The Startup Chat Podcast with Steli & Hiten - Top Episodes & More

The Startup Chat Podcast

The Startup Chat podcast, hosted by serial entrepreneurs Steli Efti and Hiten Shah, covers all aspects of starting and running a business. In more than 400 episodes Efti and Shah devote each episode to a specific business or leadership issue, such as "How to Do One-on-Ones," "How to Build a Board of Directors," and "How to Hire Your First Startup Team Member." Each episode is 22 minutes long, which makes it an easy fit into your day.

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Top 10 Episodes of the Startup Chat Podcast:



Money Management for Startups

Proper money management, especially in the early stages, can make or break a startup. Steli & Hiten discuss how to properly manage money and avoid unpleasant financial surprises.

How to Listen & Learn from Those with Less Success than You

You can learn from anybody, and everybody has something to contribute, so it's crucial that you listen without judgement.

Comparing Yourself with Other Founders & Startups

It's common for people to compare themselves to others, but your startup is unique and so is your path to success. Trying to measure yourself against other founders is counterproductive.

Should You Run a Ton of Experiments Early on as a Founder?

Marketing experiments are critical in finding your customer base, but many are done wrong and lead to disillusionment and wasted time and money. Steli & Hiten discuss how to run experiments the right way.

How to Deal with Bullies as a Founder

While you're doing sales for your startup you'll likely run into a prospective client who's overly aggressive. The hosts talk about what makes a bully and how to keep them from bringing you down.

How to Get Marketing Attribution Right

As you explore marketing channels for your startup you need to be able to understand which channels are working and which aren't. The wrong decisions can waste money to little result.

How to Grow from 100 to 1,000 B2B Customers

By knowing how to focus on the right channels and by understanding your customer acquisition cost you can make the right choices and grow your company exponentially.

Cold Calling 101 for Founders

Steli has made cold calling work for his startups, so he discusses how to cold call effectively and how to use it to grow your customer base.

How to Build Your Personal Network...Without Networking

The mindset we choose can result in the creation of a positive, supportive network that pumps you up, or a negative one that saps your energy.

How to Create a Successful Pilot Program for Your Startup

Running a pilot program can help you tweak your product and build an initial customer base, but a poorly-run pilot program can waste time and energy. Steli & Hiten advise how to create and run a pilot program that works.

The Startup Chat Podcast with Steli & Hiten - Key Information:

Premiere Date

September 2, 2016


Steli Efti & Hiten Shah

New Episode Release

Every Tuesday & Friday

Average Runtime

22 minutes

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The Startup Chat Podcast FAQs:

Why should I listen to the Startup Chat podcast?

In more than 400 episodes Steli & Hiten share their expertise on every conceivable issue you could face while launching and growing your business. Each episode is a granular look into a specific business situation, and Steli & Hiten use their considerable experience to help you properly grow your company while avoiding common mistakes that can discourage you and/or set you back financially.

If you're considering marketing your business but are unsure which tactic to focus on, you can search through Startup Chat episodes and find conversations regarding the ups and downs of cold calling, how to properly run an email marketing campaign, how to use webinars, and much more. Topics covered range from attracting investors and crushing it on demo day to avoiding procrastination to balancing your business and your marriage.

And Steli & Hiten put out two new podcasts each week, so there's always something new to listen to.

Who are Steli & Hiten?

Steli Efti and Hiten Shah are both successful startup founders who've founded multi-million dollar SaaS companies, and both have a wealth of information and advice to share about starting a business.

Steli Efti is the co-founder & CEO of Close, the only CRM platform that includes lead management, email sequencing, predictive dialing, and more. He is also a widely sought-after startup advisor and the author of "The Ultimate Startup Guide to Outbound Sales."

Hiten Shah started CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics, two SaaS companies, one venture-backed and the other self-funded. He is currently building the document location software FYI and Product Habits, a product analysis service that can help you ensure you're building the right product the right way.

Why is each episode just 22 minutes long?

Steli & Hiten are busy entrepreneurs, and they understand that your time is precious as well. They try to cap all their podcasts at 22 minutes (a couple run a few minutes longer) to easily fit into your day, whether it's during your commute, your lunch break, or your time at the gym. They pack every 22 minute episode with solid information and a minimum of fluff, so you can get actionable advice in short order.