The SaaS Podcast on ConversionAid - SaaS Startups, Growth Hacking & Entrepreneurship

Peter Shallard is known as The Shrink for Entrepreneurs. He's a renowned business psychology expert and therapist gone renegade. He works with all types of entrepreneurs around the world and helps them get measurable results. He's also the founder of CommitAction.com, a service that pairs accountability coaching with cutting edge digital productivity tracking tools.

In this episode we talk about:

  • How entrepreneurs should be optimizing for courage instead of productivity
  • What people like Bill Gates and Peter Thiel do that you're probably not doing
  • How one idea or insight could significantly grow your business
  • 5 simple but powerful strategies for to help you optimize for courage
Direct download: 070-Peter-Shallard-The-Shrink-for-Entrepreneurs.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

Peter Shallard is known as The Shrink for Entrepreneurs. He is a renowned business psychology expert and therapist gone renegade. He works with all types of entrepreneurs around the world and helps them get measurable results. He is also the founder of CommitAction.com, a service that pairs accountability coaching with cutting edge digital productivity tracking tools.

In this episode we talk about:

  • How Peter discovered his 'superpower' and became 'The Shrink for Entrepreneurs'
  • How he's helping entrepreneurs get measurable results with their own businesses
  • How you can leverage the latest in neuroscience to improve your productivity
  • A simple but powerful technique to improve your chances of getting things done
Direct download: 069-Peter_Shallard-The-Shrink-for-Entrepreneurs.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

Ankur Nagpal is the co-founder and CEO of Fedora, a platform that enables anyone to easily create and sell online courses. The company was founded in 2013 and to date has raised $2M in funding. Prior to launching Fedora, Ankur launched a business while at college building social widgets between classes which generated over a $1M. Bloomberg Business called him a widget mogul.

In this episode we talk about:

  • How you can create an online course even if you're not an expert
  • How 2 guys learned to code and made $2M creating an online course
  • How to get positive reviews for your course and deal witnegative onh es
  • How an online course can help you build authority in your market
  • How you can use an online course to sell services or a SaaS product
Direct download: 068-Ankur-Nagpal-Fedora.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

Ankur Nagpal is the co-founder and CEO of Fedora, a platform that enables anyone to easily create and sell online courses. The company was founded in 2013 and to date has raised $2M in funding. Prior to launching Fedora, Ankur launched a business while at college building social widgets between classes which generated over a $1M. Bloomberg Business called him a widget mogul.

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • How Ankur built Facebook widgets and earned over a $1M by the age of 21
  • How earning a million dollars created a sense of complacency and lack of drive
  • How Ankur built the first version of Fedora in 3 days and launched the product
  • How he used AngelList to raise funding for the business in just 2 weeks
  • The importance of product focus and some key mistakes Ankur made early on
Direct download: 067-Ankur-Nagpal-Fedora.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

Walter Chen is the co-founder and CEO of IDoneThis, an email-based productivity tool that allows people to track their productivity with a daily email reminder. You reply to an evening email reminder with what you did that day. The next day, you get a digest with what everyone on the team got done. The company was founded in 2011 and its investors include folks such as the CEOs of Zappos, Shopify & Wistia. Walter is a software engineer and former big law firm lawyer.

In this episode we talk about:

  • How a blog post Walter wrote got the attention of Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos)
  • And how that led to them hanging out with the Zappos leadership & having Tony become an investor
  • How Walter writes shareable posts even when he's not a subject matter expert
  • A counter-intuitive approach to content marketing he learned from Buffer's founders
Direct download: 066-Walter-Chen-IDoneThis.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

Walter Chen is the co-founder and CEO of IDoneThis, an email-based productivity tool that allows people to track their productivity with a daily email reminder. You reply to an evening email reminder with what you did that day. The next day, you get a digest with what everyone on the team got done. The company was founded in 2011 and its investors include folks such as the CEOs of Zappos, Shopify & Wistia. Walter is a software engineer and former big law firm lawyer. In this episode we talk about:

  • Why Walter quit his job as a lawyer to launch a SaaS business
  • How iDoneThis was just supposed to be a side project, not business
  • Why bringing on a co-founder was one of Walter's biggest mistakes
  • The single most important metric that many startups ignore
  • How a single email to a customer resulted in a high profile investor
Direct download: 065-Walter-Chen-IDoneThis.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:00am PST

Katherine Sears is the co-founder and chief marketing officer of Booktrope, a web platform that allows authors, editors, marketers and designers to form a team and work together to create and market a new book. The company is based in Seattle and was founded in 2011. In this episode, we talk about: * How Booktrope turned a simple idea into a new innovative category in book publishing. * How the business launched and operated for 1.5 years with no software product. * Going through Y-Combinator & the experiences/lessons learned by the co-founders. * How Katherine used Twitter to build authority and attract new customers. * What Booktrope did to start generating their first $1M annual run rate.

Direct download: 064-Katherine-Sears-Booktrope.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

Ruben Timmerman is the founder and CEO of Springest, a comparison website that helps you find the right training program or course. Ruben launched the business as a side project in 2008. Today the site has a presence in 4 countries and helps you compare over 160,000 programs and courses. The company is based in the Netherlands.

Direct download: 063-Ruben-Timmerman-Springest.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

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