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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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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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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

Nov'13

Lean Startup Lessons From Pinstagram Founder | Pek Pongpaet

Pek Pongpaet shares a few fundamental lessons of lean startup philosophy in this interview that can be applied by any startup.

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Guest Bio

Pek Pongpaet is the co-creator of Pinstagram (now Pictacular) – TIME Magazine Best 50 Websites of 2013. He is also the founder of Impekable, a User Interface/User Design consultancy.

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

1. FitBit

2. Wired, Mashable, PayPal

3. Lean Startup By Eric Reis

Tweetable Quotes from this Interview!

Click to Tweet>>>> Try to validate your idea as soon as possible by conveying value and getting the customer to part with money.

Click to Tweet>>>> You are going to make mistakes no matter what. Make mistakes, learn from them, and recover quickly.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

This is an excellent interview for any startup founder. I had the pleasure to ask Pek a variety of questions . Here are some highlights:

1. What lessons have you learned from your training in martial arts that you apply in Business?

There are no overnight successes. Anything worth getting requires hard work over long duration. Also, try to make mistakes quickly, learn from them, and recover quickly.

2. Did luck or timing play any role in the success and initial traction of Pinstagram?

Luck and timing can help (they got press coverage for Pinstagram at the beginning) but at the end of the day, the product has to stand for itself.

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04

Nov'13

How To Create A Profitable Tech Startup From College | Dan Shipper

Dan shipper and his co-founders created a successful tech startup while still in college. He shares some of his lessons learned and useful advice for young entrepreneurs.

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 Guest Bio

Dan Shipper is the co-founder of Firefly. Firefly is a co-browsing platform which allows screen-sharing that is limited to browser only. He blogs at danshipper.com

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

1. Olark

2. Jason Fried of 37 Signals

3. Gary Vaynerchuk and his website

4. Joel Spolsky and his blog

5. Ray Dalio

6. Nasim Taleb and his books – Fooled by Randomness, Black Swan, and Anti-Fragile.

Tweetable Quotes from this Interview!

Click to Tweet>>>> There is no shortcut.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

1. How did Dan get the idea for Firefly and how did he and co-founders validate the idea.

2. How did they create partnerships with successful companies and what is the  best way to find and create partnerships?

3. How do the go about finding their customers?

4. Should anyone thinking of creating a tech startup bother getting a software engineering degree and should they be self-taught?

5. Is college the best place to create a startup?

6. What are some of the best ways to validate your idea and find the product/market fit?

7. How can a non-tech founder become more comfortable with coding and technology aspect of startups?

8. MUST kids today learn how to code?

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23

Oct'13

A Veteran Non-Tech Entrepreneur Shares His Lessons Founding A Tech Startup | Jeremy Potvin

Jeremy Potvin sold his 20 year old businesses in the apparel industry and jumped head first to create ShiftHub, an internet tech company. He made some mistakes along the way and shares some of his valuable lessons in this interview.

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Guest Bio

Jeremy Potvin is the Founder and CEO of Shifthub. He is a lifelong entrepreneur and has almost 20 years experience in the apparel retail industry.

Jeremy is available to provide startup advice/mentorship via Clarity.

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

1. What was Jeremy’s biggest lesson after exiting from his 20 year old apparel business?

2. What were the initial challenges Jeremy faced as he started to create a tech startup?

3. What is the one thing you need to do when you are creating a tech startup and don’t have a lot of tech experience yourself?

4. What mistakes Jeremy made when finding for Technical partners? And how to avoid them.

5. What is the one thing you should always do before creating any product or business?

Viewer Questions:

1. What should you do if you want to be an entrepreneur, but have no background in business?

2. What should all fisr time entrepreneurs know about starting their first business?

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

1. Balsamiq – Wireframing and prototyping software.

Tweetable Quotes from this Interview!

Click to Tweet>>>> An an entrepreneur, always reach out to people who know more and are smarter than you.

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21

Oct'13

Founder Dino Dogan Shares Triberr’s Startup Story

Dino Dogan shares the behind the scenes story of how he started Triberr, how he got his first customers, the business model, and a lot more in this interesting interview.

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Guest Bio

Dino Dogan is the Founder of Triberr, the Social Network for bloggers that sends over 2 million monthly visits to its members. He has been featured in Forbes and Yahoo!News, and his startup has been written about in thousands of blogs, including Technorati, Huffington Post, ReadWriteWeb, and many others. Dino has spoken or consulted for a variety of companies and audiences, including IBM, Rutgers University, Vocus, NMX/BlogWorld, 140conf, and many others. Dino often comments on new technologies and latest Social Media developments on sites like ReadWriteWeb. 

Things You Will Learn In This Interview

1. Triberr’s startup idea validation process.

2. How to go about finding the right partners and co-founders for startups.

3. How did Triberr find its first tribes and paying customers?

4. What is Triberr’s business model?

5. How to use Power Poses and visualization to become better speaker.

and more…

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

1. Engagement From Scratch (Book)

2. Return on Influence by Mark Schaefer

3. NMX originally Blogworld

4. Dino Dogan’s Rutgers Talk Video (below)

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5. Dan Cristo – Co-founder Triberr

6. DIY Blogger Net

7. Road To TED

8. Arnold Schwarzenegger – Books – The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised and Total Recall

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