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What if you knew data behind the fastest growing SaaS companies today? Each morning join Nathan Latka as he spends 15 minutes interviewing SaaS founders. You'll learn how SaaS CEO's launched their startup and grew it into a business. SaaS Founders range from bootstrapped to funded, MVP to 10,000 customers, pre revenue to pre IPO.
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Jun 11, 2016

Rob Biederman, founder of HourlyNerd - a platform that bypasses traditional consultancies to help companies hire just the experts they need. HourlyNerd serves more than 4,500 companies, including GE, Microsoft and American Apparel. Listen as Rob and Nathan talk about spotting a market gap, dividing equity, and why you should have studied computer science.

Favorite Book? – Only the Paranoid Survive
What CEO do you follow? — Jeff Immelt
What is your favorite online tool?— Slack
Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— No
If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be?— Take some computer science papers


Time Stamped Show Notes:
01:15 – Nathan’s introduction
01:40 – Welcoming Graham to the show
01:56 – “Companies use us when they have a pressing need for a solution that can’t be provided by their current workforce”
02:00 – HourlyNerd makes money by taking a small percentage of transactions
02:30 – Example: connected GE to a robotics professor who could educate them about commercial robotics
03:30 – Around 80-85% goes to the consultant, the rest goes to HourlyNerd
04:00 – Rob worked in private equity before starting his business
04:34 – Had the idea of bypassing traditional consulting to connect people to talent directly
04:58 – Rob started in private equity aged 21, and founded the company aged 26
05:40 – He gave up a $400-600k salary
06:40 – “I’d saved a tremendous amount...I could mitigate the risk”
07:20 – How did Rob and his founders divide equity?
07:30 – They used a vesting schedule to accommodate any changes
09:15 – Worked with 5,000 customers in 2015 and had 21,000 nerds
09:31 – Nerds actively making money would be “in the low single-digit thousands”
09:50 – “We work with clients from GE down to a woman called Jenny in Massachusetts”
10:40 – Founded in 2013
10:51 – Total revenue in the first year was $150k
11:00 – Total revenue in 2015 was above $5 million
11:20 – Have raised about $10 million in capital
11:25 – “Nobody on our founding team could code...we needed to pay a development firm”
12:40 – Gave up around 20% of equity via convertible note to fundraise
13:30 – Auditioned for Shark Tank: dropped out but ended up with Mark Cuban as an investor
14:40 – Connect with Rob at HourlyNerd or on Twitter

3 Key Points:
Be wary of how much equity you’re giving up in the early stages of your company. Make choices that minimise dead equity.
Don’t be afraid to give up a salary to follow your ideas
Learn some computer skills as soon as you can


Resources Mentioned:
Freshbooks - The site Nathan uses to manage his invoices and accounts.
Host Gator – The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for cheapest price possible.
Leadpages – The drag and drop tool Nathan uses to quickly create his webinar landing pages which convert at 35%+
Audible – Nathan uses Audible when he's driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5 hour drive) to listen to audio books.

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

 

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