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Episode 119:

Interview with Eric Groves, founder of Alignable

Being a small business owner can be very rewarding but it also means lots of stress, responsibilities and long hours. As a business owner it's important to network and meet other local leaders in order to find new customers and grow your business but finding that time in your busy schedule can be hard. Joining breakfast groups and attending Chamber of Commerce events often feels like wasted energy. Alignable knew it was time for business networking to move online so you can meet the right people at the right time. They've built an amazing platform with hundreds of thousands of business owners signed up and using the service across 10,000+ communities. To date they've done very little external marketing as the majority of growth has come organically through member referrals.

In this interview I spoke with Eric Groves, co-founder of Alignable about many topics including the origin of Alignable, why he started the company in his hometown, how big the opportunity for Alignable could be, how he found his co-founder, at which point they decided to raise outside funding, how they were able to close 3 rounds with many incredible investors, what the revenue model might look like, how their members are using Alignable to grow their businesses, what's been the marketing strategy and how it will change in 2017, how his previous work experience prepared him to be a successful founder, how he thinks about hiring and building culture, what advice he would share with other aspiring entrepreneurs and much more.

Connect with Alignable on Facebook and Twitter and Linkedin and AngelList.

You can find Eric on Linkedin and Twitter and AngelList or email him at eric@alignable.com

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Startup Sense is sponsored by the Lupton Group. We help clients of all sizes, budgets and industries with their business strategy, web/mobile/software design and development as well as branding and marketing. We put our clients in the best position to grow revenues and be more profitable.

Visit us today at LuptonGroup.co or send us an email for a free strategy and marketing review.

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