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Starting a business is an arduous journey... listen as I interview founders on how they survived the journey and had fun along the way.

I'm Armand Uno, and I was raised as an entrepreneur. My dad is a Founder, I majored in Entrepreneurship, and I work at a startup (Intern 1 -> Product Manager). Every week I interview startup Founders about the healthy habits and hobbies that help them manage stress.

If you're entrepreneuring, battling burnout, looking for new hobbies, and/or are just plain ol' curious how successful superstars like to play along the way - check out an episode! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/playhardpodcast/support

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Starting a business is an arduous journey... listen as I interview founders on how they survived the journey and had fun along the way.

I'm Armand Uno, and I was raised as an entrepreneur. My dad is a Founder, I majored in Entrepreneurship, and I work at a startup (Intern 1 -> Product Manager). Every week I interview startup Founders about the healthy habits and hobbies that help them manage stress.

If you're entrepreneuring, battling burnout, looking for new hobbies, and/or are just plain ol' curious how successful superstars like to play along the way - check out an episode! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/playhardpodcast/support

    #35. Diversity Goals, Removing the Guilt of “Doing More”, and Excellence Defined by Jay-Z with Jorge Garcia (Founder of Hello Iconic)

    #35. Diversity Goals, Removing the Guilt of “Doing More”, and Excellence Defined by Jay-Z with Jorge Garcia (Founder of Hello Iconic)

    The competitive mind tells us, “there’s so much stuff I NEED to be doing right now” and it leaves you feeling guilty when resting.

    Jorge Garcia is familiar with this voice.

    It’s led him to a lot of success. Also, a lot of guilt. In this episode, we talk about healthy ways to handle that guilt, and the different definitions of excellence.

    This episode is awesome – especially as a fellow Hispanic – to hear about Jorge’s move from Honduras to LA to grow and scale a global company.

    Give it a listen!

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    Show Notes:

    (13:30) - Diversity goals of a 99% Latino organization

    (36:50) - Defining excellence

    (30:20) - Jay-Z defining excellence

    (40:00) - Staying innovative while learning to be a methodical planner

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    Links:

    * helloiconic.com

    * Twitter and Insta: @jagbolanos

    * From Good to Great by Jim Collins

    * https://hbr.org/2001/01/the-making-of-a-corporate-athlete

    * https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/faculty-research/labs-initiatives/slei

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    Episode Quotes I Enjoyed

    “A business… is successful when it generates value for others, and at the same time is able to capture a little bit of that value for the company.”

    “If it doesn’t hurt in the stomach, you’re not setting [the right] goals.”

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    #34. Outsource Your Dating, Framing, and How to Talk to Yourself with Koen Geron (Founder of Hovalo)

    #34. Outsource Your Dating, Framing, and How to Talk to Yourself with Koen Geron (Founder of Hovalo)

    Stanford sociologist, Michael Rosenfeld, found the #1-way couples meet today is online dating.



    Koen Geron is riding the wave of this cultural shift like Cody in Surf's Up.



    Koen is the founder of Hovalo, an outsourced online dating platform. Hovalo manages your profile, matches, and even messaging!

    We talk about reframing to handle objections, how to block out distractions, and — you guessed it — dating.



    Give it a listen!



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    Show Notes:

    (07:50) - How do people feel that you’re messaging dates for them

    (12:20) - People’s dating lives “as a business”

    (21:50) - Tips for entrepreneurs balancing their dating life

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    Links:

    * hovalo.com

    * Insta: @koen.geron

    * YouTube (online dating tips):@koengeron-hovalodatingouts1312

    * Cold Turkey – a productivity app

    * Gates of Fire by Stephen Pressfield

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    • 50 min
    #33. The Secret to Branding is to Make it Bada$$ with Mark Drager (Founder of Phanta Media)

    #33. The Secret to Branding is to Make it Bada$$ with Mark Drager (Founder of Phanta Media)

    At age 23, Mark Drager started an ad agency.

    With 0 experience he went all in. Aaand, it didn’t go well. At first…

    Fast-forward 15 years, Mark does branding for countless startups, speakers, and coaches — with some big names!

    In this episode, Mark talks about the easiest type of business to start. He gives me a lesson in branding the podcast, and we even talk business lessons from The Beatles!

    This episode is great if you’re interested in: branding, marketing, challenging yourself, and absolutely sending it in the beginning.

    Check it out!

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    Show Notes:

    (26:04) - The easiest type of business to start

    (30:10) - Mark gives me a branding lesson using my podcast

    (44:39) - Starting an ad agency with 0 experience

    (52:09) - Is it impostor syndrome or performance anxiety?

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    Links:

    * https://www.youtube.com/c/MarkDragerYT

    * https://www.phanta.com/

    * https://www.markdrager.com/

    * Insta: @markdrager

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    Episode Quotes I Enjoyed

    “I get paid to make other people look good.”

    “This is why it’s so important to nail down what you really want because the expression of what you do really matters.”

    “Lots of things can work. My way isn’t the only way.”

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    #32. Email is Evil, Accidental Entrepreneurship, and Breaking Bad Habits with Jeremy Nagel (Founder of focus bear)

    #32. Email is Evil, Accidental Entrepreneurship, and Breaking Bad Habits with Jeremy Nagel (Founder of focus bear)

    Jeremy Nagel has a bad bad habit — he checks his email first thing in the morning.

    The man can't stop. He tried everything from app/site blockers to having his wife slap him in the face every morning he was on email. It didn't work.

    So, he created focusbear.io: the ultimate focus and habit-tracking app.

    In this episode, we go over Jeremy's 3 companies and the 1 he sold earlier this year. We talk about good habits and focus tactics. Finally, we talk about why you should avoid email in the morning.

    This episode is great if you’re interested in: focus strategies, morning routines, running multiple companies at once, ADHD, prioritization, and cross-country skiing.

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    Show Notes:

    (13:13) - Entrepreneurship wasn’t the original path

    (24:09) - How to track and organize 3 different companies

    (30:44) - Emails are evil in the morning

    (38:44) - Connecting to your heritage with hobbies

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    Links:

    * focusbear.io

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    • 57 min
    #31. Coffee Nerds Shouldn’t Run Coffee Companies with Zach Frantz (Founder of Wildland Coffee)

    #31. Coffee Nerds Shouldn’t Run Coffee Companies with Zach Frantz (Founder of Wildland Coffee)

    Zach Frantz’s company, Wildland Coffee, makes coffee in a tea bag.

    Overlanders, campers, and outdoor enthusiasts love coffee but find their usual outdoor coffee methods inconvenient (and heavy). As a lover of the great outdoors, Zach is solving a problem close to him.

    We talk about narrowing a target audience, competing in the coffee industry, and thinking you know what people want.

    If you’re interested in: coffee, branding, outdoors, ADHD, and pivoting, you’re going to love this episode!

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    Show Notes:

    (10:50) - Competition in the coffee industry

    (14:20) - Attracting the right customer

    (35:35) - Thinking you know what people want

    (38:25) - If you’re trying to convince people your product is worth it as a small company, listen to this

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    Links:

    * https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachfrantz/

    * https://www.wildlandcoffee.co/

    * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb5zpo5WDG4

    * Ramping Your Brand by Dr. James F Richardson

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    Episode Quotes I Enjoyed

    “If I have a problem, and I haven’t seen a solution I like there’s probably at least 1m ppl in the US that have that same problem”

    “I’m basically selling to myself versus me being the creator selling to someone else”

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    • 55 min
    #30. Growing SaaS and Clothing Businesses, Pioneering Remote Work, and Being Cofounders with your Brother with Kevan Sadigh (Founder of Rex Reservations)

    #30. Growing SaaS and Clothing Businesses, Pioneering Remote Work, and Being Cofounders with your Brother with Kevan Sadigh (Founder of Rex Reservations)

    Back in 2013, Kevan sold his first company.

    They had 20 employees, full manufacturing and distribution warehouses in the US, and were a hit nationwide. He’d barely gotten out of college.

    Some people are just born for this, and Kevan Sadigh is one of them.

    In this episode, we talk about his lessons learned from growing both clothing and SaaS based businesses, express some distaste for grind/hustle culture, and the importance of family.

    Give it a listen!

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    Show Notes:

    (15:00) - The key to his first company’s nationwide success

    (23:20) - Lessons on growing a company, processes, and what to optimize

    (37:50) - Benefits of being co-founders with your brother

    (42:00) - Standup comedy, mission statements, and memes — they’re all related!

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    Links:

    * Insta: @kevan

    * reservewithrex.com

    * https://www.danmartell.com/leverage/

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    Episode Quotes I Enjoyed

    “If it’s gonna make you money, speed that up. If not, don’t worry about it.”

    “Memes are the most efficient way we’ve come up with to exchange ideas and information — for better or for worse”

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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

LOSUNOS ,

Great information and fun listening

Great podcast to listen to on my long drives! I love Armand’s curiosity and youthful presence. Really inspiring for young entrepreneurs like myself

yayawrites ,

Insightful

I love the way Armand asks questions.

GOOD DAY LA ,

Amazing

Armand is a great storyteller who is very curious about the journey of entrepreneurs. He asks the right questions and aspires to discover the truth about what it takes to make it big in the business field.

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