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How do you differentiate yourselves from your competitors?

Client acquisition cost is very high in our industry. From the very beginning, we were clear that we have to deliver quality services at affordable pricing to...
Manish Bhalla (FATbit Technologies)

Manish Bhalla
FATbit Technologies

What advice would you offer to any soon to be startup founders out there?

I would encourage all would-be startup founders to pursue their dream and make it a reality. In my experience there is no “perfect moment” to start a...
Ander Michelena (Ticketbis)

Ander Michelena
Ticketbis

What do you wish you’d have known ten years ago that you know now?

Managing multiple products is like managing multiple businesses at once. It is much easier to do this later than...
Shalin Jain (HappyFox)

Shalin Jain
HappyFox

Has DesignMyNight got the feedback and growth you expected since launching 2011?

Receiving half a million pound investment was great feedback for us in terms of reassuring us that...
Nick and Andrew (DesignMyNight)

Nick and Andrew
DesignMyNight

Tell us a bit about your background before Marketizator.

I’m from Romania, born in the communist period. I began my mission as an entrepreneur mid 2000s when I bought cable internet in Bucharest...
Valentin Radu (Marketizator)

Valentin Radu
Marketizator

What do you find most interesting and rewarding in terms of running your own business?

What I find most interesting and rewarding is how we have witnessed the creation of our company from only a few employees in a small office, to...
Kosta Gara (Vionic)

Kosta Gara
Vionic

How do you differentiate yourselves from your competitors?

Through our consignment service, we have created a new market instead of competing with all of the "watch buyers" out there. The problem with selling...
Hamilton Powell (Crown and Caliber)

Hamilton Powell
Crown and Caliber

What gap in the market did you discover that persuaded you to launch Claromentis in 1998?

In the early days we were experimenting with consultancy and websites like a lot of small tech companies – trying to find our way. Then we started...
Nigel Davies (Claromentis)

Nigel Davies
Claromentis

What is the biggest hurdle you have faced or are still facing?

The biggest hurdle I’ve faced and continue to face is that I’m not a marketer. My background is in programming. As a result, a big challenge for me is...
Matthew Edgar (SpringTrax)

Matthew Edgar
SpringTrax

What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting an Internet services business?

Make sure you have all the ingredients to increase the chances for success. The three main ones are passion, capital, and vast knowledge. Starting...
Asher Elran (Dynamic Search)

Asher Elran
Dynamic Search

You have nearly 25,000 retailers on board. Did you expect such rapid growth when you initially launched in 2012?

The fact that 25,000 retailers around the world have purchased MicroBiz software does show that our solutions meet the needs of small retailers. It’s...
Kevin Kogler (MicroBiz)

Kevin Kogler
MicroBiz

What are you most excited about at the moment?

Watching the company grow from three people working from my living room to more than sixty people from twelve nations is amazing. Another...
Alexander Piutti (GameGenetics)

Alexander Piutti
GameGenetics

Who do you see as your principle target audience? How are you reaching them?

We are aiming at SMEs from 15 to 500 people. That’s our sweet spot: these companies are in the process of switching to SaaS, but have several...
Jacob van Duijn (Yanomo)

Jacob van Duijn
Yanomo

What do you wish you’d have known 5 years ago that you know now?

Never give up on projects that come from a great idea. The idea is yours, and only you can make it work as it should. Wedjinni is our little kid. We like...
Theodore Batzakas (wedjinni)

Theodore Batzakas
wedjinni

What is the biggest hurdle you have faced during the startup process?

One biggest hurdle, something that is faced by other entrepreneurs as well, is that of “letting things go”. Some entrepreneurs tend to have a controlling...
Ankesh Arora (Mobile Universal)

Ankesh Arora
Mobile Universal

Phil Libin

Phil Libin
Evernote Founder

How involved are you with the hiring process? Not just hiring, but building the team is a fundamentally important thing, it may be the most important thing...

Gary Brewer

Gary Brewer
BuiltWith Founder

What do you wish you’d have know 5 years ago? I wish Eric Ries had written “The Lean Startup” in 2007. The passage in the book about him spending 6 months...

You’ve received over NZ$145 million in funding and have market capitalisation in excess of $700 million. Now with over 200,000 users, what do you attribute your success with Xero to?

Doing the foundations right, building an excellent team, focussing on the customer and building the right global culture. Building a big horizontal app like...
Rod Drury (Xero)

Rod Drury
Xero

Podio was acquired by Citrix Systems in April 2012. What were the motivations behind this decision?

We were approached by Citrix who had some interesting ideas. They had various really successful online products, leaders in video conferencing with...
Jon Froda (Podio)

Jon Froda
Podio

What do you wish you’d have known 5 years ago that you know now?

5 years ago I was 19 years old and I had just started studying business administration. I didn’t know what a startup was, I didn’t...
Cathrine Andersen (CanvasDropr)

Cathrine Andersen
CanvasDropr

What is one mistake you’ve made, and what did you learn from it?

Taking on projects just for the money. Whenever we closed on a large project without having a deep connection with the client, they have...
Chuck Longanecker (Hello Bar)

Chuck Longanecker
Hello Bar

Where do you see MailChimp in another ten years time?

Not sure what business we’ll be in, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be coming to work in jet packs. Bet on it...
Ben Chestnut (MailChimp)

Ben Chestnut
MailChimp

How did your interest and specialty in software-as-a-service develop?

I’m passionate about the online software revolution. Installing and maintaining desktop software is generally a pain in the a#@. Years ago, I recognized...
Daryl Bernstein (RightSignature)

Daryl Bernstein
RightSignature

Who are the other co-founders of Hubspot?

I met my cofounder, Dharmesh, while we were studying together at MIT. I think there are two things that have worked well for us. First, we have a complimentary...
Brian Halligan (HubSpot)

Brian Halligan
HubSpot

JotForm's domain name was shut down at the request of the US Secret Service last month. What happened, how did your users respond, and how has it affected business?

Yes, that was very unfortunate. We currently host 2,000,000 online forms. One of the difficulties of our business is dealing with phishing. We suspended 65,000 phishing...
Aytekin Tank (JotForm)

Aytekin Tank
JotForm

Tell us a bit about your background.

I grew up in childrens homes in the East End of London and left school at 15 with no qualifications and spent a year with a ZX Spectrum and a programming book. At 19 I was arrested in Atlanta...
Duane Jackson (KashFlow)

Duane Jackson
KashFlow

You're on track to reach $15-20m in revenue this year. What have been the main factors that have led to your success?

The biggest factor is an unwavering attention to our clients and their success. We're investing very heavily in our product and engineering teams to...
Eddie Machaalani (BigCommerce)

Eddie Machaalani
BigCommerce

What advantages does oDesk have over its competitors?

oDesk is the world’s largest and fastest-growing online work company — we are actually larger than all other online work sites combined. We have achieved these results...
Gary Swart (oDesk)

Gary Swart
oDesk

GitHub is completely bootstrapped, did you ever consider pitching for funding?

We never considered pitching, but we’ve always had interest from investors. Plenty of times we had serious discussions but the timing never felt right. We...
Chris Wanstrath (GitHub)

Chris Wanstrath
GitHub

How did Max Levchin (PayPal founder) become involved with Evernote?

He was actually involved with Stepan. Max Levchin and Esther Dyson were actually both on the board of Stepan's company before Stepan and I had even met...
Phil Libin (Evernote)

Phil Libin
Evernote

Where have you had the most traction? Web applications, mobile or enterprise?

For us it is really anyone who is managing a large user base, which means e-commerce and consumer web services. We literally...
Michael Wolfe (Pipewise)

Michael Wolfe
Pipewise

You host over 30,000 websites, when did WP Engine begin to gain traction?

I had three dozen customers before I had a product, a team, a website, or even a company name, so in that sense "traction" came before the product...
Jason Cohen (WP Engine)

Jason Cohen
WP Engine

What are you most excited about at the moment?

Answering all of my emails. AND, we’re about to launch $30M endowment campaign for Ubuntu Education Fund, a campaign for Seeds of Peace...
Jenna Arnold (Press Play)

Jenna Arnold
Press Play

What do you wish you’d have know 5 years ago?

I wish Eric Ries had written “The Lean Startup” in 2007. The passage in the book about him spending 6 months writing an IM feature nobody wanted and his realisation the company would have been in the same position if he sat on the beach sipping...
Gary Brewer (BuiltWith)

Gary Brewer
BuiltWith

You were funded by Y Combinator winter 2011. Would you recommend applying?

Yes! I recommend applying to everything as long as you think it can help your company. YC won’t make or break your startup but it’s an extremely valuable...
Leah Culver (Grove.io)

Leah Culver
Grove.io

How did SitePoint make it through the dot-com bubble?

When that market collapsed, we had a look at what else people were doing on our website – and it turns out that the “PRINT THIS ARTICLE” link on any...
Matt Mickiewicz (Flippa)

Matt Mickiewicz
Flippa

Where do you see Dabble in 5 years time?

We want to flip the notion of traditional education on its head and make the sharing of knowledge social, accessible and enjoyable...
Erin Hopmann (Dabble)

Erin Hopmann
Dabble

How did you spread the word about the change in name?

The great thing was that most people hated the previous name so much that they really celebrated the new one. I couldn’t have thought of a better marketing strategy!...
Tara Hunt (Buyosphere)

Tara Hunt
Buyosphere

What’s the most inspiring story you have come across so far?

This is such a hard question! Moses Sanga is definitely near the top of the list. He grew up in one of the poorest villages in the world. He didn’t have shoes until...
Amber Rae (revolution.is)

Amber Rae
revolution.is

How many photographs are uploaded on an average day?

Last time I checked we had 20-30K photos uploaded a day....
Oleg Gutsol (500px)

Oleg Gutsol
500px

What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made?

I lost over a million dollars into a hosting company. It was my worst investment to date. The idea we had was great, but the people who ran it weren’t...
Neil Patel (KISSmetrics)

Neil Patel
KISSmetrics

Has Bundlr got the feedback and growth you expected since launch?

We launched with a half baked product and we have been improving it every day. Our users know that and they are always giving us...
Filipe Batista (Bundlr)

Filipe Batista
Bundlr

Do you think making Forrst exclusive has been one of the main reasons for its success?

I think it helped create some mystery, and therefore interest, around the product, but the reason for our success thus far is most...
Kyle Bragger (Forrst)

Kyle Bragger
Forrst

What advice would you give to your past-self on becoming Formstack CEO?

Be more aggressive. Sometimes in the past I have held myself back trying to be conservative in the way I run the business. I forget that only 7% of...
Chris Byers (Formstack)

Chris Byers
Formstack

What’s the purpose of Diagram.ly in terms of your business (JGraph)?

It isn’t intended to generate any money, it’s a bit more of a pet project, but one we’re trying to deliver with the quality of...
David Benson (Diagram.ly)

David Benson
Diagram.ly