Podcast #37 – 6 secrets to startup success with Matt from Vooza

In episode 37Matt Stillman 150x150 of Web Domination, I chat with Matt Stillman (@Voozahq) the CEO of Vooza. Matthew sees his role as standing at the intersection of technology and the humanities. “People wonder how I’m so productive. And the key is: I spend 12 hours a day reading articles about productivity.”

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6 Key Ingredients of a Successful Startup

1.  Design is everything

  • Inspired by leaves and nature
  • 7,000 shades of blue – tropical storm blue
  • Crawling like an ant and putting it into a text box
  • Go outside and find a tree
  • See design inspired by nature here

2. Get the team productive – Entreprenogrphy

  • Spending more time reading about it than doing work
  • You’re lying to co-workers (haven’t heard of Seth Godin)
  • Not attracted to real work – addicted to mixergy interviews
  • Feel like a productivity pervert
  • Suffering from isolation – need to get more agile, more lean
  • See video on the Entrepreneurs productivity test

3. Be a student of the game

4. Technical prowess

  • PHP is good for web apps in 2003
  • Ruby on Rails is what the cool kids are using
  • JavaScript is for old people
  • Handcuff programming
  • Call them code pigs instead of programmer
  • Check out the Code Pigs video here

5. Think big – 10x

  • Donald Trump said “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” “
  • Vooza have a 10x philosophy.
  • 10x bigger, 10x better, 10x faster
  • 10x crying
  • 10x by 10x = 20x harder
  • Check out the Core Value 10x video

6. Pitch

  • Tell a story – Laughter or tears
  • 300-400 pitches – no success
  • Should be able to convey your idea in 10 seconds or even just a sound
  • Some of Vooza’s pivosts “like Spotify meets Grinder but for rental cars but run as if it was for a hotel.” or Flipspot “Instapaper, meets kickstarter, and a little bit like quora without the questions – took credit card payments and made them animated gifs.
  • Check out the Pitch video here

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Dan Norris is a co-founder at WP Curve and a passionate entrepreneur with an obsession for content marketing.

  • laughing uncontrollably

    • Haha thanks man, loved doing this one!

  • I have no idea what this is going to be about, I’ve only watched the youtube vid. But this is so awesome already. Report back when I actually listen to the podcast…

    • Haha thanks, I was kind of hoping I would catch a few people not realising that he was taking the piss but I think I failed at that. It becomes pretty obvious once he starts talking about stopping showering and dropping acid at work.

  • That’s so funny : )… even funnier when they say something and it links to a real company out there doing the silly things they are saying.

  • He comes across so straight about it, no idea he was taking the piss. Hilarious stuff

    • So you didn’t realise? You might be my first victim. At what point did you realise? Was it the dropping acid?

  • Carol Ickes

    I enjoyed this. Not sure how you managed to keep from laughing. He made some very good points too. Shared this podcast with a few people on Linkedin.

    • I was grabbing my nose and mouth for the whole thing. I came pretty close quite a few times I think you can hear me moving the mic away from my face too.

  • This is brillant! Well played Dan

  • “Just like Quora but without the questions”

    • hey Khalid, nice to see you here. Are we friends again?

  • Dan, did you edit out all your laughter?

    • I managed to not laugh. Grabbed my nose and mouth for pretty much the whole thing. You can hear a few places where I moved the mic away from my face where I thought I was going to lose it haha.

  • Dan, did you edit out all your laughter?

  • Fantastic show, Dan.

    • Thanks man I had a great time on this one. Matt was solid.

  • Josh Moore

    Put me down as a naive ‘victim’ Dan! I had no idea about Vooza before listening to the podcast. And yeah, it was at the dropping acid part that I finally realised he was just mocking everything. Well played!

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