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My First Million

This $50M/Yr Side Hustle Is On Track To Make $1 Billion By 2030

Mon Jun 03 2024
EntrepreneurshipMedia BusinessGamingSports TechnologyAIMarketing TechnologyNetworking

Description

Entrepreneur Craig Fuller discusses his business model of acquiring old media businesses and leveraging them to sell high-value products. Success stories, expansion plans, the value of print magazines, collaboration opportunities, gaming products, AI cameras in sports, AI advancements, investing in marketing technology, and networking are also explored.

Insights

Craig Fuller aims to reach $1 billion in revenue by 2030 with 30% profit margins

Entrepreneur Craig Fuller has ambitious goals for his business model of acquiring old media businesses and leveraging them to sell high-value products.

The New York Times' gaming products have surpassed news in terms of user engagement

The New York Times' shift towards gaming products has proven successful, with games generating significant revenue for the company.

AI cameras are revolutionizing sports recording and streaming

AI-based camera systems are transforming the way sports events are recorded and streamed by automatically tracking the ball and players.

AI is revolutionizing various industries and companies need to adapt

AI advancements are reshaping industries, and companies must embrace these changes to stay competitive.

Investing in marketing technology companies is a safer bet than startups

Investing in established marketing technology companies is considered a more secure option compared to early-stage startups.

Chapters

  1. Craig Fuller's Business Model
  2. Success Stories and Expansion Plans
  3. Building an AirPark and Print Magazines' Value
  4. Collaboration Opportunities and Gaming Products
  5. Expanding Gaming Platforms and AI Camera System
  6. AI Cameras in Sports and Technological Shifts
  7. AI Advancements and Marketing Technology
  8. Investing in Marketing Technology and Networking
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Transcript

Craig Fuller's Business Model

00:00 - 06:36

  • Craig Fuller, an entrepreneur, has acquired multiple magazines and aims to reach $1 billion in revenue by 2030 with 30% profit margins
  • Fuller acquires old magazine titles around expensive hobbies and uses them to acquire customers for commerce products
  • He buys companies for 3-5 times EBITDA, mainly using investments from friends to fund the acquisitions
  • Fuller's business model involves acquiring old media businesses and leveraging them to sell high-value products like homes on unique properties

Success Stories and Expansion Plans

06:12 - 12:22

  • A business model involving selling homes on a plot of land for millions of dollars is discussed.
  • The CEO of flying magazine brokers jets and sells them online, including a ten million dollar jet on Twitter.
  • Ownership of a plane is shared among individuals, with costs split for flights and tax benefits considered.
  • Success in business can lead to confidence in taking risks and unlocking value, as seen in the case discussed.
  • Plans for expanding into selling boats are mentioned, with potential ideas like marinas being considered.
  • The growth of Firecrown from a side hustle to a significant operation with hundreds of employees is highlighted.
  • Commercial decisions were informed by content creation, leading to the development of an AirPark on 1500 acres outside Chattanooga.

Building an AirPark and Print Magazines' Value

12:01 - 18:37

  • The decision to build an AirPark was based on user engagement and interest in the content.
  • The project received $25 million in pre-deposits, enabling financing through future sales.
  • Private capital was used for funding instead of venture or private equity.
  • The business model involves acquiring print magazines with a digital shift in mindset.
  • Print magazines are seen as having longevity and legitimacy compared to online media.

Collaboration Opportunities and Gaming Products

18:09 - 24:20

  • Collaboration opportunities arise from exposure in magazines like FBO, leading to partnerships in real estate projects.
  • The New York Times has shifted focus towards gaming products, with games generating significant revenue for the company.
  • The New York Times' gaming products have surpassed news in terms of time spent by users, indicating a shift in user engagement.
  • The success of The New York Times' gaming products is attributed to repurposing old content into modern and user-friendly apps.

Expanding Gaming Platforms and AI Camera System

23:53 - 29:49

  • The New York Times had 1.3 million paying subscribers for their games and cooking product in 2020.
  • YouTube has introduced instant games that can be played without downloading anything.
  • LinkedIn has launched games like Sudoku and trivia to increase engagement among its users.
  • There is a potential opportunity for third-party developers to create games on top of LinkedIn's platform.
  • Netflix has also entered the gaming market, but doubts exist about its success compared to other platforms like LinkedIn.
  • An AI-based camera system is revolutionizing sports recording and streaming by tracking the ball and players automatically.

AI Cameras in Sports and Technological Shifts

34:48 - 40:46

  • Companies in the sports technology industry have raised over $100 million in funding and are experiencing significant success.
  • There is a growing trend of using AI cameras for sports events, with the vision of having a camera on every field.
  • The cost of implementing these AI cameras is around $1,000 upfront and $130 per month, making it accessible for various venues and teams.
  • The idea of using technology to capture and stream sports events has been around for a while but needed advancements like AI to become successful.
  • The emergence of AI technology in sports is likened to past technological shifts where initial ideas may seem obvious but lead to valuable innovations.

AI Advancements and Marketing Technology

40:24 - 46:32

  • AI is revolutionizing various industries and companies need to adapt to stay competitive.
  • Different companies fall into categories based on their response to AI advancements: those eagerly awaiting new models and those at risk of becoming obsolete.
  • Investing in established companies benefiting from AI, like Nvidia and Facebook, may be a safer bet than investing in early-stage AI startups.
  • AI is predicted to significantly impact big companies, particularly in sectors like marketing technology.

Investing in Marketing Technology and Networking

46:08 - 49:47

  • Investing in marketing technology companies is seen as a safer and more obvious bet compared to startups.
  • Engaging in focused group sessions with like-minded individuals can lead to valuable insights and networking opportunities.
  • Creating or joining informal discussion groups can facilitate meaningful connections and potential collaborations in various industries.
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