How To Build & Scale a Marketplace From $0 to $Billions with Matt Mickiewicz


25-04-2022 • 20 mins

On this episode of the Traction podcast, host Lloyed Lobo of Boast.AI features a fireside chat between Matt Mickiewicz, Co-founder of 99designs, Hired, SitePoint, and Flippa, and Andy McLoughlin Partner at Uncork Capital from the IRL Traction Conference.

Matt shares his secrets to building disruptive multibillion-dollar marketplaces. Specifically, he covers:

1:19 - Back story on how he got into doing some of the most popular marketplaces of the last decade

2:25 - Interacting with professionals at just 14 years old

3:47 - Key learnings from building 99designs, Flippa, and SitePoint

9:04 - Growth hacks applicable to any kind of marketplace

11:15 - How Hired became one of the biggest shippers of alcohol in California

13:12 - When is the right time to take on VC money?

16:20 - What type of deals he's looking for as an angel investor

17:39 - The one piece of advice he would give an entrepreneur

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