In Conversation with Noah Kagan
Meet Noah Kagan
Noah Kagan is the Chief Sumo at Sumo Group — where he helps entrepreneurs kick more ass. Before that, he was employee #30 at Facebook, #4 at Mint, and worked at Intel.
His website, OkDork.com is about actionable business advice for entrepreneurs and businesspeople. Learn how to start a business, marketing, and more.
Meet Your Host, Alan Weiss
Alan Weiss is one of those rare people who can say he is a consultant, speaker, and author and mean it.
His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients such as Merck, Hewlett-Packard, GE, Mercedes-Benz, State Street Corporation, Times Mirror Group, The Federal Reserve, The New York Times Corporation, Toyota, and over 500 other leading organizations. He has served on several boards of directors in various capacities.
His prolific publishing includes over 500 articles and 60 books, including his best-seller, Million Dollar Consulting (from McGraw-Hill) now in its 30th year and sixth edition. His newest is Your Legacy is Now: Life is not about a search for meaning but the creation of meaning (Routledge, 2021). His books have been on the curricula at Villanova, Temple University, and the Wharton School of Business, and have been translated into 15 languages.Get to know Alan
I first “met” Noah a couple of years ago when he asked to interview me on one of his podcasts. I wasn’t familiar with him but he was very personable and I liked his interview style. The session went extremely well.
And the next day my numbers blew up on social media.
Turns out that Noah Kagan has a kijillion followers, some of whom are on other planets, that’s how extensive his “reach” is. He’s been at the startups of some of the most famous internet outfits, and been fired by most of them! He’s created eight-figure businesses and frankly admits, “I wanted to make money to prove I was successful.”
When I asked how he knew a woman he was dating wasn’t attracted to him merely because of his money he said, “I don’t really care, whatever!”
More recently he invited me to be on a wonderful series of videos he hosted on “retired millionaires in their 80s.” I only meet one of those three criteria, but there I was amidst inventors and astronauts, and to this day people write me telling me how much they enjoyed that show and my contributions.
Noah doesn’t use much of a biographical sketch (Noah Kagan was #30 at Facebook, #4 at Mint and has since created four multi-million dollar businesses. He founded AppSumo.com—daily deals for entrepreneurs—and has a popular YouTube channel for startups, Noah Kagan Presents), which is appropriate for a brilliant guy working very much in the present (and future). He’s exciting, innovative, and quite frank.
Which leads me to comment that this discussion contains significant profanity. To edit it out would be to alter the nature of the discussion, and it’s a very honest discussion.
Alan Weiss’s The Uncomfortable Truth® is a weekly broadcast from “The Rock Star of Consulting,” Alan Weiss, who holds forth with his best (and often most contrarian) ideas about society, culture, business, and personal growth. His 60+ books in 12 languages, and his travels to, and work in, 50 countries contribute to a fascinating and often belief-challenging 20 minutes that might just change your next 20 years.
Introduction to the show recorded by Connie Dieken