In Episode #563, Nathan interviews Devon Wijesinghe. He’s the founder and CEO of InsightPool. He co-founded the business in 2012; and, within a short time led the company from 2 to 60 employees. He is currently revolutionizing marketing and sales across many social platforms.
- Favorite Book? – The Hard Thing About Hard Things
- What CEO do you follow? – Travis Kalanick
- Favorite online tool? — Pardot
- Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— No
- If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – Try and learn to concentrate on financial metrics and understand finance deeply
Time Stamped Show Notes:
- 01:27 – Nathan introduces Devin to the show
- 01:53 – InsightPool focuses on the sector of influencer marketing
- 02:03 – “A brand needs to have an army of people syndicating their content with their own voices”
- 02:15 – Insight Cool finds influencers for brands that they can work with
- 02:35 – InsightPool’s pricing model
- 03:10 – Average customer pay per month is $3K
- 03:33 – What is included in $3K
- 03:53 – Devin was the solo founder
- 04:00 – Devin sold a previous company for 9-figures in early 2012
- 04:50 – “Social became prevalent as the newest data set”
- 05:11 – Devin seeded a business idea for $250K
- 05:33 – Devin has a formalized angel group
- 05:41 – Devin is an advisor and investor
- 05:58 – David Cummings is Devin’s friend
- 06:17 – David and Devin’s companies are the first ones in ATV lean and tech village
- 06:48 – He currently has 60 people on the team
- 07:21 – InsightPool is currently serving over a hundred enterprises
- 07:50 – MRR
- 08:23 – InsightPool has a sales team
- 08:49 – CAC LTV
- 10:00 – Average spending on CAC
- 10:25 – Gross churn
- 11:00 – Net revenue churn
- 11:53 – InsightPool did a series A round and got an investment of $8M
- 12:35 – InsightPool did a debt round last year
- 12:50 – The amount InsightPool is burning per month
- 14:50 – The Famous Five
3 Key Points:
- A brand needs to have an army of people syndicating their content with their own voices.
- Go with what you think you are made to do.
- Learn how to make the metrics and finance dance – understand it deeply before taking that leap.
- Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
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- 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 the quality of Toptal
- Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible.
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- Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives