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Lillie Cameron

In Episode #373, Nathan interviews Lillie Cameron, a brand new mom who also runs her own business. She started EcoSafe Spaces with her now husband. The company provides design and building services for green, eco-friendly construction. She also works with Rackspace, which has recently revamped its policies for maternity and paternity leave.

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Famous 5:

  • Favorite Book? – The Advantage, with its six-question model
  • What CEO do you follow? — Elon Musk
  • Favorite online tool? — Trello
  • Do you get 8 hours of sleep? — No
  • If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be? — Surround yourself with people who lift you up. Don’t be afraid to fail.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:13 – Nathan introduces Lillie
  • 01:50 – Green construction
    • 02:10 – They had a friend who lost a child during pregnancy because of construction chemicals
  • 02:30 – EcoSafe Spaces
    • 02:40 – Design and building services
  • 03:10 – Their recent project in downtown Austin
  • 03:50 – Around $500000 jobs
  • 04:15 – “The most energy efficient homes in the city”
  • 04:30 – The sales pitch
    • 04:50 – People in Austin understand sustainability
  • 05:35 – Opened in 2007
  • 05:45 – Margins vary – fixed rate vs. cost plus contract
    • 06:10 – Fixed rate
    • 06:45 – The contract is much more flexible
  • 07:20 – Fixed rate deal that went bad
  • 07:35 – Now they do mostly cost plus contracts
  • 07:50 – Up to 7 projects at a time
  • 08:30 – The plan for EcoSafe
    • 08:55 – There are benefits to being a small business
  • 09:20 – Lillie also works with Rackspace
  • 09:25 – Recruited in 2009 by a former boss
  • 09:55 – She did project management work, but wore multiple hats
  • 10:45 – It is utility-based computing
  • 11:10 – How this type of service was first received
  • 12:30 – There are many different types of customers
  • 13:20 – They have a unique angle
  • 13:35 – Rackspace is a great place for new parents to work
  • 14:10 – Maternity leave in this country
    • 14:45 – Canada does a year of leave
    • 15:00 — Paternity and maternity leave needs awareness
  • 15:55 – ecosafespaces.com and Lillie Cameron on LinkedIn
  • 17:50 – The Famous Five

3 Key Points:

  1. Find a business idea that solves an important problem.
  2. Consider maternity leave in the US and how it needs to improve.
  3. You can balance it all, as a business owner and a parent.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Host Gator – The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for cheapest price possible.
  • Freshbooks – The site Nathan uses to manage his invoices and accounts.
  • 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.