#2015 Edtech Series: Outschool
I’m so glad that today’s guest is here. As soon as COVID hit and schools closed I wasn’t sure what to do with my kid. And so I started reading up on how to teach my kid. When I saw Eric Ries mention Outschool I had to check it out. It was such a great resource I actually sent Eric a thank you note. Amir Nathoo is the founder of Outschool, which allows K-12 students to take small group classes from anywhere.

Amir Nathoo is the founder of Outschool, which allows K-12 students to take small group classes from anywhere.

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SaaS Growth Stacking - with Dan Martell
SaaS Growth Stacking - with Dan Martell
Dan Martell
Finding Your North Star Metric (Examples from the Best SaaS Companies)
Exclusive Download: Precision Scorecard™ - Keep Your Leadership Team Focused & Accountable To Growth -https://bit.ly/3qnPRh5 -- What if there was a single number you could measure… one number that you focus all of your attention on... And it would make your business rain revenue like never before? Well thanks to Sean Ellis, founder of GrowthHackers, I believe I found one I call it the North Star Metric. See, after raising $1.6M in funding for my business Clarity.fm... I began drowning in an ocean of numbers. I lived in spreadsheets, followed every metric, and kept my finger on the pulse for every shifting digit across the entire company. We had a good SaaS product. Great tech and a great team. But I couldn’t find a way to crank up our profits! I phoned Sean Ellis, frustrated because I couldn’t find the right foothold for growth. “You’ve got to find your North Star Metric”, he told me. I had formulas crunching every damn metric you could think of in my spreadsheets… But a North Star Metric? This one was new. I called a meeting with my team, and we went straight back to the whiteboard, to decide what would become our North Star Metric. All of our teams - from support to development, to marketing, to sales - would prioritize their goals around it. One number. To today, I still thank Sean Ellis for opening my eyes to our North Star Metric… Because shortly after that, business TOOK OFF. Like… KA-BOOM. Now I’d like to pay it forward in today’s video. This, my friends, is how you find and calculate your own North Star Metric… and why it’s the one number that’ll save your business every time. A North Star Metric is not like other metrics you measure... It’s unique to YOUR business. To prove this point, in this video I’ll share with you the individual North Star Metrics for: - Airbnb - Facebook - Quora - Slate - Salesforce - Adobe It’s only 9 minutes. Play the video here, and let me know in the comments: What are you going to make your north star metric? -- Dan Martell is a serial entrepreneur, an investor in 40+ startups like Intercom, Udemy, and Unbounce and the creator of SaaS Academy, helping over 500 B2B SaaS founders scale faster. He’s founded five SaaS companies and successfully exited three of them. If you want to scale faster without hitting the usual roadblocks, make sure to follow him on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn & Twitter. Exclusive Download: Precision Scorecard™ - Keep Your Leadership Team Focused & Accountable To Growth -https://bit.ly/3qnPRh5
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Foundr Magazine Podcast with Nathan Chan
Foundr Magazine Podcast with Nathan Chan
Nathan Chan
340: How Gabi Lewis dominated a $40 billion industry
Gabi Lewis, Co-Founder, The Magic Spoon In this yummy episode, Gabi Lewis, Co-Founder of The Magic Spoon, sits down with Nathan Chan to discuss his journey from founding the revolutionary EXO protein snack made from crickets, to dominating the $40billion a year cereal industry. Listen in as Lewis reveals how he managed to get Tim Ferris and Nas as angel-investors onboard for EXO snacks, his journey into the competitive world of cereal, and how Magic Spoon continues to stay ahead of the competition. In this deep-dive interview, you’ll find out why Lewis swears by agencies, the opportunities in influencer marketing, and why product-fit is an absolute essential for any founder. Lewis’ incredible journey from crickets to cereal is a not-to-be-missed lesson in entrepreneurship and the importance of saying “no”. Key Takeaways * How Lewis started Exo Protein, selling cricket protein bars * Recognizing the paleo food trend and targeting that market * How Lewis got angel investors such as Tim Ferris and Nas * His decision to sell the company and launch Magic Spoon cereal * Why Magic Spoon is a direct-to-consumer product and the advantages of ecommerce * The successful launch of Magic Spoon and the power of influencers * Why product-market fit is the most important aspect of launching a business * How Magic Spoon was affected by Covid and the evolution of hiring and scaling * The decision to not sell Magic Spoon on Amazon, and the power of customer-brand loyalty * Why Lewis believes that a high-quality product is the most important aspect of any business * Lewis’ advice to others that as a founder, you should never be distracted, and why your job is to say “no”
52 min
Smart Agency Masterclass with Jason Swenk: Podcast for Digital Marketing Agencies
Smart Agency Masterclass with Jason Swenk: Podcast for Digital Marketing Agencies
Jason Swenk
Why Embracing Change Leads to Longterm Agency Success
Has your agency recently experienced major changes? Is it time to transition away from how you used to do things? Is it time to promote key employees or buyout a partner? Being able to adapt to the market and the needs of your individual agency is one of the best ways to find long term agency success. In today's episode, we'll cover: * Why your agency should always be open to change. * Should you promote a key employee to an agency partner? * Does your agency have a succession plan? Today I sat down for a talk with Cherie Hebert, owner and CEO of BBR Creative out of Lafayette, Louisiana. Cherie has owned her agency for over 23 years now and has naturally seen her agency experience a lot of change. She's here to talk about how she's found longevity and why it's important to be open to changes as they come. Why Your Agency Should Always Be Open to Change We've always heard that one person say, "But this is how I've always done it." This, for me, is always the kiss of death. If you want to be successful, whether you're running an agency, or just in life in general, you have to be open to change. Cherie says she started her agency as a creative. For the most part, they offered design creative and eventually PR. But as things do, the agency realm began to change. When BBR lost a major client and gained another who focused more on digital outreach, they knew they needed to make a change and evolve with the times. Cherie hired a digital strategist who was able to train the team on the basics of SEO. SEM, and paid search. This new person was also instrumental in helping the agency launch into the digital arena. He was also the right person to hire more digital marketing talent and be the catalyst for the change the agency needed. Should You Promote a Key Employee to Agency Partner? The answer is, maybe -- it all depends on timing. Cherie says she has never lost an employee to another local agency. Where she loses team members is to other markets and bigger agencies that offer more opportunities. That is why Cherie regrets not offering her digital strategist a partnership role in the agency before he left. Here are 2 reasons why you might want to offer a key player a partnership role: * You can't always compete with the bigger fish: BBR is located in a relatively small market. While they don't have much local competition, they have lost a number of employees to out of state agencies. If someone holds an instrumental role in your agency, sometimes giving them ownership can promote loyalty and investment in the agency. * Adding on a partner is an investment: BBR's digital strategist played a big role in vetting and training new employees. He helped the firm transition to a broader scope and work with new clients. When you bring on someone that adds this type of value, it's an investment into your agency's future. Does Your Agency Have a Succession Plan? In the beginning, we have a tendency to focus on the short game. Thinking about who will take over the agency or how your legacy will live on isn't something that typically comes at the early stages. But at 56-years-old, figuring out a succession plan is something at the top of Cherie's mind. Cherie has bought out one partner, with another soon to follow. She's soon to be the sole owner of the agency. What comes next? That's something Cherie is trying to figure out. As an agency owner, it's something you should always keep in the back of your mind. For starters, Cherie has decided to offer her VP's a partial stake in the agency. I usually suggest a Key Employee Program -- which protects your key employees with some profit-sharing yet prevents you from giving away ownership. (There's more detail about this in the Agency Playbook.) 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