Latest Episodes

Julie Carroll on The Story of Leadpages’ Converted Conference


Today, on the Early-Stage Founder Show, I’m talking with Julie Carroll, the Conference Director at Leadpages where she is in charge of pulling together their incredibly popular Converted Conference every year. Back in episode 26, I talked with Jordan Muela about why hosting a conference appealed to him as a founder and today Julie builds on that by offering the perspective of somebody more behind...

Shai Schechter on Increasing Conversions With the Right Message


Shai shares why personalization is so important, how to get started, and cover advanced tactics that are sure to improve your conversion rates. If your website is serving all your visitors the same generic content, then this is the episode for you.

Jay Levy on The Power of Relationships When Raising Money


Today, on The Early-Stage Founder Show, I’m talking with Jay Levy, the co-founder and partner at Zelkova Ventures, a venture capital fund that rolls up their sleeves and partners with their portfolio companies for success. Zelkova has an impressive portfolio including companies like Kapost,, Help Scout as well as 17 exits from companies like Rapportive and Klout. In our chat...

Tony Cappaert on Your New Responsibilities When Your Startup Scales


Today, on the Early-Stage Founder Show, I’m talking with Tony Cappaert, co-founder and COO of Contactually, a SaaS startup that helps their users nurture leads, generate referrals, and unleash passionate advocates in minutes a day. As Contactually grew, Tony realized that the skills he and his co-founders used to grow the company, in the beginning, were much different than those needed as...

Mark Faggiano on How to Focus on What Really Matters


Mark Faggiano, CEO of TaxJar, dives into the importance of focus in early-stage startups, how their own focus has given them a competitive advantage, and how you can figure out what really matters in your startup.

Andy Baldacci on Podcasting for Startups


Today, on the Early-Stage Founder Show, I’m doing something a little bit different.  Instead of bringing a guest on, this episode will be just me and I’m going to talk about how I used podcasting with a previous client, Hubstaff, to help them expand their audience and accelerate their growth. A lot of people have been asking me about how podcasting works and I gave a short talk...