CLP25: Learning from John D. Rockefeller, with Vincent Guidry


We like to mix it up a little bit here on the Crewlab podcast, and for this episode, we’re keeping it fresh with a new take.

This week, I sat down with my buddy Vincent Guidry to talk all things John D. Rockefeller.

John D Rockefeller - Standard Oil

For years now, John D. Rockefeller was one of those historical names that I recognize as important and with great legacy, but I wasn’t 100% sure what he was all about.

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CLP24: Spirituality and the Art of Building Million-Dollar Businesses with Jason Cohen (Founder, WP Engine)


Hey everyone, and welcome back for another episode of Crewlab!

This week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jason Cohen, the Founder of, and a prolific startup, entrepreneurship, and life blogger at his blog

Jason Cohen - WPEngine
A couple months back, Jason shared an inspiring piece on his blog, titled “The only way to guarantee startup success“. The piece inspired me in a way that I’ve rarely felt from other startup and entrepreneurship content, so I was thrilled when Jason accepted an invitation to join me for an episode on Crewlab.

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The Art of Negotiation, and The Positive Impact of “Humans of New York”

I’m listening to a talk right now, “The Art of Negotiation” with Stan Christensen.

Stan Christensen - The Art of Negotiation

Stan Christensen – The Art of Negotiation

It’s one of the presentations made available for free, from Stanford’s “Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders” series.

Stan’s talk in particular came highly recommended to me by a couple different sources recently, so I had to check it out.

During the talk, one of the topics Stan covers is the importance of building relationships in any negotiation.

“Agreements are worked out in the context of relationships,” he says.

To illustrate the point, Stan pulls a great story from one of the political conflicts he was involved in mediating in South America:

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CLP23: Discussing the Location Independent Entrepreneurial Movement with Terry Lin (


This week I wanted to change it up a little bit. Less of an interview, this weeks show is a discussion with my buddy Terry Lin – a fellow location independent entrepreneur here in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Terry Lin -

Terry Lin –

For this week’s show, Terry and I discuss the location independent entrepreneurship movement.

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CLP22: Assembly (YC12) Lets People Crowd-Build Startups, and Split the Profits (with Matt Deiters, Founder).


Listen to this episode on iTunes.

In this weeks program, I spoke with Matt Deiters, the Founder and CEO of, an incredibly innovative platform that allows people from around the world to collaborate on startups together, make them profitable, bring them to market, and then split the profits based on their contributions to the project.

Matt Deiters - Assembly

Matt Deiters –

How awesome does that sound? Analogies can be drawn to crowd-sourcing and open-source. Both concepts have a lot of overlap with what Assembly does.

But it’s that for-profit aspect that really makes Assembly stand out, and makes their model a particularly challenging one… your brain is probably be tickled thinking through some of these right now.

  • How do they agree on contribution percentages?
  • How do they manage payouts?
  • Who handles the accounting?
  • Who owns the intellectual property?
  • Who owns the company?

There’s so many nuances to the model that make it, again, an insanely challenging problem to solve.

But their implementation has been absolutely butter. Crowdsource Startup Platform - People Crowdsource Startup Platform – People

At only 7 months young, these guys are the real deal. An alumnus of the 2012 cohort of Y-Combinator, their flagship product Coderwall - the social network for developers which some of you may be familiar with – boasts over 500,000 active members and is generating an average of $30,000/month right now.

All of which is distributed back to the community of contributors who’ve participated in the creation of the product on Assembly.

Incredible. Enjoy the episode.

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How to Build a Million-Dollar Business.

A lot of people are familiar with the dangers and risks of starting a business.

How to build a million dollar business

…You know what’s cool?

What if people don’t use your product? What if Google enters your market? What about those gruesome failure stats [1]?

Shitty, right?

If your goal is financial success, it seems, starting a business might not be the best way to go.

But what if it could be?
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