My First Million
My First Million
The Hustle & Shaan Puri
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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.
#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. 
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Oct 21
1 hr
#120 - These Are the Frameworks Every Entreprenuer Should Learn
This episode we are partnering with Square! Square makes it easy for your business to accept payment, and so much more! Check out this week's sponsor at square.com/go/hustle! Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) aka the King of Frameworks shares his favorite ten frameworks: 1. Intro (1:38) 2. Your TO-Do List is Killing You (2:25) 3. How To Kickoff a Project (5:16) 4. Big Mario Marketing (8:41) 5. Getting Un-Stuck (11:40) 6. Having an Audience is Like Steroids (20:05) 7. All News is Good News (21:54) 8. Work Like a Lion (23:31) 9. Don’t Sell Saddles (24:47) 10. Cold Emailing to Close Sales (26:46) Get the PDF version with illustrations at www.shaanpuri.com. 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. 
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Oct 16
29 min
Special Episode: 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/ 
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Oct 15
17 min
#119 with Josh Elman - How To Get The Benefits of Entrepreneurship Without Starting a Company
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) are joined by Josh Elman (@joshelman) on the pod today. Elman is a veteran of LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Robinhood to name a few. This guy knows Silicon Valley and growth better than anyone else. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Shaan asks Josh to give his background (1:00), Sam asks if it’s better to start your own thing or climb your way up in a tech startup (8:25), Elman answers the question “what technology or company has that 10x or 100x potential in the next few years (9:15), Josh explains the “meta-verse” or “the third place” and how AI will lead the way there (18:15), how the TV show Black Mirror has influenced tech (24:55), Elman unpacks his time at Stanford and the power of being around intelligent people and gives some stories on his early days at Unicorn companies (31:00), Sam puts Josh on the spot and asks him how he can 10x his own business (47:35), This episode we are partnering with Square! Square makes it easy for your business to accept payment, and so much more! Check out this week's sponsor at square.com/go/hustle! 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. 
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Oct 14
55 min
#118 with Harley Finkelstein (Shopify's President) - Why You Should Drop Out Of School and Start a Shopify Store
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) are joined by Harley Finkelstein (@harleyf) on the pod today. Harley is the COO of Shopify. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Sam and Harley share a hilarious but effective way to recruit senior employees (0:30), Harley gives his background and how he became the COO at Shopify (2:52), Shaan brings to light some interesting emails from the early investment rounds of Shopify (9:30), Harley shares some of the major things he’s seeing in retail during COVID (19:30), Sam asks Harley which companies he’s seen that can be successful on Shopify (30:00), Harley explains how Cardi-B can build a brand on Shopify (37:55), The guys kick around ideas related to Shopify Apps that don’t exist that should exist (45:30), Harley explains the future of retail as he sees it (53:45). This episode we are partnering with Square! Square makes it easy for your business to accept payment, and so much more! Check out this week's sponsor at square.com/go/hustle! 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. 
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Oct 9
1 hr 1 min
#117 Austen Allred - Lambda School's Founder Brings His Best Ideas
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) are joined by Austen Allred (@Austen) on the pod today. Austen is the founder of Lambda School (@LambdaSchool). In today’s episode you’ll hear: Austen gives background on Lambda School and explains the challenges and opportunities in the education space (1:05) Shaan asks Austen to explain his rise from sleeping in a car in San Francisco to running Lambda School (14:00), Austen talks about how his Mormon mission prepared him for a life in business (20:28), Austen breaks down how colleges make money off of application fees (28:35), The guys talk about the big business of college entrance exams (36:35) Austen pitches his idea of increasing productivity at companies by reducing the slack from employees (47:20), the guys discuss the pros and cons of employee tracking software in the age of COVID and mass remote work (50:33), Shaan asks Austen to predict ways different “Lambda School’s for X” are going to grow into the future (58:00). Thank you to our sponsor Square! Square makes it easy for your business to accept payment, and so much more! Check out this week's sponsor at square.com/go/hustle! 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. 
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Oct 7
1 hr 2 min
#116 with Kelly Erb - Tax Expert Breaks Down Trump Taxes and Big Businesses Ran by Few People
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) are joined by Kelly Erb (@taxgirl) on the pod today. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Shaan introduces Kelly Erb and she gives her take on President Trump’s tax return (0:20), Shaan asks Kelly “what should business owners look at to minimize their own tax liability (10:30), Kelly gives some key tax points to focus on for business owners and how to think about expenses (16:05), Sam asks Kelly to explain QSBS for the listeners, Sam and Shaan riff on businesses that look big, but are actually operated by one or two people (32:30), Sam talks about what kind of guests he likes on the podcast (40:50), the guys talk about how involved a company should be in a political stand based on a letter from the Coinbase CEO (47:10). Check out this week's sponsor: Ourcrowd. They make it easy to invest in early startups. Go to ourcrowd.com/thehustle to get started. 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. 
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Oct 2
56 min
#115 - Selling An Erotic Newsletter and AI That Leaves Us Speechless
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) cohost the pod today. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Sam gives an update on his whereabouts (3:00), Sam and Shaan y’all about a new nursing shoe brand started by a former Nike employee (12:40), both guys brainstorm what other industries require standard clothing (18:55), Shaan talks about a podcast listener who sold his newsletter (23:20), Shaan and Sam kick around an idea of an app for a “leak proof” company all-hands meetings (28:05), Sam explains what Jeff Bezos did to create an internal newspaper when he bought the Washington Post (32:40), Shaan talks about using AI to write emails (36:10), Sam demonstrates some incredibly powerful technology from Open.ai and GPT3. - Oil worker marketplace https://www.rigup.com/ - Nursing shoes https://wearebala.com/ - Premium scrubs https://www.wearfigs.com/ - AI email composer https://compose.ai/ - AI video creator https://www.synthesia.io/ Check out this week's sponsor: Ourcrowd. They make it easy to invest in early startups. Go to ourcrowd.com/thehustle to get started. 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. 
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Sep 30
56 min
#114 with Steph Smith - The Head of Trends Talks Insider Trading and The Gen-Z Mafia
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) invite Steph Smith (@stephsmithio) on the pod today. Stephen is an employee at The Hustle, world traveler and all around indie-hacker. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Shaan and Sam introduce Steph (0:40), Steph introduces a fresh idea around remote/WFH by tackling all of the needs of someone newly adjusting to WFH life (4:00), the group talked about unorthodox company perks (12:10), Sam and the group brainstorm around “What are the most interesting 1-3 person operations you’ve seen?” (16:30), Steph pitches an idea of becoming the agency for celebrities because most celebrities have terrible web presence (24:00), Steph’s third idea revolves around HIPAA compliant (or other compliance) services and creating first-mover advantages by tracking legislation (30:15), Steph introduces the guys to a reddit tool that allows you to mind map topics on Reddit (36:00), the group talks about the advantages of tracking insider trades (40:30), Sam talks about a company called FION which is building A technology platform that allows you to track and predict where wildfires will start and spread (46:00), Steph talks about hiring gen-zers to build corporate training material (50:00), Companies, people and resources mentioned: - Benefits company: https://www.compt.io/ - Benefits company: https://www.hoppier.com/ - https://twitter.com/chrisjbakke/status/1296107846472364033 - Live music discovery platform: https://www.keyvalues.com/ - Peter Levels @levelsio - Fastest growing Inc 5000 company: https://www.onetrust.com/ - Related subreddit tool: https://anvaka.github.io/sayit/?query= - Nuclear energy girl: https://twitter.com/isaboemeke - Gen Z Mafia https://genzmafia.com/ - https://www.songkick.com/ - Insider trading reporting: https://finviz.com/insidertrading.ashx - Wildfire tracker: fion.tech - Art school game: https://artsqool.cool/ Check out this week's sponsor: Ourcrowd. They make it easy to invest in early startups. Go to ourcrowd.com/thehustle to get started. 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. 
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Sep 25
58 min
#113 - From Furniture Store to Water Delivery: The Millions in Boring Businesses
(0:46) The guys break down Frank Slootman (Snowflake founder’s) Linkedin post, (7:45) Sam brings up Rocket Internet, a German company that clones mainstream startups in smaller geographic markets. They scale quickly and are formulaic, (8:30) Sam is fascinated by Danny Meyer, founder of Shake Shack among other places, (10:05) Shaan shares his story about the Melman’s and their empire, Lettuce Entertain You, (13:38) The guys discuss Hamdi Ulukaya the founder of Chobani, (17:50) The guy’s talk blue collar businesses, including Waste Management and its founder Wayne Huizenga, (19:30) The story of Rose Blumkin, founder of Nebraska Furniture Mart, (21:11) Shaan talks about his water problem and subscription water companies like ReadyRefresh and Culligan, (27:40) The Uber for evictions: Civvl, (31:26) The student debt market explained, (34:42) B2B vs consumer businesses Check out this week's sponsor: Ourcrowd. They make it easy to invest in early startups. Go to ourcrowd.com/thehustle to get started. Have you joined our private Facebook group yet? Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourfirstmillion and join thousands of other entrepreneurs and founders scheming up ideas. 
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Sep 23
47 min
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