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The Next Generation

The Next Generation

By Connor Gross & Giovanni Armonies-Assalone
Meet the entrepreneurs in their 20's who are building companies that will shape the future. Weekly episodes range from side hustle ideas to help you build passive income to quit your job or business stories of twenty-somethings having success with their own business.
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#23 – Joseph Lee – On Building A $5M+ Company, Losing 90% of Revenue Overnight, Dropping Out of College, And Shifting Business Models

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#35 - Danny Miranda - Becoming your 2.0 Version & Getting High Profile Guests
On todays episode we chat with Danny Miranda. Danny is also a podcast machine with over 150 episodes and some crazy guests like Gary Vaynerchuk. We cover a lot of ground in this episode.  - How to become the 2.0 version of yourself - How he gets high profile guests on his show  - Books that will change your life  - and much more You can find Danny on  - Twitter - - Podcast - - Youtube -
September 15, 2021
#34 – Why We Just Bought A $400,000 Self Storage Facility In Texas (In 7 Days)
Sorry for skipping last weeks episode! Here's a little sneak peek into what we were up to instead. Btw, wish @gio__aa Happy Birthday on twitter.
September 8, 2021
#33 – Corey Nicholson – Building a 500k E-commerce Brand in 10 months at 20 years old
On today's episode we sit down with Corey Nicholson (@coreynceo) to break down how he launched his brand, Peachy Shapewear ( Corey talks about why he dropped out of college after only 4 days, how he got into e-commerce and built a knee brace company before moving into Peachy Shapewear, how to go viral on Tiktok, and even shares his plans for the future of the company and himself personally.
August 27, 2021
#32 - Paul Benigeri - Scaling Past $10M+ With Influencers
On todays episode we chat with Paul Benigeri from We discuss A step by step playbook for brands to use influencers  How Paul started Scaling past $10M+ using influencers  And much more You can connect with Paul on twitter and check out at
August 19, 2021
#31 – Branick Weix – Drone Photography, Selling Pumpkins Online, Raising Millions For SaaS & Scaling Through Facebook Groups
On today's episode we sit down with Branick Weix, Founder of Aryeo ( Branick breaks down how he started his first business back in high school doing drone photography, how he pivoted into e-commerce and finally how he was able to raise $3.5 M for his latest company, Aryeo. If you enjoyed todays episode, please be sure to review and subscribe to the podcast and let us know on twitter @c_gro or @gio__aa See you guys next week!
August 12, 2021
#30 Zach Tyler - $50K Per Month In Photo Booth Rentals and How To Start One
Today on the podcast we have Zach Tyler.  Zach runs a lot of different projects and businesses. His most lucrative is which does Photo Booth rentals on Long Island. He also creates exceptional content on instagram @bahaviorhack and his substack We covered a lot on this episode - Scaling event rentals to $50k per month - Getting 100k+ Instagram followers  - Other profitable ideas to start 
August 4, 2021
#29 – Corey Haines – Building Paid Communities, Brainstorming Membership Site Ideas, Quitting Your Job, Economics of Inflatable Movie Theaters
On today’s episode Corey Haines, Founder of shares with us how he got started creating and growing Swipe Files into a membership site that makes several thousand dollars every month. Corey shares exactly how: He’d start over from 0 today His favorite niches to start a community in and why How much $$$ he paid for domain Why he’s bullish on businesses like this If you love the episode and want to check out more of what Corey is working on, head on over to or follow Corey on twitter @coreyhainesco . Get 50% off with the code THENEXTGENERATION.
July 28, 2021
#28 – Craig Curelop – 28 – Buying 20 Rental Units, House Hacking, Building A Brokerage, Financial Freedom, Buying Real Estate In 2021
On todays episode we sit down with Craig Curelop to discuss his path towards financial freedom through real estate. Craig currently owners 14 rental units in the Denver area and 6 single family properties in North Carolina. Craig also runs his own brokerage at the and puts out a ton of content on instagram @thefiguy. Craig shares with us how he got started on his first deal and how people in their 20's can also get started without needing much money down.' And you enjoyed today's episode let us know on Twitter @c_gro and @gio__aa
July 22, 2021
#27 - Failed Businesses That Cost Us Thousands & 3 Business Ideas You Can Steal
On todays episode Gio and Connor discuss projects they've started that didn't go as planned. Why some of them failed, why they were started, and lessons learned. They also chat about different business ideas that are interesting and could be worth pursuing.  Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review.
July 12, 2021
#26 - Jake Thomas - How Writing About Golden Retrievers Makes You $5,000 Per Month
For anyone looking to start an online business, this is a great episode.  We chat with Jake Thomas on how we went from no experience in SEO to generating $5k per month with We learn his strategy for coming up with new content, discovering profitable niches and much more.   And the best part? He spent almost no money. You can stay up to date with Jake by following him on twitter
June 30, 2021
#25 – Josh Belinsky on Scaling A DTC Milk Brand from $0 to 3,500+ stores at 26.
Josh Belinsky grabs the mic today to chat about he went from lactose intolerant to running Slate Milk, a beverage brand in over 3,500 stores with 20 grams of protein and 0 grams of sugar. They’ve been seen on everything from Kickstarter to Sharktank to some of the biggest stores in the world. We sit down to chat about: How they even figured out how to make milk How they think about using Kickstarter How they do influencer outreach all the way to getting the US Bobsled team to want to sponsor their brand What Josh sees for the brand in the next 10 years. If you like the podcast, be sure to leave a review and let us know what you thought!
June 24, 2021
#24 - Should You Get A Job After College?
On today’s episode, we answer the question “Should You Get A Job After College”? We break down the financial risk of not getting a job, share stories of why Connor got a job for 5 weeks before quitting, how to structure your days if you chose entrepreneurship, and more. Let us know what you thought of today's episode.  Don't forget to subscribe.
June 19, 2021
#23 – Joseph Lee – On Building A $5M+ Company, Losing 90% of Revenue Overnight, Dropping Out of College, And Shifting Business Models
Joseph Lee is the co-founder of Freshline, an e-commerce platform for food suppliers and retailers. Joseph is a serial entrepreneur who first got his start at only 14 years old. He’s not 26 and has been through Tech Stars, Thiel Fellowship, and a pandemic that shut down 90% of his customers overnight. We chat with Joe about the benefits of starting small projects before your first company, why he dropped out in his last semester of university, and the resiliency to keep growing Freshline during COVID-19. Follow along with Joseph at his blog or on Linkedin here:
June 16, 2021
#22 - How A 22 Year Old Convinced A Dozen Millionaires To Buy Him a $100,000 Business - Daniel Scott Mitchell
Today we chat with Daniel Scott Mitchell.  We discuss: How he persuaded 14 millionaires to give me $100,000 to buy a SAAS company.  The business he bought and his plans for growth  His insanely effective cold outreach Strategy You can check out the resume he sent here
June 11, 2021
#21 – Lyn Chen – 22 Year Old Serial Entrepreneur, Thiel Fellow & YC Alumni, Tips On Building A World Class Network And Getting Your First 1,000 Customers
On todays episode we have on Lyn Chen who is a 22 year old serial entrepreneur who went from starting Tuf Candy to being the COO of LayerCI – a software product that helps developers build web apps faster. Lyn is also a recipient of the Theil Fellowship and took her business through YCombinator as well. On todays episode we learn about the story of Layer CI got started, how Lyn learns new skills, how she builds a world class network, got here first 1,000 users, & how she comes up with new business ideas.
June 4, 2021
#20 – Quinn Miller - 27 Year Old Building A Vending Machine Empire
Quinn found an inexpensive way to consistently bring in tens of thousands a month in cold hard cash without needing much money at all to start. With over 27 different machines installed, we sit down and dive into everything with Quinn such as when he knew it was time to quit his job, the economics of a vending machine (down to every penny of profit), how big these businesses can really get, Quinns long term plan, the power of cold emails and more.
May 26, 2021
#19 - McKenzie Bauer - 29 Year Old Building Thread Wallets From 0 To A $10M+ Company
McKenzie and her husband Colby gave themselves six months after graduating college to build a company. Within a few years, they had millions in sales and over 28 employees. McKenzie lays out her playbook on how Thread Wallets scaled form 0 to 8 figures in revenue with no outside funding. She discusses different sales channels, marketing tactics, and strategies. If you’re interested in building a strong online brand with diverse revenue streams, you’ll love this episode.
May 19, 2021
#18 - John Wilson - $10M+ Buying & Scaling Home Services Businesses
What’s up everybody, we have an awesome episode today on scaling and buying home service businesses. We chat with John Wilson who is on track to hit $10 Million in revenue this year with his companies. After buying out his fathers plumbing business, John has been acquiring up other home service companies. We dive into exactly how he’s done this and some of the struggle along the way. If you like this episode, don’t forget to subscribe. Follow John on twitter to stay updated on what he's doing
May 12, 2021
#17 – The Easiest Side Hustle To Start (Without A Lot Of Money)
On today’s episode Connor and Gio sit down to discuss their opinion on the easiest way to make money on the internet without needing to invest a lot of cash up front. They walk through why it’s the best opportunity, how to approach starting one, and even share how they bought a business like this last year. If you enjoyed today’s episode please let us know on twitter at @TheNextGenPod
May 7, 2021
#16 – Nikita Kopotun – 26 Year Old Bootstrapping A $65 Million Dollar Business
On today’s episode we sit down with Nikita Kopotun from Juniper. Nikita has one of the coolest stories we’ve heard yet. He went from dreams of being a professional ballet dancer, to study physics to eventually deciding he wanted to go all in on being an entrepreneur when he started Juniper which is on track to hit $65M in revenue this year. On today’s episode we discuss things like how Juniper got started, how Nikita approaches learning new things, and how he got out of a depressive state and the steps he takes to stay happy. Enjoy!
May 5, 2021
#15 - Cody Davis - 21 With 30 Apartments, Turning $3k Into Millions
Today we speak with Cody Davis. He’s only 21 but already owns 30 apartment units. We dive into exactly how he has done this at such a young age. Starting with less than 3 thousand dollars he’s managed to buy millions of dollars worth of real estate. We learn how he structures his deals, and also discuss tips and tricks for anyone else looking to get into real estate. This episode is packed with a ton of valuable content so stick around. Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if you liked this episode
April 28, 2021
#14 – Johnny Robinson Growing $150 to a $700,000 Window Cleaning Business
On today's episode we sit down with Johnny Robinson. Unlike some of our past episodes where we’ve brought on Software CEO’s or professional race car drivers, Johnny has had a lot of success at only 22 years old doing something that isn’t exactly what you would call glamorous. Johnny spent $150 his freshman year of college to buy a bucket, a squeegee and some gear, and now he and his partner are running window cleaning business on track to do $700,000 this year.
April 21, 2021
#13 – How We Started, Built & Sold Cardly
Today we are sharing the untold story of how Connor & Giovanni met. From freshman year of college to selling Cardly last year, we dove into all of the stories (even the ones we've never told publicly before). If you liked today's episode, let us know on twitter! It's @c_gro or @gio__aa – We'll do more episodes like this in the future if you enjoyed it.
April 14, 2021
#12 – Danielle Diamond – Starting A 6 Figure Agency, What Most Brands Get Wrong About Creative, Operating Camera Robots
On today's episode we sit down with Danielle Diamond. Danielle has started Epiq Media and is regarded as one of the leading creatives in B2B and social content today, I've directed content for companies like Drift, Privy, DGMG, User Interviews, Boundless, NYSHEX, Snapchat, Rosetta Stone, Vicks, King, Zenni Optical, Adidas, Tampax, Vicks and more. Her work has contributed to 30M+ organic views, 500K+ followers, and over $250M in funding and revenue. If you enjoyed today's episode, please subscribe to the podcast and tweet at us @c_gro and @gio__aa with your thoughts.
March 31, 2021
#11 – Aaron Spivak – $50M In Sleep Accessories, Party Buses, and Juice Stores
Today we speak with Aaron Spivak. He’s the cofounder of hush blankets. They are on track to do $50 million this year selling weighted blankets and sleep accessories. Before hush blankets, Aaron ran one of the most popular party bus companies in Canada, and also launched a successful retail fruit juice business that is still doing well with multiples locations. We dive into a lot of awesome topics. So stick around and don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if you liked today’s episode.
March 24, 2021
#10 – Alex Wieckowski – Lessons Learned Reading Over 200 Books & Getting Over 120k followers
On today’s episode we sit down with Alex Wieckowski also known as Alex and Books. Alex is 26 years old but has already read over 200 books in his lifetime and at the time of the recording has over 120,000 followers on social media across instagram twitter tiktok and more. On today’s episode we talk about Alex’s favorite books, how to be a better reader, and strategies on how someone can go from 0 to 100k followers on social media. Let us know what you think about the episode by leaving a review below and hitting up Gio or myself on twitter. Now, please enjoy the episode!
March 17, 2021
#09 – Aurora Straus - 22 - Youngest Professional Race Car Driver On Breaking Into Male Dominated Industries and Other Obstacles at 200 MPH
On today's episode we chat with Aurora Straus. Aurora is a full time student at Harvard University and also one of the youngest professional race car drivers. When she’s not winning races or taking exams, she’s running Girls with Drive which helps young women break into male dominated industries. We talk with Aurora about her experience learning to drive at the age of 13, the intense training that goes into preparing for a competition, and the best way for people to get started in racing.
March 10, 2021
#08 Hayes Canupp – 21 Year Old Selling $1M Of Custom Jerseys From His College Dorm Room
On today's episode we sit down with Hayes Canupp, a senior at University of Tennessee Knoxville. Hayes has grown his brand Jersey Bird into a 7-figure brand without spending a single dollar on Facebook ads. We talk about how Hayes is using TikTok influencers to explode his brand, why he left his internship on the second day, and what he wants to be working on in the future. By the way if you want to get a jersey for 50% off, use the code NEXTGEN50 on . If you enjoyed today's episode, let us know in the reviews below!
March 3, 2021
#07 Michael Martocci – From Dropping Out To Running An 8-Figure Company, Meeting Richard Branson & Living With An NFL Player For A Year
On today’s episode we sit down with the CEO of SwagUp, Michael Martocci. Michael talks about how he decided to leave school to pursue his entrepreneurial passion, how he started SwagUp, what it was like living with an NFL player for a year, which business he’d be working on if he wasn’t full time on SwagUp, and more. If you enjoyed the episode be sure to subscribe to the pod and let us know what you think in the reviews below.
February 24, 2021
#06 Greg Meade - $10M+ Per Year, CEO of CROSSNET On Inventing A Sport And Scaling an 8-figure brand
On today's episode Giovanni and Connor sit down with Greg Meade, the CEO of CROSSNET. The worlds first first 4-square volleyball set. Greg is also the cofounder of Glunt, a glass blunt product company. Today we talk through how Greg started CROSSNET, how they hire their team, and how they've been scaling their company to a $10+ million company in only 3 years. We hope you enjoy!
February 17, 2021
#05 Joe Zanca – Learning How To Sell, Building A Nation-Wide Storage & Moving Business
On todays episode we sit down with Joe Zanca and dive deep into his company, OnDemand Storage. Joe is 28 years old and has been running On Demand Storage for the past 4 years growing it into a nation-wide brand. We talk about everything from Joe's tips to selling better, the numbers behind OnDemand Storage, and how Joe would go about making money if he was just graduating from college again. If you loved the episode please subscribe and toss a review on the podcast. 
February 10, 2021
#04 Davis Clute – 26 Year Old Building $25M Amazon Business + China Importing Stories
On today's episode we sit down with Davis Clute. Davis is the co-founder of Hiccapop, an Amazon FBA brand doing just under $25M a year in revenue. Davis and his co-founders started this brand just years ago and using Amazon FBA have grown it into an 8-figure brand. Connor and Giovanni sit down with Davis to talk about how he got started, learn stories from him importing thousands of products, and what his plans are for the future. If you enjoy today's episode please be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review.
February 3, 2021
#03 Ari Lewis – Starting A Crypto Hedge Fund, Building An Audience, The Future Of The Creator Economy
On today’s episode we sit down with Ari Lewis. Ari is the co-founder of Brandstreet, an online community connecting brand builders from across the internet. Before Brandstreet, Ari helped start a crypto hedge fund that grew to over 10 million in AUM. Ari shares his thoughts on growing an audience, where the creator economy is heading, why he’s bullish on cities like Cleveland and so much more. Be sure to subscribe to The Next Generation so you never miss an episode with interesting and successful 20-somethings. If you enjoyed the show, please be sure to leave us a review as well!
January 27, 2021
#02 Nick Nanakos – Growing A Software Business, Dropping Out Of College, Future of Ghost Kitchens
On todays episode we interview Nick Nanakos. Nick is 24 years old and the CEO of TruckBux. Truckbux is a mobile app that makes discovering and buying from Food Trucks dead simple. On today's episode Nick talks about how COVID-19 impacted the food truck industry and growth for TruckBux, why he decided to drop out of Drexel to go full time on TruckBux, and where the future of ghost kitchens is heading.
January 20, 2021
#01 Ryan Lange – 240 Mile Ultra Runner & Entrepreneur
On the first episode of the Next Generation, we brought on Ryan Lange. Ryan is 23 years old and the youngest person to ever run the MOAB 240, a 240 mile endurance race. Ryan has competed in several ultra marathons since; while Ryan isn't running he is building his hydration pack company, Gen Z. In today's episode we talk about Ryan's mindset, diet, approach to product design, and his goals for the future. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review if you're enjoying the show!
January 10, 2021
The Next Generation is a podcast that brings on the most successful 20-somethings for weekly interviews. We talk about how they got there, how they did it so young, and what their plans are for the future. Make sure to subscribe so you are up to date on all future episodes when they are released. Have a guest who you want to hear from? Tweet at Connor & Gio on twitter at @c_gro and @gio__aa , or just follow along for all of the updates on the podcast and the businesses they are starting. 
December 14, 2020