Episode #384: Tony Nash on Building a 9-Figure Online Business - Part One
Tony Nash is co-founder and CEO of Booktopia, which employs 260 people, generates over $170M and sells one item every six seconds.
Tony’s story, however, really starts when he dropped out of college to travel the world for three years - what he now credits to being his version of a degree.
It paved the way to founding several businesses across different domains, one of which was sold to a listed company, before several strokes of serendipity led Tony to found Booktopia in 2004.
We unpacked numerous topics in this conversation, including:
- How to build great teams
- Why you should just start, instead of waiting for a great idea
- The value of a positive and empowering outlook
...and so much more that Tony credits with the success of Booktopia.
This is a must listen for anybody trying to build anything great and enduring, so without further ado, I bring you the one and only, Tony Nash.
Note: We’ll have Tony back on the show in the near future to talk going from zero to $170M in part 2 of the conversation, with all of the struggles and challenges overcome along the way.
- Playing ZORK
- Dropping out of college
- Lessons learned traveling the world for three years in his 20s
- Recruitment and people
- How to attract and retain great talent
- What Tony looks for in new hires
- Questions to ask when hiring
- Why Tony set up his own firm instead of working for someone else
- How an SEO company evolved into Booktopia
- Building company culture
- Starting Booktopia as a side hustle on $10 a day
- Not raising capital
- Thriving through disruption to the book landscape
- Tony’s most impactful books read
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