TrepTalks

02

Dec'14

Disrupting The Self-Storage Market Using An Internet Based On-Demand Model | Rob Rebholz of Spaceways.ca

Rob Rebholz, Co-founder of on-demand storage service Spaceways shares how Rocket Internet’s experience and technological expertise in Warehousing is helping Spaceways disrupt the Self-Storage Market

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Guest Bio

Rob Rebholz is the Co-founder of on-demand storage service Spaceways. Spaceways has expanded its operations in cities like London, Paris, Chicago, and most recently in Toronto.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

Spaceways has an interesting story – it collaborated with Germany based startup accelerator Rocket Internet (World’s largest Internet Platform outside of US and China) and went from idea to launch within a matter of 8 weeks.

Spaceways is looking to disrupt the self-storage market with a Free on-demand pickup and delivery storage model and help people living in crowded cities to store their personal belonging safely and conveniently.

I had the chance to ask the co-founder Rob Rebholz a variety of questions about starting Spaceways as well as the expansion process in different cities.

Spaceways is looking to leverage the technical, operational, and warehousing technology and expertise developed by Rocket Internet (because of its eCommerce businesses) and apply it to the self-storage industry to make the self-storage process safer and convenient for consumers.

If you haven’t heard of Rocket Internet, here is a video:

This is a great interview to learn what it takes to disrupt an existing industry!

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Here are some of the questions discussed in this interview:

– Can you tell us a little bit about Spaceways.

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03

Nov'14

Strategic Email Marketing For Small Businesses | Erik Harbison, CMO Aweber

Aweber’s (Email Marketing Software) Chief Marketing Officer shares strategies and tactics for small businesses to improve ROI from their Email Marketing efforts.

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Guest Bio

Erik Harbison is the Chief Marketing Officer at AWeber where he oversees marketing operations, vision and strategy for the leading email marketing platform. Erik has over twenty years of experience across all channels and disciplines within the marketing and advertising space.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

In this interview, Erik Harbison, a digital marketing and advertising veteran and, currently, the Chief Marketing Officer of Aweber email marketing platform, shares strategies and tactics that small business can use to gain positive ROI from their Email Marketing efforts.

Some of the insights that I personally found useful are as follows:

– Marketing tactics may have changed over the last 20 years but what has not changed is a need for businesses to continue focusing on the customers. A business is about meeting customer’s needs and if you can find a way to do that then the marketing tactics are secondary.

– Get to know who your ideal customer is, how your product solves their problem or meets their needs.

– Get an understanding of the customer journey (I will be exploring this topic in detail in an upcoming interview) but, in a gist; it is about understanding how your customer interacts with your brand/company in relation to their problems, needs and wants, and what kind of experience your business gives them in their “journey” (which may involve other brands and businesses as well) to solving their problems or meeting their needs.

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25

Sep'14

How To Create Highly Effective and Profitable Autoresponder Sequences | John McIntyre The Autoresponder Guy

The Autoresponder Guy John McIntyre shares what it takes to enter the conversation that is already going on in your prospects head and run effective, automated, and profitable email marketing campaigns.

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Guest Bio

John McIntyre is a digital entrepreneur and internet marketer specializing in creating and running effective and profitable email marketing campaigns using the power of compelling copywriting as well as email autoresponder sequences. He is also the creator and host of The McMethod Email Marketing Podcast. You can learn from John by joining his private community called the McMasters. You can visit John’s website here.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

Jon shares the one most important thing that you need to have before you can be an effective email marketer.

What comes up for you when you think about email marketing and its role and importance for your business? Your perception may be very different from mine but here is how I perceived email marketing just a few months ago.

–    Email marketing is about building a huge list – sure it is but list isn’t everything

–    Email marketing is about writing great headlines so that people would open your emails – Sure it is, but writing great headline is just a tactic

–    Email marketing is about writing insanely valuable and detailed emails just pouring all your wisdom so that your list would consider you an expert – somewhat true

–    Don’t annoy people by sending too many emails – somewhat true, you can send as many emails as you want as long as your are useful and relevant to your audience

–    If people start unsubscribing, it means that you are not providing relevant content – hmm, better to have small list of fans than a huge list of people who don’t open your emails

–    Once you have established your expertise over a period of time, perhaps one day when you have a product or service to sell, people would gladly open their wallets for you and hit the buy button – really??

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30

Jul'14

How Does A Venture Capital (Growth Equity) Firm Work? | Simon Chong of Georgian Partners

Simon Chong, Partner at Georgian Partner shares what it takes to run an equity (venture capital) firm, invest in high growth tech-companies, and manage risk.

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Guest Bio

Simon Chong is a Managing Partner at Georgian Partners, which he co-founded in 2008.

Having spent his career in marketing, sales management, and operations, Simon applies his strong operating background to the companies in which Georgian Partners invests. He is focused on designing and building optimal go-to-market models for Cloud and SaaS-based companies.

Simon holds an MBA from Henley Management School in the United Kingdom.

Current investments: Dealfind, Terapeak, Razorsight and ScribbleLive.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

Simon Chong is a founding partner at Georgian Partners, which is a growth stage equity firm.

This is a unique interview for a couple of reasons – firstly because this was my first in-person interview and I got to learn how to do that (I will definitely bring a lapel mic the next time I do an in-person interview); secondly I got the opportunity to pick the brains of a real-world venture capitalist and ask all sort of questions about how does an equity firm work, their business model, their process of choosing how to invest, and making profits and so on.

Venture capital (VC) and raising funds is an area that I had never explored in detail previously (only from an entrepreneur’s perspective in some of my previous interviews).

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23

Jul'14

How To Create a Company that is the Centre of Gravity for Brilliant Minds | Leerom Segal of Klick Health

Leerom Segal, President and CEO of Klick Health shares insights on how technology and data can be used to create a talent centric organization.

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Guest Bio

Leerom Segal is the Co-founder and CEO of Klick Health. He is also the author of The
Decoded Company. Segal immigrated to Canada at age 8 and launched his first company, The ByteDoctors, at age 12. He went on to become the CTO of publicly traded Motion Works Group at 16 and then to co-found Klick Health in 1997, at age 17, with partners Aaron Goldstein and Peter Cordy.

Take The Decoded Company Self Assessment Here.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

In this interview, Leerom Segal (President and CEO of Klick Health) shares his thoughts on entrepreneurship, creating company culture, and how technology and data can be used to create a talent centric organization. Some of my big takeaways from this interview were as follows:

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    • As an entrepreneur, work yourself out of a job so that you can step back and
      grow your company strategically (work on your company instead of in your
      company)
    • Always work on keeping your product differentiated enough (moat around
      your company) so that your company and product remains relevant in the
      marketplace
    • Surround yourself with people who are a lot smarter than you are.
    • You have to take ownership of growing personally and as an entrepreneur at
      the same pace as your company otherwise you will be the bottleneck in your
      company’s growth
    • According to Leerom, 3 things shape a company culture:
      • Who you hire?
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15

Jul'14

(Case Study) How To Create an Evernote System for Productivity and Profitability | Phil Pallen

Brand strategist Phil Pallen shares his system for using Evernote for gaining higher levels of organization and productivity in his business and life.

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Guest Bio

Phil Pallen is a brand and social media strategist for TV personalities, public figures, and entrepreneurs. Phil is also the author of Shut Up and Tweet. You can connect with him on his website PhilPallen.com

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

I recently created a FREE 10 part comprehensive video course on Evernote. You can access it here. This is a real world case study for that course.

Phil Pallen is a brand and social media strategist and he has created an Evernote system that helps him in organizing his receipts as well as managing his past, prospective, and current clients and their projects. As I have noted in the Evernote Course, there is no one way of using Evernote. You have to create your own system with the storage, organizational, and retrieval strategies that work best for you and your business.

Phil shares the Evernote system that works best for him. Hope this interview will provide atleast some sense of real-world usage of Evernote.

People, Book Recommendations, and Resources of Interest Mentioned In This Interview

1. Pinterest

2. Google Docs

Your Turn>>

Do you use Evernote for personal or business purposes? What is your most favourite or useful feature of Evernote? Please share in the comments box below.


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21

May'14

Creating An Actionable Business Plan That Guides Your Business To Success | Devesh Dwivedi

Business coach and author Devesh Dwivedi shares the importance of creating a Business Plan for entrepreneurs who are starting or running a business. He also shares his unique approach to creating an actionable business plan which he calls a Two Sentence Business Plan.


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Guest Bio

Devesh Dwivedi is a serial entrepreneur, business coach and consultant who loves to help aspiring entrepreneurs. Devesh has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. He helps the cubicle imprisoned aspiring entrepreneurs get out of the 9-5 rat race and start a business based on their purpose, passion, and priorities. He can be reached via his websites:

http://deveshdwivedi.com/

http://twosentencebusinessplan.com/

http://idea2inception.com/

http://www.breakingthe9to5jail.com/

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

This is a lively interview where Devesh Dwivedi shares his experiences and insights on entrepreneurship and creating actionable business plans. Devesh is entrepreneurial by nature but like most Asian families he was encouraged by his family members to seek out a “safe” life, job etc. He completed an MBA degree and was climbing the corporate ladder in different capacities for almost 5 years but never felt satisfied. He finally came to the realization of what his real passion is – helping other entrepreneurs succeed – and ended up creating a business coaching and consulting firm Idea 2 Inception.

He also documented his journey as well as the journeys of others who have left the corporate world to pursue their passions into an advice book called Breaking the 9 to 5 jail.

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16

Apr'14

How To Create A Social Media Strategy (that works) For Your Business? | Phyllis Khare

Do you have a social media strategy for your business or are you using social media randomly as most businesses do? Social Media Strategist Phyllis Khare shares some great tips on creating a social media strategy that will get you results.


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Guest Bio

Phyllis Khare is a social media strategist, teacher, speaker, consultant, and author of two comprehensive books on Social Media Marketing: Facebook Marketing All In One for Dummies and Social Media Marketing eLearning Kit for Dummies.

Phyllis is also the Co-founder of Social Media Manager School.

You can visit her Website here and connect with her on Facebook here.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

In this short but very informative interview, Phyllis Khare shares some key steps to creating a social media strategy that will produce results and ROI for your business. She also shares tips on creating a management system for your social media to implement your strategy consistently.

Some of my BIG lessons from this interview were as follows:

  1. According to Phyllis, businesses should be spending atleast 40% of their time on ALL marketing efforts. If a business is too busy on other efforts, then they need to find ways of outsourcing their marketing.
  2. Before creating a social media strategy, a business needs to have a clear understanding of WHO their ideal customer is (usually you can find this out using existing research), WHERE they are hanging out (which social media channels are most appropriate for your business), and WHAT are they interested in learning from you or your business (what kind of value do they want from you).
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09

Apr'14

Bringing A Disruptive Technology To Market | Herb Mitschele of Shodogg

Herb Mitschele (CEO Shodogg) shares his innovative new technology platform Shodogg and his experiences bringing a disruptive technology to market as a non-tech guy.



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Guest Bio

Herb Mitschele is the CEO and Co-founder of Shodogg, an innovative technology platform that allows content to stream effortlessly between devices and screens, and where rightful content owners and their creations are protected. Prior to Shodogg, Herb was a senior executive in the consumer products and toy industry.

You may try out the Shodogg App on Android. You may also try the Screen-Direct App for Android and iPhone

You can learn more about Shodogg on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and LinkedIn

The beginning clip of Seth Green explaining Shodogg is taken from AOL Originals – Acting Disruptive.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

Shodogg is an innovative new technology that takes the concept of sharing your content on cloud (e.g. via Dropbox etc.) one step further. Basically, the Shodogg technology allows you to take your existing content on the cloud (text, audio, video) and easily access it on ANY web enabled device or screen instantly without having to download it to that device.

The technology has many applications in many different industries. Shodogg has assembled an impressive team of executives and advisors including Seth Green to bring the technology to market.

In this interesting interview, I spoke with the Co-founder and CEO of Shodogg, Herb Mitschele and asked him the details of what it is like to bring an innovative disruptive technology like this to market, especially coming from a non-tech background.

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02

Apr'14

Insights on Entrepreneurship, Community Building, and Creating Member Happiness | Ryan Paugh of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC)

Ryan Paugh of YEC shares his entrepreneurial story and insights on startups, blogging, and creating happy communities.



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Guest Bio

Ryan Paugh is a Boston entrepreneur, community builder, and co-founder and COO of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC.co). Previously he co-founded Brazen Careerist.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

Ryan Paugh is an experienced entrepreneur and community builder and I really enjoyed chatting with him about a variety of topics ranging from how he got started as an online entrepreneur, working with Penelope Trunk, how he got involved with Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), community building and creating member happiness and more. Watch the full interview for the lively discussion. Some topics/questions discussed in the interview are as follows:

1. How did Ryan get started as an entrepreneur?

2. How did he connect with Penelope Trunk of Brazen Careerist and why/how he joined Brazen Careerist?

3. Initial challenges in getting Brazen careerist funded

4. His advice for startup entrepreneurs who are looking to get their startups funded.

5. What was his role at Brazen Careerist? What does it take to create member happiness in a community?

5. Why did he decide to leave Brazen Careerist and how did he join Young Entrepreneur Council?

6. What is Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), what does it take to become a YEC member, and benefits to members.

7. How does YEC collaborate with reputable magazines and online publications? How can startups get themselves noticed by Press and Media?

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26

Mar'14

How This Tech Entrepreneur Turned A Music Platform Into An Innovative Cloud Based Ad Platform | AJ Vernet of Republic Project (Sizmek)

AJ Vernet of Republic Project (Sizmek) shares how he pivoted a music platform into an innovative cloud based ad platform, got funded by Google Ventures and others, and acquired by Sizmek



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Guest Bio

AJ Vernet is the founder of Republic Project (recently acquired by Sizmek), an innovative cloud based Ad platform that enables agencies and brands to improve brand engagement and purchasing behavior.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

In this interview, AJ Vernet shares his entrepreneurial story and how he pivoted his original vision of creating a Music platform into an innovative cloud based Ad platform.

AJ and his team identified an opportunity to make the ad creation process for non-technical people easy and less expensive. Their innovative platform also allows easy sharing of Ads on social media (examples below).

They created a product within a matter of 9 months and formed strategic partnerships which provided them with exposure to a  wider audience including Sizmek (Republic Project was recently acquired by Sizmek).

Here are a couple of examples of the capabilities of AJ’s ad platform. To view other examples, please visit the Facebook page.

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People, Book Recommendations, and Resources of Interest Mentioned In This Interview

1. Venture 51

2. Google Ventures

3. 500 Startups

4. MESA Global

5. DoubleClick

6. Dave McClure

Your Turn>>

Please share your comments and questions in the comments box below.

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25

Mar'14

Facebook Marketing Case-Studies For Gaining Likes and Email Opt-ins | Janice Clark of BizMSolutions

Janice Clark of BizMSolutions shares two successful Facebook Marketing case-studies, strategies and tactics for getting Facebook Likes and email opt-ins



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Guest Bio

Janice Clark is the owner of BizMSolutions (Facebook Page) and an experienced Social Media and Relationship Marketing Strategist.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

This is another excellent conversation in the series of Facebook marketing tutorials and case studies where Janice Clark of BizMSolutions shares some great lessons and two case-studies of successful marketing campaigns she ran for her clients. The first case study is about generating approx. 3500 Facebook Likes for her client who was starting out from scratch and was also getting her website built. The second case study is about generating targeted email opt-ins of potential prospects for her client who is about to launch a new course. She really breaks it down so you have to watch the interview to get a full understanding of the finer details.

I learned a few new strategic and tactical concepts in this interview.

The first one is about using a LAYERED social media strategy. Janice suggests not using just one social media channel (although you may have a favourite) but a combination not only to target a bigger demographic but different social media channels can support each other. For example, whenever she creates a new Facebook post, it automatically creates a tweet on twitter with the link to the new Facebook post which helps drive more traffic to the post.

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19

Mar'14

The Fundamentals Of Using Facebook Ads For Your Business | Gary Kind

Gary Kind demonstrates the fundamentals and best practices of using Facebook Ads for achieving your business goals and objectives.


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Guest Bio

Gary Kind is a highly experienced IT professional with over 25 years in and around software development. He is also an author and successful online marketer. He has authored multiple Udemy courses including Facebook Advertising Using Pay Per Click.

Here is an HD version of the same video (the text will be clear in this one) – you may select the resolution based on your internet speed.

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Things You Will Learn In This Interview

Up until now, Facebook had been my Achilles heel. I never really used Facebook in my life and so starting to use it for my business purposes had been a challenge. I first focused on twitter and learned it inside out. And now I am focusing on Facebook. This is another interview in a series of interviews I did with Facebook experts to learn more about what it takes to be a successful Facebook marketers. And I can show that I received more than 1000 likes with the learnings within a matter of a week.

In this interview I invited Gary Kind, who is an experienced IT professional and has created a variety of Udemy courses including a very successful Facebook Advertising using Pay Per Click course to share some of his lessons with Facebook Ads with us. He also demonstrates some real world campaigns that he has run and shares his lessons learned.

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11

Mar'14

How To Leverage Facebook Marketing For Your Business | Sarah Zeldman of TheEMarketingMaven.com

EMarketing Maven Sarah Zeldman shares Facebook marketing strategies and tactics for businesses that would create awareness, interest, and generate actions that would result in positive ROI.


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Guest Bio

Sarah Zeldman is a social media and online marketing expert. She shows technophobic business owners how to make social media marketing simple, fun, and profitable. Her Facebook page is here. Her website is TheEMarketingMaven.com

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

If you want to learn how to leverage Facebook Marketing for your business, you are in for a great treat in this interview. This is the first in a series of interviews I did with various Facebook Marketing experts and entrepreneurs who are successfully using Facebook to engage their audience and generate positive ROI for their businesses.

In this interview, Sarah Zeldman of TheEMarketingMaven.com shares startegic and tactical details of how to go about creating a Facebook marketing campaign that is designed to create awareness, generate interest, and enable actions from your prospective and current clients that result in positive ROI for your business.

According to Sarah, for social media marketing purposes, businesses first need to ask themselves WHO their target audience is and WHERE are they hanging out. In this regards, Facebook may not be ideal for ALL businesses.

Secondly, if you are a business looking to engage your prospects and clients on Facebook, you have to understand that it is a “Social” Network and so majority of your focus should be on creating relationships with people instead of selling. [click to continue...]

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06

Mar'14

Are You Creating The Economy Of You? | Kimberly Palmer

Kimberly Palmer talks about her new book The Economy of You and how we can all create our own financial security now.


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Guest Bio

Kimberly Palmer is the senior money editor and Alpha Consumer blogger at U.S. News & World Report. She is the author of “Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending” and her latest book is “The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life“. You can also visit her Etsy Store where she creates ans sells Money Planners. Her book website is EconomyofYou.com

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

Kimberly Palmer is a senior money editor at U.S. News and World Report and in this interview I asked her a few questions about her new book The Economy of You. I asked about her story of how she created her “side-gig”, an Etsy store, selling Money Planners.

According to Kimberly, having a side gig in today’s world has many advantages including: creating you own job security, additional side-income, developing additional/complementary skills which may be beneficial for your main job, as well as creating an online portfolio and a personal brand. Also, technology has made it really easy to create online businesses that anyone can do it.

Kimberly advocated that people should master the art of pitching themselves in order to get media exposure and gain leverage in business and life. Kimberly is a senior editor for an online publication so I asked her if people pitch her for stories and what works and what doesn’t.

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21

Feb'14

How To Take Action And Turn Ideas Into Income | Jeet Banerjee of StatFuse.com

Jeet Banerjee of StatFuse.com says that the secret to his success is taking action and working smarter.


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Guest Bio

Jeet Banerjee is a 21 years old (in 2014) serial entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, best-selling author and a digital marketing consultant. He is also the founder of @GotStatFuse, and @GoVisionary. You can find him at JeetBanerjee.com

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

Jeet Banerjee is definitely an inspiring young entrepreneur. At age 21, he has already established a strong online personal brand with a couple of self published books, a Udemy course, and a Tedx talk under his belt not to mention multiple startups of varying successes.

I think the biggest lesson to learn from this interview is that you can make a huge amount of progress in a small amount of time simply by taking tons of action and by working smart. He recognizes his strengths and finds other people with complementary skills to get the job done. According to him, “It is better to have a little of something that is worth a lot, than to have a lot of something that isn’t worth much!” (Tweet This!)

I asked him questions about his company Appzeria and the process they used to create Apps. I also asked him about creating a personal brand, creating a strong social media presence, self-publishing books, creating the Udemy course, and public speaking. Here are some of the questions I asked, a very interesting interview full of strategic and tactical advice:

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14

Feb'14

Journey To Profitable Blogging And Kindle Money Mastery | Stefan Pylarinos of ProjectLifeMastery.com

Stefan Pylarinos shares his entrepreneurial journey as a blogger as well as discusses specific strategies and tactics that he uses to profitably sell Kindle books and make a 6 figure income as an online marketer.


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Guest Bio

Stefan Pylarinos is an entrepreneur, internet marketer and fitness enthusiast with a passion for living life to the fullest and fulfilling my potential as a human being. His main blog is ProjectLifeMastery.com

You can get his Kindle books including Kindle Money Mastery from Amazon. You can also access his Kindle money Mastery program on his website KMoneyMastery.com

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

This is one of the best interviews I have done on blogging and online marketing strategy as well as publishing and monetizing on the kindle platform. Stefan shared a lot of nuggets of wisdom on how to succeed as a blogger.

His biggest lesson in terms of making money online as a blogger is that it is a long term endeavor. At the beginning you should not worry too much about your blog design etc. because you don’t really have many visitors. He says you should focus on providing lots of free value to others through your content. Once you have atleast 100 visitors per day visiting your website, at that point you can start thinking about monetization.

According to Stefan, having an audience is essential to being successful online. This is the most important pre-requisite. Once you have an audience you can simply survey them to find out what their needs and problems are.

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10

Feb'14

How A 19 Year Old College Dropout Created A 350K Presentation Design Company | Kenny Nguyen of BigFish Presentations

Kenny Nguyen dropped out of college to create a presentation design and consulting company so he doesn’t have to sit through another boring presentation again. He shares his inspiring entrepreneurial story and tips on creating great presentations.


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Guest Bio

Kenny Nguyen is the CEO/Founder of Big Fish Presentations, a presentation company that does three things; presentation design, presentation consulting, and producing commercial video.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

There are many interesting lessons in this interview. Kenny Nguyen was still a student when he started helping out people create good presentations. Even at a small scale he was getting traction. His dad gave him a great advice – “Business is about identifying a pursuing good opportunities“. This was a good opportunity so Kenny dropped out and started growing this business. Kenny and his team has grown the revenues for the last 3 years and are currently at 350K range.

In regards creating and delivering memorable presentations, Kenny shares that entrepreneurs need to be able to share their stories in their own words and not rely too much on powerpoint presentations. It is the emotional impact that matters. You have to start off with asking yourself the question WHY? Share a personal story. What is the problem that you faced and what is the solution that you have come up with to solve that problem. End with an emotional impact as well.

Kenny also shares that the reason for his success in growing the revenues year by year is his relentless FOCUS on the few things that matter the most.

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Feb'14

Interview with Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business Author | Michael Parrish DuDell

Are entrepreneurs born or made? Michael Parrish DuDell, author of Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business, shares his lessons writing the book and what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.


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Guest Bio

Michael Parrish DuDell is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and bestselling author of Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business—the official book from ABC’s hit show Shark Tank on how to successfully launch and grow a business from concept to cash. He is also the founder of consulting firm Race + Vine.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

In this interview, Michael shares a variety of insights about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, lessons he learned from “The Sharks” while writing the book, and his best advice. Some of the questions/topics discussed in this interview are as follows:

1. Are entrepreneurs born or made?

2. Is there something different about “The Sharks” that make them successful as entrepreneurs?

3. Why is it important to consider failure when starting out on an entrepreneurial endeavor?

4. Is it smart or “moronic” to take out a loan to start your business?

5. Why “Passion” should not be your reason for starting a business?

6. How young students/professionals/entrepreneurs can find what their passion is?

7. Should you pursue an MBA if you want to become an entrepreneur?

8. Michael’s biggest lesson for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Tweetable Quotes from this Interview!

Click to Tweet>>>> There is no substitute for sweat equity.

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30

Jan'14

Mixergy Founder Shares The Inner Game Of Entrepreneurship And His New Project TrueMind.com | Andrew Warner

Do you know your mission in life? Andrew Warner of Mixergy shares ways in which he keeps focused on his mission of “leaving a legacy” and how he is helping others do so with his new project TrueMind.com


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Guest Bio

Andrew Warner is the Founder and Host of Mixergy where he interviews some of the most successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. His latest  project is TrueMind.com where he helps entrepreneurs shut off their “inner critic” and reach new level of productivity and profitability.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

1. I was really curious to know why Andrew decided to admit failure so publicly when his invitation website did not gain traction as he wanted to. See the video below:
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2. I asked Andrew about one of other successful projects which many people may not know about – Grab.com where he ran Billion dollar sweepstakes.

3. I asked Andrew about his big mission in life and his lowest moment.

4. What was his worst interview experience and what did he learn from it?

5. How did Andrew become better at public speaking?

6. What is the True Mind and Counter Mind and how he is helping entrepreneurs navigate the psychological aspects of entrepreneurship with his new project TrueMind.com

7. What is his advice for new content creators for getting noticed and monetizing their content.

8. How does he create systems in his business and life?

All this and a lot more….

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23

Jan'14

How Listening To Customers Allowed This Entrepreneur To Create a 7-Figure Business | Rick Winfield

Rick Winfield shares the story of how listening to his customers allowed him to rapidly grow his technology company and sell it for mid-seven figures.


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Guest Bio

Rick Winfield is the founder of ComputerTrainingSchools.com (sold to Quinstreet). He is also and Investor/Advisor to numerous startups (focus on Lead Gen/Internet Marketing/Internet Technology).

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

In this interview Rick Winfield shares the story of how he created ComputerTrainingSchools.com, some of the initial startup challenges, how listening to his customers allowed him to tweak his monetization strategy, and what made him decide to sell his company.

The big lesson that Rick shares in this interview is that you always have to be willing listen to your customers. You may have grand ideas in your own head but, in the context of a business, they are useless if your customers don’t find them useful. Some of the questions and topics that I discussed with Rick are as follows:

1. How did he get the idea for ComputerTrainignSchools.com and what were the first steps he took to start the business?

2. What were some of the Startup challenges Rick faced when starting a tech company?

3. How he financed the early phases of his startup?

4. How did he go about finding his first paying customers?

5. Why did he decide to change his monetization strategy and how did it accelerate his business growth?

6. What made him decide to sell his company?

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Jan'14

How To Manage Your Emotional States As A Day Trader And An Entrepreneur – Tom Casano

Tom Casano, a successful day trader, shares his insights on managing emotional states in order to become better at trading or entrepreneurship.


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Guest Bio

Tom Casano is a successful day trader and the founder of Life Coach Spotter. He is passionate about self-improvement, helping other people grow, and empowering others to live their dreams.  He has worked as a peak performance coach, an equities trader, a teacher, and a tutor.  A student of life, human behavior and psychology, philosophy, spirituality, and Buddhism, Tom is an entrepreneur and a go-getter.  He lives in Manhattan, New York.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

Tom Casano is an experienced and successful Day Trader. With successful, I mean that he actually makes his living with day trading. This is a very interesting interview because there are many parallels between day-trading and entrepreneurship.

Tom told me that many people want to learn and get into day-trading but very few of those who do actually end up making money even after years of practice. He tells me that there is a learning curve to actually learn the technical aspects of day trading and with enough effort and practice anyone can learn it. However, what hurts people the most and where people end up losing money, is when they do not have the skills to manage their emotional states.

In this interview, Tom shares a little bit about his story. He started out small and was not doing very well financially in the beginning phases of his day-trading career.

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Dec'13

How A Real-Estate Entrepreneur Made A Multi-Million Dollar Net Worth Flipping (Wholesaling) Homes | Nick Ruiz

Nick Ruiz shares how he made a multi-million dollar net-worth in through real-estate investing and flipping homes and some tough lessons learned along the way.


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Guest Bio

Nick Ruiz is a self-made entrepreneur, real-estate investor, home flipper/wholesaler and real-estate coach. You can connect with him at RecycledGoGetter.com

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

We did something special with this interview. Nick invited me to join him on his show RecycledGoGetter.com where he interviews successful entrepreneurs who started from scratch and we decided to interview each other about business, entrepreneurship and life.

In this interview, Nick shares his entrepreneurial story, how he got started in the real-estate investing and what happened after the 2008 real estate crash. Nick made a multi-million net worth flipping/wholesaling distressed properties. He created a funnel where once he found a suitable distressed property all he had to do is follow step by step system and he could finish the deal within a matter of hours.

Flipping or wholesaling means finding suitable properties and selling it to real-estate investors who are willing to pay cash for the property and a “good” finders fee to the middle person.

Nick also shares his “bankruptcy” story after the 2008 real-estate crash, some lessons he has learned as a result and his way forward. There is also some inspirational entrepreneurial talk between the two of us. Hope you will enjoy this interview.

Tweetable Quotes from this Interview!

Click to Tweet>>>> It doesn’t matter what industry you are in.

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Dec'13

How To Start A Successful Multi-Million Dollar Dropshipping Ecommerce Business | Mike Kawula (Part 2 Video)

In the second part of the interview, Mike shares many valuable lessons from starting and running a dropshipping eCommerce business.

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Guest Bio

Mike Kawula is the founder of Self Employed King where he provides specific strategies to help small business grow. Previous to this, Mike ran a successful cleaning franchise business that he grew to a million dollar annual revenue with 35 employees and sold in 2012. During this time, he also started an online (eCommerce) retail store selling office and cleaning supplies that was ranked by Inc. Magazine as the 144th fastest growing company in 2012 and became a multi-million dollar store. You can connect with Mike via his email: [email protected]

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

You can watch the first part of the interview with Mike Kawula here where he goes into detail about networking and franchising business.

In the second part of the interview, Mike goes into detail about he created a multi-millon dollar drop-shipping eCommerce business, the successes, some of the mistakes he made, and advice for anyone who is thinking about starting a dropshipping and/or ecommerce business.

For me, the biggest lesson in this interview comes in the form of the approach Mike took when starting out the eCommerce business. One of the big themes that comes up when I interview successful entrepreneurs is “how to go about validating your business idea?” before you actually go out and spend tons of your time, effort, and money only to find out that you cannot find customers.

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