How Mike Doyle shaped The AirBnB For College Football Fans

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WHAT YOU MISSED:

In the last episode, RNG36, we had Matt Miller, the CEO and founder of School Spirit Vending,  a company that specialises in providing sticker vending machines to schools in order for them to raise funds.

IN THIS EPISODE: 

of Rise and Grind, episode 37, we chat with Mike Doyle, the CEO and founder of Rent Like a Champion, an online vacation rental service geared to football fans.

Mike Doyle Rent Like a Champion

Mike Doyle

Rent Like A Champion started in 2006 as a student housing company. The original founders (Drew, Derrick, and Jordan) listed a vacant apartment on Craigslist and eBay, offering it as a weekend rental for football games. That was an instant success, RLAC had stumbled onto a new business model.

In 2010, Mike Doyle joined the company and began expanding the business to other college towns with major football programs. Early success proved that Rent Like A Champion could be successful worldwide, Rent Like A Champion is now offering weekend rentals in more than 20 college towns around the country.

In 2015 Mike and Drew (one of the co-founders) went to Shark Tank and they got a deal from two of best tech investors in the world Mark Cuban and Chris Sacca.

In 2016 Rent Like a Champion expects to reach $5 million in total bookings and their future plans include becoming the rental solution for every kind of event not only for college football events.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How a great business idea can be born by chance
  • The importance of selling your business face-to-face not only online or by phone
  • How going too fast can be detrimental to your business
  • How to start a business in a very specific target market

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS INTERVIEW

RentLikeaChampion

FIREBOLT ROUND

Favorite Business Book: The Hard Things about Hard Things
Favorite online tool: Evernote, Trello and Followupthen
Someone successful you follow and admire: Elon Musk
What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?:
“Things don’t happen overnight. Things take time to work.”
Motivational quote?: The man in the arena speech from Theodore Roosevelt

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Da Mota Antonio

Antonio Da Mota is the host of Rise & Grind Business Podcast He launched Rise & Grind to provide you with the inspiration, actionable tips and strategies that you need to become a successful entrepreneur.

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