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154 — Mike McDerment

Podcast Summary:

What’s it like to found and scale the #1 cloud accounting software for small businesses and the self-employed? What’s it like to work out of your parent’s basement for three years while you grow your startup?  What’s it like to wait ten years to accept venture capital money and conquer your fear of doing so?  What’s it like to lead a growing company of over 250 team members?

Listen to Mike McDerment, the Founder & CEO of FreshBooks, in this revealing and candid interview as he answers all the above questions and more.

I was particularly impressed with his story about how greater self-awareness has been the key to his ability to scale himself as a CEO. My favorite quote: “I’ve got to slow down and actually be present in a way that is probably not natural to me.”

Let me know what you think. todd@fromfoundertoceo.com

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142 — Jessica Mah

Podcast Summary:

Refreshing. That’s what came to mind while I was interviewing Jessica for this episode. Jessica has experienced significant success with her fast-growth company, inDinero. She is just one of those down-to-earth CEOs who isn’t afraid to honestly describe the struggles we all face as we begin to scale our startups. She talks about:

  • Why she reads so many leadership books
  • How she used the power of “peer groups” to help improve her leadership abilities
  • Why she hired an executive coach
  • What led to her replacing her original startup team
  • What a challenging investor call reminded her about confidence
  • Why she wishes she was more honest with herself about the things that did not really excite her about the business.
  • …and so much more

Jessica packs in a lot of valuable insights in this short episode. Please let me know what you think.

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