Episodes

December 02, 2020

#133 - Sam's Black Friday Email Results, Lean Media Businesses That Make Millions, and Celebrity Death Match for Tik-Tok

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) discuss: - The Black Friday email Sam sent out - The controversies surrounding Drudge Report - Creating low-brow media companies like Media Takeout - The TV production business and Dave Chappelle...

November 27, 2020

#132 - A Simple Email Hack That Generated Millions, The World's Cheapest Billionaire, and A Simple Startup Idea No One Has Done

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) discuss: - The crazy story of J. Paul Getty (Billy of The Week) - The importance of acting the part and story telling in creating your personal brand - What do all successful people have in common? Ca...

November 25, 2020

#131 - The Companies We Would Buy and Fix and A Multi-Million Dollar Rapper Snack Business

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) discuss: - Shaan finds Internet gold in the Twitter replies from followers of Chamath (1:45) - Sam explains why Casper mattress company should be in the midwest instead of Brooklyn (3:35) - Sam thinks...

November 20, 2020

How Solopreneurs are Making $1m+

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) host today's podcast. They discuss: - Shaan and his fund were featured in Business Insider - The guys talk about the business of "list making" - Shaan explains his reasoning for shutt...

November 18, 2020

#129 - Why Elon Musk Is the Greatest Dropshipper and A Low Key Company Making Millions From Politics

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) host today's podcast. They discuss: - The business of spy gear and home security - The importance of leverage in business, which business models are best and taking zero market fit risk - A com...

November 16, 2020

Special Episode: The Fundamentals of a ~$60m Newsletter Exit With Ryan Begelman

Sam interviews Ryan Begelman about exactly how he has operationalized multiple successful businesses, including BizNow (which sold for $60m in cash, doing $20m in revenue and $6m in profit) and Summit Series (where they literally bought a mountain). Sa...

November 13, 2020

#128 - Open Startups, A Mysterious Bag Lady, and Gamifying Facebook Ads

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) host the podcast together today with no guest. In today’s episode you’ll hear: An update on Sam’s whereabouts and how he ended up buying a house in Austin (0:30), Shaan pitches an idea about “Class Pass ...

November 11, 2020

#127 with Nick Huber - Building a $10m Self-Storage Business and the Opportunities in "Sweaty Startups"

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) host the podcast today with special guest Nick Huber (@sweatystartup), self-storage investor. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Nick’s background and how he started his real estate empire (1:25), Shaan ask...

November 09, 2020

Special Episode: How Jack Butcher Used Twitter to Generate $1m in 18 months (From Scratch)

Jack Butcher talks about how he's built up Visualize Value and "Build Once, Sell Twice", where he's productized his services. Sam and Jack talk about scaling to $1m in revenue in 18 months, plus other opportunities that Jack sees fo...

November 06, 2020

#126 - A Nonexistant Influencer Pulling in Over $10m and The Big Opportunities With Hyperlocal Franchises

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) discuss: - How do you make podcast ads better? - Shaan and Sam discuss the election and the myths around it. - Ideas around improving live consumption of events. - Sam shares his excitement around Re...

November 04, 2020

#125 - What is the Buy, Borrow, Die Process?

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) host the podcast today with a special guest Aaron, Shaan’s brother-in-law. Shaan’s brother-in-law Aaron joins the podcast and gives some hot takes on “tech-bros” (1:13), Aaron breaks down the “Buy, Borro...

October 30, 2020

#124 - From Fantasy Stock Betting to Milk Bombs: Generating Ideas with Elaine Zelby

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) hosts the pod solo with special guest Elaine Zelby (@ezelby). Elaine has a background in mechanical engineering but also worked at Slack and is now part of a VC group. On today’s episode you’ll hear: Elaine gives her background an...

Women

October 28, 2020

#123 - The Big Business of Buying Amazon Routes, and a COVID-proof Franchise

Joined our private FB group yet? It's a page where people share each others million dollar ideas or what they're already working on: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourfirstmillion. Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@theSamPar) are...

October 23, 2020

#122 - Not Getting These Jobs Cost Us Millions

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@theSamPar) are back on the today without a guest. On today’s episode you’ll hear: Escape your city with new modular homes (4:20), Cerro Gordo was a ghost town in California sold for $1.2M (10:45) how to mak...

October 21, 2020

#121 - So You Made $100m...Now What?

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@theSamPar) are back on the today without a guest. On today’s episode you’ll hear: Sam and Shaan debate the merits and opportunities with Hopin and other digital event apps (7:25) How to make trade shows better with ...

October 16, 2020

#120 - These Are the Frameworks Every Entreprenuer Should Learn

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) aka the King of Frameworks shares his favorite ten frameworks: 1. Intro (1:38) 2. Your TO-Do List is Killing You (2:25) 3. How To Kickoff a Project (5:16) 4. Big Mario Marketing (8:41) 5. Getting Un-Stuck (11:40) 6. Having a...

October 15, 2020

Special Episode: How to Hire a CEO to Run Your Company with Andrew Wilkinson

The best business hack ever: Learn how to hire CEOs to run your company. This is a short preview of a special edition episode for Trends subscribers. In this ep, we talk to Andrew Wilkinson, founder of Tiny...a startup conglomerate that owns 20 differe...

October 14, 2020

#119 with Josh Elman - How To Get The Benefits of Entrepreneurship Without Starting a Company

Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) are joined by Josh Elman (@joshelman) on the pod today. Elman is a veteran of LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Robinhood to name a few. This guy knows Silicon Valley and growth better than anyone else. I...

October 09, 2020

#118 with Harley Finkelstein (Shopify's COO) - Why You Should Drop Out Of School and Start a Shopify Store

Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) are joined by Harley Finkelstein (@harleyf) on the pod today. Harley is the COO of Shopify. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Sam and Harley share a hilarious but effective way to recruit senior employees ...

October 07, 2020

#117 Austen Allred - Lambda School's Founder Brings His Best Ideas

Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) are joined by Austen Allred (@Austen) on the pod today. Austen is the founder of Lambda School (@LambdaSchool). In today’s episode you’ll hear: Austen gives background on Lambda School and explains the c...

October 02, 2020

#116 with Kelly Erb - Tax Expert Breaks Down Trump Taxes and Big Businesses Ran by Few People

Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) are joined by Kelly Erb (@taxgirl) on the pod today. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Shaan introduces Kelly Erb and she gives her take on President Trump’s tax return (0:20), Shaan asks Kelly “what shoul...

Women

September 30, 2020

#115 - Selling An Erotic Newsletter and AI That Leaves Us Speechless

Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) cohost the pod today. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Sam gives an update on his whereabouts (3:00), Sam and Shaan y’all about a new nursing shoe brand started by a former Nike employee (12:40), both guy...

September 25, 2020

#114 with Steph Smith - The Head of Trends Talks Insider Trading and The Gen-Z Mafia

Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) invite Steph Smith (@stephsmithio) on the pod today. Stephen is an employee at The Hustle, world traveler and all around indie-hacker. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Shaan and Sam introduce Steph (0:40)...

Women

September 23, 2020

#113 - From Furniture Store to Water Delivery: The Millions in Boring Businesses

(0:46) The guys break down Frank Slootman (Snowflake founder’s) Linkedin post, (7:45) Sam brings up Rocket Internet, a German company that clones mainstream startups in smaller geographic markets. They scale quickly and are formulaic, (8:30) Sam is fas...