Dave Lukas Chats with Bryan Clayton
306: Startups Fail, But Entrepreneurs Don’t, How Bryan Clayton Built Multiple 8-Figure Businesses from the Ground Up
This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Bryan Clayton. Bryan created the “Uber of Lawncare,” GreenPal. It is a company that makes it easy to connect homeowners with lawn care professionals with the touch of a button. Bryan and his team built the company from scratch to over $20 million in revenue, serving 300,000+ customers in just a few years and their story has been featured everywhere from entrepreneur magazine to INC and Harvard Business Review. Prior to GreenPal, Bryan founded Peachtree Inc, and grew it to $10 million before it was acquired.
For anyone out there who has had a good idea for a business, but didn’t act on it because they weren’t sure how to make it a reality or didn’t have the experience needed to do it, Bryan is proof that it is absolutely possible. In fact, it is probably easier than you think. And that is why I brought Bryan on – to share how it is possible and what he learned in making GreenPal a reality.
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Bryan wants you to know that if he can do it, you can do it. He’s spent 22 years as an entrepreneur in one industry, lawn care. He started a lawnmowing business in high school and continued to build it through college and then over the period of 15 years built it to over $10 million in revenue. He sold it in 2013.
He took some time off and after a while started to look at what to do next. He thought there should be an app to make it easier for people find lawn care professionals. He didn’t know what he didn’t know and over the last 10 years has built GreenPal.
Talk to us about how you did it and figure things out…
Biggest lessons from building your businesses?
What did you do to help you grow in your business that other could use?
Talk to us about how you did your SEO and organic search strategy vs. buying ads…
What did you do that got you noticed?
How do you start a business with no money?
Talk to us about playing the long game?
Thoughts from your experience selling and exiting a business?
What should people know about the lawn and landscape industry?
At the 40 min mark, Bryan shares his message to people who think they can’t do it…
Misfits, as entrepreneurs, we know how hard it is to be sure our next big idea will be a hit. In fact, 85% of new products fail. And a huge reason for all that failure is that it’s just too hard to validate product/market fit with consumers. Old-style market research is too slow, too complicated and too expensive for fast-moving teams trying to build something great. But what if you could test out your product ideas with target consumers, whenever you want. BEFORE you put all the time and money into development?
That’s what startups and Fortune 500 companies do with Feedback Loop. Get quality feedback from their target customers, early and often. Feedback Loop is the test-before-you-invest product research platform. It’s got expert templates for Concept Testing, User Discovery, prioritizing features on your roadmap, and a lot more. You can create your own test in minutes and get back quality insights from your target consumers in hours. How cool is that!
So, if you want your next product or feature to be a success:
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Misfits, you’ve heard me talk about my trading and investing many times. I’ve been in the game for almost 20 years and have taught thousands of students all over the world my strategies. One thing I have always looked for are trends that are a good opportunity for investors.
Recently, I was introduced to an opportunity that may be positioned very well for the times we are in, especially in a rising rate environment with talk of recession making stock and bond markets more volatile. In fact, after some research, I saw that the largest investment firm in the world, Blackrock, who manages almost $20 Trillion is invested in it. The company is called Goldmining Inc, ticker symbol GLDG.
GLDG operates gold mining operations throughout the world and was smart to purchase its gold resources during the recession for pennies on the dollar. In fact, the company owns the equivalent of 32 million ounces of gold at an average cost to them of $4.30 per ounce. As a comparison, similar deals at the same time were closing at an average of $50 per ounce! Now, with gold approaching all-time highs, GLDG is poised to reap the benefits.
I’ve always loved gold as a store of value and a hedge against inflation and have traded many companies like GLDG who have appreciated hundreds of percent. While no one can guarantee that will happen with GLDG and I am not giving your financial advice (you should consult with your financial adviser), I do see great opportunity for the company and the fact that Blackrock is involved tells me I am not alone. Analysts are currently saying the company is undervalued and has tremendous upside potential.
To learn more about Goldmining Inc. and stay up to date with the company’s success, go to www.GLDGnews.com and search the ticker symbol GLDG wherever stocks are found. Consult your financial adviser and check out GLDG today!