Our Future

Our Future is the go-to business podcast and media brand for Gen Z. Three times a week, get exclusive industry insights and career advice from iconic founders, legendary CEO's, and the most ambitious Gen Z founders to unlock your future in short, high-energy episodes hosted by 21 year-old University of Michigan student Michael Sikand. Join the vision at www.ourfuturehq.com.

About the show

Our Future is the go-to business podcast and media brand for Gen Z. Three times a week, get exclusive industry insights and career advice from iconic founders, legendary CEO's, and the most ambitious Gen Z founders to unlock your future in short, high-energy episodes hosted by 21 year-old University of Michigan student Michael Sikand. Join the vision at www.ourfuturehq.com.

Episodes

  • #139 Making Millions Selling Sports Cards at Age 21 w/ Luke Breon, Founder of Banger Sports Cards

    April 14th, 2021  |  20 mins 49 secs

    in #139, futurists hear from Luke Breon, a 20-year-old Nebraska-based entrepreneur who has built a multi-million dollar business flipping sports card packs through social media. Luke, who's been an entrepreneur since he was 11, previously ran a marketing agency which he started in his junior year of high school, helping local Nebraskan businesses target customers and understand social media. In this podcast, Luke discusses why sports cards have made a massive resurgence, unpacking the alternate investments trend, and explains how he makes money on collectibles. He's also expanding his warehouse and plans to recruit a team. Don't miss this one!

    Check out Luke's website: https://bangersportscards.com/

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  • #138 From Fighter Pilot to Founding JetBlue, Dr. Mike Barger, Co-Founder of JetBlue Airways, Former Chief Instructor at Navy TOPGUN, Professor at Michigan Ross

    April 12th, 2021  |  18 mins 53 secs

    In #138, futurists tune into an epic conversation with Dr. Mike Barger, a former fighter jet pilot, co-founder of JetBlue Airways, and a professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Dr. Barger began his career in the military, recieving his commission as an Officer in the United States Navy and serving for thirteen years, completing three, six-month deployments as a pilot and TOPGUN flight instructor flying the F/A-18 Hornet aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Dwight David Eisenhower. Dr. Barger left the US Navy in 1999 to be founding member of JetBlue Airways. He created JetBlue University, the award-winning corporate training function that provides learning and development to all members of the JetBlue workforce. He received his Master’s Degree in Learning Leadership in 2008 and his Doctor of Education degree in 2009. In this conversation, Mike and I discuss his learnings from flying fighter jets and how they apply to business, his experience helping to start JetBlue and explaining why the airline startup was able to succeed in a crowded market, and his career advice to young people. Don't miss this one!

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  • #137 $5M UCLA Startup is Revolutionizing Delivery w/ Rob Dong, CMO of Duffl

    April 9th, 2021  |  19 mins 12 secs

    In #137, futurists learn from Rob Dong, a UCLA junior and the CMO of Duffl, a Y Combinator backed e-scooter delivery company that claims to be the world's fastest delivery service. On college campus, e-scooter riding "racers" deliver their fellow college students everything from gatorades to snacks to vapes in less than ten minutes. Since starting in 2019, Duffl now serves two college campuses (UCLA) and is quickly expanding to a third, leveraging a unique model where the company buys wholesale products and owns a warehouse to delivver them around the local area through their network of racers. Rob and the CEO of Duffl, David Lin, have raised over $1.3 million since starting the business and are now gearing up for another round of funding to beat out the competition. Listen to learn about this crazy student startup, don't miss it

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  • #136 16-year-old Climate Activist w/ Sarah Goody, Founder of Climate Now

    April 7th, 2021  |  16 mins 35 secs

    In #136 futurists tune into an Our Future social impact episode, co-hosted with Jess Schmitt, featuring Sarah Goody, a 16-year-old climate activist and the founder of Climate Now. Sarah gained national attention from outlets like NBC, LA Times, and Good Morning America when in 8th grade, she protested in front of San Francisco City Hall for 50 consecutive Fridays to raise awareness for climate change. Since her initial campaign, Sarah has founded Climate Now, an organization focused on providing young people an introductory experience into the issue of climate change and the ways in which they can participate in reversing the planet's trajectory toward increased temperatures and natural disasters. Jess and I were blown away by Sarah's poise, professionalism, and incredible confidence as just a 16-year-old, and it's absolutley unreal the work she's doing to raise awareness for an issue she couldn't be more committed to solving. Don't miss this powerful and inspirational episode.

    Check out Climate Now's website: https://www.climatenow.solutions/

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  • #135 The Netflix Story w/ Marc Randolph, Co-Founder of Netflix

    April 5th, 2021  |  27 mins 40 secs

    In #135, futurists tune into an epic conversation with legendary entrepreneur, Marc Randolph, the co-founder and first CEO of Netflix who walks us through the origin story of one of the most legendary startup stories in Silicon Valley history. When Marc and his co-founder, Reed Hastings, wanted to start a business in the late 90's they didn't have a clue where to start, and even thought they might do a shampoo or dog food company! In fact, Netflix's first name was Kibble.com (not kidding) until five months in, the team knew they would need a better name, with Randolph selecting the moniker that now defines modern entertainment. Marc scaled Netflix from a crazy idea into one of the most disruptive businesses in history, being responsible for the company's early user interface, branding, and data analytics system. After guiding the company through its 2002 IPO, Marc left the company, claiming to have been more interested in the startup phase. Since then, he's founded several successful companies, one of which is Looker, a multi-billion dollar data analytics company that was acquired by Google. In this podcast, Marc shares some incredible startup advice, participates in an underrated/overrated segment on hot business topics, and laughs remembering that Blockbuster rejected their offer to merge with the company for a mere $50M. Don't miss this crazy episode.

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  • #134 Managing Celebrity Startups & Retiring at Age 26 w/ Arvid Ali, Former President of Jordan Belfort, Former Global Managing Director at Shaun White Inc.

    April 2nd, 2021  |  19 mins 3 secs

    In #134, futurists learn from Arvid Ali, a 27-year-old entrepreneur and celebrity startup advisor, who claims to be financially retired at the age of 26. In middle school, Arvid was a coding prodigy, and in high school, he took college classes alongside his schoolwork, graduating at age 17 and going onto UCLA to study math and getting his bachelor's degree at age 19. After college, Arvid worked at several Fortune 500 companies before starting a recruiting consulting firm, helping venture-backed startups hire the right talent to their business, and in his early twenties, he served as Global Head of Talent for unicorn pharmacy startup: Alto. Arvid's next professional adventure was in the celebrity startup management space, and he landed his first celebrity management role with Olympic gold-medalist Shaun White, and later with Jordan Belfort, the Wolf of Wall Street. In this podcast, Arvid drops some insane networking advice and some fascinating information about trends towards celebrity startups, as well as his financial advice for young professionals.

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  • #133 21-year-old VC & Racial Justice Tech Founder w/ Irene Wu, Founder at The YX Foundation and Investor at Blue Collective

    March 31st, 2021  |  19 mins

    In #133, futurists tap into an electric conversation with Irene Wu, a 21-year-old venture capitalist investing with Blue Collective, Harvard student, and Founder at The YX Foundation. Irene trained for half her life being the coxswain for Men's rowing teams, committing to Harvard as a student athlete before suffering a concussion that resulted in her taking a gap year. It was Irene's interest in rowing that led her to become obsessed with a streetwear startup called Rowing Blazers, and she ended up cold-emailing the CEO and moving to NYC before she had completed her first year of college to work full-time at a startup. Following her three-year stint at Rowing Blazers, Irene became an investor at Blue Collective, and she's invested in several companies including Doola, Parlor, and Teleportal. In 2019, Irene founded The YX Foundation, a hybrid coalition-design lab dedicated to prototyping at the intersection of deep technology (AI/ML) and critical race theory. On this episode, Irene and Michael discuss her journey in the startup world, lessons learned, and then dive headfirst into a conversation about the intersection of race and startups. Don't miss this one.

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  • #132 Superyachts, Private Jets, and Villas for Billionaires & Bond Villains w/ Andrew Winch, Founder & Creative Director at Winch Design

    March 30th, 2021  |  18 mins 6 secs

    In #132, futurists learn from world-famous designer Andrew Winch, Founder & Creative Director at Winch Design, one of the world's preeminent design studios based in London, England. Throughout his career, Winch has designed some of the world's finest sailboats, 300 ft+ superyachts, private jet cabins, and luxury residences in the world, running a fantastical design business which he refers to as "delivering dreams". One of Winch's more notable projects included designing Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's private jet, which was expected to cost as much as $300 million USD. In this podcast, Winch discusses how he got his start in one of the world's most niche businesses, and touches on some key lessons all young entrepreneurs should carry forth in the business world, like the art of never saying no. Winch did an incredible job of coloring each of his points with sage wisdom, and this podcast is a must listen for any entrepreneur or young professional looking to uncover their passion and dive headfirst into their vision. Don't miss this one!

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  • #131 Redefining Student Engagement w/ Rahul Khatti, Co-Founder & CEO of Uniflow

    March 26th, 2021  |  15 mins 22 secs

    In #131, futurists learn from University of Michigan sophomore, Rahul Khatti, Co-Founder & CEO of Uniflow, a student engagement software seeking to transform the way students find organizations and communities on campus that best fit their personal and professional goals. When club recruiting went fully-virtual at Michigan in the fall, Rahul and the team created a prototpye in less than a month and landed a pilot program with Michigan Ross. Since that time, the company has secured contracts with five businesss schools, including USC Marshall and Penn State Smeal, and is now targeting High Schools to help students find opportunities at not only the local, but also national level to gain access to better co-curricular activities.

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  • #130 Revolutionizing STEM Education w/ Mary Hadley, CEO at MakerGirl

    March 24th, 2021  |  14 mins 42 secs

    NEW SERIES: Our Future in Social Impact. We're launching a new interview vertical focused on young entrepreneurs in the social impact space with guest co-host Jess Schmitt, co-founder of Electric Potential. In #130 and the inaugural episode of this series, listeners learn from 23-year-old CEO Mary Hadley, CEO at MakerGirl, a nonprofit with the mission of educating the next generation of female makers to be unstoppable forces that say “Yes!” to the challenges of tomorrow. MakerGirl does this through STEM education sessions led by University women and men, educating girls on how to 3D print and CAD, focusing on girls aged 7-10. In this interview you'll learn about how Mary went from chemistry major to nonprofit CEO, the importance of STEM education, and why you should consider working at a startup out of school. Don't miss this inspiring episode!

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  • #129 Growing GrubHub to $3 Billion w/ Mike Evans, Co-Founder of GrubHub, Founder of Fixer.com

    March 22nd, 2021  |  23 mins 29 secs

    In #129, futurists tune into an epic interview with Mike Evans, the co-founder of GrubHub and founder of Fixer.com. A few years after graduating M.I.T., Mike didn’t understand why there wasn't an aggregated list of restaurants nearby that delivered to you. So on a bus ride home from his job as a software developer, he coded up the GrubHub MVP, and went out to sell it, restaurant by restaurant. Mike had a blast scaling GrubHub from an MVP to a $3 billion company and he shares some incredible stories about lean startup methodology, selling your first customers, understanding competititon, and why the Gig economy is severely flawed. Exiting the business after its 2014 IPO, Mike is now the founder of Fixer.com, which trains and employs tradespeople (electricians, plumbers) and hires them out to homeowners. If you like what Mike has to say, check out his new book, “Hangry” which documents his journey building GrubHub and his insights on the Gig Economy. This one was insane, don't miss it.

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  • #128 16-year-old Hedge Fund Entrepreneur w/ Jack Fox, Founder of Foxy Capital LLC

    March 19th, 2021  |  18 mins 6 secs

    In #128, futurists get their mind blown by Colorado high-school student and finance wizard, Jack Fox, founder of Foxy Capital LLC. At age 16, Jack has started a hedge fund with an initial raise of $250,000 from some of the most successful investors in the world, which after 6 months is surging over 30% in returns. This young genius started investing when he was 11 years old, and got addicted to the world of finance before he was out of sixth grade, blasting through Benjamin Graham's "The Intelligent Investor" and all of Warren Buffet's writing. While most kids were getting excited about going to see the newest Disney movie, Jack was buying stock in the company because he was optimistic about the company's future. It's absoltuley unreal what Jack is doing at such a young age and he's a decade ahead of his peers, but he needs to get more sleep. On this podcast, Jack discusses managing a fund while in high school, his ethos on investing, some of his favorite stocks, and his advice to anyone that wants to start investing.

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  • #127 $2 Million in Funding to Build TikTok for Dating w/ 21-year-old Marc Baghadjian, Co-Founder and CEO at Lolly

    March 17th, 2021  |  16 mins 4 secs

    In #127, futurists learn from Marc Baghadjian, Co-Founder and CEO at Lolly, the new Gen-Z dating app combining TikTok and Tinder. As a cross between those two platforms, Lolly asks users to upload short videos to their profiles for potential matches to scroll through in a vertical feed that feels strongly reminiscent of TikTok. So far, Marc and the team have raised over $2M, from investors like Former Ticketmaster CEO John Pleasants, Former Apple CEO John Sculley, SV Angel, So-Fi co-founder Daniel Macklin, Wired Ventures co-founder Jane Metcalfe, former SV Angel General Partner Kevin Carter, Correlation Ventures and Next Coast Ventures. On this podcast, Marc drops some crazy entrepreneurial wisdom and details his plan to build the next great dating app, covering how he secured investors, why he saw a disconnect with Tinder, his advice to other young entrepreneurs. Don't miss this wild episode with the next big 21-year-old entrepreneur.

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  • #126 The Most Insane Garage In The World w/ Pat Meignan, Founder & CEO of TheArsenale

    March 15th, 2021  |  15 mins 15 secs

    In #126, futurists learn from Pat Meignan, Founder & CEO of TheArsenale, the world's leading online marketplace for micro industrial and independent builders, as well as a media brand and social medium showcasing the future of mobility. Anything you might see James Bond driving, you can find at TheArsenale–everything from skateboards, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, drones, boats, planes, timepieces and high end art pieces. TheArsenale has offices and showrooms across the world, including in Miami, Macau, and Paris. In this interview, Pat discusses how he built "the most insane garage in the world," his experience flying around China in a classified drone, and his advice to young entrepreneurs.

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