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Episode 29

Ryan Delk

Growing @Gumroad. Previously @Square, @iHub, @UF.

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Ryan Delk has been an entrepreneur since an early age. While in college he began to get involved in the mobile and payments industries through opportunities with iHub and Square. Now on the growth and business development team at Gumroad, a platform for selling directly to your audience, he joins us to talk about how he approaches business development, growth, and how Gumroad wants to empower creators everywhere.

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Ryan.
  • Learn more Gumroad - specifically how they want to help empower independent creators everywhere.
  • Learn more about how Ryan approaches building relationships and growth at Gumroad.
  • Discover what tools Ryan uses on a daily basis.

Episode Overview

Ryan Delk has been an entrepreneur since an early age. While in college he began to get involved in the mobile and payments industries through opportunities with iHub and Square.

Now on the growth and business development team at Gumroad, a platform for selling directly to your audience, he joins us to talk about how he approaches business development, growth, and how Gumroad wants to empower creators everywhere.


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • Why Ryan was attracted to startups and entrepreneurship from an early age.
  • How he and the team at Gumroad have been growing the platform to serve independent creators everywhere.
  • How Ryan approaches business development and building relationships.
  • Some of the latest tools Gumroad has launched to help their users sell more.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:23
Where are you from, what did you study, and how did your passion for entrepreneurship develop?

5:06
You also worked with iHub Nairobi. What is this organization? As part of your role there, you were a BD lead for Pivot25 2011, a first-of-it's-kind Mobile Tech Conference and Competition (think: TechCrunch Disrupt for Africa). How did you get involved in this and why?

9:50
You currently do Growth & Business Development at Gumroad.
What is Gumroad and how did you hack your way into the opportunity?

11:32
What does growth mean to you at Gumroad?

13:40
How do you approach Business Development at Gumroad? How do you go about building new personal relationships?

18:15
You guys just launched the 30 Day Challenge and a bunch more tools like Audience to educate and help more people become a “creators”. First off, what are these two new tools and why encourage more people to create?

22:35
Where does Gumroad see itself fitting in the indie creator community?

24:00
Where do you see the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs? Any technologies or industries that really interest you?

26:32
What apps, books, devices or tools are you obsessed with right now?

28:16
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

Ryan on Twitter
Gumroad on the Twitter
Gumroad on the Web
Gumroad's Audience on the Web
Gumroad's 30 Day Challenge on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps & Books

Humin
Pocket
Slack

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