From Founder To CEO

From Founder To CEO

Level-up your Leadership. Scale-up your Startup.


September 7, 2021 43 min

Donnie is as transparent as you might expect, being a Marine.

His amazing company is helping thousands of business owners connect with the right people.

So, I found it really interesting that he made a decision as a Founder & CEO that initially did not connect with his people.

Sometimes, as Founders, and as we grow, we need to augment our decision-making with a bit more data and insight.

The gut instincts that got us t...

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WOW! We could not have asked for a better 400th Podcast Episode Guest!

And, Jason Fried delivered. He was super candid about a great many topics that I think you will really enjoy listening about and learning from.

In this interview, Jason discusses:

  • What he considers to be the harder part of the transition From Founder To CEO.
  • Why he made this controversial decision: "No more societal and political discussions on our com...
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    Tutoring is big business. And, Myles and the team figured out how to provide this valuable service for FREE to thousands of students.

    It wasn't easy.

    And, it became even harder when he and his co-founder, Victor, realized that two other co-founders may not be in it for the long haul.

    What do you do when it becomes clear that a co-founder, or two, need to exit the business and there is not a pre-planned process for this?


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    You may remember Ashley from her appearance on ABC TV's "Shark Tank."

    At the end of the show, Ashley received and accepted an offer from Daymond John.

    What you don't know is the rest of the story.

    Unfortunately, like many other deals on the show, this one did not make it through post show due diligence.

    Ashley describes what happened and how taking a year off from her business helped her decide the answer t...

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    My draw dropped open when Norman told me how much money in energy costs he saved a Brazilian company.

    He and his team take a decidedly business approach to their environmental efforts.

    And, Norman is quite articulate about the power of using your "breakdown" as your "breakthrough."

    He details the time his hand went numb as well as when a friend called him for help.

    Both stories remind us that Founders are n...

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    What started as a side hustle, caught him by surprise when Google reached out with an intriguing offer.

    As a self-described, "not a people person," Abhinav realized that he had to recruit more experienced leaders and bring on team members who can do one thing well and really define their ares of scope much better.

    Recruit and define...easier said thAn done. But, with over 400 team members and market value of $2 billion...

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    Surprising and delighting customers as they interact with their digital wallet is the expertise of Elias Guerra and his team at Popwallet.

    Many parts of the world have embraced the digital wallet faster than the United States.

    Elias has been patient as the technology is adopted more here.

    In fact, patience has been key to his leadership success.

    Yet, he learned that even his patient demeanor wasn't enough for the patie...

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    Have you ever heard a Founder say he enjoys buying business insurance.

    I thought so.

    It takes a special kind of Founder to tackle the business insurance industry and David and his team are doing just that.

    I appreciated David's candid and thought-provoking story about Founder courage versus Managerial Courage.

    In this interview he explains how he would have handled a delicate situation differently.

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    Krister and I last spoke in 2017 in episode 185. It was an intense conversation.

    Why? Because Krister's journey has been so intense.

    When I saw that his new book was a #1 WSJ Bestselling book, I was not surprised.

    Because his journey has been so rich with insights, he has taken these life lessons and shared them with all of us in a very practical way that I am most certain will change YOUR life.

    Read his book and let m...

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    The pandemic wreaked havoc on many businesses.

    But, how many of you know a Founder who launched DURING the pandemic?

    Allow me to introduce you to Tara.

    Tara knows the locs business inside and out.

    She and her team created a product that revolutionizes the way those with locs, take care of their locs.

    And, along the way, she has learned some pretty incredible lessons.

    Among them is something unique to her personality as...

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    Who doesn't like a good walk in the forest?

    It turns out that walking in the forest is even more important than we realize.

    Jared and his team have been able to quantify the importance of nature, and many are taking notice.

    When you are a mission driven Founder like Jared, it can be hard to stay focused on the core economics of the business.

    Listen how Jared overcomes the urge to investigate other "curious" are...

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    A larger number of people in the United States are "gig workers." And, that number has increased steadily.

    Craig and his team know this and are on a mission to help serve this group of hard working people connect easily with the organizations that hire them.

    He is also quite articulate about the intersection of bold vulnerability and personal accountability.

    Listen to the strength of his voice and the wisdom in his w...

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    Tim has been a friend for quite some time. I admire him for so many reasons...not the least of which is his prowess at sales.

    In fact, it was this skill that also prevented him from scaling. What?

    Yes, his skills at sales limited the company's ability to grow.

    Why? Listen to him yourself and see the connection that we all need to pay attention to.

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    Zac Mason helps many Founders get fit.

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    I sincerely appreciated Lucas' candor.

    He and his team are quite innovative with their approach to creating experiences for brands and their customers.

    And, he is quite articulate about his personal struggle From Founder To CEO at the ripe age of 19.

    It has to do with the difference between setting expectations versus setting's a lesson we all need to remember at any age of entrepreneurship.

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    Wool. An old friend with a new twist from a team that is on fire.

    Dan chronicles the rise of Unbound Merino and also the merits of being "The Lazy Co-Founder."

    What exactly does that mean? Listen and hear for yourself.

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    Matt's tech is terrific. Matt is too. :)

    He not only talks about why personalized video emails have such high conversion rates, but he also talks about why some co-founder relationships have such high failure rates.

    He shares a particularly painful time period when he and his CTO were having some clashes. And, he shares his advice if this happens to you as well.

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    Need Help Raising Capital:

    Live events seem like a distant memory. But, not to Evan. He is a leading expert on the thing that keep live events going...ticket sales.

    Listen as he describes his journey and the decision points he used to sell his company...before COVID-19 hit.

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