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A podcast highlighting the introspections of Jakt's CEO Anthony Tumbiolo. Reflecting upon the things that go on in a business that many do not see. From true feelings and emotions about the company to insights about what it means to be a CEO, this podcast has you covered.

Reflections of a CEO Anthony Tumbiolo

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A podcast highlighting the introspections of Jakt's CEO Anthony Tumbiolo. Reflecting upon the things that go on in a business that many do not see. From true feelings and emotions about the company to insights about what it means to be a CEO, this podcast has you covered.

    How To Build And Exit A Successful Business - A List Of Personal Reflections

    How To Build And Exit A Successful Business - A List Of Personal Reflections

    I started Jakt, a digital product & innovation studio based in NYC back in 2012.



    I built it entirely from scratch as its CEO into the $4M/year business that it is today.



    And it’s definitely been a hell of a ride.



    I’ve gone through the highest of highs and lowest of lows during all these seven years. 



    There were times I felt happy and fulfilled as I’ve ever been, just as times when I thought I couldn’t possibly sink any lower.



    As of June of 2019 though, I’m no longer Jakt’s CEO.



    The business was acquired by a much larger agency who also offered me a spot in its board of directors.



    I’m moving onto a new stage in life and I couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come.



    In today’s episode, I’m actually a guest in a friend’s Podcast. 



    He invited me to come over to share my story, learnings, and personal reflections from building a business with a virtual room of people.



    Here’s what we touched on:



    - The moment that spurred me to follow entrepreneurship (6:10)



    - How my end-goal changed over time as I grew Jakt (10:50)



    - When did I start noticing the company’s success (14:00)



    - Should you invest in a sinking ship or fail quickly and pivot somewhere else? (18:00)



    - Why sales are SO important (22:00) 



    - How did we approach our potential leads to generate new business and close them (30:00)

    • 1 hr 39 min
    How To Get Better At Sales Faster Than You Ever Thought Was Possible...

    How To Get Better At Sales Faster Than You Ever Thought Was Possible...

     Has this ever happened to you?...



    You’re on a sales call, pitching your agency’s services to your newest lead…



    And they… don’t really seem to care?



    No matter what you say, or how you position your value… they just don’t buy in?



    You leave the call disappointed. You just missed an opportunity to bring in more business.



    Frustrating, isn’t it?



    This happened to one member of our community of agency owners:



    “As the call went on, I realized I had no idea what I was doing…”



    And so he asked me:



    “Anthony, how did you get better at sales?”



    So, in today’s podcast, I’ll touch on:




    My approach to getting better at sales calls




    The art of deliberate practice and how crucial it is to discover your pain points




    The steps you can take to speed up your learning




    My entire sales process explained




    The questions I look to ask during a sales call




    A case study example of how you should structure your call




    Why you should document your sales processes

    • 23 min
    The Most Important Lesson I Learned From The First Time I Fired Someone

    The Most Important Lesson I Learned From The First Time I Fired Someone

    When I first started my agency Jakt back in 2012, I didn’t know what I was doing.



    Sure, I could code and take care of the production work, but the business side of things? 



    I was figuring that out as it came.



    NYU taught me about many things... but running a profitable agency wasn’t one of them.



    And in 2015, I realized it didn’t prepare me to fire someone either.



    To this day, I can admit it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.



    I actually talked myself out of making the decision -- even when I believed it was the best for the business -- for a whopping SIX months before I finally sat down and took action.



    If you’re struggling with that right now…



    Or you’ve already fired someone, and you’d like to know another’s POV and experience...



    This is for you.



    I’ll touch on…



    - Why I made the decision to let this employee go (3:03)



    - The reasons why I talked myself out of it for so long (4:22)



    - What helped me get through my mental barriers and stories to take action (7:42)



    - The lesson I learned from that experience (13:10)



    - Why you’re doing people a disservice if you don’t fire them quickly (13:49)

    • 23 min
    How Not To Die When Things Break - A Story Of When I Almost Closed Jakt

    How Not To Die When Things Break - A Story Of When I Almost Closed Jakt

     It was 2016. We had just closed at $2M in revenue last year, and I was feeling great.



    I couldn't know I would be considering shutting down Jakt a couple of months later.



    Some of the events that unfolded that year almost broke me.



    More than half of our team left us in a short period. Clients were leaving us too. And, to top it all off, I couldn’t seem to close any new business...



    If you’re an entrepreneur, you might relate to this.



    You might have hard times and think about shutting everything down because it’s not worth the stress, anxiety, or depression.



    Reality is though: you’re not alone here.



    Just as you, other people have been through their fair share of s**t.



    And if I got through mine, you can definitely get through yours.



    In this podcast, I share with you the story of how I almost decided to shut down Jakt for good, 



    because I want to remind you that you’re not alone on this journey. And that things breaking might be a good thing for ONE special reason…



    I’ll touch on:




    The TWO things that started happening within Jakt that almost broke me (3:38)




    Why things breaking turned out to be a blessing in disguise (8:12)




    How you need to frame these exact moments to actually grow from them (12:16)

    • 19 min
    How We Jumped From $1.7m To $4m After A Three-year Dry Spell At Jakt

    How We Jumped From $1.7m To $4m After A Three-year Dry Spell At Jakt

    For three years, my agency Jakt hovered around $1.5M to $2M in revenue.



    From 2017 to 2018, we jumped from $1.7M to $4M. That’s a 134% increase.



    How did we suddenly break through after a three-year dry spell?



    You see…



    There’s no silver bullet, just as there’s no “ONE thing” that I did to finally grow past the threshold we were stuck at.



    It was the opposite in fact.



    From changing the type of customer we serviced and the type of engagement we had with them…



    … to varying the type of projects we accepted from short to long-term...



    I realized Jakt couldn’t grow past the $2M if we kept things the same. 



    And in this podcast, I’ll be sharing with you the exact steps we took to do just that.



    I’ll be touching on…




    The type of customer we first served at Jakt and why did we have low retention with them (2:03)




    What I realized was necessary to grow to $4M (5:05)




    Why our first customers didn’t want to bring our services in-house, and how this affected retention (6:04)




    How I changed the frame we set with new customers so we worked for more extended periods (7:50)




    Why offering services that were super important to their businesses - but not the main priority - helped us grow immensely (9:58)

    • 18 min
    The Greatest Lessons I’ve Learned While Running a $4M/year Agency

    The Greatest Lessons I’ve Learned While Running a $4M/year Agency

     Someone asked me two questions on Twitter the other day. 



    He said:



    “Anthony, what’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned at Jakt? 



    And two - knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently?”



    You see…



    I don’t believe there’s “one greatest lesson.” 



    If anything, what I’ve learned throughout seven years while growing a multimillion-dollar agency is the opposite:



    There are a TON of lessons, and I haven’t even yet scratched the surface. 



    Business wouldn't be a game with a constant amount of learning involved otherwise.



    From the financial engineering principles I’ve used to stay profitable every single year…



    … to creating a culture of high-performers and accountability at Jakt...



    In this podcast, I’ll give you a rundown of a few lessons I’ve learned and what I’m doing differently moving forward.



    Here’s what I’ll touch on:




    Why sales cures everything (5:25)




    Hiring an executive coach has a massive ROI (11:09)




    Look at your business as a machine comprised of various systems. Your job as the CEO is to design the machine (16:29)




    You are NOT that special (17:49)




    You are THAT special (18:32)

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

brissbrass ,

Insightful look into a real business

Anthony gives his unfiltered advice and a look into his company and what it's like to be a modern business owner. I connect with a lot of the content and have been able to apply what he talks about in my own business.

Unilixaouk ,

Super insightful

Love the candid approach to the day to day of running an agency, very interesting as we see how other agencies deal with similar issues to ours.

Kdub_rezi ,

Every Trep Needs This

Real, tangible and candid. Necessary gems for success.

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