcast we interviewed seriel entrepreneur and investor Lukasz GadowskiFor episode 18 of the EU-Startups Podcast we interviewed serial entrepreneur and investor Lukasz Gadowski. Lukasz is kind of a living legend of the German and European startup ecosystem and co-founded big success stories like Delivery Hero and h…
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Lesley Sim of Newsletter Glue, a WordPress plugin designed to help businesses or anyone connect their email service to WordPress so they can publish newsletters the way they publish blog posts. The first step is to connect the email service, write the newsletter in the block editor, and then send it. Lesley discusse…
 
In the second episode of the Vested Capital Mastermind, featuring Yaro and his three friends - Nick, Mani and Gideon - we answer a listener question about how to get started as an entrepreneur, Nick talks about his latest property investment, Yaro reveals he had an opportunity to invest ConvertKit and Mani and Gideon share updates from their compan…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about cofounder breakup. Likened to marriage, having a cofounder requires commitment that comes with consequences when and if the Startup fails and coming up with an action plan when the business turns out to be a total flop. Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newslette…
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Copyflight’s Todd Jones, a digital storyteller helping purpose-driven B2B entrepreneurs leverage storytelling to captivate their target market. His team helps businesses identify and develop their story, so that they can communicate more efficiently to their ideal client. Todd talks about how his college football To…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about taking the slow growth approach. Instead of going full force too fast early on, take the time to understand whether the bets you’re paying back or not and when it’s time to change direction. Don’t follow the narrative that you need to accelerate right away. Follow the circumstances and con…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about founders rushing into building their next Startup. After a successful exit, most founders are overly eager to start their next big idea and land another win. They want to act upon it while they are in the momentum and prove that they aren’t a one-hit wonder. Sign up for the Startups Newsle…
 
Dan Young is the son of Chinese immigrant parents who fled China to escape communnism. He then went on to live the American dream, building several companies in the computer hardware space, becoming a multi-millionaire. Dan's first big success came in the early 1990s, when with his wife they launched a computer hardware business called PC Laptops. …
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Rene Morozowich, a freelancer in the WordPress space who works with small and medium sized business and individual projects in building and managing service-based websites. She’s a Business Intelligence (BI) and SQL developer, a programmer, and an instructor at a community college who teaches credit and non-credit c…
 
In today’s episode, we are going to hear Christie once again, back when she was still based in Hawaii. Joe and Christie discuss the perks and some of the downsides of working on a different time zone from the rest of your team, body clock adjustments to be able to function, and the importance of robust communication and the maximization of tools. E…
 
Marcel Herz is co-founder and CEO of Tiliter, a company that is accelerating the democratization of computer vision. Presently they are focused on the grocery store industry, offering a device used at checkout to scan and identify fruits, vegetables, baked goods - anything that is loose without a barcode. This is just the tip of the iceberg however…
 
For episode 17 of the EU-Startups Podcast we interviewed Ecosia founder Christian KrollFor episode 17 of the EU-Startups Podcast we interviewed Christian Kroll, the founder and CEO of Ecosia.Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Berlin, Ecosia is a truly social enterprise - a 'search engine for good' which uses big parts of its ad revenues to plant …
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about liquidation probability. Many Startup founders make the wrong decision to lose interest in what they currently have and start pursuing something else in the hopes of a much bigger outcome, completely skipping the part where they first have to gauge the probability of success. Sign up for t…
 
Bryan M Clayton is the co-founder of Green Pal, an 'Uber for lawncare' technology platform, connecting lawn mowing providers to customers all over the United States. Bryan got his start as a teenager when his father forced him to cut a neighbours lawn to earn some money. Bryan liked being in charge of his income and over the next decade went on to …
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about opinions that do not matter when a company sells. A lot of founders are stigmatized for selling their Startups for too little. Too little in a sense that these non-founders only think of the numbers and not the value and work put into building the business. And the glaring truth is that th…
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Maciek Palmowski, one of the co-creators of WP Owls, a weekly newsletter focused on the latest and top WordPress news. He also works as a WordPress ambassador for Buddy Works - a top-notch performance into one solution for teams that want to painlessly introduce CI/CD and accelerate the development lifecycle of thei…
 
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