My First Million
My First Million
Nov 27, 2020
#132 - A Simple Email Hack That Generated Millions, The World's Cheapest Billionaire, and A Simple Startup Idea No One Has Done
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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? Can you not be intense and be successful?
  • Who will win the self-driving wars?
  • Elon Musk is polarizing -- is he always right? The story of how he got kicked out of PayPal
  • An incredible Brooklinen Black Friday sales hack
  • Why has no one created the landing page for ecomm?
  • AI generated stock photos is a million dollar idea

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North Star Podcast
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Future of Mobility
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#34 – Greg Hunt | Lubrizol – Electric Propulsion, Corrosion, and Fluids
Greg Hunt is Senior Research Chemist for Strategic Research at the Lubrizol Corporation. Greg has a PhD in Chemistry from England’s 3rd oldest University - Durham University. He has published 18 research papers and has a handful of patents on corrosion. Additionally, Greg is Co-Inventor of the wire corrosion test. This discussion is centered on the role of fluids for electric vehicle propulsion systems, with a focus on the risks, causes, and mitigation of wire corrosion. This topic is critical as we look to improve efficiency and lifetime for electric vehicles. To address this issue, Lubrizol and FEV have collaborated to provide the innovative Wire Corrosion Test for anyone working in this field. This test is the first of its kind and is optimized to provide quick, quantitative feedback to assist in the development and validation of corrosion-resist fluids. Contact either Greg or Brandon through LinkedIn to learn more. The Future of Mobility podcast is focused on the development and implementation of safe, sustainable, and equitable mobility solutions, with a focus on the people and technology advancing these fields. Music credit: Slow Burn Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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20VC: Etsy CEO, Josh Silverman on 2 Defining Traits of Great Leadership, The Danger of Attaching Happiness To Milestones, How To Structure Teams To Optimise for Experimentation and Agility &Whether You Learn More From Success Than Failure
Josh Silverman is the CEO @ Etsy, leading the company as it builds a platform that empowers creative entrepreneurs around the world. Prior to their IPO, Etsy raised funding from some of the best in the business including Danny Rimer @ Index, Albert Wenger @ USV and Jim Breyer @ Accel to name a few. Prior to Etsy, Josh served as President of Consumer Products and Services at American Express, was the CEO of Skype, and CEO of, and he held various executive roles at eBay. Josh is also currently on the board of directors of Shake Shack. In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How Josh made his entry into the world of startups, came to be CEO of Skype and how he came to be CEO of Etsy? How did Josh's political background prepare him for being a public markets CEO? 2.) How does Josh think about 10 year plans? What is the right alternative? What does Josh do when he does not know what to do? How does Josh think about head vs heart in decision-making? How does Josh think about downside protection and risk mitigation with decisions? 3.) Why does Josh believe that you should, "never let a crisis go to waste"? How does he interpret that? Does Josh believe you learn more from success than failure? Why does Josh believe many succeed in spite of, not because of? How does Josh connote happiness to a milestone of success? What is true happiness for Josh? 4.) How does Josh think about winning today? What is the framework Josh believes founders need to put in place to optimise their chance of winning? How does Josh structure his team at Etsy to optimise for speed and experimentation? What has worked? What has not worked? 5.) How can leaders create a system where failure is minimised? How does Josh implement a "red hat vs green hat" decision making process around new ideas at Etsy? What question does Josh and the team ask with every experiment? How should one analyse the cost of rolling back a decision? 6.) How does Josh determine between dogma and good practice in a company? What is the right way to remove antiquated dogma without damaging morale? What were some of the biggest challenges from his doing this on entry at Etsy? Item’s Mentioned In Today’s Episode Josh’s Favourite Book: Grant As always you can follow Harry and The Twenty Minute VC on Twitter here! Likewise, you can follow Harry on Instagram here for mojito madness and all things 20VC.
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The Investor's Podcast Network
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Fintech Insider Podcast by 11:FS
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493. Insights: Partnerships in finance: building the new banking ecosystem
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