About this episode

Why won’t you let yourself succeed? What is holding you back from growing or starting your business? Those are the questions this week’s guest, Tucker Max, the co-founder of Scribe Media, wants you to ponder.

Tucker Max is also a New York Times best-selling author and ghostwriter. He is someone who knows a thing or two about book writing, marketing, and selling. And his company, Scribe Media, builds off of his strengths. Scribe Media helps authors write and publish their books.

In 2014, Tucker and his co-founder launched what would become Scribe Media. At that time, Tucker was the CEO. And, he was terrible at being CEO. The company started falling apart within the first two years. Tucker stepped down, and within just a year of hiring a new CEO, the company doubled its growth.

You must know your strengths and have humility and discernment to be an entrepreneur and staff your startup accordingly. Here is Tucker Max’s startup story.

In this episode, you’ll hear

  • About his early childhood and how he came from a long line of people who were entrepreneurial
  • How Tucker let his ego get the best of him throughout college and how he got a taste of humble pie after graduating with a law degree; he ended up getting fired from his first small law firm job in two and a half weeks.
  • About his transition from lawyer to entrepreneur
  • Tucker came up with his first book idea in 2002 before social media and self-publishing were the norm. He shares his experience sending query letters in an attempt to make a book deal and failing horribly at it.
  • Following many rejection letters, he decided to publish his content on the internet; his material began to “blow up,” he caught the attention of MTV, and they did a show about him. And then, he finally landed his first book deal.
  • How he became a New York Times best-selling author, the first time
  • After several more bestsellers, Tucker decided to pivot his career; you’ll hear how he ended up working for tech startups and even became an angel investor.
  • Then learn how he went from tech startup to the co-founder and CEO of his own startup, Scribe Media.
  • Tucker shares openly and authentically his experience as a CEO, how he sucked at it and ultimately turned the job over to someone else, plus what he learned about himself and his organization.
  • How Scribe Media helps authors write and publish their books.

“There is a way to tell your story that helps you AND other people.” - Tucker Max

Resources from this episode

The Startup Story LIVE Dallas! May 7th in Dallas. Tickets on sale now → https://startupstorylive.com

Scribe Media: https://scribewriting.com
Tucker Max on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tuckermax

The Startup Story on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thestartupstory
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Special Guest: Tucker Max.

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March 10 2020
Tucker Max, founder of Scribe Media

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