Building a company is hard…
and it’s OK to ask for help
Hey, company founder!
I’m Alex McClafferty and I built WP Curve.
When I joined in 2013, the company was doing $478 in monthly revenue.
After 24 months, I’d grown the team to 35 people, increased revenue to over 7 figures per year and delegated everything to my amazing remote team. I achieved the magical ‘4 hour work week’ and in 2016, I sold WP Curve to GoDaddy for a life-changing amount of money.
Sounds like a fairytale, right? Wrong.
This success came at a huge personal cost.
I got fat, nearly lost my mind, made hundreds of avoidable mistakes, woke up stressed at 3 AM, put my relationship at risk and lost sight of why I wanted to be an entrepreneur in the first place.
I was stressed-out, snappy and high-strung.
When I finally ‘figured it out’, everything changed.
I was in control of my time, my health and my life. The business served me, rather than enslaving me. I eased up on the burritos and lost weight. I played basketball five times a week. My relationship with my self, my friends, and my wife improved out of sight.
I was happy, productive and fulfilled.
Then, opportunities started to flow my way. I grew a SaaS consultancy and worked with companies like Oracle and Intuit. And I worked my butt off to close the GoDaddy deal.
If I was miserable, fat and stressed – those opportunities would have passed me by.
So, why am I sharing this with you?
Launching, growing and scaling a company is one of the hardest things you will do in your life.
The good news is… you don’t have to go it alone.
I’m here to help you avoid the endless list of mistakes I made.
I’ll get into the how soon, but first look at what people say about me.
“There are few who I trust as much as him.”
“In an industry full of wannabes, charlatans, and fakes, Alex is anything but. I first met Alex when he introduced himself at one of my events.
Since then he’s been a calm, trustworthy, and inspiring mentor to me. In other words, when I needed a solid opinion on my business or otherwise, there are few who I trust as much as him.”
~ Sam Parr | The Hustle
“I was present for the first 2 years of my son’s life.”
“After reading a blog post about how Alex built WP Curve, I sent him an email with a slew of questions. That email changed my life.
Alex helped me see what really mattered, nudging me in the right direction, asking the right questions and helping me envision ‘why’ I was building the business.
It’s interesting to look back on that vision now. It happened almost exactly as Alex said it would:
- We hit our revenue target one week before my 30th birthday – literally within 7 days of my initial goal.
- I took time off to be there for the first two years of my son’s life. That’s something most people learn later after regretting “missing out” on their children’s lives.
- My family and I moved into a new house and are getting ready for the arrival of our next child.
Alex’s insight, experience and willingness to help was instrumental in getting to where we are now.”
~ Jon Tucker | Entrepreneur
“I 4xed my income.”
“Alex has this rare ability to empathize while calling me out on all of my bullshit excuses. He’s always there to keep me honest and challenge me to think bigger.
Since meeting 3 years ago, I’ve used his advice to 4x my income. I would recommend him to any entrepreneur wanting to grow their company.”
~ Andrew Case | Entrepreneur
“In two months with Alex, I accomplished more than in the past 4 years on my own.”
“Alex has been a game changer for my life and business. As a solo founder, it’s a lonely journey. I meet with Alex weekly and he gives me that sounding board to validate my actions, and he keeps me focused on the ideas and things that matter most.
With Alex’s help, I literally took an idea from concept to $20K MRR in 60 days. My personal income hit new heights and continues to grow month over month.
To add to that, I am not stressed because I have been able to build a team of quality people around me and give them autonomy and direction they need to run this business.
For years, I tried to go it alone which led to mediocre businesses that all fizzled out and died. In two months with Alex, I accomplished more than in the past 4 years on my own.”
~ Jake Jorgovan | Entrepreneur
I’ve seen too many founder-friends get divorced, get fat, burn out and lose sight of what matters.
I can help you avoid this… because I’ve walked the walk.
How do you know if I can help you?
- You feel like your business is burying you
- You’re flailing around
- You’ve gained weight
- You’re drinking too much
- You’re waking up at weird times
- You feel irritable
- You are dreading the next day
- You feel stuck
- You always feel stressed
- Your significant other is suffering
- You’re ready to make a change
- You’re willing to pay for help
- You’re thinking about selling your company
Here’s how it works:
I have a full-time day job, so my time is constrained. I work outside of office hours with a select group of founders each quarter.
We catch up once a week for a 60-minute call. You prepare your notes and thoughts a day before we chat. I review them, then we dive in and work through every item on the list, together. Everything we discuss is confidential.
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