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Episode 191

Asher Hunt

Founder, CEO @OvernightApp. Designer. Engineer. Traveler.

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Asher Hunt is the Founder & CEO of Overnight, a platform to book homes from people you trust. Asher comes from a visual arts and music background, but got into tech through product design and is driven by a passion for learning. He was Product Designer at Chill, a viral video sharing platform, and then he launched a product of his own, Look.io, which was later acquired by LivePerson. Now he’s back at it as a founder, building a friend and community driven home-sharing platform called Overnight. Asher joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, what it was like taking one of his first startups, Look.io from startup weekend idea to acquisition in 8 months, what its been like working on Overnight, how he manages being a Product Designer & CEO, and much more.

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Asher got into product design & startups
  • Learn more about what it was like going from idea to acquisition in 8 months
  • Learn more about what it's like growing Overnight
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Asher Hunt is the Founder & CEO of Overnight, a platform to book homes from people you trust.

Asher comes from a visual arts and music background, but got into tech through product design and is driven by a passion for learning.

He was Product Designer at Chill, a viral video sharing platform, and then he launched a product of his own, Look.io, which was later acquired by LivePerson.

Now he’s back at it as a founder, building a friend and community driven home-sharing platform called Overnight.

Asher joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, what it was like taking one of his first startups, Look.io from startup weekend idea to acquisition in 8 months, what its been like working on Overnight, how he manages being a Product Designer & CEO, and much more.


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:55
Can you tell us more about yourself - where are you from and what did you study?

3:35
How did your passion for Product design and tech develop?

5:06
Beyond that first experience, what were some of your first few jobs or startups? How did you approach starting your career?

8:27
You were then part of the founding team at Look.io (which was later acquired by LivePerson). So can you start off by telling us a little bit more about how Look.io came about?

10:20
What was the product all about? and what it was like going through the acquisition?

11:34
So after that experience with a big corporate company, what brought you back to startups? Specifically the role as Lead Product Designer at Learnist - how did you create the opportunity to join the team there?

13:45
Based on your experiences working with companies at different scales, what were some of the challenges involved in leading people and product in those different situations?

15:28
Today you’re the Founder & CEO of Overnight. Can you tell us more about what Overnight is and what motivated you to launch it?

19:36
Overnight has raised just under $3M as Seed funding. So what advice do you have to share with others when it comes to raising capital?

22:29
What’s it been like transitioning from a Product Designer to Founder/CEO role? Were there any challenges or benefits from your experience?

24:15
What are some of the other biggest challenges of growing this type of marketplace? Any tactics or strategies that have proven most effective for you?

27:25
Do you have any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

29:07
Do you have any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Asher Hunt on Twitter
Overnight on Twitter
Overnight on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Steve Jobs
Hacking Growth
Bargaining For Advantage
Influence
The Everything Store
Principles
The Startup J-Curve

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