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Feb. 13, 2024

E11: The Art of Choosing The Right Creator To Back | Megan Lightcap, …

Megan Lightcap from Slow Ventures joins Erik Torenberg to discuss both of their insights into evolving creator economy and the role of strategic investment in digital creators and entrepreneurs.

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Feb. 6, 2024

E10: The Power of Platforms and AI | Nathan Baschez, Every Inc, Lex

This week we’re sharing a conversation with Erik Torenberg and Nathan Baschez , the co-founder of Every Inc. and creator of Lex, an AI-powered writing tool that’s aimed to revolutionize the writing process for writers.

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Feb. 2, 2024

Request for Startups: Receipt-Based Dating, Reference Checks as a Ser…

A podcast we think you'll love. The conversation maps startup ideas and concepts, including dating apps based on spending patterns, a matching platform for singles, an exclusive dating app with angel investments, Google Maps for market ontologies, a personal trainer …

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Jan. 30, 2024

E9: Mastering Podcast Growth | Chris Hutchins, All the Hacks

Chris Hutchins joins Erik Torenberg as he explores the intricacies of building and growing a successful podcast.

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Jan. 23, 2024

E8: Mapping the Tech Writing Ecosystem | Mario Gabriele, The Generali…

This week, Erik Torenberg sits down with Mario Gabriele, founder of The Generalist to delve deep into the evolution of The Generalist, as well as discuss fascinating insights around the tech writing ecosystem, niche publication opportunities, NFT experiments, and the …

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Jan. 16, 2024

E7: The Business of Creators | Adam Ryan, Workweek

In this episode, Erik Torenberg sits down with Adam Ryan, the CEO of Workweek, for an insightful conversation on Workweek's business and media strategies, the transformation of digital media in the B2B sector, the potential of podcasts, their approach towards …

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Jan. 9, 2024

E6: Bootstrapping a Media Company in 2024 | Where It Happens with Eri…

Today’s episode is a special one – Erik Torenberg and Greg Isenberg discuss the future of B2B creators, monetizing media and the venture of Turpentine on Greg’s podcast “Where It Happens.”

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Jan. 3, 2024

E5: Building Podcast Networks | Robert Leonard, Investors Podcast

In today’s episode, Erik Torenberg sits down with Robert Leonard, creator of The Investor's Podcast Network, to discuss all angles of building a podcast network, from vertical integration, the best titles, monetization strategies, quality vs quantity, and much more.

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Dec. 26, 2023

E4: Lessons Learned From Building Agencies | Hunter Hammonds

In today’s episode, Erik Torenberg sits down with Hunter Hammonds, CEO of Assembly, a venture studio for creator-led businesses, to discuss the evolution of co-founders, the potential of creator-led B2B businesses, Hunter's strategies behind building multiple agencies, and more.

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Dec. 19, 2023

E3: AI and Offshore Labor in Service-Based Businesses | Romeen Sheth,…

In today’s episode, Romeen Sheth, CEO of Metasys, joins Erik Torenberg and Sean Linehan to discuss the intersections between Ai and service business, vertical software, and much more.

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Dec. 12, 2023

E2: Building and Understanding Data Businesses | Auren Hoffman

In today’s episode, Erik Torenberg sits down with Auren Hoffman, CEO of SafeGraph to discuss all things data business like building around products, selling horizontal data, second party data sharing, and much more.

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Dec. 5, 2023

E1: The Art of Multipreneurship, SEO, & Holding Companies | Greg Isen…

Media Empires is back for another season. In today’s episode, Greg Isenberg, CEO of Late Checkout, a holding company for businesses powered by community, joins Erik Torenberg and Sean Linehan, CEO at Exec, to discuss multipreneurship vs solopreneurship, building value …

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Sept. 27, 2023

E17: The Democratization of Audio | Michael Mignano, Lightspeed

Today’s episode is with Michael Mignano, co-founder of the podcasting platform Anchor, and venture capitalist at Lightspeed.

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Sept. 20, 2023

E16: Crypo, Events Spaces, and Trust in Media | Jason Yannowitz, Bloc…

Erik sits down with Jason Yannowitz, the co-founder of Blockworks, an events and crypto-media company, as well as the host of the podcast Empire.

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Sept. 13, 2023

E15: Monetization and Value on YouTube | John Coogan, Lucy

Erik sits down with John Coogan, co-founder of Lucy and creator of @JohnCooganPlus, a YouTube channel with over 300,000 subscribers that documents highlight moments in Silicon Valley.

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Sept. 7, 2023

E14: Ben Gilbert of Acquired on Improving the Craft of Podcasting

Erik sits down with Ben Gilbert, co-host and co-founder of Acquired, a podcast with 300,000+ subscribers that has been ranked the #1 Technology show on Apple Podcasts. Riverside.fm is a presenting sponsor of Media Empires. Go to https://creators.riverside.fm/MediaEmpires + use …

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Aug. 30, 2023

E13: The Truth About Content Creation | Nuseir Yassin, Nas Daily

Erik sits down with Nuseir Tassin, creator and CEO of Nas Company, a production studio focused on community building and empowering creators to become educators.

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Aug. 23, 2023

E12: Levels of Content, Investing in Creators, & MGK’s Nail Polish | …

Erik sits down with Alex Lieberman, co-founder of Morning Brew @MorningBrew, and host of Founder's Journal and 60 Second Startup. Riverside.fm is a presenting sponsor of Media Empires. Go to https://creators.riverside.fm/MediaEm... + use code MEDIAEMPIRES for 20% off individual plans.

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Aug. 16, 2023

E11: "Creating a $1M+ Business Through Communicating Complex Ideas" |…

Erik sits down with Jack Butcher, the founder of Visualize Value. Erik and Jack discuss how Jack built a media platform with a network of mentors and an audience of over five hundred thousand people. Learn Jack transitioned his agency …

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Aug. 9, 2023

E10: "Where Tech and the Entertainment Industry Intersect" | Greg Sil…

If you consider a movie like a tech company, you start with sort of a series A, which is this development round, of like, you're gonna spend a little bit of money...

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Aug. 2, 2023

E9: "Diving Into the Data of 4000+ Tech Markets" | Anand Sanwal, CB I…

Erik Torenberg sits down with Anand Sanwal, CEO of CB Insights. CB Insights Over 900,000 people turn to CB Insights for the insights they share in their newsletter.

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July 26, 2023

E8: "Scaling a Newsletter Into 10 Businesses" | Sahil Bloom, Curiosit…

Erik Torenberg sits down with Sahil Bloom, writer of The Curiosity Chronicle, whose insights are seen by over one million people across his social platforms and newsletter.

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July 19, 2023

E7: "Honing Your Information Advantage" | Steph Smith, a16z

Erik Torenberg sits down with Steph Smith, host of the a16z podcast and the driver behind the newsletter Trends for The Hustle, which was acquired by Hubspot.

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July 12, 2023

E6: "How to Build A Personal Holding Company in 2023" | Greg Isenberg…

In this episode, Greg and Erik discuss personal holding companies, the unbundling of Reddit and how subreddits can help identify product opportunities, and how Greg is strategizing his own PHC, content, and projects in 2023.

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