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Hack To Start
Episode 187

Matthew Hollingshead

19 year veteran in building companies.

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Matt Hollingshead is the CEO of Hifyre, a web & mobile app developer based on Hamilton, Canada. Back in 1999, Matt and some friends launched their first agency called factor[e] which ended up generation $1M in sales within its first 24 months. Today Matt is the CEO of Hifyre, a web & mobile development shop that’s working with Fortune 500 and fast growth startups. Matt joins us to share his story, how he got into business, what it was like building various consumer agencies over the last 19 years, why it’s important to work hard and talk about that work, how he sees the future of freelancing & studios evolving, and much more.

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Matt got into design & business
  • Learn more about what it's been like building and scaling an agency business
  • Learn more about how Matt sees the future of freelancing and studios evolving
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Matt Hollingshead is the CEO of Hifyre, a web & mobile app developer based on Hamilton, Canada.

Back in 1999, Matt and some friends launched their first agency called factor[e] which ended up generation $1M in sales within its first 24 months.

Today Matt is the CEO of Hifyre, a web & mobile development shop that’s working with Fortune 500 and fast growth startups.

Matt joins us to share his story, how he got into business, what it was like building various consumer agencies over the last 19 years, why it’s important to work hard and talk about that work, how he sees the future of freelancing & studios evolving, and much more.


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:45
Can you tell us more about yourself - where are you from and what did you study?

2:41
So where did your passion for marketing and startups come from?

4:00
Further along that path of discovering your passions and starting a career, In 1999, you launched your own agency, called Factor[e]. So where did the idea come from and what motivated you to start your own thing?

5:22
What was it like launching an agency back then? What were some of the biggest challenges?

7:09
How did you acquire some of your first customers and what was your process for that kind of fast growth?

8:32
What were some of the biggest lessons for you as a leader?

10:26
Today you’re the CEO if Hifye which launched in 2009. So can you tell us a little bit more about what Hifyre is all about and what motivated you to start that?

24:01
How do you define the work that you’re doing at Hifyre? Cause it’s not a traditional agency…. And how do you see the world of freelancing continuing to evolve or fitting into that model?

27:31
What’s next for yourself and Hifyre in 2018?

29:04
What resources do you keep coming back to or recommend to others?

30:09
Do you have any final thoughts or advice to leave us with?


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

Twitter Handles & Websites

Hifyre on Twitter
Hifyre on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

MaRS

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