Episode 62

Scaling Your Business by Doing the Things that DON’T Scale [Alex Sanfilippo]

by | Sep 23, 2021 | Podcast

Alex Sanfilippo, founder of PodMatch, is here with us today to talk about his experiences of leaving behind his 9-5 job of 15 years to focus on building his own SaaS company. In the interview we discuss how he has been able to build the company and brand to now over 20,000 users, and we talk about why doing things that DON’T SCALE might just be the best way to scale and grow your business.

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Show Notes

From a young age, Alex Sanfilippo had the entrepreneurial drive in him. At age 10, he was selling golf balls to make a little bit of money.

Later on, Alex started getting into real estate and started investing there. However, after the market crashed, he picked up a part-time job as a receiving clerk for an aerospace company.

After spending 15 years working for this company, and working his way up to senior director and managing 5 teams within the company, Alex noticed signs that he needed to get out and focus on his own ventures.

Roughly two years before quitting his job in aerospace, Alex stumbled on podcasting. There, he dabbled in running his own podcast, but more importantly, noticed an issue that other podcasters were facing: they were having trouble finding guests.

This led to Alex deciding to start a company dedicated to connected podcasters with podcast guests. That company is now called PodMatch.

In just a short time, Alex was able to get his SaaS (Software as a Service) company up and running, and now with over 20,000+ users, Alex is hear to share his experiences of leaving entrepreneurship for a 9-5, and coming full circle into building his own SaaS company.



Key Points Discussed in This Episode


Just by themselves, the stories and experiences that Alex shares will get you motivated, but it just wouldn’t be right to interview Alex without tapping into some of those experiences and provide actionable advice for you to take home.

3 Main Takeaways from The Episode:

  1. 1 Major tip for staying focused on the current task and avoiding shiny object syndrome
  2. Why you should be focusing on problems before ideas
  3. How the secret to scaling your business is actually by doing the things that don’t scale (and what that means)

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