More About the Interviewees

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You’re reading an excerpt of Stop Asking Questions, by Andrew Warner, a veteran podcast host of 2000+ episodes. The book explains how to lead high-impact interviews and learn anything from anyone. Master the craft of interviewing with this complete digital package. Purchase now for lifetime access to the book and extensive audio and video resources.

This book is only possible because of the exceptional people I’ve had a chance to interview. Here is a bit more about some of the ones mentioned in the book, as well as the businesses they’ve created.

Don’t Miss Your Ace Opportunity

Alan “Ace” Greenberg was a chairman of the executive committee of The Bear Stearns Companies, Inc.

“What’s a Win for You?”

Ashmita Das is the co-founder and CEO of Kolabtree, a freelance platform for scientists.

Adam Jackson is the founder of Braintrust, a user-controlled talent network.

Timothy Sykes is an investor who blogs about his trades and teaches investing at TimothySykes.com. He’s also the founder of Investimonials, where you can review anything financial.

Join the Resistance

Jason Fried is a co-founder of Basecamp, a project management platform, and Hey, an email service provider.

Look for Shoved Facts

Chris Martinez is the co-founder of DUDEAgency.io, which works with digital agencies to give them the people and process to help them scale profitably.

Reciprocation

Pablo Fuentes is the founder of Proven, a job post site for small businesses.

Kara Goldin is the founder of Hint, fruit-infused flavored water. She is also the author of Undaunted: My Story and Journey of Building Hint.

Robert LoCascio is the founder of LivePerson, most well known for its chat platform that allows companies to talk with visitors in real time on their websites.

Share Your Why

Taro Fukuyama is co-founder and CEO of Fond (formerly called AnyPerk), which partners with companies to provide hundreds of great perks and discounts for their employees.

“Because?”

John Doherty is the founder of Credo, which allows you to find and hire the best SEO, PPC, Facebook ads, or other digital marketing providers.

The Dramatic Lowball

Shradha Agarwal is the co-founder of Outcome Health (formally called ContextMedia), a suite of digital healthcare networks that merged with PatientPoint in 2021. Agarwal is also the founder and managing partner of JumpStart Ventures.

Chris Stoikos is the founder of The Beard Club, which sells grooming supplies to guys with beards.

Share a Higher Purpose

Nikki Durkin is the founder of Codemakers, a platform that teaches kids to code by creating Minecraft mods. Durkin is also the founder of 99dresses, a company that allowed women to trade fashion items with other users. 99dresses shut down in 2014.

Gregg Spiridellis is the co-founder and CEO of HiHo, a video communication platform that connects people with shared interests around great conversations. He is the former co-founder and CEO of JibJab, a digital entertainment studio. Spiridellis is also a writer and producer for Netflix.

Marcus Weller is the founder and former CEO of Skully Technologies, a company that created an augmented reality motorcycle helmet. Weller is now the Chairman of Payminto and holds a PhD in industrial psychology.

Stop Asking Questions

Alice Default is the co-founder of Double, which connects busy executives with experienced part-time assistants and delegation tools.

Rod Drury is a New Zealand technology entrepreneur, predominantly known for his association with accounting software company, Xero. Drury was CEO of Xero until 2018, after founding the company in 2006. Drury made his initial fortune through Glazier Systems, a New Zealand software development and consulting company, which was sold in 1999. He subsequently established Context Connect and an email technology company called Aftermail.

Sara Rodell is the founder of Loop & Tie, a gift choice platform that powers scalable, personalized corporate gifting programs.

Put the Words in Someone Else’s Mouth

James Altucher is an entrepreneur, author, investor, and chess player. His latest book is Skip the Line: The 10,000 Experiments Rule and Other Surprising Advice for Reaching Your Goals.

Ryan Hoover is the founder of Product Hunt, which surfaces the best new products every day. He’s also an investor at the Weekend Fund, an early-stage fund backing your next favorite thing.

Pre-ask the Shocking

Jonathon Triest is the managing partner of Ludlow Ventures, which has invested in Honey, StockX, 100 Thieves, Notarize, and dozens of other next-generation technology companies.

“A Time When You …”

Brad Feld is a managing director at Foundry Group. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, invests in software and Internet companies around the US, runs marathons, and reads a lot.

Allie Magyar is the founder and CEO of Hubb.me, a virtual event platform. Hubb was acquired by Notified in 2021.

Use Double-Barreled Questions

Alexis Ohanian is an American internet entrepreneur and investor. He is best known as the co-founder and executive chairman of the social media site Reddit along with Steve Huffman and Aaron Swartz. He also co-founded the early-stage venture capital firm Initialized Capital. He was also a partner at Y Combinator.

Mikkel Svane is the co-founder and CEO of Zendesk, which creates software for better customer service. Svane is also the author of the book, Startupland. Svane was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Use Icon Stories

Ilya Lichtenstein is the co-founder and former CEO of MixRank, which reveals competitors’ campaigns, showing you exactly what’s working for them. Lichtenstein left MixRank in 2016 and is now an investor at Demandpath.

Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of WordPress, the open-source blogging platform, and the founder of Automattic, the for-profit business that owns WordPress.com. You can read his personal blog at ma.tt.

Emmanuel Straschnov is the co-founder of Bubble, a visual programming language for web and mobile applications.

“Sorry to Interrupt …”

Jeff Sawyer Lee is an entrepreneur whose mission is to transform the direct-to-consumer space through performance-driven creative marketing.

Suuchi Ramesh is founder of Suuchi, a technology company that designs and manufactures clothing for fortune 1000 brands and emerging labels.

The Talking Release

Brian Clark is a writer, traveler, and entrepreneur. He’s the founder of Copyblogger, the Gen X personal growth newsletter Further, and Unemployable, a resource that provides smart strategies for freelancers and entrepreneurs.

Interview Structure 1: Hero’s Journey

Andrew Gazdecki is the founder of MicroAcquire, which helps startups get acquired. Gazdecki is the former founder and CEO of BiznessApps, which was acquired by ESW Capital in 2018.

Rosalind Resnick is an American consultant, real estate investor, journalist, author, and entrepreneur credited with the creation of opt-in email, a permission-based form of email marketing. She is currently the CEO and President of Double R Ventures, a New York City-based real estate investment and development company.

Interview Structure 2: How-To

Scott Bintz is the founder of RealTruck, an e-commerce pickup truck accessory company. RealTruck was sold to TruckHero in 2015. In 2020, Bintz re-entered the truck accessories space with RHR Swag.

Chris Ronzio is the CEO and founder of Trainual, which is a modern training platform for fast growing businesses.

Shilpi Sharma is the co-founder and former CEO of Kvantum, a marketing analytics platform for CPG and retail brands. Kvantum was acquired by Yum! Brands in 2021. Shilpi is now the Chief Stategy Officer of the Kvantum business unit.

Interview Structure 3: News

Alexis Ohanian is an American internet entrepreneur and investor. He is best known as the co-founder and executive chairman of the social media site Reddit along with Steve Huffman and Aaron Swartz. He also co-founded the early-stage venture capital firm Initialized Capital. He was also a partner at Y Combinator.

Joel Spolsky is the co-founder and former CEO of Stack Overflow, a question and answer community for developers. Spolsky stepped down as CEO in 2019 and founded HASH, a platform for fast, effective, distributed simulation of complex systems. He writes about software and other ideas on his blog, Joel on Software.

Interview Structure 4: Serendipitous

David Rubenstein is a billionaire businessman and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of the Carlyle Group, a global private equity investment company based in Washington, DC.

Interview Research

Sam Parr is the founder of the Hustle, one of the fastest-growing media brands in America. The Hustle gives 1M+ young people all the business news and information they need to start their day. In 2021, Parr sold the Hustle to Hubspot.

Derek Sivers was a circus musician and ringleader in the late 1980s. He later founded and sold CD Baby, the largest distributor for indie music online. Sivers is the author of multiple books, including Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur.

Rasty Turek is the founder and CEO of Pex, a market leader in digital rights technology. Pex ensures transparency and accuracy in attribution by bringing together all stakeholders and industries to license and manage content.

Personal-Touch Research

Steven Clausnitzer is the founder of Forever Labs, a Stem Cell banking service for adults.

Gregory Galant is the creator of the Shorty Awards and founder of Muck Rack, where you can find journalists, get press for your story, monitor the news, and report on the impact of your PR.

Self-interest

Cameron Herold is the former COO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK and founder of COO Alliance, the world’s leading network for COOs and the second in command. Herold is also an author, speaker, and coach for CEOs around the world.

Sahil Lavingia is the founder of Gumroad, which helps creators sell products online. He is also the author of The Minimalist Entrepreneur.

Aditya Nagrath is the co-founder, CEO, and Chancellor of Elephant Learning, a gamification of a proven math curriculum for children.

Vivian Shen is the co-founder and CEO of Juni Learning, an online, membership-driven learning platform for learners ages 7–18. Juni offers courses on coding, math, science, investing, and more.

Get Back to Purpose

Ahti Heinla is an Estonian computer programmer and businessman. He was the founding engineer for Skype. Now he is the co-founder and CEO of Starship Technologies, a robotics company creating automated delivery vehicles.

Minnie Ingersoll is a partner at TenOneTen Ventures, an LA-based venture capital firm. Previously, she was the co-founder of Shift, an online car-buying marketplace. Ingersoll was also one of the first 500 employees at Google and stayed with the company through its IPO.

Shoba Murali is the founder, CEO and President of the UCAN Company, a nutritional company that creates food products using a propriety carbohydrate called SuperStarch.

Ditch the Outline

Tim Ferriss is an entrepreneur, author, investor, podcast host, and self-described “human guinea pig.” He’s the author of best-selling books including The 4-Hour Work Week, The 4-Hour Body, and Tribe of Mentors. His podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, is one of the most successful business podcasts of all time.

Hosea Jan “Ze” Frank is an American online performance artist, composer, humorist, and public speaker based in Los Angeles. Frank is currently best known for his “True Facts” YouTube series, a humorous exploration of the animal kingdom.

Gary Vaynerchuk is the chairman of VaynerX, a modern-day media and communications holding company, and the active CEO of VaynerMedia, a full-service advertising agency servicing Fortune 100 clients across the company’s five locations.

Fred Wilson is the Managing Partner of two venture capital firms, Flatiron Partners and Union Square Ventures. Some of his most famous investments include Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Kickstarter, Zynga, Etsy, and MongoDB.

The Billboard

Tara Reed is the founder of Apps Without Code, an online education platform that teaches people how to create apps without coding. To date, Apps Without Code has trained over 40,000 entrepreneurs in 14 countries.

Superstars: Why You Don’t Need Them

Andrew Burnett-Thompson is the founder and CEO of SciChart, a platform that helps developers create fast, rich, and interactive WPF Charts.

Brian Chesky is the co-founder and CEO of the peer-to-peer lodging service Airbnb. Chesky was named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People of 2015.”

Rohan Gilkes is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Lawn Tribe, Back Pack, Wet Shave Club, Maids in Black, and Launch27. He has helped hundreds of companies launch and grow through a series of transparent case studies on his companies.

Drew Houston is the co-founder and CEO of Dropbox, an online backup and storage service.

Marc Merrill is the co-founder, co-chairman, and former co-CEO of Riot Games, the creator of the online battle game, League of Legends.

Superstars: How to Land Them

Tim Ferriss is an entrepreneur, author, investor, podcast host, and self-described “human guinea pig.” He’s the author of best-selling books including The 4-Hour Work Week, The 4-Hour Body, and Tribe of Mentors. His podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, is one of the most successful business podcasts of all time.

Steve Huffman is a web developer and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Reddit, a social news and discussion website, which ranks in the top 20 websites in the world. He also co-founded the airfare search-engine website Hipmunk.

Justin Kan is an internet entrepreneur and investor who co-founded the law-tech company Atrium where he served as CEO. He is the co-founder of live video platforms Justin.tv and Twitch, as well as the mobile social video application Socialcam.

David Rubenstein is a billionaire businessman and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of the Carlyle Group, a global private equity investment company based in Washington, DC.

Newsmakers

Gagan Biyani is a serial entrepreneur, marketer, and journalist. He was a co-founder of Udemy, an online education company, and was co-founder and CEO of Sprig, a food delivery company.

Bari Baumgardner is the founder of Sage Event Management, which helps you to manage profitable live events and create successful online video launches.

Role Model

Daniel Brusilovsky is the VP of Technology for the Golden State Warriors and their stadium, the Chase Center. Brusilovsky is also co-founder of imoji (acquired by GIPHY) and the founder of Teens in Tech, an organization that provides tools and resources for young entrepreneurs around the world.

Salesperson’s Technique

Tikhon Bernstam is an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded the companies Scribd and Parse. He is also a general partner at Uncommon Capital.

David Rusenko is the general manager of e-commerce at Square. He was also the founder and CEO of Weebly.

Emmett Shear is the co-founder and CEO of TwitchTV, the video game broadcasting platform. He also co-founded Justin.tv alongside Justin Kan.

Naomi Simson is the founder of Big Red Group (BRG), the largest marketplace of experiences in Australia and New Zealand, and home to leading brands including Adrenaline, Lime&Tonic, and RedBalloon.

Fans, Assemble

Mike Colella is an online marketer. He is the founder of Adbeat, which helps marketers discover the top ads across 5,000+ sites.

Dennis Crowley is an entrepreneur who co-founded the social networking sites Dodgeball and Foursquare. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Kingston Stockade Football Club, a semi-professional soccer team out of Hudson Valley, NY.

Guest Promotion

Paul Graham is a partner at Y Combinator, which gives startups seed funding and mentorship. He’s known for his work on a new Lisp dialect called “Arc,” his essays, and for founding and administering Hacker News. Previously, he co-founded Viaweb, which was sold in 1998 and became Yahoo! Store.

Quin Hoxie is the founder of Swiftype, which is the easiest way to add great search to your website or mobile app.

Vishen Lakhiani is the founder of Mindvalley, an award-winning education movement with over 10 million students worldwide. He’s also the best-selling author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind and Buddha and the Badass.

Not Giving Up

Ash Ambirge is the creator of The Middle Finger Project, a blog, book, and community for women ready to ditch corporate life for remote work and travel.

Tara Hunt is an author, speaker, and startup founder. She has been called a “pioneer in online marketing and one of the most respected authorities on online communities.”

Bill Reichert was the founder and managing partner of Garage Technology Ventures for more than 20 years, where he was the first investor in Pandora. Today he is a partner at Pegasus Tech Ventures, a global venture capital firm that has invested in more than 140 startups worldwide, mainly in AI, Robotics, Big Data, Healthtech, and deep technologies.

Tyler Suchman is the founder of Tribal Core, a Wordpress-focused web marketing agency in Ventura County. Their core web services are site and search engine optimization, online advertising including Google Ads (formerly AdWords), and content strategy.

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