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Episode 51

Matt Fiedler

My name is Matt but one time I introduced myself as Math. Co-founder of @vinylmeplease.

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Matt Fiedler is the co-founder & CEO of Vinyl Me Please, the best damn record club out there! Matt grew up with a passion for music that he inherited from his dad. Always wanting to start his own thing, Matt and his co-founder Tyler launched Vinyl Me Please as a passion project. Today they ship to more than 40 countries worldwide and have a rapidly growing user base of subscribers and music lovers. Matt joins us to share his insights on starting a company, enabling a community to take on a life of its own, how to start a subscription company, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Matt.
  • Learn more about Vinyl Me Please and what motivated Matt to start it.
  • Learn more about how Matt approaches marketing, growth, and community development for Vinyl Me Please.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Matt Fiedler is the co-founder & CEO of Vinyl Me Please, the best damn record club out there! Matt grew up with a passion for music that he inherited from his dad. Always wanting to start his own thing, Matt and his co-founder Tyler launched Vinyl Me Please as a passion project.

Today they ship to more than 40 countries worldwide and have a rapidly growing user base of subscribers and music lovers. Matt joins us to share his insights on starting a company, enabling a community to take on a life of its own, how to start a subscription company, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • Why Matt started Vinyl Me Please.
  • How he's built and grown VMP as a passion project.
  • Matt's approach to building a community at Vinyl Me Please.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:33
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

4:25
You’ve also worked for a couple of interesting companies as a product manager. What were some of the biggest lessons learnt during that time and do you think it’s better prepared you for Vinyl Me Please?

7:30
You’re currently the co-founder and CEO of Vinyl Me Please. But before we get right into that, where does your passion for music come from?

9:58
What is Vinyl Me Please and what motivated you to start it?

10:46
VMP is a bit different from other “box of the month” companies. How do you guys differentiate yourselves from other companies in this industry?

14:00
What are the 3 most important things outsiders would need to know about growth hacking the “subscription box” industry?

24:45
What are some of the most important lesson about startups you’ve learnt over the past few years?

26:05
Do you have any hilarious or unbelievable stories that you’d be able to share with us about VMP or your experience as an entrepreneur?

29:38
Where do you see the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs? Any technologies or industries that really interest you?

31:07
What apps, books, devices or tools are you obsessed with right now? What are some of your most favorite albums lately?

35:43
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

Matt on Twitter
Vinyl Me Please on Twitter
Vinyle Me Please on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, Books & Music

Square Cash
Uber
Sunrise
SimpleNote
Google Drive
Box
Mailbox
Slack
The Membership Economy
The Lemon of Pink
Before The World Was Big
Leon Bridges
A Ghost Is Born

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