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Mike Williams

Marketplace Advisor | Founder @Studiotime, @Thinkbox | Investor

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Want to learn how to build, launch, and scale an online marketplace? Interested in building profitable startups from someone doing so?I'm sharing everything I've learned along the way from taking ideas to profitable startups, then acquisition. Even what I'm learning now on the other side angel investing. I'm an entrepreneur that builds, works with, and invests in startups (usually marketplaces).I currently run Thinkbox, a startup studio and Studiotime. The two previous startups I started were acquired (one funded and one bootstrapped). Since then I've gone on to invest in 15+ startups that have raised $110M+ and also a partner in two funds. I love sharing about everything.

Steph Smith

Growth Marketer, Writer, Developer

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Steph has been working remotely for over three years, as a growth marketer, writer, and indie maker. She spent three years at Toptal, most recently leading their Publications team, and is now leads Trends.co. Recently, she wrote a book (Doing Content Right), which has sold thousands of copies since its launch in September. She’s a big advocate for remote work and actively writes about it over at her blog, which has been read by over 400k people since launch in 2019. She is also a self-taught developer and has built multiple projects, some of which have gone to #1 on Product Hunt, won awards, and led her to being nominated for Maker of the Year in 2018.

Andrew Gazdecki

Founder @ MicroAcquire. Inc. 30 under 30

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I’m Andrew Gazdecki and I’ve been an entrepreneur for longer than I can remember. I like to build stuff, mostly companies, and try to tell a story that goes beyond what the company does to how it’s changing markets. I started my first company, Bizness Apps, while still in college. We made mobile app development affordable for small businesses, and initially, raised around $100,000 in funding. By the time Bizness Apps was acquired by private equity firm Think3, we had grown to $10M in annual recurring revenue, operating in 40 countries, and employing over 100 people. Now, $100,000 isn’t a lot of money, so we needed a story that resonated with our target market so we could scale before the cash ran out. What was the bigger picture? What positive change did our business enable? In the end, we had the perfect David vs Goliath tale. We helped small businesses compete against their larger rivals through mobile marketing – and this struck an emotional chord with our customers. My second business, Altcoin.io, was a decentralized exchange (DEX) for trading digital assets. The story here was simple: by trading on our decentralized, non-custodial platform, traders could protect their assets. Altcoin.io became a champion of security in a market dominated by custodial platforms that put users’ funds at risk. By challenging the status quo, we were defending the rights of traders everywhere – a story that our prospects loved. This eventually lead the company to be acquired by global investment firm BnkToTheFuture. A good brand story elevates companies above the competition. While someone can copy your product or service, they can’t copy your brand. So tell stories that excite your customers and align with their goals.

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