I dedicate this year to the people around me and teams I have had the privilege of working with.

Team: Colin Mathews, Alex & Paul, Robert Senoff, Jerad Maplethrope, Matthew & Daniel from Quuu, Kumar, Scott, Mark Lindquist, Cat Dix, Sophie, Nick, Tam and the list goes on..

Awesome People: Hana Abaza, Ty, David Nihil, Max Alt, Peep Laja, Neil Patel, Benji, William Harris, Rob, Sol (Aka Cookie Monster), Dan Martell, Oli Gardner, Johnathan Dane, Arjun Arora, Trent G, Morgan Brown, Noah Kagan, Hiten Shah and the list goes on

Each person contributed to my personal growth and influenced my decision or direction.

The Crazy:

  • Clarity. This year everything I was doing over the last few year started to click and make sense. I saw a clear path to achieve what was once broad & lofty goal.
  • Fun: Even though I worked harder than ever I had the most fun I’ve ever had
  • Fuzzy mission statement from 2014 and from my childhood became solidified
  • Replaced my skydiving hobby with buying & growing businesses (somehow I got bored of skydiving and I found the challenge of growing companies and all the hard work that goes into it to be fun)
  • Acquired 3 companies: Pick.co, Linktexting.com and Confidential (Shopify app)
  • Started a new agency: Web Profits
  • In negotiation for book deal (2018 publish date)
  • Created 56 videos. My last video shoot I created 7 videos in 58 minutes (record breaking)
  • I spent over 100 days on the road.
    • Absorbed some of the Aussie culture
  • Gave a talk at Stanford and convinced 1 student pursue his dreams.
    • His startup raised 3.5 million dollars
  • Broke bread with hundreds of smart people

The Good:

  • Learned to say NO! I say No to most things these days.
  • 392 Consulting Leads – Web Profits/SP Consulting
  • 8219 SaaS Trials
  • 2900 backlinks to Sujanpatel.com and all my sites
  • I personally get 100 mentions a month (3.2x increase)
  • My content generated 8.7 million pageviews
  • 29 Speaking engagements:
  • 2 speaking tours:
    • 11 Workshops in Sydney & Melbourne
    • 6 talks in 5 weeks (SF, LA, Sydney, Ottawa, SF)
  • ContentMarketer.io pivoted to Mailshake.com
  • Bought my dad a Telsa Model S instead of being douchy and buying myself a Ferrari.
  • 100 Days of Growth Book passed 40,000 copies sold

The Bad:

  • I pushed myself beyond my limits. It was emotionally taxing.
  • Narrow.io had a major outage that took 3 months to fix.
    • Because of the issue we lost 30% over night.
    • Jerad released a fix and we regained 80% of them in the last 10 days
  • FOMO. Because I say No to a lot of opportunities

The Ugly:

  • Gained 23 lbs since 12/31/14
    • Start: 130lbs
    • Current: 153lbs (double chin status)
  • Got sued for a patent infringement from a failed mobile app in 2014 🙁
  • Spent more on legal fees than on having fun
  • Spent way too much time in airports & on planes

Next Year:

  • Health: Diet & Exercise
    • I refuse to gain anymore weight
  • More Fun
    • Recently bought a Porsche 911 GT3 and signed up for 6 track days at Circuit of the Americas in Austin
    • Have a 4 day snowboard trip planned in January
  • I’m learning how to add humor to my public speaking
  • Help more people. Advisor, webinars, podcasts and increasing my transparency
  • 2 books
    • 1 on growth marketing in 2017
    • I’m currently working with a publisher for 2018 release. Early title is called: UnderdogS
  • Growth SaaS businesses by 3x (it’s simple, doable but freaking hard)

What’s your highlights & lowlights of 2016 and plans for 2017?

I spent most of April out of my comfort zone (I love being uncomfortable) doing my first ever speaking tour in beautiful Australia (Melbourne & Sydney) and then a week on vacation without internet connectivity. In total I gave 12 talks (at conferences, local events, workshops & office hours), during that time I connected with 94 people and had 4 big takeaways. 1 of which is life changing for me. I recored a short video of my key takeaways:

Shout out to Experiment Engine for the awesome t-shirt! Continue reading Recap of My First Speaking Tour

I’ve been dying to write a blog post to recap 2015 for some time, but with my workload and travel, I haven’t really been able to get away from working to reflect on what’s probably been my greatest year ever.

But never fear – I finally locked myself in a room and found the time to put a year of victories, failures and hustling on paper. And yep, you read that correctly. I’m writing this blog post on a physical piece of paper (what’s paper…?). It’s actually the only way I can fully remove distractions and have a clear head these days, but more on that later…

So here we go – here’s what happened during my best year ever, as well as what I’m planning to do next:

2015 Recap

For starters, check out this video I put together on my big year. Stay with me, as it’s loaded with metrics and numbers. Video notes below:

Let me start by saying that I hit my three major goals for 2015:

  1. Be everywhere (as determined by how many people tell me I’m everywhere).
  2. Connect with or help one person a day (I actually connected with 368, of which 21 are now great friends, and 3 of whom became my partners in new companies).
  3. Push my limits by working 13.3 hour days (basically, 80-hour weeks) every day in 2015.

Continue reading 2015 Recap, And How I Plan to Crush 2016