The Crazy Ones

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 May 2, 2022
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Founders, friends and fellow builders Alex Lieberman, Jesse Pujji and Sophia Amoruso know what it is to be a founder. The irrational confidence, relentless grind and creative ecstacy needed to build something. In this show, they dole out unfiltered opinions and advice on how to build businesses, and how the current state of the world helps or hurts founders.

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How Codie Sanchez Built a $50 Million Portfolio of Boring Businesses, and the #1 Skill to Learn in a Recession
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Episode 8: Today, host Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista) is flying solo for a very special episode of The Crazy Ones featuring founder and private equity investor Codie Sanchez (@codie_sanchez). Codie has made millions from buying boring businesses (think laundromats, carwashes, and AirBnBs), and has also amassed an audience of over 3 million followers with her media company, Contrarian Thinking. Listen to hear Codie tell Alex about how to determine which boring businesses are actually worth investing in, how to hire good operators, and the art of deal structuring and negotiation. #TheCrazyOnes #Startups #Entrepreneur Listen to The Crazy Ones here: https://link.chtbl.com/OV4W93_W Subscribe to Morning Brew! Sign up for free today: https://bit.ly/morningbrewyt Follow The Brew! Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/morningbrew/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/MorningBrew Tik Tok - https://www.tiktok.com/@morningbrew Follow Our Hosts! Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista) Sophia Amoruso (@sophiaamoruso) Jesse Pujji (@jspujji) 00:44 - Intro 01:40 - The Rundown 03:13 - How Codie got to where she is today 06:08 - The first boring business Codie bought 10:30 - What lessons Codie has learned around deal-structuring and negotiation 18:09 - The best negotiations Codie has ever done 21:45 - What makes a great operator for your boring business 23:52 - How Codie scares away a bad hire 26:05 - What boring businesses are catching Codie’s eye right now 33:22 - Why Codie is fascinated with Reese Witherspoon’s business model 36:59 - Why Codie decided to dive deep into content creation 46:10 - How Codie’s boring businesses compare with her media business 48:15 - What Codie has learned about leadership 50:38 - Codie’s hot takes and spiky opinions Links: Contrarian Thinking Newsletter Codie Sanchez YouTube Channel
Nov 22, 2022
What You Need to Know Before Raising Capital, and The Billion-Dollar Media Company You’ve Never Heard of
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Episode 7: Today, hosts Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista), Sophia Amoruso (@sophiaamoruso), and Jesse Pujji (@jspujji) recount the wild story of how the digital media company Red Ventures bootstrapped its way to becoming a business with an $11 billion valuation. Then, the crew dives into fundraising—when to do it, how to set your goals, and their best advice for how to raise most successfully. And finally, the crew answers a Startup AMA question around how find the most attractive benefits packages at the best rates as a small company. #TheCrazyOnes #Startups #Entrepreneur Listen to The Crazy Ones here: https://link.chtbl.com/OV4W93_W Subscribe to Morning Brew! Sign up for free today: https://bit.ly/morningbrewyt Follow The Brew! Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/morningbrew/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/MorningBrew Tik Tok - https://www.tiktok.com/@morningbrew 00:33 - Intro 02:02 - The Rundown 03:15 - The story of Ric Elias and Red Ventures 08:09 - Ric’s life-changing experience  08:51 - How Red Ventures’ growth started to take off 12:10 - Red Ventures’ great work culture 13:29 - Jesse’s biggest takeaways from working with Red Ventures 15:38 - How Ric Elias spends his time 24:16 - Sophia’s experience of fundraising and her biggest lessons learned 30:51 - What kind of businesses should raise money vs shouldn’t? 36:29 - Sophia’s advice for founders looking to raise capital right now 37:05 - Jesse’s advice for founders looking to raise capital right now 37:37 - Alex’s advice for founders looking to raise capital right now 37:58 - Startup AMA - How do startups get attractive benefits packages at competitive rates before they get a large headcount? Links:  Ric Elias TED Talk  You’ve Never Heard of the Biggest Digital Media Company in America
Nov 15, 2022
What Generative AI Means for Startups and Are Executive Coaches Worth It?
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Episode 6: Today, hosts Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista), Sophia Amoruso (@sophiaamoruso), and Jesse Pujji (@jspujji) break down the hype behind Generative AI—what is it, how it’s being used right now, and how to think about it as a business builder. Then, the team discusses their personal experiences with using executive coaches and why it is or isn’t worth the money. And finally, we finish the episode with a game of Product Hunt Roulette, where the team picks their favorite new companies featured on Product Hunt, a startup curation site. #TheCrazyOnes #Startups #Entrepreneur Listen to The Crazy Ones here: https://link.chtbl.com/OV4W93_W Subscribe to Morning Brew! Sign up for free today: https://bit.ly/morningbrewyt Follow The Brew! Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/morningbrew/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/MorningBrew Tik Tok - https://www.tiktok.com/@morningbrew Follow Our Hosts! Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista) Sophia Amoruso (@sophiaamoruso) Jesse Pujji (@jspujji) 00:00 - Cold Open 00:45 - Intro  02:05 - The Rundown 02:54 - Why is Generative AI a GOLD RUSH? 12:47 - Jasper AI & Copy AI LIVE TESTS 16:18 - Takeaways & Ideas from Generative AI 22:46 - Is Executive Coaching Worth It? 13:35 - Jesse’s on what he’d do as CEO of Twitter 17:06 - Sophia on never wanting to be Elon Musk 21:29 - Alex on the 6 Steps to turn Twitter around 23:17 - How the crew would monetize Twitter 26:23 - Lessons for entrepreneurs watching Links: Sequoia Capital definition of Generative AI The Timeline of Generative AI Open AI’s $1B Funding From Microsoft Jasper AI’s $1.5B Valuation Product Hunt’s Website
Nov 08, 2022
Can Elon Turn the Twitter Ship Around?
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Episode 5: EMERGENCY POD – Today, hosts Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista), Sophia Amoruso (@sophiaamoruso), and Jesse Pujji (@jspujji) had to spontaneously hop on the mic to talk about Elon’s $44 Billion takeover of the world’s most topical social app, Twitter, and the steps he’s already taken to monetize the company. Then, the crew plays “what would you do as Elon Musk” and give their own ideas into how to turn the Twitter ship around. #TheCrazyOnes #Startups #Entrepreneur Listen to The Crazy Ones here: https://link.chtbl.com/OV4W93_W Subscribe to Morning Brew! Sign up for free today:  https://bit.ly/morningbrewyt Follow The Brew! Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/morningbrew/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/MorningBrew Tik Tok - https://www.tiktok.com/@morningbrew Follow Our Hosts! Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista) Sophia Amoruso (@sophiaamoruso) Jesse Pujji (@jspujji) 00:00 - Cold Open 00:58 - Intro  01:11 - The Rundown 01:41 - Chronology of Elon’s story acquiring Twitter 06:41 - Elon announcing Twitter Blue 10:38 - Elon’s new Twitter Cohort 12:37 - Advertisers hinting to pull money out of Twitter 13:35 - Jesse’s on what he’d do as CEO of Twitter 17:06 - Sophia on never wanting to be Elon Musk 21:29 - Alex on the 6 Steps to turn Twitter around 23:17 - How the crew would monetize Twitter 26:23 - Lessons for entrepreneurs watching Links: Elon’s Tweet about “Twitter Blue” Stephen King hating on Elon Advertisers leaving Twitter
Nov 03, 2022
How Did Mr. Beast Build a $1.5 BILLION Empire, the 5 Ways to Brainstorm Business Ideas and How to Hire FAQ
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Episode 4: Today, hosts Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista), Sophia Amoruso (@sophiaamoruso), and Jesse Pujji (@jspujji) breakdown MrBeast’s $1.5 billion valuation and exactly what factors have allowed MrBeast to be so successful. Then, the team shares their strategies for coming up with ideas for new businesses, and Alex shares his most recent startup pitches. And finally, for Startup AMA we answer a listener question about the best and worst hiring practices. #TheCrazyOnes #Startups #Entrepreneur Listen to The Crazy Ones here: https://link.chtbl.com/OV4W93_W Subscribe to Morning Brew! Sign up for free today:  https://bit.ly/morningbrewyt Follow The Brew! Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/morningbrew/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/MorningBrew Tik Tok - https://www.tiktok.com/@morningbrew Follow Our Hosts! Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista) Sophia Amoruso (@sophiaamoruso) Jesse Pujji (@jspujji) Links: Paul Graham’s How to Get Startup Ideas How to get startup ideas in 10 diagrams Alex’s 7 strategies to brainstorm startup ideas Hiring Decision Template
Nov 01, 2022
How to & How NOT to do Layoffs, the Tax Tip to save you MILLIONS and is the Gas App Going to Solve Bullying?
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Episode 3: Today, hosts Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista), Sophia Amoruso (@sophiaamoruso), and Jesse Pujji (@jspujji) get into the MADNESS of the Gas app - a new social networking platform that has surpassed Instagram, TikTok and Twitter for daily downloads. Then, they get into how to & how NOT to conduct a layoff, whether it’s for one person or a company-wide one. And finally, the trio gets real about the secrets of QSBS and how understanding it can save you MILLIONS. 00:01 - Cold Open: Jesse speaking to Zuckerberg about the highschool version of Facebook 00:32 - Intro  01:35 - The Rundown 02:27 - How the “Gas” app works and how it stays positive 03:50 - Sophia on the Founder of Gas being a “master” of testing & iterating 05:45 - Alex on Highschoolers being the “best demographic” to build an app for 07:40 - Jesse on the difficulty of building consumer businesses 07:57 - Jesse’s highschool version of Facebook 10:00 - Jesse speaking to Mark Zuckerberg 12:44 - Where does the Gas app go from here? 13:35 - The “Gas” app’s ‘money printing machine’ 15:40 - The second & third gen of Social Apps 17:50 - The Takeaways from Gas 21:48 - The “Hub & Spoke” Model of building your business 23:10 - Microsoft & the trend of Tech Industry Layoffs 24:32 - Sophia on layoffs needing more clarity & planning 28:50 - Jesse on Founders needing to be passionate about people & leadership 30:35 - The HORRIBLE Better.com Zoom layoff & reaction 34:30 - What is QSBS & how it saves founders MILLIONS Links: WSJ article on the Gas app Nikita Bier’s tweet on Gas’s success Allegations on China faltering the Gas app’s growth Microsoft lays off 1,000 Chart of all Tech Industry Layoffs since COVID How To Rally A Company Through a Round of Layoffs Netflix on building a “team not a family”
Oct 25, 2022
How Spirit Halloween Makes $600M in 2 Months, The Journey of a CEO & Is a Recession Coming?
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Episode 2: Today, hosts Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista), Sophia Amoruso (@sophiaamoruso), and Jesse Pujji (@jspujji) kick off with a discussion of Jamie Dimon’s recent economic predictions and how a possible recession will impact startup founders. Then, we jump into the aspects of Spirit Halloween’s business model that have helped it become wildly successful, the team’s own experience of going from founder to CEO, and finally, for Startup AMA we answer a listener question about how to pay yourself as a founder. 00:27 - Jamie Dimon’s prediction about the markets 06:06 - Intro 06:41 - The Rundown 09:58 - Discussion of Spirit Halloween’s wildly successful business model 14:02 - Businesses that have capitalized on under-used inventory/resources 18:28 - How Spirit Halloween uses licensing to their advantage 20:15 - The team discusses their own experiences of going from founder to CEO as their businesses grew 20:53 - Jesse’s experience as CEO over the course of his career 23:48 - Sophia’s experience as a CEO over the course of her career 28:33 - Alex’s experience as CEO  32:40 - Startup AMA - How should you pay yourself as a founder? 33:08 - Sophia’s bank statement in 2010, 3 years into starting Nasty Gal Links: Jamie Dimon says the economy is on the verge of a recession Morning Brew Shakes Up Leadership Structure The Role of the CEO: Managing Yourself Trung Phan newsletter What’s The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology
Oct 18, 2022
How Liquid Death got a $700 Million Valuation, Making Your Pitch Deck Undeniable & The Hidden Truth of Being a Tech Entrepreneur
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Episode 1: Welcome to the FIRST EPISODE of The Crazy Ones, hosted by fellow friends, founders, and builders, Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista), Sophia Amoruso (@sophiaamoruso), and Jesse Pujji (@jspujji). Today, we talk about the rise and the insane $700M evaluation of Liquid Death, then we get into how to make your pitch deck UNDENIABLE to investors, and finally the truths that you need to know as a tech entrepreneur. 1:03 - Liquid Death’s $700M Valuation 8:15 - Sophia Amoruso on Nasty Gal, her $100 Revenue Business, Girlboss & Business Class 8:53 - Jesse Pujji on building the biggest FaceBook marketing business, his venture studio Gateway X 11:57 - Bootstrapping as a state of mind vs. Raising money from Venture 15:03 - Jesse’s pitch on his e-commerce business Kahani 24:38 - Jeff Bezos’ Flywheels on how to make a “defensible” business 26:25 - The #1 Question Entrepreneurs need to Ask In A Pitch 32:35 - Jesse on the idea of “unfair advantage” for entrepreneurs 39:10 - Executive Coaching as a ‘pyramid scheme’ to make $1M in a year 41:20 - Startup AMA Links Referenced: Liquid Death’s Valuation | Bloomberg Martha Stewart’s Liquid Death Collab Jesse Pujji’s Tweet Thread on Kahani’s Deck Sophia Amoruso’s Business Class
Oct 11, 2022
Introducing The Crazy Ones
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Announcing the launch of Morning Brew's newest podcast, The Crazy Ones! Hosts Alex Lieberman, Sophia Amoruso, and Jesse Pujji, will be delivering the sharpest insights and unfiltered opinions about the issues affecting founders today, and the information you need to know to build a better business. Episodes release every Tuesday, starting October 11th.
Oct 04, 2022
The Future of Founder’s Journal
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After more than 300 episodes, Founder’s Journal is taking a little hiatus. We are making some changes to level the show up to create the best possible podcast for business builders. There are really exciting things in the works and I cannot wait to share it with you all. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jun 27, 2022
The Power of Leverage (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I break down the different types of leverage you need to understand to make smart career decisions. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jun 24, 2022
Considering The Unexpected (Classic)
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This week’s miniseries theme is Mental Models. In this episode, I break down why every great entrepreneur, investor, or employee must learn how to become a great second order thinker. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jun 22, 2022
Solving Problems and Making Better Decisions (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I talk about why it is essential to understand the mental model known as Inversion Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jun 20, 2022
Mimetic Theory & Decision Making (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I talk about why it is essential to understand mimetic theory and how it impacts the choices you make every single day. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jun 17, 2022
The Right Way to Take Time Off
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In this classic episode, I'm discussing the steps you should take to properly set yourself up at work before taking time off. As mentioned in the episode, check out two of my previous episodes, How to Unplug From Work and How To Get Your Shit Together, for more helpful tools related to PTO. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jun 15, 2022
How to Overcome Builder's Block (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I talk about a concept that I call Builder’s Block, what I do to remedy it, and why I think Builder’s Block is a good thing. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jun 13, 2022
The Evolution of an Entrepreneur (Classic)
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In this classic episode I talk about the skills an entrepreneur must adapt over the life of their business. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jun 10, 2022
How Entrepreneurs Think (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I’m talking about the mental toolkit of successful entrepreneurs. If you're interested in learning more about thinking independently, check out my previous episode, Think for Yourself. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jun 08, 2022
Creating Startup Ideas (Classic)
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In this episode, I talk about how to think of startup ideas and cultivating the mindset of a business brainstormer. And if you're interested in hearing more about the formation and growth of Notarize, check out my previous episode, What to Learn from a Business That 10x'd in 5 Quarters. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jun 06, 2022
Should I Hire My Friend (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I talk about a concept that I call Builder’s Block, what I do to remedy it, and why I think Builder’s Block is a good thing. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jun 03, 2022
Nurturing Your Hires (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I discuss why companies should maintain relationships with all-star candidates, even if they aren't a fit for a specific role. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jun 01, 2022
Learning How to Learn (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I break down a four-step process for efficiently learning about any new topic personally or professionally. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
May 30, 2022
I Call Bullsh*t on Life Hacks (Classic)
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In a world where we expect immediacy and efficiency, there’s still a need for repeating the importance of doing the work. In this episode, I’m talking about why we’ve become obsessed with life hacks and why they're all a load of crap. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
May 27, 2022
Should You Care About Competition? (Classic)
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How much time should you spend worrying about "the other guy?" In this classic episode, I’m talking about competition and how much you should focus on it as a founder or an employee. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
May 25, 2022
How To Write Better Online With David Perell (Classic)
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I talk to David Perell, AKA The Writing Guy, about why online writing is one of the most important skills you can have and how you can do it more effectively. David has his own online writing school, called Write of Passage, and shares many of his insights on Twitter. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
May 23, 2022
The Most Underrated Driver of Success & Happiness (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I discuss a foundational skill that if mastered can drive long-term professional success & personal happiness. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
May 20, 2022
Whatever You Do, Don’t Follow Your Passion (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I talk about why following your passion is bad, anxiety-provoking advice & how thinking about the concept of "passion" differently can open you to greater freedom and success. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
May 18, 2022
6 Steps for Successful Meetings (Classic)
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If you’re a professional, you’re going to be dealing with meetings for the next several decades, so it’s worth taking the time to get good at them. In this classic episode, I offer up six tips for taking control of meetings in your professional life. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
May 16, 2022
Build Audience Like A Media Company (Classic)
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The media landscape has shifted dramatically in the past two decades, making it easier than ever for individuals to create their own content and build an audience just like big media companies do. In this classic episode, I discuss how you can leverage this opportunity to accelerate your career or business. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
May 13, 2022
How to Build Meaningful Relationships (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I reflect on the ways in which I’ve built deep, meaningful relationships as an entrepreneur Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
May 11, 2022
How to Get Promoted Faster (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I talk about how to climb the ladder at your company faster and you through best practices to set yourself up for success when the time comes for a promotion. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
May 09, 2022
How to Get Unstuck In Your Job (Classic)
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In today's classic episode, I'm discussing feeling stuck at your job and walking through some strategies to help get unstuck and continue moving forward in your career. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
May 06, 2022
Superpowers of a Top Performer (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I discuss the foundational traits that all top performers have in common, with an emphasis on what it means to be a quality thinker.  As I mentioned in the episode, for more information on effective prioritization, check out one of my earlier episodes, How To Prioritize Time & Tasks To Enhance Your Work. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
May 04, 2022
A Company Isn't Family (Classic)
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I’m spending this month evolving Founder’s Journal so that we can make this show as good as humanly possible for the next generation of builders. While I dream up the future of this show, the team is serving up a whole bunch of classic episodes that you may not have heard before. In this classic episode, I talk about why your company isn’t your family. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
May 02, 2022
The #1 Key to a Startup's Success (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I explain why the market is the most important thing for startup founders to get right. As mentioned in the episode, you can check out Marc Andreessen’s blog post here. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Apr 29, 2022
The Art of Negotiation
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Entrepreneur and investor, Codie Sanchez, joins the pod to offer tips, tricks and principles for negotiating that every business builder needs to hear. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Apr 27, 2022
How to Think About Angel Investing
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Fellow entrepreneur and friend of the pod, Codie Sanchez, joins me to discuss and debate our respective angel investing philosophies. As mentioned in this ep, you may want to check out a previous Founder’s Journal episode, 9 Principles for Angel Investing Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Apr 25, 2022
The Future of the Creator Economy
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I have a theory that there is an opportunity to build a multi-billion dollar company by creating a holding company that helps creators build businesses. It’s part of why I’m trying to launch my first creator brand this year. In this episode, I put my ideas for creator focused businesses through the ringer with fellow entrepreneur and friend of the pod, Codie Sanchez. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Apr 22, 2022
Dangerous Human Behaviors Part II
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I share my thoughts on some of the mental models from Charlie Munger’s book, Poor Charlie’s Almanack, as analyzed by Marc Andreesan, co-founder of one of the most successful VCs in the world. As mentioned in this ep, you may want to check out a previous Founder’s Journal episode Two Dangerous Human Behaviors Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Apr 20, 2022
An Introduction to Network Effects
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In this episode, I break down what business builders need to know about network effects, inspired by Andrew Chen and his book, The Cold Start Problem. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Apr 18, 2022
Two Dangerous Human Behaviors
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Understanding human behavior is so important when running a business. In this episode, I share with you lessons from Charlie Munger’s book, Poor Charlie’s Almanack, as analyzed by Marc Andreessen, co-founder of one of the most successful VCs in the world. As mentioned in this ep, you may want to check out a previous Founder’s Journal episode, How Incentives Can Make or Break Your Business. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Apr 15, 2022
Business Autopsy: Why Fintech Startup Fast Failed
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Today’s episode is a convo between me and entrepreneur, Codie Sanchez about the now dead checkout startup, Fast. We break down what went wrong and what other business builders can learn from Fast’s mistakes. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Apr 13, 2022
All You Need to Know to Buy a “Boring” Business
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Entrepreneur Codie Sanchez.pulls in 8 figures of passive income from small businesses. I walk Codie through my own mini-golf empire business plan, and Codie gives me a rundown on everything you need to think about before investing in a “boring” business. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Apr 11, 2022
Buying into the ASMR Slime Business with Codie Sanchez
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Have you ever found yourself falling down a Slime ASMR rabbit hole on YouTube? You’re not alone. This video alone has over 97 million views. Companies like PeachyBbies Slime Shop sell out of their products in minutes and have made a splash on social media. That got the attention of my good friend and fellow entrepreneur, Codie Sanchez. Codie joins me on this special edition of Founder’s Journal to talk about slime and investing in really weird businesses. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Apr 08, 2022
Could Elon Musk Become Twitter’s CEO?
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Earlier this week Elon Musk became Twitter’s largest shareholder. Now, he’s officially joined the company’s board. I break down Elon and Twitter’s long history and offer my thoughts on what might happen next. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Apr 06, 2022
Using the Hub & Spoke Model to Grow Your Business
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The model I use to think about growing businesses, including Morning Brew. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Apr 04, 2022
Business Case Studies #6: Excel Dictionary
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Morning Brew has a new creator in its family. I break down why we decided to acqui-hire Excel Dictionary and the business opportunities behind the decision. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Apr 01, 2022
Business Case Studies #5: The $12 Billion Email Giant (Classic)
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Mailchimp sold for $12 billion to Intuit, the small business powerhouse that owns Quickbooks, Turbotax, Credit Karma, and Mint. This deal is the largest ever acquisition of a privately-held bootstrapped business. In this classic episode, I walk you through the history of the company and lessons we can all learn from its meteoric rise. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Apr 01, 2022
Business Case Studies #4: World Mini Golf Domination
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I’m taking over the world, one mini golf course at a time. In this episode, I explain why I’m working with a group of friends to buy mini golf courses, the opportunity we see in the space and you’ll even hear me cold call a course and make my pitch. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Mar 30, 2022
Business Case Studies #3: Costco's Secret Weapon (Classic)
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It's a $200 billion behemoth and a place I loved frequenting for free food samples growing up. In this episode, I'm talking about Costco and what we can learn from it as business minds. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Mar 30, 2022
Business Case Studies #2: Uber Partners with Yellow Taxis
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In this episode, I discuss how you should think about Uber’s partnership with taxi companies in New York City. Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Mar 28, 2022
Business Case Studies #1: Allbirds' Journey to IPO (Classic)
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We’re serving up another miniseries, full of business case studies. In this classic episode, I talk about Allbirds, the sustainable lifestyle brand that filed for an IPO in 2021. I’m discuss their growth journey and touch on a few major lessons we can learn from it.   [Allbirds is not a sponsor of this content in any way, just an interesting company case study] Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Mar 28, 2022
How Ryan Cohen Turned Chewy into a $3B Business
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In this episode I tell the story of Ryan Cohen, a college dropout who became a hometown hero on Wall Street. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Mar 25, 2022
Startup Hotline: Answering Your Burning Business Questions
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Welcome to Startup Hotline! A segment where I take any and all questions about building & scaling businesses directly from the Founder’s Journal community.  Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Mar 23, 2022
A New Hire vs. Promoting from Within
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How do you know whether to invest in a new hire or give a current employee a promotion? I breakdown how to think about one of the toughest decisions you can make in a business.  Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Mar 21, 2022
Top Lessons from “How Will You Measure Your Life?”
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In this episode, I’m sharing two of my favorite lessons from my current Founder’s Book Club Book, “How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon.  Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Mar 18, 2022
Great Startup Ideas, Bad Businesses
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I sent out a tweet asking my followers: "what’s a startup idea that sounds great in theory but would be a shitty business?” 1,600 likes and 700 responses later, I'm running some of your ideas through the gauntlet and walking you through how I analyze and form business ideas. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Mar 16, 2022
How to Think About Failure (Classic)
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Failure needs a rebrand. Without failure, we cannot grow as builders, searchers, and starters. Without failure, we can’t learn what works & what doesn’t. In this classic episode, I distinguish good failure from bad failure, and how to approach good failure thoughtfully to accelerate your career. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Mar 14, 2022
The Most Dangerous Traits in Employees
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I break down 8 characteristics that make people super unpleasant and dangerous to work with.
Mar 11, 2022
10 Tips for Crushing Your Next Presentation
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I break down five big ideas to think about and five tactical tips to practice ahead of your next big presentation.
Mar 09, 2022
The Creator Economy & Money With Katie
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Individual creators now have the tools and distribution to earn a massive audience. But it isn’t easy. It’s a physical grind that can take years to pay off. Morning Brew wants to help our own creators accelerate their growth by leveraging Morning Brew’s audience. In this episode, I’m joined by Katie Gatti (better known as Money With Katie) to discuss her journey to full time creator and joining the Brew family. Click here to check out Katie's podcast on your favorite pod platform.
Mar 07, 2022
What Motivates You?
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I talk about the different things that motivate all of us and why we all need to think really hard about it.
Mar 04, 2022
How to Build a Personal Moat to Further Your Career
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Building a personal moat isn’t just about accumulating knowledge or building skills. It’s all about finding a mixture that creates a massive unlock in your career. In this episode, I give you a guide to building your own personal moat. For more on personal moats, check out Erik Torenberg’s tweet thread here. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista. More info on our presenting sponsor at https://attentivemobile.com
Mar 02, 2022
5 Questions to Ask If You Don't Love Your Job
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It really really sucks to feel stuck in a job you don’t love. In this episode I go through five questions to ask yourself if you're feeling stuck in your job.
Feb 28, 2022
Dealing with Conflict #6: How to Fire Well
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Firing an employee is every leader’s least favorite job and it will always suck. In this episode I give you a checklist to help you do it the right way.
Feb 25, 2022
Dealing with Conflict #5: Stoicism & Focusing on What You Can Control (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I share some of the insights I've gained by studying the philosophy of stoicism and how it has helped me find direction.
Feb 25, 2022
Dealing with Conflict #4: Suck Less at Giving Feedback
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Giving constructive criticism is tough. In this episode, I give you 6 rules for sucking less at giving feedback. As mentioned, you may want to check out previous Founder’s Journal episode, How to Speak with Radical Candor Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Feb 23, 2022
Dealing with Conflict #3: 5 Leadership Lessons To Learn From Navy Seals (Classic)
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We’re serving up another miniseries this week all about dealing with conflict. In this classic episode, I break down principles Navy Seals picked up while fighting for our country.
Feb 23, 2022
Dealing with Conflict #2: How to Handle Big Disagreements
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We’re serving up another miniseries this week all about dealing with conflict. In this episode, I’m giving you a playbook on how to handle big disagreements at work. Some links from the episode: How to disagree well: https://tinyurl.com/muc8vvh8 My thread on disagreement: https://tinyurl.com/yckjjaxa
Feb 21, 2022
Dealing with Conflict #1: How to Speak with Radical Candor (Classic)
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We’re serving up another miniseries this week all about dealing with conflict. Imagine how well companies would be run if everyone understood what people thought of them and how they could be doing their job better to help the business grow. In this classic episode, I lay out the challenges and benefits of radical candor. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Feb 21, 2022
Lessons from a Billionaire Investor: Part II
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Ray Dalio is truly one of the greatest thinkers of our generation. In this episode I outline how his philosophies can be applied to hiring new staff members, managing employees and more. Check out the full transcript of this episode below, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Feb 18, 2022
Lessons from a Billionaire Investor: Part I
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Ray Dalio is truly one of the greatest thinkers of our generation. In this episode I outline how his philosophies can be applied to any area of work or life, without having to learn things the hard way. Check out the full transcript of this episode below, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Feb 16, 2022
Bonus: "How Twitch Co-founder Justin Kan Got Sober" from Imposters
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Welcome to the first episode of Imposters, the newest podcast from Morning Brew, hosted by none other than Alex Lieberman! Drinking and alcohol are well-documented in the world of tech/startup culture, and for Twitch cofounder Justin Kan it was no different. Justin tells Alex about his unhealthy relationship with alcohol, and how after 23 years, getting sober was the best thing for him personally, as well as his career. To hear another episode of Imposters with TV's Carson Daly RIGHT NOW, click here to follow/subscribe on your favorite podcast platform. Full transcripts for all Imposters episodes available at https://imposters.morningbrew.com
Feb 15, 2022
A Universal Rule in Work & Life
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I break down how the Pareto principle drives results in life, work, investing, and business.  Check out the full transcript of this episode below, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Feb 14, 2022
9 Rules for Working Smarter
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I think people who say hard work is overrated are full of sh*t. I don't know a single successful professional that didn't work hard. But I also think for most professionals, the way to improve the fastest is by getting smarter at how you work. In this episode, I explain how to work smarter. Check out the full transcript of this episode below, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Feb 11, 2022
Why I Invested in Mr. Beast’s Chocolate Bar
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I invested thousands of dollars in a chocolate bar. In this episode, I talk about my decision to invest in Feastables, the company launched by Mr. Beast, that wants to change the way you snack. As mentioned, you may want to check out previous Founder’s Journal episode, How to Maximize Your Own Evolution Check out the full transcript of this episode below, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Feb 09, 2022
How to Maximize Your Own Evolution
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“Pain plus reflection equals progress.” That’s a quote from Ray Dalio, the founder of  Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund firm in the world. In this episode, I break down one of the principles from his best-selling book. Check out the full transcript of this episode below, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Feb 07, 2022
Life & Business Lessons from Will Smith
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In this episode, I share lessons from the life of one of the greatest entertainers of our generation, Will Smith, including my favorite quotes from the audiobook for his new memoir Will. As mentioned, you may want to check out previous Founder’s Journal episode Lessons from Starting a Book Club Check out the full transcript of this episode below, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Feb 04, 2022
The Secret Killer of Companies
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In this episode, I break down why gossip is a poison that can kill a company from the inside. Check out the full transcript of this episode below, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Feb 02, 2022
Lessons from Bootstrapping a Business
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Today Morning Brew is a 9-figure business with 200 employees. Six years ago it was a 0-figure business with 0 employees. In this episode, I share 8 of my greatest lessons as a bootstrapped entrepreneur. Check out the full transcript of this episode below, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jan 31, 2022
Mental Health #6: The Digital Therapist
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We’re closing out this week’s miniseries with a brand edition of Startup Crossfit. I take a business idea and run it through the gauntlet to see if it is poised for success or primed for failure. Check out the full transcript of this episode below, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jan 28, 2022
Mental Health #5: Meeting My Executive Coach (Classic)
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I reflect on my first executive coaching session. Check out the full transcript of this episode below, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jan 28, 2022
Mental Health #4: COO Kat Cole on Knowing What You’re Capable Of
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Enjoy a special sneak peek of Morning Brew's new show Imposters, where host Alex Lieberman talks to Kat Cole, President and COO of Athletic Greens, about how having a difficult childhood and an alcoholic father propelled her career success. Rather than being hindered by having to help raise her sisters in a single-parent household, Kat tells Alex why having to grow up so quickly boosted her confidence in the workplace.  If you have any thoughts or reactions to this preview of Imposters, go ahead send an email to alex@morningbrew.com or DM on Twitter @businessbarista. Your feedback means EVERYTHING to us as we refine this show leading up to it's full launch with two special episodes on Tuesday Feb 15, and don't forget to CLICK HERE to follow the show on your favorite podcast platform.
Jan 26, 2022
Mental Health #3: How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome (Classic)
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We’re serving up another miniseries this week all about mental health. In this classic episode, I share my experiences with imposter syndrome and some techniques I use to cope with it. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jan 26, 2022
Mental Health #2: My Love/Hate Relationship with Social Media
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In this episode I talk about how avoid doom scrolling, comparing myself to others and making sure social media benefits my mental health Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jan 24, 2022
Mental Health #1: How I Manage Anxiety (Classic)
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We’re serving up another miniseries this week all about mental health. In this classic episode, I share my approach to living with anxiety in a productive and healthy way. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jan 24, 2022
Career Therapy: Mastering a Side Hustle & Full-Time Job
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I sent out an ask on Twitter, asking Founder’s Journal listeners to hit me with some of their buring career questions that I would answer on the pod. I’m joined by one of those listener’s in today’s episode. Landon Campbell, joins me to discuss juggling a side gig while working a full time job. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jan 21, 2022
How to Harness Your Creativity
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Creativity is a skill not an art. In this episode, I break down why it’s worth taking the time to practice up.  Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jan 19, 2022
Great Questions, Great Leaders
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The greatest leaders ask the best questions. In this episode, I help you understand why questions matter so much & why it’s worth your time to get better at asking questions. You interested?  Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jan 17, 2022
Why We Procrastinate & How to Stop It
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We all procrastinate. And it sucks. We scroll through social media instead of doing work. We watch TV instead of working out, and then we feel bad about it. In this episode, I discuss why we behave in irrational ways & how we can combat it so we don’t screw over our future selves.  As mentioned, you may want to check out previous Founder’s Journal episodes: My Favorite Productivity Method, The Spotlight Effect and Lessons from Starting a Book Club Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jan 14, 2022
My Top 4 Biggest Career Mistakes
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From the outside it looks like I have it altogether. Nothing can be further from the truth. I have made countless mistakes & on this episode, I talk about my top 4.  Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jan 12, 2022
How to Increase Your Salary
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Maximizing your compensation in your career is part-art, part-science. 90% is based on performance. 10% is based on self-advocacy. I give you a framework for both, so you can confidently maximize your value in your career.  As mentioned, you may want to check out a previous episode: The Power of Storytelling Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jan 10, 2022
Are Resumes Dead?
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Resumes have barely changed since 1482, when Leonardo da Vinci wrote a letter to the Duke of Milan. That is freakin wild. Today, I explore the purpose of the resume and predict how it may evolve in the future.  Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jan 07, 2022
A Book That Predicted the Future
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I’m reading a book right now that absolutely blew my mind. It predicted cryptocurrency, the metaverse, a viral pandemic, and so much more. And get this, it was written in 1997. In this episode, I talk about some of the book’s predictions, and more importantly, a framework we can all use to make informed guesses about where the world is going. As mentioned in the episode, you might want to check out previous episodes: How Incentives Can Make or Break Your Business and Lessons From Starting a Book Club. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Jan 05, 2022
A Letter to Myself for the New Year
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I share a letter I wrote to myself in an effort to bring intention and aspiration to the five pillars of my life and hold myself accountable in 2022 and beyond. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Jan 03, 2022
Your Best Self #6: The Art of Gratitude
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In this episode, I talk about the power of gratitude as a daily practice.  Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 31, 2021
Your Best Self #5: Feeling Lost & Achieving Your Next Big Win (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I talk about feeling lost and share how I'm working to find direction as I settle into a new role at Morning Brew. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 31, 2021
Your Best Self #4: The Spotlight Effect
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In this episode, I discuss cognitive bias and why being aware of the spotlight effect could lead to a happier you in 2022. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 29, 2021
Your Best Self #3: How To Get Your Sh*t Together(Classic)
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In this classic episode, I talk about a framework I use to map out my life for the next 90 days all the way to the next 10 years. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 29, 2021
Your Best Self #2: Lessons from Starting a Book Club
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In this episode I share the lessons I learned from starting my own founder book club. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 27, 2021
Your Best Self #1: How to Unplug From Work (Classic)
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This month’s miniseries focused on being your best self. I’m giving you mental models, strategies and tips to get you in the right mindset before the new year. In this classic episode, I provide strategies to unplug from work when it seems like an impossible task.
Dec 27, 2021
7 Biggest Lessons I Learned in 2021
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In this episode, I breakdown lessons I shares the biggest lessons I learned over the course of the last year. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 24, 2021
My Favorite Productivity Method
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In this episode, I discuss how to use the Pomodoro Technique to conquer procrastination. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 22, 2021
Founder's Journal Listener Mailbox
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One of the cool parts about building a media franchise and  community with hundreds of thousands of listeners is the ability to make an impact on so many peoples’ lives and careers as well as an opportunity to build deep relationships with many of you. In this episode, I go through the listener’s mailbox and answer some of your career questions. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 20, 2021
How to Manage a Bad Employee
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In this episode, I breakdown how you should navigate poor performers. As I mentioned in the episode, if you want to learn more about extreme overship, check out 5 Leadership Lessons To Learn From Navy Seals. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 17, 2021
5 Leadership Lessons To Learn From Navy Seals
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In this episode, I talk about the Navy Seals and how we can learn to lead from the principles they picked up while fighting for their lives and our country. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 15, 2021
Learning How to Think vs. What to Think
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In this episode, I break down recommendations for critical thinking. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 13, 2021
8 Non-Obvious Traits of Great Leaders
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In this episode, I share 8 non-obvious traits that made the best managers and leaders I’ve worked with so special.  Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 10, 2021
6 Traits of the Best People I Ever Worked With
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In this episode, I detail 6 non-obvious traits of the best professionals I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.  Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 08, 2021
Painkiller or Vitamin: Which Is Needed For Your Business?
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In this episode, I discuss the importance of being a painkiller, not a vitamin in business. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 06, 2021
The Leadership Benefits of Transparency
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In this episode, I discuss why implementing the right amount of transparency in a company builds trust and maximizes employees’ impact on customers. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 03, 2021
Winning In Your Career As A Jack Of All Trades
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Some of the greatest performers of modern society also have the greatest range. In this episode, I breakdown why possessing a broad skill set can help boost your career development.  Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Dec 01, 2021
How to Speak with Radical Candor
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Imagine how well companies would be run if everyone understood what people thought of them and how they could be doing their job better to help the business grow. In this episode, I lay out the challenges and benefits of radical candor. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Nov 29, 2021
The Power of Perspective and Prioritizing Family & Friends (Classic)
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Let this classic episode serve as a reminder to us all to prioritize friends, family and the power of perspective. Without perspective, you can get lost in the day-to-day grind without a reminder of what it is that you’re grinding for. I have found one of the healthiest ways to strive is through experiences that create perspective. You can hear more about how the loss of my dad changed my life in Episode #157 "Losing My Dad" Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Nov 26, 2021
How to Crush 1:1 Meetings
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It’s one of the only times in a week where you have the undivided attention of your boss or direct report. In this episode, I breakdown why 1:1’s are key to a successful career. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Nov 24, 2021
Lessons from ConstitutionDAO
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To be a successful careerist, you need to keep your finger on the pulse of technologies that are changing the world. In this episode, I breakdown the biggest takeaways from ConstitutionDAO and what it could mean for the future. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Nov 22, 2021
Mental Models #6: The Power of Leverage
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In this episode, I break down the different types of leverage you need to understand to make smart career decisions. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Nov 19, 2021
Mental Models #5: How To Prioritize Time & Tasks To Enhance Your Work (Classic)
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I’ve always been fascinated by great workers and their ability to prioritize their work effectively. Today, I take you though the prioritization strategies of a myriad of professionals that you can test and add to your professional toolkit.  Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Nov 19, 2021
Mental Models #4: Second Order Thinking - Considering The Unexpected
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This week’s miniseries theme is Mental Models. In this episode, I break down why every great entrepreneur, investor, or employee must learn how to become a great second order thinker. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Nov 17, 2021
Mental Models #3: How Elon Musk Thinks Part II (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I celebrate the birthday of Elon Musk by breaking the second powerful mental model that he uses to run his businesses: First Principles Thinking Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Nov 17, 2021
Mental Models #2: Inversion - Solve Problems and Make Better Decisions
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This week’s miniseries theme is Mental Models. We’re going to talk about some of the most powerful tools you can use to sharpen your thinking, prioritizing, and decision-making. Many of these tools have been made famous by leaders like Elon Musk & Dwight Eisenhower.  In this episode, I’m talking about a mental model known as Inversion. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Nov 15, 2021
Mental Models #1: How Elon Musk Thinks Part I (Classic)
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We’re dropping our third Founder's Journal miniseries this week! That means double the episodes today, Wednesday and Friday. This week’s theme is Mental Models. In this classic episode I break down a powerful mental model Elon Musk uses to build his businesses: Sum Product Thinking.  Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Nov 15, 2021
Lessons From The Great Resignation
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A record number of Americans have quit their jobs in recent months. In this episode, I break down what’s driving the great resignation and what employers can learn from it. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Nov 12, 2021
Startup Crossfit: Soul Cycle with Mindfulness
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This episode marks the return of Startup Crossfit! I take a business idea and run it through the gauntlet to see if it is poised for success or primed for failure. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Nov 10, 2021
The #1 Key to a Startup's Success
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In this episode, I explain why market is the most important part of building a startup. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Nov 08, 2021
A Company Isn't Family
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The differences between a family and a company should be obvious yet, employees in companies like to refer to their coworkers as a family and founders like to call their team a family. In this episode, I explain how this thought process can set a dangerous expectation. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Nov 05, 2021
The Power of Disagreement
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In this episode, I discuss why open and honest disagreement is one of the most important vehicles for society and companies to progress. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Nov 03, 2021
Mimetic Theory & Decision Making
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In this episode, I talk about why it is essential to understand mimetic theory and how it impacts the choices you make every single day. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Nov 01, 2021
How to Start Building #6: The Evolution of an Entrepreneur
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Welcome to the 6th and final installment of our How to Start Building miniseries. In this episode I breakdown the skills entrepreneurs must adapt over the life of their business. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Oct 29, 2021
How to Start Building #5: How the Brew Raised Money (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I talk about how we raised money for Morning Brew and how you should think about funding your business. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Oct 29, 2021
How to Start Building #4: How Entrepreneurs Think
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In this episode, I’m talking about the mental toolkit of successful entrepreneurs. If you're interested in learning more about thinking independently, check out my previous episode, Think for Yourself. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Oct 27, 2021
How to Start Building #3: Why a Sales Skillset is a Business Superpower (Classic)
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In this classic episode, I examine our perception of sales and discuss why any modern business professional needs to take the skill seriously. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Oct 27, 2021
How to Start Building #2: Creating Startup Ideas
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In this episode, I talk about how to think of startup ideas and cultivating the mindset of a business brainstormer. And if you're interested in hearing more about the formation and growth of Notarize, check out my previous episode, What to Learn from a Business That 10x'd in 5 Quarters. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Oct 25, 2021
How to Start Building #1: Overcome Builder’s Block (Classic)
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This week we're dropping a new miniseries here on Founder's Journal called How to Start Building. We'll be bringing back some classic episodes you loved—or if you're a new listener, maybe you haven't heard before—and some new episodes you won't want to miss. In this classic episode, I talk about a concept that I call Builder’s Block, what I do to remedy it, and why I think Builder’s Block is a good thing. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Oct 25, 2021
How Morning Brew Exited in an 8-Figure Deal
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In October of 2020, Morning Brew sold a majority stake of our business for 8-figures. As I reflect on our sale and the 5-year journey that preceded it, there are a handful of key decisions we made and characteristics we exhibited that made this outcome possible. I share them on today’s Founder’s Journal.  As mentioned in this edition, check out my previous episode, Why a Sales Skillset is a Business Superpower and Paul Graham's blog post, How to Think For Yourself. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Oct 22, 2021
How to Think About Failure
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Failure needs a rebrand. Without failure, we cannot grow as builders, searchers, and starters. Without failure, we can’t learn what works & what doesn’t. In today’s Episode, I distinguish good failure from bad failure, and how to approach good failure thoughtfully to accelerate your career. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Oct 20, 2021
How to Find & Keep Building Momentum
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In this episode, I’m breaking down the formula for creating and keeping momentum in business, in your career and in building a startup.
Oct 18, 2021
Stoicism & Focusing on What You Can Control
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In this episode, I share some of the insights I've gained by studying the philosophy of stoicism and how it has helped me find direction. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Oct 15, 2021
Shower Thoughts: How to Create Informed Conviction
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Welcome to the very first Founder's Journal Shower Thought, a quick mini episode aimed at making you think harder about your career or your business. In this edition, I talk about how to build informed conviction. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Oct 14, 2021
Feeling Lost & Achieving Your Next Big Win
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In this episode, I talk about feeling lost and share how I'm working to find direction as I settle into a new role at Morning Brew. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Oct 13, 2021
My Mental Health Routine
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I discuss my experience with anxiety, how it impacts me at work, and my routine for managing my mental health. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Oct 11, 2021
Amazing Leadership Lessons from Ted Lasso
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I describe 4 leadership lessons we can learn from season 1 of the hit Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso, and how they can apply to any team–on the field or in business. Also I reference two past episode of Founder's Journal, check those out: How your boss can make or break your professional experience How we try to be nice versus trying to be honest Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Oct 08, 2021
What to Learn from a Business That 10x'd in 5 Quarters
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In this episode, I discuss the lessons we can learn from Notarize, one of the fastest growing startups I've ever seen. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.
Oct 06, 2021
5 Lessons From Devastating Mistakes in Business
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In this episode, I discuss five profound mistakes leaders have made in business and what we can learn from them. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Oct 04, 2021
Building Your Team #6: Ask an HR Executive
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Welcome to part 6 of Founder’s Journal's Building Your Team miniseries. In this episode, Morning Brew’s VP, Head of People Operations, Kate Noel, joins me to discuss how to attract and nurture great talent in a business. This episode was recorded for an audience of VIPs from Morning Brew's SHARE THE BREW referral program. For more info subscribe at https://morningbrew.com. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Oct 01, 2021
Building Your Team #5: How to Make Reference Checks Less Terrible (Classic)
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Welcome to part 5 of Founder’s Journal's Building Your Team miniseries. Today's episode is all about how to make reference checks actually useful to the hiring process. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Oct 01, 2021
Building Your Team #4: Nailing the Interview Part II
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Welcome to part 4 Founder’s Journal's Building Your Team miniseries. Today, I’m talking about what it looks like for an interviewer to nail an interview process. In this episode, I break down 5 specific strategies that are crucial to hiring great talent. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Sep 29, 2021
Building Your Team #3: Nurturing Your Hires (Classic)
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Welcome to part 3 of Founder’s Journal's Building Your Team miniseries. I'n this episode, I'm discussing the importance of building relationships with potential employees. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Sep 29, 2021
Building Your Team #2: Nailing the Interview Part I
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Interviewing for a new job can be an arduous & anxiety-provoking process. In this episode, I share a few stories of the best interviews I’ve ever witnessed, so that you can walk away with 5 specific strategies for standing out in the interview process. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Sep 27, 2021
Building Your Team #1: Should I Hire My Friend? (Classic)
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This week we're dropping our second miniseries here on Founder's Journal called Building Your Team. We'll be bringing back some classic episodes you loved—or if you're a new listener, maybe you haven't heard before—and some new episodes you won't want to miss. Today's classic episode is about whether you should work with friends or family in business. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Sep 27, 2021
How to Make Social Media Work for You Part II
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Social media should be serve as a friend, not a foe in your life. In this episode, I'm talking about using social media from the perspective of a founder and manager. To learn how to think about social media on a personal level, check out How to Make Social Media Work for You Part I. Check out episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Sep 24, 2021
How to Make Social Media Work For You Part I
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The internet was one of the greatest inventions in human history. It shifted society from being geographically fragmented to globally connected. It led to the advent of social media and platform businesses. It made the supply of connection and knowledge effectively endless. But it also created a whole new set of challenges from social comparison to employee anxiety and procrastination. In this first of this two part series, I talk about how we can have the internet work for us vs. against us. Check out episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Sep 22, 2021
Mailchimp: The $12 Billion Email Giant
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Mailchimp recently sold for $12 billion to Intuit, the small business powerhouse that owns Quickbooks, Turbotax, Credit Karma, and Mint. This deal is the largest ever acquisition of a privately-held bootstrapped business. In this episode, I walk you through the history of the company and lessons we can all learn from its meteoric rise. Check out episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Sep 20, 2021
Costco's Secret Weapon
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It's a $200 billion behemoth and a place I loved frequenting for free food samples growing up. In this episode, I'm talking about Costco and what we can learn from it as business minds. Check out episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Sep 17, 2021
I Call Bullsh*t on "Life Hacks"
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In a world where we expect immediacy and efficiency, there’s still a need for repeating the importance of doing the work. In this episode, I’m talking about why we’ve become obsessed with life hacks and why they're all a load of crap. Check out episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Sep 15, 2021
Should You Care About Competition?
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How much time should you spend worrying about "the other guy?" In this episode, I’m talking about competition and how much you should focus on it as a founder or an employee. Check out episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Sep 13, 2021
The Power of Perspective and Prioritizing Family & Friends
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The 20th anniversary of 9/11 serves as reminder to us all prioritize friends, family and the power of perspective. Without perspective, you can get lost in the day-to-day grind without a reminder of what it is that you’re grinding for. I have found one of the healthiest ways to strive is through experiences that create perspective. You can hear more about how the loss of my dad changed my life in Episode #157 "Losing My Dad" Check out episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Sep 10, 2021
The Double-Edged Sword of Being a Perfectionist
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"What is your biggest weakness? " One of the most cliche interview questions has an equally cliche answer: "I'm a perfectionist." In this episode, I'm talking about how being a being a perfectionist can be a legitimate career weakness if not understood properly. Check out episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Sep 08, 2021
Thoughts on Employees Leaving
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On this episode, I'm talking about the unfortunate, but very real experience of losing great workers. Every founder, leader, and manager goes through it and it never gets easier, so I want to give some perspective to help you think about it.  As I mentioned in the episode, check out these two Founder's Journal episodes on Elon Musk: How Elon Musk Thinks Part I How Elon Musk Thinks Part II Check out episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Sep 06, 2021
5 Lessons from Allbirds' Journey to IPO
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Today, I’m talking about Allbirds, the sustainable lifestyle brand that just filed for an IPO. I’m discussing their growth journey and touching on a few major lessons we can learn from it.   [Allbirds is not a sponsor of this content in any way, just an interesting company case study] Check out episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Sep 03, 2021
How To Write Better Online With David Perell
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Today, I'm talking with David Perell, AKA The Writing Guy, about why online writing is one of the most important skills you can have in 2021 and how you can do it more effectively. David has his own online writing school, called Write of Passage, and shares many of his insights on Twitter. This episode was recorded live in front of an audience of Morning Brew VIPs, who received an invitation as part of our Morning Brew Referral Program. Check out episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Sep 01, 2021
The Right Way to Take Time Off
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In this episode, I'm discussing the steps you should take to properly set yourself up at work before taking time off. As mentioned in the episode, check out two of my previous episodes, How to Unplug From Work and How To Get Your Shit Together, for more helpful tools related to PTO.
Aug 30, 2021
Accelerate Your Career #6: The Rules of Connection (Classic)
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This episode is the final part of Founder's Journal's first-ever miniseries, Accelerate Your Career. I'm explaining my 7 rules of connecting and networking in a post-COVID, internet world. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Aug 27, 2021
Accelerate Your Career #5: How to Get Promoted Faster
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This episode is part five of Founder's Journal's first-ever miniseries, Accelerate Your Career. Today, I'm talking about how to climb the ladder at your company faster. I'm walking you through best practices to set yourself up for success when the time comes for a promotion. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Aug 27, 2021
Accelerate Your Career #4: My Process for Productivity (Classic)
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Today’s episode is part 4 of Founder’s Journal's first-ever miniseries, Accelerate Your Career. I’m walking you through the process I use to have a productive day. I'm also discussing how I think about the tasks I'm unable to get to by the end of the day. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Aug 25, 2021
Accelerate Your Career #3: Superpowers of a Top Performer
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Today’s episode is part 3 of Founder’s Journal's first-ever miniseries, Accelerate Your Career. I’m discussing the foundational traits that all top performers have in common, with an emphasis on what it means to be a quality thinker.  As I mentioned in the episode, for more information on effective prioritization, check out one of my earlier episodes, How To Prioritize Time & Tasks To Enhance Your Work. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Aug 25, 2021
Accelerate Your Career #2: Learning How to Learn (Classic)
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In today's world of information overload and limited time, it is more important than ever to understand how to learn in an effective way. Today, I'm breaking down a four-step process for efficiently learning about any new topic personally or professionally. As I mentioned in the episode, here are some great resources for learning more about effective note-taking: David Perell on Twitter Tiago Forte on Twitter Tiago Forte's online course, Building a Second Brain Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Aug 23, 2021
Accelerate Your Career #1: How to Get Unstuck In Your Job
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This week, we're dropping our first ever miniseries here on Founder's Journal called Accelerate Your Career, where we'll be bringing back some classic episodes you loved—or if you're a new listener, maybe you haven't heard before—and some new episodes you won't want to miss. In today's episode, I'm discussing feeling stuck at your job and walking through some strategies to help get unstuck and continue moving forward in your career. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Aug 23, 2021
Fundraising Part II: Timing And Venture Capital Money
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Today’s episode is a continuation of Wednesday’s episode on fundraising for a business. I’m talking more broadly about how you should think about funding your business or someone else’s and when it makes sense to take VC money. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Aug 20, 2021
Fundraising Part I: How Morning Brew Raised Money
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Today, I’m talking about our journey raising money to launch Morning Brew as a business. I dive into why we needed funding, the resources we tapped, and our decision not to pursue VC funding. Check out the full transcript at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista
Aug 18, 2021
How To Prioritize Time & Tasks To Enhance Your Work
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I’ve always been fascinated by great workers and their ability to prioritize their work effectively. Today, I take you though the prioritization strategies of a myriad of professionals that you can test and add to your professional toolkit.  More info here on: The Eisenhower Matrix HFEL (Hard First, Easy Last) Core versus Non-Core (Business As Usual v/s Shiny Objects) Sunday Sessions What are you prioritization strategies? Let me know via email Alex@morningbrew.com, DM me on Twitter @businessbarista or leave a voice message on our website https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com/
Aug 16, 2021
Build Audience Like A Media Company
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The media landscape has shifted drastically in the past two decades, making it easier than ever for individuals to create their own content and build an audience just like big media companies do. Today, I discuss how you can leverage this opportunity to accelerate your career or business.
Aug 13, 2021
Why a Sales Skillset is a Business Superpower
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Sales is the most important skill that an entrepreneur has in their toolkit. Yet it is dismissed and downplayed in school and by other professions. I examine our perception of sales and why any modern business professional needs to take the skill seriously.
Aug 11, 2021
How Incentives Can Make or Break Your Business
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As I’ve spent more time in and around business, I have realized that few things are more important than incentives. The right incentives can accelerate a business. The wrong incentives can literally sink a business. This episode shares a few stories of incentives gone wrong and how we can think about setting the right incentives in our careers.
Aug 09, 2021
Ethereum 101 & How It Could Top Bitcoin in Cryptocurrency
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Ethereum is a blockchain based software platform that has the potential to revolutionize industries from Finance to Music & act as the foundation for a new digital economy. To be a modern professional is to understand the basics of potentially game-changing technology.  Listen to my overview of AWS here: https://link.chtbl.com/fj-aws Got a question about business, media, or just want to say hi? Send an email to alex@morningbrew.com.
Aug 06, 2021
How to Unplug From Work
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Being a high-performer is a double-edged sword. You aim for perfection, which drives you to work tirelessly and never settle. But if not kept in check, this way of working can lead to burnout and unhappiness. Today, I provide strategies to unplug from work when it seems like an impossible task. Got a question about business, media, or just want to say hi? Send an email to alex@morningbrew.com
Aug 04, 2021
Founder's Mailbox
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We've got some reader questions to answer: How do I deal with anxiety? What's the future of Social Media Food Influencers? What does an Executive Chairman even do? Today I answer these questions and more from our listeners. Do you have a question about business, media, or just want to say hi? Send an email to alex@morningbrew.com, or my DMs are open @businessbarista on Twitter.
Aug 02, 2021
4 Business Lessons from the Olympics
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Today, I reflect on the business of the Olympics & what we can learn from the exorbitant costs & historical unprofitability of the games.
Jul 30, 2021
How to Build Meaningful Relationships
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Today, I reflect on the ways in which I’ve built deep, meaningful relationships as an entrepreneur
Jul 28, 2021
9 Principles for Angel Investing
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Today, I talk about my current strategy for investing in startups & the principles that guide my decision to say GO or NO GO on a potential investment.
Jul 26, 2021
How I Got Into Angel Investing
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Today, I talk about my introduction to angel investing & how I approached writing my first three checks in very different early-stage businesses. 
Jul 23, 2021
The Golden Age of Entrepreneurship
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Today, I’m breaking down the eight trends that have led to a golden age in Entrepreneurship. There has never been a better time in history to start a business.
Jul 21, 2021
Introducing Startup Crossfit, AKA "Is This Really A Good Business Idea?"
724
Today, we’re introducing a new segment: “Startup CrossFit,” where I put my ideas & the ideas of others through the business analysis gauntlet. 
Jul 19, 2021
Entrepreneurship In All Aspects Of Your Life w/ Shopify's Harley Finkelstein
1400
Recorded live in front of Morning Brew referral program VIPs, I ask Shopify president Harley Finkelstein about his journey from teenage DJ to Employee #20 at Shopify, and now to president of a company with 10,000 employees.
Jul 16, 2021
The Most Underrated Driver of Success & Happiness
674
Today, I’ll be talking about a foundational skill that if mastered can drive long-term professional success & personal happiness.
Jul 14, 2021
How To Get Your Shit Together
686
Today, I’ll be talking about the framework I use to get my shit together.
Jul 12, 2021
The $54 Billion Business No One Really Thinks About.
569
Today, I’ll be talking about Amazon Web Services, an oft-forgotten but massive money-making machine living inside of Amazon.
Jul 09, 2021
Lessons from Andy Jassy, Amazon’s New CEO
657
Today, I’m talking about Jeff Bezos’ successor as CEO of Amazon and the lessons we can learn from his 24-year ascent at the giant tech company.
Jul 07, 2021
How Elon Musk Thinks Part II
662
Today, I celebrate the 50th birthday of Elon Musk by breaking the second powerful mental model that he uses to run his businesses: First Principles Thinking
Jul 05, 2021
How Elon Musk Thinks Part I
498
Today, I celebrate the 50th birthday of Elon Musk by breaking down a powerful mental model he uses to build his businesses: Sum Product Thinking
Jul 02, 2021
How I Quit My Job
905
Today, I talk about my process for deciding to quit my cushy job in Finance for the uncertainty of building a media business full-time
Jun 30, 2021
Whatever You Do, Don’t Follow Your Passion
397
Today, I talk about why following your passion is bad, anxiety-provoking advice & how thinking about the concept of "passion" differently can open you to greater freedom and success.
Jun 28, 2021
Interviewing My Co-Founder
794
Today I ask Morning Brew CEO Austin Rief about his greatest joy, biggest challenge and worst screw-up while we were building the Brew.
Jun 25, 2021
Apple’s Great Moat
495
Today, I talk about the power of switching costs and how companies like Apple, Twitter, and Slack create long-term advantages through them. Past episodes where we covered Helmer’s first two powers: Economies of Scale https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/winning-with-scale/id1509276485?i=1000515105956 Network Effects https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/network-effects/id1509276485?i=1000516069108
Jun 23, 2021
6 Steps for Successful Meetings
599
Today I talk about 6 of the steps I've learned over thousands of meetings. How, when, and why you should call them.
Jun 21, 2021
4 Lessons From Inside Jeff Bezos's Brain
523
Today I talk about 4 timeless lessons from Amazon’s 1997 letter to shareholders that established the principles for building an empire.
Jun 18, 2021
How NOT To Treat Information Like Sh*t
664
Today I’m talking about a supercharged strategy for note-taking, because as a builder your lifeblood is information. It's heavily inspired by David Perell who developed a method for note-taking called The Information Capture Process. Also big thanks to Tiago Forte and his amazing Progressive Summarization technique.
Jun 16, 2021
The Entrepreneurial Operating System
821
Today I’ll explain how we found the Entrepreneurial Operating System and used it to grow Morning Brew.
Jun 14, 2021
Why Saving Is So Dangerous
510
Today's episode is about saving money and why that can be a really bad thing in business.
Jun 11, 2021
How to Elevate Your Tribe
842
Today’s episode is about how you actually go about building a tribe that aligns with your values.
Jun 09, 2021
How to Build Your Tribe
581
Today, I’m talking about what it means to be part of a tribe and what goes into building your tribe.
Jun 07, 2021
Why and How I Bought Bitcoin
996
Today I talk about my decision to buy bitcoin, why I bought it, and the considerations I made along the way.
Jun 04, 2021
Fight for Your Customers
997
Today I’m talking about fighting for every single customer no matter how big your company is.
Jun 02, 2021
The Power of Learning Groups
765
Today I explain what a learning group is and why I think it can accelerate learning & creative thinking. 
May 31, 2021
How to Be a Selfless Conversationalist
587
Today I share how to be short term selfish in conversations in order to be long term selfish...in a good way.
May 28, 2021
Hiring Senior Employees
683
For today’s journal, I want to help you make the right choices when picking senior people at your company.
May 26, 2021
My Opinion On Opinions
806
Today I’m talking about peoples’ opinions and how to help you think through the best way to make them work for you in your career.
May 24, 2021
How I Manage Anxiety
859
Today I’m talking about my anxiety and how I approach living with it in a productive and healthy way.
May 21, 2021
Aggregation Theory
805
Todays episode breaks down a business framework that explains why some businesses are so powerful, so defensible, and only get more powerful & defensible with each day that passes. Listen to my episode on Network Effects here.
May 19, 2021
How to Keep a Decision Journal
779
Today I give you a tool for taking an honest & repeatable approach to how you evaluate major decisions you make.
May 17, 2021
How to Make Decisions
525
Today’s episode is about making every decision you make count.
May 14, 2021
How to Build Intentionally
744
On today’s guest journal, Amanda Goetz, Founder of House of Wise, gives us insight into building intentionally.
May 12, 2021
Learning How to Learn
1229
Today, I break down a four-step process for efficiently learning about any new topic personally or professionally. Liston to The Power of Curation on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
May 10, 2021
How My Brain Works
479
Today I share one of the things I have been perpetually unconfident about…the way I work.
May 07, 2021
The Regret Minimization Framework
548
Today I give you a mental model that you can add to your toolkit when making big decisions in business or life.
May 05, 2021
The Rules of Connection
787
Today I explain my 7 rules of connecting & networking in a post-COVID, internet world.
May 03, 2021
Guest Journal: Carving Your Niche w/ Darren Rovell
642
On today’s guest journal, Darren Rovell shares how carving out his niche in sports allowed him to build a 2,000,000 follower audience on Twitter.
Apr 30, 2021
The Value of Feedback
678
Today, I talk about the importance of delivering frequent, quality feedback in business & how you can level of your feedback-giving abilities.
Apr 28, 2021
The Power of Storytelling
641
Today I share the superpower of storytelling, how I’ve used it as a builder, and how you can level-up your storytelling.
Apr 26, 2021
Former CEO of Morning Brew
468
In today’s journal, I speak about my transition from CEO to Executive Chairman of Morning Brew.
Apr 23, 2021
Guest Journal: Ask What's Possible w/ Kara Goldin
638
Today’s guest journal highlights the Founder and CEO of Hint Water, Kara Goldin.
Apr 21, 2021
The Power of Curation
475
Today I talk about why curation is a superpower, why it’s misunderstood, and why it’s more important than ever.
Apr 19, 2021
The Trailblazer
1419
Today I tell the founding story of Salesforce, its disruption to computing, and the lessons all builders can learn from its success.
Apr 16, 2021
Guest Journal: Build in Public w/Nik Sharma
665
Nik guides us through the importance of building in public & the impact it’s had on his career.
Apr 14, 2021
Jobs to Be Done
496
Today I break down “Jobs to be Done” and how to apply it to all of your work.
Apr 12, 2021
Think for Yourself
707
Today’s journal is about what it means to be an independent thinker & what you can do to start thinking for yourself rather than in accordance with others.
Apr 09, 2021
Network Effects
877
Today I talk network effects. What they are, why they matter, and how to identify them in your industry.
Apr 07, 2021
My Cofounder
695
Today I talk about my relationship with my cofounder, Austin Rief.
Apr 05, 2021
The Billion Dollar Builder
1223
Today I share the success story of Pinduoduo and its founder, Colin Huang.
Apr 02, 2021
Winning with Scale
835
Today I break down Scale Economies and how Netflix is winning with this powerful business strategy.
Mar 31, 2021
The Future of Work
900
Today I talk about the future of Morning Brew’s work environment post COVID-19.
Mar 29, 2021
Return on Luck
667
Today I talk about luck and its role in business.
Mar 26, 2021
The Power of Focus
862
Today I talk about what it means to stay focused and resist the temptation to always say yes to new opportunities.
Mar 24, 2021
What Is Strategy?
693
Today I define business strategy and unpack why we as builders want so badly to be considered strategic.
Mar 22, 2021
6 Years, 6 Lessons
1052
We launched The Brew 6 years ago. Here are 6 of the most important lessons I learned.
Mar 19, 2021
Meeting My Coach
655
Today I reflect on my first executive coaching session.
Mar 17, 2021
Making $$$
703
Today I discuss how we secured our first advertising partners in the early days of Morning Brew.
Mar 15, 2021
Work Hard, Pay Hard
693
Today I discuss the Peter Principle and the influence it can have on employees, managers, and businesses.
Mar 12, 2021
Chief People Pleaser
750
Today I talk more about how I (unnecessarily) personalized the resignations of our first 2 employees and how we kept from losing momentum.
Mar 10, 2021
How We Built This
783
Today I reflect on my experience being on one of the largest business podcasts in the world.
Mar 08, 2021
A(lex)SMR
679
Today I share some tips and strategies for improving your audio.
Mar 05, 2021
The Future of Twitter
1124
Today I breakdown Twitter's new products and reflect on how I can apply their strategies at Morning Brew.
Mar 03, 2021
How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome
1403
Today I share my experiences with imposter syndrome and some techniques I use to cope with it.
Mar 01, 2021
Good Interview, Bad Interview
839
Today I tell two stories: one about being hired and one about hiring.
Feb 26, 2021
The Entrepreneur Evolution
691
Today I compare the stages of entrepreneurship to writing an essay.
Feb 24, 2021
My Process for Productivity
1131
Today I walk through the process I use to have a productive week.
Feb 22, 2021
Building a New Product
730
Today I walk through the ideation and iterations of our upcoming paid product.
Feb 19, 2021
Changing Our Name and Logo
879
Today I share the origin story of the Morning Brew name and logo.
Feb 17, 2021
The Clubhouse Craze
801
Today I share four timeless lessons from the app that everyone's talking about: Clubhouse
Feb 15, 2021
How We Raised Money
817
Today I tell the story of how we raised money for Morning Brew, and share tips on how to get someone to invest in you.
Feb 12, 2021
Audience Building 101
979
Today I explain why everyone should be building an audience.
Feb 10, 2021
Picking a Cofounder
1113
Today I take you back to my college days to tell the story of how I found my cofounder.
Feb 08, 2021
My First Fire
981
Today I share the story of my first time letting someone go at Morning Brew.
Feb 05, 2021
Should I Hire My Friend?
779
Today I present things you should consider before working with a friend or family member.
Feb 03, 2021
The Cauliflower of Business
1101
Today I explain why an internal communication strategy is so important and go behind-the-scenes of our strategy at Morning Brew.
Feb 01, 2021
4 Principles For Making Great Hires
691
Today I breakdown the four principles we use for hiring great talent through the story of hiring Morning Brew's Managing Editor.
Jan 29, 2021
Losing My Dad
710
Today I reflect on the biggest loss in my life and how it made me the professional and man I am today.
Jan 27, 2021
The Origin of Morning Brew Sales
874
Today I breakdown the evolution of Morning Brew's 8-figure sales strategy.
Jan 25, 2021
Why I Quit My Job
792
Today I reflect on the thought process that convinced me to leave my cushy job at Morgan Stanley and go full-time at Morning Brew.
Jan 22, 2021
How We Grew From 0 to 2.5 million
1191
Today I break down the tactics Morning Brew used to grow from 0 to 2.5, including the ambassador program, referral program, and paid acquisition.
Jan 20, 2021
I Ruined The Meeting
778
Today I reflect on how I messed up big time during a meeting for our paid product.
Jan 18, 2021
The Secret to Employee Happiness
887
Today I discuss the impact that managers can have on employee satisfaction.
Jan 15, 2021
How to Overcome Builder's Block
887
Today I describe my experience having "builder's block" and suggest some remedies.
Jan 13, 2021
Making Weekdays as Productive as the Weekend
965
Today I reflect on my productive weekend and think about ways to clear distractions from my weekdays.
Jan 11, 2021
Leadership During Tumultuous Times
791
Today I discuss four lessons that I've learned about leading a company through tumultuous times.
Jan 08, 2021
5 Keys to a Pump-up Speech
1067
Today I break down the 5 keys to a great pump-up speech.
Jan 06, 2021
New Year's Resolutions Are Broken
906
Today I explain how New Year's Resolutions set you up to fail, and present a better framework for reaching your goals.
Jan 04, 2021
Why I'm Rewriting My Job Description
1032
Today I explain my annual review process and why I'm rewriting my job description as CEO of Morning Brew.
Jan 01, 2021
Mr. Beast and the Balloon Effect
670
Today I explore the growth of Mr. Beast and compare it to the growth of Morning Brew.
Dec 30, 2020
Poker Should Be a Required Business Class
1036
Today I breakdown what business builders can learn from strategies and fundamentals of poker.
Dec 28, 2020
The Scary Part of a Relaxing Break
416
Today, as people start logging off for the holidays, I discuss the anxiety of doing nothing.
Dec 24, 2020
Should I Invest in Bitcoin?
530
Today I walk through my decision making process while pondering whether I should invest in Bitcoin.
Dec 23, 2020
Your Trash is Another's Treasure
504
Today I discuss how to make less with more by utilizing the processes, waste, and unused ideas in your business.
Dec 22, 2020
Expectations vs. Reality (My First Board Meeting)
489
Today I reflect on my expectations going into my first board meeting, and how things actually went down.
Dec 21, 2020
Small Details Add Up Fast
753
Today I discuss the importance of being "on brand" in all the little touch-points your business has with its customers.
Dec 18, 2020
Addition by Subtraction
435
Today I discuss a cold outreach template that shows that, sometimes, less is more.
Dec 17, 2020
How to Make Reference Checks Less Terrible
604
Today I propose how companies can actually make reference checks useful.
Dec 16, 2020
Everyone Is a Project Manager
471
Today I talk about the importance of creating processes that turn employees into project managers.
Dec 15, 2020
You Are Unoriginal
438
Today I discuss a recent experience that reminded me that our problems are not unique to us.
Dec 14, 2020
Monthly AMA: Startups vs. Big Business, Staying Creative, and Opportunity Cost
734
Today I answer listener questions on the safety of startups, how to stay innovative, and a missed opportunity I'm grateful for.
Dec 11, 2020
The Controversial B Word In Business
608
Today I debate if and when business builders need to invest in brand.
Dec 10, 2020
Two Lessons From Our Two-Day Offsite
757
Today I go behind-the-scenes of our company off-site and discuss how businesses should think about prioritization and data.
Dec 09, 2020
It's Okay To Not Be Contrarian
516
Today I explain why you should pay attention to the most obvious decisions, and discuss the media channel that I am most bullish on.
Dec 08, 2020
Iterative Repetition and More Business Lessons from Archery
642
Today I reflect on my archery session and discuss the importance of iterative repetition.
Dec 07, 2020
The Stress of Taking Time Off
561
Today I talk about the importance of taking time off, and why it's difficult to unplug as a founder.
Dec 04, 2020
Mental Readjustments During the Business Building Process
498
Today I reflect on the mental readjustments I've had to make while growing Morning Brew.
Dec 03, 2020
Online Friendships vs. Real Life Friendships
454
Today I discuss how creating and interacting online can lead to strong friendships.
Dec 02, 2020
Using Repetition to Signal What's Important
530
Today I talk about repetition and why it is a powerful tool in a manager's arsenal.
Dec 01, 2020
The Great Unlock for Creativity and Connection
471
Today I breakdown the benefits I've seen from joining the 30 for 30 writing program, and share why I want to bring the program to the Morning Brew team.
Nov 30, 2020
10 (Unexpected) Things I'm Thankful For
554
Today I highlight 10 things that I'm thankful for (beyond friends, family, and health)
Nov 27, 2020
Unconventional Ways to Attract Talent
490
Hiring is hard. Today I brainstorm ideas on how we can attract great content creators to Morning Brew
Nov 26, 2020
What Companies Can Learn From Sneakers Drops
608
Today I discuss surprising and delighting your customers and the art of the product drop
Nov 25, 2020
5 Non-Obvious Benefits of Focusing On Your Best Customers
685
Today I talk about why you should focus on your best customers, and how our ambassador program has provided benefits beyond acquisition.
Nov 24, 2020
What To Do When You Encounter a Shiny Object
550
Today I discuss how we keep our core values and competencies in mind when evaluating new opportunities
Nov 23, 2020
Turn Employees Into Influencers
631
Today I discuss why why every company should empower its employees to be creators.
Nov 20, 2020
How to Shoot Your Shot
415
Today I explain why you should fear regret, not rejection.
Nov 19, 2020
Non-Marketing Lessons from a Marketing Legend
665
Today I discuss finding your company's purpose, being a part of societal issues, and growing people.
Nov 18, 2020
30 Days of Writing
520
I'm joining a 30 day writing challenge. Today I discuss why I joined this challenge and what I plan on writing about.
Nov 17, 2020
The Brewsletter
591
Today I explain what the Brewsletter is and the importance of having internal employee communication.
Nov 16, 2020
The Idea Funnel
570
Today I discuss the funnel for how ideas can be captured, evaluated and executed within an organization.
Nov 13, 2020
Work From Home Setup
466
Today I set up my new work environment and it got me thinking about the tools we use in our work stack.
Nov 12, 2020
Why We Hate Feedback
565
Today I discuss why we are so bad at receiving feedback (and how to be better).
Nov 11, 2020
I Miss People
574
Today I'm back in the office and reflecting on how it feels to interact in-person.
Nov 10, 2020
Nurturing Your Hires
597
Today I discuss why companies should maintain relationships with all-star candidates, even if they aren't a fit for a specific role.
Nov 09, 2020
Positioning Founder's Journal
743
Today I talk about how I want to position Founder's Journal in the podcast market.
Nov 06, 2020
We'll be back on Thursday
108
No Founder's Journal today. Just want to thank @MorningBrew's creators for their incredible work always, but especially now.
Nov 04, 2020
Thinking About the Future in Job Interviews
514
Today I discuss my favorite interview question to ask candidates and the importance of communication with all employees (especially hiring managers).
Nov 04, 2020
What's next for The Founder's Journal?
823
Today I ask my audience what they want to see as move towards the next phase for The Founder's Journal. Email me at alex@morningbrew.com with your thoughts!
Nov 03, 2020
The Acquisition
779
Today I discuss Morning Brew's acquisition, reflect on the journey, and discuss what the process is like for a founder.
Nov 02, 2020
Lessons from the Godfather of Marketing
640
Today I reflect on the 3 things I learned from my discussion with Rishad Tobaccowala Data is tablestakes Student Mindset The importance of storytelling
Oct 30, 2020
Process Is Not The Killer
560
Today I uncover the real killer of innovation (hint: it's not process).
Oct 29, 2020
Building Communities
760
Today I demystify the benefits and challenges of community, and contrast community vs. fandom. 10/28 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman
Oct 28, 2020
Signal vs. Noise
701
Today I discuss the mechanisms for capturing signals and how to distinguish between signals and noise when making decisions for your business. 10/26 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman
Oct 27, 2020
How to Stay Relevant
532
Today I discuss relevancy and how to balance creativity and structure to keep your business relevant for decades. 10/22 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman
Oct 23, 2020
Be a Problem Solver
694
Today I explain the difference between being a problem solver and a problem identifier. 10/22 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman
Oct 22, 2020
Active vs. Passive Curiosity
379
10/21 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I discuss how passive curiosity enables brands to guide their audience with trust and attention.
Oct 21, 2020
Interview Questions
467
10/14 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I discuss reading between the lines of questions that interviewees ask you.
Oct 14, 2020
AMA: Remote Work, Personal Branding, & Content Creation
638
10/09 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I answer listener questions on personal branding, remote work, and how the internet has changed content.
Oct 09, 2020
Moderating a Panel
561
10/07 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I discuss my experience acting as a moderator for a personalized marketing panel, and what I learned about facilitating a conversation between subject matter experts. 🔉 Subscribe to The Founder’s Journal YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6xplRRnW2TbZZMtejJIGow?sub_confirmation=1 Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-founders-journal/id1509276485 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7v0bSXLudQ4m58rIcevedx
Oct 08, 2020
40 Under 40
773
10/07 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I discuss what it means to me to be featured in Ad Age's 40 Under 40, and how I believe this award can be leveraged. 🔉 Subscribe to The Founder’s Journal YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6xplRRnW2TbZZMtejJIGow?sub_confirmation=1 Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-founders-journal/id1509276485 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7v0bSXLudQ4m58rIcevedx
Oct 08, 2020
My Q3 Review
648
10/06 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I reflect on my Q3 goals and how I'm thinking about setting my rocks for Q4.
Oct 08, 2020
Get Out of Your Bubble
387
10/05 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I talk about the value of talking to people outside of your industry, age group, and interests.
Oct 05, 2020
Reflecting on the State of the Brewnion
662
10/02 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I reflect after delivering the State of the Brewnion. What went well and what can we improve for next time?
Oct 02, 2020
Losing Employee #2
518
10/01 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I discuss how it feels to lose an early employee, both personally and from the perspective of the business.
Oct 01, 2020
The Manager's Paradox
475
09/30 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I discuss the time commitment and opportunity cost that comes with being a manager.
Sep 30, 2020
Prepping for State of the Brewnion
577
09/29 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I discuss my thinking as I prepare for our Q3 all-hands, State of the Brewnion. 
Sep 29, 2020
Scarcity and Exclusivity
458
09/28 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I discuss the difference between scarcity and exclusivity, and how both can be used as strategies for your business.
Sep 28, 2020
Is It Worth It?
583
09/25 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I discuss trade-offs and opportunity cost. How do you determine whether something is worth your time?
Sep 25, 2020
Lessons From My Golf Lesson
567
09/24 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I talk about the lessons I learned about discipline and processes from my golf lesson.
Sep 24, 2020
Moving Fast and Breaking Things
638
09/23 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I discuss how to identify and deal with cracks that form in your business as you move fast.
Sep 23, 2020
90% Unsexy
615
09/22 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I talk about how unsexy my work today was an what the day-to-day of running a media organization is really like.
Sep 22, 2020
The Open-Mindedness Opinionated Matrix
655
09/18 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I discuss how you can be open-minded but also hold strong opinions (and how your level of each can affect you in your career)
Sep 18, 2020
The Perils of Podcasting
786
09/17 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I reflect on my conversation with Lewis Howes about podcasting (and how hard it is to grow a podcast).
Sep 17, 2020
Hiring is a Team Sport
568
09/16 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I talk about hiring and why you need all hands on deck to make effective hires.
Sep 16, 2020
Remote Work Technology
583
09/15 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I discuss remote work tools and their adoption in organizations.
Sep 15, 2020
Why Startups Are Allergic To Planning
551
09/12 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I discuss why most startups fail to plan, and as the saying goes "If you fail to plan, you can plan to fail."
Sep 12, 2020
Asking For Help
682
09/11 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today I discuss how and when to ask for help. When I ask questions: - When I have many questions to answer - When the questions aren't easily accessible - When the price for wrong answers is high
Sep 11, 2020
Podcast Growth
785
09/10 The Founder's Journal with Alex Lieberman Today, Josh and I brainstorm how we can grow this podcast through proactive and reactive marketing.
Sep 10, 2020
Therapy
581
Today I discuss why I go to therapy and how a therapist can be an emotional sparring partner who helps me reflect on life's greatest questions.
Sep 09, 2020
Anxiety of the Unknown
631
Today I reflect on the anxiety of finding my purpose and identity once I'm done with my career at Morning Brew. How do you deal with ambiguity? What is fulfillment and purpose for you?
Sep 04, 2020
1 Million Opens
483
Today I talk about what 1 million opens of the Morning Brew newsletter means to me and what I've learned on this journey.
Sep 03, 2020
Leading a Business During a Recession
684
Today I discuss what I've learned about running a business during the first recession in Morning Brew's history.
Sep 02, 2020
Special Surprises
525
Today I talk about "Special S's" and the impact of giving special surprises and treats (even if it's small or FREE!) to your team for no reason.
Sep 01, 2020
Taking Stock of Your Career
589
Today I reflect on the question "what are you most excited about _____?" and my list of non-negotiables for my career
Aug 28, 2020
Personal Branding
477
Today I discuss how individuals can lean into their various interests to become a multi-branded asset.
Aug 27, 2020
My Conversation with Kipp Bodnar
561
Today I reflect on my conversation with Kipp Bodnar, and discuss finding less popular items for your content diet and the skill-sets that help a startup employee to grow.
Aug 26, 2020
Managing Senior Employees
539
Today we're discussing how to manage senior employees and what a senior employee should expect from a founder or co-founder.
Aug 25, 2020
Where To Look For Inspiration
658
Today I discuss two places you can look for inspiration: things that are new and unproven for your audience and things that are new and unimpressive. This includes: Unscaled businesses Other geographic markets Other demographics
Aug 21, 2020
My Mom
540
Today I tell you about my Chief of Staff, Stacey Lieberman
Aug 20, 2020
Future of The Founder's Journal
1099
Today I discuss what we're doing well, not doing well, and what we can improve with The Founder's Journal going forward.
Aug 19, 2020
There's More to Social Media
693
Today I discuss how social media is more than just a tool to build a brand or kill time.
Aug 18, 2020
Words Affect Your Identity
454
Today I reflect on the words I used to describe myself in a conversation, and how the things I consistently repeat shape my identity.
Aug 14, 2020
What is Productive?
397
Today I discuss productivity (again). Specifically, what activities that you do are actually productive?
Aug 13, 2020
10-Ks and Rabbit Holes
817
Today I breakdown AT&Ts 10-K and go through my takeaways after dissecting their financial documents.
Aug 12, 2020
Org Structure
668
Today I go through Morning Brew's organization structure and explain why every employee should understand their org structure.
Aug 11, 2020
Replicate Success
535
Today I reflect on reflecting. I discuss why you need to find out why you had a success and how you can replicate successes in the future.
Aug 07, 2020
Hiring Strategy
628
Today I remind myself what to keep in mind during the hiring process to make sure we find unicorns and avoid mistakes when hiring quickly.
Aug 06, 2020
Strategic Likability
465
Today I discuss strategic likability: How do build up the skills you need to be liked and trusted across your organization?
Aug 05, 2020
The Compound Interest of Process
773
Today I discuss how discipline and process compound into great results over time.
Aug 04, 2020
LinkedIn AMA
837
Today I answer questions submitted on our LinkedIn Live, including: What does Morning Brew look like in 2 years? What changes and challenges have we faced due to COVID-19? What is Morning Brew's culture like?
Jul 31, 2020
Blind Spots
531
Today I talk about two situations where my ego got in the way of my learning.
Jul 30, 2020
Organized Chaos
667
Today I discuss how chaos within the structures of an organization can lead to innovation.
Jul 29, 2020
Brand Ambassador Program
661
Today I discuss BrewU: Morning Brew's brand ambassador program. We discuss our history in brand ambassadors and how things have changed as we relaunch the program.
Jul 28, 2020
Stealing Ideas
533
Today we talk about "stealing" or taking inspiration from things that already exist (and putting your own spin on it).
Jul 24, 2020
Depth Learning vs. Breadth Learning
563
Today is the second part of our media diet discussion. We discuss the differences between depth and breadth in learning.
Jul 23, 2020
My Conversation with Alicia Tillman
816
Today I reflect on my interview with Alicia Tillman, CMO of SAP. The three main takeaways: All marketing is B2C marketing Communicate the balance between autonomy and authority Understand history to set strategy
Jul 22, 2020
Scaling Sales
563
Today I discuss how Morning Brew has been able to scale our sales organization, why you need specialists as you grow, and where we aim to go with our advertising business.
Jul 21, 2020
Tough Conversations
639
Today I talk about tough conversations: what they are why they're so important how to have them
Jul 17, 2020
Substack Strategy
806
Today we do a strategy breakdown of Substack and see how they can become the front and back office for creators.
Jul 16, 2020
Personal Brand
566
Today I discuss why I'm doing the CMO Series and how to make yourself a top-of-the-funnel asset for your business.
Jul 15, 2020
Overwhelm
446
Today I discuss how I had a productive day, but couldn't find enough time to accomplish everything I wanted.
Jul 14, 2020
Paid Product
648
Today I reflect on a meeting I just had on building and testing a new paid product.
Jul 13, 2020
Your Content Diet
626
Today I discuss diets... content diets. What are the things you're consuming and how does it affect your outputs?
Jul 10, 2020
Culture Brainstorm
838
Today I brainstorm ways that we can impact Morning Brew's culture.
Jul 08, 2020
The Cadence of Work
721
Today I reflect on my 4th of July Weekend and how it felt to unplug from work.
Jul 07, 2020
Be the Consumer of Your Product
532