[69] Liam Martin on Building a Distributed Team and Lessons Learned Scaling

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Today we sit down for a fantastic chat with Liam Martin, founder of Time Doctor. Liam shares his story about how he’s built Time Doctor quickly to a large company, and some of the lessons he’s learned in scaling the business.

Since it’s launch in March, 2013 Time Doctor has tracked over one million hours of users time, and has grown their employee base to more than 60 globally distributed team members.  Through this Liam has learned some very valuable lessons about building and managing a distributed team, how to reinvest in the business, and what it takes to gain the initial traction that will make your company successful.

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[68] Mike Taber on Life as a Single Founder

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This week we sit down with Mike Taber, co-host of the popular bootstrapped startup podcast Startups For the Rest of Us, the upcoming MicroConf startup conference, and AuditShark to talk about life as a founder of a bootstrapped startup. Mike recently transitioned from a mix of consulting and product work to entirely focusing on his startup work. This transition brought about a lot of changes and we dig into many of those with Mike.

We also find out what some of the biggest fears and challenges are in starting a business.

To top it off, Mike has recently written a book all about how to launch a bootstrapped startup, called the Single Founder Handbook. Mike’s book is a compliation of his experiences in successfully launching several boostrapped ventures and is a “guide” instead of an esoteric work.

Lastly, Mike offers his thoughts on being a Solo Founder vs having a Co-founder and the up’s and downs of each.

Today’s episode was sponsored by LessAccounting. Check out their new autopilot service at lessaccounting.com/autopilot and use coupon code BootstrappedWeb to get a free month of bookkeeping service OR 2 free months of the LessAccounting software.

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[67] What Our Past Failures Taught Us

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This week Brian and Jordan catch up on their latest updates in Restaurant Engine and CartHook.

Also, Microconf is just a few weeks away and both are getting ready for their attendee talks. Brian will be talking on inbound sales and Jordan will be talking on outbound sales.

We each share 3 of our previous failed entrepreneurial projects. Every time you launch something and put yourself out there you learn a lot about sales, marketing, partnerships, and focus. As long as you keep those lessons with you as you progress as an entrepreneur you’ll keep being more successful each time.

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[66] Decision Making to Move Your Startup Forward

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In this episode Brian and Jordan talk about the decision making process they go through when deciding whether to move a new business idea forward.

After a couple of weeks of interviews this is a show where we catch up on the latest happenings in our businesses and talk about some plans for the future.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Amy Porterfield’s podcast, Online Marketing Made Easy – Episode #47

TropicalMBA Podcast – Episode 286 a response to Alex Blumberg’s “Startup” Podcast

Age and the Entrepreneur – Part 1: Some data

Brian’s blog post this week – Break Out of Decision Paralysis

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[65] Rob Walling on Drip, Microconf, and the Future of Bootstrapped Startups

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In this episode of Bootstrapped Web we sit down for a chat with Rob Walling.  Rob is a founder of several self-funded startups including HitTail and Drip, co-host of the ZenFounder and Startups For The Rest of Us  podcasts,  and co-host of Microconf.

Today we catch up with Rob to talk about what’s new with Drip, his main project.  Drip is an email marketing SAAS product that is really revolutionizing how email marketing is being done.  Rob talks about how Drip has recently experienced a strong growth trend, how the product is offering enough added value for him to consider a change in pricing strategy, and some of the considerations around a growing product.

Just under a month away is Microconf in Las Vegas, the highlight of the year for bootstrapped startup founders everywhere.  Both Brian and Jordan will be giving attendee talks this year, which is always the highlight of the conference for everyone.

But Rob’s newest venture is the podcast he recently launched with his wife and clinical psychologist, Sherry Walling.  The Zen Founder podcast touches on the softer side of the startup world, with a focus on the balance of family and work priorities.  Take a listen, we think you’ll really enjoy it.

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[63] Content Consumption to Fuel Our Work

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Here are links to resources we talked about in this episode:

Actionable:

Casual Consumption:

 

[61] What Makes a Podcast Irresistible? w/ Adam Clark

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In this episode, Brian invited Adam Clark on the show to tell him everything we’ve done wrong with our Bootstrapped Web podcast :)

Jordan is off this week, enjoying his vacation, while Brian is left here in the snow and single digit degree weather.

In this episode…

  • How Adam “rebooted” his new podcast and went straight to iTunes “New and Noteworthy”
  • How Adam lands high profile guests and structures (or doesn’t structure) his conversations.
  • How breaking all the “rules” can lead to success in the wild west of podcasting.
  • Adam’s recent course pre-sale and the things he’s learned along the way.

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