Monthly Archives: December 2013

Episode 002 – Lovestruck

75% of American adults have tried online dating; 17% of marriages started with online dates. This episode features Laurence Holloway, CTO and cofounder of Lovestruck, an award-winning online dating site focused on London, Hong Kong, and Singapore.  We talk through the challenges of running a lean startup in the face of well-funded competition, creating a product that users trust, bootstrapping businesses that have network effects, and working several years as the only software engineer on a highly-visible product.

This is the first of a two-parter on dating.  An upcoming episode will feature an online dating startup in an entirely different market, complete with its unique dynamics.

A huge thanks to all of you who have given me feedback on how to improve, and also the encouragement that several of you have sent in.  Please keep it coming!

A real Lovestruck couple

Episode 001 – Be a Great Mentee

Being mentored is one of the fastest ways to grow — but doing it right is its own skill. I offer some tips on how to get the most out of being a mentee.  This episode also debuts God Save the Queen, a segment on how living in the UK is different from living in the US;  I cover the prevalence of “dog fouling” on the streets of London.

A special thanks to Neil Brench, Jackson Gabbard, and Chaitanya Mishra for their feedback on this podcart.  Please continue sending me your ideas, suggestions, and feedback!