Here comes another one!!! My Throwback Series today is with Dan Norris! If you don’t know who he is, today should be the day.
Dan Norris was the co-founder of WP-Curve which was just acquired by GoDaddy, he’s written 4 books (Create or Hate, 7 Day Startup, Content Machine, Operation Brewery), started his own Brewery Company, and has an Entrepreneur Mastermind!
The guy is pretty unstoppable. Not to mention, he’s totally down to earch and cool as hell.
This interview was super fun! We spoke last year when we was working on his first book 7 Day Startup. It’s incredible how much has happened since then.
Take a blast from the past though and see Dan Norris… BEFORE THEY WERE STARS!!!! 😀 Enjoy!
Song at end: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZP5TOlLWqg
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