The Foundr Podcast with Nathan Chan

Most of Foundr’s podcast episodes are one-on-one chats, usually focusing on a particular foundr or their business. This time around, we were fortunate enough to sit down, in person, with two startup icons, and explore some of the most important facets of running a business.

Oli Gardner and Ryan Deiss are both digital marketing pioneers who have grown their online businesses to millions in revenue. Gardner, the instructor of our Landing Page Formula course, co-founded landing page builder Unbounce in 2009. Deiss, a serial entrepreneur, founded DigitalMarketer in 2011.

Not surprisingly, this turned out to be a fascinating conversation, in which Gardner and Deiss share both similar and differing opinions on everything from branding to hiring.

For example, both founders insist that creating core values is an important business practice that will inform your branding and your decisions. “I have had more businesses come close to failure because of too much opportunity,” says Deiss, who adds that having a mission makes it easier to know when to say no.

In addition, as both Unbounce and DigitalMarketer grow, Gardner and Deiss have each honed their strategies for hiring top talent. The details might surprise you, as one of the two companies doesn’t even allow candidates to submit a resume (it’ll get thrown out).

Listen in as Gardner and Deiss join Foundr for this lively chat in Barcelona, where they share their hard-learned lessons from growing online businesses and the sacrifices they’ve made along the way.

Key Takeaways

  • How to build a great brand
  • The one thing that keeps your customers coming back again and again
  • Why creating core values for your company isn’t just a nice thing to do, but a necessity
  • The latest interaction and design trends—and which ones you should steer clear of
  • Why community is the new brand and how to build a community that boosts your business
  • The biggest opportunity in ecommerce right now
  • How to stay relevant in a changing content marketing landscape
  • Sure-fire tactics for hiring and vetting top talent
  • The big sacrifices they’ve had to make as founders
Direct download: FP230_Oli_Gardner_Ryan_Deiss.mp3
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NEW COURSE ALERT: Entrepreneur, we wanted you to be the first to know that we’ve collaborated with Arman Assadi to bring you our brand new copywriting course. Learn the copywriting secrets behind 11 seven-figure product launches, taught by Arman himself.

Arman’s broken it down into a 10-step framework that he’s proven with his clients time and time again. He’s even going to give you templates, formulas, and how-to guides so you can start converting customers like crazy.

If you’re tired of seeing ZERO sales for all the hard work you’ve put into your amazing product—then you NEED to learn the power of copywriting. We’re opening the doors to this course soon for a limited time only, and we want to see you there. Be sure to get on the FREE waitlist so you don’t miss it!

Key Takeaways

  • The “crisis of meaning” that drove Assadi to leave his job at Google, book a trip to Cuba, and pursue freedom as a solopreneur
  • How Assadi became a self-taught copywriter and began working with the likes of Neil Patel, Lewis Howes, Jason Silva, and Lori Harder
  • What you should (and shouldn’t) do if you want to find your unique voice as a copywriter
  • The key to writing high-converting copy and why every entrepreneur should learn the basics
  • The story behind Assadi’s latest business and how it created the most-funded planner in crowdfunding history: EVO Planner
  • What’s next for Project EVO and how it’s helping entrepreneurs and creatives find fulfillment in their work
Direct download: FP229_Arman_Assadi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:08am AEDT

Serial founder and VOIP pioneer Alex Mashinsky has founded eight companies and raised more than a billion dollars in collective funding since his entrepreneurial start in the 1990s—and he is showing no signs of slowing down. Mashinsky is the founder of Celsius, which allows users to earn interest on and borrow dollars against cryptocurrencies.

While Mashinsky wants his company to succeed, he sees much more at stake here than just his entrepreneurial resume.

Mashinsky is devoting his latest startup to taking on the world’s financial systems and driving the mass adoption of cryptocurrencies. Subverting the “big guys”  has been a common theme throughout Mashinsky’s career, starting with helping AT&T develop some of the first international VOIP systems, and now fighting to decentralize the world’s banking systems.

According to Mashinsky, “This is the biggest battle that I’ve fought in my life. I fought with the phone companies…in the 90s. This is 10 times worse.”

Listen in as Mashinsky reveals the details of his entrepreneurial journey's highs and lows, his dedication to educate the world about cryptocurrencies, and entrepreneurial lessons only an eight-time founder can teach.

Key Takeaways

  • How the 2008 recession took down his ride-share company (that was more popular than Uber at the time)
  • Why Mashinsky is so passionate about educating the world on cryptocurrencies
  • 4 entrepreneurial lessons to guide your business journey
  • The mindset shift that led Mashinsky to focus on mass adoption of cryptocurrencies
Direct download: FP228_Alex_Mashinsky.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:53am AEDT