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May 31, 2017

Mike Winn. He’s the CEO and founder of the company called DroneDeploy, the leading cloud-software platform for commercial drones and he’s on the mission to make the sky successful and productive for everybody. The company focuses on the agricultural and construction industries, but its large customers are from almost every industry across 130 countries. He has collected more than 8M acres of aerial imagery. Prior to joining Deploy, Mike worked at Google and was a RC helicopters hobbyist.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – The Effective Executive
  • What CEO do you follow? – Elon Musk
  • Favorite online tool? — Gmail
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— 7
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “You can pretty much do whatever you set your mind to”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:26 – Nathan introduces Mike to the show
  • 02:20 – DroneDeploy has raised $31M from VCs
    • 02:26 – DroneDeploy had 3 rounds and the last one was in July 2016
  • 03:00 – DroneDeploy was launched in 2013
    • 03:05 – It stated in Edinburg, UK and was moved to the USA
  • 03:25 – Mike got married in the middle of the incubator program
  • 04:03 – Mike’s wife, Carrie, has always been supportive
  • 04:15 – Mike was an account manager and selling AdWords at Google
    • 04:30 – After 18 months, he moved to another team
  • 04:56 – Mike was 27 when he started DroneDeploy
    • 05:24 – Mike had £100K grant money to back him up
    • 05:39 – Mike was paying himself £1500
  • 05:53 – DroneDeploy’s Twitter has unbelievable aerial imagery
  • 06:05 – DroneDeploy make software for drones
    • 06:13 – Primary industries are agriculture and construction, but they also touch other industries that exist
  • 06:43 – DroneDeploy only focuses on software
  • 06:56 – DroneDeploy is a SaaS business
    • 07:08 – Customers can try DroneDeploy for free
    • 07:12 – For commercial use, pay is $100 a month
  • 07:26 – DroneDeploy has 2 channels
    • 07:34 – To get more accurate data and large 3D plans, try the business plan which is $300 a month
    • 07:44 – The other channel is to expand by the number of seats
    • 08:21 – One seat is $100
  • 08:30 – DroneDeploy has over a thousand paying businesses
  • 08:56 – The drone market is still young, but growing really fast
  • 09:52 – Team size is 60
  • 10:15 – Nathan publishes on Youtube—Check it out!
  • 10:36 – Mark Cuban predicted that the first trillionaire will be from the AI space
  • 11:00 – Mike’s co-founders have PhDs in machine learning
  • 11:10 – Mike sees the path of DroneDeploy becoming a trillion dollar business
  • 12:03 – In the future, you don’t only want drones to collect data but to take action as well
  • 13:07 – DroneDeploy currently works with B2B
  • 13:32 – What is interesting about drones is the technology community
  • 13:50 – Drone provides the bird’s eye view for the farmers
  • 14:23 – One of the farmers who used DroneDeploy found a fungus when he saw that a certain part of the land was different in color
  • 15:02 – In construction, it easier to work around with a drone especially when there’s a disaster, like an earthquake
  • 15:47 – CAC
    • 15:55 – DroneDeploy has a successful blog
    • 16:17 – DroneDeploy has an NPS of around 40
  • 16:52 – 6 people in the team are on sales and the rest are engineers
  • 17:15 – Churn
    • 17:45 – The use of a drone is seasonal
  • 18:01 – DroneDeploy is looking at what the customers want to do and how they can get consumers to use drones throughout the whole year
  • 18:36 – MRR is around $100K
  • 18:58 – DroneDeploy still burns cash monthly
    • 19:30 – DroneDeploy can still manage until 2018 without additional capital
  • 20:27 – Mike would bet on DJI winning the drone hardware space
  • 21:38 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. The drone market is still very young, but is growing rapidly.
  2. The future of the AI industry is promising and it’s very likely that the first trillionaire will be from the AI space.
  3. You can turn your hobby into a business, just put your mind to it.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 30, 2017

Andrew Yates. He’s the CEO and founder of Artesian and they want to make sellers more effective at engaging with buyers using smart data and new techniques to create the right impact. He’s been involved in the sales and marketing for the past 25 years and is aiming to make a difference to people by creating software companies that make a meaningful dent in the universe.

Famous Five:

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:13 – Nathan introduces Andrew to the show
  • 01:46 – Artesian provides a sales acceleration platform
    • 01:56 – With Artesian, you can track every single customer, prospect and competitor every day and manage your pipeline risk
    • 02:11 – Artesian’s phrase is “customer curious businesses”
  • 02:44 – Artesian combines thermographic data with the real-time contextual intelligence
  • 02:50 – You can ask Artesian to find you a company that fits a certain profile
  • 03:15 – Artesian has natural language processing science that scans over 10M sources of structured and unstructured data
  • 03:47 – Artesian started providing their service in 2010
  • 03:54 – Artesian currently has 30K paying subscribers with 100 large enterprise customers
    • 04:09 – Artesian covers a broad sector
    • 04:20 – Artesian’s customers are in high value, relationship-oriented, sales engagement
  • 04:30 – Team size is 60
  • 04:38 – Artesian’s goal is to accelerate more in 2017
  • 04:50 – Average pay per customer is $10K to over $2M per year
  • 04:59 – Artesian licenses to software per user, per month basis
  • 05:04 – 68% of target ARR for 2017 has been contracted
  • 05:38 – Before, Artesian’s licenses were cheaper
  • 06:08 – The 30K customers are the number of seats from 120 enterprise customers
  • 06:43 – Artesian made the decision to take down their cash burn in terms of investment
    • 07:04 – Artesian was burning $300K-400K a month
  • 07:15 – Artesian has raised $40M in equity and debt
  • 07:50 – MRR is $700K
  • 08:24 – Customer retention is around 93 and 120 in terms of net
  • 09:10 – Artesian is now number in the GT crowd ranking in terms of the most popular and most intelligent platform
  • 09:59 – Artesian uses a team of researchers to build deep and cool data sets
  • 10:39 – Artesian also invites users to define their own sales triggers
  • 11:40 – Nathan had Danielle in Episode 318
  • 12:00 – Andrew thinks that a market consolidation practice is inevitable
    • 12:26 – A scenario where companies could join forces to give broader reach and greater depth—a better customer experience is definitely more valuable
  • 12:47 – Andrew also drives growth for Artesian
  • 12:58 – It is important to spend time speaking with other companies that are active in the same space
    • 13:14 – The companies can be quite different and quite complementary
  • 13:29 – The last round was a bridge round
  • 13:49 – Artesian is currently equipped to keep going, without investments, for the next 2 years
  • 14:08 – By the middle of 2017, Artesian will be in a cash flow, breakeven profitability state
  • 14:40 – CAC
    • 14:41 – Artesian was tracking 1x in Year 1
    • 15:08 – Artesian uses great people to drive adoption
    • 15:13 – Artesian has 5 methods inside the platform
    • 15:25 – Artesian uses customer relationship management and what the system is telling them to do
    • 15:42 – Running 89% daily user engagement
  • 16:15 – Artesian launched a way to build a smart calendar for each user every day
    • 16:29 – Artesian is partnered with FullContact and others that provide social profiles
  • 16:56 – Artesian is spending $60-70K on acquisition depending on the segment
  • 17:20 – LTV is 5.2 years
    • 17:30 – Artesian tracks this by looking at the average of customers they’re holding on to
    • 17:40 – HBC is one of their customers
  • 19:28 – Andrew would be interested in talking with Salesforce to share the value
  • 19:38 – 50% of Artesian is owned by institutions
  • 19:46 – Andrew has 2 co-founders
  • 21:27 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Companies in the same space should talk more—they can find out how they’re different and how they complement each other.
  2. Being transparent shows that you want people to see your value and learn from it.
  3. Handling your finances and controlling what you burn wisely will help your company manage without additional capital.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 29, 2017

Ramin Sayar. He’s currently the president and CEO of Sumo Logic, an industry-leading SaaS-based company backed by some great VCs and he has an impressive list of customers and partners. Previously, he was the senior VP and GM at VMware, where he developed the product and business strategy and led the fastest growing aspect of that business. Previously, he had multiple executive roles with leading companies such as HP Software, Mercury Software, Tibco software, iPlanet Software, AOL and Netscape.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Good to Great
  • What CEO do you follow? – Tom Reilly
  • Favorite online tool? — Twitter and LinkedIn
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— Around 6-7
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – Ramin would tell himself that the flow and steady path will pay off in the long run

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 02:22 – Nathan introduces Ramin to the show
  • 03:32 – Sumo Logic helps customers build, run and secure modern apps in a simple and easy to consume service of profitability
  • 03:57 – Sumo Logic is a SaaS business
    • 04:04 – Priced and licensed depending on the data ingested and the duration of retention
  • 04:25 – Average RPU varies
  • 05:35 – Sumo Logic has a mass of service for their customers
    • 05:45 – Sumo Logic has some free services
  • 06:18 – Customers’ buying pattern is consistent
  • 06:43 – $15K-150K is the average contract price
  • 07:34 – Sumo Logic has over 1300 paying customers
    • 07:42 – 51% is enterprise and the other half is midmarket and SMBs
  • 08:22 – Sumo Logic was capitalized through 5 rounds
    • 08:34 – Total amount raised is over $160M
  • 08:52 – Nathan had Tim Draper at Episode 129 from DFJ which Ramin mentioned
  • 09:14 – Sumo Logic is 7 years old
  • 09:33 – Sumo Logic’s founding roots came from the security roles
    • 09:38 – Not all users have access to data being generated
    • 09:48 – The founders believed that there should be a simpler way for more users to access data
    • 10:32 – The team initially felt that there was a competitive advantage in technology and an innovative way to deliver data analytics as a service
  • 11:03 – Sumo Logic currently has 30K users
  • 11:17 – Their vision was to democratize machine data
  • 11:50 – Visa has been with Sumo Logic for a few years now
    • 12:04 – Visa started with their fraud detection cases
    • 12:23 – A few years ago, Visa launched a service with Apple
    • 12:32 – Visa uses Sumo Logic for business insights such as activation and patterns regarding how users use multiple credit card applications
  • 12:58 – Medidata is trying to disrupt the pharmaceutical industry in the clinical trial process
    • 13:23 – Medidata used Sumo and decided they’re going to transfer to the public cloud infrastructure service
    • 13:42 – Medidata is an example of a different, non-tech company using the technology that Sumo Logic provides
  • 14:10 – Sumo Logic assimilates, collects, ingests and analyzes different sources of data
    • 14:25 – Sumo Logic then purposely tailors the analysis through their machine learning algorithms to address 3 distinct use cases
    • 14:52 – Sumo Logic helps in continuous development
    • 15:07 – Sumo Logic provides one single platform that analyses information and puts it into context so that developers and other teams can get the 360 degree, holistic view of the information
    • 15:39 – Sumo Logic analyses a lot of patterns
  • 16:34 – Ramin joined Sumo Logic 2 years ago
  • 17:06 – In choosing a CEO, it comes with understanding the core values and culture of the company and how they relate to what the founders want
    • 17:20 – If there are odds, make sure to address them
    • 17:25 – Second is to make sure that there’s an alignment syndicate in founding members in terms of what the outcomes would be
    • 17:36 – Some CEOs are brought in to scale the company and in other cases, they are brought in to turn over the team or change the company’s direction
  • 18:10 – One of the 2-3 founders of Sumo Logic is still on the team
  • 19:00 – Average ARR
  • 19:30 – “We don’t try to make consumers consume what they can’t initially”
  • 19:40 – SaaS companies often have to prove their value and constantly fight to earn the business
  • 19:56 – More customers are now signing multimillion year deals with Sumo Logic
    • 20:09 – The customers are seeing Sumo Logic’s value
  • 21:12 – The enterprise segment for Sumo Logic is broad
  • 21:26 – When Ramin first came to Sumo Logic, the focus was security
    • 21:43 – Ramin realized that most of their customers are development ops, tech ops and liability engineers, so they pivoted a bit
  • 22:25 – For a SaaS company, the LTV to CAC that modern investors look for are the payback period and the magic number has to be 3.0 and more
  • 22:50 – The other metrics that Sumo Logic tracks
  • 24:09 – Sumo Logic’s payback period is between the 1-2 year mark
    • 25:13 – The enterprise, midmarket and SMBs have different payback periods
  • 25:39 – Team size is 250
  • 27:33 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Create guidelines when it comes to looking for your CEOs—they should align with the company’s cultures, beliefs, and goals.
  2. SaaS companies often have to prove their value and are constantly fighting to earn business.
  3. Users’ access to data can be very limited and complicated; however, simpler and more innovative ways are being discovered as technology continues to advance.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 28, 2017

Jeroen Corthout. He’s the co-founder and CEO of Salesflare, the intelligent CRM that startups and small businesses love to use. Prior to Salesflare, he was helping companies to implement their new CRM, marketing and sales. Salesflare kicked off when he and his co-founder, Lieven, found a way to automate their CRM data. Salesflare’s mission is to automate everything in sales, but the irreplaceable human contact.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – The Alchemist
  • What CEO do you follow? – Jeroen has been reading the biographies of Tony Hsieh, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos
  • Favorite online tool? — Zapier
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— 7-8
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – Jeroen wished he had started these bigger projects earlier

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:38 – Nathan introduces Jeroen to the show
  • 02:16 – Salesflare helps mostly startups to make their sales consistently productive, to have the right data, and to communicate and manage the pipeline better
  • 02:28 – Salesflare sells licenses
  • 02:40 – Salesflare’s price point is $30/month when you pay annually and $35 if monthly
  • 02:58 – Salesflare started halfway through 2013
    • 03:04 – Jeroen and Lieven were working in a software company
    • 03:20 – Jeroen knew there was no solution to keep files automatically
  • 03:28 – Salesflare basically pulls all the CRM data for you
  • 03:49 – On top of a lot of data, Salesflare is building automation and intelligence
    • 03:52 – There’s an automatic to-do list and body temperature indicator
  • 04:12 – Salesflare is largely self-funded, some from accelerators
    • 04:24 – Telenet Kickstart and iMinds are the accelerators from Belgium
    • 04:37 – Salesflare got $25K from one accelerator without equity and the other one had a convertible loan of $50K
    • 05:10 – Salesflare has raised a total of $700K
  • 05:28 – Jeroen was in the consulting field
  • 05:49 – Salesflare is currently building a convertible round with investors and has raised $250K; the target is $350K
  • 06:57 – Salesflare has over 100 customers
  • 07:14 – Jeroen believes that people don’t usually trust small companies, even if they have great products
  • 08:00 – Average revenue
  • 08:19 – Salesflare is based in Antwerp, Belgium
  • 08:24 – Team size is 6
    • 08:30 – 3 are building the product and the other 3 are sales and customer service
  • 08:55 – Jeroen likes people to think that they are bigger than they are
  • 09:02 – Nathan believes that some people like small companies because of their flexibility
  • 10:40 – Nathan tells Jeroen that his assumption of “it’s not good if it’s free” is a completely false assumption
  • 11:28 – Most people stick to Salesflare after the trial period
  • 11:40 – There’s currently a big market of CRMs
  • 11:46 – Salesflare is aiming at sales automation and there’s very little competition in that space
  • 12:12 – Salesflare is moving faster than their competition
  • 12:17 – Hubspot's distribution channel is huge and Salesflare won’t be able to compete with that
    • 12:23 – But Salesflare can compete on the profit side
  • 12:37 – Salesflare has a low churn
    • 13:12 – Salesflare got their first customer at the end of 2015
  • 14:00 – Salesflare has a blog, does outbound emailing and builds their online presence for customer acquisition
  • 14:36 – Salesflare does content distribution through Facebook’s paid advertising
  • 14:47 – Most of Salesflare’s recent customers are from Product Hunt
  • 15:23 – Jeroen has no idea of the number of trials they’ve had since the launch
    • 15:45 – Jeroen tracks the conversion, instead
    • 16:05 – In the past week, there were 250 new trial signups
    • 16:15 – The conversion to paid customer is around 10-15%
  • 16:30 – Salesflare tries to show its value as quickly as possible
  • 17:10 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. If you’re still unsure of starting a new business, find other ways to get involved in that space to understand how it works.
  2. Some businesses offer a free product to show their value to the customer right away.
  3. Competing with a free product with a large distribution channel isn’t easy, but you can generate a higher profit margin.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 27, 2017

Adam Jankovits and his goal is to become an outstanding marketing technologist. He is a person who brings together strengths in marketing, technology and social interaction. He’s got an MBA and consultancy background, but also has a strong interest in technology and social-networking skills. His focus right now is on his company, LeadBerry.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Founders at Work
  • What CEO do you follow? – N/A
  • Favorite online tool? — Slack
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— Currently 6
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – Adam would tell himself to take networking very seriously

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:10 – Nathan introduces Adam to the show
  • 01:45 – LeadBerry is a B2B lead generation software that converts website visitors to sales leads
    • 01:58 – The basic idea is that there’s no code needed and you just connect LeadBerry to Google Analytics
    • 02:09 – LeadBerry does 2 things: aims to identify B2B visitors and provides real-time valuable data
  • 02:50 – LeadBerry is still currently on pre-revenue
  • 03:05 – LeadBerry’s free beta was launched in October 2016
  • 03:15 – LeadBerry just recently removed the free beta and launched the paid version on the third week of April
  • 04:10 – LeadBerry’s idea
    • 04:31 – LeadBerry was first built in-house
  • 04:40 – Since October, LeadBerry already had over 2K subscribers
    • 04:47 – Most of them are companies
  • 04:59 – LeadBerry has generated over 2M leads
  • 05:03 – “The numbers and the feedback kept us pushing”
  • 05:17 – LeadBerry doesn’t have a guarantee that their customers will convert to the paid version
    • 05:36 – Adam has a plan on how they can possibly convert their customers to paying ones
  • 06:16 – Adam is the CEO and founder of the agency, Brandlift
    • 06:26 – Brandlift generates signups through PR, marketing and performance campaigns
  • 07:00 – The amount Adam and Brandlift have invested in LeadBerry
  • 07:17 – LeadBerry currently has 3 people in the team who are also working Brandlift
    • 07:24 – Brandlift agency has 20 people
  • 07:36 – LeadBerry currently spends $3-4K a month into their performance channel
  • 08:25 – Adam is spending around $50K total in pre-revenue
  • 09:04 – Nathan talked to a lot of agencies where they build solutions in their agency and spin out the solution as a SaaS business
  • 09:25 – Adam has used LeadBerry in Brandlift
  • 09:35 – LeadBerry is completely bootstrapped
  • 09:52 – Brandlift was launched in 2010
    • 10:00 – Brandlift is a full-service digital agency
  • 10:45 – LeadBerry is using different sources like FullContact, Hunter and Clearbit to generate leads
    • 10:56 – LeadBerry always tries to explore new and unexplored options in generating leads
  • 11:10 – Brandlift’s first year revenue
    • 11:29 – Adam was 28 when he launched Brandlift
    • 12:25 – Net revenue is around $150K
    • 12:41 – Topline revenue is around $1M
    • 12:51 – Brandlift is based in Hungary and Los Angeles
  • 13:36 – Adam shares how LeadBerry is different from other lead generation software
    • 14:00 – LeadBerry has absolutely no development work that needs to be done if you want to get started with LeadBerry
    • 14:28 – LeadBerry integrates with Google Analytics
  • 15:10 – LeadBerry won’t need the Google Analytics code
    • 15:32 – You can connect your Google Analytics’ profile with just 2 clicks
    • 15:48 – Google Analytics helps in the identification part
    • 16:34 – LeadBerry pulls out the leads for you which saves you time
  • 17:10 – You can use LeadBerry’s online interface on a daily basis or connect your CRM and it will automatically sync data
  • 17:36 – Adam won’t sell LeadBerry for $100K and is not currently thinking about it
  • 18:57 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Most lead generation businesses made the software for their own use, saw its value, and then spun it out as a SaaS business.
  2. Lead sources often verify their leads with each other.
  3. Starting as a free software for a couple of months may lead customers to see the value in your product and convert into paid customers.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 26, 2017

Steve McLaughlin. He’s one of the founders and CEO of Financial Technology Partners. He is a former senior banker at Goldman Sachs, covering fintech for over 20 years. He was recently named Investment Banker of the Year, ranked number 2 banker in Silicon Valley by The Information, and he’s top ranked on Institutional Investors. Online Finance 35 listed him as one of the most influential people in fintech.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Jack: Straight from the Gut
  • What CEO do you follow? – Jack Dorsey
  • Favorite online tool? — Uber
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— 4-5
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “I wished I knew where all the stocks are going”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:40 – Nathan introduces Steve to the show
  • 02:27 – Steve’s company advises firms across the entire fintech landscape on raising capital and M&A—they’re on the sales side helping people figure out where to get money, how to get money, what the valuation is, what the structure is
  • 02:53 – Total transaction volume you were involved with last year
    • 02:58 – Financial Technology Partners transaction volume was around $10-15B
  • 03:09 – Which of these 3 industries are you most excited about, like where your most interesting deals would be in?
    • 03:34 – It’s really across the board, anywhere from the B2B payments to consumer payments to online lending companies like Prosper or GreenSky and the payment space like Marketo
  • 04:08 – Any other players you see in the space besides those two, Betterment and Wealthfront?
    • 04:11 – Steve appreciates Riskalyze who are behind the scenes providing the same kind of technology to RAAs and other advisors or someone like BlackRock who he advised last year
  • 04:45 – FutureAdvisor is a startup going initially after the consumer side, they pivoted a little bit to be a B2B player
  • 05:23 – Blackrock acquired FutureAdvisor for a $150M back in August 27, 2015
  • 06:32 – FTP generally gives advice for doing large transactions and are paid on success
    • 06:47 – It’s either commission or a percentage based on the value of the deal
    • 07:38 – Deal size varies. On a multi-million dollar deal, it can be a percent and a $100M deal, it can be 7% depending on the scale and deal size
  • 08:02 – Nathan asks: How do you value a wealth technology company like Betterment?
    • 08:29 – Steve looks at start the factors affecting Wealthfront or Betterment and what they think the companies will look like in 7 or 10 years
  • 10:08 – Andy of Wealthfront was in Episode 498
  • 10:20 – The growth of Wealthfront and Betterment are the ETFs in their assets and management
    • 10:37 – Steve would use ETFs as a metric to try to predict what Wealthfront and Betterment are going to look like in 5 to 10 years
  • 11:03 – Steve personally thinks that they can have a lot of winners—there are a lot of companies in the mutual funds industry that didn’t win and a lot that are dead
    • 11:15 – So there’s no saying that the guys who invented the popularized robo advisors are going to be the winners
    • 11:28 – Steve also thinks that Wealthfront and Betterment are going to do quite well and he sees them from afar, he’s a big fan and he anticipates they’re going to be winner
    • 11:34 – Wealthfront and Betterment have already proven that at some extent, they’ve outlasted lots of other guys
    • 11:55 – Steve thinks Wealthfront and Betterment care a lot about the consumers behind the platform and they realized that their people actually manage their money correctly over the course of time
  • 13:05 – Riskalyze has various risks tools and robo advisor tools that they sell into RIAs
    • 13:15 – RIA stands for Registered Investment Advisor
  • 13:55 – All the models could succeed, there’s hundreds of mutual fund companies that did incredibly well
    • 14:17 – These are fintech companies
  • 14:59 – Nathan is a big fan of Warren Buffett who goes to all the annual meetups and just sticks to his advice
    • 15:09 – “I’m not going to be active. I’m never going to beat the market. I’m never going to do this stuff and just going to put it in a passive, low exchange ratio, Vanguard, SMP and 500 index and that’s what I do”
    • 15:19 – Nathan was hoping that Andy or Jon could convince him to take a shot at one of them, throw $10K in both rooms, see what happens over a few years and do a comparison
    • 15:45 – Why isn’t Warren Buffett recommending Betterment and Wealthfront?
  • 15:47 – Steve thinks that Warren Buffett probably doesn’t know much about Betterment and Wealthfront
    • 15:52 – What Steve likes about Betterment and Wealthfront is they’re going to have really forensic case studies on stats of the population
    • 16:21 – There will be perfect comparable data on which is better
  • 18:36 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Wealth tech companies are becoming more difficult to valuate, thus a need for case studies and empirical data.
  2. Empirical data can help inform your decisions, but the FINAL decision rests on your judgment.
  3. How do you value a company? Look at the factors affecting their growth over a period of time.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 25, 2017

Jon Stein. He’s the CEO and founder of Betterment. With his passion about making life better and his career experience advising banks and brokers, he founded Betterment in 2008. Jon is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Business School. He holds a Series 72463 and he’s a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst). His interests lie in the intersection of behavior, psychology and economics. What excites him most about his work is making everyday activity and products more efficient, accessible and easy to use.

Famous Five:

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:15 – Nathan introduces Jon to the show
  • 02:05 – Betterment is the largest independent investment advisor online
    • 02:10 – Betterment manages your money in the way old institutions can’t
    • 02:19 – Betterment automates the best practices of investing and the same technology drives the cost down for you
    • 02:32 – Betterment is leading in their industry
  • 02:45 – Betterment charges a fee that is the percentage of the asset finder management
    • 02:50 – It is 2.5%, which is the lowest in the industry
  • 03:15 – “We have to put our customers’ best interest first”
  • 03:30 – Betterment currently manages $8.2B
  • 03:50 – Jon studied economics and behavioral biology as an undergraduate
    • 03:58 – When Jon graduated from Harvard, 80% of the graduates took to the finance industry
    • 04:47 – Jon didn’t want to follow the people he knew in finance
    • 04:31 – Jon wanted to help people so he thought he’d study medicine
  • 04:50 – Jon found himself back in New York, consulting banks
    • 04:58 – It was 2001-2002 when Jon got his pre-med from Harvard
    • 05:13 – Jon was 23 when he went back to New York, in 2003
    • 05:45 – The banks were not paying attention to what their customers wanted
    • 06:58 – Jon realized that the industry was fundamentally flawed
    • 07:12 – There was no scaled advisor that served the market and the people like Jon could
  • 07:28 – Jon started at Columbia Business School in 2008 and he already the idea for Betterment even before he started there
  • 08:10 – Jon didn’t know how to code when he started and just learned in business school
  • 08:46 – Jon didn’t have student debt while he was in business school and he saved some money from his consulting
  • 09:14 – During the early days, Jon and his co-founders didn’t need a lot of money
  • 09:30 – Jon and his co-founders have invested their own money into Betterment
    • 09:39 – Their initial investment was less than 400K
  • 10:14 – Betterment has raised a total of $205M
  • 10:34 – “I always wanted to build a company that would impact the lives of millions of people for the better”
  • 11:04 – From Day 1, Jon knew that Betterment would be a capital intensive business
  • 11:20 – Team size is 220
    • 11:26 – About half of the team are engineers and product managers
    • 11:31 – Most of the team is involved in building the business
  • 12:14 – Most of Betterment’s customers are from word-of-mouth
  • 12:46 – Betterment’s paid acquisition
  • 13:03 – Betterment’s goal as a company is to make noise
  • 13:11 – There’s now a better way to manage money
  • 14:11 – People should put their money in Betterment rather than in Vanguard because they’re burning money
    • 14:18 – Betterment can make them more money on their assets
    • 14:39 – Warren Buffett is an active investor himself
    • 14:45 – Jon thinks that Warren Buffett’s advice was great during his time, but the technology has moved forward
  • 15:11 – Betterment will make you more money than you would make in a single fund
    • 15:27 – Betterment’s website has all the information about how they work
  • 16:00 – Betterment’s role is to maximize people’s money
  • 16:07 – Vanguard is a fund company that sells you funds
  • 16:10 – Betterment is independent from their funds
  • 17:17 – “We are growing faster than any firm in the history of this space”
  • 17:42 – People are becoming aware of what Betterment is doing
  • 18:21 – 240K customers have invested in Betterment
    • 18:44 – There’s no minimum amount to invest
  • 19:24 – “We’re building an institution for the next century and we’re not interested at selling right now”
  • 19:35 – Betterment’s revenue is driven from their 2.5% of the asset management finder
  • 19:48 – Average revenue
  • 21:05 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Just because it has worked in the past, does NOT mean it will still work today.
  2. There are better ways to manage your money, especially with the new advancements we have in technology.
  3. Take risks as early on as you can.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 24, 2017

Dean Graziosi—he knows how to create success. From extremely humble beginnings, he started with a firewood business in high school to a collision repair shop and his first real estate deal before he turned 20. From there, he created a multi-million dollar real estate business, became a New York Times best-selling author multiple times,  and is one of the most watched real estate and success trainers of our generation. He maximizes his success and profits on each of his endeavors along his evolution and his businesses have generated nearly one billion dollars in revenue. He’s obsessed with sharing his success along this journey with the world.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – The Untethered Soul and The Surrender Experiment
  • What CEO do you follow? – Ernest Shackleton
  • Favorite online tool? — N/A
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— 6-8
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Don’t believe your thoughts, they lie to you most of the time. If you could just observe your thoughts and throw away the shit that doesn’t serve you, man, you could just go a lot faster”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:22 – Nathan introduces Dean to the show
  • 02:28 – Dean skipped college
  • 02:42 – When Dean was 16, he would buy wrecked cars and flip them in his garage
    • 03:00 – He has bought some of the cars for $500 to $5000
  • 03:11 – Dean got his first real estate deal at 18 with no money down
    • 03:17 – Mrs. Laprezzti gave him a deal with no money down
    • 03:20 – Dean paid Mrs. Laprezzti monthly and he renovated the place
  • 03:49 – Dean’s social studies teacher who was also a real estate agent gave Dean leads of people who had houses that were not selling
    • 04:45 – Dean gave Mrs. Laprezzti $2500 a month for a 4-unit apartment, for 3 years
    • 05:05 – Mrs. Laprezzti needed $2K for her expenses for the condo
    • 05:31 – Dean didn’t care that he may be paying more
    • 05:48 – Dean promised that he’d pay her in 3 years
    • 05:55 – At the end of 3 years, Dean had the room fully rented and he was able to get a bank loan and pay Mrs. Laprezzti off
    • 06:10 – Dean was making $4200 when he rented out the place, then he sold it
    • 06:24 – Dean still owns around 400 houses, right now
  • 06:56 – Dean’s dad was born during the Depression
    • 07:20 – His dad was a mechanic and a collision repair shop guy
  • 07:26 – Dean evolved by maxing out on the equity he could gain from each of his houses
    • 07:38 – After the condo, Dean got an old, rundown mansion and turned it into 10 apartment units
    • 07:53 – Dean refinanced the apartments and bought more apartments
    • 08:00 – It was the late 80s and early 90s when Dean transferred to upstate New York
      • 08:09 – Dean bought some land and went into the process of subdividing
    • 09:10 – Back then, Dean was just hustling for the next property, taking the cash, and making a creative deal
      • 09:30 – “There’s always a creative deal”
      • 09:45 – It’s about buying off-market deals
    • 10:21 – Average revenue from all of Dean’s properties is $380K
      • 10:45 – The market value for 380 units is around $20M
      • 10:54 – Dean is half leveraged in all of the units
    • 11:45 – Dean authored a couple of books because he is obsessed with marketing and sales
    • 12:10 – Dean’s last 2 books are self-published
    • 12:21 – Dean’s first book was with a publisher
      • 12:24 – Dean didn’t want an advance deal from his first book
      • 12:31 – Dean used to get 35-40% of gross sales
      • 12:43 – Dean’s first book is Totally Fulfilled
    • 12:46 – Dean’s latest book is Millionaire’s Success Habits
    • 13:01 – Most of the publishers don’t market your book and rely on you to market your own book
    • 13:07 – Dean sold a million copies of his second book
      • 13:10 – Dean had an infomercial running everyday, offering the book on TV
      • 13:25 – “You definitely need a marketing mechanism if you need to write a book”
    • 13:38 – Dean’s most effective marketing strategy is giving away free books
      • 13:42 – Dean has an incoming infomercial with Larry King, who has impacted Dean’s life
      • 13:56 – Dean met Larry King through mutual friends
      • 14:01 – Dean told Larry that he made an impact on Dean’s life, gave his book to Larry and asked Larry if he can interview him
      • 14:09 – Larry came to Dean’s studio
      • 14:22 – 8 years ago, Dean watched Larry interview Joel Osteen
      • 14:59 – Dean did the first interview show on TV without scripts, teleprompters or voiceovers
      • 15:09 – The show broke a hundred million dollars in sales
    • 16:05 – Dean only negotiated for a bigger share in book sales because he knew that his books would sell
    • 16:25 – Millionaire’s Success Habits is a hardcover book and still ships that way, there is no ebook
    • 17:00 – com is for people who have the ability to find success trainers that are qualified
      • 17:10 – They have courses and high-performance coaching
      • 17:25 – It’s a step-by-step on how to become a high achiever
      • 17:33 – They just broke $220K in sales
      • 17:55 – 100% of the money is going back in
      • 18:10 – “It’s a feel good, it’s a legacy thing”
      • 18:13 – They might sell Growth in 3 years
      • 18:19 – Dean and his 2 co-founders split Growth equally
    • 19:08 – Dean started a $100K year mastermind with Joe Polish
    • 20:13 – When you go and share one of your greatest strategies, others will shares theirs. too, and it multiplies
    • 20:35 – “Mastermind has been the greatest lift of anything I’ve ever done”
    • 22:30 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Persevere and be patient, the right time will come.
  2. Sharing your strategies for success doesn’t create more competition; instead, it gives others permission to share how they became successful as well.
  3. Don’t let your thoughts stop you—observe them and throw out the shit that doesn’t serve you.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 24, 2017

René Lacerte. He’s the founder and CEO of Bill.com, the leading business payments company. He’s a fintech industry vettor and has been working to simplify business payments since 1999, when he founded PayCycle, which was later acquired by Intuit in 2009. Bill.com is now working to help bridge the digital divide between banks and businesses by partnering with 3 of the top US banks and 45% of the top hundred accounting firms. He believes that banks play a critical role in the advancement of fintech. While technology advancement since Silicon startups are divided by or driving much of the industry change, René believes that banks are and will remain the center of the financial universe for quite some time.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – The Advantage
  • What CEO do you follow? – Pete Kight
  • Favorite online tool? — Dropbox
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— 6-7
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Don’t stress over the hard decisions”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:22 – Nathan introduces René to the show
  • 02:07 – Andy from Wealthfront disagrees that banks will remain to be the center of the universe
  • 02:27 – Bill.com makes close to $40B a year
    • 02:32 – The average transaction is $1700 to $2000
  • 03:16 – “We make doing business really easy”
  • 03:17 – Bill.com automates the back office of businesses
    • 03:24 – They take all the paperwork, workflow, payments and integration with the accounting software
  • 03:40 – Bill.com charges per seat, per subscription and transaction fees
  • 04:15 – The subscription model is their main revenue stream
  • 04:36 – Bill.com charges .49 cents for every electronic payment and $1.49 for paper
  • 05:30 – The fintech space is a natural viral coefficient space
  • 06:00 – Bill.com had $110M from venture capital
  • 06:12 – René was 32 when he started PayCycle, in 1999
  • 06:20 – René worked in Intuit prior to PayCycle and stayed there for 5 years
  • 06:34 – René had some experience innovating products from Intuit
  • 06:54 – René grew up in a family of entrepreneurs
    • 07:04 – One of René’s grandfather’s businesses is an automatic data processing company
    • 08:26 – René’s father went back to college to understand more about business
  • 09:16 – The idea of Bill.com is that there’s a better way to take advantage of technology to make payroll easier
  • 09:58 – Bill.com helps define and automate the back office
  • 10:06 – PayScale does online payroll and started with household payroll, which Intuit doesn’t want to do
    • 10:47 – PayScale raised $150K
    • 11:23 – PayScale was acquired by Intuit for $170M
  • 12:21 – Average number of paying customers of Bill.com
  • 13:16 – “If we get customers active and get them using it, they don’t churn”
    • 13:26 – They’re active when they already have paid for Bill.com
    • 14:04 – Average customer pay per month is $100
    • 14:15 – You can try it for the first month, for free
    • 15:00 – Bill.com automates some of their tools to make the customer feel that they need the product
    • 15:18 – Bill.com does A/B testing to check how they can get their customers engaged
    • 15:52 – Bill.com is adding thousands of new businesses a month
  • 16:56 – René tracks how many months the payback will be when it comes to CAC
    • 17:23 – Payback target is 10-13 months
  • 18:07 – LTV is around 5 years
  • 18:48 – René has raised $50M
  • 19:39 – René’s strategy is to maintain a strong relationship with VC
  • 19:53 – Team size is 225
  • 20:10 – Bill.com was launched in 2008
  • 21:07 – Bill.com isn’t selling anything and not partnered with anybody, today
  • 22:45 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. It is important to engage your customers.
  2. Banks are and will remain to be the center of the financial universe.
  3. Hard decisions and their consequences will pass, so don’t let them bother you too much.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 22, 2017

Laurent Le Moal. He brings extensive knowledge of digital payments in emerging markets to PayU where he serves as the CEO. He culminated an 11-year career at PayPal as general manager for continental Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa, leaving a billion dollar development vision across diverse geographies. Prior to PayPal, he founded an Italian startup called Talent Manager. He built a 40-person team there and now the startup has expanded to France and Spain. He also has experience in McKinsey and Antal International. He leads PayU’s strategic direction and development and is currently building on the company’s position and high-growth markets all around the world. Given the company’s focus on being an expert in a local market in which it operates, Le Moal leads the creation and implementation of payment methods which best suits PayU’s customers all around the world.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – The Hard Thing About Hard Things
  • What CEO do you follow? – Chris Skinner
  • Favorite online tool? — The Top Inbox
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— 6-7
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Just go and experience more”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:19 – Nathan introduces Laurent to the show
  • 02:22 – PayU is a payment gateway which is basically serving merchants
  • 02:43 – PayU has their own original platform
  • 02:53 – “I believe that payments are extremely local and regional”
  • 02:58 – Since Laurent joined PayU, they moved from pure payments to actual financial services offering credit solutions
  • 03:22 – Payment is still the bigger market for PayU
  • 03:34 – Laurent thinks that financial services is strategic move for payment companies
  • 03:56 – Nathan had Monish Anand in Episode 617 who talks about data science
  • 04:25 – “The ability to offer credit is the ability to manage risks”
    • 04:38 – All banks are using the same credit score model
    • 04:48 – If you go to India and want to address 90% of the population, then have the means to repay their debt
    • 05:16 – If you have a technology that does credit scoring, then the rest of credit is just mechanics
  • 05:40 – Talent Manager is Laurent’s first company
    • 05:54 – Laurent started small in Milan
    • 06:39 – Laurent was 25 when he started Talent Manager in 1997
    • 06:56 – It was easy to get consumers
    • 07:20 – Laurent raised around €5M for their first round
    • 08:01 – It was growing fast
    • 08:22 – Laurent goes to India and sees companies with a high burn rate, which is a couple of hundred million rupees a year
    • 09:26 – Talent Manager was able to have a couple of million in revenue
    • 09:36 – Talent Manager’s software was sold
  • 10:29 – Paypal started in 2004 with 3 people in Europe
    • 10:35 – They were looking for someone to do a market study about the potential for PayPal outside of eBay
    • 11:00 – PayPal expanded outside of eBay
  • 11:22 – When you go to a high-growth market like India, most of the companies are still trying to increase the engagement of consumers
  • 11:47 – Laurent had different stock options with PayPal
  • 13:01 – PayU is part of Naspers, which is a diversified group and one of the biggest technology investors for the high-growth market
  • 13:28 – PayU has their payment business and a fintech arm which is investing in interesting startups
  • 13:56 – For PayU, the opportunity is not to just be an operator, but an investor
  • 14:04 – Laurent believes that in fintech, it is difficult to scale your business
  • 15:08 – Laurent invested Monese who is building the new bank for “unbanked” people
  • 16:11 – Laurent shares how he got into PayU
    • 16:30 – Laurent join Naspers and PayU on the basis that he’d manage the business and transform it into a financial service company
  • 16:53 – In 2016, PayU ‘s total payment transaction was around $18B
  • 17:12 – Growth rate is around 40% year over year
  • 17:20 – PayU forecasts to maintain their growth rate
    • 17:24 – PayU sees a really big push in India where the growth is around 70%
    • 17:30 – Laurent sees India as the most exciting market in the world
  • 17:50 – Laurent sees their financial services to be continuously building in the coming years
    • 18:10 – Laurent wants 10% of their revenue to come from credit
    • 18:24 – Credit is the consumer credit where you give money to people and make money based from the interest rate
    • 18:38 – “What is important is when you start credit from scratch, it’s actually to build your portfolio in a very consistent way”
  • 19:06 – PayU takes 1-3% per transaction
  • 19:35 – Team size is close to 1500 from 4 main regions and they have 16 offices
  • 20:54 – In fintech, there are regulations including money laundering regulations
  • 21:53 – Average ARR in 2016
  • 22:24 – PayU just launched LazyPay in India
    • 22:35 – The concept is to give you the possibility to buy something online then pay your debt later
    • 23:43 – The merchants love it
  • 24:08 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. The payment gateway space is expanding and more startups are giving people easier access to credit.
  2. Regulations are necessary, especially when it comes to managing those who try to take advantage.
  3. Just go out there, gain more knowledge, and experience MORE.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 21, 2017

Jonathan Epstein. He’s the current senior VP for international at Sentient Technologies, the maker of Sentient Ascend, the first conversion optimization solution that is powered by evolutionary artificial intelligence. Epstein has been in many companies at the forefront of technology and media including GameSpot, which he’s the founding CEO, and Omek which was sold to Intel and GameSpy which was eventually sold to IGN.  

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Hire With Your Head
  • What CEO do you follow? – Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos
  • Favorite online tool? — BuiltWith and SimilarWeb
  • How many hours of sleep do you get? — 5-6
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “I wished I had stepped on entrepreneurship early”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:22 – Nathan introduces Jon to the show
  • 02:18 – Jon’s good exit range is from tens of millions to the hundreds of million dollars
  • 02:39 – Jon helped the founding CEO of Gamespot turn it around
  • 03:18 – Jon has worked in an actual gaming company
  • 03:29 – Jon started at IDG as magazine publisher
  • 03:49 – GameSpot was the first professional online review site for games
  • 03:56 – GameSpy had an editorial element and Jon published some of its software
  • 04:35 – GameSpot was launched in 1995
  • 04:45 – Jon launched the magazine Digital News and Multimedia World
    • 04:53 – Jon was working for IDG when he launched the magazines under their brand
  • 05:28 – Jon had great partners when he started GameSpot
    • 05:55 – The initial idea came from the 2 co-founders
    • 06:20 – It was clear that the internet thing was happening
    • 06:30 – The problem, then, was that the release of the magazine came out way too late for newly released game reviews
    • 06:55 – Having the magazine online is a better way to update the gamers
    • 07:13 – GameSpot took in external investors
    • 07:34 – GameSpot was sold for stock in ZDNet
  • 08:09 – Jon had an international role and wanted to gain experience in dealing with other countries
    • 08:16 – ZDNet had joint ventures and Jon had been with them for a while
  • 08:34 – Jon had invested from ZDNet to GameSpy
  • 09:04 – Jon had 8% of GameSpy
  • 09:28 – Jon joined GameSpy in September 2001
    • 09:32 – GameSpy was sold in March 2004
    • 10:01 – Jon made around $61M cash from GameSpy’s exit
  • 10:21 – Jon stayed with IGN after the exit and stayed there for a while
  • 10:30 – Jon joined Double Fusion, which is a venture-backed startup
  • 10:55 – Sentient had been around for 9 years and was one of the best funded companies
  • 11:21 – Jon fell in love with Sentient because of their goals
  • 11:29 – Sentient was built with a powerful AI platform
    • 11:34 – It focuses on AI at scale and is able to run AI problems across millions of GPUs
  • 11:58 – Sentient does multiple types of AI
    • 12:00 – One is deep learning or neuron-network which is used for handwriting, voice recognition and image analysis
    • 12:12 – Another product of Sentient is the evolutionary computation which is an AI that mimics natural selection
  • 12:38 – Sentient ran a hedge fund using their products
    • 12:51 – The fund size is growing rapidly
  • 13:14 – Big investors invest to hedge funds in order to achieve stable, good returns
  • 14:16 – Sentient is a SaaS business disrupting the world of AB testing
    • 14:48 – Using the evolutionary AI approach speeds up AB testing
  • 15:41 – Sentient currently has 25 paying customers
    • 15:52 – Average contract price is $3K-30K a month
  • 16:12 – Zero customer churn
  • 16:24 – CAC
    • 16:52 – Sentient is also doing paid advertising
    • 16:56 – Sentient attends conversion conferences where they spend $5K-10K for sponsorship
  • 17:40 – Sentient has raised a total of $143M
  • 17:52 – Sentient has around 110 employees
    • 17:58 – There are still 15-20 open positions
  • 18:24 – Sentient was founded in 2007
  • 18:57 – “We think it’s too early to sell”
  • 19:15 – Mark Cuban said that the first trillionaires will come from AI
  • 20:35 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Never be scared about exits – it just means new doors are opening for you.
  2. Be in a company that you’re really interested in—where you can align yourself with their goals.
  3. Start as early as you can when it comes to entrepreneurship.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 20, 2017

Joe Koufman. He’s responsible for introducing at least 3 married couples in countless contacts to establish business relationships. In early 2014, he parlayed his passion for connecting people and founded a company called AgencySparks, which is essentially a dating service for brands and marketing agencies.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – The Challenger Sale
  • What CEO do you follow? – Jeff Hilimire
  • Favorite online tool? — Lucky Orange
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— “I try to get 7”
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “I would have invested even more in relationships. They will absolutely pay off down the road”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:36 – Nathan introduces Joe to the show
  • 02:29 – AgencySparks focuses on making connections for brands and agencies
  • 02:34 – AgencySparks is paid by the agencies to help them with their business development and outreach to potential clients
  • 02:50 – In many cases, AgencySparks can help subvert the RFP and the client will hire the agency directly
  • 03:15 – One of AgencySparks’ clients tells them about Coca-cola’s water sustainability efforts and that they need the story to be everywhere
    • 03:46 – AgencySparks was able to make a connection with one of their agencies that focuses on public relations and they made a deal
  • 04:13 – AgencySparks is shifting their model now
  • 04:20 – AgencySparks is traditionally paid by agencies to get them through a thorough, upfront, vetting process
    • 04:27 – AgencySparks is getting paid through monthly retainers and a percentage of the deal
    • 04:34 – The monthly retainer is $5K per agency, which is 12-month deal
  • 04:50 – AgencySparks was launched in early 2014
  • 04:58 – Joe spent years with KnowledgeStorm which was acquired by TechTarget
    • 05:05 – TechTarget went public and bought KnowledgeStorm for $58M
    • 05:26 – Joe spent 6 years building marketing and business development in Engauge
    • 05:31 – Engauge was then acquired by Publicis
    • 05:56 – When Joe left Engauge, he had job offers from 6 different agencies and that’s when he had the idea of AgencySparks
    • 06:21 – Joe’s highest offer from one of the agencies was $400K and he said “no”
  • 06:55 – AgencySparks is Joe’s first entrepreneurship stint
  • 07:11 – Joe didn’t have any equity in KnowledgeStorm
  • 07:45 – Joe made a big transition while he was at KnowledgeStorm
    • 07:47 – Joe started as an account manager in 2000
    • 08:05 – Joe moved to sales and realized that he was just going to have the same exact salary
    • 08:23 – Joe did well in sales and had grown big accounts
    • 08:50 – Joe’s last salary was $210K, in 2007
    • 09:20 – By the time Joe left, he was making around $300K in 2013
  • 09:43 – When Joe started AgencySparks, he knew that we wouldn't have much revenue, at first
  • 09:52 – First year revenue was $270K
    • 10:03 – Year 2 was $370K and Year 3: $430K
  • 10:13 – 2017’s goal is to double
  • 10:25 – To achieve their goal, they have to change their model a bit
    • 10:45 – The client is asking AgencySparks for different options
    • 10:59 – They want to have multiple agencies in one category
  • 11:27 – AgencySparks currently has 11 clients
  • 11:40 – AgencySparks has other revenue streams
    • 11:48 – The commission percentage is 10%
    • 12:10 – AgencySparks offers other services like info-product
  • 12:40 – March 2017 revenue
  • 13:00 – Team size is 4 and all are in Atlanta
  • 13:18 – Greg Crabtree’s labor efficiency ratio is the idea of hovering between 2 and to 3.5, so for every dollar spent on payroll, you should be bringing in $2.50 - $3.50, in terms of revenue
    • 13:47 – As a CEO of a company, if you’re not pulling out the salary that you would be making as a hired CEO, then your business isn’t profitable
  • 14:00 – Nathan’s computation within The Top’s 600 interviews done with SaaS companies
  • 15:04 – AgencySparks’ net margin
  • 15:27 – Joe is the guy who would re-invest his money into the business
  • 15:33 – Joe isn’t a family business guy
  • 15:44 – Joe is looking into 5 years, then selling his business
  • 15:52 – AgencySparks already has interesting offers
  • 16:14 – AgencySparks has a method that is a repeatable and sustainable as a business development process—which is part of what they’re teaching
  • 16:57 – “The challenge is that this is a very relationship-focused business”
  • 18:28 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. As a CEO of a company, if you’re not pulling out the salary that you would be making as a hired CEO, then your business is NOT profitable.
  2. Continue to grow your business as much as you can, but be mindful of the interesting offers that come along the way.
  3. Invest in relationships.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 19, 2017

Ryan Stewart. He’s a digital marketing expert with over 8 years of client facing experience. He currently owns and operates Webris, a Miami-based digital marketing agency specializing in SEO and content marketing.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Attached
  • What CEO do you follow? – N/A
  • Favorite online tool? — SEMrush
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— 8
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Just self-awareness things about who am I as a person, where I want to go and how I want to live my life”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:17 – Nathan introduces Ryan to the show
  • 01:39 – Webris is an SEO agency which does a lot of digital marketing and link building
    • 01:48 – They specialize in generating organic growth for any sort of clients
  • 02:00 – Webris has a retainer model of 5K-6K a month depending on the work
    • 02:15 – They require a minimum of 6 months
  • 02:22 – Webris currently has 22 clients
  • 02:30 – Webris is doing $100K minimum MRR
  • 02:38 – Webris was launched March, 2016
  • 02:52 – In Webris’ first year, they earned 750K
  • 03:00 – Webris also has a training program
    • 03:11 – Ryan is doing concept marketing for himself
    • 03:32 – Ryan had link building training where he taught how to build links at scale
    • 03:44 – Ryan also did blogger outreach PR stuff
  • 04:18 – Ryan didn’t do any advertising on Youtube, but he has a good content
    • 04:30 – He has a good email list and a Facebook group with 10K people, a Facebook page and Twitter page
    • 04:42 – Ryan uses concept promotion on the videos with more views
  • 05:30 – Ryan uses automation in Google Drive Suite
    • 06:14 – Ryan launched a video regarding using Google Suite for automation
  • 06:50 – Ryan thinks that YouTube is more powerful than the blog
    • 07:09 – YouTube is much easier to use for engagement purposes
  • 07:22 – Ryan also does mini-checklist processes for their clients
  • 07:26 – If you have an email list and you can get 100 engaged views on your videos, it is more than enough to set you on the right direction
  • 07:37 – Ryan’s email list is 10K with 30% open rate
    • 07:49 – Ryan would get 500 views in 12 hours after sending his content out to his email list
  • 08:02 – Ryan uses SEO for his YouTube video titles
    • 08:22 – They’ll go after the keywords on their blog
    • 08:31 – “People aren’t really using the same keywords on YouTube”
    • 08:37 – For YouTube, you need to grab attention from the titles
  • 09:07 – Team size is 7, in Miami and some are remote
  • 09:30 – Webris is doing a lot of content creation and they pay per article
  • 09:57 – Webris can also negotiate with other people for content
    • 10:06 – They pay $100-200 depending on the client niche
    • 10:20 – Ryan posts job ads on Upwork and on the Facebook group Cult of Copy which is run by a copywriter, Collin Theriot
    • 11:01 – Webris has an in-depth content generation process
    • 11:12 – Webris mitigates the process with the research upfront and by building a really good outline for the writer
    • 11:35 – Webris will also just google for bloggers in a specific niche and pay them around $500 to write
    • 11:54 – Content is dependent on niche
    • 12:28 – You just got to go out and pay writers the right amount
  • 12:50 – Prior to Webris, Ryan was doing his MBA and realized he hated everything about that life
  • 13:59 – What Ryan made last year is less than what he did when he was 20
  • 14:21 – Ryan’s #1 goal is that his people are happy
  • 14:33 – Ryan spends $4K a month on their office space
  • 16:00 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. If you hate doing something – just quit.
  2. Paying your writers the right amount will lead to great content.
  3. In every decision you make for your business – consider your people.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 18, 2017

Trevor Wolfe. He’s the CEO and co-founder of Delvv.io. He started his career in New York, where he held product innovation and marketing positions for Kantar and TNS. He also led the marketing for New York brands, Gerson Lehrman Group, along with Moveline—which is a tech startup in NYC Company and Morgan Stanley. Throughout his career, he’s launched over a dozen analytics and research products and is an active advisor to investors in market research, adtech, and media tech startups in New York, Vegas, and Africa. He holds a BBA in international business from Hofstra University and is an aspiring sailor. His cat’s name is Junior.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Tracy Kidder's books and The Power Broker
  • What CEO do you follow? – Scott Belsky
  • Favorite online tool? — The Top Inbox and Slack
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— 5 and half to 6
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – Trevor would tell himself to go find his fiancée so that he could spend 5 more years with her

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:12 – Nathan introduces Trevor to the show
  • 02:06 – Delvv is a platform that allows advertising and marketing professionals to get a peer review on creative campaigns before using them as paid ads
  • 02:22 – Delvv has 2 models: the marketplace, where they go to agencies and brands, and the subscription model, where you can use Delvv’s own organization
  • 03:05 – Delvv was launched in March, 2016
  • 03:29 – The subscription model has just been launched and is already being used by Ogilvy
    • 03:31 – The subscription model is per license fee
    • 03:48 – Delvv packaged a panel of 30 professionals to start an organization
    • 03:57 – The panel processes the feedback and turns it into a report
    • 04:17 – The 30 professionals are paid depending on campaign feedback
  • 04:32 – If Ogilvy pays 5K for a campaign feedback, $1500-2200 will go to the 30 professionals
  • 05:12 – Trevor and his co-founders have spent more time in advertising campaigns
  • 05:39 – Delvv is doing more digital now, but most of their revenue comes from TV and radio campaigns
  • 06:00 – Delvv has worked with 17 different brands and they’re working with Delvv in 10 different countries
  • 06:16 – Delvv did $180K since May 2016 in marketplace sales
  • 06:30 – Delvv has paid 700-1200 professionals to do the campaign feedback
    • 06:41 – Some of them are from agencies and would spare 30-60mins for the feedback
  • 07:10 – Delvv is getting $4000-6000 per contract
  • 07:23 – Delvv has 8 full-time workers and a few contractors and interns
    • 07:30 – The team is based in Johannesburg, South Africa
    • 07:45 – There’s an advantage to having a team in South Africa
    • 08:11 – The disadvantage in South Africa is the electricity, but not the internet speed
    • 08:21 – Once a week, the power in the whole city goes out for a few hours
  • 09:05 – Trevor and his co-founder funded the business for $10K
    • 09:37 – They have raised $300K from Angel investors
  • 09:49 – Trevor was 32 when he launched Delvv
    • 10:29 – Trevor has kept his expenses down to $2K to save up for the business
    • 10:41 – “I’ve traded my shoebox of an apartment in New York for a 4-bedroom house, here, with open garden and a pool”
  • 11:18 – Delvv has 80K in contract for the month of March
  • 11:33 – “We really wanted to push the SaaS based platform”
  • 12:08 – Delvv will start their seed round of about $1M on an equity round
    • 13:12 – Delvv has a UK investor, a local fund and VC in South Africa as their investors
  • 15:00 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Campaigns are significant to any company and having feedback can help you save more money.
  2. There are pros and cons in having a business in another country – try to find a way to work it out if you really want a change of environment.
  3. You can enter the world of entrepreneurship by saving up and making your expenses as low as possible.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 17, 2017

Varun Chandran. He’s the founder and CEO of Corporate360, a big data marketing software startup. He bootstrapped the company in 2012, grew the business into multimillion dollars in revenue with international clients and 40 employees across 5 countries. Prior to Corporate360, he worked for some of the leading technology companies like SAP, Oracle, Dell and Netapp in 3 different countries. He’s a college dropout and a national footballer. He loves data science and travelling. Under his leadership, Corporate360 became the first international startup from Kerala, bringing IT jobs that foster social empowerment. 

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – N/A
  • What CEO do you follow? – Elon Musk
  • Favorite online tool? — Google Apps
  • How many hours of sleep do you get every night?— 4 hours
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Build something that changes lives”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:12 – Nathan introduces Varun to the show
  • 02:00 – Corporate360 is a sales intelligence data company for B2B enterprises
  • 02:08 – Corporate360 is a SaaS business that sells their software through subscription
  • 02:30 – Corporate360 has standard pricing
    • 02:38 – Typical deal size would range from 20K onwards, annually
    • 02:48 – They have some monthly contracts, too
    • 02:57 – “We are evangelizing data as a service model as opposed to buying a marketing list”
  • 03:33 – Corporate360 was launched in 2013
  • 03:40 – Team size is almost 70 in 5 countries
  • 03:47 – Corporate360 is totally bootstrapped and they’re reenlisting profits back to the business to grow it
  • 04:00 – Varun was 30 when he started Corporate360 and it was his first take on entrepreneurship
  • 04:14 – Varun spent 8 years in the corporate world
  • 04:26 – Varun had sales development and marketing roles
  • 04:43 – Varun started the company with minimal capital of less than $10K
    • 05:02 – Varun used the capital to learn data science and hired contractors from India and the Philippines
    • 05:22 – The initial investment was for building the application, launching the website, and a basic outreach email campaign
  • 05:55 – Customers use Corporate360 differently
    • 06:01 – There’s inside sales, analytics, campaigns, marketing and for sales operations
    • 06:18 – One of Corporate360’s customers is from Japan—they wanted to run a competitive attack and get competitive intelligent software
    • 06:30 – The company from Japan started a subscription and they gave reference to teams in China, Singapore, and eventually to the Europe and US market
  • 07:08 – Corporate360 is currently serving 300 customers
    • 07:22 – They currently have 40K seats
    • 07:28 – Seats per user license is sold only for inside sales
    • 07:35 – Analytics and marketing are based on data and not per seat
  • 07:58 – Corporate360 average deal size will be per user
    • 08:04 – Varun shares how an inside sales deal works
  • 08:52 – “We are not part of a data syndicate”
  • 09:00 – Corporate360 source their data from their own algorithms
  • 09:37 – FullContact focuses on getting data from syndicates
  • 10:27 – Varun shares how they differ from other data sources
  • 12:06 – When you subscribe to Corporate360, you can get a 360 degree viewpoint of 7 modules
    • 12:22 – Corporate360 provides detailed information about the leads that they have and why they are the best fit for your company
  • 13:30 – Average ARR
  • 14:00 – Gross customer churn
    • 14:16 – Corporate360 designs their services based on client feedback
    • 14:46 – Churn is less than 10% annually
    • 15:12 – Most of their customers are startups
  • 15:51 – CAC
    • 15:58 – Corporate360 doesn’t have field sales and just 7 account managers
    • 16:20 – They tried LinkedIn ads as paid ads
    • 16:34 – They spent $200K on LinkedIn last year
    • 16:47 – The budget for paid acquisition will go down this year
  • 17:15 – LTV can be from $45K to a million
  • 17:36 – Corporate360 headquarters in Singapore
    • 17:40 – They have a large BPO center in India and Philippines
  • 19:40 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Small capital can go a long way—don’t be discouraged if you are beginning with little.
  2. THe data space is quite saturated—have something that sets you apart from the data syndicate.
  3. Build something that changes lives.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 16, 2017

Oli Gardner. He’s the co-founder of Unbounce. He’s seen more landing pages than anyone in the planet. He’s a prolific international speaker and he’s on the mission to rid the world of marketing mediocrity by using data-informed copywriting, design, interaction, and psychology to create a more delightful experience for marketers and customers alike.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – How to Deliver a TED Talk
  • What CEO do you follow? – N/A
  • Favorite online tool? — UsabilityHub
  • How many hours of sleep do you get? — Maybe 3 hours
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Learn how to make decisions”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:10 – Nathan introduces Oli to the show
  • 01:49 – Unbounce is a SaaS business and a conversion platform for marketers which started as a landing page platform
    • 02:00 – They just expanded to convertibles that have overlays that captures more leads and signups on the website
  • 02:17 – Unbounce was launched in August 2009
  • 02:33 – Unbounce has 6 co-founders
    • 03:11 – Oli was broke and filed for bankruptcy
  • 03:26 – Unbounce was initially funded by friends and family with $15K CAD
  • 03:38 – Unbounce had a seed round and Angel round and has raised a total of less than 1 million CAD
  • 04:12 – The 6 co-founders are all equal
    • 04:22 – All are working full-time
    • 04:50 – They’ve figured out a rough valuation
    • 05:25 – 5 of the 6 co-founders are still active
  • 05:41 – Team size is 184
    • 05:49 – Members are based all around Canada and some in South America
  • 06:14 – RPU is $93 CAD a month
  • 07:05 – Unbounce lets anyone in for at least 2 years
    • 07:11 – Their plans have been restructured in a way that is most beneficial
    • 07:38 – Their $10-plan has been removed
  • 07:57 – Unbounce now has professional marketers
  • 08:10 – As Unbounce continues to grow, they’re trying to scale with their customers
  • 08:33 – Unbounce currently has 14K active users
  • 08:42 – You can create a demo account but you can’t get your own domain with demo
  • 09:13 – Average MRR is just under $1.4M
  • 09:47 – Unbounce had a problem with churn, like what most SaaS businesses have encountered
  • 10:03 – “We know that you need landing pages for everything you do”
  • 10:55 – 5% is the problem churn with Unbounce
  • 11:30 – If Salesforce or Marketo have been integrated, the company is a larger company
    • 11:47 – Overlays have been successful and there’s so much traffic and data
    • 12:09 – Overlays are called overlays because they are similar to popups
    • 12:20 – “We’re trying to be responsible with the technology because technology is not the problem, we are”
  • 12:52 – Oli respects Bounce Exchange when it comes to the overlays world and they’re doing a lot with machine learning
  • 13:06 – The biggest difference in using Unbounce is you will feel that you’re not using templated overlays
  • 13:40 – Unbounce’s value is different from SumoMe and their targeting is getting smarter
  • 13:55 – Most services like Unbounce charge $250-5K a month and Unbounce starts at $99
    • 14:06 – There are cheaper ones in WordPress, but they’re not really good
  • 14:21 – Oli is primarily a public speaker now and spends most of his time on the road
    • 14:25 – Oli was actually scared to start public speaking years ago
    • 14:33 – Nathan recommends watching Oli speak in public
    • 15:15 – The rest of Oli’s time is spent with Unbounce’s marketing team and data scientists’ team
  • 15:48 – Unbounce just got engaged with a new marketing agency
  • 16:03 – LTV
  • 16:14 – Unbounce had one marketing guy and he left, so they switch to a 5 digital local agency
  • 16:33 – CAC
  • 16:43 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Being broke should NOT hinder you from starting a business.
  2. A great product with a reasonable price will always attract more customers.
  3. Learn how to make decisions and don’t hold back.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 15, 2017

Martin Garcia. He’s the CEO and founder of FLYX.Systems. He’s also a mechatronics engineer and co-founder of Ilumexico, a solar power lighting company for rural communities in Mexico. He’s got an MSc in drone design at University of Southampton and is an alumni of Singularity University at NASA Ames California, USA and later, a teaching fellow for space and robotics. FLYX.Systems is a company that develops technology for industrial UAVs that aim to improve the productivity of many industries.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – The Lean Startup
  • What CEO do you follow? – Elon Musk
  • Favorite online tool? — Noun Project
  • How many hours of sleep do you get? — About 8
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – Martin would tell himself to finish every project he started, then move on to the next one

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:22 – Nathan introduces Martin to the show
  • 02:17 – FLYX.Systems develops technology that encompasses both hardware and software algorithms
  • 02:33 – There are 3 UAVs in history: the military UAVs, the drones that are popular nowadays, and the industrial UAVs
    • 03:22 – Industrial UAVs are going to be the biggest game changer in business
    • 03:31 – Industrial UAVs will be completely autonomous
    • 03:48 – 70% of UAV crashes are caused by human errors
  • 03:55 – Martin wants to develop a company that aims to build industrial UAVs for different applications in different industries
  • 04:25 – Martin wants to build a combination of both the UAV hardware and the UAV software or the brain of the drone
    • 04:33 – VJA is a company that uses UAVs mainly for photography, but the drones can’t be modified easily
  • 04:59 – When Martin develops software in a computer that can be used in autopilot, it results to an amazing UAV with a high level of intelligence and algorithms that differentiate themselves from other UAVs
  • 05:24 – FLYX.Systems currently has 2 main projects
    • 06:09 - FLYX.Systems provides services to solar companies
  • 06:26 – FLYX.Systems is still in the preoperative phase
    • 06:34 – They’ve raised $100K
    • 06:39 – They’ve used the funds for the UAV’s prototype and the landing platform
    • 06:48 – The landing platform is one of their biggest projects up their sleeves
    • 07:17 – The landing platform will be applied to the solar companies
  • 07:32 – Team size
    • 07:46 – Based in Mexico, but thinking of expanding to Columbia
  • 08:03 – FLYX.Systems was launched early 2016
  • 08:21 – Prior to FLYX.Systems, Martin was working as a CTO, developing technologies for solar applications
    • 08:28 – Martin went to Singularity University’s summer camp where he met people in the same field
    • 09:06 – Martin got his masters in UK and it was about the foundation and core of FLYX.Systems, which is the automation of the UAV system
    • 09:27 – Martin was 28 when he entered Singularity
  • 09:51 – One of the advantages in having an UAV business in Mexico is that the regulation for flying UAVs is not that harsh or strict compared to USA
    • 10:18 – There’s less competition in Mexico, too
    • 10:20 – The people in Mexico are talented and the salary range is lower than in the USA
    • 10:42 – UAVs are not expensive when you know how to build them
  • 11:27 – There’s a possibility for DJI to move to industrial in the future
  • 11:40 – Martin wants to work on localized applications as quickly as possible
  • 11:55 – Martin knows his market and wants to build something that is suited for their specific needs
  • 12:13 – Martin also wants to combine technologies that DJI isn’t developing
    • 12:30 – AI is one of the tools that Martin wants to harness
  • 13:00 – Martin doesn’t want to depend on companies that sell UAVs
  • 13:23 – People usually buy drones, then think of the vale
  • 14:00 – Martin’s prototype will be launched next month and will be sent to different states in Mexico
    • 14:14 – You pay for the service of the drone, the drone is not yet for sale
    • 14:30 – The pay will depend on the size of the land but it will be around $15-20 per hectare
  • 16:40 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. The UAV market is currently a very hot market – if you can combine both hardware and software, the better.
  2. Starting a business in other countries has its advantages – in this case, less competition, less cost, and fewer regulations.
  3. Don’t start multiple projects at one time; finish one before starting another.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 14, 2017

Eric Min. He’s the CEO and founder of a company called Zwift.com. Eric is a tech entrepreneur, a lifelong cyclist and is now spreading fitness through virtualization and gamification.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Crossing the Chasm
  • What CEO do you follow? – Max Levchin
  • Favorite online tool? — Slack
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— 6
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Taking risks earlier”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:47 – Nathan introduces Eric to the show
  • 02:11 – Zwift is creating a virtual space where cyclists can interact with each other in real time
    • 02:31 – Eric is trying to solve one of the most common problems of cyclists
  • 03:26 – Zwift is a pure SaaS company
    • 03:29 – Zwift charges $10 a month
    • 03:36 – “We’re an asset-like company”
    • 03:38 – Zwift works with partners who have all the different equipment available in the market
  • 04:08 – The most basic setup to use Zwift is an iPad; a trainer that can be attached to your traditional bike to make it stationary
    • 04:32 – Based on your weight and how you’re pedaling, Zwift can put you in the game
  • 05:08 – Zwift was launched in January 2014
  • 05:18 – Eric and his co-founder committed a couple of million dollars to build Zwift
    • 05:36 – Their friends and families had raised around $7M
  • 05:47 – Zwift just closed their series A and they have a total of $45M raised
  • 06:07 – Prior to Zwift, Eric and his co-founder built a trading platform
    • 06:28 – Eric and co-founders wanted to build something out of their comfort zones
    • 06:41 – Eric was 30 when he launched the trading company
    • 07:08 – “Enterprise business is tough”
    • 07:45 – Eric and his co-founder had a $100M contract and spent 5 years extracting the contract
    • 08:18 – Initial capital was $3M
  • 09:17 – Eric and his co-founder are set out to be category leaders, so they made a new category
  • 09:51 – Zwift currently has over 300K accounts created
  • 10:07 – Zwift has 5M rides and 5M hours of pedaling
    • 10:16 – The average ride is 1 hour
  • 10:28 – Zwift also has 88M miles recorded
    • 10:36 – The engagement is fairly high
  • 10:38 – People log in to Zwift to watch other people
    • 10:44 – 202 hours of people logging in just to watch
  • 11:07 – People are also broadcasting their experience with Zwift
  • 11:42 – Zwift doesn’t have free users and what they have is a trial period
  • 12:00 – Zwift doesn’t have year-long contracts at the moment
  • 12:02 – Eric wants to understand the behavior of the customers
    • 12:10 – Most of the customers are outdoor cyclists
    • 12:33 – Eric believes that over time, Zwift will be a year-round overtime preposition for not just cyclist but fitness enthusiast too
  • 13:11 – Almost all consumer businesses are seasonal, like gaming
    • 13:20 – People spend less time playing games in the summer
  • 13:34 – Zwift makes it easy for people to consume fitness
  • 13:42 – “Our belief is that everyone is chasing fitness and everyone would like to consume fitness in the most efficient way”
    • 13:53 – The solution enables you to be at home and it’s cost-effective
  • 14:55 – Zwift has 70% of the people stay with them every year
    • 15:10 – Eric calls them “pause” and not churn
  • 15:27 – As the social network expands, it’s gaining more interest
  • 15:40 – Zwift also crowdsources content
  • 15:54 – Zwift has a community of users who want to volunteer their services
  • 16:17 – 97% of Zwift’s user acquisition is organic
  • 16:54 – Zwift targets cyclists and most cyclists belong to a tribe or a team
  • 17:29 – Zwift does a little on the digital advertising side
  • 18:00 – Eric has invested in Zwift Academy which is modeled after GTA Academy
    • 18:11 – GTA Academy is a marketing advertising program between Gran Turismo and Nissan
    • 18:50 – Zwift took GT Academy’s model and made Zwift Academy
    • 18:55 – Zwift Academy called out ladies around the world to join and 1200 ladies joined the program
    • 19:03 – Zwift had a public PR in different media channels to announce Zwift Academy
    • 19:15 – There were 3 finalists and they had to go through numbers of different tests
    • 19:29 – The 3 finalists were taken to Majorca, Spain where they trained for 10 days with a professional team
    • 19:37 – The professional team tested the finalists and offered a professional contract to one of them
    • 19:45 – One of them is now a professional rider who was a former series marathoner
  • 21:12 – Eric doesn’t worry about the valuation
  • 23:07 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Get out of your comfort zone – you’ll never know what’s in store for you until you get there.
  2. A large, initial fund that was raised should NOT affect your valuation if your company is doing well.
  3. Take risks...the earlier the better.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 13, 2017

BJ Lackland. He has spent over 15 years as an investor in startups. As an investor, he’s been in VC and Angel and is now the CEO of Lighter Capital, where he oversees over 200 alternative investments in early stage tech companies. As an executive, he’s been on the executive team of 3 companies including CFO of a public tech company called Power Efficiency Corp. He’s raised and uploaded over $150M worth of capital.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Crossing the Chasm
  • What CEO do you follow? – N/A
  • Favorite online tool? — Cirrus
  • How many hours of sleep do you get? — 4-5
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Just keep seeking”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:20 – Nathan introduces BJ to the show
  • 02:05 – BJ was at VC in the early 2000s for 5 years and focused on energy technology
  • 02:58 – Lighter Capital is a fintech company that revolutionized as a startup finance
    • 03:06 – They are using technology to improve entrepreneurs’ access to capital
  • 03:14 – Lighter Capital’s model
    • 03:23 – An entrepreneur spends 8-10 hours with them before they write a check
    • 03:30 – The revenue-based financing tends to be the best aspect of equity
  • 03:58 – On average, Lighter Capital provides companies $250K and can go up to $2M
    • 04:28 – Pay multiple is 1.5 to 2 times and paid typically over a 3 to 5-year period
    • 04:53 – If the company grows quickly, they can pay in a shorter time period
    • 05:00 – “We have every incentive of trying to help them grow”
    • 05:07 – Lighter Capital is really betting on the entrepreneurs
  • 05:20 – Lighter Capital has raised a total of $120M
    • 05:23 – The initial fund was $20M
  • 05:45 – Lighter Capital is raising from traditional LPs
  • 06:44 – Lighter Capital makes money like a bank does
  • 07:35 – Most lenders are worried about payment defaults
  • 07:44 – Lighter Capital focuses on helping companies grow long-term
  • 08:40 – Lighter Capital has a minimum threshold of $15K a month
  • 08:55 – Lighter Capital looks into 2 different audiences
    • 08:58 – One is their customers
    • 09:01 – The other one is their capital partner
  • 09:14 – Lighter Capital is funding 10-12 companies a month
  • 09:40 – Lighter Capital has a group of 9 developers and data scientists
  • 09:49 – Lighter Capital has 90% accuracy for predicting revenue
  • 10:45 – Lighter Capital still goes through several different factors for approving a company
  • 11:56 – In Episode 421, Nathan had Ceterus who worked with Lighter Capital
    • 12:17 – The payment can or cannot accelerate depending on the company
  • 12:44 – Companies can pay lighter capital earlier with a lesser amount
  • 13:56 – Lighter Capital funded companies that are just by themselves
  • 15:00 – Lighter Capital is also funding similar companies
  • 15:36 – In Episode 542, Nathan had HipLead and on Episode 560, Badger Maps, and they both worked with Lighter Capital
  • 17:34 – Lighter Capital worked with 101 companies last year
  • 17:54 – Lighter Capital closed a lot of deals last Christmas
  • 19:20 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Thousands of new businesses are coming out every month; having easy access to capital is a huge advantage for them.
  2. Predicting one company’s future revenue is beneficial, both for the investor and the company.
  3. Keep seeking, stay curious, and always find new things to learn about.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 12, 2017

Khaled Naim. He’s the CEO and co-founder of the company called Onfleet, a software company that makes it easy for businesses to manage local delivery operations. He holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and studied computer engineering at The University of Michigan. He grew up between London and Dubai. He’s currently residing in San Francisco.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Venture Deals
  • What CEO do you follow? – Elon Musk
  • Favorite online tool? — Gusto
  • How many hours of sleep do you get? — 7-8
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – Khaled would tell himself to do something that he’s really passionate about

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:14 – Nathan introduces Khaled to the show
  • 01:47 – Onfleet is a B2B software product that helps delivery companies manage and analyze their local delivery operations
  • 02:18 – Onfleet provides apps for drivers, dispatching dashboards for the dispatchers, analytics and write-up optimizations and algorithms
  • 02:29 – Onfleet charges monthly depending on the delivery volume
    • 02:35 – The larger the business, the more deliveries they do
  • 02:42 – Onfleet is a SaaS business
  • 03:30 – Blue Apron is different because they don’t deliver locally, but ship using FedEx
  • 03:42 – Onfleet’s focus is on companies who deliver their goods locally
  • 04:16 – Onfleet was launched in April 2015
  • 04:46 – Team size is 15 and all are in San Francisco
  • 04:40 – Onfleet has raised $4.5M in total funding, so far
  • 04:55 – If you can bootstrap, it is a good option
    • 05:13 – There are factors that lead to the decision to raise funds
    • 05:18 – If you’re not generating enough money to support the team, then raising capital is a good option
  • 05:45 – It was 30 years ago when Khaled launched Onfleet
    • 05:51 – Khaled, together with his co-founder, started Onfleet while he was still at Stanford—this is also where they met their CTO
    • 06:28 – Khaled, with his co-founders, attended Stanford’s Accelerator Program in 2012
  • 07:17 – Onfleet raised a convertible note round and an equity round
  • 07:38 – Onfleet offers a 30-day free trial for new customers
    • 07:48 – After 30 days, they need to enter their credit card information
    • 07:55 – Onfleet’s pricing is very transparent and can be easily calculated on their website
    • 08:30 – The telephone services are the call and text messages that run through Onfleet
    • 08:38 – The customer receives notifications automatically regarding the driver’s status
    • 09:16 – The cost varies primarily on the market
  • 09:53 – Onfleet is currently serving 300 customers
  • 10:10 – Onfleet’s pricing page is really nice and easy to navigate
  • 10:34 – Onfleet’s average customer is between the standard and premium tier
    • 11:06 – Some of the customers are paying the north of 10K a month
    • 11:13 – Average customer pay per month is $400-500 a month
  • 11:56 – Onfleet doesn’t track the number of tasks during the free trial
  • 12:38 – Onfleet helps businesses to scale their business
  • 13:10 – Onfleet’s net MRR churn is more negative than negative 5%
  • 14:10 – Everything in Onfleet is pay-per-use or pay-as-you-go
  • 14:40 – There are customers who start using Onfleet, then leave
    • 15:27 – Onfleet doesn’t have much customer churn
  • 16:05 – CAC is around $1500 per customer
  • 17:08 – LTV is around 18 months
  • 17:37 – Onfleet’s customers are categorized
  • 17:47 – Onfleet is slowly moving to more larger accounts
  • 19:20 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. You can start a business without a capital – just find a way to it.
  2. If you’re not generating enough money to support the team, then raising capital is a good option.
  3. No matter what, follow your passion and you’ll be alright.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 11, 2017

Peter Kortenhoeven. He’s a creative person with a great deal of experience in the gaming industry. He started after graduation at the Academy of Arts as an animator at Coded Illusions. He became a lead animator at Triumph Studios shortly afterwards. One of his key successes has been the successful Overlord series. As lead artist, he worked on many different, yet, unreleased games. From a need to gain more business experience, he decided to focus on applied games. He became an art director at Bright Alley and later on at Ranj. During his period within the serious gaming industry, Peter kept working on small game projects during his spare time. One of those projects, Pillow Willow, helped him start his first company, Pillow Willow VR Studios.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – The Story of Whole Disney
  • What CEO do you follow? – N/A
  • Favorite online tool? — Trello
  • How many hours of sleep do you get? — 6
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Take it easy and make sure you focus on the right thing”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 02:22 – Nathan introduces Peter to the show
  • 03:43 – Pillow Willow works on two flavors of games
    • 03:47 – First is non-violent dreamscapes which are completely filled with liveliness
    • 04:11 – They also work on active, full-body, VR games which stimulate players to move actively within the games
  • 04:38 – Pillow Willow hasn’t released a game yet and is still working on 4 titles, at the same time
    • 04:47 – The first game, Drako, will be released within June and is a dreamscape game
    • 05:13 – Drako’s demo will be released for HTC Gear and Oculus
    • 05:39 – The goal is to have a multi-player option in the future
  • 06:05 – Pillow Willow won Best Dutch VR Game at the Bright VR Awards, in 2016
    • 06:17 – It was for a demo game
  • 07:00 – Pillow Willow has a seat funder which is Lumo Labs
  • 08:00 – Pillow Willow has currently raised $500M
  • 08:07 – Pillow Willow was launched in March 2016
  • 08:23 – Team size is 12
  • 08:46 – Pillow Willow will charge for their games and will create high end content
  • 09:20 – Mobile VR is the Samsung S series combined with the Gear VR
    • 09:38 – You have to have the proper phone and headset to play the games
  • 09:52 – Average number of people who have VR gear
  • 10:13 – Pillow Willow’s first game will be an hour long and priced at $499
  • 11:10 – Pillow Willow will try to create those dreamscapes games in a virtual universe
  • 11:40 – Nathan thinks of the dreamscapes games like Neopets
  • 14:15 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. The VR space is a hot space at the moment and the games are getting more and more interesting.
  2. If you have a seat funder, your company can continue developing a product even without recurring revenue.
  3. Take it easy and make sure you focus on the RIGHT goal.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 10, 2017

David Barrett. He started programming at the early age of 6 and has been inspired to become an expense reporter ever since. He attended the University of Michigan where he worked in a virtual reality lab before moving to Texas to write a 3D graphic engine for the industry. Then, he moved to California to join a name that is probably familiar to many of you, Travis Kalanick, in building a peer-to-peer file transport technology called, Red Swoosh, which was acquired by Akamai in 2007. In 2008, David left that company to start Expensify—where he is today—and he’s trying to figure out the world’s frustrations, one expense report at a time.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – The Innovator’s Dilemma
  • What CEO do you follow? – Travis Kalanick
  • Favorite online tool? — G Suite
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— 6-8
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “I wish I had dropped out of college”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:13 – Nathan introduces David to the show
  • 02:36 – David was working on a debit/credit card idea and the banks weren’t happy with it
  • 02:50 – Expensify is the corporate card for the masses
  • 03:08 – David got into the space when there was so much room for disruption and pain points
  • 03:40 – Travis’ first company is called Scour, which is an early file sharing network that got sued
    • 04:06 – When David got into Red Swoosh, Travis was the only guy there
    • 04:48 – David thinks that Travis is very articulate in communicating his vision
    • 05:12 – David had equity from Red Swoosh
    • 05:31 – Red Swoosh didn’t have a big exit
  • 06:14 – Expensify charges $9 per active user per month
    • 06:20 – Expensify is a mobile app—you take a picture of your receipts and the app will read all the details on the receipt, automatically
    • 06:29 – The information will then be categorized, sent to your account, and you’ll get reimbursed the next day
  • 07:10 – The company is only paying the active users
  • 07:29 – Expensify’s price points are $5 and $9
  • 07:40 – David started Expensify’s idea after Red Swoosh’s acquisition
  • 07:56 – David left Akamai in 2008, then he worked on Expensify
  • 08:00 – Expensify’s official launch is 2008
  • 08:05 – Expensify’s team size is around 110
  • 08:18 – Expensify has raised capital
    • 08:27 – Expensify has raised a total of $25M
    • 08:36 – Expensify has been a break even business for a long time
    • 08:39 – “We grow primarily through revenue”
    • 08:52 – The vast majority of Expensify’s growth is through self-finance
  • 09:54 – The business itself is breaking even, but they’re always raising and experimenting on big experiments
  • 10:31 – There are about 25K companies who use Expensify
  • 11:03 – There are millions of individuals who use Expensify, too
  • 11:32 – 10% of Expensify’s user base are paying customers
    • 10:43 – 10% of 4.5M are paying customers
  • 12:12 – “Churn is complicated”
    • 12:33 – Expensify has a net negative revenue churn
  • 13:05 – Expensify doesn’t advertise and they have 100% organic traffic
  • 13:37 – Expensify had a few fundraising rounds
    • 13:41 – In 2008, they had their first $1M round
    • 13:43 – They did a few more in a couple of years
  • 14:25 – David doesn’t talk with investors and hasn’t talked with them in years
  • 15:27 – Expensify is something totally different from Salesforce
  • 15:53 – Expensify doesn’t have salespeople
  • 16:16 – Expensify’s primary revenue generator is their support team who follow up on deployments
  • 16:43 – Pricing has been difficult and Expensify is still working on it
    • 16:53 – Expensify was originally free and customers didn’t understand why
    • 17:18 – David thought they needed a reasonable price point
    • 17:31 – After choosing a price point, people became more comfortable and trusting
    • 17:51 – Expensify’s competitors followed their pricing
    • 18:37 – Expensify’s focus is on mastering the dynamics
    • 19:06 – David thinks that, realistically, their pricing should be much higher
    • 19:34 – David is planning on increasing their pricing
    • 19:52 – “Because we don’t need the money, we’re focused on something else”
    • 19:58 – “Maintaining an incredibly low price right now for the industry actually helps keep the competition out”
  • 20:29 – People find Expensify through word-of-mouth
    • 20:51 – “All of our emphasis is on building a product in a brand that generates an incredibly strong word-of-mouth”
    • 21:34 – 99% of Expensify’s traffic is people searching for us
  • 21:40 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Adding a paid option to your product can actually make your customers more confident in your product.
  2. Word-of-mouth is one of the best and cheapest ways to grow your traffic and client base, but your business has to be valuable for people.
  3. A college degree is NOT the only road to success.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 9, 2017

Dale Beaumont. He’s an award winning technology entrepreneur, international speaker and author of 16 best-selling books. He started his first business at age 19 and has been building companies ever since. One of those companies is now a multi-million dollar enterprise which enabled Dale to become an investor, philanthropist, and has given him the opportunity to set foot in over 70 countries.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – The Seven-Day Weekend
  • What CEO do you follow? – Mark Zuckerberg
  • Favorite online tool? — Voxer
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— 7
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – Dale would tell himself to really have fun and just enjoy the journey

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:18 – Nathan introduces Dale to the show
  • 02:00 – Dale’s first book was published in 2001
    • 02:23 – Dale published a total of 16 books and sold 250K copies
    • 02:26 – All of the books that Dale published were on best-seller list in Australia
    • 02:42 – A best-seller book in Australia sells 5K copies on physical bookshelves
  • 02:57 – Dale was 19 when he started his first company
    • 03:05 – One of Dale’s challenges was being so young in business
    • 03:27 – Dale thought that needed to create credibility and the one way to do that was to publish a book
    • 03:45 – Dale’s first book was The World at Your Feet which is a personal development book for teenagers
    • 03:50 – When Dale wrote a press release, it got him on national TV, newspapers and magazines
  • 04:23 – Dale’s first company’s revenue went up after they released his book
    • 04:59 – The book became their launch pad
  • 05:16 – Dale’s first company’s revenue increased to $500K
  • 05:28 – Dale published a series called Secrets Exposed, which has 15 books—he wrote the series in two and half years
    • 05:43 – The books are interviews conducted by Dale
    • 06:16 – All of the books are self-published
    • 06:39 – Dale worked on the series from 2007 to 2009
    • 06:49 – Publishing this series is one of Dale’s most successful ventures
  • 07:10 – In self-publishing, the cost per book goes down when you have 5K copies
    • 07:31 – Dale had a pre-sell for his books
    • 07:48 – Dale also had partnerships with companies, associations and organizations and they pre-purchased his books
  • 08:28 – There was no requirement for the interviewee to purchase a copy of the book
    • 08:38 – When Dale was about to print the copies, he sent messages to people offering a discounted price for bulk orders
    • 08:58 – After 4 books of his series came out, more people approached Dale to be interviewed, so Dale had to set requirements
    • 09:08 – Dale was able to fill out the next 11 books by making people commit to buying 1K copies
    • 09:40 – Brad Sugars is an example of someone who approached Dale
  • 10:21 – Dale started a company called Business Blueprint
    • 11:04 – The company teaches small business owners across Australia and New Zealand how to use technology to improve their business
    • 11:11 – The company started from the ground up and has continued to grow for 7 years now
    • 11:16 – It is doing more than $5M in revenue
    • 11:26 – The company does live events, webinars and membership sites
  • 12:05 – Dale’s goal is to provide business education and support
    • 12:30 – Less than 1% of businesses have a business coach or advisor
    • 12:33 – Dale thought that it would be cool to create a product that would give everyone a chance to have a business advisor
    • 12:46 – Dale started to build the world’s first AI business advisor and his name is BRiN
    • 12:54 – “BRiN is like the Siri for business”
    • 12:56 – BriN is a smartphone app and is currently on free download in iOs and Android
  • 13:50 – Dale shares the benefit of using BRiN rather than searching your business questions through Google
  • 14:21 – BRiN has had 21K downloads in the past 6 months with 4K weekly users
  • 15:00 – BRiN, overall, has had 164K user sessions
  • 16:10 – Dale self-funded BRiN from the funds he got from his previous company
    • 16:20 – Dale has also been approached by different companies who are trying to talk to small business owners
    • 16:39 – BRiN now offers partnership packages
  • 18:52 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. One way to “manufacture” credibility is by publishing your own book.
  2. It is good to know that you’re on the right path in business – and business advisors can help guide you on that path.
  3. Work hard, live your life, but make sure you are ENJOYING the journey.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 8, 2017

Maria Gotsch. She’s the president and CEO at the Partnership Fund for New York City, which is the investment arm of the Partnership for New York City. In addition to leading the funds operations, Maria has spearheaded the creation and operation of a number of fund strategic initiatives including The Fintech Innovation Lab. Prior to joining the fund in 1999, Maria was a managing director at a company that is now part of Deutsche Bank, providing strategic and financial advice related to mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and the development of business strategies. Maria worked for LaSalle Partners in the New York area and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, in both New York and London. She graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Wellesley College.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – “A book on the Iranian negotiations with the US around the treaty”
  • What CEO do you follow? – Henry Kravis
  • Favorite online tool? — MyCity Bike app
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— 7 and a half
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Be bold, be bold, be bold!”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:11 – Nathan introduces Maria to the show
  • 02:15 – Partnership Fund is the corporate sector at the table that is trying to grow the NYC economy
    • 02:21 – Henry Kravis of KKR has raised funds in the late 90s and raised from major corporations and individuals, in NYC
    • 02:32 – The investor list is the “who’s who" of the private equity
    • 02:36 – Partnership Fund was structured as an evergreen fund
    • 02:48 – “We can do things that are a little bit riskier and take a little bit longer than a traditional private sector investor”
    • 03:02 – “We often work with government, but we’re privately funded”
  • 03:13 – Partnership Fund is like an interest-free loan for 45 years
  • 03:33 – All of Partnership Fund’s gains just go back to their funds and they reinvest it
    • 03:41 – “We have the investors’ money for 45 years and if we make returns, it comes back to us to fund new projects”
  • 03:58 – The Fintech Lab is currently in their 7th year and has 75 graduates
    • 04:08 – It is an elite program and takes 68 companies a year
    • 04:18 – It is structured as a civic program
    • 04:32 – The goal of the program is to help reduce the pain and agony of a small emerging company trying to get into and get attention from large financial institutions
    • 05:06 – “Because it is competitive to get in, it’s a shark tank to get in, but once you’re in, it’s a dolphin tank”
    • 05:18 – They get 150-160 applications a year
    • 05:28 – Companies are selected by their financial institution partners
    • 05:34 – A company’s technology has to rise to the level of addressing a major pain point for major financial institutions
    • 06:10 – In some cases, it’s not about an acquisition, it’s about using
    • 06:15 – The fact that they are a non-profit civic organization is important
    • 06:29 – CTOs and CIOs will come to the table as a civic program, partly to help grow the fintech community in NYC, to create jobs
    • 07:23 – They invest in some of the graduates’ post programs
    • 07:30 – The lab is laser-focused in solving problems
    • 07:41 – They are not doing any direct-to-consumer programs
  • 08:20 – The big 3: data, security and risk management have been on the top of the CIOs list from the beginning
    • 08:43 – However, new things are coming
    • 08:47 – Disruptive talent management has been added as a new category
    • 08:58 – Blockchain has gone through an interesting cycle
    • 09:14 – This year, there’s much less interest in blockchain and distributed ledger
  • 09:52 – Maria predicts that in 2 years, there will be an increase of interest in enabling technologies that fit around the distributed ledger
  • 10:31 – In data, Digital Reasoning came into the program with an interesting technology that is able to read unstructured data, and they’re working for the government
    • 11:03 – They were advised to focus on compliance
  • 12:04 – In security, Centripetal Networks has a perimeter defense technology and they’re gaining traction from people who have a lot of retail locations
  • 12:34 – In risk management, Quarule automates some of the processing of regulatory tracking and flagging operations against the regulations
  • 13:23 – In blockchain, Digital Asset Holdings has raised a significant amount of money and has been involved in some major projects
  • 13:50 – Maria shares how they are telling companies to create more jobs in NYC
    • 14:02 – The companies will also realize that they need to have people on the ground in NYC
    • 14:20 – Some have moved to their headquarters in NYC
  • 14:46 – “We’ve not raised money since the late 90s”
    • 14:50 – The initial fund size was $120M
  • 15:46 – New York is starting to be seen as a center for fintech
  • 16:34 – There are some smaller companies that are trying to go after pieces and as they scale, the acquisition cost is increasingly expensive
  • 17:40 – The small business lenders come to a market that the banks aren’t servicing
    • 18:00 – There are companies who are an exception to the rule
  • 18:17 – Most of the companies end up partnering with large institutions
  • 18:54 – What the large financial institutions have is expertise and compliance
  • 20:10 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. The trend in the fintech space is constantly changing.
  2. Creating more jobs in New York City means more opportunities for companies and for the people of New York.
  3. Be BOLD—don’t shrink, don’t hesitate—just go for it.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

May 7, 2017

Gaurav Dhillon. He’s an early investor in a company called SnapLogic. He joined in 2009, when he saw the potential of how companies integrate applications data and devices for digital business. He spearheaded SnapLogic’s rapid growth and overseas strategies, products, and operations. He’s previously the co-founder and CEO of Informatica.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – The Power of Habit
  • What CEO do you follow? – Andy Grove
  • Favorite online tool? — Gmail
  • How many hours of sleep do you get? — Close to 6
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “I wish he knew more that opportunity knocks often”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:22 – Nathan introduces Gaurav to the show
  • 02:04 – Gaurav and his co-founder had a $75K SBA grant when they built Informatica
    • 02:25 – They have raised a total of $13.5M
    • 02:57 – “11-12 years is a long time and it’s time to go”
  • 03:32 – Gaurav is a company builder
  • 03:47 – When Gaurav did an IPO, he sold some of his shares in a secondary public offering
    • 03:53 – There was no lock-out
    • 04:24 – They made $400M in secondary public offering
    • 04:32 – Their initial raise was less than $100M
    • 04:49 – In IPO, you are also trying to build a brand for yourself
  • 05:23 – Gaurav left Informatica in July 2004
  • 05:28 – Gaurav spent a year doing things on his bucket list
  • 06:10 – When Gaurav went back to the valley, he joined a couple of boards
  • 06:25 – Gaurav was in a board meeting when they talked about business internet, which is now cloud computing
    • 06:37 – “People aren’t just going to buy books from the web, they’re going to balance books on the web”
  • 06:58 – Gaurav invested in SnapLogic
    • 07:05 – Gaurav wrote a couple of men a check saying that if there’s a business, prove it to him, and he will provide capital
    • 07:16 – The initial check was $1M
    • 07:26 – Gaurav structured it as convertible debt
  • 08:06 – SnapLogic has raised a total of $136M
    • 08:10 – Initially, it was from Venture
    • 08:23 – Most recent round was led by Vitruvian Partners
  • 09:04 – Gaurav built Informatica to hook up those products with each other
  • 09:21 – SnapLogic is connecting the new cloud application to what is now Legacy, which was a new application 20 years ago
    • 09:46 – They’re expanding out the product set in SnapLogic and providing all kinds of connections
  • 10:12 – Is SnapLogic the unsexier version of Zapier, but more important?
    • 10:26 – Zapier is a consumer place and Gaurav doesn’t dislike it
    • 10:32 – There have been companies, like Bump, who try to do certain kinds of things
    • 10:56 – The problem of overt strata in business
    • 11:05 – What they’re solving on Zapier is on a personal level
    • 11:20 – If you’re trying to connect your human capital system with your SAP financial system and you are a big company, you will need something like SnapLogic
    • 11:44 – SnapLogic is the industrial version
  • 11:58 – SnapLogic is a PaaS (platform as a service) model
    • 12:04 – SnapLogic is a cloud product and is like Google Chrome
  • 12:33 – SnapLogic’s average customer pay is $136K a year
  • 12:57 – SnapLogic currently has 250 employees and is still growing
  • 13:20 – SnapLogic’s LTV
    • 13:32 – “We’ve got many customers in 7-figures, already”
    • 13:50 – “You can always buy that you can sell”
  • 14:07 – SnapLogic has inside qualification people or SDRs for customer acquisition
    • 14:24 – SDRs ratio
    • 14:43 – SnapLogic has less than 20 SDRs
    • 14:56 – CAC
  • 15:49 – “We’re a buzz company, customers love us”
  • 17:15 – Gaurav looks at incremental growth
  • 18:44 – Nathan thinks that it is so wrong for founders who focus on the LTV-CAC ratio
  • 19:09 – “You don’t want to be too conservative, right, because the early market share you get is the best market share”
  • 19:26 – Gaurav shares the business metrics
    • 19:46 – Try to do a 6-figure deal and try to have more customers than employees
  • 20:06 – Average ARR
    • 20:47 – SnapLogic hasn’t broke the 9-figure ARR rate yet
    • 21:05 – A company that can double its revenue has nothing to fear
  • 21:34 – “What we’re doing is building a robust business which, no doubt, is growing aggressively, but also has its feet on the ground”
  • 22:50 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. If your company can double its revenue, it’s a strong indicator that you are in good shape.
  2. The early market share you get is the best market share.
  3. Don’t fret—opportunity knocks often.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

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