500: What We Have Learned From Each Other in 500 Episodes


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By Steli Efti & Hiten Shah: Serial Entrepreneurs, Sales & Marketing Experts, Startup Investors & Advisors, CEOs running multi million dollar SaaS Startups, Steli Efti, Hiten Shah: Serial Entrepreneurs, Marketing Experts, Startup Investors, and CEOs running multi million dollar SaaS Startups. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Today on The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about what we have learned from each other in 500 episodes.

After 500 episodes of the podcast, Steli and Hiten dive into what they’ve learned from hosting the podcast over the last 5 years.

In today’s episode of the show, Steli and Hiten talk about the very first episode of the show, what Hiten has learned from doing the podcast, why the podcast was started and much more.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:00 About today’s topic

00:12 Why this topic was chosen.

01:15 About the first episode of the show.

02:11 What Hiten has learned from doing the podcast.

03:50 How friendships should be natural.

04:56 The importance of friendships.

06:11 Why the podcast was started.

07:03 What the podcast has allowed the guys to do.

07:40 The nature of Steli and Hiten’s friendship.

09:14 A real gift of the podcast.

3 Key Points:

It’s been a wild ride.We don’t talk about our personal lives as much as other things.To me friendship should be natural.


Steli Efti: Hey everybody, this is Steli Efti.


Hiten Shah: And this is Hiten Shah.


Steli Efti: Today on The Startup Chat we're going to talk about, today is a big day, the 500th episode of The Startup Chat. What we're going to talk about is what we have learned from each other in over 500 conversation's over five years now or so. So would you believe it? Who in the fuck would have ever known when we first grabbed the coffee and I told you we too have great chemistry, we should do a podcast together, and you said, "Sure, whatever you want, Steli," who would have known that? That's the first encounter would have led to this type of relationship, friendship, and this kind of podcast. If all of you that are like, "I wish I was at the coffee shop, and could have listened to how they came up with the idea and how they put it together." You can, a lot of you don't know this, but the very first episode, if you Google thestartupchat.com and then episode one you're going to find the episode that we recorded right after walking out of that coffee shop where we basically came up with the name, what should it be, how long, why do we want this? Like that very first conversation we had about doing the podcast is recorded and published as the very first episode of The Startup Chat. So go and check that out, but who the fuck would have thought would have made it so long, to 500 episodes. Man, it's been a wild ride. It's been a wild ride. So today I thought it'd be fun to reminisce a little bit, to look back and to share a little bit of some things that stand out today, for us, in terms of what we have learned from each other, from doing a 500 episodes on The Startup Chat. So I'm going to put you on the spot. Since I had the idea for the episode, you're going to be the first one that's going to have to answer this. What's the first thing that comes to your mind, if somebody, if you had coffee with some founder and that founder said, "Hey dude, you've been doing this podcast thing with Steli forever. What have you learned doing the podcast with Steli? What's something that stands out to you?"


Hiten Shah: Yeah, yeah. Huh. What have I learned? I think talking to you and doing it in public basically, so like I'd say 99% of the time we've spent together has been essentially in ... Sorry. [inaudible 00:02:56]. Or enough friends or whatever. You have your five friends, whatever we want to think about it. You got friends, for sure. Like your friendly guy. It's taught me about friendship and what I mean by that is, we don't talk about our own personal lives as much as we talk about things that are not our personal lives. Obviously sometimes on the podcast we talk about it, but usually it's something that's on our mind, some advice, something that we think the audience would find valuabl...

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