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Episode 198

Ben Jabbawy

founder @privy. 250k+ Ecom sites use us to convert more site traffic. Do you?

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Ben Jabbawy is the Founder of Privy, a suite of tools designed to help marketers and ecommerce businesses increase their marketing conversions. Ben has a background in Industrial Engineering, but moved into a few technical roles, before really diving into startups. Ben joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, his advice for raising capital, how Privy has approached growing to over 250,000 users, and much more.

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Ben got into startups
  • Learn more about what it was like launching Privy
  • Learn more about conversion marketing
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Ben Jabbawy is the Founder of Privy, a suite of tools designed to help marketers and ecommerce businesses increase their marketing conversions.

Ben has a background in Industrial Engineering, but moved into a few technical roles, before really diving into startups.

Ben joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, his advice for raising capital, how Privy has approached growing to over 250,000 users, and much more.


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:50
Can you tell us more about yourself - where are you from and what did you study?

2:04
What was it about the web and that type of technology that pushed you towards those roles in 2006?

3:01
How did you start your career? What were some of your first few professional roles?

4:50
So what was that journey like for you and what was the first version of Privy like?

7:20
How does Privy fit into an entrepreneur or store owner’s toolbox? Why is it so important to their growth?

8:48
Privy is now used by over 250,000 stores & marketers - so how did you guys approach growth? What channels or tactics were most effective?

10:46
What were some of the specific challenges you had to overcome?

12:52
Privy has raised over $4M in funding, so what’s your advice to other entrepreneurs when it comes to raising venture funding?

14:03
Given your background and experience in business, flipping around to the other side of the table, what advice would you have to share with other ecommerce entrepreneurs who are just getting started? What should they focus on in your experience?

15:16
What is the best way of building a new brand? What are some of the tactics you’ve seen used to differentiate one brand from another?

18:33
Focusing more on the business or operational side - are there any resources that you keep coming back to and would recommend to others?

19:33
Do you have any last thoughts or words of advice to leave us with?


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

Twitter Handles & Websites

Ben Jabbawy on Twitter
Ben Jabbawy on the web
Privy on Twitter
Privy on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Resources

Shopify Entrepreneurs
eCommerce Fuel Podcast

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