Time-Stamped Show Notes:
- [00:41] Before we jump into today’s interview, please rate, review, and subscribe to the Growth Everywhere Podcast!
- [01:35] Danny played chess somewhat professionally throughout his teens.
- [01:56] When the Internet boom began, he started moving away from professional chess and more towards creating content.
- [02:42] Danny bought ChessCoaching.com in the hopes of creating a place for tips and tricks for chess players, when he ended up doing more work for Chess.com.
- [03:36] Danny’s title is supposed to be a clearer indication of what he does, as opposed to being called a Vice President.
- [05:40] Chess.com works hard to grow their domain.
- [06:35] They try to create unique experiences for the community.
- [08:30] Chess.com has 30 Million accounts, which comes out to 4.5-5 million active users.
- [09:42] Danny has been worked for Chess.com for nearly 11 years.
- [11:25] A Diamond Membership costs $100/year.
- [11:30] A Platinum Membership is $75/year.
- [11:42] A Gold Membership is the lowest tier in the system and gets you the basics.
- [15:20] Chess.com was able to tap into the needs of their market.
- [17:35] They are building a social following and have just started using Instagram.
- [17:50] Chess.com just hired their first social media person.
- [22:00] The biggest misconception about top chess players is that they are savants.
- [24:45] One major struggle Danny’s company faced has been figuring out how to pick the right tech stacks to build for the future.
- [26:38] There are 3.5 million chess games played on their site every day.
- [29:31] One new tool that Danny has found useful is his riding lawnmower.
- [30:12] Danny recommends the book Game Changer.
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