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The "No BS" version of how startups are really built, taught by actual startup Founders who have lived through all of it. Hosts Wil Schroter and Ryan Rutan talk candidly about the intense struggles Founders face both personally and professionally as they try to turn their idea into something that will change the world.
 
If you want to hear from folks behind companies like HubSpot, Help Scout, Indie Hackers, startups.com, Castos, Jilt, Delicious Brains and Beaver Builder, you've come to the right place. Welcome to the WPMRR WordPress Podcast, a weekly show completely dedicated to bringing you the very best from the intersection of WordPress and monthly recurring revenue. Whether you're new to the WordPress community or a wily open-source veteran, join the founder and CEO of WP Buffs and The WPMRR Virtual Con ...
 
Hopelessly dedicated to both your business and your children? So is Amrit Santhirasenan, host of Startup Dads. As the CEO of a rapidly growing fin-tech startup and the father of a young daughter, Amrit is regularly taking lessons from one to apply to the other. Every week, he'll discuss these observations with business leaders and devoted parents, discovering their techniques to scale up both their business and children successfully.
 
5 days a week Let's Talk Serious Startups is all about the nuts and bolts of what goes into going from a startup idea to success. We interview angel investors, venture capitalists, startup founders, crowdfunding experts, journalists, and marketing professionals that share their knowledge and experience on what it takes to become a Serious Startup! Show notes and more content can be accessed at Serious Startups.com
 
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This is an episode absolutely brimming with knowledge bombs! Wil Schroter is the founder of Startups.com: a company that’s helped founders raise over half a billion dollars of capital, and in doing so he’s observed the the challenges that pop up for almost every founder. Wil regales stories from founding multiple companies, of overcoming imposter s…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about founders rushing into building their next Startup. After a successful exit, most founders are overly eager to start their next big idea and land another win. They want to act upon it while they are in the momentum and prove that they aren’t a one-hit wonder. Sign up for the Startups Newsle…
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Rene Morozowich, a freelancer in the WordPress space who works with small and medium sized business and individual projects in building and managing service-based websites. She’s a Business Intelligence (BI) and SQL developer, a programmer, and an instructor at a community college who teaches credit and non-credit c…
 
David Grimm’s move into the world of entrepreneurship was highly unconventional. A chance meeting in China during his gap year led him to find out about the problems faced by dairy farmers, and years later, he quit his job in consultancy to form a solution. A bold move, and one that ultimately didn’t pan out due to government regulation. However, t…
 
In today’s episode, we are going to hear Christie once again, back when she was still based in Hawaii. Joe and Christie discuss the perks and some of the downsides of working on a different time zone from the rest of your team, body clock adjustments to be able to function, and the importance of robust communication and the maximization of tools. E…
 
Leila Zegna spent her early career helping other founders achieve success - notably the founders of Innocent Drinks, Endeavor, Plum District, and DNA Sequencing company GenapSys. Now she runs Kindred - her groundbreaking new model for Venture Capital, where each founder in the portfolio becomes a co-owner of the fund! In this chat with Amrit, she d…
 
For episode 17 of the EU-Startups Podcast we interviewed Ecosia founder Christian KrollFor episode 17 of the EU-Startups Podcast we interviewed Christian Kroll, the founder and CEO of Ecosia.Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Berlin, Ecosia is a truly social enterprise - a 'search engine for good' which uses big parts of its ad revenues to plant …
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about liquidation probability. Many Startup founders make the wrong decision to lose interest in what they currently have and start pursuing something else in the hopes of a much bigger outcome, completely skipping the part where they first have to gauge the probability of success. Sign up for t…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about opinions that do not matter when a company sells. A lot of founders are stigmatized for selling their Startups for too little. Too little in a sense that these non-founders only think of the numbers and not the value and work put into building the business. And the glaring truth is that th…
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Maciek Palmowski, one of the co-creators of WP Owls, a weekly newsletter focused on the latest and top WordPress news. He also works as a WordPress ambassador for Buddy Works - a top-notch performance into one solution for teams that want to painlessly introduce CI/CD and accelerate the development lifecycle of thei…
 
Today’s guest needs very little introduction - he’s the CEO and Founder of Raspberry Pi; a charity that puts the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. Eben talks with Amrit about his transition from engineer to the founder of a truly groundbreaking company, how to deal with psychopaths (they make up 10% …
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about putting every down for a much needed break. No, you can’t say, “I can’t take a break yet.” Or say, “Your hands are tied at the moment.” It’s critical that you take a break in between milestones, unless you want to get stuck on productivity and run dry on creativity. Sign up for the Startup…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about focusing on what you are trying to achieve before taking action on any big ideas you might have. Some of these ideas don't necessarily lead you to where you want to go. Some, if pursued, just end up in failures and frustrations. Instead, focus on where you want to go and then figure out ho…
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Dan Maby of Big Orange Heart - a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes positive well-being and mental health within remote working communities. The Big Orange Heart Health Hubs are designed to provide holistic support for the individual. Dan shares how Big Orange Heart came from the challenges he and his…
 
Paul Kemp-Robertson left a career as an ad man to launch Contagious; a publication that shares creative ideas to help agencies and brands innovate. In this chat with Amrit, he talks about launching in the incubation of a larger company to mitigate some risk, how his company evolved to offer consultancy to meet clients needs, the ways advertising ca…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about how increasing your staff does not necessarily mean growth, but a deliberate liability. Many people just focus on increasing the number of their employees and do not think about the cost of hiring more people. Yes, you need more people to get work done faster. Yes, you need additional mind…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about the dues founders pay for neglecting their health. Pushing yourself too much, putting your body through so much pressure, and then ignoring the warning signs as they come, you’re unconsciously trading your life for the success of your company. Don’t curse yourself in the process! Sign up f…
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Artur Grabowski of Extendify - a team of passionate professionals with the goal of building a modern WordPress experience that just works. It has a templates library and other great WordPress products such as Editor Plus, Redux, Gutenberg Forms, ACF Blocks, MetaSlider, Block Slider, and GutenbergHub.com. Artur share…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about what happens when things work for everyone else but not for you. The effort founders put into our Startup is a sacrifice in all forms and shapes, to the extent of spending less time with family, neglecting our health, or even getting a pay cut just to keep the business rolling. Yes, you ar…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about changing a person’s personality (or the attempt to do so). It’s one of the factors founders cannot control and it’s silly to keep telling the same person what they should be doing more than once. It’s a waste of energy, a waste of time, and definitely a lost cause. Put your time and effort…
 
In today’s episode, we’re reeling in another throwback episode, Joe’s interview with Leah Knobler of Help Scout - a support tool and customer service platform used by customer-centric organizations around the world, from small businesses to high-growth startups and nonprofits. Leah gives us several actionable nuggets about hiring, scaling, managing…
 
Today’s guest first founded charity Teach First, in an effort to break the link between low family income and poor educational attainment. He now heads up tiney, on a mission to make the highest quality child care accessible to more families, and empower a generation of micro-entrepreneurs to deliver amazing care from their own homes. In this chat …
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about burnout when you’re nearly at the end of your Startup journey. Every sacrifice and risk you’ve taken will become useless if you feel tired and decide to take a break at the most crucial time and that’s when you’re at the last step of closing the deal. The trick is to surround yourself with…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about avoiding unpleasant breakups. There always comes a time when you need to part ways with people, friends, staff, even investors. Every bad breakup can seriously damage your reputation in any means possible simply because some harbor vindictive emotions and speak negatively against you. What…
 
In today’s episode, let’s listen again to Joe’s conversation with Nathan Hirsch, the co-founder of FreeUp - a solution platform to finding & hiring pre-vetted freelancers online, only allowing the top 1% into the network out of hundreds of freelancer applicants every week. Nathan talks about how he co-founded a solution platform that caters to busi…
 
Today’s guest is a talented multitasker, and the first ‘side-hustler’ to feature on Startup Dads. Alongside heading up communications at digital payments platform Soarpay and presenting their podcast, Scott runs the CBD guide using his podcasting skills. In this chat with Amrit, they discuss the value of growing an audience, whatever business you'r…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about what happens after you sell your Startup. Beyond the big paycheck that will certainly make your life better, is the lingering attachment you have for your company and what becomes of it after you give up ownership and control over it. And what about the employees you’re leaving behind? Wil…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about power struggle. A lot of us are used to hearing people telling us what we should and shouldn’t do, what we can and cannot achieve just because these people have tried it or have been in a similar situation. What they don’t realize though is the difference in capacity and skills. What works…
 
In today’s episode, we bring back Joe’s conversation with Jennifer Bourn, a designer for twenty years, an agency owner for thirteen years, and a blogger for ten years. She is founding partner at Bourn Creative, a full service design and development company that specializes in purpose-driven design and everything WordPress. Jennifer talks about her …
 
Can you still succeed when profit isn’t your primary motivation? Today’s guest shows us that you can. In this episode she tells us how staying true to your purpose can do a whole lot of good for your bottom line, and in her case - a whole lot of good for the world. Tessa is the founder of Olio: the app that connects neighbours with each other and w…
 
For episode 16 of the EU-Startups Podcast we interviewed TOA founder Niko WoischnikFounded in 2012, Tech Open Air (TOA) is one of the coolest tech events in Europe. Their 2019 edition gathered around 20K attendees. When the pandemic started in 2020, TOA had to re-imagine itself and to do a major pivot in order to survive and thrive. Niko Woischnik …
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about regret. Founders are bound to make decisions all the time. These decisions can make or break the Startup, and this is why regret is inevitable. Not all decisions bring a positive outcome, and when the outcome is the opposite of what you had anticipated, it’s part of the risk you’re taking.…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about how we get blinded by the early signs of growth. When things go well, we tend to think it’s the golden moment and that your Startup is on it’s way to getting big, only to find out a week or a month later that you’re back at step one. Early stage successes become dangerous when we get blind…
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Melanie Phung, Owner and Principal Consultant at Orange Spark Digital - a boutique consulting practice to help organizations achieve greater visibility and success online. Services offered include website strategy service, search engine optimization, content strategy, and web analytics. Melanie shares how she manage…
 
It can be a daunting prospect starting a new business in an industry where you have no previous experience - but that’s exactly what today’s guest did. Tom Hooper, Founder of Third Space Learning lays out the pros and cons of making the jump, in his case, from finance to the education sector, and provides some golden insights for anyone thinking of…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about when is the best time to sell your Startup. It’s a tedious process so you shouldn’t just focus on what’s happening during the negotiations but also the pros and cons after the sale is made. And of course, how much you’re being paid for selling is as important as HOW you’re getting paid. Si…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about going back to an office setting. The idea that more work gets done inside the office is no longer as effective as it used to be. An office setting may not be that substantial anymore for Startups. A lot of businesses are being run remotely and by far, they are progressing well. Sign up for…
 
Today’s guest set out to create a VC firm to support cash strapped, time poor founders in so much more than just funding. Leo Ringer’s expertise is in navigating the world of regulation - to enable companies within his portfolio to jump through the hoops of working regulated markets without the holdups. In this conversation with Amrit, they discuss…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about the notion that your current success will be the same for every Startup you build. While you’re in the momentum and when new ideas come in, you’re most likely tempted to venture into another Startup. Right? But, take a pause there and consider the odds of your success. Sign up for the Star…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about founders allowing open discussion of socio-political issues inside the workplace. Over the years, societal and political issues are topics that can either encourage healthy discussions and debates within the team or instigate friction and divide within the company. The question is, HOW do …
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Kim Coleman, the co-founder of Paid Memberships Pro - the most complete WordPress membership plugin. She has her hand in all aspects of the development, management, and marketing for the product and the team. She oversees frontend development for the core open source plugin and over 75 Add Ons. They discuss the valu…
 
Our guest today took an unconventional route on her way entrepreneurial journey: Building and exiting a landscaping business at a young age, before heading off to business school. Claire Cockerton really is a student of the school of hard knocks! A specialist in designing, building and operating innovation centres, as well as advising companies on …
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan ask, is it too early to get an advisor? Many Startup companies invest in an advisor to tap into connections that can possibly help raise additional capital. Yet, this investment does not promise successful returns because some introductions don’t end with the results founders are hoping for. The anti…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about at what cost Startups are built on. What people often see is it’s all about raising money and getting external financial support, that additional funds are more than enough to keep the business going. But what people don’t see is the physical, mental, and emotional health that are being sp…
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Marc Benzakein, the Operations Manager at ServerPress LLC - a software services company that provides workflow tools for WordPress Developers and Designers. His experience ranges from network administration to software development to upper level management in both Internet Service Providers as well as Software and S…
 
There isn’t a part of the startup ecosystem that Mike Townsend hasn’t touched. As well as being an investor and mentor in the startup space, he’s an experienced founder, dipping his toe in a range of industries. Since founding ZingCheckout in 2012, he’s gone on to grow HomeHero, a marketplace for families to hire in-home care for seniors, Redeem, a…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about imaginary debt. A lot of founders are tied to this idea that employees will commit the same level of sacrifice as they would for the company. And that people will appreciate what they do and stick around no matter what happens. But it’s all an illusion. No one can actually match a founder’…
 
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about the most dreaded outcome - a failing Startup. When a business fails, founders often wallow over how people react and what they can say about the situation. The adverse reactions don’t matter. What should matter is who stays to help pull you out of the rubble. Sign up for the Startups Newsl…
 
In today’s episode, Joe talks to Chris Klosowski, the Director Of Technology at Sandhills Development, LLC. He joined Sandhills as a lead developer in 2015, and before that, he was a software developer at GoDaddy.com. Chris shares his journey on leadership coaching and acquiring professional knowledge to help keep his team moving. Also, they talk a…
 
Youssef Darwich co-founded Hapi, a business that helps parents achieve financial security for their children. Before becoming a startup founder he led the product efforts for Octopus Wealth and was the second employee at Tide - the leading SME challenger bank. When he’s not solving problems in the financial services, he can be found performing rend…
 
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