They say that from little things big things grow. Matt Mickiewicz, co-founder of 99designs and Flippa.com, is living proof this is true.
Matt is perhaps the closest thing there is to a lifelong entrepreneur.
In June 2009, he launched his third company, Flippa, a marketplace for buying and selling websites that has handled more than $90 million in sales. Buyers and sellers trade around $2 million worth of websites and domains through the Flippa marketplace each month.
Matt co-founded his first multi-million dollar internet company, SitePoint, as a 15-year-old high school student in his native British Columbia, Canada. SitePoint, a web development resource and community for developers and designers, remains the top online destination in its sector. In 2008, Matt and his SitePoint co-founder Mark Harbottle spun off 99designs. That company grew into a Webby-winning goliath, hosting over 130,000 design contests and paying out over $30 million to designers. Oh, and they raised $35 million from Accel Partners too — no big deal, right?
Flippa, his third company, originated from SitePoint. “By creating a new company, with a new brand, with a dedicated team, and its own budgets and P&L statements, we allowed the business to stand on its own two feet and flourish on its own,” says Matt.
In August of 2012, Matt launched DeveloperAuction.com, aimed to turn the tech recruiting industry on it’s head.
So rapid was Matt’s ascent to Web ‘trep super-fame that Mickiewicz, himself a homemade entrepreneur, was named to both the 2012 Forbes 30 under 30 list and last year’s Inc. 30 Under 30, too.
Yet Mickiewicz insists the secret to finding “the next big thing” is working outside the boxed-in thinking of Fortune 500s and legacy companies, going it alone and taking risks — crazy risks, in some cases.
His willingness to take the plunge time and again explains how he’s leveraged his high school startup into 50+ Web design books, which in turn have been translated into 20+ languages. That’s not to mention the other hugely successful ventures he runs.
But we’ll let him tell you about that himself.
This Thursday, November 15th is your chance to ask Matt what it’s like to be behind some of the Internet’s fastest-growing game changers. How do you drive early adoption? If you’re looking to raise money, where do you get started? What VC questions are entrepreneurs least prepared for?
Be there for our hour-long #StartupLab live chat presented by Citi to find out the answers to these questions — and many more.