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Conversations with leading entrepreneurs, non-profit founders, award winning designers, educators, artists and everything else in between.

We dig deep into their stories, have honest conversations about how they made their ideas come to life and the lessons learned along the way.

Creator Lab - interviews with entrepreneurs and startup founders Bilal Zaidi

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 87 Ratings

Conversations with leading entrepreneurs, non-profit founders, award winning designers, educators, artists and everything else in between.

We dig deep into their stories, have honest conversations about how they made their ideas come to life and the lessons learned along the way.

    Zaid Admani // 100mil+ Views, Going Viral On TikTok, Creative Spirit vs. Slave To Algo

    Zaid Admani // 100mil+ Views, Going Viral On TikTok, Creative Spirit vs. Slave To Algo

    Zaid Admani is a creator and part-time Civil Engineer. He creates content on finance and business that is both educational and entertaining. He has built up a following of ~400k people & has generated more than 100 million views across social media.
     
    Subscribe & watch on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/j-he_V_V5nY 
     
    Timestamps: 
    (00:00:00) - Intro (00:04:14) - Zaid’s Creator Journey (00:21:04) - Zaid’s Civil Engineering Background (00:32:04) - Zaid’s Content Style (00:43:39) - Creating Viral Content vs. Meaningful Content (00:57:12) - Sponsor: LinkedIn Jobs (00:58:23) - Balancing Educating and Entertaining (01:00:26) - Inside Look at Zaid’s Content Creation Process (01:33:33) - Quantity vs Quality (01:39:43) - Why TikTok Live (01:49:40) - Monetization  
    Links Mentioned:
    Zaid’s Twitter Zaid’s TikTok Timm Chiusano’s TikTok Descript  
    Thank you to our sponsors:
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    • 1 hr 59 min
    Suneel Gupta // Finding Purpose, Dealing With Burnout, 85% Rule & The Music Mindset

    Suneel Gupta // Finding Purpose, Dealing With Burnout, 85% Rule & The Music Mindset

    Suneel Gupta is a writer and entrepreneur. He studies leaders from around the world to discover and share simple, actionable habits that enhance performance and deepen ones state of well-being.
     
    Subscribe & watch on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/kZwbKcnsdbY
     
    Timestamps: 
    (00:00:00) - Intro (00:01:49) - Suneel’s Backstory (00:03:35) - What is Dharma? (00:17:38) - The Arrival Fallacy (00:24:44) - The Ambition Paradox? (00:32:51) - Sponsor: LinkedIn Jobs (00:34:02) - Searching for Meaning (00:42:37) - The Importance of Recovery (00:46:06) - The 85% Rule (00:50:58) - Tools for Finding Dharma (01:00:56) - Music Mindset (01:04:33) - Staying Connected to your Essence  
    Links Mentioned
    Suneel's Book - Everyday Dharma WSJ Article on One Medical Acquisition of Rise Tel Ben-Shahar Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning Thank you to our sponsors:
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Kallaway // 100mil+ Views, Growing on TikTok & Vertical Video Deep Dive

    Kallaway // 100mil+ Views, Growing on TikTok & Vertical Video Deep Dive

    Kallaway is creator with a passion for producing content centered around tech and cult brands. He has generated over 100 million views and amassed a large following across social media.
    Subscribe & watch on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/etQpm_bQJH8
    Timestamps:
    (00:00:00) - Intro
    (00:02:22) - Kallaway’s Backstory
    (00:17:07) - Distribution is King
    (00:20:57) - Why Short-Form Video?
    (00:28:56) - Actionable Advice on Creating Content
    (00:44:53) - Sponsor: LinkedIn Jobs

    (00:46:04) - Comedy & Storytelling (00:52:41) - Why Writing is the Most Important Skill
    (01:03:33) - Inside Look at Kallaway’s Script Layout
    (01:05:59) - Kallaway’s Equipment
    (01:10:24) - Kallaway’s Editing Process
    (01:32:35) - Psychology of Creating Content
    (01:44:57) - How to go viral
    (01:49:37) - Newsletter Insights
    (01:55:26) - Thoughts on Monetization
    (01:59:52) - Becoming a Full-Time Creator 
    Links Mentioned
    Kallaway’s Personal Website
    Kallaway’s Twitter
    Espresso Letter
    TikTok Example 1
    TikTok Example 2
    TikTok Example 3
    Camera
    Lens
    Capture Card
    Microphone
    Recording Software
    Youtube Downloader (Downie)
    Premiere Keyboard Shortcuts 
    Thank you to our sponsors:
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    • 2 hr 15 min
    Mario Gabriele, The Generalist // Emerging Tech, ChatGPT vs. Google, Contrarian Views & Raising A $15mil Fund

    Mario Gabriele, The Generalist // Emerging Tech, ChatGPT vs. Google, Contrarian Views & Raising A $15mil Fund

    Subscribe & watch on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/zJBc0-rsnVo
    Timestamps:
    00:00:00 - Start 00:04:26 - What VCs do & how it overlaps with Mario’s experience 00:08:00 - Why Be A Generalist vs. Specialist? 00:11:32 - Surprising characteristics of “who becomes an entrepreneur”? 00:15:52 - Average age of entrepreneurs - fact vs fiction 00:17:58 - Emerging Tech (AI, Crypto, Health) 00:22:34 - Valuations in 2023 00:24:53 - Feelings After FTX & Luna Crash 0:33:24 - Web 2.5 Companies 00:35:45 - Neo Banks vs Traditional Banks 00:37:30 - Fintech Overlap w/ Crypto 00:38:33 - ChatGPT vs. Google 00:41:55 - Types of searches & AI co-pilots 00:44:34 - Hype Cycles: Football vs. Tech 00:48:22 - Sponsor Break: Virtual Gurus 00:49:25 - Monetizing AI & Google vs. Microsoft 00:56:59 - Satya Smashing It At Microsoft 01:02:36 - What Running A $15mil Fund Looks Like 01:16:19 - Behind The Mind 01:17:08 - If you weren’t doing the generalist what would you be doing? 01:18:26 - Contrarian Opinions 01:23:08 - Subcultures, Reality TV & The Day of Judgement 01:26:14 - People That Have Impacted Your Thinking Links Mentioned
    https://www.generalist.com/briefing/all-the-answers https://www.generalist.com/briefing/josh-wolfe https://www.generalist.com/briefing/the-casino-and-the-genie Thank you to our sponsors:
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Timo Armoo, Fanbytes // 8-Figure Agency Sale, Influencer Marketing & Expertise Gap Opportunities in 2023

    Timo Armoo, Fanbytes // 8-Figure Agency Sale, Influencer Marketing & Expertise Gap Opportunities in 2023

    Subscribe & watch on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/c1vgzbouoXY
    Timestamps:
    (00:00:00) - Intro (00:00:24) - Start Of Interview (00:06:43) - Selling Companies & Expertise Gap (00:15:40) - Expertise Gap in 2023 (00:20:18) - Selling Company: Strategic vs Financial Buyers (00:23:50) - Getting New Clients & Figuring Out Pricing (00:39:29) - Sponsor Break: Virtual Gurus (00:40:32) - Press, Scaling Beyond Yourself & Dealing With Ego (00:56:42) - Best In Class Influencer Marketing (01:04:00) - Priorities & Long Term View On Business Thank you to our sponsors:

    The Virtual Gurus - if you’re looking for talented remote staff on a budget, book a free consult at thevirtualgurus.com/creator

    • 1 hr 17 min
    James DeJulio, Tongal // Future of Hollywood & Advertising, Impact of AI on Creative Work & Who Wins The Streaming Wars?

    James DeJulio, Tongal // Future of Hollywood & Advertising, Impact of AI on Creative Work & Who Wins The Streaming Wars?

    Subscribe & watch on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/FNCgWJNR9ok

    Timestamps:
    (00:00:00) - Intro (00:00:24) - Start Of Interview (00:01:55) - What Is Tongal? (00:04:07) - Types of Content: Branded, Original + Advertising (00:07:08) - Scale Of Tongal (00:12:14) - Background in Hollywood (00:24:57) - The Company Before Tongal (00:34:54) - Power of Cold E-mail (00:36:53) - Company Origin Story (00:41:12) - Sponsor Break: Virtual Gurus (00:42:12) - Getting First Few Customers (00:46:49) - Finding Product Market Fit (00:52:19) - Scaling + Growth Levers (01:02:43) - Pricing Model Change (01:08:14) - Looking Ahead (01:13:35) - How AI Will Impact The Creative Work Force? (01:15:44) - Streaming Wars (Netflix, YouTube, HBO, Tiktok)  
    Thank you to our sponsors:

    The Virtual Gurus - if you’re looking for talented remote staff on a budget, book a free consult at thevirtualgurus.com/creator

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

ASobering ,

Motivational Magic 🪄

Bilal and his epic guests talk all things entrepreneurial, but it’s so much more than that! You’ll get tons of actionable advice and tangible tips, but you’ll also get heaps of inspiration from truly engaging individuals that have been where you are and want to see you succeed. Thanks so much for putting out such a spectacular show, Bilal - keep up the great work!

Calum Johnson 1 ,

Top Draw!!

This is a really good podcast. I found a lot of the guests that come on here don’t really do a lot of interviews so you get to hear a lot of unique insights & perspectives.

The host is great & does a good job of really diving deep into topics. A lot of the learnings I had from this pod were also very practical & easy to implement. Definitely give it a listen especially the episodes with Sam Parr & Shaan Puri

Mike Ambrosino ,

A niche other people aren’t covering

As someone who is working towards launching a blog, no one else is getting the behind the scenes look at the top internet performers/ creators.

You’re getting the intricate details behind some of the biggest influencers and brands on the internet

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