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Hack To Start - Episode 51 - Matt Fiedler, Co-founder & CEO, Vinyl Me Please
This is the fifty-first episode of Hack To Start. Your hosts, Franco Varriano (on Twitter @ FrancoVarriano) and Tyler Copeland (on Twitter @ TylerCopeland), speak with Matt Fiedler (on Twitter @ IAmMattFiedler), the co-founder & CEO of Vinyl Me Please, the best damn record club out there! Matt grew up with a passion for music that he inherited from his dad. Always wanting to start his own thing, Matt and his co-founder Tyler launched Vinyl Me Please as a passion project. Today they ship to more than 40 countries worldwide and have a rapidly growing user base of subscribers and music lovers. Matt joins us to share his insights on starting a company, enabling a community to take on a life of its own, how to start a subscription company, and much more!
Hack To Start - Episode 45 - Dustin Henderlong, VP of Digital, Threadless
This is the forty-fifth episode of Hack To Start. Your hosts, Franco Varriano (on Twitter @ FrancoVarriano) and Tyler Copeland (on Twitter @ TylerCopeland), speak with Dustin Henderlong (on Twitter @ DHendy), the VP of Digital at Threadless, a community-driven design platform featuring designs created by various designers, artists and general consumers. With a background in acting & photography, Dustin has always been interested in technology. He joined Threadless to lead partnerships for several years before becoming the first employee at Snapjoy - which was later acquired by Dropbox. Dustin then returned to Threadless as VP of Digital and has been helping drive innovation since then. He shares more about his day-to-day role, why building authentic relationships is key for personal and business growth, how community is critical at all stages, and more.
Hack To Start - Episode 8 - Heather Payne, CEO of HackerYou
This is the eighth episode of Hack To Start. Your hosts, Franco Varriano (@FrancoVarriano) and Tyler Copeland (@TylerCopeland), speak with Heather Payne(@HeatherPayne), CEO of HackerYou (@HackerYou), part-time and full-time courses for people who want to learn to code. Heather is the co-founder of Ladies Learning Code and was recently named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women.
Hack To Start - Episode 30 - Bridget Sauer, Community, Teespring
This is the thirtieth episode of Hack To Start. Your hosts, Franco Varriano (on Twitter @ FrancoVarriano) and Tyler Copeland (on Twitter @ TylerCopeland), speak with Bridget Sauer (on Twitter @ BridgetCBSauer), the community manager at Teespring. Bridget studied art at Brown University and worked in Paris for the Hermes fashion house before realizing she wanted to pursue a career in startups. She shares how she got started at Teespring, how a background in design and an interest in technology help her build community, and how to harnessing creativity has helped to build and grow Teespring.
Jason Stoff, Principal Digital Product Designer, Starbucks | EP 173
Jason Stoff is a Principal Digital Product Designer at Starbucks. Before joining the team at Starbucks, Jason had built a career as an Art Director and Senior Designer with various agencies. One day he shared a rebound of a Starbucks logo design on Dribbble, that eventually caught the eye of Starbucks. One year later, he had the chance to interview for a design role and moved his family across the country to join the team in Seattle. He and his team have helped to create international design standards, launch new Starbucks apps and experiences like the Apple Watch, iMessage gifting and more! Jason joins us to share his story, how he got into design, how he created the opportunity to join the team at Starbucks, what it was like transitioning from the agency to product world, what it’s like designing digital products at Starbucks, and much more.
Ajay Yadav, Founder & CEO, Roomi | EP 169
Ajay Yadav is the Founder & CEO of Roomie, the leading marketplace for shared housing and apartments. Ajay has built several companies before Roomi, which was bootstrapped for the first 2 years and has raised over $6M to date. Ajay shares how he approached building the platform in the early days, from a Tumblr + Google forms MVP to building the first version of the mobile app himself. Today, Roomi has acquired a few other startups in the same industry and has a remote team of over 40 people. Ajay joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, what it was like building companies in the early days of the web, how he approaches fundraising, what it’s been like building and scaling a marketplace, and much more.
Ruby Lee, Product Partner, KPCB Edge | EP 103
Ruby Lee is a Product Partner at KPCB Edge, a team of builders, investing in seed stage founders working on emerging areas of technology. While studying at Stanford, Ruby got more into startups through entrepreneurship and business groups. She was also part of the founding team of the Dorm Room Fund - a student run investment group backed by First Round Capital. After school, Ruby joined Google as an associate product manager through their APM program started over 10 years ago by Marissa Mayer. While at Google, Ruby worked with the Chrome team, then decided to join a less established team and worked on Project Fi. Ruby was then approached by a friend to come help launch a new seed investment group out of KPCB. It’s been just over a year since KPCB Edge launched. Ruby joins us to share her story, some of the initiatives they’ve launched over the last year, advice she has for new product managers and entrepreneurs looking to create new products, what they look for when investing, and much more!
Gina Gotthilf, VP of Growth & Marketing, Duolingo | EP 145
Gina Gotthilf is the VP of Growth and Marketing at Duolingo, a platform for free language education for the world. Gina is originally from Brazil, but has spent much of her career in New York. After a few years of working at social media agencies, Gina joined Tumblr to help lead their internationalization efforts in Brazil and South America. She then launched her own consulting company to help other US bases companies navigate these complexities. Today Gina is the VP of Growth & Marketing at Duolingo, a platform with over 170M users worldwide. Gina joins us to share her story, how she started her career in tech, what it was like running her own internationalization consultancy, how she ended up joining the team at Duolingo, what it’s been like growing the app internationally, how they’ve created an amazing community of contributors, and much more!
Morgan DeBaun, Co-founder & CEO, Blavity | EP 133
Morgan DeBaun is the co-founder and CEO of Blavity. Morgan initially wanted to be a teacher before learning more about startups. She then started to explore some of her own ideas for startups before diving into a career as a Product Manager. After a few years at Intuit, Morgan later joined a much smaller startup in San Francisco called Demandforce. She then started to think about launching a company of her own. Today, with a team of 17, Blavity reaches more than 20M readers per month, runs 2 major conferences a year, and has raised over 1M in funding. Morgan joins us to share her story, how she started her career in tech, what motivated her to launch Blavity, how she had to approach fundraising, why they started a pair of conferences, and much more!
Sophia Dominguez, CEO & Co-founder, SVRF | EP 138
Sophia Dominguez is the CEO & Cofounder of SVRF, the best way to search and discover VR content on the web. Sophia learnt how to be a front end developer after asking for an internship with a local company. From there, she developed a passion for product and startups. After graduating, Sophia went to San Francisco and fell in love with VR. Wanting to spend more time around this emerging technology, Sophia ended up helping to organize one of the first conferences for wearable technologies. After the conference, Sophia got a Google Glass and decided to travel the world to see how people in other countries would react to this emerging technology. She raised some money to make the project a reality and ended up visiting countries like: Spain, France, England, Germany, India, and more, before ending up at CES to cap off her trip. Sophia continued to build her career in tech by joining a startup called Context Labs where she helped launch several different products and startups. Following this experience, Sophia launched AllThingsVR as a go-to newsletter for VR enthusiasts. She then joined Rothenberg Ventures (now Frontier Tech Ventures) as an EIR before launching her current startup SVRF which is the best way to search and discover VR content on the web. Sophia joins us to share her story, how she got into startups, what it was like organizing a Google Glass trip around the world, how she approaches product management, why she’s so excited about VR, what it’s been like working on SVRF, and much more!
Sean Ellis, CEO, GrowthHackers.com & Co-Author, Hacking Growth | EP 148
Sean Ellis is the CEO of GrowthHackers.com and the co-author of the new book Hacking Growth. Sean began his career in tech back in 1995 after he invested all his money in a friend’s company. There he helped the young startup overcome lots of challenges related to growth and monetization. This experience led him to realize the potential for growth that could be unlocked through cross-discipline collaboration. Sean then took on more growth roles at startups like LogMeIn, Dropbox, Eventbrite and more - ultimately coining the term ‘Growth Hacker’ - and pioneering a new discipline and skillset. Sean went on start his own company, Qualaroo, which had customers like Uber, Starbucks, Spotify and more. It also grew to millions of dollars in monthly recurring revenue before being acquired. Sean also started GrowthHackers.com the online community for growth minded people. Through these experiences, he and Morgan Brown - another veteran marketer - teamed up to write Hacking Growth, a book that could serve as a detailed ‘How-To’ guide for the next generation of startups looking to acquire customers and grow. Sean joins us to share his story, how he started his career in tech, what it was like growing Uproar, LogMeIn, Dropbox and more, what it was like launching his own startup, why and how he built GrowthHackers.com, why he and Morgan wanted to write ‘Hacking Growth’, some of the biggest mistakes he sees startups making when it comes to growth, and much more!
Kelly Nyland, Director of Marketing, Spectacles (Snapchat) | EP 158
Kelly Nyland is the Director of Marketing for Spectacles - a pair of video-recording sunglasses created by Snap Inc. the parent company of the massively popular disappearing photo app, Snapchat. While this is the first hardware product from Snap Inc., Kelly’s personal history into architecting massive marketing campaigns for innovative & emerging consumer hardware products goes way back. Kelly worked with Parrot as well as Sphero, helping the latter company go global through a partnership with Apple; putting them in their stores in more than 70 countries in less than 14 months. Kelly was also involved in the launch of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ BB8 product. So if you’re a hardware aficionado, love marketing campaigns, or are just curious about how startups conceive, launch, and scale hardware products - get ready, cause Kelly is going to share insights into all this and more!
Matthew Hartman, Director of Seed Investments, Betaworks | EP 89
Matthew Hartman is the Director of Seed Investments at Betaworks, an internet startup studio based in New York. Matt has been building products since he was a teen. After working for a real estate company, Matt left to join a social consumer app call Hot Potato - which was later acquired by Facebook. Matt then founded his own startup Referboost which he bootstrapped and then licensed to Apartments.com. He joins us to share his story, what he looks for in investments at Betaworks, what technologies he’s most interested in, why he started podcasting, and much more!
Jeff Morris Jr., Director Product Management & Revenue, Tinder | EP 155
Jeff Morris Jr. is the Director of Product Management & Revenue at Tinder. Jeff got into tech after seeing a tweet late one night for a position with Zaarly. The next day, he had to move from California to Kansas City, Missouri - if he wanted the job. Jeff quickly made a name for himself and became one of the first few city managers. Following his time building the marketplace, Jeff began consulting, before working on several of his own projects - like Slack Chats, a directory of popular slack channels that grew to over 80,000 users. Jeff then joined the team at Tinder to work on increasing retention and engagement through the product and marketing channels. Today, Jeff also works with the team of engineers, designers, and marketers to create, build and launch new, paid features for the platform. Jeff joins us to share his story, how he started his career in tech, what it was like growing a massive marketplace at Zaarly, what it was like joining the team at Tinder, how he approached Product Management, how he’s approaches working on monetization over the last year, and much more!
Allison Esposito, Founder, Tech Ladies | EP 135
Allison Esposito is the founder of Tech Ladies, a community that connects women with best jobs and opportunities in tech; as well as companies with the best women techmakers. Allison is a New Yorker through and through - loving the fast pace of the city and all it has to offer. Graduating with a masters in Journalism in 2008, Allison had to find other ways to build a career. She put her writing skills to work as a consultant and copywriter / marketer with startups like Foursquare. Allison later joined Oyster as one of the first hires and quickly dove into all types of roles to help the company grow and set the bar for what mobile reading could be. Oyster was then later acquired by Google. Allison then found herself hosting a small meetup - at coffee shops - with other women who worked in tech. The group grew week-after-week until Allison decided to make Tech Ladies her full time focus. Allison joins us to share her story, how she got into tech and startups, what it was like working at Foursquare and Oyster, what motivated her to launch Tech Ladies, how they’ve grown to over 7,000 members worldwide in just a few short months, and much more!
Hack To Start - Episode 44 - Katherine Hague, Co-Founder, ShopLocket
This is the forty-fourth episode of Hack To Start. Your hosts, Franco Varriano (on Twitter @ FrancoVarriano) and Tyler Copeland (on Twitter @ TylerCopeland), speak with Katherine Hague (on Twitter @ KatherineHague), the co-founder of ShopLocket, an ecommerce platform for hardware entrepreneurs. Founded in May 2012, Katherine raised a $1 million seed round, led by Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures and Rho Canada. The company was acquired in early 2014 by PCH, a global leader in custom manufacturing solutions. Katherine now acts as VP of Community Engagement & Hackathons for PCH. Katherine has a passion for supporting other entrepreneurs that has naturally led her to becoming an active angel investor. Katherine investments tend to focus on seed stage companies in the consumer hardware and lifestyle space. Katherine has been named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women, was listed as one of Canada's 7 Tech Stars by the Financial Post, and was named one of 5 Women to Watch in Wearable Tech. She joins us to share her insights on startups, fundraising, and more.
Hack To Start - Episode 48 - Megan Berry, Head of Product Development, RebelMouse
This is the forty-eighth episode of Hack To Start. Your hosts, Franco Varriano (on Twitter @ FrancoVarriano) and Tyler Copeland (on Twitter @ TylerCopeland), speak with Megan Berry (on Twitter @ MeganBerry), the Head of Product Development at RebelMouse. Megan had previously led community at several startups including Klout. Now at RebelMouse, she joins us to share her insights on product development, growth, raising money, and much more!
Hack To Start - Episode 53 - Ross Simmonds, Founder & CEO, Foundation, Hustle & Grind, Crate
This is the fifty-third episode of Hack To Start. Your hosts, Franco Varriano (on Twitter @ FrancoVarriano) and Tyler Copeland (on Twitter @ TylerCopeland), speak with Ross Simmonds (on Twitter @ TheCoolestCool), the founder & CEO of Foundation, Hustle & Grind, and Crate. Ross has been into startups for as long as he can remember. While running an football fantasy blog in college, he began to understand the power of content and social platforms. He joins us to share how he's managed to build a thriving consulting practise, launch two other startups, how to make sure your brand stands out online, and much more!
Hack To Start - Episode 50 - Sarah Stockdale, Growth Manager, Tilt
This is the fiftieth episode of Hack To Start. Your hosts, Franco Varriano (on Twitter @ FrancoVarriano) and Tyler Copeland (on Twitter @ TylerCopeland), speak with Sarah Stockdate (on Twitter @ Skstock), the growth manager at Tilt, the easy way to collect money from a group for free. She's also the Director of Speakers for TedXDistilleryDistrictWomen. With a background in the financial tech industry, Sarah shares why she decided to start her career in the tech industry, how she approaches growth in this fast growing market, how optimizing everything you do for learning can help you get ahead, and much more!
Hack To Start - Episode 15 - Greg Isenberg, Founder 5By
This is the fifteenth episode of Hack To Start. Your hosts, Franco Varriano (on Twitter @ FrancoVarriano) and Tyler Copeland (on Twitter @ TylerCopeland), speak with Greg Isenberg(on Twitter @ GregIsenberg), the founder and CEO of 5By about building products, investing, and the value of networks and partnerships. Greg is from Montreal, Canada and has been building products since he was 13. By the age of 25, he'd already sold 3 companies and been angel investing for over a year. He'd also built major social campaigns for brands like FedEX, NASCAR, TechCrunch & Wordpress. His most recent company is 5By, the best place to find, watch and share amazing videos, now acquired by StumbleUpon.
Hack To Start - Episode 59 - Travis Truett, Co-founder & CEO, Ambition
This is the fifty-ninth episode of Hack To Start. Your hosts, Franco Varriano (on Twitter @ FrancoVarriano) and Tyler Copeland (on Twitter @ TylerCopeland), speak with Travis Truett (on Twitter @ TDTruett), the co-founder and CEO of Ambition, a more effective way to manage employee ramp, productivity, and retention. Travis joins us to share his story, what lead him to becoming an entrepreneur, how Ambition got into Y Combinator, and much more!
Hack To Start - Episode 40 - Susan Su, Growth Marketer, 500 Startups Distribution Team
This is the fortieth episode of Hack To Start. Your hosts, Franco Varriano (on Twitter @ FrancoVarriano) and Tyler Copeland (on Twitter @ TylerCopeland), speak with Susan Su (on Twitter @ Susanfsu), the growth marketer-in-residence for 500 Startups Distribution team. Susan has more than 8 years of experience going from corporate to startup in Silicon Valley, running marketing for some major media and web startups like: Google, with Ramit Sethi & IWillTeachYouToBeRich, InsideNetwork, AppSumo, and more. She joins us to share her insights on taking risks, creating something of value, how to manage yourself and what it takes to get into 500 Startups.
Hack To Start - Episode 36 - Max Altschuler, Founder, Sales Hacker
This is the thirty-sixth episode of Hack To Start. Your hosts, Franco Varriano (on Twitter @ FrancoVarriano) and Tyler Copeland (on Twitter @ TylerCopeland), speak with Max Altschuler (on Twitter @ MaxAlts), the founder of Sales Hacker. Max Altschuler is the founder and CEO of Sales Hacker, a high integrity community & conference for sales professionals. He's also the author of Hacking Sales: The Playbook For Building High Velocity Sales Machine. He shares his insights on building multisided marketplaces, generating leads, launching a conference, and much more.
Hack To Start - Episode 37 - Liz Wessel, Co-Founder & CEO, Campus Job
This is the thirty-seventh episode of Hack To Start. Your hosts, Franco Varriano (on Twitter @ FrancoVarriano) and Tyler Copeland (on Twitter @ TylerCopeland), speak with Elizabeth Wessel (on Twitter @ LizWessel), the co-founder and CEO of Campus Job. Prior to starting Campus Job, Liz launched a few startups while in college before working for Google on some major campaigns. In June 2014, Liz and her co-founder started Campus Job and raised a seed round in less then a month. They are now part of the W15 cohort at Y Combinator. Liz shares her insights on startups, managing partnerships, and making a difference.
Hack To Start - Episode 68 - Anne-Catherine Goulby, Sales Manager, Quaid Media
This is the sixty-eighth episode of Hack To Start. Your hosts, Franco Varriano (on Twitter @ FrancoVarriano) and Tyler Copeland (on Twitter @ TylerCopeland), speak with Anne-Catherine Goulby, the Sales Manager at Quaid Media, a TV advertising platform for mobile apps. She was previously the marketing project manager at SwiftKey, a top third party keyboard for iOS and Android. She joins us to share her story, what motivated her to build a career in tech, how SwiftKey became a top app on Android and later iOS, some basic tactics app developers and startups can use to rank higher on the Google Play or App Store, why TV advertising is important for apps, and much more!
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Started
Oct 15th, 2014
Latest Episode
Jun 12th, 2018
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No. of Episodes
198
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33 minutes
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