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How to Build Disruptive Multi-Million Dollar Marketplaces – with Matt Mickiewicz [019]

How to Build Disruptive Multi-Million Dollar Marketplaces - with Matt Mickiewicz

Matt is the co-founder and CEO of Hired, a two-sided marketplace that matches high quality technology talent with the right job opportunities. Previously, Matt co-founded 99Designs, the #1 marketplace for crowdsourced graphic designs. He also co-founded, an online marketplace for buying and selling websites, domains and apps. And if that wasn’t enough, Matt also co-founded as a teenager and grew it into a profitable multi million dollar company without any venture capital or outside funding. And in 2011, Forbes nominated Matt to the “30 under 30” list.

Key Talking Points

    • How Matt started his first business at 15 years old with $70 of his allowance and grew it into a multi-million dollar business.
    • How Matt and his co-founder Mark spotted the opportunity to create a new marketplace by carefully observing their users.
    • What Matt and Mark did to grow 99Designs into a multi-million dollar business and how they handled the haters along the way.
    • What Matt's process is for building successful marketplaces and how he's managed to do that three times.
    • How Matt systematically validates new business ideas and is always prepared to walk away from a business idea or opportunity.
    • What Matt and his co-founders at Hired did to overcome huge resistance from tech companies and find a breakthrough.
    • How Hired is being disruptive in an industry that spends $124 billion a year in the US alone.

Success Quote

  • “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
  • “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” – Mark Twain

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Hi, I'm Omer, the founder of SaaS Club and host of The SaaS Podcast. I help early stage founders and entrepreneurs to build, launch and grow successful SaaS businesses. Join me on this journey.