I'm talking about having money flow into your life, almost at the snap of your fingers...
Month after month...year after year...steadily rising...
One that keeps growing...with or without you?
I never thought your first Mixergy interview would turn into an entire movement for Entrepreneurs
The Foundation is on FIRE. They help starting entrepreneurs find success
I think Dane is awesome, I love the work he does with Entrepreneurs
It's Dane Maxwell here -- co-founder of The Foundation -- the home for entrepreneurs starting from nothing. In a few moments, I want to share with you some of the most important lessons I've learned in business… Lessons that have allowed me to become completely financially stable, before turning the age of 30.
Lessons that have freed my worries about money, and allow me now, to focus only on the more important things in life. Lessons that have given me complete confidence in starting profitable businesses from scratch, sometimes within just a matter of weeks. Before that, I wanna give you some background about me, in case you don't know my story.
And to date, the most successful software -- Paperless Pipeline, is pulling in over $75,000/month
in revenue. The best part is, my role in the company only requires me to check in once every three
months to look at the numbers...while the company continues to grow month after month, almost
completely hands off.
In fact, since 2012, the company has grown from $40,000/month to $75,000 /month with very little of my involvement -- since all my time and energy goes into The Foundation. I've travelled the world… and come back to my bank account, seeing the numbers grow in my time away. I've done the Four Hour Work Week thing...and sipped Mai Tais on the beach, doing nothing all day…And I've surfed, sailed, and jet skied the freshest waves in the world.
The life sounds great, and I'm grateful for it...but I've found what really makes me happy -- what really makes me fulfilled, is helping people escape lives they hate...escape jobs they hate...and lead lives they love instead. So that's why I co-founded The Foundation with Andy Drish...because the work we do with budding entrepreneurs actually changes lives, as I get to see it happen year after year, in real time. I'm in a really good place now... However, things were very different when I first got started in business.
When I first started the entrepreneur thing, I fell flat on my face many more times than I'm proud to
admit. By far, I'd say the "ugliest" part of my journey was back in 2006, when I thought I was hot
stuff...buying and flipping websites off Flippa.com...making a couple grand here and there, with a
tiny bit of hustle.
Then one day, after getting a bit too confident...and a bit too careless...I lost everything. My bank account emptied out to a whopping $123.20, after buying a website for $12,000. It was supposed to earn me a few hundred dollars a day on autopilot. Completely hands off.
But the dude who sold me the website was running some fishy stuff on it. Sneaky tricks so he could put the site up on Flippa for a high price.
When I bought it from him, and plugged my Google Adsense ID to get some cash coming in from ads... Google banned me almost instantly. For fraudulent activity.
I didn't earn a single penny off that "investment".
It stung. A lot.
I remember breaking the news to my parents and girlfriend at the time.
I was so embarrassed. Because I was acting like such a hotshot just weeks before.
But I learned a lot from the experience.
I looked back, and admitted to myself. Flipping websites was a magic bullet solution. It was my version of a “get rich quick” scheme.
It was just a way to make fast and easy cash.
I didn’t actually care about my customers. I didn’t care about anyone else. I just cared about making money.
After coming across the popular quote by Zig Ziglar, I switched up my game plan forever.
The quote went…
“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”
It was profound. I became determined to provide value. I’d help people. I’d provide solutions.
No more magic bullets.
So I started my very first software business for real estate brokers. The first iteration of Agent Care Centre.
I came up with the idea after talking with my uncle who’s a real estate broker. I thought it was brilliant. So it was created.
I was sure brokers all over the world would love it.
But they didn’t.
They hated it. Said it was useless.
I made hundreds of cold calls trying to sell my software for months.
How many sales?
Rejection after rejection, I was ready to throw in the towel on entrepreneurship.
I had enough.
I felt like I wasn’t cut out for running a business. I had so many nagging thoughts of getting a job.
Just give up.
Then it all changed with one phone conversation.
I was trying to sell a guy on Agent Care Centre through the phone.
For twenty minutes he was unimpressed. He told me I was wasting his time.
But then a split second later, he found a part of the software he actually liked.
“Hold on. Can I get JUST the recruiting portion of this software? That’s all I want.”
I told him…
“Yes you can. But don’t you want the ENTIRE thing? Why just the recruiting portion? Is recruiting important to you?”
He replied that it was the ONLY thing he thought about.
He obsessed about it.
It was his most painful problem.
And it clicked.
The biggest lightbulb moment of my life.
I realized that what I thought the brokers wanted was VERY different from what they actually wanted.
And you can find out what they want by talking to them.
That’s REAL value.
It’s that simple. But I never did it before. Because I was too “me focused”.
I thought I had to be the smart one.
That was the beginning of idea extraction becoming a framework:
Talk with your customer to find out what their biggest pain points are. Then use those pain points as business ideas.
The recruiting portion ended up becoming another piece of software called Recruiting Ninja.
It’s still making me money to this day.
Then I revamped Agent Care Centre — AFTER talking to lots of real estate brokers so that it solved their most painful problems.
Talk to customers. Focus on painful problems. Provide a solution they’re ALREADY dying for.
Idea extraction was the key.
With the help of a few books, like “SPIN Selling” by Neil Rackham, and LOTS of idea extraction calls… my process became refined. Almost to a science.
From then, I took off and built six profitable software companies from scratch, in the real estate niche... without being a realtor myself.
Idea extraction made the experience feel like a breeze.
I began to systematize the process so I could replicate it, and build businesses almost completely on demand. With no hesitation or doubt.
"That's great...why don't you just keep building software until you never have to work again,
and then retire forever?" And my answer is...I'm at a place in my life now where I don't have to
work another day. Actually, I reached this point many years ago, and lived the life where you only
work 4 hours a week, and travel the rest…And it wasn't for me.
It was depressing, and I had to do something about it. I did a lot of internal work on my own, and also with a handful of amazing coaches… And I realized that what matters most to me, is community and contribution.
It's what makes really me happy, deep in my heart, and allows me to sleep soundly at night. That's why I teamed up with my good friend, Andy Drish, who also built successful businesses starting from nothing. We decided to go on a mission, to share the exact process of starting a business from nothing with the entire world. Our work is embodied in The Foundation
It was simple really. I joined the Foundation because I wanted the "fast-track" route to building a SaaS solution. Job done. Delivered. In spades. If you value your time, get this. It's simple. Of course, you can take the "DIY" route and bootstrap your education. In that case, get 'Running Lean'. Get 'The Lean Startup'. Get 'The Startup Owner's Manual'. Get 'The Lean Entrepreneur'. Get 'Lean Analytics'. Get 'Lean UX'. And get 'Business Model Generation'. It'll cost you $100 or so. But get ready for months and months and months of frustrating mind numbing crazy-ness of trying to "join the dots".... and that's just the "lean" methodologies. That doesn't account for how to actually find a developer for your badass SaaS solution. How to rig the "deal" in your favor. And most importantly ... how to setup your marketing machine and how to reach the best customers. If you're smart, and you want the A-Z blueprint with a kick-ass community to boot, this will be a no-brainer for you. Stop pissing about and pull the trigger. Invest in the Foundation.
The Foundation made it possible for me to find and create solutions for some of the country's most loved brands and corporations. I get to wake up everyday and help multi-multi- multi-million dollar companies from home.
Before starting the Foundation, I had 3 business ideas that went wrong. I lost effort, I lost time and I lost money. It blew my mind to discover that people actually found a way to build a solid SaaS even if you are not a tech geek and don't have tons of cash to invest. It was not effortless, but it's extremely rewarding.
The Foundation is the six month online program for entrepreneurs who want to start and scale a
software business, completely from scratch, as quickly as possible.
You'll learn how to rapidly extract profitable business ideas, get paying customers without a product, hire developers to build it for you…And ultimately, predict the success of your next product, before you ever risk time or money building it.
Most importantly, you'll have a network of talented entrepreneurs to help you when you're stuck, share results with, and propel you forward into action.
Keep reading below, and see how The Foundation will help you build a business...
Thirty Days To Your First Paying Customer
How confident are you in getting others to pay you money as an entrepreneur? In my experience of mentoring over 1200 entrepreneurs -- I can tell you that most people aren’t very confident.
And it’s not their fault. It’s not because they’re bad at business. And it’s not because they’re not “smart” enough. It’s because their beliefs hold them back.
This phase was engineered specifically to shatter those beliefs. So that you can rewire your brain, and feel what it’s like to know with 100% certainty you can charge people -- and have them pay you happily.
At the end of this phase, you’ll have experienced what it’s like to make money out of thin air with The Foundation Framework. You’re going to experience the power of The Framework and Foundation Principles, and have one paying customer within thirty days.
You’ll be using idea extraction, sketching a solution, and pre-selling to get a paying customer. We’ll give you the exact steps for what you need to do to make this happen. After that, you’ll be on your way to your second, third, and fourth customer, and so on.
How can you do this so fast? Simple. It won’t be with software.
You’ll be finding the quickest, easiest, fastest, and biggest pain -- and solving it for one customer. When you join, you’ll be thrown into this 5 step course.
This course will quickly guide you through the principles of The Foundation in 30 days. At the end, you’ll have found a customer. Solved a problem. Made the world a better place. And made some money.
After successfully solving a problem for one customer, and making money, you can proceed into Phase One of The Foundation program.
The Foundation is awesome for starting entrepreneurs
I wish I had the emotional awareness tools to support me back in the days of Divx, I'm grateful to know programs like The Foundation exist now
When I got started in entrepreneurship I knew
nothing. It was hard. I almost gave up. I almost
started looking for a job. But I didn't. And with
$123 to my name, I stuck in there. It took 12
long months of misery in my parents basement
trying to figure things out.
I didn't have any of the tactics or strategies we now teach. I was alone. If you're just getting started and it feels overwhelming, difficult, or almost impossible. I know. I was there. Yuck.
These are all of the things I wish I would have known when I was starting out. If you're looking to start your own venture and you want to do it with confidence…
Where do you start? How do you know what to really focus on? How can you face the failures along the way?
We believe the game of entrepreneurship is won in your mind.
We believe you can achieve anything you want in business if you understand WHY you’re in business.
We believe you can have 100% confidence in your business skills. To start businesses from scratch. Over and Over again.
We believe entrepreneurship is the gateway to freedom.
Burn all of my businesses down to the ground...Take everything away from me...
Make me start from nothing...And I'll rebuild it all. Bigger, badder, and faster than before.
Why? How can I make this claim? Because of the mindset.
As the founder of six profitable software companies in the past decade...I can tell you that this is what will make or break you, as an entrepreneur.
This section is a game changer for your mind. The coup de grace. Would you like to make the move from employee to entrepreneur?
Would you like to know how to predict success before you risk anything?
Would you like to know the way to start a business when you have nothing?
If you answered "yes", this training for mindset is perfect for you. In this phase, you'll find out:
You'll learn how to rewire and retrain your mind around starting a business so you can learn to fail and persevere. In my mentorship of over 1000 entrepreneurs, I've noticed the single biggest distinction between success and failure rests in the mindset.
I used to feel like being an entrepreneur was just a dream, but through The Foundation I have learned that it can be my reality. The Foundation helped me see that I was born to be an entrepreneur. I am now working on my first business, and also building an entrepreneurial organization in my local community. I couldn't have done this without the support and knowledge that I gained through The Foundation!
You're going to be learning early on about copywriting, because it's the highest leverage skill to
hone as a business owner in this generation. To illustrate the power of copywriting -- Jay Abraham,
the marketing maven who works with multi-million dollar companies in the world...once made
$10,000 per month, for 12 months, by changing one word in a sales pages for a consulting client.
And they were more than happy to pay him that, because they made multiples more than what they paid him. With 5 full length HD videos, you'll become a persuasion artist in print without being sleazy or pushy - no matter what your current experience level is…
And the experience you gain from learning copywriting will give your communication skills a quantum leap…Making it easy and effortless to build relationships, and negotiate with business owners...who will ultimately become your clients. During this phase, you'll be partnering up with members inside the Foundation to co-learn copywriting together.
No one is left behind.
If you've ever wanted to create a product, but
you didn't have any idea on what to build…
idea extraction will change all of that. Inside
the Foundation, you're not alone. You will follow
a framework tested and used by over 1000
You get to stand on the shoulders of 1000 others before you. You only get the stuff that works. Idea extraction is a focus on Finding The Pain in people's lives. Through that pain, we develop solutions and charge money for them.
We believe profitable ideas come from Finding The Pain in
markets. We believe there is an unmet need in every market,
you just have to dig deep enough to find the pain.
We believe not in being "the expert," but in being an expert at finding the pain, defining the pain clearly, and then putting experts in place to solve that pain.
We believe money is abundant to those who Find The Pain and cure it.
After successfully extracting your ideas and selecting the most profitable one, you are ready for phase three, Building The Prototype.
After learning idea extraction and finding a painful product idea people wanted, I was able to pre-sell 10 customers in under 24 hours. The first 4 sales I got while I was sleeping.
If you're like me… you've probably stressed
about building a product no one wants to
That's why we build prototypes in less than a week to test an idea, before we spend months building it. This is many of the members favorite phase. Under phase three, you'll be trained by world renowned user interface designer Amir Khella, and successful Foundation student Carl Mattiola. Amir helped to design the user interface for Google Docs and many other popular interfaces. Carl designed TeslaMotors.com.
Between these two, you will become a UI pro.
We believe in getting paid before we build a product. We
believe in minimizing risk by having customers fund as much
of our development budget as possible.
We believe in being passionate about solving painful problems, instead of picking an idea we are passionate about.
We believe in picking ideas that have the most pain, the least development budget, are quickest to market, and have the highest revenue potential. A masterful skill to pull off.
It's why the iPhone took over, why Google still dominates the search engine space, and why
Dropbox owns filesharing. Simple, clean UI's. In my opinion, this is the most one of the critical
skills for the 21st century.
You'll not only learn it - but become a master. And the most exciting part is that if you can use PowerPoint or Keynote, you can learn to create a user interface. This section is broken into seven modules with sixteen sub categories.
While all 7 of these sections may look overwhelming to master, we've simplified this process to learn in an hour.
That's it. One hour. Instead of Weeks, months, or years. We've taken it all and condensed it down into one single hour.
While most companies take months to design a UI, Amir Khella can do it in a single weekend. Yes. Amir can do this entire phase in a couple days. But for the first timer, 7 days is possible. In this phase, you'll get:
Before the Foundation, I had no idea what to build, let alone how to create a UI. But with the mindset and material, I was able to build the UI in 5 days and pre-sold $3650, all without writing a single line of code.
If you want to build products that sell... this
phase will show you the way. If you are nervous
about how to ask for money or sell something,
that's ok. We were too when we started out.
It goes away with practice :-)
Gone are the days of building a product nobody wants. We don't do that ‘round here. If you are caught building the product before getting pre-sales, you will be kicked out of the Foundation. We don't allow self-sabotage here.
If you've got an idea. It's simple. Don't build it until someone has purchased it in advance. While pre-selling software is a relatively new concept, the concept of pre-selling itself is very old. And the world is catching on.Pre-selling has become "a thing" now. Kickstarter.com pre- sold over 100 million dollars of products last year. The world is ready for pre-selling more than ever.And in this phase, you'll pre-sell software before it exists. This is the phase most students struggle with, which is why we've invested heavily in extra resources to help you this year. We have 4 entrepreneurs teaching pre-selling: Andy Drish, Carl Mattiola, Josh Isaak, & Geordie Wardman.
We believe that objections are buying indicators, and once
addressed, create sales. We believe in creating products that add value to the world. We believe that rock solid marketing is 95% research.
We believe if we develop our mindset of marketing, we will never be dependent on anyone else for our income. We believe that "direct response" marketing is the language of millionaires. We believe in using direct response marketing to sell software. We believe in using "event based" marketing to crush procrastination and force action when we are uncomfortable.
We believe we are doing a disservice to the world if we don't do everything in our power to educate, inform, and convert customers to our offerings.
Andy will be teaching you the mindset for pre-selling a ski mountain (Yes. A $40 Million ski mountain was pre-sold and he will share the story for how). Carl will showing you how to make an info-pack, that gives your clients something tangible to trust you with. Josh & Geordie will be showing you how to sell it.
I want you learning from many different minds in this phase. Pre-selling is broken into two core modules. By the end of phase four, we plan for you to have successfully pre-sold your first product in advance.
Now that you've gotten your prototype built, it's time to sell it
by wrapping some copy around it.
Carl is the official stud of info-pack creation. Creating the info-pack (or website) is part art, part science. To build an info pack you'll be trained on how to get inside the minds of your customers and use words to influence them perfectly. This is all done with class and integrity.
Bottom line: You'll know how to build an info-pack that creates buyers.
After Carl's info-pack training, you'll know the answers to questions like...
This is the beast for many. Asking for money is a difficult skill
to pull off. How do you do it without being pushy or sleazy?
What if you've never asked for money before in your life?
How do you ask for money when a product doesn't even exist?!
By the end of this phase you will be able to ask for money and get it. A bold promise. But stick with me, and you'll transform your beliefs about money forever.
Pre-Selling Your Product is broken down into 6 steps
First: you'll train in the proper mindset for addressing fears, talking about money, and asking for it. It's a rich section.
Second: you'll practice validating an idea before asking for money. Getting validation before you present your offer is perfect so you don't have to get rejected.
Third: you'll practice handling objections. Objections are actually buying indicators. Objections handled are sales made. We'll show you how to do this from a loving space, not with slick sales tactics. The first three steps are going to be deep mindset shifts for you with plenty of role playing and practice. After you've role played, practiced, and reversed your limiting beliefs around asking for money, it's time to get into the real world and do the final three steps.
Fourth: you'll learn how to make contact and setup the appointment for your pre-sales call. Specifically... who to contact, and the best messaging to get a response.
Fifth: how to run a call. The 8 steps you'll move each pre-sales call through. This is done step-by-step so you don't have to stress about screwing up. You'll know what to do at each step along the way.
Sixth: staying in touch. By doing this correctly and using our proven email scripts and follow up templates, you'll turn one sale into three or more while building trust.
Nice work :-) Now that you've extracted an idea, selected the most profitable one, built the prototype, and pre-sold it. With the money from pre-sales, it's time to invest in building it.
Feels good to get a pre-sales check before I ever build a product!
If building software and hiring developers
intimidates or scares you, phase five will calm
that.In the first foundation, one successful
member could barely use Facebook. By the
end of the program he had created his first
Yes. If you can use Facebook. You can build your own software product.
How do you build remarkable products customers love to buy? How do you beat out the competition? Answer: By defining the pain better than your customer or competition can. Once you have defined the pain in clear detail, the solution almost presents itself. Once you have extracted an idea, built the user interface, built the info-pack, and pre-sold your product. It's time to build it :-)
Building the product can eat up money if you don't hire the developer correctly, manage them properly, and cut out features like a boss. The average software project goes 300% over time and over budget. This means if you get a quote from a developer for 12 weeks and $10,000, expect to spend 36 weeks and $30,000 in the end. Scary, yeah?...
We believe hiring an "A Player Developer" is the second most critical piece to a successful software company. Screw this up and you're in deep trouble.
We believe in releasing the product as early as possible and with as few features as possible, while still being useful. We believe in cutting features away for the first version until it's scary.
We believe the first version should be released in 12 to 16 weeks (max) of development time. We believe in spending little or nothing for development.
This year we are bringing in one of the biggest bad boys I've ever met in software development. And while he prefers to remain anonymous here, he has spent millions on software development, lost over $200,000, and been screwed a number of times. He knows how to save you ten's of thousands in mistakes when you begin building.
The most challenging task is hiring a developer. Really good developers are tricky to find if you
don't know where to look. But we can show you how it's all done.
During Phase Five, You'll Get…
You'll get our full step-by-step process to guide you through the journey. You'll be in good hands here, even if you'v never developed software before. Now it's time for the final phase.
I never thought of myself as the software building type. I am a photographer! However this was truly the next step for me since I wanted more freedom in my life. And with the help of this training even I could do it. I found a developer that I totally love, presold my product before it was built, and had the first version up ad running in 8 weeks!
The whole idea of phase six is releasing your
software and getting you to $1000/month.
If it’s not on the first day, then as soon as you possibly can. Most businesses launch with zero customers.
Most businesses launch with zero dollars. In this phase, you’ll learn the mindset, strategies and tactics to launch your business at $1000/month on the first day. And if not on day one, very soon after. You’ll have cash flowing through your business as soon as possible.
Let me set some expectations. We believe income replacement is possible in two years. And financial freedom is possible in four. Many people ask me for specific numbers, and there are many variables that affect the numbers.
With that in mind, here’s a rough idea.
What can you expect? If it’s your first time as an entrepreneur… In one year, a $1000/month business. In two years, a $10,000/month business. In four years, a $100,000/month business.
If you’re a more seasoned entrepreneur, you can do things a lot quicker. In order to teach launching, I’ve asked one of the most brilliant “launchers” I know to teach it -- Nathan Latka.
He’s the founder and CEO of Heyo.com, and is one of the top experts in the world when it comes to scaling businesses from the ground up.
We believe that making money is the ultimate form of voting. We believe that people vote for things not with their words, not with their opinions, but with their cash.
We believe that people pay for what they value. We believe that if do not make money, it is our fault, and not our customers being stupid.
We believe that the secret to making money is to ask for it. That's why we make offers.
We believe that making money is glorious, fun, and exciting.
We believe that the skill of asking for money... of making money... is one of the greatest and most challenging skills on the planet. We welcome that challenge.
We believe that excess wealth is a sacred trust to be managed for the betterment of mankind.
We believe that not every potential customer is a good fit for our product, and turn away the people who would be better served elsewhere.
What happens when you hit $1000/months?
You can graduate into our Masters of $10,000/month Program. Coming soon.
I was in the very first Foundation program 2 years ago. My product now does over $300,000 a month in revenue.
A magnificent quote the most successful entrepreneurs share and live by, goes something like this:
"You are the average of the five people you're around the most" - Jim Rohn
And as someone who's built six software companies from scratch over the past decade, I have to say…Having the right people around you is the closest thing to a "magic bullet" you can have, for achieving whatever you want in business.
You see, most of us have an innate desire to fit in...it's a mechanism I think we're born with (it probably helped us survive in the tribal days). And this desire can either be used to make things really easy for you, or make things extremely difficult.
If you hang around with people who bitch and moan about their jobs all day...
And drink their sorrows away...
And would rather go through life complaining about how hard things are all the time..You'd likely become that type of person too.
Energy, attitude, and passion are osmotic. They flow steadily from person to person, like how a grumpy person can bring down the energy of an upbeat room. However -- imagine if five of your best friends are CEOs of seven figure companies...who love the work they do...and know how to maneuver themselves through the challenges of business…
You'd likely become that type of person too.
That's why you're going to be included into a mastermind of 12 like minded entrepreneurs driving for the same freedom and goals that you are.
Being around this kind of hustle is exactly what I wish I had when I started out. You're going to be immersed into a strong group of peers… all starting a business from scratch.
Think of it as "networking on steroids".
Where in the world can you instantaneously meet and and surround yourself with other entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurs dedicating their lives to building a software company in the next six months? Here at The Foundation.
Here’s how your mastermind will work when you enroll into the program:
Weekly Mastermind Meetings
What do you do when you’re in the lowest of lows? Find friends who can help.
Each week, you’ll be checking in with your mastermind group (and future friends) who are in the same gauntlet with you. You’ll check in with your wins, failures, and challenges, so that your mastermind can support you with feedback -- wherever you’re stuck.
Your mastermind will also be there to hold you accountable to actions you commit to completing during the week. This is astronomically important. Actually, it’s the number one thing.
An old mentor of mine taught me that when we commit to things in public, we’re 90% more likely to actually make it happen.
Cultivating Leadership In Business
Why is leadership important? Do you want to live a sick lifestyle, where people respect, trust, and follow you?
Then you need leadership. It’s not optional. Because it’s the most vital skill to have as a business owner. In business… you have to lead your customer.
You have to lead your team. You have to lead the direction and growth of your company. Without leadership, businesses cannot scale. Because you can’t do everything on your own. And the only way to learn leadership is to perform leadership in action.
You’ll have the opportunity to lead and facilitate your mastermind. At least three times. This is an invaluable experience, as you’ll embed the skill of leadership into your consciousness.
If you put in the time, effort, and dedication, here’s what you can achieve:
Let's talk about the investment for tuition in this program… If you want to build a software product right now, you have five options:
1 Learn How to Code Yourself Take a few classes, or get a degree in computer science.
This will take a few years, and thousands of dollars to do. It can work if you love to code.
The problem is, you'll still be missing the three most important skills. Idea Extraction,
Marketing, and Sales. We don't code, we hire it out.
2 Apply and Get accepted Into a Tech Incubator Be forced to raise money and give up at least 10% or more of your company, work 12 hours a day and live on ramen noodles. If the thrill of being in a tech incubator sounds exciting, you can always go this route.
3 Go to a Conference on Software or Tech Learn a few actionable techniques, meet some awesome people and implement what you learn when you get back. It'll probably cost $2,000 to $3,000 for the week or weekend. The key here is to keep your momentum up when you get home.
4 Join a Mastermind If you can find a good one, you'll have to apply and be accepted. This is your best shot, but it's challenging. It'll cost you $10,000 to $20,000 a year to be apart of the group.
5 Do it On Your Own This is possible. I did it. It took seven years and $200,000 of development dollars to figure out. You could be luckier than me though. The chaos, uncertainty, and loads of mistakes you'll make are actually fun for some to go down this path.
None of these options are ideal. And that is why we created The Foundation. With the Foundation, you finally have a new option that makes sense. Someone to personally guide you down a predictable, proven path to building a software company. Mentors to work with who've done it, coaches to help you get unstuck, a community who will hold you accountable, and a framework that will pull you towards results. With that said, here is everything you'll have inside The Foundation.
Content - PDF's, Videos, Audio's, Examples, Etc... ($20,000 value)
Thirty Days to Your First Customer. Six phases including Mindset, Idea Extraction, Sketching The Solution, Pre-selling, Building The Product, and Scaling. And The Fastest Path To Cash Module.
The content inside has come from years of experience in direct response marketing, mindset, and software. This is the most comprehensive course we've ever seen to build a company starting from nothing. And it's all about building software, too.
This is six massive courses wrapped up into an intense six month experience.
Mastermind And Community - Private Online Discussion And Support ($3000 value)
Ask any previous member of the Foundation what was the most valuable part of the Foundation… a common response is typically "The Community!"
Building a business is lonely. It's hard to make it through the ups and downs… especially if you're a lone wolf, building a business on your own. Without friends or family who understand what you're doing and why you're so passionate about creating a different life.
It's hard. We've been there. Having a community of people going through the same experience is what will keep you on track and moving forward. Not to mention, you get to share in all of the best tips and tricks of what people are implementing. You end up making friends for life who have your back… AND you get to learn and grow together through the entire process. How do we do it?
Accelerated Learning Platform ($1000 value)
We've invested hundreds of hours and over $100,000 designing a software program… taking the psychology of learning into the teaching process… this way you won't get overwhelmed.
You simply know what action you need to take next, how to do it, and how to get help if you're stuck. We believe in taking responsibility for our students results. And this software is paving the way for online educators to begin taking responsibility for helping students when they're stuck.
With this platform, you'll never feel overwhelmed. You'll know exactly what action to take next and how to get your questions answered. You'll have instant access to community support at anytime.
Having a bad day? Reach out. Stuck with idea extraction calls? Phone a friend. Hitting a low point (like we all do?) Talk with someone who's been there. This is where the friendships and bonds are created for life. And when you meet everyone in person at the year end celebration, it'll feel like you've been friends for years.
You might be thinking "$5,970? Isn't that expensive?" No.
You wanna know what's expensive? Wasting tens of thousands of dollars on development cost, building ideas that people don't end up paying for, trying to convince customers to buy a product when they don't really want it, trying to sit around and come up with your own ideas, being surrounded by mediocre people getting mediocre advice leading to mediocre results.
Now THAT is expensive.
And do you know what's even more expensive? TIME. You never get that back. You could spend the next 10 years of your life, procrastinating, starting businesses that never get one paying customer, and chewing the fat because no one is holding you accountable.
Here, you will honestly make more progress in 6 months than you will in 6 years. How old will you be in 6 years time? Is that sort of acceleration worth $5,000 or $5,970 dollars?
You saw your five options to build a software company. None are ideal. What I'm proposing to you is a way out. A chance to be surrounded by a community who supports you through your ups and downs… A change to be mentored by people who've actually done it… A chance to build something meaningful for the world and be compensated handsomely for it…
We are dedicating every day for the next six months to helping our Foundation community succeed. If I had this option seven years ago when I started, it would have saved me over $200,000 in wasted development costs and likely would have doubled my revenue in the meantime.
If at this point the price is still out of reach for you, then this program is not a good fit. We don't want you stressing about money during the course if its too tight for you. We've designed the price to weed out the folks who are not interested.
I thought I was an entrepreneur. I owned a brick and mortar
orthotic clinic and retail store. Two locations and 15 staff. I had a
business partner, an accountant, and an IT guy.
Sounds entrepreneurial doesn't it? On paper I was an entrepreneur, but inside I wasn't. I never fully stepped into the role. I let my business partner, who was the majority share holder, direct things. I was the doer and he was the visionary.
My voice was on mute, I didn't believe I counted and I followed his lead on everything.
After eleven years, I began to slowly crack. I felt like a caged animal. And it took two more years of being completely unhappy, unchallenged and unfulfilled for me to make a change.
I also spent those two years being anemic, exhausted and experienced multiple bouts of pneumonia. My body was screaming at me to sell my shares and move on but my mind couldn't fathom leaving. Everyone relied on me. I was needed, wasn't I?
I hesitated around the time commitment of The Foundation, but by the time I received the 'You're in' email from Dane, I had sold my shares, started a 10hour/week clinic for some income, enrolled in a Holistic Nutrition course and had started a blog and podcast.
The Foundation, initially, was a little side project. A 'let's see where this goes' project. But as I found a market and a pain and then started sketching the solution, it took over as my full time gig.
By following the content and letting the real me come out, I now have a product in development and $6000 in pre-sales and customers in three different countries.
I know there is a community that's got my back. I believe in myself and am not afraid to dare and fail; I'll just dare again.
Over 1200 entrepreneurs have used this framework over the past 4 years to start a business from scratch.
We’re here for you until you succeed. You get complete access to the content and community for life. Once you’re a part of The Foundation family, you’re in for good.
Try the program out for the first two months. If you find the program’s not a fit for you, you’ll get your money back in full. Just show us you took action and share feedback with us.
Use the skills you learn in The Foundation to make money fast. With the skills that you learned,
you can make money consulting, while building your SaaS business.
This is great for people who need fast cash to replace their income and leave their job. It’s also much easier than building a software company. Imagine contacting one business, solving one problem, and getting paid ahead of time.
In this module, you’ll learn:
In 6 months I had a positive return on my investment. But that's not what really impacted me. What can I say about my time at the Foundation? Simply, life changing. The skills I learned in 6 months were more valuable than my entire 6 years at university and graduate school. Real skills like how to write killer copy, how to sell, how to find and communicate with a development team and how to smash fear and uncertainty into the ground. The investment in myself with the Foundation was one of the best business decisions I've made in the last 6 years, second only to my decision of leaving the chains of my cubicle.
By applying The Foundation's limiting belief content, I went from being scared to even pick up the phone to call a business… to pre-selling 5 customers over two weeks at $349 a month with no info pack and no sales page. Success. It's all in the mind.
Do you know how much your mind, heart, and emotions will change when you are the kind of person who can build profitable businesses? Your entire reality will shift. The real joy of life is in the grueling transformation that has to happen for you to become a successful entrepreneur. It won't be easy. It won't be pleasant. But it will be a blast. These six phases are eloquently sequenced to maximize your speed in building a company and to uplift all of the limiting beliefs and identity issues you have been hiding from in your life. Let's uproot all of it and build you a bad ass company along the way, shall we?
1. Your chance to enroll is now. Enrollment is only open until the end of the month. You won’t be
able to join if you miss the deadline. And the fact is... the longer you delay enrollment, the longer
you delay the growth of your business.
2. This chance is rare for most people. And you’ve come across it. Everything happens for a reason.
Somehow, you've found your way here. Reading this page, at this very moment. It's a rare thing to happen, since this page is only live for a few days at a time, throughout the year. And you're only seeing this if your application was approved.
You probably came across a podcast, interview, or Facebook status that led you to The Foundation.
Only people who are serious about entrepreneurship find out about our program… because we haven't done any mainstream advertising to "spread the word".
And because you're here… right now… I know building a business is meaningful to you. Six months from now, you'll either have a business, or be on your way to a business…
Or still be where you are today. It's your choice to decide where you want to be.
I had a massage business that I did alright with, but I was always
stuck exchanging time for money, and was just about to start an
internet marketing website selling massage related goods when
I came across The Foundation.
I immediately realized that this was what I had been looking for. I went through extreme fear doing idea extraction for 3 months. It was extremely uncomfortable for me as I am a naturally shy person...
Now I am about 1 month away from my first launch of a product for the financial adviser market.
Imagine every morning when you woke up, you had a step-by-step road map to every part of building your business. And not just any business, but the business that gives you TRUE FREEDOM.
Imagine instead of being alone in your efforts to be an entrepreneur, you had a list of private chat windows open... waiting for you when you logged in... from members who are wanting to know how you are doing.
Imagine you knew exactly how to get un-stuck because you saw other members do it... AND... those members personally helped you to get there too.
Imagine you could strut into any business in the world with a natural confidence on how to find the pain in their business and help them solve it.
When you join The Foundation, this becomes a reality.
This is typically the section where I'd smack you over the head and convince you to join The
Foundation. But frankly, I'm not interested in persuading you to join. I think the more I have to
persuade the worse off we are because I don't want anyone who doesn't really want this.
We want to build a movement of entrepreneurs who are looking to live from a set of empowered beliefs, who want to predict the success of their businesses before they ever create a product, and who ultimately want to develop the mindset and skills to create value from thin air.
If you're committed to taking action, facing your fears and stretching yourself beyond what you ever thought was possible...
If you're committed to building a business that gives you freedom AND solves problems that matter in the world...
If you're committed to doing the work it takes to build something awesome...(while finally being supported by a group of amazing friends who support you...)
Then you may have finally found the tribe you've been searching for...
See you on the inside,
- Dane Maxwell
P.S. Business is just a skill like any other. You weren't born knowing how to walk, talk, or ride a bike. You learned to do them, and became excellent with them after mastering the skill. Going through The Foundation, you'll become a master at the skill of business. And starting a business from scratch may become automatic for you...like walking, talking, and riding a bike.
I was looking to build a new business and SAAS appealed to me
because of the opportunity it creates. The idea of building a retention
based income is a great way to build value as well as profit.
So The Foundation was an obvious choice for me because I wanted to learn about building a SAAS product from scratch with no idea and no product.
I made a whole lot of like minded friends around the world. It's been a privilege to connect and engage with people that want to change their world and the world of those around us.
I've started 2 new companies created 5 software products formed a partnership on a new venture with a Foundation member. Launching a new SAAS in the USA this September.
Had over $300,000 in pre sales and I'm collaborating with some of the most dynamic and exciting entrepreneurs in the world all in six months with The Foundation.
If you are considering joining The Foundation and you want to learn to create, change the way you think feel and what you know about business and life…then get ready for an awesome roller coaster ride that is the beginning of a life changing adventure, that will help you start a business from nothing, with no money, no idea.
That'll enrich your life and the lives of many who'll come to know who you are. If you say yes to those things and they are important to you then you're saying YES to The Foundation.
P.P.S. You're at a fork in the road, and have two options -- to decide where you want to be,
six months from now...
Option 1: You could try to quiet down the urge inside you to join, and attempt to figure this out completely on your own. Maybe you'll make it, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll still be exactly where you are now.
Or maybe you'll be in an even more difficult situation than where you are now...with more bills... more responsibilities...and more hate for the work you do -- with less money.
Option 2: you join The Foundation, and dive into a family of supportive entrepreneurs, who have all started from nothing...and go out of their ways to help you start a software business, in the next six months.
You'll have a place to ask ANY question...no matter how simple or how complex.. You'll have a community to hold you tightly on your path to success...especially when your entrepreneurial journey gets rough, and you get tempted to throw in the towel.
The choice is yours. I hope you make the right one.
I was utterly frustrated with my past business results and with
my career options. I was actually terrified of becoming homeless.
I had some coding skills, but no real clue how to make money on my own in the software world. And I was overwhelmed with shiny object syndrome. I had little confidence in my ability to follow through with anything.
None of my friends had the same entrepreneurial ambitions as I did so it was lonely, and most of my family didn't understand my goals at all. But I put in the effort, took action, and got results.
I'm confident that I can repeat this process at any time. It's hard work up front but anything worth doing is hard work. I realized that the Foundation mindset was the most valuable thing I learned. I can see more opportunities and possibilities than I ever could before. I got an amazing community. I am very confident about stepping into the unknown because I know there's hundreds of people who have my back and have the answers I need.
My mindset and identity shifted as well. I'm a legitimate entrepreneur now and I see things differently. Since joining I feel like my life is on a different trajectory and it's going awesome places. Before I was in a scary, insecure place. I went from focusing on what could go wrong to focusing on what could go right and what I could learn when things do go wrong.
I've gotten $1000 in presales and no matter what happens next I know that The Foundation has provided a huge return on investment in how I feel about myself and my future.
Yes. Our program is tested and refined. It works. So we’re confident to back it up and know you’ll get results. As long as you put in the work, time, and commitment.
Enroll Today. Go through the first two months of the framework. Study the modules. Take action. Get results.
By June 1st, 2015, which marks the end of the second month of the program -- if you don’t feel happy with your decision in enrolling, for any reason at all, we’ll happily refund your money in full.
All I ask is that you take 3 steps to make your refund valid:
Yes. We like to think so, anyway. :-) We've spent the last three years testing and tweaking all over our content with over 1,000 entrepreneurs from around the world. We've figured out what works when it comes to building a business from scratch… fast. Of course, this isn't a perfect solution for everyone out there. We've seen it work for all people of all shapes and sizes, but the ones who get the greatest results in our program usually:
If at least a few of those describe you, you'll likely do well in The Foundation.
Tuition for The Foundation is $5,970 for six months of training. That, my friend, is a steal
compared to the other stuff you might see out there.
Consider the alternatives:
We've never seen a program like The Foundation anywhere in the world. A program where
you get the content, community and support of a private mastermind to help you along
To get all of this for six months at $5,970 is extremely fair.
(Also, it takes a lot of resources to run The Foundation. With a staff of 9 full time people and a handful of contractors -- it takes quite a bit to keep everything running smoothly, so you can have an amazing experience inside.)
Yes. You will only have one username and password to login to our software. You're welcome
to share it with your spouse / business partner / significant other so you can go through the
content together. Your username and password will also give you access to the community.
Some people reading this may be tempted to take advantage of this, and sign up with a bunch of friends to cut the cost down.
Worry not :-). We can see where logins are coming from. There will be consequences for those who get caught. We'll make sure it's fair for everyone. We believe you value what you pay for. You take it A LOT more seriously with some skin in the game. That's why we, ourselves, pay for all our education and masterminds.
You need to have 10-20 hours per week. Broken down, it should look like this:
The most important aspect of The Foundation is consistently putting in one hour of focused
action every single day. If you do this, you'll be amazed at the progress you make in six months.
Without a doubt, it's harder with a full-time job. But it's not impossible. Over half of The Foundation students have full-time jobs to attend to. Some even have a full-time job AND a family.
If you have a full-time job, you can put in your hour of action first thing in the morning. And then you can listen to the content on your commute, or during your breaks at work.
(Or during work like some of us :P)
Sometimes our constraints turn out to be our greatest gifts. When you're starting a company while holding a full-time job, the limited time forces you to focus ONLY on your highest leverage activities. There's no time to waste. Some even see it as a blessing in disguise.
By focusing exclusively on the highest leverage activities early as an entrepreneur, you'll be armed with a habit that'll grow your business faster than other entrepreneurs who don't focus their time.
There are two things that become tricky:
Once per year, we throw a massive celebration for everyone in The Foundation. Last year 200
people from lots of different countries showed up. Some of the entrepreneurs travelled up to
48 hours to attend. We've got a tight-knit community on the inside, full of love and support.
We had a guest speakers, hot seats, a DJ, blackjack and craps tables, a photo booth and more. (And you would have gotten to watch Dane and Andy do "The Macarena" on stage…
Which is a once in a lifetime opportunity itself :P ) Once per year, we throw this party to bring our entire community together and celebrate the successes we've all had.
The other videos you've seen are likely meetups of our communities around the world. Often, local communities will host meetups to bring together all the local Foundation students. They'll hold each other accountable and share what's working in their businesses.
Each member will be working on their own idea. No one will be working on any ideas but their own. We do not own any of your businesses that you create. Each entrepreneur owns their own idea 100% and all the profits from it.
As a developer, the easiest thing for you to do is start with code. We want to rewire your brain so instead of thinking code first, you think marketing first. We will be marketing before any code is ever written. This will be the hardest thing for you to unlearn, and we imagine even harder to try and do on your own. You don't start with product, you start with a market. Being in this group will be the best chance you have of changing this perspective because right now that perspective is limiting you from the life you truly want..
Yes it will work for for you. We recommend USA or UK problems to solve. Or anywhere where the currency is at least on par with the US dollar. We like to create products that sell for at least $50 U.S. monthly. That's what we will be discussing when we talk about how to pick from the list of ideas you've extracted from a market. It'll be exciting :-)
As we said above, if you can't commit to kicking ass 10-20 hours each week, you're probably
not a good fit. Building a recurring revenue SaaS business can provide a sweet life of passive
income and mobility when you've got it up and running. But you have to put in the work to get
We're not here to trick anyone into thinking this is easy or "get rich quick". It's not. However, for those who put in the work, take action, and get results… well… just look at the businesses and lives of Carl Mattiola, Troy Lavina, and John Logar, among many others.
These entrepreneurs from The Foundation never have to worry about money again, because of the skills they've honed building their businesses.
I learned about the first Foundation from Andrew Warner's interview with Dane on Mixergy
and I was part of the Foundation for the full 6 months. I can say without reservation that it
was a great experience and well worth the money - I would do it again in a heartbeat. Here
are a few points about Dane and the group that might be helpful for people considering
this in the future...
Dane is a righteous dude, a great businessperson, and an excellent teacher. I can say, based on the six months I spent with him, that Dane is the real deal and everything you could want from someone leading this type of group. Overall, he has excellent energy and passion for what he is teaching and he has an altruistic approach to life. I would call Dane a "Bill Russell" - that is, he seems to have the life-view that he will be successful by making those around him successful. As an entrepreneur, whether it is in hiring employees or finding advisors like Dane, this is the type of person you want to associate yourself with
Dane's execution was just as impressive as his intention - he is an excellent teacher, brought on specialists to help in areas where expertise was needed, and he was always available to answer questions, offer resources, and make sure every member of the group was moving in the right direction and had everything they needed..
Community: Great group of people; excellent energy. It was my first experience surrounding myself with a group of entrepreneurs all with a common purpose. It was a surreal group of people - everyone (who made it past the first 1 or 2 months) was very serious and dedicated; they were also willing to share ideas, offer help, and provide a great support system to anyone who needed it.
Blueprint for success: What Dane offered in this course, I believe, is a blueprint for success. NOTE, that is not a GUARANTEE of success; but it is a blueprint and methodology that you can use to be successful with agile entrepreneurship or with a new product or service idea; OR, at the very least, a methodology for vetting a new idea to find out quickly if it will not be successful, before spending a significant amount of money on it.
REPEAT: this course gives you the recipe for success and the support system you need to learn new concepts and maximize your chances of being successful. YOU NEED TO BRING TO THE TABLE: great energy, altruism (you should be willing to give to the group as much as you take from it), unwavering commitment to "doing your work" (as Pressfield would say), commitment to the process, open-mindedness to learning new things and pushing yourself to places where you may be a bit uncomfortable (e.g. if you do not have cold-calling experience).