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Creator Lab - interviews with entrepreneurs and startup founders

Bilal Zaidi

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Creator Lab - interviews with entrepreneurs and startup founders

Creator Lab - interviews with entrepreneurs and startup founders

Bilal Zaidi

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Conversations with leading entrepreneurs, non-profit founders, award winning designers, educators, artists and everything else in between.We dig deep into their stories, have honest conversations about how they made their ideas come to life and the lessons learned along the way.

Latest Episodes

Kat Cole, Focus Brands // Leading A $5 Billion Company, International Expansion + Brand Partnerships

Kat worked her way up from being a waitress at Hooters aged 17, to an exec at 26 and president of Cinnabon at 31. Today, she’s the president of the parent company doing $4-5bil in sales in 60+ countries, across 6500+ locations. Their 7 brands including Cinnabon, Carvel & Jamba Juice. In this conversation you’ll learn how she thinks about growth, adapting products to emerging trends, using brand partnerships to grow & the factors that go into expanding internationally.

80 min3 d ago
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Kat Cole, Focus Brands // Leading A $5 Billion Company, International Expansion + Brand Partnerships

Ryan Begelman, Summit Series // Holistic Entrepreneurship, Philosophy + Buying A Mountain

Ryan co-founded Summit Series, described as“TED meets Burning Man”&“The Davos of Gen Y”by Forbes They’ve become known for hosting incredible events with thousands of leading creators likeRichard Branson, Jeff Bezos & Jessica Alba. Summit acquiredPowder Mountain, America’s largest ski resort after pre-selling theopportunity to their community. Ryan also bought intoBisnow Media, became CEO & sold for a reported $50mil+, all without venture capital.

102 min1 w ago
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Ryan Begelman, Summit Series // Holistic Entrepreneurship, Philosophy + Buying A Mountain

Becoming An Owner + Buying Companies // Ryan Kulp, Fork Equity

In this episode, we discuss the world of micro private equity, buying existing companies with little money down & the philosophy of becoming an owner. Ryan has a growing portfolio of 7 products, including fomo.com, a popular SaaS Shopify app. He’s doing 7-figures in revenue, all while living a nomadic life traveling the world, coding on-the-go & making music. Show Notes: https://www.creatorlab.fm/ryan-kulp-fork-equity/ Subscribe + Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yEaKaxRgjlQ

104 minAUG 22
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Becoming An Owner + Buying Companies // Ryan Kulp, Fork Equity

Emily Heyward, Red Antler // How To Build A Brand People Love

“Most Important Entrepreneur of the Decade” – Inc Magazine Full Shows Notes + Time Stamps: https://www.creatorlab.fm/emily-heyward-red-antler Emily is one of the leading brand minds in the world. She's helped to build brands like All Birds, Casper & Boxed. WIN A FREE BOOK: We're giving away 5 free copies of her new book to our listeners. Sign up on creatorlab.fm for details: https://bit.ly/2Xxh58X

66 minAUG 7
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Emily Heyward, Red Antler // How To Build A Brand People Love

Emerging Markets, D2C Brands & Evolving The CMO Role // Hassan Yassine, Co-Founder, GAIA

Hassan is an entrepreneur who co-founded GAIA, one of Mexico’s leading startups that is disrupting the furniture business. In just over 5 years, they’ve grown to 18 stores, 350+ employees & built a multi-million dollar business. In this conversation, we discuss the opportunities in emerging markets, building a direct-to-consumer brand and the evolution of the CMO role. Full show notes: https://www.creatorlab.fm/hassan-yassine-gaia-interview/

86 minJAN 14
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Emerging Markets, D2C Brands & Evolving The CMO Role // Hassan Yassine, Co-Founder, GAIA

Rahul Vohra, Superhuman // Deep Dive Into Finding Product Market Fit

“Silicon Valley’s buzziest start-up” - The New York Times Rahul Vohra is the founder + CEO of Superhuman, “the fastest email ever made”. They’ve raised north of $50mil at a $260mil valuation from elite investors like First Round Capital & Andreessen Horowitz. Their premium email experience costs $30/month, with 220k people on their waitlist. In this episode, we discuss the engine they’ve built, designing their product using video game dynamics + learning how to listen to the right c

91 min2019 SEP 21
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Rahul Vohra, Superhuman // Deep Dive Into Finding Product Market Fit

Hiten Shah, Co-Founder FYI & KISSmetrics // The Future Of Remote Work

Hiten Shah has built multiple SaaS companies including Crazy Egg, KISSmetrics & FYI. In this conversation, we discuss the future of remote work and lessons learned from building, investing and advising 120+ companies.

69 min2019 SEP 5
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Hiten Shah, Co-Founder FYI & KISSmetrics // The Future Of Remote Work

$80mil Loss, With A Thousand Lessons // Christophe Garnier, Co-Founder of Upflex, Totsy + Spark Labs

EChristophe Garnier is the co-founder of Totsy, Spark Labs and Upflex. In this revealing conversation, he shares the honest story of an $80mil acquisition offer that got blocked by his board & what it took to bounce back from that experience. Full show notes: https://www.creatorlab.fm/christophe-garnier-totsy-spark-labs-upflex/ Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_aTL7FvI2ik

51 min2019 AUG 15
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$80mil Loss, With A Thousand Lessons // Christophe Garnier, Co-Founder of Upflex, Totsy + Spark Labs

Steve Schlafman, Partner at Primary // Personal + Professional Growth

Steve Schlafman is a Partner at Primary Venture Partners. He’s been an investor in the NYC startup ecosystem for the last decade. In this revealing conversation, we discuss how he thinks about personal + professional growth, building healthy habits, navigating your career, the fear of death, dealing with anxiety, overcoming “functional addiction”, sobriety & why the best performers – people like Eric Schmidt & Lebron James, all work with coaches.

88 min2019 JUL 26
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Steve Schlafman, Partner at Primary // Personal + Professional Growth

Emmy-Winning Mentalist Oz Pearlman // Human Psychology + Side Hustles

Oz Pearlman is an Emmy award-winning mentalist & magician. He captivated millions across the world as the runner up & finalist on America’s Got Talent. In this episode, Oz reads Bilal's mind, performs elaborate tricks that you have to see with your own eyes to believe (youtube.com/creatorlabfm) & we discuss human psychology, non-verbal communication & turning your side-hustle into a lucrative business.

109 min2019 JUL 13
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Emmy-Winning Mentalist Oz Pearlman // Human Psychology + Side Hustles

Latest Episodes

Kat Cole, Focus Brands // Leading A $5 Billion Company, International Expansion + Brand Partnerships

Kat worked her way up from being a waitress at Hooters aged 17, to an exec at 26 and president of Cinnabon at 31. Today, she’s the president of the parent company doing $4-5bil in sales in 60+ countries, across 6500+ locations. Their 7 brands including Cinnabon, Carvel & Jamba Juice. In this conversation you’ll learn how she thinks about growth, adapting products to emerging trends, using brand partnerships to grow & the factors that go into expanding internationally.

80 min3 d ago
Comments
Kat Cole, Focus Brands // Leading A $5 Billion Company, International Expansion + Brand Partnerships

Ryan Begelman, Summit Series // Holistic Entrepreneurship, Philosophy + Buying A Mountain

Ryan co-founded Summit Series, described as“TED meets Burning Man”&“The Davos of Gen Y”by Forbes They’ve become known for hosting incredible events with thousands of leading creators likeRichard Branson, Jeff Bezos & Jessica Alba. Summit acquiredPowder Mountain, America’s largest ski resort after pre-selling theopportunity to their community. Ryan also bought intoBisnow Media, became CEO & sold for a reported $50mil+, all without venture capital.

102 min1 w ago
Comments
Ryan Begelman, Summit Series // Holistic Entrepreneurship, Philosophy + Buying A Mountain

Becoming An Owner + Buying Companies // Ryan Kulp, Fork Equity

In this episode, we discuss the world of micro private equity, buying existing companies with little money down & the philosophy of becoming an owner. Ryan has a growing portfolio of 7 products, including fomo.com, a popular SaaS Shopify app. He’s doing 7-figures in revenue, all while living a nomadic life traveling the world, coding on-the-go & making music. Show Notes: https://www.creatorlab.fm/ryan-kulp-fork-equity/ Subscribe + Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yEaKaxRgjlQ

104 minAUG 22
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Becoming An Owner + Buying Companies // Ryan Kulp, Fork Equity

Emily Heyward, Red Antler // How To Build A Brand People Love

“Most Important Entrepreneur of the Decade” – Inc Magazine Full Shows Notes + Time Stamps: https://www.creatorlab.fm/emily-heyward-red-antler Emily is one of the leading brand minds in the world. She's helped to build brands like All Birds, Casper & Boxed. WIN A FREE BOOK: We're giving away 5 free copies of her new book to our listeners. Sign up on creatorlab.fm for details: https://bit.ly/2Xxh58X

66 minAUG 7
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Emily Heyward, Red Antler // How To Build A Brand People Love

Emerging Markets, D2C Brands & Evolving The CMO Role // Hassan Yassine, Co-Founder, GAIA

Hassan is an entrepreneur who co-founded GAIA, one of Mexico’s leading startups that is disrupting the furniture business. In just over 5 years, they’ve grown to 18 stores, 350+ employees & built a multi-million dollar business. In this conversation, we discuss the opportunities in emerging markets, building a direct-to-consumer brand and the evolution of the CMO role. Full show notes: https://www.creatorlab.fm/hassan-yassine-gaia-interview/

86 minJAN 14
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Emerging Markets, D2C Brands & Evolving The CMO Role // Hassan Yassine, Co-Founder, GAIA

Rahul Vohra, Superhuman // Deep Dive Into Finding Product Market Fit

“Silicon Valley’s buzziest start-up” - The New York Times Rahul Vohra is the founder + CEO of Superhuman, “the fastest email ever made”. They’ve raised north of $50mil at a $260mil valuation from elite investors like First Round Capital & Andreessen Horowitz. Their premium email experience costs $30/month, with 220k people on their waitlist. In this episode, we discuss the engine they’ve built, designing their product using video game dynamics + learning how to listen to the right c

91 min2019 SEP 21
Comments
Rahul Vohra, Superhuman // Deep Dive Into Finding Product Market Fit

Hiten Shah, Co-Founder FYI & KISSmetrics // The Future Of Remote Work

Hiten Shah has built multiple SaaS companies including Crazy Egg, KISSmetrics & FYI. In this conversation, we discuss the future of remote work and lessons learned from building, investing and advising 120+ companies.

69 min2019 SEP 5
Comments
Hiten Shah, Co-Founder FYI & KISSmetrics // The Future Of Remote Work

$80mil Loss, With A Thousand Lessons // Christophe Garnier, Co-Founder of Upflex, Totsy + Spark Labs

EChristophe Garnier is the co-founder of Totsy, Spark Labs and Upflex. In this revealing conversation, he shares the honest story of an $80mil acquisition offer that got blocked by his board & what it took to bounce back from that experience. Full show notes: https://www.creatorlab.fm/christophe-garnier-totsy-spark-labs-upflex/ Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_aTL7FvI2ik

51 min2019 AUG 15
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$80mil Loss, With A Thousand Lessons // Christophe Garnier, Co-Founder of Upflex, Totsy + Spark Labs

Steve Schlafman, Partner at Primary // Personal + Professional Growth

Steve Schlafman is a Partner at Primary Venture Partners. He’s been an investor in the NYC startup ecosystem for the last decade. In this revealing conversation, we discuss how he thinks about personal + professional growth, building healthy habits, navigating your career, the fear of death, dealing with anxiety, overcoming “functional addiction”, sobriety & why the best performers – people like Eric Schmidt & Lebron James, all work with coaches.

88 min2019 JUL 26
Comments
Steve Schlafman, Partner at Primary // Personal + Professional Growth

Emmy-Winning Mentalist Oz Pearlman // Human Psychology + Side Hustles

Oz Pearlman is an Emmy award-winning mentalist & magician. He captivated millions across the world as the runner up & finalist on America’s Got Talent. In this episode, Oz reads Bilal's mind, performs elaborate tricks that you have to see with your own eyes to believe (youtube.com/creatorlabfm) & we discuss human psychology, non-verbal communication & turning your side-hustle into a lucrative business.

109 min2019 JUL 13
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Emmy-Winning Mentalist Oz Pearlman // Human Psychology + Side Hustles
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