Talk Money: Untold Stories of Business & Entrepreneurship

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True accounts of how business and money works. How are resilient entrepreneurs adapting in the economic downturn? On this season of Talk Money, business owners embrace transparency as they share their unconventional journeys of rebounding from the pandemic. Through interviews, entrepreneur and investor Mesh Lakhani learns the overlooked realities and true accounts behind the resilient industries that make the world turn and why ownership is key. Build business and personal finance knowledge while learning how these entrepreneurs made money — and what it cost them.

Find out more at www.thetalkmoney.com

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In today's episode, I give an update on how the new Omicron variant is affecting the markets, business and likelihood of a potential economic slowdown this winter.Sign up for the newsletter at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter

Dec 1

9 min 5 sec

Today, we visit part 2 of my conversation with crypto investor and VC-Phil Toronto. We discussed the differences between Web 3, Crypto, and the Metaverse and what we should be expecting in the months to come.Sign up for the newsletter: thetalkmoney.com/newsletter for these topics and more. 

Nov 24

22 min 23 sec

My good buddy Phil Toronto, V and crypto investor, tells us all the latest news about NFTs and the recent NFT NYC event. 

Nov 17

24 min 18 sec

Elon Musk is back in the news again! This time he polled his Twitter followers on whether he should sell 10% of his Tesla stock in order to pay taxes. Why do this? What does this have to do with a big tax bill he has coming up? And what does this have to do with Congress's Billionaire tax? Tune in to find out.Sign up to the newsletter at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter. 

Nov 10

12 min 19 sec

What's Shiba Inu Coin? Why is it all over the news? How did it become a top ten cryptocurrency? All that and more. Sign up for the newsletter.com/talkmoney.com 

Nov 3

15 min 2 sec

How Apple affected Snapchat and Facebook. How Facebook is dealing with a changing ad ecosystem and competition from Tik Tok. How Zuckerberg is betting on the future of the internet. A complete deep dive on Facebook's earnings.thetalkmoney.com/newletter 

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Oct 27

14 min 31 sec

In today's episode, I talk with my friend the "Weatherman,"  about what's going on with the supply chain disruption around the world. The "Weatherman" is one of the smartest investment analysts I know, and we discuss holiday gift buying, supply chain effects in different industries, and when we will see things go back to normal. Sign up for the newsletter at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter 

Oct 20

16 min 25 sec

In today's episode of TMW, we cover all things Facebook, from the Whistleblower hearing to the outage. How does this affect the stock price? What could potentially be done to convince Zuckerberg to change things? All this and more.thetalkmoney.com/newsletter

Oct 13

9 min 59 sec

In this episode, we discuss why the stock market was selling off and how that relates to COVID concerns and the overall economic environment.

Oct 6

10 min 53 sec

China's 2nd largest construction company, Evergrande, defaulted on its loans and is causing panic not only in China but globally. We discuss what this could mean for markets and what we should be looking out for.Sign up at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter. 

Sep 29

7 min 42 sec

Mailchimp, the email marketing platform sells for an enormous $12B to Intuit. They never raised any money!

Sep 22

13 min 12 sec

In this episode of TMW, we dive into all the NFT mania. What are they, what's all the hype about, what's the future, and how we should tread with caution. I speak with my good friend Phil Toronto, an investor who works with Gary Vee on his crypto projects.Sign up for the newsletter at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter. 

Sep 9

24 min 30 sec

In this episode, we dive into what's going on in Afghanistan, mostly from an economic standpoint. What's happening there is absolutely terrible. Thousands of people are at risk and trying to get out. I interview my sister Leone Lakhani, a former CNN correspondent and now TRT, who has spent the last 20 years reporting in the region.If you want to donate towards Afghans who need resources, especially food, please see this GoFundMe.

Sep 1

24 min 57 sec

Is there a direct line from finance to fashion? Molly Howard, co-founder of the women’s fashion line La Ligne, shares her journey from the banking side of the retail industry to starting and running a successful, buzzy company.

Aug 18

9 min 34 sec

In this episode of the Talk Money Weekly, we dive into the Infrastructure Bill and why crypto held it up for so long. Politicians went back and forth on the definition of a broker, resulting in an absolute disaster for the crypto community and the future of innovation in the United States.

Aug 12

14 min 19 sec

Even before the pandemic, you may have heard the news: retail is dead. Online shopping ballooned this past year while we were stuck inside our homes. But for many, the shopping experience is just as important as what ends up in their bags. Retail entrepreneurs survived this past year by adapting their business models and focusing on what's most important: their customers.

Aug 11

43 min 38 sec

Sadi Khan wears a lot of hats. A former Product Manager at Facebook and Microsoft, a founder of a new fintech company, and most surprisingly, a residential real estate aficionado. In this bonus episode, we learn why Sadi thinks US rental properties are some of the best returning assets in history -- and how he built his massive portfolio.

Aug 3

12 min 7 sec

In this episode of TMW, I cover three topics. 1) Netflix Earnings and the streaming wars, 2) Jeff Bezos's Space PR disaster and 3) the Delta Variant's effect on the markets.  Make sure you're signed up for the newsletter: thetalkmoney.com/newsletter 

Jul 29

14 min 11 sec

If you own residential real estate, the last year has been a gold mine. The pandemic caused a much-talked-about surge in home buying: people in studios moved to one-bedrooms. People in cities moved to the suburbs. People in the suburbs moved to larger homes. And prices have skyrocketed -- changing the shape of this industry for everyone from realtors to first-time homebuyers, to empire builders. Featuring: Kirsten Jordan of Million Dollar Listing, Sadi Khan, Bilal Baloch & Tarek Pertew. 

Jul 28

40 min 18 sec

TMW #16: Can You Retire on $80,000? We have three subjects to discuss this week. 1) Earnings 2) UFC and Crypto.com and 3) Can you retire on $80,000?

Jul 21

21 min 54 sec

Welcome back to the Talk Money Weekly- where we discuss current business events paired with our newsletter.In this episode, I learn why furniture is taking so long to be delivered. There are delays all over the country and it's not just COVID-related. I talk with my good friend Ali Khan, whose family has been in the business for a couple of decades. We talk about supply chain disruption, but why companies like Restoration Hardware are thriving.Make sure you're signed up for the newsletter at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter. 

Jul 14

22 min 5 sec

Chinese ride-hailing app Didi, plummeted 30% this week after the Chinese government banned the stock from the app store due to security concerns. This is the ongoing tension between the US and China over data and privacy.  

Jul 7

13 min 56 sec

In today's Talk Money Weekly, I share my experience of being back home in Pakistan for the last ten days. I learned a ton about the exploding property market and the biggest secondhand car market in the World.You get a ton of new insights on how things work across the Atlantic.Sign up for the newsletter- thetalkmoney.com/newsletter 

Jun 30

16 min 4 sec

In today's episode of Talk Money Weekly, we discuss Bitcoin's recent sell-off, what that has to do with a Chinese ban on mining, and how it relates to inflation concerns.Be sure to sign up for the weekly newsletter, where we curate the best business topics from across the web. Sign up at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter.

Jun 23

10 min 56 sec

Welcome back to our new Wednesday short, the Talk Money Weekly. Tune in each week to hear what’s going on in the financial world -- and more importantly, what it means for the bigger picture.Today's episode - Oil Prices Are Back on the Rise.  In this episode, we talk about how oil prices are rising, yet production is staying stagnant. It's been a crazy year for oil- with additional changes in consumer sentiment- climate, economy, foreign oil etc. What doe this have to do with EV (electronic vehicles)?  Tune in to learn more.Sign up for our newsletter with the best money topics of the week at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter.  

Jun 16

8 min

Welcome back to our new Wednesday short, the Talk Money Weekly. Tune in each week to hear what’s going on in the financial world -- and more importantly, what it means for the bigger picture.Today's episode - Meme Stock AMC is a Box Office Hit! In this episode, we talk about the madness around  AMC's soaring stock. What the future holds for these s called "meme stocks" and why the retail investor will be extremely important to the success of public companies.Sign up for our newsletter with the best money topics of the week at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter.  

Jun 9

10 min 12 sec

Welcome back to our new Wednesday short, the Talk Money Weekly. Tune in each week to hear what’s going on in the financial world -- and more importantly, what it means for the bigger picture.Today's episode -Inflation Sucks! In this episode, we do a quick summary of what the current worries are around inflation and how they affect our lives on a daily basis. Sign up for our newsletter with the best money topics of the week at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter.

Jun 2

7 min 3 sec

Welcome back to our new Wednesday short, the Talk Money Weekly. Tune in each week to hear what’s going on in the financial world -- and more importantly, what it means for the bigger picture. Today's episode - Bitcoin & Crypto Crashes. The crypto markets have been getting smashed over the last few weeks, going down around 50% from the highs. Why is this happening? What should expect? Is this normal? I discuss all this and more. Sign up for our newsletter with the best money topics of the week at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter.

May 26

9 min 12 sec

Welcome back to our new Wednesday short, the Talk Money Weekly. Tune in each week to hear what’s going on in the financial world -- and more importantly, what it means for the bigger picture.Today's episode - Dogecoin Doesn't Make It to the Moon. This past Saturday Elon Musk hosted SNL, and Dogecoin sold off 50% after a large run. Is this the end? Or is this a breather? How you should be thinking about this insane cryptocurrency.Sign up for our newsletter with the best money topics of the week at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter.

May 12

7 min 51 sec

Welcome back to our new Wednesday short, the Talk Money Weekly. Tune in each week to hear what’s going on in the financial world -- and more importantly, what it means for the bigger picture.Today's episode -The Global Car Shortage. Why is so hard to buy a car these days? It's a supply chain issue, but not for the reasons you think. Car prices are going up just like real estate prices. My good friend Kartik Misra explains the situation.Sign up for our newsletter with the best money topics of the week at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter.

May 5

10 min 46 sec

Welcome back to our new Wednesday short, the Talk Money Weekly. Tune in each week to hear what’s going on in the financial world -- and more importantly, what it means for the bigger picture.Today's episode -India's COVID Disaster. India is facing the biggest surge in COVID cases and deaths since the US's first wave. Here I discuss the right move for the US to get involved  and supply India with medical supplies. We also discuss how Big Pharma won't allow India to produce their vaccine. Everything is about money at the end of the day. Sign up for our newsletter with the best money topics of the week at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter. 

Apr 28

7 min 16 sec

Welcome back to our new Wednesday short, the Talk Money Weekly. Tune in each week to hear what’s going on in the financial world -- and more importantly, what it means for the bigger picture.Today's episode -Coinbase Goes Public. Coinbase, the company that lets you buy/sell/store crypto went public last week in a direct listing. In this episode, we discuss Coinbase's journey, direct listings vs traditional IPO, and my personal thoughts on how I view Coinbase moving forward.Sign up for our newsletter with the best money topics of the week at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter. 

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Apr 21

7 min 25 sec

Welcome back to our new Wednesday short, the Talk Money Weekly. Tune in each week to hear what’s going on in the financial world -- and more importantly, what it means for the bigger picture.Today's episode -Morgan Stanley Saves Their Own Ass. This is a continuation of last week's episode on Bill Hwang and Archegos Capital, and how he lost $8 Billion in 10 days. As more news came out, it turned out the situation was even crazier than expected. Bill had no liquidity, even with billions of dollars of assets. On top of that, Morgan Stanley sold before everyone else did because it's every bank for themselves.Sign up for our newsletter with the best money topics of the week at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter. 

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Apr 14

7 min 18 sec

Welcome back to our new Wednesday short, the Talk Money Weekly. Tune in each week to hear what’s going on in the financial world -- and more importantly, what it means for the bigger picture.Today's episode -How did Archegos Capital's Bill Hwang lose $8 billion of his own money and cause Wall Street to lose almost $20 billion. In this episode, I discuss how being overly risky, borrowing money, and having the banks "margin call" you is a formula for financial disaster.   Sign up for our newsletter with the best money topics of the week at thetalkmoney.com/newsletter. 

Apr 7

10 min 47 sec

This is the first episode of our new Wednesday short, the Talk Money Weekly. Unlike our narrative and interview episodes, you’ll hear from me each week on current business events -- like an audio pairing with our Sunday newsletter. Tune in each week to hear what’s going on in the financial world -- and more importantly, what it means for the bigger picture.Today's episode - SoFi and Robinhood allow us, common people, to buy into the IPO. IPOs are normally meant for a subset of Wall Street and wealthy people. Now, platforms are "democratizing" access to them. 

Mar 31

7 min 13 sec

Alex Kantrowitz is a journalist, author, and the founder of Big Technology, a one-person publication focusing on the biggest names in tech: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft. Before he struck out on his own, Alex was a reporter at Buzzfeed News. On today's episode, we dig into his decision to bet on himself as a creator.

Feb 17

13 min 4 sec

How do you turn content into a career? On today's episode, we learn how the passion economy empowers creators to become entrepreneurs. From YouTube videos, to online courses, to subscription-based journalism, we dig deep on how a year stuck at home has widened this rich, digital world.Featuring investor Li Jin, Ned Fulmer of the Try Guys, Alex Kantrowitz of Big Technology, and Danielle Leslie of Course from Scratch.Make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletter- where we curate the best money topics around the web. Get updates on episodes and our guides.  SIGN UP NOW.

Feb 10

42 min 29 sec

Cara Philips is the VP of Creative at Commonbond, a leading student refinancing platform. She sits at the cross-section of students, teachers, parents, and universities, giving her a concrete understanding of the student debt crisis and decision-making during a fraught time. Cara explains why the cost of tuition has gone up and how students can plan for their financial futures.

Feb 3

14 min 16 sec

What's the future of higher education? As online learning takes over, both students and parents are reconsidering the cost -- and necessity -- of traditional college. Featuring Cara Phillips of Commonbond, Dale J. Stephens of Uncollege, Mike Wang of Arizona State University, and students Maria Zafar & Owen Moss.

Jan 27

45 min 56 sec

Ben Lovett wears a unique combination of hats. He's a world-class musician -- and an entrepreneur. As one of the founding members of Mumford and Sons, Ben's seen every side of the music industry. He co-founded his own label, Communion, and is the co-founder and CEO of Venue Group. We learn why he decided to jump into the other side of the industry.

Jan 20

13 min 53 sec

Venues are shuttered. Roadies and crew are scrambling. Musicians are streaming from home. The pandemic’s done a number on live music, and this billion dollar industry is hanging on by a thread. But live events are evolving online, as platforms like Patreon and Twitch create new distribution channels - and new ways to make money.Featuring: Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons), Ezra Furman, Erika Elliot (Summerstage), David Handler (Le Poisson Rouge), Rebecca Satellite (A Deer a Horse), and Reverend Moose (co-founder, NIVA & Save Our Stages)Save Our Stages Donations

Jan 13

47 min 57 sec

Talk Money’s premiere episode examines an experience we have frequently—dining out at a restaurant—through an exciting new lens. Mesh, joined by Eli Chait (restaurant investor and co-founder of Wholesail) and Gabriel Stulman (famed NYC restauranteur), unearths the story of what it truly takes to open and run a successful restaurant. Turns out, it has a lot to do with money.For information, visit thetalkmoney.com.

Dec 2020

38 min 49 sec

What's the Deal with Bitcoin (Part 1) first aired in November of 2019.Have you been struggling to figure out how to explain Bitcoin to your friends? Or maybe, you’ve read every article and are still having trouble understanding it yourself?In this episode, we’ll learn what exactly Bitcoin is and the problem it solves. We’ll hear from economist Carlos Hernandez, who shares his story of how Bitcoin saved his family’s life, living in Venezuela - where they suffer from hyperinflation.We’re joined by investor Avichal Garg, who takes us on an incredible journey of why Bitcoin was created, where it can go, and why it’s considered “Digital Gold.” This is your 101 on Bitcoin. For more information, visit thetalkmoney.com/guides. 

Dec 2020

35 min 13 sec

Talk Money is a narrative podcast about the untold stories of business and entrepreneurship. In Season 3, we explore six industries that have gone through major changes post-pandemic: live music, retail, higher education, content creation, investing, and real estate. Host Mesh Lakhani brings us stories of how people have been impacted and what the future of these industries holds. Season 3 premieres on January 13, 2021. Search and subscribe to Talk Money: Untold Stories of Business on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you choose to listen.

Dec 2020

2 min 8 sec

In this special episode, we delve into systemic racism in the United States from an economic lens and bring you three stories from Black entrepreneurs during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in the midst of COVID-19. Featuring Kris Shelby of Atlanta's Attom Shop, Chris and Shanelle Montana of Minneapolis's Du Nord Craft Spirits, and Yelitsa Jean-Charles of Detroit's Healthy Roots Dolls. After George Floyd's killing, we felt the need to take action and have our voices heard. We spent months working on an episode exploring and explaining systemic racism from an economic lens. Our goal is to not only give these founders and their stories a platform, but to provide education on the business challenges they had to overcome as Black people in America. To learn more and support these businesses, visit the Attom Shop GoFundMe and the Du Nord Recovery Fund. For more Talk Money episodes and bonus content, visit our website. This episode features: Kris Shelby of Attom Shop, the first Black-owned luxury retail store located in the upscale shopping complex, Shops at Buckhead, in Atlanta, Georgia. Chris and Shanelle Montana of Du Nord Craft Spirits in Minneapolis. Chris is the very first Black owner of a microdistillery in America. Yelitsa Jean Charles of Detroit's Healthy Roots Dolls, one of the first start-up toy companies that creates dolls with diverse skin tones and hair textures to reinforce positive self-perceptions among young girls. https://www.thetalkmoney.com/podcast/black-in-business

Aug 2020

51 min 46 sec

We all miss our favorite coffee shops. It's part of our routine. It's habitual. Coffee, or any caffeinated drink, also happens to be addictive. So how are coffee shops surviving during this pandemic? This pandemic has highlighted our need for convenience and minimal touching. With one click, we have our favorite drink ready for pick up, without the need to touch anything! This is the future of digital payments that we've seen work really well in countries like China. In today's episode, we learn about the coffee shop business and how they relate to the evolution of digital payments. We sit down with Tim Griffin, founder of Cloosiv, a payment platform focused on coffee shops. We learn: Why the US is behind in digital payments in comparison to China. How Starbucks created one of the most used payments app. How the coffee shop business works, and how they're adapting during COVID. Why contactless payments are the future. This is our last episode of the season, but we'll be returning soon after a short break. Thank you to all our guests from this season for participating. Thank you to Olivia Briley for producing and to Maia Tarrel for editing the podcast. Thanks to my wife for doing all our pre-rolls and editing the notes. Thank you to our listeners, for sticking with us and giving us your time. Stay safe out there.

May 2020

18 min 47 sec

As I'm sure you're well aware, the price of oil saw some major fluctuations a few weeks back... going "negative." It became headline news. How does one of the most valuable commodities in the world go negative? In other words, at one point, people were paying to store oil. Due to COVID-19, demand for oil has dropped significantly because we simply aren't going anywhere. There are a lot of moving pieces here. We have demand, supply, storage, a pandemic, and then the relationship between the three largest producers of oil - The United States, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. In today's episode we're learning everything we need to know to make sense of all of this. I speak with Kartik Misra, an energy investor for one of the largest Family Offices in the US. We learn: Why the price of oil went negative, and what that means. What is happening to all the oil that is not being consumed. What's the relationship between the US, Saudi Arabia and Russia when it comes to the production of oil. How COVID is affecting the consumption of oil, and how that affects us as consumers. What's the future of this industry and all the jobs it affects. I hope you find it just as informative. If you did, please feel free to share it. Stay safe out there! Mesh

May 2020

18 min 5 sec

Last week, we heard about the incredible pressure on hospitals during this pandemic and how it’s affected nurses specifically. Today, we turn our attention to ER doctors at all stages in their careers... from the residents to attending physicians. And just like other healthcare professionals, they too are putting their lives at risk. The cost of education to be an MD is high, resident salaries are low, and starting one’s own independent practice is harder than ever. With that said, there are many young MD's (residents) who are working on the frontlines right now. The question is - are they being fairly compensated? Episode 9: The Good Doctors - In today’s episode, I talk with Dr. Nitin Vaswani, a trained clinician, Hopkins alumni & healthcare investor. Currently, he’s spending his time pushing digital health initiatives, as well as helping hospitals transition into tele-health. We learn: The current pay gap between doctors in the ERs and the one's senior to them. How the hospital system works, and why it’s so hard to start one’s own practice. Why hazard pay and loan forgiveness is important for healthcare workers right now. The importance of digital health, and how COVID-19 is pushing that movement forward How doctors can be compensated through tele-health. Today’s episode also includes personal stories from two physicians on the frontlines. We thank them for not only sharing their stories, but also for giving us hope. A huge thank you to all the healthcare professionals out there! Stay safe! In this episode, we show our support for Node Health, focused on bringing evidence-based medicine practice to digital health.

May 2020

25 min 19 sec