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Mikael Cho Avatar Founders Talk #54

From side project to $7.25M for Unsplash

When Mikael Cho started Unsplash from its small beginning as a Tumblr blog and side project, he had no idea it would have such a huge impact and ultimately disrupt the photography industry. In this episode, Mikael shares the backstory of Unsplash, how it got started, keeping things focused, levers of growth, flipping the marketing funnel, turning free into a business, raising $7.25 million to build a new economy for photography, and the impact of an API.

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Danielle Morrill Avatar Founders Talk #53

Danielle Morrill on starting over from zero

Danielle Morrill joined the show to talk about how she's starting over from zero after the recent acquisition of Mattermark to FullContact where she held the role of CEO and co-founder who walked away with "zero dollars and a job". We talked through the details of the company, the acquisition process, the deal — which she brokered herself — as well as her outlook on the startup grind and silicon valley today, and what she's planning to do next.

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Sam Soffes Avatar Founders Talk #38

Sam Soffes / Nothing Magical, Cheddar - Part 1

Sam Soffes the Founder of Nothing Magical and the maker of Cheddar joins Adam Stacoviak to share all the details of his wild ride as an indie software developer and designer. Sam has worked at Hipstamatic, built YouTube ripoffs, gotten offers from some of the most respected names in the business (some accepted and some turned down) all to circle back around to start Nothing Magical and build his own products. He shares the highs, the lows and all the things he's learned along the way - plus so much more. And, check out "After Dark" for a short extended chat with Sam.

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Sarah Hatter Avatar Founders Talk #37

Sarah Hatter / CoSupport - Part 2

Sarah Hatter the Founder of CoSupport, joins Adam for part 2 of 2 to go back in time and dig deep into her history, we learn about "the early days" and how she got started, her passions for TV and her podcast TVBFF, the early days of blogging and "dramaville", what inspires her, being a crafts-person, how she learned that "you don't have to do anything you don't want to do", how TM meditation changed her life, as well as the challenges she's faced as a female founder - plus so much more.

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Steve Espinosa Avatar Founders Talk #35

Steve Espinosa / AppStack

Steve Espinosa, the Founder of AppStack, joins Adam to tell his story of hustling his way to the top, gaining the trust and friendship of Jason Calacanis, Dave McClure, Eric Schmidt and the awesome team behind Google Ventures, what it means to focus and much more. This is a jam packed episode with tons of energy and lots to learn from Steve. Also, check out "After Dark" for an extended chat with Steve.

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Jon Crawford Avatar Founders Talk #34

Jon Crawford / Storenvy

Jon Crawford, the Founder of Storenvy joins Adam to talk about how everything began for Storenvy, his road from Kansas to Austin, TX to SF, how he got kicked out of Y Combinator the same week he was accepted then raised $1.5M for Storenvy, and how he's living the startup dream! Also, listen to After Founders Talk #34 for an extended chat with Jon.

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Jay Fanelli Avatar Nate Peretic Avatar Founders Talk #33

Nate & Jay / United Pixelworkers

Nate Peretic & Jay Fanelli, the Founders of Full Stop and United Pixelworkers join Adam to talk about plotting and planning to leave old jobs, being outspoken and opinionated, having a core set of principles and not deviating from them, reaching out to people they admired (regardless of popularity) and their side project that has turned into something that could eclipse their entire client revenue in 2012. Also, check out After Dark for an extended chat with Nate and Jay.

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