The Sub Club Podcast

The Sub Club Podcast

Interviews of the experts behind the biggest apps in the App Store. Hosts David Barnard and Jacob Eiting dive deep to unlock insights, strategies, and stories that you can use to scale your app. 

Building a Community that Demands an App — Mark Kennedy & Jeff Bailey, None to Run
June 15, 2022
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Building a Community that Demands an App — Mark Kennedy & Jeff Bailey, None to Run

On the podcast we talk with Mark and Jeff about community led growth, how they improved trial starts by 25%, and why running ads for a blog post might actually perform better than sending people directly to the App Store. Mark is an RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach and created None to Run as a blog and personal outlet to stay in touch with his passion for exercise science and healthy living. Jeff has been developing iOS apps since 2009 and teamed up with Mark to build an app as the None to Run community started to take off and requests for an app could no longer be ignored.

8 Principles for Sustainable Growth — Sean Ellis & Ethan Garr, Breakout Growth
May 25, 2022
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00:52:4072.56 MB

8 Principles for Sustainable Growth — Sean Ellis & Ethan Garr, Breakout Growth

On the podcast I talk with Sean and Ethan about the importance of a north star metric, optimizing for speed to value, and why product/market fit needs to be dialed in over time. Sean has worked on growth at some of the fastest growing companies in the world, like Dropbox, Lookout, and Eventbrite. He not only coined the term “growth hacking”, but literally wrote the book on it. Ethan got his start in subscription apps working on product at TelTech, which was acquired by IAC in 2018. He co-invented and led the company's flagship app, RoboKiller and helped to grow TelTech's other top communications apps including TrapCall and TapeACall.

Scaling Without a Marketing Budget — Mike Overell, ClassDojo
May 11, 2022
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Scaling Without a Marketing Budget — Mike Overell, ClassDojo

On the podcast we talk with Mike about building a principled, mission driven app, keeping product development focused on the right customers, and how ClassDojo scaled to tens of millions of downloads without a marketing budget. Our guest today is Mike Overell, Revenue Lead at ClassDojo. Having founded his own company as well as working at McKinsey and Lyft, Mike is now using that experience to help every kid on earth get an education they love with ClassDojo. Mike also invests in and helps foreign founders crack the US as co-founder of investment collective Antipodes.

Creative App Marketing Strategies — Cliff Weitzman, Speechify
April 27, 2022
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Creative App Marketing Strategies — Cliff Weitzman, Speechify

On the podcast we talk with Cliff about the benefits of building for a niche, the one ad that changed things for Speechify, and why Cliff is now hiring comedians. Our guest today is Cliff Weitzman, the founder and CEO of Speechify. As someone with dyslexia, Cliff built Speechify to help himself learn by having text read aloud. Cliff went on to blitzscale Speechify with an irreverent approach to SaaS norms and a willingness to experiment.

The Rise of Consumer SaaS — Eric Stromberg, Bedrock
April 13, 2022
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The Rise of Consumer SaaS — Eric Stromberg, Bedrock

On the podcast we talk with Eric about the importance of refining your pitch, how to build a moat in consumer SaaS, and why your month one churn might not be as bad as you think. Our guest today is Eric Stromberg, the Founder & Managing Partner of Bedrock, a technology investment firm currently managing approximately one billion dollars. The firm has made investments in companies like Flock Safety, Plaid, Cameo, The Athletic, and more. Eric is also the Founder of Check, the payroll infrastructure API and Universe Software, the holding company for Vertical Fintech businesses.

From Indie Side Project to $1M in ARR — Curtis Herbert, Slopes
March 30, 2022
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From Indie Side Project to $1M in ARR — Curtis Herbert, Slopes

On the podcast we talk with Curtis about his 9 year journey to reach $1M in ARR, why he shares revenue numbers publicly, and how taking inspiration from web businesses instead of other apps kept him ahead of the curve. Our guest today is Curtis Herbert, an independent iOS app developer/designer/wearer of many hats. Curtis is the founder of Slopes, the app for skiing and snowboarding, and he took it from an indie side project to a thriving business.