As our library of interviews continues to grow over the years, it just makes sense to have a rolling top 10 interviews so you all can enjoy the very best of Growth Everywhere. These interviews are picked based off of data and personal preference.
1. Jason Lemkin: Echosign CEO Jason Lemkin On Building A $100 Million Dollar Revenue Machine – Jason Lemkin was one of the co-founders of Echosign, which later sold to Adobe for 9 figures. In this interview, we talk about how he built his business from $0 to $100 million in revenue and why getting to $10 million in revenue is the ‘magic number’ for SaaS companies. He has recently become a celebrity in the SaaS world (coined the ‘Jimmy Fallon of SaaS’ by Box CEO Aaron Levie) because of his blog, SaaStr. I will say that the conference he threw had to have highest concentration of quality people I’ve been around at a conference, ever. You can watch the vids from his conference here.
2. Emerson Spartz: How A Middle School Dropout Built A 50 Million Pageview Site At Age 12 And Is Continuing To Crack The Secret To Virality – Emerson Spartz built the #1 fan site for Harry Potter as a middle-schooler and today owns a portfolio of sites and apps that earn over 160 million pageviews per month. When it comes to hiring, he puts his prospects through ‘the gauntlet’, which is a intense required reading process intended to get everyone on the same page quickly. Still only 27 years old, Emerson’s goal is to break the secret to virality.
3. Neil Patel: Why Neil Patel Pays $30,000 for Content & Gives it Away For Free (& MUCH More) – Neil Patel is a good friend and a mentor of mine who has extensive experience in the software world. He co-founded KISSmetrics, Crazy Egg, Hellobar and more. You’ll learn why he pays $30,000 for ONE piece of content and then gives it away completely free, how to REALLY succeed with content, how he’s had the same business partner multiple businesses and much more.
4. Andy Johns: Former Facebook/Twitter/Quora Growth Expert Andy Johns Shares His Thoughts On User Growth – The title says it all. When someone was on the growth team of multiple ‘big deal’ tech companies, it’s worth giving them a listen. Andy is now part of the growth team at Wealthfront, which manages over $2 BILLION in assets. Learn why the best growth teams succeed and how to deal with ‘gut feeling’ at startups. Oh, and if you want to go work for a big startup? You’ll learn how to do that here as well.
5. Ryan Carson: How Treehouse, An $8 Million Revenue Company Operates On A 4-Day Work Week And No Managers – Ryan Carson is known for running online education startup Treehouse (where I led growth at). The company is well on its way to becoming a $100M company while only working 4 days a week and having no managers. Learn how Ryan built a conference business and why he’s so exceptional at building relationships with people like Mark Zuckerberg and Gary Vaynerchuk.
6. Mark Newman: How to Almost Go Bankrupt 10 Times and Emerge as a $30 Million Dollar Company – The title says it all. HireVue almost died as a company 10 times before coming out as a $30 million dollar company. Lots of lessons here for everyone.
7. Andy Mackensen: How To Disrupt A Market and Bootstrap A Company To $10 Million In Revenue In 3 Years – When I interned for Andy, the company was at $0 in revenues. They’re now doing over $10 million a year with a innovative approach to healthy snacks. Andy talks about his approach to hiring and how he created a strong vending machine franchise business in a span of 3 years in this interview.
8. Backlinko: How Backlinko’s Brian Dean Built His Traffic to 90,000 Visits per Month – Although SEO is becoming tougher and tougher today, Brian has managed to build a blog that gets 90,000 visitors a month using solid SEO and content strategies. You’ll learn how he collects over 200 e-mails a day in this action-packed SEO episode.
9. Steve Chou: How Steve Chou Launched 2 Six-Figure Businesses… & Why He Still Has A 9-5 Job – Most people talk about escaping their 9-5 day job. Not Steve Chou. Although he is considered a successful entrepreneur (having two six figure businesses), he talks about why he enjoys being a full-time engineer. Learn how he started his e-commerce and infoproduct business and mistakes to avoid on the way up.
10. Mark Organ: The Startup Story You Didn’t Hear About: The Billion Dollar Company That Was 4 Days From Going Bankrupt – Eloqua is a company that sold to Oracle for over $1B. In this interview, you’ll learn about the struggles of growing a big startup and how Mark navigated the waters. It’s action packed with tips that you’ll take with you if you’re building a business. The most interesting thing? Eloqua once only had 4 days of cash in the bank before they pulled themselves out of the fire and made things happen.
Eric Siu (@ericosiu) is the CEO at Single Grain, a digital marketing agency that focuses on paid advertising and content marketing. He contributes regularly to Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes and more.