Marketplace Mechanics

Episode 3: Andrew Needham, HeadBox

Really pleased to announce that Episode 3 of the Marketplace Mechanics podcast is OUT NOW!

In this episode, I was privileged to have Andrew Needham from HeadBox joining me in the studio.  

HeadBox is a marketplace for booking inspiring meeting and events space all over the UK (and as of this month, Ireland!), and Andrew was generous enough to chat in-depth about the lessons learned during the early days of launching the platform.

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Now available on Spotify

Good news! You can now listen to the Marketplace Mechanics podcast on Spotify.

This should make listening easier if you don’t use podcasting apps like Stitcher or Apple Podcasts.

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I have some great interviews scheduled for release in November and December, so stay tuned!

If you know a fascinating marketplace founder who you’d like me to interview, get in touch: [email protected]

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Episode 2: Jean-Michel Chalayer, LeSalon

Marketplace Mechanics Episode 2: Jean-Michel Chalayer, LeSalon
Marketplace Mechanics Episode 2: Jean-Michel Chalayer, LeSalon

Marketplace Mechanics is BACK! After an unintentional one-year hiatus due to being busy building my own marketplace, I’m delighted to be recording MM again and to be releasing Episode 2 today.

In this episode, I speak to Jean-Michel Chalayer, the CEO & Co-Founder of LeSalon. I’ve known JM for several years now and our marketplaces are at similar stages (between Seed and Series A), so it’s always a pleasure to sit down and discuss strategy and tactics with him.

In this episode, we discuss an exciting range of topics including:

  • The early days of building a marketplace
  • Doing things that don’t scale to match supply and demand however you can
  • Supplier vetting, onboarding and training
  • Disintermediation
  • Fostering a real community within your marketplace
  • Advice for anyone considering starting a new two-sided marketplace
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Episode 2: Coming Soon

Last week, I interviewed Jean-Michel Chalayer from LeSalon. I can’t wait to share his stories, insights and lessons with you very soon…

Marketplace Mechanics

Episode 1: Daniel van Binsbergen, Lexoo

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Marketplace Mechanics is now LIVE!

I’m delighted to release Episode 1 of the show, which features my good friend Daniel van Binsbergen (@DvanBins).

Dan is the Co-Founder & CEO, of Lexoo, and we’ve been chatting with each other about our respective marketplaces through 2017. I learn something new every time we talk, and I’m so happy to be sharing some of Dan’s insights with you today.

I’m treating Marketplace Mechanics very much like a startup. Episode 1 is a Minimum Viable product, and I am hungry for your feedback.

  • Am I asking good questions?
  • Is the sound quality good?
  • Is the episode too long, or too short?

You can find me on twitter @thejamesmcaulay and the show is @MarketplacePod, or reach out on email [email protected]

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