Tiffany Pham
David Pham

Tiffany Pham & David Pham

Co-Founders of MOGUL Inc.

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON June 15, 2017

Discussion

Tiffany Pham
Tiffany Pham@tifftpham · Founder & CEO, MOGUL
Hi, we're David Pham and Tiffany Pham, Co-Founders of MOGUL Inc., the venture behind the social platform Mogul and the newly launched mobile app Mogul X. Reaching 18MM women per week across 196 countries and 30,470 cities, we enable women to connect, share information, and access knowledge from each other. David is a serial entrepreneur, two-time book author, and was named one of the Top Millennial CTO's by Huffington Post. Tiffany is a Judge on the hit TV show GIRL STARTER on TLC and taught herself how to code in order to build the first iteration of Mogul, launching to 1MM women in the first week. We're delighted to be here -- ask us anything!
Emily Hodgins
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
What's next for Mogul?
David Pham
David Pham@davidkpham · CTO of Mogul
@ems_hodge Continuing our work to provide more women around the world with the resources and support they need to become Moguls in their own way.
Seth Williams
Seth Williams@sethbwilliams · Designer, Product Hunt
What does success look like for you?
David Pham
David Pham@davidkpham · CTO of Mogul
@sethbwilliams Success for me is helping others be successful whether it's the Mogul community, the Mogul team, my family, or the people around me. In turn, that means working on myself, learning as much as I can, and building the best possible product.
Tiffany Pham
Tiffany Pham@tifftpham · Founder & CEO, MOGUL
@sethbwilliams Being able to work hard to honor and provide for my family and for women around the world. Each day, I also cherish being able to collaborate with the most incredible team.
Ayrton De Craene
Ayrton De Craene@ayrton · Code @ Product Hunt
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received, how did this impact you?
David Pham
David Pham@davidkpham · CTO of Mogul
@ayrton Hey Ayrton, the best piece of advice I can remember off the top of my head is "right action, right time". This is especially useful when it comes to building a product and company, since there are so many things you could do and so many rabbit holes to go down. One pragmatic way I put myself in this mindset is to write down 3 things that if I got them done today, today would be a great day. Constraining yourself to 3 things helps force you to work on the most important things. This is just one way this mindset comes in handy!
David Pham
David Pham@davidkpham · CTO of Mogul
@ayrton Also, "things are easier than you think". I have found that we have a natural tendency to complicate things whereas most things are simple and easy to address (though maybe difficult to execute on). As an example, building a product is essentially building something that's valuable to somebody else and finding a way to get it into their hands. To do these 2 things, you need to understand the people who might want to use your product. And you don't need to have fancy interview techniques to do this (though it can help you optimize to 100%), you just need to be a human and get to know them like you would a friend. Not hard. Sure there's a lot of other pieces but if you get these 2 high-level things down, you're well on your way.
Tiffany Pham
Tiffany Pham@tifftpham · Founder & CEO, MOGUL
@ayrton The best piece of advice was that it's okay to fail forward. When I get a "no," I so easily forget it because I know that I tried and that, in any case, it wasn't a "no" but a "not right now" that will later become a "yes." This has happened so many times. Also, if you have an idea, rapidly prototype it and iterate on it towards perfection over time! As Paul Graham has said, it's okay to be "sloppy" at the beginning; that mentality will lead you to be that much better and faster in terms of developing the best product and company.
Jacqueline von Tesmar
Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
How do you complete each other as cofounders?
David Pham
David Pham@davidkpham · CTO of Mogul
@jacqvon Hey Jacqueline! Tiffany and I are sister and brother so we know each other's personalities, values, and beliefs very well. More importantly, we trust each other 100% which gives us a great superpower - that when one of us makes a decision, rather than getting into an argument (which I'm proud to say we never have), we can have a great discussion while questioning each other. More often than not this has either resulted in the basis of a decision becoming clearer or a better decision being made.
Tiffany Pham
Tiffany Pham@tifftpham · Founder & CEO, MOGUL
@jacqvon David is incredible at understanding the details while also seeing the big picture. He is also extremely passionate about the professional and personal development of our team. As a result, I would say we are both technical yet creative, both strong at running businesses and leading teams. Therefore, we have a wonderfully collaborative relationship and trust each other to the utmost!
Jacqueline von Tesmar
Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
Tiffany, how have you found being a Judge on GIRL STARTER?
Tiffany Pham
Tiffany Pham@tifftpham · Founder & CEO, MOGUL
@jacqvon I've loved being a Judge and Investor on Girl Starter. So wonderful to support girl entrepreneurs and provide them with guidance on their journey. I'm still very close with the contestants, and still meet with the winners of the show weekly to help them on their business!
Dustin McCaffree
Dustin McCaffree@dustin_mccaffree · Founder & CTO @ Rocket Note
How long did it take you to go from your initial idea for MOGUL to the initial launch? What would you do differently in launch if you were to do it again? Thanks for being here today! :)
Emily Hodgins
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hi Tiffany and David. Thanks for joining us today. What growth tips can you share with the community? How did you scale Mogul so quickly and what can others learn from your experiences here?
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
If you had to swap lives with Tech CEOs for a week who would it be and why?
David Pham
David Pham@davidkpham · CTO of Mogul
@bentossell Interesting! I'm going to give you a cop-out answer - I wouldn't. There's so much more we can do at Mogul and so many more ways we can help women around the world, I wouldn't want to give up even a week.
Tiffany Pham
Tiffany Pham@tifftpham · Founder & CEO, MOGUL
@bentossell Like David said, I wouldn't swap lives with anyone. David and I love what we do! We have the most incredible time, creating a global impact on women's lives with each and every thing we do. That being said, I wouldn't mind seeing what Mark Zuckerberg's life is like on occasion. :) I'm friends with his sister Randi, and she and I have such back-to-back schedules and similar projects and interests -- I can't imagine what Mark's day must be like.
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
What is something you believe in that others disagree with you on?
David Pham
David Pham@davidkpham · CTO of Mogul
@bentossell I'm not sure if others would disagree with me on this, but something I think it counter-intuitive and has driven a large part of my life is "going slow to go fast". To give you an example when learning to code - rather than diving head-first into building the idea you have and writing (or probably copying from Stack Overflow) ad-hoc HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Ruby, instead understanding and beginning to grasp the developer's mindset, how a web application works at a high-level, and then the basic components of a language and how they can be used to make something happen AND THEN diving head-first building the idea you have. I've found that not only do I move much faster in the mid to long-term, I also build up more knowledge that stays with me longer.
David Pham
David Pham@davidkpham · CTO of Mogul
@bentossell Also, that life is actually long. Thinking that life is short gives us a scarcity mindset and will often make us act accordingly - feeling anxious that you're not doing enough, trying to find shortcuts that give you ways to get somewhere quickly once but not twice or doesn't give you anything you can put in the bank, going to the extreme in terms of life balance (working 24/7 at the expense of everything else), etc. Knowing that life is long allows us to be an investor in our lives. To workout, even though it may not provide immediate results, to learn something, even if there's 50,000 other things to learn, and so on.
Jake Crump
Jake Crump@jakecrump · Community Team with Product Hunt
What are you best hacks or tips for creating shareable content?
Nick Abouzeid
Nick Abouzeid@nickabouzeid · Words at Product Hunt ✌️
How did you reach 1 million women in the first week you launched? Can you share any launch tips with the community?
Tiffany Pham
Tiffany Pham@tifftpham · Founder & CEO, MOGUL
Hi everyone, thanks so much for the questions! We are here and look forward to answering all your questions today.