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Interviews with the happiest, healthiest, and wisest people in the world. New episodes Monday and Thursday. Previous guest appearances include Gary Vaynerchuk, Tom Bilyeu, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Miss Excel Kat Norton, James Altucher, Ariel Helwani, David Perell, Kamal Ravikant, Mike Maples, Sharon Salzberg, Dickie Bush, George Heaton, Rob Lipsett, Colin & Samir, Shaan Puri, Gay Hendricks, and many more incredible humans.
 
Courtland Allen interviews the ambitious indie hackers who are turning their ideas and side projects into profitable online businesses. Explore the latest strategies and tools founders are using to capitalize on new opportunities, escape the 9-to-5 grind, and create their own personal revenue-generating machines. The future is indie!
 
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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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Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk about why billionaires should really fly first class, the power of Grant Cardone, how Sam enraged Goldman Sachs, and more. Also, want $5,000? Check out the My First Million Clips contest. ----- Links: * StrollMag * Axios article * Flashes and Flames * ConvertKit * Do you love MFM and want to see…
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talk to tech investor and entrepreneur Michael Girdley (@girdley), about selling fireworks, how to hire great CEOs, and what it takes to operate a successful holding company. Also, want $5,000? Check out the My First Million Clips contest. ----- Links: * Michael Girdley * Near * Alley Corp * Zola * B…
 
Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talks to vacation rental property experts Rob Abasolo (@RobuiltChannel) and Isaac French (@isaacfrench_) about how to build a successful Airbnb business now. Also, want $5,000? Check out the My First Million Clips contest. ----- Links: * Robuilt Channel * Robuilt YouTube channel * Isaac French * Live Oak Lake * Cars and Bids …
 
We're talking to Patrick Campbell, an indie founder who just sold his company for $200,000,000. That's an insane nine figure exit for a bootstrapped founder. In this episode, we talk with Patrick about his champagne problems and what indie hackers need to know today to get to where he is more quickly. Follow Patrick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/…
 
Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk about the problem of over hiring (example FTX), party planning tips from entrepreneur Nick Gray's new book, and one successful egg carton business. Also, want $5,000? Check out the My First Million Clips contest. ----- Links: * Nick Gray * 2-Hour Cocktail Party book * The 2-Hour Cocktail Party A…
 
Tiago Forte is the creator of Building a Second Brain. Originally an online cohort-based course on using digital notetaking to transform your life, it has now turned into a book. Tiago himself called this "one of the deepest interviews he's done." In this conversation, we spoke about where Tiago's background in teaching, his inspiration to dream bi…
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) answer a listener's question: Will Milk Road become than The Hustle? And we'll find out why Sam and Shaan have chosen the business ventures they're currently doing. 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…
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talk about losing more than $700k in the crypto crash, the mentality of a downturn, and the crazy success of conferences. Also, want $5,000? Check out the My First Million Clips contest. ----- Links: * Truebill * Money 20/20 * ShopTalk * Hlth * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling …
 
Sahil Lavingia (@shl) and Justin Jackson (@mijustin) join Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen) for a special debate-style episode. It's four dudes talking about Elon Musk. What could go wrong? Follow Sahil on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shl Check out Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/ Follow Justin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mijustin…
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talk with YouTube stars and content creator experts Samir Chaudry and Colin Rosenblum about how to become a successful YouTuber. Also, want $5,000? Check out the My First Million Clips contest. ----- Links: * My First Million Clips contest * Colin and Samir * Ali Abdaal * Doug DeMuro * Blogilates * Y…
 
Tejas Hullur is a creator. Over the past two years, he's gone from no online presence to smoking with Mike Tyson. In this conversation, we spoke about how Colin & Samir became mentors, and the life of a creator in 2022. Topics: (0:00) Intro (1:05) “It’s been the craziest 2 years of my life” (7:21) Nobody really concentrates on the quality of a foll…
 
Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) with the help of Stonks.com , listen to five entrepreneurs pitch their business in hopes of getting Shaan and Sam to invest. ----- Links: * 5x * Bacarai * Munch * Nicklpass * Lil'Duckies Pool Co. * If you would like to invest in any of these companies, go here: https://stonks.com/my-first-million/dem…
 
Nate O'Brien started putting out YouTube videos in January 2017. Since then, he has built a following of over 1.25 million people while maintaining internal peace. In this conversation, he spoke about his path toward meditation, how he's set up R&D projects, and how he's had to work around his natural introversion. (0:00) Intro (0:41) Nate’s firewo…
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talk about lessons learned from Sam's new business venture, the money makers of online high stakes gambling and so much more. Also, want $5,000? Check out the My First Million Clips contest. ----- Links: * My First Million Clips contest * Mugshawtys * Stake.com * Primedice.com * Easygo * Scale * Mark…
 
Chris Van Vliet is a 4-time Emmy-winning TV Host and podcaster. In this conversation, we spoke about Chris's first broadcasting experience, what it's like when The Rock calls you out, and Tyler Perry's advice that changed his life. The video version of this podcast is available on Spotify and YouTube. Topics: (0:00) Happy Birthday Chris (0:48) How …
 
Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk about how to recruit the best players for small companies, the billion dollar business of compostable straws (and other plant-based packaging), a Milk Road update and much more. Also, want $5,000? Check out the My First Million Clips contest. ----- Links: * My First Million Clips contest * Footp…
 
Nicolle Merrilyne is an energy healer and intuitive medium. In this conversation, we spoke about my intuitive healing session with Nicolle, her spiritual team, how to protect your energy, and how intuition can guide you. (0:00) Nicolle’s mom's incredible intuition (3:59) Why Nicolle said no to her dream job (7:49) Family support (10:12) The right b…
 
Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talks to Michael Sonnenfeldt, founder and chairman of Tiger 21 - a peer-to-peer network for high net-worth wealth individuals - about how to build wealth and how to preserve it. ----- Links: * Michael Sonnenfeldt * Tiger 21 * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Wa…
 
Jay Alderton is a fitness business coach. He has previously served in the military, competed in bodybuilding competitions, and been a fitness coach. In this conversation, we spoke about building self-awareness, the mistake of intellectualizing everything, why you should focus on impact over income, and much more. The video version of this episode i…
 
Vincent Woo (@fulligin) sold his company for tens of millions of dollars. He joins the pod to talk to Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen) about advice for fledgling indie hackers trying to make money, the purpose of business, defining principles for one's life, and why he shouldn't have to pay Courtland for a $10,000 bet he lost.…
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) answer one listener's question. On this episode, Neil Gupta, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada asks what are the first three actionable steps to starting a lead gen business and what industries should he target? To submit your question and hear yourself on My First Million, go to MFMPod.com and click on …
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talk about how the future of work will look like an Ocean's 11 team, height enhancing surgery, Sam Bankman-Fried, and how to solve the problem of deepfakes. ----- Links: * My Body Tutor * SiriusXM Acquires Conan O'Brien's Team Coco podcast * Moiz's tweet * Surgery that makes men taller * Foot file * …
 
Nick Maggiulli is the creator of Of Dollars And Data and the Chief Operating Officer at Ritholtz Wealth Management. He has published a post on his blog every week since 2017. Most recently, he published his first book (Just Keep Buying: Proven Ways To Save Money And Build Your Wealth), which has sold over 10,000 copies in the first month. In this c…
 
Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk about the Savannah Bananas, Martin Shkreli, Liver King, how Shaan lost more than $200K on Luna and Terra, and more. Also, want $5,000? Check out the My First Million Clips contest. ----- Links: * My First Million Clips contest * The Savannah Bananas Instagram * The Savannah Bananas website * The…
 
I have recorded around 250 interviews in the past two years. Here's a distillation of what I've learned about how to conduct a better interview, ask better questions, and how that leads to a more rich existence. The backstory of this episode: Dan Go wanted to learn how to conduct a better interview. So he texted me, we hopped on a call, and now we'…
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) shares his tried and true unconventional management tips that you won't learn in business school. ----- 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: (02:40) - Tip 1 Dr. House (05:25) - Tip…
 
Daniel Vassallo (@dvassallo) and Arvid Kahl (@arvidkahl) have both already made it as indie hackers. They join Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen) to discuss making money as an indie hacker, designing your life after you reach financial freedom, avoiding risk, mitigating inflation, and whether or not college is worth it. Related epis…
 
David Perell is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the creator of the wildly successful Write of Passage – an online course that helps people accelerate their careers by writing online. He has amassed a following of over 300,000 people on Twitter alone. In this conversation, we spoke about David's college years, why introspection is overrated, David'…
 
We go deep in the vaults to find an episode of Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP), aka the King of Frameworks, sharing his favorite ten frameworks. ----- Links: * Get the PDF version with illustrations - https://www.shaanpuri.com/posts/week-7 * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Want more insights …
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) sits down with entrepreneur and former CEO of Native, Moiz Ali (@MoizAli), to talk about how to find the competitive advantage for your business, three common mistakes DTC brands make, investment tips and more. ----- Links: * Native * Haldirams * Manscaped * Brumate * Moiz's sell sheet tweet * Do you love MFM and want to see S…
 
Carter Good is a fitness coach. He has lost over 100 pounds, kept it off, and now coaches other people on how to do it too. But this conversation wasn't centered around his 448,000-person Instagram following or losing the weight. Instead, we spoke about how his passions for fitness have lessened over the years, why Carter turned to therapy, and how…
 
This week LUNA and it's stablecoin UST blew up and took down the entire crypto market. Nick talks with the founder and writer of http://solsweet.co/, Toby Johnston, to break down all the madness. This story has a little bit of everything: Financial warfare, conspiracy theories, Citadel (the villains from the GameStop series), George Soros and the B…
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) answers one listener's question. On this episode, a UK-based listener asks how to approach making their first hire at their startup. 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…
 
Noah Kagan is the CEO of AppSumo.com, a digital marketplace for software. NOTE: Audio gets better after 2:15. This convo got deep. Noah was willing to talk openly about his failings, insecurities, and strengths. And because of that... this conversation turned out incredible. Let me know what your favorite part was on Twitter – @heydannymiranda. Top…
 
Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) sits down with Carolyn Childers, co-founder and CEO of Chief, to talk about her million dollar subscription-based business that drives and supports women in corporate leadership roles. ----- Links: * Chief * The New Rules of Business * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube cha…
 
Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) sit down with entrepreneur and online marketing guru Neil Patel to talk about his success starting as a blogger to making 9-figures in revenue. ----- Links: * Neil Patel * Photopea * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Want more insights …
 
Rory Sutherland is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy, an attractively vague job title that has allowed him to co-found a behavioral science practice within the agency. Sutherland is a brilliant copywriter and marketing mind, who has an uncanny ability to hold separate ideas simultaneously. (0:00) Once you see it, you can’t look at the world the same (0:5…
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Ben Levy (@Benmlevy) answer one listener's question. On this episode, Collin asks how to deal with defeat after his NFTs were stolen. 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…
 
Pat Walls is an entrepreneur and writer. He is the creator of Starter Story and also my favorite personal blog on the Internet (patwalls.com). Connect with Pat on Twitter. Continue the conversation with me... 🎙Podcast: https://podfollow.com/1532160275/view 🐣 Twitter: https://twitter.com/heydannymiranda 📸 Instagram: https://instagram.com/heydannymir…
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talk about how easy it is for content creators to make millions, the women of Elon Musk, trademark scams, and more. ----- Links: * Naked and Afraid * How Is Felix Today * House In Habit * Justine Musk/Quora * WhistlinDiesel * xQcOW/Twitch * The Mind Pump Podcast * Jenna Marbles /YouTube * Trademarks …
 
Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk about surprising ad arbitrage opportunities, getting vaccinated against cancellation, new media properties, and more. ----- Links: * Outcome Health (acquired by Patient Point) * Cheddar News * @jonsteinberg * Tabs Chocolate * Tabs Chocolate TikTok ad * @Oliver_b1 * @SteveBartlettSC * Do you love…
 
Andrew Murnane is a creator. He's built a following of more than 680,000 people in just two years. In this conversation, we spoke about how Eckhart Tolle impacted his journey, how the dualistic world, the reactions from his friends and family to his new version, his breaks from social media, and much more. (0:00) Welcome Andrew (0:34) Power of Now …
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) answer one listener question. On this episode, Brian asks how he should grow his successful ghost kitchen business. 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 MF…
 
Jonny Miller is an internal explorer. He's a former meditation teacher turned breathwork evangelist. In this conversation, we dive deep into his story. How has he changed? Is he surprised at how his life has unfolded? What is the future for breathwork? What's it like to go into a dark room for days on end? Topics: (0:00) Thank you Jonny (0:36) Free…
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) react to Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter and much more. ----- Links: * Aceable * Vitalchek * Relx * 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: (01:30) - Combustion engi…
 
Julian Shapiro is back on the show today. He's been my co-host for our podcast Brains, he's an investor at Julian.capital and a writer at Julian.com. Lately, he's been super into investing. He's managed to take an overly complex thing like investing and reverse-engineer it, breaking it down into its simplest frameworks. Follow Julian on Twitter: ht…
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) talk about the roadmap for new start-ups, how the podcast came to be and much, much more. ----- Links: * CyberLeads * @alexwestco * Indie Hackers * DeadEyes podcast * Losers Exist, Don't Hire Them - blog post * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube ch…
 
Eric Zimmer is the creator and host of The One You Feed Podcast, where Eric interviews authors, thought leaders, spirituals teachers, and other experts. He also was a heroin addict who is now a behavior coach. In this conversation, we spoke about self-love, behavior change, meditation, and experiencing Oneness. (0:50) Why is trust something Eric an…
 
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