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Author: 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.

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Sam Parr (@theSamParr) is joined by Noah Kagan (@noahkagan) to discuss how AppSumo started, what he's working on now, what he learned from his recent meeting from Peter Thiel, the books that have had. the biggest impact on him, and what he's reading now.  _____ * 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 & Links: (0:30) - Noah's schedule and what he's working on now (11:30) - Why Noah doesn't think 10 years ahead (22:15) - Does being rich really make you happier? (Yes) (35:05) - Noah's thoughts from meeting Peter Thiel and startup cities (47:10) - How would you live differently if you were a billionaire? (58:15) - What Noah and Sam are reading
This is a special release of the 2-part Rothschild series from the How to Take Over the World podcast with Ben Wilson. Description - How did the Rothschilds go from a poor family inhabiting a part-share of a home in a Jewish ghetto to the richest family of all time in less than 50 years? Listen to how they reach their zenith, and what has happened to the family since then on How to Take Over the World. _____ * 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.
This is a special release of the 2-part Rothschild series from the How to Take Over the World podcast with Ben Wilson. Description - How did the Rothschilds go from a poor family inhabiting a part-share of a home in a Jewish ghetto to the richest family of all time in less than 50 years? Listen to how their story begins on How to Take Over the World. _____ * 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.
On this special Thanksgiving episode, Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) share their favorite products they are using, apps they have downloaded, and media they are consuming.  _____ * 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 & Links: (5:05) - Zero (7:30) - Five Minute Journal (9:30) - The Science of Gratitude (13:20) - Othership (15:30) - fatFIRE Subreddit (26:00) - Confessions of a Hectomillionaire (27:35) - Archive.today (36:55) - Chris D'Elia YouTube (41:35) - Rose Namajunas "I'm the Best" (42:14) - Primitive Technology YouTube (46:30) - How to be Great by Steph Smith (47:15) - More Plates More Dates (48:25) - Little Golden America PDF (50:15) - Everyday Habit Tracker (51:40) - Camo (54:05) - How to Sell Anything by Tony Robbins (56:00) - The Boron Letters by Gary Halpert
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) discuss Shaan's recent trip to Disneyland and talk about a number of business ideas that involve unbundling Disney. They also talk about PFP NFT projects, why CNN is just like the WWE, YouTube creator camps, and much more. At the end of the episode, they pick six $1,000 winners from the recent review contest, so if you submitted a review, stick around to see if you won.  _____ * 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: (00:48) - PFP NFT Projects (12:40) - Business ideas from unbundling Disneyland (50:30) - YouTubers making creator camps (53:35) - Sh*tty billy of the week: Mike Goguen (46:50) - BS studies and why CNN is like the WWE
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@theSamParr) talk about what an early adopter mindset is and how to adopt it, the ConstitutionDAO and whether it's a good idea, how Gary Vaynerchuk used NFTs to create the greatest preorder of all time, why you should use your Twitter bio to put yourself out there, and more.  _____ * 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: (00:18) - Recapping the Huberman episode (07:55) - ConstitutionDAO (18:17) - How Gary V is using NFTs to create the greatest preorder of all time (30:51) - The differences in how rich people lives (46:50) - How to adopt an early adopter mindset (59:05) - Why your Twitter bio should be about your future
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk about the recent Barstool sports drama and how to react to getting canceled, Billy of the Week Bryan Johnson and his extreme body monitoring, the future of apparel retail and automated drive-throughs, and more. They also play a special game called "How much do you think Pomp is worth?" and discuss his latest decision to return investor money.  _____ * 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: (01:23) - Dave Portnoy vs The World (24:30) - The future of apparel retail and automated drive-throughs (44:20) - Billy of the Week: Bryan Johnson (01:07:35) - How much is Pomp worth? (01:11:00) - The pitfalls of being mini-famous _____ Links: * Focusing on What Is Most Important
Dr. Andrew Huberman, Professor and Neuroscientist at Stanford University and host of the Huberman Lab podcast, joins MFM hosts Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@theSamParr) to talk about how he's been able to create a top 10 podcast in less than a year, his morning routine, the diet and fitness trends where he calls BS, and much more.  _____ * 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: (00:21) - A brief introduction to Dr. Andrew Huberman (02:40) - Dr. Huberman's punk rock background (16:47) - Dr. Huberman's mission statement (24:07) - Why he continues to be a professor even with a very lucrative podcast (29:12) - His morning routine (44:17) - The three easy things you can do to most improve your health and focus (59:45) - What Dr. Huberman is bad at (01:02:09) - The health fads that Dr. Huberman disagrees with (01:12:17) - Dr. Huberman's drugs of choice (01:32:00) - Whether being famous is enjoyable or not _____ Links: * Huberman Lab * Cal Newport books including Deep Work and So Good They Can't Ignore You
MFM hosts Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk about how to get the most out of any event you attend, keto nutrition businesses that have been crushing it, and even brainstorm the creation of MFM's latest spinoff project: Southern Sam's Sticky Icky.  _____ * 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: (01:07) - Getting the most out of events (05:28) - Elon Musk's latest tweet & Charity Water (27:11) - AJ Patel (30:37) - Quest Nutrition (37:04) - Southern Sam's Sticky Icky (43:00) - Oklahoma Smokes (46:13) - Roast of Zillow and OpenDoor
MFM hosts Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk about the Metaverse and what everyone is getting wrong about it, the billion-dollar investment group that no one knows about, companies that are able to achieve viral growth without marketing, and much more.  _____ * 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: (00:18) - Corporal punishment in schools (04:56) - Shaan's viral tweet and what everyone gets wrong about the Metaverse (30:18) - The UFC and Rose Namajunas (39:00) - Real estate agent networks (43:30) - Gaingels: The giant investment group that no one has heard of (51:45) - Companies that don't advertise (58:00) - What should MFM do to advertise and grow? _____ Links: * Gaingels * BiggerPockets * Shaan's viral tweet
MFM hosts Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@theSamParr) talk about the power of intensity, billionaire of the week Michael Rubin, how they respond when people pitch them ideas, and much more.  _____ * 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: (03:04) - The power of intensity (19:03) - Rolling sushi with no experience (28:21) - Billy of the week: Michael Rubin (38:20) - Shaan makes a challenge (46:14) - How Sam and Shaan respond to pitches (47:09) - The De Beers diamond monopoly
Nader Al-Naji (@nadertheory) joins Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) to discuss the future of social media on the blockchain, why social network users should have their own coin, and much more. _____ * 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: (00:26) - The social blockchain (15:28) - Details about Deso and BitClout (25:33) - Why Nader initially tried to go anonymous (38:56) - Building value for creators into the blockchain (46:00) - Personal questions about Nader (56:24) - Nader’s BitClout portfolio _____ Links: * Deso * BitClout * CloutFeed * PolyGram
Ariel Helwani (@ArielHelwani) joins Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@theSamParr) to discuss why he decided to leave ESPN to go independent, how he structures his business, how he decided to do MMA, why niches get riches, the power of leaning into controversy, and much more. _____ * 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: (05:30) - Ariel's background (13:05) - Leaving ESPN (20:24) - How Ariel drives revenue at his new operation (28:50) - How Ariel originally decided to do MMA (40:00) - Why Ariel gives away his Substack revenue (48:05) - Audience building techniques (58:50) - Leaning into controversy _____ Links: * BreakingT * Ariel Helwani YouTube channel * Helwani Nose (Substack)
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) discuss Sam’s recent trip to a federal prison and what he learned there, whether startup cities are the wave of the future, why more people should test out big purchases, and much more. _____ * 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: (00:20) - Sam shares his experience helping to educate inmates at a prison in Indiana. (08:42) - Shaan shares his experiences also working to educate inmates (25:58) - Prospera and startup cities (37:19) - Why Julian Shapiro is building a ranch in the middle of nowhere (44:55) - Testing out your big dreams (01:03:00) - Teddy Roosevelt and Vladimir Putin _____ Links: * Prospera * Julian Shapiro’s thread on his ranch * The Rise of Teddy Roosevelt * How to Take Over the World - Vladimir Putin
Ramon Van Meer (@RamonVanMeer) joins Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) to discuss why he prefers to buy businesses rather than build them, his best tools for new business research, how to make sure you’re not buying a lemon, learning to code in a week, and much more. _____ * 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: * (00:56) - How to write a viral tweet thread * (06:40) - Why buying businesses can be better than building them * (14:58) - Ramon’s soap opera gossip website * (28:05) - How to make sure you’re not buying a lemon * (38:15) - How Ramon learned to code in a week * (42:50) - Shaan and Ramon play “would you rather?” * (49:30) - Shaan agrees to a boxing match with Sam _____ Links: * Centurica.com * Helium10 * Alpha Paw
Andrew Wilkinson  (@awilkinson), Co-Founder of Tiny, joins Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) to talk about how he found joy through a four-week dopamine fast, why it can be better to make safer “cruise ship investments” rather than startup investments, how Andrew’s last appearance led him to start a D2C maternal healthy company, and much more. --------- * 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: * 00:20 - Andrew’s monk-like retreat from technology * 01:45 - What triggered his “digital meltdown” * 09:20 - The power of a 4-week dopamine fast * 22:40 - Why Andrew bought Aeropress * 30:45 - “Cruise ship investing” vs “speed boat investing” * 37:30 - The benefits (or lack thereof) of being famous * 39:33 - How coming on MFM led Andrew to be able to start a DTC pregnancy health company * 49:15 - Readwise and the Feynman method for learning * 52:41 - The pitfall of constant optimization * 01:07:35 - When Andrew met Steve Jobs * 01:17:32 - Elon Musk & Jeff Bezos’s Twitter beef --------- Links:  * Tiny * JoelOnSoftware.com * Wanting * Readwise * Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage * Elon Musk & Jeff Bezos Thread
Brian Halligan (@BHalligan), founder & executive chairman (and former CEO) of HubSpot, joins Sam (@TheSamParr) and Shaan (@ShaanVP) to discuss what he learned from nearly dying in a snowmobile accident, how he took HubSpot from nothing to $1 billion in ARR, and what he learned about marketing from the Grateful Dead. He also discusses what he does day-to-day, why he has always preferred inbound marketing, how to manage creatives, and much more. --------- * 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: * (1:37) Brian’s snowmobiling accident that nearly killed him * (7:18) How Brian’s life has changed since * (13:07) What Brian actually does day-to-day * (28:39) Why has always Brian preferred inbound marketing * (32:00) Businesses that can be built on top of HubSpot * (33:34) Org chart business opportunities * (36:14) Climate Tech Opportunities * (50:50) How to Manage Creatives * (55:35) What the Grateful Dead can teach us about marketing
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) discuss Brumate, the company that scaled to $20M without a single employee, how F*** You Pay Me is helping influencers discover what they’re truly worth, how to do an energy audit, and much more. --------- * 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: 0:00 - Recapping Rob Dyrdek and when to work to be most productive 10:35 - How to do an “energy audit” 12:50 - Brumate - the company making $20M with 0 employees 17:40 - Companies making businesses selling water bottles 19:45 - How MVMT sold for $100M+ 21:50 - Shaan will start a coconut water brand with you 26:47 - Carpet cleaner businesses - the perfect teenager side hustle 29:35 - The life-changing power of making your first side-hustle dollar 31:40 - Billy of the Week: Shahid Khan 40:55 - F*** You Pay Me - how influencers are getting paid 44:00 - How to make better investor updates 48:00 - Sam’s update on becoming a fitness influencer 54:25 - Why Shaan gets free merch and Sam doesn’t --------- Links: * vcguide.co * F*** You Pay Me * MVMT * Brumate * Cabal
Jack Abraham (@jackabraham), Founder, Managing Partner & CEO at Atomic, sits down with MFM hosts Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@theSamParr) to talk frameworks for great business ideas, how one hour can have more impact than everything else you’ve done in your career, the Jenga law of time management, and much more. --------- * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel * Want to found a company with Jack? Check out Atomic VC Future Founders * Want more insights like MFM? Check out Shaan's newsletter --------- Show Notes: * (1:06) How Shaan originally met Jack * (3:20) The secret to startup studio success * (5:22) Why Jack has banned brainstorming sessions * (23:30) Top lessons learned from the greatest VCs in Silicon Valley * (28:22) The Jenga Law of time management * (33:30) Crazy ideas Jack decided not to pursue * (41:32) Patterns behind great business ideas * (53:56) The value of focusing on one thing vs having your hands in a lot of things * (59:40) Jack’s views on the future of crypto
Rob Dyrdek (@robdyrdek), founder & CEO of venture studio Dyrdek Machine, former professional skateboarder, and star of hit shows like Rob & Big and Ridiculousness, joins Sam (@TheSamParr) and Shaan (@ShaanVP) to discuss how he transitioned from acting and athletics to venture capital and how he structures his many business interests. He also talks about how he structures his life to achieve maximum human optimization, why he’s glad he didn’t have TikTok growing up, and much more. Show Notes: * (00:57) Why Ridiculousness is always on MTV * (11:35) How Rob structures his business, money, and time * (16:49) How Rob tracks his time with custom scripts * (26:22) The transition from skater kid to human optimization * (35:40) The value of opening your finances * (44:16) Why Rob is glad he didn’t have TikTok growing up * (58:29) Why Rob is trying to create a “Drake equation” for business Links: * Rob’s Podcast: https://dyrdekmachine.com/build-with-rob
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Comments (41)

hugo

just great

Nov 25th
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Kyle

What makes this such a great podcast is that Sam and Shaan come with a huge amount of their own entrepreneur success and experience. But it’s not only that, it’s their charismatic personalities and chemistry between one another that really glues it together to be such a success for me. I enjoy hearing them share their top weekly stories of the week - from Billy of the week to startup ideas. I have learned so much from them and really enjoy how they just throw ideas back and forth without much filter.

Nov 24th
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Joe Previte

This is hands-down my favorite podcast about entrepreneurship. Something about the way Sam and Shaan have these conversations makes it feel like you're sitting down with them. If you need a place to get ideas or understand how companies make lots of money, this is the show for you.

Nov 22nd
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Kyle Niedrich

Love this podcast because I always learn something interesting!

Nov 19th
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Bryce Bender

Love the direction MFM is going. I've listened for over a year and you can tell Sam and Shawn have turned the energy and effort levels up to 10 and the quality it really top notch. Love the health stuff, love the "boring blue collar business" stuff, and love the mindset and time management stuff.

Nov 18th
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Lyubo 199

Used to be my favorite podcast. Since they got acquired episodes suck majorly, with a few exceptions here and there! They diverted from their style into populist realm.

Nov 17th
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Tim Seims

Real, funny, insightful, useful. One of the few podcasts I share and listen to multiple times per episode.

Nov 17th
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Kong Girl

Quite boring

Nov 14th
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Brooks Conkle

This is a top podcast for me. Sam and Shaan put in a lot of work to make this podcast seem like just a casual business chat. I hope that they choose to publicly build Sam's Sauce (their latest business idea) so that we can join in on the journey!

Nov 13th
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William Perea

You guys are hilarious! Love listening to you guys and the content you bring each week!

Nov 11th
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Rohit Srivastav

absolutely top of my list. it's incredible how much Shaan gives back to the community. i love the action bias in all the advice on the pod. 7 stars.

Nov 9th
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Ronit Mangnani

This was my favorite episode of MFM! I wish I didn't listen to it just so I could listen to it again haha.

Nov 3rd
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Burhanudheen Thassim

The most authentic business podcast I've come across. love the off script conversations and guest interviews. The mental models and thought process is what draws me to the podcast

Nov 3rd
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Simmy DunKnow

tai talks way too much. he needs to focus... my least liked one so far, sorry

Nov 1st
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Mir Media

Edison was a thief

Sep 18th
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Boris

what's with the Audio bruv

Sep 10th
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L

waste of time useless convo

Jul 27th
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Corey McCoy

I hate this "Sam interrupting" format... I'll skip these episodes from now on. 👎🏼

Jul 5th
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nvoi

Shaan lately goes off on tangents talking about things he really has no clue about. The show is losing value for me like that whereas before the brainstorming was just fun. Sam at least looks up shit and tries to back things up. At this amount of inaccuracies, they'll need to start a corrections episode per week ...

Jun 19th
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Gabo

Shaan, there are TONS of "Canva" for video: Lumen5, InVideo, Videoze.

May 22nd
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