531 Alexis Dornier : Startup Life Reimagined

Alexis Dornier Founder, Architectural Designer living in Ubud, Bali

Resources: Website  / Linkedin 

Here are the 3 things I learned from Alexis...

  • Some people wake up to a sunrise over a volcano before work
  • Do something radically different from everyone else 
  • Startup life is sometimes like surfing. You can spend days struggling, then you have the best ride of the week

530 Soren Nielsen : We Started As Wine Entrepreneurs And Went On To Raise $82,653 On Kickstarter

Soren Nielsen, Founder & CEO at ERNIT . His mission is to empower children with real bank accounts and help them understand the value of money. Have you ever heard of the term wine entrepreneurs? No - then listen to this episode.

 

Resources: Website / Twitter  / Linkedin 

Here are the 3 things I learned from Soren....

  • You will simply know when to quit your job by working passionately on your idea 
  • Kickstarter is not just for raising funding, but more importantly it helps validate your idea
  • If you are going to quit your job, get the support of your family first 

529 Alicia Roisman Ismach : How To Dream Of Changing The World

Alicia Roisman Ismach, Serial Fintech Entrepreneur - Focus on Payment & Banking Technology. Alicia left Argentina at the age of 16 years old. She dreamt of changing the world. Listen to her story of how she is living up to her dream.

Resources: Website / Twitter  / Linkedin 

Here are the 3 things I learned from Alicia....

  • It's wise to follow both a curious mind in the startup world, but also mix this up with further education at University
  • Get a mentor, no matter what level you are at
  • If Alicia can leave her home country as a young girl of sixteen to follow her dream of changing the world, then what's your excuse?

528 Vadim Rogovskiy : How To Start A Startup Without Ruining Your Life

Vadim Rogovskiy, Tech Entrepreneur and CEO of Clickky

3 facts about Vadim:
- co-founder of a few mobile startups in different spheres
- partner in an angel seed fund WannaBiz
- at the age of 26 years was on a cover of Forbes Ukraine in a list "30 under 30" entrepreneurs

Resources: Website / Twitter  / Linkedin 

Here are the 3 things I learned from Vadim Rogovsky

  • Start with a low cost side project or hobby to avoid early financial risk
  • You'll know when it's time to quit your day job. In Vadim's case, it was when his side project was earning $10,000 per month
  • Starting your own startup means you'll be the leader of your own life 

527 Nathan Raffel - Start Your Startup Focussing On A Personal Problem

Nathan Raffel is an actor and successful serial entrepreneur. You may recognize him from a Chevy commercial 🚘... but he has done much more beyond acting that he loves to share with other entrepreneurs!

He is currently working on a new startup Bout Dad Life with his best friend Travis Laurendine. This is his current project building a community focused on highlighting dads doing right by their families.  

Resources: Twitter  / Linkedin 

Here are the 3 things I learned from Nathan

  • Awesome branding and marketing helps protect you from competitors and a race to the bottom. Just think how valuable and iconic logos of Facebook and Twitter are to attracting users and downloads
  • Starting with a personal problem to be solved is the best way to start a startup
  • Dad's are getting something awesome with BoutDad.life

TAGP525 Zahi Boussiba - How To Start A Startup Without Falling Into Financial Ruin

Zahi Boussiba CEO & Co-Founder at Appsee. Zahi walks us through his inspiring journey with Appsee. Over 5 years Appsee has gone from 2 guys in a garage coding to a well funded company with thousands of customers in wide range of industries.

Resources: Website / Twitter  / Linkedin 

Here are the 3 things I learned from Zahi...

  • Starting a startup is HARD. Expect the journey to last 5 to 10 years
  • Start with a problem, build a prototype, get paying customers - only then seek funding
  • Understand the users journey through your app. Zahi discovered 70% of his users were not sharing their location when first asked, hence engagement was very low

TAGP523 Adam Barker : Guide To Fundraising For A New Startup

Adam Barker CEO & Co-Founder at MagnaPass. We talk about raising funds for an early stage startup, real life examples of going through a pre-seed Angel syndicate, aiming for a raise of £300,000 and tips for pitching to groups of investors. Listen out for the entertaining story of sleeping in the car during a snow storm to pitch to investors in the morning.

Resources: Website / Twitter  / Linkedin 

Here are the 3 things I learned from Adam Barker...

  • work your own network in the early days. You may be surprised who invests in your startup

  • know your own business inside out when pitching to investors

  • explain the problem, your projections and vision during short pitches, but leave a lot of the 'meat and potatoes' for the inevitable questions at the end

TAGP522 Paul Kemp - 15 Big App Entrepreneurial And Life Lessons From 500 Episodes

Paul Kemp, host of The App Guy Podcast: Inspiring Founder Stories, Growth Hacking, Funding, Beta Testers, Big Data, Lifestyle, Startups. In this episode, I run through 15 Of The Biggest App Entrepreneurial + Life Lessons From The Last 500 Episodes

Here are 3 things I learned from creating this best of show:

  • Focus on your strengths, find the vehicle to share your gifts with the world and have a clear sense of the people you want to serve
  • Solve a real world problem, ensure enough people also think it's a problem, confirm people will pay for your solution before investing the time and money to build your product
  • Build an audience, listen to want they want then deliver a minimum viable product to test, validate and gain valuable feedback. Follow your data and pivot if necessary