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Ep097 – Casey Fenton (Founder – Couchsurfing) on hacking your ego

My guest for Episode 97 of The Startup Playbook Podcast was the founder of, Casey Fenton.

From growing up in a small town, Caseys love for new experiences and travel led him to founding, a global community of 15million locals and travellers.

Since stepping away as the CEO in 2012, Casey has been involved in a number of startups, most recently as the co-founder and CEO of Upstock, a performance-based equity tool to help startups effectively navigate and leverage their equity options.

Outside of this, Casey is also writing a new book on Ego Hacking which provides tools and framework for individuals to go beyond their ego to become better leaders and generate increased cooperation at scale.

We covered a lot of ground in this interview including:

  • How Casey built and scaled CouchSurfing without spending money on marketing
  • Scaling through distributed decision making
  • How to best utilise  and split equity fairly
  • How to hack your ego

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Show notes:
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