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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

397 Ratings
Average Ratings
374
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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 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

44mins

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Rank #2: 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

39mins

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Rank #3: 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 #4: HTE 404: How to Reprogram Your Mindset | Troy Dean

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Troy Dean is former voice over artist, marketer, and online entrepreneur.

After spending nine years as a WordPress plugin developer and consultant, he noticed a gap in the WordPress market, and he aimed to fill it.

In 2013, he co-founded WP Elevation, which has since become the world's largest business accelerator devoted to helping WordPress consultants build their businesses. From a simple idea, they have grown to a team of 15 with a healthy community forum and live events throughout the year.

Now, let's hack...

Troy Dean.

Feb 12 2018

38mins

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Rank #5: HTE 419: Make Things Happen | Greg Mercer

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At 22 years of age, due to pressure, uncertainty, and not knowing what else to do, my guest got a real job as a corporate civil engineer. It was during this time that he was introduced to the potential of selling on Amazon -- and in 2013 he made his first sale.

From there he kept working evening, nights, and weekends building his Amazon business. One year later, he had started selling almost three dozen products and he had replaced his corporate salary.

It was this business that lead him to create a simple Google Chrome extension to help Amazon sellers. This simple solution has now been developed into Jungle Scout, a full suite of tools for Amazon sellers. And what began as a small side-project has grown into a 60-person team with offices in Vancouver and Austin.

Now, let's hack...

Greg Mercer.

Apr 26 2018

35mins

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Rank #6: HTE 388: Thinking Like an Entrepreneur | Emma Johnson

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Emma Johnson is a former journalist, digital entrepreneur, and author of her brand new book — The Kick-Ass Single Mom. After 16 years of freelance writing, my she decided it was time to start blogging and voicing her thoughts and opinions.

After three years of doing this on the side, she became the full-time blogger and entrepreneur behind WealthySingleMom.com.

This is a great conversation about why women should be proud to like making money, learning to listen, and the entrepreneurial mindset.

Now, let’s hack…

Emma Johnson.

Dec 11 2017

38mins

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Rank #7: 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

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Rank #8: 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

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Rank #9: 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 #10: HTE 393: How to Become Bulletproof | Dave Asprey

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Dave Asprey is a biohacker, author, nutritionist, Bulletproof Executive, and entrepreneur.

He had some early adventures in internet commerce going way back to 1994. But he is most known as the founder of Bulletproof Executive, as well as the creator of Bulletproof Coffee and the Bulletproof Diet.

He began blogging at BulletproofExec.com in early 2010 while holding an executive position at Trend Micro. In 2013, he left the corporate world and went all-in on becoming Bulletproof.

The company bootstrapped itself into a global leader. In July 2015, they opened their first Bulletproof Cafe and raised $9 million in funding to the expand the Bulletproof Nutrition coffeeshops.

He is also the host of the enormously successful Bulletproof Radio podcast.

Now, let’s hack…

Dave Asprey.

Jan 04 2018

45mins

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Rank #11: 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 #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 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 #14: 455: Turning One Tiny Idea into 120,000 Happy Customers | Tom Kulzer

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In today's episode, we talk to the founder of AWeber, the company that invented what we now know as autoresponder emails. Tom Kulzer founded AWeber back in 1998 and has since bootstrapped the company from a side hustle into a team of 100 employees and more than 120,000 users worldwide.

In this conversation, we discuss the invention of email autoresponders, poking holes in your beliefs, and never accepting what is presented to you as the best solution to a problem.

Much of AWeber's impressive growth can be attributed to their six core values that have become the foundation of everything they do. These core values are:

1. Create remarkable experiences.

Anyone can say they're remarkable. But how many companies will, say, knock your socks off with awesome email marketing... and then send you a new pair of socks in the mail?

2. Execute with passion.

There's a lot that goes into creating remarkable experiences. Once they commit to a project that enables them better help customers, their team is quick to plan and execute with passion.

3. Foster respect and cooperation.

AWeber has created and nourished a culture of respect and cooperation. It doesn't come from policy, it comes from treating people like people -- the way everyone should be treated. Teams openly collaborate to solve problems and work together to make sure their service is the best it can be.

4. Listen to what people say about us. Invite feedback.

Throughout AWeber, every team has their own way of incorporating customer feedback on a daily basis -- and that helps the entire team to decide what feature, marketing channel, or product to focus on next.

They believe that every team member's opinion matters and they encourage everyone to share feedback and listen to suggestions from one another.

5. Learn. Educate. Innovate.

Being the company who invented autoresponder emails, AWeber knows all about innovation and they aim to keep it at the forefront of their thinking.

Constant education is a big part of that. They encourage team members to keep learning by attending events and conferences or continuing formal education in their field.

6. Don't take ourselves too seriously. Have fun!

As serious as AWeber is about helping people succeed with using email, they strongly believe it's all about loving what you d, and having fun while doing it.

Now, let's hack...

Tom Kulzer.

Feb 04 2019

43mins

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Rank #15: 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.

Now, let's hack...

Chase Jarvis.

Nov 04 2019

50mins

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Rank #16: HTE 418: Find the Few Things That Will 10x Your Business | Joe Kashurba

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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

35mins

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Rank #17: 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

41mins

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Rank #18: 456: Finding an Idea and Taking Action | Barry Turner

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Barry Turner is a former competitive bodybuilder, but to American Gladiator fans he was known as “Cyclone.” As cool as that is, he's here today because he has built a successful business, sold it, bought back half of it, and sold it again!

Along with his business partner, he helped create the baked nutrition category back in 1993 while eating after a workout – they asked “Why can’t we put the protein from this chicken breast… into that muffin?” This was the birth of Lenny and Larry's.

They didn't have a business plan or any experience, but that didn't stop Barry or his partner. They launched the company with only $1,400 doing almost everything themselves to get rolling -- right down to designing their iconic logo. Gold’s Gym was its first client.

Today, Lenny and Larry’s products are available almost anywhere you can buy food -- from Walmart to Whole Foods, and Target to Publix.

The effect of Lenny and Larry's products have rippled across the natural foods space. Protein-infused snacks are everywhere as consumers are beginning to understand the importance of high-quality protein to their overall health and nutrition.

In this conversation, we discuss:

  • Finding an idea and taking immediate action
  • Enjoying the chaos around you
  • Why it's better to show someone than to tell them

Now, let's hack...

Barry Turner.

Mar 04 2019

40mins

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Rank #19: HTE 434: Set Goals That Scare the Hell Out of You | Weldon Long

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At the age of 39, my guest, Weldon Long, found himself walking out of prison after seven years and living in a homeless shelter -- this was 15 years ago.

He spent the next six months knocking on door after door trying to land a job, with zero experience. Finally, a small HVAC company in Colorado gave him a shot and it changed the course of his life -- he stayed with this company for 18 months learning the art of sales and running a small business.

Then he made his move and started his own HVAC company. Over the next five years, he grew this business to $20 million in sales before selling the business.

He is now a NY Times bestselling author, speaker, and sales trainer.

During this fast-moving conversation, we discuss:

  • How to determine what you really want out of life and business
  • Why the biggest mistake you can make is not focussing on the right things
  • Why all businesses are sales companies

Now, let's hack...

Weldon Long.

Jul 23 2018

42mins

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Rank #20: 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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501: Building and Selling Six Figure Information Products | Mark Webster

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My guest today is product creator, affiliate marketer, and an entrepreneur.

Back in 2014, him and his business partner were running a digital marketing agency when they realized something -- they didn't like working with clients.

So taking what they'd learned on their own projects and seeing what worked for clients, they began a two year process of building niche sites to replace their client income. Their goal was to build a portfolio company that owned upwards of 100 niche website -- which you'll learn how this turned out in this episode.

During this time they also decided to begin documenting what they were learning, so they started Authority Hacker, a website (and now podcast), showing others how to build profitable websites.

Most recently, the Authority Hacker team spent 18 months building a site in the software review space, and after scaling the site to $15,000 a month in affiliate revenue, they sold the website for mid six figures.

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Mark Webster.

May 28 2020

43mins

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500: Building One of the World's Largest Marketplaces | David Ciccarelli

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David Ciccarelli is a Canadian entrepreneur who began his career an audio engineer running his own small recording studio.

In 2005, he decided to help local businesses connect with local voice actors and actresses. What started as a small humble idea, has transformed into Voices.com, the world's #1 marketplace for voice overs.

As founder and CEO, David is responsible for determining the companies vision, executing its growth strategy, and managing the company day-to-day.

He often writes about these experiences in the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Forbes.

Voices.com has successfully raised $2M in funding from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), followed by a $18M Series A funding from Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital located in San Francisco.

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David Ciccarelli.

May 14 2020

45mins

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499: Just in Time Planning | Matt Hunckler

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Matt Hunckler is an international speaker, relationship builder, entrepreneur, and firm believer that you do not need to live in silicon valley to work and succeed in tech.

He was raised in a family of entrepreneurs, and he started his first business when he was still in high school – much to his mother's dismay. After a brief stint trying to follow a more traditional employment path, he inevitably ended up back on the path of entrepreneurship.

Today, he is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg, a digital community for tech entrepreneurs and professionals building innovative companies in tech hubs between the coasts.

He is also the host of award-winning podcast Powderkeg: Igniting Startups, a show that shares the most fascinating stories of professional growth and innovation coming out of communities across America.

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Matt Hunckler.

May 01 2020

41mins

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498: How to Rehumanize Your Marketing | Ethan Beute

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My guest today has been practicing, learning, and teaching the art and process of increasing sales and improving customer experience with simple, personal videos for more than a decade. He has personally sent more than 10,000 videos himself.

After a career in local television marketing, he joined the BombBomb, a software company that helps professionals get face to face through video for clearer communication, human connection, and higher conversion. During the past nine years, he grew into the VP of Marketing before moving to his new role as Chief Evangelist.

In 2019, he co-wrote a book called Rehumanize Your Business, the definitive guide to using simple, personal videos in emails, text messages, and social messaging for clearer communication, human connection, and higher conversion.

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Ethan Beute.

Apr 04 2020

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jim McKelvey.

Mar 06 2020

49mins

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Marc Merrill.

Jan 30 2020

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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.

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Jim DeCicco.

Jan 15 2020

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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

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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

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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

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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

43mins

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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

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Kenneth Aldrich.

Nov 06 2019

38mins

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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.