Founder's Journal

Founder's Journal

Hi, I'm Alex Lieberman, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Morning Brew. Founder's Journal is my personal audio diary where I give you, the business builder, the tools you need to think better, in order to build better, whether that’s building a business, a team, or a new product.

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May 18, 2022 6 min

In this classic episode, I talk about why following your passion is bad, anxiety-provoking advice & how thinking about the concept of "passion" differently can open you to greater freedom and success.

Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.

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If you’re a professional, you’re going to be dealing with meetings for the next several decades, so it’s worth taking the time to get good at them. In this classic episode, I offer up six tips for taking control of meetings in your professional life.

Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are o...

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The media landscape has shifted dramatically in the past two decades, making it easier than ever for individuals to create their own content and build an audience just like big media companies do. In this classic episode, I discuss how you can leverage this opportunity to accelerate your career or business.

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In this classic episode, I reflect on the ways in which I’ve built deep, meaningful relationships as an entrepreneur

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In this classic episode, I talk about how to climb the ladder at your company faster and you through best practices to set yourself up for success when the time comes for a promotion.

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In today's classic episode, I'm discussing feeling stuck at your job and walking through some strategies to help get unstuck and continue moving forward in your career.

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In this classic episode, I discuss the foundational traits that all top performers have in common, with an emphasis on what it means to be a quality thinker. 

As I mentioned in the episode, for more information on effective prioritization, check out one of my earlier episodes, How To Prioritize Time & Tasks To Enhance Your Work.

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May 2, 2022 11 min

I’m spending this month evolving Founder’s Journal so that we can make this show as good as humanly possible for the next generation of builders. While I dream up the future of this show, the team is serving up a whole bunch of classic episodes that you may not have heard before.

In this classic episode, I talk about why your company isn’t your family.

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In this classic episode, I explain why the market is the most important thing for startup founders to get right.

As mentioned in the episode, you can check out Marc Andreessen’s blog post here.

Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.

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April 27, 2022 15 min

Entrepreneur and investor, Codie Sanchez, joins the pod to offer tips, tricks and principles for negotiating that every business builder needs to hear.

Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.

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April 25, 2022 21 min

Fellow entrepreneur and friend of the pod, Codie Sanchez, joins me to discuss and debate our respective angel investing philosophies.

As mentioned in this ep, you may want to check out a previous Founder’s Journal episode, 9 Principles for Angel Investing

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April 22, 2022 25 min

I have a theory that there is an opportunity to build a multi-billion dollar company by creating a holding company that helps creators build businesses. It’s part of why I’m trying to launch my first creator brand this year. In this episode, I put my ideas for creator focused businesses through the ringer with fellow entrepreneur and friend of the pod, Codie Sanchez.

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April 20, 2022 9 min

I share my thoughts on some of the mental models from Charlie Munger’s book, Poor Charlie’s Almanack, as analyzed by Marc Andreesan, co-founder of one of the most successful VCs in the world.

As mentioned in this ep, you may want to check out a previous Founder’s Journal episode Two Dangerous Human Behaviors

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April 18, 2022 16 min

In this episode, I break down what business builders need to know about network effects, inspired by Andrew Chen and his book, The Cold Start Problem.

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April 15, 2022 11 min

Understanding human behavior is so important when running a business. In this episode, I share with you lessons from Charlie Munger’s book, Poor Charlie’s Almanack, as analyzed by Marc Andreessen, co-founder of one of the most successful VCs in the world.

As mentioned in this ep, you may want to check out a previous Founder’s Journal episode, How Incentives Can Make or Break Your Business.

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Today’s episode is a convo between me and entrepreneur, Codie Sanchez about the now dead checkout startup, Fast. We break down what went wrong and what other business builders can learn from Fast’s mistakes.

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Entrepreneur Codie Sanchez.pulls in 8 figures of passive income from small businesses. I walk Codie through my own mini-golf empire business plan, and Codie gives me a rundown on everything you need to think about before investing in a “boring” business.

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Have you ever found yourself falling down a Slime ASMR rabbit hole on YouTube? You’re not alone. This video alone has over 97 million views. Companies like PeachyBbies Slime Shop sell out of their products in minutes and have made a splash on social media. That got the attention of my good friend and fellow entrepreneur, Codie Sanchez.

Codie joins me on this special edition of Founder’s Journal to talk about slime and investing in r...

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Earlier this week Elon Musk became Twitter’s largest shareholder. Now, he’s officially joined the company’s board. I break down Elon and Twitter’s long history and offer my thoughts on what might happen next.

Check out full episode transcripts at https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com to learn more, and if you have any ideas for our show, email me at alex@morningbrew.com or my DMs are open @businessbarista.


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The model I use to think about growing businesses, including Morning Brew.

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