Episode 2: Navigating Entrepreneurial Challenges: Insights from Joe Meyer

Understanding the Entrepreneurial Landscape with Joe Meyer

In a recent episode of the “Grow Your Damn Business” podcast, host Scott Goodrich welcomed Joe Meyer, CEO and founder of ExecThread, a platform transforming the executive job search process. Joe’s entrepreneurial journey, marked by both successes and challenges, offers valuable insights for aspiring business leaders.

What You Will Discover:

  • 00:00 The Challenges and Inevitabilities of a Growing Business
  • 01:04 Joe’s career background and how ExecThread helps executives tap into the job market.
  • 02:40 How his dad’s career predicaments inspired him into entrepreneurship.
  • 04:11 The opportunity he saw around solving the problem of hidden executive jobs.
  • 05:54 Overcoming challenges by believing in yourself and having perseverance and persistence.
  • 10:30 Joe shares some of the major potholes ExecThread has faced and how they overcame.
  • 15:29 The current approaches Joe is executing to grow and differentiate his business.
  • 20:06 The qualities of the talent he looks for and why he focuses on doers, not strategists.
  • 22:12 ExecThread’s plan to grow by expanding the network and engaging their members.
  • 24:21 He shares the infliction point they’re experiencing and how they overcame past ones.
  • 28:34 Rapid-fire questions with Joe!

From Corporate to Startup Success

Joe’s career trajectory has been diverse and impressive. Before founding ExecThread, he held significant roles in notable companies such as Apple and AOL and was a key player in successful startup acquisitions. This blend of corporate experience and entrepreneurial success sets the stage for his current venture.

ExecThread: Revolutionizing Executive Job Searches

ExecThread addresses a crucial gap in the job market: access to unadvertised executive positions. Launched in 2016, the platform taps into the hidden job market, offering executives a unique avenue to advance their careers. Joe’s vision for ExecThread stems from his own experiences with executive recruiters and his desire to democratize access to top-tier job opportunities.

Overcoming Entrepreneurial Hurdles

Joe’s journey hasn’t been without its fair share of obstacles. From near-death business experiences to challenges with user acquisition and key employee losses, ExecThread has navigated through rough waters. Joe emphasizes the importance of perseverance and believing in your business concept, even when faced with significant challenges.

The Power of Community and Engagement

As ExecThread approaches a million members, Joe underscores the importance of community growth and engagement. For him, the secret to success lies in continuously expanding and activating the network. He focuses on offering valuable, personalized content to members, ensuring the platform remains relevant and engaging.

Personal Reflections and Leadership Style

Joe’s approach to leadership and business is marked by transparency and vulnerability. He shares his personal challenges and triumphs with members, fostering a sense of trust and relatability. This openness extends to his team-building philosophy, where he values hard workers, self-starters, and those who crave autonomy.

Forward Thinking: The Next Phase for ExecThread

Looking ahead, Joe is focused on growing and scaling ExecThread. Despite the successes, he remains vigilant, aware that challenges can emerge at any time. His goal is to strengthen the foundation of ExecThread while exploring new avenues to engage and serve the member base.

Entrepreneurial Advice: Persistence and Action

For budding entrepreneurs, Joe’s advice is straightforward: “Just do it.” He encourages action over endless planning. For those facing challenges, he reminds them that “luck is the residue of hard work.” This mindset is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit required to navigate the unpredictable journey of building a business.


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Scott has an entrepreneurial spirit that’s been burning since his teenage years. Back then, he was mowing lawns, managing paper routes, and selling greeting cards door to door – always finding different ways to put some cash in his pocket! After graduating college, Scott had a successful career in sales and operations leadership, but his desire to be a business owner was never far from his heart. Seven years ago, he and his wife, Jenn, took the plunge and started their own business. Like many others, they spent all their time on the struggle bus – dealing with cash flow, payroll, and questioning whether their doors could even stay open. Ultimately, they persevered and learned some incredibly valuable lessons along the way.

Now, Scott is dedicated to helping others avoid the pitfalls he faced, fulfilling his purpose as a coach, and helping owners and teams achieve their dreams. When he’s not guiding businesses toward success, Scott can be found hitting the gym, on the golf course, or racking up miles on his Peloton.

As an EOS Implementer, Scott is passionate about helping business owners build a solid foundation and clear vision, empowering them to achieve growth, balance, and financial freedom – all while enjoying the ride.

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