The Foundr Podcast with Nathan Chan (general)

After graduating from Harvard Business School alongside future tech giants like Mark Zuckerberg, Magnus Grimeland traveled the world as a consultant for McKinsey. After exploring Southeast Asia, he decided to lay down roots and leverage the region's enormous business potential. From 2013-2017, Grimeland built ZALORA into Southeast Asia's largest fashion ecommerce business. Now, he's supporting fellow founders through his latest business, Antler, a global early-stage venture capital firm that invests in the defining technology companies of tomorrow. In the last 2 years, Antler made 190 portfolio company investments and has opened offices in 14 cities across 6 continents.

 

Listen to Nathan and Magnus discuss: 

  • The atmosphere at Harvard during the Facebook era
  • His journey to Southeast Asia and seeing its potential 
  • Creating the first cash and delivery system in the region 
  • Building ZALORA from scratch 
  • Why ZALORA was a breeding ground for entrepreneurs
  • His 3 things to look for in good talent 
  • What separates Antler from most VCs
  • Why time is the most valuable resource for startups
  • And much more early-stage founder advice…

 

 

 

 

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Some might say Alex Bouaziz, cofounder and CEO of Deel, was simply in the right place at the right time. Deel, an international payroll, compliance, and HR solution, launched in 2019 and, by May 2020, raised $14M in funding. Currently, they have 8000 customers worldwide, including Dropbox, Airtable, and Shopify. But good timing will only get you so far. To launch and grow a company as successful as Deel takes leadership with a clear mission and a solid infrastructure. The idea was simple: Create a company that matched employers and talented workers from anywhere in the world and give them the opportunity to work for the best companies without having to relocate.

 

Listen to Nathan and Alex discuss: 

  • What Bouaziz learned from his first failed business
  • How his work visa struggles inspired Deel 
  • Taking the idea for Deel to Y Combinator
  • The massive growth from the Covid-19 pandemic 
  • Scaling through infrastructure and the customer
  • Deel’s talent development strategy 
  • A passion for unlocking talent beyond borders
  • And much more talent leadership advice…

 

 

 

 

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At 24, Guy Pearson turned down a partnership to start an accounting firm. His early clients were digital companies, and Pearson was jealous that there wasn’t an online commerce system for his industry. So in 2013, he launched a new company called Ignition to simplify and speed up the transaction process for professionals like him. To date, Ignition helped facilitate more than 1M client engagements and over $2B in client payments. Ignition has offices in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, US, and the UK, with over 170 employees globally.

 

Listen to Nathan and Guy discuss: 

  • How intrapreneurship transformed into entrepreneurship 
  • The challenges of building the original software for Ignition 
  • Expanding to new markets outside of Australia 
  • Why he still sits in on candidate interviews 
  • The heartbreaking moments of raising capital 
  • Starting vs. scaling a business 
  • The balance between an accounting brain and entrepreneurial heart 
  • How to lead with an experimental mindset
  • Transitioning from a founder to CEO
  • And much more business growth advice...

 

 

 

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Does the word “sales” make you squeamish or intimidated? If so, then this episode is for you. AJ Cassata is a maverick B2B sales consultant who helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses fast with his straightforward, systematic, and scalable approach to sales growth. His company, Revenue Boost, helps clients create a system for lead generation instead of just winging it. 

 

Listen to Nathan and AJ discuss: 

  • Starting in door-to-door sales as a teenager 
  • Persevering through failure in his first business 
  • Starting Revenue Boost to focus on lead generation 
  • Why not all leads are created equal 
  • How to stand out amongst competitors
  • Why cold emails are still powerful 
  • Implementing a repeatable process to get clients 
  • How to spend zero dollars on advertising 
  • LinkedIn Navigator tips and tricks 
  • Why subject lines should be a disguise 
  • And much more B2B sales strategies...

 

 

 

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33 years ago, Brian Scudamore was sitting in a McDonald’s drive-thru when he saw his future–a beat-up pickup truck filled with junk. Scudamore started a junk-hauling business to pay for college, but what was supposed to fund his education ended up inspiring him to drop out. Today, Scudamore’s transformed his junk hauling side hustle, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, into a North American franchise business worth $600M. People told Scudamore that it was impossible to franchise his business, but he’s proven them wrong by expanding his model into other brands like WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and Shack Shine.

 

Listen to Brian and Nathan discuss:

  • Rebranding his business name to 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
  • Transitioning from a corporate to a franchise business
  • Expanding his model into WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and Shack Shine
  • How “The CEO Whisperer” Cameron Herold helped scale the business
  • The 3 types of entrepreneurship paths
  • The compounding growth of franchise businesses
  • His new book BYOB: Build Your Own Business, Be Your Own Boss
  • What Shaq taught him about franchising 
  • And much more franchise business advice…

 

 

 

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Airtasker is Australia's #1 marketplace for local services. Over the past decade, they've acquired more than 4.3M registered users, built a worth of $255M, created a $1.7B value of job opportunities, and went public. But founder Tim Fung still feels the pains from the first 3 years, when everything he assumed about the business was wrong. He's learned that through the victories and failures of scaling a startup, remaining focused on providing value over profit is what lasts. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Tim discuss: 

  • The importance of going all-in on a startup
  • Starting a business with 2 marketplaces 
  • The 90-day wakeup call for founders 
  • Inspiring users to use your product
  • Sharing problems with your team
  • Not putting off hard decisions
  • Building a feedback muscle within your business
  • And much more startup advice…

 

 

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Davie Fogarty created Australia's fastest-growing ecommerce brand, The Oodie, which sells wearable blankets and accessories. But success didn't happen overnight. After multiple failed businesses, at 24 years old, Davie had a chip on his shoulder to prove he could succeed. So in 2017, he started 2 ecommerce businesses, and they both took off immediately. In the past 4 years, Davie has grown his company of 5 major brands called the Davie Group to $400M in sales. In this episode, you'll learn exactly what it takes to build an incredible ecommerce brand in 2022 and some of the pitfalls to avoid. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Davie discuss: 

  • Davie's early failed business attempts 
  • The pros and cons of having something to prove
  • Why bootstrapped founders become a jack of all trades 
  • What was special about The Oodie as a product and brand
  • How to create and test ecommerce products 
  • How competition affects your ads 
  • Why good marketing instills trust 
  • Attribution tools and the changes in advertising 
  • And much more ecommerce advice…

 

 

 

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Jen Proctor loved being a performer. But when her dream to be a professional singer ended, she pledged to be a good person in the entertainment industry, something she knew wasn't a given. So in 2015, she launched her agency Cultivated Entertainment and works with clients like Meta, Pharrell, Drew Barrymore, the Obama Foundation, Stand Up for Cancer, and the Primetime Emmy Awards. She's built her agency based on the vision of seeing a need and filling it. So if you're interested in working with talent from actors to TikTok stars, this episode is for you. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Jen discuss:

  • Her early career as a field producer at Fox
  • Why everything is an emergency in the entertainment industry
  • Cultivating a superpower around talent
  • Myths about working with celebrities and talent
  • Why honesty is an essential part of relationship building
  • Why she'll never forget an hour she had with Betty White 
  • Working on the Dear Class of 2020 project with the Obama's 
  • Negotiating and talent search tips  
  • The three gatekeepers of celebrity talent
  • Short-lead versus long-lead talent
  • And much more talent relations strategies…

 

 

 

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Kendra Scott started her self-titled billion-dollar jewelry business out of failure. Her first business failed after 5 years, and she started selling handmade jewelry door-to-door as a side hustle. Now, Kendra Scott Jewelry is a billion-dollar business with 100 retail locations across the US. But success didn't come quickly. Through personal struggles, recessions, and rejections, Scott built a fashion business driven by an unforgettable customer experience. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Kendra discuss:

  • What she learned from her failed business 
  • Fundraising and dealing with rejection
  • The best piece of business advice she still follows 
  • Shifting her business model from wholesale to retail
  • The nightclub atmosphere of Kendra Scott stores 
  • How philanthropy creates customer loyalty 
  • How to weather the storm as a founder 
  • Her new entrepreneurial memoir Born to Shine
  • And much more founder advice…

 

 

 

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Michele Romanow joined the cast of CBC's Dragons' Den in 2014 after successfully selling her digital coupon business SnapSaves to Groupon. At 28 years old, she was the youngest "dragon" on the show, but that didn't stop her from innovating. During her second episode, Michele decided to flip the traditional Dragons' Den pitch from equity to revenue. 

 

The decision led to the creation of the investment company Clearco and the invention of the revenue-based financing category. The model helps fund ecommerce companies fast and affordable, where founders pay a set percentage only when they make revenue. To date, Clearco has invested $4B in 10,000 founders in 11 countries across the world. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Michele discuss: 

  • Why her first business was a caviar fishery 
  • Acquiring customers through sidewalk chalk 
  • Creating the Clearco model by shifting the Dragons' Den model
  • Accepting rejection as part of the job
  • Taking advice from people that you want to be
  • How to build the relentless muscle 
  • How data removes bias from funding decisions 
  • Stories and lessons from Dragons' Den 
  • And much more ecommerce funding advice…

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After his first startup went public in 2016, Tony Jamous took time off to align what he does with what he believes in. In his previous company, Nexmo, he saw the power of distributed hiring worldwide and how it changed people’s lives. So in January of 2020, he started Oyster, a software company that helps make it possible for companies everywhere to hire people anywhere. The timing of Oyster was perfect, 2 months later, remote work changed forever. Oyster’s raised 230M in 2 years, and its network includes 100 nationalities distributed across 70 countries. The business grew 20x last year and is in the top 2% of all VC-backed companies in employee engagement.

 

Listen to Nathan and Tony discuss:

  • Growing up during a civil war in Lebanon 
  • What living in 10 different countries taught him about people
  • Taking 10 flights to Casablanca to pay his first employee 
  • Strategies for leading a global and remote business 
  • The perfect timing of Oyster’s launch in 2020
  • The importance of risk management in decision making
  • What he looks for in companies to invest into 
  • And much more remote leadership advice…

 

 

 

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In 2011, Lauryn Evarts Bosstick was in college and looking for a community. When a sorority came knocking, Lauryn turned to blogging instead, asking herself the questions every entrepreneur asks: How can I create this and do it better? After 3 years of blogging 7 days a week, Lauryn built Skinny Confidential into a community and a full-time business. 

 

Today, The Skinny Confidential brand garners more than 2 million monthly impressions, and the podcast currently boasts more than 90 million downloads. In addition, Lauryn, alongside her partner Michael, launched a podcast incubator called Dear Media, which focuses on women's voices and narratives. 

 

Listen to Nathan discuss with Lauryn and Michael about:

  • How Lauryn built a loyal following as a college student 
  • The early days of podcasting and how it's evolved
  • Launching the HIM & HER spinoff podcast
  • Launching their first branded product 
  • Strategies to focus on your core audience 
  • Why they've never missed a bi-weekly show
  • Lauryn's book The Skinny Confidential's Get the F*ck Out of the Sun
  • Starting their podcast incubator and identifying talent 
  • And much more media business advice…

 

 

 

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What's the secret to sustain healthy behaviors like exercise, diet, and stress management? Coaching. 

 

Rishi Mandal discovered this while researching the challenges of America's health crisis. So, he started Future, an online coaching platform that connects everyday people to coaches to receive custom one-on-one health training. Since 2017, Rishi and his team have raised $120M in funding and built Future into the largest employer of coaches and trainers in America. Most importantly, they've garnered a retention rate unheard of in the health and exercise industry. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Rishi discuss: 

  • Why his childhood was all about inventing 
  • Lessons from his first 2 businesses, Slide and Sosh 
  • Getting the price point to work for Future
  • Building the company in problem-solving phases 
  • Why retention is the most critical factor for success 
  • Why customers pay for people's time, not software
  • The decision to vertically integrate with their coaches 
  • And much more subscription business advice…

 

 

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In 2014, Erin Deering gifted Triangl swimwear to relatively unknown legacy celebrities Hailey Bieber ( Baldwin) and Bella Hadid. Their friend, Kendall Jenner, loved the products and reached out to Erin directly to get Triangl samples. Then Jenner posted on Instagram and tagged Triangl–that’s when everything went mad. 

 

But the success of Triangl didn’t come from just celebrity endorsements. It came from developing a product that looked and felt like nothing else before. In 2018, Erin exited the business, but that’s when she stepped back and learned more about who she is as an entrepreneur and person outside of the multi-million dollar brand she built. 



Listen to Nathan and Erin discuss: 

  • How Triangl started on a second date at the beach
  • When their manufacturer stole their idea 
  • Why businesses undervalue word of mouth 
  • Their “one bikini sale a day” mindset 
  • Connecting with Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid, and the Kardashians 
  • Dealing with copycats and competitors 
  • How they stayed lean amongst extreme growth 
  • Her mental health challenges in coping with success 
  • Coaching and mentoring women in business 
  • And much more business and personal growth advice…

 

 

 

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Are you ready to leverage the popularity of TikTok to grow your business? Gerardo Perez is the founder of Marketing&, one of the world's leading digital agencies focused on driving paid results on TikTok. Gerardo has 11.2M likes, 323,000 followers, and generated over 100M organic views. He's spent more than $2M in advertising on the platform and is ready to share his strategies with you. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Gerardo deep-dive on:

  • The rise of his marketing agency Marketing&
  • Examples of dramatic results for his clients 
  • Why it's a good time to start investing in TikTok ads 
  • The unique language of TikTok content 
  • Creating native content on TikTok 
  • Producing creative entirely on mobile 
  • TikTok's targeting capabilities 
  • Why brands should still post organic content 
  • TikTok trends and their attachment to audio 
  • Researching the TikTok ad library
  • Mix and match creative 
  • And much more TikTok ad strategies…

 



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Harley Finkelstein is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and president of Shopify. Harley was store #137 when he started on Shopify as a merchant in 2009. After law school, he joined the team at Shopify and helped build it into the world’s #1 ecommerce platform. In 2021, the Shopify ecosystem generated $440B in economic value. For Harley, the success of Shopify all comes down to a belief that entrepreneurship is the greatest equalizer on the planet. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Harley discuss: 

  • Starting his first business at 17 
  • How he supported his family by selling t-shirts 
  • Why he went to law school to be a better entrepreneur
  • Meeting Tobias Lütke at a coffee shop in Ottawa 
  • The early days of Shopify and the Build a Business Competition
  • Why he started a tea business on Shopify store in 2021
  • Why he looks for obsessiveness when angel investing in companies 
  • The importance of self-awareness as an entrepreneur
  • And much more ecommerce wisdom…

 

 

 

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Jamie Kern Lima spent 2 years pitching QVC for a segment to promote her business, IT Cosmetics. She was about to go bankrupt when she finally got her shot on the network. But moments before going on air, she went off-script. The decision changed her business and the beauty industry forever. Jamie built IT Cosmetics into a multi-billion dollar empire centered on authenticity before it was a buzzword. She became the first woman CEO in L’Oréal’s history and has written a book, Believe IT: How to Go From Underestimated to Unstoppable, about her incredible journey from the brink of bankruptcy to billionaire CEO. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Jamie discuss: 

  • Creating IT Cosmetics as a solution for her skin condition rosacea
  • Sketching out a business plan while on her honeymoon 
  • How to dig deep into your “why” 
  • Creating a brand around an approachable beauty image
  • Going off-script on her first QVC segment 
  • The importance of her authenticity as a spokesperson
  • Transition planning and selling to L’Oréal 
  • And more female founder inspiration…

 

 

 

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How did Ed Mylett gain 3 million social media followers without spending a dollar on ads? Authenticity. Ed is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, performance coach, and speaker. He landed on the Forbes 50 wealthiest under 50, and was recognized as one of the wealthiest self-made people in the world in his 30s. His recently published book, The Power of One More, will help you learn why you're closer to your dreams and goals than you think. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Ed discuss:

  • How to read people and listen intently 
  • Learning the "power of one" philosophy from his father's sobriety journey
  • Overcoming imposter syndrome and failure in the finance world
  • Lessons from his new book, The Power of One More
  • Becoming friends with his hero Tony Robbins
  • Building a media empire from scratch 
  • Balancing 17 different companies
  • And much more business mindset advice…

 

 

 

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Everyone kept telling Phil Hutcheon “that's just how it is” when it comes to the absurd processing fees for concert tickets. That's why Phil started Dice, a platform for fans to see the musicians they love in the most hassle-free way possible. Since its launch in 2013, Dice has raised over $100M in capital, has more than 380 workers, and is expanding its services globally. From testing the business idea with a fake company to phone calls with Kayne West, Hutcheon built Dice into a commerce engine for the music industry.

 

Listen to Nathan and Phil discuss: 

  • Why he rejected a promotion to start a career in music 
  • Building the Modular Records sound through legendary parties
  • Bootstrapping his music management company Deadly People 
  • Testing a ticketing model with a fake company
  • Scoring the first contracts for Dice
  • Why it took 3.5 years to build out Dice’s discovery feature
  • Working with artists like Adele and Kayne West
  • Raising over $100M in capital after a slow start
  • And much more fundraising advice…

 

 

 

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Brittany Stewart is the cofounder of BURST Oral Care, one of the fastest-growing ecommerce businesses in the United States. She met her cofounder, Hamish Khayat, through a mutual friend, and it was a match made in startup heaven. Hamish had a revolutionary toothbrush prototype, and Brittany had the skills to make it a business. 

 

After 3 years of attending dental conventions across the country, Brittany built BURST into a community of 30K dental ambassadors. Her ultimate goal–put a BURST product in every bathroom in America. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Brittany discuss: 

  • Bringing Hamish’s electric toothbrush prototype to life
  • Why they felt like rock stars at their first dental convention
  • How showcasing their ambassadors in ads doubled their growth
  • Why customer service is the most important part of their business
  • Working with influencers like the Kardashians
  • Why clarity is the most valuable leadership trait 
  • Hiring people based on personality over skills
  • Why the giving is an investment in the business 
  • And much more subscription-based business advice…

 

 

 

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Bill Smith asked for a briefcase on his 5th birthday, and it’s been all business since. After dropping out of school at age 16, Bill started, built, and sold 3 companies over the past 15 years. His last business, grocery delivery service Shipt, sold to Target in 2019 for half a billion dollars. But Bill didn’t rest on his success. The same year he exited Shipt, he started Landing, a flexible and furnished rental apartment service. So what’s next for this wunderkind turned startup mogul? 

 

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  • Dropping out of school without his parents knowing
  • Figuring out the prepaid technology business 
  • Exiting his first company to Green Dot Corporation 
  • His step-by-step process for proving a business idea
  • Why he never takes breaks between businesses 
  • Proving demand in the early days of Shipt 
  • Selling Shipt to Target for half a billion dollars
  • Why selling Shipt changed his philosophy of business
  • His goal to build Landing into an enduring company
  • And much more business scaling advice…

 

 

 

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After multiple near-death experiences, Zeb Evans decided to build a business that was net positive on the world. However, he didn’t realize that a custom internal productivity tool would become the business he was searching for. In 2017, Evans cofounded ClickUp, an all-in-one productivity management tool now valued at $4 billion. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Zeb discuss: 

  • Selling Disney DVDs from his hospital bed
  • How a home invasion motivated him to drop out of school
  • Starting his first company Fast Followerz from customized social tools
  • How an unexpected seizure pushed him to move to Silicon Valley 
  • Building ClickUp as an internal tool and discovering its value
  • The early days of ClickUp and living in a stereotypical startup house
  • Why investors were shocked that ClickUp was profitable 
  • Maintain culture while scaling at a rapid rate 
  • Why Zeb takes a bath every evening
  • And much more tech startup advice…

 

 

 

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Marco Zappacosta's only professional job has been the cofounder and CEO of Thumbtack. Marco started the home services matchmaking website straight out of university with a dream to find a better solution of hiring a plumber. Since 2009, Thumbtack has raised half a billion dollars in funding and gone from 2 to 1,000 employees. But Thumbtack's success came from years of struggle to discover their perfect market fit. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Marco discuss: 

  • Thumbtack's first users on both sides of the marketplace
  • Enticing pros by creating stylized Craiglist ads
  • The importance of telling the dream and data to investors
  • Why investors are thinking about other investors
  • Why getting a meeting is the easy part of fundraising 
  • The difference between bootstrapped and VC businesses 
  • Seeing values as the best version of your company 
  • Creating "libraries" for their fully-remote workplace
  • And much more VC and remote work advice…

 

 

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Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez started Back to the Roots by asking the same question in their business class–how can you grow mushrooms from used coffee grounds? So instead of taking their jobs in investment baking, the 2 friends began their journey of building an organic gardening brand for the next generation. 

 

Back to the Roots is America’s #1 organic gardening company and doubled its business 4 years in a row. They offer a wide range of grow kits, seeds, soil, and more to empower people to experience the magic of growing their food from inside their homes. 

 

Listen to Nathan chat with Nikhil and Alejandro about:

 

  • Walking into a Whole Foods and pitching their first product 
  • Growing their first mushrooms in a rented office space
  • Hitting their first million in revenue off sources of waste
  • Why going to a farmer’s market is the best lesson for business
  • Transitioning from selling products to empowering growers 
  • Navigating the accelerated growth of the industry during COVID-19
  • Their relationship as cofounders over the past decade 
  • Working with retailers like Home Depot, Target, and Walmart
  • Their “Grow One, Give One” initiative 
  • And much more business scaling advice…

 

 

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Toni Ko's first beauty brand, NYX Cosmetics, made $4 million in year 1, and eventually exited to L'Oréal for $500 million. Craving a new purpose, she started a sunglasses business. It failed after 3.5 years—and Ko says it's one of the best things that ever happened to her. Ko's lessons from that "failure" empowered her to launch her third and current venture: Bespoke Beauty Brands, which partners with influencer entrepreneurs on everything from concept creation to product development, marketing, and fulfillment distribution. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Ko discuss: 

 

  • Being a third-generation entrepreneur of Korean immigrants 
  • The early days of NYX Cosmetics, when she had 6 job titles
  • Raking in $4 million in retail value in NYX's first year
  • Why she's not good at sales 
  • Selling NYX in 2014 for $500 million to L'Oréal
  • Experiencing depression after exiting her business
  • Starting a sunglasses business and failing 
  • Launching Bespoke Beauty Brand 
  • Working with celebrity influencers like Kim Chi and Jason Wu
  • And much more influencer entrepreneur advice… 

 

 

 

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Did you know that 74% of Americans say they are more likely to trust someone if they have an established personal brand? If you want to build a personal brand that will influence more people, this episode is for you. So strap in for a step-by-step personal branding crash course from Rory Vaden. 

 

Rory is a speaker, business coach, NY Times best-selling author, and cofounder of Brand Builders Group. He’s worked with clients like Lewis Howes, Luvvie Ajayi, and Rose McGowan to discover what makes them unique and how they can serve others. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Rory discuss:

  • Brand Builders Group national research study on personal branding
  • Why personal branding is the digitization of reputation
  • Why 90% of their clients are people you’ve never heard of
  • The 3 different types of content strategies 
  • Why results x reach = reputation 
  • The 5 ways to monetize a personal brand 
  • How to discover your uniqueness
  • And much more personal branding advice…

 

 

 

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Lisa Bilyeu and her husband built Quest Nutrition into a billion-dollar company, but she never expected to be an entrepreneur and business influencer. But, after years of telling herself that she could only be a stay-at-home wife, Lisa found her self-confidence to help create Quest Nutrition and start her media company, Impact Theory. She now hosts a weekly YouTube show, podcast, and released a book called Radical Confidence, focusing on empowering women in business. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Lisa discuss: 

  • The early days of Quest Nutrition and what worked
  • How their PB&J flavored Quest Bar was created by accident 
  • The decision to sell Quest and invest in Impact Theory
  • How she overcame her fear of public speaking
  • Why she dresses for battle like Wonder Woman
  • Building Impact Theory from home 
  • How to create a “no judgment journal"
  • Tools to combat negative self-talk
  • And much more business mindset advice…

 



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Daniel Flynn started his mission-driven business with the simple question of “what if?” 13 years later and $13M donated, Thankyou is changing the way suppliers and consumers select products. From the early days of getting “nos” to competing against the world’s biggest consumer brands, Thankyou is now evolving its model to serve more people at a scalable rate. 

 

Listen to Daniel and Nathan discuss:

  • The early days of Thankyou and the naivety of the business world
  • Creating a viral campaign for a pitch meeting with 7/11 
  • The difficulty of running a business that exists to give
  • Launching into competitive product categories 
  • Donating $10M in 2021 from their most profitable year ever
  • Writing his book Chapter One: You Have the Power to Change Stuff 
  • Getting interviewed by President Obama 
  • Visiting Seth Godin’s house
  • And much more mission and business lessons…

 



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Dee Deng, cofounder of Right Hook, returns to the podcast to discuss his new foundr course Ignite Your Digital Agency. In the new course, Dee will share his blueprints on how to serve a small group of high-paying and happy clients while being highly profitable at the same time.

 

Right Hook is a digital marketing agency that went from zero to $250,000 in profit in its first year of business. Now the agency has over 115 employees across the globe. 

 

Listen to Dee and Nathan discuss: 

  • Step-by-step advice to build your agency from scratch
  • His “sales machine” that attracts quality clients daily
  • His “client delight system” for making your clients love you
  • How to scale your client load and revenue without “breaking” your business
  • How you sign up for a free course taught by Dee
  • And much more agency advice…

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Scooter Braun is the music-business mind behind the world’s biggest music stars like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Demi Lovato. Now he’s opening up about his entrepreneurial journey and how he’s reclaimed himself. 

 

Scooter's music career started as a party promoter in Atlanta. After dropping out of college, he worked at So So Def Recordings and eventually started SB Projects. He gave himself 12 months to make it, and that year discovered a 13-year-old Canadian artist named Justin Bieber. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Scooter discuss:

  • His decision to leave So So Def because of the power of social media
  • Why Justin Bieber has made him a better man
  • How Asher Roth’s “I Love College” saved his company from going under 
  • Producing Justin Bieber’s My World EP through friendships and favors
  • Why he works with trustworthy people over great people
  • Why identifying talent like falling in love 
  • How to deal with people disappointing you as a leader
  • How a week at The Hoffman Process changed his life
  • What Jeff Bezos told him he wants to do next
  • And much more honest, entrepreneurial advice…

 

 

 

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In a saturated and notoriously competitive industry, Cameron Falloon used his fitness training experience with celebrities and pro sports teams to start Body Fit Training. BFT's program uses the same fitness strategies Cameron used to train Princess Diana and athletes. Instead of “get fit quick” schemes, BFT uses science, technology, and community to drive positive outcomes at all fitness levels. 

 

Within 5 years, BFT became one of Australia's largest franchises. It was recently acquired for $44M by Xponential Fitness, which is bringing Cameron's fitness philosophies worldwide.  

 

Listen to Nathan and Cameron discuss: 

  • His decision to leave professional sports and start his own business
  • The difference between sports training and the commercial fitness industry 
  • Why it took 2 years to build a proven model for BFT
  • 3 areas of focus that differentiate BFT against the competition 
  • How his former AFL players accidentally became the first BFT franchise owners
  • Selling to publicly-traded Xponential Fitness in 4 weeks
  • Advice on productizing your skills 
  • And more franchise and fitness business advice…

 

 

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Tyler Handley and his brother started Inkbox to discover if they could make temporary tattoos better. After a research trip to Panama, a successful Kickstarter campaign, lots of chemistry, and 7 years of brand-building, Inkbox has become standard for semi-permanent tattoos generating $30M in revenue per year. Recently, Bic acquired the brand for $65M, which will help bring Inkbox to an international market and beyond. 

 

Listen to Tyler and Nathan discuss: 

  • How Inkbox started from $10K that a friend inherited
  • Visiting Panamanian tribes who use fruit die in ceremonial body art
  • Why they hired a chemist to extract a molecule
  • The dynamic of working with his brother Braden
  • How they raised $1.2M through a Kickstarter campaign
  • Adding the tattoo customization and working with 650 different artists to create designs 
  • Collaborations with BTS, Post Malone, and poet Rupi Kaur
  • And much more direct-to-consumer startup advice…

 

 

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Bobby Hundreds started his entrepreneurial journey by creating a purpose and community through The Hundreds streetwear brand. Now, Bobby is taking his brand culture mindset to the world of NFTs with the project Adam Bomb Squad. 

 

From writing his book This is Not a T-Shirt to building one of the most successful streetwear brands, Bobby continues to have an education-first mindset to his projects. Through Adam Bomb Squad, Bobby invites his community into NFTs with patience, trust, and understanding. So if you're new to (or scared) of crypto and the metaverse, don't worry. Bobby was in your shoes 2 years ago and is ready to bring you along the journey to understanding how NFTs can help elevate your brand. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Bobby discuss: 

  • The validation of seeing his first-ever hoodie worn at the mall
  • Why the best brands act like the best of friends
  • How one confusing Tweet led to an onboarding journey to NFT
  • Why NFTs are the "Trojan Horse" of crypto adoption 
  • Why Adam Bomb Squad launched with a 25,000 collection of NFTs instead of 10,000.
  • Spending 4 months educating The Hundreds community about NFTs before launching their project
  • The unforeseen challenges due to the fast-changing trends and pace of NFT culture 
  • While you'll never have time to build if you don't stop and observe
  • And much more brand and NFT advice...

 

 

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After her family's failed business left her in $700K in debt, Mary Ruth Ghiyam used client feedback from her private nutrition practice to develop a liquid morning multivitamin. 

 

8 years and 130 products later, MaryRuth Organics has earned $100M in revenue and employs over 100 people. So, how'd she do it? By creating delicious products, providing excellent customer service, and time blocking. 

 

Listen to Mary Ruth and Nathan discuss: 

  • How MaryRuth Organics has remained profitable since day 1
  • The relationship decision that made her business possible 
  • Why she's time blocked over 130,000 hours the past 8 years
  • Why she didn't hire additional employees the first 4 years 
  • Creating a negative cash flow conversion cycle 
  • How MaryRuth Organics gained over 100,000 5-star reviews 
  • How to retain employees by rewarding loyalty 
  • And more time blocking advice for founders...

 

 

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Marc Lore has been a successful entrepreneur since he sold baseball cards as a kid. Now he’s tackling society’s biggest challenges using the skill sets and vision forged in his business career. 

 

Previously, Marc founded and sold innovative ecommerce platforms diapers.com and jet.com to Amazon and Walmart, respectively. Last year he launched Wonder, a startup creating an entirely new way to experience restaurant-quality food. 

 

Listen to Nate and Marc discuss:

  • Building diapers.com and selling to Amazon
  • Starting and selling jet.com for $3.3 billion in 2 years
  • Why Walmart gave his team the keys to scaling their ecommerce business
  • Buying the Minnesota Timberwolves with Alex Rodriguez
  • Creating the next generation of restaurants with the Wonder Group
  • How Gwyneth Paltrow joined the Wonder board of directors 
  • Why Marc is building a city from scratch called Telosa
  • And much more business wisdom…

 

 

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Ready to learn how email and SMS can grow your business? 

 

Dylan Kelley started his career cold calling and building landing pages for direct-to-consumer brands. Then, in 2016, he saw the changes in the digital advertising industry and jumped on the opportunity to start his digital agency Wavebreak, which specializes in SMS and email marketing. 

 

Wavebreak is now one of the leading agencies in the space, helping ecommerce brands like Casely, CaliWhite, PodSockets, and Ballsy grow their email and SMS programs. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Dylan discuss: 

 

  • How starting a podcast built momentum and credibility for Wavebreak
  • Why automation is making digital agencies irrelevant 
  • How you can double performance by having SMS and email work together
  • How Wavebreak helped Ballsy increase their open rates by 30-40%
  • Why segmentation doesn’t have to be super granular to be effective
  • Why referrals are still the best mechanism for agency growth
  • And much more SMS and email advice...

 

 

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After 125 failed pitch meetings in 6 months, Jason Wilk was almost out of funding and running on fumes. Then one investor wrote him a $10 million check because he believed Jason's team. 

 

Jason Wilk is the cofounder of Dave, the largest financial wellness platform in the U.S. with over 10M users. After a lifelong career of building businesses, Jason is at the forefront of a company disrupting the traditional banking system. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Jason chat about: 

  • The business Jason started at age 20 
  • Joining the YCombinator accelerator program 
  • How Jason built confidence to take on the banking system 
  • Why Mark Cuban became an initial shareholder in Dave 
  • Dave's 1-for-1 tip model with Feeding America
  • The importance of hiring people that can recruit talent 
  • How Dave became a public company in less than 5 years
  • Why you shouldn't chase ideas but pursue a passion
  • And much more startup advice...

 

 

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After working years as an entrepreneur and consultant, Erik Huberman realized that the entire marketing ecosystem was broken. So he started his agency called Hawke Media with a few of his most trusted marketing colleagues. They focused on providing no barriers for new clients with a month-to-month commitment.  

 

8 years later, Hawke Media manages over 600 brands, has 270 full-time employees, and is one of the fastest-growing agencies in America. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Erik discuss: 

  • How he helped Ellie.com generate half a million in sales in one month
  • Hawke Media’s no-barrier strategy and how they win over clients monthly
  • Why marketers need to do great work and be great salespeople
  • Launching The Hawke Method book featuring their proven strategies 
  • Why audio is the next great engagement tool
  • Why SMS is 10x more effective than an email campaign 
  • Starting Hawke Z with TikTok stars Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson
  • Why AI won’t replace creative people any time soon
  • And much more marketing advice…

 

 

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Emma Grede is the marketing and business mind behind a global fashion and lifestyle brand empire. She’s the CEO and cofounder of  the first fully inclusive fashion brand Good American, founding partner of shapewear brand SKIMS, and cofounder of plant-powered cleaning brand Safely. 

 

Impressive resume, right? 

 

Emma’s story started in East London as a child, where she was inspired to work in the fashion world. By focusing on her unique talents, she honed her skills in business and marketing to develop a career that she dreamed up from the beginning—to work with creative people and empower their collective vision.

Listen to Nathan and Emma discuss:

 

  • How she first met and started working with Kris Jenner
  • Pitching the Good American business idea to Khloe Kardashian ​​
  • The key to the Kardashian/Jenner staying power 
  • Why the power of inclusivity led to the success of SKIMS
  • Finding a better plant-based cleaning solution with Safely
  • How she became a shark on ABC’s Shark Tank
  • Her role as chairwoman of Fifteen Percent Pledge
  • And much more marketing and product advice for founders…

 

 

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Success seems to follow Karl Alomar wherever he goes. He doesn’t attribute this to magic or luck but to identifying repeatable business patterns that lead to financial growth. After selling his second company, Karl helped build one of the fastest-growing cloud infrastructure companies from the ground up. Now he’s partnering with companies like Lyft, Ring, and SpaceX to help them financially and operationally reach success. 

 

Listen to Nate and Karl discuss: 

 

  • How he built China Export Finance to 9-figures in 4 years
  • Being underwritten by AIG during the 2008 financial crisis
  • How Digital Ocean went from an “operational disaster” to the “Best Place to Work” in New York City
  • Why M13 works more hands-on with founders
  • Why founder success leads to economic success
  • Why the most valuable hire is a head of talent 
  • Why does he refer to businesses as machines
  • And much more advice for founders…



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Dee Deng believes that there's no better time to start a digital agency than now. After a failed startup sent him on a journey of discovery, Dee met his future cofounder in a Neil Patel Facebook group. Together they launched Red Hook, a digital marketing agency that partners with ecommerce brands. Red Hook went from zero to $250,000 in profit in their first year of business, and now it has over 115 employees across the globe. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Dee discuss: 

  • How Dee was able to get 10 clients in his first 6 weeks of business
  • Why charging changes everything 
  • How he got his first speaking gig by posting on an industry Facebook group 
  • Why it's good to tell a client "bad news" 
  • How Right Hook uses "growth clubs" for employee development 
  • How to create "intrinsic motivators" within an organization
  • And much more digital agency advice

 

 

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Justin Brown says it’s not too late to start and grow YouTube channel. Justin is a video strategist and, alongside his brother, built the YouTube channel Primal Video, which recently broke the 1 million subscriber mark. Justin shares his simple but effective strategies to grow a channel from zero and how framing your channel around solving problems can make a lasting impact on your business. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Justin discuss: 

  • Why YouTube rewards new and updated content 
  • Why comparing metrics to other channels doesn’t matter 
  • Understanding what people are searching for at 2 AM
  • How to use keyword research to validate your video ideas
  • Why you should create videos like nobody knows who you are
  • And much more YouTube tips and strategies

 

 

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Reid Hoffman needs little introduction. He’s the cofounder of LinkedIn, former PayPal executive, author, podcaster, mentor, and all-around standout personality in the entrepreneurial world. His podcast Masters of Scale is one of the most successful business podcasts on the planet and he’s recently launched a book of the same name which curates the hundreds of interviews from the show into practicable business wisdom. 

 

In this episode, listen to Nathan chat with Reid about: 

  • What inspired the Masters of Scale podcast and the book
  • The importance of entrepreneurs to “always be learning” 
  • Why balance is a mistaken goal for entrepreneurs
  • What he thinks Elon Musk’s superpower is
  • His intense period as an executive at the “PayPal Mafia” 
  • Why he started LinkedIn instead of taking a year off
  • And much more scaling and entrepreneurship advice…

 

 

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We’re kicking off 2022 with one of our favorite returning guests, Ankur Nagpal, founder of Teachable and Vibe Capital. After selling Teachable last year for $150 million, Ankur created Vibe Capital, a global early-stage generalist fund. He promises to be the "least painful investor you have to deal with" because he knows how founders feel about investing. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Ankur discuss: 

  • Why founders prefer investing in other founders
  • Defining IRR (internal rate of return) and why it's a key metric for modern-day investors
  • Why he spends less than a week to decide to invest in a company
  • Why speed is so important when it comes to investing
  • The 3 most important things to look for when investing in a startup
  • His “red flags” when reviewing potential companies to invest in
  • And much more funding advice…

 

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This year, we’ve conducted our best interviews EVER. In this epic roundup episode, we took our favorite moments from every interview this year and combined them to create: Foundr Best of 2021!

That’s right, in this very special episode, you’ll hear valuable insights from: 

  • Marc Randolph, Co-founder of Netflix, where he explains the surprising origins of the streaming giant.

  • Tamara Mellon, Co-founder of Jimmy Choo reveals THE TRUTH around what it takes to build a global luxury label.

  • Matt Pohlson, Co-founder of Omaze, on how his near death experience fuelled his outlook on life and business.

 

  • Joe Gebbia, Co-founder of Airbnb, on how they built one of the largest platforms in the world. 

 

  • Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates on how punching his boss in the face led to the creation of the world’s largest hedge fund.

  • Prerna Gupta, Co-founder of Hooked, on how going to #1 on the App store led to some of their biggest challenges in business.

 

  • Ann McFerran and Kevin Gould, founders of Glamnetic, on their advice for early-stage founders on doing things that DON’T scale!

  • Tim Draper, Founder of Draper University on how he’s shaping the next generation of leaders, and what it takes to become the next Elon Musk or Steve Jobs.

  • Verne Harnish, Author of ‘Scaling Up’ tell us about his experience in throwing a party for Steve Jobs, and how it led to the creation of the Entrepreneur’s Organization!

  • Alex Hormozi, Co-founder of ‘Acquisition.com’, on why providing value is the key to his success- and how he’s building his path to $1B.

  • Dany Garcia, Founder of The Garcia Companies, on how she manages her entire empire. Want to build an empire? Then you might want to start studying Dany Garcia- she’s co-owner of the XFL , produces blockbuster films with longtime business partner Dwayne Johnson, and recently launched a new fashion brand, GSTQ.

Thank you all for such an incredible year- and make sure to leave a review if you got ANY value out of the last 52 episodes. Can’t wait to see you all in the new year, for a whole new season of incredible stories, lessons and wins.


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Want to build an empire? Then start studying Dany Garcia. 

 

The founder of The Garcia Companies is living proof that it’s possible to run multiple businesses—successfully—all at once. Her portfolio includes brands in entertainment, sports, food, business, and fitness. She’s co-owner of the XFL (making her the first woman in the U.S. to own an equal or majority stake in a professional sports league) and recently launched a new fashion brand, GSTQ. She also produces blockbuster films with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. 

 

How does the consummate multi-hyphenate manage her empire? 

 

Find out in this in-depth conversation. Garcia sat down with Foundr’s Nathan Chan to discuss: 

  • The two factors she considers before embarking on any creative project 
  • Why obsession is key to successful client relationships 
  • How to bond with your audience through immersive experiences 
  • How to integrate disparate brands and products under one roof 
  • Why she’s committed to “firing herself” regularly
  • How she finds time for self-care amidst her outrageously busy schedule

 

 

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Get ready for a crash course in bootstrapped sales, investing, and crafting an undeniable offer. 

 

Alex Hormozi sold everything and left a consulting job to work in the fitness industry—that’s when his love of business began.  

 

Alex now has a portfolio of 7 businesses valued at $85 million a year, including acquisition.com, which helps service-based businesses scale and multiply profits. In his new book, $100M Offers: How To Make Offers So Good People Feel Stupid Saying No, Alex shares his lessons on crafting an offer to scale a business. 

 

In this episode, Nathan and Alex discuss:

  • Alex’s goal to become a billionaire in 10 years
  • How he went from losing money in his business to making $36 for every $1 spent
  • Why he and his partner are giving away everything once they die
  • His tiny market, big money process of finding niche markets
  • Why you should sell less than your ability to sell
  • Why rushing is the biggest mistake by young entrepreneurs
  • And much more entrepreneurial advice...

 

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Melisa Vong returns to the Foundr Podcast with her business partner Bryce Alderson to discuss Orphic Nutrition. Bryce is a former professional soccer player, and Melisa is a serial entrepreneur and cofounder of 2 multi-million dollar ecommerce brands. 

 

Four years ago, a catch-up over coffee led to the idea of building a nutrition business together. Using Bryce’s knowledge in sports nutrition and Melisa’s Amazon experience with her first company, Namskara, they identified complementary skills that could be successful. Fast forward 3 years later, and they built Orphic Nutrition into a multi-million dollar supplement brand on Amazon and exited the company in December of 2020. 

 

Listen to Nathan chat with Melisa and Bryce about: 

  • Bryce’s transition from being a pro athlete to business owner
  • The similarities of sport and business 
  • How they reconnected and started Orphic Nutrition
  • Using the location feature on Instagram to find microinfluencers 
  • The importance of finding a cofounder you can rely on
  • Mistakes and strategies navigating selling on Amazon
  • The journey of exiting the company and finalizing the sale
  • What’s next for the duo and much more...



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Your relationship with a supplier is one of the most important aspects of running a business. That’s why we’re chatting with Kian Golzari, a sourcing specialist who has designed, developed, sourced, and manufactured over 2,500 products. Kian has manufactured products for the NBA, United Nations, Olympic Games, Ministry of Defense, and top athletes like Neymar Jr. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Kian discuss: 

  • How he sourced products for the 2012 Olympic Games in London 
  • How to source a supplier on Alibaba
  • Using whiskey and WeChat to build a personal relationship with a supplier
  • What you should look for when visiting a factory 
  • Why you should disassemble your product 
  • Canton Fair, China’s international import and export fair
  • Why you should have a universal specification sheet for negotiating with suppliers 
  • How to imitate and innovate products that manufacturers have already made 
  • And much more supplier and manufacturing tips...

 

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Melisa Vong believes that if you’re running an ecommerce business, you can’t ignore Amazon. Melisa started and sold 2 multi-million dollar brands using Amazon FBA’s infrastructure. Now she’s taking her successful strategies and sharing them on the Foundr platform with a new course on how to sell on Amazon.

 

Listen to Nathan and Melisa discuss: 

  • How selling on Amazon changed her work/life balance
  • Launching her first brand, Namskara, and earning $30,000 in the first month 
  • Her PRIME Product Method for selecting products to sell on Amazon
  • The importance of being adaptable as an Amazon seller 
  • Why proper quality control can save you from expensive mistakes 
  • And much more… 


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If you’ve never heard of Derral Eves, you’ve probably watched one of his hundreds of viral videos on YouTube. Derral currently owns 19 YouTube channels with “Gold Play Buttons” and collaborates with record-breaking YouTubers like Mr. Beast. 

 

Eves is a lifelong learner and created VidSummit 8 years ago as a conference specialized for YouTube professionals. He also has a book called The YouTube Formula, which reveals the proven strategies that have made his YouTube videos successful. 

 

Listen to Nathan and Derral discuss: 

  • Discovering YouTube on Craigslist in 2005
  • Breaking the all-time TV and film crowdfunding record with The Chosen 
  • Meeting YouTuber Mr. Beast and becoming collaborators
  • Hot takes on Star Wars and how it applies to nurturing an audience
  • Understanding the ideal viewer and how to increase retention rate
  • Tactfully growing an audience instead of just being “on” the platform
  • And much more...

 

 

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Adam D'Angelo was on the frontlines of the internet-startup boom. A passion for programming, which began in middle school, led him to work at Facebook in 2005 and launch Quora in 2009. Quora is a question and answer site that has 300 million visitors a month. He's experienced the highs and lows of the ever-evolving industry but is still motivated to use his skill set to give back to the world.

 

In this episode, Nathan Chan chats with Adam about: 

  • Going to high school with Mark Zuckerberg and becoming Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer
  • Why the day after Halloween was the most challenging day for engineers at Facebook
  • The decision-making process to leave Facebook and eventually start Quora 
  • Reorienting Quora on reuse of answers rather than just ask and answer
  • Building momentum from a community of the early-adopters 
  • Why it’s important to invest and think long term



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Thomas Tull didn’t know anything about Hollywood when he started Legendary Pictures. However, he did know how to build a financial model and reach the untapped market of comic book fans. Legendary Pictures has produced films such as The Dark Knight, The Hangover, and 300. Under Thomas' leadership, they became a disruptor in the film industry by focusing on a global distribution strategy. 

 

After selling Legendary in 2016, Thomas started Tulco LLC, a holding company that invests in artificial intelligence and technology solutions. 

 

Listen to Nathan Chan chat with Thomas about: 

  • His origin story as a local laundromat owner
  • Raising half a billion dollars to launch Legendary Pictures
  • Working with directors Christopher Nolan, Zack Synder, and Todd Phillips
  • The portfolio theory of building a sustainable production company
  • The feeling of creating a product that becomes part of the lexicon
  • Behind the sale of Legendary Pictures to Chinese-company Wanda Group
  • His strategy for selecting partners to invest in

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JSHealth is one of the fastest-growing companies in Australia and sells a bottle of vitamins every 20 seconds. But for founder Jessica Sepel, JSHealth’s success is defined by how its products and philosophy change the lives of its customers. 

 

JSHealth began as a health and recipe blog Jessica started at university while studying nutrition. The blog's success led to a book deal, content platform, and ecommerce business. Alongside her husband and CEO, Dean Steingold, Jessica is scaling her brand through vulnerability, honesty, and listening to JSHealth's powerful community. 

 

Listen to Nathan Chan discuss with Jessica and Dean about:

  • How 90% of their staff came from their community
  • Creating the “JSHealthGirls” ambassador program
  • Gaining 17,000 verified reviews on their product pages 
  • Starting a UK office remotely during the pandemic 
  • The pressure on female founders to perform in everything they do
  • How to scale by overcoming challenges
  • And much more...

 

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Running a travel company in the middle of a global pandemic is not something Brian Kidwell would suggest for aspiring entrepreneurs. But Brian and his team were able to endure by trusting their product market fit and member base.

 

Scott’s Cheap Flights started in 2015 when Brian teamed up with his cofounder, Scott Keyes, to build a flight-tracking travel website. What started as a side hustle now has become a technology platform with over 2 million subscribers. 

 

In this interview, Nathan Chan talks with Brian about:

  • How a backpacking trip in Europe inspired him to start a travel company
  • Why he didn’t meet Scott in-person for over a year
  • "Duct taping" the early platform together using WordPress, Zapier, and ActiveCampaign
  • Why hunting down a reporter’s email changed their business
  • How they were able to survive the pandemic without making staffing cuts 
  • The craziest airline deal he’s ever had 
  • And much more...



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After growing up around a failed family business, Verne Harnish was determined to use his experience to help young entrepreneurs succeed. 40 years later, he’s helped startups across the world scale to become multi-million dollar businesses and worked with some of the most famous entrepreneurs of our time. 

 

Verne, known as the "Growth Guy,” founded the world-renowned Entrepreneurs' Organization, co-founded the Growth Institute, and has written 2 books including Scaling Up, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits.

 

Listen to Foundr CEO Nathan Chan discuss with Verne about: 

  • Hosting Steve Jobs’ first public speech after being fired from Apple
  • Why sales is still the best proven way to get to $1 million in revenue
  • The traits of success he’s learned from entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban, Brad Feld, and Nate Blecharczyk 
  • Remembering “the look” of Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell, and Steve Jobs
  • Why cofounders scale further faster than single founders 
  • Why every entrepreneur needs to be a little crazy
  • And much more...



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Tim Draper, one of the most successful venture capital investors on the planet, thinks all entrepreneurs should read science fiction. He believes anticipating what the world needs in 15 years is critical to creating an innovative business idea. 

 

As the founder of Draper Associates, DFJ, and Draper University, Draper has been an early investor in Tesla, Skype, SpaceX, Twitter, Coinbase, and Twitch—just to name a few. The billionaire has also mentored well over 1,000 early-stage investors.

 

Foundr CEO Nathan Chan sat down with Draper to talk about: 

  • The future-focused framework that will help you identify profitable opportunities 
  • How traditional schools fail to prepare entrepreneurs for success 
  • Why entrepreneurs must embrace mistakes
  • Why the early stages of business should be like throwing a party 
  • The value of focusing “a million miles deep and an inch wide” 
  • The future of blockchain, Bitcoin, and entrepreneurship 
  • And much more...

 

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Gabby started Catch of the Day in a garage with his brother in 2011. Within 4 years they were Australia’s most viewed online shopping site. Since then, Gabby and his brother have invested in 20 startups and are hungry for more opportunities. 

 

In this interview, Foundr CEO Nathan Chan sits down with Gabby to discuss: 

 

  • Starting his entrepreneurship journey at age 32
  • The explosive popularity of Catch of the Day
  • The formula for creating “luck”
  • How he identifies intrapreneurs within his team
  • Replicating his business toolbox with other brands
  • The 1+1=3 concept 
  • And much more...



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After going bankrupt and losing his business, Aaron Marino launched a men’s lifestyle YouTube channel in 2008. Now he has over 6 million subscribers and is building his channel through sponsorships and ecommerce. 

 

​​Aaron is obsessed with optimizing his videos for YouTube and continues to test and tune to grow his audience. Now he’s ready to share what he’s learned.  

 

​​Aaron joined Foundr CEO Nathan Chan to talk about:

  • Why thumbnails are the most important part of a YouTube video
  • Why giving value up front keeps people watching 
  • Why click-through-rate and watch time are the most important metrics for creators
  • Why being a YouTube creator is like playing golf
  • The worst mistake a creator can make 
  • How Aaron became a more authentic version of himself on camera
  • And much more...

 

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Ann McFerran met Kevin Gould at a photoshoot in LA and immediately connected on his shared passion to start a brand. Together they launched Glamnetic in 2019, which sells magnetic and fake eyelash extensions. In their second year, they went from $1 million to $50 million in annual revenue.

 

In this episode of the Foundr podcast, learn how a seemingly “overnight” success was developed through years of commitment to creating an innovative product and a personal brand. Foundr’s CEO Nathan Chan interviews cofounders Ann and Kevin about:

 

  • How Ann used her artist background to create a unique product in the market
  • Why it took a year of product development to create a quality magnetic eyelash 
  • ​​How their magnetized liner “blew people’s minds” in the competitive beauty industry
  • Being scrappy with product shots and finding free models on Bumble
  • How Ann used Instagram Stories to share her brand journey and build a loyal customer base
  • How they turned DMs into a sales prospecting channel
  • Creating an ecosystem of marketing channels by testing and scaling 
  • And much more…



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Want to create successful YouTube ad campaigns? Of course you do! 

YouTube boasts an audience of two billion (yes, billion) monthly users. The right ads can help you reach a big audience, build relationships with prospects, and enjoy a stellar return on ad spend (ROAS). 

If you need help getting started, this episode of the Foundr podcast will empower you to reap the benefits of YouTube advertising. Foundr’s Nathan Chan sat down with Tom Breeze, founder and CEO of the YouTube ads agency Viewability. Breeze has made a career out of crafting thousands of successful ad campaigns for high-profile clients. And he generously agreed to share his strategies with the Foundr community. 

Breeze joined Nathan to talk about: 

  • The “Four A’s” that you need to consider while crafting your YouTube ad strategy 
  • The three key elements that make up a solid YouTube ad campaign 
  • Why YouTube is more stable than other social media channels 
  • Whether or not your video ads need to be big-budget productions 
  • The key factors that will position your brand for lasting success on YouTube 
  • Why he’s so excited about the future of YouTube ads

 

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You’ve heard data has the power to make or break a business. Nobody knows this more than Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of biotech giant 23andMe. After 15 years of leveraging data to build a game-changing company, Wojcicki made headlines this summer when she became the latest self-made billionaire in the United States. 

 

In this episode of the Foundr podcast, learn how the newly minted billionaire built 23andMe from the ground upplus what the company plans to do next with all that genomic data. Foundr’s Nathan Chan sat down to chat with Wojcicki about: 

 

  • The moment that inspired her to pursue “the solution to life” 
  • How she became the first woman to achieve billionaire status via a SPAC merger
  • What it took to provide consumers with never-before-seen access to their genomic data 
  • The marketing plan that inspired customers to buy a product they didn’t know they needed 
  • How she grew her company from a tiny crew in a roof-less “office” to a team of more than 600 
  • What 23andMe plans to do with the genomic data from 11.6 million people and counting 
  • And much more…
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It’s time to get the facts straight on how you can make money selling on Amazon. Scott Needham, founder of SmartScout and co-founder of BuyBoxer, shares how he built a top 25 worldwide Amazon seller and what practical steps you can take to grow your business on the platform. 

 

In this episode of the Foundr podcast, Nathan Chan chats with Scott to discuss:

  • Why Scott says selling on Amazon is the “Easiest, hardest thing to do” 
  • How he’s sold $250 million worth of products on Amazon
  • How Scott selects a product or category to sell on Amazon
  • A step-by-step case study on selling kids yoga mats
  • Why customers are already searching for your brand on Amazon.
  • The limitations of Amazon when it comes to customer data, upselling, and retargeting
  • And much more...



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Prerna Gupta is a serial entrepreneur who entered the tech spotlight when her Songify app hit #1 in the app store. She’s gone on to co-found several startups focused on music, dating, and short stories, and in 2011 Fast Company named her one of the most influential women in technology. She hasn’t slowed down since.  

 

Gupta is currently the CEO of Telepathic Inc., which developed the Hooked app. Hooked boasts a list of star-studded investors including Lebron James, Steph Curry, Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Fox, and more. They’re betting on Gupta to disrupt the entire story industry. 

 

We chatted with Gupta about some of her biggest entrepreneurial lessons to date, including: 

 

  • How capitalizing on your success may not look like the typical path
  • Why taking an unexpected path could lead to your next innovation 
  • How putting yourself out there can create life-changing opportunities
  • Why you should use an inner barometer to measure the merit of your own ideas
  • Why resilience is key to finding success in the founder life



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Ashik Ahmed doesn’t like the term “tech unicorn.” As the CEO and cofounder of Deputy, a homegrown workforce management solution, Ashik’s priority is creating impact for their customers. To date, the company has partnered with 250,000 workplaces across 100 countries. Ashik is aiming for more. 

 

In this episode of the Foundr podcast, Nathan Chan chats with Ashik to discuss:

  • Why Deputy’s goal is to have 1 million on their platform by 2023
  • How to get investors to chase you
  • Why founders are like LeBron James
  • The biggest marketing expense in their first seven years 
  • How Deputy bounced back from the pandemic and aims to grow their staff by 40-50% 
  • And much more...



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Labeled the “Steve Jobs of Investing”, Ray Dalio is easily one of the most successful investors of our time. The Principles: Work & Life author is the larger-than-life mentor we all need in our day-to-day life. 

 

It’s incredible to learn that the founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world's biggest hedge fund firm which manages roughly $150 billion, began his investment journey at the age of 12 using his pocket money to buy stocks.

 

Listen as we delve deep with the living legend himself to hear first-hand accounts of Wall Street in the 70s and 80s, the cycle of Empires and Cryptocurrency, and Dalio’s Ocean X explorer traversing the ocean floor. 

 

Listen to learn:

  • What happens if you punch your boss in the face (Dalio has first-hand experience in this!) 
  • Doing business in the 1980s and what it’s taught Dalio about today’s entrepreneur space
  • Why losing everything and hitting rock bottom is one of the best experiences a person can have
  • The inspiration behind Dalio’s book Principles: Life & Work 
  • The secret formula to the ideal composition of a founding team 
  • Decision-making frameworks that built a billionaire
  • What transcendental meditation is and why Dalio meditates daily
  • Reddit, Robinhood, Cryptocurrency, and the changing face of entrepreneurs 
  • What Dalio is searching for on the ocean floor with Ocean X 




Ray Dalio is the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, and is the author of the new book Principles: Life and Work.



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Full of wonderful ideas but don’t know how to make them a reality?

Our next guest had the same problem…until he managed to turn them into MULTIPLE startups, most of which he’s sold.

Paul English bought and sold his first business Boston Light Software for $33.5 million, within just 7 months of its founding. Paul went on to co-found the popular travel site Kayak, which he sold to Priceline for a whopping $1.8 billion.


So what has Paul learned through all this? Well, we asked him. In this episode of the Foundr podcast, Nathan Chan sits down with Paul to discuss: 

 

  • How you can recruit constantly to curate a team of only the most talented, energetic people
  • How to get employees to bring their best absolute best
  • How to validate your next winning business idea
  • How to solve the biggest problems with your tech company
  • The importance of vulnerability 
  • How to maintain a balance of skills at your company to ensure the business stays on track

    And so much more…

If you’re an idealistic entrepreneur who wants to build a business of true worth, this interview is for you. Don't miss it.

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What do you get when you mix Daymond John, cozy toes, and a charitable mission? 

 

Bombas. 

 

That's right, you get the world's best sock company. 

 

Foundr CEO Nathan Chan recently sat down with Randy Goldberg and David Heath to learn how Bombas went from a growing ecommerce business to a Shark Tank sensation.

 

Randy and David talk about growing Bombas from heel to toe, including:

 

  • Why they bootstrapped as long as possible
  • How preparing for Shark Tank helped them boost their business—even before they got a little TV fame
  • The best advice Daymond John has given them
  • How an authentic, compelling mission inspires loyal customers and employees
  • The biggest mistake ecommerce entrepreneurs make
  • Why they're excited about the future of Bombas

 

If you're an ecommerce entrepreneur or just a sock-loving fan, this interview is a must. 


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What does a savvy entrepreneur do when she sells her startup for $125 million? She starts another business, of course.

 

Radha Agrawal, cofounder of Thinx, has launched another passion project: Daybreaker. 

 

Daybreaker is a wellness community that offers sober dance parties in 100 countries around the world. With events at the top of the World Trade Center, Sydney Opera House, and even the White House, Daybreaker is quite literally on top. 

 

And now Daybreaker is offering virtual and hybrid options to increase accessibility to their events while the world navigates through the pandemic.

 

So how has Radha launched another wildly successful brand? Find out in the latest episode of the Foundr podcast.


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How do you raise capital for your startup?

Well, if you ask the co-founder of Airbnb Joe Gebbia, he’ll tell you what worked for him: 

 

Cereal. 

 

That’s right, the company that started with a single air mattress and grew to a $100 billion empire was kept afloat by selling custom cereal boxes. 

 

It was bizarre but it worked. Gebbia muses in this episode of the Foundr podcast:

 

“We made $20,000 in breakfast cereal, and we're able to basically pay off our credit card debt...The cereal, funnily enough, was how we were able to help keep the options open for us until eventually, the invitation came for Y Combinator.”

 

In undoubtedly one of our most riveting episodes, Gebbia recounts his incredible journey from struggling to pay rent, to Airbnb’s first angel investor, to one of the biggest brands in the world and Gebbia’s incredible charity work.

 

Gebbia is candid about how he overcame countless rejections and problems. Listen in as he shares specific advice for entrepreneurs looking to create the next industry disrupter: 

 

“You can see what’s hot. You can go after an emerging industry... Or you can solve a problem. Your own problem. Airbnb was our own problem. We had a rent check that we couldn’t pay. And it forced us to come up with a new way of making ends meet.”



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Tommie Powers is a legend in digital paid advertising. He's consulted on $100+ million in ad spend, including $30 million on YouTube ads alone. 

 

So when Tommie talks about paid YouTube ad strategies, we listen. 

 

In a recent interview on the Foundr podcast, Tommie talked with us about everything from diversifying ad spend to crafting a powerful message to calculating ROAS (spoiler: most people are calculating ROAS all wrong). 

 

Check out the latest episode of the Foundr podcast as Tommie tells us how he taps into YouTube's 2 billion monthly active users to bring in his downright mind-blowing ROAS.


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Inc. Magazine called her the most important entrepreneur on the planet. Fast Company called her the "brand whisperer." Emily Heyward of Red Antler is a master at helping a brand stand out from the crowd.

Heyward has elevated some of the biggest brands on the planet, including Casper, Yumi, Four Square, BirchBox, and All Birds. In this episode of the Foundr Podcast, she reveals her creative process  and tells us how she got started  in the industry. 

If you want a new perspective on building a brand your customers will be obsessed with, listen in on our interview with Heyward.


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In this episode of the Foundr podcast, we speak with Omaze’s Matt Pohlson to discuss how a near-death experience taught him a powerful lesson about optimism—and how it changed his perspective on business forever.

 

Pohlson is cofounder and CEO of Omaze, an online fundraising platform that supports causes by offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Some of the experiences they offer include top-tier influential figures like Michelle Obama or George Clooney, or million-dollar prizes like cars and properties. 

 

In this refreshingly candid interview, Pohlson discusses his unique business model, gate-crashing charity events to pitch to Bryan Cranston, and how he found himself at the Vatican with the Pope.


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As the CEO and founder of TrendHunter, Jeremy Gutsche is at the forefront of trendspotting, innovation, and creating the future. In this ground-breaking interview, the New York Times Bestselling author reveals everything he knows about entrepreneurship and ideas. 

 

Gutsche’s TrendHunter is the world's largest, most popular trend spotting firm with billions of views, and over 10,000 projects for almost every major brand on the market, from Samsung and Disney, to RedBull and even NASA. 

 

The ultimate TKTK interview for entrepreneurs looking for an idea, his 3 methods to identifying a product idea (assessing the market) and the 6 patterns that TrendHunter look for when creating and validating a product idea.


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In this episode of the Foundr podcast, Nathan Chan speaks with Jeff Raider and Andy Katz-Mayfield to find out how they scaled Harry’s into a $20 million brand, and how they created other multiple million-dollar brands. 

 

The idea for Harry’s came about after Katz-Mayfield had a disappointing late-night shopping experience at the chemists, and noticed that all the men’s razors were overpriced and overdesigned. Almost 8 years later, Raider and Katz-Mayfield have multiple channels, over 1000 employees, and several multi-million dollar brands. 

 

Listen in as they discuss exactly how they successfully scaled their brands, how they identified potential gaps in the market, the dangers of launching something just to make money, and why they decided to pull the plug on their Harry’s brand of lip balm.


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Quitting her promising job at Google, Heidi Zak decided to take the plunge and launch ThirdLove, an ecommerce brand for women’s underwear. Today, thanks to Zak’s masterful approach to scaling, ThirdLove is the third biggest ecommerce lingerie brand in America with no signs of slowing down. 

 

Zak’s journey into the entrepreneurial space began after she moved to the West coast and got swept up in the startup world. Launching as a small bootstrapped brand, she never thought that she one day be competing with titans like Victoria’s Secret. 


Listen in as Zak discusses the ins and outs of the ecommerce world, navigating scaling, product vs. marketing, and why she believes successful entrepreneurialism is based on perspective. 


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This week’s podcast is a deep dive with Schmidt Natural’s co-founder, author, and investor Jaime Schmidt. Building her brand from a side hobby to a 7-figure annual income didn’t happen overnight, but Schmidt refused to let fear hold her back. 

 

Although Schmidt says she has had 22 previous jobs, Schmidt Naturals was her very first business. Living off $35k joint-income with a new baby, Schmidt first started creating her all-natural products at home, selling them at farmer’s markets. After years of dedication and very little capital, Schmidt reflects on her 9-figure exit, her journey into investing, and writing her first book Supermaker: Crafting Business on Your Own Terms. 

 

The perfect podcast for anyone who has a vision and a dream, Schmidt is an inspirational entrepreneur who continues to lift up others with her infectious positivity.


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Joseph Einhorn is no stranger to entrepreneurialism. With almost 25 years of startup experience under his belt, Einhorn knows the ins and the outs of the game. 

 

In this interview with Nathan Chan, Einhorn discusses his incredible journey from becoming a self-taught engineer for Capital IQ, launching and selling the global ecommerce phenomenon Fancy.com, and how his life-long love for comic books evolved into founding Loot. 

 

With a penchant for satiating curiosity and deep respect for creators the world over, Einhorn will leave you inspired to chase your dream and to never give up.



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As someone who always knew they had a passion for fashion, Tamara Mellon has come a long way from working in a PR firm. As founder of luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo, founder of a new direct-to-consumer brand bearing her own name, and author of In My Shoes, Mellon is a game-changer in the fashion industry. 

 

In this interview, Nathan Chan sits down to speak with one of the most influential figures in the fashion industry to discuss every step of her journey in the fashion industry. Not only has Mellon displayed an uncanny knack for marketing and branding, but she’s also redefined the way we think about shopping. 

 

A must-listen for anyone with a love for fashion, shoes, and disrupting the industry, Mellon gives a refreshingly wholesome insight into the world of entrepreneurialism.

 

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In this episode of the Foundr podcast, CEO and founder of eToro Yoni Assia sits down to discuss how he built his empire, getting dinner with Warren Buffett, and how he scaled the world's largest social media investment network.

 

As someone who has always been passionate about connecting finance and technology, Assia says that he was always someone who loved the intersection between technology and finance. As his second startup, eToro was created to simplify the user experience to make trading and investing something that is accessible for more people.

 

With a global company spanning 12 offices, over 1000 employees, and now reaching 20 million registered users, Assia’s ability to scale a business successfully is nothing short of incredible.

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After launching 9 companies, Jon Oringer didn’t really think that his 10th company Shutterstock would be the one to stand out from the crowd. Started as a side-hustle, Oringer launched the stock photography business with $10k. Today, his estimated net worth is sitting at $1.5B. Safe to say that Oringer’s journey has been pretty impressive. 

 

Based out of New York, Shutterstock is a global provider of stock photography, stock footage, stock music, and editing tools used by the world over. 

 

In this Foundr podcast episode, Nathan Chan sits down to speak with Oringer to discuss how he launched Shutterstock, creating the first pop-up blocker, and what he believes will be the future of Fintech and entrepreneurialism.

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In this digital age, music streaming and subscriptions have quickly become the norm. This week at Foundr, we were lucky enough to speak to an entrepreneur who was there for the rise of streaming and the music-tech space: Ola Sars.  

 

Before he was founder and CEO of the fastest growing B2B music streaming service, Soundtrack Your Brand, Ola was co-founder and COO of Beats Music, acquired by Apple and transformed into Apple Music, as well as the co-founder of Pacemaker, the world's first DJ driven music platform.

 

Foundr’s Nathan Chan sits down with Ola Sars to map out his incredible journey through one of the most complex industries in the modern world: the music industry.

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In this delicious interview, Nathan Chan sits down with CAULIPOWER founder Gail Becker to find out how she took her ecommerce company from $0 to $100M in just 3 years. 

 

Becker takes us on her tasty food brand journey, from her experience in corporate life as a marketer, to branching into the unknown to create something she wanted to see on the market: more food options for celiacs. 

 

Listen in as she discusses the process of getting her product into 25,000 stores on her first try and the future of Amazon.

 

This interview is perfect for anyone interested in entering the food industry, as Becker lays out everything she has learned along the way. And why in life, you should do something  that you love.

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Coming from a long line of shoemakers, it seemed only natural that Joe Foster follow in his family’s footsteps, but instead Foster decided to push his horizons even further and create a brand that would become a legacy. Listen in as Foster shares his incredible journey through generations of shoemakers to bring us the global brand we know today: Reebok. 

 

Foster’s entrepreneurial journey is nothing short of inspiring, as he took the company through ups and downs, broke into competitive markets, and created a niche in the market for his brand. Acquired by Adidas in 2005 for a whopping $3.8 billion, Foster has since retired and authored a book: “Shoemaker: The Untold Story of the British Family Firm that Became a Global Brand”.

 

In this astounding interview, Nathan Chan and Foster discuss the entrepreneurial journey, and everything Foster has learned along the way when it comes to business and brand.

Direct download: FP350_Joe_Foster.mp3
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When his 10 year old daughter was upset by negative comments posted about her artwork, Hovhannes Avoyan decided to do something about it. Almost a decade later, over 1 billion app downloads and 150 million active monthly, PicsArt has become a global movement. 

 

Before founding PicsArt, Hovhannes Avoyan was already a successful entrepreneur with five startups that he sold to Lycos, Bertelsmann, GFI, TeamViewer, and HelpSystems. With a strong understanding of the market, scaling, and what it takes to build a viable business, it’s no wonder that PicsArt raised over $45m capital and now boasts partnerships with the world’s biggest influencers like Kim Kardashian.

 

In this inspiring interview hosted by Nathan Chan, Avoyan discusses the importance of creating a safe space for creative expression, why community matters for a business, the future of AI and its place in design and art, and why he believes failure is part of success.

Direct download: FP349_Hovhannes_Avoyan.mp3
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Power up, level up, and get ready to take your business to the extreme, with this incredible interview with Single Grain’s Eric Siu. 

 

A former pro-gamer, Siu has been on the quintessential entrepreneur’s journey. He’s faced scaling issues, failure, and trying to do too much at once, and now he is ready to reveal why he believes gamers make the best entrepreneurs.

 

In this electrified interview with Foundr, Siu discusses why every founder needs to have a good understanding of marketing, essential long-term skills you need to have, and why he predicts Clubhouse will be the ultimate training ground for entrepreneurs.

Direct download: FP348_Eric_Siu.mp3
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How does someone launch a $200 million beverage company with zero experience and four children under the age of six? Just ask super-mom, author, and Hint Water empire CEO and Founder, Kara Goldin. 

 

Goldin was first inspired to launch her beverage company as an alternative to other unhealthy drinks on the market. Not only did Goldin manage to build a company that is now the largest privately owned non-alcoholic beverage company in America, but she placed Hint on the shelves of her local Whole Foods on the same day she went into the delivery room.


Revealing all of the ups and downs of her journey in her new book, Undaunted: Overcoming Doubt And Doubters, Goldin speaks to Foundr’s Nathan Chan about relentless pursuit of your dreams, and overcoming fears and self-doubt along the way.

Key Takeaways

  • How Kara Goldin first began her mission of creating a healthier option for drinking water
  • Facing challenges everyday, and Goldin’s commitment to learning all she could about an entirely new industry
  • Why Goldin believes the best thing anyone can do for themselves is continue to learn and grow
  • Dealing with naysayers and doubters, and how Goldin decided to instead use their feedback to hone her business vision
Direct download: FP347_Kara_Goldin.mp3
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In 2011, Hiroki Takeuchi launched his first business GoCardless with his co-founders. Just under one decade later, they are processing over $15b in payments every year!

 

Takeuchi’s first business began as a service to help streamline the messy process of collecting payments informally. Over the next several years, funding, scaling, and pivoting led him to create a simple service that helped collect recurring and one-off payments from customers. 

 

Takeuchi’s approach to business is inspiring. Not only was he a first-time entrepreneur scaling a global business without experience, but he also knows the pains of imposter syndrome and anxiety over hiring overqualified experts. This interview with Nathan Chan serves to remind us all that greatness isn’t just past experience, it’s the willingness to learn that makes someone a great entrepreneur.


Key Takeaways

  • How Takeuchi launched GoCardless in 2011 as his first business, and how he developed the idea
  • Evolving the initial business idea from something that sought to solve the problem of collecting payments informally, to a global fintech empire
  • The importance of having a complimentary co-founder, and how Takeuchi first began planning with his co-founders
  • Why Takeuchi decided to leverage existing services in order to streamline launch
  • Demo day, and overcoming getting 64 “no’s” before they got a “yes”
  • The importance of focus on a singular product, especially in a global powerhouse like finances and payment
  • How Takeuchi approached scaling, planning, and proactive growth in a high-demand industry
  • The challenges faced by an international business and scaling
  • How Takeuchi tackles imposter syndrome, and how he continues to focus on learnings
  • The importance he places on his team and the people Takeuchi surrounds himself with
  • What you need to ignore if you want to hire the best of the best for your business
  • Why you should never underestimate the length of the journey ahead of you, and why you need to be ready for the challenge of being an entrepreneur
Direct download: FP345_Hiroki_Takeuchi.mp3
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Building partnerships and mailing lists as an entrepreneur can be one of the trickiest and most elusive parts of the game. Targetting the right people, understanding brand identity - it’s all a delicate ecosystem to navigate. 

The good news is, when it comes to mailing lists and partnerships, we have all the answers you need from the mastermind and guru himself: Colin Darretta. 

Co-founder of a number of successful companies including WellPath, a health and wellness plan) and DojoMojo, a software company that helps you build partnerships, Darretta has all the answers. 

Not only has Darretta got decades of experience under his belt, but he also has the distinct honor of managing to build a 1million person email list in 1 year, and is the master of monetizing mailing lists.

Direct download: FP344_Colin_Darretta.mp3
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For Sarah Leary, entrepreneurship has always been in her blood. Growing up in a household of small-business owners including her grandmother who was also an entrepreneur, she knew she would eventually be one, too. She remembers that even when she was working for Microsoft as part of the founding team for Microsoft Office, she knew that being a business owner was her future.

From her development, launch, and successful scaling of Nextdoor into the world’s largest private social network for neighborhoods, Leary has experience in every aspect of entrepreneurialism. Her advice for budding entrepreneurs comes from years of experience in both scaling a business, building a community, and growing brands. 

In this interview with Nathan Chan, Leary reveals the absolute essentials every new entrepreneur needs to tick off when they want to start something new. As a venture partner at Unusual Ventures, Leary has advice straight from the frontline of what she wants to see in a pitch. 

Key Takeaways

  • How Leary grew up in a household of business owners and entrepreneurs and why that means she always knew she would be one too
  • Finding herself in the early start-up culture of Silicon Valley in the 90s
  • Her first business and how she faced failure, the decision to pivot, and a whole new frontier
  • The beginning of Nextdoor, and it’s growth internationally over the past decade
  • Joining Unusual Ventures, and why she wants to dedicate her time to helping others build companies from the ground up
  • Why founders need to be comfortable validating their ideas and assumptions
  • The two essential questions entrepreneurs need to ask themselves before starting
  • How Leary developed Nextdoor through a combination of brainstorming, customer research, and why you need to consider customer painkillers
  • Why every entrepreneur needs to learn to do extraordinary work for a narrow band of people, and then expand
  • How Leary fuelled the Nextdoor community, and why networks need leaders
  • Why Leary believes authenticity is the most important part of community strategy, and why you need to start with it
  • Why Leary stepped down from Nextdoor, and how the team of Unusual Ventures is rolling up their sleeves to help new entrepreneurs 
  • Leary’s reveals the secret to pitching ideas correctly, and what Unusual Ventures looks for in a new business idea

 

Direct download: FP343_Sarah_Leary.mp3
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When Alli Webb founded Drybar in 2010, it started as one small salon in Brentwood, California that was designed to do one thing and do it well: blowouts. 

Today, her brand has grown to over150 stores in 33 states, a hair care product line that she sold for over $250 million, her own podcast Raising The Bar, and a NY Times best-selling book Good Hair For All

Best of all, Webb is Foundr magazine’s cover girl for issue 95 (check it out, it’s a good one!)

Guess you could say that Alli Webb is an entrepreneurial genius. 

This week’s interview gives you an insight into Webb’s journey from working as a receptionist in a hair salon during high school to the decision to chase her passion for hairstyling. 

That decision to pursue her passion is what has led Webb to a $100m empire. Find out how she took the leap, and what advice she has for those looking to pursue their passion, too.

Key Takeaways

  • Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, and how that shaped Alli Webb’s idea of business
  • Realised she had a passion for hair and styling, and worked as a receptionist in a hair salon where she became mesmorised by the craft
  • Her journey through “a hot-minute” in college, to working in fashion in New York
  • Starting her own business styling client’s hair at home, and growing her business
  • How she started “Drybar” and what makes her brand unique
  • Franchising Drybar, and learning to operate her business on a global scale
  • How Webb developed her own product line, and how she sold it for $250m to beauty powerhouse, Helen of Troy.
  • How Webb continues to raise the bar, launching her own podcast: Raising The Bar, and authoring NY Times Best Seller Good Hair For All
  • Webb’s advice for all budding entrepreneurs, especially women in business, and why they need to follow their passion and what they love doing.
Direct download: FP342_Alli_Webb.mp3
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If you want to start a business, you sure as hell better be made of the right stuff. Because Joe De Sena is here to tell you that in business, “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”, and you need to be mentally tough enough to handle it. 

In this Foundr interview like no other, Nathan Chan speaks with Spartan Race creator, best-selling author, and badass CEO Joe De Sena on why you need manufactured adversity. 

De Sena has faced mountains of failure in business and continues to rise, everything from losing someone during the first ever race and finding them marooned on a desert island a week later, to not turning a profit for 15 years. Nevertheless, this machine of a man bounces back and continues to rise.

This interview is just a snapshot of what you can expect in Foundr’s newest course, Mental Toughness. Touted as the ultimate entrepreneurs field guide to building mental toughness, this is not one to be missed. 

Find out why the Olympic wrestling teams are sent to De Sena shape up, why billionaires send their children to him to learn discipline, and why active military personnel flock to him to learn grit.

Direct download: FP341_Joe_De_Sena.mp3
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Gabi Lewis, Co-Founder, The Magic Spoon

In this yummy episode, Gabi Lewis, Co-Founder of The Magic Spoon, sits down with Nathan Chan to discuss his journey from founding the revolutionary EXO protein snack made from crickets, to dominating the $40billion a year cereal industry. 

Listen in as Lewis reveals how he managed to get Tim Ferris and Nas as angel-investors onboard for EXO snacks, his journey into the competitive world of cereal, and how Magic Spoon continues to stay ahead of the competition.

In this deep-dive interview, you’ll find out why Lewis swears by agencies, the opportunities in influencer marketing, and why product-fit is an absolute essential for any founder. 

Lewis’ incredible journey from crickets to cereal is a not-to-be-missed lesson in entrepreneurship and the importance of saying “no”.

Key Takeaways

  • How Lewis started Exo Protein, selling cricket protein bars
  • Recognizing the paleo food trend and targeting that market
  • How Lewis got angel investors such as Tim Ferris and Nas
  • His decision to sell the company and launch Magic Spoon cereal
  • Why Magic Spoon is a direct-to-consumer product and the advantages of ecommerce
  • The successful launch of Magic Spoon and the power of influencers
  • Why product-market fit is the most important aspect of launching a business
  •  How Magic Spoon was affected by Covid and the evolution of hiring and scaling
  • The decision to not sell Magic Spoon on Amazon, and the power of customer-brand loyalty 
  • Why Lewis believes that a high-quality product is the most important aspect of any business
  • Lewis’ advice to others that as a founder, you should never be distracted, and why your job is to say “no”
Direct download: FP340_Gabi_Lewis.mp3
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In this interview, Nathan Chan sits down with GT Dave, Founder and CEO of GT's Living Foods. GT discusses how he built a $1B empire from his bedroom and his journey of being the first seller of Kombucha in the United States.

In this interview, GT Dave discusses how he first began selling Kombucha, entering the market with a completely new category of product, and the challenges he faced in educating the market on what his product was. 

GT Dave is a firm believer in passion before profit, and his integrity and commitment to health shine through as he discusses his childhood and nutrition, how Kombucha helped his mother through medical issues, and the proven benefits of Kombucha.

With a personal net worth estimated at $1Billion, GT Dave’s journey will inspire you to follow your passion and begin building your future, today.

Key Takeaways

  • How GT Dave found an interest in Kombucha and how he began marketing it
  • Launching his company from his bedroom, and selling his product using his Dad’s Amex card
  • The challenge of entering the market with a new product and how he went about educating others on an unfamiliar health beverage
  • How GT Dave helped Kombucha to become the global trend it is today
  • GT Dave’s commitment to passion over profit, and what health means to him
  • The importance of validating your product and communicating with consumers
  • His key advice to those who are just getting started, and the questions you need to ask yourself
Direct download: FP339_GT_Dave.mp3
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In this epic roundup episode, we took our favorite moments from every interview this year and combined them to create our most jam-packed episode yet: Foundr Best of 2020!

That’s right, in this very special episode, you’ll hear valuable insights from: 

  • Drew Houston, CEO and founder of DropBox: On problem-solving, his formula for success in business, and how he— as a billion-dollar CEO — still learns every single day. 
  • Dylan Mullen, Founder, and Director of Happy Skin Co. Mullen reveals how he built a $20 million dollar company in 24 months, and how they’re acquiring their customers. 

  • Alexa Von Tobel, Founder of Learnvest, & Inspire Capital: Why you shouldn’t spend a dollar on marketing, and what it takes to be a ‘good entrepreneur’. 

  • Gretta Van Riel, 4x Multi-Milion Dollar Founder. Van Riel discusses why she would spend $500k on a post from Kylie Jenner, and her $1.3m manufacturing horror story. 

  • Henrik Werderlin, founder and CEO of Barkbox, and the strategy that Apple and Amazon have used to build global, beloved brands. 

  • You’re about to learn the mistake that every new entrepreneur makes, as discussed by Alex Osterwalder, the Swiss business theorist who developed the “business model canvas”. 

  • Author Kamal Ravikant reveals why you don’t need a mentor (from someone who’s been down the road a few times).

  • Christina Stembel, founder of Farmgirl Flowers on how she managed to turn $49,000 into almost a million dollars in 3 years— all thanks to the success of her company.

  • Here’s Skillshare founder Malcolm Ong… who’s about to reveal the one word that will make you a better entrepreneur. 

  • Thor Ernstsson, Founder of Strata. The 2 tips that every single entrepreneur needs to hear.

  • One of the internet’s greatest pioneers, cofounder of WordPress Matt Mullenweg on what motivates him. 

  • GT’s living foods founder, GT Dave. He reveals to us the key to staying on your path, and not losing your identity. 

  • Andy Frisella, founder of 1st Phorm with one of the most fired up conversations of the year. Enjoy this snippet where he’s going to tell you why building a brand is important, and the issue with comparing yourself to Steve Jobs.
Direct download: FP338_Best_of_2020.mp3
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Ever wondered what traits and characteristics Google looks for in a founder?

Wonder no more, because in this interview, Nathan Chan sits down with CapitalG Founder, David Lawee, to discuss the journey of finding the next $1B Unicorn Business. David is Google's Lead Investor, and has over 13 years of experience under his belt working for one of the largest companies on the planet. 

Prior to joining Google, Lawee has been a serial entrepreneur. His biggest takeaway from the experience was how to successfully scale companies, and during the interview he finally reveals exactly how to do it. 

Lawee shares what he believes it takes to create a billion-dollar company. Lawee reveals all the traits and characteristics he looks for in founders when it comes to investing billions of dollars, and exactly what the company needs to look like.

Key Takeaways

  • How David Lawee found himself working for Google, CapitalG, and what he learned during his time as a serial entrepreneur
  • The characteristics and traits that he looks for when it comes to investing
  • The difference between an ordinary company, and the billion dollar unicorn
  • Lawee’s advice for those looking to open more doors 
  • The change in the market, and an insider's view into Google investment world
  • Lawee discusses how to align your company with investors’ needs
Direct download: FP337_David_Lawee.mp3
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Meet Thor Ernstsson.

The founder of global giants such as Alpha, Strata, and lead architect for Zygna responsible for Farmville, Ernstsson knows business and products. 

In this interview, Nathan sits down with Ernstsson to discuss his journey from Zynga game developer, to creating a company that serves half of the Fortune 500. Honest and candid, Ernstsson reveals his decision-making processes behind some of the company's largest pivots, changes, and challenges.  

While most people would shy away from the idea of launching a business during a global crisis, Ernstsson is perhaps living proof that not only is it a good decision, it’s the best business decision one can make.

Key Takeaways

  • Thor Ernstsson discusses how he first began working at Zygna, and how he felt about the global success of Farmville
  • His next business ventures, including Alpha and Strata
  • Why he decided to pivot the company
  • The importance of “now”, and why starting a business during a crisis is a good idea
  • The decision to launch a business that aimed to connect people, while it was the start of the pandemic 
  • How to change the world, and why you should always aim to solve a problem that won’t change
  • The importance of customers and why they need to be invested in your business’ success
Direct download: FP336_Thor_Ernstsson.mp3
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Faced with 104 rejections, zero-funding, and the prospect of launching a new business during an economic downturn, Christina Stembel has not only grown her company Farmgirl Flowers to a $65m empire, she has also done it completely bootstrapped. 

Stembel’s journey from bootstrap to business mogul is nothing short of inspiring. What began as $46k savings and a 2-year window to achieve her goal, her ecommerce flower business saw 5x growth in the first 2 years. As Stembel says,  “the fact that I was able to bootstrap without running out of money is the biggest accomplishment of my life”

In this interview, listen in to discover how Stembel marketed and advertised her brand on a shoestring budget, the importance of word-of-mouth and how that helped her achieve her first million, and why she views FarmGirl Flowers as the workhorse among unicorns.

Key Takeaways

  • How Stembel started FarmGirl Flowers, and why she gave herself 2 years
  • Marketing on a shoestring budget
  • Complications she faced selling perishable products
  • Why she views FarmGirl Flowers as a workhorse among unicorns
  • The importance of product-quality, and why she believes that a good quality product will outsell any level of marketing
  • The future of FarmGirl Flowers and reaching her first billion
Direct download: FP335_Christina_Stembel.mp3
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As someone who has pioneered the tech industry with his open-source software, and boasts 38% of the internet using his product, Matt Mullenweg is still one of the most humble and inspiring entrepreneurs we’ve ever met. 

In this insightful interview, Mullenweg discusses the biggest challenges faced by companies today, and the importance of looking after your team and people. As a company that has operated remotely since it’s beginnings, Mullenweg stresses the importance of team-building, and why he took his entire company to Disneyland. 

Mullenweg touches on some key issues faced by entrepreneurs the worldover - chronic dissatisfaction in progress, and that whatever you do is never enough. He says instead of saying to yourself that it’s not enough, entrepreneurs need to say “it is enough, and there’s more to do!” 

From the acquisition of powerhouses such as Tumblr, WooCommerce, and his dedication to supporting others, Mullenweg discusses his life’s plan to create as much open-source software as possible and encourage creativity across the globe. 

This interview will leave a smile on your face and give you the motivation and drive to work towards a better future for all. 

Key Takeaways

  • How Mullenweg founded WordPress, and operating as a remote-working business in the early 2000s
  • Mullenweg’s beliefs on company culture and the importance of in-person team-building activities especially for remote workers
  • The future of the office and why he believes it will be obsolete post-Covid
  • Mullenweg reveals that as an angel investor, the key things he looks for in a business or founder
  • The future of web development and WordPress
  • The biggest challenges faced by companies today and the importance of looking after your team and people
  • Chronic dissatisfaction as a founder and why needs to become a more positive drive

 

Direct download: FP334_Matt_Mullenweg.mp3
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