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Giovanni Pino & Ellie Vaisman — From Bedroom Office To $43 Million

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From no industry knowledge to one of Australia's top young entrepreneurs

It's not every day you hear the story of two high school acquaintances making $43 million in total revenue in just 3 years of starting their business, especially in an industry they had no prior experience or knowledge about, but that's the exact story of two Melbourne entrepreneurs, Giovanni Pino (Gio) and Ellie Vaisman. Starting the business out of Gio's home, they've since been able to take their sourcing company, Sourci, out of his bedroom and turn it into 3 global offices, 50+ employees, and have helped 400+ businesses since then.

Take some inspiration from this incredible startup success story on this episode of The Make It Happen Show if you're someone who's been feeling like you want to start doing something different, interested in trying to follow your passion, and just don't know where to begin. The duo cover everything from what steps they took to start gaining traction, to how they've been navigating the 3x expansion of their team, as well as some tips and tricks for eCommerce brands on how they help their clients reduce costs by 30% too. This episode is not one to miss! Check it out.


Questions asked in this episode:

  • 1:16 - You guys have had a really amazing journey in 3.5 years. You've gone from the ultimate startup story in your house to over $40 million in revenue. What were some of the big ways that you made that happen?
  • 2:25 - What was the first problem you guys were trying to solve?
  • 7:34 - Which countries are you primarily sourcing manufacturing partners in?
  • 9:34 - What have been some of the big steps along your journey where you've leveled up?
  • 17:02 - Looking at your customers, what have been some of the great products that you've sourced?
  • 20:07 - What does your process look like helping a new customer?
  • 28:36 - Make It Happen In A Minute
Giovanni Pino & Ellie Vaisman, Co-Founders of Sourci join The Make It Happen Show

"All serial entrepreneurs have to have the ability to take risk. It all starts with that. For us, we had to not really be that scared to jump into the unknown and try to work it out."

— Gio Pino

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The importance of taking risks as an entrepreneur
  • What eCommerce brands should really focus on at the start
  • How to start a business with no prior industry knowledge
  • How to best forecast the growth of your business
  • What it looks like when you hire the right people
  • The steps to getting to 8-figures in revenue
  • And more!

 

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