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Ben Jabbawy, Founder & CEO, Privy | EP 198
Ben Jabbawy is the Founder of Privy, a suite of tools designed to help marketers and ecommerce businesses increase their marketing conversions.
Ben has a background in Industrial Engineering, but moved into a few technical roles, before really diving into startups.
Ben joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, his advice for raising capital, how Privy has approached growing to over 250,000 users, and much more.
Kimberly Kalb, Head of Marketing & Growth, Houseparty | EP 197
Kimberly Kalb is the Head of Marketing & Growth at Houseparty, an app that takes the group chat to the next level with group video chat.
Kimberly has a background in entertainment media technology, having worked with brands like NBCUniversal, HBO, Tumblr Entertainment and now Houseparty.
There her role has really grown from partnership, to leading more aspects of growth, marketing and customer support. The Houseparty brand and some of their early learning, have really catapulted their app into international fame.
Kimberly joins us to share her story, how she got into startups, how she approaches partnerships, her approach to growth at Houseparty, and much more.
Joshua Brewer, Co-Founder & CEO, Abstract | EP 196
Josh Brewer is the Co-founder & CEO of Abstract, a platform for modern design teams to work together.
Josh’s career in design started off with teaching - but quickly lead to him diving into the emerging web and mobile product design industry. He eventually joined Twitter where he became a Principal Designer.
Josh joins us to share his story, how he got into design, what it’s was like working as a Principal Designer at Twitter, what led him to starting Abstract, his advice on raising funding, how he thinks about the design industry, and much more.
Ben Pines, CMO, Elementor | EP 195
Ben Pines is the CMO of Elementor, the most advanced Drag & Drop page builder for WordPress. Design beautiful professional websites faster and without code.
Ben shares what it’s been like building an open source, visual, drag & drop theme editor for Wordpress - and the challenges in scaling it to over 800,000 active installs worldwide - all in less than 2 years!
Ben joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, what it’s been like growing Elementor from 0 to over 800,000 active installs, some challenges of marketing a product to users worldwide, and much more.
Waqas Ali, Co-founder, Markhor (YC15) & Atoms | EP 194
Waqas Ali is the co-founder of Atoms, one & only shoe for every day.
Waqas started building a startups and businesses after discovering the internet and realizing you could sell products online.
While there were a ton of insurmountable challenges, Waqas and his co founder Sidra persevered - launching a custom dress shoe company called Markhor.
They eventually made it to the US, ran a massive kickstarter campaign and got into YC on their second attempt.
Today, Waqas & Sidra are at it again, working on an everyday shoe for the new creatives called Atoms.
Waqas joins us to share his story, how he discovered the internet & startups in his home country of Pakistan, all the challenges they had to go through just to start a company, his advice for getting into YC, what really goes into creating a product and story, how they’ve approached launching Atoms, and much more.
Vibhu Norby, Founder & CEO, B8ta
Vibhu Norby is the co-founder & CEO of B8ta, a new store designed for discovering, trying, & buying the latest tech products, as well as a new platform called “Built by B8ta”, which aims to power the future of physical retail experiences.
Vibhu moved to silicon valley after college to join a startup. He was eventually fired from the job, but then joined another startup which was acquired by MySpace.
From there, Vibhu joined YC with a social network startup of his own, raised some money, and was later acquired by Nest.
It was there that Vibhu started to really get interested in the future of retail - especially for emerging hardware brands.
Vibhu joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, what it was like running his own startups & working at Nest, why he started B8ta, how he thinks about the retail industry, what Built by B8ta is all about, what they’ve learnt scaling to 80 physical stores, what’s next for the startup, and much more.
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A Great Way to Hear the Thoughts and Insights of Entrepreneurs
Hack To Start is a great way to hear the thoughts and insights of entrepreneurs from Ottawa and beyond. As a bonus, I have also learned about some interesting products and services offered by such entrepreneurs and their companies. For example, the other day I heard the podcast interviewing Matt Fiedler. Prior to that I had never heard of Vinyl Me Please. Keep us the good work.
A thoughtful, well-executed podcast for entrepreneurs.
The chances of one getting face time with most of these makers is slim to none, but that’s the beauty of HackToStart. A great podcast that taps the minds of some of the most interesting people in tech.
Real entrepreneurs sharing their lessons learned from creating their startups. Practical advice, insights, realities, and truth about startup life.
Good job Franco and Tyler!