From Multiple Failures To $10 Million Venture Capital and 100,000 Users

What does it take to raise $10 million and get 100,000 users?

After starting multiple businesses with little success, Lucas Carlson started AppFog in 2010.

Lucas raised almost $10 million dollars in venture capital, and was acquired in 2013 after signing up over 100,000 developers.

Lucas is also an author. He wrote Ruby Cookbook which was published by O’Reilly in 2006 and has sold over 20,000 copies.

20,000 copies for a programming book is a big number.

Lucas is also a keynote speaker. He spoke at nearly 30-conferences around the world.

And last but not least he is an open source programmer who’s code has been used by over half a million people.

Listen to the following interview to find out how Lucas went from multiple failed attempts to success with AppFog.


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George Meszaros is the editor and co-founder of Success Harbor where entrepreneurs learn about building successful companies. Success Harbor is dedicated to document the entrepreneurial journey through interviews, original research, and unique content. George Meszaros is also co-founder of Webene, a web design and digital marketing agency.

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