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Episode 24

David Spinks

Founder of @CMX. Believer in the value of community.

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David Spinks is the founder and CEO of CMX Media, the hub for the community industry. David has been building communities around startups and ideas his entire career, including Zaarly, LeWeb, uDemy, and SeatGeek.

Episode Overview

David Spinks is the founder and CEO of CMX Media, the hub for the community industry. David has been building communities around startups and ideas his entire career, including Zaarly, LeWeb, uDemy, and SeatGeek.

He also co-founded Feast, a cooking class for people who would never go to a cooking class that got accepted into 500 Startups. He talks about the importance of building valuable communities around existing behaviours and people, what common mistakes entrepreneurs make when building communities, and more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:03
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

3:45
You’ve spent your entire career building companies - specifically, communities around companies. Some of these include: Zaarly, LeWeb, uDemy, and SeatGeek. What are some of the biggest challenges when it comes to building communities?

9:00
What are some of the most effective tactics or channels to build communities?

11:02
What are the common mistakes most entrepreneurs make when trying to build a community?

13:34
You’re the CEO of Feast. What is Feast and why did you start it?

18:54
How did you get into 500 Startups?

20:27
What was the biggest lesson you learnt there?

22:25
What’s CMX Summit? Why did you decide to start this?

25:49
CMX Summit, has hosted talks from CEO's and community experts in organizations like Apple, NASA, Burning Man, the FBI, Airbnb, Kickstarter, Etsy, Reddit, Buzzfeed, Lyft, Facebook as well as academic experts in the fields of Community Psychology and Behavioral Analysis. How did you attract this caliber of speakers to a brand new event?

32:28
What are some of your favorite app, tools, or books right now?


What You Learn In This Episode

  • How David built his career in the community space with Zaarly, LeWeb, uDemy, and SeatGeek.
  • Why he started CMX Media.
  • How he attracted top speakers and sold out the conference in just 5 weeks.
  • How he joined 500 startups and the biggest lessons learnt there.
  • The most common mistakes you should avoid when building a community.
  • And more!

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

Twitter Handles & Websites

David on Twitter
David on the Web
CMX on the Twitter
CMX on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Apps & Books

Duolingo
Product Hunt
Clash of Clans
Slack
Assistant.to
Traction

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