YEC Lands Forbes Partnership, 1000’s of Paying Members Including YEC Network

Ryan Paugh

In Episode #232, Nathan speaks with Ryan Paugh, a man who builds kick-ass communities for entrepreneurs and Gen Y dreamers. Listen as Nathan asks Ryan about what inspired him to get into community building, how he does it so effectively, and what enticed Forbes to become one of his partners.

Famous 5

  • Favorite Book? – Lessons in Excellence
  • What CEO do you follow?—None
  • What is your favorite online tool?— Slack
  • Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— No
  • If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be?—Create early on—don’t wait until you’re in your late 20s

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:06 – Nathan’s introduction
  • 01:30 – Welcoming Ryan to the show
  • 02:00 – Ryan’s main focus
  • 04:31 – You’ve got to have real people behind the scenes
  • 04:53 – How Ryan drives revenue
  • 06:05 – What it costs to join Founders Society
    • 07:22 –Roughly 500 members
  • 09:15 – Total membership of the Forbes Partnership—it’s in the thousands
  • 09:44 – Forbes gets a cut—that’s why they take the time to support the community
  • 10:55 – These communities are both an online and offline venture
  • 11:53 — @RyanPaugh
  • 13:49 – Famous 5

3 Key Points:

  1. At the end of the day, you need real people to run your company.
  2. You have access to more communities than you realize—get out there and take advantage of them.
  3. If you’re willing to offer them a monetary cut, you can secure BIG, name-brand partners.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Host Gator – The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for cheapest price possible
  • Leadpages – The drag and drop tool Nathan uses to quickly create his webinar landing pages which convert at 35%+
  • Audible – Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5 hour drive) to listen to audio books.
  • Founders Society – One of the communities operated by Ryan
  • Mallard Creatives – Provider of Show Notes


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