This week Dave and Craig talk through the challenges of maintaining a level head even in the face of some of the most challenging emotional times as a founder. The particularly difficult times for us include: Navigating times of slow or negative growthCompetitors moving faster (or in an interesting direction) than we areWork/Life balance and hours we spend in the businessFinances of it … [Read more...] about RS197: Not Losing Your Mind
Today on Rogue Startups, Dave and Craig talk about when and why we should move horizontally in the podcasting world and in eCommerce. They talk about the pros and cons of moving horizontally and branching out, checkbox strategies, and when it can be a boat anchor instead of propelling you and your business forward. Dave talks about the important milestone that Recapture just hit, the Recapture … [Read more...] about RS196: Getting Outside Your Wheelhouse
In this episode Craig and Dave talk through the challenges of middle and bottom of funnel marketing attribution after a great suggestion from former guest on the show James Kennedy. If you're not already using UTM parameters to track external links to your site in emails, guest posts, marketplace listings, etc. that's the easiest and quickest win in this department. If you have any comments … [Read more...] about RS195: Mastering Marketing Attribution
Dave and Craig talk are both back and today they’re catching everyone up on some surprise snow, school vacations, and Craig gives Dave a recap of the MicroConf in Croatia. Not only did Craig spend a lot of time with entrepreneurs, but he also got the chance to go kayaking at Blackwater Bay, and go on a Game of Thrones tour. He talks about the conf experience, Feedback Panda, the virtual close, and … [Read more...] about RS194: MicroConf Europe Recap
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