Entrepreneur Showdown with Dan Franks and Joe Cassandra

Entrepreneur Showdown with Dan Franks and Joe Cassandra
By A weekly podcast where entrepreneurs go head to head debating the hottest topics in online business, and an epic Main Event featuring a big name special guest in a no-holds-barred interview unlike any they’ve ever done.
About this podcast
The Entrepreneur Showdown Podcast is a place where two online entrepreneurs, Joe Cassandra and Dan Franks, go head to head each and every week debating the hottest topics in entrepreneurship and online businesses.

Each week, Joe and Dan select their favorite blogs and podcasts from the week that was to break down, discuss, and debate in a way that only they know how. Then, in the main event, they welcome a big name special guest whose content was featured in that week’s episode for a special no-holds-barred interview unlike any they’ve ever done.
Latest episodes
March 24, 2014
We let you down last week.  Listen to what happened and how it pertains to the article we covered today on conquering self-sabotage from Ramit Sethi.  Sometimes the issue with our problems isn’t outside troubles, but actually the fight going on inside of you.  Dan and Joe dive deep into this issue in Round 1 revealing some of their own self- sabotage moments. For Round 2, we discuss an event in the life of our Main Event guest, Ryan Avery, as he has lunch with a billionaire and gets to hear the “secrets” to success.  Hear who the billionaire is and a couple of the tips he provides and hear Joe and Dan debate over it. For the Main Event, Ryan Avery is the Main speaker here, the youngest ever to win the World Champion of Public Speaking, he’s a ball of energy and ready to bring it! How self-sabotage sounds and how it will hurt you. When is the best time to start your next venture? What are the 4 P’s that Ryan says could help your life and marriage? How to sort out goals and outcomes (hint: focusing on solid goals lead to bigger outcomes) Keys to a successful presentation and how to prepare for each audience. BONUS: Hear Ryan Avery reveal all on our friend, Jared Easely’s podcast, Starve the Doubts. Hear all about and see Ryan;s award-winning speech. Download in iTunes | Download in Stitcher Mentions Want to show your appreciation – Head over to Showdown Love . Com Buy Tickets to Podcast Movement 2014 How to Conquer Self-Sabotage – Ramit Sethi Lunch with a Billionaire – Ryan Avery Further Resources Follow Ryan Avery on Twitter  Ramit Sethi – Truth about Starting an Online Business The post Ryan Avery, Successful Speaking & Conquering Self-Sabotage – ES049 appeared first on Entrepreneur Showdown.
March 10, 2014
You’re stuck looking for your business passion, aren’t you? You’re probably using it as an excuse to not get started as well, right? We’ve had that issue as well.  Never fear, we discuss an excellent piece from expert Stephanie Sammons on finding your business passion; however, Dan seems to have questions about some of her thoughts, what do you think? For Round 2 we discuss a post by fellow-Texan buddy, Philip Taylor aka PT Money on starting a business with little to no money.  Do you need a bunch of funding to get started and is the barrier to entry for online ventures getting worse? We discuss that and more before we bring on PT. PT hits up the Main Event and ready to make it rain! Our first fellow CPA on the show! Is building a lifestyle the key to finding your passion? Why Venture Capitalists hinder you from starting businesses. A Physical business could be better than an online venture. What did PT have to outsource because he felt others could do it better? Do you have that courage? Do you need to be extroverted to succeed? BONUS:  PT joins our buddy Jared Easely over at Starve the Doubts and hear some of the wacky answers but also the wisdom you won’t hear here Download in iTunes | Download in Stitcher Mentions Want to show your appreciation – Head over to Showdown Love . Com Only a couple more days for the early special! Sponsor the Podcast Movement over at Kickstarter How to find your Business Passion – Stephanie Sammons How to Start a Business – Do you Want it Bad Enough? PT’s conference – FinCon in New Orleans this September! Further Resources Follow PT on Twitter Check out PT Money rapping like a pro! The post Philip Taylor “PT”, Low-Cost Business, & Finding your Passion – ES048 appeared first on Entrepreneur Showdown.
March 3, 2014
 When you think of personality tests or behavioral tests, you’ll probably think “rubbish” or “I don’t need those.”  Well, Dan and Joe recently took one with their accounting team and it was eye-opening.  You learn more about yourself than you ever would think…….. How would you like to be more productive? Yes, you’ve heard it all before, but you actually haven’t.  We discuss the manifesto of Mr. Productivityist, Mike Vardy.  He has a manifesto on being the most productive you, but Joe has some qualms with some of Mike’s points, are they valid? We bring on Mike Vardy in the Main Event, he’s both logical, hilarious, a wrestler at heart and more! How tests, like the Kolbe test, can help you become a better manager and person. Why your body clock is key to productivity. Making a list to be productive may not be the right strategy. An easy substance…that can make you instantly more creative. Create urgency when you don’t have it to get the job done! BONUS:   Check out Mike Vardy’s COMPLETE story over at Gary Miller’s show, it’s a 3-parter! Download in iTunes | Download in Stitcher Mentions Want to show your appreciation – Head over to Showdown Love . Com Show your support for Dan and the Podcast Movement over at Kickstarter Kolbe Test Acacia Insights – Company who taught us about Kolbe The Way of the Productivityist – Mike Vardy’s Manifesto James Altucher – Write down 10 ideas Drink Alcohol for Creativity Further Resources  Follow Mike Vardy on Twitter Check out Mike’s facebook page for the laundry argument! The post Mike Vardy, Self Assessments, and Being a Productivityist – ES047 appeared first on Entrepreneur Showdown.
Feb. 24, 2014
How do you use your time? It’s something we struggle with on the Showdown so we got some help from Jane Willmott with tips on Making the best  and most use of your time. Dan and Joe even have some of their own tips you can use right now…… In Round 2, we discuss Jill Stanton’s recent video post on the difference between Niche Sites and Authority Sites.  Dan’s had experience in the niche site world and can define it all for you and what goes into each…the question is.. do you need to use “different” SEO tactics to make them work? We’ll need to ask Jill in the Main Event! Jill Stanton lands in the Main Event, having built dozens of authority and niche sites, she’s a great resource to learn about them and the lifeblood they need to thrive.  It’s easy to be scammy in the niche site world, but Jill can show you how to get around that type of branding  The BEST way to get things done besides the normal “write it down” advice.  Difference between a niche site and an authority site and which is for you. The Key Ingredient to having a successful niche site What Jill worries about with her site’s ALL the time! Which affiliate programs are the best for you? Hint, according to Jill, “Amazon affiliate program is bulls***!” Learn more! BONUS:  Jill Stanton goes in-depth with our friend, Sean Malarkey over at the Money Pillow.  Her hubby joins her in the interview as well so learn about making your entrepreneurial adventures work with a spouse! Download in iTunes | Download in Stitcher Mentions Want to show your appreciation – Head over to Showdown Love . Com Show your support for Dan and the Podcast Movement over at Kickstarter!  Six Simple Ways to Make the Most Use of Your Time Difference between and Authority Site and Niche Site – Screw the Nine to Five Pat Flynn’s Security Guard Training Niche Site Chris Ducker (the Duckster) Matt Cutts – is Guest Blogging Dead? The Tropical MBA Joe’s Meetup Group for Couples Further Resources Follow Jill Stanton on Twitter Bonus Interview: Learn even more about bubbly Jill over at the Suitcase Entrepreneur stickK – Reach a goal by sticking to it (definitely worth a look!) The post Jill Stanton, Making the Most of Your Time, and Niche Sites – ES046 appeared first on Entrepreneur Showdown.
Feb. 17, 2014
We have a special round 1 today! We discuss Dan’s recent project, Podcast Movement, which recently made over 5 figures in 48 hours! You’ll need to hear about this and how to validate your new idea and why it’s important with real life results, not some theory BS. For Round 2, we discuss Tom Morkes’ recent article on how he enlisted the help of many A-Listers for his recent project.  Is it that important to have big names back your project? Are there specific tactics you should be doing? Joe has a problem with one of Tom’s tactics that he’ll need to challenge that point in the Main Event! Tom Morkes lands in the Main Event from his exotic abode in Indonesia.  But it’s not all pina colada’s, he’s trying to get his publishing company off the ground, but he has some great tactics for increasing sales and your confidence in this chat. CLICK TO TWEET:   “Start Before You’re Ready…You’ll End up a Pro” – Tom Morkes Why validation is important and how Dan validated his recent idea. Become a better copywriter INSTANTLY with this one tip Dan used that propelled sales. How Tom harnessed his previous relationships to start his publishing company, Insurgent Publishing, with a bang with ZERO experience. His Sales Tactics with using the correct verbiage that will automatically increase your sales. Tom uses the word “Journal” instead of an e-book, it increases sales! Building your own internal confidence Using a donation based model is actually tested to be the best way to increase revenue. BONUS:  Tom Morkes dives into his background including going deeper in his “pay what you want ” model with our friend and past guest, Natalie Sisson, over at the Suitcase Entrepreneur. Download in iTunes | Download in Stitcher Mentions Want to show your appreciation – Head over to Showdown Love . Com Show your support for Dan and the Podcast Movement over at Kickstarter! Grab a copy of Tom’s Journal “The Creative Entrepreneur.” Leave a Donation, give to charity and don’t miss out! How Tom Morkes Enlisted the help of A-Listers David Hutcherson w/ Tom Morkes (thanks David!) Insurgent Publishing Further Resources Follow Tom Morkes on Twitter! The post Tom Morkes, Recruiting A-Listers & Podcast Movement – ES045 appeared first on Entrepreneur Showdown.
Feb. 10, 2014
Dan and Joe admit their troubles with email marketing in Round 1, but have great examples of those who KNOW how to do it right.  If you’re just starting out in your email marketing campaign, this Round 1 is for you! Having trouble coming up with an idea for a business? Sean Ogle can help with that as we dive into Round 2 discussing how he comes up with new ideas.  Joe discusses methods he’s used to try and validate some of his potential ideas. For the Main Event, Sean Ogle graces us with his presence but greats the value.  Sean runs Location 180 and at the same time started a new venture, Breaking Eighty, to harness his love of golfing.  If you don’t have an idea, Sean has some harsh words for you…. CLICK TO TWEET:   “Build a Business Around Things You Enjoy – Sean Ogle Who does Email Marketing right and what EXACTLY they do? Cheap, easy ways to validate and test your ideas. Sean goes through his idea process for Breaking Eighty, he defines the problem, then solves it. How Sean gets a 25-35% email response, not just open rate, RESPONSE! The hidden benefits of giving first to businesses…. BONUS:  Sean Ogle joins our friend John Lee Dumas over at Entrepreneur on Fire. Hear Sean describe how he left his job and started his online, lifestyle business.  It may be the inspiration you need. Download in iTunes | Download in Stitcher Mentions Want to show your appreciation – Head over to Showdown Love . Com Make Your Email Marketing Buzzworthy How to Come Up with an Incredible Business Idea – Sean Ogle Ramit Sethi – Email Neil Patel – Email Pat Flynn – Email Sam Ovens interview on the Showdown Tropical MBA – provided inspiration for Sean in the beginning Further Resources  Follow Sean Ogle on Twitter Derek Halpern – Question he asks in first email to get future customers Introducing the Pioneer Conference hosted by Sean Ogle The post Sean Ogle, Generating New Business Ideas & Email Marketing 101 – ES 044 appeared first on Entrepreneur Showdown.
Feb. 3, 2014
 Is your mentality to learn important for your success?  Dan and Joe discuss some on the job training skills with a “learning-as-you-go” attitude.  Joe has a certain way he learns new processes, do you have the same style or the opposite? Find out in Round 1. Round 2 has us discussing a recent post from Stan Smith about the traits of successful blog marketers.  Dan and Joe actually found a unique trait Stan doesn’t touch on that up-and-coming bloggers are now utilizing.  We may have to bring this up with Stan…..heck…you know we will! Let’s move on to Stan!  Stanford Smith comes on the Main Event to give his take on how to be a successful blog marketer.  He has some sweet strategies that Joe says is, “Genius.” You’ll need to hear it as well as how he defined his target market.  Check out Stan! Buying the new, shiny course doesn’t mean you’ll be successful, hear Dan’s story from NMX that demonstrates this. Should you be using vulnerability in your writing? The “Genius” way Stan gets new clients through his blog posts Tips on using recent events in the media How Stan overcomes self-doubt when publishing new posts BONUS:   Hear more blogging tips from Stan the Man Smith himself over at the FlyBlueKite Blog and Show! Download in iTunes | Download in Stitcher Mentions  Why a “Learn-As-You-Go” Mentality is key to Entrepreneurial Success Networking Tips from NMX 5 Traits of Extremely Successful Blog Marketers- Stan Smith Podcast on Writing with Srini Rao Social Media Marketing conference Stan Smith will speak at! Michael Stelzner on the Showdown Further Resources Follow Stan on Twitter James Altucher Facebook where he writes many posts Srinivas Rao Facebook where he writes many posts The post Stan Smith, Successful Blog Marketing, and Learning as You Go – ES 043 appeared first on Entrepreneur Showdown.
Jan. 27, 2014
Tax Time! It's the most wonderful time of the year isn't it? Maybe not.....Still, you got to pay your dues to IRS and Dan, our CPA, has some tips on MAXIMIZING your deductions this season.  Our fellow-Texan friend Carrie Smith provided the inspiration for this with her article on enjoying your taxes (because you may get some back!) Round 2 brings up the topic about drop shipping and importing.  Is there a difference?  Will Mitchell thinks so, but Joe's having a hard time wrapping his head around it.  Will he figure it out? In the Main Event, Will Mitchell hits us up to give his thoughts on the importing business.  He discusses his strategies and how you could find the right product to start selling.  He's just a kid but has a wealth of knowledge and can help you start off your business without needing an idea. CLICK TO TWEET:   "Being an Entrepreneur is Hard as Shit." - Will Mitchell  What can you deduct on your taxes for your online business? Are you even allowed? What taxes will you have for being a freelancer? Dan's a CPA and can tell you!  Will tells you if Importing can still make you as much money as it used to. Learn the margins of importing vs. drop shipping, it might surprise you. Should you build a product instead of importing? Get your Foot in the Door of the next big Startup. The Power of the Logo. BONUS:  Hear Will Mitchell, the whiz kid, tell his story on the Outta the Box show. Inspire your kids! Download in iTunes | Download in Stitcher Mentions Carrie Smith - Careful Cents' Enjoying your Taxes How to Make Money Importing from China Showdown Interview with Billy Murphy Alibaba  Affluence.org - Private Social Network Further Resources Follow Will Mitchell and Startup Bros on Twitter How to Find a Profitable Product to Sell - Startup Bros  Podcast on the Blacklist (take that Dan!)
Jan. 20, 2014
Dan has a new idea….but does it need validation? We will dive into the questions you may need to ask yourself and your new idea as well as maybe some parameters that prove validation. We all use mobile apps everyday (even if you don’t know it….), how hard is it to start building one? Even more on your mind, HOW MUCH is it to do it? Joe and Dan discuss their experience before diving into the Main Event with Steve P Young. Steve P Young (not to be confused with the Niners QB) enters the ring to talk about mobile apps for the first time on the Showdown.  Steve talks about his app failures and successes and what you can do to start to get into the space. CLICK TO TWEET:  “Get potential customers on camera to get their REAL reaction to your idea.” – Steve P Young  Learn what idea validation is and you NEED it for any new venture you want to pursue. How do I know if the idea is validated? Learn exactly where Steve makes money and how much Steve gives you ideas on validating app ideas, SIMPLE! Should your app be FREE or PAID? Steve P Young gives the trends of today. Is there a way to get to the top of Apple’s list faster? Steve explains how he hustled to get sponsors on his podcast. BONUS: Get your Slideshare presentations viral, Steve’s done it and tells you how. BONUS: Steve P Young gives his most revealing testimonial about the state of his affairs, how much he makes and more.  Dan said it made him uncomfortable to listen to…. DOUBLE BONUS: Here’s a FREE Course on Idea Validation over at the $100 MBA by Omar Zenhom.  Check it!!! Download in iTunes | Download in Stitcher Mentions Startup: Process of Idea Validation at VentureStab Showdown interview with Dane Maxwell and Andy Drish of the Foundation OkDork – Blog by Appsumo’s Noah Kagan Fizzle.co Article by Omar Zenhom discussing Idea Validation Mobile App Chat Podcast Mobile App Battle 10 Mobile App Insights – Slideshare Cardiio App: Touchless Heart Monitor AppCodes XYO.net – Monitor apps Slides that Rock Further Resources Follow Steve P Young on Twitter Noah Kagan being interviewed on Pat Flynn’s podcast, Smart Passive Income The post Steve P Young, Mobile App Development & Idea Validation – ES 041 appeared first on Entrepreneur Showdown.
Jan. 13, 2014
Joe and Dan are broadcasting LIVE from New Media Expo and are bringing some harsh truths and takeaways from their experience.  What should you be focusing on: Attending the sessions or meetups?  Joe had some blunt statements about some of the sessions that could be said to be over the line…..judge for yourself! In Round 2, we discuss a recent post from JD Roth on being the CFO of your Life. Especially with the younger generation, it is tempting to start out their financial journey with debt and rapid spending.  Joe and Dan have some quick stories and tips about their financial journey (being in their 20’s.)  Do you share some of these experiences? CLICK TO TWEET: “Key to Happiness: Not caring what others think” – JD Roth For the Main Event, JD comes into the ring to give you further advice on becoming a CFO, yes you!  He’s had many setbacks in his life and goes into how he overcome those struggles including his diet plans for all you New Year resolutions! We have a great discussion on how young people can succeed early on, they don’t need to wait until they’re retired.  JD gives specific strategies on how you can do that, Dig into this episode to find out! BONUS:  Listen to JD himself give a talk at World Domination Summit discussing Transitioning in your Life! Download in iTunes | Download in Stitcher Mentions New Media Expo Showdown Interview with NMX CEO Rick Calvert Joe expands on his networking tips from New Media Expo Become the CFO of your Life – JD Roth Get Rich Slowly – Site JD Roth sold More than Money – JD Roth’s personal site Mr. Money Mustache – Highly recommended by JD Ramit Sethi from I Will Teach You to Be Rich Millionaire Fastlane – MJ Demarco BOOK: How to Find Freedom in an Unfree World Further Resources Follow JD Roth on Twitter Check out JD Roth on our friend, Andrew Warner’s site, Mixergy Scott Stratten from Unmarketing gave the most entertaining keynote! The post JD Roth, CFO of Your Life & Harsh Truths About New Media Expo – ES 040 appeared first on Entrepreneur Showdown.