535 Solving A Problem You Didn't Know Existed with Moshik Raccah

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Founder and CEO at silo.co . Silo is a new way to ask and help your network. Listen to the interesting journey that Moshik followed as he started solving problems he didn't even know existed when building his first prototype.

Resources: Website / Twitter  / Linkedin 

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

  • Listen to feedback to understand the real problems of your users 
  • Doing a startup is not something you do because you think you're going to be successful and the next billionaire like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. If you're leaving a large company to do something on your own, it's got to be such a burning passion within you that you absolutely have to do it
  • It's harder to self-promote when you're asking for help or you're asking a question. A founder has to rely on the kindness of strangers for introductions. In order to get these, you need to be willing to help others first

534 How A Podcast Episode Of a16z Changed My Life by Sandeep Jain

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Sandeep Jain, CEO and co-Founder of Leela Labs Inc. We talk through how listening to inspiring content from podcasts can make a dramatic change in your life.

Resources: Website / Twitter  / Linkedin 

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

  • How to leave your corporate job by committing 25% of current salary to hiring freelancers to build your product or service
  • Target the right PR influencers on Twitter because many have open DMs
  • Radio gets $18 billion ad revenue and is dying, but podcasting gets $300 million ad revenue and is growing

533 Lennart van der Ziel : How We Earned 1500 International Media Publications In 2 Months

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Lennart van der Ziel CEO and Co-Founder of the Universal Translator --> TravisTranslator.com . A fresh entrepreneur with a great strategy on how to win over the global media and build a pre-launch list.

Resources:  Linkedin 

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

  • Customers are always better than equity funding. Customers provide a good way of validating an idea
  • A good PR strategy is to get a booth at Mobile World Congress, get access to the press list, schedule interviews with limited time slots and have newsworthy press releases on several topics every few weeks to follow-up
  • Getting very specific about your metrics is essential. e.g. something like we know 10% of an email list will engage and pledge, so what size list do we need to reach our funding goal on IndieGoGo?

532 Kay Minglani Get Millions Of Downloads Building Apps People Open Daily

Kshitij (KAY) Minglani Co Founder & CEO Mindvalley. This episode is packed full of extremely valuable lessons for app entrepreneurs. If you are planning launching an app, you'll learn how to validate your idea, the benefit of focussing on the end user rather than chasing PR and much more.

 

Resources: Website  / Linkedin 

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

  • Get quotes (with keyword data) from several SEO firms to help validate your idea
  • Spend a majority of your time interviewing potential users before touching a line of code
  • Create a 'toothpaste' type app. In other-words, an app that is used everyday

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