Jonathan Swanson on Building a Unicorn and Delegating 90% of Your Life
Episode 17: Today, hosts Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista) and Jesse Pujji (@jspujji) are joined by fellow startup entrepreneur Jonathan Swanson. Jonathan is the co-founder and chairman of Thumbtack—a massive technology leader building the modern home management platform. In this episode, Jonathan tells Alex and Jesse all about how he and his co-founders came up with the idea for Thumbtack, the turning points and oh-sh*t moments of growing the business, and his genius delegation tactics that save him hundreds of hours over the course of a year.
(00:50 ) - Intro
(01:51 ) - Start of Jonathan Swanson interview
(04:04 ) - What keeps Jonathan motivated, even after all of his career success
(05:21 ) - Jonathan Swanson’s upbringing and background
(06:20 ) - Why Jonathan decided to pursue entrepreneurship
(09:23 ) - The early days of starting Thumbtack
(15:48 ) - The moment that changed everything for Thumbtack
(17:09 ) - How Jonathan navigates his co-founder relationship
(22:00 ) - The event that almost killed Thumbtack
(27:00 ) - The overseas employee that changed Jonathan’s trajectory
(30:20 ) - Jonathan’s career path after Thumbtack
(33:40 ) - Jonathan’s tips for how to delegate as a leader
(41:21 ) - Jonathan’s other businesses
(45:00 ) - How Jonathan hacks his personal life
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