008 : Securing your startup’s foundation with Nihal Parthasarathi

Nihal HeadshotIn this week’s episode of the podcast, I talk to Nihal Parthasarathi, the cofounder of CourseHorse, an online marketplace for finding and taking local classes. He shares the story of how CourseHorse came into existence, step-by-step, from idea to rapidly growing company.

Nihal’s story is extremely inspiring, because he follows all the right steps and is reaping the benefits. He shares how he came up with the idea for CourseHorse as well as all the work he and his cofounder did before even looking for a developer.

There are a ton of valuable insights in this podcast, you’ll definitely want to listen.

Here’s what we chat about:

  • The only truly effective way to find good business ideas
  • You have an idea for a business — what’s step one?
  • Methods for getting your potential users to talk to you
  • What to do before hiring a developer
  • How to best spend your time while your site is being built
  • How much input you should have in the CMS/language of your site
  • The contest that jumpstarted CourseHorse

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