Listen: An interview with Entrepreneur On Fire’s John Lee Dumas

John Lee Dumas, founder and host of Entrepreneur On Fire, is a Maine native

John Lee Dumas is the founder and host of Entrepreneur On Fire, one of the top-ranked business podcasts on iTunes.

He’s also a Maine native and current resident of Portland. Before launching Entrepreneur On Fire in September 2012, John was a commercial real estate broker for NAI The Dunham Group in the Portland.

Entrepreneur On Fire is a daily podcast in which John interviews a successful entrepreneur about their journey, how they’ve found success at what they’re doing and what lessons they’ve learned.

By providing consistent and quality content, John has in eight months grown his show to the point where it generates more than 200,000 unique downloads a month from 145 countries.

As of Friday, he has posted 202 interviews. He’s interviewed such celebrity entrepreneurs as Seth Godin, Tim Ferris and Guy Kawasaki, as well as dozens of other inspiring entrepreneurs.

In my interview with John, which is about 30 minutes long, we discuss his military background, how he successfully became a full-time podcast producer, and how he manages to post an interview each weekday without burning out. He also shares his “success quote” and other tips for Maine entrepreneurs.

Unfortunately, my reason for interviewing John on Friday is not just because he’s an awesome guy (which he is) — it’s because Maine is losing him to California as of this week.

While John is a big cheerleader for Maine and Portland, life’s twists and turns (in this case a girl) is leading him to San Diego, where he’ll continue to pump out quality interviews for Entrepreneur On Fire. Maine’s business community will miss him.

A note on the audio: Soundcloud allows you to stream and listen to the interview right from here (click the orange “play” button), or you can download it as an mp3 file (click the little black arrow pointing downward) and listen to it on your mobile device as you would any other podcast.


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Whit Richardson

About Whit Richardson

Whit Richardson is Business Editor at the Bangor Daily News. He blogs about Maine business, entrepreneurs and the economy.