In this interview, Claire Lew talks about leadership, how to keep your team motivated and the things leaders should avoid. We also talk about the importance of building relationships with your customers and the real reasons why people buy from you.
In this interview, Bill Irvine explains what it means to be a stoic. We discuss how to evaluate and pursue worthy goals and how to keep perspective during challenging times. We examine the necessity of failure in the pursuit of greatness and uncover the value of setbacks.
In this interview, James Freeman reveals what it was like starting Blue Bottle Coffee. He explains the importance of pursuing simplicity and creating an overarching experience. We also talk about building a business that stands for something and what he does to find inspiration.
In this interview, Keith Rabois explains the importance of hard work and turning your startup into a smooth machine. We discuss management styles, the downfall of remote working and how to go about hiring talented people.
In this interview, Geoff Donaker explains the details involved in taking a company public, from hiring a CFO through to collaborating with an accounting firm. We examine the job of the COO, the role of experimentation in the shaping of business models and the principles of scaling. We finish with a discussion of his investing strategy.
In this interview, Michael Sippey explains each stage of his product management process; research, idea validation and product iteration. We discuss the evolution of Medium and how to go about defining one’s vision and strategy.
In this interview, Cal Newport argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive. He provides practical examples to escape the being caught in the frantic blur of e-mail and social media.
In this interview, Wade Foster reveals how Zapier started and the way they got their first users. We talk about the best practices of getting customer feedback and where to find your best ideas. We also look at content strategy, the benefit of having a co-founder and managing remote teams.
In this interview, Joel Gasgoine explains how to enter a competitive market and the importance of focus. We talk about experimenting with pricing, how pricing impacts churn and the best practices for launching multiple products. We also review his favourite ways to validate business ideas.
In this interview, Des Traynor reveals Intercom’s product strategy and the central role vision formation plays within his company. We discuss prioritisation and the value of saying no to new features. We conclude with a review of the jobs to be done framework and some disruptive technologies that could affect Intercom’s future.
In this interview, Jeff Atwood reveals what led to the success of Stack Overflow and how he managed to beat the incumbents. We discuss the importance of building software iteratively and how to gather the right feedback. We also talk about the vision for his new company Discourse.
In this interview, Chris Savage explains how to achieve product-market fit, and the importance of rejecting short term opportunity to build long-term value. We also discuss his principle of profitability over growth and the future of video.
In this interview, Brian Singerman explains why he doesn't have an investment thesis and why he’s agnostic to both sector and stage. We also discuss business strategy and the importance of finding a unique competitive advantage.
In this interview, Charles Hudson explains how seed investing has changed over the years. We talk about his process for raising money, the details of his new fund and the things founders should be cautious of when working with investors.
In this interview, Andy Rachleff explains why big business opportunities are based off inflexion points and why founders shouldn’t pursue the obvious problem-solving ideas. We also discuss how CEOs can best balance personal decision making with the seeking of counsel in order to thrive in times of uncertainty.
In this interview, Jon Callaghan explains the basics of running a business and why it's all about creating value for the right customer. We talk about customer acquisition, laying the right foundation and raising money from the right investors and managing expectations.
In this interview, Kevin Kelly explains why he's optimistic about the future and the inevitable technological advancements that will play a pivotal role in our lives. We also explore virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and opportunities for entrepreneurs.
In this interview, Nir Eyal explains how to build a product that sticks. We explore why engagement is initially more important than growth and the importance of user narratives to simplify the product experience.
In this interview, Mike McDermont explains what it takes to build a big business and why marketing is the key driver to success. We also talk about distribution, understanding your customer and thinking differently when it comes to finding acquisition channels.
In this interview, Sarah Tavel explains the right way to grow your startup and the right way to listen to your users. She also reveals the difficulties of building a consumer-led product and how Pinterest was able to succeed.
In this interview, Alan Schaaf explains how he acquired users, built something that resonated with a large audience, and why simplicity leads to a sticky product. We also talk about investing and staying focused.
In this interview, Sofya Polyakov shares what it was like to build a product and business from scratch and how to handle the day to day running of a startup. We also talk about community and raising money.
In this interview, Dennis Crowley explains Foursquare’s new SDK, Pilgrim, and why location intelligence is part of the internet's infrastructure. We also talk about persistence and the importance of having a strong vision.
In this interview, Jason Calacanis talks about his startup Inside and why the publishing/media industry is in a bad state. We also talk about his investment syndicate, how he spots opportunities and and what he expects from founders.
In this interview, Tony Conrad explains his investing thesis and what he looks for in an entrepreneur. We explore the importance of networking and having an ecosystem. He also sheds light on how about.me was built and where it is today.
In this interview, Suhail Doshi explains what it means to be data driven, what goes into tracking metrics and why you should do it from the get go. We talk about the difficulties of fundraising and why growth can be a double edge sword.
In this interview, Scott Belsky reveals what it was like to sell Behance to Adobe and why it makes sense for certain startups to pursue funding. We talk about building a community and the importance of having empathy with your users.
In this interview, Michael Seibel explains how to gain the interest of investors. He reveals how to effectively communicate the product and the market opportunity. He also reveals the common pitfalls founders face when it comes to fundraising.
In this interview, Adam Lisagor explains how founders can communicate better and why underselling is an effective way to communicate. We look into the creative process of making a video and what’s required to make it successful.
In this interview, Ciarán O'Leary talks about his new fund, BlueYard Capital and his plans for investing in the European scene. We look into the realities of being a founder in Europe and evaluate the level of opportunity available within its startup ecosystem.
In this interview, Dave McClure highlights the importance of taking a niche approach when launching a product. We touch on the main differences between 500 Startups and Y Combinator before analysing the growth and customer acquisition methods that help startups grow.
In this interview, Danielle Morrill reveals what it was like pivoting to work on Mattermark. We then explore why founders should take a long term approach and be committed to an idea. We also delve into acquiring customers, pricing and raising money effectively.
In this interview, Steven Levy opens up on why he joined Medium and what it’s been like working as part of the team. We talk about the changing world of journalism and what he believes needs improving within it. We close with a discussion on storytelling and how to get better at it.
In this interview, David Cancel shares his thoughts on how to communicate with customers to gain essential and unique insights. He then evaluates the merits of working with investors vs bootstrapping, before offering his judgement on what makes for good marketing.
In this interview, Mark Suster covers a wide range of startup issues and the problems that can occur when fundraising. He also explains why competition is a good thing and the importance of marketing and sales.
In this interview, Esther Dyson outlines the health issues we face today and what we can do to solve them. In the second half of the interview we discuss entrepreneurship, investing and why it all begins with people.
In this interview, Boris, Founder of The Next Web explains the business side of building a publication and how they experimented with advertising. He also shares how startups can get PR and the harsh realities of being an entrepreneur in Europe.
In this interview, Matt Mullenweg explains how he built a community and ecosystem around WordPress. He outlines the importance of connecting with users and building a simple product. We then touch on building a sustainable company and dealing with competitors.
In this interview, Malcolm Gladwell explains his writing process and where good ideas come from. He reveals what makes a great writer and why making mistakes is normal. He then outlines the importance of editing and being self-critical.
In this interview, Tobias van Schneider explains the role of a product designer, competing with Apple, and pursuing stupid side projects. He also explains what he looks for in other designers and how to become a better designer.
In this interview, Alex Blumberg reveals what goes into creating a popular podcast. He shares details on storytelling and how to reach a large audience. He also talks about raising money from investors and the pressures to build a business.
In this interview, M.G Siegler explains what it was like leaving journalism to become an investor. He reveals what he looks for in startups and why he invested in Slack and Medium. In the second half, we talk about how to get the attention of journalists.
In this interview, Tristan Walker explains the importance of solving problems that are authentic and unique to you. He also reveals what goes into building a company and why you should set company values.
In this interview, James Beshera explains the benefits of simplicity. He outlines why embracing constraints makes a product better and why it ultimately leads to better decisions. At the end, he reveals why persistence and perseverance is everything.
In this interview, Julie Zhuo explains why you should protect fragile ideas and give them time to grow. She also explains how to focus on the right ideas and turn them into a product. At the end, she reveals how they hire designers and what they look for.
In this interview, Christian Reber explains the challenges of building great software across multiple platforms. He also shares his opinion on what makes a good entrepreneur, and the benefits of doing a startup in Berlin vs Silicon Valley.
In this interview, Ryan Hoover reveals the realities of building a company, raising capital and why most startups don’t need it. He also explain how he built a thriving community and how they go about making product decisions.
In this interview, Eoghan McCabe reveals the harsh realities of building a successful SaaS business and why it’s all about people. He also explains the psychology of pricing and why founders should charge as soon as possible.
In this interview Simon Sinek explains what it means to be a good leader and why people don't want to be managed. He also outlines how to create a thriving culture where teams trust each other and work in harmony for the greater good.
In this interview, Chris Coyier explains how to grow an audience through blogging and teaching. He outlines the importance of good writing and showing up everyday. This episode is brought to you by InVision.
In this interview, Cameron Moll explains why your passions are the starting blocks for building a successful product. We talk about working with remote teams, building an audience and transitioning from designer to CEO. He also reveals his process for designing in the browser. This episode is brought to you by InVision.
In this interview, Trent Walton explains the impact responsive web design has had on his design process. We talk about breakpoints, grids and fluid type. He also reveals the importance of side projects and producing good work. This episode is brought to you by InVision.
In this interview, Jason Santa Maria explains his design process and how he gets inspired. We talk about what makes good UI and the role of UI patterns. He also reveals the importance of striving for simplicity and constantly iterating.
In this interview, Josh Brewer explains why a design led culture enables us to better understand our users as well as the significance of a collaborative approach to engineering. We discuss where most design founders go wrong when building a startup and what the design community could do to improve. This episode is brought to you by UserTesting.com.
In this interview, Joshua Topolsky explains the importance of design and how The Verge became profitable. We also talk about the state of web journalism and how to build an audience. N.B This interview was conducted whilst he was still at The Verge.
In this interview, Avinash Kaushik explains the most effective practices for mastering web analytics. He reveals why we should focus on data analysis and not data reporting. He also outlines the importance of using data to make key business decisions.
In this interview, Max Levchin explains what it means to improve lives by extracting insights from the vast quantities of recordable information around us. He also reveals the importance of vision and how to enter new industries.
In this interview Sam Altman outlines the future of Y Combinator. He reveals how the seed accelerator spots founders with potential and the significance it places on formidability. He also explains why Silicon Valley is still the place to do a startup.
In this interview Jeffrey Veen, talks about the importance of having relationships and the power of working in small teams. He also reveals why you should be careful when picking your investors as well as the story behind how Typekit was acquired.
In this interview Jakob Nielsen, explains the rules of mobile usability. He outlines how to create seamless experiences and why designers are plagued with 'featuritis'. He then goes onto explain the reciprocity principle and the importance of user-centred design.
In this interview, Daniel Pink shares his insights on how to sell ideas and products. He outlines why we’re all in sales now, and why uncovering latent problems is one of the most effective ways to move others.
In this interview, Michael Gerber explains why most small businesses fail and what to do about it. He illustrates the importance of creating systems, and why all successful businesses start with an obsession.
In this interview, Kevin Hartz explains the best way to approach large markets and hire talented people. He reveals the importance of scaling methodically, creating an advisory board and being customer centric.
In this interview, Andrew Wilkinson explains why people initially fail and why you should design a business around what you want. He also outlines how to get more clients, build the right team and create successful products.
In this interview, Josh Kopelman reveals what characterises a great entrepreneur and what type of investments he's interested in. He also explains how to spot market opportunities and why sometimes the best products never win.
In this interview, Jason Fried explains his new approach for launching a new business and how to solve real problems. He outlines the benefits of working remotely, speaking to customers, and why designers shouldn't copy Apple.
In this interview, Zach Klein reveals why the era of having a single career is over and why you shouldn’t start a company that you couldn’t imagine making for the rest of your life. We then touch on community building and why great communities have a few profound rules.
In this interview, Ben Blumenfeld explains the role that design can play in the startup world, and what companies like Airbnb and Path are doing right. He outlines what he learned from working at Facebook and why it's important for designers to solve bigger problems.
In this interview, Geoff Teehan reveals what it was like working on Medium. We talk about remote collaboration and killing good ideas. He also explains what makes a good designer and what it takes to build a great product
In this interview, Geoffrey Moore explains the struggles most companies will face and the importance of going after new markets. We also talk about what makes a good startup founder, being disruptive, dealing with competition and carving out a niche.
In this interview, Walt Mossberg explains why web journalists need to set higher standards. He reveals his plans for the All Things Digital conference and describes his relationship with the late Steve Jobs. At the end, he outlines what makes a good product and how to get press for your startup.
In this interview, Gentry Underwood explains why good design is based upon constant iteration. He sheds light on the importance of having a desire in solving a particular problem. We also talk about getting acquired, working at IDEO, and the role Human Centred Design played within Mailbox.
In this interview, Robert Greene explains why the first move towards mastery is always inward - learning who you really are and reconnecting with that innate force. We also discuss how to become irreplaceable and the importance of pursing a craft with intensity.
In this interview, Robert Scoble explains the best way to get the attention of journalists and investors. He reveals how to craft your story, the importance of social proof and why working the system to your advantage is necessary to succeed.
In this interview, Jeffrey Zeldman explains why you should use words and stories to frame an experience. He reveals his writing process and why good copy teases interest; and why making your content the focus, engages readers. Episode is brought to you by Designmodo.
In this interview, Derek Sivers explains the importance of building a business around your needs and the mistakes startup founders make. He outlines the importance of focus, living a distraction free life, and developing a technical understanding of the web.
In this interview, Justin Kan explains why breaking problems down is the key to building a successful startup. We also explore the importance of focus, being a coder, talking to your customers, and why worrying about competitors is unproductive.
In this interview, David Karp takes us behind the scenes of what it takes to build a successful startup. We talk the about the importance of mentorship before he reveals how Tumblr grew quickly by targeting the right community.
In this interview, Eric Migicovsky explains the best way to design and prototype hardware. We then explore the importance of having an SDK and building a community around your product. He also reveals effective ways of dealing with iterations and building something of value.
In this interview, Mike Del Ponte explains how to select the right manufacturers and successfully ship to customers. He walks us through on site visits with manufactures, and handling the logistics and supply side of manufacturing.
In this interview, Chris Guillebeau identifies what customers really want, and why you should focus on being useful rather than innovative. We also look into self promotion and assessing different business ideas.
In this interview, Patrick Collison reveals what makes Silicon Valley special. He also outlines the art of dealing with large corporations, hacking in isolation, and the obstacles every startup will face.
In this interview, Horace Dediu explains what characterises a good leader and a successful business. He reveals the importance of self analysis, having value systems, and taking a long term perspective.
In this interview, David Tisch explains how to approach investors and how to get them interested in your startup. He reveals the best way to initiate contact, and where most founders go wrong when fund raising.
In this interview, Chris Brogan explains why most entrepreneurs fail and why being truly helpful is the key to being successful. He also outlines how he crafts his popular newsletter, and why contrast is important to standing out.