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May 25, 2018
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.
May 8, 2018
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.
May 2, 2018
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.
April 22, 2018
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.
January 30, 2018
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.
January 26, 2018
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.
January 17, 2018
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.
December 14, 2017
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.
December 3, 2017
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.
November 26, 2017
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.
November 18, 2017
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.
November 12, 2017
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.
October 29, 2017
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.
October 26, 2017
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.
October 18, 2017
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.
September 16, 2017
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.
August 31, 2017
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.
August 14, 2017
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.
July 18, 2017
In this interview, David Skok explains effective sale strategies and how people buy. We also discuss reducing churn, increasing retention and the importance of improving your sales funnel.
May 30, 2017
​In this interview, Andy Weissmann shares the firm's investment thesis​ and ​how they spot investment opportunities. We also discuss the obstacles founder​s​ typically face when running a startup.​
May 22, 2017
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.
April 19, 2017
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.
April 12, 2017
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.
March 27, 2017
In this interview, Kevin Rose talks about his investments, pursuing new ideas, building products you love, dealing with failure and collaborating with talented designers and developers.
March 23, 2017
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.
March 14, 2017
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.
March 13, 2017
In this interview, Everette Taylor talks about good marketing practices, why empathy is critical and how to grow your user base through social media and testing.
March 11, 2017
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.
March 10, 2017
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.
March 4, 2017
In this interview, Philip Rosedale talks about the future of Virtual Reality (VR) and the role it will play in society. We also explore the business opportunities and technical challenges VR presents.
February 20, 2017
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.
July 27, 2016
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.
May 19, 2016
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.
May 3, 2016
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.
February 7, 2016
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.
January 31, 2016
In this interview, Dave McClure ​highlights the importance of taking a niche approach when launching a ​product. We touch on the ​main ​difference​s​ between 500 Startups and Y Combinator before analysing the ​growth and customer acquisition methods that help startups grow.
January 27, 2016
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.
January 19, 2016
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.
January 13, 2016
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.
December 23, 2015
In this interview, Josh Elman defines what it means to grow and why it all starts with building a habit around your product. We also delve into the importance of onboarding and how to get users.
December 21, 2015
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.
December 20, 2015
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.
December 17, 2015
In this interview, Philip Kaplan explains how to sell a startup and the benefits of bootstrapping. He also emphasises the importance of having a strategy for getting users before pursuing an idea.
December 16, 2015
In this interview, Aarron Walter explains the importance of research and designing for emotion. He also reveals how to build things people want and how to work effectively with other people.
December 15, 2015
In this interview, Zach Sims, Co-founder of Codecamedy explains how to operate in a competitive landscape. We also take a deep look into managing growth pains and what it’s really like to be a CEO.
December 14, 2015
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.
December 13, 2015
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.
September 2, 2015
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.
August 15, 2015
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.
August 13, 2015
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.
August 2, 2015
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.
August 1, 2015
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.
July 31, 2015
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.
July 23, 2015
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.
April 10, 2015
In this interview, Alexander Ljung explains what happens when a product gets traction, and how that changes the dynamics. He also reveals the importance of focus and simplifying the product.
April 9, 2015
In this interview, Gary Vaynerchuk gives a rare insight into setting goals and what it takes to be successful. He also explains why entrepreneurs need to build awareness into everything they create.
April 8, 2015
In this interview, David Lee explains how he spots investment opportunities and what he looks for in a founder. He also reveals the harsh realities of building a successful company.
April 7, 2015
In this interview, John Borthwick takes us behind the scenes of Betaworks. He reveals how Betaworks launches products, the role of building your own network, and when to pivot.
February 9, 2015
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.
January 19, 2015
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.
January 9, 2015
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.
December 11, 2014
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.
November 18, 2014
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.
November 17, 2014
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.
November 16, 2014
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.
November 6, 2014
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.
October 23, 2014
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.
October 19, 2014
In this interview, Debbie Millan explains how to use failure to your advantage, and why courage is important. She then goes on to describe how to create meaningful work through experimentation.
September 24, 2014
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.
September 22, 2014
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.
July 30, 2014
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.
June 10, 2014
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.
May 15, 2014
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.
April 30, 2014
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.
March 17, 2014
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.
February 25, 2014
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.
February 11, 2014
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.
January 31, 2014
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.
January 22, 2014
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.
January 7, 2014
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.
December 29, 2013
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.
December 21, 2013
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.
December 18, 2013
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
December 16, 2013
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.
December 10, 2013
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.
December 3, 2013
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.
September 26, 2013
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.
September 24, 2013
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.
September 17, 2013
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.
September 16, 2013
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.
September 4, 2013
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.
August 4, 2013
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.
July 18, 2013
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.
July 17, 2013
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.
July 16, 2013
In this interview, Sarah Lacy explains the Silicon Valley culture and it's obsession with short-termism. She reveals what's needed to run a successful publication and the rise of other tech hubs.
July 15, 2013
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.
April 20, 2013
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.
April 16, 2013
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.
April 13, 2013
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.
March 30, 2013
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.
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