The Foundr Podcast with Nathan Chan

If you’re new to the startup space, Steve Blank is the biggest name in tech you haven’t heard of. A serial entrepreneur turned educator, in entrepreneurial circles he’s referred to as one of the “Godfathers of Silicon Valley.” A master of the startup, he was involved in or founded ’s started eight venture-backed Silicon Valley companies, including software company E.piphany, which alone raised $66 million prior to going public in 1999, before being acquired by a larger corporation for $329 million in 2005. Basically, he’s a Silicon Valley pioneer who was killing it in the startup space when the rest of us were watching Muppet Babies.

Drop his name around the offices of Facebook, Apple, Google, et cetera, and you’ll get knowing and approving nods. Follow him around Palo Alto and you’ll see him get asked for autographs. It seems in the way startups operate today, everyone owes a debt to this man. If you’ve heard of the Lean Startup, you’re familiar with his work already.

Today, Blank actively lectures at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and the joint Berkeley/Columbia MBA program, NYU and UCSF, as well as the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, through the Innovation Corps program he developed. The Harvard Business Review named him one of 12 Masters of Innovation in 2012. CNBC recognized him as one of the 11 Notable Entrepreneurs Teaching the Next Generation. In 2013, Forbes listed Blank as one of the 30 most influential people in Tech. Blank’s books, blog, and interviews are often featured in world news publications such as The New York Times, Forbes, Inc, TechCrunch, and The Wall Street Journal. His teaching commonly focuses on the Customer Development methodology that he developed throughout his accolade-rich career.

His 2003 book The Four Steps to the Epiphany launched the Lean Startup movement. And a decade later, the sequel The Startup’s Owner’s Manual cemented his place on all entrepreneurial required reading lists. Not bad for a man who’s technically been retired for over a decade.

In this interview you will learn:

  • What it takes to become an entrepreneur, all without going to business school!
  • The secrets to building a fully-functioning lean startup
  • What it takes to become a leading player in Silicon Valley
  • The unexpected highs and lows of entrepreneurship, the harsh truths, and positive realities
  • What it takes to get ahead, and stay ahead
  • & much more!
Direct download: FP064_Steve_Blank.mp3
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Tony Stubblebine was not one of those 22-year-old tech startup CEOs, wearing hoodies and distributing profane business cards. He got his start as a sharp programmer, working alongside people like Ev Williams and Biz Stone, and has been steadily climbing his way up the ladder since.

The path to becoming a successful CEO involved a lot of growth and personal development for him, almost like an athlete in training. One thing he could have used much earlier is a good coach.

“I didn’t get my first coach until it was way too late. Why didn’t I have an exec coach grooming me to be an executive, to be a CEO?”

Follow Stubblebine's journey as he took, what others perceived to be, his weaknesses and turned them into strengths that made him a force to be reckoned with.

Stubblebine shows just what it takes to become a great leader and a CEO of a multimillion dollar business.

In this interview you will learn:

  • A full breakdown of all the elements that make up a great leader and CEO
  • The secrets to utilizing meditation in order to stay grounded and tackle any and all challenges
  • Why you don't need to be a jerk, and there's nothing wrong with being the 'nice guy'
  • The process of building a great product that drives social change
  • How to bring out that 'elite performance' mindset from yourself and achieve it
  • & much more!
Direct download: FP063_Tony_Stubblebine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:25am AEDT

All the most successful ideas in the world were when entrepreneurs realized that there was something about their current life that they wished could be done a little easier. The only difference between entrepreneurs and regular people though, is instead of just complaining, they go ahead and built it.


For founder Chris Strode it all began because he wanted make the lives of small business owners a little easier back in 2002. Today Invoice2go is one of the highest grossing business app on the market, and the number one invoicing app worldwide for small businesses.


In this interview you will learn:

  • Exactly what it takes to bootstrap your way to $100 Million
  • How to create a brilliant product by identifying a personal problem
  • The importance of finding, and defining, your perfect customer
  • How to grow a business as a one-man startup
  • The key to persevering when the odds seem stacked against you
Direct download: FP062_Chris_Strode.mp3
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Today's episode is a little different than most, but as always it is one not to be missed.


If you've ever wondered how to harness the power of Email Marketing, this one will not only be an massive eye opener of what's possible, but also a sure fire way for you to quickly understand what you need to do, to sell your products/services on automation with Email Marketing.


We sit down with Micah Mitchell who is an Infusionsoft master, co-founder of a popular Membership SaaS (Memberium), and also knows a lot about creating and profiting with online courses.


In this episode you will learn:

  • What is Email Automation and how it can EXPLODE your business
  • How to create profitable online courses
  • An intro into how to nurture leads, and convert prospective customers into sales with Email marketing
  • How membership sites work and how you can tap into this multi-billion dollar educational industry
  • Email Marketing and funnels
  • What to do when someone steals your business idea
  • What is Fear/Loss/ & Greed when nurturing leads
  • How to create a profitable SaaS
  • & So much more!


Direct download: FP061_Micah_Mitchell.mp3
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