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#717: Noah Kagan — How to Launch a Million-Dollar Business This Weekend

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Innhold levert av Tim Ferriss, Tim Ferriss: Bestselling Author, and Human Guinea Pig. Alt podcastinnhold, inkludert episoder, grafikk og podcastbeskrivelser, lastes opp og leveres direkte av Tim Ferriss, Tim Ferriss: Bestselling Author, and Human Guinea Pig eller deres podcastplattformpartner. Hvis du tror at noen bruker det opphavsrettsbeskyttede verket ditt uten din tillatelse, kan du følge prosessen skissert her https://no.player.fm/legal.

Brought to you by LinkedIn Jobs recruitment platform with 1B+ users; Eight Sleep’s Pod Cover sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating; and Shopify global commerce platform, providing tools to start, grow, market, and manage a retail business.

Noah Kagan (@noahkagan) was #30 at Facebook, #4 at Mint, and has since created seven million-dollar businesses (Kickflip/Gambit, AppSumo, KingSumo, SendFox, Sumo, TidyCal, and Monthly1k).

He is the CEO of AppSumo.com, the #1 software-deals site for entrepreneurs, and has a popular YouTube channel, Noah Kagan.

His new book is Million Dollar Weekend: The Surprisingly Simple Way to Launch a 7-Figure Business in 48 Hours.

Please enjoy!

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The blog post for this episode: https://tim.blog/2024/01/23/noah-kagan-million-dollar-weekend/

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This episode is brought to you by Shopify! Shopify is one of my favorite platforms and one of my favorite companies. Shopify is designed for anyone to sell anywhere, giving entrepreneurs the resources once reserved for big business. In no time flat, you can have a great-looking online store that brings your ideas to life, and you can have the tools to manage your day-to-day and drive sales. No coding or design experience required.

Go to shopify.com/Tim to sign up for a one-dollar-per-month trial period. It’s a great deal for a great service, so I encourage you to check it out. Take your business to the next level today by visiting shopify.com/Tim.

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This episode is also brought to you by Eight Sleep! Eight Sleep’s Pod Cover is the easiest and fastest way to sleep at the perfect temperature. It pairs dynamic cooling and heating with biometric tracking to offer the most advanced (and user-friendly) solution on the market. Simply add the Pod Cover to your current mattress and start sleeping as cool as 55°F or as hot as 110°F. It also splits your bed in half, so your partner can choose a totally different temperature.

Conquer this winter season with the best in sleep tech and sleep at your perfect temperature. Many of my listeners in colder areas enjoy warming up their bed after a freezing day. Go to eightsleep.com/Tim and save $250 on the Pod Cover by Eight Sleep this winter. Eight Sleep currently ships within the USA, Canada, the UK, select countries in the EU, and Australia.

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This episode is also brought to you by LinkedIn Jobs. Whether you are looking to hire now for a critical role or thinking about needs that you may have in the future, LinkedIn Jobs can help. LinkedIn screens candidates for the hard and soft skills you’re looking for and puts your job in front of candidates looking for job opportunities that match what you have to offer.

Using LinkedIn’s active community of more than one billion professionals worldwide, LinkedIn Jobs can help you find and hire the right person faster. When your business is ready to make that next hire, find the right person with LinkedIn Jobs. And now, you can post a job for free. Just visit LinkedIn.com/Tim.

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[03:55] Noah and some of his notable successes.

[07:00] Is Barcelona the new Austin?

[13:43] Navigating the legal hurdles to living/working in another country.

[17:44] Running an $80 million business.

[20:41] Noah’s negotiating basics.

[24:33] The chargeback maneuver.

[27:02] WIIFT (What’s In It For Them?)

[29:54] A recap of the coffee challenge.

[31:31] “Life punishes the vague wish and rewards the specific ask.”

[34:12] Other comfort challenges Noah recommends.

[39:12] Feedback is a gift.

[42:26] When comfort challenges aren’t appropriate.

[45:33] LOT (Listen, Options, Transition).

[46:59] Tracking metrics that matter.

[52:17] T3 B3 (Top Three, Bottom Three).

[59:46] Weekly reviews.

[1:02:42] The value of unambitious goals.

[1:06:51] Regrets of billionaires.

[1:13:32] My approach to book launches: then and now.

[1:26:50] Priorities: then and now.

[1:43:19] Finding a sustainable purpose.

[1:49:42] Do I still find my past work useful today?

[1:52:44] Testing the waters with new hires.

[1:55:22] Don’t forget to look in the rear-view mirror sometimes.

[1:56:23] Why should you trust Noah’s advice in Million Dollar Weekend?

[1:59:47] Now, not how.

[2:03:18] What’s your freedom number?

[2:03:59] Getting your ask in gear.

[2:05:09] Counterintuitively, constraints catalyze creativity.

[2:08:17] Turning annoyance into opportunity.

[2:11:21] Determining if your intended market has value.

[2:14:12] Most profitable, elegant businesses are simple at their core.

[2:14:57] Entrepreneurs rise from the ashes of fired employees.

[2:17:14] Why you should start a podcast or business.

[2:18:18] “No solutions, only trade-offs.”

[2:19:01] Putting the idea to the test.

[2:22:52] Are you making this harder than it needs to be?

[2:24:09] The Dream 10 as a test for market viability — and your commitment.

[2:27:07] Rejection as teacher.

[2:27:58] Deliver on promises before worrying about scaling up.

[2:32:01] The three Ws: what, who, and where?

[2:33:04] The AppSumo origin story.

[2:36:24] Early high-touch community building and scaling considerations.

[2:38:29] The BrainQUICKENing.

[2:42:43] Finding underserved opportunities.

[2:44:48] Initiate correspondence with humility.

[2:48:12] Little ask, big ask.

[2:48:56] How do I handle rejection?

[2:51:18] Revisiting the Law of Category.

[2:56:16] How Noah handled a recent rejection.

[2:57:28] Dating circa now and learning optimism.

[2:59:18] How Pat seized opportunity in Poland.

[3:00:36] Free work?

[3:04:35] Behind the scenes of my Opening the Kimono event.

[3:12:02] Making sponsorship deals win/win.

[3:15:47] Streamlining business idea validation.

[3:19:42] Unorthodox simplicity.

[3:22:02] Better to be chased for money than chasing it.

[3:23:45] Best holiday purchases for under $50.

[3:31:28] Is competing for attention on YouTube worth my time and sanity?

[3:39:55] Low-effort, high-reward YouTube experiments.

[3:45:21] Lessons learned from spending more than a million dollars on coaching.

[3:53:01] Benefits of the board.

[3:53:35] How to take on the 48-hour challenge.

[3:56:00] What’s the DEAL with Cindy 10 years after meeting Noah and me?

[4:00:34] Parting thoughts.

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For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast.

For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors

Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday.

For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts.

Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books.

Follow Tim:

Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss

Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss

YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss

Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferriss

Past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins, Mary Karr, Maria Popova, Sam Harris, Michael Phelps, Bob Iger, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Strauss, Ken Burns, Maria Sharapova, Marc Andreessen, Neil Gaiman, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Jocko Willink, Daniel Ek, Kelly Slater, Dr. Peter Attia, Seth Godin, Howard Marks, Dr. Brené Brown, Eric Schmidt, Michael Lewis, Joe Gebbia, Michael Pollan, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Vince Vaughn, Brian Koppelman, Ramit Sethi, Dax Shepard, Tony Robbins, Jim Dethmer, Dan Harris, Ray Dalio, Naval Ravikant, Vitalik Buterin, Elizabeth Lesser, Amanda Palmer, Katie Haun, Sir Richard Branson, Chuck Palahniuk, Arianna Huffington, Reid Hoffman, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Rick Rubin, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Darren Aronofsky, Margaret Atwood, Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Thiel, Dr. Gabor Maté, Anne Lamott, Sarah Silverman, Dr. Andrew Huberman, and many more.

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Brought to you by LinkedIn Jobs recruitment platform with 1B+ users; Eight Sleep’s Pod Cover sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating; and Shopify global commerce platform, providing tools to start, grow, market, and manage a retail business.

Noah Kagan (@noahkagan) was #30 at Facebook, #4 at Mint, and has since created seven million-dollar businesses (Kickflip/Gambit, AppSumo, KingSumo, SendFox, Sumo, TidyCal, and Monthly1k).

He is the CEO of AppSumo.com, the #1 software-deals site for entrepreneurs, and has a popular YouTube channel, Noah Kagan.

His new book is Million Dollar Weekend: The Surprisingly Simple Way to Launch a 7-Figure Business in 48 Hours.

Please enjoy!

*

The blog post for this episode: https://tim.blog/2024/01/23/noah-kagan-million-dollar-weekend/

*

This episode is brought to you by Shopify! Shopify is one of my favorite platforms and one of my favorite companies. Shopify is designed for anyone to sell anywhere, giving entrepreneurs the resources once reserved for big business. In no time flat, you can have a great-looking online store that brings your ideas to life, and you can have the tools to manage your day-to-day and drive sales. No coding or design experience required.

Go to shopify.com/Tim to sign up for a one-dollar-per-month trial period. It’s a great deal for a great service, so I encourage you to check it out. Take your business to the next level today by visiting shopify.com/Tim.

*

This episode is also brought to you by Eight Sleep! Eight Sleep’s Pod Cover is the easiest and fastest way to sleep at the perfect temperature. It pairs dynamic cooling and heating with biometric tracking to offer the most advanced (and user-friendly) solution on the market. Simply add the Pod Cover to your current mattress and start sleeping as cool as 55°F or as hot as 110°F. It also splits your bed in half, so your partner can choose a totally different temperature.

Conquer this winter season with the best in sleep tech and sleep at your perfect temperature. Many of my listeners in colder areas enjoy warming up their bed after a freezing day. Go to eightsleep.com/Tim and save $250 on the Pod Cover by Eight Sleep this winter. Eight Sleep currently ships within the USA, Canada, the UK, select countries in the EU, and Australia.

*

This episode is also brought to you by LinkedIn Jobs. Whether you are looking to hire now for a critical role or thinking about needs that you may have in the future, LinkedIn Jobs can help. LinkedIn screens candidates for the hard and soft skills you’re looking for and puts your job in front of candidates looking for job opportunities that match what you have to offer.

Using LinkedIn’s active community of more than one billion professionals worldwide, LinkedIn Jobs can help you find and hire the right person faster. When your business is ready to make that next hire, find the right person with LinkedIn Jobs. And now, you can post a job for free. Just visit LinkedIn.com/Tim.

*

[03:55] Noah and some of his notable successes.

[07:00] Is Barcelona the new Austin?

[13:43] Navigating the legal hurdles to living/working in another country.

[17:44] Running an $80 million business.

[20:41] Noah’s negotiating basics.

[24:33] The chargeback maneuver.

[27:02] WIIFT (What’s In It For Them?)

[29:54] A recap of the coffee challenge.

[31:31] “Life punishes the vague wish and rewards the specific ask.”

[34:12] Other comfort challenges Noah recommends.

[39:12] Feedback is a gift.

[42:26] When comfort challenges aren’t appropriate.

[45:33] LOT (Listen, Options, Transition).

[46:59] Tracking metrics that matter.

[52:17] T3 B3 (Top Three, Bottom Three).

[59:46] Weekly reviews.

[1:02:42] The value of unambitious goals.

[1:06:51] Regrets of billionaires.

[1:13:32] My approach to book launches: then and now.

[1:26:50] Priorities: then and now.

[1:43:19] Finding a sustainable purpose.

[1:49:42] Do I still find my past work useful today?

[1:52:44] Testing the waters with new hires.

[1:55:22] Don’t forget to look in the rear-view mirror sometimes.

[1:56:23] Why should you trust Noah’s advice in Million Dollar Weekend?

[1:59:47] Now, not how.

[2:03:18] What’s your freedom number?

[2:03:59] Getting your ask in gear.

[2:05:09] Counterintuitively, constraints catalyze creativity.

[2:08:17] Turning annoyance into opportunity.

[2:11:21] Determining if your intended market has value.

[2:14:12] Most profitable, elegant businesses are simple at their core.

[2:14:57] Entrepreneurs rise from the ashes of fired employees.

[2:17:14] Why you should start a podcast or business.

[2:18:18] “No solutions, only trade-offs.”

[2:19:01] Putting the idea to the test.

[2:22:52] Are you making this harder than it needs to be?

[2:24:09] The Dream 10 as a test for market viability — and your commitment.

[2:27:07] Rejection as teacher.

[2:27:58] Deliver on promises before worrying about scaling up.

[2:32:01] The three Ws: what, who, and where?

[2:33:04] The AppSumo origin story.

[2:36:24] Early high-touch community building and scaling considerations.

[2:38:29] The BrainQUICKENing.

[2:42:43] Finding underserved opportunities.

[2:44:48] Initiate correspondence with humility.

[2:48:12] Little ask, big ask.

[2:48:56] How do I handle rejection?

[2:51:18] Revisiting the Law of Category.

[2:56:16] How Noah handled a recent rejection.

[2:57:28] Dating circa now and learning optimism.

[2:59:18] How Pat seized opportunity in Poland.

[3:00:36] Free work?

[3:04:35] Behind the scenes of my Opening the Kimono event.

[3:12:02] Making sponsorship deals win/win.

[3:15:47] Streamlining business idea validation.

[3:19:42] Unorthodox simplicity.

[3:22:02] Better to be chased for money than chasing it.

[3:23:45] Best holiday purchases for under $50.

[3:31:28] Is competing for attention on YouTube worth my time and sanity?

[3:39:55] Low-effort, high-reward YouTube experiments.

[3:45:21] Lessons learned from spending more than a million dollars on coaching.

[3:53:01] Benefits of the board.

[3:53:35] How to take on the 48-hour challenge.

[3:56:00] What’s the DEAL with Cindy 10 years after meeting Noah and me?

[4:00:34] Parting thoughts.

*

For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast.

For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors

Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday.

For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts.

Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books.

Follow Tim:

Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss

Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss

YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss

Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferriss

Past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins, Mary Karr, Maria Popova, Sam Harris, Michael Phelps, Bob Iger, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Strauss, Ken Burns, Maria Sharapova, Marc Andreessen, Neil Gaiman, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Jocko Willink, Daniel Ek, Kelly Slater, Dr. Peter Attia, Seth Godin, Howard Marks, Dr. Brené Brown, Eric Schmidt, Michael Lewis, Joe Gebbia, Michael Pollan, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Vince Vaughn, Brian Koppelman, Ramit Sethi, Dax Shepard, Tony Robbins, Jim Dethmer, Dan Harris, Ray Dalio, Naval Ravikant, Vitalik Buterin, Elizabeth Lesser, Amanda Palmer, Katie Haun, Sir Richard Branson, Chuck Palahniuk, Arianna Huffington, Reid Hoffman, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Rick Rubin, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Darren Aronofsky, Margaret Atwood, Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Thiel, Dr. Gabor Maté, Anne Lamott, Sarah Silverman, Dr. Andrew Huberman, and many more.

See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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