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Interviews with the happiest, healthiest, and wisest people in the world (entrepreneurs, creators, and thinkers). New episodes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Previous guest appearances include Gary Vaynerchuk, Tom Bilyeu, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Miss Excel Kat Norton, Ariel Helwani, Anthony Pompliano, James Altucher, Sam Parr, Greg McKeown, Kevin Kelly, Chris Williamson, David Perell, Kamal Ravikant, Mike Maples, Sharon Salzberg, Dickie Bush, George Heaton, Rob Lipsett, Colin and Samir, ...
 
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Smart minds on the Internet meet each other for the first time. We only release when we have something good. Hosted by Julian Shapiro (twitter.com/julian) and Courtland Allen (twitter.com/csallen).
 
Nicholas Scalf and Darryl Lim bring you updates on their business that they bought from Microacquire an online business marketplace. It's a small lower five figure business which should be within most people's reach to purchase. We will discuss our failures, our wins and what we plan on doing to grow the business. As well, we'll interview guests who have also bought/built their online businesses as well as some Founders who have exited so we can learn together. Come Along for the ride as we ...
 
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Jack Settleman and Nick Ercolano are two creators. They separately have built two successful sports media companies (SnapBack Sports and BDGE). Now they've partnered up to start a new podcast called Big Content – to discuss the worlds of media, business, and marketing. In this conversation, we spoke about… Timestamps: (0:00) Intro (2:50) Origin of …
 
Episode 391: Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk about their new favorite AI tool, how to make money from arbitrage, goal setting for 2023, and more. ----- Links: * Character.AI * Adept * State of AI Report * Vintage Wall Graphics - Etsy * Pipe * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtu…
 
Ben Bergeron is a CrossFit coach and gym owner. In this episode, we spoke about mindset, the one difference between his coaching and Navy SEALs, how 9/11 impacted him, and why everything you experience is there for the evolution of your consciousness. (0:00) Intro (1:38) How 9/11 Impacted Ben (13:16) Living A Well-Lived Life (22:30) Defining Succes…
 
Episode 390: Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talk about Eric Langan and his foray into owning strip clubs, why we should boycott Black Friday, three Twitter scenarios, how to fly on a private jet and much, much more. ----- Links: * Jettly * r/fatFIRE * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our …
 
Bill Ottman is the creator of Minds, a social media platform with more than 6 million users. Bill has appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience. In this conversation, we spoke about the importance of free speech, Elon buying Twitter his thoughts on Lex Fridman and Kanye West, Elon buying Twitter, the importance of challenges/accountability, his time on …
 
Mike Salguero is the creator of ButcherBox, a company that is aiming to transform the meat industry. It started out as a lifestyle company. It has since become a life mission. Timestamps: (0:00) Intro (1:13) The Importance of Sales (4:11) Entrepreneurship (5:30) Growing Up Without A Dad (15:45) Journey To Consciousness (23:30) $300k to $600,000,000…
 
Episode 389: Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk about five ways to make money, successful vice businesses, profitable fan fiction, Billy of the Week and more. ----- Links: * Sam's Tweet * Shaan's Tweet Framework * WattPad * Archive of Our Own * LitErotica * Fandom * Dutchie * Group Black * KIA logo * Shift4 * Boosted Boards * Do …
 
Dylan Jardon and Henry Belcaster are two of the smartest young entrepreneurs in the world. Over the past two years, they’ve worked with people like Naval Ravikant, Will Smith, Dharmesh Shah, David Sacks, and Hasan Minhaj. Timestamps: (0:00) Intro (1:28) Naval Ravikant (6:51) 0 To 300k In 2 Months (13:17) Viral Formula (15:54) Will Smith (Why Hollyw…
 
Episode 388: Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talk to Bryan Johnson (@bryan_johnson) about starting Braintree - which he sold for hundreds of millions - and is his current businesses as Founder/CEO of Kernel and his own personal project Blueprint, where he's working to reduce his biological age. ----- Links: * Braintree * Kernel * B…
 
AlexxMedia is one of the cohosts of FLAGRANT with Andrew Schulz. He was also the director and producer for Andrew Schulz's Netflix documentary.In this interview, we talked about how he got started, his perspectives on Israel Adesanya, MrBeast, Joe Rogan, and Mark Gagnon, and how he's improved his energy over the years.(0:00) Intro(1:42) Starting As…
 
Val Katayev is a tech and finance entrepreneur. In his high school yearbook, he decided he wanted to make $1,000,000 by the age of 30. He hit it by 19. In this interview, we spoke about some of his businesses, crypto, the looming recession, the power of a personal brand, and much more. (0:00) Intro (0:45) Wealth At A Young Age (2:48) Resourcefulnes…
 
Episode #387: Shaan Puri (@shaanvp) and Andrew Wilkinson (@awilkinson) discuss the idea that making hard choices, doing hard things, can actually make life easier. ----- Links: * Influence, Robert Cialdini * Charlie Munger, "The Psychology of Human Misjudgment" speech * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our…
 
Episode 386: Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk to Andrew Wilkinson (@awilkinson) - entrepreneur and co-founder of Tiny - about learning to be a successful entrepreneur in less than a decade. His hardest and easiest businesses to start. Plus, one business idea he hasn't acted on, yet. ----- Links: * Tiny * Pixel Union * Warren Bu…
 
Sean Millea is a comedian, filmmaker, and creator. In this conversation, we spoke about becoming friends with Mark Normand, working for Gary Vaynerchuk, how he's consistently viral, the future of video, his fake interviews with Ariana Grande and Tom Holland, and his existential crisis as a creator. (0:00) Intro (1:03) Boxing & Comedy (2:11) Fears C…
 
Episode 385: Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) react to the failure of the cryptocurrency trading firm FTX and the taking down of its CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried. ----- Links: * @AutismCapital * @TechEmails * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Want more insights like MFM? Che…
 
Sriram Krishnan and Aarthi Ramamurthy are two of technology's leading voices. They are also podcasters. Aarthi has worked at Clubhouse, Facebook, Netflix, and Microsoft. Sriram is an investor for Andreessen Horowitz. They have interviewed people like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Hawk, Palmer Luckey, and A.R. Rahman. (0:00) Welc…
 
Visakan Veerasamy is a writer. He describes himself as a “friendly, ambitious nerd.” In this wide-ranging conversation, you’ll find out why. We discussed lessons from tweeting 212,000 times, how to make the world a more loving place, why you should consult your inner newsfeed, and how writing a book helped him evolve. (0:00) Lesson From COVID (5:43…
 
Episode 384: Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk with entrepreneur, creator, and investor Sahil Bloom (@SahilBloom) about three business ideas that will make money now, and why he left private equity to make millions as a content creator. Bonus: Shaan offers $2,000 to anyone who helps him develop his "uniform" for the pod. ----- L…
 
Adam Gilbert is the creator of MyBodyTutor. Over the past 15 years, he’s coached thousands of people on creating better habits with their health. In this episode, Adam explained... • How he built his business • How he and Noah Kagan have become friends • Lessons from coaching thousands • Common mistakes he finds most people make in their 20s • Adam…
 
Episode 383: Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) speak with Kaitlyn Michelle Siragusa, aka Amouranth (@Amouranth), about how she built her million dollar social media business empire and why she bought a Chinese ball pit manufacturer. ----- Links: * Amouranth - Twitch * OnlyFans * Avatar AI * Downbad * Do you love MFM and want to see S…
 
Sid Yadav is the creator of Circle, the all-in-one community platform for creators & brands. In this conversation, Sid talks about his early days as a creator himself, working at Teachable, the importance of sending cold emails, how he raised money, how he found product-market-fit, and his challenge to people listening: (0:00) Early Blogging Days (…
 
Episode 383: The three funniest moments from MFM in October. ------ Show Notes: (00:45) - Sara's List Negotiation (05:05) - Work in tech-adjacent businesses & new-shiny syndrome (07:45) - Grit and delayed gratification ----- Past guests on My First Million include Rob Dyrdek, Hasan Minhaj, Balaji Srinivasan, Jake Paul, Dr. Andrew Huberman, Gary Vee…
 
Kyle Offutt is a creator. He is attempting to eat a meal with someone in every state (currently halfway through his journey). In this conversation, we spoke about Kyle not feeling understood in his hometown, his transition from planner/engineer to letting go, his perfect day, why taking little steps is important, life as music, and his experience a…
 
Episode 382: Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talk to Kevin Rose (@kevinrose), entrepreneur, founder, VC and CEO of many projects, about creating an online magazine that garners $100M/year focusing on watches, what projects he's interested in, why he loves crypto, and where he invests his money. ----- Links: * Kevin Rose * DIGG * Pr…
 
Ankur Nagpal is the founder of Ocho, a company focused on helping you learn everything you need to build wealth as an entrepreneur, freelancer, consultant, or independent business owner. He is also the creator of Teachable, which has helped over 100,000 creators monetize through courses. Ankur sold Teachable in March 2020 for a "healthy 9-figure am…
 
Episode 381: Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) have the inside story about the two fake Twitter employees who trolled the media, where billions are spent for Halloween, and eight side hustles for the holidays. ----- Links: * Spirit Halloween * Rubies * Zombie Pumpkins * Pumpkinsteins * Hu.ma.ne * Suleman Ali * Do you love MFM and wan…
 
Nik Sharma is a brand builder. He's the creator of Sharma Brands (a marketing agency that's worked with MrBeast and Emma Chamberlain). In this conversation, we spoke about not going to college, how he's used Twitter effectively, the two skills everyone should learn if they're about to graduate college, and how he got in contact with Mark Cuban via …
 
Episode #380: Shaan Puri (@shaanvp) talks about the different kinds of luck, how to put yourself in a position to be lucky, and how to mitigate different kinds of risk. To submit your question and hear yourself on My First Million, go to MFMPod.com and click on the circle with the microphone in the lower right hand corner. ----- Links: * Do you lov…
 
Jack Raines is the writer of YoungMoney.co, a blog/newsletter with more than 20,000+ readers. Jack covers finance and career advice and has quickly built it up over the past 18 months. In this conversation, we spoke about how Jack has met his heroes, what it's like to lose $150,000 in a day, getting mentioned in Tim Ferriss' newsletter, why you sho…
 
Episode 379: Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talk about a hostile takeover of Sara's List and brainstorm how they're going to deal with it, the backstory of the #1 app - GAS, and much more. ----- Links: * Sara's List * Kristin Kent's Twitter (@kstankent) * The Muse * Packy McCormick * Gas * Nikita Bier Twitter (@nikitabier) * Do yo…
 
Noah Huisman is a modern-day renaissance man. He’s an author, venture capitalist lawyer, gym owner, and fitness connoisseur. In my two weeks in Austin, Noah served as a tour guide. He took me through workouts, allowed me to use his gym, and helped me explore the different sights. He also opened my mind to new perspectives and ideas. He's one of the…
 
Episode 378: Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk with billionaire Palmer Luckey (@PalmerLuckey), founder of Oculus and Anduril, about what he's done with his money since selling Oculus to Facebook, his ideas for a new prison system and sewer food, as well as his take on national security and why he flies coach. ----- Links: * The …
 
Joe Foster is the founder of Reebok. In this conversation, he discussed the early days (his first 21 years in business), why he never got a job, his most important lesson, the importance of a name, what rapid growth feels like, and what he thinks of his American counterpart, Phil Knight. (0:00) Welcome Joe (1:15) World War II (6:10 Father’s Failing…
 
Dwarkesh Patel is the host of The Lunar Society – a podcast that interviews intellectuals, scientists, and founders. He's also a writer and an interesting thinker. In this post, we spoke about Dwarkesh getting followed by Jeff Bezos, what the future is going to be like, the most important problems, high volatility, and his interesting challenge to …
 
Episode 377: Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talk about Shaan's business life story... while eating hot wings. ----- Links: * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Want more insights like MFM? Check out Shaan's newsletter. ------ Show Notes: (01:40) - Seinfeld interview (…
 
Nat Eliason is a writer. Over the past year, he went down the wild crypto rabbit hole and lived to tell the tale. In this conversation, we spoke about how he got $30,000 stolen from him, his new book deal, writers who've impacted him, how to get your first 10,000 subscribers, and much more. (0:00) Crypto Rabbit Hole (4:48) Stolen $30,000 (10:08) Wr…
 
Episode 376: Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk all things Artificial Intelligence: reaction to Joe Rogan's AI interview with Steve Jobs, AI in the workplace, new AI business ideas, AI Billy of the Week, and more. ----- Links: * Podcast.ai * Runway * Interior AI * Jasper * copy.ai * Huw Prosser * Stable Diffusion * Do you love MF…
 
Codie Sanchez is an entrepreneur and writer. She is a creator who is winning the game of content (amassing an audience of millions across Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube over the past two years). And if you listen to her in this interview, it's no surprise. Before she ran boring businesses as an investor, she worked as a journalist and in p…
 
Joshua Becker is the author of Becoming Minimalist. It's a blog, a book, and a newsletter - that boasts over 1,000,000 readers every month. In this conversation, we spoke about how Joshua became a minimalist, how his work as a blogger had origins in theology, why creating happens after clearing space, jealousy, fame, and the first step you should t…
 
Episode #375: Sam Parr (@thesamparr) answers one listener's question about what they can do to keep relationships healthy when they work long hours. To submit your question and hear yourself on My First Million, go to MFMPod.com and click on the circle with the microphone in the lower right hand corner. ----- Links: * Do you love MFM and want to se…
 
Episode 374: In this episode Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) joins Steph Smith (@stephsmithio), host of the a16z podcast, to talk about anti-cheat businesses, ethical hacking, and inflections that create companies. ----- Links: * Steph Smith * a16z podcast * Sh*t You Don't Learn In School podcast * r/contagiouslaughter * Fake data to catch cheaters tweet * W…
 
Zach Pogrob is a relentless human. He’s the most recurring guest on the podcast (four times!) because he’s a great friend and special human. He's also the owner of a luxury photo booth company. In this conversation, we spoke about creating online, finding your obsession, design, relentless humans, top creators, and how my Instagram has taken off in…
 
Episode 373: In this special episode of MFM, Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) joined the Demand Curve Growth Summit with Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) of Breaking Points, to discuss how to build a loyal audience and turn them into customers, reactions to tweets, and more. ----- Links: * Demand Curve * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? …
 
Episode 372: Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk about tips for success from the Billy of the Week, how to build an audience on YouTube and podcasts, and making millions on Gumroad. ----- Links: * Nick Mowbray Twitter * ZURU * Breaking Points * STRONGLAND publishing * Harsh Strongman * Dream Studio Course * Ghost Town Living * Do …
 
Andrew Murnane is a creator. In just two years, he's built a following of over 1,000,000 on TikTok and 150,000 on Instagram. Why? Because his videos are thought-provoking, interesting, and insightful. In this conversation, we went deep on some of Andrew's favorite topics: creating, death, flow state, letting go of the past, and becoming yourself on…
 
Dulma Altan is a content creator. Her TikTok account has grown a loyal audience of almost 100,000 people (in one year) for her business breakdowns of women. In this conversation, we spoke about what it means to be a skillful human, how Dulma wants to be remembered, how to express your gifts, the ups and downs of creating, why she's been procrastina…
 
Episode 371: Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talk to billionaire investor, Andrew Wilkinson (@awilkinson), about winterizing your business and finances, taking random lunches, and why renting is better than buying. ----- Links: * Tiny * Bridgebase * DealMaker * Options Profit Calculator * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Sha…
 
Iman Gadzhi is a 22-year-old entrepreneur. In just a few years, he's amassed a multi-million dollar fortune. And more recently, he's been putting the gas on his socials (100,000,000 views in August). He's built a following of over 600,000 subscribers on YouTube. In this interview, he went deep on his specific social media strategy, his early childh…
 
Episode 370: Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talks to best-selling author, podcaster, bookstore owner, and former marketing director for American Apparel, Ryan Holiday (@RyanHoliday), about how to make money in publishing, creating a masterpiece, and investing in a ghost town. ----- Links: * Ryan Holiday * Trust Me I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipula…
 
Anthony Pompliano is an entrepreneur, investor, and learner. He's also a prolific creator. He writes a newsletter (The Pomp Letter) to over 225,000 people. He hosts The Pomp Podcast, where he's published over 1,000 episodes. He has also previously worked at Facebook. In this conversation, we spoke about the following topics: (0:00) Time (3:35) Less…
 
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