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Episode 130

Seth Louey

@ProductHunt 2016 Maker of the Year Nominee, Co-founder @BotListco.

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Seth Louey is the co-founder of Botlist and the Creative Director at SimplyTapp. As many entrepreneurs do, Seth started his career by saying he could code websites and then spent a week straight learning how to do it. He later met a fellow developer named Mubashar (aka Mubs), and they quickly became friends. They’re among the most prolific makers on Product Hunt both being nominated for Makers of the Year in 2016. Seth, Mubs and Ben Tossell then launched a site called Botlist. Now, just over a year later it’s already crossed more than 2M+ page views, thousands of bots submitted and a thriving community of bot enthusiasts. Seth joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, why he’s so passionate about bots and messaging, what it was like launching BotList, how he manages to balance several side projects and full time job, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Seth got into startups
  • Learn more about how Seth is so passionate about bots
  • Learn more about how Seth manages several side projects and a full time job
  • Learn more about how they've grown BotList to over 2M page views in <12 months
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Seth Louey is the co-founder of Botlist and the Creative Director at SimplyTapp.

As many entrepreneurs do, Seth started his career by saying he could code websites and then spent a week straight learning how to do it.

He later met a fellow developer named Mubashar (aka Mubs), and they quickly became friends. They’re among the most prolific makers on Product Hunt both being nominated for Makers of the Year in 2016.

Seth, Mubs and Ben Tossell then launched a site called Botlist. Now, just over a year later it’s already crossed more than 2M+ page views, thousands of bots submitted and a thriving community of bot enthusiasts.

Seth joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, why he’s so passionate about bots and messaging, what it was like launching BotList, how he manages to balance several side projects and full time job, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:40
Where are you from and what did you study?

6:40
How did you passion for art, design and entrepreneurship come about?

11:10
You then joined an agency called MadGlory as creative director and partner. How did you create the opportunity to join the team there and what was that experience like?

16:28
You’re now the Creative Director at SimplyTapp. How did you create the opportunity to work there?

20:08
How do you see these products coming together to create a better user experience? And how does this change the future of FinTech in your opinion?

22:07
Today, you’re the co-founder of Botlist - along with Mubs and Ben Tossell as you mentioned - so for those who might not have heard about it yet, can you tell us more about it and what motivated you to start it?

27:46
How did you build the first version of the platform?

29:44
What is it about bots and messaging that has you so excited? And how are you building the community around it?

31:34
What’s next for Botslist?

33:06
How does BotList and what you're doing at Gane remain separate? Or does it not? How do you approach working on your projects?

34:19
What are some of the most recent apps or bots that you’ve downloaded or used?

37:13
Do you have any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

38:31
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

Seth Louey on Twitter
Seth on Product Hunt
BotList on Twitter
BotList on the web
Gane on Twitter
Gane on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Gane
Grammarly
Seth's BotList Profile
Smokey
GoMix
Octane
Seth's Product Hunt Profile
Neil Patel's Marketing School Podcast
Growth Everywhere Podcast

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