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Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer features business owners and CEO’s who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side happy, wealthy, and growing. Feifer, Entrepreneur’s Editor in Chief, pulls these stories out so other business can avoid the same crippling problems.
||CleanBuild An Audience Without Advertising||If you want to learn how to succeed without traditional advertising, ask someone in the "adult" industry. Why? Because most advertising channels—including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and more—are closed to them. That's what Polly Rodriguez...||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSaving A Damaged Brand (Remember About.com?)||How do you give new life to an old company? Bring new vision to a place that lost its own? And how do you bring your team -- and your new audience! -- along for the change? Those are the challenges Neil Vogel faced when taking over the old internet...||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSelling The Product That Everyone Said Was Impossible||Selling perfume online seems impossible. After all, people need to be able to smell it, right? And when former Ralph Lauren executive Eric Korman launched his online perfume company PHLUR, he ran smack dab into that problem. Industry peers thought he...||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeople Love Your Idea, But It Doesn't Make Money. Now What?||People may like to shop for cars online, but they still want to test drive them in real life before buying. So when the online car sales company Shift launched, it created a system its founders were sure would win customers over: They hired “car...||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Name Your Company — Or Fix A Bad Name||A company's name is one of (if not the) biggest early decisions a company founder will make -- and they often get it wrong. Google was first called BackRub, Best Buy was Sound of Music, eBay was AuctionWeb, and Policygenius was KnowItOwl. In this...||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHe Took A Lowbrow Product, And Made It Luxury||Sean Dowdell loved tattoos, but he hated tattoo parlors. They were dirty, uninviting, downmarket, unprofessional and often sexist. So when he set aside his music career to start his own tattoo parlor, he needed to find a way to make a traditionally...||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Business Model Doesn't Work—So Change It!||What happens when your customers are willing to use your product, but they're not willing to pay for it? Answer: Your business model may be wrong. That's what Ilir Sela learned after launching Slice, a company that helps local pizzerias sell online....||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Curse of the Problem Solver - You Can't Solve It All||Patrick Llewellyn discovered that his design company, 99designs, was only fulfilling some of his customers' needs. He wanted to fill more, so he created a spinoff brand called Swiftly. But in doing so, he created a major problem for himself: He was...||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow A Company Becomes A Thought Leader||When Daniel McCarthy cofounded the music licensing company Musicbed, he had a big idea: "I don’t want customers to just think about Musicbed when they think about music licensing. I want them to think about Musicbed when they’re trying to get...||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThey Were Acquired... And Then The Buyer Went Bust||The apparel startup Richer Poorer thought it had found the perfect deal: A fast-growing e-commerce brand wanted to buy it, offering an influx of cash and resources while leaving the founders in control. But after the deal went through, a nightmare...||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Three Entrepreneurs Started On The Fast Track||Every entrepreneur’s journey starts with a big problem. That first hurdle—and hopefully, that first solution. Small and sometimes simple as it may be, this first moment contains so much ingenuity and inspiration, and captures just how resourceful...||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Entrepreneur’s Identity Crisis: “Am I My Company?”||Glenn Kelman thought of himself as a software guy. Then he became CEO of a real estate company called Redfin, but insisted on seeing it as a software company. Confusion reigned. Cultures clashed. For Glenn, it would come to highlight an often-unspoken..||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Do You Find Your First Customers?||How do you find your first customers? It’s a question first-time founders are often flummoxed by. But Keith Krach has developed a tried-and-true strategy—starting during his days at Ariba (which sold for billions), and extending into his current...||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTripping.com's Problem: Their Popular Service Wasn't Making Money||Jen O'Neal and Jeff Manheimer launched a social network called Tripping.com, which quickly became a frustrating puzzle: It was very popular, but impossible to monetize. What does an entrepreneur do when they've hit upon something people love, but that..||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Danger of Profitability: It Masks Deeper Problems||From the outside, Cogent Entertainment Marketing looked like a success: It got early into the influencer marketing game, quickly signing big clients and making good money. And because profits were high, founder Mark Zablow was afraid to make any...||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoing From B2C to B2B: Why Poppin Transformed Itself||What happens when you’re trying to sell to consumers, but your best customers are actually other businesses? Furniture-maker Poppin’s answer: It radically transformed itself to meet this new customer. That meant changing its brand voice,...||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Transparent is Too Transparent?||Beck Besecker believes in transparency. So much so, that he calls Marxent, “aggressively transparent.” That means everyone can talk to everyone else. Everyone has a voice. Everyone has access to management. Most important, everyone is trusted....||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow A Young, New, Female Boss Took Over Her Male-Dominated Company||Chrissy Monaco was basically raised at Monaco Ford, her dad’s car dealership. Then in January of 2017, she took over as co-owner and new boss—now in charge of men she’d known all her life, some of whom weren’t immediately comfortable with it....||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHe Said Yes Too Many Times, Then Learned to Say No||Entrepreneurs love to say yes—to new ideas, to new opportunities, and to new markets. But yes can be dangerous: The wrong yes will compound itself, stretching a company thin and clouding its sense of purpose. Hamilton Powell learned this the hard...||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Win in a Ruthless Industry? Try Being Nice.||Tami Halton Pardee started out working in Hollywood—an industry known for crushing hours and sociopathic behavior. Then she left to work in real estate in Los Angeles—another industry known for crushing hours and sociopathic behavior. But instead...||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Tough Mudder Expanded Its Loyal Fanbase||Every entrepreneur wants a loyal fanbase, a group of repeat customers who will evangelize their favorite brand. But superfans come with challenges: They love a company exactly the way it is, and they do not want it to change. That was a problem for...||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat’s Holding Your Company Back?||In its first four years, Tyson Lawrence’s logistics company reached $5 million in sales. “Everything I touched turned to gold,” he says. But then the golden touch disappeared, and his growth stalled. Why? When he looked into it, he discovered a...||12/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Survive 150 Straight VC Rejections||Sam Sisakhti had a great idea for a company, and early on it seemed like others agreed. He got funded on his very first pitch. But when that funding fell apart, and Sam embarked on a punishing year and a half of brutal rejections, he learned...||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSurvive the Holiday Crush Like Baked By Melissa||For many entrepreneurs, the stretch between Halloween and New Year’s is when teams get stressed, systems get strained, and even the smallest inefficiencies amplify into crises. But if a company builds itself well enough to survive into January,...||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFind Overlooked Growth Opportunities, With Study Giant Quizlet||Here’s a thought that’s going to make you crazy: Somewhere in your business, in a place you’ve completely overlooked, there’s a major opportunity you’re passing up. On this episode, we explore how it happened to Quizlet CEO Matthew...||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Happens When You Can't Deliver Your Kickstarter Project to Backers?||A successful Kickstarter campaign is exciting, but it can also be a curse. New entrepreneurs routinely miscalculate how much money they need to fulfill orders, and get drowned in unexpected costs. How can someone survive that? We follow the story of...||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExpanding Before You're Ready, With Yogurt-Maker Noosa||--||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDollar Shave Club for Couches Shows Upside in Asking "Why Are Things Sold The Way They Are?"||Here’s the most exciting question to ask today: “Why is this thing sold this way?” The answer will reveal all sorts of business opportunities, and startups who asked this question have gone on to disrupt everything from razors to the mattress...||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen You Try Making "Something For Everyone," You Attract Nobody||You want customers to love your product, of course. But what happens when they don’t? The simple answer: You have to make a change -- and it won’t be easy. Today we follow the story of Grayl, a company that created a groundbreaking bottle that...||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom A Garage To Its Own Warehouse, How Boxed Grew Fast||How do you scale when your business depends on it? Chieh Huang of Boxed knows this well; his company is like an online wholesale club (with no membership fees), and in four years, he took it from a garage to $150 million in funding and its own...||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow This Dating App Company Spiked User Engagement||Catherine Cook Connelly||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Power of Simple and How HelloFresh Increased Customer Retention||Ed Boyes||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow He Convinced 300,000 People To Work With Him, From Malaysia||It can be hard convincing others to work with you, especially if your company is new. And yet, you need them: They’re your future suppliers, contractors, partners, and sponsors, which means you must find some way to prove that you’re worth working..||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat To Do When Your Solution Is Actually Creating More Problems||Hanson Grant||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Increasing Your Prices Can Attract Better Customers||Sunny Bonnell||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Hire The Perfect Team, With Zapier CEO Wade Foster||Zapier CEO Wade Foster||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow DraftKings Survived And Made Daily Fantasy Sports Legal||Jason Robins of DraftKings||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat To Do When Customers Don't Share Your Vision||Shira Berk of Goodie Girl Cookies||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom $50 Consulting Fees to 4m Monthly Uniques with The Points Guy Brian Kelly||The Points Guy Brian Kelly||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Happens When The CEO Can't Possibly Talk To Every Employee or Customer?||Adam Tichauer CEO at Camp No Counselors||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHer Cookie Company Went Viral, Which Meant A Bouncer and 4-Hour Lines||Kristen Tomlan, the founder and CEO of a viral cookie dough company called DŌ||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Happens When You Realize Your Plan is Flawed At Launch?||Scott Ruddman of GLORY Sports International||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Do You Keep Buyers and Sellers Inside Your Marketplace?||Jaron Gilinsky CEO of StoryHunter||7/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Shocked at how open CEOs are with Jason!
Can't believe Jason got Storyhunter CEO to share how Storyhunter solved the big issue every marketplace business model faces: buyers and sellers cutting out the middleman!
Jason's a natural!
I have been following Jason Feifer since he joined Entrepreneur magazine and now I'm supper excited to listen to him every week!!! Go Get'em Jason!!!
Really useful insight
I love how this show focuses on how entrepreneurs think. It's so helpful to hear how others have faced and overcome problems. Makes me feel less alone!