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Teaching CSS to 800k YouTube Subscribers with Kevin Powell

I spoke to Kevin Powell, YouTuber and front-end CSS teacher about how he operates his YouTube content business and how he grew to over 800,000 subscribers.  Brian and ...

YouTube as a Business with Aaron Francis

Aaron Francis, creator of screencasting.com and prolific YouTuber returns to the show to talk all things video, screencasting and growing a business on YouTube.Brian a...

From Selling a WordPress Business to SaaS with Justin Ferriman

Justin Ferriman, founder of LearnDash, talks to me about how he started, grew, and exited from this WordPress business in the LMS space.  Brian and Justin’s conversati...

The Science Behind a Creator Business with Jay Clouse

 Jay Clouse, who runs Creator Science, joins me to talk all things creator businesses.  Brian and Jay’s conversation was recorded on November 8th, 2023 

Scaling a Fitness Coaching Business with Adam Gilbert

Adam Gilbert, founder of My Body Tutor, joins me to talk about how he scaled a personal fitness coaching business.  Brian and Adam’s conversation was recorded on Novem...

3+ Years of Nomad Life with Dru Riley

Dru Riley, founder of Trends.vc, returns to the show to talk about his life as a digital nomad for 3+ years.Brian and Dru's conversation was recorded on November 20th,...

Products vs. Creator Businesses with Aaron Francis

Aaron Francis, creator of screencasting.com and prolific YouTuber joins me to talk about his “Era of Maximum Effort”. We get into building products businesses vs. crea...

The Laravel Ecosystem with Ian Landsman

Ian Landsman of HelpSpot joins me to unpack all things Laravel ecosystem.Brian and Ian's conversation was recorded on November 3rd, 2023.

Choosing & Sustaining Product Ideas w/ Colleen Schnettler

Colleen Schnettler, founder of HelloQuery, joins me for a wide-ranging discussion around the question of choosing the right product idea to commit to as an entrepreneu...

Growing a Newsletter Business with Dru Riley (Trends.vc)

Dru Riley, founder of Trends.vc joins me to talk about building his Newsletter and Community business and the systems and processes he’s used to grow it.Brian and Dru'...

Rebuilding a SaaS from the ground up with Ian Landsman (HelpSpot)

Ian Landsman and his team at Userscape work on HelpSpot, a well-established SaaS product for customer support.  And after well over 10 years in business, they decided ...

Open Threads Returns!

Open Threads is returning!This is a quick update where I (Brian Casel) give you a preview of what's to come in the upcoming weekly episodes of Open Threads.  Plus a no...

Be Back in a Bit!

Hey! Just want to let you know that I’ll be taking a break (for a bit) from recording new episodes of this Open Threads podcast.But don’t unsubscribe! I promise to com...

Pivoting and Building Awareness for a New Product (in a Competitive Space) with J.R. Farr

Lemon Squeezy, the new platform for building SaaS businesses went through quite a few iterations before J.R. Farr and the Make Lemonade crew figured out what it is and...

Newsletter-Driven Entrepreneurial Exploration with Corbett Barr

I invited Corbett back on the show when I noticed he’s been picking up steam on his Substack-based newsletter, Starting Things. Clearly, he’s in the exploration phase ...

The Hidden Value Organizing and Attending a Conference for Fellow Founders with Tyler Tringas

Founder Summit was one of the best conferences I’ve attended because it’s built on the idea that a conference is really about the relationships, not the headline speak...

Creating Noteworthy Podcasts for Big Brands (as a business) with Harry Morton

Harry Morton, founder of Lower Street, is back on the show today to take us inside the creative process behind big brand podcast productions. These aren’t your run-of-...

Forming a Dream Team Partnership with J.R. Farr

In 2020, after a hugely successful run building and exiting MOJO Marketplace, J.R. Farr announced the formation of a “dream team” new company known as Make Lemonade. W...

Hitting the Creative Reset Button (in between businesses) with Corbett Barr

After building, selling and exiting Fizzle, a community and content-based business, Corbett Barr decided to hit the reset button. How? By deleting all of his social me...

Starting & Sustaining a Fund for Calm Companies with Tyler Tringas

From bootstrapping and selling a SaaS to… Starting a fund for bootstrapped SaaS companies. Tyler Tringas talks about that transition and what he’s learned since starti...

Talking Code & Product with Benedikt Deicke

It’s strange how little we talk about the code side of building and running a software business. So Benedikt Deicke, technical co-founder of Userlist, joins me to geek...

A Music Production Geek Out Session with Harry Morton

I’m on a quest to geek out with all my founder friends who are also musicians. Harry Morton shares a love for the combo of tech + creativity in music production. We ge...

American Founder Life Abroad (and Back) with Craig Hewitt

Craig Hewitt, founder of Castos, moved to France for 5 years but he and his family have moved back here to the States. We unpack life and business abroad vs. stateside...

Shipping Speed & Deciding What to Build Next with Benedikt Deicke

In SaaS, speed matters. A lot. Benedikt Deicke, co-founder of Userlist, joins me to chat about shipping speed and how we decide what to build next. It’s too easy to ge...

Geeking out on Music Documentaries with Justin Jackson

I could talk for days about music. So can Justin Jackson, cofounder of Transistor. So we geeked out on our favorite bands, documentaries, and how these experiences act...

Starting Over with a New SaaS Idea with Nathan Powell

After exiting his 1st SaaS and shuttering all his social media profiles, Nathan Powell is back online with a new idea for a SaaS - Feature Flux. Let’s dig into it.Bria...

Quitting the Internet (for a while) with Nathan Powell

The story of why Nathan Powell quit the internet for a while after exiting his SaaS business (and why he came back to start his new company, Feature Flux).Brian and Na...

People Strategy with Tyler King

Tyler King, CEO and co-founder of Less Annoying CRM, is back on the show to talk about teams. Remote, in-house, culture, experience, and everything in between.Brian an...

Sharing Our Fails (& Wins) with Craig Hewitt

Building in public ain’t all about the highlight reel. Craig Hewitt, founder of Castos, and I agree that there’s so much more to learn from our fails. The question is,...

The business of snowboarding (in the ‘90s) with Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson, co-founder of Transistor, joins me to share the story of how he started a snowboard shop in the late 90s and what, if any, parallels can be drawn to so...

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