The SaaS Podcast - SaaS, Startups, Growth Hacking & Entrepreneurship (formerly ConversionAid Podcast)

Martin Novak is the co-founder of Visidom, a SaaS tool that records your website visitors interactions and creates custom heatmaps, so you can see exactly how people are interacting with your website.

 

Direct download: 029_Martin_Novak_-_Visidom.mp3
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Liz Pearce is the CEO of Seattle-based LiquidPlanner, the industry’s only priority based, predictive online project management solution. LiquidPlanner was founded in 2006 and although Liz isn’t a founder, she joined the company before the product launched and so has been involved since the very early days. To date, Liquid Planner has raised over $11 million in funding.

Direct download: 028_Liz_Pearce_-_Liquid_Planner.mp3
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Stu McLaren is the founder of Wishlist Member, a powerful and easy to use plugin  that can turn any WordPress site into a full-blown membership site. Wishlist Member powers over 54,000 online communities and membership sites worldwide. Stu is also the founder of Rhino Support, a helpdesk SaaS application.

Direct download: 027_Stu_McLaren_-_Wishlist_Member_2.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

Stu McLaren is the founder of Wishlist Member, a powerful and easy to use plugin  that can turn any WordPress site into a full-blown membership site. Wishlist Member powers over 54,000 online communities and membership sites worldwide. Stu is also the founder of Rhino Support, a helpdesk SaaS application.

Direct download: 026_Stu_McLaren_-_Wishlist_Member_1.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

Rick Perreault is the co-founder and CEO of Unbounce, a software platform that enables marketers to create, publish and test landing pages. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Vancouver, Canada.

Direct download: 025_Rick_Perreault_-_Unbounce.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

Steli Efti is the co-founder and CEO of Close.io, a Y Combinator startup that helps to improve communication and customer management for salespeople.

Direct download: 024_Steli_Efti_-_Close_IO.mp3
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Spencer Haws is the founder of Longtail Pro, a keyword research software. Long Tail Pro allows you to generate hundreds or thousands of “long tail” keywords in minutes. Spencer launched Long Tail Pro in 2011 and successfully grew it into a 6-figure software business.

Direct download: 023_Spencer_Haws_-_Long_Tail_Pro.mp3
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Jim Belosic is the founder and CEO of ShortStack, a tool that helps you build contents, sweepstakes and data collection forms that you can use on Facebook, mobile and the web to help you convert more of your online followers to leads and customers. Jim founded ShortStack in 2010 and has bootstrapped the company all the way.

Direct download: 022_Jim_Belosic_-_Short_Stack.mp3
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Ben Congleton is the co-founder and CEO of Olark, a tool that brings hassle-free live chat to your website. Olark is a Y Combinator startup that was founded in 2009. Today, Olark has over 5000 customers in 151 countries and has grown into a multi-million dollar business.

Direct download: 021_Ben_Congleton_-_Olark.mp3
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Jesse is the founder of “You Need a Budget”, a software product that helps you with your personal budgeting. Jesse is a former Certified Public Accountant (CPA) turned software entrepreneur. He founded YNAB in 2004 and has successfully grown it into a multi-million dollar business with tens of thousands of users from all over the world.

Direct download: 020_Jesse_Mecham_-_YNAB.mp3
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Matt Mickiewicz is the co-founder and CEO of Hired, a two-sided marketplace that matches high quality technology talent with the right job opportunities. Previously, Matt co-founded 99Designs, the #1 marketplace for crowdsourced graphic designs. He also co-founded Flippa.com, an online marketplace for buying and selling websites, domains and apps. And if that wasn’t enough, Matt also co-founded SitePoint.com as a teenager and grew it into a profitable multi million dollar company without any venture capital or outside funding. And in 2011, Forbes nominated Matt to the "30 under 30" list.

Direct download: 019_Matt_Mickiewicz_-_Hired.mp3
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Brecht Palombo is the founder of Distressed Pro, the home of BankProspector, a SaaS application that  provides access to real time updates for real-estate financials from some 14,000 banks and credit unions. He founded this business in 2009 and today has built a 6-figure business which he runs from on the road while travelling full-time with his wife and kids.

Direct download: 018_Brecht_Palombo_-_Distressed_Pro.mp3
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Josh Ledgard is the co-founder of Kickoff Labs, a lead generation platform which provides easy to setup landing pages, combined with lead capture forms and email marketing to help you grow your customers. Josh and his co-founder Scott, launched Kickoff Labs in 2011 and since then have helped their customers generate over 3 million leads.

Direct download: 017_Josh_Ledgard_-_Kickoff_Labs.mp3
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Paras Chopra is the founder & CEO of Wingify, which makes Visual Website Optimizer, a market leading A/B split testing tool. Paras launched and bootstrapped Visual Website Optimizer as a one-man  software company in 2010 and within 2 years had over 1000 paying customers.  Currently, Visual Website Optimizer is driving over $8M in annual revenue.

Direct download: 016_Paras_Chopra_-_Wingify.mp3
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Adam Schoenfeld is the co-founder & CEO of Simply Measured, a leading social media analytics and measurement platform used by brands such as Samsung, Microsoft, American Express and Pepsi to name a few. Adam founded Simply Measured in 2010 along with his co-founders Aviel Ginzburg and Damon Cortesi. The company now has over 150 employees and to date has raised $29 million in venture capital funding.

Direct download: 015_Adam_Schoenfeld_-_Simply_Measured.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 7:21pm PDT

Chris Savage is the co-founder and CEO of Wistia, an internet video hosting and analytics company that enables marketers to track and analyze web video viewers. Chris and his co-founder Brendan founded Wistia in 2006. In 2009 they were finalists in BusinessWeek’s 25 Most Promising US entrepreneurs under the age of 25.

Direct download: 014_Chris_Savage_-_Wistia.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:53pm PDT

Kirk Simpson is the co-founder and CEO of Wave, an integrated online solution designed for small businesses to manage their financial life. Wave has signed up well over 1,000,0000 users and currently serves customers in more than 200 countries around the world. And to date, Wave has raised over $25 million in VC funding.

Direct download: 013_Kirk_Simpson_-_Wave_Accounting.mp3
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Melanie Perkins is the 27 year old co-founder and CEO of Canva, an online design platform which makes graphic design amazingly simple for everyone, by bringing together a drag-and-drop design tool with a library of more than a million stock photographs, graphic elements and fonts. Melanie founded Canva in 2012 and to date has raised over $6M in VC funding.

Direct download: 012_Melanie_Perkins_-_Canva.mp3
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Gary Swart is a Venture Partner at Polaris Partners, an 18-year old venture capital firm. Gary is also the former CEO of Odesk, the world’s largest online workplace with over 1 million clients and 5 million freelancers. He joined the company as its CEO in 2005 and has guided the company to industry leadership and through their recent merger with Elance.

Direct download: 011_Gary_Swart_-_Polaris_Odesk.mp3
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Andrew Filev is the founder and CEO of Wrike, a provider of social project management and collaboration software that helps co-located and distributed teams to get things done together in real time. Andrew founded the company in 2006 and to date has raised more than $11M in funding.

 

Direct download: 010_Andrew_Filev_-_Wrike.mp3
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Sahil Lavingia is the founder and CEO of Gumroad, a startup which enables creatives (such as writers, designers and musicians) to sell their products directly to their audience. Sahil founded Gumroad in 2011 and to date has raised more $8 million in funding.

Direct download: 009_Sahil_Lavingia_-_Gumroad.mp3
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Peldi Guilizzoni is the founder of Balsamiq Studios, which makes Balsamiq Mockups a tool for creating quick and intuitive user interface mockups. Peldi launched Balsamiq as a one-man software company in 2008 and within 18 months, Balsamiq reached $2 million in revenue. Balsamiq is on track this year to hit $6 million in revenue.

Direct download: 008_Peldi_Guilizzoni_-_Balsamiq.mp3
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Ruben is the founder of BidSketch, a web app which helps freelancers, consultants and agencies to create professional looking proposals in minutes. Ruben launched Bidsketch as a one-person company in 2009. Since then, it’s grown to help over a 1000 paying customers earn over $261M in revenue.

Direct download: 007_Ruben_Gamez_-_Bidsketch.mp3
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Brian Gardner is the founder of StudioPress, which makes WordPress themes based on their Genesis framework. Brian grew StudioPress from nothing into a multi-million dollar business. In 2010, Brian merged StudioPress and several other companies with Copyblogger to create Copyblogger Media. Brian is a founding partner of Copyblogger Media and also its Chief Product Officer.

Direct download: 006_Brian_Gardner_-_StudioPress_and_Copyblogger.mp3
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Nathan Latka is the founder and CEO of Heyo. Heyo helps businesses easily create Facebook contests, sweepstakes and mobile-optimized landing pages to help get more fans, leads and sales. Heyo acheived over 6-figures in revenue in it's first year and is currently an 8-figure business. Nathan and his team are currently on a mission to get to 500,000 paying customers by 2017.

Direct download: 005_Nathan_Latka_-_Heyo.mp3
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Neil Patel is a Seattle based entrepreneur, angel investor and analytics expert. He is best know for his work in digital marketing and as the co-founder of the analytics companies KISSmetrics and CrazyEgg. And his current blog, QuickSprout generates over $1 million in annual revenue. Neil shares with me how they took a couple of simple ideas and turned them into highly successful SaaS products.

Direct download: 004_Neil_Patel_-_Crazy_Egg_and_Kissmetrics.mp3
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Jon Ferrara is the founder and CEO of Nimble, a social CRM service for small businesses. He's a serial entrepreneur and a pioneer in the customer relationship management (CRM) industry. He co-founded GoldMine, one of the first contact management apps in 1989, which grew into a very successful venture that he eventually sold for $125 million.  John shares with me how he started GoldMine with just $5000 and how they never took a dime of venture capital money or loans. He tells us about a big personal challenge he faced after selling GoldMine that changed his life forever. And he explains how Nimble is more than just another CRM solution.

Direct download: 003_Jon_Ferrara_-_Nimble.mp3
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James Deer is the co-founder of GatherContent, a UK based content development platform that helps agencies plan and produce web content for their clients. James founded the company with his wife in 2010. GatherContent now has around 700 paying customers across 100 countries.  In this episode, James shares with me how they turned their design agency into a successful SaaS business that's already generating around $50K in monthly recurring revenue.

Direct download: 002_James_Deer_-_GatherContent.mp3
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Wade Foster is the CEO and co-founder of Y-Combinator startup Zapier. Zapier lets SaaS users create integrations that push data between hundreds of best-in-breed web apps without having to write any code or deal with APIs.  Wade shares with me, how he and a couple of college buddies, took an idea that solved a problem that they were having themselves and turned it into a successful software product with over 300,000 users in less than 3 years.  Today, Zapier is helping solve integration problems for over 350 SaaS applications such as SalesForce, DropBox and InfusionSoft.

Direct download: 001_Wade_Foster_-_Zapier.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

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