The Weird Growth Podcast is about the journey of growth which is often strange and unpredictable for founders. Startups don't grow in a linear fashion but in a weird way. In this podcast, we hear founders share their stories about taking the first steps towards finding early customers, finding the right marketing channels to grow, through to rapid expansion and success.
Jesse Emia has been around the block a few times when it comes to getting a company off the ground. Since 2016 Keepspace has been automating ecommerce fulfillment for online businesses. Now they process thousands of orders a day. The secret to his success, his wife. Listen to all the ups and downs of Jesse's journey to growth, how he went from getting married to selling wedding dresses and why focusing on the gaps in your industry will pay off.
What we talked about:
- Keepspace - https://www.keepspace.com.au/
- Asana - https://asana.com/
- Slack - http://slack.com/
- Airmail - https://airmailapp.com/
Show & Tell:
- Pin Payments - https://pinpayments.com/
It was a pleasure to have Plus Eight's Program Manager Isabelle Goldfarb on the show. She touched on her diverse startup experience, moving to Australia from Brazil and the importance of keeping it simple.
When it comes to building community Isabelle says 1-on-1s are a must. If you want to build insights and truly understand your customers needs 1-on-1s can be a great source. This comes back to the common sentiment of doing things in the beginning that don't scale, so that when you do grow you grow with a product that people actually want.
What we talked about:
Spacecubed - https://www.spacecubed.com/
Plus Eight Accelerator - https://pluseight.spacecubed.com/
Olabi Makerspace - https://www.olabi.org.br/
SheCodes - https://shecodes.com.au/
Meshpoints - https://www.meshpoints.com/
Show & tell:
Hubspot CRM - https://www.hubspot.com/
House Party - https://houseparty.com/
Miles Burke joined us to share the growth journey of 6Q which was indeed weird. They built the first version in a day and had over 1000 users to deal with in the morning. Listen in to hear how 6Q went from a side-project to improving company culture for organisations of all sizes globally.
Learn more about things we discussed with Miles here:
6Q - https://www.6q.io/
Australian Software Startup Guide - https://www.softwareguide.com.au/
Guest Blog Posts - https://www.guestblogs.net/
Bam Creative – https://www.bam.com.au/
80s/ 90s Hip Hop - https://youtu.be/Vnny60apzHA,
Show and tell:
Insight Timer - https://insighttimer.com/
Weird Growth's first live episode with special guest hosts Dave Newman and Scott Glew from Morning Startup Perth. Hear the fascinating story behind Uno Group's early days back when they were "tinder for food" right through to their recently announced partnership with the world’s largest market research company Nielsen. Tyler also touches on how Uno Group has adapted in the new landscape bought about due to COVID-19.
Show and tell/ Discussion links:
Morning Startup Perth - https://www.meetup.com/Morning-Startup-Perth/
Redash - https://redash.io/
YouTube Music - https://music.youtube.com/
Intercom - https://www.intercom.com/
Learn more about The Uno Group & Co here: https://theunogroupco.com/
While Iain was on his last visit to Western Australia we managed to catch him for an episode to give us an update on Humm. Humm is a neurotechnology hardware startup that has gone from a few university graduates in Perth to a VC funded Silicon Valley startup in a few short years. New revolutions in brain science have allowed Humm to build the most accessible brain enhancing device ever. What's the catch? As Iain reveals in this episode "Hardware is hard" and what they are doing is such a moonshot that people often take some time to understand what they do and how their latest product a patch really does to your brain. Come with us now on a glimpse into the future of Neurohacking and how stimulating our brains might be the 20% we need to improve humanity.
Learn more about things we discussed with Iain here:
EMAS - https://www.facebook.com/EMASuwa
Bloom - https://www.bloom.org.au/
PlusEight Accelerator - https://pluseight.spacecubed.com/
Berkley Skydeck - https://skydeck.berkeley.edu/
Blue Yard - http://blueyard.com/
Humm - https://thinkhumm.com/
Show and tell - Noom - https://www.noom.com/
We recently caught up with Choë Constantinides to discuss her interesting portfolio career as an Innovation Consultant that spans across Startups, Apps, SAAS products and eCommerce. She’s taken over conferences, manufactured ethically sourced makeup brushes and worked with companies big and small on Innovation. Her biggest lesson experiment, experiment, experiment and she goes into why this is so important as a founder or anyone in business in this episode of Weird Growth.
Learn more about things we discussed with Chloe here:
Funtionally - https://www.functionally.com/
Kisanii - https://kisanii.co/
Rateit - https://rateitapp.com/
Curtin Ignition - https://research.curtin.edu.au/industry-partners/accelerate/
UWA IQ Academy - http://www.innovation.uwa.edu.au/iq-academy
She’s doing a cool sound course at the moment too which you can find here: https://www.ableton.com/en/
In this episode, we caught up with Aaron McDonald, Founder and Director at Pragma Lawyers, who grew a law firm from scratch to over 30 employees in just 6 years. How did he do it? Simple. Provide a better service in an old inefficient profession. Something that people seeking legal advice were crying out for. We also touched on Aaron's new online arbitration service, Judicate.
Learn more about the two companies here:
In this episode, we caught up with David Beros, Head of Product at DigitalX, a blockchain technology consultancy and development company based in Perth. We discussed the current blockchain scene, where it is heading and how DigitalX uses this technology to improve business process.
Ammo Marketing caught up with Trackmysubs & EXTAG founder Gabe Alves. In this podcast, Gabe discussed how he built two customer-centric startups and how to navigate the often silent killer "feature creep".
To Learn More on Trackmysubs: https://www.trackmysubs.com/
For EXTAG head here: https://www.extag.com.au/
Ammo Marketing caught up with Cordially App founders Ryan & Rob. Cordially is changing rental inspections for the better. In this podcast, we focused on a common occurrence for startups; how to sell a product that doesn't exist yet.
Learn more about Cordially here: https://www.cordially.app/