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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

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    • 5.0 • 88 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.

    Elijah: History of UK Grime, Pirate Radio & The Future of Music

    Elijah: History of UK Grime, Pirate Radio & The Future of Music

    Subscribe & watch on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/hXHZLKFpTu8
    Timestamps:
    (00:00:00) - Intro (00:00:27) - Sponsor Break: Sendinblue (00:01:17) - Who Is Elijah? (00:07:10) - Sound System Culture (00:09:13) - What's A Reload? (00:12:26) - Origins of UK Grime (00:16:30) - Controversy of Form 696 (00:27:21) - Pirate Radio (00:31:45) - How Musicians Make Money (00:36:07) - How Much You Get Paid Per Stream (00:38:05) - Industry Standards In Music (00:44:15) - Communities, Artists & Gatekeepers (00:51:49) - Balancing Old & New (00:57:43) - Sponsor Break: Bambee (01:07:46) - Web 3 + Music (01:14:05) - The Yellow Squares Project (01:19:07) - Choosing A Social Media Platform (01:21:06) - The Disadvantage Of Having A Degree (01:25:19) - The Yellow Squares Live Event (01:31:50) - The Doomscroll Formula (01:39:36) - Rinse FM & Y Combinator (01:42:22) - Skepta (01:43:57) - Why Michaela Cole Rejected £1M Netflix Deal (01:46:09) - The Life & Passing Of Jamal Edwards  
    Link Mentioned
    https://www.instagram.com/eli1ah/
    Infrastructural challenges thread:
    https://twitter.com/eli1ah/status/1571087605382647809?s=20&t=19lL7kSGUKZ0H3EBFLHtVw
     
    Thank you to our sponsors:
    Sendinblue - an all-in-one marketing, automation, and email platform empowering small businesses to build stronger customer relationships. Visit sendinblue.com/creator Bambee - get access to your own dedicated HR Manager starting at just $99/month. Visit bambee.com/lab  

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Trung Phan: Backstory, Writing in Public, Twitter Growth & Power of Memes

    Trung Phan: Backstory, Writing in Public, Twitter Growth & Power of Memes

    Watch on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/dytmn7fcBxo
    Timestamps:
    (00:00:00) - Intro   (00:02:34) - How The Phan Family Got To Canada     (00:07:34) - Trung's Exposure To Writing    (00:11:28) - Twitter: The Good & Bad (00:14:29) - South East Asia To America       (00:24:42) - Anxiety & Writing Publically     (00:27:12) - Growing A Podcast     (00:32:04) - Sponsor: Linkedin Jobs  (00:33:04) - Sponsor: Justworks (00:34:20) - Cringe Test     (00:39:45) - Vanity Metrics & Distraction of Follower Count (00:45:52) - Film Script To TV Show     (00:52:04) - Why Trung Started On Twitter (00:58:10) - Where To Start (00:04:53) - Topic Ideas: Breadth vs. Depth Subscribe & watch on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/dytmn7fcBxo

    Links Mentioned:

    Trung's newsletter: https://trungphan.substack.com/ Trung's Twitter: https://twitter.com/trungtphan Not Investment Advice Podcast: https://linktr.ee/notinvestmentadvice Thank you to our sponsors:
    Linkedin Jobs - helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Post a job for free on linkedin.com/creator
    JustWorks - makes it simple to hire and manage remote employees across all 50 states; visit JustWorks.com
     

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Adrian Aoun, Forward + Sidewalk Labs // Smart Cities + The Future of Healthcare

    Adrian Aoun, Forward + Sidewalk Labs // Smart Cities + The Future of Healthcare

    Adrian Aon is the founder & CEO of Forward. They've raised more than $225mil from the world's leading VCs to "build an insurance-free healthcare system from the ground-up”.
    Before that, he was the Director of Special Projects for Google's CEO & founder of Sidewalk Labs, the startup at Google tasked with re-inventing cities & sold Wavii to Google for $30mil.
    Watch on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/IwO12HgtWqw
    Timestamps
    (00:00:00) - Intro     (00:00:31) - Sponsor: Justworks     (00:03:21) - Sidewalk Labs     (00:11:40) - Director Of Special Projects at Google     (00:15:23) - What Is Forward     (00:18:43) - What Is Wrong With The US Health Care System     (00:22:15) - Life Expectancy In The Bronze Age     (00:24:11) - Sponsor: Bambee (00:25:21) - Sponsor: Linkedin Jobs     (00:26:24) - How US Health Care Can Be Improved (00:33:07) - Using Technology To Improve Health Care     (00:35:45) - What Is The Body Scanner Doing That We Couldn't Do Before (00:42:45) - Prenuvo Whole Body Scan (00:49:28) - Best Way To Go About Health Care     (00:52:59) - Health Care As A Product (00:56:11) - Outro Subscribe & watch on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/IwO12HgtWqw
    Thank you to our sponsors:
    Linkedin Jobs - helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Post a job for free on linkedin.com/creator
    Bambee - get access to your own dedicated HR Manager starting at just $99/month. Visit bambee.com/lab
    JustWorks - makes it simple to hire and manage remote employees across all 50 states, visit JustWorks.com

    • 57 min
    Kathryn Minshew, The Muse // Future of Work, Attracting Talent + How Job Sites Make Money

    Kathryn Minshew, The Muse // Future of Work, Attracting Talent + How Job Sites Make Money

    Kathryn Minshew is the Founder & CEO at The Muse
    Subscribe & watch on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/ZKOgdHTnKc8
    Timestamps:
    (00:00:00) - Intro (00:00:40) - Sponsor Break: AppSumo (00:01:19) - What Is The Muse (00:05:29) - How Big Is The Muse (00:06:46) - Pay-Per-Click vs Pay-Per-Hire  Business Model (00:11:38) - Hiring Is The More Important Thing (00:16:16) - The Average Cost To Hiring People (00:22:27) - Kathryn’s View about Pallet's Approach (00:29:05) - Sponsor Break: The Economist (00:30:26) - Shift From Office Work To Hybrid + Benefits Of Hybrid Work (00:39:30) - Shift Shock (00:43:39) - One Of The Most Important Element In Career Search (00:48:52) - The Value Of Transparency Between Companies And Employees Links Mentioned
    https://www.instagram.com/kminshew/ https://twitter.com/kmin Thank you to our sponsors:
    The Economist - full access to the topics that matter to you and original analysis as events unfold. Start your 30-day trial with The Economist today: economist.com/lab
    AppSumo - the marketplace entrepreneurs trust to buy and sell the products that grow small businesses into name brands: https://social.appsumo.com/creatorlab
     

    • 58 min
    Tiago Forte // Building a Second Brain in Practice + Sustained Behavior Change

    Tiago Forte // Building a Second Brain in Practice + Sustained Behavior Change

    Tiago Forte is the creator of Building a Second Brain.
    Subscribe & watch on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/h04N_6tmMeg
    Timestamps:
    (00:00:00) – Intro (00:00:40) – Sponsor Break: AppSumo   (00:03:23) - How Second Brain Began     (00:05:49) - Building a Second Brain     (00:13:31) - Multi-Million Dollar Live Courses.     (00:16:23) - What Makes People Have Sustained Behavior Change   (00:24:15) - 4 Steps of C.O.D.E (Capture, Organize, Distil, Express (00:27:08) - 3 stages: 1) Remember 2) Connect 3) Create (00:29:49) – Sponsor Break: The Economist + Linkedin Jobs (00:32:02) - Think Like a Curator     (00:34:30) - Screenshare of Tiago’s System in Action on youtube: https://youtu.be/h04N_6tmMeg?t=2085 (00:49:33) - Designing Notes for Future Self     (00:53:37) – Expression is a chaotic + messy process (no checklist) (00:55:52) - Don’t Start from Scratch Every Time
    Thank you to our sponsors:
    The Economist - full access to the topics that matter to you and original analysis as events unfold. Start your 30-day trial with The Economist today: economist.com/lab
    Linkedin Jobs - helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Post a job for free on linkedin.com/creator
    AppSumo - the marketplace entrepreneurs trust to buy and sell the products that grow small businesses into name brands:
    https://social.appsumo.com/creatorlab
    Links Mentioned:
    Tiago's book: https://amzn.to/3zUqgEy Blog post: https://fortelabs.co/blog/basboverview/

    • 58 min
    Sam Corcos, Levels // Metabolic Health, CGM Market & Growing A Health Tech Company

    Sam Corcos, Levels // Metabolic Health, CGM Market & Growing A Health Tech Company

    Sam Corcos is the co-founder & CEO of Levels Health
    Subscribe & watch on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/iI331lJkPm0
    Timestamps:
    (00:00:00) Preview
    (00:00:34) Sponsor - AppSumo
    (00:01:02) Intro to Sam
    (00:10:23) Problems Caused by Metabolic Dysfunction
    (00:15:43) Current Stage of The Company
    (00:22:49) Alternative Business Model
    (00:28:47) Product Market Fit
    (00:39:56) Sponsor: Linkedin Jobs
    (00:42:17) 10x in Digital Content
    (00:44:34) Podcasting As A Channel
    (00:49:17) Partnerships
    (00:52:36) Transition from CTO to CEO
    (01:04:30) Time Management + Prioritization
    Thank you to our sponsors:
    AppSumo - the marketplace entrepreneurs trust to buy and sell the products that grow small businesses into name brands:
    https://social.appsumo.com/creatorlab
    Linkedin Jobs:
    LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Post a job for free on linkedin.com/creator

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 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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