First Customers

First Customers

The show about finding your very first customers. Learn sales, marketing, growth hacking, and customer acquisition strategies from real entrepreneurs and sales experts. Building a business that solves problems and creates jobs makes the world a better place. But it all starts with finding your very first customer. Hosted by Paris Vega, a digital marketer and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience.


May 22, 2023 28 mins

Alex Levin is a Harvard grad and the Founder/CEO of, an Outbound Phone & SMS Sales Platform. Starting in 2020 with 0 customers, their service has generated $1 billion in revenue for their customers in the last few years. Alex has a clear and proven perspective on how startups are built. He delivers practical strategies and tactics for getting your first customers that will help any startup. As always, I'm blown awa...

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Mark Ross Smith, CEO & Founder of, revolutionized the way airlines run their incentive programs for frequent travelers. Through Status Match he's brought over one billion dollars in new customer value to major airlines, like Emirates, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and more.

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Billy Samoa Saleebey is an Ex-Tesla Global Leader and Cofounder/CEO of Podify, a service that produces podcasts like Language of Love with DR. Laura Berman from Oprah’s TV network. He's also a slef-proclaimed ramen addict. Billy gives great advice for entrepreneurs and podcasters on this episode. Anyone who is just getting started or wanting to learn new ways to grow, check it out. I learned a lot. Listen in.

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Liam Corcoran is a Teacher, Rapper, and Artist. He's also the Founder of an education startup called OK. He is one of the founding teachers at Synthesis, the online program that evolved out of Elon Musk’s school at SpaceX. And he also served as an Acton Academy Guide. Liam's thoughtfulness, openness to connection, and clarity of purpose have lead him on an adventure of fulfilling opportunities. His story and philosophy are ...

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Andres Glusman is a legend. He helped get's very first customer and first $14 of revenue. Meetup later sold for $200 million. Now Andres is the cofounder and CEO of Do What Works. His experience spans across decades, from the birth of the internet in the 1990s to modern day startups. This episode is packed with extremely valuable practical advice for founders and entrepreneurs based on what actually works.

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Liz Parker, Founder of LT Results, just released a new book called “Who’s Leading Your Business?”. Twenty-four years ago she quit her successful international sales training job at DHL in Hong Kong to start a strategic planning company from scratch. On this episode, Liz tells us the story of those first moments starting her business on the other side of the world and the tactics she's used to get customers again and again.

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Esteban Dalel, CTO/Co-Founder of Watermelon Tools, raised $250k before getting their first customer and now has over 4,000 users. Get insight into how a scrappy team of two programmers got their first investors, users, and how they plan to get their first paying customers.

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Tyler Robertson, Founder/CEO of Diesel Laptops, quit his six figure job in the truck service business and scaled his part time gig into a $100 million business. This is a great story about slow and steady growth, taking smart risks, and obsessing over solving your customers' problems. Show Links: Diesel Laptops: Tyler Robertson:

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How did David Smooke grow HackerNoon from 0 to 4 million readers per month?

David Smooke, Founder & CEO of HackerNoon, a technology website that publishes 50 stories per day read by about 4 million people every month. He takes us on the journey from selling his skills as an agency, through the grind of building HackerNoon for years without pay, until finally landing their first advertising deal.

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John "Small Mountain" Hill, author of Selling from Scratch and Founder of Adapted Growth, an international sales/marketing agency coaching service. 

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Alberto Voltolina, CEO/President MGG North America, American/Italian company that went from $0 to $1.5 million in one year. They are a worldwide leading equipment manufacturer and supplier for paint brush & paint roller manufacturers like Sherwin Williams, Baer, and more. It was fascinating to learn how high ticket manufacturing equipment is sold at this level. However, the lessons I learned in this episode apply to the sales p...

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Ron Karr, author of the Velocity Mindset, helped his clients increase incremental revenues by over 1 billion dollars. We go deep into what the Velocity Mindset is and how it affects the sales process. From prospecting and cold calling to closing the sale, Ron has a unique effective approach for asking the right questions. I learned a lot from Ron. I know that you will too.

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Sergey Lechshenko, Founder/CEO of Beverly English Career Coaching, a business he started in Kiev, Ukraine before the war. When the war started he had to adapt to find customers and continue growing his business. Listen to the story of an entrepreneur with a dream to serve customers around the world while helping his home country's economy in a time of chaos.

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Jeff Bealeis Mr. Marketology. He's Founder and Marketing Strategist at The Marketology Group, develop marketing strategies for frustrated businesses who want to go from brand awareness to sales. He’s worked with brands like Home Depot, Turner Broadcasting, and more.

Jeff is an expert marketer with decades of experience. In this episode he shares his journey from being in the military to becoming Mr Marketology. His practical action...

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Warren Greshes is a legendary sales pro, award-winning speaker, and author of several books over the past 30 years.  He was inducted into the National Speakers Association hall of fame in 1998, and one of his books is considered to be in the top 10 best sales books of all time. The title says it all. It's The Best Damn Sales Book Ever. Listen to his hilarious energy-packed stories in this episode and level up your sales game.  ...

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Omayya Atout, Founder & CEO of Songlorious, a SharkTank featured company that hit $5 million in revenue after only 2.5 years. You can hire their roster of musicians to write and record custom songs for any occasion to tell your story. 

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- Optimizing Facebook Ads

- Taking risk and Going all in

- Their full Shark Tank experience from getting on the show to working on the deal afterwards

- Learning to code


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Stewart Townsend is the Chief Revenue Officer of, a company advised by Pat Flynn & Jordan Harbinger that helps guests automate getting booked on podcasts.

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- Mastermind groups 

- Networking 

- Podcasting for lead gen 

- How to get interviewed on a podcast 

- How to increase your podcast booking rate

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Matt Leavell, CEO of, earned $1 million in their first year and ranked in the Inc 5000 fastest growing companies in the USA in 2022.

After decades of taking business risks and learning hard lessons along the way, Matt found success selling wholesale goods by the truck load. Armed with a strong sense of loyalty and determined to build trust within his community, he's built a great company in an industry full of s...

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Austin Linney, CEO Crementum Capital and mindset coach, overcame addiction and has doubled his revenue every 6 months for the last 1.5 years building a business with a mission.

He's a serial entrepreneur, real estate investor, business and mindset coach, and host of the weekly podcast: Construct Your Life. His motto: Your not in business, your in the people business. Austin tells an inspiring story about the ups and downs of his li...

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Sam Eisenberg, Co-Founder of Design for Decks, a boutique pitch deck design firm whose decks have raised over $2 billion dollars. He's also the founder of Read with Love, a voice-cloning audio book service for busy education minded parents that uses AI to copy a parents voice and use it to create recordings of stories there kids can listen to when they are away.

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- Craigslist Sales

- Pitch Decks

- No-Code Startup

- S...

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