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Kyle O'Hehir, CTO of Constitution Lending - Real Estate Open Season - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 43
Michael Girdley (@Girdley) is joined by Kyle O’ Hehir (@financeguy725) who runs a lending and real estate business from Connecticut, we talk about having bought dozens, if not more, different units of real estate with his partner. Kyle is also a really pretty inspiring high energy guy. ----- * Do you love The Michael Girdley Show and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on Twitter @GirdleyShow Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Show Notes: (00:00) - Introduction (01:09) - Our sponsor is DMBridge (02:15) - Who are you man? Let our listeners know! (04:00) - What are the crazy learnings from a Commodities Trader at a fund to working at Hedge Fund? (07:00) - Did you really close your first Real Estate investment on short-term rentals in Georgia without a visit? Why, how? What did you learn from this business? (11:30) - Did your business plan work? What did you learn from this initial investment? (15:14) - Tell us about the cultural Southern clash story! (16:55) - At what point did you make the transition to full New Yorker? (18:46) - Walk us through: 1 solo investment in Savanah, you get fired at the HF, today you own multiple properties. What happened in between? (21:30) - How did you build your capital base? (26:10) - What do you do from the lending side? (31:45) - In what way is Effectuation a different breed of entrepreneurship? (35:11) - Understanding & trusting your gut to make better decisions. (39:38) - How does Kyle perceive himself from T-zero to T-12? What is the plan formulated for this? (43:26) - Should you set a 10-year plan @Girdley style? (45:06) - How important is domain knowledge to succeed? Can you commoditize learning? (58:38) - Game changers for @Girdley. Understanding the potential of strategic partnership. ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #38 Jesse Pujji of Gateway X - The CEO job is in constant evolution #37 Eric Jorgenson - GP of Rolling Fun - Information Dealer Extraordinaire #31 I wish I had learned 10 years ago about Pricing Power - Jay Vas shares his clear thinking in this one #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly #13 The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending
01:06:29
July 21, 2022
Barrett O'Neill, CEO of Bright Line Media - The competitive mindset - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 42
Michael Girdley @Girdley is joined by @barrettjoneill we talk about his journey into entrepreneurship, starting as a competitive athlete, the differences & similarities, and mindsets. Also, we talk about his two businesses, he runs a digital agency, and then secondarily runs a storage business. We also had a great exchange on global workforces and how to hire overseas. ----- * Do you love The Michael Girdley Show and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on Twitter @GirdleyShow Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Show Notes: (00:00) - Introduction (01:22) - Our sponsor is DMBridge.app (04:11) - How similar is entrepreneurship compared to sports? (06:41) -The transition from a competitive athlete to entrepreneurship: What are similarities and differences from a mindset perspective? (09:00) - Is it because people often associate competition with winning as the reason for motivation? (10:20) - How is Twitter the ecosystem for successful entrepreneurs? Why is it that some people avoid competition? (11:46) - Manufacturing competition: How to use Michael Jordan’s technique to become a better version of yourself? (18:23) - How to grasp a killer businessman mindset? (19:23) - At what point can scaling up become difficult for a digital agency? (22:48) - Would it be considerate to always have a goal to build assets and not to think that agency business is the asset? (25:55) - Physical vs digital businesses (28:18) - How does the storage business work? (39:01) - Why does the future of work get people so angry? (42:15) - Global workforce: What do we think about it? What are the challenges we see? (42:41) -Work going remote & overseas, why is it happening? What are the incentives for entrepreneurs? (51:21) - Copywriting Genius: How did you get so good? (53:14) - The second tweet magic - How to structure your thread? (56:42) - Respectful disagreement on Twitter ----- Links: * https://www.braveaux.io/ ----- Past guests on The Michael Girdley Show include Jesse Tinsley, Rob LaBonne, Matthew Weidert, Craig Fuller, Sam Bacon, Cayse Llorens, and more. ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #38 Jesse Pujji of Gateway X - The CEO job is in constant evolution #37 Eric Jorgenson - GP of Rolling Fun - Information Dealer Extraordinaire #31 I wish I had learned 10 years ago about Pricing Power - Jay Vas shares his clear thinking in this one #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly
01:02:53
July 14, 2022
Justin Hill, Hill Law Firm - San Antonio Love Fest - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 41
Michael Girdley @Girdley is joined by Justin Hill (@jahlawfirm), a lawyer in San Antonio. We talked about how personal injury works and discussed three business ideas. Not only that, but we also talk about our San Antonio experiences, the history, and projects on how to improve the city’s lifestyle. ----- * Do you love The Michael Girdley Show and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on Twitter @GirdleyShow Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- The Michael Girdley Show Episode 41 Show Notes: (00:00) - Introduction (00:37) - Our sponsor is Harbor Capital. (02:15) - What’s going on in Corpus Christi, Texas? (03:52) - What brought Justin to San Antonio? (06:46) - Which are the San Antonio Trade-offs? (12:22) - The most British prank ever (14:32) - How was San Antonio’s Immersive Art? (17:00) - Where’s the best place to go Mountain Bike riding? (20:33) - How did the Tour de France experience go? (23:16) - Mayor, how about Health and Fitness transformation for your San Antonio people? (25:38) - How much work does it take to be a good politician? (29:40) - In what aspects can San Antonio improve on? (33:35) - How to manage time & a hack to make your phone less addictive (38:40) - What is it like to be a Personal Injury Lawyer? (43:47) - What are the differences between big and small law firms? (45:43) - Can you be more achievement-oriented when moving to New York? (51:00) - How is the law firm ownership situation in Texas right now? (52:59) - What is the subscale for a Personal Injury Law Firm? What is the process of analyzing what to give or take? (56:28) - For someone who moved to Big Cities such as Dallas or LA, is it worth moving back to San Antonio to build a business? (1:00:42) - What is the situation with the San Antonio housing market? (1:03:01) - The truth about Millennials Did you like this episode? Leave us your feedback in the comments! ----- Links: * Harborcap.com * https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-alamo-hour/id1504139910 * https://www.jahlawfirm.com/ ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #38 Jesse Pujji of Gateway X - The CEO job is in constant evolution #37 Eric Jorgenson - GP of Rolling Fun - Information Dealer Extraordinaire #31 I wish I had learned 10 years ago about Pricing Power - Jay Vas shares his clear thinking in this one #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly #13 The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending
01:08:23
July 07, 2022
Kevin Dahlstrom, CEO of Swell Money - The future of wealth building - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 40
Michael Girdley @Girdley is joined by Kevin Dahlstrom (@Camp4), we talk about how to become multi-dimensional, get to identify the cliches and what it is like when GenX-ers joins in the Twitter Community, how leaders and CEOs work to be where they are now. Kevin also talks about his banking app business, Swell, that grew over time and became an LP in great Real Estate deals. ----- * Do you love The Michael Girdley Show and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on Twitter @GirdleyShow Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Show Notes: (00:00) - Introduction (00:56) - Our sponsor is Harbor Capital (02:10) - Are all generations really the same? What makes Gen X the OGs of tech generation? (06:00) - What makes GenX-ers uncomfortable in the Twitter Community? How does one adapt to the platform? (08:55) - In what ways can Twitter be therapeutic? (11:11) - Staying fit in the middle age: How to make it work? (14:30) - On The Road by John Kerouac: How to get the energy to strive? (17:55) - How does each Generation think about stuff? Understand mindsets through generational lenses (22:50) - Elon, like him or not, he’s doing cool stuff with his money! (23:47) - What is the key to continuous development? (29:45) - What makes a great product? (30:56) - Why did Kevin get back to an operational role in Swell? (32:02) - How is Bezos’ famous quote relevant to Swell? (35:54) - How would you describe the prototypical striver? (39:30) - What is it like to be a zero-to-one visionary type CEO? (42:00) - How does Swell plan to become a billion-dollar business? What is innovative in your approach? (47:28) - What are the challenges, especially with less sophisticated investors? (49:30) - How do you plan to start strivers in PE? (52:40) - What is the biggest problem with Neo banking? (55:20) - A secret to getting someone strong as the First Podcast Guest! (1:22:00) -  Life hack: How to kick ass at everything? ----- Links: * Harborcap.com * https://www.swellmoney.com ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #38 Jesse Pujji of Gateway X - The CEO job is in constant evolution #37 Eric Jorgenson - GP of Rolling Fun - Information Dealer Extraordinaire #31 I wish I had learned 10 years ago about Pricing Power - Jay Vas shares his clear thinking in this one #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly #13 The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending
01:07:11
June 30, 2022
@SpiritofPines - Living the No-College American Dream - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 39
Michael Girdley @Girdley is joined by Pine Baron (@SpiritofPines) the first anonymous guest on the podcast. We talked about his journey to develop wealth and get into real estate buying, why Pine wished to be anonymous on Twitter, why people trust corporations so much these days and which corporations we trust. ----- Thanks to our sponsor! * Harbor Capital is a hyper-focused Class B industrial real estate investment firm. They are building a portfolio of quality industrial assets in the four big cities in Texas. Their work is focused on generating strong cash flow, while being hyper-focused on safe and secure assets that could weather a downturn. The founders have built a reputation for delivering consistent value to investors with more than $400M in real estate investments in the last 20 years. https://harborcap.com/contact/index.html ----- * Do you love The Michael Girdley Show and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! ----- Show Notes: (00:00) - Introduction (00:56) - Our sponsor is Harbor Capital (02:10) - Why be Pseudonymous on the internet? (05:17) - Why be concerned with the Cancel Culture on Twitter? (08:55) - Why was it unexpected for corporations to do leadership like societal and governmental? (12:09) - Do large corporations have historically shaped the discourse and our values as a nation? (18:51) - How do your sales funnel look like? Where does Twitter fit? (22:10) - Let’s hear the Pine Baron Biography! (25:17) - What is the strategy for real estate? (29:42) - Talk us through marketing agencies as scalable businesses and income source (32:14) - Book Smart or People Smart? Which one is most applicable for business? (38:41) - How did a Tuna Fish Sandwich at a gas station give the realization that there's a whole different set of lives that people are living across the city? (41:05) - Poker as a marketing experience & Pine’s American Dream experience (44:53) - Start doing the job before you get the job (54:22) - College education, institutions & the ROI analysis (1:01:00) - What is wrong with educational institutions today? (01:08:37) - What is it like living under your means in your 30s ----- Links: * signup.wealthpin.com ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #38 Jesse Pujji of Gateway X - The CEO job is in constant evolution #37 Eric Jorgenson - GP of Rolling Fun - Information Dealer Extraordinaire #31 I wish I had learned 10 years ago about Pricing Power - Jay Vas shares his clear thinking in this one #13 The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending
01:11:16
June 23, 2022
Jesse Pujji of Gateway X - The CEO job is constant evolution - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 38
Michael Girdley @Girdley is joined by Jesse Pujji @jspujji from St. Louis, we talk about all the cool stuff that he does, especially the Venture Studio that he’s running. It is a business that incubates and creates other businesses. It talks about having to reboot your business every six to nine months and the coolness of the Sikh, the religion of which Jesse is a practitioner, is one of the neatest things to stumble upon in recent years. ----- Thanks to our sponsor! * Harbor Capital is a hyper-focused Class B industrial real estate investment firm. They are building a portfolio of quality industrial assets in the four big cities in Texas. Their work is focused on generating strong cash flow, while being hyper-focused on safe and secure assets that could weather a downturn. The founders have built a reputation for delivering consistent value to investors with more than $400M in real estate investments in the last 20 years. https://harborcap.com/contact/index.html ----- * Do you love The Michael Girdley Show and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on Twitter @GirdleyShow Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Show Notes: (00:00) - Introduction (00:45) - Our Sponsor is Harbor Capital (02:06) - Sikh Americans have a certain level of calm and peace? (04:12) - What’s the impact of it in the huge division of people and inequality among men and women during the caste system? (06:00) - What was one of the coolest stats in the holy book of Sikhism? (07:32) - How do growing business breaks every 6-9 months considered the natural order? (09:00) - What are the general philosophies in building a business? (11:30) - Promoting someone? What is the best mindset to start in the new position? (13:56) - How to overcome a rough career patch through inner work + Good coaches vs. Great coaches? (18:26) - The elements of coaching. How is it rewarding to have someone inspiring to work with? (21:14) - What is the value of a great tutor? (22:08) - How can Tennis help unlock your understanding of magical tutors? (23:33) - Embracing one’s ego with The Inner Game of Tennis Book (28:11) - What makes a great coach? (31:24) - What are the expectations when it comes to how a business works? (35:18) - How does the Twitter goal fit with other goals? Is it a worthy goal? (40:53) - What is your journey into having a Venture Studio? What are best practices? (43:54) - What are the highlights and opportunities of Venture Studios? (53:54) - What is the limiting factor for growth? ----- Links: * gateway.xyz/ ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #31 I wish I had learned 10 years ago about Pricing Power - Jay Vas shares his clear thinking in this one - The Michael Girdley Show #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly - The Michael Girdley Show e24
01:03:05
June 17, 2022
Eric Jorgenson - GP of Rolling Fun - Information Dealer Extraordinaire - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 37
Michael Girdley @Girdley is joined by Eric Jorgenson @EricJorgenson, author of the book Navalmanack. We talk about his new book, generational differences, we recap the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, why he takes photos of sandwiches and puts them on social media, his career and how he's established a career as an information dealer. Subscribe to our channel! ----- Thanks to our sponsor! * Harbor Capital is a hyper-focused Class B industrial real estate investment firm. They are building a portfolio of quality industrial assets in the four big cities in Texas. Their work is focused on generating strong cash flow, while being hyper-focused on safe and secure assets that could weather a downturn. The founders have built a reputation for delivering consistent value to investors with more than $400M in real estate investments in the last 20 years. ----- * Do you love The Michael Girdley Show and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on Twitter @GirdleyShow Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Show Notes: (00:00) - Introduction (01:04) - Our sponsor is Harbor Capital (02:14) - Intro (03:30) - Let’s recap the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting and it’s different cultures (07:12) - Nuclear war, inflation & Bitcoin (12:05) - What is it with sandwich photos on Eric’s website and Twitter? (15:40) - What are your experiences living in San Francisco vs. Kansas City? (19:10) - Habits and culture from New Jersey lifestyle (23:57) - Are generations different from one another or is it rather age groups? (33:50) - Different theories of personality & personality traits: Is there a professional use for hiring? How do you assess grit? (40:38) - Living as an information dealer, publishing books & creating content. (44:00) - Original creation, curation, selection & the different thought processes around it (49:27) - What are the steps on Curating? What are the similarities with creating? (53:36) - Is it possible to build a franchise around this? (59:00) - Academic readings frustrations (01:05:30) - Can you get rich publishing books? When does Balmanack come out? (01:11:21) - Why does @Girdley loves Chili’s? (01:13:21) - How does @Girdley organize his time and projects? How many boards is he on? What does a normal calendar week looks like? ----- Links: * Harborcap.com * ejorgenson.com ------ Additional episodes you might enjoy: #31 I wish I had learned 10 years ago about Pricing Power - Jay Vas shares his clear thinking in this one - The Michael Girdley Show #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly - The Michael Girdley Show e24 #19 Grocery Store Chain Business - Rob LaBonne of Labonne's Markets - The Michael Girdley Show
01:23:32
June 09, 2022
Tyler Tringas of Calm Fund - Going against the grain of classical VC - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 36
Michael Girdley (@Girdley) is joined by Tyler Tringas (@tylertringas), Calm Fund GP & Founder, to talk about how the calm fund works as an alternative to VC, lessons running in-person & online events, why to live in CDMX, how to raise money as a founder, how to hire as a tech founder, and much more! ----- Thanks to our sponsor! * Harbor Capital is a hyper-focused Class B industrial real estate investment firm. They are building a portfolio of quality industrial assets in the four big cities in Texas. Their work is focused on generating strong cash flow, while being hyper-focused on safe and secure assets that could weather a downturn. The founders have built a reputation for delivering consistent value to investors with more than $400M in real estate investments in the last 20 years. https://harborcap.com/contact/index.html https://harborcap.com/ ----- * Do you love The Michael Girdley Show and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on Twitter @GirdleyShow Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Show Notes: 0:39 - Harbor Capital 1:50 - Tyler Tringas 4:01 - How can you define a “Calm” company? 6:24 - How do you incubate non-high-growth companies? Can you translate the model out of software companies? 10:02 - The economics of online membership communities are insane 13:30 - What is Calm Fund really doing? Is it a smart version of growth PE? 21:20 - Where do you find passion in entrepreneurship? 26:00 - What are the challenges of raising money and trying to grow superfast in current market conditions? Are there systemic risks? How do you manage effective communication? 33:50 - In person events: How do you make it work? What is the impetus for this? 38:30 - What is your goal with the events? Are you seeking profit, beaking even? Which structures did you put in place for it to work accordingly? 44:00 - Best practices on running your own conference 49:40 - Let’s talk about running and scaling a company 53:00 - What’s so special about hiring people from SMBs? 57:11 - Any mental models on bootstrapping a company? 1:00:30 - Long term compounding: What sets a brand apart from the competition? 1:07:15 - How do we think about burnout in the tech industry? ----- Links: * https://calmfund.com/ ----- Past guests on The Michael Girdley Show include Jesse Tinsley, Rob LaBonne, Matthew Weidert, Craig Fuller, Sam Bacon, Cayse Llorens, and more. ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #31 I wish I had learned 10 years ago about Pricing Power - Jay Vas shares his clear thinking in this one - The Michael Girdley Show #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly - The Michael Girdley Show e24
01:11:21
June 02, 2022
Levi Benkert of Harbor Capital - Can’t get a permit? Just drive to the Prime Minister’s Palace - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 35
Michael Girdley (@Girdley) is joined by Levi Benkert (@Levijameshere) to talk about Harbor Capital, hiring architects overseas, his real estate endeavors, starting Verde Beef in Ethiopia (& his story with the Prime Minister), fundraising: tricks & techniques, outlook on America’s future, and more. ----- * Do you love The Michael Girdley Show and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on Twitter @GirdleyShow Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Show Notes: (0:00) - Intro: Levi Benkert (1:29) - Hiring an overseas architect: How was your experience? Why consider it? (7:16) - Levi’s latest Real Estate Project (13:04) - What are the risks in this Deal? What are customers looking for in the space? (16:36) - What are reasonable cap. rating expectations? What about costs? (22:15) - Would you recommend it as a business model? Where do you think the market is at right now? (24:54) - Is it OK to be in it for the money? (33:26) - Fundraising: Tricks & techniques (39:03) - Interest rates, financial planning and our outlooks on America’s future (44:49) - How do you know when someone is being too greedy? (47:35) - What is the @Girdley flywheel? Why is he on Twitter? (57:00) - Starting a beef company in Ethiopia and crashing the Prime Minister’s office ----- Links: * Harbor Capital ----- Past guests on The Michael Girdley Show include Jesse Tinsley, Rob LaBonne, Matthew Weidert, Craig Fuller, Sam Bacon, Cayse Llorens, and more. ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly - The Michael Girdley Show e24 #19 Grocery Store Chain Business - Rob LaBonne of Labonne's Markets - The Michael Girdley Show e19 #13 The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending - The Michael Girdley Show e13
01:10:41
May 27, 2022
Steve Ressler of Brydon Group - Searching with a Thesis: How to run an ETA Fund - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 34
Michael Girdley (@Girdley) is joined by Steve Ressler (@steveressler), we talk about building the Brydon Group to combine Private Equity with Entrepreneurship through acquisition, the sentiment flip on social media, how much attention should you pay to Social Media, networking & learnings at annual shareholder meetings, and much more. Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! ----- * Do you love The Michael Girdley Show and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel * Follow us on Twitter @GirdleyShow Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Show Notes: 0:00 - Intro 1:10 - Support our show with a review on your favorite platform! Thanks :) 1:47 - Sentiment has flipped! How much should we pay attention to social media? How do we find balance? 7:00 - Being a half step ahead: Getting informed instantly on social media 8:55 - The Spurs Entertainment Group: What happened after the Covid hit? 10:42 - The Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting: A learning opportunity? 16:00 - Networking at annual shareholder meetings: Pro tip from Steve 18:20 - Learning through osmosis strategy 24:32 - The Brydon Group: How do you choose your candidates? 29:27 - Structure of the process? Which assessment tools do you use? 34:24 - The adverse selection idea around entrepreneurship on mid-career professionals. 37:22 - How do you structure salary and incentives short and long term? Are applicants taking pay cuts? 42:00 - Whos’ investing in Twitter? 44:50 - College Entrepreneurship through Acquisition programs: What’s so interesting about them? 47:10 - CEOs as operators or allocators: Where are you in the infinite spectrum between them? 53:50 - Working with Baby Boomers 57:00 - Michael’s SWAG standards. 1:02:15 - Connect with Steve: Twitter, Linkedin, and his newsletter ----- Links: * https://www.brydon.com/for-searchers * https://www.linkedin.com/in/ressler/ * bit.ly/etamusings ----- Past guests on The Michael Girdley Show include Jesse Tinsley, Rob LaBonne, Matthew Weidert, Craig Fuller, Sam Bacon, Cayse Llorens, and more. ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly - The Michael Girdley Show e24 #19 Grocery Store Chain Business - Rob LaBonne of Labonne's Markets - The Michael Girdley Show e19 #13 The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending - The Michael Girdley Show e13
01:05:13
May 18, 2022
Chris Bakke of Laskie.co - How to fix your hiring process and more - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 33
Michael Girdley (@Girdley) is joined by Chris Bakke (@ChrisJBakke) to talk about why hiring is broken, good & bad ways to hire, LinkedIn vs. Twitter: content and audience differences, finding the balance between good content and shitposting on Twitter, www.laskie.com, and much more! ----- * Do you love The Michael Girdley Show and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on Twitter @GirdleyShow Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Show Notes: 0:00 Intro and a word from Michael 1:28 Chris Bakke everyone! 3:22 How do we think about Twitter? What’s the balance between being real and shitposting? 8:13 What’s wrong with writing threads? 12:48 Why Chili’s is better than Olive Garden 15:55 Okey, let’s talk about Laskie: You’ve decided to go down the VC route, tell us how you think about that 20:00 The struggles of building a company in public 25:31 Investing vs operating as a daily job; how does it relate to creativity? 32:09 You’re going into the LinkedIn environment: What do you know that I don’t? 35:21 Does LinkedIn reflect sentiment as well as Twitter? What kind of content differences do you observe? 40:22 Hiring processes: The good, the bad and the ugly 45:34 Why do companies let HR own the hiring process? 49:31 CEOs should apply to their own open positions 51:41 What do you like about hiring and your job? 57:28 Laskie.com  ----- Links: * www.laskie.com ----- Past guests on The Michael Girdley Show include Jesse Tinsley, Rob LaBonne, Matthew Weidert, Craig Fuller, Sam Bacon, Cayse Llorens, and more. ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly - The Michael Girdley Show e24 #19 Grocery Store Chain Business - Rob LaBonne of Labonne's Markets - The Michael Girdley Show e19 #13 The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending - The Michael Girdley Show e13
01:00:04
May 11, 2022
Meghan Skornia of Asakura Robinson - There is Bar in San Antonio for Austin Expats?! - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 32
Michael Girdley (@Girdley) is joined by Meghan Skornia (@MeghanSkornia) to talk about urban planning, zoning codes, the Great Springs project, affordable housing, why you should live in San Antonio, and much more. ----- * Do you love The Michael Girdley Show and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on Twitter @GirdleyShow Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Show Notes: 0:00 Intro 0:52 Meghan’s education, background & why she moved to San Antonio 4:32 How did becoming a mother changed your view of the world? 9:41 What was moving from Austin to San Antonio like? 12:35 What makes a place interesting for an urban planner? 21:19 Why do we feel unsafe in the streets of America? Is street harassment an issue? 25:40 Boomers, driving, communities and urban planning upcoming issues 28:47 How do zoning & building codes affect urban development? 34:33 The perks of moving to San Antonio 40:59 The Great Springs project: Connecting San Antonio to Austin 47:18 What are common narrative misconceptions on the housing crisis, from your perspective as an urban planner? 52:22 What is wrong with the minimum parking requirements in the development code? 55:10 Gen Z: Some fascinating facts about them. What is changing in education? 59:01 How is the world of urban planning thinking about technology improvements right now? Did you like this episode? Leave us your feedback in the comments! ----- Past guests on The Michael Girdley Show include Jesse Tinsley, Rob LaBonne, Matthew Weidert, Craig Fuller, Sam Bacon, Cayse Llorens, and more. ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly - The Michael Girdley Show e24 #19 Grocery Store Chain Business - Rob LaBonne of Labonne's Markets - The Michael Girdley Show e19 #13 The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending - The Michael Girdley Show e13
01:04:07
May 04, 2022
Jay Vasantharajah - Things I wish I had learned 10 years ago about Pricing Power - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 31
Michael Girdley (@Girdley) is joined by Jay Vasantharajah (@jayvasdigital) to talk about money as a taboo in the tech space, pricing power & how it affects business; the “Top Talent” contradiction, hiring overseas, Businesses being alive through systems, Twitter, and much more! Jay is a great thinker and even a better person, hope you enjoy this one. ----- * Do you love The Michael Girdley Show and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on Twitter @GirdleyShow Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Show Notes: 0:00 Intro 1:07 Is Money a Taboo in the tech space? 12:44 The Top Talent contradiction: how can every company have the “top talent” in the market? 15:03 What differentiates a good business from a great one? 22:13 What is the power of systems? How do they save you money? [Clip] 25:12 What is precipitating the process-driven, systems approach in the software industry? 28:52 Off-shore labor: How do we think about it? 43:59 Canada’s R&D Tax Credit vs America’s one 46:59 Pricing Power: Can you raise prices? What does it tell about a business? [Clip] 50:14 How do you build a skill to identify pricing power? 56:54 Let’s discuss Twitter: Why do we love it? Where is the value? What would we do as CEOs?! 1:04:04 What’s your take on monetizing your Twitter account? Did you like this episode? Leave us your feedback in the comments! ----- Links: * https://jayvas.com/ ----- Past guests on The Michael Girdley Show include Jesse Tinsley, Rob LaBonne, Matthew Weidert, Craig Fuller, Sam Bacon, Cayse Llorens, and more. ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly - The Michael Girdley Show e24 #19 Grocery Store Chain Business - Rob LaBonne of Labonne's Markets - The Michael Girdley Show e19 #13 The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending - The Michael Girdley Show e13
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April 27, 2022
John Wilson of Wilson Companies - Should you start a Conference to make money? - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 30
Michael Girdley (@Girdley) is joined by John Wilson (@WilsonCompanies) to talk about the HoldCoConf, building a personal brand, the relevance of joining a business community, the plumbing industry, and much more. How do you make a repeatable, scalable, unbeatable Hiring system? Michael Girdley (@Girdley) walks us through his take on hiring. Save on resources in advance by hiring the best fits for each role. ----- * Do you love The Michael Girdley Show and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on Twitter @GirdleyShow ----- Show Notes: (00:00) - Intro (01:07) - My story: I got sick of making hires that didn’t thrive (02:39) - Building a repeatable system (03:24) - Looking at the data! How to predict a good hire? (06:13) - Gathering the important and search for existing systems (09:09) - What makes people really great at a position? (12:52) - My hiring proces (14:06) - A-B-C players idea (18:34) - Hiring sales funnel (23:05) - Topgrading: Interviewing, reference checking and offer crafting (30:21) - Culture Index: Science-based personality trait assessment (33:23) - Criteria: Pre-hire screening assessments (34:33) - Example process with steps (38:56) - Complementary readings Did you like this episode? Leave us your feedback in the comments! ----- Past guests on Unusual Profits include Jesse Tinsley, Rob LaBonne, Matthew Weidert, Craig Fuller, Sam Bacon, Cayse Llorens and more. ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly - Unusual Profits e24 #19 Grocery Store Chain Business - Rob LaBonne of Labonne's Markets - Unusual Profits ep 19 #13 The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending - e13
59:53
April 22, 2022
Turning the Tables! Michael Girdley gets interviewed on the Next Gen Podcast - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 29
Michael Girdley (@Girdley) joins The Next Gen Podcast (@TheNextGenPod) to talk about how he takes business concepts and turns it into reality by incubating or putting up businesses, shares his stories in his entrepreneurial journey, experiences, struggles & wisdom gathered throughout his career. We liked the episode so much that we decided to post it ourselves, thanks to Connor & Gio for the allowance! ----- * Do you love Unusual Profits and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on twitter @unusualprofits Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Show Notes: (0:00) Intro (0:51) What does Michael do professionally? How does his background impact his work ethic? (10:06) What are the advantages of growing up in an entrepreneurial family? (13:09) How can you get exposure to the entrepreneurial world? (25:48) How to build strong and solid relationships with business partners? (30:40) How to become a good entrepreneur? (34:29) What are the biggest professional mistakes you see people make in their 20s? (39:27) Sound advice from Michael Did you like this episode? Rate our show! ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly - Unusual Profits e24 #19 Grocery Store Chain Business - Rob LaBonne of Labonne's Markets - Unusual Profits ep 19 #13 The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending - e13
47:21
April 13, 2022
Picking the hottest 12 Ycombinator graduates with @BuggerOAF - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 28
Michael Girdley (@Girdley) is joined by @buggeroaf to talk about YCombinator, the start-up accelerator. They discuss experiences, benefits & requirements to participate in the ecosystem, transactional vs. emotional engagement, the importance of timing, and much more. ----- * Do you love Unusual Profits and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on Twitter @unusualprofits Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Show Notes: (0:00) Intro (1:04) Why is Ycombinator antifragile? (3:08) Is it working as a Tax or gating fee? What do you gain access to? How do you use it to your advantage? (6:33)Is Yc the top tier of accelerators? (8:20) What is the “succession program”? How do they manage to maintain huge personalities outside the YC Brand? (10:13) Is YC too efficient to expand? (15:05) Why do you need a thesis to be a good investor? (17:06) Which are the implications of SaaS being the dominating category? How does this relate to the global development of startups? (19:56) Why are these investments concentrated in the US? Where are innovations coming from? (22:47) How big can YC get before devolving? (24:45) What is your take on Thiel fellowships, and why haven’t they expanded? (29:40) Let’s go over the best YCombinator companies per Techcrunch (30:19) A mobile app that combines music & social features (32:32) Wellness company for women (34:20) DocuSign for India - Super consumer app (35:30) Levels for Urine (37:20) Cashflow visualizer (38:38) Long Covid treatment from home (40:40) The Netflix for manga (42:53) Code to document translator (45:18) Rosebud DNA (46:04) Nigerian Bank ----- Past guests on Unusual Profits include Jesse Tinsley, Rob LaBonne, Matthew Weidert, Craig Fuller, Sam Bacon, Cayse Llorens, and more. ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies proliferate - Unusual Profits e24 #19 Grocery Store Chain Business - Rob LaBonne of Labonne's Markets - Unusual Profits ep 19 #13 The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending - e13
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April 09, 2022
Matt Willes of Skol Capital - How does the World of Mezz Lenders Work? (Plus a great perspective on life)! - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 27
Michael Girdley (@Girdley) is joined by Matt Willes (@SkolCapital) to talk about Mezzanine lending. How does it work? When is it useful? How is a loan structured? We talk about Willes Capital, the industry, common practices, risk management, and much more. ----- * Do you love Unusual Profits and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on Twitter @unusualprofits Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Unusual Profits episode 27   (0:00) Intro (3:40) How does Mezz work? When does a Mezz lender step in? [Clip 1] (4:26) What is the size of Mezzanine financing usually like? (5:37) How do Mezz loans get structured? (8:45) How did you decide to operate like this? (11:21) What are the structures to protect your capital? What does a warrant do in terms of protection to the lender? (17:14) How does a borrower end up in a bad position? How do you avoid a “loan to own” situation? (21:08) How does the universe of Mezz lending returns works? How do you think about potential investments? (25:33) Why are you in this business? (27:39) How is the top of funnel typically built for a Mezz lender? Are you geographically limited? (32:11) What is your underwriting group like? What occurs when making decisions? (39:02) Do you have a step-by-step process to underwrite deals? (43:31) What are the functions of financial models? (44:31) Personal question: Why is your job title “Executive Assistant” in your LinkedIn profile? (47:28) Why do you choose Twitter as your social media? (50:35) Communities, bad apples & life learnings (55:11) What are your thoughts & vision on your industry? How is technology affecting it? (59:30) Would you encourage young people to consider getting into private lending as a career? (1:00:30) One message to our listeners? (1:02:05) Thanks and goodbye! ----- Past guests on Unusual Profits include Jesse Tinsley, Rob LaBonne, Matthew Weidert, Craig Fuller, Sam Bacon, Cayse Llorens, and more. ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly - Unusual Profits e24 #19 Grocery Store Chain Business - Rob LaBonne of Labonne's Markets - Unusual Profits ep 19 #13 The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending - e13
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March 24, 2022
Moneymaking Ideas with Shingi - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 26
New Business Ideas episode! Michael Girdley (@Girdley) is joined by Shinghi Detlefson (twitter: @shinghiD) and Hayden Cohen (Twitter: @haydenjcohen) and pitch each other business ideas and schemes. ----- * Do you love Unusual Profits and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on twitter @unusualprofits Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Show Notes: (0:00) Intro (0:37) Y Combinator for eCommerce Businesses (8:05) Job description automator (13:49) Expedia for medical tourism (20:25) Technical Interviews w/ Utility (26:24) Shopify App Idea Did you like this episode? Leave us your feedback in the comments! ----- Past guests on Unusual Profits include Jesse Tinsley, Rob LaBonne, Matthew Weidert, Craig Fuller, Sam Bacon, Cayse Llorens and more. ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly - Unusual Profits e24 #19 Grocery Store Chain Business - Rob LaBonne of Labonne's Markets - Unusual Profits ep 19 #13 The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending - e13
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February 24, 2022
How I hire great people - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 25
How do you make a repeatable, scalable, unbeatable Hiring system? Michael Girdley (@Girdley) walks us through his take on hiring. Save on resources in advance by hiring the best fits for each role. ----- * Do you love Unusual Profits and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show! * Follow us on twitter @unusualprofits Find success in small business investing and entrepreneurship. ----- Show Notes: (00:00) - Intro (01:07) - My story: I got sick of making hires that didn’t thrive (02:39) - Building a repeatable system (03:24) - Looking at the data! How to predict a good hire? (06:13) - Gathering the important and search for existing systems (09:09) - What makes people really great at a position? (12:52) - My hiring proces (14:06) - A-B-C players idea (18:34) - Hiring sales funnel (23:05) - Topgrading: Interviewing, reference checking and offer crafting (30:21) - Culture Index: Science-based personality trait assessment (33:23) - Criteria: Pre-hire screening assessments (34:33) - Example process with steps (38:56) - Complementary readings Did you like this episode? Rate our show! ----- Links: * girdley.com/hiring * https://www.criteriacorp.com/ * https://www.cultureindex.com/ * https://www.predictiveindex.com/ ----- Past guests on Unusual Profits include Jesse Tinsley, Rob LaBonne, Matthew Weidert, Craig Fuller, Sam Bacon, Cayse Llorens and more. ----- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #24 The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly - Unusual Profits e24 #19 Grocery Store Chain Business - Rob LaBonne of Labonne's Markets - Unusual Profits ep 19 #13 The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending - e13
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February 18, 2022
The recruiter of choice: How JobMobz helps Silicon Valley companies grow so quickly - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 24
Jesse Tinsley (Twitter: @JesseTinsley) joins me (Twitter: @Girdley) in the show to talk about the his story on founding JobMobz (jobmobz.com), the recruiting business and specifically his niche as a recruiter for the tech industry. (1:07) Jesse tells us what he does and his background. (2:58) Recruiting models and recruiting as a service. (4:14) Pricing, revenue models. (6:26) Global outsourcing trends. (7:20) Rethinking hiring: What makes Jobnmobz special? (11:50) Finding your niche, Jesse's experience. (14:10) The journey into Crypto and Web3 and opportunities (16:04) How did Jobmobz become a succesful company? What allows them to mantain a high quality service? (23:28) How does the Business grow its client base? (25:00) What does the sell process look like? (27:00) How is a contract typically structured? (29:15) How to work with new Business Leaders? (30:25) Finding new niches and understanding Technology as en ethos for your business. (33:33) Post Covid recruiting market & tendencies. (35:24) Structuring accelerated growth. (36:40) Team organization (42:44) Hiring tricks to be aware of & Web3 specifics. (44:58) Competition, markets & models to develop business. (51:14) Cash convertion cycles in JobMobz (54:18) How does Jesse mantain his human resources? (59:41) How does the future look like for JobMobz? (1:02:09) Twitter & LinkedIn management & tips I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Michael
01:09:46
February 10, 2022
Business Ideas Episode with Shinghi - Unusual Profits ep23
New Business Ideas episode! Me and Shinghi Detlefson (twitter: @shinghiD) pitch each other business ideas and schemes. (1:09) 1 credit card that optimizes the benefits when making a purchase (4:50) Part time businesses: Advantages/disadvantages in janitorial services & day cares (7:32) Entering the real estate business through doggy day cares (8:47) Who said taxes aren't fun? Exploiting the tax free threshold on housing (10:38) AI to figure out file names + directories to save automatically. Usable for downloads. Why? To save time (14:02) Quantified happiness scores: Customer sentiment tracking for sub-scale businesses through face recognition (19:42) Virtual Desktop super computer, but caveman friendly (24:47) Job board for parents looking to return to the workforce. Unlock opportunities! (31:09) Bonus: Crypto movie idea! Thanks to our sponsors this week! Cloudbookkeeping.com - CloudBookkeeping sets the standard for bookkeeping services. If you run a business, you know the importance of having a reliable team keeping track of your finances and managing the complexities of bookkeeping and payroll. CloudBookkeeping is a team you can call that is responsive to your needs. CloudBookkeeping offers adaptable solutions to businesses that want to focus on growth, with a “client service first” approach. They offer a full suite of accounting services that include sophisticated reporting, QuickBooks software solutions, and full-service payroll options.  With over 100 years combined experience, the team at CloudBookkeeping provides dedicated financial management services and valuable insights so you can grow your business! Give CloudBookkeeping a call or visit their website at CloudBookkeeping.com to learn more about their custom solutions to strengthen your business. We'd love your feedback on this content! Michael
35:55
February 04, 2022
Business Ideas Episode with Shinghi - ep22
New Business Ideas episode! Me and Shinghi Detlefson (twitter: @shinghiD) pitch each other business ideas and schemes. (1:09) $3k/month accountability gym (5:19) A screening service so you know which sport your kid should specialize in (10:29) "Construction Uncle" to validate construction bid pricing (16:25) Monetizing super-niche but valuable content (22:40) Autonomous metal detectors looking for gold / autonomous mining (25:35) Attaching to rocketship software platforms (28:45) One dashboard to rule them all ventures (30:23) A youtube reality show leaving flash drives on the sidewalk with bitcoin stickers (31:20) A youtube prank show where families get pranked with photoshop We'd love your feedback on this content! Michael
34:03
January 28, 2022
The Window Washing Business - Johnny Robinson Co-founder of Orange Window Cleaning - Unusual Profits ep 21
This week we make a deep dive into the window washing business. Johnny Robinson is co-founder of Orange Window Cleaning in Orange County, CA. We go deep into how they acquire customers, transitioning to a 1099 independent contractor model and how he has expanded his business interests beyond windows to helping small businesses win with digital marketing. Enjoy! Michael
01:05:38
October 12, 2021
The Non-Ferrous Casting Facilities Business - Reg Zeller of CaneKast - Unusual Profits ep 20
Reg Zeller is CEO of Canekast. He is building the first coast-to-coast network of non-ferrous casting facilities (https://canekast.com/).   Starting with a single foundry, he has since expanded the business by acquiring multiple facilities across the USA.   We cover the dynamics of the foundry, what scale helps and doesn't help with, and how they survive and thrive in a niche dominated by technology that is 50 years old and older.   I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  Michael
01:25:25
September 27, 2021
Grocery Store Chain Business - Rob LaBonne of Labonne's Markets - Unusual Profits ep 19
Rob Labonne is COO of LaBonne's Markets (https://labonnes.com/), a 4-store grocery chain with 440+ associates in Connecticut, USA. They are a family-owned grocery store chain located in several smaller towns in Connecticut.  We cover the dynamics of the grocery business, what scale helps and doesn't help with, and how to survive as a smaller provider against the big regional, super-regional and national grocery chains. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Michael
01:16:18
September 19, 2021
The Cargo Aircraft Medical Module Business - Bianca Rhodes is CEO of Knight Aerospace - Unusual Profits ep 18
Bianca Rhodes is CEO of Knight Aerospace (https://knightaerospace.com/) in San Antonio, Texas.    They are a company that makes roll-on/roll-off medical modules for cargo aircraft as well as other equipment widely used in the aerospace industry.  These modules are used to turn cargo airplanes into full-blown flying hospitals for VIPs and other medical patients.   I think you'll see why people love working for Bianca after learning about her and this business.   Michael
01:13:55
September 10, 2021
The Flare Gas Bitcoin Mining Business - Matt Lohstroh from Giga Energy - e17
Matt Lohstroh runs Giga Energy, a company that uses excess natural gas from oil wells to mine bitcoin on well sites. They take the gas that is normally burned off and turn it into cryptocurrency. This interview is a fascinating journey into how the old economy of energy in Texas is meeting the new. Michael
01:14:21
September 03, 2021
The High-end Restaurant Group Business - Morgan Weber from Agricole Hospitality - e16
This week's episode has Morgan Weber, co-founder of Agricole Hospitality. They are a diverse group of high-end, specialty restaurants in Houston, Texas. What's interesting is the corner of the market where they play formed by high-quality experiences and attention to detail. Really fascinating to hear Morgan talk about how they look at the business and market in a pretty unique way. More about Agricole here: https://www.agricolehospitality.com/
01:11:51
August 16, 2021
The Vehicle Armoring Business - Mark Burton - CEO of ArmorMax - e15
This week's guest is Mark Burton, CEO of ArmorMax and International Armoring in Salt Lake City, UT. They armor cars for customers in 14 countries and 4 continents. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-burton-0446a02/ Join me in learning how this business works. Michael
01:17:03
July 15, 2021
The Domain Brokerage Business - Andrew Rosener - CEO of MediaOptions.com - e14
Andrew Rosener is CEO of MediaOptions.com, a domain name brokerage based in Lisbon, Portugal. We learned how the fascinating world of domain name investing and transactions work. Other topics include China's effect on domains, Andrew's most valuable domains, and how the industry has evolved. Hope you enjoy! Michael
51:19
June 25, 2021
The Hard Money Lending Business - Matthew Weidert of Longleaf Lending - e13
We learn how the hard money lending business works with Matthew Weidert. His company's website is: https://longleaflending.com/ Enjoy! Michael
48:18
June 22, 2021
The Physical Security Business - Bruno Lavado CFO of Elevation Security - e12
We learn how the physical security business works with Bruno Lavado.  I think you'll enjoy his story as an immigrant to the US from LATAM. Now building a business with partners.  They plan to break $2mm in revenue this year at their business, Elevation Security. Michael
32:60
June 05, 2021
The Demolition Business - Sam Bacon, CEO of Green Circle Demolition
The guest is Sam Bacon, CEO of Green Circle Demolition out of Atlanta, GA. We talked through how the demolition business works including strategies to even out revenue and grow this type of company. Enjoy!
31:60
May 27, 2021
The Freight Industry Media+Data Business - Craig Fuller, CEO of FreightWaves
New Episode Alert! The guest is Craig Fuller, CEO of FreightWaves out of Chattanooga, TN. We had a fascinating discussion about how FreightWaves works, including the marrying of a media business and a Saas-like data business. Enjoy!
35:11
May 21, 2021
The Litigation Finance Business - Cayse Llorens CEO of LexShares / e9
Cayse Llorens is CEO of LexShares, a Boston-based company that specializes in civil commercial litigation finance. - We spoke about the types of litigation finance - How a company like LexShares compares and thrives compared to other players in the space Enjoy!  Michael
32:19
May 17, 2021
The Corporate History Agency Business - Jason Dressel President of History Factory / e8
This week is Jason Dressel, President of History Factory. They're a 40-year-old marketing agency that helps large corporations discover and leverage their history as they pursue their future. Besides operating archive services, they offer a suite of services around corporate history. Learn how the business works here.
34:02
May 01, 2021
The Real Estate Syndication Business (REPE) - Chris Powers CEO of Fort Capital, LP - e7
Chris Powers, CEO, of Fort Worth-based privately owned real investment firm Fort Capital, LP. I learned: - How to get started in RE syndication - How syndicators make money - Trends happening in the industry Enjoy! Michael
47:16
April 02, 2021
The D2C eCommerce Business - Kelcey Lehrich CEO of 365-Holdings.com - e6
I spent this week's episode talking with Kelcey Lehrich about a business very foreign to me, D2C e-commerce businesses. His business operates a holding company with multiple brands. Their products are very diverse including knives, diapers and others. What was interesting was the "moat" created around brands and non-dependence upon platforms like Amazon. Kelcey recently launched an innovative EIR program you can learn about here: https://twitter.com/kelceylehrich/status/1372231368806125581 Hope you enjoy,  Michael
38:27
March 19, 2021
Ad Valorem Property Tax Consulting with Zachary Fleming of Ryan LLC - e5
New episode! With Zachary Fleming (@zlfleming), who works at Ryan LLC and heads their San Antonio office.  He is a commercial real estate tax consultant. We learn how the ad valorem property tax consulting business works. Here's his bio and company website: https://www.ryan.com/about-ryan/leadership/zachary-fleming/
34:17
March 15, 2021
The Goat Rental Business - CEO Aaron Steele from Goats On The Go® - e4
In this episode, I talked with CEO Aaron Steele about his goat rental business called Goats On The Go® (@GoatsontheGo). Or, by its technical name "targeted grazing". Things we learned in this episode: - Why goats instead of sheep? - How the business can scale? - Why people rent goats? Enjoy this one. I did! Michael
38:05
March 11, 2021
The Commercial Insurance Brokerage Business - Jonathan Crystal - e3
Jonathan Crystal is a 20-year veteran of the commercial insurance brokerage business.  In this episode, he explains how the business works.
28:56
March 05, 2021
The Southern USA Lumber Business - Matt Moldenhauer CEO of Bellwether Forest Products - The Michael Girdley Show Episode 2
Matt Moldenhauer, CEO of Bellwether Forest Products in South Carolina. (Carolinabellwetherfp.com) They are a service provider in the timber industry doing safe, sustainable, and responsible timber procurement, logging, and hauling services.
45:11
March 03, 2021
The Independent Winery Business - Amy Prosenjak of A to Z Wineworks - e1
Amy Prosenjak, CEO of A to Z Wineworks in Oregon, joins Michael to explain the business of being an independent winery. This is our first episode, so would love your feedback! Email us: michael@ girdley .com
45:50
February 27, 2021