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January 01, 2020

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Mubashar Iqbal is a developer, dad, and a maker who just cannot stop creating products on the internet.  He is the guy behind Pod Hunt, Product News, Practical MVP and quite literally, 80 other projects. Some of them sold, some shut down, and some are making him passive income. He's been featured on Lifehacker, The Next Web, Mashable, Fortune and more.

Today Mubs joins us on SmashNotes to talk about his latest project, PodHunt, the life of a serial maker, what it takes to stay focused on his products without losing enthusiasm, his family life and much more. Tune in, listen in, and as always, you can get show notes on

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Updated on September 20

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You can find all the segments mentioned in this episode right here - Smash Notes - Top Podcasts for 2019 - Week 29


~ In this episode ~

* Why are people searching for porno and landing on Smash Notes? Turns out, there is a podcast called "My Dad Wrote A Porno" and it is hilarious. You have to listen to this week's episode of the Smash Notes podcast to get the juicy audio bites, but the gist is this - someone's dad wrote a really bad porn script and self-published it. The script is so awful, it's hilarious. Jamie, the son of a 60-year-old "movie" writer made a podcast about it.

* Will starting a company make you happy? Aline Lerner is the founder of and she came on the Indie Hacker podcast to talk about her journey. Although startups can be hard and unpredictable, she said that at least it's a great distraction from feeling existentially purposeless.

* How long does it take to build a business? To each their own, but the founder of The Broke Backpacker spent nearly 10 years traveling the world until he took his business seriously and went from making $1,000 a month to over $200k every month. When there is a will, there is a way.

* How do you teach third-graders about consent? You don't! Just kidding. It turns out kids are curious for all kinds of knowledge and they are capable of discussing topics beyond what you might think is their limit. Although consent is typically associated with sex, it's not actually about sex, but a relationship between individuals and everyone's personal level of comfort. If you can find a way to discuss an otherwise taboo topic on an appropriate level, kids resonate and engage.

* Speaking of which, how can you engage a kid who otherwise doesn't want to learn? Easier that it might sound. The key is to use the concept of "cold calling." Take a look at this week's segments for an explanation of what it is, and how to use it the right way - Smash Notes - Top Podcasts for 2019 - Week 29

Notable links:

Multi-millionaire at 27. What I learned.

Sahil Lavingia on the meaning of life and everything

Submittable raises Series B

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Updated on July 19

Today's Smash Notes is brought to you by Stewart Alsop III. He is the host of Crazy Wisdom podcast where he explores creativity, stress and spirituality. Stewart grew up in Silicon Valley but found it too much of a bubble, so he left to explore the world outside. In this episode he explores the past, the present and the future of the Silicon Valley through a conversation between Peter Thiel and Eric Weinstein, as well as a short segment from Stewart's own podcast.

Take a listen, see what you think, and if you'd like please continue the conversation with Stewart. All links below:

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Updated on July 26

Thank you for subscribing to Smash Notes podcast. This week's episode is one of the best to date.

Here is what's included.


  • Happiness: Sahil Lavingia is the founder of Gumroad, a company that helps creatives make money from their passion. Sahil has gone from being the second employee at Pinterest, to being featured on Forbes 30 Under 30, to living in a small town in Utah with a failing startup and fading glory in hands. All of that has taught him a thing or two about life, and the universe.  Conclusion? Life is a series of distractions from existential dread.


  • Startups: Jonathan Sposato is a Seattle-based entrepreneur, and the only founder to have ever sold two companies to Google. He has been a local investor and leader for a number of years, and at one point decided he would only be investing in women entrepreneurs.

    What makes women entrepreneurs so special?

    Related: How do you get the best deals in venture capital?


  • Education & Parenting: How much screen time is too much for your kids? There has been a lot of articles lately talking about screen time, how awful it is for the kids, and how rich people actually don't let their kids do any of it. But, one successful millionaire has a very different view. David Heinemeier Hansson thinks it's okay to let kids have as much screen time, as they want. He might be right, what do you think?


  • Health and Fitness: Did you know cigarettes are really bad for you? Yup, cigarettes give you cancer! But did you know that  coffee can kill you too? 

    Please don't try this at home. It won't be good for my subscriber statistics.

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Updated on July 11

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Updated on July 03

Should you drink your own pee? How does pooping work? When is a good time to give up on your startup? What advice to give as a mentor? What does coffee have to do with strong opinions on the internet? All of that, in this episode of Smash Notes.

If you have suggestions on what should go into the next episode, please email or find us on twitter @SmashNotes.

Updated on May 20

This week's episode of Smash Notes features serious science, health, entrepreneurship and money. Listen and you will find out why sleep is actually extremely important for your body, why Melinda Gates nearly quit Microsoft, how a tiny startup is saving our planet and more.

At the end of the episode you will also get to hear a music piece by Cade Legat. If you are into Dance & EDM, you just might digg it. Take a listen and enjoy!

Updated on May 14

Thank you for subscribing to Smash Notes. In this week’s episode:

- The story of how a mob forced one entrepreneur on a path of lifetime profitability

- Why Science is in danger and how to fix it

- The story of how Smash Notes was born

- Hiten Shah and Steli Efti advice on giving advice

- Christopher Michel on what it takes to capture the perfect image

If you have not heard Smash Notes guest segment from last week, check out Stewart Alsop III and his take on a conversation with Peter Thiel.

Huge thanks to Donald DeSantis for providing music for this week's episode. In 2018 Donald drove out of NYC with his backcountry skis and a guitar, headed for the Canadian Rockies. He did not know how to play, but with a little help from his friends, Donald started writing, recording and sharing songs with friends. In this episode, you hear his single called Hollywood. You can follow @donalddesantis on Instagram to stay on top of his music.

Good night, and good luck! Please subscribe.

~Kirill (@kirillzubovsky)

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Updated on August 01

In this episode we have the story of Justin Kan drowning in the Pacific Ocean, Chamath Palihapitiya telling his investors that he's not a slave, Lambda School founder Austen Allred sharing his story on going from broke to woke in one simple Kickstarter, the startup boy Naval Ravikant sharing his wisdom on wealth, and more.

Updated on May 08

Latest from the front lines of Smash Notes feed, your one stop show for new delightful pieces of knowledge, extracted out of your favorite podcasts, and all the podcasts you've never heard of. 

Links to each highlighted episode, below.

Ryan Petersen from Flexport - freight shipping around the globe and lessons in startups.

Ashley Mathews (aka Riley Reid) - from a small town girl to a successful business women.

Matthew Walker on Joe Rogan Experience - sleep, drugs and alcohol, and how to get the most of it all.

Jeff Morris Jr. on Paradox - angel investing, product, and company building in the age of Covid19 pandemic

Marques Brownless (aka MKBHD) - YouTube celebrity explains his craft, and how to break into tech gadget reviews in 2020

Sequoia Capital's Don Valentine - Decades of successful venture investing isn't an accident. This is the Sequoia playbook.

Russ Roberts on Economics of Trade and Specialization - Ever wondered why we no longer plant potatoes and make our own cloths?

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See you next time.

Hey listeners, another day, another day. Lucky you've got Smash Notes!

This is a quick summary of this Sunday's newsletter, covering:

- Chamath and Jason talk social, political and economical ramification of Covid-19

- Wil from on surviving despite dozens of competitors

- How to eat Chipotle the correct way

- Noah from Code Story podcast on doing startups while raising 3 kids in Texas

- Evan Williams on future of publishing

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p.p.s. Shout out to my friends at Funsize for joining "SmashNotes for Business"  -- Ooh, what's Smash Notes for Business, you say? 🤫I'll show you, in due time ;)


This is a short summary of what you would find in the Smash Notes newsletter this week. Please take a look at the full newsletter for all the links and details, and if you are not yet a subscriber to the text version, please sign up here.

Enjoy this episode, send me your feedback (to: and if you have a fever, please see a doctor.

Till next week,

Kirill Zubovsky

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Top 3 podcast episodes of 2019 by engagement


#1 - My Dad Wrote a Porno

Also, the story for how Smash Notes become a porno hit.

#2 - Sleep is your super power with Matt Walker

#3 - Below the line, Remote Work with Hiten Shah

My favorites


#1 - Slack CTO Cal Henderson on GeekWire.

#2 - Urgent Care is forked! To get paid, hospitals get creative.

#3 - Christopher Michel / Photographer / Entrepreneur

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Stay with me , and I'll find the sweet spot, I promise.

Meanwhile, in today's edition is a summary of Tim Ferris's interview with Tony Fadell. I got about 75% through, it was rather long, very long, Tim-Ferris-long. Enjoy the podcast, and hit me up with any ideas at ``

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Charles Koch is a billionaire, political donor, philanthropist,  and the CEO of Koch Industries. In this Tim Ferris Interview with Charles Koch, he shares a lot about his personality, his upbringing , entrepreneurship, politics and more. If you liked this episode, please tell Tim Ferris. 

Today, Y Combinator is a runaway success. Having created $100B+ in valuations and almost 100 startups valued at over $100M each, Y Combinator is now a brand, a symbol of success, and a guiding start for the others. Back in 2009 though, it was still a fairly unknown company, doing something weird and different from the typical venture. Listen to Paul Graham, the founder, talks about YC, it's future potential, and ways in which founders could stay mean and lean to crate the next billion-dollar company.

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