#92 - Ryan Petersen
Published August 30, 2018
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    Ryan Petersen is the founder and CEO of Flexport.

    Flexport is a global freight forwarder powered by software and analytics. They are making international trade easier for over 10,000 companies in 70 countries. They were part of the YC Winter 2014 batch.

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    Topics

    0:23 - What is a freight forwarder?

    3:08 - Selling electric scooters on eBay 15 years ago

    5:53 - Ryan’s business school experience

    10:23 - Amazon competing with their vendors

    13:23 - Matt Susk asks - What were the most important takeaways from Columbia Business School? Would you encourage entrepreneurs to pursue a MBA?

    17:03 - Tyler Hogge asks - How did you get your first three clients at Flexport?

    20:03 - Being a solo founder

    23:08 - Varun Khurana asks - What's your strategy for rapidly hiring the best talent in so many different global hubs?

    25:53 - Challenges of scaling Flexport

    27:38 - Some of Ryan’s favorite books

    29:43 - Scaling culture

    34:23 - Jassim Ali asks - How has the Trump policy on foreign trade affected your business so far?

    39:23 - PowerDecal asks - How do you poach clients from legacy providers?

    46:23 - Automation in freight forwarding

    49:23 - Jason Yannos asks - If you weren't operating Flexport and had to source a new idea to work on, where would you start?

    53:23 - Derisking product ideas

    56:53 - Biggest lessons learned at Flexport

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