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    #57 - Corona Business Ideas, Stock Buybacks & Recession Proof Businesses

    The current crisis underscores the need for support towards local businesses, and presents an opportunity for innovative platforms to connect consumers and incentivize collective action for their growth and success.

    enMarch 20, 2020

    About this Episode

    Sam (@thesamparr) and Shaan (@shaanvp) are chatting over the internet about Corona virus and all things business, markets and life impact it's having. Come hang: www.facebook.com/groups/ourfirstmillion. Want to make your first million with your mobile app? You have to prioritize your user experience first.HeadSpin is here to help. With HeadSpin’s new all-in-one platform, you can now test, monitor, and analyze mobile applications across devices, locations and networks. With state-of-the-art Global Device Cloud can help you obtain unique carrier network, device, and OS level insights for your app in more than 150 locations around the world. No SDK required. Learn more at headspin.io.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    🔑 Key Takeaways

    • Despite the hardships caused by the pandemic, it is essential to find ways to adapt and create resilience. By acknowledging the difficulties while embracing the potential for growth, individuals and businesses can find new solutions and opportunities.
    • Finding a balance between action and stillness is essential, as humans struggle with both inaction and solitude. The current situation with the invisible enemy highlights the discomfort faced when confronted with stillness and isolation.
    • The pandemic has exposed the contrasting behaviors of those who prioritize safety and well-being, and those who dismiss guidelines, emphasizing the need for empathy and responsibility towards public health.
    • The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out various responses, from denial to resilience, highlighting the need to stay informed, prioritize user experience, and prioritize personal health amidst the chaos.
    • A weight loss challenge that involves earning money back by maintaining healthy blood sugar levels using glucose monitors has proven to be highly effective and can be expanded to a larger audience.
    • The nutritional coaching service is more effective than Stick in preventing cheating, but logistical issues and demand may hinder its success. The accuracy of glucose monitoring devices is uncertain, and COVID-19 may lead to bailouts for struggling businesses.
    • In the midst of the pandemic-induced economic crisis, it is important to provide financial support to individuals in vulnerable industries while also considering the ethical implications of bailing out companies that engaged in stock buybacks.
    • Stock buybacks have become a popular practice for companies, allowing CEOs to earn more while diverting funds away from employee wages and necessary investments. This can leave companies vulnerable during financial crises.
    • Supporting local businesses through initiatives like local deals, subscription boxes, and gift card purchases can help them sustain during financial struggles and promote community solidarity.
    • Adapting to the modern digital landscape, identifying cultural shifts, and catering to consumer preferences can lead to significant business growth and success.
    • The current crisis underscores the need for support towards local businesses, and presents an opportunity for innovative platforms to connect consumers and incentivize collective action for their growth and success.
    • Despite the challenges, the current economic crisis presents opportunities for growth and investment. Investing in discounted stocks and real estate, and capitalizing on emerging startups can lead to success with resilience and strategic thinking.
    • Planning ahead, adapting to changes, and seizing opportunities are essential for businesses to not only survive but thrive, even during economic crises. The success of individual businesses has a positive impact on the overall economy.

    📝 Podcast Summary

    Finding Opportunities in Crisis

    The current pandemic situation presents both tragedy and opportunity. While it is heart-wrenching to witness the suffering and loss of life, there is also the potential for businesses and individuals to adapt and find solutions to new problems. Exploitation should be avoided, but embracing the opportunity to create resilience and address the needs of a market in crisis is crucial. Just as with previous crises like 9/11, this experience is challenging for Americans and requires resilience and adaptability. It is important to acknowledge the difficulties and pain caused by the pandemic while also recognizing the potential for growth and learning in the face of adversity.

    Balancing Action and Stillness: The Struggle with Inaction and Solitude

    Humans struggle with inaction and solitude. The response to events like 9/11 was all about taking action, seeking revenge, and having a clear enemy to fight against. However, the current situation with the invisible enemy of the virus requires us to hide and practice inaction, which is very difficult for people. This reflects Pascal's quote about humanity's problems stemming from the inability to sit quietly alone. We are now experiencing a taste of what many desired, such as retiring or working from home, but find it overwhelming and boring. This highlights the discomfort humans feel when faced with stillness and isolation. Ultimately, we need to find a balance between action and stillness in our lives.

    The Divide in Attitudes and Actions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a stark contrast in people's attitudes and actions. On one hand, there are individuals who take the situation seriously, follow safety measures, and prioritize the well-being of themselves and others. These individuals adapt their behavior, cancel plans, and make sacrifices to protect vulnerable populations. On the other hand, there are those who downplay the severity of the virus, refuse to adhere to guidelines, and put themselves and others at risk for trivial reasons. This divide is evident within families, friendships, and even society as a whole. It highlights the importance of empathy, responsibility, and the need to prioritize public health over personal desires.

    Human Responses and Attitudes Towards the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed various human responses and attitudes towards the crisis. There are those who deny the severity of the situation and continue with their normal routines, disregarding safety precautions. On the other hand, some individuals, particularly older generations, compare the pandemic to past challenges they have faced, downplaying its significance. Additionally, there have been heartwarming examples of human resilience and creativity, such as people in Italy singing together from their balconies. Amidst all this, it is important to stay informed about the situation and take it seriously. The pandemic also serves as a reminder to prioritize performance and user experience in mobile apps, as demonstrated by the sponsor HeadSpin, whose global device cloud allows for thorough testing across various devices and locations. Lastly, the weight loss challenge and use of glucose monitors show the continued pursuit of personal health and wellbeing amidst the chaos.

    Using Money and Measurement as Effective Weight Loss Motivators

    Using money and measurement as motivators can be highly effective for weight loss. The challenge discussed involves earning money back over 28 days by maintaining a healthy blood sugar level using glucose monitors. If participants' blood sugar goes above a certain limit, they lose their money for the day. This approach has proven to be more effective than other weight loss methods for the individuals involved. Additionally, the social aspect of the challenge, with a WhatsApp group for participants, adds another layer of motivation and accountability. However, there are challenges to consider, such as the requirement of a doctor's diagnosis to access the monitors and potential liability issues. Nonetheless, this approach has the potential to be impactful if expanded to a larger audience.

    Comparing effectiveness of Stick and nutritional coaching service, uncertainty of glucose monitoring devices, and impact of COVID-19 on industries.

    The Stick service, which allows users to bet money on achieving personal goals, may not be as effective as the new nutritional coaching service that the speaker is using. Stick is an old school company that has been around for a decade, but it has its limitations as users can cheat the system. On the other hand, the nutritional coaching service, which involves taking pictures of meals and reporting, is more effective as it can catch instances of lying. However, there may be logistical issues and demand for this service as a business. Another interesting point discussed is the uncertainty surrounding the effectiveness of glucose monitoring devices. The speaker and another person had different experiences with the device, raising doubts about its accuracy. The conversation also touches on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various industries, with predictions of bailouts for struggling businesses.

    Balancing the Needs: Individuals and Companies in Crisis

    There is a need for both a blue collar bailout and a bailout for companies amidst the current economic crisis caused by the pandemic. Many individuals who work in industries like retail, casinos, and stadiums are facing the loss of their jobs and are in need of financial support to avoid falling into poverty. The government is considering implementing a stimulus package to provide financial aid to regular people, similar to what Andrew Yang proposed. On the other hand, there is a debate surrounding whether or not to bail out airline companies, especially when they have engaged in stock buybacks. Stock buybacks were originally introduced during the Great Depression as a strategy for companies to limit the supply of their stocks and increase their demand and price. Overall, it is crucial to find a balance between supporting individuals and companies during this challenging time.

    The Rise of Stock Buybacks and its Impact on Corporations and Employees

    Stock buybacks have become a prevalent practice in the corporate world, allowing companies to use their own money to artificially inflate their stock prices. This trend started in 1982 when a new law was passed under Reagan's presidency, and CEOs began to be incentivized by bonuses tied to share prices. Over the years, the amount of profits allocated to stock buybacks has increased significantly, with 65% of profits being used for this purpose today. This has resulted in CEOs making significantly more money than the average employee, and has diverted funds away from employee wages and investments in growth. Furthermore, when faced with financial crises like the one in 2008, companies rely on stock buybacks to protect their stock prices, draining their cash reserves. As a result, companies may now turn to the government for financial assistance, despite having used their cash on stock buybacks instead of preparing for such situations.

    Opportunities for Growth and Support during Volatile Markets

    The market is experiencing significant volatility and many companies are facing major losses in terms of market capitalization. Companies like Casper and Groupon have seen a drastic decrease in their market cap, indicating financial struggles. However, amidst this challenging scenario, there are opportunities for growth and support, especially in the local business sector. Local deals and monthly subscription boxes featuring products from local businesses have the potential to be highly successful and provide a lifeline for struggling establishments. Additionally, initiatives like purchasing gift cards or pre-paying for services can help businesses sustain themselves during cash crunches. Supporting local businesses during these uncertain times is not only beneficial for the economy but also promotes community solidarity.

    Reviving and reimagining traditional business models for success in the digital age.

    There are opportunities to revive and reimagine traditional business models, such as coupon books, to meet the changing needs of consumers. Sam Parr discusses the potential for retooling coupon books and creating something new and interesting, leveraging the concept of being a middleman and providing value to both vendors and customers. By adapting to the modern digital landscape and considering unit economics, there is potential for success in this space. Parr's discussion also highlights the importance of identifying cultural shifts and aligning products and services with these changing values. Understanding and catering to consumer preferences can lead to significant business growth and success.

    Challenges and Opportunities for Local Businesses during Difficult Times.

    Local businesses, especially small businesses, need support during challenging times like these. Groupon's success and subsequent challenges serve as an example of the difficulties faced by local businesses in scaling their operations. While Groupon was able to achieve rapid sales growth, it struggled to maintain merchant satisfaction and faced competition from similar platforms. Despite its operational shortcomings, the demand for discounted products and services remains strong. This presents an opportunity for businesses to create platforms that connect consumers with local businesses in need and incentivize support. The current crisis highlights the importance of compassion and the potential for collective action to help those in need. Looking forward, there may be an increase in discount memberships and group purchasing options, as well as a need for innovative solutions to support local businesses.

    Challenges and Opportunities in the Current Economic Crisis

    The current economic crisis presents both challenges and opportunities. The corporate debt crisis and stock buybacks have burst the bubble, but amidst this uncertainty, there are chances for growth and investment. Companies like Twitch, Amazon, Facebook, and Google are currently at a discount, making them attractive for those with dry powder. Additionally, downturns often lead to the emergence of great startups due to increased downtime and job scarcity. While the timing of the market bottom is unpredictable, history shows that stocks and real estate can be significantly discounted during these periods. Although the situation may seem dire, it is important to remember that economies work in cycles, and resilience and strategic thinking can lead to success.

    The Importance of Planning and Adaptability in Challenging Times

    Planning and adaptability are crucial for businesses to thrive in challenging times. This is exemplified by the experiences shared by Sam Parr and the insights he gained from a conversation with Obama. Despite the unexpected obstacles faced by the travel industry, they not only survived but thrived during the economic crisis. By anticipating potential risks and developing strategies, businesses can navigate through difficult periods. Moreover, it is important to understand that the success of individual businesses impacts the overall economy. When businesses survive and flourish, the entire economy benefits. The conversation between Sam Parr and Shaan Puri also highlights the significance of seizing opportunities, building valuable connections, and learning from past mistakes.

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    Episode 578: Shaan Puri ( https://twitter.com/ShaanVP ) sits down with Joe Lonsdale ( https://twitter.com/JTLonsdale ) to talk about how he leveraged one internship at PayPal into one billion dollar success after another. Today Joe is Managing Partner of 8VC and an early investor in Anduril. 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) The One Reason strategy (3:18) Learning Global Macro Finance from Peter Thiel (5:35) Taking multi-million dollar bets at 4:30am (8:43) Hire for raw IQ over expertise (10:33) Nurturing employees into unicorn founders (12:24) Solving hard problems with Addepar (13:53) Always “Being on” (15:32) How to spot opportunities for new businesses (21:10) How Epirus landed a military defense contract (27:09) Getting hits in hard domains (28:24) Business Idea: AI-powered Estate Planning (29:19) Business Idea: Business Process Outsourcing for local government (30:58) Big swings vs. base hits (31:49) Idea vs. execution (32:38) Focus vs. diversity of thought/attention (33:33) Insights from Elon’s inner circle (35:36) Joe Lonsdale’s unfair advantages (38:48) How to invest your time to make your first $1M (40:40) Working on an A+ problem as an intern at PayPal (43:15) Be within 2 standard deviations of top talent (44:14) Early days at Palantir (46:56) Building a top engineering culture (48:31) Borrowing trust as 21-year old defense contractor (52:22) Peter Thiel’s biggest contrarian bet — Links: • Joe's Twitter - https://twitter.com/JTLonsdale • Joe's blog - https://blog.joelonsdale.com/ • Joe's podcast - https://www.americanoptimist.com/ • 8VC - https://www.8vc.com/ • Addepar - https://addepar.com/  • Palantir - https://www.palantir.com/ • Epirus- https://www.epirusinc.com/ • OpenGov - https://opengov.com/ • Prologis - https://www.prologis.com/ • Lessons from Peter Thiel - https://joelonsdale.com/lessons-peter-thiel/ — 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 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

    The Wild Story Of ‘Mr. Tull’ - From Laundromats To $3.5B Hollywood Production Company

    The Wild Story Of ‘Mr. Tull’ - From Laundromats To $3.5B Hollywood Production Company
    Episode 577: Sam Parr ( https://twitter.com/theSamParr ) and Shaan Puri ( https://twitter.com/ShaanVP ) talk about mysterious billionaire Thomas Tull.  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) Blue Collar Billy of The Week: Thomas Tull (2:29) Moneyball strategy for movies (5:20) Formula for box office hits: Bigger is better (7:25) International appeal (specifically China) (8:22) Data analytics for movie marketing (13:15) Flywheels at the highest level (24:31) Moneyball for X (26:42) Business lessons from the UFC (31:03) We give Zuck PR advice (33:02) What Dana White taught me about marketing (34:06) Level 1: Sell a product (34:46) Level 2: Sell a solution not a product (35:20) Level 3: Sell a Lifestyle (36:55) Level 4: Sell a feeling (39:18) Level 5: Identity in a box (46:49) Why Sam's new project will fail (52:38) Shaan workshops Sam's idea — Links: • The Information article - https://tinyurl.com/4csvs9ab • Legendary - https://www.legendary.com/ • “We Don’t Sell Saddles Here” - https://tinyurl.com/2s39sjzf • SmartAsset - https://smartasset.com/ • Sam’s List - https://samslist.co/ — 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