TMBA566: Why Do SaaS Businesses Fail?
42 min

Today's episode is all about software startups, and there are very few people more capable or qualified to talk about them than today's guest.

Simon Payne first joined us on this podcast back in 2016 to talk about his role as the technical co-founder of Leadpages.

Since leaving Leadpages in 2016, Simon has gone on to found multiple software companies, including a video tool called Convert Player, and a ticketing tool that we regularly use in our own business called EventsFrame.

But, as you will hear on today's podcast, the results of these endeavors have ultimately been a mixed bag. 

Simon joins us this week to share the details of his entrepreneurial journey over the last few years, to discuss how the relationships between developers and marketers can make or break a software business, and to explain why he's recently decided to help us build our own software platform at Dynamite Jobs.

The Unofficial Shopify Podcast
The Unofficial Shopify Podcast
Kurt Elster, Paul Reda
What Every Merchant Should Know About Theme Development
In this episode, we'll talk to one of the most experienced Shopify theme developers on the planet: Anne Thomas. You'll learn... * how to audit your theme for performance * the common pitfalls to avoid with your theme * learning enough development to be dangerous * a user testing crash course Anne Thomas is an experienced web developer who has helped create some of the best Shopify themes in the market. She spent almost 5 years at Out of the Sandbox as the Technical Director working on themes such as Turbo and Flex. Her knowledge of the Shopify platform runs deep and she's recently started her own company, Shop Critique, where she works directly with merchants to help them makeover their shops and make sure they are using their themes and apps in the best ways possible. Show Links * Shop Critique * Out of The Sandbox * Coding with Jan - YouTube * freeCodeCamp * Lynda * Baymard Institute * SiteInspire * 2020 Holiday Email GuideSponsors * Get powerful marketing automation with Klaviyo's revenue-driving email platform * Try Bold Product Upsell, free trial * Save 20% on Turbo, a blazing fast Shopify theme - Use code KURT20 at checkout * Improve your shop’s search engine ranking with Venntov SEO Meta ManagerNever miss an episode * Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts * Join Kurt's newsletterHelp the show * Ask a question in The Unofficial Shopify Podcast Facebook Group * Leave a review * Subscribe wherever you get your podcastsWhat's Kurt up to? * See our recent work at Ethercycle * Subscribe to our YouTube Channel * Apply to work with Kurt to grow your store.
1 hr 1 min
Leveling Up with Eric Siu
Leveling Up with Eric Siu
Eric Siu
How To Create A Community of 60,000+ Strong And Use It As Your Secret Weapon (With Lloyed Lobo from Boast AI and Traction Conference)
If you want to build a community you have to focus on how you can provide value to them, but once you have one you can save a lot of money on marketing. Connecting people is Lloyed Lobo’s superpower, and today we talk to him about how he built a community of over 60,000 people and the returns this investment of his time is producing. Lloyed is Co-Founder and President of Boast.AI, and he is also one of the Co-Founders of the amazing Traction Conference. Before getting into the topic of community, Lloyed gives us the rundown of how Boast fuels the growth of innovative companies by automating R&D tax applications and more. From there, Lloyed talks about how the aims at Boast, to serve their clients, grew into early community-building events that evolved into the Traction Conf. We hear tips and tricks from Lloyed about the best ways of building a community, key learnings he had on his journey, and about the incredible conference Traction has evolved into. Lloyed highlights that a community-building strategy should only be used if you are prepared to give without expecting anything in return and if connecting people is truly your passion. For all you need to know about bringing people together and the power of leveraging networks as a secret marketing weapon, tune in today! TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES: * [00:21] Before we jump into today’s interview, please rate, review, and subscribe to the Leveling Up Podcast! * [01:04] An overview of Boast’s services automating R&D tax applications and more. * [00:40] How the mission to expand Boast and build a community birthed Traction. * [04:36] The complexities of the R&D tax credit system in the U.S and Canada. * [09:50] How Boast is using a fund to offer R&D returns quarterly. * [11:12] Boast’s model for making money by taking a percentage of R&D returns. * [11:35] Key learnings Lloyed had on the road to building Traction. * [16:36] The last few years of Traction, how it has evolved and what it involves. * [17:35] How Lloyed built Boast and his community using a philosophy of giving, not marketing. * [19:43] The time it took to build Traction from its less formal stages to where it is now. * [20:01] Community building tips: Email lists, in-person events, cadence, and a passion for connecting. * [23:30] The return on investment of building a community. * [24:47] The key to building a successful business and the steps to building a community. * [28:28] Using Nir Ayal’s Hooked model to keep communities engaged. * [29:39] Lloyed’s favorite book and different sources he gets his knowledge from. * [31:07] Brilliant webinars Lloyed has recently engaged with. Resources From The Interview: * Lloyed Lobo * Lloyed Lobo Email * Boast.AI * Launch Academy * Salesforce * Twilio * TechStarters * Founder Institute * Startupfest * Mars * Eventbrite * Josh Fechter * Blitzmetrics * Dennis Yu on Twitter * Matt Epstein * Nir Eyal * Rippling * Zenefits * Must-read books: Hooked, Blitzscaling Leave Some Feedback: * What should I talk about next? Who should I interview? Please let me know on Twitter or in the comments below. * Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review here * Subscribe to Leveling Up on iTunes * Get the non-iTunes RSS Feed Connect with Eric Siu: * Growth Everywhere * Single Grain * Eric Siu on Twitter
33 min
Business Lunch
Business Lunch
Roland Frasier
Episode 216, Daymond John’s Biggest Takeaways From 2020
“All the success that he (Daymond) has achieved has happened because he combines intelligence with an incredible amount of hustle, and this is critical; humility. I’ve never seen somebody so willing to give and so willing to share it. And that is exhibited right now at this moment because he’s here talking with us.” Ryan Deiss Daymond John doesn’t need much introduction among entrepreneurs. He is an American businessman, investor, television personality, author, and motivational speaker. In this episode of Business Lunch with Roland Frasier, we get to sit and hear what guest Daymond John had to say to the participants of Ryan and Roland’s 21for21Challenge. You can read more about that here. “The biggest breakthroughs happen when we’re kind of backed up against the wall. That’s when we’re forced to act. We tend not to fix things when they aren’t broken. So that’s really what this, 2020 has been about a year of learning”. Ryan Deiss. Listen Today For, • Why Daymond is always optimistic, even in a year like 2020.  “But many times you see that these people, your staff, and your customers and your partners and strategic partners, they step up. I’ve also seen a lot of tragic things happen around the country, but I’ve also seen people who have nothing go out of their way and give what they can. So I’m always an optimistic person about what’s going on in the world.” Daymond John. * The two different kinds of people there are in the world and how they respond to difficult times. “COVID has just highlighted either people’s weaknesses or people’s strengths.” Daymond John. * The importance of your WHY. * The big thing he learned from 2020 that he will take into 2021 “What are you really selling you in your business, in your brand? What are you promising somebody? And the best way to do it is to explain it is like if you’re a gym and you’re selling people gym memberships, and you think that that’s what you’re selling people, know that you’re selling them a healthy lifestyle, you’re not selling them gym memberships. So, understand what you are delivering to somebody, and you’ll realize that your brand or yourself, you’re much larger than you thought”. Daymond John. * The flip-side tip not to forget. “Don’t do things that are not in the area that you’re at, just because it’s an easy way to make money because you will repel customers just as quickly. I’ve seen that happen already as well.” Daymond John. Thanks so much for joining us this week. Want to subscribe to Business Lunch with Roland Frasier? Have some feedback you’d like to share? Connect with us on ApplePodcasts and leave us an honest review! Your feedback will help us improve the show and connect us with more high flyers like you. You can also find us on your go-to podcast platform here.  Mentioned In This Episode Thank you to our partners, Conversion Fanatics. Follow Roland Frasier On Facebook  On Instagram  Through his Website  Follow Business Lunch Podcast On Twitter On YouTube Thanks so much for joining us this week. Want to subscribe to Business Lunch with Roland Frasier? Have some feedback you’d like to share? Connect with us on ApplePodcasts and leave us an honest review! Your feedback will help us improve the show and connect us with more high flyers like you. Click to find us on Apple Podcasts and other podcast players.
19 min
Recession-Proof Startups - Mixergy
Recession-Proof Startups - Mixergy
Andrew Warner
#2014 Why 70% of teachers use THIS app
I don’t think I will even be able to explain to people how dramatically big the business is that today’s guest created. Brett Kopf is the co-founder of Remind, a messaging platform that helps teachers, parents, students, and administrators in K–12 schools to communicate. We’ll find out how he did it. Brett Kopf is the co-founder of Remind, a messaging platform that helps teachers, parents, students, and administrators in K–12 schools to communicate. Sponsored by Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today. HostGator – Ready to take your website to the next level? Whether you’re a first-time blogger or an experienced web pro, HostGator has all the tools you need to create a great-looking website or online store. A wide range of options includes cloud-based web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. Visit to see what HostGator can do for your website. More interviews -> Rate this interview ->
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