13 Successful Founders Share First Product Stories

Written by Chase Reeves

Hear how they made their first product along with lessons learned, what they wish they’d known and their best advice.

The Fizzle Show dedicated the month of January to helping folks think better about making their first product by sharing the stories of others:

  1. Finding The Idea for Your First Product
  2. Pricing Hangups
  3. Conversion Essentials
  4. The Failure Plan
  5. 13 Successful Founders Share First Product Stories (this one)

Below we’re making available each interview featured in the series… of course, you’ll miss out on our brilliant commentary in the podcasts, but we thought you’d like it this way as well.


Anne SamoilovBlogger and founder of Fearless Launching, a step by step course for launching your first anything.

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Matt Alexander — Founder of NeedLifestyle.com, a startup in mens fashion with all the right backers making all the right moves.

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Leo Babauta — Founder of ZenHabits.net, one of internet’s top 50 sites (!). A guy who drinks tea slowly and serves his audience matterfully.

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Josh Shipp — Founder of Youth Speaker University and an insanely popular youth speaker. (He does balloon animals. He toured with Bill Cosby. Literally).

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Chris Johnson — Founder of SimpliFilm.com and Flowtility. Also, the best salesman I know; and I mean that in the best possible way.

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Paul Jarvis — Writer of books, designer of websites, blogger of blog posts at PJRVS.com.

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Jason Glaspey — Founder of Paleo Plan, a weekly meal planner for folks who want to eat paleo.

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Jenny Blake — Founder of Life After College and author of the book by the same name. Check out her 10 week course Make Shit Happen.

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Derek Halpern — Founder of SocialTriggers.com where he blogs about the intersection of psychology and marketing.

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Dan Provost & Tom Gerhardt — Founders of Studio Neat, purveyors of insanely successful Kickstarter campaigns, makers of delightful products like the Glif (a tripod mount for your iphone) and the Cosmonaut (the world’s best fatty ipad stylus).

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Danielle LaPorte — Hot n’ steamy writer at DanielleLaPorte.com and creator of the Desire Map, an holistic approach to life planning.

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Tara Gentile — Business strategist and creator of the Customer Perspective Process for building truly social business models.

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Brett Kelly — Founder and creator of Evernote Essentials. He literally wrote the book on Evernote (and it was so good Evernote hired him).

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