Ryan Carson

Josh Pigford on July 09, 2018

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This week I talk with Ryan Carson, Founder of Treehouse! In this episode we talk about moving to England on a whim, learning how to manage a team, starting a conference company, how Ryan found his true calling, what’s wrong with education today and more!

Show Notes

  • 2:05- Powerful life skills
  • 3:56- Y2K Solutions
  • 5:45- How upbringing influenced journey in helping others
  • 6:30- “Things can be taken away as quickly as they can be earned”
  • 7:30- Karma
  • 8:10- Interacting with humans…Just be nice!
  • 9:20- You have to have healthy conflict to be effective
  • 10:00- Clear expectations
  • 10:30- Resources for management
  • 12:00- Learning how to be a manager the hard way

*Book Recommendation*: The Speed of Trust

  • 13:20- Trust is built, not earned
  • 14:50- “You don’t need a college degree to succeed anymore”
  • 15:38- Pre-Treehouse…Moving to England!
  • 19:20- Starting the first company
  • 21:55- Fallback plan for the next “thing”
  • 22:40- How to Build Enterprise PHP Web Apps
  • 24:30- Creative Fight Club
  • 28:04- Right time, right idea
  • 30:10- Sold $10k sponsorship to Adobe
  • 30:50- Wake up call!
  • 31:45- Change more lives
  • 32:48- Transition in business plan/scope
  • 33:38- Think Vitamin and the beginning of Treehouse
  • 36:50- Creating talent
  • 37:35- Staying focused
  • 38:48- How Treehouse has changed from the Think Vitamin blog creation to now
  • 41:05- “The purpose of my life is to empower other people”
  • 42:02- The next year for Treehouse

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Josh Pigford

Josh is most famous as the founder of Baremetrics. However, long before Baremetrics and until today, Josh has been a maker, builder, and entrepreneur. His career set off in 2003 building a pair of link directories, ReallyDumbStuff and ReallyFunArcade. Before he sold those for profits, he had already started his next set of projects. As a design major, he began consulting on web design projects. That company eventually morphed into Sabotage Media, which has been the shell company for many of his projects since. Some of his biggest projects before Baremetrics were TrackThePack, Deck Foundry, PopSurvey, and Temper. The pain points he experienced as PopSurvey and Temper took off were the reason he created Baremetrics. Currently, he's dedicated to Maybe, the OS for your personal finances.