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Episode 120

Aydin Mirzaee

Overachiever. Risk Taker. Entrepreneur.

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Aydin Mirzaee is the co-founder & co-CEO of Fluidware (which was recently acquired by SurveyMonkey). Aydin has been an entrepreneur since a young age - working with his brother to find different ways to earn their own allowance. He then moved from New York City to Ottawa, Canada for school. After finding work in the tech field Aydin began to explore starting another business. He quickly left his stable job and dedicated himself to building a product and growing a company. In August of 2014, that company, Fluidware, was acquired by SurveyMonkey. Aydin joins us to share his story, what it was like starting off on his entrepreneurial journey, how he acquired some of his first customers, how they built a solid team & culture at Fluidware, what it was like going through the acquisition to Survey Monkey, the biggest challenges facing SaaS startups, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Aydin got into tech & startups
  • Learn more about how Aydin approached building the first version of his product
  • Learn more about how Aydin approaches building SaaS companies
  • Learn more about what it was like going through the acquisition process
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Aydin Mirzaee is the co-founder & co-CEO of Fluidware (which was recently acquired by SurveyMonkey).

Aydin has been an entrepreneur since a young age - working with his brother to find different ways to earn their own allowance. He then moved from New York City to Ottawa, Canada for school.

After finding work in the tech field Aydin began to explore starting another business. He quickly left his stable job and dedicated himself to building a product and growing a company.

In August of 2014, that company, Fluidware, was acquired by SurveyMonkey.

Aydin joins us to share his story, what it was like starting off on his entrepreneurial journey, how he acquired some of his first customers, how they built a solid team & culture at Fluidware, what it was like going through the acquisition to Survey Monkey, the biggest challenges facing SaaS startups, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:57
Where are you from and what did you study?

2:24
How did your passion for tech and entrepreneurship develop?

6:43
Can you tell us a bit more about Fluidware and what motivated you to create this company and the main product Fluidsurveys?

12:44
What are some of the biggest challenges in building and scaling this type of business based on your experience?

14:47
You built Fluidware to a team of over 75 people. How do you maintain the culture & managed to keep the pace while growing the team?

17:21
Fluidware was acquired by SurveyMonkey in August 2014. What was the acquisition process like for you?

20:31
If you had 5 mins to send yourself a message back in time before you started Fluidware - what would you tell yourself knowing what you know now?

22:46
So what’s next for you?

25:18
What are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used?

27:27
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

28:59
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

Aydin Mirazee on Twitter
Fluidware on Twitter
Fluidware on the Web
SaaS North on Twitter
SaaS North on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Siri
Shoe Dog

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