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Top Figure Podcast

Top Figure Podcast

By Top Figure
Hosted by Salman Elmi and Abdi Hassan two online e-commerce entrepreneurs navigating adversity as black founders in 2021. After being featured nationally on TIME Magazine for a racial incident that happened while running their business, they are on a mission to shed light on experiences that happen as entrepreneurs of color in this day and age & to help motivate & inspire the early-stage entrepreneur. Each week we bring on a new guest to have discussions and to share their journey of adversity. Tune in every Wednesday as New Episodes are released!
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EP: 40 Getting Your Products Into Retail Target/Walmart ft. Honey Pot CEO/Founder Beatrice Dixon
By far our most favorite and gem filled episode! In this episode we interview the woman behind the Honey Pot Company, Beatrice Dixon. She shares her experiences building and growing a successful feminine care line & also lays out the EXACT blueprint on how someone who is looking to get their brand into the big box stores such as Walmart and Target can do so as well! You want to listen to this entire episode and take notes because this is not an episode you want to miss!
01:06:07
May 31, 2021
EP: 39 How To Start An Auto Broker Business W/ PTG366
We speak with the Number 1 Auto Brokers in the country PTG365. We discuss how to separate business and friendships, How they used the power of social media to change the Auto industry, How they built their PTG365 car broker company, How they built relationships with celebrities and overall how important is to build a network & mindset.
44:57
April 18, 2021
EP: 38 What Is Ecommerce & How To Get Started In 2021
In this episode we answer the most common questions that we receive on Ecommerce! Take a lot of notes because we dive deep in this full length episode on how to get started and become successful building an online business in 2021! We put together a FREE mini course for our listeners. If you text "COURSE" to 612-446-0671 we will send it out to you!
34:23
April 8, 2021
EP: 37 Facing Pressure As An Entrepreneur W/ Superbowl Champ CJ Anderson
In this episode of Top Figure Podcast, we bring on Superbowl 50 champion Veteran football player CJ Anderson to discuss how life after retirement is going as an entrepreneur and how he's been investing into the youth! We Talk about Secret Game as an entrepreneur on how to properly Invest your money, Why you should network, and whats the right mindset when going into deals should be, Discussing the proper ways to close deals. Top Figure and Cj Anderson also talk about how to get started with startup companies.
01:04:43
April 5, 2021
EP: 36 $7 Into $10,000,000 In The Valet Business W/ Chris Forest
In episode 36 of the podcast, we bring on guest Chris Forest who shares his experience operating the largest valet business in the Twin Cities as well as two dental clinics in Minnesota. He shares his perspective of what it's like being in the hospitality space and how important it is to curate great experiences for customers.
46:40
March 24, 2021
EP: 35 Being Honest With Yourself
In this episode we share our thoughts and tips on how to be more honest with yourself! Honesty is key! 🔑
17:07
February 24, 2021
EP: 34 100 Million Views On Social Media W/ Steff Weezy
In this episode, Steff Weezy joins the podcast along with Unk and shares how he has reached the feat of 100 Million Views Tracked on Social Media! That's an impressive feat and we wanted to bring him on and share some advice on how you can implement some of his strategies to grow your personal brand!
50:15
January 30, 2021
EP: 33 How to Setup Systems In Your Business W/ Connie S. Falls
In this first episode of 2021, we bring in Connie S. Falls as she reminds us that the S stands for systems in her name! She is the true queen of teaching you how to set up your business the right way to automate your day to day tasks. You definitely want to get a paper and pen ready to listen to the entire episode!
45:34
January 7, 2021
EP: 32 How to Deal With Failure W/ David Meltzer
In this end of the year episode, David Meltzer joins us and gives his lessons on overcoming failure and shares how he is using his platform to inspire billions of people to BE HAPPY!  Follow us on Instagram @teamtopfigure Follow David Meltzer @davidmeltzer
22:47
January 4, 2021
EP: 31 How To Invest In Real Estate W/ Little To No Money!
TUNE INTO THIS ENTIRE EPISODE IF YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO GET STARTED IN REAL ESTATE 2021! In this episode, we bring on PJ Hill a former Ohio State collegiate basketball player turned financial consultant who shares practical steps to purchase your first home with little to no capital down!   Demetrius Matthews a mentor to us and a guru in Technology Business Consulting & Real Estate Investing as well as a philanthropist he shares his personal journey of going from corporate to entrepreneurship.
37:00
December 31, 2020
EP: 30 Building A Barber Empire W/ Akeem Akway
In this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Akeem Akway a Master Barber who started in a high school gym where he would cut his teammates' hair, to now being the go-to barber for professional athletes such as Karl Anthony Townes of the Minnesota Timberwolves! He shares his knowledge and insights on how to market your shop through social media!  Follow Akeem on Instagram and Facebook @akeemakway
37:22
December 11, 2020
EP: 29 Change is Required for Growth
Sometimes it takes a disaster for us to change. Understand that change is important for us to get closer to our goals. In this #keycast we share our experiences on change in our lives and our businesses.
16:02
September 30, 2020
EP: 28 Things We Learned 3 Years in Business
Hey everyone today marks our 3rd year in business so we wanted to share some important gems with you all on what we’ve learned! In this keycast we talk about comparing yourself to others, failing fast, don’t be perfect, and so much more! Be sure to share and post on your story and tag us!
20:27
August 5, 2020
EP: 27 How to Believe In Yourself
Simply by believing in yourself you’re going to achieve so much. Even if you have to pretend, it’s so important to constantly tell yourself that you CAN do anything. We go over some ways that we’ve implemented in the past and still to do this day to help us believe in ourselves!
25:22
July 11, 2020
EP: 26 Being A Somali Entrepreneur in 2020
In light of Somali Independence Day, July 1st we wanted to share with everyone what our journey has been like being Somali and how we’ve navigated the business world. Make sure to listen to the FULL episode as we give tips we’ve used to expand our business despite the disadvantages we’ve faced so tune in and pickup the keys we’re dropping and make sure to FOLLOW @teamtopfigure for the free training Link!
24:37
July 1, 2020
EP: 25 How To Make 💰During Coronavirus
Don’t sit around watching Netflix 🚫 shows during this epidemic. In this episode @topfiguresal & @topfigurewizdom share tips, you can take advantage while in quarantine!
14:26
April 11, 2020
EP: 24 Changes in the World of E-commerce & Advertising
In this key cast we discuss how human behavior and daily life has changed and how it has effected certain industries such as advertising, Ecom, & tech.
16:05
April 11, 2020
EP: 23 Stop Chasing the Bag 💰 Let the Bag Chase You
In the first keycast of 2020 we go in depth with the biggest lesson we’ve learned over the 4 years of entrepreneurship chasing money instead of building relationships and value in our business.
18:14
January 20, 2020
EP: 22 Be A Producer NOT just a Consumer
In this keycast we wanted to shift your mindset about not just buying this holiday season and taking advantage of deals but actually owning your own Shopify or Amazon store for 2020!
14:26
December 18, 2019
5 Minute Friday’s W/ Wizdom
We’re trying out a quick 5 minute segment each Friday where we give you motivation/inspiration from our anchor Abdi (Wizdom)!
05:53
November 15, 2019
EP: 21 How Car Buying Works W/ Chris From Apple Autos
In this key cast we interview Apple Autos Car Dealership owner Chris, who runs 5 dealerships here in the twin cities. We hear his story and gain his perspective on the car industry and how the buying process works to buy a car in 2019. We also dive into some of the current things that are happening in the industry such as electric and automation and how that’s changing the way we buy cars in the future!
16:58
November 12, 2019
EP: 20 Radio Host Matthew on Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone
In this key cast episode we talk to Matthew Gundrum who is the Jazz88.5 Radio Show host in the twin cities on his journey of finding his own success and what it truly means to step outside your comfort zone! Listen in an find out how he trains his mind and body (training to run a full marathon!) to attract success.
24:38
October 16, 2019
EP: 19 Interview W/ Boniface Ogunti
Yes we know this key-cast is a bit long, Our longest by far although you don't want to miss any of it! Boniface joins us in this segment and we discuss his entrepreneurship journey and how came back from -100K$, yes thats not a typo thats NEGATIVE -$100k+ in his bank account!
01:18:04
September 29, 2019
EP: 18 First Q&A Session!
In this Keycast we switch things up a bit and take some of the questions that you guys asked us on social media and answer them in this keycast segment! Take a listen!
24:07
September 19, 2019
EP: 17 Our Lessons On Losses & Failure
In this keycast we bring the whole team together to discuss our individual losses and collective losses and some of the ways we’ve overcome them.
19:12
September 12, 2019
EP: 16 What it’s Like Working For Large Corporate & Running A Startup
In this episode we’re back interviewing Niels who is currently working for one of the largest corporations and his experiences working in a high level position as well as running a startup as well!
02:52
September 3, 2019
EP: 15 From Idea to $100,000 With Aditya
In this key cast Abdi (Wizdom) sits down with local entrepreneur and good friend Aditya Siripragada the founder of Fountane labs. By helping other entrepreneurs get from idea to a company/product Aditya was able to reach a milestone of $100k annual revenue on his business. Find out he did it in this episode of the keycast!
33:28
February 7, 2019
EP: 14 Changing Your Mindset on Failure: Part 1
In this key cast segment we discuss how we perceive failure and how successsful people look at it in a totally different way. A key part of success lies in failure. Tune in!
11:11
February 6, 2019
EP: 13 We Reveal the Secret to Success (Patience & Gratitude)
In the Keycast we dive into what we’ve learned from being surrounded by successful mentors such as GaryVee, David Meltzer, and CJ Anderson running back for the Los Angeles Rams. All these people are super successful in their fields and they have one thing in common. Patience and Gratitude. Listen now and hear how we break it down!
20:10
January 15, 2019
EP: 12 How to Set Goals 2019!
Happy New Year everyone! We had an exciting 2018 and we can’t wait to dive into our first episode where we discuss how to achieve your goals this year and some of the things that have helped us out in achieving our goals! As well as we discuss what it really means to be happy and how that should be an important part of your goal this year!
18:36
January 9, 2019
EP: 11 Challenges Startup Entrepreneurs Face
In this #KeyCast we sit down with Clarence Bethea a local tech entreprenuer, where we discuss his journey of running a startup, its challenges, as well as his process of raising $1.7 million for his startup company, Upsie.
28:15
July 6, 2018
EP: 10 How To Manage Client Expectations
In this #keycast episode we dive into how to deal with clients expections and mainting great customer relationships.
28:17
June 29, 2018
EP: 09 The Importance of Brand Storytelling
In this #Keycast episode we invite Epimonia founder Mohamed Malim who has created a line of fashionable bracelets made from real life jackets worn by refugees. We discuss how he was able to attach a story and narrative to his brand and how he as a refugee himself has connected his brand with his story and how that is helping his company grow significantly.
22:30
June 22, 2018
EP: 08 The True Definition of Sales W/ Mickeli Bedore
In this weeks #Keycast episode we bring in the expert on selling, Mickeli Bedore who runs Bedore Business Group. His company has built some of the fastest growing B2B Tech & Professional Services sales teams at the most profitable companies in the Midwest. Listen as he redefines the word "Sales" and how to look at "Selling" in a completely different way to help you close.
29:44
June 8, 2018
EP: 07 Interview W/ Sean Higgins (How to Close the Deal)
In this episode we have an important guest, Sean Higgins from Techstars in residence. He is a local serial entrepreneur and in this episode of the keycast he shares his secret to juggling running a business, having personal time, as well as sharing some of his tips on how to close deals!
20:23
May 18, 2018
EP: 06 How to stay away from THEY 🚷
With the return of the #Keycast we discuss how to stay away from (THEY) or people who will bring you down, the people who dont want you to succeed. We also have a special guest appearance (@mali_gold) a local entreprenuer heavily involved in youth community outreach. Listen in to hear ways you can identify THEY and avoid toxic people.
16:15
April 13, 2018
EP: 05 How to Deal With Others Expectations of You
In this episode of the #KeyCast we discuss how to deal with other peoples expectations in our life. Coming from a young age we share some examples of people setting expectations in our life whether that be our parents, friends, and co workers and some ways we've overcome that. We also introduce our lates member to the team @Topfigurenoah!
14:13
March 23, 2018
EP: 04 How to Stay Consistent
In this episode of the #Keycast we discuss the importance of being consistent with what you are doing and we talk about some strategies that you can implement to stay more consistent!
12:32
March 10, 2018
EP: 03 How Networking Is Vital to Grow Your Brand/Business
This weeks #KeyCast goes in depth on how networking is important in your growing your brand/business. It also includes a segment in which Wizdom and Devonte do an example role play in this episode where they teach you what to say when networking at an event!
21:11
March 2, 2018
EP: 02 How to Use Instagram to Grow Your Brand/Business
In this episode we go into depth into some of the ways you can use Instagram stories and posts to push your brand/business!
20:24
February 23, 2018
EP: 01 Our Very First Episode
Listen to the first ever Top Figure Podcast as we discuss business advice and tips to help grow your business on social media! In this podcast we go over some examples of businesses that you guys can start as well as some ways you can leverage social media to grow your business. We also talk about Alexa and where home automation is headed
21:53
February 16, 2018