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A raw and honest listen from a true bootstrapped SaaS founder. You’ll get unique insights from the host, Kosta Panagoulias, who bootstrapped a SaaS out of his parent’s basement with $0 and no tech experience, into a company doing 7-figures in ARR.

Kosta takes you through his SaaS journey in real-time, talking about specific business situations he’s going through, thinking about, or just finds interesting. From time to time, Kosta brings on other successful founders to talk shop.

Respecting the audience’s time and hustle, most thoughts are squeezed into 5 to 12 minute episodes. The purpose is not to give you the answers, but to spark something in your mind that could help improve your business.

Founder Views - A bootstrapped CEO’s views on business & SaaS Kosta Panagoulias

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0, 15 Ratings

A raw and honest listen from a true bootstrapped SaaS founder. You’ll get unique insights from the host, Kosta Panagoulias, who bootstrapped a SaaS out of his parent’s basement with $0 and no tech experience, into a company doing 7-figures in ARR.

Kosta takes you through his SaaS journey in real-time, talking about specific business situations he’s going through, thinking about, or just finds interesting. From time to time, Kosta brings on other successful founders to talk shop.

Respecting the audience’s time and hustle, most thoughts are squeezed into 5 to 12 minute episodes. The purpose is not to give you the answers, but to spark something in your mind that could help improve your business.

    Eugene Levin - Chief Strategy Officer of SEMrush, Marketing with a "winner take all" mentality

    Eugene Levin - Chief Strategy Officer of SEMrush, Marketing with a "winner take all" mentality

    This is one of those episodes you might have to listen to more than once. Eugene Levin is the Chief Strategy Officer of SEMrush, an SEO management platform with over 800 employees around the world.

    Eugene has a very unique mind when it comes to marketing and how to think about growth in business, and it's clear how much he's contributed to the great success of SEMrush.

    This episode is jam-packed with actionable takeaways and advice from a high-level executive. We touch on several topics, including how to have a "winner take all mentality", the best ways to utilize marketing spend, the channels driving SEMrush's incredible growth, actionable tips on how any company can think about SEO, important metrics, and much much more.

    Truly one of those episodes you want to listen to in full, and soak it all up. Enjoy!

    • 59 min
    Josh Pigford - CEO of Baremetrics, Almost selling the company for $5 million, and what the plans are for the future

    Josh Pigford - CEO of Baremetrics, Almost selling the company for $5 million, and what the plans are for the future

    I’m speaking with Josh Pigford, CEO and founder of Baremetrics. If you’re in SaaS, you’ve definitely heard of Josh and Baremetrics. Hundreds of SaaS and subscription businesses use Baremetrics to properly display dashboards and metrics to give a real time breakdown of how their company is performing. This is fundamental for every SaaS company, and Baremetrics has been the staple in that department for quite some time.

    Recently, Josh caused some waves in the SaaS world when he revealed that he almost sold Baremetrics for $5 million, which was a big shock to a lot of people in SaaS, given how transparent and open Josh is with his business. So we’re talking about that, why he went through with the sales process, how the deal fell through, and what impact that had with his team when the news went public.

    We also talk about how Josh grew his remote company to well over $100k in monthly recurring revenue and what he’s planning for the future.

    I’m really glad I had Josh on the podcast, this was a very insightful episode, and I have no doubt you’ll get a tonne of value from it. Enjoy!

    • 38 min
    Will Christensen - Co-founder of Data Automation, Saving time through automation and efficiency

    Will Christensen - Co-founder of Data Automation, Saving time through automation and efficiency

    I'm speaking with automation and efficiency guru (or automation geek, as he calls himself), Will Christensen, co-founder of Data Automation.

    Almost all companies of any size struggle with efficiency and waste countless hours with redundant and manual work. Will specializes in helping SaaS companies save time through automating workflows.

    We talk about ways Data Automation helps SaaS companies save time through automation, how he's grown his company to +$1M in revenue, specific marketing channels to attract more business, and much much more.

    Will also shares some of his favourite automation and efficiency hacks which are absolute gems!

    This was a really great episode with key actionable insights that will really help you see the importance of efficiency in your business. Enjoy!

    • 57 min
    Spencer Fry - CEO of Podia, How to become the authority figure in your industry

    Spencer Fry - CEO of Podia, How to become the authority figure in your industry

    In this episode, I’m speaking with Spencer Fry, the CEO and founder of Podia. Podia helps creators sell anything online from courses, downloads, and memberships, without worrying about any tech.

    Podia is about 5 years old, they’re a fully remote team of 19 people at the time we recorded this (possibly even more now), and they just seem to be picking up a ton of traction in this space. Spencer has a bold vision for the company, in the next 5 years, he wants Podia to be the ONLY platform that a creator uses to monetize. We talk about what he’s doing and what they plan on doing to execute on that big vision.

    Spencer has been serial entrepreneur since day one. He has actually never received a pay check from someone other than himself, which is pretty unique. He’s founded 4 companies including Podia, has had 3 successful exits, and is now focused on growing Podia to the the leader in their space.

    If you’re in SaaS, a CEO, a founder, or anyone in business, definitely listen to this chat with one of the best executors I’ve ever spoken to. Enjoy!

    • 43 min
    Josh MacDonald - Building, growing and selling companies as a non-technical founder

    Josh MacDonald - Building, growing and selling companies as a non-technical founder

    I’m speaking with serial entrepreneur, Josh MacDonald in this episode. Josh is a fellow software entrepreneur from the greater Toronto area (as am I), so it was really great to connect with him and hear his story - and what a story it is!

    Josh is only 24 years old (at the time of recording this of course), and he has a tremendous wealth of knowledge and insights that are very impressive.

    Josh got into the internet game at a very young age, he was making tens of thousands of dollars when he was only 15 years old. He recently wrote a book called the “The Non-Technical Founder”, where he talks about his journey and experiences as a non-technical founder, building, growing and eventually selling companies.

    He’s done all of this bootstrapped, which I love of course. Currently, Josh passively runs a SaaS company called getshout.io, and an apparel brand called Abella, which is making 5-figures a day in revenue.

    This is an episode I’m really excited for people to listen to. Enjoy our chat!

    • 50 min
    Amar Ghose - CEO of ZenMaid, growing to +$1.5M in revenue while traveling the world

    Amar Ghose - CEO of ZenMaid, growing to +$1.5M in revenue while traveling the world

    I’m speaking with Amar Ghose in this episode. Amar is the CEO of ZenMaid, a scheduling management software that helps cleaning and maid services be more efficient and organized.

    Amar has done an amazing job of building himself a very nice, high margin company. ZenMaid is fully remote, bootstrapped, and are set to cross over $1.5M in annual recurring revenue this year. I’m pretty envious of Amar’s lifestyle, as he’s pretty much a full-time traveler, along with his wife.

    We dive into how Amar grew the company to what it is today. I love his story, because it’s all about persistence, consistency and staying hungry. Amar reminds us how business is a marathon, not a sprint. He shares how the spent the first several years cold calling to get his first handful of clients, and recounts the very slow grind. They were only growing at about $300 in MRR per month for the first 3 years before things started to take off.

    But that persistence and dedication have certainly paid off, Zenmaid is growing significantly, revenue is climbing the team is expanding. Learn how ZenMaid has become the market leader for maid services in the world.

    Enjoy our chat!

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

boobalia ,

Great Podcast

This podcast covers key issues that early stage start-up founders face. If you are thinking about building or in the process of building a start-up you should have a listen. Lots of great guests and strong, relevent topics!

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Back to the Basics

This series of podcasts is by far my favourite when it comes to business. He always brings it back to the basics, which is a great constant reminder for me and my business.

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I love you podcast!!! You can relate these tools you talk about to any business and you explain each concept with such ease that anybody can understand. Thank you for the work you do!

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