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When I was a kid, one of the first industries that got me excited was restaurants. I remember driving down the highway and seeing all these fast food restaurants and at some point, I realized there was an entrepreneur behind them. There was somebody who put all those fast food restaurants everywhere. But by the time I got to college, there was a sense that all these restaurants that could be made have been made. At that point the belief was, if you are going to start a restaurant chain, it might be like a five-restaurant chain. That was it. Especially in pizza, it was all done. Right? And then we discovered that it wasn’t. Today’s guest is the founder of, among other things, MOD Pizza. His name is Scott Svenson. I invited him here to talk about his background, how he came up with the idea for MOD Pizza and how he grew it so lightning fast.

Scott Svenson is a co-founder of MOD Pizza which offers made-to-order pizza in self-service settings.

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And when you find out about today’s guest company, you probably are going to say, “Oh, why do I need to even know about this? This doesn’t seem that interesting.” And you won’t be the first. But here’s the thing: Anyone who sells online should find out about his company. Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator said, “We have schlep blindness.” The idea that when things are really tough, we don’t pay attention to them because we believe that’s the way it has to be. But the schlep is where the opportunity lies. Where there isn’t competition but there is a deep need for somebody to come in and solve that schlep problem.” Today’s guest did it and we’re going to find out how he did it. Nicholas Daniel-Richards is the founder of ShipHero, a cloud-based warehouse and order management system.

Nicholas Daniel-Richards is the founder of ShipHero, a cloud-based warehouse and order management system.

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Today’s guest is an entrepreneur who came from a part of the world and in a time when entrepreneurship was actually not encouraged. In fact in some ways it was an insult to say that you were entrepreneurial and capitalist minded. Throughout the years he kind of got closer and closer to being an entrepreneur and then he hit on this idea through a co-founder. You guys are going to think the idea is absolutely brilliant. The app that he came up with is called Hooch. You pay them ten bucks a month and they let you have one drink every single day at some high-end bars in your area. It’s doing phenomenally well. But he had a hard start, especially because it’s alcohol and investors don’t want to get close to alcohol. I’m going to find out how he came up with this idea, how he got his first users, how he’s expanding beyond this, where his revenues are, and why he was scared of entrepreneurship.

Lin Dai is the founder of Hooch, a subscription-based app that gets you one “free” drink every day of the month.

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Today’s guest is making millions by buying from Walmart and selling on Amazon. I grilled him before this interview started to see if this was a real business and turns out that it is. He’s selling online really well so I invited him here to find out what’s working for him. Ryan Grant is the founder of Online Selling Experiment, where he teaches how to sell online.

Ryan Grant is the founder of Online Selling Experiment, where he teaches how to sell online.

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When I looked at the list of upcoming guests for this month and I saw that we had someone who ran a trampoline business I said, “Trampoline?” It turns out this is a story of a guy who created something in the real world that works like businesses have always worked, except much bigger. And that’s why my team wanted me to interview him. They said, “Wait until you see the numbers, Andrew. It’s a pretty impressive business here.” Today’s guest is Jeff Platt. He is the founder of Sky Zone, a chain of family entertainment centers that are trampoline based.

Jeff Platt is the founder of Sky Zone, a chain of family entertainment centers.

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I watched today’s guest from a distance as he grew his business. And I watched a revolution happening. People were starting to shift towards publishing more of their content on sites like Medium but also on sites like Facebook and Twitter. Today’s guest saw that and said, “I’m jumping in.” I want to find out about the business behind this concept. The founder you’re about to meet is Greg Smith. He is the founder of Thinkific, software that enables individuals and businesses to create, market, sell, and deliver online courses on their own websites. They don’t have to host it, they don’t have to manage it, they don’t have to take care of the software behind it. I invited him here to talk about how he came up with this idea.

Greg Smith is the founder of Thinkific, software that enables individuals and businesses to create, market, sell, and deliver online courses on their own websites.

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Last year, I was invited to something called Fireside Conf, a retreat with no Internet, no distractions for entrepreneurs. While I was there I interviewed the conference founder’s cousin, Jeff Pulver. They never sent me the recording and I thought it was because my questions were rude and way too personal. Well, they’ve just given me a copy and I’m so proud of it that I’m publishing it now. Jeff Pulver sold his business for tens of millions of dollars and didn’t end up as happy as he thought. We’ll get into why in this interview.

Jeff Pulver is the co-founder of Free World Dialup, Vonage, MoNage, Alchemist, and Zula.

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Today’s guest started out as a reporter when a Tinder hack led to a business idea for connecting women. She’s a pro at getting media attention and I want to learn how she does it. Pamela Newenham is the cofounder of GirlCrew, a platform for women to make new friends.

Pamela Newenham is the cofounder of GirlCrew, a platform for women to make new friends.

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I invited Brandon Evans back on Mixergy to talk about how losing his company & his wife led him down what he might call a “heart-led path.” In the process I think we all realized a few things about me.

Brandon Evans was the founder of CrowdTap which allows you to partner with brands to offer members opportunities to provide feedback and get rewards.

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A few years ago I interviewed today’s guest about his martial arts business Science of Skill. And I’m going to be honest with you, I thought the site just looked OK. But Dan Faggella, the founder, told me privately how I didn’t understand marketing automation at all. He actually came back to Mixergy to teach a course on it. He opened my eyes to how much marketing automation can transform a business. What I didn’t know at the time was that he wanted to sell Science of Skill as he was building it. He tried and he failed. But he tried again and he had success. I want to find out how he did it.

Dan Faggella is the founder of Science of Skill, a martial arts site.

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