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Nick Fogle

Founder & CEO of Churnkey

About Me

I went from being an attorney drowning in student loan debt, to teaching myself to code, building a successful SaaS business, and ultimately getting acquired for a mid-7 figure sum in 2021.

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BOOK NOW FOR your podcast

Nick Fogle

Founder & CEO of Churnkey

About Me

I went from being an attorney drowning in student loan debt, to teaching myself to code, building a successful SaaS business, and ultimately getting acquired for a mid-7 figure sum in 2021.

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By the fall of 2016, founders Nick Fogle and Baird Hall had spent around 18 months building a social sharing platform for podcasts, a project for which they couldn’t get paying customers or a minute of investors’ time. 

Then they stumbled into a related product that brought in both revenue and acquisition offers.

Wavve, a tool that repurposes audio content into short videos for social media, was a hail Mary meant to be a lead generator for their flailing platform. But it turned out to be exactly what their users were looking for.

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Timeline

Aug 2020 - Present

Churnkey

Founder & CEO

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Aug 2020 - Present

Apr 2015 - Mar 2021

Wavve

Co-Founder

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Apr 2015 - Mar 2021

Aug 2017 - Jul 2020

Casa Inc.

Founding Engineer

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Aug 2017 - Jul 2020

2016 - 2019

Fount.

Partner

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2016 - 2019

Apr 2013 - Mar 2016

Blackbaud

Board of Directors

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Apr 2013 - Mar 2016

May 2012 - 2015

Skyhook

Owner

May 2012 - 2015

2012

SeeTheLaw

Founder

2012

2010 - 2012

Weeks & Irvine, LLC

Law Clerk

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2010 - 2012

Ask me

When should you start optimizing your business for an acquisition and what are the highest value areas to focus on that will impact your valuation?
What are the top 3 lessons you learned while fielding acquisition offers and ultimately being acquired?
How do you start a business with no financial safety net?
Why is bootstrapping often a better option than venture capital for founders and early teams?
How do you manage your emotions and personal finances (or more specifically student debt) while juggling startups and a 9-5 job?
What are the highest value impact areas where a founder should focus their time?
When should a business buy a product vs build their own?
How does growing up with adversity impact your outlook as a founder?
What sort of small changes can busy startup founders make to dramatically improve their health and well-being?

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