Episode 210: Noah Kagan – How To Start A Business
Noah Kagan was the #30 employee at Facebook (started there in 2005), and the #4 employee at Mint.com. He came up with the idea of real-time updates and executed with one engineer (Mark Slee) at Facebook. He is now the Chief Sumo at Sumo.com (A domain in which he paid $1.5m to own. We discussed why on this episode).
This episode is different than most in that it was more conversational, and less interview. There was real-time coaching, and off the cuff conversation about how I should progress The Learning Leader. If you are uncomfortable with creative use of the English Language (re: use of curse words), then skip this episode. If not, I think you’ll really like it.
“You shouldn’t get a job… You should get a career.”
- Sustained Excellence = Getting feedback from professionals
- Noah hired pros from NPR to review his interview transcripts.
- “Most of the time we have too much. Need to edit it down.”
- How to create a narrative — The NPA producer changed his life
- Employees — “They are not my people. They are people I work with. I don’t like the word employee.”
- How do you hold others accountable? — Autonomy, coaching, help when needed. Hire correctly.
- “What I’m great at is starting…”
- How the quest to India changed Noah’s life
- “You’ll almost always push hard on the last lap.”
- The impact Mark Zuckerberg had on him when he worked for him at Facebook
- “When I was at Facebook, there was a singular focus: Growth.”
- “You shouldn’t get a job, get a career.” — “I was a cubicle monkey at Intel”
- Using a journal to plan your day/week/month
- “Here is a story I’ve never shared before…”
- Why you should always ask yourself…”What’s exciting for me?”
- Why you should go on walks with your spouse/significant other
- Instead of building something in a month, why not build it by Monday? — Do it quicker than you think possible
- You need to constantly try and test it out… Don’t overthink it. Will people pay me for this? Keep evolving
- Keys to building your audience
- “Art of The Deal” is a helpful book
- Noah’s salary? Low 6 figures
- “Good people don’t work for cheap rates”
- The two ways to scale a business
- What Noah learned about vision —
- Initially didn’t believe in it… But he has matured and fully believes in it. “As I’ve gotten older…”
- “It’s much easier to get what you want when you know what you want.”
- The impact of Noah’s Dad dying had on him
- “I’m much more protective of my time”
“Good people don’t ask for cheap rates.”
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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell
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