Hack To Start Ep.161: Mike Williams, founder of Thinkbox

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Mike Williams is the founder of Thinkbox, a startup studio in Santa Monica, California, and the company that’s behind several successful startups including StudioTime and Yoroomie — an app which was built in less than 30 days and sold in less than six months, after getting a ton of press for being listed on eBay.

While in high school, Williams was a pretty good wrestler. But he knew his sport had limits. So he decided to pursue his passion for flying instead.

While in college, he was exposed to the world of cycling and that led him to becoming both a semi-pro in the sport, and an ecommerce entrepreneur, selling high-quality bike parts to other cyclists in the early days of the web.

Williams joins us to share his story, how he built and sold his first company Codeity, how he approaches building MVPs, what it was like launching Yoroomie and having it acquired in less than six months, how he built a chatbot in a weekend, the biggest mistakes most entrepreneurs make when building an MVP, and much more.

Hack To Start is a weekly podcast focused on interesting people and the innovative ways they achieve success hosted by @FrancoVarriano and @TylerCopeland.