The New King of Convenience: Why Dozens of Costa Rican Bodegas Are Going Out of Business

At the top of a long mountain road, deep in the Costa Rican countryside, is a small, unassuming convenience store: Mini Super Economico.

As far as convenience stores go, Mini Super Economico is unremarkable; it’s more of a shed really, with a stock of a few dozen products, mostly staples, and a sleepy shopkeeper at the till.

One peculiarity, however, made this bodega notable: it was attached to a luxury home buzzing with labourers and an expensive new truck, all of which are unusual for the area and certainly outside the spending power of the small shop.

Where is the money coming from?

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I Ripped Off Groupon’s Business Model And Made $8200

My first project that made any money was a website called SaveRally.

In early July, 2010 I built a business site for a custom home builder and he paid me $2000 for it.

I was determined to take that $2000, re-invest it in a website I could “flip” for a quick profit, and then take that money and build something bigger.

SaveRally was that intermediary flip.

Spoiler: I eventually sold SaveRally for $2600 and then quickly built a similar site and sold it for $5600. I had another $50,000+ in sales lined up, but they all fell through because I’m bad at sales.

Here’s the full story…

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Likeroll

Pretty much the only way I’ve ever become better at something is by being terrible at it first. I began making terrible websites in 2009, and a few months later I graduated to building mediocre web apps.

Here’s my first one…

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Noah Kagan: 10 Life Lessons From the Guy That Lost $100 Million on Facebook

Noah Kagan is an entrepreneurial machine.

  • his “deals on products” site, AppSumo hit 500,000 customers in less than 18 months;
  • his company Kickflip Inc. was the #1 largest Facebook App developer;
  • his payment company Gambit reached $150,000/day in revenue with clients like Zynga, Tagged, Gaia Online, and Disney;
  • his new business, SumoMe, free tools to grow your website traffic, is already reaching 965,720,950 visitors – damn!;
  • and yes, he worked at Intel, was #4 at Mint, and #30 at Facebook (where he got fired and missed out on $100 million+).

This article is about the man behind the machine and how he operates day-to-day, month-to-month, year-to-year to get results like these.

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Email List Building

This is not a blog post. It is a 5016 word Master Guide that will show you step by step how to get your first 10,000 email subscribers.

It is based on:

  • proven strategies from Derek Halpern’s Social Triggers;
  • proprietary techniques developed by Derek and his network of experts; and
  • academic research from the world’s top scholars

In case you are skeptical about the whole 10,000 subscribers thing, let’s start with the credentials…

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The Ultimate Guide to Building a Recurring Revenue Business From Scratch

This is a guide on how to build an online audience, sell them the exact product they want and generate recurring revenue for years to come.

It’s over 7500 words and took me nearly 30 hours to write. It will take you about 20 minutes to read. If you like, you can download a PDF of the entire guide here.

The content is based on Mixergy interviews with successful entrepreneurs. These experts continue to use these strategies to earn six and seven figure incomes.

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