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The Failory Podcast podcast.

May 10, 2020

From large funding rounds, acquisitions, and a constant stream of success stories coming out of startups, it is often hard to see why almost 90% of them fail. The Failory Podcast dives deep on this notion and uncovers the lessons today’s successful founders learned at previous ventures so that you can avoid similar pitfalls and apply winning strategies to your business from the get-go.



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Bernard Huang (@bernardjhuang) is the Co-founder at Clearscope, a profitable SaaS product used by companies to get written content performance. He is a driven entrepreneur who has used his creative capabilities to launch many startups, including Mushi Labs, Mosec, and Food By People. On this episode of the Failory Podcast, find out how this once online professional poker player became a co-owner at a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, and how his life and projects have led him to Co-found Clearscope.

Updated on April 28

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Pat Walls (@thepatwalls) is the founder of Starter Story, a site interviewing successful entrepreneurs, and Pigeon, a Gmail CRM extension. Prior to this, he co-founded Delite, a SaaS platform for B2B wholesale orders, that would shut down later on. From graduating from UCSB with a degree in economics to learning to code, find out how Pat’s drive for a new challenge led him to his current founder role, in this episode of the Failory Podcast.

Updated on May 10

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Terence Tam (@terencetamau) is the founder of Reflow Hub, a managed marketplace that facilitates mobile device returns, buyback & trade-ins and insurance claims from their vendor partners. In this episode of the Failory Podcast, learn how this driven entrepreneur went from launching an MVP in the food delivery space to having his company ring in as the second fastest-growing company in Australia by the Australian Financial Review's Fast 100 and Fast Starters lists.

Updated on May 05

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Matt Giovanisci (@MattGiovanisci) is the founder of Swim University, the biggest niche site around swimming pool and hot tub care. Matt got into the internet world after learning how to build a website for his indie rock band. Since then, he has spent the last 17 years getting fired and re-hired, building new ventures, launching lots of podcast episodes and setting thousands of affiliate links. In this Failory Podcast, learn from Matt’s entrepreneurial journey and his “overnight success” with Swim University.

Updated on May 12

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Buster Benson (@buster) is the founder of 750 Words, a $5/mo journaling tool. He kept it alive for more than a decade while working at Twitter, Slack, Patreon and running and shutting down Health Month, a startup leveraging social gamification to get its users healthy. Learn about his impressive entrepreneurial journey, how he went from liberal arts to tech, and the downsides of raising VC on this episode of the Failory Podcast.

Updated on April 27

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Ryan Hickman (@RyanHickmam) is Co-Founder at Epic AI, a company that helps startup founders with a multitude of AI-based tools, ranging from investor intelligence to decking. Before it, Ryan co-founded MeVee, a video streaming platform that grew to 50k users in 6 weeks and eventually shut down after being unable to compete with Facebook Live. In this episode of the Failory Podcast, learn about Ryan’s thoughts on the idea of first-mover advantage and disadvantages, shiny object syndrome, and his experience with waffles and Alicia Keys.

Updated on May 18

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Steve Long is co-founder at The Travel Brief, a site that gives travelers the ability to share practical tips and guides with others, while documenting their adventures in a meaningful way. Steve plunged into the entrepreneurial world at twenty-four years old when he co-founded a food startup with a childhood friend, which brought in $1.3M in annual revenue in just two years. In this episode of the Failory Podcast, learn more about the hubs he’s created, his experience on Dragon’s Den, and his new passion project.

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Zal Dastur (@zald) is the co-founder and COO of Lucep, a software that turns social networks from its users into lead engines. Before this, Zal co-founded and shut down VenueMirror, after a friend gave him an ultimatum to join the startup and he had to move to India to start working on it. In this episode of the Failory Podcast, find out how this hard-working entrepreneur navigated through different strategies until ultimately landing his current success.

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Brian Rhea (@brhea) is the founder of Project Headlamp, a feedback tool for remote teams to cultivate community and remove internal impasses. Prior to this, Brian was the CPO of Macavo and the founder of Binocs, a startup out of Macavo that never took off. Learn about his incredible journey, how he got his first job in tech, and his “10-star-remote-environment” on this episode of the Failory Podcast.

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Mike Carson (@ca98am79) is the founder of Park.io, a service that allows folks to backorder hacker-type expiring domains. It all started as a hobby but then he found out there was room for a business. Learn about Mike’s journey into the space, his German rival, and how he almost sold his company on a whim in this episode of the Failory Podcast.

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Eric Bandholz (@bandholz) is the Founder at Beardbrand, a platform that sells products to reshape the landscape of men’s grooming. Prior to this, he worked on his first startup, Wakomo, a simple Wordpress site that middle manned purchases of vinyl wall graphics that he designed. Learn about the decade-long journey Eric took to get to where he is today in this episode of the Failory Podcast.

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