Tech Startups - The Human Stories

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  1. In 2013, Tony Xu was brainstorming ideas for a business school project when he identified a problem he wanted to solve: food delivery. For most restaurants, it was too costly and inefficient, leaving most of the market to pizza and Chinese. Tony and his partners believed they could use technology to connect customers to drivers, who would deliver meals in every imaginable cuisine. That idea grew into DoorDash, a company that's now delivered over 100 million orders from over 200,000 restaurants across the country. PLUS in our postscript "How You Built That," we hear from the winner of our 2018 HIBT Summit Pitch Competition: Ashlin Cook. She combined her love for dogs with an entrepreneurial itch to create Winnie Lou: a Colorado business that sells healthy dog treats in independent pet stores and from a food truck.
  2. Matt Senter grew up on a small farm in rural North Carolina, dreaming of being a game programmer. A Dad, a husband and musician, he keeps extra busy besides being a startup founder. After selling his prior company CosmicCart, he and his co-founder wanted to make it easier for people to get into cryptocurrency. Having experience with products like Ebates, they decided to build Lolli, which is  a rewards platform for shopping online... except the rewards are given in bitcoin. Today's Sponsors: ClipGain.ioLinkedIn JobsLinks https://www.lolli.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/msenter/ https://techcrunch.com/2014/05/05/cosmic-cart/ Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!Amazing tools we use: If you want the best publishing platform for your podcast, with amazing support & people - use Transistor.fm. Want to record your remote interviews with class? Then, you need to use Squadcast. Code Story uses the 1-click product ClipGain, sign up now to get 3hrs of podcast processing time FREE! Credits: Code Story is hosted and produced by Noah Labhart, Co-produced and edited by Bradley Denham. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Google Play, Breaker, YouTube, or the podcasting app of your choice.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
  3. Nextdoor today is worth more than $2 Billion and is used by 250,000 neighborhoods throughout the world. Silicon Valley types had doubts about their approach, but Sarah offers valuable ideas for finding the path to the light. One crucial hint is that users matter far more than the folks in the "chattering class."
  4. Jon and Justin are hunkered down, and reeling from COVID-19: This is moving fast, so this podcast might already be out-of-date. Difference between the restrictions in Chicago and Vernon. "It's hard to focus on Transistor and write any code." "There are all these people out there suffering, it's hard to know what to do." "You see these effects rippling through society, and then rippling towards you." 7:50 – "It'd be nice to donate to everyone, but you just can't." 8:40 – It's a multidimensional difficulty for businesses. 9:15 – The tools for small shops are still not very good (especially the UX). Justin's tweet about Square 10:14 – DNS is still the most difficult thing. 11:00 – "These people are scrambling to save their businesses." Ivy and Dan Meehan’s podcast, Local When did you start taking this seriously? On the Not Overthinking podcast What makes a business recession-proof? Henry Mintzberg: The Three Pillars for rebalancing society Interview with Henry Mintzberg Are we going to band together, and fight this together? MegaMaker Slack You can reply to this podcast here: Twitter: @buildyoursaas, @mijustin, @jonbuda Leave a comment on PodHunt; it's like Reddit, but for podcasts. Leave a comment on Breaker, the podcast app for iPhone. Interact on WhatPods. Email us: mail@transistor.fm Thanks to our monthly supporters: Sofia Quintero Diogo Chris Willow Mason Hensley Borja Soler teami.io Ward from MemberSpace.com Eric Lima James Sowers (like Flowers) with UserInput.io Travis Fischer Matt Buckley, from NiceThings.io  Russell Brown Evandro Sasse Pradyumna Shembekar (PD), pradyumna.dev Noah Prail, eventOneHQ.com Robert Simplicio, Simplicio.com Colin Gray alitu.com Josh Smith, hellosift.com Ivan Curkovic Brian Rhea (Pronounced “Ray”) Shane Smith, dev.transistor.fm Austin Loveless Simon Bennett, snapshooter.io Michael Sitver, letterjoy.co Paul Jarvis and Jack Ellis, usefathom.com  Dan Buda danbuda.com Darby Frey Samori Augusto, thebicrowd.com Brad from Canada Sammy Schuckert Mike Walker Adam DuVander Dave Giunta (JOOnta) Kyle Fox GetRewardful.com ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
  5. Not only has Jason Cohen (@asmartbear) bootstrapped a software company from $0 to over $1M in revenue, but he's done it four times! The stories behind Jason's successes are plastered all over the Internet for anyone to find, so I decided to take a different approach: I skipped Jason's backstory and instead proceeded to squeeze him like a sponge to extract every ounce of advice I possibly could in the hour we had together. The result is a wide-ranging discussion about the best path for reaching your first $10k/month in revenue, the lies we tell ourselves as founders, and why you probably won't take the advice that Jason (or anyone else for that matter) gives you.Transcript, speaker information, and more: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/088-jason-cohen-of-wp-engine

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