“I’ll have the proposal to you by end of the day next Friday,” I said as I left my first business-to-business sales meeting. I was 19 years old and about to learn a lesson that would be the key to my new web agency’s growth. “OK, perfect. Our other bids will be in by Friday, […]
About Matt HuncklerMatt's a founder and organizer at Verge. He's a connecter, writer, and habitual start-upper.
About Matt Hunckler
Matt's a founder and organizer at Verge. He's a connecter, writer, and habitual start-upper.
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I lived there for three years of my life. But I was still surprised when I heard that Jay moved his wife and kids more than 1,600 miles to make their home in Bloomington, Indiana. Don’t get me wrong, I love Bloomington. I mean, I started and sold my first real business in B-town. It’s […]
I piled into the van with 6 middle-aged men. Most of them smoked half a pack of cigarettes by the time we arrived at our first sales call. But these guys were professionals. I mean, they were good at what they did, which was to sell vacuum cleaners door to door. And I was right […]
Three months into the launch of Reddit, co-founders Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman were invited out to Silicon Valley by an executive at Yahoo. What happened next, is now legend among many tech entrepreneurs. That’s why UberFacts—one of the most awesome brands on the internet— teamed up with us to capture this story first hand […]
“I wish we had started in the U.S. two years ago,” Mike said. And now is clearly the right time to test his million-dollar software business in the Americas. When Michal (Mike) Sadowski started his social monitoring platform Brand 24, he had every intention to launch simultaneously in the United States. His passion for the product […]
What makes a startup truly great? Well, it isn’t how cool their office is or how many twitter followers they have. And it certainly isn’t the number of lines of code written. So how, then, do we measure the success of a startup? Capitalization & growth are two indicators that we like to look at […]
I do the same thing at the end of every year. I take my pen and moleskine and lock myself in a room until I’ve filled at least five pages with new business skills and lessons I learned that year. Sometimes, these lessons don’t reveal themselves until I actually do this exercise in reflection. And […]
I dragged my butt out of bed at 5 AM. For six years. But I learned more from my childhood paper route than rubber-band-wrapping technique or how to avoid hitting the snooze button. I don’t care if you were mowing lawns or washing potatoes, your first gig took you from zero to moving. And I […]
30 minutes. That’s 7 hours and 30 minutes short of the recommended 8 hours, and it’s exactly how much sleep I got the night before my TEDtalk. But, believe me, it was worth it. To get only a half hour of sleep is not glorious (or smart, as a long-term strategy). However, all-nighter mode is […]
Founder Story: How Jeremy Dearringer Scaled Culture, Clients, and Profits while Bootstrapping Growth
It had been only three months since I quit the company. But there I was, on stage again with the co-founder of a multimillion dollar company who had become a close friend over the past two years. Only this time, we had a much different relationship. I first met Jeremy Dearringer when I was introduced […]
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