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Jon Nastor's Hack the Entrepreneur

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

Visit HacktheEntrepreneur.com for full show notes, links, and special offers. 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.


18 Dec 2017

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

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.


18 Jan 2018

Rank #2

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HTE 404: How to Reprogram Your Mindset | Troy Dean

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.


12 Feb 2018

Rank #3

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

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.


1 Feb 2018

Rank #4

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The 4-Day Content Creation System with Pamela Wilson

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.

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6 May 2019

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

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.


19 Apr 2018

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HTE 388: Thinking Like an Entrepreneur | Emma Johnson

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.


11 Dec 2017

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HTE 414: Focus on One Thing Only | Ezra Firestone

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.


26 Mar 2018

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

See the full show notes: Neil Patel Get unlimited access to EVERY MasterClass, and as a HACK THE ENTREPRENEUR listener, you get 15% off the Annual All-Access Pass! Go to https://MasterClass.com/hack Shipping is always FREE, you can try them out for 30 nights Risk-Free, and RIGHT NOW you get $50 OFF your first set of sheets. Go to https://BollandBranch.com -- Use promo promo code HACK. 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


22 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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HTE 393: How to Become Bulletproof | Dave Asprey

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.


4 Jan 2018

Rank #10

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

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.


5 Mar 2018

Rank #11

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HTE 384: Faster Than Normal | Peter Shankman

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.


27 Nov 2017

Rank #12

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HTE 440: There’s Nothing Stopping You From Starting | Stanley Meytin

Grab your next domain at https://hover.com/hack Go to https://LinkedIn.com/hack to redeem a free $100 LinkedIn ad credit. Stanley Meytin is the founder and Creative Director at True Film Production, a New York City-based video production company that creates videos for businesses and brands all over the world. What started with a first sale for just $300, has grown into a video production company with seven locations across the country from New York to San Francisco. Stanley's story is one on purpose and impact, resilience and humility. Now, let's hack... Stanley Meytin.


27 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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

Go to https://LinkedIn.com/hack to redeem a free $100 LinkedIn ad credit. 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.


18 Jun 2018

Rank #14

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455: Turning One Tiny Idea into 120,000 Happy Customers | Tom Kulzer

To redeem a free $100 LinkedIn ad credit, go to LinkedIn.com/HACK. 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.


4 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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

To save on your next domain, visit https://Hover.com/hack To get 15% of your next site, go to https://WordPress.com/hack 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.


23 Jul 2018

Rank #16

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HTE 405: Utilizing the Power of Your Personal Network | Mike Kafka

Mike Kafka is a quarterback in the NFL, playing last season for the Minnesota Vikings and is currently a free-agent. He is enrolled at the university of Miami School of Business and is an entrepreneur to watch out for. Not one to take it easy in the off-season, my guest founded and oversees operations, product development, marketing and sales of Roo Outdoor, a lifestyle outdoor apparel company. Using his network and connections from his day job as a professional athlete, my guest has grown Roo Outdoor at an exciting rate. Now, let's hack... Mike Kafka.


15 Feb 2018

Rank #17

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456: Finding an Idea and Taking Action | Barry Turner

To redeem a free $100 LinkedIn ad credit, go to LinkedIn. 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.


4 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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HTE 417: How to Put Together the Pieces of a Business | Ali Boone

If you're looking to positively inspire your audience on social media or on your blog, you'll want to use engaging, fresh photos that are unique. Visit Twenty20.com/hack today for your 5-photo free trial. Convertkit: If you're ready to get started, for as little as $29/month, visit HacktheEntrepreneur.com/convert today and get your first month free. My guest today is a former aeronautical engineer turned (self-proclaimed) lazy entrepreneur. Back in 2012, she gave up her engineering career and start Hipster Investments, a boutique real estate investment referral company, and has been building this company ever since. Besides being a huge advocate for lifestyle design, she also loves to fly planes, and travel the world. Now, let's hack... Ali Boone.


16 Apr 2018

Rank #19

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454: Company of One | Paul Jarvis

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.


22 Jan 2019

Rank #20