Today on Rogue Startups, Dave is talking with “one of the ten youngest billionaires in Africa” Adii Pienaar about his entrepreneurial history and Conversio’s acquisition by Campaign Monitor. Adii talks about why he took the exit fro Conversio, the difficulties in e-commerce and e-marketing, the move from customer campaign monitor to the acquisition, the difference between now and “his Woo days”, … [Read more...] about RS193: A little bit Carnegie, a little bit Tennyson – Adii Pienaar on life and two exits
Today on Rogue Startups, Craig and Dave talk about masterminds, peer feedback, and a tweetstorm by Briana about Stripe. They go over the benefits of mastermind groups, the different types, and what makes a good one. They share their experiences, what they each need from a group, and how that’s changed as they grow as entrepreneurs. They also talk about the importance of community support and … [Read more...] about RS192: Do You Need A Mastermind?
In this episode, Dave and Craig talk through Recapture's recent growth spurt and the opportunities (and challenges) that it provides to Dave and the team. Resources Mentioned Microconf State of Independent SaaS Companies Survey NetworkThinking SysAdmin/Devops Team … [Read more...] about RS191: The Baggage That Comes With High Growth
Today Craig talks to Andy Baldacci about Andy’s background, his current projects, and what it takes to be an effective founder. Craig and Andy also talk about cofounders and sharing duties, the extra stress that comes with being a founder, “wearing the product hat”, optimizing, mapping out the process, and finding a system that works for everyone on the team. Andy also talks about his podcast. … [Read more...] about RS190: Andy Baldacci on being an Effective Founder
Today on Rogue Startups, Craig and Dave catch up on some lifestyle changes: mainly Whole30, the AIP diet, Profitwell emails, the importance of keywords, human versus automated customer support, Black Friday posts, and Craig’s new “Office Hours”. Craig and Dave go over the idea of growth teams based on Lars Lofgren’s article on the topic. Dave ponders over the eternal question, “To AB test or to … [Read more...] about RS189: Are Growth Teams Overrated?
In this episode of Rogue Startups, Dave and Craig chat about recent updates with their businesses. After a busy summer, Craig catches everyone up with how Castos is doing. He also talks about the pros and cons of credit card trial processes, micromanaging, and references David Hensel’s great management techniques. Dave talks about the growth of Recapture, scaling problems, and the … [Read more...] about RS188: Recapture Growth and Changing the Trial Flow
This episode of Rogue Startups, Craig chats with fellow entrepreneur Jordan Gal. Jordan is the founder and CEO of CartHook, which is a software company that provides an e-commerce platform for online businesses and the Bootstrapped Web podcast. Craig and Jordan talk about product development and process; the difference between “hovering” and managing; the role of empathy in managing … [Read more...] about RS187: The Evolving Product Process with Jordan Gal of CartHook
This week Craig catches up with fellow TinySeed founder Bryan Marble from ClientRock. Bryan is a multi time SaaS founder in the legal tech space and is growing out his second app as part of the innagural TinySeed cohort. Craig and Bryan talk through the ups and downs of being part of a remote accelerator, managing stress, and how they think about growth planning differently. Resources … [Read more...] about RS186: Inside TinySeed with Bryan Marble from ClientRock
This week Dave and Craig are catching up on a few developments in their businesses. Craig has been busy with onboarding and getting a few new team members started. Both in PodcastMotor and in Castos he's hired some senior level folks in Sales and Marketing roles, respectively. Turns out that hiring senior level talent into the team is a real force multiplier. They're just so much more … [Read more...] about RS185: Hiring Senior Level Team Members
This week Dave and Craig talk about something that none of us really love chatting about, but it absolutely needs to be addressed. How this path we've chosen is tough, full of uncertainty, and can definitely lead to burnout. Dave has been feeling some frustration with consulting clients, and the cumulative weight of it is getting a bit much. A change might be on the horizon there for … [Read more...] about RS184: Founder Mental Health