My First Million

My First Million

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The Hustle presents - My First Million. We talk to millionaires to hear the untold backstories & strategies behind their success. We talk to people who have made a fortune through iPhone apps, real estate, blogs, bitcoin & side hustles. Listen …


Meeting Bitcoin’s Billionaire Kingpin, Boy Scouts Files for Bankruptcy & Branded Canned Water
Feb 23 • 42 min
POR FAVOR: Sam is going on Gary V’s podcast monday. It would be hilarious if hundreds of us tweeted @garyvee how lucky he is to have @thesamparr on his podcast. Topics for today: Debate a new canned water brand (Liquid Death) (1:31), The “Silicon Valley…
NSFW Tech, HQ Trivia & Auctions
Feb 22 • 51 min
Sam (@thesamparr) and Shaan (@shaanvp) are back talking news, trends, interesting products and businesses. Topics for today: Playboy for Snapchat generation & Patreon for Porn (1:49), Seven sin investing (6:44), Fast loading porn GIFS (8:26), Back to…
Robot Lawyers, Pay to Lose Weight & Prudent vs. Wild Card Managers
Feb 20 • 63 min
Sam (@thesamparr) and Shaan (@shaanvp) are back talking news, trends, interesting products and businesses. We’ve partnered once again with the online business broker Quiet Light Brokerage, they want to give you guys a FREE 25-point checklist to see how…
Corporate Universities, Hotel Experiences & New Credit Cards with Lance Armstrong
Feb 14 • 36 min
Sam (@thesamparr) and Shaan (@shaanvp) are back talking news, trends, interesting products and businesses. Today Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) happened to drop by to talk investing and celebrity life. Join our FB group:…
Drones Washing Windows, Airpod Guided Tours & Mario Kart VR with Furqan Rydhan
Feb 14 • 57 min
Sam (@thesamparr) and Shaan (@shaanvp) are back talking news, trends, interesting products and businesses. Today we’re joined by Furqan Rydhan (@FurqanR) who is a tech badass. He was paid $120K as a 15 year old programmer during the Dot Com Boom, made a…
Million Dollar Brainstorm - New e-mail clients, Sharing the craigslist office & How to keep your star players
Feb 10 • 48 min
Sam (@thesamparr) and Shaan (@shaanvp) are back talking news, trends, interesting products and businesses. Dear all loyal listeners: 1) Please, please, please give us a review on Apple Podcasts!, 2) Screenshot your review and tweet it to Shaan and Sam, 3)…
Million Dollar Brainstorm - Getting your team to take big risks, Turning office workers into remote, Quiet founders making big money
Feb 7 • 48 min
Sam and Shaan are back talking news, trends, interesting products and businesses. The way to make a million is by surrounding yourself around other people who want it. Join our Facebook group where we share ideas and help each other out:…
Million Dollar Brainstorm - Wall Street Bets & Tesla Shorts, Curating Job Boards & Executive Recruitment Firms
Feb 6 • 39 min
Sam and Shaan are back talking news, trends, interesting products and businesses. The way to make a million is by surrounding yourself around other people who want it. Join our Facebook group where we share ideas and help each other out:…
Dating app that has an admissions process like Harvard
Feb 5 • 61 min
** In our Facebook group yet? We hang out there so come join and let’s talk ideas: www.facebook.com/groups/ourfirstmillion ** Amanda Bradford (@amandabradford) was 28 years old, in business school and using dating apps. She got tired of stalking every…
Million Dollar Brainstorm - Paid Courses with Tom Wang, Barstool Acquisition & New Startup Hubs
Jan 31 • 47 min
*** JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP for share ideas and insight with each other: www.facebook.com/groups/ourfirstmillion *** Today we first chat to Tom Wang, who has sold a 7 figure Amazon FBA biz + runs a 7 figure FBA Masterclass. Some stuff the guys talk about…
Getting a Billion People Working From Home
Jan 29 • 55 min
We interviewed the founder of Rev.com (they transcribe audio into text), to hear how he built this into a $206M (to be precise) business. We used them to transcribe the My First Million podcast episodes, and realized how badass of a service this was.…
Million Dollar Brainstorm - Truth about ad agencies with Brendan Gahan + Brainstorming with Daniel Gross
Jan 26 • 112 min
The Hustle’s My First Million presents: Million Dollar Brainstorm is back. Host Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and The Hustle CEO Sam Parr (@theSamParr) sit down and discuss what side hustles, trends and big business ideas that’s keeping them up at night. Long…
Mastering Amazon FBA
Jan 22 • 48 min
Ever think your side-hustle could become a million-dollar company? Paul Anderson (@paul_d_andersen) did. Today on My First Million, we sit down with Paul who quit his 9-to-5 to focus on his Amazon FBA and how his passion became a full-blown multi-million…
Million Dollar Brainstorm - Data Privacy Tools, Food Franchises & Silicon Valley Mistruths
Jan 17 • 51 min
The Hustle’s My First Million presents: Million Dollar Brainstorm is back. Host Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and The Hustle CEO Sam Parr (@theSamParr) sit down and discuss what side hustles, trends and big business ideas that’s keeping them up at night. Today…
King of Kickstarter
Jan 15 • 46 min
Shaan sits down with Peter Dering (@peterdering), Founder & CEO of Peak Design, maker of beautiful, highly functional redesigns of photography equipment. He quit his construction job and traveled the world with $25K in savings. After awhile, he found it…
Million Dollar Brainstorm - CES Highlights, Cloning US Startups & Compliance Education
Jan 12 • 45 min
The Hustle’s My First Million presents: Million Dollar Brainstorm is back. Host Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and The Hustle CEO Sam Parr (@theSamParr) sit down and discuss what side hustles, trends and big business ideas that’s keeping them up at night. We’re…
Pioneering The No-Code Movement
Jan 8 • 59 min
We’re back with Season 3, brought you by Microsoft: The latest episode of My First Million, Shaan sits down with Vlad Magdalin (@callmevlad), Co-Founder & CEO of Webflow: a visual tool to build web apps. Vlad shares the several attempts in 6 years to get…
Product Genius: Scott Belsky
Dec 25, 2019 • 47 min
We’ve got a different flavor today for you. We sat down with Scott Belsky (@scottbelsky) join us today and instead of hearing his backstory, we bounced around a bunch of topics. Scott has done it all. He’s been a founder (Behance), angel investor (Uber,…
The Wild Wild West of Mineral Real Estate
Dec 18, 2019 • 48 min
Mike Brown is my new hero. He’s an ex military man, who came back & built a super lean business (5 employees and 10’s of millions in revenue annually) - hired best friends and brothers to share the experience. Mike Brown (@mb_abides) and his gang went on…
Reinventing the Energy Drink
Dec 11, 2019 • 34 min
LifeAid’s Aaron Hinde (@aaronhinde) stopped by to talk “vitamins that you’ll enjoy drinking.” He built a new beverage brand from zero to $100m+ in value, taking on the big boys like Red Bull, Monster etc.. He talks about coming up with the formula, and…
Million Dollar Brainstorm LIVE - Powder Diets, Instagrammable Experiences & Distribution First
Dec 4, 2019 • 67 min
The Hustle’s My First Million presents: Million Dollar Brainstorm is back. Host Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and The Hustle CEO Sam Parr (@theSamParr) sit down and discuss what side hustles, trends and big business ideas that’s keeping them up at night. This…
Building Big Ass Fans For Big Ass Money
Nov 27, 2019 • 42 min
Carey Smith sold Big Ass Fans for Big Ass Money. As you can probably tell, he found a way to make ceilings fans sound sexy, but more importantly a sexy business. Find out how this unconventional self-appointed CBA (Chief Big Ass) turned a failed…
10 Million Reasons Why He Plays Poker
Nov 20, 2019 • 46 min
Faraz Jaka (@FarazJaka) is a Poker pro who’s made $10M on the felt… What started out as a fun game during his spare time in college turned into big money FAST. Turning a few hundred dollars into $180k in 6 months as a 19 year-old. He was on top of the…
Million Dollar Brainstorm - Shopify Spy Tool, Apartment Plants & Lucrative Content Sites
Nov 15, 2019 • 17 min
The Hustle’s My First Million presents: Million Dollar Brainstorm is back. Host Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and The Hustle CEO Sam Parr (@theSamParr) sit down and discuss what side hustles, trends and big business ideas that’s keeping them up at night. We’re…
Mission Driven - Bringing Solar Power to 1M People in Africa
Nov 13, 2019 • 46 min
He’s not on a mission to make money, quite the opposite. Xavier Helgesen is a mission driven founder, who uses money to do more good in the world. His first company, Better World Books sells 10 million used books a year that’s collected by leftover books…
Million Dollar Brainstorm - Unicorn Signals, Alternative Milk & Movie Incubators
Nov 10, 2019 • 31 min
The Hustle’s My First Million presents: Million Dollar Brainstorm is back. Host Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and The Hustle CEO Sam Parr (@theSamParr) sit down and discuss what side hustles, trends and big business ideas that’s keeping them up at night. This…
Disney for Dogs
Nov 6, 2019 • 42 min
Henrik Werdelin (@werdelin) is your dog’s best friend. No really, he sends your dog gifts every month. Millions of dogs around the world love this guy, and that’s why his dog treats & toys monthly subscription box business is booming. BarkBox is reported…
Million Dollar Brainstorm - Cloud Kitchens, Kava Bars & Religious Products
Nov 1, 2019 • 31 min
The Hustle’s My First Million presents: Million Dollar Brainstorm is back. Host Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and The Hustle CEO Sam Parr (@theSamParr) sit down and discuss what side hustles, trends and big business ideas that’s keeping them up at night. This…
How To Value, Sell and Buy Online Businesses
Oct 30, 2019 • 42 min
I want to buy your business. What’s your discretionary earnings? or how about you buy mine, can you get an SBA loan approved? No idea what we’re talking about? Don’t worry, Joe Valley (@JoeValley2) from Quiet Light Brokerage breaks down exactly the…
Reinventing The Autograph
Oct 23, 2019 • 25 min
The infatuation of Celebrity is something we can all relate to and Steven Galanis (@Mr312) is making sure to take opportunity of that. When was the last time you got a celeb to sign something of yours? Nowadays you’d grab your phone in a heartbeat to snap…
Million Dollar Brainstorm - Drone Light Shows, No Code Movement & Plugin Empires
Oct 20, 2019 • 32 min
The Hustle’s My First Million presents: Million Dollar Brainstorm. Host Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and The Hustle CEO Sam Parr (@theSamParr) sit down and discuss what side hustles, trends and big business ideas that’s keeping them up at night. This week they…
The Big Business of Wacky Domains
Oct 16, 2019 • 56 min
Ever wonder who owns all the internet domains like .com, .co, all the way to goofy domain names like .george and .plumbing? Well it turns out, many of these are owned by billionaires & big companies. Our hero today - Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi) created an…
Million Dollar Brainstorm - Keto Ceral, Specialized Job Boards, Digital AA Meetings
Oct 13, 2019 • 24 min
The Hustle’s My First Million presents: Million Dollar Brainstorm. Host Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and The Hustle CEO Sam Parr (@theSamParr) sit down and discuss what side hustles, trends and big business ideas that’s keeping them up at night. This week they…
Million Dollar Brainstorm - TRT Subscriptions, Cord Blood Banking, Digital Museums
Oct 9, 2019 • 32 min
The Hustle’s My First Million presents a new weekly show: Million Dollar Brainstorm. Host Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and The Hustle CEO Sam Parr (@theSamParr) sit down and discuss what side hustles, trends and big business ideas that’s keeping them up at…
Dr. Iman’s Incredible Idea
Oct 2, 2019 • 45 min
Iman Abuzeid (@ImanAbuzeid) just finished raising $15M for her nurse hiring platform Incredible Health which was led by Silicon Valley’s premier venture fund Andreessen Horowitz. Growing up in a family where everyone (literally) were doctors, she…
Arianna Simpson - The Bitcoin Believer
Sep 25, 2019 • 47 min
Arianna Simpson (@AriannaSimpson) quit her comfortable job at Facebook to take a big bet on Bitcoin. She put over 50% of her net worth into Bitcoin back in 2014, and boy did it pay off. Now she’s running a multi-million dollar hedge fund, is a renown…
He Made Millions From… Blankets, Bean Bags & Candles?
Sep 18, 2019 • 50 min
John Fiorentino (@johnhfio) wants you to relax. And so far, its’ working. He sold over $15 million worth of his product Gravity Blanket and Moon Pod. He talks to us about being broke, crashing on friends couches - to inventing and marketing the most…
The 1-800-GOT-JUNK Story
Sep 11, 2019 • 49 min
Brian Scudamore (@BrianScudamore) is North America’s Junk Man. He turned a $700 pickup truck into one of the world’s most successful franchises. Hear how he got started, got on Oprah, stumbled and almost killed his business, and the philosophies he uses…
Clawing Back From $250K Debt at 20
Sep 4, 2019 • 55 min
Aleks Svetski (@AleksSvetski) wanted to be a millionaire by 20… and he was on that path. He turned his $5K textbook money into more than $50,000 in the stock market! Until the 2008 global financial crisis hit… he didn’t just lose all his money, he was…
Using $1k to Build $100M Deodorant Business
Aug 28, 2019 • 70 min
Season 2 of The Hustle’s podcast is here - and we’re talking to Moiz Ali (@moizali). Have you ever looked at the back of your deodorant stick and read the ingredients? Aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex? PPG-14 Butyl Ether? Well, Moiz saw that and created…
Bonus episode! Answering listener questions
Aug 18, 2019 • 34 min
There’s a lot of you out there and we (showrunners Shaan Puri - @ShaanVP & Ishan Haque - @IshanHaq) wanna spend some time chatting to you and answer some of your questions about the pod, your hustle and any other random Q’s your dying to ask. Should we…
Real Estate - How The Wassermans Do What They Do
Aug 14, 2019 • 57 min
We have on Gelena (@gelenasays) & Keith Wasserman (@Keith_Wasserman), a husband and wife Real Estate duo who borrowed $5k during the end of the 2008 recession and have turned it into a $1.3 billion dollar portfolio. Learn how they create monthly income…
The Hippie With A Billion Dollars
Aug 7, 2019 • 58 min
Michael Birch sold his social networking site to AOL for $850M….and then bought it back for $1M years later. (buy low, sell high. boys and girls). His business portfolio is impressive. He’s an early investor in companies like Calm and Pinterest, owns two…
How This Silicon Valley Outsider Hustled His Way to $750M Exit - Meet Vungle’s Jack Smith
Jul 30, 2019 • 49 min
Jack Smith (@_jacksmith) is the most clever entrepreneur I know. He’s cofounded multiple startups: Vungle, Coin, Shyp. With Vungle recently selling for $750M. We talk about his early businesses as a kid, selling prank itching powder on the playground -…
The First Viral Website: “Hot or Not”
Jul 23, 2019 • 51 min
James Hong (@jhong) is the creator of Hot or Not? He sits down to tell us how the silly website went from 42 friends, to 2 million page views per day within a week. I love his philosophy of running it like an “internet laundromat” - collecting nickels &…
How Product Hunt’s Ryan Hoover Built A $20M Community From Scratch
Jul 16, 2019 • 49 min
Who knew a product about other products could be worth tens of millions… Ryan Hoover (@rrhoover) tells us the struggle of trying to find a place in the startup world and how to tackle job rejection the right way - becoming his own boss! Truly starting…
Making Millions off an Email Newsletter?! Sam Parr from The Hustle Tells All
Jul 9, 2019 • 50 min
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) is the founder of The Hustle - a simple email newsletter that has surpassed 1M daily subscribers and will be north of 8 figures this year. Sam walks us through how he built The Hustle from scratch as well as his adventures starting…
Blogging His Way To $9M in Cash - Ramon Van Meer
Jul 2, 2019 • 51 min
Ramon Van Meer (@ramonvanmeer) has never seen a soap opera. Yet somehow, he built the most popular soap opera blog on the planet - and was raking in ~$300,000+ per month! Today’s conversation is about how he got the idea, and flipped a $49 wordpress theme…
Suli Ali - From making $76k at Microsoft to selling TinyCo for $100M+
Jun 22, 2019 • 76 min
We talk with tech founder & investor Suleman “Suli” Ali (@sulemanali) about his journey from making $76k a year at Microsoft to selling multiple companies for $100,000,000+. Highlights: Meeting Naval (19:00) getting grilled by Keith Rabois (22:00), &…