Who Is Connor Gillivan?
Hey, I’m Connor Gillivan. I’ve been building businesses since I was 16 years old and have scaled two companies to over $1 million in yearly sales. I started my first eCommerce business, Portlight, drop shipping on Amazon.com when I was 20 years old and still in college. I worked with my co-founders to build a 60 person team, partner with over 1,000 US suppliers, and sell over $20 million of product in the first 4 years.
I started my second business, FreeeUp, in late 2015 as my business partner and I became frustrated with our online hiring experiences. We’ve built an online hiring marketplace with a team of over 25 people that now serves thousands of businesses around the world and creates jobs for hundreds of top talent freelancers.
I continue to grow both companies serving as the CMO of FreeeUp and the CEO of Portlight. Portlight continues to operate as a company generating over $1 million in yearly sales and FreeeUp exceeded $1 million in sales within its first full year of business. FreeeUp is on pace to quintuple sales in year 2.
I am a published author as of April 2017 when I wrote Free Up Your Business: 50 Secrets to Bootstrap Million Dollar Companies. In the book, I share 50 pieces of critical startup advice that have allowed me to build Portlight and FreeeUp into million dollar companies.
I am regularly featured on entrepreneurship, marketing, and startup podcasts educating listeners on my business philosophies. Some of the bigger names include the Conscious Millionaire with JV Crum, The Top with Nathan Latka, the Un-Shopify Podcast with Kurt Elster, Legends and Losers Podcast with Chris Lochhead, and Hack the Entrepreneur with Jon Nastor. View all of them on my Featured In page on this site..
In the summer 2010 and 2012, I had the life-changing opportunity to live and work in rural South Africa with ThinkImpact where I learned the culture of the people, built social businesses, and grew mentally. The experience opened my eyes to social entrepreneurship and its potential in solving real world problems.
What I’m Passionate About
I’m a freak for building businesses, reading entrepreneurship books, emulating entrepreneurial icons, and networking with similarly passionate people. I absolutely love what I do and I wake up every day with my mind focused on the 1 year goals that I’ve clearly defined.
Outside of starting and scaling new companies, I’m passionate about running and pushing myself to the max while training and running half marathons. It’s a safe and reflective activity after work each day and keeps my health in tact so that I can continue to work crazy hours.
I also have a strong and curious passion for the world that we’ll create in the future. I love staying up to date on 3D printing, the science of teleportation of physical objects, and water delivery solutions to impoverished areas in 3rd world countries. By the time I put my head to rest, I plan to have made a significant impact within each.
Work With Me
If you’re interested in working with me or my companies, contact me outlining your intentions. If the opportunity makes sense, I’ll be in touch outlining next steps to get it rolling.