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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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Aug 1, 2016

Lillie Cameron, a brand new mom who also runs her own business. She started EcoSafe Spaces with her now husband. The company provides design and building services for green, eco-friendly construction. She also works with Rackspace, which has recently revamped its policies for maternity and paternity leave.

Famous 5:

 

  • Favorite Book? – The Advantage, with its six-question model
  • What CEO do you follow? — Elon Musk
  • Favorite online tool? — Trello
  • Do you get 8 hours of sleep? — No
  • If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be? — Surround yourself with people who lift you up. Don’t be afraid to fail.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:13 – Nathan introduces Lillie
  • 01:50 – Green construction
    • 02:10 – They had a friend who lost a child during pregnancy because of construction chemicals
  • 02:30 – EcoSafe Spaces
    • 02:40 – Design and building services
  • 03:10 – Their recent project in downtown Austin
  • 03:50 – Around $500000 jobs
  • 04:15 – “The most energy efficient homes in the city”
  • 04:30 – The sales pitch
    • 04:50 – People in Austin understand sustainability
  • 05:35 – Opened in 2007
  • 05:45 – Margins vary – fixed rate vs. cost plus contract
    • 06:10 – Fixed rate
    • 06:45 – The contract is much more flexible
  • 07:20 – Fixed rate deal that went bad
  • 07:35 – Now they do mostly cost plus contracts
  • 07:50 – Up to 7 projects at a time
  • 08:30 – The plan for EcoSafe
    • 08:55 – There are benefits to being a small business
  • 09:20 – Lillie also works with Rackspace
  • 09:25 – Recruited in 2009 by a former boss
  • 09:55 – She did project management work, but wore multiple hats
  • 10:45 – It is utility-based computing
  • 11:10 – How this type of service was first received
  • 12:30 – There are many different types of customers
  • 13:20 – They have a unique angle
  • 13:35 – Rackspace is a great place for new parents to work
  • 14:10 – Maternity leave in this country
    • 14:45 – Canada does a year of leave
    • 15:00 -- Paternity and maternity leave needs awareness
  • 15:55 – ecosafespaces.com and Lillie Cameron on LinkedIn
  • 17:50 – The Famous Five

3 Key Points:

  • Find a business idea that solves an important problem.
  • Consider maternity leave in the US and how it needs to improve.
  • You can balance it all, as a business owner and a parent.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Host Gator – The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for cheapest price possible.
  • Freshbooks - The site Nathan uses to manage his invoices and accounts.
  • 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.
  • Trello – Lillie’s favorite online tool for staying organized
  • Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives
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