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Turning a Side Hustle into a $9k/mo Business, with Pat Walls from Starter Story

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 g

Updated on May 10
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Key Smash Notes In This Episode

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Brandon does a quick summary of Pat's background and what he is currently working on.

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Pat shares his journey from graduating in economics to moving to accounting and then transitioning to tech.

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Pat shares how his constant search for new challenges drove him from working at corporates to launching his own startup.

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Brandon does his typical question of asking the founders how would they describe their startups to a 10-years-old person.

In this occasion, Pat shares what Delite, his failed B2B SaaS, was about.

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Pat shares how he learned to code on a 6-month bootcamp and then came with the idea of creating Delite.

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Pat shares the reasons behind Delite's shutdown. "It was more of a cool idea than a need to have."

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Pat has applied to Y Combinator twice and has been rejected in both of them. He shares the story behind applying to YC and his view about funded startups.

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Pat shares his thoughts around these markets after going into both of them with his previous and current startups.

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Pat shares the behind scenes of shutting down Delite, moving to New York and building Starter Story, his current (and successful) content startup.

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Pat shares what lessons he got from Delite's failure did he applied when building Starter Story.

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Pat shares the behind scenes of getting the first interviews, going viral on Reddit and Hacker News, building an email list and growing a content site.

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Pat shares how was that decision, what drove him to take it and how he felt throughout the transition.

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Pat shares the story of his 24-hour startup and how the success of it motivated him to start a challenge for people to do the same, in which +200 entrepreneurs participated.

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Brandon asks Pat about the science behind going viral in Reddit and Hacker News with what he publishes on his site. Is there any way to replicate virality or is more of getting lucky?

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Pat shares Starter Story metrics, mistakes, and wins super transparently on his social media and blog. What's behind that spirit?

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