About this episode

Ben Chestnut is the CEO and Co-founder of Mailchimp, a leading marketing platform for small businesses and Inc’s 2017 Company of the Year. They democratize marketing technology for small businesses, creating innovative products that empower our customers to grow.

So much of the startup noise today is about how much you've raised or if your startup is even worthy of investment. I want you to understand the idea of entrepreneurship that has been propagated in today's media outlets is not the standard or the norm. You do not need VC money to build your business or to validate that you have something worth pursuing. So when you hear Ben's story, I hope it leaves you walking a bit taller, knowing that it is absolutely possible to build a billion-dollar business one customer at a time and with no investment capital. In fact, Ben learned from a very early age that anything is possible as long as you're willing to put in the work.

In this episode, you'll hear.

Ben’s early days and what led him to start MailChimp.
Ben’s thoughts on bringing capital into the business.
How he stayed the course despite competitor noise.
Tactics Ben used to acquire his first 10,000 users.
How to determine pricing and consumer tolerance in a SaaS product.
How COVID-19 has affected Ben and his leadership team.
Ben’s advice to any entrepreneur who feels stuck.

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August 18 2020
Ben Chestnut, co-founder of Mailchimp
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