Ep.480 ~ Selling a Company for $170 Million ~ David Hauser

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On the mic today we are joined by an individual who sold the company he and his partner built for $170 Million. David Hauser is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded multiple companies over the years, making his largest exit from Grasshopper.com. David and his partner are 100% focused on building companies that focus on rapid growth, and delayed gratification for themselves. This is how they took Grasshopper to $1 Million in year one, scaling it to $30 Million annual revenue then selling it after 12 years for the amount mentioned earlier for $170 Million. 

David not only co-founded Grasshopper he also started Chargify that was invested into by Mark Cuban himself half a million dollars over a short three email exchange. David founded ReturnPath, SuperFat, invested in Intercom, Unbounce, Broove, The Hustle and 50+ more companies.  He is also a founding member of National Entrepreneurs’ Day, and has been featured in Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30!

     02:27  Who is David Hauser?

     11:11  Starting a Company His Second Year in College

     14:23  Making $1 Million While Still in College

     23:47  A Growth Business vs. A Lifestyle Business

     28:25  Making the Decision to Sell for $170 Million

     37:09  Remote Teams vs. Teams in an Office

     39:47  Letting Go of Team Members that Get You to $5 Million But Can’t Get    You to $10 Million

     43:44  Why Happiness & Freedom Don’t Come With Massive Amounts of Money

     51:58  Valuing Experience Over Things

     54:02  Importance of Catching People Doing Good Things

     56:58  How You Do One Things is How You Do Everything

     58:20  Work Hard Be Nice

01:05:36  Life Changing Books 

01:10:45  Where to Find David