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[89] Tackling a Marketplace Service w/ Foti Panagiotakopoulos

August 12, 2020
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In this interview I talk to Foti Panagiotakopoulos of Growth Mentor. Growth Mentor is a marketplace model with a community foundation for helping you level up your growth skills. You have access to mentors of all skill sets for helping you break through the problems blocking you in your business.

Foti talks through how he stumbled on this problem himself and the steps he took to validate, grow, and sustain Growth Mentor. A marketplace is commonly identified as a difficult business model for bootstrapped founders, but Foti has an interesting mindset that I think you should listen to as well as the mistakes he feels he made along the way. (1:54)


Key Takeaways

[9:10] – When it comes to looking for a mentor, you will find more success if you force yourself to get stuck first. This helps you focus your question, and will help with identifying and making the most out of a mentor.

[49:50] – When building a community, think about both active and passive value provided. What value will your members get when they initiate interaction with the platform/community? What value do you provide even when they are not actively engaging?

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