Nov. 10, 2021

#65 Peel and Shepherd: Solving Simple Problems and Building Profitable Businesses | Marshall Haas, Founder & CEO

#65 Peel and Shepherd: Solving Simple Problems and Building Profitable Businesses | Marshall Haas, Founder & CEO

In Episode #65, we explore solving simple problems and building profitable businesses. We’re joined by Marshall Haas, Founder and CEO of Peel and Shepherd. We cover creating products, overseas recruiting, and tweaking and optimizing a business.


In Episode #65, we explore solving simple problems and building profitable businesses. We’re joined by Marshall Haas, Founder and CEO of Peel and Shepherd. We cover creating products, overseas recruiting, and tweaking and optimizing a business.

“It's back to basics—just be a good person and operate with some integrity, and you can be around long enough to see some success for yourself.” – Marshall Haas

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CHAPTERS

This episode is our definitive guide to solving simple problems and building profitable businesses. In it we cover:

  • (00:00:00) – Introduction
  • (00:01:57) – Marshall's background and path to entrepreneurship
  • (00:04:02) – Influential books
  • (00:06:38) – Need/Want and creating products
  • (00:12:09) – Profit margin is crucial for product companies
  • (00:14:37) – The ups and downs of running a physical product business
  • (00:24:55) – On Shepherd and overseas recruiting
  • (00:33:10) – Tweaking and optimizing the business
  • (00:36:09) – Personal projects and of Haas
  • (00:39:11) – The core principles of business

ABOUT NEED/WANT, PEEL, AND SHEPHERD

Serial entrepreneur Marshall Haas founded and scaled Need/Want, Peel, and most recently, Shepherd. After launching a collection of products from innovative, smart bedding to wearable emoji masks under the name Need/Want in 2013, Marshall doubled down on their most successful product. That happened to be insanely thin iPhone cases that they marketed under the name Peel. A business that, nearly 10 years later, still sells hundreds of thousands of cases a year. His most recent venture is Shepherd where he helps companies around the world hire the best emerging talent from the Philippines.

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