Logo

    About this Episode

    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 bootstrapped Mom & Pop into a 1,200 person $500M giant. Hear him talk about re-branding his company name to include ‘Ass’ & how that changed his entire business’ trajectory, a random meeting that turned into selling for half a billion dollars, writing $50M worth of checks to his employees after the sale and how the secret to making money isn’t to make money. Like our podcast? Join our Facebook group to share feedback, ideas and advice so we can all make that first million: www.facebook.com/groups/ourfirstmillion.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    🔑 Key Takeaways

    • Starting small and growing gradually, while practicing careful financial management, can lead to a successful business and potentially lucrative outcomes in the long run.
    • Big Ass Fans' success was fueled by their unconventional name, which attracted attention and made their brand memorable. Embracing honesty and authenticity in marketing helped them connect with customers on a relatable level.
    • Perseverance, belief in your idea, and customer feedback are essential for success in business.
    • Success as an entrepreneur requires patience, direct customer interaction, and a commitment to continuous improvement.
    • By prioritizing employee well-being and financial rewards, Carey Smith created a successful company, leading to a $500 million sale and inspiring employees to start their own businesses.
    • Recognizing and rewarding employees' contributions is crucial for their satisfaction and overall success. Having a clear goal and leveraging negotiations can lead to favorable outcomes in business deals.
    • Embracing unconventional paths and making contrarian decisions can pave the way to remarkable success, as demonstrated by Carey Smith's business journey.
    • True success lies in pursuing meaningful work, making a positive impact on the economy and the lives of others, and focusing on solving problems and pursuing passions. Money is a byproduct of doing what you love and making a difference.
    • Success is not just about intelligence, but also about surrounding oneself with smart and driven individuals and continually seeking new opportunities and approaches in the market.

    📝 Podcast Summary

    The Benefits of Bootstrapping a Business with Limited Resources

    Starting a business with limited resources can often be more advantageous than seeking external funding. Carey Smith, the founder of Big Ass Fans, chose to bootstrap his business instead of taking on investors. He believed that knowing exactly what you need money for is crucial, and that taking too much money too early can lead to misuse and wasted equity. By starting small and growing over 19 years, Smith was able to build a successful company that he eventually sold for $500 million. This highlights the importance of careful financial management and strategic decision-making when launching and scaling a business.

    Embracing honesty and authenticity in marketing

    Big Ass Fans, despite its unconventional and risque name, was successful because it embraced honesty and authenticity in its marketing approach. The company did not rely on outside consultants or agencies, but instead utilized their own resources to build their sales team and develop their brand. While some people criticized the name as tacky or inappropriate, others found it refreshing and relatable. The company received letters from individuals who connected the name to biblical references, highlighting that different perspectives and tribalism played a role in shaping public opinion. Ultimately, the name and honesty of the brand attracted attention and made it memorable, contributing to the company's success.

    Identifying Unmet Needs and Pursuing Innovative Solutions

    Understanding your market and identifying unmet needs is crucial for success in business. Carey Smith recognized the problem of large, unconditioned spaces where people were suffering due to lack of comfort. He saw an opportunity when he came across a large fan developed for cows and realized it could be adapted for human use. Despite slow initial sales, Smith had the motivation and faith to keep going because he believed in the idea and received positive feedback from customers. This highlights the importance of perseverance and staying true to your vision, even when faced with challenges or slower-than-expected growth. It also emphasizes the value of listening to your customers and adapting marketing strategies based on their feedback.

    The Importance of Patience and Direct Customer Engagement in Entrepreneurial Success

    Success as an entrepreneur takes time and perseverance. Carey Smith emphasizes that young entrepreneurs often expect quick results, but the reality is that building a successful business requires dedication over a substantial period. It took Smith's company several years before they saw significant sales and realized they were on the right track. Additionally, Smith highlights the value of direct customer interaction, as it provides invaluable feedback and insights. By personally selling and installing their products, they were able to understand their customers' needs and preferences in a way that distributors or retailers couldn't. This hands-on approach allowed them to continuously improve their product and build a strong brand, ultimately enabling them to command higher prices and invest in R&D. Overall, the key lesson is that patient perseverance, direct customer engagement, and a focus on continuous improvement are key factors in entrepreneurial success.

    Success through prioritizing employees and financial rewards

    Carey Smith's focus on building a successful business, rather than solely chasing after money, allowed him to create a thriving and financially rewarding company. He recognized the importance of prioritizing the well-being and success of his employees, going above and beyond to provide higher wages and yearly bonuses. Additionally, Smith offered stock options to numerous employees, resulting in significant financial gains for them when the company was eventually sold. The positive impact of this approach was felt throughout the entire organization, from the shop floor to the C-suite. Smith's dedication to supporting his team ultimately led to the successful sale of the business for $500 million, providing him with the opportunity to distribute $50 million in checks to deserving employees. This emphasis on employee appreciation and financial reward not only transformed lives but also inspired some employees to start their own businesses.

    Valuing Employees and Negotiating with Leverage

    Recognizing the value of your employees and their contributions can make a big difference not only to them but also to their families. Carey Smith understood that the success of his business depended on the hard work and dedication of his employees, which is why he wanted to ensure they were rewarded appropriately. When it came time to sell the company, Smith had a clear number in mind - $500 million. This number was not derived from a complex formula, but rather from a casual conversation with a COO who suggested the idea of selling. Smith's unwavering attitude during negotiations and his willingness to walk away if necessary demonstrated the importance of being ambivalent and having leverage in any negotiation.

    Unconventional Decisions and Contrarian Thinking: Keys to Success in Business

    Carey Smith's success in business can be attributed to his willingness to take unconventional paths and make decisions that go against the grain. He believed in his business and ran it on his own terms, paying employees more than market rates and paying out millions of dollars to those who contributed to the company's growth. He defied convention by choosing to manufacture products in the US and even named the company against conventional norms. Smith's approach proves that taking the path less traveled can offer the greatest opportunities and that being contrarian in decision-making can lead to remarkable success.

    Redefining Success: Beyond Money and Towards Meaningful Impact

    Success shouldn't be solely defined by money. Carey Smith and Shaan Puri both emphasize the importance of pursuing meaningful work and considering the common wealth of the community. They believe that true success lies in making a positive impact on the economy and the lives of others. They encourage entrepreneurs to think beyond financial gain and focus on solving problems and pursuing their passions. Smith expresses excitement about supporting individuals who share his mindset and are driven by purpose rather than just profits. Ultimately, they suggest that money is just a byproduct of doing what you love and making a difference in the world.

    The importance of surrounding oneself with driven individuals and the value of continuous learning and innovation.

    The key to success lies in the people and the drive they possess. Carey Smith emphasizes the importance of surrounding oneself with smart individuals who possess ideas, approaches, desires, and a strong work ethic. It's not just about being intelligent; success requires more than that. Smith finds it fascinating and interesting to witness this drive in action. Additionally, he acknowledges the potential for opportunities where he may need to operate and be involved in new ventures in the future. The approach of educating the market through marketing is seen as valuable, as exemplified by the plant-based meat industry or bidets as better alternatives. Finally, Smith invites people to connect with him via email or phone, as he loves talking to and helping others.

    Recent Episodes from My First Million

    A Masterclass On Hiring A CEO To Run Your Company ft. Andrew Wilkinson

    A Masterclass On Hiring A CEO To Run Your Company ft. Andrew Wilkinson
    Episode 587:  Andrew Wilkinson ( https://twitter.com/awilkinson ) teaches the exact step-by-step process he uses to find, diligence, hire, and transition a great CEO.  Get Andrew’s CEO Hiring Guide and Checklist - https://tinyurl.com/ms8938kn — Show Notes: (0:00) Intro (1:36) Why you need a CEO (4:44) The third door: leave the business, keep the cash flow (8:48) Get back to your flow state (10:46) Step 1: Are you ready to hire a CEO? (15:16) Is this going to hurt my business? (16:46) Step 2: Find the RIGHT CEO (17:52) Hiring a recruiter (21:34) Look for a #2 with the right hammer (23:23) Be a collector of people (27:14) Step 3: Diligencing the candidate (28:48) Green flags, yellow flags, and red flags (32:21) 2x not 20x (34:41) Step 4: First 100 days (36:35) Don't poison the water (38:12) Flesh wounds not mortal wounds (40:06) Meet them in person (40:29) More on diligencing: Trust but verify (42:38) The DIY path (44:48) Step 5: Negotiating and structuring compensation (46:34) Uncapped bonuses vs equity (49:55) Myth: Is a founder-led business always better? — Links: • Burke and Associates - https://burkeandassociates.com/executive-search/ • Business Intelligence Advisors - https://www.biadvisors.com/ • Never Enough - https://neverenough.com/ — Check Out Shaan's Stuff: Need to hire? You should use the same service Shaan uses to hire developers, designers, & Virtual Assistants → it’s called Shepherd (tell ‘em Shaan sent you): https://bit.ly/SupportShepherd — Check Out Sam's Stuff: • Hampton - https://www.joinhampton.com/ • Ideation Bootcamp - https://www.ideationbootcamp.co/ • Copy That - https://copythat.com • Hampton Wealth Survey - https://joinhampton.com/wealth My First Million is a HubSpot Original Podcast // Brought to you by The HubSpot Podcast Network // Production by Arie Desormeaux // Editing by Ezra Bakker Trupiano
    My First Million
    enMay 20, 2024

    Turning $1M Into $1B+: A Masterclass From The Indian Warren Buffett

    Turning $1M Into $1B+: A Masterclass From The Indian Warren Buffett
    Episode 586: Shaan Puri sits down with Mohnish Pabrai for a rare interview about value investing. Mohnish is sometimes called the "Indian Warren Buffett" for having turned $1M into over $1B+ through stock investing. In this podcast they talk about how founders can become great investors, how to avoid big mistakes, and lessons learned from Buffett & Munger. Want to see Sam and Shaan’s smiling faces? Head to the MFM YouTube Channel and subscribe - http://tinyurl.com/5n7ftsy5 — Show Notes: (0:00) Intro (1:41) Why entrepreneurs make the best investors (4:130) How Warren Buffett’s pre-paid for his college education (8:45) Becoming Ben Graham’s Protege (12:41) What Buffett learned about branding from See’s Candies (15:45) Buffett’s failed play to be a candy mogul (18:44) Identifying offering gaps (20:22) Getting an MBA at age 14 as the son of an entrepreneur (23:33) The 3 tells of a future millionaire (25:56) Mohnish builds his first product with maxed out credit cards at 24 (27:59) The 168 hour framework (31:13) “Entrepreneurs do not take risks” (32:38) How Richard Branson launches Virgin Atlantic with no money (35:31) How 0.1 percent of the population owns 70 percent of all the motels in America (38:31) The unfair advantage of being a low-cost producer (40:20) How Mohnish turned his first million into $13M in 5 years (43:39) Pabrai Funds grows to $600M in assets in less than 10 years (47:35) What Mohnish knows about fundraising that we don’t (50:26) Pivoting from tech investments in 1999 to value investments (53:13) $2M lunch with Warren Buffett (58:09) Be a harsh grader of people (1:01:53) The Givers, The Takers, and The Matchers (1:04:40) “Heads I win, tails I don’t lose much” (1:09:26) Private markets v public auctions (1:13:35) The #1 trait that makes a great investor (1:15:01) What people of Reddit think of Mohnish Pabrai (1:16:31) Starting capital, annual rate of return, length of runway (1:17:24) The Rule of 72 (1:21:50) Circle the Wagons Philosophy (1:23:35) Losing $3B in one unfortunate event (1:28:49) Be fearful when the world is greedy; Be greedy when the world is fearful (1:29:17) What a value investor thinks of bitcoin (1:30:26) Nick Sleep bets (1:42:30) The Best Of: Capital Allocators — Links: • The Intelligent Investor - https://tinyurl.com/3jmpjrmc • The Dhandho Investor - https://tinyurl.com/53p9bhfv • Mohnish on Twitter - https://twitter.com/MohnishPabrai • Get HubSpot's Free AI-Powered Sales Hub: enhance support, retention, and revenue all in one place https://clickhubspot.com/sym — Check Out Shaan's Stuff: Need to hire? You should use the same service Shaan uses to hire developers, designers, & Virtual Assistants → it’s called Shepherd (tell ‘em Shaan sent you): https://bit.ly/SupportShepherd — Check Out Sam's Stuff: • Hampton - https://www.joinhampton.com/ • Ideation Bootcamp - https://www.ideationbootcamp.co/ • Copy That - https://copythat.com • Hampton Wealth Survey - https://joinhampton.com/wealth My First Million is a HubSpot Original Podcast // Brought to you by The HubSpot Podcast Network // Production by Arie Desormeaux // Editing by Ezra Bakker Trupiano
    My First Million
    enMay 17, 2024

    The 5 Most Interesting Businessmen Alive...

    The 5 Most Interesting Businessmen Alive...
    Episode 585:  Sam Parr ( https://twitter.com/theSamParr ) and Shaan Puri ( https://twitter.com/ShaanVP ) talk about the 5 most outrageous, eccentric, and mysterious businessmen alive right now.   Want to see Sam and Shaan’s smiling faces? Head to the MFM YouTube Channel and subscribe - http://tinyurl.com/5n7ftsy5 Show Notes: (0:00) 5 - James Bond with Wifi, Pavel Durov (12:16) 4 - The Russian Richard Brandon, Oleg Tinkov (22:08) 3 - The Walking Middle Finger, Sean Parker (38:06) 2 - The Guy Who Won The Game And Walked, Tom Anderson (45:40) 1 - The Israeli Great Gatsby, Aviv Nevo — Links: • Pavel Durov on Twitter - https://twitter.com/durov • VK - https://vk.com/vk • Pavel Durov on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/durov/ • Telegram - https://telegram.org/ • Napster - https://www.napster.com/us • David Choe on Howard Stern - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS6awjpIimw • Opportunity zones - https://eig.org/opportunity-zones/about-ozs/ • Get HubSpot's Free AI-Powered Sales Hub: enhance support, retention, and revenue all in one place https://clickhubspot.com/sym — Check Out Shaan's Stuff: Need to hire? You should use the same service Shaan uses to hire developers, designers, & Virtual Assistants → it’s called Shepherd (tell ‘em Shaan sent you): https://bit.ly/SupportShepherd — Check Out Sam's Stuff: • Hampton - https://www.joinhampton.com/ • Ideation Bootcamp - https://www.ideationbootcamp.co/ • Copy That - https://copythat.com • Hampton Wealth Survey - https://joinhampton.com/wealth My First Million is a HubSpot Original Podcast // Brought to you by The HubSpot Podcast Network // Production by Arie Desormeaux // Editing by Ezra Bakker Trupiano
    My First Million
    enMay 15, 2024

    Shaan Tells All: Shepherd Sells For $52M, Paper Gains, Plus Why B2B Influencers Are Coming

    Shaan Tells All: Shepherd Sells For $52M, Paper Gains, Plus Why B2B Influencers Are Coming
    Episode 584:  Sam Parr ( https://twitter.com/theSamParr ) and Shaan Puri ( https://twitter.com/ShaanVP ) talk about using the massive upside of investing in your P&L, the ballsy-ness of Nick Huber and how to turn your annual income intro your monthly income.  Want to see Sam and Shaan’s smiling faces? Head to the MFM YouTube Channel and subscribe - http://tinyurl.com/5n7ftsy5 — Show Notes: (0:00) Shepherd gets acquired for $50M (5:44) Invest in your P&L (7:57) The ballsiness of Nick Huber (13:42) The evolution of celebrity partnerships (17:04) A large, trusted audience (20:30) 2. Product-audience fit (21:42) 3. That Viral Touch (22:12) Creators who are the best at this (29:29) $280 millions dollar tumblers (31:10) Giving as you go: Do it early, make it uncomfortable (37:11) The curse of familiar riches (39:57) How to 10x your annual income (48:32) For the same inputs, can you get more outputs (50:08) Acting As If — Links: • Shepherd - https://www.supportshepherd.com/ • The Sweaty Startup - https://sweatystartup.com/ • Dr DisRespect - https://www.youtube.com/user/drdisrespect • Truemed - https://www.truemed.com/ • SimpleModern - https://www.simplemodern.com/ • Empower - https://www.empower.com/ • Get HubSpot's Free AI-Powered Sales Hub: enhance support, retention, and revenue all in one place https://clickhubspot.com/sym — Check Out Sam's Stuff: • Hampton - https://www.joinhampton.com/ • Ideation Bootcamp - https://www.ideationbootcamp.co/ • Copy That - https://copythat.com • Hampton Wealth Survey - https://joinhampton.com/wealth — Check Out Shaan's Stuff: Need to hire? You should use the same service Shaan uses to hire developers, designers, & Virtual Assistants → it’s called Shepherd (tell ‘em Shaan sent you): https://bit.ly/SupportShepherd My First Million is a HubSpot Original Podcast // Brought to you by The HubSpot Podcast Network // Production by Arie Desormeaux // Editing by Ezra Bakker Trupiano
    My First Million
    enMay 13, 2024

    This Gas Station Pizza Business Makes $540M/Yr?!

    This Gas Station Pizza Business Makes $540M/Yr?!
    Episode 583:  Sam Parr ( https://twitter.com/theSamParr ) and Shaan Puri ( https://twitter.com/ShaanVP ) talk about the genius business model of Hunt Brothers Pizza, and bring you three totally different inspirational stories of people doing cool shit.  Want to see Sam and Shaan’s smiling faces? Head to the MFM YouTube Channel and subscribe - http://tinyurl.com/5n7ftsy5 — Show Notes: (0:00) Shaan gets triggered (3:16) $540M ARR Pizza Business (14:02) This silly game is making $22M a year (22:11) Shaan's white collar side hustle of the week (26:48) "The house always has an edge" (33:08) Nick Gray's unconventional dating experiment (37:22) Real life Rom Com plays out on Twitter (45:23) Scott Galloway: "I can get down but I won't stay down" (50:11) How To Lose Weight In 4 Easy Steps — Links: • Jambys - https://www.jambys.com/ • Hunt Brothers Pizza - https://www.huntbrotherspizza.com/ • Geoguessr - https://www.geoguessr.com/ • The New Yorker article - https://tinyurl.com/yh95wcm8 • Nick Gray on Twitter - https://tinyurl.com/pjctk56b • “How To Lose Weight In $ Ebay Steps” - https://tinyurl.com/yw7u4xbp • Get HubSpot's Free AI-Powered Sales Hub: enhance support, retention, and revenue all in one place https://clickhubspot.com/sym — Check Out Sam's Stuff: • Hampton - https://www.joinhampton.com/ • Ideation Bootcamp - https://www.ideationbootcamp.co/ • Copy That - https://copythat.com • Hampton Wealth Survey - https://joinhampton.com/wealth — Check Out Shaan's Stuff: Need to hire? You should use the same service Shaan uses to hire developers, designers, & Virtual Assistants → it’s called Shepherd (tell ‘em Shaan sent you): https://bit.ly/SupportShepherd My First Million is a HubSpot Original Podcast // Brought to you by The HubSpot Podcast Network // Production by Arie Desormeaux // Editing by Ezra Bakker Trupiano

    The Announcement You've Been Waiting For...

    The Announcement You've Been Waiting For...
    Do you want to look half decent naked? Do you like free stuff? Do you like following the greatest podcast ever? Announcing to My First Million's My First Million Challenge. It's simple. We're doing a fitness challenge: 100 push ups 100 burpees (nipples to the ground) 100 air squats Done as fast as you can. Here's how to qualify: Film yourself doing the challenge Speed up the clip Make it fun Post your video on Twitter and tag @thesamparr and @shaanvp We're giving away prizes! 1 Cold Plunge to the fastest man (+$5,000 value) 1 Cold Plunge to the fastest woman (+$5,000 value) NIKE Strength equipment to the most entertaining video NIKE Strength equipment to the hardest effort NIKE Strength equipment to the best costume The fine print: You must be subscribed to the My First Million YouTube Channel and subscribed to the podcast to win. Honor the Gentleman's Agreement. We won't check but we make content for you so please pay us back by supporting our channels. Contest lasts from May 10th to 12th

    CEOs Pay Him $10,000 Per Appointment?!

    CEOs Pay Him $10,000 Per Appointment?!
    Episode 582:  Sam Parr ( https://twitter.com/theSamParr ) and Shaan Puri ( https://twitter.com/ShaanVP ) talk about the $1B idea that is basically inevitable, why stock exchanges are the smartest business model ever created and the female Pieter Levels who we’re crowning our Hustler of the Week.  Want to see Sam and Shaan’s smiling faces? Head to the MFM YouTube Channel and subscribe - http://tinyurl.com/5n7ftsy5 — Show Notes: (0:00) Shaan's billion-dollar idea: Executive Check-ups (2:12) Mayo Clinic’s $100M proof of concept (12:58) $15K/mo lead gen arbitrage (17:25) Pizza intelligence (19:41) Shaan's Mount Rushmore of indexes (24:54) The most profitable companies in the world (26:32) Why stock exchanges have the best business model (33:20) "Shoot your old idea in the head" - Eric Ries (41:20) Hustler of the week: The Female Pieter Levels (43:30) "Marketing is the tax you pay for an unremarkable product" — Links: • Prenuvo - https://www.prenuvo.com/ • Big Desk Energy playlist - https://shorturl.at/ajuG5 • Suno - http://suno.ai/ • ICE Index - https://www.ice.com/index • Long-term Stock Exchange - https://ltse.com/ • “Startup Lessons Learned” - https://www.startuplessonslearned.com/ • Branded Fruit - https://brandedfruit.com/ • Danielle Baskins - https://daniellebaskin.com/ • Get HubSpot's Free AI-Powered Sales Hub: enhance support, retention, and revenue all in one place https://clickhubspot.com/sym — Check Out Shaan's Stuff: Need to hire? You should use the same service Shaan uses to hire developers, designers, & Virtual Assistants → it’s called Shepherd (tell ‘em Shaan sent you): https://bit.ly/SupportShepherd — Check Out Sam's Stuff: • Hampton - https://www.joinhampton.com/ • Ideation Bootcamp - https://www.ideationbootcamp.co/ • Copy That - https://copythat.com • Hampton Wealth Survey - https://joinhampton.com/wealth My First Million is a HubSpot Original Podcast // Brought to you by The HubSpot Podcast Network // Production by Arie Desormeaux // Editing by Ezra Bakker Trupiano

    Scott Galloway: Do This In Your 20s To Make Millions In Your 30s

    Scott Galloway: Do This In Your 20s To Make Millions In Your 30s
    Episode 581:  Sam Parr ( https://twitter.com/theSamParr ) and Shaan Puri ( https://twitter.com/ShaanVP ) talk to Scott Galloway about his Get-Rich formula they won’t teach you in school and the hard-to-hear but essential advice every 20-year old should hear.  Want to see Sam and Shaan’s smiling faces? Head to the MFM YouTube Channel and subscribe - http://tinyurl.com/5n7ftsy5 — Show Notes: (0:00) Don't follow your passion (3:08) Reverse engineering $160M exit (7:30) How to keep top talent in your company (11:12) "I'm not your friend" (13:41) Scott's best and worst hedge fund deals (16:20) Losing $10M every day (18:14) Handle triumph and disasters the same way (20:54) If you can't fix it, you have to stand it (24:28) Lessons about happiness from the dying (25:51) Statute of limitations on suffering (28:57) Where Scott steals his powerful phrases (33:09) Shaan opens his notes app of funny phrases (34:52) Scott's anti-excited list (37:33) “Go live in a city” (39:50) Opportunity in America v Europe (42:30) The fallacy of hard work over time (46:56) Money does buy happiness (52:20) The Algebra of Wealth (55:33) If you have a side hustle you need a better main hustle — Links: • The Algebra of Wealth - https://tinyurl.com/44yw3h6k Get HubSpot's Free AI-Powered Sales Hub: enhance support, retention, and revenue all in one place https://clickhubspot.com/sym — Check Out Shaan's Stuff: Need to hire? You should use the same service Shaan uses to hire developers, designers, & Virtual Assistants → it’s called Shepherd (tell ‘em Shaan sent you): https://bit.ly/SupportShepherd — Check Out Sam's Stuff: • Hampton - https://www.joinhampton.com/ • Ideation Bootcamp - https://www.ideationbootcamp.co/ • Copy That - https://copythat.com • Hampton Wealth Survey - https://joinhampton.com/wealth My First Million is a HubSpot Original Podcast // Brought to you by The HubSpot Podcast Network // Production by Arie Desormeaux // Editing by Ezra Bakker Trupiano

    The Formula To Break 100 Million Views On Shorts (ft/ Jenny Hoyos)

    The Formula To Break 100 Million Views On Shorts (ft/ Jenny Hoyos)
    Episode 580:  Shaan Puri (https://twitter.com/ShaanVP) talks to Jenny Hoyos, the 18-year-old who has mastered the recipe of viral shorts. They break down her step-by-step process for creating content that pulls in over a 100M views.  Want to see Sam and Shaan’s smiling faces? Head to the MFM YouTube Channel and subscribe - http://tinyurl.com/5n7ftsy5 — Show Notes: (0:00) Intro (2:14) How to build charisma (6:35) The 4 criteria of a great idea (jumpcut) (8:48) Make it personal (14:45) Mastering the hook (17:29) Metrics  (18:52) The first frame (21:09) Foreshadowing (22:37) Storytelling in one word is “change” (25:06) The But & Therefore Rule (27:21) Building the stakes (30:43) Craft the close (32:14) Steal like an artist (33:52) Figure out who's watching (36:46) Study the channel for outliers (39:28) Where is the puck going? — Links: • Jenny Hoyos YouTube - ​​https://www.youtube.com/@JennyHoyosLOL • Charisma on Command - https://www.youtube.com/@Charismaoncommand • Miss Excel - https://www.miss-excel.com/ • Infinite Ratatouille Glitch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tskvmb0HPDU • Steal Like An Artist - https://austinkleon.com/steal/ • Get HubSpot's Free AI-Powered Sales Hub: enhance support, retention, and revenue all in one place https://clickhubspot.com/sym — Check Out Sam's Stuff: • Hampton - https://www.joinhampton.com/ • Ideation Bootcamp - https://www.ideationbootcamp.co/ • Copy That - https://copythat.com • Hampton Wealth Survey - https://joinhampton.com/wealth — Check Out Shaan's Stuff: Need to hire? You should use the same service Shaan uses to hire developers, designers, & Virtual Assistants → it’s called Shepherd (tell ‘em Shaan sent you): https://bit.ly/SupportShepherd My First Million is a HubSpot Original Podcast // Brought to you by The HubSpot Podcast Network // Production by Arie Desormeaux // Editing by Ezra Bakker Trupiano

    The AI App Doing $6M With 1 Employee

    The AI App Doing $6M With 1 Employee
    Episode 579: Sam Parr ( https://twitter.com/theSamParr ) and Shaan Puri ( https://twitter.com/ShaanVP ) talk about 3 niche trends they’ve found that are guaranteed to make $1M+. Want to see Sam and Shaan’s smiling faces? Head to the MFM YouTube Channel and subscribe - http://tinyurl.com/5n7ftsy5 — Show Notes: (0:00) Shaan gets his hotness score (2:30) Reddit trend leads to $6M ARR beauty app for men (10:12) Male nail care influencers (12:42) Sam upstages Shaan's beauty score (14:00) Spin-off businesses: Med Spas (16:00) Aging influencers and modern male grooming products (20:27) The story of Teflon and Dupont's billion dollar problem (22:49) Forever chemicals are in our water (26:14) Pfas free products (29:12) A regulatory inflection point is here (33:16) Trend: Assassins with water guns (34:32) $0 - $250K MRR app (35:22) Playground virality (38:00) Trading expertise for social vouching (49:10) Exporting a profitable internal tool — Links: • Umax - https://tinyurl.com/mezh49ac • Acqua Pana - https://www.acquapanna.com • MAMAVATION - https://www.mamavation.com • Splashin - https://www.splashin.app • Splashin TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/discover/splashin-app — Check Out Sam's Stuff: • Hampton - https://www.joinhampton.com/ • Ideation Bootcamp - https://www.ideationbootcamp.co/ • Copy That - https://copythat.com • Hampton Wealth Survey - https://joinhampton.com/wealth — Check Out Shaan's Stuff: Need to hire? You should use the same service Shaan uses to hire developers, designers, & Virtual Assistants → it’s called Shepherd (tell ‘em Shaan sent you): https://bit.ly/SupportShepherd My First Million is a HubSpot Original Podcast // Brought to you by The HubSpot Podcast Network // Production by Arie Desormeaux // Editing by Ezra Bakker Trupiano Past guests on My First Million include Rob Dyrdek, Hasan Minhaj, Balaji Srinivasan, Jake Paul, Dr. Andrew Huberman, Gary Vee, Lance Armstrong, Sophia Amoruso, Ariel Helwani, Ramit Sethi, Stanley Druckenmiller, Peter Diamandis, Dharmesh Shah, Brian Halligan, Marc Lore, Jason Calacanis, Andrew Wilkinson, Julian Shapiro, Kat Cole, Codie Sanchez, Nader Al-Naji, Steph Smith, Trung Phan, Nick Huber, Anthony Pompliano, Ben Askren, Ramon Van Meer, Brianne Kimmel, Andrew Gazdecki, Scott Belsky, Moiz Ali, Dan Held, Elaine Zelby, Michael Saylor, Ryan Begelman, Jack Butcher, Reed Duchscher, Tai Lopez, Harley Finkelstein, Alexa von Tobel, Noah Kagan, Nick Bare, Greg Isenberg, James Altucher, Randy Hetrick and more. — Other episodes you might enjoy: • #224 Rob Dyrdek - How Tracking Every Second of His Life Took Rob Drydek from 0 to $405M in Exits • #209 Gary Vaynerchuk - Why NFTS Are the Future • #178 Balaji Srinivasan - Balaji on How to Fix the Media, Cloud Cities & Crypto • #169 - How One Man Started 5, Billion Dollar Companies, Dan Gilbert's Empire, & Talking With Warren Buffett • ​​​​#218 - Why You Should Take a Think Week Like Bill Gates • Dave Portnoy vs The World, Extreme Body Monitoring, The Future of Apparel Retail, "How Much is Anthony Pompliano Worth?", and More • How Mr Beast Got 100M Views in Less Than 4 Days, The $25M Chrome Extension, and More