Founder Chats



Each week Baremetrics Founder, Josh Pigford, sits down with a different founder to talk shop. Get honest, insightful looks in to how other founders run their businesses.


  • Brian Parks (Bigfoot Capital)

    08/06/2021 Duration: 01h01min

    Founder Chats is back! In this episode, we talk with Brian Parks, Founder and Managing Partner of Bigfoot Capital. Hear his story of transitioning from working at a local bank to running a tech company, his tips on managing your capital stack, and a whole lot more.Curious about you what heard? Check out the below links to learn more. Bigfoot Capital Growth oriented loans for B2B SaaS companies with $1.5M+ ARR. Baremetrics Metrics, forecasting, analytics, insights and engagement tools for teams using Stripe, Braintree, Chargify, Recurly and more. Founder Chats  A podcast about starting and growing tech companies, as told candidly by the founders behind them.  

  • Jeff Sheldon (Ugmonk)

    07/05/2019 Duration: 59min

    This week I talk with Jeff Sheldon, Founder of Ugmonk! In this episode we talk about being a creative kid, doing t-shirt design contests, launching his own brand, working with family, staying small on purpose, having an extremely successful kickstarter campaign, turning down opportunity, the future of Ugmonk and more!

  • Mike Cheung (Tinkering Monkey)

    09/04/2019 Duration: 49min

    This week I talk with Mike Cheung, Founder of Tinkering Monkey! In this episode we talk about being a maker as a kid, design school, getting laid off, creating 1000 wooden iPad stands by hand, making connections to create signage for huge tech companies, how to balance tools versus skills and a lot more!!

  • Ankur Nagpal (Teachable)

    02/04/2019 Duration: 45min

    This week I talk with Ankur Nagpal, Founder of Teachable! In this episode we talk about living in the Middle East, moving to America at 17, starting a Facebook apps business making hundreds of thousands of dollars a month, building on platforms vs creating platforms, reverse engineering growth and a lot more!

  • Nick Francis (HelpScout)

    26/03/2019 Duration: 01h08min

    This week I talk with Nick Francis, Founder of HelpScout! In this episode we talk about being an entrepreneur as a kid, how a laptop change Nick's world, working in the music industry, working with his co-founders for six years before starting HelpScout, becoming a B-Corp, focusing on culture and brand and so much more!

  • Khash Sajadi (Cloud 66)

    19/03/2019 Duration: 01h07min

    This week I talk with Khash Sajadi, Founder of Cloud66! In this episode we talk about growing up in Iran, how hobby electronics became a conduit for building software, selling software as a teenager to realtors and dentists, learning the value of unit economics, the importance of scheduling your day and more!

  • Zac Smith (Packet)

    12/03/2019 Duration: 01h17s

    This week I talk with Zac Smith, Founder of Packet! In this episode we talk about being a kid entrepreneur, dropping out of school to play music, going to Juilliard, stumbling upon cloud hosting, starting an infrastructure business and more!

  • Hiten Shah (CrazyEgg, Kissmetrics, FYI)

    05/03/2019 Duration: 01h07min

    This week I talk with Hiten Shah, Founder of CrazyEgg, Kissmetrics, FYI and lots of other things! In this episode we talk about his first businesses (which involved frat party arbitrage), building companies with complex technology problems, a lawsuit that drug on for years, how to prioritize time, using customer love as a growth metric and more!

  • Rand Fishkin (Moz/Sparktoro)

    26/02/2019 Duration: 57min

    This week I talk with Rand Fishkin, Founder of Moz & SparkToro! In this episode we talk about transparency, making community a part of your business, producing content, alternatives to the typical VC route of funding, writing a book, what's coming with SparkToro and a whole lot more!

  • Claire Lew (Know Your Team)

    19/02/2019 Duration: 01h18min

    This week I talk with Claire Lew, Founder of Know Your Team, where they build software and and produce resources to help you become a better manager! In this episode we talk about culture shock of moving a lot as a kid, how painting and art play a part in being a better leader, how an intervention at her first company led to what she's doing today, how a random meeting with the guys at Basecamp led to her becoming the CEO of Know Your Team and a whole lot more!

  • Benjy Boxer (Parsec)

    12/02/2019 Duration: 56min

    This week I talk with Benjy Boxer, Founder of Parsec, a game streaming company! In this episode we talk about gaining startup experience working at other companies, managing risk, maintaining personal momentum, the importance of celebrating small wins, building a consumer-facing technology company and more!

  • Steli Efti (

    05/02/2019 Duration: 01h32min

    This week I talk with Steli Efti, Founder of! In this episode we talk about growing up as an immigrant kid in a factory town, discovering books at 16, starting a slew of businesses like a DVD rental company and a hypnosis hotline, discovering sales, building a remote team and more!

  • Leah Culver (Breaker)

    18/09/2018 Duration: 49min

    This week I talk with Leah Culver, Founder of Breaker! In this episode we talk about starting companies, jumping in to things you have no idea how to do, how social networks have been a part of much of Leah's work, the resurgence of podcasting and more!

  • Founder Chats: Live w/ Josh Pigford (Baremetrics)

    11/09/2018 Duration: 01h23min

    This week I talk with…myself! This was a live-streamed episode where I walked through the entirety of my past 15 years of business, in which I've started, built, and shut down over 50 different projects! I walked through how that many projects came to be, why I started each, how I failed at most of them and the stories behind how many of them got sold and a lot more! I also did an extensive Q&A session at the end. Hope you enjoy!

  • John Sheehan (Runscope)

    21/08/2018 Duration: 56min

    This week I talk with John Sheehan, Founder of Runscope! This episode is slightly different from previous episodes in that we quickly jump in to the story of Runscope itself. Runscope's story includes running out of money, laying off their entire staff, going through an acquisition two separate times, buying back shares from investors and all sorts of fun step in between!

  • Ryan Hoover (Product Hunt)

    07/08/2018 Duration: 43min

    This week I talk with Ryan Hoover, Founder of Product Hunt! In this episode we talk about growing up in Oregon, how video games shaped his future, the origins of Product Hunt, how Ryan was intentional about keeping Product Hunt a positive community, mistakes he's made along the way and more!

  • Ryan Carson (Treehouse)

    10/07/2018 Duration: 46min

    This week I talk with Ryan Carson, Founder of Treehouse! In this episode we talk about moving to England on a whim, learning how to manage a team, starting a conference company, how Ryan found his true calling, what's wrong with education today and more!

  • Jesse Genet (Lumi)

    26/06/2018 Duration: 57min

    This week I talk with Jesse Genet, Founder of Lumi! In this episode we talk about being a tinkerer as a kid, getting in to screen printing in high school and how that has been a common thread in every business for 15 years, being on Shark Tank, shutting down a successful business, the role of printing processes in human history and more.

  • Rob Walling (Drip)

    12/06/2018 Duration: 01h06min

    This week I talk with Rob Walling, Founder of Drip! In this episode we talk about growing up in the country, learning programming, getting in to entrepreneurship as a kid, buying existing businesses and improving them, the origin of Drip and its acquisition by LeadPages and more!

  • Eoghan McCabe (Intercom)

    29/05/2018 Duration: 01h24min

    This week I talk with Eoghan McCabe, Co-Founder of Intercom! In this episode we talk about creativity, exploration of knowledge, how Eoghan and his co-founders met, the full story of how Intercom got started, how the problem they're solving has changed over the past 7 years and more.

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