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Career | Side Hustles | Entrepreneurship

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Meet Michael


Ex Disney and Netflix Executive | Founder

Podcast Host | Coach

Howdy. I’m Michael Merrill. I spent the first part of my career taking one step forward and two steps back. Frustrated, I became a student of fast risers and realized there was a method to the career advancement madness. Like Neo taking the red pill in the Matrix, I began to see the world differently! Over the next 15 years I increased my earnings by 16X while advancing from an independent contributor to manager, to executive, and to a global leader at Disney and Netflix!

Standing out as a top performer also opened up other amazing perks; autonomy, flexibility, choice of projects, bigger bonuses, and my favorite: being paid to travel all over the world to places like Tokyo, Amsterdam, London, Spain, Hong Kong, Iceland and more!

Along the way I founded The Velocity Labs. Now I help ambitious professionals fast track their careers, fatten their paychecks and bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to go in their career and life!

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Meet Artin

Bestselling Author | Ex Disney Executive I Founder

Podcast Host | Coach

Shortly after graduating from film school I landed at the Walt Disney Studios. At Disney, I quickly climbed the ladder and had an executive position before I turned 30. 


After several failures in filmmaking and tech startups, it finally happened. I raised $4 million, built a product, a company and a team from the ground up. As soon as we started to scale the startup got acquired. Now I was a founder with an exit. Whoot whoot.


With all the knowledge and wisdom I had gained in both the startup and corporate world in the 2 decades, I decided that I wanted to give back and help others who are in the same shoes I was in in my mid 20’s to early 30’s.


This led to the founding of “The Aspiring Founders Academy” where through books, like my Amazon Best-selling “Side Adventure: The playbook to leverage your corporate job, pursue a side venture and find happiness and fulfillment, online courses, coaching and this podcast, I’m on a mission to help 100,000 less privileged aspiring founders fast track their journey into entrepreneurship or climbing the ladder. 

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