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“How's an entrepreneur like me supposed to grow my Shopify store?” That's what The Unofficial Shopify Podcast aims to answer. Discover new opportunities to grow your store from the world’s most successful Shopify entrepreneurs. Hosted by Kurt Elster, a senior ecommerce consultant and Shopify Plus Partner, The Unofficial Shopify Podcast is not authorized, endorsed, or sponsored by Shopify– It's a no holds barred discussion of ecommerce growth strategy & tactics.
 
Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him "the world's best human guinea pig," and The New York Times calls him "a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk." In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.
 
Have you thought about turning your hobby into a profitable small business? This podcast shows you how to do just that. Whether you want a side gig for some extra cash or to get out of your 9-5, the handmade products you make for fun can hold the key! In each episode you'll hear steps and actions to take to start and grow a profitable business. It's created specifically for the handmade product business entrepreneur; a group I lovingly call Gifters, Bakers, Crafters, and Makers. You're a fab ...
 
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It's a struggle to make sure my businesses don't overtake my life. Can you relate? Finding tools or apps that help streamline projects has been the solution to providing me newfound time and balance. While I have many, these are the top 8 I use every single day. Tune in to hear how they are applied to projects and work with each other to bring even…
 
My guest today is Sebastian Mejia, co-founder and president of Rappi. Founded in Bogota, Colombia in 2015, Rappi set out to create an on-demand convenience store and has expanded into nine countries and over 200 cities. In our conversation, Sebastian and I discuss what differentiates Rappi from US-based delivery apps, how the company evolved early …
 
Ramit Sethi on How Couples Can Talk about Money, Bucket Lists, the $100 Challenge, and More | Brought to you by Wealthfront automated investing, Athletic Greens all-in-one nutritional supplement, and Pique Tea premium tea crystals. More on all three below. Ramit Sethi (@ramit), author of the New York Times bestseller I Will Teach You to Be Rich, ha…
 
In this Ask Us Anything episode, we answer listener questions. When should I upgrade to Online Store 2.0? What's headless ecommerce? The new metafields: What are they? How would I use them? What are you doing differently with FB Ads since the Apple privacy update? How to structure content for landing pages How to promote subscriptions Establishing …
 
Today’s conversation is one of my all-time favorites, with someone I’ve come to respect deeply in the field of investing. My guest is Carl Kawaja, who has served as a portfolio manager at Capital Group for decades. Capital Group is among the most respected shareholders in the world, with over $2T of assets, and listening to Carl, you’ll hear why. I…
 
We all know keeping up with social media can be exhausting. But today's guest shares fresh insights on how to challenge social media best practices in order to create a sustainable social media strategy. Katie is the founder of KW Content, a content and social media marketing agency that develops and launches content and social media programs for p…
 
This episode brought to you by Infinite Red! Infinite Red is a premier React Native design and development agency located in the USA. With five years of React Native experience and deep roots in the React Native community (hosts of Chain React and the React Native Newsletter), Infinite Red is the best choice for your next React Native app. Helpful …
 
Getting people to come over to your website is one thing. But that's only the first step. Once they're on your site, how do you keep them there and direct them to the ultimate goal ... making a purchase? Here are 7 Barriers that may be lurking on your website preventing a sale from taking place. Most likely you aren't even aware of them and they ca…
 
My guest today is Stewart Butterfield, founder and CEO of Slack. Stewart’s 2014 essay “Why We Don’t Sell Saddles Here” had a massive impact on my own business journey, which made this discussion extra special. During our conversation, we discuss the concept of owner’s delusion, how to frame the boundaries between product and market, and the challen…
 
Dennis McKenna - The Depths of Ayahuasca: 500+ Sessions, Fundamentals, Advanced Topics, Science, Churches, Learnings, Warnings, and Beyond | Brought to you by Wealthfront automated investing, Allform premium, modular furniture, and Tonal smart home gym. More on all three below. Dennis McKenna (@DennisMcKenna4) has spent more than 40 years researchi…
 
For more than 15 years Zuly Matallana worked in large multinational companies to develop businesses by successfully leading teams to monetize market opportunities. Now, Zuly is translating the skills she gained to become a successful entrepreneur. It started when Zuly recognized the need for a product to help busy women keep their hair dry while sh…
 
My guest today is Steve Mandel, founder of Lone Pine Capital, one of the most successful hedge fund and investment firms of this generation. In our conversation, we discuss how the investing business has evolved since Steve’s start in the 1980s, why it’s so difficult to drive alpha by shorting stocks today versus 20 years ago, and why Steve still l…
 
We've all heard to "do what you love," but how does that work, exactly? Today's guest shares her story of how to follow your passion and succeed. Shelley is the author of Move the Needle, Yarns from an Unlikely Entrepreneur. This book has a singular goal: to inspire you to believe that you can pursue your passion and stick to it, even in the face o…
 
This episode brought to you by Infinite Red! Infinite Red is a premier React Native design and development agency located in the USA. With five years of React Native experience and deep roots in the React Native community (hosts of Chain React and the React Native Newsletter), Infinite Red is the best choice for your next React Native app. Helpful …
 
Customer testimonials can be the deciding factor that prompts someone to make the decision to buy. The fact that Amazon uses this strategy tells you it works. But getting people to give a testimonial is difficult ... for the buyer and the seller. Here are 3 easy ways to start capturing reviews and then how to use them to your advantage. The resourc…
 
My guest today is Spenser Skates, CEO and co-founder of Amplitude Analytics. Spenser founded Amplitude in 2012 with a thesis that building the best product requires, deep cross-functional understanding of customer behavior. During our conversation, we discuss Spenser’s long history in programming and how his early experiences tie into his work toda…
 
Anne Lamott on Taming Your Inner Critic, Finding Grace, and Prayer | Brought to you by LinkedIn Jobs recruitment platform with 750M users, Eight Sleep’s Pod Pro Cover sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating, and LMNT electrolyte supplement. More on all three below. Anne Lamott (@AnneLamott) uses honesty, empathy, and humor to write about …
 
Ryan Tarver, a serial entrepreneur with a full-time job, joins us to discuss the realities of what it’s like to start a LLC, design a brand, and launch two shops while having a full time job, a toddler, a newborn, and way too many hobbies in the middle of a global pandemic. We discuss: The importance of brand identity The case for co-founders Tools…
 
My guest today is David Sacks, General Partner at Craft Ventures and founding COO of PayPal. During our conversation, we explore what differentiates Enterprise SaaS from DTC subscriptions, what makes for a magical product launch event, and what key growth metrics David uses to measure success. David has written extensively on his idea of operating …
 
How can you stand out from all the other businesses that do something similar? Today we're talking about nurturing customer relationships and how it can set you apart in the minds of your existing and potential customers. Handwrytten provides scalable robotic solutions that write your notes in pen and changes the way brands and people connect. Prio…
 
This episode brought to you by Infinite Red! Infinite Red is a premier React Native design and development agency located in the USA. With five years of React Native experience and deep roots in the React Native community (hosts of Chain React and the React Native Newsletter), Infinite Red is the best choice for your next React Native app. Helpful …
 
By keeping your business too close to your chest, you're limiting your ability to attract new customers, get new sales and expand your product line. Plus, it puts you in a position of management through paranoia. NOT a good feeling ever! I explain in today's show why this is not a good way to run your business and the only time it actually makes se…
 
My guest today is David Vélez, founder and CEO of Nubank, the world’s largest digital bank with over 40 million customers. In our conversation, David talks about his venture capital background at Sequoia and how that led him down an entrepreneurial path in Latin America. We also talk about the pros and cons of building a digitally native business a…
 
Dr. Andrew Huberman — A Neurobiologist on Optimizing Sleep, Enhancing Performance, Reducing Anxiety, Increasing Testosterone, and Using the Body to Control the Mind | Brought to you by Athletic Greens all-in-one nutritional supplement, Theragun percussive muscle therapy devices, and Helix Sleep premium mattresses. More on all three below. Andrew Hu…
 
In-store marketing & merchandising are the basics of eCommerce but something that is missed often. Our guest today won the 2020 Shopify Commerce Awards with her app ModeMagic by Mason. She's conducted interviews with over 2,000 merchants, discovering their biggest pain point is "Lots of traffic but no sales." In this episode, we'll learn what are t…
 
My guest today is Balaji Srinivasan, a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Balaji is known to challenge conventional wisdom, and he lives up to his reputation in this conversation. We discuss a wide variety of topics, including advancements in health tracking, ways to evaluate your own information diet, and how technology is driving decentraliz…
 
Are you afraid to make videos for your business? If so, you're not alone. The whole idea makes so many of us squirm! Today's guest shares exactly how to be comfortable on camera so you can reap the benefits of video in your biz. Holly helps high-performing leading ladies save time on both sides of the camera by teaching them the skills they need to…
 
This episode brought to you by Infinite Red! Infinite Red is a premier React Native design and development agency located in the USA. With five years of React Native experience and deep roots in the React Native community (hosts of Chain React and the React Native Newsletter), Infinite Red is the best choice for your next React Native app. Helpful …
 
Running your own business doesn't mean you can't enjoy all life has to offer. And part of that is taking time away for yourself, your family and your customers. Relaxing breaks away are rejuevenating and even allow for renewed creativity and excitement for your business. Here's how to do this without losing customers and sales. CONNECT with me here…
 
My guest today Michael Mayer, is the founder and CEO of Bottomless, a company that automatically replenishes your coffee supply where I am both an excited investor and customer. Today’s conversation is about tactical lessons Michael has learned while building the business. We talk about identifying an addressable problem, how to avoid solving for b…
 
Michael Pollan — This Is Your Mind on Plants | Brought to you by Headspace easy-to-use app with guided meditations, Eight Sleep’s Pod Pro Cover sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating, and Wealthfront automated investing. More on all three below. Michael Pollan (@michaelpollan) is the author of eight books, including How to Change Your Mi…
 
Working from home looked good on Shopify because this year's Unite announcements are the most featured-packed yet. So much is changing that they're calling it "Online Store 2.0" In this episode, we recap the highlights with a focus on what matters for merchants. Show Links Shopify Unite Never miss an episode Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts…
 
Manufacturing your own goods is expensive, and can be even more expensive when you manufacture in the U.S. In this episode, Sarah Resnick, founder of Gist Yarn, tells us how she's used pre-ordering to fund our inventory growth. Sarah started her career as a community and union organizer, and made the switch to small business when she helped to run …
 
My guest today is Silicon Valley icon, Marc Andreessen. Before co-founding the legendary venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, Marc was an early pioneer of the internet. At age 22, he built Mosaic, the first widely adopted web browser and the technology that underpinned Netscape Communications. Marc was an early proponent of cloud computing, s…
 
Sue started her craft 26 years ago due to a laundry error. Yes, you heard me right - a laundry error that reduced Sue's beloved sweaters to a pile of carnage. And since then, she's learned so many lessons in business as she found her own way. What would have brought most to tears, became a lightbulb moment for Sue. Blending her graphic design with …
 
Have those weeks where you're super busy but all that time and effort you put in doesn't transfer over to sales? True results come down to doing the right things to move the needle - not just lots of activity. Follow my 6 Step SCRIPT Method to identify what single goal you should focus on each week. One thing, the right thing, focused on each week …
 
My guest today is Will Ahmed, founder of fitness wearable company WHOOP. What started as a business plan in 2011 has evolved into the 24/7 health-tracking device you’ll often see on athletes across professional sports. During our conversation, Will and I discuss how his own backstory ties into the founding of WHOOP, the key design decisions they ma…
 
Françoise Bourzat — The Maven of Consciousness Medicine | Brought to you by LinkedIn Jobs recruitment platform with 720M+ users, Helix Sleep premium mattresses, and Wealthfront automated investing. More on all three below. Françoise Bourzat (@Francoise_Bourzat) has been bridging the divide between Western psychology and indigenous wisdom in collabo…
 
Steve Chou and his wife Jennifer built a seven-figure business... and made a lot of mistakes along the way. We all have! This episode isn't about successes, it's about the stuff everybody (myself included) gets wrong when starting out. MyWifeQuitHerJob's Steve Chou co-hosts this joint episode to discuss the boneheaded mistakes we've all made runnin…
 
My guest today is Howard Marks, co-founder of Oaktree Capital, a leading investment manager, and one of the world’s largest distressed debt investors. In our conversation, we discuss takeaways from the market selloff and rapid recovery in 2020, the importance of assessing both quantitative and qualitative factors in markets, and the benefits Howard…
 
This episode brought to you by Infinite Red! Infinite Red is a premier React Native design and development agency located in the USA. With five years of React Native experience and deep roots in the React Native community (hosts of Chain React and the React Native Newsletter), Infinite Red is the best choice for your next React Native app. Helpful …
 
Over the course of my business journey, I've learned the power of mindset. Get it right and you can conquer the world. But our own minds can also stop us in our tracks. Today's guest shares how to get unstuck by working through the mindset blocks that hold us back. Becca is on a mission to help people break out of the cycles of uncertainty and stru…
 
The word brand gets used very freely these days. Do you know what it actually means? Or what's truly included in your "brand?" You should. Because if you aren't doing this right, you may be putting up obstacles unconsciously that are driving people away! CONNECT with me here: Website | Facebook | Instagram JOIN our FREE Gift Biz Breeze Facebook Gro…
 
My guest today is Christina Cacioppo, founder of Vanta, a security and compliance software business founded in 2017. In our conversation, Christina brings to life the idea of “finding a problem that exists and fixing it.” We dive into the experiences that led her to launch Vanta, the strategy she took to build, price, and distribute the product, an…
 
Q&A with Tim — Current Morning and Exercise Routines, Holotropic Breathwork, Ambition vs. Self-Compassion, Daily Practices for Joy, Ontological Shock, and More | Brought to you by Wealthfront automated investing, ButcherBox premium meats delivered to your door, and ExpressVPN virtual private network service. More on all three below. Welcome to anot…
 
Customer acquisition costs are more expensive than ever, so how can small brands acquire their first customers without spending big on paid traffic? Our guest today has a practical approach to that problem most brands can implement today. How can a brand get customers if they don't have a budget for ads? Why should brands invest in BFCM planning wh…
 
My guest today is John Harris, Managing Partner of Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb, where the flagship Sequoia Fund has an incredible 50-year track record running a highly concentrated portfolio of equities. In our conversation, we cover John’s approach to finding businesses that can be owned for the long-term, what goes into their diligence process, and…
 
Do you have more than one income stream in your business? Multiple streams of income are how we avoid the "feast or famine" cycle and create stable revenue for our business. Today, we're diving into using Affiliate marketing to create additional income streams for your handmade business. Rick has been in affiliate marketing for nearly a decade, pri…
 
It's time to answer the questions. Should you have a Facebook Business Page? What about Facebook Groups? Today we cover how these are different, the pros and cons of each and what my recommendation is for your handmade product business. I believe when we're done, your answers will be clear! CONNECT with me here: Website | Facebook | Instagram JOIN …
 
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