Season 5

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 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 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...

September 18, 2020

#112 - Why Buying Businesses Is Better Than Starting Them and The Mad Genius of Kanye West

Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) shoot the wind on today’s pod. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Sam asks Shaan what he’s learned about working at a big company and what he can apply to a smaller company (0:30), Shaan asks Sam about a pe...

September 16, 2020

#111 - Sam Parr Returns: The Scheme King is Back

Sam Parr (@theSamParr) is back with Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) on the pod today after a leave of absence from the show. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Shaan and Sam talk about Sam’s medical condition and catch up generally (0:18), Sam asks Shaan for a reca...

September 11, 2020

#110 with Kat Cole - Ideas From the Head of a $4B+ Business

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) hosts the pod today with guests Kat Cole (@KatColeATL) COO & President of Focus Brands. In today's episode you'll hear: (00:56) Kat introduce herself and the company she leads -- Focus Brands, (2:38) Kat explains her...

Women

September 09, 2020

#109 with Jonathon Barkl - The Founder of AirGarage Jams Out on Ideas

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) hosts the pod today with guests Jonathon Barkl (@jonathonbarkl). In today's episode you'll hear (2:40) the opportunities in improving the business insurance process, (9:00) improving the USPS by doubling down on PO Box f...

September 07, 2020

#108 with Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal - Brainstorming with the Acquired Podcast

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) hosts the pod today with guests Ben Gilbert (@gilbert) and David Rosenthal (djrosent) from the Aquired podcast (@acquiredfm). In today’s episode you’ll hear: Shaan asks Ben and David to give some background on themselves and the A...

September 04, 2020

#107 with Chris Bakke - This Serial Entrepreneur is an Idea Machine

Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) hosts the pod today with guest Chris Bakke (@ChrisJBakke) an early employee at Bank Juice, which sold to Zillow. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Chris gives his background and how he ended up in the Bay Area (1:15), Shaan gives hi...

September 02, 2020

#106 - The Q&A Special: We Answer Your Questions Live

Today’s episode is a Q&A from the archives. Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) host a Q&A on the one year anniversary of Trends. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Sam talks through how to research topics and businesses (5:15), Shaan...

August 28, 2020

#105 with Avlok Kohli and Xavier Helgesen - Leading AngelList Ventures and Buying Businesses Like Berkshire Hathaway

Today’s episode is a double header. Sam Parr (@theSamParr) is out today, so Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) hosts the pod today with two guests Xavier Helgesen (@XavierHelgesen) Co-CEO of Enduring Ventures and Avlok Kohli (@Avlok) CEO of AngelList. In today’s ep...

August 26, 2020

#104 - Why You Should Be Studying MLMs

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.Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) hos...

August 21, 2020

#103 with Tai Lopez - Tai Lopez Opens Up About His Past and Addresses Critics

Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) bring on Tai Lopez (@tailopez). In today’s episode they chat about: (4:25-22:20) Tai addresses the haters, (22:58-36:44) what businesses are Tai buying and how is he paying for them?, (36:20-42:02) Tai f...

August 19, 2020

#102 - Why a Handful of Meme Accounts Sold for Nearly $100m

- https://mankindproject.org/ a personal development organization - https://www.moneysupermarket.com/ Price comparison - https://www.answers.com/ sold for $900m to Apax Partners - https://clarity.fm/ Startup advice from experts - https://superpeer...

August 14, 2020

#101 with Ryan Begelman - The Genius Behind Virgin's Business Structure

Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) bring back Ryan Begelman (@ryanbegelman) for round two on the podcast. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Ryan explains his idea on how high-end cooking classes could make you a million dollars a year (3:00...

August 12, 2020

#100 with Anthony "Pomp" Pompliano - The "Export Framework" to Business Creation

Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) are joined by Anthony Pompliano (@APompliano) to hear about his time at Facebook and kick around a few ideas. In today’s episode Pomp talks about his experience at Facebook and Snapchat (4:05), ...

August 07, 2020

#99 - Creating the WeWork for Warehouses

Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) are back together on the podcast to kick around some interesting ideas. In today’s episode Sam gives Shaan the rundown on his episode with Ryan Begelman (3:20), Shaan thinks through his life sto...

August 05, 2020

#98 with Ryan Begelman - How to Bootstrap Buying a Mountain

Sam Parr (@theSamParr) is joined by Ryan Begelman (@RyanBegelman). They talk about Ryan's background and rise to success through Summit Series and raising enough money to buy a 10,000 acre mountain. In today’s episode we hear about Ryan's bac...

August 05, 2020

#98 with Ryan Begelman - How to Bootstrap Buying a Mountain

Sam Parr (@theSamParr) is joined by Ryan Begelman (@RyanBegelman). They talk about Ryan's background and rise to success through Summit Series and raising enough money to buy a 10,000 acre mountain. In today’s episode we hear about Ryan's bac...

July 31, 2020

#97 with Andrew Wilkinson - The Warren Buffett of the Internet Returns

Today's episode is brought to you by Lemon.io. Lemon.io is the perfect place for startups to hire vetted remote developers from Eastern Europe. You can use Lemon.io to develop an entire app, delegate some work, or add more developers to an existin...

July 29, 2020

#96 - The Entrepreneur Betting Billions On American Passanger Trains

Today's episode is brought to you by Lemon.io. Lemon.io is the perfect place for startups to hire vetted remote developers from Eastern Europe. You can use Lemon.io to develop an entire app, delegate some work, or add more developers to an existin...