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After Hour Projects

After Hour Projects

By Leo Lu
The "How I Built This" for Side Projects: stories and resources of how to pursue your passions while working full-time.

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Episode 10: Harry Moreno: What It's Worth

After Hour Projects

Episode 14: Leo Chan: From Here to There
Leo Chan, founder of Levitate Style, a men's style and travel blog, shares his story coming from an immigrant to the USA to becoming a fashion influencer. We discuss how he employed an immigrant mentality of being the best in his professional work and business, doubling down on Levitate Style in his free time outside of work, and his advice for pursuing projects on the side. Links: Leo can be found on Instagram @levitatestyle and on his website, For show notes, timestamps, and additional resources, visit
August 27, 2020
Episode 13: Nikolaj Mathies: Moving Forward
Gruvi executive Nikolaj Mathies shares his experiences at a growing startup and what it means to move forward in this space. We discuss his progression through Gruvi, a data project they are working on, and the future plans for Gruvi. Links: Gruvi website; Nikolaj on LinkedIn and at For show notes, timestamps, and additional resources, visit  
July 17, 2020
Episode 12: Henry Johnson: Researching Rocketships
Rocketship jobs founder Henry Johnson shares how he created a job board for startups by open-sourcing his own research. We discuss Henry's experience in startups, networking and building an audience on Twitter, and questions to think about when evaluating opportunities at startups. Links: Rocketship Jobs; Henry's Twitter For show notes, timestamps, and additional resources, visit
June 25, 2020
Episode 11: Jess Lin: Thinking Holistically
Life coach and yogi Jessica Lin shares how compassion, integrity, and accessibility keep her centered. We talked about mental health, decolonizing yoga, and the value of holistic health. Links: Jess' instagram: For show notes, timestamps, and additional resources, visit
June 20, 2020
Episode 10: Harry Moreno: What It's Worth
Software engineer and Litt founder Harry Moreno shares what it’s actually like working on something on the side. We talk about the origin story behind Litt, Harry’s latest project building a community for solo founders, and some questions to think about when deciding whether to continue on a project or not. Links: Litt Website; Harry's Twitter; Solofounders Meetup For show notes, timestamps, and additional resources, visit
June 13, 2020
Episode 9: Elusio: Executing on Expertise
TAXMAP founder Elusio shares how he applied blockchain technology to his field of tax compliance to eventually start his own company. We cover how Elusio first discovered blockchain technology, the various iterations he went through with his company – particularly dealing with an emerging technology, and the necessity for belief in oneself as a founder. Taxmap’s website and Twitter. For show notes, timestamps, and additional resources, visit
May 28, 2020
Episode 8: Brian Hanssen: Learning By Doing
Professor Brian Hanssen of NYU discusses experiential learning and how it applies to his nonprofit, Social Impact Scholars. We cover the current state of online education, the story behind Social Impact Scholars to provide students with access to opportunities, and the transferrable skills professionals can apply early-on in their careers. Social Impact Scholars website: For show notes, timestamps, and additional resources, visit
May 23, 2020
Episode 7: Stan Rosenberg: Applying Perspective
Stan Rosenberg, Founder of Trip of a Lifetime, shares ways to apply perspectives gained from work and travel to your After Hour Project. We cover the story behind Trip of a Lifetime from Stan's transformative travel experience in high school to him building the organization, continuing throughout college and post-graduation plus much more on professional development. You can find Stan on Twitter at @stanrosenberg. Trip of a Lifetime website: For show notes, timestamps, and additional resources, visit
May 16, 2020
Episode 6: Siam Hossain: Embracing Uncertainty
Siam Hossain, founder of online coding bootcamp GetMeHired, shares his journey from Bangladesh to the USA and into entrepreneurship. We cover Siam’s discoveries as an international student while studying for his Master’s degree in Texas, how that led him to found two companies, and his path to entrepreneurship while working as a software engineer. You can find Siam on Twitter or For show notes, timestamps, and additional resources, visit
May 10, 2020
Episode 5: Vivian Tran: There Are More Solutions Than Problems
Dr. Vivian Tran shares how her experiences growing up shaped her mindset in taking advantage of each moment, as shown through her various projects. We cover Vivian's journey working her way up from several part-time jobs in high school and college to getting her PhD, investing in real estate, growing a B2B startup servicing the F&B industry, and writing a novel.  We also discuss the Asian American experience growing up, which Vivian depicts in her upcoming novel, "Asian Duckling". You can find Vivian on LinkedIn.  For show notes, timestamps, and additional resources, visit
May 02, 2020
Episode 4: David Segura: Founders Live In The Present
Technology executive David Segura shares his story founding Giant Media - taking an idea and running with it, pushing through to eventually sell the company. We cover David's unique transition from his first job in consulting to the world of startups, his experiences with side projects, and the one conversation that led to what would become Giant Media. You can find David on LinkedIn or Use Donut to invest your spare change into Bitcoin. For show notes, timestamps, and additional resources, visit
April 19, 2020
Episode 3: Dave Nash: At It From The Start
E-commerce entrepreneur Dave Nash walks us through his journey running businesses, eventually scaling a 7-figure beauty company. We discussed how Dave got his start in entrepreneurship right in middle school, how he ran a fashion e-commerce business throughout college, and his application of the “Nike for X” business model as co-founder of Mount Lai while working full-time. You can find Dave on Instagram at @cozy.nash or Dave's website on e-commerce covering digital marketing, private label, and dropshipping. For show notes, timestamps, and additional resources, visit
April 11, 2020
Episode 2: Ken Huynh: What's Behind Your Projects
Founder, investor, and advisor Ken Huynh highlights the factors behind an After Hour Project including one’s support network, market positioning, and macro and micro trends. We talked about the importance of building a support network, evaluating markets prior to entry, and the evolution of the New York City tech scene.  Ken can be found on his site at For show notes, timestamps, and additional resources, visit
April 02, 2020
Episode 1: Leo Lu: My Story Marks The Start
In December of 2018, I landed a job that checked all of the boxes and simultaneously got promoted to become one of the youngest people in my 50,000-person bank with the title of Vice President.  But I couldn’t have gotten there without the help of side projects.  I share about my experience with side projects, why I’m starting this podcast, and what to look forward to in the upcoming episodes.  For show notes, timestamps, and additional resources, visit
March 22, 2020