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Unlike other business podcasts. No filler and no fluff. HTE is a show for people looking to take charge of their lives and build a successful online business. People who are looking for their next business idea, getting started online, and how to start a business. We understand that starting a business and doing work that matters is not always easy, but it is worth it. Learn more at https://hacktheentrepreneur.com/podcasts/

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Unlike other business podcasts. No filler and no fluff. HTE is a show for people looking to take charge of their lives and build a successful online business. People who are looking for their next business idea, getting started online, and how to start a business. We understand that starting a business and doing work that matters is not always easy, but it is worth it. Learn more at https://hacktheentrepreneur.com/podcasts/

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Great interviews.

By mani98527 - Jul 01 2018
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Really likes the way he interview. Highly recommended.

And that’s the hack!

By ProudSlut4Life - Nov 14 2017
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And that’s the hack! Dámn, I am really liking this show.

iTunes Ratings

396 Ratings
Average Ratings
373
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2
5

Great interviews.

By mani98527 - Jul 01 2018
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Really likes the way he interview. Highly recommended.

And that’s the hack!

By ProudSlut4Life - Nov 14 2017
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And that’s the hack! Dámn, I am really liking this show.
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Hack the Entrepreneur with Jon Nastor

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Unlike other business podcasts. No filler and no fluff. HTE is a show for people looking to take charge of their lives and build a successful online business. People who are looking for their next business idea, getting started online, and how to start a business. We understand that starting a business and doing work that matters is not always easy, but it is worth it. Learn more at https://hacktheentrepreneur.com/podcasts/

Rank #1: HTE 418: Find the Few Things That Will 10x Your Business | Joe Kashurba

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Welcome Hack the Entrepreneur listeners! To take advantage of the 15% discount you heard about on the show, use the promo code PODCAST when you check out. Go to WordPress.com/HACK to create your website.

My guest today started a web design business in high school and grew it into a digital agency with clients around the world.

In this conversation, we are going to dive into how he went from charging $300 to $30,000 for designing and developing websites.

Now, let's hack...

Joe Kashurba.

Apr 19 2018

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Rank #2: HTE 372: Investing in Yourself | Kai Davis

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My guest today is an author, speaker, and coach with one goal: Help your business be better off than it was before you found him.

He is working to accomplish this goal in several ways: One, he sends a daily marketing tip to his newsletter. Two, he has written three books. And

One, he sends a daily marketing tip to his newsletter. Two, he has written three books. And three, he coaches freelancers in the craft of marketing and selling.

This is a super fun conversation that covers positioning, the sunk cost fallacy, and evaluating new business ideas.

Now, let’s hack…

Kai Davis.

Oct 06 2017

45mins

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Rank #3: The 4-Day Content Creation System with Pamela Wilson

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Content marketing, content strategy, and blogging – these are things we talk about constantly. In fact, I've said it before and I'll say it again, all businesses in 2019 are in the content business, whether they know it or not.

But understanding the importance of content marketing is only one piece of the puzzle. Executing effectively is a whole other thing. You can't just write and publish mediocre articles without a strategy or plan and expect any benefits to come from it.

Which brings us to today, and this episode of Hack the Entrepreneur. Four or five years ago, I had no idea how to write for the internet, I didn't know what content marketing even was, and I had been convinced by teachers that I wasn't a writer.

As I learned the strategy and tactics behind content marketing, I set out to relearn the art of writing. During this process I stumbled Copyblogger, a site dedicated to teaching the content marketing, copywriting, and strategy.

Throughout this journey, I've made a ton of mistakes and learned a lot about creating effective content online. One of the things that has had the biggest effect on my writing has been adopting a system and process for my creative process, and the system I've adopted was created by Pamela Wilson, the former VP of educational content at Copyblogger.

The step-by-step system has completely changed the way I write and has enabled me to more than double my content output and increase my organic traffic by over 950% in the past 12 months.

Today I am happy to have Pamela on the show to walk you through her entire process so that you can reap the same rewards that I have.

Now, let’s learn the 4-day content creation system.

May 06 2019

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Rank #4: HTE 414: Focus on One Thing Only | Ezra Firestone

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My guest today is the founder and CEO of Smart Marketer. In the past six years, they have grown to a team of 15 and he his thought by many to be the leading eCommerce expert in the world.

He is also the co-founder and CMO of Boom!, the world's first pro-age cosmetic line for every generation.

In addition to this, he is the founder of Zipify, a Shopify app-creation company.

Now, let's hack...

Ezra Firestone.

Mar 26 2018

34mins

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Rank #5: HTE 390: Don’t Talk About it, Do it | Jaimee Newberry

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My guest today is a professional experimenter, speaker, and entrepreneur.

After a couple years working at Zappos and some major life circumstances, my guest suffered a nasty spell of life burnout back in 2012 and decided to redesign her life from the ground up. She spent the next year speaking around the world, podcasting, and writing.

Then in August of 2016, she co-founded a business called Picture This Clothing — and it took off as a viral hit from the very first Tweet.

Now let’s hack…

Jaimee Newberry.

Dec 18 2017

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Rank #6: 454: Company of One | Paul Jarvis

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Paul Jarvis is a veteran of the online tech world, and over the years has had such corporate clients as Microsoft, Yahoo, Mercedes-Benz, Warner Music, and even Shaquille O'Neal.

Today, he teaches online courses, writes, and runs several software businesses, his latest being a simple and privacy-based website analytics platform called Fathom. Plus, he does all of this from his home on an island on the West Coast of Canada.

His latest project is his brand new book Company of One, your official guide to building around the idea that staying small and avoiding growth can be more durable and even more enjoyable.

In this conversation, we discuss:

  • Why you should constantly be challenging the ideas of others
  • When is enough finally enough?
  • Understanding success as a personal metric that can (and should) change

Now, let's hack...

Paul Jarvis.

Jan 22 2019

54mins

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Rank #7: HTE 409: Zero to $43k MRR in Seven Months | Jake Jorgovan

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Seven months ago, Jake Jorgovan was in the unenviable position that many of us have found ourselves in at one point or another -- lots of ideas that seemed great at the start and an equal number that had to be shutdown for one reason or another.

He'd had a lot of success with consulting over the years, but he wanted to build something bigger. Then he came up with another big idea and on July 15, 2017 he sent the first email pitching a new Linkedin outreach service called Lead Cookie. Now, just seven months later they have grown from the first email to a team of 19 full-time employees and generating $43k in monthly recurring revenue.

Now, let's hack...

Jake Jorgovan.

Mar 05 2018

46mins

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Rank #8: HTE 397: Start with One Thing Every Day | Stephynie Malik

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Stephynie Malik is an active listener, strategist, and entrepreneur.

For the past 16 years, she has been the founder of Malik Co, a management consulting firm working with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies.

During a 16 year tenure building her company many things have changed, including herself and her goals.

So this past November, my guest stepped down as leader Malik Co, and started a brand new company called Chique Speak.

In this conversation, Stephynie Malik and Jon discuss the power of being a good listener, following your gut, and being honourable.

Now, let’s hack…

Stephynie Malik.

Jan 18 2018

41mins

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Rank #9: HTE 371: Improving with Actions, Not Tasks | Heath Armstrong

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My guest today has gone from a sales position in the concrete industry to running a successful eCommerce business from his home office.

Back in 2009, while still working in the construction industry, my guest decided to start a website called ConcreteHelper.com. His plan was to help the industry, and in turn, help his career. Instead, he realized he hated his job.

Fast forward to today, and my guest is running a successful Amazon FBA company and has published an extremely useful journal and goals tracking book called The Sweet Ass Journal.

In this episode, we discuss morning routines, online arbitrage, and habit tracking.

Now, let’s hack…

Heath Armstrong.

Oct 02 2017

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Rank #10: HTE 394: Create a New Future | Aviv Shahar

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Aviv Shahar is an author, former air force pilot, and an entrepreneur.

He has spent the past 17 years building his consulting business by helping senior executives at some of the world’s largest companies.

The most impressive thing about his business is that 98% of his new client acquisition is based on referrals from previous clients — and yes, we dive into how he accomplishes this.

He is also the author of a new book called Create New Futures.

Now, let’s hack…

Aviv Shahar.

Jan 08 2018

46mins

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Rank #11: 484: How to Market (and Sell) Anything Online | Neil Patel

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Neil Patel is the co-founder of the analytics companies KISSmetrics, Crazy Egg, and Quick Sprout. He is a frequent contributor to publications, such as Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine. He also helps companies such as Amazon and Viacom grow their revenue.

President Obama recognized my guest as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 and he has also been awarded Congressional Recognition from the United States House of Representatives.

Although he loves being an entrepreneur, he sees his future in the non-profit world helping to drive traffic to their websites and helping to change lives.

Now, let's hack...

Neil Patel.

In this episode Neil Patel and I discuss:

  • Learning from previous mistakes (and not making them again)
  • Planning and executing fast (the good and the bad)
  • Partner with someone who compliments you

Nov 22 2019

26mins

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Rank #12: HTE 428: How to Find (and Fill) a Void in the Market | Christian Hageseth

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Christian Hageseth is a cannabis entrepreneur. Hefinished college in 1992 and just one year later he started his first company and has been going strong ever since.

During the next decade, he started companies in real estate and ice cream -- always looking for a void in the marketplace where he could build a successful business.

In 2009, he founded Green Man Cannabis just one day after Colorado legalized the production and sale of medical and recreational cannabis. What began as a 5,000 square foot growing operation has scaled to 130,000 square feet of production today.

Late 2017, he founded One Cannabis, a franchisor of retail marijuana stores.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • Using meditation to stay focused and on top of your game
  • Finding and capitalizing on gaps in the marketplace
  • Christian's fear of living a vanilla life

Now, let's hack...

Christian Hageseth.

Jun 18 2018

37mins

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Rank #13: HTE 384: Faster Than Normal | Peter Shankman

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My guest today has jumped out of hundreds of planes, is an Ironman triathlete, and an entrepreneur.

He started his career at America Online as a Senior News Editor. He helped to found the AOL Newsroom and spearheaded coverage of the Democratic and Republican 1996 conventions. He then started a PR firm called The Geek Factory.

He then became the creator of Help a Reporter Out ("HARO"), a service for journalists which was acquired in 2010.

He is now an international speaker and the creator of Faster Than Normal, a podcast and book to help people turbocharge their focus, productivity, and success.

Now, let’ hack…

Peter Shankman.

Nov 27 2017

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Rank #14: HTE 380: Be Lazy. Be Curious. Be Often | Michael Bungay Stanier

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Today’s guest left Australia 25 years ago to become a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

Today, he lives in Canada and is the founder and senior partner at Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less good work and more great work. What started 15 years ago as a one-person show, has grown into a thriving team of 20+ people seeing exponential growth.

He’s also the author of several books, including The Wall Street Journal Bestseller, The Coaching Habit.

Now, let’s hack…

Michael Bungay Stanier.

Nov 13 2017

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Rank #15: HTE 369: Finding Your First Customers | Michael Palmer

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Today’s guest is a podcaster, coach, and currently the founder of two successful companies.

Back in 2010, he brought Pure Bookkeeping to life in Canada, and they have recently grown and expanded into the US. Pure Bookkeeping is a system for helping bookkeepers manage, grow, and scale their businesses.

He is also the co-founder of eCircle Academy, where he helps coaches and consultants grow their businesses.

He is also the host of the Thought Leaders podcast.

Now, let’s hack…

Michael Palmer.

Sep 21 2017

46mins

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Rank #16: 453: Solve a Big Pain for a Small Audience | Natalie Nagele

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What if you could run a successful software company with your significant other, have you are your team of 30 people work just 32 hours per week, build houses on the side, and be a loving and caring parent?

Natalie Nagele has done just that. For the past 14 years, she has been the co-founder and CEO of Wildbit. Wildbit is the parent software company of Beanstalk, Postmark, Conveyor, and Deploybot which they sold in 2017.

Wildbit builds software that enables developers to get out of the weeds and focus on what they do best -- which is to design, code, and ship brilliant software.

In this conversation we discuss:

- Why focusing on your team is more vital than focusing on your products - How to solve really big pain points for a really small audience - Making space to enable your team to get into deep work

Now, let's hack...

Natalie Nagele.

Jan 07 2019

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Rank #17: HTE 378: Build Your Wings on the Way Down | Karen Hoskin

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After spending the first 15 years as a graphic designer and growing her own agency, today’s guest decided it was time for a challenge — and a change.

Twenty years after falling in love with rum during a trip to India, she and her husband decided to see if they could turn that love of rum into a business. At this moment, Montanya Distillers was born.

Flash forward eight years and Montanya produces three rums, is distributed in forty-four states and seven countries and has won countless international awards.

In this conversation, we discuss being a female distiller in a male-dominated industry, building your wings on the way down, and not being constrained by what other people think.

Now, let’s hack…

Karen Hoskin.

Nov 06 2017

38mins

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Rank #18: HTE 401: How to Get What You Want From Any Meeting | Warren Hogarth

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Warren Hogarth started out with a PhD in chemical engineering and moved onto receiving his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Then in 2008, he became a partner at the #1 VC firm in the world, Sequoia Capital, where he spent the next eight years as lead investor and a board member for billion dollar companies. And then he walked away from it.

He is now the co-founder and CEO of Empower, an app that helps entrepreneurs and side hustlers stay on top of their finances.

This is a fascinating conversation about keeping an open mind about the future, how chance favors the prepared mind, and maniacally prioritizing your days.

Now, let’s hack…

Warren Hogarth.

Feb 01 2018

32mins

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Rank #19: HTE 433: Embracing the Entrepreneurial Lifestyle | Ernie Bray

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Ernie Bray is a 6-time Inc 5000 CEO, 2x Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" Semi-Finalist, and the cofounder of AutoClaims Direct.

Founded in 2003, AutoClaims direct has grown to a 8-figure virtual claims technology company that has processed nearly $4 billion in collision losses.

He truly lives the entrepreneur lifestyle and spends a lot of time focusing on optimization in health, fitness, and work.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • The struggles with leaving the working world behind to start your own business
  • How to set up a morning routine that enables you to get more done
  • Why the victory is ALWAYS in the journey

Now, let's hack...

Ernie Bray.

Jul 16 2018

37mins

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Rank #20: HTE 436: From Side Hustle to Full-Time (In Just Two Years) | Sinikka Rohrer

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Sinikka Rohrer is lady who knows how to hustle. After two years side hustling as a second shooter -- aka a supporting and helping photographer ad she went full time into her business and created Soul Creations.

With sheer will, determination, and as she calls is it "working scrappy.", she has transformed her side hustle into a destination wedding photography company.

To get started, she started showing up in her community. She also niched down, found her audience, and ran with it.

Now, let's hack...

Sinikka Rohrer.

Aug 06 2018

33mins

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497: Becoming World-Class with Jon Morrow

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Over the years, I've had the pleasure of interviewing people growing businesses in almost every market imaginable from trampoline parks to peanut butter. And from the farthest reaches of the world from Ukraine to South Africa.

Despite all of those differences, they've all shared a commonality that today's guest does not share they could move.

My guest today is a brilliant writer and entrepreneur who can't move anything but his face.

It's not a joke.

The only parts of his body he can move are his eyes and lips. His hands, feet, arms, and legs, are almost totally paralyzed, managing the occasional twitch and nothing more.

And yet he has created an amazing life for himself.

Using speech recognition technology, he's written articles read by more than 5 million people. He's also built several blogs that have made him millions of dollars.

Now, let's hack...

Jon Morrow.

Mar 21 2020

56mins

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496: From Corporate Branding to $16+ Million in Amazon Sales | Kirsty Verity

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After nearly two decades in the corporate world of strategic branding and marketing, Kirsty found herself without a job and one year's salary to keep her afloat.

So like any burgeoning entrepreneur would do, she set out on a path to figuring out how to start a business -- a business that would enable her to travel, work from anywhere, and become location independent.

After several failed ideas, she discovered Amazon's fulfillment program -- FBA. As soon as she found this, she instantly knew it was the opportunity she had been looking for.

Seven years, and over $16M in Physical Product sales on Amazon, Kirsty is also the co-founder of Real Coaching, where she has coached over 1,000 Amazon business owners.

Now, let's hack...

Kirsty Verity.

Mar 14 2020

41mins

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495: How to Build a Billion Dollar Company | Jim McKelvey of Square

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My guest today is Jim McKelvey, a business person turned glassblower turned entrepreneur turned billionaire -- who has become a philanthropist, investor, and now an author.

He's started a handful of companies, many that are still in business decades later. As he will tell you, every company he has started has also removed him from his leadership role. Although this doesn't sound like something to be proud of, Jim will tell you that this is one of the reasons for his success.

After spending the better part of three decades innovating and building businesses, we mostly know him as the co-founder and designer of Square -- those little white squares we see plugged into phones and used to take credit card payments.

Back in 2008, Jim, along with his soon-to-be Square co-founder Jack Dorsey, having just been removed as the CEO of Twitter decided to spend ten days coming up with a new business to start, when the idea for Square appeared.

After an intense and tumultuous few years, with Jim once again being removed from leadership, Square had succeeded in innovating in an archaic industry. And in the meantime, Jim had become a billionaire entrepreneur.

Jim spent the next ten years working to understand what it was that made Square, along with other uber-successful companies, a success. During his analysis, he discovered what he now calls the Innovation Stack, which is also the title of his brand new book.

Now, let's hack...

Jim McKelvey.

Mar 06 2020

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494: Building a Beautiful Disaster | Christina DuVarney

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My guest today is grateful, blessed, and excited about her business and life.

She is one of three co-founders of Beautiful Disaster, a clothing company with a mission to empower the beautifully broken and the perfectly imperfect with the clothing that we wear.

Today in 2020, Beautiful Disaster is selling over $400k a month in clothing, but it is far from an overnight success. Christina and her partners started in 2008 -- 12 years ago -- and they spent the first 9 years working on the business part-time. Yes, every weekend, evening, and spare moment was spent on the business while also working at other jobs to pay the bills.

The story of Beautiful Disaster is one of perseverance and determination, mixed with an insatiable desire to make their customers lives better with their clothing.

Now, let's hack...

Christina DuVarney

Feb 29 2020

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493: How to Build a Niche Business Nested Within Another Niche

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Should You Niche Down? Yes, then down and down again. At least that's what today's guest did back in 2016 when he created BarBend, a website dedicated to strength training sports.

David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. This intersection of commerce and editorial experience lead David and his team to transform BarBend into a market-leading website and impressive business.

David is also a partner in Jakk Media, which owns and operates some of the internet's favorite brands across a range of interests: fitness and health, sleep, home security, and more. They run each site with a team of writers, editors, videographers, and designers who love producing content that's as accurate as it is engaging.

Now, let's hack...

David Tao.

Feb 21 2020

43mins

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492: Launching a Trampoline Park Into a $50M Franchise Business | Jeff Platt

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Jeff Platt had just graduated from college when he found himself in an interesting position -- his dad had just opened two trampoline parks, but he also needed to step back from the business.

This was 2006, and Jeff decided at 21 years old to take the reigns and become the CEO of Sky Zone, a trampoline park company. He took charge, and without any real plan of action, he kept refining the parks and opening more and more locations.

Somewhere along the way he decided that the real path to growth was in franchising parks to people around the world -- and this is exactly what he did. From those first two locations, they grew to over 200 locations around the world.

25 million people will visit a Sky Zone park this year, generating more than $300 million in sales.

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Jeff Platt.

Feb 14 2020

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491: Just Start (and Figure it Out Later) | Nick Ruffini

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Nick Ruffini of Drummer's Resource is a media producer, drummer, and entrepreneur.

He grew up in the family restaurant business but had the urge to set out on his own. Since he was 17 years old, my guest made his way as a professional musician recording and touring.

In 2011, Nick Ruffini went back into the restaurant business this time with his brother.

Then in 2013, he went back to music and started a podcast called Drummer's Resource. In the past three years my guest was transformed Drummer's Resource into a full-fledged media platform including a podcast, blog, and social with entertaining, inspiring and lifestyle-focused content for drummers.

Now, let's hack

Nick Ruffini.

Feb 05 2020

43mins

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HTE 490: How We Made League of Legends the #1 Arena Game (in the World)

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Marc Merrill is the co-founder of Riot Games, the company behind the worldwide gaming sensation League of Legends. As of the beginning of 2020, League of Legends has over 100 million monthly players.

In 2005, Marc and his now co-founder Brandon Beck were typical college roommates -- going to class, playing video games, and dreaming up ways to transform the gamin industry. Their idea was to develop a game that would only make money selling virtual goods within the game itself.

Both Marc and Brandon are non-technical co-founders, so they needed to put together a team who could make their dream a reality. They spent the next 12 months mapping out a business plan, overcoming every obstacle they could find, and finding funding to start building a team.

They official launched in 2006, and the marathon of building a successful game and business began. After 4 years of pushing the project forward, they sold off 94% of the company for $400 million -- and they kept on working on Riot Games and League of Legends. Today, both founders are still working on Riot Games as co-chairmen of the company.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • Why you need to put your players and customers first (and trust that the revenue will follow)
  • The value finding solutions to every problem before it becomes a problem
  • How Riot Games overcame the massive credibility issue they had when first entering the gaming market

Now, let's hack...

Marc Merrill.

Jan 30 2020

59mins

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489: Going An Inch Wide and a Mile Deep with Jim DeCicco

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Jim DeCicco, is an ambitious, intense, and determined entrepreneur. After college in 2015, he worked in finance for a few month before teaming up with his two brothers to create the world's first Super Coffee.

Today he is the CEO at Kitu Life Inc., makers of Super Coffee and Super Creamer.

Since 2015, Jim and his brothers have raised $18 million in venture capital. They've pitched on ABC's Shark Tank, and have been featured in the 2019 Class of Forbes' 30 Under 30.

This is a great conversation about the overlap between professional and personal life, why innovation needs to be complimentary to your offerings, and how Jim and his brothers got their start by being scrappy and making sales.

Now, let's hack...

Jim DeCicco.

Jan 15 2020

26mins

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488: Fanocracy: Turn Fans into Customers with David Meerman Scott

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My guest today is David Meerman Scott and he is one of the few repeat guests I've had on the show -- and I'm really excited to have him back on the show today. When he was on the show the first time, we discussed framing your work around what you love doing.

He is a digital marketing strategist and author of several books on marketing, most notably The New Rules of Marketing and PR with over 300,000 copies sold to date.

As of 2020, he has published a brand new book called Fanocracy. Here's the premise: The most powerful marketing force in the world isn't social media, email, or even those annoying commercials on stuck right in the middle of YouTube videos. It's fandom.

And the good news? Fandom isn't just for celebrities and influencers anymore! It can be the fuel for any business that chooses to focus on inspiring and nurturing true fans. Fanocracy means turning fans into customers and customers into fans. Fanocracy means an organization that puts the needs and wishes of fans first.

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David Meerman Scott and Fanocracy.

Jan 08 2020

42mins

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487: How to Work With the Top 1% of Your Market | Caroline Carter

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Caroline Carter today home transition expert and an entrepreneur.

She is the creator of the Perfect Listing, the Total Home Transition process and founder and CEO of Done In A Day.

Since 2005, she has partnered with over 2,000 homeowners and their agents with her unique approach of preparing the house to sell for top dollar.

Caroline's Total Home Transitionâ„  process has been featured in local and national media including The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Washingtonian, Washington Home & Garden, The Northwest Current, Home, Fox News, HGTV, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Caroline Carter.

Dec 18 2019

46mins

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486: How to Create Compelling Reasons to Buy | Sharon Savariego

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Sharon Savariego is the former business development manager of uTest, community advocate, and serial social entrepreneur.

Back in 2014, Sharon Savariego came up with the idea to build a platform to empower Community Managers around the world. Needing help with the tech side of things, she began the quest for a tech co-founder, which she found and they began planning, raising money, and building.

Today, Mobilize serves as an online hub for over 1,000 communities and 1,000,000 members.

This is a fascinating conversation where we discuss creating compelling reasons to buy, why everything has an element of community, and honing a vision.

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Sharon Savariego

Dec 13 2019

40mins

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485: Side Hustle to Peanut Butter CEO | Jill Van Gyn

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Jill Van Gyn is a Canadian who had hit absolute rock bottom before crawling her way up to the top. It has not been easy but her hard work is definitely paying off.

She is the founder of Fatso Peanut Butter, an all-natural peanut butter company that began as a side hustle in the back kitchen of a local restaurant.

In October 2018, Jill appeared on Dragon's Den, Canada's version of Shark Tank. Her ask on the show was $200,000 for 15 percent of the company. Jill received four offers in the episode and she made a handshake deal for $200,000 for 30 percent of the company.

After the recording, Jill met the Dragons to formalize the deal with new numbers. FATSO peanut butter had been evaluated at twice its original amount and Jill Van Gyn wanted the deal to reflect that.

In the end, she walked away from the deal.

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Jill Van Gyn.

Dec 04 2019

46mins

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484: How to Market (and Sell) Anything Online | Neil Patel

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Neil Patel is the co-founder of the analytics companies KISSmetrics, Crazy Egg, and Quick Sprout. He is a frequent contributor to publications, such as Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine. He also helps companies such as Amazon and Viacom grow their revenue.

President Obama recognized my guest as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 and he has also been awarded Congressional Recognition from the United States House of Representatives.

Although he loves being an entrepreneur, he sees his future in the non-profit world helping to drive traffic to their websites and helping to change lives.

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Neil Patel.

In this episode Neil Patel and I discuss:

  • Learning from previous mistakes (and not making them again)
  • Planning and executing fast (the good and the bad)
  • Partner with someone who compliments you

Nov 22 2019

26mins

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Why Making $130,061.02 a Month Doesn't Matter | Alex Nerney

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Check out the show notes: Alex Nerney Today's guest is a professional blogger, adventure junkie, and digital entrepreneur. He got started online in 2012, right after he graduated from college, by creating an ebook called "A College Guy's Guide to Getting Ripped" -- yes, really. He is a busy guy and somewhat of a content machine. As of today, he has four main projects that he's working on: Avocadu: Health and Wellness website reaching over 3 million people yearly. Create a Pro Website: YouTube channel teaching people how to start their own website from scratch! The Health Nerd: with 415,000 subscribers and still growing, the health nerd was a side project I started back in 2016. Plus, Create and Go, his main business. After making a bunch of money blogging and traveling the world, him and his business partner started Create and Go in early 2016. In the past few years, they've grown this business at an insane pace -- ending 2018 with over 1,000,000 website visitors and over $1,000,000 in revenue. If you've ever had an inkling to start a blog or you have a blog and have always wondered how to scale it to over $100,000 a month, then this conversation is for you. Now, let's hack... Alex Nerney.

Nov 15 2019

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482: Finding a Solution to Every Problem | Kenneth Aldrich

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My guest on the show today started his career as a lawyer, where he spent 4 years before becoming an entrepreneur – this transition happened over 40 years ago.

He's what I would call a serial entrepreneur, having started 11 companies of varying degrees success. This conversation takes a couple fascinating turns as Ken discusses $100+ million dollar exits and business ideas that have continued to pay him every year for 10+ years.

In addition to his own ventures, he's been investing in companies for the past 18 years.

Through all of this, he began to notice a thread that ran through successful entrepreneurs -- an entrepreneurial mindset -- so he put pen to paper and wrote a new book called The Dream Toolbox: Building an Entrepreneurial Mind and Financial Abundance.

In this conversation, Ken Aldrich and Jonny discuss:

  • Friction points: why you must find them if you are going to succeed in business
  • Business partners: good ones are worth seeking out, but they must complement your strengths and weaknesses
  • There is a solution to every problem you will encounter in your life and business

Now let's hack...

Kenneth Aldrich.

Nov 06 2019

38mins

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481: How to Create a Daily Practice of Creativity | Chase Jarvis

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My guest today is one of the most influential photographers of the past decade, is a diehard creative, and an entrepreneur.

Chase has spent over two decades mastering the craft of photography. In 2009, this led him to creating the world's first photo app called Best Camera, and it went onto becoming Apple's 2009 App of the Year.

Then in 2010, Chase founded CreativeLive -- now the world's leading platform for creators and entrepreneurs. In the past 9 years, a staggering 10 million students have consumed more than 3 billion minutes of video via CreativeLive's online platform.

After spending tens of thousands of hours honing his photography skills and years working with 1,000s of creatives via CreativeLive, Chase decided it was time to share his understanding and insights into creativity. This led to him publishing his latest book, Creative Calling now a bestseller and highly recommended for anyone looking step-up their ability to consistently create and build on their ideas.

In this conversation, Chase and Jonny discuss:

  • Trusting yourself: As we get older, we tend to give up this natural ability that we all once had. Our goal as creative entrepreneurs, is rediscovering this ability and running with it.
  • Start anywhere: The only lasting mistake that you can make is to not start.
  • Creativity: Everything you see around you has been created from an idea and lots of hard work. Your creativity is a muscle that you need to exercise every day.

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Chase Jarvis.

Nov 04 2019

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480: Jason Harris on the Soulful Art of Persuasion

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My guest today is a bestselling author, award-winning advertiser, and entrepreneur.

Jason Harris is the CEO of the creative agency Mekanism and the cofounder of the Creative Alliance.

At Mekanism, Jason has helped the agency produce campaigns for such companies as HBO, Muscle Milk, The North Face, PepsiCo, MillerCoors and Ben and Jerry's.

In 2014, Mekanism led the White House's "It's on Us" campaign to raise awareness of campus sexual assault. The campaign is currently in its third year.

This past summer Jason published his first book The Soulful Art of Persuasion, already a Wallstreet Journal Bestseller.

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Jason Harris.

Oct 21 2019

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479: From Living in a $100 Apartment to World-Renowned Company | Dave Munson

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Dave Munson of Saddleback Leather Co. spent several years journeying across North America with his dog to create bags and other products made to outlast their owners. Their slogan is: They'll fight over it when you're dead.

His founding story is one of legend. He spent three years living in a $100 a month apartment in Mexico with his dog Blue, and dodged a crooked Mexican federale who was sent to kill him, all while trying to start his business.

Saddleback Leather Co. currently has over 250 employees in the US and Mexico, where they have built their own leather factories.

In this conversation we discuss the importance of being principled in life and business, hiring business coaches, and sticking with it long enough to succeed.

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Dave Munson.

Oct 11 2019

46mins

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478: Jump Headfirst into Your Business | Naomi Dunford

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My guest today is a triple Pisces, marketing and growth coach, and a smart entrepreneur.

She is the founder of IttyBiz, where her and her team turn smart, quirky people into smart, quirky entrepreneurs.

She has been coaching and teaching online marketing since 2006 and has been featured in major outlets such as Forbes, Cosmopolitan and USA Today.

Plus, her newsletter has attracted over 50,000 subscribers from across the globe.

Now, let's hack!

Naomi Dunford.

Sep 30 2019

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Great interviews.

By mani98527 - Jul 01 2018
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Really likes the way he interview. Highly recommended.

And that’s the hack!

By ProudSlut4Life - Nov 14 2017
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And that’s the hack! Dámn, I am really liking this show.