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Andrew asks challenging questions, which leads to real stories behind how startups made it.

Startup Stories - Mixergy Andrew Warner

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Andrew asks challenging questions, which leads to real stories behind how startups made it.

    #2265 He Bought a Ghost Town

    #2265 He Bought a Ghost Town

    Brent Underwood had a business idea: buy an abandoned town and turn it into a tourist destination.
    It didn’t work. Mostly because he tried running it remotely.
    Then he moved in. He started looking around, diving into old mines, and finding old treasures.
    He shot video of what he saw and of his renovations. That got hugely popular on social media, helped him raise money and allowed him to fund his project. It’s all in his book, Ghost Town Living, and in this interview.
     

    Brent Underwood is the founder of Cerro Gordo, an ambitious project aimed at reviving a historic ghost town into a tourist attraction and real estate opportunity. Outside of his entrepreneurial endeavors, Brent has a passion for history, hospitality, and the unique storytelling of the American West, all of which play a central role in his current venture.

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    #1559 Cameron Herold coaches me on hiring (so I don’t collapse at my desk)

    #1559 Cameron Herold coaches me on hiring (so I don’t collapse at my desk)

    Hiring has been a huge issue for me. And in a past interview with Cameron Herold, I brought it up because he’s the founder of the COO Alliance, the world’s leading network for the second in command.
    I don’t get embarrassed by a lot of stuff. If you heard my interviews, you hear me get pretty frank about my flaws, my mistakes. But this issue is something I was embarrassed about. I think if I don’t hire somebody to be the second in command at Mixergy, I am probably going to collapse.
    So, that’s what today is about. It’s not so much an interview as it is a coaching call with the guy who knows hiring better than anyone else. You’ll get to hear what I learned and my hope is that you benefit from it too.

    Cameron Herold is the founder of the COO Alliance, the world’s leading network for the second in command.

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    Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.

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    #1524 When does a startup founder need a COO?

    #1524 When does a startup founder need a COO?

    A topic we don’t talk about on Mixergy is how to actually manage a company. I remember when I was in NYU as an undergrad I loved all my business classes, but management just didn’t feel like me.
    I always thought of the guys in Dilbert but entrepreneurs were the ones who were creating, the ones who were doing. Mixergy’s grown and I’ve been running it, but I have to be honest, I’m not doing a great job of running it.
    So earlier in the year, the Mixergy team said, “Andrew, go get a COO.” They kept challenging me. One of things that they told me to do was to talk to Cameron Herold.
    Cameron Herold was Chief Operating Officer at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? He is also the founder of the COO Alliance, the world’s only organization for those who are second in command.

    Cameron Herold was Chief Operating Officer at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? He is also the founder of the COO Alliance, the world’s only organization for those who are second in command.

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    #1453 The future of chat (and interacting with your customers)

    #1453 The future of chat (and interacting with your customers)

    About a year ago I realized that no matter how much effort we’ve put into my email list, I could never double the response rate. We kept growing it, but people were not using email much.
    So I started looking around for solutions and I started looking at bots. Bots are basically software that communicates with humans via a chat app. I came across one company that looked too good to be true. It’s called ManyChat. And I said, “I’ve got to find out who the founder is.”
    And today, Mikael Yang is the founder of ManyChat. Not only does the software work, but the intelligence behind the scenes of dripping out content, tagging people, interacting with people is brilliant.
    This whole space is still pretty young but it’s important to have this conversation because he’s gotten very far and because I want you to see the future of chat as a way of interacting with your customers.

    Mikael Yang is the founder of ManyChat, a visual bot builder for Facebook Messenger with broadcasts, analytics, scheduled posting and many other features.

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    Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.

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    #1417 How Sam Ovens is helping everyday people start their own consulting businesses

    #1417 How Sam Ovens is helping everyday people start their own consulting businesses

    I’ll be honest with you. I felt guilt about an interview that I did years ago with today’s guest. This was back in, let me see here, 2013. I interviewed Sam Ovens about how he built up this consulting business and was teaching people how to do consulting.
    I thought maybe I got taken for a ride. It was too good to be true. Then I started hearing people who were in his program talk about how big the program is. Then I started hearing more and more people say they were in the program.
    I realized, “Actually maybe I underestimated the guy.” And the more research I did into it, the more I realized that was true. Then I went hat in hand and said, “Hey, Sam, can I interview you again on Mixergy?”
    Sam Ovens is the founder of Consulting.com, it offers online training programs to help everyday people start their own consulting businesses.

    Sam Ovens is the founder of Consulting.com, it offers online training programs to help everyday people start their own consulting businesses. Sam’s hosting a free webinar which shows you in detail how to start your own consulting business, click here to register for the free training.

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    Toptal – If you’re having trouble finding developers, Toptal is a network of elite pre-vetted software developers. You tell Toptal what you’re looking for, they search their network for the best people, they test the candidates, and then they present you with only the candidates who meet your individual needs. Once you pick someone you can start work with them the next day. They offer a no-risk trial period. Go to Toptal.com. Get the best of the best right now.


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    #1050 How a former lawyer built a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills – with Jordan Harbinger

    #1050 How a former lawyer built a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills – with Jordan Harbinger

    How does a former lawyer build a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills.
    Jordan Harbinger is the co-founder of The Art of Charm, a company that teaches confidence and emotional intelligence.

    Jordan Harbinger is the co-founder of The Art of Charm, a company that teaches confidence and emotional intelligence, and the host of The Jordan Harbinger Show, which interviews top performers, from legendary musicians to intelligence operatives.

     

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Customer Reviews

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517 Ratings

517 Ratings

BP Writer ,

Fantastic host, great content!

Recently came across the StartUp Stories podcast and am really enjoying it! Especially appreciated your candid conversation with Josep Solå about his journey of developing a wearable device that monitors blood pressure. So many fascinating takeaways! Can't wait to listen to more episodes! Thank you!

Jason (Jay) Webb ,

The GOAT

Andrew is the GOAT of Entreprenuer/Founder interviews. Period!

Adarcus ,

Such a treasure trove of knowledge! 🧠

Andrew’s guests share incredible stories from the world of start-ups! Andrew leads meaningful conversations with his guests who bring so much to the table. Highly recommend this show - you will NOT be disappointed!

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