#2067 Tax credits your startup might be missing

I met Lloyd Lobo five years ago at a dinner  and he seemed like a super confident guy. Everything seemed like it was going his way at that time. It wasn’t until I started reading up on him in preparation for this interview that I realized how much he was struggling with his startup.
I want to find out about that period of his life and how he turned it around.
Lloyed is the co-founder of Boast.ai which helps businesses recover their R&D costs from the government. We’ll talk about what that means and how it affects startups.

Lloyed Lobo is the co-founder of Boast.ai which helps businesses recover their R&D costs from the government.

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#2066 Bootstrapped in a basement; sold for $32,000,000

Today I have a guest who I have been talking to for over 10 years as he bootstrapped his company.
Francois Arbour is the founder of PremiumBeat, a curated library of royalty-free music for creative professionals.
He sold that company to Shutterstock and has gone on to do many other things. I want to know how a guy who started out in the basement became somebody so freaking good at building companies that he’s helping others do it too.

Francois Arbour is the founder of PremiumBeat, a curated library of royalty-free music for creative professionals.

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#2065 Getting paid top dollar for podcast ads

Joining me is a long-time listener and I’m excited to have him on here. He’s created a solution that helps podcasters get top dollar for their ads. If you are a content creator, you’ll want to hear this interview. If you’re a company trying to figure out where to place your ad spend, you’ll want to hear this interview.
David Tintner is the co-founder of ThoughtLeaders.io, a sponsored content marketplace. In this episode, we talk about the problem advertisers face and how his company is helping creators better monetize their content.

David Tintner is the co-founder of ThoughtLeaders.io, a sponsored content marketplace.

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#2064 Becoming a technical founder (without a software background)

Joining me is an investment banker who decided he wanted to start a software company. But instead of going online and finding a technical co-founder to do all the work, he spent two years learning how to code.
Ryan Coon is the co-founder of Avail, which simplifies property management for independent landlords.
In this interview we’re going to hear the entire story of how he built it up to how he sold it to Realtor.com.

Ryan Coon is the co-founder of Avail, which simplifies property management for independent landlords.

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#2063 Making Community Your Competitive Advantage

Joining me as someone who I had an awkward conversation with about a decade ago. I think he would say the same about that day. He was in his early twenties and didn’t have much to say.
Well, 10 years later, he’s written a book and has a successful business. I want to find out how he made such a transformation.
David Spinks is the co-founder of CMX Hub and author of The Business of Belonging.

David Spinks is the co-founder of CMX Hub and author of The Business of Belonging.

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Embracing New Tech As an Entrepreneur

You probably already know that technology is very important in modern times. Businesses are utilizing technology to provide better service to customers in various ways. You need to embrace new technology as a business owner so that your company can thrive. Read on to learn about why new technology is so important to your business success. 

Failure to Adopt New Technology Can Spell the End

Some companies make the mistake of not adopting new technology and sticking to outdated ways of doing things. Progress moves forward and you can’t just stick with the old way of doing things if you want to keep up with your competition. Companies that don’t upgrade to new technology run the risk of becoming irrelevant over time. You don’t want your business to look like a relic and become something that can’t keep up with your competitors. 

Technology Can Give You a Competitive Edge

It’s also true that adopting new tech can give you a competitive edge that will lead to greater success. Larger companies have to take more time to adopt new tech and this can give you an advantage over them. It’s also going to allow you to connect with customers in different ways. Your business can stand out positively if you utilize tech to its full potential. 

Tech Can Help Your Business to Grow

Your business is something that needs to grow over time and growth comes easier when you use technology. Tech can make scaling your company a smooth experience and you should embrace new tech as soon as you can. If you aspire to make your company larger than it currently is, then you definitely need to utilize technology. There are so many ways that tech can be used to scale companies efficiently. 

Tech Can Make Your Life Easier

Have you ever wanted to be able to do certain things easier when it comes to running your business? Adopting new tech has the potential to make your life substantially easier. You can streamline various processes and save money while doing so. For many businesses, making use of new tech is going to put them in a much better position to achieve long-term goals. 

Embracing New Tech As an Entrepreneur

Leading Through Uncertain Times

Going through difficult times will be tough no matter what type of person you are. If you’re in a leadership position, then you have to find it within yourself to keep moving forward. If you’re facing uncertain times now and you’re trying to figure out how to lead to the best of your abilities, then keep reading. You’ll be able to get several tips about how you can lead people through even the most tumultuous times. 

Make Communication Your Priority

Communication needs to be taken very seriously if you’re going to have a hope of getting through uncertain times. You need to listen to the concerns of your people so that you can assuage their fears. It’s also necessary to get everyone on the same page and to give concise orders. Your communication skills can help you to get through this period if you’re using them properly. 

Be Ready to Act 

Tough times aren’t always going to give you advanced warning that they’re coming. This is why good leaders need to be ready to act quickly in the face of adversity. You can’t always wait around to make decisions when something unprecedented is occurring around you. The best leaders will have the ability to examine a situation fast and make the best decisions that they can to help their companies. 

Become Resilient

Resiliency is crucial when uncertain times are shaking things up at the workplace. You might suffer some financial issues and sometimes it can be tough to weather the storm. If you don’t keep getting back up, then you’re never going to achieve your goals or lead your people to success. You must be tough and you have to possess the will to keep going even when things look dire. 

Lead by Example

Leading by example might be the best thing that you can do to lead your people effectively. Tough times require leaders to inspire the people who are working with them. If you can shoulder your part of the load, then you’ll be able to inspire others to work hard just like you’re doing. Leaders who are prepared to get into the trenches and put in the hard work are much better at getting through uncertain times. 

Leading Through Uncertain Times

Training for a Marathon

So, you have started thinking about running a marathon and now you’re wondering how you can train for it. It’s a test, both emotionally and physically, and it’s something that can have immense positive ramifications in all facets of your life if you let it.

Running a marathon is no joke and you understand that this needs to be taken seriously if you want to finish it and do well. Read the advice below to learn how to train for a marathon. It should help you to find the success that you are looking for. 

Build Your Base Mileage Over Time

It’s not smart to try to start out running a long-distance if your body isn’t prepared for it. Building up your base mileage over time is the best way to go. Typically, they say that you should increase your base mileage 10% every week to do things safely. Some people might be able to push that number a bit higher, but the most important thing is to strive toward improving. 

Go out on runs at least three times per week. Some people run as much as five times per week when training for a marathon. Just do what you can while also recognizing your limits. 

Go on a Long Run Every Seven Days or So

Go on a long run every seven days or so. This is going to help your body to get used to running long distances. You can see these long runs as practice marathons and you’ll notice yourself getting better at these runs as you go deeper into your training. 

The Importance of Speed Work

Working on building up your speed over time is also incredibly important. Intervals and tempo runs can help you to get the speed that you’re looking for. Your cardiovascular conditioning will improve and you’ll be able to run faster for longer periods of time. This should lead to you being able to run a much more successful marathon if you take your training seriously. 

Rest and Recovery Are Also Important

The importance of rest and recovery should not be underestimated. You can’t simply train every single day and expect your body to be able to keep up with the demanding training schedule. Rest is important so that your body will stay healthy and your mental health is also a part of this process. It’s not going to be helpful if you feel burned out before the actual marathon even begins. 

Training for a Marathon

Training for Your First Ironman

The challenge of competing in an ironman isn’t something that everyone will be up to. Many people consider competing in an ironman, but they wind up backing out due to not having enough confidence. If your heart is set on competing, then it’s going to be crucial to train your heart out. Training is going to take 13 weeks and you’re going to need to give it your all. 

Weekend Workouts Are Crucial

Weekend workouts are going to be crucial when you’re training for your first ironman. Most people have to focus on weekend workouts because they need to work during the week. If you are retired or if you’re independently wealthy, then that’s a different story. However, an average individual is going to have to save a lot of the training for the weekends. 

These weekend training sessions will be very long and you’ll want to ramp up the training as it gets closer to the date for the ironman competition. Most of your weekend training sessions will involve several hours of cycling. Some of them will include multiple hours of swimming instead. You need to try to get as many training hours in as you can so using your time wisely is imperative. 

Proper Nutrition

Nutrition is important when you’re trying to get good results in your first ironman competition. When you’re working out for more than an hour, it’s going to be necessary to drink one bottle of water each hour. Also, you should be consuming somewhere around 200 calories each hour to give yourself the necessary energy to keep pushing forward. Failure to do this will lead to your body shutting down and this is not going to help your chances. 

Your body is going to become an efficient fat-burning machine because of your training. This will give you the ability to compete in a grueling race such as the ironman. It isn’t going to be easy even if you train perfectly and it takes a substantial amount of willpower. If you are ready to give it your all, then you should move forward with confidence and commit to putting in the training hours.

Training for Your First Ironman

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