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ECommerce Success Story

Andrew Warner of Mi just interview the most amazing e-commerce entrepreneur that you have never heard of…

Anthony Bucci is one of the founders of RevZilla and Andrew gets him to tell the story of how he and his cofounders built the most successful e-commerce company that you have never heard of.  RevZilla is a $50 million company that was built over the last 4 years with no outside money.

There are too many lessons to take away from this interview to list them all here so I will just mention one.  Anthony talked about all the ways that they listened to their customers to learn why they came to the site, what got them to buy and in some cases why they didn’t buy.

A great interview for anyone hoping to start an e-commerce company.



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Market Research

Great Quote from Rene Lacerte founder of on  “You can’t do market research to find out what customers want.  Customers don’t know what they want”

The interview captures the iterative process for a start up.  Rene speaks very clearly about creating a “Push Cart” in a very challenging industry (software) where you wouldn’t think it was possible.


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Thuuz – Warren Packard at Stanford

The Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Series is one of my favorite podcasts on Entrepreneurship. They have great speakers speaking of very relevant topics.

Today, I am sitting in Southern California listening to Warren Packard speak about his experiences and how it lead him to his new startup Thuuz. Warren has a varied backgroud; Engineer, Business School, Venture Capitalist and now startup (he got the order wrong.)

There are two things that he mentioned that I take away from his talk. The first I have heard before and it is Team vs. Idea. He comes down strongly on the team side. You can improve an idea, but we are who we are so the team is the team.

The second I found more thought provoking. It was around Perfection vs. Imperfection. Where on the scale does your start up idea fall. If it is in the area of space travel or medical devices then you better be shooting for perfection. If it is an iPhone App than it doesn’t need to be perfect, you need to get it out fast so that you can learn. Where is your idea?

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Mixergy and Yodle

I recently started listening to the Mixergy podcast. Mixergy is website that supports entrepreneurs in the startup process by sharing stories and lessons from people who have successfully started businesses.

This week’s podcast was with Court Cunningham of Yodle. His description of the startup process and how to build a business by learning from your customers is something that every entrepreneur should listen to.

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