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SaaS Interviews with CEOs, Startups, Founders

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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Jan 5, 2017

Shawn Livermore. He’s an author and technology consultant and more recently, the founder and CEO of tech startup Ziptask which has generated nearly $2M in revenue. He has raised 4 rounds of funding and closed it down to take on new opportunities.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Tipping Point
  • What CEO do you follow? –  Mark Fields
  • Favorite online tool? — Acuity Scheduling
  • Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— No
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Calculate risk carefully”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 02:00 – Nathan introduces Shawn to the show
  • 02:30 – Ziptask is a fully-managed outsourcing with a progressive effort to fix the problem of outsourcing technology projects
  • 03:23 – “We succeeded in the goal, but we failed as a company”
  • 03:31 – Shawn raised 4 seed rounds
  • 04:18 – Shawn also had his day-time clients as a technology consultant
  • 04:50 – Ziptask dissolved in September 2016, and was launched in 2010
  • 05:05 – Ziptask’s MRR was $107K
  • 05:30 – Shawn shares why they shut down Ziptask
    • 06:59 – Shawn launched Ziptask prematurely
    • 08:35 – Shawn also did NOT try to sell the business
  • 09:30 – Shawn is now working with Carvana
  • 10:00 – Connect with Shawn through Twitter. Medium and email
  • 10:15 – Shawn is currently working on a book called Obscurity
  • 12:45 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  • The time will come when you have to pull the plug – and when it happens, just do it.
  • Reaching your goal is NOT the peak of success.
  • Calculate risk carefully.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Drip – Nathan uses Drip’s email automation platform and visual campaign builder to build his sales funnel
  • Toptal – Nathan found his development team using Toptal for his new business Send Later. He was able to keep 100% equity and didn’t have to hire a co-founder due to the quality of Toptal
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jamf – Jamf helped Nathan kept his Macbook Air 11” secure even when he left it at the airplane’s back seat pocket
  • Carvana – Shawn’s current employer
  • @shawnypants – Shawn’s Medium handle
  • @shawnypants – Shawn’s Twitter handle
  • ShawnLivermore@gmail.com – Shawn’s email address
  • Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives
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