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My First Million

The Hustle presents - My First Million. A podcast where we brainstorm new business ideas based on trends & opportunities we see in the market. Sometimes we have famous guests, and they do it with us.

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MFM x Trends: How to Hire a CEO to Run Your Company with Andrew Wilkinson

The best business hack ever: Learn how to hire CEOs to run your company. This is a short preview of a special edition episode for Trends subscribers. In this ep, we talk to Andrew Wilkinson, founder of Tiny...a startup conglomerate that owns 20 different companies, each with their own CEO. This ep is for Trends members only but we wanted to give you a taste. For the full episode, along with eps like this, more research, and access to our community go to: https://trends.co/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17mins

15 Oct 2020

Rank #1

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#129 - Why Elon Musk Is the Greatest Dropshipper and A Low Key Company Making Millions From Politics

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) host today's podcast. They discuss: - The business of spy gear and home security - The importance of leverage in business, which business models are best and taking zero market fit risk - A company profiting by saving the planet - Is Elon Musk the greatest dropshipper of all time? - Parler is creating a free speech Twitter with the backing of conservative billionaires - How WinRed is raising millions for the Republican Party and profiting - Quindl, the Pinduoduo for India and who will build America's Pinduoduo Thank you to our sponsor this episode, EPOS! EPOS are fantastic headsets that make it easy to work flexibly across situations and locations, with portable headsets including hassle-free device compatibility. If you are an IT manager running a big department or a head of a growing company looking to give your employees the best headset solution to work from home, check out eposaudio.com/millions for a free trial! Companies mentioned: - https://www.spyguy.com/ - https://www.deepsentinel.com/ - https://parler.com/auth/access - https://winred.com/ Have you joined our private FB group yet? It's a page where people share each others million dollar ideas or what they're already working on: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourfirstmillion. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

59mins

18 Nov 2020

Rank #2

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#8 - Real Estate: How The Wassermans Do What They Do

We have on Gelena (@gelenasays) & Keith Wasserman (@Keith_Wasserman), a husband and wife Real Estate duo who borrowed $5k during the end of the 2008 recession and have turned it into a $1.3 billion dollar portfolio. Learn how they create monthly income streams and sometimes double, triple or quadruple their equity from multi-family real estate. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

57mins

14 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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#63 with Andrew Wilkinson - Buying cash-flowing internet companies, starting job boards and building no code projects

Sam (@thesamparr) and Shaan (@shaanvp) are joined today by Andrew Wilkinson (@awilkinson) who is the co-founder of Tiny (tinycapital.com) - the internet version of Berkshire Hathaway. Shaan also launched a newsletter version of the podcast, subscribe to it to receive startup ideas backed by data in your e-mail weekly: terriblehorriblenogoodverybadideas.com. Want to make your first million with your mobile app? You have to prioritize app performance first. Get your custom HeadSpin benchmark report at headspin.io/myfirstmillion free our listeners! Today's topics: What is Tiny? (4:05), Shaan tried to sell Andrew a business 5 years ago (8:35), Andrew being early on COVID-19 (15:26), Being a control freak & hiring managers (20:35), The perfect cash-flowing companies (31:30), SRED Credits Tax Incentive Program in Canada (36:40), Job board businesses (42:22), No code agencies (48:03), Businesses that didn't work out (56:56), Being broke (59:20), Subscription podcasting (1:02:27) and Modern day newspapers (1:11:18). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 18mins

8 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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#21 - How To Value, Sell and Buy Online Businesses

I want to buy your business. What's your discretionary earnings? or how about you buy mine, can you get an SBA loan approved? No idea what we're talking about? Don't worry, Joe Valley (@JoeValley2) from Quiet Light Brokerage breaks down exactly the specific concepts and the tactical approach you will need to learn to value, buy and sell online businesses. He's one of the best in the biz so listen up because he knows his sh*t. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

42mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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#7 - The Hippie With A Billion Dollars

Michael Birch sold his social networking site to AOL for $850M....and then bought it back for $1M years later. (buy low, sell high. boys and girls). His business portfolio is impressive. He's an early investor in companies like Calm and Pinterest, owns two giant hotels, and bought a private island off of Richard Branson. Despite all that success, he's a down to earth guy, and in this podcast he talks through his early struggles and failed ideas before he had his billion dollar breakthrough and reminisces his days being head to head with Zuckerberg.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

58mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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#121 - So You Made $100m...Now What?

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@theSamPar) are back on the today without a guest. On today’s episode you’ll hear: Sam and Shaan debate the merits and opportunities with Hopin and other digital event apps (7:25) How to make trade shows better with a lesson from Alibaba (14:10), Shaan explores a few different companies that are doing financial services for creators (31:00), Shaan and Sam riff on a hypothetical chrome extension to see what influencers are buying (34:25), how to “diverge and converge” for better brainstorming and design thinking (42:35), the guys try to come with answers for the existential question, if you already had all the money you’re working for, what would you do? (51:35). Big thank you to Azoras for sponsoring this episode! Follow them on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/azoras. Joined our private FB group yet? It's a page where people share each others million dollar ideas or what they're already working on: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourfirstmillion. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr

21 Oct 2020

Rank #7

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#125 - What is the Buy, Borrow, Die Process?

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) host the podcast today with a special guest Aaron, Shaan’s brother-in-law. Shaan’s brother-in-law Aaron joins the podcast and gives some hot takes on “tech-bros” (1:13), Aaron breaks down the “Buy, Borrow, Die” method to avoid paying taxes (3:20), Sam breaks down how he lived in San Francisco when he had no money (17:45), Shaan and Sam talk about the “buy nothing” lifestyle and Buy Nothing Project, a big player in that space (29:32), Sam and Shaan go deep on recycling and how little is actually put back to use (34:35), Shaan explains an AI product that replaces mundane medical care tasks and how boring businesses can make a ton of cash (37:20), the guys kick around important people and how to create a vision for your own life (43:30). Thank you to our partners this episode: Podium! Podium is an all-in-one SaaS tool that helps your business get reviews. Go to podium.com/mfm for 20% off and a $150 Amazon gift card. Have you joined our private FB group yet? It's a page where people share each others million dollar ideas or what they're already working on: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourfirstmillion. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

53mins

4 Nov 2020

Rank #8

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MFM x Trends - The Fundamentals of a ~$60m Newsletter Exit With Ryan Begelman

Sam interviews Ryan Begelman about exactly how he has operationalized multiple successful businesses, including BizNow (which sold for $60m in cash, doing $20m in revenue and $6m in profit) and Summit Series (where they literally bought a mountain). Sam and Ryan talk about everything from hiring and onboarding talent, how to filter people for high intelligence, how to structure tests, how much to pay recruiters, and more. To listen to the full episode, head over to trends.co for your $1 trial. You'll get access to future bonus episodes plus our weekly Trends reports, access to a community of entrepreneurs and a lot more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

17 Nov 2020

Rank #9

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#28 - Building Big Ass Fans For Big Ass Money

Carey Smith sold Big Ass Fans for Big Ass Money. As you can probably tell, he found a way to make ceilings fans sound sexy, but more importantly a sexy business. Find out how this unconventional self-appointed CBA (Chief Big Ass) turned a failed bootstrapped Mom & Pop into a 1,200 person $500M giant. Hear him talk about re-branding his company name to include ‘Ass’ & how that changed his entire business’ trajectory, a random meeting that turned into selling for half a billion dollars, writing $50M worth of checks to his employees after the sale and how the secret to making money isn’t to make money. Like our podcast? Join our Facebook group to share feedback, ideas and advice so we can all make that first million: www.facebook.com/groups/ourfirstmillion. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

42mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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#135 with Rahul Vohra (Superhuman Founder) - Why He Started Superhuman and The Ideas He'd Like To See Built

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) are joined by Superhuman's Rahul Vohra (@rahulvohra). They discuss: - Rahul's first startup, Rapportive - Rahul explain what it's like to work with Marc Andreesen - Will Superhuman go public? - Why doesn't Google crush Superhuman? - Rahul describes when the idea to create Superhuman struck him - Shaan asks, what're the best "Superhuman for X" ideas - How Rahul stays calm and manages time - What startups are Rahul investing in? - Rahul's startup ideas Thank you to our sponsor this episode, EPOS! EPOS are fantastic headsets that make it easy to work flexibly across situations and locations, with portable headsets including hassle-free device compatibility. If you are an IT manager running a big department or a head of a growing company looking to give your employees the best headset solution to work from home, check out eposaudio.com/millions for a free trial! Have you joined our private FB group yet? It's a page where people share each others million dollar ideas or what they're already working on: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourfirstmillion. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49mins

9 Dec 2020

Rank #11

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#52 - AI Teachers, Deskless Workforce & The Passion Economy with Zak Kukoff

Sam (@thesamparr) and Shaan (@shaanvp) talk ideas, trends and businesses. We're joined by Zak Kukoff (@ZCK), a 25 year old VC of $500M Emergence Capital (emcap.com) who's home runs have been Zoom, Salesforce, Veeva, Yammer and more. Topics for today: Introducing our guest Zak Kukoff (1:22), Equity vs Cash comp debate (3:40), Zak leaving school at 16 to raise money (6:49), Does investing in young people work? Should they be building businesses or partying? (11:12), Deskless workforce (17:49), The passion economy (23:43), How and when to build a sales team to accelerate growth (33:07), Buying engineering-led businesses and raising the prices (36:22), AI teachers in sales & language (38:35) & Optimizng your copy (46:39). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54mins

1 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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#65 - Q&A with Andrew Wilkinson, Co-founder of Tiny

Today we have Andrew Wilkinson (@awilkinson) of Tiny. Tiny is a holding company started by Andrew that buys “wonderful internet businesses” with the intention of holding them forever (akin to Berkshire Hathaway). Altogether, Tiny’s businesses do high 8-figures in revenue and employ close to 400 people across 20 companies. If you want to know more about his background, Andrew was interviewed on our podcast so give Episode #63 a listen. Today he answers: How do you find CEO's that you can trust, You've mentioned Warren Buffet a lot, any other leaders you look up to?, Is “company building” a repeatable process? What % of it can be automated?, Can you recommend your favorite business books?, What is your biggest failure and what did you learn from it?, What is a core attribute you look for when you hire somebody?, How do you make connections with other entrepreneurs while residing in a non-startup centric city?, How much of your investments are made up of personal capital vs. OPM (Other People’s Money)?, During your time at MetaLab, what was the best way to acquire clients?, Are you taking Buffett's advice and reading 500 pages a day?, As a person, how have you evolved over the years?, How do you start a fund with money made from an agency?, What's the required mindset shift from running one business to delegating a team to run multiple?, If you internalize one principal into your kids, what would it be?, When you built your house, what are some things that could have made the frustrations easier?, Can I skip building an agency and go straight into investing? and What's the worst & best advice you get from people who tell you how to become successful?. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 5mins

15 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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#32 - Product Genius: Scott Belsky

We've got a different flavor today for you. We sat down with Scott Belsky (@scottbelsky) join us today and instead of hearing his backstory, we bounced around a bunch of topics. Scott has done it all. He's been a founder (Behance), angel investor (Uber, Pinterest), VC (Benchmark), Tech Executive (CPO of Adobe currently), and Author (The Messy Middle). So sit back, grab a salad (cause we're healthy in 2020) and enjoy this conversation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47mins

25 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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#56 - The Recession Proof Skill Sets

Sam (@thesamparr) is by himself today without Shaan (@shaanvp) to tell you about what he thinks are 4 essential skill sets that will withstand a recession. Questions about any of these? Ask the hosts directly on www.facebook.com/groups/ourfirstmillion. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

39mins

15 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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#48 - NSFW Tech, HQ Trivia & Auctions

Sam (@thesamparr) and Shaan (@shaanvp) are back talking news, trends, interesting products and businesses. Topics for today: Playboy for Snapchat generation & Patreon for Porn (1:49), Seven sin investing (6:44), Fast loading porn GIFS (8:26), Back to building NSFW brands (12:56), HQ Trivia and why it died (14:07), Limited edition food launches (17:12), Back to HQ Trivia and repurposing it for education (22:21), Children allowance apps and cards (24:51), Sleep products (25:52), DIY perfume (29:34), Auctions & Marketplaces (32:19), Shaan's career advice on which company to work for (41:00), Where would Sam and Shaan work at today if they were 21 again (47:29). Please if you can leave us a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts and show your friends the pod! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51mins

22 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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#29 - Powder Diets, Instagrammable Experiences & Distribution First

The Hustle's My First Million presents: Million Dollar Brainstorm is back. Host Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and The Hustle CEO Sam Parr (@theSamParr) sit down and discuss what side hustles, trends and big business ideas that's keeping them up at night. This time, it’s live with you guys who came to the Trends meetup last Thursday and answered some of burning questions.They also explore this week powder diets, turnkey instagrammable moments, building products around the distribution & why Facebook groups is the place to be. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 7mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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#11 - Clawing Back From $250K Debt at 20

Aleks Svetski (@AleksSvetski) wanted to be a millionaire by 20... and he was on that path. He turned his $5K textbook money into more than $50,000 in the stock market! Until the 2008 global financial crisis hit... he didn't just lose all his money, he was negative quarter of a million. This setback ignited his entrepreneurial spirit where he started a door knocking hustle to get out his debt and make that cool million. Again, until the government betrayed his business and he went back to square one becoming a hippie on a sabbatical... and now he's back again with the lessons he's learned with his newfound passion: Bitcoin. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

55mins

4 Sep 2019

Rank #18

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#61 - How to Buy, Manage and Grow Cash-Flow Positive Businesses + Corona Virus Impact on the Economy

Sam (@thesamparr) and Shaan (@shaanvp) speak to Brent Beshore (@BrentBeshore) today about how he plans to invest $250M in cash-flow positive businesses, how much corona virus will impact the economy and explains why he'd only start non-tech businesses in today's climate. Brent is apart of Permanent Equity which has raised a total of $300M to deploy into businesses that actually make cold hard cash - their collection of companies made approx. $160M of it in the last year. Want to make your first million with your mobile app? You have to prioritize app performance first. And HeadSpin is here to help. With your custom HeadSpin benchmark report, get deep insights into app performance, from cold and warm starts, to errors, crashes, and response times, including audio and video quality and biometric responsiveness. Our state-of-the-art Global Device Cloud provides unique carrier network, device, OS, and app level insights, on real, SIM-enabled devices in hundreds of locations around the world. No SDK required. Get your custom HeadSpin benchmark report at headspin.io /myfirstmillion. Today's topics: Who is Brent Beshore? (4:04), What type of companies is he buying with quarter of a billion dollars stashed? (12:17), Military staffing lead gen is a defensible business (14:53), How to handle owners and managers post-acquisition (16:54), How much do owners of cashflowing businesses take home? (20:34), Why he won't touch debt with his businesses (24:10), How Brent grows the businesses they acquire (25:32), How do owners transition to the passenger seat? (30:36), Corona Virus predictions and impact on the economy (36:16) and what he'd do if he started his career again (51:03). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 5mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #19

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#44 - New e-mail clients, Sharing the craigslist office & How to keep your star players

Sam (@thesamparr) and Shaan (@shaanvp) are back talking news, trends, interesting products and businesses. Dear all loyal listeners: 1) Please, please, please give us a review on Apple Podcasts!, 2) Screenshot your review and tweet it to Shaan and Sam, 3) They'll give you a present!. Also, if you're looking to promote your own podcast, visit castro.fm/promote - they push your podcast out to thousands of people. And last promo for the day... the way to make a million is by surrounding yourself around other people who want it. Join our Facebook group where we share ideas and help each other out: www.facebook.com/groups/ourfirstmillion. Alright the topics for today: The first Hustle office was also Craiglist's office (01:43), Taking craiglist sections and turning them into unicorn startups + Sam's first startup (05:34), New email clients like Superhuman, Hey.com and Front (12:06), Pay to get a reply from influential people like Earn.com (21:23), Getting paid by the minute instead of bi-weekly (23:26), Donation business models (25:52), Taking on Wikipedia (29:39), Menstruation apps (32:01), Life schools (36:29), Prenups (38:49) and Negotiation tactics / How to keep your star players (43:12). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48mins

10 Feb 2020

Rank #20