Exited in 2013, Now Moving From “Job” To Startup CEO Again. How? with Ariel Camus

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In Episode #455, Nathan interviews Ariel Camus, a product builder, 500 startups alumni and the CEO and Founder of TouristEye, acquired by Lonely Planet in 2013. Today, Ariel is building a new education system called HackerPath that utilizes collaboration between peers and bots.

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Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Founders at Work
  • What CEO do you follow? – N/A
  • Favorite online tool? — Google Apps
  • Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— No
  • If you could let your 20-year-old self know one thing, what would it be? – “Relax, you’re doing well. Have more fun”

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:12 – Nathan introduces Ariel to the show
  • 01:35 – TouristEye is Ariel’s first company and exited it in 2013
  • 01:45 – TouristEye is a travel guide for mobile devices with all information offline
    • 02:03 – Revenue is from referral fees and premium features in application
    • 02:24 – Raised funding for TouristEye
    • 02:55 – Acquisition price of Lonely Planet
    • 03:18 – Why did you sell TouristEye?
  • 04:50 – Ariel was 26 when he sold TouristEye
  • 05:00 – Ariel joined Lonely Planet after selling TouristEye
  • 06:00 – Ariel is starting a new project related to teaching
    • 06:30 – Building a new platform online
    • 06:46 – The project is called HackerPath
    • 07:04 – Still in the process of building the database
    • 07:18 – Goal is to make it open to everyone
    • 07:37 – Recruiters are charging companies a 20% fee
    • 07:53 – Currently pre-revenue
  • 08:20 – No retainers for TouristEye
  • 09:00 – “Do something you really love. Don’t waste time and just do it”
  • 09:24 – Ariel and his friends talk about ideas and how to make to make it happen
  • 10:00 – What salary would be giving up should you decide to quit completely?
    • 10:12 – A 6-digit salary
  • 10:35 – “I can start a new business and pay developers to help me”
  • 11:04 – Most of the money that were spent so far was for an experiment that was launched last week called Coderoulette
    • 11:25 – Did it to validate the interest
    • 11:33 – Did well on the launched
    • 11:45 – Used existing technologies
  • 12:00 – Put in $ 10-15,000 for the project
  • 12:19 – Connect with Ariel through Twitter
  • 13:30 – The Famous Five

3 Key Points:

  1. Do something you really love. Don’t waste time and just do it.
  2. Selling a business is a crucial choice – make sure you won’t regret it.
  3. Relax and have more fun.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Toptal – Nathan found his development team using Toptal  for his new business Send Later. He was able to keep 100% equity and didn’t have to hire a co-founder due to quality of Toptal  developers.
  • 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.
  • Assistant.to – The site Nathan uses to book meetings with one email.
  • @arielcamus – Ariel’s Twitter handle
  • Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

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