Justin Cooke

January 6, 2017

It’s an entrepreneur’s dream scenario.

One day you’re couch surfing at a buddy’s apartment in the Philippines and a few years later you’ve co-founded one of the fastest growing startups in the world. It’s an amazing story and I was more than a little excited to sit down with Simon Payne, co-founder of Lead Pages.

Simon and his co-founders (Clay Collins and Tracy Simmons) built an incredible company. All together, they’ve signed up more than 120K recurring customers, raised more than $38M, and have put together a team of more than 160 employees.

With all that – why in the hell was Simon walking away?

I had to get to the bottom of this, so I got Simon on the phone to discuss how Lead Pages came to be, their process for scaling the company, and why he thought it was the best move to leave.

This is an amazing interview and I’m very thankful to Simon for sharing his story with us.

Check Out This Week’s Episode:

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Topics Discussed This Week:

  • How do you go from traveling SE Asia to getting serious about your startup?
  • How can non-techies hire and work with developers. (and designers)
  • Hustle mode early on can be fun…but isn’t what Lead Pages doing now MORE fun? Why walk away?
  • How do you leave a startup you founded (and what do you do next)


Spread the Love:

“Each programming language is something that you use to solve a problem, so you really just need a problem solver.” – Simon – Tweet This!

“You develop people into those positions and that’s how they get really good.” – Justin – Tweet This!

So glad Simon was willing to share his story with us. Dig this episode? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Jakub says:

    Is Simon a Czech? Almost same accent as mine lol

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